Recently, my husband and I traveled to Eugene, Oregon to see our new grandbaby and his parents! Unfortunately, when I booked airline tickets back in February, I had no idea that June is when national and international track and field events converge there.
Because my daughter and her husband have a tiny house, we chose to stay elsewhere and have the least impact possible on their new baby routines. So, in early-May, I started calling hotels (plenty of time, right?) to make reservations. Imagine my surprise when hotel after hotel had no vacancies and those available had jacked up prices!
My smart daughter suggested AirBnB as an alternative and sent me the link. In no time at all I found a cute little place advertised as Whiteaker Studio Under the Roses and requested a booking. The host contacted me and we exchanged a few e-mails settle the details. Since you are staying at someone’s home (AirBnB lists rooms, apartments, studios, cottages and whole houses), the hosts like to know a little about who is coming. Transactions are taken care of by credit card through the AirBnB site and they send confirmations and reminders too! Happily, we set off on our trip knowing we had a spot to lay our heads when we arrived on the opposite coast!
But we had no idea just how charming both the host and the lodging would be! Although we had seen pictures when booking, the tiny cottage and the garden that surrounds it were even more enchanting in person. Shelley, our host, is a master gardener and we had fun chatting about espaliered fruit trees, perennials and gardening in general. Each day, she provided continental breakfast goodies which we ate outside on the patio in this lovely secret garden. This cottage, in the historic Whiteaker district of Eugene, was also within easy walking distance of many wonderful restaurants, microbreweries and an organic grocery.
A tiny cottage in the roses: what better place for me? Take a look at a few of the garden pictures I snapped when not off loving our grandson!
*This is not an advertisement or paid post – I just loved using AirBnB to find this sweet place to stay and wanted to share it with you!