With a little advance preparation, your can enjoy your guests and ensure they have a great long weekend too.
Cheat Sheet for Cottage Guests
Put a note in their guest room that lists any cottage rules (or unruly conveniences), the wi-fi password and the location of the nearest coffee shop. You never know if they will get up early and want to go for a paddle or drive for coffee and a muffin.
Put out Towels, Soap and Shampoo
At the Rosseau Market on Fridays, I pick up special individual soaps and have for years. This year I added these lovely handtowels from Bridgeport in Port Carling.
I love their “bear” and “sandal” individual soaps too.
And don’t forget to put out biodegradable shampoo for your guests. I like the live clean brand that you can find in most drugstores.
I also have an emergency basket in my guest bathroom. It has contact solution, post sun aloe gel, calamine lotion, hand lotion, Clariton, slippers and bath gel.
A good night’s sleep
If you’re thinking about replacing the mattresses on your guest beds, you’ve probably heard of Casper mattresses that come in a box and now they deliver in Muskoka. The accessibility and product packaging not only make delivery and setup easy, but its 100-night trial period allows for ample time to give it a try and if not, Casper travels to any nature-lover’s cottage to ensure a good night’s sleep.
All of Casper’s sleep products — including its pillow, bedding, and bed frames — are developed in-house by the company’s award-winning R&D team. Casper was recently named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in the World and its eponymous mattress was crowned one of TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions.
Just order online and your mattress will delivered to your cottage door free! There is a Casper store now in Sherway Gardens in Toronto if you want to try before you buy, but Casper’s reputation is good and they promise the perfect balance of support, breathability, comfort, and alignment. You may want to order one for yourself at the same time!
Stock up on local goodies
Before our guests arrive, we zip into town for supplies: Blueberry Donuts from Silver Streams in Port Sandfield, Abbey’s blueberry and mixed trail muffins, Chelsea buns from the Rosseau market or Don’s Bakery, local strawberries and some yogurt. While coffee is brewing in the morning, I put out these treats with plates and bowls and everyone can help themselves to local treats to tide them over until brunch is ready.
Lastly, go take a yoga class or meditation class…you can now relax and enjoy your guests because you’re ready for them.