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Gift Baskets For Guests
Making Guests Comfortable And Giving Them Ideas To Make Their Stay Comfortable And Enjoyable.
When company is coming everyone cleans house and all does the things we have been putting off. We think about menus and activities, but do we think about little things that will make our guests comfortable? Taking a guest to local farmers market on Saturday or taking them to a museum is nice, but first make them comfortable. Greeting your guests with gift baskets on their beds is the perfect way to give them information about your area, snacks and comfort items that will make them feel welcome and important. Gift baskets are great ideas whether your company is a long time friend or your mother-in-law. Gift baskets are great at bridging language gaps. What you put into a basket is up to you. Some standard items are towel you expect your guest to use, some snacks, a map of the area, bottles of water. Bottles of water are always in my baskets, because that is what I want when I am traveling, water I know is safe to drink.
I love having guests and being a guest. Thinking over the many places I have stayed one thing stands out concerning how welcome I feel. When you are in a strange or unfamiliar place there are a few things that can make you feel welcome. A simple guest basket with snacks and bottled water can stave off discomfort in the middle of the night. A weary traveler, especially one with jet lag, might crave a drink of water and a snack, but not know where to get one without disturbing the hostess. A little reading material is welcomed by any guest as well. A guest gift basket can be any thing from a decorated paper bag to a nice basket filled with comfort items like snacks and bottled water. Just think of things you might want in the middle of the night, but wouldn't wake your hosts for and you have the perfect ingredients for a guest basket.
Use guest gift baskets for giving guests ideas on what there is to do in the area. Visitors might have some ideas about what they would like to see during there visits, but often they have little idea what there is to do in the area.
Ideas To Help Your Guest Decide What's Available To Do.
Adding a local tour book to your guest basket will give your guests food for thought. Many times I have been asked by hosts "What do you want to do while you're visiting". I look like a deer in the headlights, because I don't have any idea what there is to see and do. A tour book gives your guest the information about what there is to do, so they can make a decision the visits activities.
Be prepared with ideas. Guests are a wonderful excuse for finding out what's happening in your own area.
A Maps And History Of The Area
Local maps are fun to stick into your guest basket. If you are an Automobile of America Association member pick up maps and tour books for your guests. The local Chamber of Commerce will also have free information about your town. Post cards also make a nice addition to any guest basket. You can give a guest ideas, but itineraries in the basket , to choose from, make a nice touch as well.
When visitors come to my home there are several itineraries that get tucked into the guest basket.
The Wine Itinerary Historically The Napa valley of California is considered wine country, but truth is a good deal of Northern California is wine country. The Livermore Valley boasts of more than 30 wineries within a twenty mile radius. The food network features Entwine wine, which our own Wente family vineyards produce. Entwine means pair. For $25 a person you can participate in a wine and food pairing tour at the Wente Estate winery. The history of this winery is fascinating; from German immigrant roots to modern day wine making science this family owned and operated winery is one of the gems of the Livermore valley. The Wente family also owns and operates Wente Vineyards. Carl Wente is third or four generation wine maker who grew up in his family vineyards here in Livermore. The Restaurant at the vineyards is four star. The chef creates menus daily with fresh from their garden vegetables. This is just one part of the wine itinerary.
The San Francisco Itinerary can be broken into three trips to the city. Though Livermore is 45 miles from San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is a great way to travel there. The trains run under the San Francisco Bay. A day in downtown San Francisco could include the financial district, Museum of Modern Art, City Hall, the Opera House and shopping at places like Neiman Marcus, and Macy's. During the holiday season visiting hotels to see beautiful Christmas decorations is one of my favorite activities. Another day trip would be along the bay side of San Francisco. You could eat at Fishermen's Wharf or go into the aquarium at Pier 39 then walk or take a rickshaw to the Golden Gate Bridge. This is quite a walk. The third day trip into the city would be to Golden Gate Park. The park has so much to do and see. It takes longer to get there by mass transit, but is well worth the trip. These three trips will allow you to see the high points of San Francisco. Planning the trip using maps before heading out to explore the wonders of San Francisco is half the adventure. You can decide which attractions you want to see and decide how much time to spend on museums or your favorite attractions. For all its big city feel nothing is terribly far in San Francisco.
The Nature Itinerary would include information on the numerous hikes and nature areas to visit near-by. For example we could drive four miles and hike the backside of the dam to Lake Del Valle for a picnic. That is just one of the many wonderful hikes in this area.
The Spa Package would include a trip to our gym for a workout and soak in the hot tub or steam room.. We can also offer a nice hot bath in our newly remodeled bathroom and a cozy evening in front of the fire. If you would like to go out for spa treatments there are also several day spas in town which offer massages, facials, manicures and pedicures.
If your don't have many resources don't freak. Most guests come to see you. A family with kids can have just as much fun with a BBQ in the backyard as with some complicated itinerary. Make kid size baskets out of sand buckets from the dollar store: snacks and a face cloth, silly soap and a bottle of water and the kids feel special and welcomed too. If you don't have a lot of room, put the kids in a tent in the backyard. Parents have a lovely visit and the kids enjoy camping.
Whether you make guest gift baskets with fancy trimmings, or set apples and a bottle of water on the dresser next to clean towels, the key to a good visit is to make your guests comfortable. The guest basket is the perfect touch for making guests feel expected and comfortably at home.
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