Hosting out of town guests

Hosting out of town guests soon?  Going the extra mile when hosting out-of-town guests can be both affordable and reflect the charms of our town.  Here are some handy tips I like to share with those who have friends staying in the wonderful Annapolis area.

For the guest room:

  • Clear out a nice space for your guests items. Even a section of a closet or a dedicated set of shelves / drawers will help them feel welcome.
  • Fresh flowers are a great way to make an average guest room seem like a little dose of “B&B” treatment.
  • Provide local information on the nightstand; local maps, history, and points of interest are great ideas.

On arrival:

  • Giving guests a spare set of keys and showing them how to use the alarm (if you have one) is a great way to make sure they can come and go as they please.
  • People are often starving after a long day on the road! Have some food available as soon as your friends arrive.
  • Let them know “what’s mine is yours” right away. Books, blankets, whatever they need. Don’t assume they’ll ask or feel comfortable with your possessions.

 While they’re staying:

  • Take them food shopping at a local specialty store.  If they like to cook, plan to make a meal together.  It can be intimate, relaxing, and affordable.
  • Go beyond the tourist destinations! Show them “how locals do.”
  • If they drink, offering a little “wind me down” cocktail at night is nice.
  • If it doesn’t break the bank, find small, local souvenir you can send them home with.

Best wishes,    Pat Ogle - Associate Broker, CRS, GRI, ePRO, MCJ


Champion Realty, Inc.


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Annapolis, MD  21401

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