1. Set Up a Space for Them
Whether you have a one bedroom cabin, or you have guest room after guest room in your cottage, make sure that linens and pillows are set up and ready before guests arrive. Beyond just setting up a “bed” for guests, make sure they’re aware of where bathrooms and outlets are – and whether or not they should drink the water!
2. Stock-up on Toiletries, Food, Drinks (Coffee!)
There’s nothing worse than realizing you forgot to pack something once you get somewhere for the weekend. Prepare your guests in advance and have basic toiletries available for them to use! We’re a coffee company, so we’re a bit biased about what drinks to stock-up on, but ensure you have plenty of snacks and beverages (hot & cold) on hand for guests to enjoy. If your guests are asking what they can bring for the weekend, this is also an easy thing to let guests contribute — as long as it’s Cameron’s if they’re on coffee duty!
3. Provide a List of Things to Do, but Also Don’t Overschedule
You’re away from the city for a reason! Make sure you’re allowing yourself and guests time to relax and unwind, but also let them know about all of the fun things they can take advantage of while they’re staying with you! Whether it’s borrowing your boat or hitting up a local golf course, help your guests enjoy their time at the lake!
4. Make Your Fridge & Pantry a Free-for-all
Again, we’re a coffee company, so we’d be remiss if we didn’t advise you to give your guests complete access to your coffee maker, as well as fridge and pantry. We’re assuming your cottage isn’t 5 minutes from a Target, so that means that your visitors can’t go grab their own food and drink. Also, there’s nothing worse as a guest than having your stomach growl and not feeling comfortable with raiding the fridge.
5. Wake Up Before Them and Get Coffee Ready
If you want to be an all-star host, ask your guests when they usually wake up and (do your best to) get up a few minutes before them. That way it’ll give you time to prepare the one thing everybody looks forward to when they first wake up: a great cup of always smooth, never bitter coffee. May we suggest bringing along some Fireside Blend or Woods & Water to brew?!