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Florida Boutique Inn Collection

Friday, October 11th, 2013

PoncedeLeonThe Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns is proud to introduce the Boutique Collection of Inns to the already fabulous collection of Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns.  There seems to be some overlap between the concept of a small boutique inn and a bed and breakfast. Boutique Inns are described as personalized, customized, unique, and individual, combining historic details with chic elegance.  The most important defining features of boutique Inns are cultural, historical, authenticity; the boutique hotel is not part of a chain and that it provides interesting, unique services. Other important defining descriptors of boutique hotels include, social spaces such as living rooms, libraries with social rooms and many, high-quality inroom features.

 A “Boutique Inns” describes an approach and attitude, with no regard to hotel size. A Boutique hotel is a term that describes Inns that contain luxury facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Typically boutique hotels are furnished in a themed and stylish manner. Boutique Inns are often individual and focused on offering their services in a comfortable, intimate, and welcoming setting.

Guest rooms and suites may be fitted with telephone and Wi-Fi Internet, air-conditioning, honesty bars and cable TV, but sometimes none of these, focusing on quiet and comfort rather than gadgetry. Guest services are often attended to by 24 hour staff members.  Many boutique hotels have on-site dining facilities, and offer bars and lounges that may also be open to the general public.  Boutique Inns have typically been unique properties operated by individuals or companies with a small collection.

Travelers nowadays expect more than simple comfort and convenience. An increasing number of travelers prefer to be “surprised”. When planning trips, they seek properties that are noticeably different in look and feel from branded hotels. The Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Boutique Collection have met a standard established by FBBI, Select Registry, BedandBreakfast.com 4 Diamond, AAA 4 Star or Superior Small Lodging White Glove Award, so you can be assured of the highest quality and standards if you choose a Florida Bed and Breakfast Boutique Collection Inn.

 

Monticello Daffodale House Estate

Friday, September 27th, 2013

DaffodaleHouseThe Daffodale House Estate Bed and Breakfast has such an array of offerings that we like to consider it a destination point, coupled with a plethora of activities within the historical community of Monticello, Florida.  It is the perfect place for a short getaway, a weekend stay, an off the beaten path exploration or vacation. The innkeepers at the Daffodale House Estate circa 1897 like to welcome you and make your stay a personal and memorable experience.

The Daffodale House Estate is set on three acres of beautiful grounds offering unique themed rooms, an antique store, a tea room, Ghost Tours, luncheons, dinner and special events. The atmosphere of nostalgic artifacts, a sitting area, a large family style dining room, a newly added outdoor brick patio with grills and plenty of space for small or large groups.  There are places to wander and stroll and the more you look the more delights you will discover.  You can experience one of the highest Indian mounds in the entire country. Stroll the grounds and wander the paths through old growth Camellia’s, ginkgo trees, ancient oaks adorned with Spanish moss, azaleas and much more… Paths meander through the grounds and lead you through bamboo gardens and remote areas of the property. Chairs and benches and art creations are set throughout the grounds.  Enjoy a special lunch or dinner and stay awhile and relax, sit and read a book or work on your laptop…

A turn of the 20th century Victorian home in historic Monticello Florida, the Daffodale House Estate is the perfect venue for outdoor weddings and receptions in our beautiful three acre camellia garden. The hardwood porches also offer a charming gathering place for you and your guests. This charming establishment is a perfect location for a tented party surrounded by traditional southern charm, and elegance. From catering to music, and everything in between, they can arrange all your details for you … or you can do so yourself if you prefer.

The Daffodale House Estate is offering a “by reservation” indoor restaurant in addition to the bed and breakfast services.  If you’re looking for a movie, T.V. or event location the Daffodale House Estate is production friendly. Its owner, Scotty Ebberbach is the movie commissioner for Monticello and can coordinate all production needs.

“In the heart of the historic district” you are invited to “Come over and savor the past”.  Guests enjoy a full complimentary breakfast and are within walking distance to the splendor of our enchanting community with a delightful array of shops and restaurants. You will find antique stores, arts and crafts and gift shops, florists, second hand and consignment shops, farmers market, a flea market, a winery, all your basic needs and much much more. Guests can stroll the back streets and enjoy seeing the many old historic homes and then return to the Daffodale House Estate B&B for a homemade dinner and a ghost tour—a perfect ending to the day…

Guests note that they have had the best night’s sleep in our warm and cozy rooms.  At Daffodale House Estate B&B you are more than guests, you are treated like family…and they look forward to your return…

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.

Myth Busters

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Myth Buster about Bed and Breakfast Inns
B&Bs are expensive. FALSE.
As with any other lodging category, there is a range among Bed and Breakfast rates. Many innkeepers pride themselves on offering personal service and a good value for the price. When comparison shopping, don’t forget to factor in that breakfast is always included. There’s an entire section of our web site devoted to specials and packages to sweeten the deal.

Christmas Throughout Florida

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

No matter where you live or where you plan to take your winter Florida vacation, there are fun and festive holiday events taking place. Here is a big list of Christmas events all over Florida.

Southeast Florida Christmas Events:

Delray Beach Boat & Holiday Parade: The Annual Boynton & Delray Beach Holiday Boat Parade begins at 6:30pm on December 7th (Friday) at the Boynton Beach inlet and proceeds south to the C-15 Canal in Delray Beach.
Watch beautifully decorated boats from around the area travel down the Intracoastal. Veteran’s Park is a prime viewing spot, be sure to arrive early!
See a land parade the next day on Sunday Dec. 8th, starting at 6 p.m. Takes place in downtown Delray Beach on Atlantic Ave.
Find superior lodging at one of our Delray Beach Bed and Breakfasts.

Southwest Florida Christmas Events: (more…)

A Sampling of Some of Florida’s Best Zoos

Monday, July 16th, 2012
Macaw meeting a family photo courtesy Central FL zoo

Photo courtesy of Central Florida Zoo. Central Florida Zoo macaw meets a visiting family. Many Florida zoos offer opportunities to interact with the animals in addition to offering visitors attractions such as rides, tours and overnight stays.

During your vacation at our Florida bed and breakfasts, you’ll almost certainly encounter some of Florida’s wild animals. With nearly 1,200 miles of coastline and a rich variety of ecosystems, Florida is a natural choice for viewing wildlife. Sometimes, though, you’ll want to see the animals in a more controlled environment. This is especially true for those with mobility issues or for children who might be a little too adventurous. If you want an activity that’s fun for the whole family, visiting the zoos of Florida is great way to safely experience wildlife from Florida and beyond.

Below are just a few of the fine zoos you can enjoy throughout Florida. For a more complete list of zoos and other animal attractions in Florida, go to VisitFlorida.com/zoos.

In Northwest Florida: Gulf Breeze Zoo is in Gulf Breeze close to Pensacola. This smaller, family-friendly zoo features a walking path, petting zoo and train ride through their lush gardens and animal habitats.

Northeast Florida: Jacksonville Florida Zoo is also a botanical garden featuring exhibits, fun rides, guided tours and other exciting educational experiences such their Zookeeper for a Day program.

Central West Florida: Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa was rated the #1 Zoo in the U.S. by Parents magazine. They offer interactive experiences such as giraffe-feeding, a camel safari, and a safe stingray touch tank.

Central East Florida: Central Florida Zoo in Sanford just east of Orlando is one of Florida’s largest and most popular zoos. It has over 400 animals plus unique attractions such as the ZOOm aerial adventure course, water Splash Ground, and Laser Tag field.

Southwest Florida: Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is a nationally accredited zoo as well as a beautiful historical botanical garden offering entertaining shows, exhibits, cruises and more.

Southeast Florida: Miami Metro Zoo has environments housing over 2,000 animals as well as gardens with over 1,200 plants. Programs include Zookeeper for a Day, Zoo sleep-overs, and behind-the-scenes tours.

Click here to find your Florida B&B inn close to these great Florida zoos, as well as the best of Florida activities and events.

Some of Florida’s Best Places

Saturday, May 26th, 2012
mission san luis Tallahassee Florida

Mission San Luis.

Best of the Road was born from a collaboration between Rand McNally and USA TODAY. The aim is to find and share the most interesting stops along the country’s highways and byways. Reviewers share their favorite small towns, pit stops, restaurants, and other points of interest.

Florida makes the list again and again, with towns, cities, and many fun spots. The Best of the Road is just one more reason to plan a Florida Vacation. We hope you’ll stay in Florida Bed and Breakfasts when you do.

In the running for 2012 Best Small Town in America: (more…)

Take Mom to Florida

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Take Mom to Florida this year for Mother’s Day. If you can, get all your siblings to meet you there. Stay in a luxurious Florida Bed and Breakfast, and smother your mother with attention and love.

Mother's Day in Florida Bed and Breakfasts

Bring your mother to Florida for a special Mother's Day treat.

If your mom is active, plan a day of kayaking along the coast or deep sea fishing. Go snorkeling together (when was the last time you did that?). Swim with a manatee or a dolphin. Or simply lie on beach and cool off in the water.

Go for a walk on the beach before breakfast. Poke around shops or museums or art galleries. Get a pedicure and a new pair of sandals. Stay up late talking, sitting outside  and enjoying a cool drink and the warm air.

The truth is, it doesn’t really matter what you do together. What matters is that you make time for her.

Show your mother how much you appreciate her by going out of your way for her now. She’ll remember a trip to a Florida Bed and Breakfast much longer than a vase of flowers, lovely though they may be.

 

Florida in the Spring

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
Little Havana in Miami

Enjoy bustling Little Havana, in Miami.

Spring is a wonderful time to travel to Florida. The temperature tends to hover in the low 80s throughout the state, and humidity is low.

It’s a great time to visit the cities of Miami, Tampa, St. Augustine, Tallahasse, Orlando, and Naples. Many Florida Bed and Breakfasts are located in walkable, historic districts.

Explore the neighborhoods of Miami, many of which offer art strolls; galleries in the Bird Road Art District host an art walk from 7-10 p.m. the third Saturday of each month; There is an arts and culture street festival and gallery stroll every Friday evening in Little Havana; and galleries and showrooms in the Miami Design District stays open late the second Saturday of each month.

Treasure Island Florida

Sunset on Treasure Island.

Lounge on the fabulous beaches around St. Petersburg (St. Pete) by day: Treasure Island, Gulfport Beach Park, and the scenic Fred Howard Park. Then take advantage of the many restaurants, wine bars, and clubs in the city. Downtown St. Pete has lots of good places to dine while enjoying views of the waterfront: Ceviche has a romantic atmosphere and outstanding Tapas; Hurricane Seafood Restaurant features amazing sunset views over the Gulf of Mexico and fabulous crabcakes and grouper sandwiches.

Find a Florida Bed and Breakfast in the middle of a bustling, colorful town like Key West or a town steeped in history like St. Augustine. Explore the town on foot as much as you can, seeking interesting neighborhoods often overlooked by tourists. Ask a local (the innkeeper) where to go, and have fun exploring Florida this spring.

 

Celebrate Special Occasions in Florida

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Special occasions are just that: special. There are only so many of them in a lifetime. A marriage, the birth of a child, a big anniversary (silver, gold), a retirement. Certain occasions beg for special recognition.

Florida Weddings

To get married on the beach in Florida. Bliss.

Celebrate your next special occasion in Florida.

Are you planning a wedding? Have a destination wedding in Florida, where you can say your vows on the beach and spend your honeymoon at a Florida Bed and Breakfast, kissed by sunshine and warmth.

Approaching your silver or gold anniversary? Celebrate it in Florida. Travel with just your spouse, or bring along the whole family. This is indeed cause for jubilation.

Retiring? Travel to Florida with your closest business associates and their spouses. You’ve worked a long time, and you deserve something more than a party.

Special occasions deserved to be recognized and celebrated in style. Bring your next special occasion to a Florida Bed and Breakfast.

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