We can’t sing enough praises about airbnb and how it has heightened our travel experience here in the US, and as part of our Unique Stays Series, here is another perfect example of why staying in a local’s house can make your trip that much more enriching and relaxing.
It’s so much easier for us as a family to stay in the countryside, with space for C to run around, no traffic and no parking nightmares. So when we talked about visiting Boston, neither of us was particularly keen on staying right in the city. When we searched for accommodation on airbnb then, we zoomed further and further out, until we had an area of about 30 miles or so to explore, which led us to a beautiful traditional American farm, set in what seemed like a gorgeous woodland, at a very good price (around£35/night) and only 45 minutes from the centre of Boston to boot – we were sold!
After a busy weekend in Cape Cod, we were desperate for a whole week of relaxing in a country setting, and couldn’t have been happier to see the farm had goats, chickens and a couple of super friendly house dogs: Yoda and Avery.
Our host Amanda was really lovely and chatty, and shared her enthusiasm for the property and the love she has poured into decorating it just perfectly.
Our room was really sweet, and she had left us a couple of handmade gifts on the pillow from her craft shop – these little gestures make all the difference. The whole house and especially the bedrooms were perfectly decorated in a rustic style, but all the modcons such as fast wifi (essential for us to work) were in place.
The farm was also just 10 minutes’ drive from Davis’ Farm (read our post here) where we had the most amazing family day, and also the nearby town of Hudson – a lovely place with cute independent shops and a great café.
Travel: The days that we drove into Boston were fairly straightforward, just a 45 minute drive on the motorway and an exorbitant daily parking rate later, and we were there.
Accommodation: Very comfortable beds & great soft linen. We had our own bathroom. They also offered a second children’s bedroom, which is beautifully decorated and kitted out with books, board games, etc.
Our stay was very enjoyable, from a freshly-baked cake for breakfast every day, to a gift of 18 newly-laid eggs to take away with us when we left – we had such a nice time.
If you’d like to try out Airbnb, why not save $25 (or €22) when you book your first stay? It’s a great way to see a destination, you can save money, and we get a little bit too for spreading the love!