Animal experience hosted by Dr. Ali & Hobbes

  1. 2 hours
  2. Hosted in English
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Dr. Ali & Hobbes's rated 5 stars by 98% of guests.

What you'll do

COVID Update: Private 2-hr bee tours are back! One tour is held daily to ensure clean equipment. We're so grateful our 501c3 non-profit is open! Prices reflect changes w/inflation & new Covid restrictions. Your donation helps to grow our local bee populations!

*** WEEKEND TOURS ARE HELD MARCH 1st to OCTOBER 31st *** Weekday tours are by request. Hives are closed during cold weather to help the bees survive, then reopen in warmer months. Our "Make Honey Wine" class will hopefully be available soon. Give us a buzz @ 925-852-9900 with any questions.

$65 /Adult
$20 /Kids 5-12 years old
Free /Under 5 years old & repeat guests

DETAILS: This is a fun opportunity to get to inspect a busy beehive!

First, we’ll suit up in protective gear. Then we’ll head to the Apiary where you'll learn about the art of beekeeping & the various tools used. Now it's time to inspect a hive. Hold a frame covered with 100's of bees ... a great photo opp! Press your finger into the comb and taste the freshest honey ever!

When all done it's now time to be a "Chef" and do a honey & food pairing. This is such a sweet experience for all :)
COVID Update: Private 2-hr bee tours are back! One tour is held daily to ensure clean equipment. We're so grateful our 501c3 non-profit is open! Prices reflect changes w/inflation & new Covid restrictions. Your donation helps to grow our local bee populations!

*** WEEKEND TOURS ARE HELD MARCH 1st to OCTOBER 31st *** Weekday tours are by request. Hives are closed during cold weather to help the bees survive, then reopen in warmer mont…
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What's included

  • Food
    Homemade Chocolates for Birthday or Anniversary (by request). Honey Tasting...
  • Drinks
    Mead Tasting (for over 21)
  • Equipment
    Beekeeper's Gear: Veil and Pants (that cover dark clothing), Hive Tool, and...

Meet your Host, Dr. Ali & Hobbes

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 123 Reviews
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I'm a native Californian who loves teaching backyard beekeeping at the The PurrFect Honey Apiary. I love giving talks on "Beekeeping Like a Girl" and "Pretty Pollinator Gardens." My popular classes include “Be A Beekeeper” and "Make Mead With a Beekeeper"... two very fun (in-person) Airbnb Experiences!

Last year I started the bee non-profit (501c3) https://purrfecthoney.com. Our goal is to "bee happy" and promote beekeeping around the world. We must save our bees! Our new YouTube channel is now live regarding fun bee facts: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQJGaC-UIvyXn1inczjfkqA

BOOKING TIP: want to schedule a fun work team off-sight, family and/or friends adventure? Just send an inquiry with your request. Special weekday times are available for groups (8-15 people) during March-October.
I'm a native Californian who loves teaching backyard beekeeping at the The PurrFect Honey Apiary. I love giving talks on "Beekeeping Like a Girl" and "Pretty Pollinator Gardens." My popular classes include “Be A Beekeeper” and "Make Mead With a Beekeeper"... two very fun (in-person) Airbnb Experiences!

Last year I started the bee non-profit (501c3) https://purrfecthoney.com. Our goal is to "bee happy" and promote beekeeping around the world. We must save our bees! Our new YouTube…
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Where you'll be

The PurrFect Honey Apiary is located in a private and pollinator-friendly garden, nestled in the hub of Silicon Valley. Our tranquil backyard is an ideal launch pad for our bees to get out and pollinate our surrounding parks and gardens. Our fun hives include: Buzzingham Palace, The Sweet Honey B&B, Bumble & Bumble, and The Enchanted Florist.

Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 123 reviews.

Tina
October 2021
Dr. Ali is an awesome host. We had a great time learning all the interesting facts about the bees. All the adults and kids had their own bee suit so we felt very safe. In the end, the kids learned to be little chefs making honey pairing food. It tasted amazing. It was an great experience and I would recommend to anyone who is interested in bees.
Kim
October 2021
It was a great experience for the kids! We learned a lot of fun facts about the honeybees, and it was awesome to see how much more comfortable they got around the bees by the end of the tour. The honey tasting and food pairing was a perfect end to our outing! Thank you Dr. Ali and Hobbes!
Brian
October 2021
I booked this experience as a small team offsite and it was fantastic! I'd recommend this to literally anyone: group of friends, fun date activity, showing your parents/family around. This non profit is worth a visit, if not many! The honey tastes amazing, the bees are surreal, and it feels so safe -- if you're afraid going in, it won't last long. The biggest surprise after booking is finding out it's a residential location, and then the biggest surprise after showing up is how perfect the back yard setting is. Also the fact that it is residential makes the whole beekeeping scene that much more approachable if you want to leave the event and pick up the hobby yourself (unless you're like me and live in an SF apartment -- but even then Dr. Ali had advice) Dr. Ali is a magician who wants to share her secrets -- come ready with a sweet tooth and plenty of questions!
Katie
October 2021
Dr. Ali was SO informative and engaging. I took my husband here for his birthday and he loved it. Any fear of bees will be diminished after you do this experience! The food pairing portion was definitely a highlight! Do not hesitate to book!
Kristin
October 2021
We had a great time with Ali + Hobbes! We had a private group of 6 friends who wanted to come and learn about local beekeeping. It was great to meet Hobbes and the ladies and more about bees!
Reid
October 2021
Such an unexpected surprise! A very intimate and educational experience and worth every penny. We loved bees before but now I REALLY love them.

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    Things to know

    Cancellation policy

    Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.

    Government ID

    You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 10 guests ages 3 and up can attend.

    What to bring

    *Light color* long sleeved shirt. Note: White beekeeper veil/top will be used.

    *Light color* long pants/jeans (ideal). Note: White beekeeper pants are available.