When Sarah comes to town I’m happier than an audience member on an Oprah Christmas episode. To make the most of our time together we decided to spend one night in Seattle and get our eat, shop, play, on. For good eats we went to The Barrel Thief, Etta’s, Fremont Coffee Company, and Lowell’s. We also shopped in Fremont at Pipe & Row and basically every boutique on that street. The highlight of the weekend was experiencing our first stay at an Airbnb. If I’m being perfectly honest the reason I chose this over a hotel was cost. A nice hotel downtown with two beds is at least $275.00 for one night and the sweet house we found on Airbnb was $195.00 in comparison. $80.00 is $80.00, so why not save a bit and add to your shopping/eating fund?!
Airbnb was really easy to sign up for. You make an account and then Airbnb verifies you are who you say you are and then you can start messaging hosts. Once I messaged our host, we sorted out the details of when we could check in and any questions I had. I was a little nervous because I didn’t know what to expect upon check in. Would our host be cool or creepy? Would the house look like it did online? I am super happy to report everything exceeded our standards. Ryan, our host, was extremely welcoming upon arrival and gave us a tour of the home. We were delighted to find the house was bigger than it appears online. The natural light, high ceilings and wonderful decor made us feel like were staying at a blog worthy friend’s home. What a treat! Parking was easy and always available which was a plus. Rather than feeling like total tourists, our stay made us feel like locals who had a house to come back to. Also, as an added bonus I took all the photos for Sarah’s kickass period post in this house because the light was too good to pass up!
Whether it’s a group of friends or just my hubby and I, I will definitely be using this wonderful option in the future for accommodations. I’ve listed below other places I’m ready to run away to. Who’s coming with me? But, seriously though. Is it vacation time yet?
Here is a little more about Airbnb: Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone or tablet. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.
And yes, Joshua Tree is listed twice because I couldn’t decide which house I’d rather stay at. They both look amazing!