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The Perfect Stocked Pantry

April 27, 2017 Candace Quinn

The Perfect Stocked Pantry

As a chef and blogger, I get asked often to share just what I would want in a home-away-from-home pantry.  While part of the excitement for me is to visit the grocery aisles and delis of the local destinations where I travel, it is nice to never have to buy the basics…as long as what is in the pantry has been stored properly, has not reached its expiration date, and appears clean.  Minimums: Salt Pepper Sugar Flour Corn starch Baking soda (two boxes in case the refrigerator needs one)  Everyday essentials: First night’s coffee, even if it is instant A...


How to Prevent Problem Rentals

April 21, 2017 Candace Quinn

How to Prevent Problem Rentals

The last thing you want now that you have your rental space ready for guests, with nice linens, nice furnishings, and all those extra touches, is a guest that takes advantage of you by throwing a party or parties, or housing an extra 2-10 guests.  No one wants the guest that your neighbors talk about for months after their stay, that not only cost you extra dollars for damages and clean up, but also cost you the good will of your trusting neighbors.  We get asked frequently “how do you avoid or prevent such things?” Here are some great tips...


Guest ratings...from Now to “WOW”!

January 10, 2017 Candace Quinn

Guest ratings...from Now to “WOW”!

As a frequent traveler myself, I was reflecting on what it would take for me to say “WOW” without spending outrageous sums of money each night. I posed this question to several AirBNB hosts at last fall’s Open and here were what some of them are doing to elicit “WOW!” One host found a very nice “pants press” at a local used/resale store. He shared that guest after guest (he’s a business traveler ready host) left thank you notes. Another host whose unit is a bit removed from restaurants and bars established a well stocked honor bar with single shot...


Guest Hosting Essentials Checklist

January 05, 2017 Michael Quinn

Guest Hosting Essentials Checklist

Whether you are hosting family, friends or renting your home to short term vacation or business travelers for additional income - there are essential items you will need for your home to assure a safe and comfortable stay for your guests. There are distinct differences between the needs of vacation and business travelers, so it is best to know what type of guest you have arriving to best meet their needs and to hopefully exceed their expectations. For ease and to get you started, we have assembled a checklist of this essential "must-have" items for your home, room by room,...