Recently, I’ve been revisiting the New York Times article “The 36 Questions That Lead to Love” with anyone and everyone who will play along (maybe I should do a few of them over here again!). Funnily enough, one of the questions asks what your most perfect day would entail. For me, that’s a tropical location with all of my favorite people engaging in really quality conversation all day long. No distractions, no real activities. Just wine and/or cocktails and funny, deep, silly, thought-provoking, long-winded conversation with my closest friends and family. I love those stupid “if it was your last meal on earth…” or “describe yourself in three words” type of prompts. Anyone else?
Anyway, while a huge reason I love to travel is trying new restaurants and cuisines, my favorite aspect is the rare opportunity to connect with traveling companions without the distractions of work or home or errands to run. Sometimes a bar or restaurant proves to be too loud or too rushed to really get there, so I’ve loved this new little tradition that Kristan, Megan, and I adopted over our recent trips with La Crema – kick off the trip with an easy happy hour at home! Whether you’re AirBNBing or staying in a hotel, it’s totally possible to host your people before heading out for the night.
A few Happy Hour tips (see more here):
- Grab your favorite wine at the store (hi, La Crema forever) and use the glasses at your AirBNB. I think part of the charm is the mismatched glasses and pulling it all together humbly. We lucked out at our AirBNB in terms of supplies, but really just the basics will do.
- Pick up 2-3 cheeses and a spread or two. I usually go with one soft and spreadable cheese, something strong, and something mild. There’s no real rhyme or reason to the apps, though – pick up whatever’s local and fresh! Anything you don’t need an oven for, ya know 😉
- Make the most of the space. Pick a spot to enjoy your happy hour where you’re most comfortable – whether that’s outside enjoying some fresh air, in the kitchen around the island, or in another room with more seating.
- Ask a few of the questions from that article – you’ll find yourself in some really interesting conversation in no time. Promise!