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charge extra for 1 night only
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have a 2 night minimum
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it's just like any other day
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Other :o)
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Peak season weekends are like any other night. Quiet season we have higher rates on weekends.

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 Other. We have a two night minimum on some holiday weekends, though we don't charge more.

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We have a 3 night minimum stay for Roc kN ess weekend, other than that, no.

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I do not change anything because DH is hard put to remember rates as it is. If I kept changing them he would REALLY be confused. As for 2-night minimums - I am in Podunk so I take what I can get. My semi-annual horse traffic has begun. Predictions of an early winter have one coming through in 2 weeks - yeehaa. And they are considerate enough to come on weekdays for their one-nighters!

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Other

Special events/holidays there are min. night stays, all others are like all others. 

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We have a two night minimum because we can get away with it (everyone else has one here) and also because we drive wine tours every Saturday and have no employees to flip and check in.

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egoodell wrote:

We have a two night minimum...because we drive wine tours every Saturday and have no employees to flip and check in.

Those wine tours seem to be an important part of your business. I'm hoping to copy that. Do you think people will go for soy bean tours? Eye-wink

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Arkansawyer wrote:

egoodell wrote:

We have a two night minimum...because we drive wine tours every Saturday and have no employees to flip and check in.

Those wine tours seem to be an important part of your business. I'm hoping to copy that. Do you think people will go for soy bean tours? Eye-wink

I'm curious.   Do you actually transport your guests to the vineyard(s)?    If so, in what kind of vehicle?  Did you have to obtain a chauffeur's license?   How many vineyards to visit?

 

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Proud Texan wrote:

Arkansawyer wrote:

egoodell wrote:

We have a two night minimum...because we drive wine tours every Saturday and have no employees to flip and check in.

Those wine tours seem to be an important part of your business. I'm hoping to copy that. Do you think people will go for soy bean tours? Eye-wink

I'm curious.   Do you actually transport your guests to the vineyard(s)?    If so, in what kind of vehicle?  Did you have to obtain a chauffeur's license?   How many vineyards to visit?

 

You have to check with your DMV. Don't check with your local office - check with the main one as ours gave us totally incorrect information and we were told that does not matter it's our fault if we are operating incorrectly.

Here in Virginia you do not need a special license unles you drive a vehicle that seats more than either 14 or 16 I can't recall. We drive 7 seater Kia sedonas so we are fine wtih that.

You need livery insurance - the same insurance as a limo no matter what your private auto insurance will tell you and they'll tell you they can cover you like a salesman or real estate sales person. THey are wrong and just after the commission. Our livery insurance for the two vans is just over $2,000 per year.

Here in Charlottesville if you are driving only within city limits you just need the "for hire" tags which you get at the DMV for the vehicle. If you are driving outside of the town limits we needed to submit a form and get a bond as well. 

We also have a separate business licensce and LLC for the tours as a separate company.

All in all not too bad.  Our DMV has all the information online, so yours may too.

We pick up in the Charlottesville area - soon when the other two rooms open we'll only do our own guests on Saturdays. We book either two couples per van (two pickups or our B&B and another pickup) or up to 6. We prefer two couples so we don't end up with a moving drunkfest. 

We depart at 1pm and visit three to four wineries, serve a deluxe local cheese, local chocolate and fruit plate at the second, pay all the tasting fees, provide bottled water. We enter the winery with the guests to ensure prompt service and to find out what's new, and bring them back at 5 - 5:30pm. We charge $145 per person outside the inn, for our B&B guests $125 per person.

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Arkansawyer wrote:

egoodell wrote:

We have a two night minimum...because we drive wine tours every Saturday and have no employees to flip and check in.

Those wine tours seem to be an important part of your business. I'm hoping to copy that. Do you think people will go for soy bean tours? Eye-wink

The tours bring in just as much money per person as the rooms with very little overhead. They are funding the addition. We did not realize when we started them that there are many visiting here from the DC area who cannot afford professionally to be stoped for drinking and driving and are very happy to pay us to drive. But we do more than the local limo companies - we tell them about the wineries and winemaking during the drive and enter the wineries with them, pay their tasting fees, and assist them through their tastings. And feed them.  All for less than what the limo companies charge.

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Other.     The weeks of the month it's like any other day.   The weekend before the first of the month is a two-night minimum for a large monthly flea market near us.

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OTHER

Fall weekends (October) and event weekends like graduations/wine festivals/memorial weekend etc. are two night min. otherwise no minimums any other times.

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