AT on... Hosting Guests

AT on... Hosting Guests

Lily Gahagan
Apr 30, 2008

Since moving here we've found that of all the places we've lived, this is the place that has garnered us the most out of town visitors. It would seem everyone's left their heart in San Francisco, and frankly, we couldn't be happier about it. We've begun getting a little routine down and wanted to share a bit of what we've learned about hosting overnight guests...

First, we really like having some snackies and a bottle of wine (or whatever your preferred drink) waiting when guests arrive. Sure, you could immediately go out to any of the City's endless options, but after traveling (no matter the distance) we find people prefer to take a moment or two to relax at home. This also gives you a chance to catch up, tour the house, unpack, etc.

And speaking of unpacking, we recommend setting aside an area for your guest to put their belongings. If you're lucky enough to have a guest room, then anywhere in there works. But for most of us, this could mean either a corner of your bedroom, living room, or even a shelf or two in a closet. Giving your guest their own space helps them to feel more at home and not as if their stuff is constantly in the way. Laying out fresh sheets and towels is a no brainer, but we like to add a spare set of keys and a map of the City for guests to use. If they are visiting during the work week, these are essential, but they're also good if you are early to bed or late to rise - you don't want your guest to feel like a prisoner of your sleep schedule, after all.

We'd like to know what you do to make guests feel welcome. Mint on the pillow, or sleeping bag on the floor?

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