We call this first floor of our modified 1890's Victorian the 'Garden SWEET' because it's a huge suite that is so attractive and fun that everyone just loves hanging out in it. Inside, it has beautiful leather furniture, luxurious beds with crisp white sheets, lots of pillows, and quilts and comforters.
Outside, there's our sunny High Line-inspired perennial garden with brick patio. The apartment was once a school room, and we kept its open feel. The four bedrooms each have their own personality but all reflect things we love about the spirit, style and sense of humor in Maine. The open living and dining areas have plenty of room to lounge, but you also find cozy little nooks to curl up with a book and cup of tea, or to catch up on news and charge your devices (bring your own chargers though!). The location is in Portland’s most desirable neighborhood, the East End, on a quiet residential street within walking distance to all of Portland’s best destinations: the Old Port’s shops, the Arts District with museums and galleries, the real working waterfront, the ferry terminal with regular boats to the islands, the Eastern Promenade’s walking and running trails with incredible water views, our own neighborhood East End Beach, East Bayside’s hip new craft breweries and distilleries, as well as all our many award-winning restaurants.
Return from exploring to a peaceful night's sleep in cozy beds with lots of pillows, comforters and quilts that sleep 8 comfortably: two queen bedrooms, one full bedroom, and one bedroom with two twin beds. The open living and dining room has a smart TV, bluetooth speaker for streaming your own music, and a vinyl record player. The kitchen has new stainless steel appliances including gas stove, and a new washer and dryer. The bathroom is appointed with all the 'bear' necessities (towels, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, cotton balls, first aid kit). You'll find books and magazine to read, as well as tourist maps and guides.
Absolutely no parties or events. Mature, well-behaved groups or families only. Guests must agree to House Rules before booking will be confirmed. Dogs welcome if approved in advance.
The ground floor of an old Victorian on a leafy corner of Munjoy Hill. About six steps up if you enter through the front door, or about 4 steps up if through the back door. Comfortably sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms loaded with quillts, comforters, high TC sheets and plenty of pillows. The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking: gas stove, yes real knives, dishwasher. I stock all my spaces with REALLY GOOD COFFEE (because I don't know about you but for me, it's good coffee or no coffee at all!) as well as cream, sugar...plus good olive oil, balsamic vinegar, kosher or sea salt, pepper grinder and basic spices.
Guests have the entire first floor of the building, with view of our perennial garden and courtyard. Though it's pet friendly with prior approval, the garden is a dog-free zone due to the many tender baby perennials there. There's also a bike rack available for you to use (we encourage biking in Portland...it's the best way to get around! Ask me for bike rental info!). The parking is on-street but free and plentiful.
I live in 62 Views (the apartment on the third floor, that I sometimes rent out when traveling). I'll be available to you as needed. I enjoy meeting my guests but it isn't required!
I love Munjoy Hill! It has the sea breezes, and big blue ocean vistas of an island community, but it is as close as you can be to downtown Portland while still living in a real historic neighborhood. It's also called the East End, and it is home to the Eastern Promenade (huge grassy park), East End Trail (for walking, biking, running) and East End Beach. You can learn about the history of Munjoy Hill at the Observatory, which is just one block away. Ship captains' houses line the perimeter of the East End (the Eastern Promenade), and the interior of 'the Hill' was largely inhabited with longshoremen who made their living unloading ships at the dock.
Walking and biking is the best way to get to the Old Port, the ferry terminal (to all the Casco Bay Islands!), downtown and so on...or Uber is cheap and about 5 mins anywhere. Walking to heart of the Old Port along the East End Trail is highly recommended, and takes about 15-20 mins.
The Garden SWEET! was once a school room, which is why it has such an open, spacious feel. It was called The Hill School, a neighborhood charter school with kids from all over the world.
HOUSE RULES & PET RULES - Please read carefully
Part of the charm of this space is its location on a quiet tree lined street on the East End. Out of respect for our neighbors, other guests, and for us - all guests are required to agree to a few simple rules.
- Quiet hours 10pm to 7am. Music, TV, and voices should be at normal levels
- When returning from nights out, whether on the street or inside the building, please be remember that others are not on vacation - and keep your voices down
- No parties or events at all are allowed
- No open flames or candles
- No smoking is allowed in the building, including on any decks, or front or back entryways or garden - others pass through these areas - so please take a walk when you smoke
- We ask that you please remove shoes inside
- No cutting directly on the kitchen counters. Please use cutting boards
- Bikes: We welcome pedalers. Please do not bring bikes inside the building. You may lock them to the ‘black wave’ bike rack. The bike rack is located in the courtyard (for all guests at 62 Monument Street).
- Pets: please make your request for approval of your pet in advance. All guests with pets will be asked to review and agree to our Rules below for Furry Family and pay a pet fee
- The booking guest, as our only contact for your group, is responsible for the rest of the group, so please make sure everyone in your group is made aware of these rules and is willing to abide by them
- Before checking out, please walk through all rooms to check for forgotten items. Message us if you see notice any damage or any extra cleaning needed
RULES FOR FURRY FAMILY
Dogs, cats and birds are welcome, provided guests make the request in advance and agree to these pet rules
- We are sorry but we can not accept aggressive dogs.
- Request by sending a message including breed, age and temperament. - We charge a $50 pet fee per reservation for up to two pets, for short stays up to 4 days. For longer stays or more than two pets, please inquire directly with us. The pet fee supports the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland and Portland Trails, two local organizations instrumental in animal welfare and outdoor access for dogs. If you've included your pet at the time of booking then the pet fee should already be included in your total. If you made your request after confirming your booking, then you'll pay the fee directly via Venmo (Kathy-Palmer) or ApplePay
- Our spaces are in historic buildings where noise travels, therefore we can't welcome pets who are likely to make a lot of noise, for instance by barking, whining or howling.
- Puppies (up to 12 months old) may not be left alone in the space at all, and must be crate-trained. You will be required to bring a crate.
- Crates for adult dogs are strongly encouraged. We are dog lovers first, and know from experience that a dog’s crate is a place of security as well as a safe containment to prevent anything unwanted from happening
- Dogs may only be left alone, and only for a maximum of 2 hours, if they do not bark, whine, howl or make other noises; they are not destructive; and they are fully house-trained.
- You must keep your phone turned on, and be reachable by phone at all times. Should there be noise coming from your apartment from your pet you will need to return immediately.
- You must use a leash while entering and exiting the building and apartment. Portland has a leash law as well, so you will need your dog on a leash on all public property (unless in a specified off-leash area).
- Please pick up! A small metal trash bin is provided in the driveway area for poo bags
- The courtyard and garden are off limits for potty breaks. Please take a nice stroll through our beautiful neighborhood instead. See our Dog-friendly Portland list of recommendations for traveling with your dog for more ideas.
- Please bring your own pet bed. Please keep pets off of the furniture. If your pet is used to getting on furniture, please bring a blanket to cover furniture.
- Just like anywhere else...if there is damage or there are stains left by your furry one, it will result in a damage fee