Cottage Season’s Official Guest Rulebook!

Cottage season is here and you’ve scored a prime-time invite! Here is some really good advice borrowed from on how to stay in your host’s “good books” and get invited back.

Don’t Come Empty Handed

Common sense for any guest, but especially important when you are staying the night. Bring a gift. Or a gift basket. You were fairly unanimous about bringing wine and beer. Do a grocery shop before you arrive, and ask your hosts what they need.

Make a Meal

If you are close to a restaurant, you can always treat them to a meal in town. But most hosts will be happy if you come prepared to make one special meal, such as a barbecue or big breakfast.

Clean up After Yourself

Pitch in with dishes and setting the table for meals. Leave your room and the bathroom the way you left it. A few readers mentioned stripping the bed of sheets before you leave — a small but thoughtful act!

Respect the Property

Know the water rules: Is there a limited supply? Can you drink the tap water? Are long showers discouraged? Accidents happen, but if you break something, own up to it, and don’t wait for your hosts to discover the damage at a later date. If you bring pets, clean up after them. It might be nature, but don’t leave “surprises” in the woods for others to step in.

Have Fun and Relax!

Act like family (but without the sibling rivalry!). Make time to connect and have fun with your hosts, but remember it’s okay to give and take space. Tired? Take a nap! Grab your own beer or brew a pot of tea and sit back with a book for a couple of hours then head out for a swim. Cottage time is all about relaxation and kicking back with people you like. Make it a fun time!

Time at the cottage should be relaxing and stress-free! We can’t control your guests, but we can help give protection from other types of disasters.

Want help reviewing your cottage insurance policy? We’d love to help. Contact an M&R Broker today to make sure that you can kick back and enjoy the summer!

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