Transform Your Guest Room Into a Five-Star Retreat (Easily)
For better or worse, heat and air-conditioning can reverse the seasons indoors. Since your guests may not come prepared for a drastic temperature change, extra blankets and a small electric fan (if there’s not one overhead) will ensure that they sleep easy.
Take a page from Martha’s book and keep breakfast a casual, self-serve affair. Show guests how to work your coffeemaker, and stock up on morning staples like toast, cereal, yogurt, and fruit. Leaving them out on a pretty tray adds polish with next to no effort. (Of course, if you’re up and want to play short-order cook or make a doughnut run, we doubt you’ll hear complaints.)
If you’ve got Netflix, post a note to let guests know they’ve got your blessing to use it -- plus a list of your DVDs with a hand-scribbled, “Movie night? Say the word!” (If you’re gunning for host of the year, an in-room bar cart and TV stand should seal the deal.)
Time Well Spent
These days, we’ve conditioned ourselves to pass any spare time on our phones -- but while we may reach there first, we can still enjoy low-tech forms of fun. Remind guests young and old that magazines, board games, and crafts can make for a grand old time (and even a DIY souvenir).