The storm has passed and almost all Florida Inns are open for business. The weather is really beautiful here. The humidity has retreated and the breezes are soothing. Amelia Island is open for business, along with New Smyrna, Melbourne Beach, and West Palm Beach. St. Augustine has power restored and most Inns are open. The few that had damage are working together and helping each other out. Keep your plans to visit these delightful cities. Florida Hospitality is at it’s best and ready to welcome you with glad hearts.
Greetings to our Florida Innkeepers,
I am writing to you as a representative of the Florida Bed and Breakfast Association Board of Directors.
As we continue to watch CNN as Hurricane Matthew makes its way up the U.S. East Coast, South Florida Innkeepers are grateful for the minor inconvenience and damage experienced. As we go about the task of restoring normalcy in our homes and businesses and reopen, the immediate concern is for our many innkeepers who may not be as fortunate. This monster storm has taken its toll in other nations and the U.S.—some have perished, many have experienced severe flooding, over a million people are without power and damage reports range from major to minor within our State.
We want you to know we are thinking of you, and praying for you, our innkeeping community and innkeeping friends presently in the path of Hurricane Matthew. Please let us know you are safe, and if there is anything we can do to assist you.
Sincerest Regards on behalf of the Florida Inns Board of Directors,
Chairman, Florida Inns
Casa Grandview Historic Luxury Inn, Cottages and Suites
The Fuzzy Pineapple welcomes all artists, foodies, musicians, actors, photographers, family, friends and more to join us in our 2nd annual independent art and craft festival!
Festivities will feature over 100 independent artists, both local and abroad, showcasing their best original wares. There will be live entertainment showcasing some of the most talented artists, dancers, filmmakers and performers, food, games, a scavenger hunt, and chances to win prizes!
Come out, have fun and show your support to your favorite independent artist by shopping small and encouraging the artists to continue their work! Through this festival, The Fuzzy Pineapple will be able to give a portion of the proceeds to community enrichment projects as well as youth sponsorship programs.
WHEN: September 17th, 2016
TIME: 11am – 8pm
PURPOSE: “The purpose of this festival is to bring awareness to the public of the many diverse, independent artists located here. It is our mission to help these artists generate enough buzz to propel them into their next level of artistic and economic growth.”
The McFarlin House Bed & Breakfast Inn – Built in 1895 by tobacco grower, John McFarlin, the McFarlin House is a true Queen-Anne Victorian boasting a left-handed turret. Original stained glass windows, pocket doors, 7 fireplace mantels & pressed ceilings await you. Come expereince a by-gone era with all the modern conveniences expected. Warm, inviting hospitality awaits you in this beautifully restored, Queen-Anne Victorian bed and breakfast.
Are you looking for a career change…interested in hospitality? Dreamed of owning your own Bed & Breakfast? This is a workshop you don’t want to miss!
Sponsored by the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Association
WHEN: JANUARY 8-10, 2017
WHERE: VICTORIAN HOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST, ST. AUGUSTINE, FL
Unlike any other Aspiring Innkeeper Workshop. An all inclusive weekend full of knowledge about the Bed and Breakfast Industry from acquiring, retrofitting, building a Bed and Breakfast, including regulatory, zoning, government, Fire Safety, Alcohol Licensing, Marketing your Inn, Evaluating how your Inn is doing, and understanding Exit Strategies, plus every day Operations, to help you make an educated decision on how or if you want to proceed into the hospitality industry.
Professional Speaker, Pattie Detwiler of BedandBreakfastConsultantService.com and Seasoned Bed and Breakfast Owners will walk you through the process. This is your opportunity to thoroughly understand the business you are thinking of investing in, while being a guest in a luxury Bed and Breakfast Property.
Two Night Accommodations are not included in the registration fee. You can reserve your room after registration by contacting Victorian House directly. Space is Limited, so please Register early to insure your place.
What participants at the July 2015 Aspiring Workshop had to say:
* 100% said they would recommend this Workshop to others!
* When asked the most valuable topic presented: Valuation & Financing; Regulations & Operational Tips; Vendors and Staffing.
* When asked the least valuable topic: 100% said there was no topic they deemed least valuable.
What participants of the January 2016 had to say:
* The overall information presented was “Highly useful and actionable. Well presented”, also “Extremely informational”. The most valuable topic was “Entire workshop”. 100% would recommend to others.
This is an event you don’t want to miss! Join us at the 2016 Florida Inns Sunshine Conference, October 4-6 in beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida. Where you can be in the sunshine and get in the know.
The 2016 Florida Sunshine Conference is the premier annual educational conference for innkeepers, designed and coordinated by the florida inns association.
- THE ONE PLACE you will find solutions immediately applicable for business growth.
- THE ONE EVENT where you can learn best practices and learn relevant new management skills.
- THE WORKSHOPS will leave you with practical real life tips and techniques to accelerate your business.
YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS…
The industry leaders speaking at the 2016 Sunshine Conference; Learning from the Best of the Best:
- Brad Harker
- Ketan Makwana
- Chef Dennis
- Travis Dillard
We encourage you to invite your other innkeeper friends and use your influence to bring your fellow innkeepers to the 2016 Florida Sunshine Conference. This would be a great way to meet and network with other innkeepers around the country. Share ideas, experiences and perhaps guests/clients.
Click here to register today! RESERVE MY SPACE
Weekend of August 13th, 2016
Not going to the Caribbean this year? No worries…come visit the Jacksonville Caribbean Festival to enjoy new experiences, celebrate and get to know all the diverse Caribbean cultures, and spoil yourself in the festivities!
The Jacksonville Caribbean Festival celebrates all Caribbean cultures with a day of live music, dancing, authentic cuisine, artists, vendors and a parade. Before heading to the festival portion of this event, grab a spot for the parade and check out the vibrant costumes, elaborate floats, and traditional dance troupes while the sounds of calypso, soca and steel drums can be heard throughout the area. Finish your day with a Caribbean-style Mardis Gras festival that doubles as an elaborate food festival showcasing the exquisite flavors and aromas of authentic Caribbean cuisine as well as Caribbean craft displays, catchy steel drum music and live performances.
For additional information click on Jacksonville Caribbean Festival . This year’s event you don’t want to miss! Make your reservations today!
Looking for an alternative to your traditional hotel stay? Try one of the Florida Bed & Breakfast Inns they are sure not to disappoint!
Club Continental Suites, nestled on the banks of the St. John’s River under towering, moss draped oaks, this former private estate is now a romantic and intimate bed & breakfast and private club. Fifteen oversized river suites & seven rooms in the original 1923 mansion beckon you to step back in time to Old World Florida.
Riverdale Inn Bed & Breakfast In Jacksonville at the turn of the century, 50 mansions lined Riverside Avenue in an area known as “The Row”. Today, only two of these fabled homes remain. The Riverdale Inn is one of them. A beautifully restored Victorian style Bed and Breakfast located in the heart of Riverside, in Jacksonville, Florida.
When vacationing in the West Palm Beach area there is plenty to do…here is a short list of things you don’t want to miss!
Spend the day at Lion Country Safari Florida’s only drive-through safari and walk-through amusement park. Spend the day on safari with over 900 animals; animal displays and encounters, animal feeding experiences, 5 rides, water sprayground, food, shopping and more. Fun for all ages…you are sure to have a memorable experience at Lion Country Safari.
Norton Museum of Art – Since its founding in 1941, The Norton Museum of Art has grown and evolved to become one of Florida’s major cultural institutions. The Museum is internationally known for its distinguished permanent collection featuring American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography. Its masterpieces of 19th century and 20th century painting and sculpture include works by Brancusi, Gauguin, Matisse, Miró, Monet, Picasso, Davis, Hassam, Hopper, Manship, O’Keeffe, Pollock and Sheeler. Come visit the current exhibition in the spotlight – Lichtenstein and Monet.
Dining, Shopping and Entertainment is not lacking in this area… Visit CityPlace a premier destination in West Palm Beach, offering a mix of over 80 national stores, specialty shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Enjoy a spectacular daily fountain show in an open-air plaza reminiscent of a European town center and live music performed every Friday and Saturday nights. Get a great view of the city and the opportunity to see some of the mansions on Palm Beach Island by taking a Diva Duck Tour from CityPlace to the Intracoastal Waterway.
Clematis By Night – chill out South Florida style every Thursday evening in downtown West Palm Beach at the east end of Clematis Street. Sponsored by the City, this free event caters to music-lovers, families, and a social network of canines and their owners. As music spills out across the fountain and the main lawn, local artists exhibit their wares while folks sample from the beer and food trucks or any of the surrounding eateries. Relax, have a beer, and enjoy.
Make it memorable by staying at a Florida Bed & Breakfast…Southern Palm Bed & Breakfast, situated on a rural peaceful setting on 20 acres with urban amenities close by. Stroll around this private tropical paradise and admire the surroundings. Grandview Gardens Bed & Breakfast In the heart of West Palm Beach, nestled in a tropical garden on Howard Park. The property has been transformed into one of the Palm Beach area’s most intimate resorts with accommodations that are luxurious and yet homey, featuring private entrances and terraces facing towards the pool or gardens. Palm Beach Hibiscus a Boutique Bed & Breakfast With so many Palm Beach hotels to choose from the alternativechoice is The Palm Beach Hibiscus, a charming boutique Bed and Breakfast with a Key West style ambiance. A hidden tropical oasis offering elegant room accommodations in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach. Casa Grandview Historic Luxury Inn Cottages & Suites Experience the modern conveniences of a downtown historic city retreat, privacy of a luxury vacation home, state-of-the-art technology, boutique style amenities, and character of an intimate inn, tucked away in a casual tropical Old Florida style, in a prime West Palm Beach urban location anchored by CityPlace, Clematis Districts, and two miles to Palm Beach.
CHECK OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NEW SMYRNA BEACH, AUGUST 4-6, 2016.
Begin your getaway with the 9th annual New Smyrna Beach Shrimp & Seafood Festival on August 4th from 5-9pm along Flagler Avenue in the New Smyrna Beach Waterfront LOOP. Enjoy live entertainment while tasting what more than 30 restaurants will be competing for the “Best on the Beach” awards and offering taste sized portions of their specialties for $3-$5. Continue the fun and catch a FREE summer concert with performance by Gail Force playing a variety music from 6:30-7:45pm, outside on the south side of the new Brannon Civic Center, 105 S. Riverside Dr., New Smyrna Beach. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.
August 5th – Take the day and enjoy some “water” fun. Your options include but are not limited to Boat tours from private sails to dinner cruises, Fishing Charters, Standup Paddleboarding, Surfing/Windsurfing/kite-boarding, kayaking and canoeing.
August 6th – Enjoy First Saturday on Canal Street. Stroll the historic district while artistic vendors set up along the street from 10am-4pm. Joe Harrison will perform blues and pop from 11am-1pm in Christmas Park. From 4-7pm, galleries also feature solo and group exhibitions and artist talks in the Douglas Avenue area of the district and at the Hub. Admission is free.
Getting a little thirsty? While enjoying the Art along historic Canal Street, join the Craft Beer Walk, sampling craft beers from 1-7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include a six-ounce Canal Street souvenir glass and 12 sampling tickets that can be redeemed at 10 locations in the district.
The Anchor Inn Bed and Breakfast…Relax in a Comfortable, Cozy and Convenient Craftsman Bungalow. With its prime location, only a short walk from antique shopping, boutiques, restaurants and more, guests will also enjoy a hot three-course breakfast that compliments an atmosphere in which guests are treated like family. Adventure on your mind? Explore nearby parks and beaches on one of their comfortable beach bikes, or navigate the waterways with their kayaks or stand-up paddleboards. You are a short walk from the Intracoastal Waterway and local marina, and a two-mile bike ride from the beach.
The Black Dolphin Inn…A quaint Old Florida beach town is the setting for this elegant Spanish Isle – boutique inn overlooking the Indian River in New Smyrna Beach on Florida’s east-central coast. Guests are within walking distance of restaurants and shops in New Smyrna’s historic downtown and a short distance from the seaside community’s sprawling beaches, surf shops, and Flagler Ave’s beachside galleries and eateries. Overnight dockage is available for guests with boats, and fishing opportunities are abundant in the backwaters and bays of the Indian River Lagoon and nearby Canaveral National Seashore Park.
CELEBRATE THE FOURTH OF JULY IN DAYTON BEACH!
IT’S A SUMMER TRADITION AS AMERICAN AS FIREWORKS AND COOKOUTS.
Ready for a big unveil?
Celebrate the Fourth of July at Daytona International Speedway and see the recent $400 million DAYTONA Rising “re-imagining” project roar into life! Be a part of the event that’s produced some of the most dramatic moments in racing history, while you enjoy one of the nation’s biggest fireworks displays after the race. It’s the perfect way to spend a summer night at one of America’s most festive times of year. Coke Zero 400 Weekend will also include a number of special activities to honor our nation’s military service men and women. Let freedom ring at The Fourth of July in Daytona Beach with a free Bandshell Summer Concert beach-side celebration on July 1st to the tunes of a Cowboy Kid Rock Tribute and an Elton John Tribute Band on July 2nd, followed by a free fireworks show over the Atlantic Ocean.
When it comes to the New Smyrna Beach lodging scene, the most discriminating travelers stay at the Black Dolphin Inn. The elegant and intimate Spanish Isle inspired historic estate features 14 guest rooms and suites, with spa inspired private baths. Tucked away in a quiet New Smyrna Beach neighborhood just minutes from the beach, this historic inn has a connection to the outdoors-where you can feel breezes blowing and look at seemingly endless water views.
Guests are within walking distance of restaurants and shops in New Smyrna’s historic downtown and a short distance from the seaside community’s sprawling beaches, surf shops, and Flagler Ave’s beach-side galleries and eateries. Overnight dockage is available for guests with boats, and fishing opportunities are abundant in the backwaters and bays of the Indian River Lagoon and nearby Canaveral National Seashore Park
Fishing Pier Amenities:
- Deck chairs and seating area
- Dockside snook light
- Boat dockage – (restrictions may apply)
- Departure for back-country fishing excursions, kayaking, paddle board lessons and sightseeing water excursions