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Saturday, October 28, 2006

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Hello, my name is Steph Carlson and I am writing from the Albert Shafsky House B&B in Placerville on behalf of CABBI, the California Association of Bed and Breakfast Inns. I am a Board member of the State Association.
§ I would like to invite you to attend the InnSpire 2007 Conference and Trade Show in Irvine (Orange County), visit and Conference page for details and to sign up. It is always a great place for discounts, information about our profession and trade show specials—plus you can meet other innkeepers and share best practices.

§ I would like to offer you an early registration non-member discount for conference. $400 for single$755 for double attendance if paid by 11-10-06

§ I would also like to invite you to the Town Hall in San Clemente (info in the newsletter you should have received in the mail).

§ Interested in membership and the member rate at conference?
Membership details are on our website at to the following web pages for the New Member Packet:
Membership Benefits –, click “Member Benefits” in left sidebar
Criteria & Certification Form –, click “Join” in bottom footer, click “Regular Membership (Inn)”, click “Click Here to Apply for Membership”, click “Membership Criteria & Certification Form”
Membership Application, & Pro-rated Fees – (same page as above), click “Join” in bottom footer, click “Regular Membership (Inn)”, click “Click Here to Apply for Membership”, click “Application Form”
§ The office will also be happy to mail out membership information!
§ Key Points to Remember!!!CABBI Certified for QualityHighly regarded family of professional California innkeepers who meets association standards and lets the traveling public know they can trust the CABBI brand. CABBI Website Traffic
Inclusion on that receives 400,000+ annual visitors and ability for our members to post specials, availability (through Webervations), Book Now Button to inn's web reservation page, and Bike promotion on
Discounts on Services & Programs from our Associate Members
Some discount programs include Credit Card Processing and Insurance.CABBI’s Presence on State Tourism Website
Exposure on the California Travel & Tourism Commission (CTTC) website,, which receives 5.5 million hits each month. (CABBI has direct link Bed & Breakfast Inns.)
CABBI Travel Guides
Inclusion in 100,000 CABBI Travel Guides with distribution in major CVBs, chambers, airports, gift shops and wineries throughout the state as well as distribution by CABBI member inns. CABBI Gift Certificate Program

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

InnSpire Annual Conference & Trade Show 2007

Sunday–Tuesday, January 28–30, 2007
Irvine Marriott, Orange County, CA

Please join us for InnSpire 2007, the California
Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns (CABBI)
15th Annual Conference and Trade Show.

Rita and I have attended the conference the last several years and this year is now exception. We are looking forward to all the events and will be leaving the inn open while we are gone in the hands of a capable innsitter. But we enjoy seeing old friends and making new ones too much to miss this event.

InnSpire 2007: Fifteen Years of Firsts marks the 15th anniversary year of CABBI’s standing as the country’s foremost bed and breakfast association. Attend InnSpire 2007 to learn how to operate your business more efficiently and create a can’t-wait-to-come-back atmosphere for your guests. We'll make sure you have the information, tools, and a network of professionals to make the most of 2007 and beyond. InnSpire 2007 blends education, inspiration, entertainment, and networking. Take a look at CABBI’s Fifteen Years of Firsts!

InnSpired Activities! Go shopping at the InnSpire Trade Show. See the amenities that will help your guests enjoy that special time at your inn. Meet the people who provide the products and services that you need. From tea and chocolates; insurance and finance; Internet marketing and more!

Learn from a wealth of workshop speakers and hands-on-workshops about the newest techniques in marketing, technology, and operations. Let your creativity flow at the hands-on floral demonstration workshop, learn simple ways to serve tasty treats, plus get tips on how to use your inn as a special events venue!

Engage in an "InnTouch" appointment (one-on-one time with technology experts) that will give you information to soar above the competition!

Network with statewide innkeepers, industry vendors, and the CABBI Board of Directors and Administration.

Wine & Dine during our opening Sunday Town Hall Luncheon, the Sunday night wine reception, Monday lunch and teatime with exhibitors, Monday’s 15th anniversary dinner party, and Tuesday’s General session lunch.

Relax into the luxurious accommodations of the Irvine Marriott - just waiting to pamper you with rejuvenating care.

For more information about this bed and breakfast conference, please visit

Monday, October 23, 2006

Want to be an innkeeper? This is the best bed and breakfast seminar.

INNKEEPING AS A PROFESSION (IAP) is a two-day seminar designed to provide you with a behind-the-scenes look into the innkeeping lifestyle. It's a weekend that could launch you into a new life!
Saturday and Sunday, January 27 & 28, 2007 at the Irvine Marriott in Orange County, CA

Spend two days immersed in the bed and breakfast industry
This informative and inspirational seminar is a rare chance to step behind the scenes and hear what it's really like to run a quality bed & breakfast inn. Innkeepers from all over the state come to give you their perspectives on this growing business and to help you learn from their experience.

Learn from a wide range of perspectives
The bed & breakfast business is as individual as the inns themselves. This is a rare chance to hear the stories of inns that are large and small, urban and rural, upscale and down-home.

Come prepared! Have in mind your most pressing questions
There is lots of time scheduled for questions and answers and one-on-one discussion. You'll hear innkeepers' views during structured panel discussions and then you can continue the conversation over lunch.

Do all your research in one place
We do the legwork and bring the most direct source of bed & breakfast information to you in one place. The innkeepers themselves provide an invaluable resource for you on subjects including making the transition to the bed & breakfast industry: financing, laws and regulations, marketing and daily operations, decorating and guest relations. Why settle for one opinion when you can get several?
At the conclusion of your workshop

Join us at the Innkeepers' Reception
- Shop with industry suppliers
- Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and wine at InnSpire 2007 Trade Show!
- Lunch with speakers is included both Saturday and Sunday.

Previous participants said:

The workshop was very helpful. We really enjoyed networking with the innkeepers.
Very friendly, we are grateful for the encouragement we received.
Great workshop. Kept my attention, a must for anyone thinking about this profession.
An excellent introduction to the B&B industry for someone like me who wants a career change and thinks this might be it!
This has been a wonderful workshop, worth every penny and more.
An excellent opportunity to hear the tales of the veteran innkeepers and professionals in the industry. Visit CABBI's website to register for the event.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Many events in Nov close to our Placerville bed and breakfast

November 10 & 11 brings us two great events: Festival of Trees
Elaborately decorated Christmas Trees, wreaths and centerpieces on display and auctioned off to benefit local service clubs. Local school and church choir, dance companies, theater groups performances. Wine tasting, food, more! Dinner auction on Friday, Nov 10 from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Friday, 11/10 10:00 - 5:00; Sat - 10:00 to 5:00 p.m. El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville
For more information contact: (530) 621-5860 AND on Nov 11th the
El Dorado County Veterans Monument Dedication
Dedication of the largest Veterans Monument west of the Mississippi. The 114 monument structure, plaza, walk and circle of honor take up most of the 2 acre site. !! Flag poles honoring each branch of our armed forces, veterans groups & POW/MIA. A flight of F-16s will announce the beginning of the ceremony at !:00 p.m. sharp 1:00 p.m. Corner of Fair Lane and Ray Lawyer Drive, at the EDC government center No cost
For more information contact: Richard W. Buchanan, Founder (530) 626-7762 followed by 13th Annual Taste of Late Harvest on the 12th of Nov
This is a special day .because we have samples for you to taste, mulled wine and music to listen to while you are tasting. 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mother Lode Orchards, 4341 North Canyon Road, Camino For more information contact: Mother Lode Orchards, 4341 North Canyon Road, Camino (530) 644-8200

Downtown Placerville Spooktacular

It is that time of year: Trick or Treat 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Main street which will be closed to all vehicles. Main Street merchants will be open late handing out candy to children while supplies last. Then a Rockin' Pumpkin Lighting and contest at the Bell Tower starting at 6:00.Then at 7:00 p.m. the Placerville Lions Club invites children 10 and under, along with their parents to attend a FREE Halloween carnival at Town Hall (549 Main Street). Enjoy treats, games and prizes 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Main Street Merchants, 6:00 Costume Contest, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Town Hall Downtown Placerville, Main Street, Bell Tower and Town Hall Free For more information contact: For more information, please call City of Placerville Recreation and Parks Department (530) 642-5232
This should be a fun event for all ages to get out and show off costumes and see the window displays of the merchants downtown.