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LOOKING FOR A LONG WEEKEND GETAWAY OF RELAXATION AND FUN?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
CHECK OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NEW SMYRNA BEACH, AUGUST 4-6, 2016.

New Smyrna Shrimp & Seafood FestivalBegin 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. Summer Concert Series

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.

First Saturday on Canal Street - New SmyrnaAugust 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.Canal St. Craft Beer Walk

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.

Anchor Inn B&BThe 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.

Black Dolphin Inn - Boutique B&BThe 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 JULY 4TH IN DAYTONA BEACH!

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Daytona Nascar Cars

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 Bandshell Summer ConcertJuly 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.

 

Black Dolphin InnWhen 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

Celebrate Father’s Day Florida Style

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Happy Father's DayFather’s Day Ideas For Every Type Of Floridian Dad

Father’s Day is coming upon us quickly so it’s crunch time for making plans. Knowing that not all Dads are made the same…we have come up with several options that may work for your special man. Show him how much you care with a Gift Certificate to a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn! Whether your Dad is/does:

Enjoys a fine meal ~ There’s nothing like al fresco dining on the water. Or is a no-frills dad who’d rather go out for burgers and beer ~ Perhaps taking him to a sports bar for casual dining and watching a game.

For the dad who loves to get out and move, enjoy a little adventure and spend time with the family: Why not try a picnic? Florida has beautiful Local and State Parks with plenty of activities such as nature trails, kayaking, paddle board, bike trail, nature cruises, canoeing, hiking or perhaps an airboat ride through the Everglades…something for everyone in the family.

Does Dad like fishing? There are several fishing piers throughout the state, state parks or chartering a boat for deep sea fishing which may be more his style.

 Does Dad think he’s a golf pro? There may be more than 1,000 golf courses in Florida offering a short course for beginners, greens with varying elevations, wetland areas that attract wildlife or semi-private courses offering various tee times.

 For the dad who just wants to unwind: Give him a spa day… Yes, men enjoy spas too. Florida has some of the Best Spas in the country. Or “Dad can always bro it up at ManKind—a spa for men—where all services come with a complimentary beverage (beer or wine). The establishment recommends its One of a Kind shave, which is great for men with sensitive skin. Alternatively, you can make dad a massage appointment (as long as mom is OK with the all-female spa staff) or let a real shoe-shine specialist spiff up his kicks.”

Is Dad a Fan of History? There are countless museums, notable estates, other historical buildings, or cultural art museums across Florida where Dad can enjoy the days of yesteryear.Father's Day

St. Johns River Cruises and Blue Springs State Park

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

River View of Blue Spring State Park-1Looking to get in touch with nature and relaxing?   The St. Johns River Cruises are considered the most popular nature oriented tour in Florida. The vessels navigate through the shallow backwaters of the historic St. Johns River that allows you to hear the sounds of nature as they surround the boat.   During the informative narrated cruise, you will learn about the history and Blue Spring State Park-1nature of this area, the many species of birds, plants, and trees. While navigating through these waters you will see manatees, turtles and perhaps an alligator or two.  Frequent stops are made for photographs, intimate encounters, and a thorough look at this most fragile ecosystem.  In addition to the Boat Tours, also offered are guided Backwater Tours of Blue Spring State Park and canoe and kayak rentals

 

 

 

 

The Alling House-1To continue the on with the relaxation, and only three miles from the St. John’s River and Blue Spring State Park, The Alling House Bed and Breakfast is a perfect place to stay with your friends and family.  Also a great place for a family reunions with plenty of room for all members of the family including your pet.

Your invited to sit for a spell in the swing on our large front porch and relax while listening to the many beautiful birds. Take a peek at the goldfish in our pond and spy on the two large bullfrogs that guard the edge. The Alling House Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located near Main Street, Deland where many people enjoy strolling down Main Street with its historic atmosphere, antique shops, restaurants and so much more.  Also located in the Orlando area and just a short trip from all of the well-known tourist parks. There is always something going on in the area. Whether it be a festival, fair, NASCAR race, Bike Week, or antique auction.The Alling House -Wedding 1

 

 

Mother’s Day Gifts and Celebrations Florida Style!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

 

Mother's Day tulips

Mother’s Day Gifts and Celebrations Florida Style!

Are you at a loss…don’t know what to get Mom? Show her how much you care with a Gift Certificate to a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn! A perfect gift for a woman with discriminating taste.

Here are some gift ideas and celebrations based on her interests or personality.  We have a Bed and Breakfast Inn location to accommodate any activity you choose.

  • A Sports Fan ~ Catch a game or a gift of team spirit
  • Sweet on Key Lime Pie ~ Head to Key West they’ve got the best!
  • Loves a Little Drama ~ Catch a show at one of the many venues throughout Florida
  • Fancy a Flight ~ Hot Air Balloon ride, Hang Gliding, Float Plane…what does she fancy?
  • Love Wine ~ Tour a Florida Winery, taste and find a new favorite to take home
  • Love Gardening ~ Tour some of Florida’s most beautiful gardens throughout the state.
  • A Fishing Fanatic ~ Catch a charter for a full or half day and give her some reel Florida fun
  • Need Pampering ~ Reserve a treatment or day at the Spa.
  • A Fan of Mysteries ~ Grab a seat on a Murder Mystery Train where you can dine and solve a mystery
  • A History Buff ~ Explore and Tour one of the hundreds of historic sites around the state
  • Enjoy Fine Dining ~ Make reservations for brunch or Dinner at one of the many fine dining establishments throughout the state
  • Love to Drive Fast ~ Forget the Mini Van! Ferrari’s and Lanborghini’s more her speed? Take her to the Exotic Driving Experience
  • Dream of Swimming with Dolphins ~ There are lots of ways to see Dolphins from Orlando down to the Keys

Woody & Pattie

25th Annual Florida Film Festival!

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Enzian Theatre *25th Annual Florida Film Festival – APRIL 8-17, 2016.  Enzian and Florida Film Festival President Henry Maldonado, welcomes you to “The Festival With A Heart”. Now in its 25th year, the Florida Film Festival is an Oscar®-qualifying festival, premiering the best in current, independent, and international cinema. Enjoy 10 days of Incredible Talent, Entertainment and First-Class Events. Film lovers have the opportunity to mingle with filmmakers and celebrities over cocktails and a locally-sourced menu.  The Florida Film Festival was recently named “one of the top 50 festivals” by indieWIRE, and one of the top 10 festivals in the world by festival guru Chris Gore in his 2001 edition of The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, 2nd Edition. Nestled in at number eight (alongside such prestigious events as Sundance, Toronto, Cannes, Berlin, and SXSW), the Festival continues to showcase the best in American independent and foreign cinema.

Looking to relax after a day/evening of fun and festivities? Take in the beauty of…

Thurston House – Located amidst 8 acres of lush land overlooking Thurston House *picturesque Lake Eulalia, Thurston House Bed and Breakfast is an unexpected treat! Built in 1885 and completely restored in 1991, the boutique inn accommodation combines all the charm of a period Queen Anne Victorian Farmhouse. It also has the modern room amenities of a fine, small hotel. The wraparound porch is an inviting respite after a busy day.

 

 

 

63rd Annual Sailboat Regatta

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Mount Dora Regatta *COME SAIL WITH US! The state’s oldest, 63rd annual Sailboat Regatta April 2-3, 2016, hosted by the Mount Dora Yacht Club!  “Like a grand dame, the Mount Dora Sailing Regatta exudes tradition.” Come enjoy one of Florida’s hidden gems. People come to the regatta for fun and enjoyment and while we cannot control the weather…hopefully it will be breezy, your visit to Mount Dora will sure to be pleasant and memorable. If you’ve been here before, we certainly look forward to having you back again. There will be special trophies and awards. The Regatta is open to all classes from Opti to Sunfish, Hobie to Wayfarer, Catalinas to Mutineers.

Looking for a place to stay…try a Bed & Breakfast and enjoy the continued southern charm and feel of Mount Dora.

Cinnamon ICinnamon Inn *nnThe Cinnamon Inn, a Bed and Breakfast is located on 4.5 privately-wooded acres in the Tangerine / Mount Dora, Florida Countryside. You will feel the comfort and charm of the old South while you’ll awaken to the aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls and morning coffee, sitting in a rocking chair on one of our porches, either screened or open, enjoying the sounds of the birds sing as the sun rises from the horizon.

 

Grandview Bed & Breakfast *Grandview Bed and Breakfast Mount Dora – Grandview Bed & Breakfast represents old Florida living at it’s finest. Relax on our wrap around porch while you sip lemonade or iced tea. Or take a swing or two on the porch swing as you let your cares drift away. Within two blocks of downtown Mount Dora, quaint shops, fantastic restaurants and antique shops are many of the enjoyments of this quaint village.

 

Martin County Fair February 2016

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Don’t miss the Martin County Fair happening now through February 20th, 2016. Enjoy Arts and Crafts, Fresh Produce, Lectures, Pet and Livestock Shows, Carnival Rides, Live Entertainment, Various Live Demonstrations including Bee Keeping and Making Honey, and much more! Find the Martin County Fairgrounds across from the Stuart Airport – Witham Field located at 2616 SE Dixie Hwy, Stuart, FL 34996

While visiting Stuart, FL, enjoy your home away from home…Inn Shepard’s Park. This hotel alternative is nestled in the Heart of The River Front Village located in Historic downtown Stuart. Shops, Restaurants and Entertainment are all within walking distance.

Aspiring Innkeeper Workshop July 2015

Friday, 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

Mother’s Day Gift Certificates 2015

Thursday, 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.

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