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Animal experience hosted by Diane

2 hoursHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 8 people
Includes drinks

What you'll do

First, I will talk to the guests about bee etiquette, so they know how to act and move around a colony of bees. Then guests will suit up so they are protected from stings and we will walk out to the apiary on my property, light a smoker, and I will open a hive while explaining the process of what I am doing and what the bees are doing. I will explain in detail, information about the queen bee, the worker bee, and the drone bee. I will remove frames from the colony and show the guests bees up close, the eggs the queen lays, the larval stage, and new bees hatching out. We will discuss the flight of the honeybee, metamorphosis, the life cycle of the honeybee, and their diet. We will also discuss information about how to start your own hive. At the end of the apiary visit, we will visit the honey house where guests will get a tour and be able to sample my products which include several varieties of honey, flavored creamed honeys, honey mustard, chili pepper honey, etc. They will also be able to see the various uses of the elements from the hive in handcrafted soaps, lip balms, and other products I make. They will have the opportunity to purchase products in the honey house.
Other things to note
Please wear long pants and closed shoes, no sandals please. Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of your bee experience so we can start promptly.
First, I will talk to the guests about bee etiquette, so they know how to act and move around a colony of bees. Then guests will suit up so they are protected from stings and we will walk out to the apiary on my property, light a smoker, and I will open a hive while explaining the process of what I am doing and what the bees are doing. I will explain in detail, information about the queen bee, the worker bee, and the drone bee. I will remove fr…
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What's included

  • Drinks
    I will have bottled water available for all guests.

Meet your host, Diane

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 17 Reviews
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I have been a beekeeper for 29 years, a certified bee inspector for the state of Tennessee, and co-founder of our local bee association. I have pollinated crops with my bees for over 10 years, and have several apiaries in my county. I make different varieties of honey, honey products, and all natural skincare products with beneficial elements from the hive. Honeybees are fascinating insects, and it is important to help educate those who are interested in the importance of honeybees, why bees forage, the ever important Queen bee, and her hive mates. Join me in celebrating the Honeybee!
I have been a beekeeper for 29 years, a certified bee inspector for the state of Tennessee, and co-founder of our local bee association. I have pollinated crops with my bees for over 10 years, and have several apiaries in my county. I make different varieties of honey, honey products, and all natural skincare products with beneficial elements from the hive. Honeybees are fascinating insects, and it is important to help educate those who are interested in the importance of honeybees, why bees…
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Where you'll be

We will first meet at the honey house, then suit up and walk out to the apiary on our farm. After we have spent our time in the apiary, we will head back to the honey house for a tour and sampling of our honey products.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 17 reviews.

Linda
May 2021
This experience has made us appreciate honey bees so much. Such busy little workers that provide for their group and for us also. Just Amazing.
Susan
May 2021
If you are interested in beekeeping, this should be your first step! Diane is so personable, and puts her guests at ease. Her knowledge is incredible and she was so willing to answer all our questions! You really get to see how the hive works, identify bees, and learn how amazing these critters really are. Diane was also a source for "next step" information - local bee associations, reading materials, etc. You will be standing for a bit, so bring a folding chair if that's an issue. Diane provided a variety of cold drinks. BONUS - Her shop is full of great bee products for yourself or gifts!
If you are interested in beekeeping, this should be your first step! Diane is so personable, and puts her guests at ease. Her knowledge is incredible and she was so willing to an…
Rhande
October 2019
Diane is very knowledgeable about bees. I had my bachelorette party here and it was un-BEE-lievably fun ! She made us feel so welcome and we learned a ton about an insect that we tend to have fear for. Bees are incredible creatures and I’m grateful for the things I learned about them during this experience. I recommend everyone taking the opportunity to go see her ! Thank you for such a great day !
Diane is very knowledgeable about bees. I had my bachelorette party here and it was un-BEE-lievably fun ! She made us feel so welcome and we learned a ton about an insect that we t…
Yevgeniy
September 2019
Outstanding experience! Diane is extremely knowledgable and fun. The time just flew and we learned a ton. A huge charge of positive energy!
Hayley
August 2019
Fantastic and beyond our expectations! We had some interest in beekeeping with various youtubers and decided to plan our weekend getaway around this experience. Diane was WONDERFUL, warm, accommodating, knowledgeable, and sweet. She made us feel comfortable around (swarming and potentially deadly- just kidding) bees while going into detail about worker bee roles, how to spot the Queen, and the inner workings of Bee life. Her passion shows and it’s very contagious. I have a new appreciation for her and these furry-flying creatures. I highly recommend this experience!
Fantastic and beyond our expectations! We had some interest in beekeeping with various youtubers and decided to plan our weekend getaway around this experience. Diane was WONDERFUL…
Jena
August 2019
We had a great time learning about how Diane manages her bee hives as well as learning about the lifeline of a honeybee! Very educational and unique experience. Hoping more people will take the time to learn about honeybees and how important they are to us and our lives!
We had a great time learning about how Diane manages her bee hives as well as learning about the lifeline of a honeybee! Very educational and unique experience. Hoping more people…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 15 and up can attend.

What to bring

Appropriate clothing, long pants, and closed shoes, no sandals or flip flops.

An epipen if they are allergic to insect stings.