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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.

 Looking for Gainesville Lodging?

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

Dining Out in St. Augustine

Thursday, May 17th, 2012
St. Augustine from the roof of San Sebastian Winery

Enjoy big views of St. Augustine at the The Cellar Upstairs.

St. Augustine, Florida, is one of those places where it’s fun to eat. It’s one of the best restaurant cities in the state. In other words, bring your appetite when you next you stay at a St. Augustine Florida Bed and Breakfast.

It’s always a good idea to ask the innkeepers of your St. Augustine B&B where they like to eat. Local wisdom is hard to beat, and innkeepers tend to have their fingers on the pulse of the culinary heartbeat. That said, read on for a few suggestions. (more…)

Countdown to Shrimpfest!

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
Amelia Island Shrimp Festival pirate

Watch out for pirates during the Amelia Island Shrimp Festival, May 4-6, 2012.

The countdown to Shrimpfest has begun!

Each year, the Shrimp Festival celebrates the humble shrimp and all shrimp has brought to Fernandina Beach. The modern, motorized shrimping industry has its roots here, and shrimp remains critical to the economy of the town. At night, lights from shrimp boats glimmer on the water. During the day, those same boats are moored in Fernandina Harbor. Day after day, locals and visitors alike dine on fresh, local, wild-caught shrimp. Life is good.

Shrimpfest is one of the biggest events of the year on Amelia Island (it has grown considerably since the first celebration in 1963). Thousands of visitors come to enjoy the live music, the crafts and antique fairs, fireworks, and the Shrimp Festival Parade. Visitors expect to be invaded by pirates (all in good fun), and to consume shrimp just about any way it can be prepared.

The Amelia Island Shrimp Festival takes place the first weekend in May; this year, that’s May 4, 5, and 6. Book your Amelia Island Bed and Breakfast soon. See you at Shrimp Festival 2012!

Additional festival events can be found at Shrimp Festival.

Get Outside in Jacksonville

Thursday, January 12th, 2012
Kingsley Plantation

Visit Kingsley Plantation when in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville is one of the largest cities in Florida. It is home to the impressive Saint Vincent Medical Center, a world class art museum, excellent shopping, and a few wonderful Florida Bed and Breakfasts. It is also home to the amazing Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. Folks who visit Jacksonville should bring good walking shoes. There is much to see and do outside.

Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve is a large area on the Atlantic Coast,  encompassing nearly 50,000-acres near Jacksonville. It straddles the St. Johns River (more…)

St. Augustine – An Ideal Place to Winter

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Vacation in St. Augustine, Florida, this winter. It’s lovely, it’s historic, and it’s interesting. The weather is marvelous, too.

Lightner Museum, Nights of Lights, St. Augustine

The Lightner Museum, adorned for the holiday Nights of Lights.

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