Welcome Out of Town Guests

26 Oct

Out of town guests.  

You either love ’em or hate ’em.

I happen to LOVE playing host to out-of-town guests. It’s a lot of fun to stay up late playing board games or hang out on the patio furniture in the morning, sipping coffee and enjoying a good conversation.

Depending on if you will be spending time with the guests for their entire visit or sending them to do some stuff on their own, here’s some hints and tips for making their stay memorable.

1. If you have a photo of the two of you having fun in the past, put it in a bedside frame. They’ll get a kick out of remembering the good times you’ve shared.

2. Ask them what their favorite drink or snack is and have that available. A little comfort from their home or normal routine is well…comforting.

3. In the guest room, have a couple of books that highlight your town or state. A few recent magazines to flip through and some funny DVDs for them to unwind at the end of the day is always appreciated.

4. Make up a little basket of all those things you have forgotten when you travel: toothpaste, tooth-brush, floss, deodorant, soap, lotion, hair gel, razor, Tylenol, tissues, mints.

5. If you are sending them out to explore on their own, be sure to have maps and review with them where they will be going. Let them know about any discounts or tips for getting around.

6. Make home-made muffins or brownies for those early risers or late night snackers.

 7. Bring them to your “Cheers” (you know the place you frequent and everyone knows your name). They’ll enjoy the extra warmth and great service that gets extended to you.

8. Don’t focus on the tourist stuff only. Take them to a farmers market, an out-of-the-way store that only locals know about or an area where they can appreciate the current season (for instance, the folks visiting this past weekend were from the south, so a quick ride to a town that had beautiful trees with gorgeous fall leaves was a real treat for them, not to mention photo ops galore)!

9. It’s nice to go out to restaurants, but a delicious home cooked meal is always appreciated.

10. And most importantly, don’t forget the small chocolates on the pillow.  

Happy Moment of the Day: A one-liner joke courtesy of Reader’s Digest

“I often wonder about people who live in tropical destinations. What do their screen savers look like? …”

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