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St. Johns River Cruises and Blue Springs State Park

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

River View of Blue Spring State Park-1Looking to get in touch with nature and relaxing?   The St. Johns River Cruises are considered the most popular nature oriented tour in Florida. The vessels navigate through the shallow backwaters of the historic St. Johns River that allows you to hear the sounds of nature as they surround the boat.   During the informative narrated cruise, you will learn about the history and Blue Spring State Park-1nature of this area, the many species of birds, plants, and trees. While navigating through these waters you will see manatees, turtles and perhaps an alligator or two.  Frequent stops are made for photographs, intimate encounters, and a thorough look at this most fragile ecosystem.  In addition to the Boat Tours, also offered are guided Backwater Tours of Blue Spring State Park and canoe and kayak rentals

 

 

 

 

The Alling House-1To continue the on with the relaxation, and only three miles from the St. John’s River and Blue Spring State Park, The Alling House Bed and Breakfast is a perfect place to stay with your friends and family.  Also a great place for a family reunions with plenty of room for all members of the family including your pet.

Your invited to sit for a spell in the swing on our large front porch and relax while listening to the many beautiful birds. Take a peek at the goldfish in our pond and spy on the two large bullfrogs that guard the edge. The Alling House Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located near Main Street, Deland where many people enjoy strolling down Main Street with its historic atmosphere, antique shops, restaurants and so much more.  Also located in the Orlando area and just a short trip from all of the well-known tourist parks. There is always something going on in the area. Whether it be a festival, fair, NASCAR race, Bike Week, or antique auction.The Alling House -Wedding 1

 

 

It‘s Watermelon Festival Time!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

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66TH ANNUAL WATERMELON FESTIVAL! ~ June 4 – June 18

June is the home to the ever popular Jefferson County Watermelon Festival. Originally the festival was started to recognize the watermelon growers in Jefferson County. Held the third weekend of June, this festival is enjoying going into its 66th year of watermelon, music, children’s theater, pageants, Street Dance, arts and crafts vendors, food, a 5K run, car show, art show ghost tours seed spitting contest, watermelon carving contest, softball tournament, Beer Garden, parade and much, much more. The Watermelon Festival continues as a time-honored tradition that says it’s summertime in Monticello, FL.  Below is an illustration of the events taking place during the 66th Annual Watermelon Festival.Watermelon-1

June 4, Watermelon Pageants

June 10, Kickoff Dinner, Bed Race, and Rodeo

June 11, Rodeo

June 16, Woman’s Club Fashion Show

June 17, Rotary Barbecue, Street Dance & Children’s Theatre, Arts & Crafts

June 18, FMB Breakfast, Antique Car Show, Children’s Theatre, Arts & Crafts, Parade & Festival

 

 

John Denham House-1Just 5 miles from Interstate 10, The Award Winning 1872 John Denham House Bed and Breakfast, an authentic elegant circa 1870′s restoration – this thirteen room early Victorian Mansion was built by a Scottish immigrant cotton trader. It has eight fireplaces, many period antiques, an acre of restored grounds and a cuppola on top.
Walk our beautiful small town with friendly shops and home- grown restaurants. Enjoy gorgeous canopy road drives under huge oaks, as well as;

  •  Antique and Junque Shopping
  • Art Galleries
  • Beautiful Historic walking/driving tour,
  • Lakes and Rivers
  • Kayaking and Canoeing
  • Birding Areas
  • Hiking Trails
  • Watermelon Festival
  • Performing Theater
  • Winery, and
  • Many Bicycling Trails.
  • Or just sit on the wonderful front porch or veranda and listen to the fountain and birds sing.

Mother’s Day Gifts and Celebrations Florida Style!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

 

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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

Get Ready to Paint the Town Green!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Parade - Lake WorthGet ready to paint the town green! Join us for the 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Charity Parade and Festival as they march along Lake Avenue, in downtown Lake Worth, FL on Sunday March 13th, 2016, benefitting Wheels for Kids! This event has grown to be one of Lake Worth’s largest and most up-and-coming events, captivating audiences to the streets of downtown Lake Worth for a unique celebration of all things Irish. This amazing event is highlighted by a colorful parade, live music, great food and outstanding entertainment. Perfect for the whole family to enjoy!

Looking to be secluded yet in the heart of it all? Visit The Mango Inn Bed and Breakfast in downtown Lake Worth. This notable home was built in 1915 and said to be one of the oldest homes in Lake Worth, FL. Nestled on a secluded corner lot you can enjoy casual elegance, privacy and cascading water fountains that make you feel as if you are in a private oasis. During your stay, take a few moments to mingle with the new owners Chetan and Poonam Patel. They have over 15 years of hospitality experience, operating boutique hotels and restoring and operating a 12-room bed and breakfast in Santa Cruz, CA. This opportunity, however, to own and operate The Mango Inn Bed and Breakfast has brought them to lay their roots in sunny South Florida with their new 5 month-old baby boy. Poonam, wife and chef at The Mango Inn, prepares a full gourmet breakfast that awaits you on the veranda overlooking the pool each morning. The inn is a short 10-minute walk to the beach and downtown Lake Worth where visitors will find several wonderful restaurants, shops, antique stores and galleries. The new Innkeepers, Chetan and Poonam, hope that a stay at the Mango Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lake Worth, FL will provide you with a peaceful respite from everyday life.

The Sabal Palm House Bed and Breakfast, a historic and distinctive two-story home located across from the Intercoastal Waterway in Lake Worth, FL will be sure not to disappoint. More comfortable than a hotel…come visit Colleen and John’s home and enjoy a romantic weekend getaway or indulge in the beautiful art galleries, antique shops, unique restaurants and cafes or travel 10 minutes to the famous Worth Avenue, Palm Beach for world renowned shopping and dining or visit City Place in West Palm beach where you can surround yourself with European style shops and restaurants.

2016 Florida Strawberry Festival!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

2016 Florida Strawberry Festival, March 3-13, 2016 in Plant City represents a piece of Americana, a time in American history when fairs and festivals brought communities together through celebrations of their harvests. This event rivals any state fair in the country with guests coming from near and far to enjoy exhibits of agriculture, livestock shows, arts and crafts, horticulture, local food, headline music concerts, carnival, and parades with glorious floats and high-stepping marching bands. The entertainment line-up, year after year, continues to be extraordinary.

Palmer House

Palmer House

Looking to experience the meaning of “Southern Hospitality”? Enjoy your stay and be pampered at the Palmer House where you can relax under the sprawling oaks on a bench swing, take a cool dip in the pool, or just relax in the hot tub. Wanting to pick up the pace a little? You may choose to and go canoeing, horseback riding, bike riding or golfing. Take off on a day trip to local attractions or the famous Florida Strawberry Festival.

Gulf County is a Hidden Gem

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Uncrowded, Unspoiled, Untouched is the motto of Gulf County. A wonderful weekend.  Visit and stay —Florida-Inns

Do You Like Antiquing?

Friday, January 15th, 2016

If you like antiquing then you must check out Arcadia, FL– http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/florida/visit-this-tiny-town-fl/

And plan to stay at Florida-Inns member The Oak Park Inn- http://www.florida-inns.com/listings/oakparkinn-arcadia-florida.html

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.

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