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FC: House Guidebook | The Hobby Farm
1: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. CathyAllen | Welcome to the Hobby Farm! We’re glad you have chosen the Hobby Farm for your crafting getaway retreat. To be sure you have the best possible experience while you are here we’ve compiled this reference guide. Please take a moment to flip through this book to become familiar with The Hobby Farm and all it has to offer. Enjoy!
2: HOUSE RULES Thank you for observing these simple house rules... Out-buildings – We admit, part of the charm of the Hobby Farm lies in its history. It is tempting to want to tour that hundred-year-old white farm house, climb in the old barn, or explore some of the other “out-buildings”. Please refrain. You have been granted access to the main home, and by signing the rental agreement, your coordinator has assured us that no one will go exploring any other buildings. The Hobby Farm consists of 5 acres to the East of Naples Street. Feel free to explore the area around the home – see if you can spot the five kinds of fruit trees growing here - pears, plums, black walnuts, raspberries, and a variety of apples – but please do not enter any buildings other than the main home. | Pets – While it’s true, this IS a farm, we do not keep any animals here. We thank you for leaving your pets at home too. Smoking – This is a smoke-free home. Please keep any smoking outdoors. Use the receptacles provided to dispose of any cigarette butts, packaging, and matches. Thank You!
4: Where am I?? Upon your arrival, a quick tour of the facility will help to ensure your full enjoyment of all we have to offer. Let this floor plan be your guide. | First Floor
5: Second Floor | Third Floor
6: Configuration - The craft room is set up with 20 craft tables, one extra 8-foot table, and a workstation in the back. The tables are typically set up in pods of three or four, but can be configured in any number of ways. Please feel free to rearrange to suit the needs of your group. | THECRAFT ROOM
7: Music – a stereo receiver is located at the back of the room for your use. If you prefer to avoid radio repetition and commercials, feel free to bring a music-playing device to plug in your own music selections or try making your own station on The Hobby Farm account at Pandora.com! | Crafting Tools - Help yourself! The two computers are set up for use with the 12-inch printer, perfect for your 12x12 pages. The Hobby Farm offers a Cricut Expressions machine and a variety of cartridges, and a Sizzix machine with a variety of letter and shape die-cuts. Take your try at the embossing tool and a variety of powders, the Xyron sticker maker, Stamping Up! Stamps, inks, a variety of scissors, punches, and miscellaneous tools and accessories.
8: THE KITCHEN
9: Fully Stocked! - The Hobby Farm offers a fully stocked kitchen. The cupboards and drawers are labeled to assist in making your way around an unfamiliar kitchen. You’ll find extra napkins, paper plates, paper towels and tissues in the closet, along with brooms, some cleaning supplies, and miscellaneous necessities. Use what you need. The vacuum and additional cleaning supplies can be found in the laundry room. Leave them there. You can leave the cleaning to us. You’re taking a break – remember? Sink Disposal - Unfortunately, The Hobby Farm does NOT have a waste disposal system in the kitchen sink. Please throw any food waste into the garbage, not down the kitchen sink. Dishwasher - The kitchen includes a dishwasher for your use. However, the convenience of this dishwasher has it’s drawbacks! The buttons on the front are exceptionally simple to run, and equally simple to bump up against, resulting in running an empty dishwasher! Please use care when in the kitchen to ensure the dishwasher is not run unintentionally. Dishwasher detergent can be found under the sink. | Trash / Recycle - The trash and recycle bins are located on the front deck outside the kitchen door. Recycling is ‘single-sort’, so it all goes in the same bin; there is no need to separate recycling. Both the kitchen and kitchenette have separate trash and recycle bins under the sink for your convenience.
10: Beverage Fridge - No coolers needed here! The kitchenette fridge is perfect for all your beverages, frozen snacks, and overflow from the main fridge. Unload the ice packs and stash the coolers around the corner, in the laundry room, or in the sitting area to the North. Unpack, relax, and make this your home away from home. Coffee Bar - Complementary coffee, tea and cocoa is provided in the Kitchenette. For coffee, just raise the silver handle, insert a k-cup, and select the size of your brew. For tea or cocoa, just make sure there is no k-cup and follow the same instructions for your hot water. Refill the side reservoir if it is low or the light flashes. Extra k-cups are in the cabinets under the Keurig machine. Enjoy! Coat Closet – For coats of course, but also has a second rack for your shoes so you don’t have to trip over them at the main entries. This closet is also the home for our snow shovel and ice-melt. If it snows, please feel free to use both.
12: The seven bedrooms each have destination themed décor to enhance your weekend “escape” mentality, make you smile, and also to help you make reference to where you are or where you are going! Each room also includes a journal of your destination. Please add a few comments about your travels and stay here at The Hobby Farm! | Paris, France (3 guests) North 1st Floor Imagine you are visiting the Arch De Triumph, Notre Dame, the Louvre, and Muse De Orsay, amid high fashion, and trendy uncomfortable shoes. Pick up some fresh strawberries and chocolates and picture yourself having a picnic and a nap in the promenade under the Eiffel tower. Fabulous! | NORTH BEDROOMS
13: The Orient (1 guest) North 1st Floor Enjoy your own personal Zen garden, pagodas, fresh bamboo, silk tapestry, and Koi swimming in the pond. Ahhh, the relaxation sets in... | Each of the 18 single beds offers clean sheets, a blanket, a comforter, and one pillow. There are extra blankets and pillows in the closet of the Beach Bum bedroom. Each bedroom offers nightstands, a clock, night lights, and earplugs for those not used to sharing a room. Please note that in many cases, TOP outlets are controlled by switch. If you are using outlets, be sure to check that the outlet switch is in the ‘up’ position. | Germany (2 guests) North 2nd Floor PROST! What says Germany more than beer steins, castles, the walled city of Rothenburg, and a wave of the Black, red, and gold? Willkommen!
14: Italy Café (2 guests) South 2nd Floor There’s nothing like enjoying dinner in the outdoor seating area of that little restaurant down at the corner. Enjoy the sunset and watch the crowds walking by, while savoring another glass of wine after a full day of touring. Was today the Leaning tower of Pisa, a vineyard in Tuscany, the Roman Colosseum, Vatican City, the waterways of Venice, or the beaches of the Cinque Terre? Sleep well. You’ve had a long day. | Winter Wonderland (2 guests) South 1st Floor Cozy up to the fireplace, cocoa mugs, snowflakes, and warm winter blankets. Grab your book and get cozy while the winter winds blow outside. The fireplace is operational, just not plugged in. If you’d like to use it, feel free, just remember to turn it off as you leave. | SOUTH BEDROOMS
15: Beach Bum (5 guests) South 2nd Floor Here, you’ll find flip flops, a beach ball, surfboards, and sea shells. Your destination may be the white sands of the Caribbean, the volcanic black sands of Hawaii, the rocky coast of Oregon, or just the sandy beach of Lake Minnetonka. Feel the warmth of the sun, smell that sunblock, hear the water call. You’re on vacation now. | Up North (3 guests) South 2nd Floor Grab your backpack and camping gear! Hear the call of a loon, smell those evergreens and watch the birch trees sway. This is Minnesota at its best! Perhaps you think of your own cabin in Northern MN, or maybe a trip to the BWCA. It could be that your destination is just a hike down a local trail. Get away from the busy life you lead. Relax!
16: BATHROOMS | Please note that The Hobby Farm utilizes a septic system as opposed to the city sewer systems you may be familiar using. You MUST refrain from flushing anything down the toilet that will clog the system. Please do NOT flush any sanitary products, wipes, paper towels, or other similar products. The septic system is equipped with an alarm to indicate any problems with the system. If you hear constant beeping, please call management immediately. | Lillies South 1st Floor A half-bathroom, accessible from both the living room and craft room, and designed for handicapped accessibility. This bathroom also serves Winter (2) guests for general use, but offers no shower.
17: The Hobby Farm offers five bathrooms. Each is stocked with bath towels for the most logical number of guests that will use that bathroom for showers. If however, your bathroom is out of fresh towels, please check another one. There should be at least one bath towel for each guest. Each bathroom is also stocked with extra toilet paper, tissues, and hand soap. | Lighthouses North 1st Floor A full bathroom, ideal to serve France (3) and the Orient (1). | Flowers North 1st Floor A 3/4 bath ideal for the guests in Germany (2), and Winter (2). | Chocolates South 2nd Floor A full bathroom serving Italy (2), and Up North (3). This bathroom also has a stock of necessities. If you forgot yours, please use one of ours. | Chocolates and Shells bathrooms also offer electric wall heaters. The control is a dial on the wall by the door. Please remember to turn the dial to “Off” when you leave the bathroom. | Shells South 2nd Floor A 3/4 bathroom serving the adjoining Beach Bum bedroom (5).
18: The Hobby Farm general-use spaces include the living room, the ballroom, the "Train Station" sitting room, a separate dining room and a bonus room to accommodate the variety of needs for each group of guests. Spread out and make yourself at home. | GENERAL FACILITIES
20: The Hobby Farm is situated at the end of a dead-end road, but we are not alone. Sound, especially at night, travels farther than you’d think. Please respect the neighbors after hours when young children should be sleeping. Also note that the speed limit on Naples Street is 15 MPH. Please watch for children as you drive by. Finally, please respect the “Private Drive” signs posted on Naples St. The street actually ends at The Hobby Farm. What looks like a road continuing to the South is our neighbor’s driveway. Do not drive or park on any part of their driveway. | THE NEIGHBORHOOD
21: Parking - There should be ample parking for your group if you park similar to what's shown here. Please do not park on Naples Street. We find it works well to leave the spot by the front doors for loading/unloading. Snow Removal – should a substantial amount of snow fall during your stay, we will make our best attempt to have the snow removed. Please be patient. If you can’t get out, there is a good chance we can’t get in. Don’t worry. We’re on our way.
22: TRAIN!!! That’s right, an operating rail line lies just beyond that field. You’ll hear the train blow its whistle and feel a slight rumble in the craft house as it approaches the town of Stanchfield. We like to think of it as though we’re on the train traveling to a fun destination.
23: HEADING OUT?? | Area Churches Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church – 905 W. Central Drive, Braham. Sunday services at 9:00 am (traditional worship), 10:30 traditional worship on 1st and 3rd Sundays, Contemporary on 2nd and 4th Sundays. Phone # (320) 396-2755. St. Peter & Paul’s Catholic Church - 1050 Southview Ave Braham, MN 55006 Weekend liturgies are held at 7:00 pm Saturdays, and 10:30 am Sundays. Phone (320) 396-3105 St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod)- 400 SE 8th Street, Braham. Worship at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church is at 10:00 AM Sunday mornings. Holy Communion is offered on the 1st and 2nd Sundays of every month.
24: HEADING OUT?? General Shopping - Forget the milk? Just head North for 3 miles to Braham, MN. Here you’ll find a small market, hardware store, thrift shop, gas station and liquor store. It’s a small town, but it has the basics. If you are looking for more, head South 10 miles, and find that Cambridge has almost everything you could need. Cub Foods, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Menards, Kohl’s, coffee shops, liquor stores, gas stations, movies, salon services, bookstores, banks, etc... Crafting Needs – Head to Cambridge. Turn to the East when you get to Cambridge and you’ll find the Target and Walmart that have some crafting supplies in a pinch. Turn to the West, and you'll find that Cambridge also has a Walgreens with a 1-hour photo service. Finally, there is a scrapbook supply store called “D&K Scrap-n-Stamp” just South of Cambridge in Isanti. Turn to the West off of Hwy 65 in Isanti. Whether you are looking for inspiration or just ran out of adhesive, it’s nice to know you have options.
25: Entertainment - There are options such as golf, bowling, vineyard tours, movies, fitness centers, and salons Let us know what you find! | Restaurants – The Outback Saloon & Grill. The town of Stanchfield does not have much, but it has a saloon! The Outback Saloon & Grill offers a variety of pub-fare including burgers, pizza, specialty sandwiches and dinner baskets. Order in or get it to-go. The Brass Rail. In the heart of Grandy on the West side of Highway 65 just a few miles South of The Hobby Farm, you’ll find The Brass Rail. They offer sandwiches, pizza, and dinners as well. Their special feature includes broasted chicken and their signature homemade coleslaw. Cambridge - Just 10 miles South, the city of Cambridge offers a variety of dining options from your typical fast food favorites (McDonalds, Arby’s, Wendy’s, Subway, Culvers, DQ) to Perkins and Applebee’s. Try the local places too, like Herman’s Bakery, People’s Café, Cambridge Bar & Grill, Q Mandarin Buffet, Sidelines Sports Grill, and our favorite – The Pizza Pub. Braham - The City of Braham offers a bakery and deli in the market, and a Subway, just 3 miles North of here.
26: Delivery! If you are hoping to stay in, but are not in the mood for cooking, we highly recommend the Pizza Pub in Cambridge. They offer great pizza, and they deliver to the Hobby Farm. Theater – The Hobby Farm offers relaxation of all sorts! A 20-foot screen with projection display and surround sound with a variety of in-house movies is at your disposal. Follow the instructions posted in the theater. At normal decibels, the crafters below you won’t need to know what you are watching, but what fun is that??!? Enjoy The Show! | STAYING IN ??
27: From The Heart Massage - Kathy Jacobs, a Certified Massage Therapist, is available at The Hobby Farm by appointment. Contact her directly if you’d like to arrange an appointment (651.216.9571). She asks for a minimum of three massages per visit, but may offer volume discounts if you ask. She comes highly recommended. | Pampering by Appointment - The Hobby Farm offers you a place to relax and unwind, work on your craft, and socialize with friends. Would your stay be better with a professional massage? How about a pedicure and manicure? Unfortunately, we cannot offer those services. We can, however, offer you space, and some suggestions. Contact the service of your choosing, and have them set up in the Bonus room (3rd floor, North side) where you’ll be away from the buzz of the craft room.
28: Electronics | Computers / Printers – The Hobby Farm offers two computers. Each is mapped to the 12x12 printer and is connected to the internet. They are set up on Windows XP, with Windows Explorer and Firefox for browsers. For convenience during your stay, please leave these two computers ON at all times. Turn off the monitors at night if you'd like. Internet – Both computers in the craft room are connected to the internet. If you are using your own computer (or device), search for a connection, and you should find “The Hobby Farm” as an option. It does not require a password. To make the most of your time here, we recommend that you do any major uploading to your favorite photo sites prior to your arrival.
29: Television – The Hobby Farm uses Direct TV. The remote is on the livingroom coffee table, along with a channel cheat-sheet. There is also a DVD player in the living room if you are in the mood for something less than the Theater's big screen. The DVD selection is in the theater. House Phones – There are six house phones disbursed throughout The Hobby Farm. The one corded phone is in the kitchen. There is one cordless phone each in the craft room, South living room, Kitchenette, Beach bedroom, and in the Theater. The cordless phones have an intercom feature that comes in handy if you are looking to speak with someone in a different part of the house! Long Distance - The Hobby Farm is JUST outside the Twin Cities area code boundary, which makes basically any phone call you need to make a long distance call. For this reason, we’d prefer to keep long distance service available on the house phone. To do this, we need your cooperation. Please do not abuse the long distance service. Outgoing long distance calls are charged $.05 per minute. If your call is longer than a quick call, either have them call you at the house number, or leave payment to cover your calls in the pig cookie jar on the kitchen counter. Cell Phones – We have found that cell coverage at The Hobby Farm varies by carrier. Verizon seems to be a winner, AT&T a loser. The best places for coverage seem to be the bonus room (3rd floor, North side), and outside, particularly in the mowed strip to the field at the Southeast corner behind the house. Because cell service can be sporadic, don’t be surprised to get a random voice message or text long after it was sent. We recommend you provide the phone number for The Hobby Farm house phone to those who need to reach you during your stay.
30: MECHANICAL NEEDS | Heating / Cooling This house is equipped with three furnaces, three air conditioners, two electric wall-heaters, four electric in-floor heating units, and unusually well-insulated exterior walls. There are at least seven thermostat control panels related to heating and cooling this home. There could be more – who knows. I still can’t figure it all out. We’ve done our best to establish a comfortable temperature for you. Adjust as necessary. The main furnace thermostat for the craft room is on the back wall (to the East). The thermostat for the North side is on the second floor on the wall between the ballroom and Germany. The South side thermostat is between Italy and Up North.
31: In-Floor heat Note that the electric in-floor heat runs on off-peak electric meters. You may notice a “click” and a hum when they turn on sometime after 11:00pm. They heat during the night, and should keep the floor warm during the day. If the hum is bothersome, adjust the temperature on the thermostat labeled “In-Floor Heat”. The floors will not be as warm, but the standard furnaces will compensate. | Water heater The water-heater should provide enough hot water for everyone to go about their day without thinking of whether or not there will be hot water when they need it. Just remember that the water heater is on the South side of the facility. Travel to the North bathrooms takes some time. Please be patient.
32: All things grow better with love. | EMERGENCY INFO Smoke Detectors. Smoke detectors in the home have a combined sound and voice alert along with a hush feature. Should smoke detectors go off due to kitchen cooking, dust, or non-emergency reasons, just push the hush button. Fire Extinguishers are located in the Kitchen closet and in the Kitchenette under the sink. Fire Escape Ladders are available in both the North and South sections of the house, one in the closet of Germany, and one in the closet of the Beach. Notify Management. | EXCEPT when immediate danger is present, please make every attempt to notify Management in the event of any mechanical, electrical, septic, or other household-related problems or concerns prior to notifying external parties (call to see if Owner can remedy prior to calling a plumber, fire or police). Notify the Owner as soon as possible in such exceptional circumstances.
33: Emergency Contacts: The Hobby Farm 38585 Naples St. NE Stanchfield, MN 55080 320.396.3467 Management Paul Dischinger – 651.249.4846 Cindy Dischinger – 651-249.4847 Hospital / Clinic (911 in Emergency) Cambridge Medical Center – 701 South Dellwood Street Cambridge, MN 55008 1.763.689.7700 Police / Fire - 911 in Emergency Braham Police Dept. – 320.396.3383 Cambridge Police Dept. – 763.689.2141 | Enjoy your stay, and come back soon!!