You can enjoy Florida the way it used to be – unspoiled beaches, abundant wildlife, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. As Seen on ABC’s Good Morning America, Turtle Beach Inn at Indian Pass is “Old Florida” where you can experience the charm and natural beauty of Florida’s Forgotten Coast. Located in the panhandle of Florida, the Turtle Beach Inn and cottages are nestled between cabbage palms and long-needled pines on an often deserted Gulf coast beach that is also a sea turtle nesting area. You can swim, shell, fish, kayak, bike, golf or even go horseback riding. Canoeing, boating, fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving are also available in the area. You can go there to simply relax on the porches or on the beach. There are state parks, national forests, and wildlife preserves waiting to be explored, all right there on the Forgotten Coast. Two nearby historic towns (Apalachicola and Port St. Joe) offer unique restaurants, shopping, and friendly people. St. Vincent Island, a federal wildlife preserve, is just a short paddle or boat ride from the inn. The Turtle Beach Inn is a Florida DEP certified Green Lodging establishment.
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Quincy has been known for decades as “the Coca-Cola town” due to it’s early financing of the Coca-Cola Company by numerous townspeople. Quincy is located about 16 miles northwest of Tallahassee. What could be a bedroom community is in fact a charming historic town with a vibrant downtown. Picturesque historic buildings line the streets, housing restaurants, shops, and Quincy Florida Bed and Breakfasts.
Use a Quincy Florida Bed and Breakfasts as a base from which to explore this part of Northwest Florida. Visit the Pebble Hill Plantation, an early 19th century plantation that became a museum in 1983. Walk through the Natural Bridge Battlefield State Historic Site, where Confederate soldiers prevented Union troops from taking Tallahassee. Take a tour of the Old Capitol in Tallahassee, constructed in 1845 and used through 1978. Exhibits include political history of the state of Florida and the history of the building.
Nearby Lake Talquin State Forest offers boating, hiking, and fishing. The St. Marks Historic Railroad Trail runs 16 miles from the Apalachicola National Forest to the Gulf of Mexico and is favored by cyclists. The Maclay State Gardens feature nature trails, bike paths, fishing and boating, but it is the delightfully designed floral gardens surrounding a 1930s mansion that inspire most visitors.
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is a mere hour from Quincy, on the Gulf of Mexico. Birders will delight in the hundreds of species of birds who make the refuge their home, such as peregrine falcons and black-necked stilts. Also at the refuge is the historic St. Marks Lighthouse, built in 1832. While not open to the public, it is a favorite with photographers, for it stands tall alongside saltwater estuaries.
Allison House Bed and Breakfast is in the heart of a 36 block historic district as designated on the National Historic Register. They have received numerous awards; from Most Historic Inn to Best Breakfast in the Southeast to Most Affordable Luxury Bed & Breakfast voted by their guests in competition with B&B’s nationwide. Escape to the charm of an English-style bed and breakfast atmosphere.
At McFarlin House Bed and Breakfast you enter an era of time past as you step onto the Southern, wrap-around porch, through the double beveled doors. Warm, inviting hospitality awaits you in this beautifully restored, Queen-Anne Victorian bed and breakfast. The McFarlin House Bed and Breakfast is also located in the heart of the 32-block Historic District of Quincy. The McFarlin House sits on approximately 1.5+ acres of grounds that are in constant seasonal change with a large variety of camellias, brilliant pink Japanese Magnolia trees, day lilies, jasmine, gladiolas, hydrangeas, crepe myrtle trees, a leather leaf mahogany, and a grand Gingko tree. Once you’ve seen it, you’ll understand why this magnificent Queen-Anne Victorian beauty might just be the perfect place for your wedding, reception, rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon or tea, or why the inn is a favorite location for couples to spend their wedding night.
The Daffodale House Estate Bed and Breakfast has such an array of offerings that we like to consider it a destination point, coupled with a plethora of activities within the historical community of Monticello, Florida. It is the perfect place for a short getaway, a weekend stay, an off the beaten path exploration or vacation. The innkeepers at the Daffodale House Estate circa 1897 like to welcome you and make your stay a personal and memorable experience.
The Daffodale House Estate is set on three acres of beautiful grounds offering unique themed rooms, an antique store, a tea room, Ghost Tours, luncheons, dinner and special events. The atmosphere of nostalgic artifacts, a sitting area, a large family style dining room, a newly added outdoor brick patio with grills and plenty of space for small or large groups. There are places to wander and stroll and the more you look the more delights you will discover. You can experience one of the highest Indian mounds in the entire country. Stroll the grounds and wander the paths through old growth Camellia’s, ginkgo trees, ancient oaks adorned with Spanish moss, azaleas and much more… Paths meander through the grounds and lead you through bamboo gardens and remote areas of the property. Chairs and benches and art creations are set throughout the grounds. Enjoy a special lunch or dinner and stay awhile and relax, sit and read a book or work on your laptop…
A turn of the 20th century Victorian home in historic Monticello Florida, the Daffodale House Estate is the perfect venue for outdoor weddings and receptions in our beautiful three acre camellia garden. The hardwood porches also offer a charming gathering place for you and your guests. This charming establishment is a perfect location for a tented party surrounded by traditional southern charm, and elegance. From catering to music, and everything in between, they can arrange all your details for you … or you can do so yourself if you prefer.
The Daffodale House Estate is offering a “by reservation” indoor restaurant in addition to the bed and breakfast services. If you’re looking for a movie, T.V. or event location the Daffodale House Estate is production friendly. Its owner, Scotty Ebberbach is the movie commissioner for Monticello and can coordinate all production needs.
“In the heart of the historic district” you are invited to “Come over and savor the past”. Guests enjoy a full complimentary breakfast and are within walking distance to the splendor of our enchanting community with a delightful array of shops and restaurants. You will find antique stores, arts and crafts and gift shops, florists, second hand and consignment shops, farmers market, a flea market, a winery, all your basic needs and much much more. Guests can stroll the back streets and enjoy seeing the many old historic homes and then return to the Daffodale House Estate B&B for a homemade dinner and a ghost tour—a perfect ending to the day…
Guests note that they have had the best night’s sleep in our warm and cozy rooms. At Daffodale House Estate B&B you are more than guests, you are treated like family…and they look forward to your return…
Many communities throughout Florida are home to annual Seafood festivals that celebrate Florida seafood. These family-oriented events have a local flair that is unique to each community. All feature delicious local seafood, and many have live musical performances by local and regional acts, arts and crafts vendors, children’s rides, parades, 5K run/walks, cooking demonstrations, and competitions such as oyster shucking. Florida’s seafood festivals are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. You will find a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn located close by. Plan your fall getaway now.
|October||Cedar Key Seafood Festival||Cedar Key, Florida||October 19-20, 2013||Cedar Key Bed and Breakfast|
|October||John’s Pass Annual Seafood Festival||Madeira Beach, Florida||October 25-27, 2013||Park Circle B&B.|
|November||Florida Seafood Festival||Apalachicola, Florida||November 1-2, 2013|| Bryant House B&B
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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.
Over 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.
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.
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
Contact email : firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
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.