Learn How to Start a Bed & Breakfast, Full Service Inn or Boutique Hotel

Eliot Dalton and The B&B Team® promise you the “Better Way to Learn Innkeeping,™” a step-by-step process ensuring that your vision is synchronized with the personal, financial and operational realities of owning and operating a successful inn. We offer bed and breakfast workshops and bed and breakfast seminars that cover essential “how to start a bed and breakfast” topics. After taking one of our bed and breakfast courses, you will be thoroughly prepared for the next step!

Dive Deep with an Intensive Innkeeping Workshop


A One-Day Intensive Innkeeping Workshop is a great way to turn your innkeeping aspirations into an effective plan. Limited to a maximum of 8 participants, it is highly individualized. The workshop includes a comprehensive survey and phone consultation beforehand so that emphasis is placed on topics according to your own scenarios, goals and questions. You will be immersed in an intensely informative process that covers the essential “how to start a B&B” topics, including the process of building the profile and brand of your inn, aspects of inn financing and business planning. Scroll to the bottom for further details.


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The One-Day Intensive Workshop Package Includes:

  • Comprehensive survey and phone consultation beforehand
  • One full day of small group instruction
  • Lunch
  • Comprehensive workbooks and industry reference materials
  • Follow-up planning consultation afterwards to create an action plan
  • Q&A meetings with local innkeepers

The fee is only $250.00 for two people ($199.00 for one person). The cost of your lodging is additional. Upon confirmation of your registration we will schedule your pre-session phone consultation and provide you with information as to making your lodging reservations. One-Day Intensive Workshops are scheduled in destinations that have much to discover, so plan to spend one or two nights as a fun part of your education. And join us for dinner on Friday and/or Saturday (at your expense) as a relaxed way to get to know one another!

In your One-Day Intensive Innkeeping Workshop™, you can expect a fast-paced, information-packed day as you learn what you need to know to start or purchase the inn that is right for you.

Essential “How to Start a Bed and Breakfast or Inn” Topics Include:

  • 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

In addition to a full day of small group instruction, your One-Day Intensive Innkeeping Workshop™ includes a follow-up planning consultation afterwards, and visits with local innkeepers.