- Trish retired (2)
Greetings from coastal North Carolina!
Phil (66) owns a human resources consulting firm and Trish (65) is retired from magazine writing. We enjoy staying active by walking almost everywhere from our home and traveling. We love to experience restaurants. We boat, fish and Phil plays golf. We've been going to Italy, and other European countries, annually for 20+ years . We have been here 17 years and can give you lots of information on what to see and do. Avid readers, we like to just relax by the pool as well! We have 2 30-something-year-old sons that are nearby and can be of assistance if needed. We have an indoor only cat that is very well behaved and will want to be near you! A friend comes in daily to feed and clean the boxes, if you prefer. Cat does not go outside and will remain in the house as we do not board her.
July 1 — June 30, 2015 These dates are flexible
Simultaneous or non-simultaneous. We are very flexible. 2 to 4 adults traveling. Open to a few days hospitality to connect between destinations for you and us.
We cannot say enough about this exchange with Trish and Phil. First, if you are in the midst of emailing these two, you will soon realize how witty they are. I had the pleasure of working this exchange with Trish for months. Every email I would get off the computer and say to my husband, that lady is a riot! Southern charm at its best. Trish and Phil arrived to our house the night before we left for their home. We had such a lovely dinner at a nearby restaurant on the patio overlooking Cazenovia lake on perfect summer evening. Trish and Phil are such a lovely couple and we hope to continue our friendship with them. Hopefully we can convince them to do another exchange! We certainly want to return. Their home is so much more than the pictures portray, much bigger too! It is exquisitely decorated throughout the entire house. There are just so many beautiful things to look at placed in just the right places. The layout of the house is well thought out. We even had fun using their elevator to get from ground floor to the third when doing laundry. Their furniture is very comfortable, kitchen has everything and more, and we loved having breakfast on their screened porch. We spent almost all our time outside by their private pool, landscaped beautifully too. What fun it was to sit on a raft in the pool and watch the nightly news on their outdoor TV. We kept commenting that the location could not be more perfect. You really don't need a car to go out to dinner or drive for drinks. Fun restaurants are like 3 houses length down their street, right on the harbor. The beach is a mile tops and what a beach it is! The town's beach is simply beautiful with white glistening sand for miles. There are some cool coastal towns all within an easy driving distance and so many shops, galleries, etc. to tour. We have to admit, once we saw their beach that was it for us. If you are looking for a beach vacation, this is it! Donna and Mark
We visited this home exchange in September, 2011 when the weather was beautiful making exploring the area so pleasant! We got to meet Donna and Mark on our first night, over dinner overlooking beautiful Lake Cazenovia! They are the most delightful people and really go out of their way to make sure your stay is memorable. Their home sparkles with personality with furniture, pottery and glassware from nearby MacKenzie-Childs, where you can take a free tour of the country farm house. We stayed in the adorable guest cottage that overlooks the swimming pool and hot tub! It's your own private resort. The cottage is well lit with double windows and a bay in the living area. The decor features exquisite linens and furniture that are yet country comfortable. The main house has everything from a gourmet kitchen to tvs everywhere! (For anyone that has never been to Niagara Falls, you could fly there first, as we did). Once in Fayetteville we had a car exchange and explored the Finger Lakes region. Dripping with Old-world -resort-charming, Skaneateles and Cozenovia were our favs! We were so impressed with the cleanliness of the roadsides! Never did we see a piece of trash! All the people we interacted with along the way were just the nicest you could find! Pristine hills, lakes, tidy yards, refurbished and restored homes without cookie cutter developments and strip malls to mar the views! Cooperstown, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and a Farmers Museum are well worth the little bit of extra time. The drive is stunning and the town is lovely. All walkable and, the Hall of Fame and Doubleday Field, the first baseball field, still used today, are "must sees" for sports fans. You can spend an entire day here. Phil and I relaxed so much at "home" that we didn't do everything we had planned, but, isn't that what vacations are all about! We definately want to revisit this exchange and explore more of the area. Donna is great at lining that up for you!