Explore a Beehive and Taste Its Honey with a Master Beekeeper


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In a Nutshell

Armed with protective gear and a smoker, Julia Mahood opens a hive to give guests an intimate look at the intricate society of bees

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires May 10, 2014. Amount paid never expires. This deal is for the purchase of a ticket. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 4 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Please provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Gratuity included. Wear long pants and a long sleeved shirt if you don't want to wear a bee suit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $50 for one admission to a beekeeping experience with Julia Mahood
  • Upon purchase, you may schedule for one of the available dates
  • You must reserve your date here in advance of the event

The event will be held at a Sandy Springs residence. The exact address will be shared after purchase.

People who would rather not wear a full suit should wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt.

Each event is capped at 8 purchasers; each event requires a minimum of 4 purchasers in order to take place.

What You'll Do

Bees are emblems of hard work—always buzzing as they collect pollen and produce honey—but much of their lives unfolds behind the walls of their hive. To give people a more intimate view of their society, Julia Mahood suits guests up in protective gear, lights up a smoker, and opens the frames of her hive for all to see.

  • Peer Inside a Hive
    Spot the queen, watch her workers construct honeycombs, and learn where they keep their pollen.

  • Stay Within Your Comfort Range
    Hang back and snap photos or get up close to the buzzing and handle a frame of bees.

  • Try Some Honey
    Take home a two-ounce sample of local honey during March or April sessions, or, during May, harvest your own and take home a larger bottle for an extra fee.

Your Host

Julia Mahood Julia Mahood
Master Beekeeper

Julia Mahood grew up wary of all insects, whether they flew, crawled, or skittered. But her sons' interest in the insect world inspired her to look more deeply, and a book, The Secret Life of Bees, led to a weekend course at the John C. Campbell Folk School, which led to a hive in her backyard. Now a graduate of UGA's master beekeeper program, Julia told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that “bees took the fear out of my life and put in fascination and appreciation,” a feeling she shares with others through bee-focused advocacy.

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