Bed and Breakfast Seminars, Bed and Breakfast Workshops

Learn the “ins and outs” of starting or buying an inn at one of our bed and breakfast seminars or workshops. Learn how to run a bed and breakfast, full service inn or boutique hotel with Eliot Dalton and The B&B Team®. We promise you a “Better Way to Learn Innkeeping™,” a step-by-step process ensuring that your vision is synchronized with the personal, financial and operational realities of starting, owning and operating a successful inn. Exploring how to run a bed and breakfast? Start your bed and breakfast education here. Learn from the experts!

“Hi Eliot, Thank you again for the truly comprehensive seminar you gave this Saturday. The course content went beyond my expectations, and the workbook and supplement information provided is invaluable, and will be referred to many times going forward. I think your teaching method was just about perfect and the pace was just right too. Thank you again and I won’t hesitate to reach out to you should I have any questions. Regards, David D.”

Essential “How to Run a Bed and Breakfast” Topics

Building the profile of your inn – make it right for you

Due diligence – know before you buy

Finding and acquiring the inn – the process

Inn financing – what you need to know

Inn valuation – is the price right?

Business planning – your road map to success in starting a bed and breakfast

“Better Way To Learn Innkeeping™” is Offered in Four Formats

One Day INTENSIVE WORKSHOPS

Limited to 8 participants and are highly individualized. Key aspects of buying and operating an inn or bed and breakfast are covered, with time spent on topics varying according to individual needs. Intensive Workshops are presented in “round table” discussion style and include a pre-workshop survey and phone consultation, instruction, workbooks, lunch and a personal follow-up consultation.

One Day Comprehensive Workshops

Include instruction, workbooks, lunch, and a personalized consultation. Workshops are presented to the group in lecture style. A fast-paced day, the same material is covered as in weekend seminars but without as much time for exercises and questions. Follow up consultations are scheduled individually on a case by case basis.

Weekend Seminars

Offered over a weekend at a host inn, provide a thorough overview of starting a bed and breakfast and cover essential topics in depth. Seminars are taught to the group in an interactive lecture style. Instruction, workbooks, a personal follow-up consultation, meals and a wine and cheese reception are included.

The ABC’S of Running Your Inn

A four-day hands-on program that takes place at a host inn where you will stay and experience the actual practice of innkeeping. Experience how to run a bed and breakfast first-hand. From preparing breakfast to cleaning rooms, this fun, practical boot camp allows you to experience all the steps that keep guests returning again and again. Limited to a maximum of 4 people. For those who have taken a Better Way To Learn Innkeeping™ seminar or workshop, or who have decided to become innkeepers.

Bed and Breakfast Seminar & Workshop Schedule

Exploring how to run a bed and breakfast? Start your bed and breakfast education here. Learn from the experts!

Choose a bed and breakfast seminar or bed and breakfast workshop from the schedule below to learn the essentials of how to start a bed and breakfast, full service inn or boutique hotel. Prepare for the business of innkeeping – attend one of our bed and breakfast courses!

October 19th, 2019
INTENSIVE INNKEEPING WORKSHOP™ –  limited to 8 enrollees
 Griswold Inn – Essex, CT
9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday
Fee:$250 couple, $199 single
Leader: Eliot Dalton

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November 11th, 2019
One Day Comprehensive Workshop

PABBI Conference – State College, PA
9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday
Fee:$180 couple, $130 single
Leader: Eliot Dalton & Marilyn Bushnell

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November 16th, 2019
INTENSIVE INNKEEPING WORKSHOP™ 
–  limited to 8 enrollees
Comfort Suites Downtown – Carlisle, PA
9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday
Fee:$250 couple, $199 single
Leader: Eliot Dalton

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January 11th, 2020
One Day Comprehensive Workshop
– Portsmouth, NH
8:30 am to 5:30 pm Saturday
Fee: $175 couple, $125 single
Leaders: Wolf & Wolf

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February 1st, 2020
Comprehensive Innkeeping Workshop
St. Francis Inn – St. Augustine, FL
8:30 am to 5:00 pm Saturday
Fee: $175 couple, $125 single
Leaders: Dalton & Bushnell

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February 8th, 2020
Comprehensive Innkeeping Workshop
Lake Buena Vista Hampton Inn – Orlando, FL
8:30 am to 5:00 pm Saturday
Fee: $175 couple, $125 single
Leaders: Dalton & Bushnell

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February 8th, 2020
One Day Comprehensive Workshop

Lambertville House – Lambertville, NJ
8:30 am to 5:30 pm Saturday
Fee: $175 couple, $125 single
Leaders: Wolf & Scherman

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March 14th, 2020
Comprehensive Innkeeping Workshop
Hampton Inn Airport West – Atlanta, GA
8:30 am to 5:00 pm Saturday
Fee: $175 couple, $125 single
Leaders: Dalton & Bushnell

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March 26th – 29th, 2020
Future Innkeeper Hands-On Workshop
Mills River, NC – limited to 4 people
2 pm Thursday to 1:00 pm Sunday
Fee: $1395 couple, $900 single
Leader: Linda Hayes

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April 4th, 2020
Comprehensive Innkeeping Workshop
Hampton Inn Columbia – Baltimore, MD
8:30 am to 5:00 pm Saturday
Fee: $175 couple, $125 single
Leaders: Dalton & Bushnell

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April 3rd – 5th, 2020
Weekend Seminar

Inn at English Meadows – Kennebunkport, ME
4:00 pm Friday to 2:30 pm Saturday
Fee: $495 couple, $375 single
Leaders: Wolf & Scherman

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April 23rd – 26th, 2020
Future Innkeeper Hands-On Workshop
Mills River, NC – limited to 4 people
2 pm Thursday to 1:00 pm Sunday
Fee: $1395 couple, $900 single
Leader: Linda Hayes

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April 25th, 2020
INTENSIVE INNKEEPING WORKSHOP™ 
–  limited to 8 enrollees
Beekman Arms – Rhinebeck New York
9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday
Fee:$250 couple, $199 single
Leader: Eliot Dalton

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May 15th – 16th, 2020
Comprehensive Workshop & Wine Tasting

Inn at Weathersfield – Perkinsville, VT
8:30 am to 5:30 pm Saturday
Fee: $175 couple, $125 single
Leaders: Wolf & Wolf

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May 16th, 2020
INTENSIVE INNKEEPING WORKSHOP™ 
–  limited to 8 enrollees
Hampton Inn & Suites Valley Forge/Oaks – Valley Forge, PA
9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday
Fee:$250 couple, $199 single
Leader: Eliot Dalton

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June 5th – 7th, 2020
Weekend Seminar

Albemarle Inn – Asheville, NC
4:00 pm Friday to 2:30 pm Saturday
Fee: $495 couple, $375 single
Leaders: Wolf & Scherman

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July 11th, 2020
One Day Comprehensive Workshop

Best Western Plus – Portsmouth, NH
8:30 am to 5:30 pm Saturday
Fee: $175 couple, $125 single
Leaders: Wolf & Wolf

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August 7th – 9th, 2020
Weekend Seminar

Iris Inn – Waynesboro, VA
4:00 pm Friday to 2:30 pm Saturday
Fee: $495 couple, $375 single
Leaders: Wolf & Scherman

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August 15th, 2020
INTENSIVE INNKEEPING WORKSHOP™ 
–  limited to 8 enrollees
Mendenhall Inn – Chadd’s Ford, PA
9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday
Fee:$250 couple, $199 single
Leader: Eliot Dalton

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August 21st – 23rd, 2020
Weekend Seminar

Inn on Lake Granbury – Granbury, TX
4:00 pm Friday to 2:30 pm Saturday
Fee: $495 couple, $375 single
Leaders: Wolf & Scherman

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September 12th, 2020
INTENSIVE INNKEEPING WORKSHOP™ 
–  limited to 8 enrollees
Griswold Inn – Essex, Connecticut
9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday
Fee:$250 couple, $199 single
Leader: Eliot Dalton

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September 19th – 20th, 2020
One and One-half Day Comprehensive Workshop

Hilton Garden Inn – Denver, CO
8:30 am Saturday to 12:00 noon Sunday
Fee: $175 couple, $125 single
Leaders: Wolf & Scherman

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September 26th, 2020
INTENSIVE INNKEEPING WORKSHOP™ 
–  limited to 8 enrollees
Idlwilde Inn – Watkins Glen, NY
9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday
Fee:$250 couple, $199 single
Leader: Eliot Dalton

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November 6th – 8th, 2020
Weekend Seminar

Kennebunkport, ME
4:00 pm Friday to 2:30 pm Saturday
Fee: $495 couple, $375 single
Leaders: Wolf & Scherman

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November 14th, 2020
INTENSIVE INNKEEPING WORKSHOP™ 
–  limited to 8 enrollees
Comfort Suites Downtown – Carlisle, PA
9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday
Fee:$250 couple, $199 single
Leader: Eliot Dalton

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Innkeeping Seminar & Workshop FAQs

Do you have questions about “Better Way To Learn Innkeeping™” Seminars for aspiring innkeepers? We have answers! If your questions aren’t answered on the Innkeeping Seminar FAQ page, please contact us. We are happy to speak to you!

By taking a “Better Way To Learn Innkeeping™” seminar or workshop, you will be more informed about the process of acquiring an inn, the realities of financing, inn operations, and the Innkeeping lifestyle than if you go it alone. Knowledge is power. By taking the “ABC’S of Running Your Inn” boot camp, you’ll get practical hands-on experience in the daily operations of Innkeeping and the many steps involved in providing a great guest experience.
The B&B Team® is a unique group of experienced innkeepers, consultants and brokers. We have owned and run successful inns, and are accomplished instructors. Each of us contributes to the knowledge base that is the foundation of the “Better Way To Learn Innkeeping™” method. We each have our own style, but you benefit from the experience of us all!
“Better Way To Learn Innkeeping™” is offered in four formats:

  • Intensive Workshops are limited to 8 participants and are highly individualized. Key aspects of starting a bed and breakfast are covered, with time spent on topics varying according to individual needs. Intensive Workshops are presented in “round table” discussion style.
  • Comprehensive Workshops take place in one fast-paced day. The same thorough overview is covered as in weekend seminars but without as much time for exercises and questions. Workshops are presented to the group in lecture style.
  • Weekend Seminars, offered over a weekend, at a host inn, provide a thorough overview of starting a bed and breakfast, covering many essential topics. Seminars are taught to the group in an interactive lecture style. The group enjoys meals together and there is casual time for participants and leaders to get to know each other.
  • The ABC’S of Running Your Inn is a four-day hands-on program that takes place at a host inn where you will stay and experience the actual practice of innkeeping. From preparing breakfast to cleaning rooms, this fun, practical boot camp allows you to experience all the steps that keep guests returning again and again. Limited to a maximum of 4 people. For those who have taken a Better Way To Learn Innkeeping™ seminar or workshop, or who have decided to become innkeepers.
We offer programs many times a year in many locations. Choose one based on your preferred learning style in a location that is convenient for you. For the current schedule, visit the “Better Way To Learn Innkeeping™” Seminar Schedule page.