Bed and Breakfast Seminars & Innkeeping Workshops

Better Way To Learn InnkeepingLearn the “ins and outs” of starting or buying an inn at one of our seminars or workshops for future innkeepers. If you want to learn how to run a bed and breakfast or full service inn, 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, operational, and marketing realities of owning and operating a successful inn. Starting your own bed & breakfast business? Learn from the experts!


“Better Way To Learn Innkeeping™” is offered in four formats:

Level I Programs
Level II Program
INTENSIVE WORKSHOPS Comprehensive Workshops Weekend
ABC’S of Running
Your Inn
  • 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. 

See all 2017 classes here.

Is An Intensive Innkeeping Workshop™ Right For You?

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

Ready to Register?

The fee is only $250.00 for two people. 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!

Essential “Starting an Inn or Bed and Breakfast” 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 your One-Day Intensive Innkeeping Workshop™, the time spent exploring each topic varies according to participants’ needs and interests. Expect a fast-paced, information-packed day as you learn what you need to know to start or purchase the inn that you envision.

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

Intensive Innkeeping Workshops™


Innkeeping Seminar & Workshop FAQs

Innkeeping Seminar FAQ
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!

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.