Public Transportation to and from the airport.

People ask about airport transportation without a car pretty often.

(This is either going to be the most boring or most useful post of your booking experience.  Personally, I like to know what to expect when I venture off on public transportation in a strange place.  Nothing like getting off the bus at dusk and walking in the completely wrong direction!)

Getting to and from the airport  IS VERY EASY HERE. Though keep in mind this is not the case for Spokane as a whole.

You can take a cab for about $20 from or to the Spokane airport, (GEG),

105 South Poplar Street, and 2325 West First are the two Odell House house addresses.  Wakefield is 2828 West First. Zip code for all is 99201.

There are almost always cabs at the airport, but if you would like to call one the most common service seems to be City Cab 509-455-3333

But I also hear very good things about Felix’s cab service (509) 995-3905  (Yes, owned by Felix who must have taxed sleeping hours as he is open from 3AM to midnight)

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We are a very walkable neighborhood, so if you you like to walk, are a reasonably light packer, and don’t want to rent a car, you really don’t have to.  Rick also offers a bike loan program in suitable weather.

But, back to the airport,  you can also hop on the bus!

(And you would be like a lot of people recently who do: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/10/us/use-of-public-transit-in-us-reaches-highest-level-since-1956-advocates-report.html?_r=1)

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If you don’t want a cab, or would like to save the roughly $40 here and back–which is pretty comparable to a 24 hour economy car rental–there is also city bus line with a stop three blocks from the Odell House.  The current schedule is every half hour on the weekdays and every hour on the weekends to and from the airport.  The cost is currently $1.50 per trip.  They accept cash but not credit cards and cannot give change.

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The ride takes 11 minutes, the walk to the house 3-5 minutes.

Be sure to check the link below and confirm bus times, particularly if you are traveling very early or late.  It is not a 24 hour service, and more limited on Sundays than Saturdays. An early morning Sunday or Holiday departure would be problematic.

This is a link that gives you a larger version of the map below and current time table of route 60, airport, Browne’s Addition
http://www.spokanetransit.com/routes-schedules/route/60-airport-brownes-addition

The advice from their website is as follows

  • Be sure you are visible to the bus operator as the bus approaches. Stand as close to the sign or shelter as possible.
  • As you board, ask the bus operator for a 2-hour pass (transfer) if you need one.  (Which you will not if you intend to come to the Odell House, there are no changes necessary)
  • If you don’t know which stop is the one closest to your destination, ask the bus operator for help. When you are one block away from your stop, either push the yellow strip or pull the overhead bell cord. The operator will let you off at the next bus stop.

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Your general destination is Browne’s Addition.  Bus Route 60.  The easiest stop is the corner of 2nd and Spruce.

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On the map above, your stop would be by the little 2–Second and Spruce St.  (The Odell House would sit roughly under the  little 2.)

Rick and I took a trip to the airport this morning via bus to show you what it’s like.

Not the prettiest season–March in Spokane–but you can see things well without the trees.

Here’s our little visual tour from the airport and back:

From the Spokane airport there are two bus pick up locations:

Outside the C concourse near C baggage claim:

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That’s to the “entering traffic” side of the one way route under the walkway,

and another at the end of the A-B Concourse–to the “leaving traffic” side of the A-B baggage claim.

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They both have one of these little glass shelters with seats.  This one is just before the car rental places on beyond the A-B concourse baggage claim–the door to the left is easiest:

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Bus arriving to  the A-B concourse stop:

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The trip from the airport to our area takes 11 minutes.  You will cross a major bridge and turn left (right by our favorite espresso joint which also has a bus stop by it for route 60,) and left again where the houses will look more residential–large older homes converted to apartment.  In a couple of blocks you’ll begin to circle clockwise around a large park.  (The park by the way is called Coeur dAlene park and it is the site for a lot of fun things like Art Fest in early June, and concerts every Thursday night in the summer.)  Sadly it no longer has the fountain,

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The trees are present and accounted for, and so is the gazebo.

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Really, Browne’s Addition is lovely in the summer.  But back to the bus!

You’ve circled around the park on two sides to the Spruce and Second stop: (Be sure to ring the bell there by the park if you have not told the driver where you are going.)

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Photo taken of the park drop off location.

Here’s the the view across 2nd as you get off the bus in the park.

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Walking from the stop to the Odell House: 

You are now on Second and Spruce, one block east and two blocks south of your destination at the corner of First and Poplar.

(Keep in mind that though you’d intuitively expect to find First Avenue one street over from Second Avenue, in reality Pacific runs between them.) 

On exiting the bus, you’d walk away from the park, one block north on Spruce,  toward the large red/brown clinker brick building in the left (built circa 1902).

(It’s really detailed on the front, but you can’t see that yet.)

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(Front)

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Here’s the other nice half timber house on Spruce and Pacific that you’ll be walking towards:

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a gray and white half timber duplex (circa 1901) ,

Go left (west) on Pacific for one block

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and then you would find Poplar St. to the right. 

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This yellow house sits on the corner of Poplar and Pacific–sister house to Odell House, very similar architecture.  You’d be turning right now, you can see the red roof of the Wakefield House at the corner.

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Turn right, north on Poplar Street one block and you’ll find the Odell house on the internal corner of First and Poplar. (With thee large Poplar Trees flanking that yard–go figure.)

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This is the Poplar Street face of the house, showing the diagonal parking lot off Poplar Street–the second photo in summer just after we finished the little gazebo.

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This is the Poplar entry, the other entries are from  First Ave, around the corner.

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On the map above, Coeur D’Alene park is on the middle left side, above the arrow.  The top left of the park is the bus stop.   The Odell House is the little red star above the park.

So now you want to go back to the airport:

(We hope you have had a wonderful time.)

Get yourself back to Spruce and Second–you know the way now.

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Pick up the #60 bus (NOT the 61 or you’ll end up in Airway heights,) from the corner of Spruce and Second.  The stop is not on the park, but diagonally across the street from where you arrived:

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Back up the hill for an 11 minute ride:

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I think there is only one drop off at the airport, at the C concourse, as that is actually very close to the check in of the A-B concourse too.

Have a nice trip home, we hope we’ll see you again soon.

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Composting and recycleing. Here’s how to do it here.

It’s no secret to anyone that the hotel industry is not the world leader in green living.

And we’re happy to announce we have been awarded the 2013, 14, 15, 16 (you get the idea) Tripadvisor  Green Leaders Gold award.

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This means our property meets many of the highest standards of energy efficiency and recycling known in the industry.  (Not bad for a building over 100 years old!)

Anyway, waste disposal is part of our program.

We handle recycling, and the inevitable food waste that traveling entails, as part of a larger system of on site composting and gardening.

Most people know that up to 40% of the landfill volume is in household waste that could have been recycled or composted.

Here is an interesting blog post about food waste: http://www.sustainableamerica.org/blog/what-is-food-waste-and-why-does-it-matterwhat-is-food-waste-and-what-can-we-do-about-it/ 

(There are rumors that the hospitality/travel industries create more than double the normal waste, through disposable items, and travelers without the resources to compost, travel with food or feed the pet dog or chicken.)

Where all that waste goes unless we redirect it: landfills.

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Spokane does have several land fills, and a history of them in the past until this creature arrived:

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The Spokane Waste to Energy Plant.  Its just west of downtown, near the airport.  It burns trash, and produces a concentrated ash which is not as concentrated as you might think. 65% reduction in weight.

Here are the stats.

Ash Quantity:  65% reduction by weight of original MSW weight.
Ash Disposal: Rabanco Regional Landfill, Klickitat County (near Roosevelt, WA).
Ash Transport: Container capacity 15 tons. Configuration: two containers per load, 30 tons per truck, 8-10 truckloads/day. Intermodal train container, 25-28 ton capacity.
Iron recovery: 2.5% of original weight of MSW. Iron is not recovered with traditional landfilling.

So in our area it’s not so bad if you fail to recycle newspapers–though nice if you do–but it really is an issue if more solid, nonflammable items get dumped in the hopper.  If it is not magnetic–like aluminium or glass–it is going to go for eternity to the Rabanco Regional Landfill.  Until that fills up.

Anyway, people who are normally happy to compost and recycle at home may not know how to do it away from home, or what kinds of things are locally acceptable. And because guest cannot do it themselves they must depend on systems in place where they stay.

So here is the straight dope–more on the chickens later.

All the units have a trash can or two, and all have a stash of extra paper bags (usually in a drawer or cabinet very close to the kitchen trash can), for recycling.

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If you want to recycle,  Spokane accepts unsorted:

tin cans (rinsed)

aluminium cans (rinsed)

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glass of all types

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Plastics 1-7 of the variety you find in milk jugs and yogurt containers

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Paper of non waxed and non-greasy varieties (clean but no greasy pizza boxes)

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Junk mail.

Newspapers

egg cartons

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You can’t recycle, in the single stream containers:

Garbage/food waste (that goes in the compost crock)
Plastic Bags
Styrofoam
Food Contaminated Items
Microwave Trays
Ceramics & Dishes
Light Bulbs
Window Glass & Mirrors
Hazardous Waste Containers
Syringes
Un-Numbered Plastics
Lids
Sharp Metal
Shredded Paper
Coated & Laminated Paper Products
Electronics
Batteries

We will empty the recycling bag for you, but if you feel like it, the eventual destination looks like this:

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These other receptacles are for things we do not want to compost–like branches, they go in the green waste bin to the left–and that cannot be recycled, these go in the dumpster.

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But now the fun part!

The apartments (of late) also have something that looks like this–or a stainless model:

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This is a compost crock.  It is lined with a compostable bag made of corn starch which will last a few days when wet–possibly up to a week.  The crock has a charcoal filter in the top and we wash them after every visit.  In it you can put:

Coffee grounds

tea bags

fruit/vegetable peelings or remains

food scraps of all types

(Yes, with our system small amounts of meat or bone will be okay.  (We are trying to make this easy.) But if you have a tasty bit of something that you have to leave and is not quite garbage please consider how happy it would make the chickens.  They will eat anything that you can (with good nutritional conscience!), with the exception of raw onions, potato peels or very very salty things .  A cheery call of “Chook–chook–chook” will get you a lot of attention on the south east side of the garage.  :))

If you leave compostable materials in your crock, we will put them here:

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The one on the left is an insulated, rodent-proof container that operates year round.  To the right are the sources of brown energy–straw and leaves.

Here is where the compost, when it is dirt, ends up–with plans of growing Swiss Chard, tomatoes and squash that you can use the next time you visit in summer:

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There are six of these container planters stashed around the property–they each hold 55 gallons of soil made from the organic leavings of our organic yard care program–leaves and grass clippings.  And in the summer they will of course look a lot more interesting.

Behind the set pictured above is our new addition–the chicken coop!

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Please see:

https://odellhouselodging.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/the-chicken-came-first/

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Henny Penny says: Quick!!!!! 

 

Our pet policy.

Yes, we accept pets.

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Some of them.

In some units.

In general, well-behaved dogs belonging to very responsible humans are welcome.  We’ve been pet friendly for fifteen years and rarely have a problem, but please read seriously the notes below and decide to stay some place else if you cannot abide by them.  And some people can’t.  We know this.  There are other places to stay that are less rigid and probably less expensive.

They look like this–corner of Walnut and Second.)

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 If you prefer a nice yard and a lovely, quiet setting, please remember, you, and your visiting pet, are part of it.

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Here are the rules:

We charge extra for pets, at least on the first visit, and after that it is somewhat negotiable–based on our experience cleaning up.

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Pets must not impact other guests or neighbors in ANY way.  That means no barking, no scratching, no visible signs of their toilet behavior. 

Visiting dogs must be attended at all times in the house, and on a leash when out–even in the yard.

Please take them away from the door for urination, and clean up any solid material immediately.

We offer pet friendly units because many responsible people own pets and like to travel with them.

And how do we know that complete strangers are responsible pet owners according to our quite rigid standards? 

We don’t.  The good news is that it is very, very rare that we have to say anything at all.  And if we do give a pet owner a report it will be at first informational–your dog started barking when you left.  And with that information–even if it was just for a moment–we expect the guest’s  behavior to be as responding to an emergency. No pouting, sulking or nasty public notes.  Come home, integrate the information and don’t let it happen again.

We no more allow barking or destructive dogs than we tolerate loud voices or domestic violence.  We have the rest of the house to think of–and we do.

Now, you have the important message–please act accordingly.

On to animal stories only if you feel like it.

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Yes, cats can walk on a leash–and enjoy rolling in the dirt–but prefer not to be eaten by the visiting Pit Bull when they go out their door.

(Keep in mind to a cat

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this is a Pit Bull.)

While I understand that some people do not share my views, I’m going to ‘fess up right here I am an animal lover.  Raised on a farm, a professional horse trainer for many years (including the ones we are now in), I can’t help myself.

And because of this I have done many (many) economically  and otherwise foolish  things having to do with animals.

(The latest was scaling the Odell House roof, up to the base of the chimney

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to retrieve the feline to the right

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Who thought it was a good idea to camp out at the base of the chimney, having escaped from our upper deck balcony.

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There is a nice safe little ledge there, which I have to admit can look attractive, given the alternative of coming down face first.  (If you make it to the base of the post I’ll give you my advice on how to do this manoeuver–the descent  of steep incline with a nervous cat.)

Anyhow, I have a long and checkered relationship with animals–and so can appreciate others weaknesses in this regard.

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(Please see The Dressage Snob Blog   http://dressagesnob.wordpress.com/  where the argument for “economically foolish” and “Dressage” as synonyms is proposed rather frequently.)

So, how do pets work in an upscale lodging establishment?

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Well, we have some units in which you can keep your dog (or contained bird).  We charge for one additional (if hairy) guest and clean like crazy after the fact.  We wash everything anyway, but we really really wash when there has been an animal in residence.  Everybody understands shedding.  No one wants to see evidence of the last guest.  It is a fact of hotel management.

House rules are the dogs must be quiet and not disturb other guests.  They must not be left to themselves, and you are responsible for all of their  behavior beyond shedding.  Spokane has leash laws and there are a lot of other walkers, some with their own dogs, and many bicyclists and cars who do not expect loose dogs.  Visiting dogs MUST be on a leash–even in our fenced yard.  (How come?  We have dogs too, and other guests expect to be able to walk through the yards without necessarily communicating with a strange dog–or seeing any signs of one.  If your dog poops in the yard, please clean it up immediately–the yard belongs to everyone.)

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There is a very nice dog park down about half a block to the west on Pacific–one block total, if you would like room for loose play please take your dog (and cleanup equipment) down the block.

Inside? Accidents can happen.  For simple ones we don’t get very upset, but we really need to know because we have an arsenal of pet cleaning products that you probably don’t carry with you on vacation.

That’s the deal. Total honesty.  We won’t lecture or hold it against you.

There are two units where you can have a dog and every single other one is pet free.

Don’t even think about bringing an animal unannounced.  It’s just not fair to the other guests–they really do have allergies!

How about other animals besides dogs?

Other house pets?

You mean, of course ducks!

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Well, once I raised a group or orphan ducklings in my bathtub at home.  (Cost–$135 to have the drain run after I mistakenly washed grain down it in an effort to keep up with the fantastic mess they made).  Truly there is nothing cuter than a small flock of baby ducks bonded to you and peeping around the yard when they get old enough.  That said, never, never, never do this.  It is a very bad idea.  Find them a mommy duck.

Besides, in the end they look like this:

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Oh, you mean one of these?

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They also look like this:

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I love my cats.  They are fantastic friends.  Though very, very expensive.  (So far my two cats have cost me about $5,000 in purchase and vet bills. (One has three legs from a misadventure outside, and losing a leg will cost you a bit.  I have cared for horses that were less taxing.)

But, unlike other problems with my equine friends, the kitties have also cost me about $3,500 in upholstery–and that’s just in my house.  (Rick and I have four pieces of destroyable furniture.)

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Scratching.  It is part of their nature.  Like bears with trees.  Polite kitty behavior involves rubbing chins and scratching things to make things feel “homey”.  There are of course other alternatives. . .

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Anyway, I am not home all the time to train and lecture.  And when the cats die off, I will just get my stuff  upholstered  again.  I don’t mind.  Truly.  I love my kitties.  Or, maybe I’ll just get another cat.  It’s my furniture and my house.

BUT, in the Odell House it is your furniture.

And it is their cat, who they undoubtedly love better than your furniture.

(Cute, furry cuddly thing vs. inanimate object?  There is no contest.)

(History: my optimism with the foreign kitties is really limited: in the Odell House I once had to completely re-carpet a unit with already-new carpeting because the guest kitty sadly developed a bladder infection in the two month stay.  $8,500.  The owner was apologetic–but did not offer assistance above that.  And every single visiting cat has destroyed at least one piece of antique upholstered  furniture, which as you no doubt know is very, very, very expensive to have redone.)

And since I will not have furniture that looks like the sad chair  above in a place where you are coming to stay, and because SO many people have allergies to kitties, the kitties must stay home.

The only exception would be with a very, very very large deposit.  Which, when I have suggested to people with “utterly harmless” animals, they never seem too enthusiastic about actually guaranteeing the utter lack of harm.

So be it.

Enough said, most pets who have stayed with us have been wonderful, as have their owners

I noted once to a client how quiet his dog was.

He told me, Really he is not quiet, he gets stressed if he’s alone.  I just know he barks when I go out and so I never leave him in that situation when we travel.

Well said!  It’s not the dog or the size, it’s the owner that matters.

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A further note about bringing the pooch.  In winter they are usually quite comfortable alone in their own den–which looks exactly  like your car–not a strange apartment with unfamiliar noises.  In the warmer seasons every single one of our public Browne’s Addition eateries and coffee shops has an outside patio where dogs are welcome.  One Pug we knew had a standing order for a bowl of water and the buttered noodles off the children’s menu at The Elk.  In Europe dogs are welcome in pubs–the interior–and while not quite there yet, we are close.  Dinner out?  What a great opportunity to practice your pup’s extended “Down-Stay.”

The locals are usually very dog-friendly in Browne’s Addition.

Oh, the cat.  Okay, here’s the prize at the end of the long story–how to get the cat off the roof.

I left him there a few hours and he made some attempts at the valley, but could not make it more than five or so feet.

Determining that I wanted to not worry about it all night, and that rescue was necessary, but probably safer from the east face of the house (roof of wrap around porch as base camp) I got out the ladders and enlisted help steadying them.  I scrambled up the valley of the roof, and sat next to the chimney and of course Pasha came over.

Keep in mind this is the Siberian cat that I walk on a leash and he is used to me reeling him in and grabbing him when things get tense–dogs and such.  And he knows I am stubborn about insisting on coming back home–eventually.

In other words, he is both quite tame and quite brave about being handled.

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So, up on the roof I tied my shirt at the base and unbuttoned it enough to stuff the cat down the front, buttoning it back up again to the neck.  This gave both me both hands free, and the cat still well-secured.  And then I scooted down the valley to the second ladder from the porch roof.  Viola!  Cat back to ground level.

It took two hours of stress trying to make the cat do it,  five minutes of ladder adjustment and three minutes of. . . lets just say. . .physical activity.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station: Bring your Tesla (or Volt!) to Spokane. . .

The Odell House Lodging, operated as a B&B, offers furnished apartments for both short and longer stays.

http://www.theodellhouse.com/

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Built in 1898, on the Registry of Historic Places, the house has a history of cutting edge technology: telephone, gas, electric and public sewer from its inception–it now has an electric vehicle charging station.

(Never mind laying hens and an organic vegetable garden for guest use. And a very comfortable Gazebo to sit in and read or check your mail;)

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What do you need to charge your EV here at the Odell House?

First, we need to know you are coming so the right area for your car will be clear and ready.

Call us 8 AM to 8PM and ask if it is available.  (It probably is.) 509 879-4619

Or, you can reserve the charger yourself:  https://reservations.frontdeskanywhere.net/odellhouse/

(We put a default cost of $10 on the reservation form.  Charging is free to our guests and they will not be billed.  We really do appreciate donations from folks who just drop by to charge.  Power is pretty inexpensive here, but as you probably know, it costs over a thousand dollars just to install these chargers. Amusingly, the only “drop-in” charger who did not generously assist our cause of helping their travels, was a pair of “investigative journalists” who arrived in a donated Tesla model S, sporting a large dent. 😦  They were promoting their new movie about fracking.  We gave them a pass on cheapness, not being particular fans of fracking ourselves, but are still entertained by the memory.)

What’s the equipment like?

40 amp 240 volt (NEMA 6-50P) plug, supplying GE Watt Station charger.

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Our design was for overnight guests, who in less than the time it takes to get a decent sleep, can have a fully-charged car for travel the next day.

Where are we located?

On the map below, left side at the star, just west of downtown Spokane.   The nearest exit from I-90 is Maple/Walnut WA I-90 EXIT #280  We are only ten blocks from the highway: north on Walnut, left on Second,  right on Cannon and cutting over two streets north will get you to First.

The circle on the map (5,6,7,8,9)  below is where the very nice places to eat are at at Cannon and Pacific.  The MAC museum would be #4 on our map. The corner of Spruce and Second by the Coeur d’Alene Park is the bus stop both to downtown and the airport. Route 60.

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We are a very convenient place to stay: ten blocks from the highway, twenty from downtown Spokane, a superb walking neighborhood.

That said, people now do sometimes drop in for an electric top-up to reach the new Tesla super chargers in Ritzville, or Ellensburg:

From “running on empty” in a Tesla, you only “need” two hours at the Odell House to gain 62 miles fuel to get to Ritzville

(I’d want a little cushion on that distance on a highway, particularly traveling from the west to east where there is a bit of a climb.)

Of course if you have stayed overnight with us and drive thoughtfully, you’ll have more than enough to skip Ritzville and refuel in Ellensburg

We are not ready to talk yet about travel more than 100 miles east of here. Right now (September 2014) the nearest super charger to the east is 540 miles away in Billings.  Billings, MT I-90 exit 443 Billings Big Horn Resort

(Lots of welders and RV parks in the meantime.)

And keep in mind that there are very little, if any, fast charging opportunities in Pullman, so plan accordingly. (If any one knows differently please let us know!)

 

More on equipment: we have a “normal” 240 V 30 amp level 2 fast charger, that works directly with the Leaf or Volt needing no adapters.  Teslas seem to come regularly with the right ones–even on maiden voyages.

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The picture above was taken during installation–you will note there is a plug hanging down to the left side of the charging unit.  A few hours later there was a 240 v 40 amp “welding type” outlet just to the left of it.

(NEMA 6-50P)

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You CAN unplug our charger to use proprietary Tesla adapters to get the full 40 amps.

If you want to access the 40 amps that the wall plug provides, you will need a male adapter that would work with this type of set up–and of course a long enough cord to reach the car.

In reality, using the provided charging station seems to deliver the roughly 30 miles of juice per hour that is promised from these welding type of plugs.  People have done it both ways–30 amps and 40 amps.

Using the equipment as provided at 30 amps seems the most reliable.  The Watt Station sometimes takes a couple of resets to come back on after being unlpugged, so if you do unplug it, make sure you’ve got the right cords!

 

Where to park? Two options. We sit on a corner and have two drives that can access the charger.

Option #1 2325 West First drive.

A Tesla, charging on the left rear, is easiest to charge by backing into the 2325 West First Avenue gated drive. This is the dedicated drive for unit B.

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This is an example of the correct parking placement for the Tesla–quite close to the porch and garden wall. There is enough cord for this–but not a lot to spare.

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Option #2 the 105 South Poplar Street Drive

Volt below, charging on the right rear is easiest in the 105 South Poplar Street location.

 

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As is the Leaf, which can pull in easily forward in the Poplar drive.

If you rent unit C, or no one is parking in the space for unit C–where the dark blue or black car is shown below–it is possible to back a Tesla in close enough to access the cord.  But it is close.   First Ave is the easier location, near unit B.

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 Why do you want to charge your car here–or stay?

If we do say so ourselves, we are a great place to charge your EV.  (And actually, other people have said this, though secretly wishing for an even faster and covered service. )

Why so great a charging place?

To charge, one has of course to leave the car plugged in.  While that car is plugged in you will be within three  blocks of public transportation, walking distance to places to eat and shop, and across the street from a museum.  https://odellhouselodging.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/local-places-to-eat-and-drink/

Getting to downtown or the airport is easy.  Some individuals have actually left cars here to charge while away for the weekend on flights from the Spokane Airport.

If you visit in summer there is also a play ground in the nearby park with a fun water feature for your shorter friends.

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Rick and I have a Leaf (Nissan all-electric vehicle) which in real practice has a range of about 75-80 miles–given typical Spokane terrain and weather.  We admire the cross country trekkers who appear every now and then with an  EV.  We hope you will be one.

 

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Ten blocks from the highway, on the most western edge downtown of Spokane–and all slightly down hill. . .  🙂

(We understand range anxiety. . . .)

 

 

 

Organic grocery shopping and other needs:

People often ask where to get organic food in Spokane.  There are several places near to us.

Also the site of the nearest  Post Office, and Pharmacy,  the basic grocery, Rosauers on Third and Cannon is quite good in the produce department and does stock some organics.  They also offer a service called Delivery Boy where for $12 you can have anything you want delivered to your house or apartment.  http://www.thedeliveryboy.com/

Granted, you can also ask us to do this before you arrive and we will charge nothing for it–or just the cost of whatever you want anyway.

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(There is a map at the base of this link–it is right as you enter Browne’s Addition on Second–on the map below where Second and Third appear to converge–they don’t.)

http://www.rosauers.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=220&Itemid=6

Another Spokane classic is Huckleberry’s Market–also owned by Rosauers company but specializing in what they call Natural Food.  It’s a good place, and not too far away.

http://huckleberrysnaturalmarket.com/

Huckleberry’s Natural Market
926 South Monroe Street
Spokane, WA 99204
(509) 624-1349

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A third choice is a store called Main Market, which is downtown–you guessed it–on Main St. On the map above it is roughly where the word Sprague is written.  My friend Lori works there.

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STORE HOURS: Open 7 Days a Week | Monday – Saturday 8am – 8pm, Sunday 10am – 6pm

http://www.mainmarket.coop/

The deli is very good, serving as a small cafe for downtowners.  It is quite close to the Opera House and Convention Center, also within a block of the local Kinko’s copy place–a very good office backup and Fed Ex shipping station.  My friend Charlie works there.  http://local.fedex.com/wa/spokane/office-2893/

Trader Joe’s Spokane

In the shopping center which also houses Urban Canine (across the parking lot) on Ray and 29th St on the South Hill.

2975 East 29th Ave
Spokane, WA 99223
509-534-1077

Trading Hours:
Mon-Sun: 8am – 9pm
Truthfully, I have been once, and will never go again if I can help it!  (Reasons? Corporate, non-local ownership for one, but more so the stiflingly South Hill crowd, crowding the crowded aisles–and it is a very long way up hill on a bike for a grocery shop.)
Urban Canine is a whole different story:
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If you have a pooch and want to look at great equipment they are worth a visit.