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Florida’s Northeast

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Florida’s Northeast Region

St Augustine Lighthouse Florida Postcard Style PhotoNortheast Florida, known as “Florida’s First Coast,” combines America’s oldest European settlement with one of the nation’s leading modern seaports, with a collection of small up-and-coming towns adding to the local color and natural beauty. Encompassing Atlantic beaches as far south as Flagler County and inland rural communities west to Palatka, the region offers travelers timeless adventures through mysterious 17th-century forts, vast prairie lands and wide beaches lined with sand dunes.

Off the state’s northeastern-most corner, Amelia Island provides a refreshing change of pace. On this small island, families will find blocks of old mansions, miles of beaches and lots of seafood. Fernandina Beach, the island’s only town, showcases more than 50 blocks of restored Victorian neighborhoods, including a collection of grand, sherbet-hued mansions, called the “Silk Stocking District.”

One of the nation’s fastest growing and most modern cities, Jacksonville is situated along the banks of the state’s longest river, the St. Johns River.

To the south lies the oldest, continuously occupied European settlement in the continental United States — St. Augustine. Founded in 1565, 42 years before the English colonized Jamestown, St. Augustine has diligently preserved much of its rich heritage along a 144-block downtown historic district that offers a history lesson with proven kid appeal. Regardless of their age, visitors are bound to feel young again as they stroll narrow brick streets to discover the Oldest House, Oldest Jail, Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse and Oldest Store Museum.

Southwest of St. Augustine, along the banks of the St. Johns River, Putnam County offers quiet, unassuming historic sites which tell the story of Putnam County, including the impact of the Civil War, the advent of steamboat travel along the St. Johns River and the gilded age of the Flagler Railroad.

When traveling to the northeast you will find a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn nearby.

River Park Inn Summer Fun in Green Cove Springs

Monday, July 8th, 2013

River Park Inn Footbridge Spring RunRiver Park Inn Bed and Breakfast located in Green Cove Springs is a wonderful place to visit this summer, especially if you are boating or want to.  29.59 665 N and 081.40 478. These are the coordinates if you are navigating the St. Johns River and find yourself in need of respite. Moor your boat at the Green Cove Springs City Pier and walk into town for dining at one of several local establishments or picnic in the park where you will find restrooms, a free flowing mineral spring, a state of the art playground for the kids and a chemical-free, spring-fed swimming pool.  Within walking distance of the pier you can explore antique and thrift stores, the vintage Clay Theatre, Hollerith’s art gallery, Wild Ginger pottery shop and River Park Inn Bed and Breakfast for overnight accommodations.  Stay in town for the Saturday night Auction at Side by Side and on Sunday afternoon visit the Railroad collection complete with a climb aboard red caboose at the historic museum.  Take advantage of a public cruise on the Annabelle Lee, an authentic paddle wheel boat, that will be available for public and private cruises beginning in July 2013.  You will find her moored at the pier in Spring Park to accommodate guests from the River Park Inn based on availability.  Private cruises for groups and special occasions can be reserved by calling (904) 396-2333.  Simply check “promotions” at www.riverparkinn.com for information on the public cruises as well as other specials.  So create a warm memory in “Old Florida” and visit Green Cove Springs for a less complicated respite on the west bank of the St. Johns River a little south of Jacksonville.  As one of our guests recently commented… “How could you NOT have something to do when you are this close to that beautiful river”.River Park Riverfront Gazebo

St. Augustine’s Fountain of Youth

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Fountain of YouthVisiting St. Augustine, Florida is always a treat and especially if you love learning while you travel.  This historic city has lots of offer and one of my favorite places to see is  St. Augustine’s Fountain of Youth  which is an Archaeological Park and the original site of St. Augustine. Visitors can learn about Spanish explorers who risked everything to journey to the New World and how the Spanish arrived in 1565 and established the first and oldest settlement. Learn the history of Ponce de Leon’s search and his Spanish claim for Florida in 1513.  Drink from the legendary Fountain of Youth spring that has flowed under this site for as long as anyone can remember. Explore the Timucuan native Indian village that natives inhabited for almost 3000 years. Gather in the Village of Seloy to experience how Timucuas lived, hunted, ate and thrived. Hear the stories of long ago and connect past to present.  See the stars at the planetarium where stars appear as they did in 1513 and journey under the historic night sky. Imagine a two story high glowing globe that traces the routes of Spanish exploration in the New World.  How did Explorers find their way across the ocean so long ago? Imagine a time long ago when Pedro Menendez built his first fort right here. Think about Native Timucua Indians shaping pottery on this very same spot. Archaeology helps us to rebuild the past.  Visit the first Christian Indian burials in North America with Mission Period interments or see the Timucua Indian hut foundations and relics.  There is archaeological evidence that Pedro Menendez’s colony occupied the site after landing in 1565.

The Fountain of Youth Park has been the site of many exciting archaeological discoveries of national historic importance. New archaeological excavations are intermittently underway with funding provided by the State of Florida, the Fountain of Youth, and Flagler College. The project, directed by Dr. Kathleen Deagan, renowned Florida archaeologist from the University of Florida, is in search for the foundation of the first wooden fort built by the Spanish and the first Catholic mission constructed on the site.

St. Augustine is known as the city of Bed and Breakfast Inns.  What a great way to end the day and enjoy all the great restaurants inside the old city where you can walk and enjoy shopping or the night life.   St. George Street is known for it’s great shops.  I have spent many days enjoying the shopping.   Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns offers over 12 Bed and Breakfast Inns to choose from.  They are each unique and inviting.  Plan your next visit to St. Augustine with a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn.  The Innkeepers are your own personal concierge for helping you plan your trip.

What You’ll Find “At Journey’s End”, St. Augustine, Florida 2013

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Castillo de San Marcos St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine, Florida made the list of National Geographic Traveler’s World’s Top 20 Places to See. The northeast Florida city, founded in 1565, is one of only four locations in the United States included on the international list. National Geographic Traveler published the list the first week of January 2013.  National Geographic’s editors praised the city of St. Augustine for maintaining the genuine “old Florida” culture and charm and preserving its nearly 450-year-old history.   Editors specifically recommended the 17th century Castillo de San Marcos, which stands sentry over the pristine Bay front, and the Lightner Museum built by Henry Flagler in 1887 in the Spanish Renaissance style. Flagler College (the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, also built by Henry Flagler), which Princeton Review listed among the country’s most beautiful college campuses, was highlighted along with the pedestrian friendly Spanish colonial St. George Street and the St. Augustine Lighthouse, Florida’s first lighthouse.

 

At Journey’s End Bed and Breakfast, St. Augustine, Florida

At Journey’s End Bed and Breakfast in the famous historic district of Saint Augustine’s downtown neighborhood is a quiet street away from traffic and noise but just steps away from all that the Oldest City in America has to offer.  There are many fine restaurants and quaint shops within walking distance and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean beaches and the St. Augustine Lighthouse nearby.  Innkeepers, John Gallagher and Tim Millbern are known for their welcoming personalities and the friendly, relaxed atmosphere they have created at their Inn.  You may arrive as a guest, but leave as friends.

  • On site parking - you may never have to get back into your car…until it’s time to leave!
  • Personal Concierge Service - making reservations/suggestions…for dinner, sightseeing tours & more.
  • Scrumptious full breakfasts – a perfect way to start the day.
  • Complimentary beverage service throughout your entire stay.
  • Afternoon cordials, snacks – a little something to hold you over until dinner.
  • Free WiFi - stay connected!
  • Storage for bikes, kayaks and other sporting equipment – bring your toys!

The close proximity to Flagler College makes At Journey’s End the perfect place to stay when visiting your Flagler Student.  Located just across the street from the Cedar Hall Men’s Dorm, Flagler College’s Auditorium and Sports Gymnasium.   Because they are Flagler friendly, Parents…when visiting their Flagler Student, visiting on Parent’s Weekend or just because you miss them, staying  At Journey’s End B & B  your student can eat breakfast with you at the Inn for no additional cost!  Plus when you book two or more visits with them in the same academic year you’ll receive $10 off per night on your second visit!  MENTION – “We’re FLAGLER FRIENDLY” when booking to receive this special

Valentine’s Day 2013 Romantic Inn Ideas

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Port d’Hiver Bed and Breakfast, Melbourne Beach, Florida

Valentine’s Day is Thursday, February 14, 2013.  It’s that time of year again where couples are reminded to do something special for their loved one.  Usually the first thought is Flowers and Chocolate, which are both good ideas.   It’s also a good time of year for Champagne and Strawberries.  If you want the perfect romantic ambiance you might want to plan a short road trip to a Romantic Bed and Breakfast Inn in Florida.  The weather is perfect here, with no snow to shovel and the Valentine’s Packages at the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns are numerous.  Many offer delicious cuisine, a romantic setting and plenty of privacy where you will be pampered.  Take advantage of Valentine’s Day landing on a Thursday to take a 3 day weekend.  If you can’t getaway, maybe consider an FBBI Gift Certificate so you can enjoy a romantic weekend some other time in the year.

Port d’Hiver Bed and Breakfast in Melbourne Beach is an awesome luxury Romantic Inn that also offers bicycles and all supplies needed for relaxing days at the beach including chairs, umbrellas, towels, boogie boards and coolers.   In the evening, sweet turn-down treats will be left on your bed. Complimentary bottled water, sodas, snacks, coffee, tea and fresh baked cookies are available 24 hours a day.  Likewise, one of the most Romantic Inns I’ve stayed at is Casa Grandview in West Palm Beach, who also offers beach chairs and bicycles for a romantic day at the beach. You’ll be enveloped in luxury and comfort at this beautiful and romantic property.  At Addison on Amelia Bed and Breakfast, located on Amelia Island you can stroll the beaches looking for shells and shark’s teeth, snuggle up with your sweetie on a horse-drawn carriage tour through the Historic Downtown or just curl up in front of the fire with a good book.  Each day begins with a delicious breakfast and you can mingle with the other guests at the Addison’s Happy Hour before heading out to dinner at one of several excellent local restaurants.

When you choose a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn, you can be assured of a wonderful romantic experience for your Valentine’s Day celebration.

Northeast Florida Scottish Highland Games, Green Cove Springs, Florida February 13, 2013

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Northeast Scottish Highland Games, Green Cover Springs, FL

Celebrating 18 years of bringing Scotland to you.  Grab your kilt and come to the Clay County Fairgrounds in Green Cove Springs for the NE Florida Scottish Highland Games on February 13, 2013 from 9:00 am – 10:00 pm.   Enjoy the competitions and all the Scottish traditions that include instruments like bagpipes and harps, traditional animals like dogs and sheep and games like the javelin toss.  While there explore your heritage with the many Scottish clans people in the arena.  Bring your kilt or not, you don’t really have to wear the kilt unless you want to.  Northeast Florida Scottish Games and Festival is a gathering of athletics, music, food and fun games. The Games continues to grow and reflect the deep connections and effects the Scots and their descendants have had on the United States as well as Northeast Florida in particular.  The Clay County Fair grounds, in beautiful Green Cove Springs, Florida is located at 2497 State Road 16 West.  Competitions will include Scottish Athletics, Bag Pipes & Drums, Fiddle Competition and Highland Dance.

The history of the Highland Games can be traced back for well over a thousand years. The biggest gatherings were those of the military where the commanding officers, like the Clan Chiefs of old, saw the advantages of encouraging sports and past times which kept their men fit, agile, and strong for war. Piping and dancing in particular were practiced as a form of relaxation wherever the regiments went. To this day some of the best pipe bands can be found in the armed forces.

Area Bed and Breakfast Inns include River Park Inn in Green Cove Springs and nearby Club Continental in Orange Park, Fl.

 

Winter Series Horse Show, Green Cove Springs, Florida. January 16 – February 3, 2013

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Winter Series Horse Show, Green Cove Springs, Florida

The Winter Series Horse Show  in Green Cove Springs, Florida from January 16 through February 3, 2013 is a must see inspiring event for any horse enthusiast. You’ll see expert and amateur riders from across the country and around the world for this prestigious event.   Admission is free to most of the events.  If you love horses and watching their riders, this is the event to see.

Area Bed and Breakfast Inns for your convenience to stay at are River Park Inn in Green Cove Springs and nearby Club Continental in Orange Park.

Annabelle Lee River Cruise New Home at Green Cove Springs City Pier, Janaury 19, 2013

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Annabelle Lee River Board Cruise Paddle Boat

If you love river cruises on an authentic paddle wheeler, come see the Annabelle Lee’s new home at Green Cove Springs City Pier.  Spend the evening on the Annabelle Lee for a sunset cruise on the St. John’s River, a perfect opportunity to enjoy nature and wildlife on the shoreline.  On board is a fully stocked bar, professional Disc Jockey and hors d’oeuvres. There is a special introductory pricing to celebrate her arrival on Saturday January 19th & 26, 2013.   www.jaxrivercruises.com.

River Park Inn Bed and Breakfast

Pat and Dale Garlinghouse invite you to enjoy a stay at the River Park Inn Bed and Breakfast while in Green Cove Springs. With a view of the St. Johns River, you can relax on the porch swing.  From the second story verandah there is a perfect view of small town America while enjoying the gentle river breezes.   This restored 1880’s accommodation is a contributing site on the National Register of Historic Places, tastefully decorated  with collectables and antiques from that era.  Each guest room is uniquely themed enhanced with high ceilings, fireplaces, transoms, original heart pine floors and cypress trim.  Through the arbor covered in jasmine you will find a secret courtyard-garden for your relaxation in any season.  Complimentary refreshments and a full hot breakfast served family style each morning will complete your bed and breakfast experience.

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.

Gainesville Local Food

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Fresh and Locally Grown in and Around Gainesville, FL

The Gainesville area is flourishing with farmers markets and organic food growers. Buying food locally helps support Gainesville growers and ensures that your diet is filled with the freshest ingredients.

The Union Street Farmers Market

Held every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Gainesville. Located in the center of downtown since 1996, the Union Street Farmers Market vendors work to maintain its status as the preeminent year round family and community oriented event held in Gainesville. Situated on the Bo Diddley Community Plaza at 111 E. University Ave., each week local farmers, bakers, artisans, musicians, and dancers join with many local, loyal customers in a celebration of seasonal bounty. Open 52 weeks of the year, the market continues its quest to “make the world a better place one vegetable at a time!”

Alachua County Farmers Market

The market is located at 5920 NW 13th Street in Gainesville, Florida at the corner of State Road 121 (NW 13th St), and U.S. 441 in an open air metal pavilion. Open every Saturday, year-round, from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm or until all products are sold, whichever comes first.

The Local Food Movement in Gainesville

The ‘back to the land’ movement has caught hold in Gainesville!

farmers markets gainesville

Check out all the yummy fall food growing around Gainesville!

Here are some of the local farms that you may want to visit in the Gainesville area:

4 Arrows Ranch: 4 Arrows Ranch in Citra Florida is an 810 acre organic ranch raising grass-fed Angus beef, pastured Berkshire pork and our partner provides forage fed lamb.

Abundant Acres: Naturally grown, grass fed/pastured and integrated pest management. The farm is sustainable, carbon collecting, holistic, chemical & antibiotic free. Abundant Acres is also a silvopasture – which means it combines trees with forage and livestock production.. Our hens and turkeys are free range on pasture & woodlands, providing nutrient dense eggs and meat. Our broiler chickens grow on fresh grass, sunshine and antibiotic free feed.

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Take a moment to explore our northeast Florida bed and breakfasts for the perfect getaway location!

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