Brewster House Bed & Breakfast (Freeport, Maine Coast)

Have You Ever Thought About Running a B&B?

September 3rd, 2009 by Kelleigh Dulany

What a question!

But we’re often asked what it is like to run a B&B. That is usually followed by a statement that the person/couple has dreamed of running a Bed & Breakfast for years.

Sometimes you get the impression the person has been watching too many reruns of the Newhart Show (for the uninitiated, this sitcom from a number of years ago stars Bob Newhart, a comedian with a very dry delivery, as an innkeeper who, with his wife, operates a small inn, which seems to have very few guests, so the innkeepers spend most of their time drinking coffee and chatting with the staff and neighbors).

This weekend a group of aspiring innkeepers will have the chance to find out exactly what operating a B&B is like. They are students in a three-day Inn Your Dreams course for aspiring innkeepers, taking place at Brewster House. They will spend their nights at the inn, and will tour not only Brewster House but other nearby B&B’s, while also hearing presentations on innkeeping operations, computer software, reservation software, marketing, financial matters, and all the things that an innkeeper does that is not normally apparent to the guest.

Some of these people will be just testing the waters, to see if they think innkeeping is for them. Others will be in the process of finding the inn of their dreams. Still others may have bought their inn, and are seeking detailed information to be sure they are well-prepared to begin their adventure.

Before we began operating Brewster House, we took an Inn Your Dreams course, and found that it gave us a great sense of confidence to find that other aspiring innkeepers were just ordinary people, like us. It also provided a wealth of practical information for the day-to-day operations of the inn. As we’ve become more experienced, naturally we’ve adapted the things we learned to our own style and preferences, but the starting point we had was an excellent one, and the course is one we highly recommend.

So… if you think you’d like to see what innkeeping is about (besides drinking coffee and chatting with neighbors, that is), check out Inn Your Dreams.

2 thoughts on “Have You Ever Thought About Running a B&B?

  1. one day

    this is a wonderful initiative, there should be more like it!
    i really like the fact that you share your own experiences with others and you are giving them a great start for their own bed and breakfast or a turn-around point before they start (but at least they know what to expect)
    I too am dreaming about starting up a b&b, but not yet in a state of really going forward with it…
    but I do have started a facebook group for people who are dreaming about starting up a b&b, you can find it here:
    you can always advertise it to your students and I would be glad to see some of their experiences to the class here as well
    kind regards and keep up the good work,

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