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Himalayan Lodge: Walk Downtown

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, half-mile from Main Street

The Himalayan Lodge is within walking distance of downtown Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan and the UofM football stadium. This quiet Old West Side home is full of sunlight and good karma. The Lodge sleeps six with king (or twin) beds in two guest rooms and a bunk bed in the office room. There are two full bathrooms, a kitchen, living room and dinning room. Washer and dryer and free wireless internet are included.  With a front porch for relaxing on summer evenings and a spacious living room, your Ann Arbor stay will be comfortable and complete. Whether you are here on vacation, for business, the Art Fair, football, graduation, Summer Festival, art exhibits, museums, visiting friends or family, theaters, homecoming or a conference, all you need for an enjoyable stay is here on the corner of Eighth and Washington. You'll be within easy access of all that Ann Arbor has to offer.

Heather O'Neal
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 27, 2017

About Heather O'Neal

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. I'm also the "Bell Lady" at Kerrytown where you can play the 7-ton Kerrytown Chime (a mini carillon). With 17 large bells in the tower and over 100 songs to choose from, brave souls like you, ages 2 to 102, can play by number. It's easy and fun!

Heather O'Neal purchased this house in 1999

Why Heather O'Neal chose Old West Side

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We came as four total strangers and left immediately at home and relaxed. This place has such a warm and loving energy! Thanks for sharing yourself with the world. Many blessings.
Jun 2013
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Old West Side House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Count all the mermaids! There are many.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Guest Room 1 - 1 king , King bed converts to two twin beds
    Guest Room 2 - 1 king , King bed converts to two twin beds
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
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!


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Himalayan Lodge: Walk Downtown
average rating of 4.75 based on 19 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The Lodge was perfect for our needs, the price was super-fair, and Heather was responsive and accessible and lovely.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Had a great weekend stay

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at the Himalayan Lodge for a football game weekend with my girlfriend and two friends. Communication with Heather was great, and the check-in process went smoothly. The place was clean, spacious, and full of cool decorations. Less than a ten minute walk to main street, so that was also convenient. Would recommend.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The Himalayan Lodge is a magical place. Great location, wonderful accommodations, interesting art and objects. Lots of thought and detail put in by owner to make the stay comfortable and special. Must stay here if you are traveling to Ann Arbor.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A unique home away from home

  • 4 of 5

Between its history as an old house and the whimsical decorations and travel stories of its owner, this place has a lot of character. Comfortable, clean, spacious, in a lovely residential neighborhood, and the perfect walking distance from downtown groceries and attractions. Good for families, and has clearly served babies and toddlers in the past (nursing pillow in the living room, sippy cups in the kitchen, toys on shelves and in cupboards). Lots of neat spaces, pictures, and doodads for young children to explore. Homey, but with flavour.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Detroit Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Bill's Beer Garden
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Amtrak Station
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
The Earle and Grizzly Peak
Car: not necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates are subject to change unless confirmed by reservation. Please reserve at least two weeks in advance & not more than 6 mo.

Weekly Rate: $980 + $30 per guest per night beyond 3
Monthly Rate: $2,970 + $20 per guest per night beyond 4.

$225 surcharge home football weekends
UM Graduation weekend and select special events (some football weekends included) - prices are double.

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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