By Andrea Honaker
I love going away for the weekend to visit friends and family. But as much as I enjoy these getaways, sometimes it’s even better when my loved ones come to me instead. Of course, it’s great getting out of town from time to time and seeing new places, but it can be refreshing to be spared of that travel time as well.
One of my favorite things about having company is getting to play hostess. I always like making breakfast breads, muffins and desserts in advance and planning out at least one nice dinner at home. Of course, I also have to clean the house, which is probably my least favorite thing in the world to do, but I get it done so I can move on to the good stuff.
Each person who comes to visit has different interests and tastes, and I like figuring out the perfect activities to do with him or her. I am all about lists, so I always make it a point to type up some options for attractions and dining, along with details on location, cost and hours. I figure this way I won’t have to scramble to find this information later.
When my mom comes to visit, we like to see independent films, go to museums or attend Broadway shows. My dad is a lover of the outdoors, so we often visit parks, hike or go geocaching. My sister and I usually shop at unique local boutiques and rock out at concerts. And luckily, the Charlotte area is so large and diverse that there is something fun available for everyone as long as you know where to look. It’s a city that I am proud to live in, and I like getting to show it off.
Having guests also allows me to be a tourist in my hometown, which I enjoy immensely. Even though I’ve lived in Charlotte for three years now, there are still a great many places and attractions that I haven’t hit up yet. Weekend visitors give me the perfect opportunity to check these unknowns out … with friendly faces by my side rather than having to go alone. And then we all get to try something new, including me.
My friends Chris and Kayla are coming to Charlotte this week, and my sister will be here at the end of October, and I am really looking forward to having them. Who knows what we will end up getting into, but I do know that I will be prepared and ready to show them a good time.