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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.

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.


Gainesville and the University of Florida

Thursday, September 15th, 2011
University of Florida Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville

Come cheer the Gators this fall.

The University of Florida is the oldest university in the state, and one of the largest in the country. Gainesville fought to get the university back at the turn of the 20 century, and their relationship has flourished ever since. Gainesville supports UF, and UF brings new people and new ideas to the community.

People are always coming and going around the university. New students arrive in August and depart in the spring. Sports teams and sports fans come to the home of the Gators to compete and cheer. People pour into the city to hear concerts and see dance performances. Sometimes, the creativity and enthusiasm is palpable. (more…)

Concerts and Food in St. Augustine

Monday, August 1st, 2011

It’s hard to beat an outdoor concert in a beautiful setting, and that’s what guests of St. Augustine, Florida Bed and Breakfasts will find on Thursday nights throughout the summer. With the addition of a delicious meal, the evening will be complete.

Old friends and new gather in the historic town square of St. Augustine to listen to musicians perform a variety of music genres: Bluegrass, Jazz, Swing, Old Time, Rock, and more. Folks stretch out in the shade of lovely old oak trees, sharing quiet conversation and sipping lemonade (alcohol is prohibited).

Concerts in the Plaza begin at 7 p.m.. Remaining concerts this year will feature: (more…)

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