How to be a great houseguest
Tip of the week...
▪ Arrive bearing gifts. Flowers, chocolates, and wine (more than one bottle, if the occasion calls for it) all make good first impressions. And offer to take your hosts out to a dinner—or two—at a favorite spot.
▪ Go with the flow. Don’t make your hosts feel like they have to entertain you. Though you should be enthusiastic about joining any planned activities, let on that you’re also happy exploring and relaxing on your own.
▪ Show simple courtesy. When you go out, tell your host and specify an expected return time. If you’re hungry between meals, don’t ask for snacks. Go out and buy hors d’oeuvres you can share.
▪ Finish strong. When leaving, ask how to handle your bed linens, and when thanking your hosts, mention special things you enjoyed—then fo llow up with a note on good stationery the moment you’re home. “Do not email or text your thank you.”