Guests Make the World Go Round

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 09:00 Written by  Alexandra Grabbe

9162015 Image1We have had great guests this summer.




Charles came from England with his father.  He sent the following thank you note: “Thank you so much for hosting me and my Dad on Cape Cod for the last few days. What a truly wonderful place. And what excellent conversations too with you and Sven. That is a precious, and rare, combination.”




I always try to sit with guests over breakfast and chat.  This allows a different type of contact than if they were merely renting a room.  We exchange views on the world, on life.  We perceive of each other differently afterwards.




This week a rep from Airbnb called to ask us to join the site, ie. enhance their options in Wellfleet because Chez Sven has the required permits and most of their properties do not.  I didn’t hang up on her but almost.  Airbnb has killed the shoulder season for innkeepers here in town. I’m not a fan.




What I will miss about innkeeping is the guests. Take the couple staying this week.  Charming people.  A young doctor and his wife.  They went hiking through the Seashore with a park ranger and told me all about about their discoveries, both natural and culinary, over breakfast. 




One week we had two writers simultaneously.  Oh, what interesting conversations!  The three of us shared tips on markets and the publishing industry.




Another woman chose Chez Sven while helping her mother move from her house in town to an assisted living community.  We didn’t see the daughter much, but enjoyed the interchange of ideas during our brief conversations.  I guess she did, too, because she gave us a bottle of wine before leaving.



That’s the idea of what a real bed and breakfast offers.  Not just a room.  An innkeeper can suggest what to see and do after noting the interests of a guest.    The innkeeper connects with a guest on a personal level.  Airbnb can’t do that.  Too bad it is killing the industry.

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