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Jacksonville Caribbean Festival

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

 

JACKSONVILLE CARIBBEAN

FESTIVAL

Weekend of August 13th, 2016

Jacksonville Caribbean CarnivalNot 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 SuitesClub 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 InnRiverdale 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.

 

Summer in Paradise

Friday, July 8th, 2016

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!

Lion Country SafariSpend 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 ArtNorton 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.

CityPlaceDining, 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. Diva Duck TourGet 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 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 & BreakfastSouthern Palm Bed and BreakfastSouthern 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 Grandview GardensBed & 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 alternativePalm Beach Hibiscuschoice 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 Casa Grandviewconveniences 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.

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

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

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.

 

Get Ready to Paint the Town Green!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Parade - Lake WorthGet ready to paint the town green! Join us for the 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Charity Parade and Festival as they march along Lake Avenue, in downtown Lake Worth, FL on Sunday March 13th, 2016, benefitting Wheels for Kids! This event has grown to be one of Lake Worth’s largest and most up-and-coming events, captivating audiences to the streets of downtown Lake Worth for a unique celebration of all things Irish. This amazing event is highlighted by a colorful parade, live music, great food and outstanding entertainment. Perfect for the whole family to enjoy!

Looking to be secluded yet in the heart of it all? Visit The Mango Inn Bed and Breakfast in downtown Lake Worth. This notable home was built in 1915 and said to be one of the oldest homes in Lake Worth, FL. Nestled on a secluded corner lot you can enjoy casual elegance, privacy and cascading water fountains that make you feel as if you are in a private oasis. During your stay, take a few moments to mingle with the new owners Chetan and Poonam Patel. They have over 15 years of hospitality experience, operating boutique hotels and restoring and operating a 12-room bed and breakfast in Santa Cruz, CA. This opportunity, however, to own and operate The Mango Inn Bed and Breakfast has brought them to lay their roots in sunny South Florida with their new 5 month-old baby boy. Poonam, wife and chef at The Mango Inn, prepares a full gourmet breakfast that awaits you on the veranda overlooking the pool each morning. The inn is a short 10-minute walk to the beach and downtown Lake Worth where visitors will find several wonderful restaurants, shops, antique stores and galleries. The new Innkeepers, Chetan and Poonam, hope that a stay at the Mango Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lake Worth, FL will provide you with a peaceful respite from everyday life.

The Sabal Palm House Bed and Breakfast, a historic and distinctive two-story home located across from the Intercoastal Waterway in Lake Worth, FL will be sure not to disappoint. More comfortable than a hotel…come visit Colleen and John’s home and enjoy a romantic weekend getaway or indulge in the beautiful art galleries, antique shops, unique restaurants and cafes or travel 10 minutes to the famous Worth Avenue, Palm Beach for world renowned shopping and dining or visit City Place in West Palm beach where you can surround yourself with European style shops and restaurants.

Gulf County is a Hidden Gem

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Uncrowded, Unspoiled, Untouched is the motto of Gulf County. A wonderful weekend.  Visit and stay —Florida-Inns

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

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