Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The Art of Hospitality

The Inn on the Creek - Salado

I'm convinced that hospitality is an art. The ability to create an environment that is pleasing and restful and the ability to make strangers feel at home do not come naturally to everyone.

Our stay at The Inn on the Creek has been a wonderful experience. It has given me an appreciation for the art of hospitality. I think there are three components that combine to create a sense of a hospitable place.

The first is to create a sense of place that is beautiful, relaxing and welcoming. The elegant Victorian house with its cheerful and beautiful rooms and serene creekside outdoor space provided a wonderful place to rest and relax.

Another aspect of hospitality involves making someone feel welcome and at ease. At the inn, we were greeted with a warm smile and made to feel at home. Every time Will saw us, he acknowledged our presence with a smile and a wave. There was no doubt in our mind that we were welcome guests! We were lucky enough to have the house to ourselves and we were encouraged to explore.

Finally, the ability and willingness to anticipate needs and the art of joyful service made our stay memorable. A bowl of chocolates was a treat in the common area. We were asked, "Did we want coffee in the morning?" It was ready on time. Did we have special food requirements? They were met. At breakfast, we never had to ask for more hot water for our tea, they were watching and alert for what we might need or want.

As Christians, we are encouraged to practice hospitality. Do I have all of these down to an art . . . . no, not at all. But what a privilege it was to experience this level of hospitality! And an encouragement to do what I can at my home to create a place where people can feel comfortable and at ease!


Karen said...

Looks like a great place. I'm glad you had the opportunity for some relaxation and quiet time.

Chris said...

Hospitality is almost a list art!

Happy Easter!

Chris said...

Sorry that should be "lost art", not "list art".