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Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Introduces FBBI Cares

Thursday, 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
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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.

Melbourne Art Festival 2014

Tuesday, 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.

Danville A Tiny Town Inside A Hanger

Friday, 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

 

SolRisa Inn Bed and Breakast Cocoa Beach FLorida

Friday, 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. 

Winter Park Florida A day in the City

Monday, September 9th, 2013

ThurstonHouseThe best way to start any day in Central Florida is to wake up in your comfortable guest room at Thurston House Bed & Breakfast in Maitland, Florida, celebrating 20 years of innkeeping.  Get dressed, grab a cup of coffee in the dining room and head to a rocker on the wraparound porch. The birds will entertain you while the sun comes up over Lake Eulalia. Enjoy your fabulous full breakfast, then head out to explore.

Take the short drive to Park Avenue in Winter Park. A good start would be to go the Scenic Boat Tour, and get on one of the early hourly tours. They start at 10am, and go into 3 different lakes and along old canals. Enjoy views that you can’t see from the streets, including gorgeous old mansions and gardens. The tour guides are well versed in Winter Park history and can answer any questions you may think of. From the boat tour, drive the short distance to the Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens. Tour the home, the grounds and enjoy all the fine sculpture made by Albin Polasek.

Next park your car in one of the several parking garages along Park Avenue and prepare to stroll. Often called “Little Europe”, the avenue is home to many shops, sidewalk cafes, and world class restaurants. Once you have your fill of strolling, the Morse Museum of American Art is a must see. The museum houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including art glass, leaded glass windows, lamps and the interior of an 1893 chapel. There is also jewelry, furniture, paintings, and extensive historical information about the Tiffany family.

Throughout your day’s activities, you can enjoy food from many different options up and down the avenue. Everything from French bakeries, to fine dining restaurants, sandwich and smoothie shops and wine bars can be found there.

Reserve your stay now at the beautiful Thurston House in Maitland, Florida.  Celebrating 20 years of innkeeping – WOW!

Black Dolphin Inn New Smyrna Beach Florida 2013

Monday, August 5th, 2013

BlackDolphinIf you love the beach, the water, the heat, the sand, the beach bars, the seafood and stellar hospitality you’ll want to visit the Black Dolphin Inn.   I recently stayed at the Black Dolphin Inn in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.   What a fabulous Inn and perfect location on Riverside Drive overlooking the Indian River waterway.  Every aspect of the Black Dolphin Inn speaks luxury and southern grace.  This newly renovated Inn is eye catching in its Spanish-Colonial style architecture with fresh and tastefully designed modern and contemporary interior, speaking elegance in every way.  Brett and Shelia, along with their son, Taylor are gracious hosts who insure you a delightful stay. You can tell the entire family has a solid background in hospitality and they run the inn with passion and warmth exceeding the expectations of their guests.  Third generation hoteliers and identical twin Brothers Brett & Scott Smith, fell in love with this former riverfront estate.  Overlooking the Indian River on Florida’s east central Atlantic coast, Black Dolphin gets its name from the dolphins that playfully swim by its dock. The 14 guest rooms are skillfully appointed with amazing vintage finds, fine art, eclectic accents, and modern amenities.  Gorgeous views, many with French doors opening to a private balcony that seem like tree houses peeking through gnarled oaks to the Indian River.  The Black Dolphin Inn was recently selected as one of the “Top Ten B & B’s” awarded in 2013 by BedandBreakfast.com.  The Black Dolphin Inn is not just a place to stay, it is a reason to go to New Smyrna Beach. The breakfast is beautifully displayed with locally sourced sustainable foods, which is expanded to include additional dishes such as steel-mill grits and southern home-fried potatoes. In nearby New Smyrna, walking distance from the inn, funky seaside restaurants are abundant as well as beach-side galleries, surf shops, and sprawling beaches. Overnight docking is available at the Black Dolphin for guests with boats. Even without a boat, fishing opportunities are plentiful at nearby Canaveral National Seashore Park.   While standing outside I was greeted by the bottle nose dolphins from the dock.  The Black Dolphin provides a retreat for the mind, body, and soul.

Sea Glass Inn Melbourne FL Summer Fun

Monday, July 15th, 2013
Sea Glass Inn

Sea Glass Inn

The summer is in full swing at the Sea Glass Inn Bed and Breakfast in Melbourne Beach, Florida and it has been quite exciting. All of the guests have been venturing down to the beach at night and are being rewarded with a record number of turtles nesting and laying their eggs. Many have joined in with the Preservation Society guides and have been treated to an up close view of this amazing part of nature. A few more weeks of nesting then the hatching begins.  Another marvelous sight, is when over 100 eggs hatch and the babies head for the ocean to begin their new life.

The Sea Glass Inn guest have also enjoyed intimate River tours where they have seen dolphins and manatees right next to their boat. Along with many birds such as Osprey, Great Blue Heron, and Ibis to view, this makes for an incredible day on the water.

The 4th of July weekend was spectacular, with a full house of guest who all seemed to become instant friends.  Spending the afternoon around the pool, walking over to the River to watch fireworks over the water, then ended the evening by the pool and fire pit area. The Innkeepers even decided to do happy hour out at the pool and that was a huge success.

Richard and Jeanne Beaudoin thank all their guest, and hope that you will join them in coming months to enjoy the Sea Glass Inn and all it has to offer.

 

 

Summer Fun Maitland Florida 2013

Monday, July 1st, 2013
Thurston House Bed and Breakfast

Thurston House Bed and Breakfast

A day in Maitland, Florida, located in Orange County, and just east of Orlando.  The best way to start any day in Maitland is to wake up in your comfortable guest room at Thurston House. Get dressed, grab a cup of coffee in the dining room and head to a rocker on the wraparound porch. The birds will entertain you while the sun comes up over Lake Eulalia. Enjoy your fabulous full breakfast, then head out to explore. Arrive right at 10am at the Audubon Birds of Prey Center and you’ll be there to see them bringing the resident birds out for their daily tethering. The guides will fill you in on the history of each of their charges and how they came to live at the center. After that, stroll around the rest of the facility, enjoying the variety of birds of prey in their huge cages.

Go left out of the center and wind along Lake Sybelia for a few minutes to arrive at your next stop, The Maitland Art Center founded as an art colony in 1937 by Andre Smith. It is one of 5 museums located within a mile of each other. Enjoy the small art gallery, shop the museum store for one of a kind gifts, stroll around the gardens and grounds, peek in at the artists in residence honing their crafts, and be amazed at the beautiful outdoor chapel with its Mayan courtyard area.

Your next stop is just next door, the Maitland Historical Museum. It houses permanent and changing exhibits related to Maitland’s history from its founding to the present day. Don’t miss the Telephone Museum, housed in back of the history museum. Their exhibits detail telephone technology through the years.

The last stop would be at Lake Lily Park, the Waterhouse Residence Museum (circa 1884) along with the Carpentry Shop (circa 1883) Museum. The Waterhouse Residence was the home of pioneer settler and builder William H. Waterhouse and his family. It has been beautifully restored to reflect the way of life enjoyed by a middle class family during the late Victorian period. The carpentry shop was the site of Mr. Waterhouse’s woodworking and construction business.

This route you can easily walk, as well as, drive, depending on your abilities. If you get hungry, enjoy food at several local establishments along the way, including Athena Chicken, Antonio’s Café, or So Napa Grille.

And this is just a small amount of what there is to do within 10 minutes from Thurston House Bed & Breakfast in Maitland!  Carole M. Ballard, innkeeper of  Thurston House in beautiful Maitland invites you to come visit.

Celebrating 20 years of innkeeping – WOW!

Windemere Inn by the Sea Melbourne Beach Florida

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Another lost turtleSummer is here, the kids are out of school and there are exciting offers at the Windemere Inn by the Sea, located in beautiful Indialantic, Florida on the Atlantic Ocean.  Situated on a private beach, enjoy, relax and let the sound of the ocean make your stress vanish!  Discounts include Eco Trek Tours, golf packages and 3 discounted rooms from Sunday through Thursday with a 2 night or more minimum.

30% OFF YOUR CHOICE OF 3 ROOMS!  For June and July, the South Beach, Forever Spring or the Enchantment at 30% off with a 2 night or more minimum stay, double occupancy, Sunday – Thursday.

SPECIALS!  Turtle nests in the dunes! – Sea turtle nesting is VERY active! Guests have enjoyed naturalist guided turtle walks (reservations required) and have simply sat on the Beach-side Pergola enjoying the moon light and watching the turtles nesting on the beach and dunes! http://www.seaturtlespacecoast.org/activities/turtle-walks.html

The Arnold Palmer designed Spessard Holland Golf Course is offering our guests a 15% discount for 18 holes of golf with a cart when we make your tee time.  Sunday – Thursday, The Windemere Inn by the Sea, is combining this with 15% off of our regular room rates. Enjoy The Windemere Inn by the Sea’s private beach and a beautifully designed golf course

3 FLORIDA ECO TOURS AT A 20% DISCOUNT
These 3 adventures, ranging from 2 ½ – 4 ½ hrs, take young and old through trails, small creeks, the St. John’s River, marshes, forests, lakes, lagoons and more. Everything is provided for adventurers to Hike, Bike and Kayak in a very large Canoe to explore treks that range from the easy, to the long and physically demanding. The tours end at Ichabod’s Dockside Bar and Grill with a 10% discount off your food/drink bill by showing them the Windemere Inn by the sea business card. The maximum amount the tour guide can take is 6 people with 48 hours notice and a full non refundable deposit taken at the time of booking. Come explore Indialantic and Melbourne Beach – we have it all.

Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns are the perfect way to spend your summer time.

Mount Dora Blues and Wine Festival May 17-19, 2013

Thursday, May 16th, 2013
Mount Dora Blues and Wine Festival

Mount Dora Blues and Wine Festival

Mount Dora is the perfect place to visit and enjoy a weekend of rocking blues in downtown Mount Dora with some of the most original and raw American Blues artists from throughout the South, including Blues Brothers Revisited, Franc Robert & the Boxcar Tourists.  It wouldn’t be a wine festival without an ideal selection of wines for your tasting as you stroll around town!

Mount Dora is one of the easiest towns to stroll around in to visit their many shops, restaurants and Bed and Breakfast Inns.  It epitomizes the quaint charm of a southern town with friendly and welcoming people.   This Blues and Wine Festival sounds like a great line up of entertainment and a fun way to spend the weekend.   Farnsworth House  and the Magnolia Inn are downtown Bed and Breakfast Inns for your convenience to stay; and the Cinnamon Inn is located in a rural setting.

The Blues and Wine Festival kicks off at Elizabeth Evans Park with the poignant vocals and unique guitar style of Charlie Morris and his rock-steady rhythm!  Followed by Mount Dora’s own Blues Brothers Revisited Show and featuring Andrew Mullen as Jake, T. Scott Walker as Elwood, Jacqueline “Queenie” Jones as Aretha! and the “Eustis Horns”. The Nightly Blues Band will follow with their mix of Southern Blues.  Then Miss Jacqueline “Queenie” Jones will wrap up the evening with her unique soulful blues style.

 

Saturday activities begin with a Wine Stroll and Tasting at Maggie’s Attic.  You can sample wines from vineyards around the world.  Enjoy the blues sounds of Brad Catron and Albert Bashor.   Entertainment begins at Lakeside Inn with a FREE Concert featuring  David Oliver Willis , a Mount Dora native and a Season 12 Top 25 Contestant on American Idol. David gives us his unique style of folk/blues.  Following David you will enjoy Franc Robert & The Boxcar Tourists.  Franc Robert brings us a stripped-down raw and powerful blues sound!  After the show, make your way down to Elizabeth Evans Park for the feature show at Elizabeth Evans Park, opening with Jerry J’s Triple Shot, “Southern Fried Outlaw Blues” and followed by: Thomas Wynn and the Believers “Southern Soul Rock with Muscle” – Orlando Sentinel.   “Soulful, gritty tunes, some as sweet as honeysuckle and others ferociously jagged … reminiscent of Levon Helm, Neil Young and the Allman Brothers, but they still boldly radiate a sound and southern charm all their own.” – Metromix Orlando.   The headline act is Chris Simmons and Royal Blue
Chris Simmons spent the last five years touring the world as guitarist with Leon Russell. He is an extraordinarily talented blues man that will make you feel his emotion and heart with every note. He’s now out there with his own band, sharing his music.

 

Sunday at the Community Center begins with great BBQ from Black Bear Smokehouse. BBQ sold separately and can be added to Blues ticket order.
Sunday’s show features the Beautiful Bobby Blackmon followed by Little Jake and The Soul Searchers

 

Have a great weekend of Blues and Wine at a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn.

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