This is the first time we have used Home Away and Regina has set a high standard! We were in town for our son’s wedding, and could not get a hotel room in Bristol. From the moment we got to Bristol, nearly late for the rehearsal, Regina was helpful. She got us into the apartment with no fuss and quickly got out of our way so we could get to the church. Our plan was for the groomsmen to get ready at the apartment, but his bride asked if the girls could get ready there. I gave Regina a heads up that the Bride wanted to take pictures in the back yard and she really out did herself. The trellis with grape vines was decorated for us!
By time we got back to the apartment from the rehearsal dinner, we just wanted to fall into bed, and a very comfortable one it was. The fridge had all we needed for a good breakfast (juice, eggs), muffins on the table and lots of coffee.
On Sunday morning, Regina showed up with champagne flutes (and more coffee) to go with the bottle of champagne she had left for the bridal party. She didn’t mind all the extra traffic that the bridal party entailed. Besides the bride, 4 bridesmaids, 2 flower girls, mothers of the bride and groom, grandmother of the bride, there was the hair stylist, the photographer, and the limo driver. And yes, we all managed to get ready in the apartment.
The sunroom had several buckets of toys for young children, and kept the flower girls busy.
The apartment was very clean, so the bride had no concerns about her dress hitting the floor. The furniture was comfortable and new, with lots of seating space. But it was all the little things that Regina did that set this apart. There was a basket in the bathroom, with all the things you might possible forget. A basket in the kitchen with lots of quick snacks, and items in the fridge that eliminated rushing to the store. As one of the bridesmaids put it, “She did all this, knowing you were here for a wedding and would likely never come back!!!”
I really like the thoughtfulness of the notebook full of things that Regina may have told us, but in our hurry may not have registered… like how to turn on the heat. We went from having the air conditioning on Friday to having the heat on Monday.
We found Bristol a lovely town, close to Providence and Newport. So we plan to go back, just as we plan to rent Regina’s apartment again.
And thanks to the folks at Judge Roy Bean Saloon who let us hang out after the wedding (without much drinking).