Our Bee Guest: Hotel Hives, Honey and Beekeeping Experiences Are Making Buzz – Overpriced Hotels

One out of every 3 mouthfuls you eat can be traced back to western honeybees going about their day and doing what they were born to do. To emphasize just how important their role as a pollinator is, Rhode Island Whole Foods once removed every single product from its process-dependent produce section, leaving less than half of the 453 products on its shelves. Needless to say, a good portion of the food pyramid and probably our survival as a species depends on them. This makes the news that since 2006 insects have been dying off and colonies are mysteriously collapsing at an alarming rate. (Exactly.)

As expected, the scientific hive mind went to work to find causes and solutions. A little more surprisingly, so did the hospitality industry. Every year, an increasing number of hotels around the world join the food fight. Innkeepers became beekeepers. Apiaries and bee-friendly gardens have sprung up on hotel farms, rooftops, and resort landscaping. Many have then completed the circle of life by offering beekeeping experiences and/or using honey or other bee products in property restaurants, bars, spas and gift shops. The old saying is true: the more you catch flies guests with more honey with vinegar. So, in honor of September being National Honey Month, we’ve combed the web and found apps, products, and NHM deals that we think are the bee’s knees.

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