Posts Tagged ‘workshop’

Free Workshop: How to Host Agritourism Farm Tours

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Today’s travelers have a growing interest in farm tours and farm stays. They’re a great way to introduce families to the day-to-day operations of a real working farm. In many agricultural regions of Virginia, the number of business offering these tours is increasing.


Come to the Holston Hill Community Golf Course on December 8, 2014 to take part in an agritourism workshop hosted by the Smyth County Chamber of Commerce and the Tourism Department. They will be working in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Service, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, and the Virginia Cooperative Extension to provide training on how to host a farm tour, marketing, and promising practices for developing a B&B farm stay.

This free workshop will take place from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM on Monday, December 8th. Amy Hager of the Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia and Cicile Gorham of Market Central will be among the contributors. Register by Wednesday, December 3rd by calling Smyth County at 276-783-3161, emailing, or registering online at

Please contact Dr. Martha A. Walker of Virginia Cooperative Extension at 434-766-6761 or e-mail at to learn more about agritourism programs in our state.

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“Inn”spiration for Aspiration: BBAV’s Aspiring Innkeepers Class

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

There are individuals who consider pursuing a career in innkeeping, but are unsure of how to begin the process, how to finalize the many details, or whether or not innkeeping is the right path for them. The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia (BBAV), along with the B&B Team, is offering a day and a half a class for aspiring innkeepers to help jump start the innkeeping journey and enhance the work that has already been done.

Already, numerous individuals are looking forward to the commencement of the class. One aspiring innkeeper, Corinne McVeigh says, “We decided to join BBAV and begin taking courses because we want to learn more about the business and practical details of running a bed and breakfast. We also want to connect with others involved in the bed and breakfast industry, and this seemed like a perfect opportunity.” Another aspiring BBAV members, Lisa Jenkins, states, “We are eager to learn how to be great B&B owners and hosts.”

Josh and Corinne McVeigh

The BBAV class will be held June 8-9, 2013 in Charlottesville, VA, and it promises to be a fully informative day and a half with wonderful, likeminded individuals. Sign up, and be prepared for a “comprehensive overview of starting a bed and breakfast from Amenities to Zoning” (B&B Team).

Scott and Lisa Jenkins

Scott and Lisa Jenkins

Click here for more information about our Aspiring Innkeeper class.

By Tara Stoll