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Bed, Breakfast and Beyond in Ireland

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SCEPTRE IRELAND
This tour operator specializes in escorted trips to the Emerald Isle, as well as self-drive packages and excursions to popular golf destinations. The "Run Your Own B&B" program starts at $749 per person, including round-trip airfare on Aer Lingus, six nights in a B&B in Dublin, County Clare, or County Kerry, all meals, and a rental car.
800/221-0924; www.sceptreireland.com

OTHER B&B PROGRAMS
B&B Bootcamp Learn the various tasks needed to maintain a B&B—from manning the front desk and whipping up meals in the kitchen to bookkeeping and cleaning guest rooms—at the 25-room Elizabeth Pointe Lodge in Florida. The program starts at $1,050, including lodging and meals, for two nights.
98 S. Fletcher Ave., Amelia Island; 800/500-9625; www.lodgingresources.com

Bed & Breakfast Innstitute of Learning This California-based group has been offering business-oriented courses in B&B management since 1993; its three-day seminar, starting at $420 per person, covers everything from mastering the latest computer-reservation systems to creating an effective PR campaign.
3163 Life Way, Suite 300, Placerville; 800/631-9080; www.bbinnstitute.com

Oates & Bredfeldt William Oates and his wife, Heide Bredfeldt, have been running B&B marketing seminars for more than 20 years. Their popular "How to Purchase and Operate a Bed & Breakfast or Country Inn" course has trained more than 600 innkeepers.
40 High St., Brattleboro, VT; 802/254-5931; www.oatesbredfeldt.com

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