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You will fall in love with this quaint and quiet Old West Side home, full of sunlight and good karma. The Lodge sleeps six with king beds in two guest rooms, a bunk bed in the office room, two full bathrooms, a kitchen, living room and dinning room. The king beds convert to twin beds. The house also has a washer and dryer and free wireless internet. With a wraparound front porch for relaxing on warm summer evenings and a cozy living room, your Ann Arbor stay will be comfortable and complete. Whether you are here on vacation, for business, the Art Fair, Summer Festival, art exhibits, museums, theater or a conference, we are sure you will find all you need for an enjoyable stay here on the corner of Eighth and Washington. The Himalayan Lodge is in a great location - within walking distance of downtown Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan and the UofM football stadium. You'll be within easy access of all that Ann Arbor has to offer.
Guest Room 1 is spacious and sleeps two. There are three large windows with views of Washington Street and the neighbor's organic garden in the backyard. The south facing windows offer plenty of sunlight. The Himalayan prayer flags on the ceiling ensure good karma and a good night's sleep! There is a king bed here which converts to two twin beds. The bathroom for this room is equipped with an upright shower.
Guest Room 2 has two windows on the north side of the house looking out toward the neighbor's organic garden. This room features a king bed which converts to two twin beds. The attached bathroom has a large sink and claw foot tub, which is original to the house. The tub also has a shower. ...moreless
Let me know what you need and I will be happy to assist. Tours of Ann Arbor and local attractions are also available. Visit the 'Guestbook' page on our website to see what travelers are saying about The Himalayan Lodge. As a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA), I will do what I can to ensure you have a good visit!...moreless
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Rates are subject to change unless confirmed by reservation. Please reserve at least two weeks in advance & not more than 6 mo.
Weekly rate ONE guest room (1-2 guests) $840 - monthly rate $2,550. Weekly rate TWO guest rooms (2-4 guests) $980 - monthly rate $2,970. Rates include rental of the whole house.
$200 surcharge home football weekends and Art Fair. UM Graduation weekend and select special events (some football weekends included) $478/night. $85 per night per additional guest - limit 6 guests.
A deposit (50% of the total balance) is due when you make your reservation. The remaining balance (cash or check) is due upon arrival along with guest's signature on the rental agreement form. A credit card authorization form will be kept on file for security/damage. If you cancel your reservation within 30 days of arrival, you forfeit your deposit.
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The Himalayan Lodge is located in the historic Old West Side neighborhood, a half-mile west of downtown Ann Arbor. The Lodge is a 10 minute walk from Ann Arbor's vibrant Main Street. Kerrytown Market and Shops is a 15 minute walk. The University of Michigan's central campus is a mile from the Lodge. You will enjoy this quiet neighborhood near the center of town. The Huron River is nearby and is a great place to hike and kayak. All Ann Arbor has to offer is within easy access.
Year Purchased: 1999
About the owner: I grew up in Ann Arbor and am still here. I think I qualify as a 'Townie'! I went to the University of Wisconsin and then The University of Texas - El Paso. In high school I sang in a choir that had me traveling the world. In college I spent my junior year in Kathmandu, Nepal - a life changing experience. After graduating, I joined the US Peace Corps and spent two years teaching English in Hungary just after the fall of the Iron Curtain. In my quest to return to Nepal, I quit my job teaching English in Spain and returned to Kathmandu in 1998. In 2000 I started my travel company, Of Global Interest Adventure Travel. My Nepalese business partner (and 2-time Everest climber!), Pem Dorjee Sherpa, and I have been leading tours and treks in the Himalayas and to Mt. Everest Base Camp since then, and today we own a store on Main Street in Ann Arbor called The Himalayan Bazaar where we sell exotic, fair trade gifts and gear from the Himalayas.
Why the Owner Chose Ann Arbor: For 12 years I operated a small bed and breakfast in this house called the Trekkers' Lodge. I lived at the house and rented the guest room to travelers from all over the world. I have so many fond memories of getting to know so many nice people. During those years, I managed my tour company, Of Global Interest Adventure Travel, from my home. Twice a year I would travel to Nepal and lead trips trekking in the Himalayas to Mt. Everest base camp. I feel privileged to have traveled the world with so many amazing people. Every trip was an adventure. When home, I maintained a store that I called the Himalayan Bazaar in my Garage where I sold imports I brought back from my trips.
The Unique Benefits at this House: In 2011, my business partner, Pem Dorjee Sherpa - a two time Mt. Everest climber - moved to Ann Arbor. We moved the Himalayan Bazaar in my Garage downtown to 218 S. Main Street. At our shop we sell imports from Nepal and our tours trekking and exploring in the Himalayas. The Himalayan Lodge, up the street from the store, is a wonderful cozy home. It was built in the 1870s by David Kay. He was a stone mason and also built the Engineering Arch on the UofM campus as well as a narrow one lane railroad bridge in Dexter, MI. David and his wife, Catherine, raised two girls at this house, Florence and Betty. In 2002, I was honored to meet Florence during a trip to Ann Arbor with her son, Ed Cole. Thus began one of the most unique relationships of my career. Like a second family, Florence and Ed have been a delight. They told me many stories about the house, some of which I recorded on video tape. They even gave me a large book of old photographs, which you can now find at the Lodge. The photos record many years of the lives of the people who loved this house in its earliest days. The book is a treasure. Florence moved from Ann Arbor to Oregon when she was 17 in the 1930s. At 101 years old, sadly Florence passed away in her home in Oregon in May 2014. She will always be remembered. I have dedicated the house to her with a plaque at the front door.