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https://www.trevolta.com/travels/20-Cities-in-50-Days-in-a-Wheelchair-19878

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Our First Review

 

Proud to post our first review of a local bed and breakfast, Irving House, as a sample to give you all a better sense of how we’ll be doing what we’re doing! The following is an example of how we’ll be reviewing hotels. Please comment with any advice, suggestions, and other feedback!

 

Irving House

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Cambridge, MA

617 547 4600

stay@irvinghouse.com

Rates vary: $85-135 winter to $135-185 summer/peak season

Accessibility Rating: 4/5

Quick basics: Elevator entry to first floor and lobby. Elevator requires staff key to operate. Accessible rooms are spacious with room to fit a wheelchair in all corners. Bathrooms are accessible. Breakfast served downstairs is not accessible, though staff will bring breakfast upstairs if you ask.

Free Wifi: Yes


Full review:

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The Irving House does have stairs, but it does have a lift on the left side of the hotel. The Irving House lift is squat and boxy, and grumbles when it moves from the ground-level sidewalk up to the porch that connects to the inn’s lobby and first floor. The lift only works with a key from the Irving House. So when you come here alone, you may have to call the Irving House in front of the front door to use the lift. I would suggest the Irving House to have a bell in front of the lift or the main entrance for independent wheelchair users for easier access 🙂

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Irving House is a reasonably priced bed-and-breakfast a couple minutes’ walk from Harvard Yard, and because its lobby is a short staircase up from the ground level, an elevator by the side is necessary for entry and exit. A quick call to the receptionist will summon a staff member with the lift key. There are some chairs on the porch that may need to be moved too. Entering or exiting the inn might take as long as a minute or two, depending on how busy the staff is at that time.

Rooms are spacious, with enough leeway to allow a person in a wheelchair access to all corners without difficulty. A small shelf of books by the nightstand–tall hardcovers with worn jackets–offers a nice touch.

Ask for an accessible room, and the bathroom comes equipped with the important features: steel handlebars welded to the wallside by the toilet and shower. Moreover, it has a shower chair. It is very considerate of Irving house. Even the cot that they brought in for me (Brad) was soft and warm, and I slept well and woke in the morning from a lazy sunbeam across my face.

 

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A continental breakfast, which is served downstairs from the main floor, is not accessible to the wheelchair-bound. The receptionist on duty, however, was more than willing to bring up breakfast for us and I helped her carry up the plates of warm pastries, fruit and cereal. The coffee was rich and soothing and filled the room with a nice smell.

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Overall, Irving House is a good place to stay in Cambridge due to its great location–it’s a two-minute walk from Harvard–and its reasonable pricing for nice rooms. In terms of accessibility, it has everything you will need; just make sure to communicate with the staff at the main desk, so they are prepared to help you enter and exit and bring you breakfast. However, one of the downsides of Irving House is rough and bumpy sidewalks from Irving House to Harvard.

 

Trevolta Popular Trip!

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I am very excited to announce that we are listed as the top second most popular trip at Trevolta!

Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/20-States-On-Wheels/592322954196507

already has more than 200 likes 🙂

In less than two days, we were able to fundraise $1700. Personally we would like to express gratitude to the ones who supported us around the globe.

Please share the story with your family, friends and everyone you know! 🙂 We are extremely pumped!!

Again THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

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Trevolta page (crowd-sourcing)

 

Thanks all for your ongoing support! We’ve received many encouraging messages and comments from people around the states and are so touched by your warmth and kind words! We couldn’t complete this trip without your support. For those not in the loop: we are currently fundraising through the website Trevolta, a crowd-sourcing site for inspirational trips. Please consider donating–anything helps, even just $5 or rating us with 5 stars! Your help means so much to all of us 🙂

Here is the link to our Trevolta page: https://www.trevolta.com/travels/20-Cities-in-50-Days-in-a-Wheelchair-19878

20 Cities in 50 days in a wheelchair

Finally our video is out! We’ve been working on this video for three weeks. Days and nights working at Lamont Library usually until 3am in the morning. Frustrations when someone was using the computer that we’ve been working at. Anyways, the video is done!!! 🙂 please share this with your friends and family!

This summer, we will be taking a road trip from San Francisco to Boston in order to write a wheelchair-accessible travel guide to the United States.

Music credits to the Open Hand Project for royalty free music.
Thanks to our friends and family for their support in the making of this video.

Updated Plan

Brad’s family is taking a trip until early July. We decided to have a shorter version of a trip a few weeks ago. Currently our destinations are: San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Denver, Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, D.C, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, New Haven, Providence, Boston!!!! 🙂

Wheel project Map BW 1

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More will come soon 🙂 Be Ready! 🙂