House & Pet Sit in Beautiful Washington DC Suburb!
We are a couple in our 60's looking for house sitters from February 28th through March 8th, 2020 to care for our pets and sightsee the area! We have a friendly standard poodle and 2 cats north of Washington, D.C. in a large, nice house in a lovely suburban area.
Responsibilities & Pets
We are looking for mature, responsible and patient, cat and dog lovers. We would prefer a couple. The sitters would need to have or rent a car while sitting. We'd like to talk on the or by video call, beforehand.
Specifics of pet care: The sitters would need to walk the dog, once a day, for about 30 minutes (or more, if you like), play with her and pick up after her in the yard and on walks. The cats love being petted and brushed. There's no litter box - they go outside. It would be good to have an or about how the pets are doing every couple of days!
We'd like the sitters to water house plants (once a week) and deck plants(if needed), fill bird feeders and bird baths. There's no need to collect the mail (we'll stop it) but you will get the paper (The Washington Post). You'd have to put out the trash twice a week and the recycling once a week.
Home & Location
We're in a DC suburb in pretty Montgomery County, Maryland with all the touristy things you'll want to do in DC and Maryland!
Our house sits on a quiet court, is big and sunny and the yard backs to woods. We keep the house thoroughly clean - you need have no anxiety about that! We have friendly neighbors and the neighborhood is in a lovely, safe, suburban area north of Washington DC. You can drive in to DC, or take the subway or the commuter train, whichever is best for where you're going.
The house: The house is beautiful(yes, I'm biased but I think you'll agree)! It's fully and nicely furnished with clean and fresh mattresses and linens. We have Wi-Fi, television with cable (Verizon FIOS, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, CBS all access). Also, a great kitchen - if you want to cook! There is a large, full daylight basement with a wood burning fireplace, small theater room and an exercycle and a treadmill. There is a deck with a grill and table/chairs/umbrella off the kitchen overlooking the backyard with trees, a garden and benches. The back yard is fenced, backs to woods and is actually a certified bird and wildlife habitat!
The Neighborhood: It's a great neighborhood to walk in; It's safe, clean and pretty!
There are shops, shopping malls, grocery stores, restaurants, a movie theater complex, a lovely Performing Arts Center, a large modern library, many large parks: 2 with lakes for fishing, a public golf course, a huge sportsplex and countryside of horse farms, an agricultural preserve (great for bicycling) all within 5 to 15 minutes of our house by car, 5 to 30 minutes by bicycle (we have bicycles you can use).
More Specifics (than you will ever need or, possibly, want but you can skim:)
Washington D.C. of course has so many fun, touristy things to do! Just to name a few - the free Smithsonian Museums, the monuments, parks, botanical gardens, JFK Center for the Performing Arts, the National Cathedral, the Washington National Zoo, the National Archives( the original Declaration of Independence and Constitution), the Phillips Art Gallery, the National Geographic Museum, the International Spy Museum, the Freer Gallery of Art and Dumbarton House and Oaks gardens - one of our favorites. You can't do everything so make a plan! We have brochures (and recommendations) for you too.
Of course there are many live music venues. One is Washington's 9:30 Club (Rolling Stone named it one of the 10 best live music venues in America), and another is Blues Alley. "The Capitol Steps" is a comedy group that is very funny - they perform every Friday and Saturday at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in D.C.! And of course, sports! The 2019 World Series Winners, The Washington Nationals, The Redskins and The Washington Capitols Hockey team to name a few.
Also in Maryland the historic towns of Frederick and Annapolis and in West Virginia Shepardstown and Harper's Ferry. See the link below. s://theculturetrip /north-america/usa/maryland/articles/the-10-most-beautiful-towns-in-maryland/
The Germantown Sportsplex has all kinds of local sports games to watch indoors and outdoors and a fabulous miniature golf course just 10 minutes away.
It's a great bicycling area too. We have the bicycles!
Other outdoor activities available very near us: Black Hills Regional Park (walking, picnicking etc.), Great Seneca Lake(water reservoir - fishing and very pleasant walking), Seneca State Park with a creek and lake w/ walking trails and fishing, several other (some large) state and county parks, Sugarloaf Mountain ( a small private mountain for free, public walking, hiking, easy climbing), horseback riding at nearby horse farms, farm stands, a public orchard - Butler's - that are open to the public some months(you can pick your own fruit, pumpkins, etc. ) and lots more.
There are Food and Wine Festivals and Art Festivals with live music within driving distance. In February you can go to The Official DC Cocktail Festival! Dogs are allowed in some areas and at some events, if you want to take our dog, Summer.
If you're interested, let's talk!