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Old 07-03-2012, 03:19 PM
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My friends and I (three woman having a midlife crisis) are thinking of opening a bed and breakfast in your area. Does anyone reccomend this idea? We love the area and are trying to think of an idea where we could work hard for ourselves not others. Any input or ideas for the area would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you.
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:47 PM
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I don't see one doing well in Ashland--there just isn't a big market. Ashland is more of a stop-over place for tourists. They only spend the night if they can't get to where they are going in a day, or if everything in Bayfield and Washburn are filled up.

There are already a number of bed and breakfasts in Bayfield. That doesn't mean another one won't do well--I have no idea.

Another area to look into is Marquette, MI. I'm not sure how many bed and breakfasts are there, but you have a good tourist base (and more year-round than Bayfield), plus a large college population. Northland and WITC (both in Ashland) just doesn't have that many students to count on for a percentage of customers. Not so for NMU. (I'm thinking of campus visits and of parents visiting for the weekend. Northland doesn't have a parents weekend, and it didn't seem too popular for the parents to come visit. NMU has parent weekends, a ton of events that parents come to, not to mention alumni. For instance, if we weren't 2000 miles away, my husband would plan to go to a hockey game and spend the night. Northland doesn't have such things, and I wouldn't go to one.)
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:56 PM
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I'm not an expert in the hospitality business or northern Wisconsin, but might I suggest that you consider investing your enthusiasm and passion into a locale you are more familiar with? I've observed the Door County area over the years, and there have been endless startup businesses that only make it a few years. The owners fall in love with the area, think it will be like a yearlong vacation, only to find that the tourism industry can be very difficult. It can also be very rewarding, so I am not trying to discourage you from trying something. Just be very smart about what exactly you try. Good luck!
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