Take Those Vacation Days at Florida Inns

November 13th, 2014

AlanHowardCanoe_1 (1)The TV commercials are full of advertisements asking you to take vacation days. Too many people are not taking advantage of their vacation days. You earned them! Here is my personal invitation to explore and enjoy Florida this winter. I’m not talking about Disney, but experiencing the real Florida. Central Florida offers citrus and cattle, beautiful rivers, woods to explore, fossil hunting, rodeos and delicious food in off the beaten path locations. See a different culture and the cowboys of old who work the cattle and those who grow produce for the world. Smell the orange blossoms in March, there is nothing like it. They seem to bloom unexpectedly overnight and the fragrance is intoxicating. Of course the beaches are always a good idea to think, dream and regenerate for a time. But do get up and enjoy what else there is to do.

The Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns are located throughout Florida from the beaches to the lakes, from the panhandle to the keys, there is a beautiful guest room waiting just for you. www.Florida-Inns.com When you stay at a Florida Inn it’s like having your own personal concierge to help you navigate activities you want to pursue.

Will Seccombe Speakes at Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Conference 2014

October 17th, 2014

Will Seccombe, CEO & President of Visit Florida, along with Pattie Detwiler, Managing Director, Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns

Will Seccombe, CEO and President of Visit Florida was named one of the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International, one of the Top 50 Global Marketers in Travel by Skift and the 2014 Hospitality Legend of the Year by the South Florida Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International. The Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Association was thrilled to have Mr. Seccombe speak at the 2014 Innkeeping Conference this year. His expertise and knowledge of Florida Tourism was enlightening and brought a new perspective to Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers. All facets of the Florida Tourism industry make up a large part of Florida’s economy and create jobs for small business and large business alike.  It was with the help of a Visit Florida Reimbursement Grant that FBBI could produce three “Choose Your Own Path” videos this past year.  FBBI being a marketing partner with Visit Florida is a benefit to Member Innkeepers.

FLORIDA BED AND BREAKFAST INNS CARES WINNER

October 10th, 2014

Cara and MelissaFlorida Bed and Breakfast Inns is pleased to announce the first winner of the FBBI CARES Two Night Give-A-Way to Cara Rodden. Cara’s heartwarming story was submitted by her friend, Melissa McCormick. The winner was chosen at the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns 2014 Innkeeping Conference in Orlando, Florida on September 28, 2014 and Cara has accepted this award of a two-night stay for two, including a complimentary Breakfast for two, at one of the participating Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns, listed below. Cara has chosen the lovely Casa Grandview Bed and Breakfast, AAA 4 Diamond & part of the BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection rated Bed and Breakfast in West Palm Beach, Florida for her stay.

Here is Cara’s Story:
I nominate my dear friend Cara Rodden. At age 32 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, already a diabetic and had many complications from diabetes. She was going partially blind and then suffered this devastating blow. It ruined her self esteem and confidence in life. We all stood behind her and supported her through her chemo and surgery. At 34 she had a double mastectomy, shortly after her wedding. She wanted to give up but she fought, every year we get together for the breast cancer walk. When she underwent surgery and couldn’t make it I walked for her with my kids. She is cancer free and every year is a huge milestone that she remains cancer free. Cara is officially disabled but volunteers part time with elementary school kids because it brings her such joy since she cannot have kids of her own. Recently she has feeling not well and very down. Her husband works to support them and her medical visits still. I wish nothing more than her and her husband to be able to have a wonderful relaxing time away from it all. To give back to such a strong amazing woman!
Sincerely
Melissa McCormick

Participating Inns:
Casa Grandview, West Palm Beach
Grandview Gardens, West Palm Beach
Victorian House, St. Augustine
St. Francis Inn, St. Augustine
Hampton Lake, Starke
Magnolia Plantation, Gainesville
1872 John Denham House, Monticello
Palm Beach Hibiscus, West Palm Beach
At Journey’s End, St. Augustine

Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Introduces FBBI Cares

August 14th, 2014

Florida B&B logo - printFlorida Bed and Breakfast Inns (FBBI) has lots of heart give-a-way. FBBI would love to award a two-night stay for two, including a complimentary Breakfast for two, at a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn to someone who you feel is deserving. Nominate someone who is near and dear to you and tell us their story. Tell us why this person is deserving and special to you in 200 words or less. When you feel a heart connection, it’s a very special thing.

Submit to: info@florida-inns.com
Like us on Facebook
Let FBBI share your story
FBBI will choose the most heartwarming story winner.
Deadline for submission: September 24, 2014
Award Date: September 28, 2014 in Orlando, FL at the FBBI Conference
Winner will be chosen and disclosed during Conference Banquet
Email submissions only: info@florida-Inns
Reference: FBBI Cares

Rules: Like Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Facebook Page
Permission to Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns to Tell Your Story
Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns FBBI Caring Heart Give-a-Way Committee will choose the most heartwarming story winner

Fine Print:
No Cash Value – not redeemable for cash
Two Night Stay must be consecutive two nights
Based on Availability at participating Inns
Not all Member Inns are participating. See list on website for participating Inns.
Participating Member Inns:  Casa Grandview, West Palm Beach, Fl
Grandview Gardens, West Palm Beach, Florida; Victorian House, St. Augustine;
Hampton Lake Bed and Breakfast, Starke, FL
Cannot be used during Black Out periods and Special Events according to participating Inns.
Must guarantee reservation with credit card and give date of award.
Must disclose to participating Inn when making reservation.
Must be used within 1 year from date of award.
All policies of participating Inn apply.
Valid ID required at Check In
Award cannot be transferred to another.

June 25th, 2014

Windemere copyAt Windemere by the Sea, your chair awaits you on their private beach. When the warm sun beckons and the seashore calls, whether it is for romance, vacation or business, Windemere Inn By the Sea Bed and Breakfast can be your sanctuary.  Spend the day on the beach, sleep to the sound of the surf, and awaken to a Gourmet Breakfast.  One of the perks is Windemere has fresh, homemade chocolate chip cookies in a bottomless cookie jar!  Yeah Chocolate!  Windemere is a luxury oceanfront bed and breakfast located on a barrier island facing the beautiful Atlantic Ocean east of Melbourne.  They have eleven elegant guest rooms with private baths, some with private balconies overlooking the ocean and jetted tubs.. Beach chairs, umbrellas and towels are provided for you and lunch can be delivered to you on the beach.

Turtle Beach Florida

June 18th, 2014

Turtle beach chairsYou can enjoy Florida the way it used to be – unspoiled beaches, abundant wildlife, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets.  As Seen on ABC’s Good Morning America, Turtle Beach Inn at Indian Pass is “Old Florida” where you can experience the charm and natural beauty of Florida’s Forgotten Coast.  Located in the panhandle of Florida, the Turtle Beach Inn and cottages are nestled between cabbage palms and long-needled pines on an often deserted Gulf coast beach that is also a sea turtle nesting area.  You can swim, shell, fish, kayak, bike, golf or even go horseback riding. Canoeing, boating, fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving are also available in the area. You can go there to simply relax on the porches or on the beach.  There are state parks, national forests, and wildlife preserves waiting to be explored, all right there on the Forgotten Coast.  Two nearby historic towns (Apalachicola and Port St. Joe) offer unique restaurants, shopping, and friendly people.  St. Vincent Island, a federal wildlife preserve, is just a short paddle or boat ride from the inn. The Turtle Beach Inn is a Florida DEP certified Green Lodging establishment.

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

 

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