This is the time of year that so many people look forward to as the string of holidays ensues - Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and new year’s eve. What makes this time of year so special is that it represents milestones in the calendar that often mean that friends and family are due for a visit.
As the holiday season approaches the bleakness of winter is punctured by the warm glow of your favorite (we hope) people springing from Facebook and actually giving you status updates in person. It’s truly magical. And you don’t have to worry about the batteries on that darned not-so-smart phone just because you want to find out about Aunt Millie.
But, for some people, Halloween isn't the scariest occasion on the calendar - guests in the house can sometimes make it feel almost like it was haunted.
There is that old joke that house guests and fish stink after three days. This can’t just be our thinking - there are actually articles about being a great house guest. And cartoons.
There was a good episode on Duck Dynasty where brother Jase stays at Willie’s house while his kitchen is being remodeled. Jase, the earliest riser, wakes up his brother by cooking steak for breakfast at 4 in the morning. Oh yeah, differing sleep schedules are another fun thing about house guests.
Even Martha Stewart is getting in on the preparations for having company stay.
Wait, you have to disrupt your house so that people can come stay? There has to be a better solution. Of course you know we are always trying to be helpful so here's a great idea: have your family members stay at the Featherbed Railroad.
Oh, if you are the one traveling, don't worry about telling your family that you're staying with us - there’s even an article for that!
While that certain uncle might seem annoying to you even after the first day, his jokes and stories are new to us. And by family and friends staying with us that means it’s just one fewer meal you have to have with them. Sure, you can't wait to see your favorite aunt but how did she end-up marrying him?
Now don’t get us wrong, we know you love having family stay. Heck, being in the lodging business we, too, get family who come and stay and we always look forward to catching up on things that weren’t posted on Facebook. Selfies are so much better when they’re in person.
Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without those political discussions and “those jokes” that always earn a groan.
But if it is appropriate to have Uncle Marv stay somewhere besides near an open flame, we’re offering a very special rate for stays during the holidays. Your guests can get 25% off their stay when they use the coupon code “Anniversary”. This is part of our celebration of 25 years in business.
Here’s another idea - you could also let your friends or family stay at your house and you could get away for a few days yourself. You can get the same discount and still enjoy a relaxing soak in a spa tub for two, or watch one of the hundreds of movies we’ve recently added to our video library. Oh, and don't forget breakfast that you don't have to make yourself. Score.
And when you stay with us and they stay at your house, think of the look of horror on your insurance agent’s face when you show them that. No, we can’t figure out how something like that would happen either.
Of course, if you’re looking for that perfect gift for the holidays or even for no reason, we also offer gift certificates that are valid here and at over 4,000 resorts across these United States. You can get a gift certificate in any amount whatsoever and one size definitely does fit all.
Whether your family comes and stays with you or with us, we hope these holidays are joyous and wonderful reminders of how special these people are. So here’s to you, to family and to keeping up on Facebook. Because you can’t smell that from your side of the computer.
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