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John Denham House Monticello Florida 2013

Monday, August 12th, 2013
1872 John Denham House

1872 John Denham House

The 1872 John Denham House in Monticello, Florida is True Southern Hospitality and Luxury as seen on Anderson Cooper and USA Today.   If you want to travel back in time and still benefit from the comfort of modern times you will love the John Denham House.  Nestled in the beautiful surroundings of old trees, Spanish moss and well manicured bushes, the John Denham House looks like a movie set for “Gone With the Wind”.   This authentically restored 1872 National Historic Register house gives the guest a real step back in time. The paint colors have been recreated to duplicate the original. And yes most of the 140 year old door knobs are not perfect but do work. The rooms all have antiques dating back to that period.  Check out the Ghost History on this house.

From the minute Pat Inman welcomes you to her beautiful home until you depart after yet another scrumptious “Old South” breakfast, you’re going to be a glad you came.  King beds with fine linens and all the amenities you could want. It is a great experience. You can spend a restful night in a comfortable bed in a spacious room with tall ceiling, fireplace and a private bathroom.  In the morning Pat serves the most delicious breakfast featuring a mixed fruit salad with tupelo honey, farm-fresh eggs and nutty waffles or wonderful fresh strawberries and bananas with light whipped cream, scrambled eggs, smoked ham, stuffed french toast, to give you an idea  You will wish you had an extra day or two to fully enjoy the calm and the beauty of the place.  One of the bathrooms was created out of one of the original trunk rooms with the hat box area. It has the original hooks and shelf space which makes it very charming.  The fixtures have been added to not take away from the original house.  You will be greeted like an old friend.  Pat can provide a bottle of champagne, a dozen roses and some Belgian chocolates, with lit candles in the fireplace to set yourself up for a romantic evening.   You can even venture up into the cupola to see if you will experience any ghostly encounters – you may even feel a little chill.


25th Annual Big Bend Saltwater Classic 2013

Monday, May 20th, 2013

BigBendOver 200 anglers participated in the inaugural Tournament in 1989.   This event has established itself as the largest professionally run fishing tournament in the Florida Big Bend Gulf Coast. With an average 700 competitors in recent years the Tournament ranks among the top saltwater fishing tournaments, by participation, according to Florida Sportsman Magazine.  All proceeds derived from the event are used to expand and develop a system of artificial reefs in the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico, OAR’s purview of operation.

Since 1990, the Tournament has been a three-day event set on Father’s Day Weekend. It is a rodeo format featuring multiple species in three divisions for competitive fishing for Juniors to Pros. The format has proven itself productive and inviting to participants and their families. The Bend Saltwater Classic is the Fishing Family’s place to be on Father’s Day Weekend in North Florida.

On Father’s Day weekend 2013 the Big Bend Saltwater Classic will be celebrating its 25th anniversary.  For this special occasion, we will be moving the headquarters back to the Moorings in Carrabelle where the tournament was held for many years.  We are excited to renew this great tradition.  With over $50,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, you’ve got plenty of reasons to come celebrate with us June 14th-16th at the 25th annual BBSC.

Departure points: Tournament entrants must depart from port (or may fish from shore) along the portion of the Gulf of Mexico coastline from the Keaton Beach Canal in Taylor County to the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County.

While planning your trip, consider staying at a local Bed and Breakfast.  Turtle Beach Inn offers warm hospitality and a wonderful place to sleep, relax and spend Father’s Day weekend.


Jazz Festival Panama City Beach, FL April 2013

Monday, April 8th, 2013
Seabreeze Jazz Festival

Seabreeze Jazz Festival

Enjoy the ultimate weekend of smooth Jazz from April 17 – April 21, 2013 on Panama City Beach, Florida.  There is a full lineup of award-winning artists who are ready to hit the stage at the Gulf Coast’s annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival.    Aaron Bessant Park sets the stage for a jazzy, all-star weekend, which draws music lovers from near and far. Named “Top 10 Jazz Festival in the USA” by JazzIZ Magazine and recently nominated as “Best Jazz Festival” at the Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards, The Seabreeze Jazz Festival combines the top national smooth jazz artists with a full weekend of fun, sun, great beaches, and good times– all on the west end of Panama City Beach.  The event attracts jazz lovers from the USA, Canada, and Europe for what many call “The Ultimate Weekend” in one non-stop performance-packed weekend of music.

Located in Panama City Beach is Panama City Beach Bed and Breakfast Inn.  It’s the perfect place to spend your down time after the Seabreeze Jazz Festival. Warm hospitality and a great place to lay your head. In this beachside village, you can walk or bicycle. If you are into antique automobiles, you are in for a treat.

St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge Open House March 22, 2013

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

For you nature lovers, many national wildlife refuges around the country will host open houses and public celebrations in honor of the 109th birthday of the National Wildlife Refuge System and will offer great opportunities for wildlife viewing.  In 1903, President Teddy Roosevelt established the first national wildlife refuge on Florida’s Pelican Island to protect wild birds from bounty hunters. Today, the Refuge System’s 556 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts make up the nation’s premier network of public lands, providing vital habitat for thousands of animal and plant species.

St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, in Franklin County, Florida, is an undeveloped barrier island just offshore from the mouth of the Apalachicola River, in the Gulf of Mexico. The refuge is managed to preserve its highly varied plant and animal communities. Ten separate habitat types have been identified: tidal marsh; freshwater lakes and streams; dunes dominated by live oak and mixed hardwood understory; scrub oaks; relatively pure stands of cabbage palm; and four different slash pine communities, each with its own unique understory species. St. Vincent is an important stop-off point in the Gulf of Mexico region for neo-tropical migratory birds. The island is a haven for endangered and threatened species, including bald eagles, sea turtles, indigo snakes, and gopher tortoises. Wood storks use the refuge during their migration. In addition, the refuge serves as a breeding area for endangered red wolves.

On Friday, March 22, 2013 the St. Vincent Island Supporters Group will welcome visitors to the island to explore and learn more about this beautiful island wildlife refuge.  There are a wide variety of events for all participants.  Among them are exhibits, hikes, nature trails, music, historical narratives, photo opportunities and art exhibits.

Free transportation to and from the island will be provided.  There is no charge for the event

Date and Time : March 22, 2013 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (ET)
Location : St. Vincent Island
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National wildlife refuges are national treasures that play a critical role in preserving America’s rich wildlife legacy,” says U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “Without refuges’ important conservation work, the country would lose many species of plants and animals that help clean our air, filter our water, pollinate our crops and boost our understanding of our place in the natural world.”

Turtle Beach Inn Bed and Breakfast located in Port St. Joe with Gulf view cottages, where you can experience the charm and natural beauty of Florida’s Forgotten Coast is the perfect place to stay while enjoying St. Vincent Island.  Canoeing, kayaking, boating, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving are all available in the area.  St. Vincent Island, a federal wildlife preserve, is just a short paddle or boat ride from the inn. Cape San Blas Bed and Breakfast in Cape San Blas is also a great place to stay while visiting the St. Vincent Wildlife Refuge. The Inn is situated on the east side of St. Joseph Peninsula. Overlooking picturesque St. Joseph Bay and across the street from the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the Inn is situated 25 miles west of Apalachicola and 14 miles from Port St. Joe. Graced by the natural beauty of this yet-unspoiled part of Florida’s Gulf coast

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.

2012 Fourth of July in Apalachicola and Tallahassee, FL

Friday, June 29th, 2012
Celebrate the 4th of July in Tallahassee

Celebrate the 4th of July in Tallahassee

During your stay at our Northwest Florida bed and breakfasts, don’t miss some of the region’s fun, family-friendly 4th of July events!

Tallahassee’s 2012 Celebrate America 4th of July
Celebrate America is one of Tallahassee’s biggest annual events. Thousands gather in Tom Brown Park for this popular Fourth of July tradition. On Wednesday, July 4, 2012, the festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. It’s best to arrive early because parking in Tom Brown Park is limited. However, there will also be a free shuttle service from Koger Center at 1311 Executive Center Drive in Tallahassee. However you get to the park, it’ll be worth it! This is a great family-friendly event featuring a kids’ play area, water slides, pony rides and Naturalization Ceremony as well as vendors for arts, crafts and just about every kind of food you can imagine. There will also be two stages featuring live performances including this year’s main act…none other than the Fabulous Thunderbirds!

Once it’s dark, the grand closing act begins: a “Sky Concert” fireworks display by East Coast Pyrotechnics. It’s a big and unforgettable show you won’t want to miss.

2012 Apalachicola Independence Day Celebration
On the Florida Panhandle’s coast, the beautiful maritime town of Apalachicola will celebrate Independence Day on Tuesday, July 3, 2012. The festivities will center around Apalachicola’s downtown Riverfront Park. At 6:30 p.m., the Red, White & Blue parade will make its colorful way from Lafayette Park through downtown, ending at Riverfront Park with an  ice cream social. Arrive early to claim your place along the route and wear your best red-white-and-blue outfit. Riverfront Park will have a festival atmosphere with live music, vendors and food to keep everyone entertained until the 9 p.m. fireworks. Then it’ll be time to ‘oooh’ and ‘aaaah’ at the spectacular show over the Apalachicola River.

The very next day, make your way across the bay to St. George Island. Their 4th of July parade will start at 11:00 a.m. In the evening, the Blue Parrot Oceanfront Café will have a fireworks display as part of their annual Freedom Fest celebration. Watch from the deck, sip a drink and enjoy the show!

After your 4th of July excitement is over, come home to the best of Northwest Florida hospitality offered by the bed and breakfasts of Apalachicola and Tallahassee.

Spring Events in Port St. Joe, Cape San Blas

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

People from up and down the Eastern Seaboard flock to Florida each spring, and with good reason. It’s nice down here.

The weather is all over the map in many parts of the country, which is typical for spring. In one day alone, one can experience snow, rain, wind, and sun. While this can be exhilarating, it can also be exhausting. Sometimes a person just wants to know how to dress for the day. That’s why we suggest a lengthy stay in a NW Florida Bed and Breakfast.

As of this writing, it is sunny and 76 degrees in Port St. Joe, Northwest Florida; in a word, it’s perfect. The forecast says it will be close to this temperature for the next ten days. We may see a little fog and a few clouds, but in general, we can expect sun and warmth. That’s why people travel to Florida in the spring.

NW Florida Bed and Breakfasts and Spring Events

Head to NW Florida for the "From the Heart Music Hour".

Several fun events are on the horizon in Port St. Joe and Cape San Blas:

  • Sandcastles of St. Joseph on Cape San Blas, March 31 and April 1. Folks of all ages are invited to let their creativity and building skills shine during this event. Learn a few Sand Sculpting tips from masters and then plunge your hands into the sand. Awards will be given for Best Architecture, Most Humorous, Most Artistic, and People’s Choice.
  • Downtown Merchant’s First Fridays at Five. If you prefer to spend your daytime hours on the beach rather than in town, take advantage of the fact that shops stay open late the first Friday of the the month in downtown Port. St. Joe. You can browse the shops until 8 p.m., and dine at any number of restaurants until 10 p.m.
  • First Fridays Music Series. Beginning in April, there will be live music every First Friday of the month on the porch of the Thirsty Goat Bar & Grill. Enjoy dinner in the restaurant, then head outside, pull up a chair, and let the music flow over you from 7 to 11:30 p.m.
  •  A Gulf County Weekend with Billy Dean. The sixth episode of the documentary style music television program, From the Heart Music Hour, will be filmed in several venues around Gulf County on April 6, 7, and 8, 2012. There are sure to be some outstanding performances.

Whether you’re in town to take advantage of any of these fun events or not, you’ll enjoy a holiday in Port St. Joe and Cape San Blas. The simple fact is, it’s very pleasant around here in the spring.


Escape to Florida’s Forgotten Coast

Friday, January 20th, 2012
St. George´s Island Lighthouse

Climb to the top of the St. George Light.

Escape to a Forgotten Coast Bed and Breakfast this winter. Enjoy one of the most preserved parts of the state, an area rich in wildlife and opportunities for outdoor recreation. Fill your days with paddling, hiking, fishing, swimming, and lounging on the beach.

The Apalachicola Paddling Trail System is one of the best in the country, encompassing saltwater trails, lakes, creeks, and rivers. Paddlers can float along spring-fed rivers, negotiate winding trails through a bayou, or explore the vast Forgotten Coast itself. You can paddle for a day or paddle for a month and never be bored.

Tate’s Hell State Forest has more than 200,00 acres open to hiking, biking, fishing, and wildlife viewing. The High Bluff Coastal Hiking Trail leads to relict dunes; the Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System extends more than 150 miles; there are several canoe launch sites in the park, and one can float for hours; anglers should arrive with a valid license.

You’ll think you’ve found paradise on the barrier island of St. George, which sits across Apalachicola Bay from the town of Apalachicola. Gentle waves lap against the pristine beaches. Spend the day jumping waves on the beach, or explore the island by bike. If you miss the stair climber at your gym at home, climb the 100 steps to the top of St. George Light. This reconstructed historic lighthouse offers dramatic views of the area from the lantern room.

You may want to do nothing other than relax at your Forgotten Coast Bed and Breakfast after a full day. If you still have some energy to spare, take in a show at the Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola. The 2012 Season runs January through March. Acts include:

  • ELVIS and Friends do the DIXIE (January 27-29)
  • Bob Milne Ragtime Piano (February 1-5)
  • Gabriel Russo (February 17-9)
  • And an eclectic mix of song and dance in March.

Tallahassee Museums

Sunday, November 20th, 2011
Old School

The Tallahassee Antique Car Museum.

Tallahassee is a beautiful southern city with grand avenues, historic architecture, political vibrancy, and great restaurants. It is also home to several fine museums. Guests of Tallahassee, Florida Bed and Breakfasts, whether traveling for business or pleasure, should check out the following museums if time allows: (more…)

October is a Festive Month in NW Florida

Sunday, September 25th, 2011
Fresh Oysters

Eat oysters at the Franklin County Oyster Festival in October.

October in Northwest Florida is glorious. Average temperatures are in the 70s, and there are more sunny days than at any other time during the year. If the air can be crisp in Florida, it is most likely to be crisp in October when humidity levels are at their lowest. In short, if you’ve been thinking about visiting Florida, go in October. We hope you’ll stay in NW Florida Bed and Breakfasts while there.

The 2011 October calendar is full of festivals and fun events:

  • Peanut Festival, October 1 & 2, Gabbert Farm, about an hour north of Pensacola.

Guests of Northwest Florida Bed and Breakfasts in October will feast on stone crabs, oysters and peanuts. They’ll drink Florida wine, and beer from all over the world. They’ll celebrate nature and art. When not participating in these fine festivals, they’ll go for long beach walks and swim in the Gulf of Mexico.

All in all, October in Florida’s Forgotten Coast is worth remembering.

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