About Coming Here
There’s a new way to stay in Minneapolis: live like a local!
Whether you like fish or fashion...watching pro sports or shooting hoops in the park...art museums or making art...quaint boutiques or the Mall of America...swimming in fresh water lakes or skating on a foot of ice..history or higher education...bike paths or light rail...top theater or music...walking or the best public transportation around...THIS IS YOUR PLACE!
Communication and entertainment:
Comfort and security:
Bed sheets and towels
About the house:
Iron, Ironing Board
Hair Dryer, Full-Length Mirror
Fresh Sheets & Towels
Empty closet, dresser drawers
Writing desk and chair
Air Conditioner, Air Purifier
Tourist Information, Local Magazines
Flexible Check-in, Check-Out
Use of All Areas Except Carol's Room
Refrigerator, Stove, Oven, Electric Kettle, Microwave, Coffee Grinder
Large Selection of Teas and Coffees
French Press or Filtered Coffee
Complete Set of Tableware, Cookware
Washer and Dryer
Free and Safe Street and Off-Street Parking
Front Porch and Park
Multiple Options for Do-It-Yourself Breakfast and Snacks
Recycle and Compost
Public Bike Share
City Bus at Corner
Carol Liege and family at the famous Walker Art Center
About the Neighborhood:
NE Minneapolis is now the NE Minneapolis Arts District. Once a thriving immigrant community surrounding factories and warehouses, it still has an ethnic flavor -- just one that's much more diverse.
In its past lives, NE was Italian, Ukrainian, Lebanese, Greek -- Catholic or Eastern Orthodox. Homes near Carol's Airbnb large enough to house big Catholic families are now subdivided into two or three apartments, usually with an owner and a rental, often someone associated with the nearby UofM, or with the arts.
Since many large old factories and warehouses were converted into artist studios or artist live-work buildings, the neighborhood has attracted additional artists and craftsmen of all sorts. The third weekend in May each year, the Northeast Arts Association (https://nemaa.org) hosts a community-wide open studio event, Art-a-Whirl, when you can visit lots of home studios and workshops as well as event-filled big buildings like the Northrup, California, Casket Arts, and others.
Carol's Airbnb is across the street from Logan Park, as are two Lutheran churches, a Nigerian Christian church, and a Bosnian Mosque. Around the corner is a Hispanic church, denomination unknown, and a traditional Catholic church. Nearby we have a large Ukrainian church and community center, as well as a Lebanese.
June-October there's a Saturday morning Farmer's Market in the parking lot of a big church. Central Avenue is dotted with ethnic restaurants from around the world -- Middle Eastern, Thai, Mexican, Ecuadorian, German, Japanese, Mediterranean, American, Vietnamese. There's a Vietnamese a block away, a gas station, a convenience store, a dry cleaner, and a laundromat. Several other restaurants, microbreweries, and an ice cream shop are an easy walk. If you need groceries there's Cub, a supermarket; Target; Lunds & Byerly's, a gourmet grocery; Aldi, a discount supermarket; Shanghai Oriental Market; Little India International Market; Eastside Coop: Holyland Middle Eastern Market; Emily's Lebanese Deli; Zakia Lebanese Deli.
Metro Transit. https://metrotransit.org There's a bus stop on the corner. Twin Cities public transportation, a complex grid of buses and trains, is great and will get you nearly anywhere -- including transfers to suburban systems if needed. Within the Metro, you can use the Trip Planner on the website to enter your starting and destination address, the time you wish to leave or time you want to arrive, push a button, and see the options you have for getting there. Fares are $2.00 except during rush hour, when they're $2.50, and if you need to take multiple buses or trains, you can use transfers as long as you keep going in the same direction. You can buy a "Go Card," which is a debit card, at the supermarket or many other places and obtain discounted 3-day, 7-day, or 30-day passes from Metrotransit.
Nice Ride Minnesota. https://niceridemn.org. You can rent a bike at the stand in the park across the street from the house, turn it in at your destination May-November. I've also seen some electric scooter stands near here. To get details, check out the website.
Guide to NE Restaurants, Bars, Microbreweries, Coffee Shops, Distilleries. See Nearby Attractions for a PDF. For the Metro area, check Yelp or Trip Advisor, Zigat or Google.
About Your Host:
About NE Restaurants, Microbreweries, Etc.:
Carol's family has lived in the Twin Cities for generations. She went to elementary school here, but then left for boarding school and didn't come back until 2007 when her father was diagnosed with Parkinson's and needed extra care.
She rehabbed the house she lives in (and you'll stay in) after her father died. The 1905 Victorian had been divided into a duplex in the 50's, and hadn't been owner-occupied since. It was totally trashed and needed new plumbing, wiring, roofing - pretty much everything. It's in a great neighborhood, the #1 Arts District in the US, according to USA Today. There are restaurants and shops in walking distance, a big park across the street, a city bus on the corner, nightlife and pro sports, the UofM and major highways, downtown Minneapolis and easy access to St. Paul. There are lots of coffee shops, micro breweries, Who could ask for anything more?
Still, Carol lives there alone and works at home, and winters in Minnesota can be isolating. So Carol became
active in various community groups and became an Airbnb Superhost. Her guest room is now available for
guests from around the world, and she loves it! She often helps them plan their visits in advance, sharing
information she knows, or even doing research to find opportunities for them. Besides lots of local tourist
guides and magazines in the bedroom and bath, she contacted visitors' bureaus around the state for their
information. She shares some of her favorite guest stories on the Guests page.
Carol enjoys the extra income, but it's really having the company and meeting people from all walks of life and
all corners of the world she loves about being an Airbnb host. Since she opened her home eighteen months
ago, she's hosted guests from China, Japan, India, Greece, Denmark, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Canada
and several US states. Some have stayed with her two or three times already!
Besides hosting for Airbnb, Carol and her worldwide network of associates help people launch new enterprises -- businesses, nonprofits, careers, books, and campaigns. She's a Certitifed Wix Webmaster
and loves building beautiful, functional, affordable websites as part of a launch. She manages an ecom-
merce site of her own, and maintains social media for some of her clients. She's a master of many crafts, and you find her sewing, knitting, crocheting, making greeting cards, cooking or gardening when you visit.
(She promises to confine the mess to areas you don't need to use!
Carol has two daughters and four grandchildren, all of whom live in beautiful
Olympia, Washington. When her children were young, they lived in Boston, where
Carol was a professional planner in the Governor's office, and in Washington,
D.C. There Carol was a public affairs consultant to Fortune 100 companies,
national associations, and Federal agencies.
She has a master's degree in psychiatric social work she never used. Perhaps
more interesting, her college advisor was Abraham Maslow, promoter of
self-actualization and in recent years she's completed dozens of courses on
eCommerce, Internet marketing, social media, business trends and other topics
of interest to her clients. Ask what she's studying this month.