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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.

 

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

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

Mother’s Day Gift Certificates 2015

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

IMG_1561Surprise your Mom on Mother’s Day with a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn Gift Certificate. It’s a perfect Gift for your Mom that can be used any time during the year. Moms do so much for us and we forget she likes time away to regroup, rethink and regenerate. Show her how much you care by giving her a Gift Certificate from the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns. Who doesn’t want to stay at a Bed and Breakfast in Florida? She’ll have fun, fun, fun!   Show your mother how much you appreciate her by going out of your way for her now. Florida is always a nice getaway.

Winter Bed and Breakfast Inns in Florida

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

dolphinJump2Now that the holidays are over and the extended family has returned to their own abodes, it’s time to relax and enjoy the winter season that is Florida and it’s beautiful weather. With an abundance of activities to choose from and countless gracious Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns to choose from around the state that offer hospitality and concierge service to their guests, it’s time for someone to take care of you.

Now that I live in Florida and my favorite time of year here is from November to May when the weather is the perfect temperature for having fun outdoors. You can go to the beach, fish, water ski, drink margaritas, sleep in a hammock, or any other type of outdoor activity you can imagine. There are plenty of music festivals, loads of art festivals or fairs, and it’s the perfect time to canoe, kayak, jet-ski or ride an air boat. Who doesn’t like the feel of a nice breeze on your face while traversing on a body of water with your favorite means of transportation? If you have never experienced an airboat ride, you’re really missing out, it’s exhilarating. Take the time to explore the history and cultural of an area and feast on delicious southern cuisine. As I write this I am sitting on my balcony watching the blue herons play across the water, a lady kayaking, a couple canoeing and teenagers waiting to see who gets to ride the jet ski next, along with neighbors playing on the golf course across the lake. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?

The Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns are located throughout Florida from the beaches to the lakes, from the panhandle to the keys, there is a beautiful guest room waiting just for you. www.Florida-Inns.com When you stay at a Florida Inn it’s like having your own personal concierge to help you navigate activities you want to pursue.

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
Like us on Facebook
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.

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.

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