So You Want to be an Innkeeper?

What’s it like to have a B&B? If you have ever thought of owning a bed and breakfast, you have probably asked innkeepers this question many times. There is no way to answer it in a blog, but I do have a recommendation for you – get thee to an aspiring innkeepers’ seminar!
We will be hosting one at the Inn on August 10-12, with the course delivered by Peter Scherman and Rick Wolf of the B&B Team, inn brokers and consultants. Rick is a former owner/innkeeper of the Captain Fairfield Inn in Maine, so he is a voice of experience. It is an information-packed schedule of 2 1/2 days, starting Friday evening and ending Sunday afternoon. In addition to the seminar information, there will tours of two to three B&Bs, including ours, and a chance to talk with the innkeepers socially. You can find more details on the B&B Team website or call them to register. Rooms are still available here at the Inn for that weekend for seminar attendees – please call us to make the reservation as we have made the rooms unavailable for online booking.
From my own personal perspective, attending at least one aspiring innkeeping seminar before you become an innkeeper is essential. Jim and I attended at least three of them over the course of the 10 years that we investigated this as a next career. They range widely from very brief overviews that may last only a few hours to in-depth multi-day courses that include some hands-on training as well as coursework. I have even learned good things by sitting in on aspiring innkeeper seminars since we’ve been here at our own B&B.
If owning a B&B is one of your goals, I hope we’ll see you in August.

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