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Make your Alexandria home feel extra special for out-of-town visitors by filling your guest room with Alexandria, historic and local items.
the home’s “comfortable temperature” so be sure to have extra blankets on hand as well as a fan for those who prefer cooler temperatures while sleeping. Umbrellas are a good idea to have available if rain is in the forecast. SCRABBLE, EXTRA TV FOR TEENS
Another Alexandria Airbnb superhost, Heidi, has earned five stars from 52 reviews for stays at her contemporary home in Old Town. One amenity that guests enjoyed was having an extra TV in a spot where kids or teens can chill. Having board games on hand like Scrabble also ranked high by guests. In addition, Heidi makes sure guests know that she is quickly available by text should anything go wrong. Visitors are also quick to point out that staying in a “sparkling clean” home is important. If you are short on time before your friends’ or family’s visit, think about hiring a maid service to do a deep cleaning a few days before they arrive. SIGHTSEEING AND SNACK BREAKS
If your guests plan to do some sightseeing and are driving, be sure to give them suggestions on where to park in town and have them download the ParkMobile app for Alexandria or DC. You can also help them download the DC Metro app. Alexandria Airbnb superhosts Joe and Leslie, who have earned five stars from 96 reviewers, include tour guide brochures (we recommend picking up a Visit Alexandria Visitor’s Guide for your guests), personal recommendations for restaurants, and a guest
parking permit for visitors. Their backyard comes in handy for guests with pets. Be sure to keep some simple snacks and bottled water on hand that they can slip into a purse or backpack while sight-seeing. Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa makes “AM and PM Breaks” snacks available to guests including: “Trail Blazer” granola, dried fruit, mixed nuts and sweets. Kids will enjoy the “Popcorn Break” with flavored popcorn, M&Ms and assorted nuts. Other thoughtful touches in a nod to hotel amenities that are easy to replicate and will make for a thoughtful touch for your visitors: • Fresh flowers or plants with a holiday touch such as poinsettias, christmas cactus or amaryllis • Tissues in the bedroom (be sure you have a wastebasket) • Bottled water and glasses • Chocolates or mints • Information on local fitness centers (many offer one-day or short-term passes), bicycle paths and running routes • A handwritten welcome note • A surprise welcome gift — something local and seasonal is best. • And last but not least, arm them with a copy of Alexandria Living Magazine, where they can check out the events calendar for fun things to do around town. November / December 2018 • alexandrialivingmagazine.com