View Full Version : Raw Bed and Breakfast
01-27-2008, 03:23 AM
It occured to me today that I'm might just be in the perfect situation to open a raw bed and breakfast. I live in a nice area of Los Angeles. My house is big and has empty bedroms (6) and bathrooms (4). The view from the pool/spa deck is absolutely beautiful with plenty of room for some out-of-doors morning yoga. There are fruit trees on the grounds and room for a vegetable garden.
I'd want to provide a clean, calm, natural, learning environment where people could come and learn about raw foodism. A place where people suffering from cancer or heart disease could come and find real solutions and hope.
Perhaps this is just a "castle-in-the-sky" idea but would you help me figure out what would be involved in creating a raw bed and breakfast? Can you tell me of existing raw B&Bs (or similar places) like Alissa's so I can do some "business research" on how they run things?
Aside from the business logistics, which I would still have to figure out, I know I would need a groundskeeper, a raw chef, a maid and perhaps a yoga instructor. Do you have any other thoughts or ideas on this to throw my way?
01-27-2008, 06:26 AM
Can I move there????:D Awesome idea.....All you need to do is find out what's involved in getting your license to open up a bed and breakfast I believe? What you serve is not reflected in your licensure as long as it passes all the "health code" mumbo jumbo right? I'm sure someone from your area can lead you in the right direction. I just wanted to say it sounds like a fantastic idea and will be great in your area.....Here, mine would be empty because there are few people "living in the raw world" like me!
01-27-2008, 01:55 PM
It will not be as hard as you think.
You will need the necessary permits and rezoning and that takes time so you should begin straight away. Contact your city council and ask them what they require.
The raw chef and the yoga instructor will be easy to find. You will need a good website but you can work on that later.
You are probably looking at the big picture and seeing all that has to be done and it may seem like a lot but if you break it down to the little bits they are all surmountable.
Go for it and follow your dream. You will regret it if you let it slip by.
01-27-2008, 02:11 PM
I live in the LA area, I would DEFINITELY pay a visit! Good luck with this endeavor!
01-27-2008, 02:50 PM
Sorry, I don't have any helpful info to share towards your wonderful idea. However, please let me know when you get it opened. Sounds like a beautiful way for me to visit L.A. from LA!
01-27-2008, 04:33 PM
What a great idea!!! Travelling always is an invitation to food creativity. It would be wonderful to have a place to go that CARES! :D :D
01-27-2008, 10:41 PM
My thoughts and ideas on this are, "DO IT!!"I don't think you would ever regret following your passion and serving the highest health in others...no matter what the outcome. My bestest ever wishes are for you to do this .
01-27-2008, 10:58 PM
My goodness, I didn't expect such an enthusiastic response. Thank you, each and every one of you!
I do think that this is what I want to do, but I want to finish grad school first. So I guess this year I'll set smaller goals: getting raw food certifications, fixing up the house, getting all the paperwork in order, setting up a webpage, etc.
Thanks again, and if you have any more ideas, send them my way.
01-28-2008, 09:26 AM
Yes please open and i will come visit! I am thinking about it too.
I just need a house, car, and a man who would like the idea!!! but visiting one is much easier.
02-15-2008, 11:59 AM
I think this is a great idea! LA is the perfect place for it! You should definitely do this!!!
02-15-2008, 12:02 PM
great idea!!!! are you going to have a pool boy as well... cause we all LOVE the pool boy!!!
02-16-2008, 01:53 AM
Can I come play in your world? That sounds SO COOL! Keep us posted!
02-16-2008, 08:56 AM
I'm considering opening up a place to hold classes, in a house. IF you want to do this legally, I'd find out the zoning info BEFORE doing anything else. If you're not mixed/commercially zoned you will potentially have problems.
A few things you need to consider:
Getting health (food/kitchen) inspections
Where you going to store food and how?
Will your yoga/movement instructor(s) be insured? cya!
Will you have contact with an allopathic Dr.? Again, cya!
Once you've handled all the legalities, then consider ~ speakers, dvd's for the evening, what are your guests going to do all day? Are there hiking trails or parks nearby?
How long can they stay? When will you have time off? Will you be living there? Will this be a bunk-bed situation or??? How much will they pay?
"Getting" raw food certifications? or giving? Certification is not necessary to do this.
02-16-2008, 02:04 PM
I would suggest going to a B and B and chatting with the owners. I have aquaintances in Big Bear with a very successful place. They cater to the scrapbooking getaway crowd and are booked solid. B and B ownders are a friendly lot.
A healthful retreat place like yours would be wonderful especially in LA where the everyday culture tend to be very health concious. If you taught classes during the stay too that would be really cool.
There are permits and fire regs etc...but I'm sure you could do it if you really want to go for it...I'd be there every 3 months. :) If you scrapbook or need a getaway come with us next time. There are usually 16 of us and I always get a raw breakfast from heaven when I go. April 4th and middle September are our next scheduled treks to Big Bear.
02-16-2008, 04:24 PM
I'll be right over. ( :
PS. I have a book somewhere if you are interested about owning and operating a B&B. Email me and I'll send it to you.
02-29-2008, 08:05 PM
H ave a siester-in-law who owns and runs a B&B in eastern Washington. I know she did a ton of research before she opened up. Would you like to be in touch with her ---only because I know sh knows where to find stuff out. Let me know. I can work on it. She's very extroverted and I'm sure would love to be helpful! You can email me. ;)
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