TAKING HOLIDAY BREAK - Laid-back Zen Couple living in a National Historic District between the mountains and coast of North Carolina, USA


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    OCTOBER 2020 UPDATE: Our CALENDAR WON'T BE AVAILABLE for the next couple months through the holidays. Feel free to contact us after the new year to see what our pre-Spring plans will entail. Thanks!

    Our lives span across the divide between analog technology, radios, record players, black and white televisions and today's digital life. We lived in the heyday of Frank Zappa and Rock and Roll; love world music; old enough to to enjoy Blues, Jazz but also appreciate the evolution of electronic music.

    We are Theresa and Russ - seeking persons who can assist to tame or improve a small lot for gardening, help with small-scale renovations, discuss various garden practices, help build a couple of heugelkutur beds! LGBTQIA. We are in need of helpers who can handle outdoor labor, have some building experience to help in the prep stage of our plans. In exchange your guest space and meals will be very comfortable.

    She is Cajun / Irish, he is Italian Puerto Rican heritage . Cooking and sharing foods from our family, America and the world with friends is a passion.

    NOTE: Although one of my photos below includes a Bengal cat, we do not have cats, dogs, pets. One of the co-hosts is allergic to cats.

    Due to current accommodations, we cannot host pets or children. No illegal drugs.

    My current partner and I have lived 3 years in a National Historic District between the mountains and coast of North Carolina.

    There are unique oddities in this central North Carolina worth checking out. We are near the site of the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic and down the street from North Carolina's oldest family-owned bicycle shop (including biker racers). We are very close to a very large multicultural grocer in nearby Greensboro. I have cooked Cajun, Hawaiian, Filipino and other cultural dishes using ingredients from this wonderful business. Hiking, kayaking and rafting, fishing (with NC fishing license), camping are within driving distance (or a ride from a local enthusiast :-) ).

    Closer to home are numerous craft brew-pubs, historical sites, sculptures and at least one civil rights history site.

    He is an experienced host, learning cooking at a phenomenal rate and is awesome with creative and maintenance house projects. He will welcome help on this front.

    We live in a 3-season gardening zone 7b.

    We are omnivores but have accommodated vegetarians and vegans as well. We enjoy fun intelligent conversations while cooking / eating in our kitchen; streaming music, playing vinyl records or CDs.

    My partner and I are in an early century home on a little over a quarter of an acre. We are currently assessing our sustainable prospects of the most beautiful soil on this tiny lot. I have read for a long time about sustainable farming, permaculture, organic and healthier growing methods, but have not been able to put the knowledge to intense use.

    I have gardening experience while living in the South and Hawaii.. We are currently clearing space in the backyard (including runner-type bamboo).

    The existing dedicated garden spot we are using heat to kill the weeds / seeds. We are spending time getting to know the property and the town. Exploring how this property might be productive, from donating to food pantries to healthy eating at home to possibly selling at local markets. We cannot have farm fishing on this property, so conventional aquaponics is out. I am reconsidering simple hydroponics based on a cool system in Hawaii..

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We offer open minds that have observed spectrum of life in America. We are tolerant, empathetic and given much thought to the United States system that permits fortune to be earned, allows people to be poor and even some to be happy.

    We love to share our cooking, some of which can be adapted for vegetarian and sometimes vegan diets. We regularly cook Cajun and Italian foods. I have prepared the following dishes in the past: Sárga túró, Ponche crema, cultured tempeh, made wine, made beer, cauliflower cous cous, bibimbap, lettuce wraps, cold noodles, columbian tamales, adobo, hurricane popcorn (Hawaii), soft tofu cheesecake, hand-rolled dolmades, pumpkin-kale polenta, Jambalaya, plantains, fermented cabbage kimchi... just a sampling. :-)

    My partner spent time in Germany and Korea in the past. I have had brief experiences in Quebec, Wales, England, Aruba and Jamaica. I miss living in Hawai'i. We enjoy sharing what we know of the United States, our experiences growing up in the late 1960's and 1970's and many changes in society, technology, philosophy. He has read of many religions and Buddhism for ongoing understanding of people and inner peace. We are not affiliated with a religion but have a sense of spirituality.

    We love both American Bluegrass music and its evolution to "Newgrass" folk music. She has worked with Vietnam veterans.

    We have a good friend in the neighborhood who teaches Spanish at the university for those who would enjoy practicing Spanish with him. My Spanish is very, very rusty, LOL. He and his partner are well traveled and we enjoy their tales of adventure.

    Another friend originally from England restores collectible cars like VW buses at his business. He did much of the work to restore his own early century home, which still has some original wall plaster made with horse hair.

    Another local friend does wonders with 3D printing. I am looking into his demonstrating his craft with others.

  • Help


    Much depends upon the season time of year a person (or persons) travel to our city.

    Basic needs: preparing the back yard for planned edible landscaping. This may include removal of small sized bamboo: mildly dense in some areas, only maintenance work in other areas.

    We want to add more soil, mulch, compost to the existing garden bed to increase drainage.

    We have discussed one to two heugelkutur beds on one side of the back yard. Some areas have English Ivy as ground cover that may be removed. One deck is planned to be repaired / replaced with new wood boards. I have envisioned garden areas mixed with different types of outdoor / smoking / solar / street food cookers to introduce others to multi-cultural types of cooking.

    Improving one of our bathrooms for more comfortable use would increase the amount of people we can host. The bathroom is ready to use, but need to make repairs in sheet-rock / wall, refinish the shower, maybe replace the carpet with ceramic tile.

    Helping to remove grass long the driveway to allow more friends to park.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Inside the host's home with either a bedroom or sleeping alcove and bathroom. We welcome helpers in the kitchen as cooking is a passion. We may have a small camper available in the future onsite.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We can pick up from the bus station in Winston Salem. Amtrak does stop in High Point. Nearest airport is in Greensboro.

    A sampling of the sites in the area:

    GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA - Site of the Civil Rights historic site: Woolworth Lunch Counter Sit-in. This North Carolina store preserves a historic moment in America's movement for racial equality.

    AT THE HEART OF THE historic Old Salem (a preserved early Moravian village), in what is now Winston-Salem, North Carolina, lies a plaque commemorating the first official Independence Day celebration in the United States that occurred on July 4th, 1783. The plaque was placed on July 4th, 1966, the 200th anniversary of the city of Winston-Salem. The site is a preserved Moravian village and wonderful visit.

    Trade Street Northwest (Winston-Salem) - Winston-Salem (about 20 min drive away) - Art galleries including African arts shops, Finnegan's Wake Irish Pub / Restaurant, Quiet Pint gastro pub, King's Crab restaurant, Downtown Thai restaurant and more.

    High Point University - Bronze Sculpture Garden - High Point University: One of the most beautiful campuses on the East Coast, if not the nation. Lining Kester International Promenade are 23 bronze sculptures of significant figures from Sacagawea to Madame Curie to Rosa Parks; Aristotle to Galileo, Mark Twain, Dr. Martin Luther King. The Mark and Julie Phillips Sculpture Garden: a space where people can linger and enjoy diverse works of art that interact with the surrounding environment. More information at the University links below.

    118 Underhill St - John Coltrane - childhood home. (Not open to public at this time)
    Jazz legend John Coltrane stands alongside Charlie Parker as the most influential saxophonist of all time. His childhood home is in High Point, North Carolina. It’s a little-known fact, but the community there is working to change that. A historic marker was recently unveiled to the public.

    Hiking at Pilot Mountain, Hanging Rock State Park, kayaking on the Dan River.

    John Coltrane Statue downtown.

    Körner's Folly - Körner’s Folly is the architectural wonder and home of artist and designer Jule Gilmer Körner. Built in 1880 in Kernersville, North Carolina, the house originally served to display his interior design portfolio. Visitors can now explore the 22 room house museum and its unique original furnishings and artwork, cast-plaster details, carved woodwork, and elaborate hand laid tile.

    Johnson Street Disc Golf Park.

    Elsewhere Collaborative - Greensboro, North Carolina - Art museum based around the collections accumulated over 58 years by one eccentric thrift store owner.

    MOUNT AIRY, NORTH CAROLINA - Mount Airy. Andy Griffith's hometown has made itself up to look like the fictional town of Mayberry.

    DAVIDSON, NORTH CAROLINA - Homeless Jesus. The first statue of Christ sleeping on a bench in the United States confused its affluent parish.

    HILLSBOROUGH, NORTH CAROLINA - Myers House. One killer horror movie fan has built an exact recreation of Michael Myers' childhood home.

    DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA - Duke Lemur Center - This research center for rare prosimians is studying how they sleep to help prolong human life.

    SANFORD, NORTH CAROLINA - Endor Iron Furnace - Ruins of an American Civil War iron forge still survive as a reminder of Confederate industrial strength.

    Super G Mart - Awesome for Asian, Hispanic, Mediterranean foods and more. Large space market with fresh produce, meats and seafood.

    High Point, North Carolina - World's Largest Chest of Drawers - (Yes, it is really a giant Chest of Drawers) - Town landmark, once called the "Bureau of Information." 38 feet tall, with two giant socks hanging from one of its drawers.

    WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA - The Last Shell Oil Clamshell Station. This bright yellow relic is the final survivor of a short burst of seashell-shaped petrol pumps.

    DeBeen Espresso - Wonderful vibe. coffee, latte', fruit smoothies, baked goods in an artistic setting. Water fountain accompanies comfy chairs in the large sitting are Walking distance or a short drive from the house. Discount for paying in cash.

    Several local craft breweries available.

    The Full Moon Oyster Bar - Jamestown
    Its all oyster bar type seating, very good fresh oysters, friendly staff. Cocktails and beer available as well. Popular, rustic harbortown environment.

    High Point Korean BBQ
    Pretty good Korean food for this area. Russ lived in Korea in the past and gives a thumbs up. Lunch prices are very reasonable and great way to try several menu items. Food served with several spicing / flavoring items.

    Penny Path Café & Crêpe Shop
    One of the few operating restaurants (and non-furniture businesses) in the Furniture Market district downtown. Short menu but very tasty. Nice ambiance reminiscent of places found in Asheville, Atlanta and more.

    SidWill's Cafe & Catering
    Soul food restaurant in nearby James town with high ratings. This host wants to try them out soon!

    Sumela: Turkish and Mediterranean Restaurant

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4 hours a day, 5 days a week

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