Inn Sitter Training

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I am interesting in becoming an inn keeper sitter.  Can anyone suggest

a training course for this subject matter.  I have always liked the idea of becoming

an inn owner, so I thought this would be a good way to get experience into the inn business!

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What a small world. We spent a night in Greve before going to Florence! Best I could tell, Greve was the home town of Amerigo Vespucci whose name became the name of the western hemisphere! (At least that's what the people in Greve claim!)

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Remember, there's an occasional participant on this forum who has a B&B in Lucca, which is located between Florence and Pisa.

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I hope you're having a fabulous time and obviously, your innsitters are doing a great job!

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If so, you all will win for the longest distance innmate meet! We better have photos...we MUST have them. Have fun!

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I agree that you need to work at an inn before you can get a job as an innsitter. To be an insitter you need to know how to run an inn. If you don't have any experience, no one will hire you. We use innsitters that are located near us. They also come and help us when we are busy. We're in Italy now on vacation while they are taking care of our guests and our dogs.

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OMG, where in Italy are you?  Tell me Tuscany and we can meet for coffee tomorrow morning!!!

 

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Both of you on Italy!!!! That is just crazy!!!! Make it happen somehow! Take pics and what the heck are both of you doing checking in on this forum anyway????? Enjoy your time off for heavens sake!

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Silverspoon wrote:

OMG, where in Italy are you?  Tell me Tuscany and we can meet for coffee tomorrow morning!!!

 

We are in Tuscany, in Panzano just south of Greve and heading back to Florence tomorrow to fly out the next day back home!

Riki

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Aw shoot...we are just north west of Florence in the Ruffina Chianti region.  Any chance you might venture 18 kmout side of Florence?If you find you have some time after your drive along SS222 up to Florence today consider a visit to this lovely Agriturismo.  Fattoria Lavacchio produces organic wine and olive oil..right up your alley.  Their label is Chedro.   I have a cooking lesson in their main restaurant today so I'm not free to get to you in Florence.  But if you have visited Florence before and would like to see some countryside, this place is not far and offers great food, wine tours...the works.  Geese I wish I had connected with you earlier because we planned to go through Greve this week and would have gladly rearranged our plans for a visit to you.  

Just in case you decide to visit...the web site has a number.  Call and we will met you in Siece.  My iPad is iving me trouble so I am sending tis before it cuts out onme.

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Silverspoon wrote:

Aw shoot...we are just north west of Florence in the Ruffina Chianti region.  Any chance you might venture 18 kmout side of Florence?If you find you have some time after your drive along SS222 up to Florence today consider a visit to this lovely Agriturismo.  Fattoria Lavacchio produces organic wine and olive oil..right up your alley.  Their label is Chedro.   I have a cooking lesson in their main restaurant today so I'm not free to get to you in Florence.  But if you have visited Florence before and would like to see some countryside, this place is not far and offers great food, wine tours...the works.  Geese I wish I had connected with you earlier because we planned to go through Greve this week and would have gladly rearranged our plans for a visit to you.  

Just in case you decide to visit...the web site has a number.  Call and we will met you in Siece.  My iPad is iving me trouble so I am sending tis before it cuts out onme.

I'm sorry not to respond earlier but we were on our way to turn in the rental car and catch our flight home. Sorry to have missed you! On a brighter note, all the wine and olive oil, decorative plate and glass wine pourer made it back in one piece ! No leaks or cracks or chips!

Riki

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Glad you and your treasures made it back safely!  I know how hectic a traveling day can be.  We have moved from Tuscany to the Ligurian coast...Manarola, a small village that is one of the five villages in Cinque Terra.  

Before we left Tuscany we spent a lovely day rediscoving Penzano, in Greve.  I'm sorry we did not connect earlier....that would have been a blast! OK....perhaps we will meet another time?Ciao

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Silverspoon wrote:

Glad you and your treasures made it back safely!  I know how hectic a traveling day can be.  We have moved from Tuscany to the Ligurian coast...Manarola, a small village that is one of the five villages in Cinque Terra.  

Before we left Tuscany we spent a lovely day rediscoving Penzano, in Greve.  I'm sorry we did not connect earlier....that would have been a blast! OK....perhaps we will meet another time?Ciao

OMG that is where we were staying - in Panzano! And tasting all around that area! Spent two afternoons in Greve in the square and the wine museum and shopping and eating! How close a meeting chance was that!!!!!

Riki

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Silverspoon wrote:

OMG, where in Italy are you?  Tell me Tuscany and we can meet for coffee tomorrow morning!!!

As long as it's before noon you can "legally" have cappuccino! (Italians say only tourists drink cappuccino after noon.)

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ITaly...how wonderful!!! LOVE IT!

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EmptyNest wrote:

ITaly...how wonderful!!! LOVE IT!

Yes we ARE loving it! And our innsitters got a $150 tip while we are gone so they are loving it too!

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There are books, I have a few that I have yet to read.

If I was not here or really sick then I would have to close up. Not practical for someone to do what I do without a month or so following me around.

Not good. Something I need to address.

 

 

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Welcome gborchert!

You're going to find that a lot of innkeepers have very strong opinions on this topic. Have you searched the threads on here (use the search box under the picture on the top right) to see some of the previous threads on this topic?

I am someone who does use an innsitter. You'll find a lot of smaller b&bs prefer to close instead of taking the chance of something going wrong or the expense of hiring a professional. Professionally, they want to be called Interim Innkeepers. There is one seminar/course specifically for II (interim innkeepers) and I believe it's in Colorado. After taking a course like that, you still would not have nearly enough experience for me to hire you.

I would never hire someone who did not have extensive experience. Most of them have either had their own b&b or worked at one for a long time. Each and every b&b is so different, using different reservation systems, some having staff, some not, that it would take a less experience person far too long to train. There are so many issues that can come up when the owner is away, that an inexperienced substitute just wouldn't be able to handle.

My suggestion to you is that if you have a desire to enter this profession, start working at a b&b. Get hands on training, there is nothing you can learn that would be as valuable as that.

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