Bed-and-breakfast owners share their tips
By Lynne Meredith Schreiber
WHETHER THE MESSAGE—“We’re coming
in two weeks. Can hardly wait to see you.
Planning to stay at your place”—comes by
phone or e-mail, panic can set in. You love having guests, but how to accommodate them?
Even if you relegate guests to your child’s
room, it can be a wonderful place to stay if
you do it right. The guiding wisdom for creating a comfortable guest room in any space,
according to bed-and-breakfast (B&B) owners, is to think about what you like when
you’re on vacation and do your best to reproduce that experience in your home.
“Create a refuge and pay attention to the
details,” advises Brad Cunningham, Costco
member and owner, with David Godfrey, of
the 1908 Edwardian-style Dundee Manor
( www.dundeemanor.com) in Dundee, Oregon.
From the bed down to the bottled water,
every detail in a guest room matters if you
want to ensure visitors’ comfort, ease and
supreme relaxation. High-thread-count (600
or more) sheets. A place to stow luggage.
Several varieties of pillows.
Guests bring good luck
“There’s nothing worse than having a pillow that’s too high for your head or one that’s
too low,” says Costco member David Knowles,
owner of Shasta MountInn ( www.shasta
mountinn.com) in Mount Shasta, California.
While inn owners create rooms to dazzle
paying guests, it’s not hard for the average
homeowner who hosts family and friends
from time to time to carve out private space
If you don’t have the luxury of an extra
guest room, clean out a couple of drawers and
make room in the closet so guests have somewhere to unpack their clothes. If that’s not
possible, affix a rack to the door for hangers
rooms such as The
Asian, (left) that
also have cozy
and offer a foldaway luggage rack for easy
suitcase access. Remove any clutter that might
make your guests feel shoved in a corner, such
as toys, breakables or collector’s items.
“I furnished [my] rooms simply, clean,
without tchotchkes,” says Knowles of his 1904
mountain-view B&B. “I wanted it to be the
kind of place that evoked the air of visiting a
cousin or an aunt—a homey feeling.”
Cunningham and Knowles suggest creat-
ing a cozy seating area if there’s space. A cou-
ple of pleasant chairs and a small table are
enough to provide an area other than the bed
for lingering. “Make them feel that if they
want to sit and read a book, they have a cozy
place to do so,” says Cunningham.
And while you’re at it, offer some reading
material—current magazines or well-loved
paperbacks (short stories are better than novels, so guests can finish a tale or two during
Little things make all the difference: plush
robes, hair dryers, a night light so no one
bangs a knee, enough toilet paper to avoid
meek requests for a new roll, toiletries in case
they forget something.
And snacks. Allow guests to satisfy
between-meals hunger without badgering
you. Arrange packaged snacks, bottled water
and, in the morning, coffee and tea from a
FOR TIPS ON SELECTING FURNITURE FOR YOUR GUEST ROOM,
SEE PAGE 46.
The Costco Connection
Costco and Costco.com offer many items
to help put together a guest room, including
beds, lamps, chairs, bottled water, sheets,
flowers and snacks.
Twin Peaks Room
(right) invites guests
to snuggle in.