At Minnesota Bed and Breakfast Association (MBBA) annual meeting held in Duluth Barbara Young, Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B innkeeper was elected the Association’s new President. Joining Young on the Association’s Board of Directors were Shannon McKeeth, Bingham Hall from New Ulm as Vice President, Chuck Dougherty from Stillwater as Treasure, and Mary Grover from Soglimt B&B in Duluth as Secretary. Filling out the Board were innkeepers from Auf Deutschtrasse in New Ulm, Mathew Burrows 1890 Inn and the Olcott House in Duluth, the Summit Inn in Center City, the Pillar Inn in Cold Springs, Cedar Rose in Alexandria and the Candlelight Inn in Redwing. Outgoing President Suzanne Tweten will remain on the Board as past President. Pam Thorsen from Hasting’s Classic Rosewood Inn and Spa serves as the organization’s Executive Director.
This year’s Annual Meeting entitled “Its Inn to be Green” spotlighted developing green sustainable Inns. The meeting featured seminars offering green programs from “Using Renewable Energy,” “What B&B’s are doing to be Green,” to “worm composting.” Meanwhile venders were hawking green and other use innkeeper produces throughout the two-day meeting. Other seminar topics included marketing, table setting, and more provided useful information. One new program unveiled at the meeting was a State promoted farm and forest stays where guests would be able to visit and stay at working farms and forested woodlots.
According to Young, “Duluth provide a great venue for this year’s annual meeting, the seminars were outstanding and the many venders in attendances offered us many useful products. But most importantly we had a wonderful time!”
The MBBA represents some one hundred and twenty B&B and Historic Inns from throughout Minnesota.