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Welcome! My name is Suzanne Brouillette and I am the owner and the organizer of Beekeeping Tours to Slovenia and own the only shop in the United States that sells Slovenian Beehives!
While living in Vicenza, Italy from 1987-1999 and working for the US Army on Caserma Ederle, I was the Director for the Information, Tour & Travel Office for six years. During this time I organized many tours to various parts of Slovenia where I fell in love with this amazing country. On these tours I would see the bee houses and bee trucks and always enjoyed them but never thought I would one day become a beekeeper myself. In 1999, I moved to live full time in Drezniske Ravne, Slovenia for five years.
After returning to my home state of New Hampshire, I was talking to a friend one day about my garden (that's a whole other amazing story!), and he said “why are you not a beekeeper with that beautiful garden you have?” I didn’t have an answer! Then he told me he was starting a beginner bee class -- so I signed up.
I am heading into my 7th year as a passionate beekeeper and love it. I've just returned from our Fall 2016 beekeeping tour to Slovenia where I played tour guide and teacher for 10 enthusiastic tour-goers. Here in Harrisville, sales of the Slovenian Hives at my shop is booming as are the number of people coming to visit my new Slovenian bee house.