Advocate for Bed and Breakfast Inns

August 18th, 2015

Royal Palm woman serves as Advocate for Bed and Breakfast Inns

Florida Aspiring Innkeeper Workshop

July 23rd, 2015

Aspiring Workshop Session Casual DiscussionPD Chair

What participants at the July 2015 Aspiring Workshop had to say:
100% said they would recommend this Workshop to other!
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.


Look for the next Aspiring Innkeeper Workshop sponsored by the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns and Presented by Bed and Breakfast Consultant and Realtor, Pattie Detwiler coming in January 2016 in St. Augustine, Florida hosted by the Victorian House Bed and Breakfast.

Aspiring Innkeeper Workshop July 2015

May 29th, 2015
Pattie Detwiler Talking to Aspiring Innkeeper at the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns 2014 Conference

Pattie Detwiler Talking to Aspiring Innkeeper at the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns 2014 Conference

As many of you know, I was an innkeeper for 12 years and enjoyed every minutes of it. I can’t tell you how many times guest would visit and say they always wanted a Bed and Breakfast or when I retire I want to buy a B & B?  I’ve heard countless innkeepers from all over say that their guests express the same sentiment. The majority of innkeepers are great people who love to serve and truly enjoy what they do everyday.

When I visit a new B & B I really like the décor of, I usually reflect on how much fun that must have been to create something new and fun that other people would enjoy. I ask aspiring innkeepers all the time to make sure they want to be innkeepers and not just decorators, even though both are lots of fun.

If you are interested in becoming an innkeeper and learning more from the professionals, the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns and Bed and Breakfast Consultant Service is sponsoring an Aspiring Innkeeper Workshop in West Palm Beach, Florida on July 17 – 19, 2015. You’ll be staying at a luxury Bed and Breakfast and all accommodations and meals are included. Read More

Father’s Day 2015 Gift Certificate

May 19th, 2015
Dan Shaw with his airplane.

Dan Shaw with his airplane.

What to do for Father’s Day? It’s not too soon to think about what you are going to give your Father for Father’s Day. In this day and age, I think it’s safe to say that giving a tie is too traditional and we should step up our game and become creative. What does your Dad like to do? What are some of his hobbies? Would a family trip together be a great way to spend quality time? Who doesn’t love to come to the sunshine State? Florida has just about anything a Dad could want to do from fishing, boating, relaxing and drinking tropical juices to a nice cold beer. Think about what would be fun and present a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn Gift Certificate for a great gift on Father’s Day Sunday, June 21, 2015.

Mother’s Day Gift Certificates 2015

April 2nd, 2015

IMG_1561Surprise your Mom on Mother’s Day with a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn Gift Certificate. It’s a perfect Gift for your Mom that can be used any time during the year. Moms do so much for us and we forget she likes time away to regroup, rethink and regenerate. Show her how much you care by giving her a Gift Certificate from the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns. Who doesn’t want to stay at a Bed and Breakfast in Florida? She’ll have fun, fun, fun!   Show your mother how much you appreciate her by going out of your way for her now. Florida is always a nice getaway.

Palmer House Bed and Breakfast Lithia Florida

March 23rd, 2015

Palmer House Bed and BreakfastFront Door Palmer HouseGazebo 2Guest Room 2 with wolf






When I recently visited the Palmer House in Lithia, Florida, it reminded me of the country days I experienced when my children were going up. Sometimes when you walk into a Bed and Breakfast you experience a feeling of, I’m so glad I came. I was fortunate to stay at the lovely Palmer House and received a warm welcome from the owners, Gail and Bob Palmer.  Every little detail of the Bed and Breakfast was well thought out. The color of the front door and the wreath that hung there was so inviting.   I was charmed by all the décor and the spaciousness of the guest rooms. Palmer House sits on 8 acres of land housing a beautiful gazebo for the Weddings that take place there, along with the screened outdoor pool, the enticing hot tub and the beautiful oak trees that give you a feeling of peace. You will see cows grazing in the pasture. I breathed in the fragrance of the blooming orange blossoms and smiled at the lovely flowers blooming as I walked around the yard.

Even though you feel you are in the country, civilization is just around the corner. Palmer House backs up to the amazing community of Fish Hawk Trails off of Lithia Pinecrest Road and the nearby restaurants are plentiful. Also, very nearby is horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking and all the pleasures of the country. What a wonderful place to spend the dog days of summer.

Lithia is located in Hillsborough County near Tampa with lots of shopping nearby. Disney, Adventure Island and the beaches are all within an hours drive or less.

Monticello Home and Heritage Tour March 14 2015

March 2nd, 2015


Monticello Home & Heritage Tour

Saturday, March 14, 2015

10:00 am – 4:30 pm

The residents of Jefferson County are extremely proud of their historic heritage. Over 20 stately homes and public buildings, beautiful trees and lovely gardens paint an elegant portrait of the Old South. This is a wonderful opportunity to see an historic town and stay at the John Denham House Bed and Breakfast, an authentic elegant, historic restoration. Listed on the National Historic Register, this thirteen room 145 year old early Victorian Mansion was built by a cotton trader who shipped cotton and goods to New York and back. It has eight fireplaces, an acre of restored grounds and a cupola on top.

Monticello Florida Bed and Breakfasts Inns are located in North West Florida.  Monticello is just 23 miles east of Florida’s capital city of Tallahassee, and is fast becoming one of that city’s favorite “bedroom communities”.   Monticello is approximately mid-way between Jacksonville, Florida’s northern-most Atlantic port and Pensacola, one of her largest Gulf ports.

Historically, the City of Monticello has no equal in Northern Florida. Nestled within the tree lined streets of Monticello are many antebellum homes which provide a unique look and feel to the city. During the depression of the 1930s, many of the residents of Monticello could not afford to build new homes and the houses were renovated or restored. Today, these homes offer tourists a rare glimpse of the original architectural styles, which prevailed in the south prior to the civil war.


FBBI Cares Two Night Stay Give-A-Way

February 19th, 2015

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Beginning:   February 22, 2015
Ending:       April 22, 2015

Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns (FBBI) has lots of heart give-a-way.   FBBI will award a two-night stay for two, including a complimentary Breakfast for two, at a participating Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn to someone who you feel is deserving. (It cannot be yourself) 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 STORY Here:


  1. Like us on Facebook
  2. Winner must agree to FBBI sharing their story
  3. FBBI will choose the most heartwarming story winner.

Deadline for submission: April 22, 2015

Award Winner will be chosen at the FBBI Board Meeting on April 27, 2015

Winner will be contacted to verify acceptance of award, then public announcement

Rules: Like Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Facebook Page

Winner must give permission to Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns to Tell Your Story

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.

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.

Award Reservation will be coordinated through FBBI Office

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.

Participating Inns:
Victorian House, St. Augustine
St. Francis Inn, St. Augustine
Hampton Lake, Starke
1872 John Denham House, Monticello

Aspiring Innkeeper Workshop Florida

January 23rd, 2015
Pattie Detwiler speaking to Aspiring Innkeepers at the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns 2014 Conference

Pattie Detwiler Speaking to Aspiring Innkeepers at the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns 2014 Conference


Sponsored by the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Association

thru  SUNDAY, JULY 19, 2015

WHERE:  Casa Grandview B & B
1410 Georgia Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL  33401

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 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 at a high end luxury Bed and Breakfast Property.  All Accommodations and Meals are included in the registration fee.  Space is Limited, so please register early to insure your place. It’s good to understand the hospitality industry. New Innkeepers are invited to attend as well.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Winter Bed and Breakfast Inns in Florida

January 22nd, 2015

dolphinJump2Now that the holidays are over and the extended family has returned to their own abodes, it’s time to relax and enjoy the winter season that is Florida and it’s beautiful weather. With an abundance of activities to choose from and countless gracious Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns to choose from around the state that offer hospitality and concierge service to their guests, it’s time for someone to take care of you.

Now that I live in Florida and my favorite time of year here is from November to May when the weather is the perfect temperature for having fun outdoors. You can go to the beach, fish, water ski, drink margaritas, sleep in a hammock, or any other type of outdoor activity you can imagine. There are plenty of music festivals, loads of art festivals or fairs, and it’s the perfect time to canoe, kayak, jet-ski or ride an air boat. Who doesn’t like the feel of a nice breeze on your face while traversing on a body of water with your favorite means of transportation? If you have never experienced an airboat ride, you’re really missing out, it’s exhilarating. Take the time to explore the history and cultural of an area and feast on delicious southern cuisine. As I write this I am sitting on my balcony watching the blue herons play across the water, a lady kayaking, a couple canoeing and teenagers waiting to see who gets to ride the jet ski next, along with neighbors playing on the golf course across the lake. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?

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. When you stay at a Florida Inn it’s like having your own personal concierge to help you navigate activities you want to pursue.

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