Please join Debi Hertert of the podcast HostingYourHome and Portland’s Airbnb Superhost Shannon Hiller-Webb. Debi discovers Shannon’s amazing involvement in hosting and curating guest experiences, and about her own local food business “Green Zebra”. Shannon uses her connections with the local food scene, art scene and other social contacts to help guests find the right place to eat and what’s happening that night in Portland. She has guests from all over the world and relates a great story about being an unkowing contributor to a Japanese book “The Ultimate Guidebook to Portland for Creative People.” And then found out the book was commissioned by Travel Portland, who gave her a copy. This is an unusually long episode but absolutely worth the listen!
The episode starts with a tour of her house for the first fifteen minutes or so, but even during the tour a lot of information is given such as her feelings about pricing, cleaning fees, and her use of Instant Book. She may be the only Instant Book listing where half of the bookings are still preceded by dialog before the person books! She has made best friends with many of her guests, and has seen her guests make similar friendships with one another. Shannon is devoted to making her guests feel both welcome and safe. She shares stories – some poignant, some practical, and some hilarious. You will hear from Jaeger the weimereiner too!
It is so interesting to hear stories from all the different hosts who Debi interviews. For hosts who have a private suite, their interaction with guests is likely minimal compared with the more traditional model of sharing your space in the fashion that Shannon does. So it’s great to be able to hear all the different ways that people host.
Debi asked Shannon for links to the snacks they shared, because they were so good!
Ancient Heritage Hannah Cheese
Olympia Provisions Finocchiona
Kiyokawa Family Orchards Arkansas Black Kiwi – not local