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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.

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

 

Top 10 B&B’s in Florida, The Guardian, UK

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Top 10 B&Bs and guesthouses in Florida as chosen by The Guardian, UK

Congratulation to the Black Dolphin Inn, New Smyrna Beach, FL; Horse and Chaise Inn, Venice, FL; and Victorian House, St. Augustine, FL who are all members of the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns, for making the Top 10 Bed and Breakfast list in Florida, as published in The guardian, UK.

On Monday, April 29, 2013, Bonnie Gross and Bob Rountree of The Guardian chose from historic guesthouses with old Florida charm to luxurious inns and comfy lakeside cabins in the Sunshine State and chose some interesting places to stay.  This is what they had to say.

BlackDolphinBlack Dolphin Inn, New Smyrna Beach

This elegant B&B overlooks the Halifax River and takes its name from the dolphins that patrol the waters off its dock. The expansive great room downstairs includes a bar, sitting area and breakfast room, where a full Southern-style breakfast is served at weekends. You are within walking distance of restaurants and shops in the historic downtown area and a short distance from beaches , surf shops and Flagler Avenue’s beachside galleries and eateries.
• +1 386 410 4868, blackdolphininn.com. Doubles from $129 B&B

Horse and Chaise Inn, Venice

This charming inn lies in the heart of Venice’s historic district, developed as a planned community as an investment by a railroad union during the 1920s. At the time, railroads were rapidly spreading across Florida for transport of winter crops to the populous north and to bring northerners south for respite from Yankee winters. The stucco exterior and tasteful landscaping blend well in this neighborhood of stately homes and wide boulevards. All nine rooms are comfortable and plush, and the reading room serves as a gathering place for guests to play games. There’s a 24-hour snack cupboard to supplement the gourmet breakfasts. You are a pleasant walk from white-sand beaches and be sure to try the seafood at the nearby Crow’s Nest, overlooking the inlet to the Gulf of Mexico. Just don’t try to book for the summer months: t
• +1 941 488 2702, horseandchaiseinn.com. Doubles from $119 B&B. Closed from July until 15 October

Victorian House, St Augustine

St Augustine was founded in 1565 by a Spanish admiral, making it the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement in the US. It’s full of historic B&Bs, and the Victorian House, a well-preserved 1895 building, epitomizes all the things that are enchanting about them. A key asset is its excellent location, on a quiet street in the historic district, where horse-drawn carriage tours clip-clop past over the cobblestones. Another is the breakfasts, a cut above the usual.
• +1 904 824 5214, victorianhousebnb.com. Doubles from $119 B&B

guardian.co.uk Copyright (c) Guardian News and Media Limited. 2013 Registered in England and Wales No. 908396 Registered office: PO Box 68164, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1P 2AP

Murder City Pinup Photo Shoot, March 10, 2013

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

A young woman employee of North American Aviation, Incorporated, working over the landing gear mechanism of a P-51 fighter plane, Inglewood, Calif. The mechanism resembles a small cannon  (LOC)Danville Bed and Breakfast, Geneva, Florida is hosting photographers for a once in a lifetime photo shoot of pinup models on various sets with vintage weaponry, military vehicles and more.  This unique event will raise funds and awareness for the Raise Your Weapons Project, a traveling art photography exhibit that depicts scenes from four American Wars, using actual weapons and uniforms from WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm, with hopes of bringing the shocking realty of war much closer to audiences across the country.  Photographers will shoot vintage style pinup girls using authentic props and sets. All models are provided by Murder City Photography and all proceeds raised will benefit local VFW’s (Veterans of Foreign Wars)  and their charities.  Any donation made toward the $35,000 project cost will create a traveling fundraiser for VFWs and their charities in each host city. Veterans’ groups have expressed an early interest in “Raise Your Weapons,” with several offering their uniforms, patches and equipment for use in the photos (some have referred to this as a way for their patches to serve again).
When:  Sunday, March 10, 2013
Time:    1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cost:     $30  per photographer and  $5   General Public
Where:  Danville Bed and Breakfast, 232 N Jungle Road, Geneva, Fl  32732

During the event attendees will be able to take in the pristine surroundings of Danville Bed and Breakfast.

 

Governor Scott meets with FBBI Managing Director, Patricia Detwiler

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Meeting with Governor Scott in Wauchula, Fl

Patricia Detwiler, Managing Director of the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Association, met with Governor Scott to discuss issues that affect the Bed and Breakfast Industry.   Unlicensed AirBnb’s, the deregulation of vacation rentals and rooming houses, has the licensed Bed and Breakfast Inns feeling particularly singled out.  Some licensed properties are selectively targeted by state hotel/restaurant inspectors having to pay both a Bed and Breakfast License fees, as well as, a restaurant license, even though most inns only serve breakfast.  It would seem to make sense to have only one license that allows Bed and Breakfast Inns to be able to serve breakfast.  Governor Scott was a great listener and put in motion future meetings with the appropriate people to give this and other issues consideration and possible change.  Having a voice in Florida for individual Bed and Breakfast owners is one of the reasons that Bed and Breakfast owners join this non profit association.  Where else can individual small business owners have a real voice on what affects their business.  Cutting license expenses is just one of the first steps in 2013.  If you think deregulation of the Bed and Breakfast Industry is a good idea, I’d like to hear your thoughts.  Vacation Rentals and rooming houses have the same transient housing nature of the Bed and Breakfast, except licensed B & B’s go through fire safety inspections, have monitored alarmed systems and pay insurance normally three times the cost of the unlicensed properties.  What are some of the changes you’d like to see?

 

Danville Bed & Breakfast Owner Appointed to Seminole, FL Tourism Board 2013

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
Dan Shaw of Danville Bed and Breakfast, Geneva, Florida

Dan Shaw of Danville Bed and Breakfast, Geneva, Florida

Dan Shaw, owner of Danville Bed and Breakfast in Geneva Florida has been appointed to the Seminole Tourism Board. Danville Bed and Breakfast is a very unique property in Central East Florida that specializes in Weddings. When you open their door, it becomes a beautiful small town setting where Dan is the Mayor. Belly up to the Bar, see a fantastic movie on the “huge” screen or just relax on the beautiful surrounding property. There is a private air field where you can land your small plane. Dan has thought of everything, so plan your visit and be prepared to say “awesome”.

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