Located on the Lamoille River in downtown Hardwick, the studio here is a great place to set up base while exploring Hardwick and the surrounding towns of the Northeast Kingdom.
In the heart of the old mansion, set behind what was the servants' quarters, this newly renovated studio is cozy with all the clean comfort of a hotel suite and the hospitality of the old mansion on the other side of the door. Guests have the option of using the small kitchen in their room or sharing the large, fully stocked house kitchen with me, Mark and Roxy the dog. For parties over two people an additional bedroom with a queen and twin bed are available for an additional price. This extra bedroom is located off the main kitchen and is not available during the summer months.
The studio is stocked with coffee, tea and other stables including coffee maker, microwave and small fridge so guests can be independent if they choose. The main kitchen of my house, just twenty steps outside the studio apartment, is available for guests to prepare more elaborate meals. It is fully stocked with equipment and utensils. I ask guests to be respectful of the shared space. I'm more than happy to show guests around the main kitchen and share meals if our schedules allow for that.
A washer and dryer is available for guests staying over three nights, just let me know if you plan to do laundry. Guests are welcome to relax in the yard and gardens in the spring, summer and fall. Please note, I do have three commercial tenants, the veterinary clinic and two non-profit organizations. Guests may cross paths with tenants' clients during business hours in the parking lot.
I'm happy to show folks around, point them in the direction of Buffalo Mountain Food Co-op and Hardwick's restaurants and Hardwick Trails to ski or hike year round.
I do allow friendly dogs. My dog, Roxy, occasionally gets bone-crazed and doesn't do well with sharing her toys. As long as toys are out of sight she loves houseguests of her species.
Make yourself at home in your studio space, let me know if there's anything else you need to feel cozy in your space. The shared kitchen and common space, keep clean and be considerate. No smoking or vaping. If you do smoke, you may do so outdoors, do not toss butts on the ground.
I love the area I call home here. I originally came to Vermont from Cleveland to study alternative agriculture when I was seventeen. If I had my way I'd spend half of my life in Cleveland because of it's great location on the lake, the arts, culture, politics and architecture there, however Vermont's food, landscape, people and wild spaces keep me and my dog here.
I've always loved to travel and map out adventures. The best vacations have been those in which all the planned plans have crumbled and I've found myself searching out vacant rooms in obscure towns sharing food with strangers. I think the world of Airbnb is helping Americans become more relaxed about different cultures and gives us an opportunity to bridge cultural gaps and learn by first hand experience and open communication.
I worked as a chef for a decade and really love sharing food with people. The best way to get to know strangers is to work together in a kitchen and exchange language, ingredients and recipes. Although I don't always have the time or opportunity to invite guests to use my main kitchen, when it is possible to share a meal and conversation it is my favorite part of the Airbnb experience.
I value my private time and space in the mornings and after work. If I come across as reserved or unsocial it is because I have to attend to things and need the quiet solitude of my apartment to relax and focus. I encourage my guests to ask for whatever it is they might need prior to checking in or on arrival. There are times I am busy and may not be able to deal with guests' requests when I'm working or away from the house.
I love dogs! I feel most comfortable with people who are relaxed around well-behaved dogs.
It is difficult for me to sit still, I can't vacation on a beach for a week or go on a cruise ship, I would get antsy. I prefer to travel alone. I do like traveling to meet up with good friends however I do not like coordinating with groups larger than three people. I like to check into wherever I'm staying and walking the surrounding area for hours before I make any plans.
My favorite places to visit are: Fire Island's beach in early September, Culebra PR, the cliffs of Euclid and Lakewood, Ohio in June, the Alleghany and Susquehanna rivers in Pennsylvania in summer, Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande in Texas during January and February, Hart Mtn Antelope Refuge and French Glen in southeastern Oregon, Teslin Lake in August, Montreal's shops, cafes and bars anytime of year, the Superstition Mtns of Arizona in March, Milwaukee Wisconsin's homecoming footballs games, The UP of Michigan and Mackinaw Island, Regensburg and Passua Germany with a real beer in front of me, Trutnov in Czech Republic to ski, anywhere on the Croatian coast, Budapest for music, food and intense characters, Gdansk, Poland to shop and hear music and Zakopane to eat and hike in the spring, public saunas in Helsinki in the winter and the Kali Gandaki river valley of Nepal in 70 degrees with no blisters or stomach bug and a light backpack on my back.