If you know Sesame Street, you have heard the song "people in your neighborhood." It was played often a long while back by Bob McGrath and featured those who are in your neighborhood; post men, fireman, etc each played by various characters of the show. The song was always upbeat and my kids are a big fan of it when it comes on the speakers of their iPods or iPhones. As I was looking for a topic this week for our blog, this song came on and I had my subject: the people of our condo!
One of the great things from owning and renting a place up near Storyland (and the mountains) is the people who visit. Often we have groups who have young kids. Parents will be just taking they family or grandparents will plan everything so their kids and grandchildren can attend. We have had families from Quebec and as far south as North Carolina. While there have been a few problem groups along the way, overall I would say it has been great meeting new people and hearing their reasons to attend the area.
While these people who visit are not exactly "people in my neighborhood," I consider them people in my business. Without such great people staying at our place. I would never heard what others do while up there. Our family goes up several times a year and I try to share our experiences but the insights of others helps us when we plan. It is like having a "yelp" of sorts for my place!
The information they provide is just one piece though of the enjoyment of meeting our guests - the other is the follow up comments from many who have stayed. They often share how much the trip meant to them and that makes us happy that we could provide a piece of that enjoyment. While positive feedback is often what we hope for, the not so positive feedback is also very helpful - it is how we improve and make things better for the next group and families in the future and this feedback is so very important!
So as we leave the summer season, I want to say thank you to everyone who have stayed at our place in Bartlett, NH. Without your feedback and experiences, the whole rental business would not be as fun. Thank you to the "people of our neighborhood."