Melbourne Art Festival 2014

April 1st, 2014
Melbourne Art Festial 30th Anniversary

Melbourne Art Festial
30th Anniversary

The Melbourne Art Festival is celebrating their 30th Anniversary on April 26 & 27, 2014 in Historic Downtown Melbourne, Florida.  The Art Festival is a nationally recognized event held each year on the fourth full weekend in April.  Admission is free.  The Melbourne Art Festival has given $95,000 to support art education in Brevard County over the past 12 years? $44,000 was in the form of scholarships to local students majoring in art. Brevard County middle and high school art teachers received $24,000 to buy art supplies. Art-related instruction and donations to other local non-profits account for the remaining $27,000. So come out to see the free Melbourne Art Festival and know that you’re supporting a good cause!  Watch Video

While planning your stay, there are several Bed and Breakfast Inns to choose from.  Windemere Inn by the Sea where your chair awaits you on their private beachLet your cares melt away at Port d’Hiver Bed & Breakfast the perfect place to enjoy lounging poolside with a cocktail or relax and enjoy the luxury accommodations by the shore at the Sea Glass InnAll offer superior accommodations with gracious hosts.  So come enjoy the Art Festival and choose a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn.

STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL LAKE WORTH FLORIDA

February 18th, 2014

StreetPaintingLakeworth copyStreet Painting Festival Lake Worth, FL on February 22 & 23, 2014 from 10:00  am – 7:00 pm

Downtown Lake Worth and the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce invite you to the annual Street Painting Festival, which claims bragging rights as the world’s largest. The 2-day event transforms the downtown streets with more than 200 street paintings covering more area than any other festival of its kind in the world. Hundreds of artists converge to display their diverse talents on the asphalt – using only chalk – in styles that range from Renaissance classicism to Cubism and Pop Art. Street performers, strolling minstrels and Main Stage musical entertainment add to the creative atmosphere. And of course, don’t miss the Festival Food Courts, accommodating culinary tastes and thirsts as diverse as the surrounding artwork.

Artists are encouraged to follow a “Movie Theme” such as a scene or character from their favorite film.  Over 400 Artists use the pavement as canvas to transform downtown Lake Worth into a temporary outdoor museum of original art and masterpiece reproductions. See the streets come alive as the artists transform the pavement into works of art. It happens every February in downtown Lake Worth, Florida.

The tradition of Street Painting can traced back to16th century Italy when itinerant artists would use their chalks to transform pavement into a makeshift canvas, street painting has retained its appeal through the centuries. As in ages past, crowds still gather to watch as fine works of art emerge. The “paintings” last only until the next rain, but the lively spirit and accessibility of the exhibition captivates new audiences each year and inspires lasting memories.

Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns has several Inns located in Palm Beach County, and two specifically in Downtown Lake Worth, The Sabal Palm House and the Mango Inn.  Both are a very short walk to all the activities and offer wonderful accommodations.

Strawberries Plant City Florida

February 7th, 2014
doomed strawberrySpring brings strawberries ripe for the picking and Plant City celebrates with an annual feasting extravaganza, the Florida Strawberry Festival, part county fair with midway rides and livestock shows, and part country music exhibition.  Every winter, Plant City’s 10,000 acres of berry farms turn ripe red with fruit.  It’s that first bite into a strawberry, still warm from the sun that leaves a crimson trail of sweet juice running down your cheek. You thought you knew what a strawberry tasted like, until you tried one grown with Florida sunshine. Because while the rest of the world shovels snow off the road, Tampa Bay feasts outside on berries.  This year the Festival takes place between Thursday, February 27, 2014-Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Florida Strawberry Festival is dedicated to preserving the history of Tampa Bay’s agriculture and community through one very delicious vehicle, strawberries. Known for hosting some of the best rock and country bands in the nation,  check out some of the great music too. Don’t miss a taste of our ruby sunshine.

StrawberryHouseI bet you didn’t know that there is a Strawberry House Bed and Breakfast in Plant City. This beautiful Dutch Colonial Bed and Breakfast is located in the downtown Plant City historic district.  Strawberry House Bed and Breakfast boasts several large sitting rooms for guests, along with an outdoor pool which is ideal for relaxing and outdoor gatherings.  There’s not a better way to spend your time then relaxing after a great day at the Festival.

Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns offers over 90 Bed and Breakfast Inns to choose from when traveling through out the great State of Florida.  From Key West to the Panhandle, you will be received with warm hospitality and fabulous accommodations.

 

 

Danville A Tiny Town Inside A Hanger

January 10th, 2014
Dan Shaw with his airplane.

Dan Shaw with his airplane.

Welcome to Danville, a tiny town inside a hangar 

We are so proud of  Danville Bed and Breakfast who is a Member Partner with the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Association.  The following was written by Martin E Comas of the Orlando Sentinel.  Congratulations Dan Shaw, on your creative ideas and absolutely wonderful Bed and Breakfast.

By Martin E. Comas, Orlando Sentinel  5:31 p.m. EST, January 5, 2014

Danville is a bed and breakfast built out of a former airplane hangar and featured on HGTV.

Dan Shaw will flash you a wide grin and tell you he is the mayor of Danville, arguably one of the most unique “towns” in the world.

His mini-village with a 1940s theme is tucked inside a large airplane hangar on the outskirts of Geneva in a rural pocket of east Seminole County.  At 3,000 square feet, it’s just large enough to hold an Irish pub, a phone booth, streetlights, a one-room City Hall, a movie theater and a single-occupancy bed-and-breakfast.

And to show you his colorful mini-village, “Mayor” Shaw presses a remote control that lifts open a side wall of the hangar painted to look like a quaint Florida home. It’s like opening a very large automatic garage door.

“My wife — an electorate of one — voted me mayor,” Shaw said with a laugh. “And we had to name our town something, so I decided to name it Danville.”

Over the past two years, Danville has been the venue for dozens of weddings, anniversaries, parties and other large events. And many of those guests end up spending the night at the Danville inn.

“We like to think of it as the best place in Orlando to have a party,” said Sally Bush, who handles sales and marketing.

Shaw, an avid pilot and a retired plumbing contractor, came up with the idea for Danville several years ago when he decided to build an airplane hangar that would also serve as a guest house for his visiting aviator buddies on his 25-acre wooded property.

And over the years, he erected walls, added rooms, installed bathrooms and set up a kitchen inside the hangar. He also brought in antique furniture, phones, desks, typewriters, fans and other mid-20th-century items he picked up on craigslist, eBay, and salvage yards. Items also came from the old Rosie O’Grady’s jazz emporium in downtown Orlando.

“I didn’t want it to be a normal [airplane] hangar,” Shaw, 66, said. “I wanted something unusual. I wanted something different. I wanted it to be fun, and we accomplished that.”

Soon, people started asking Shaw if they could use Danville for parties, weddings or other events. So about four years ago, Shaw received approval from Seminole County to run his mini-village as a one-occupancy bed and breakfast.

In the past year, about 25 couples have tied the knot in Danville’s outdoor gazebo and gardens before spending the night at the bed and breakfast.

Some of the past guests included a Scottish wedding party that flew into Sanford from across the Atlantic to hold their wedding ceremony in Danville.

“They were great fun,” Shaw said.

The bed-and-breakfast includes a living room, a guest room, and a second floor with a large master suite with large windows that look out onto Danville. The second floor also includes a movie theater with a 1920s theme and a 3-D large-screen television.

Danville does little advertising, Bush said. Rather, she relies on word-of-mouth and travel websites to promote the business, including tripadvisor.com and flipkey.com, which have given it positive reviews.

Shaw said he has lost track of how much money he has spent building Danville. He is constantly adding new features. A few weeks ago, for example, he completed a phone booth with an old-style cradle phone and rotary dial.

“For me, there’s nothing more fun than watching people’s faces when the door swings up and they see Danville,” Shaw said. “And it’s a wonderful way to meet people.”

mcomas@tribune.com or 407-420-5718

 

The Coca-Cola Town Quincy, Florida

December 13th, 2013

Coca-Cola TownQuincy has been known for decades as “the Coca-Cola town” due to it’s early financing of the Coca-Cola Company by numerous townspeople. Quincy is located about 16 miles northwest of Tallahassee. What could be a bedroom community is in fact a charming historic town with a vibrant downtown. Picturesque historic buildings line the streets, housing restaurants, shops, and Quincy Florida Bed and Breakfasts.

Use a Quincy Florida Bed and Breakfasts as a base from which to explore this part of Northwest Florida. Visit the Pebble Hill Plantation, an early 19th century plantation that became a museum in 1983. Walk through the Natural Bridge Battlefield State Historic Site, where Confederate soldiers prevented Union troops from taking Tallahassee. Take a tour of the Old Capitol in Tallahassee, constructed in 1845 and used through 1978. Exhibits include political history of the state of Florida and the history of the building.

Nearby Lake Talquin State Forest offers boating, hiking, and fishing. The St. Marks Historic Railroad Trail runs 16 miles from the Apalachicola National Forest to the Gulf of Mexico and is favored by cyclists. The Maclay State Gardens feature nature trails, bike paths, fishing and boating, but it is the delightfully designed floral gardens surrounding a 1930s mansion that inspire most visitors.

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is a mere hour from Quincy, on the Gulf of Mexico. Birders will delight in the hundreds of species of birds who make the refuge their home, such as peregrine falcons and black-necked stilts. Also at the refuge is the historic St. Marks Lighthouse, built in 1832. While not open to the public, it is a favorite with photographers, for it stands tall alongside saltwater estuaries.

Xmas 2006Allison House Bed and Breakfast is in the heart of a 36 block historic district as designated on the National Historic Register. They have received numerous awards; from Most Historic Inn to Best Breakfast in the Southeast to Most Affordable Luxury Bed & Breakfast voted by their guests in competition with B&B’s nationwide. Escape to the charm of an English-style bed and breakfast atmosphere.

McFarlinHouseAt McFarlin House  Bed and Breakfast you enter an era of time past as you step onto the Southern, wrap-around porch, through the double beveled doors. Warm, inviting hospitality awaits you in this beautifully restored, Queen-Anne Victorian bed and breakfast. The McFarlin House Bed and Breakfast is also located in the heart of the 32-block Historic District of Quincy.  The McFarlin House sits on approximately 1.5+ acres of grounds that are in constant seasonal change with a large variety of camellias, brilliant pink Japanese Magnolia trees, day lilies, jasmine, gladiolas, hydrangeas, crepe myrtle trees, a leather leaf mahogany, and a grand Gingko tree. Once you’ve seen it, you’ll understand why this magnificent Queen-Anne Victorian beauty might just be the perfect place for your wedding, reception, rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon or tea, or why the inn is a favorite location for couples to spend their wedding night.

 

 

Safety Harbor Florida Ibis Bed and Breakfast

December 6th, 2013

IBis B&B EntranceThe Ibis Bed and Breakfast in downtown Safety Harbor takes its name from the White Ibis shorebird, native to Florida and frequently seen in the area.  The Ibis Bed and Breakfast is 10 minutes from Tampa Airport, just over the Courtney Campbell Bridge.

The Ibis is within walking distance to Tampa Bay, parks, Main Street shops and restaurants, and the city marina. Miles of hiking and biking trails abound in and around Safety Harbor, where the largest park in Pinellas County is located, Philippe Park, along Tampa Bay, home to an intact Indian mound.

Ruth Eckerd Hall is just down the street for those who love Music Events.

Safety Harbor is a city on the west shore of Tampa Bay in Pinellas County. Florida. At the head of Old Tampa Bay is the City of Safety Harbor, a secret little hideaway, neighbored by the major cities of Clearwater and Tampa. This quaint community boasts distinctive shops, award winning restaurants and plenty of family fun. There is certainly something for everyone, from beautiful parks laden with historical significance and nature’s artwork, to cultural venues for the cosmopolitan visitor.

Downtown Safety Harbor sets the mood for the community. Discover the charm of Safety Harbor the old fashioned way by strolling. With its palm treed thoroughfare, canopied sidewalks and brick lined streets, “Main Street” offers you the opportunity to succumb to your curiosity while perusing through captivating shops, sampling new cuisine and rediscovering a love of art displayed in one of the area’s finest galleries on Main Street.  Try antiquing in shops housed in colorful bungalows. Enjoy a cappuccino under the shade of an old oak tree. Safety Harbor merchants take pleasure in creating the ambiance unique to their small town.

You will find history alive throughout Safety Harbor. Since the turn of the century, tourists have been traveling to this area to be rejuvenated by the spring waters of historic Espiritu Santo Springs, or “Springs of the Holy Spirit”, a natural mineral spring. Its waters were given this name in 1539 by the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, who was supposedly searching for the mythical “Fountain of Youth“.

In June 2008, a 6,000 year old spearhead was found at Marshall Street Park. The inhabitants of the area at the time of Spanish exploration were the Tocobaga people, who lived in villages around Tampa Bay. Safety Harbor sites have yielded pottery, and artifacts of copper, shell, and stone. The Tocobaga were known for constructing various ceremonial and communal mounds to bury the dead. Most of these mounds were destroyed in the early 1900s due to development. However, one of these burial mounds is still visible in Safety Harbor’s Phillippe Park  Shells found in these mounds were used to pave city streets.

The name Safety Harbor originated from the early 18th century, when pirates were a substantial influence in the area. Once ships reached this area of the bay, all threats from pirates were gone, and it was commonly referred to as a “Safe Harbor”.

Enjoy a wonderful stay at the Ibis Bed and Breakfast.

Florida’s Northeast

November 29th, 2013

Florida’s Northeast Region

St Augustine Lighthouse Florida Postcard Style PhotoNortheast Florida, known as “Florida’s First Coast,” combines America’s oldest European settlement with one of the nation’s leading modern seaports, with a collection of small up-and-coming towns adding to the local color and natural beauty. Encompassing Atlantic beaches as far south as Flagler County and inland rural communities west to Palatka, the region offers travelers timeless adventures through mysterious 17th-century forts, vast prairie lands and wide beaches lined with sand dunes.

Off the state’s northeastern-most corner, Amelia Island provides a refreshing change of pace. On this small island, families will find blocks of old mansions, miles of beaches and lots of seafood. Fernandina Beach, the island’s only town, showcases more than 50 blocks of restored Victorian neighborhoods, including a collection of grand, sherbet-hued mansions, called the “Silk Stocking District.”

One of the nation’s fastest growing and most modern cities, Jacksonville is situated along the banks of the state’s longest river, the St. Johns River.

To the south lies the oldest, continuously occupied European settlement in the continental United States — St. Augustine. Founded in 1565, 42 years before the English colonized Jamestown, St. Augustine has diligently preserved much of its rich heritage along a 144-block downtown historic district that offers a history lesson with proven kid appeal. Regardless of their age, visitors are bound to feel young again as they stroll narrow brick streets to discover the Oldest House, Oldest Jail, Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse and Oldest Store Museum.

Southwest of St. Augustine, along the banks of the St. Johns River, Putnam County offers quiet, unassuming historic sites which tell the story of Putnam County, including the impact of the Civil War, the advent of steamboat travel along the St. Johns River and the gilded age of the Flagler Railroad.

When traveling to the northeast you will find a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn nearby.

Florida’s West Central Bed and Breakfast Fun

November 15th, 2013

Dark Sky Over A Blue SeaDiscover Florida’s West Coast, which includes the popular vacation destinations of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Sarasota, offering a vast array of cultural, historical, natural and recreational riches along gem-colored waters and sun-drenched beaches. Then be enchanted by glimpses of small-town America by traveling to the state’s back roads, including the counties of Hardee and Desota.

For beach lovers, Bradenton and the Gulf islands of Anna Maria and Longboat Key boast 27 miles of dazzling sand beaches unmarred by high-rise condominiums or hotels. Shelling, sunbathing and swimming opportunities abound at numerous public beaches, while airboat rides offer an up-close look at the vibrant marine ecology of the Gulf islands.

Known as “Florida’s Cultural Coast,” Sarasota offers world-class art and entertainment the entire family will enjoy. The city was once the winter home of John Ringling and his world-famous Ringling Bros. Circus. Today, the circus magnate’s legacy is on display at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

No matter where you choose to travel, a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn is nearby.

Christmas Gift Certificates

November 2nd, 2013

BlackDolphinBelieve it or not, Christmas is just around the corner!  Now may be a good time too think about purchasing  gifts.  A Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn Gift Certificate can be used anytime throughout the year. A gift certificate to Bed and Breakfast Inns Florida is a unique way to show someone how much they mean to you. What could be better than a gift of relaxation, hospitality and good food? There are over 85 Bed and Breakfast or Boutique Collection Inns your recipient can choose from whether they want to experience the beach, the country atmosphere, a quaint downtown or a large city. 

This year, do something special for someone you love: send them to a Florida Bed and Breakfast or Boutique Inn.

Gift certificates are redeemable for a year after the date of purchase, allowing ample time for folks to schedule a getaway. They can be spontaneous or plan a vacation months in the future – the beauty of this is that the details are up to them.

Everyone knows folks who just don’t ever think to give themselves a mini-holiday. They may dream of a few days on Key West or Amelia Island, but it is hard for them to actually make the arrangements. That’s where you come in. Give them a reason to schedule a Florida vacation. They will thank you for it.

SolRisa Inn Bed and Breakast Cocoa Beach FLorida

October 25th, 2013
SolRisa Inn Bed and Breakfast

SolRisa Inn Bed and Breakfast

Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns is proud to introduce SolRisa Inn Bed and Breakfast in Cocoa Beach, Florida as a new member inn.

SolRisa means laughing sun, named for its spectacular sunrise views.  Solrisa Inn Bed and Breakfast is Cocoa’s newest inn, a classic turn-of-the-century Florida home that has overlooked the Indian River for 120 years.   It is a completely rebuilt 1914 home opened as a B & B in 2013, sitting on a small bluff of the Indian River. Three unique suites grace the main inn with a private deck or porch, river views, and en suite baths. In the 1903 cottage you can relax to river views and breezes, osprey and owls from the private, screened cottage porch

The swim-in-place pool with pagoda invites water aerobics, a challenging swim, or just holding on to float on the current.  Next to the pool, the fireplace terrace offers cozy seating with river views. Small garden and seating areas dot the property.

Owned by a dietitian and retired businessman, breakfast at SolRisa is both good, and good for you.  A full hot breakfast can be enjoyed in the dining room, in room, or one of the decks, porches or terraces.  Dockside dinners can be arranged; and the full moon rising over the river makes a romantic backdrop. SolRisa’s food is both delicious and nutritious; organic and local products are used as much as possible.

They strive to provide relaxation and rejuvenation at every SolRisa visit. To enjoy a bit more pampering, They offer massage, facials, manicures and pedicures, aromatherapy and more through outstanding and fully licensed partners.

SolRisa Inn partners with the Good Nutrition Dietitian to offer occasional “Hit Restart” retreats. Have you ever wanted to step off the wheel, stop to catch a breath and reorganize, and start on a healthy path? “Restart” retreats target the health-threatening “big three”: poor diet, stress and inactivity. Retreats immerse guests in an experiential journey to de-stress, enjoy delicious and healthy nutrition, and to move the body. There is simply no better way to begin anew; to commit to a healthy you!

Located on the Indian River and walking distance to Historic Cocoa Village, within 10 miles of beaches and Canaveral Cruise terminals, and 35 miles to Orlando airport; SolRisa is within easy reach of all of central Florida and Space Coast attractions.

SolRisa is maintained with natural botanical products as much as possible, with signature soap and body lotion specially hand-crafted  from the purest oils and products by Nature’s Spirit. The grounds are maintained with organic products that will not harm you, or the river.

SolRisa can arrange wellness retreats, writer, photographer and artist seminars and much more for small groups of guests.  Glimpses of gardens tucked amid palms. Indian River breezes cool decks and porches. Manatee faces and porpoise tails. Squirrel chatter amid old oaks. Osprey and owl. Enjoy a sunrise stretch or a moonlight meditation on our dock.  The inn is simply elegant, positively serene. 

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