I was talking to someone from the Midwest who stated that we Seattleites are not very hospitable when guests stop by our homes. This person claimed that in the Midwest, if someone came by the house the host would drop everything and offer the guest something nice to drink, like fresh squeezed lemonade, and a tasty snack bordering on a meal. Further, in the Midwest it’s common for people to just drop by.
Seattleites on the other hand don’t welcome unplanned guests and when people do stop by, according to this person, we are not very hospitable. She claimed we don’t even offer something to drink and if we do that’s the extent of what we would offer; no bountiful repast like the Midwesterners.
Being a native Seattleite I do know it would be weird if someone just dropped by. Not that I wouldn’t necessarily welcome it, but it would be unusual. And, I always offer something to drink, but it would be rare for me to make fresh squeezed lemonade. I might offer seltzer, juice or maybe some ice tea, if it’s summer. It would be uncommon for me to bring out food for an unexpected-just-stopping-by-visitor, unless of course it was lunch or dinner.
So, I guess the Midwesterner is correct. But, I’d love to hear from others, especially those who came from the Midwest. Are Seattleites lacking in hospitality? Seattlelites, how do you feel about unexpected guests and what, if anything, do you do to welcome them?