The holiday season is the perfect time for your hospitality to shine. Remembering your best lodging experiences while traveling around the country is a great way to begin. You will be treating your seasonal guests with the same respect and comfort you have enjoyed in the finest hotels while they stay with you in your Central Vermont home.
Setting up a guest bedroom requires a little of your time, and it is time well spent. Your houseguests will delight in your new home and everyone will enjoy the holidays with the thoughtful creature comforts you lovingly provide. Here are some tips on setting up a guest bedroom for the holidays that will bring a smile to everyone sharing your home.
Clean: Cleaning your home on a regular basis is important. When welcoming guests into your home it is imperative that extra care be taken in deep cleaning all the bathrooms and the guest rooms. Clean, clean, and clean some more. You can provide white gloves to younger members of the family, charge them with the white glove test, and then delegate more cleaning responsibilities with each passing year as they grow older and more able.
Declutter: Guest rooms should be free of clutter. You want your houseguests to feel comfortable and have a place to unwind. If your guest room has become a storage room, it is now time to find a new place for the items. Remove boxes of holiday gift wrap, used or unused exercise equipment, or anything else that may have found its way into your guest rooms over the course of the year. Your guests will feel welcome and important, as though they were checking into a room in the finest Boston hotel when you take the time to stage your guest room properly and provide them a space free of clutter.
Closets & Dresser: Your guests will have luggage. Provide them with the spaces they need to unpack their belongings. Empty the guest room closest and provide a uniform set of hangers. Empty the dresser completely. Provide a space for them to store their luggage after they unpack (the closet you emptied should easily house their garments and luggage).
Towels & Linens: An ample supply of clean hand towels and bath towels should be folded and accessible in the guest bathroom. The bed should be made with clean sheets and a blanket. Provide an additional blanket or two, folded on the foot of the bed or on the closet shelf. Vermont winters can be cold and the additional blankets will be appreciated.
Toiletries: The holidays are busy times. While packing bags, travelers often forget a thing or two. Anticipate the need. Set up a basket in the guest bathroom with new unopened toiletries (toothbrushes, travel toothpaste, comb, razor, travel soap, travel shampoo). This gesture will be well received, whether needed or not.
House Keys: Providing a house key to guests will make them feel more at home, as they can come and go as they please. Be sure to provide them with the home alarm code as well. A large colorful holiday keyring will help keep the key from being lost.
Welcome Note: Write a short note welcoming your houseguests. Leave the message on the nightstand.
Wi-Fi: Write the name and password of the home wi-fi on a card and leave it on the nightstand. (this can be included at the bottom of your welcome note)
Comfy Slippers: Providing your guests with a brand new pair of comfortable house slippers may be a big victory
in your hospitality regime. Holiday slippers are a welcome treat, inexpensive, and will definitely bring a smile to the faces of your house guests every time they put them on. They will remember you fondly long after the holiday, wearing their holiday slippers in the comfort of their own home.