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Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Introduces FBBI Cares

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Florida B&B logo - printFlorida Bed and Breakfast Inns (FBBI) has lots of heart give-a-way. FBBI would love to award a two-night stay for two, including a complimentary Breakfast for two, at a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn to someone who you feel is deserving. Nominate someone who is near and dear to you and tell us their story. Tell us why this person is deserving and special to you in 200 words or less. When you feel a heart connection, it’s a very special thing.

Submit to: info@florida-inns.com
Like us on Facebook
Let FBBI share your story
FBBI will choose the most heartwarming story winner.
Deadline for submission: September 24, 2014
Award Date: September 28, 2014 in Orlando, FL at the FBBI Conference
Winner will be chosen and disclosed during Conference Banquet
Email submissions only: info@florida-Inns
Reference: FBBI Cares

Rules: Like Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Facebook Page
Permission to Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns to Tell Your Story
Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns FBBI Caring Heart Give-a-Way Committee will choose the most heartwarming story winner

Fine Print:
No Cash Value – not redeemable for cash
Two Night Stay must be consecutive two nights
Based on Availability at participating Inns
Not all Member Inns are participating. See list on website for participating Inns.
Participating Member Inns:  Casa Grandview, West Palm Beach, Fl
Grandview Gardens, West Palm Beach, Florida; Victorian House, St. Augustine;
Hampton Lake Bed and Breakfast, Starke, FL
Cannot be used during Black Out periods and Special Events according to participating Inns.
Must guarantee reservation with credit card and give date of award.
Must disclose to participating Inn when making reservation.
Must be used within 1 year from date of award.
All policies of participating Inn apply.
Valid ID required at Check In
Award cannot be transferred to another.

STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL LAKE WORTH FLORIDA

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

StreetPaintingLakeworth copyStreet Painting Festival Lake Worth, FL on February 22 & 23, 2014 from 10:00  am – 7:00 pm

Downtown Lake Worth and the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce invite you to the annual Street Painting Festival, which claims bragging rights as the world’s largest. The 2-day event transforms the downtown streets with more than 200 street paintings covering more area than any other festival of its kind in the world. Hundreds of artists converge to display their diverse talents on the asphalt – using only chalk – in styles that range from Renaissance classicism to Cubism and Pop Art. Street performers, strolling minstrels and Main Stage musical entertainment add to the creative atmosphere. And of course, don’t miss the Festival Food Courts, accommodating culinary tastes and thirsts as diverse as the surrounding artwork.

Artists are encouraged to follow a “Movie Theme” such as a scene or character from their favorite film.  Over 400 Artists use the pavement as canvas to transform downtown Lake Worth into a temporary outdoor museum of original art and masterpiece reproductions. See the streets come alive as the artists transform the pavement into works of art. It happens every February in downtown Lake Worth, Florida.

The tradition of Street Painting can traced back to16th century Italy when itinerant artists would use their chalks to transform pavement into a makeshift canvas, street painting has retained its appeal through the centuries. As in ages past, crowds still gather to watch as fine works of art emerge. The “paintings” last only until the next rain, but the lively spirit and accessibility of the exhibition captivates new audiences each year and inspires lasting memories.

Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns has several Inns located in Palm Beach County, and two specifically in Downtown Lake Worth, The Sabal Palm House and the Mango Inn.  Both are a very short walk to all the activities and offer wonderful accommodations.

Summer Fun West Palm Beach FL 2013

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Royal Park Bridge at SunsetOne of the best kept secrets of Florida is the Palm Beach Breeze in the Summer months. Palm Beach is the Eastern most point on the Florida peninsula jetting out into the Atlantic Gulf Stream and enjoys a cooling, soft ocean breeze which keeps summer temperatures relatively moderate. Everything that locals and visitors do for fun in the Summer is on or near the ocean, such as boating, golfing or just relaxing at the beach. Another great advantage to visiting Palm Beach in the Summer is that all of the Bed and Breakfast Inns  are offering big discounts, so visitors can experience the area’s famous luxurious lifestyle at an affordable price.  Special Bed and Breakfast packages can be found at Florida-Inns.com for Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns.  Although the Summer months are generally less hectic than the high season of Winter and Spring, there are plenty of family oriented and cultural events taking place that make the Palm Beach area one of the best inside tips for visitors to Florida in the Summer.

For the 4th of July, the West Palm Beach Waterfront will be hosting the annual 4th of Flagler Festival, complete with live entertainment, food offerings and a fantastic fireworks show over the Lake Worth Lagoon.  For classical music lovers, the annual Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival takes place over 4 weekends in July at multiple locations around the county.    For foodies, September is a great time to visit during Flavor Palm Beach.  In this month long restaurant festival, participants experience extraordinary 3 course menus at extremely reduced prices in many of Palm Beach’s best restaurants. Three-course lunches are $20 and dinners for $30 to $35 per person!

Inside Tip for Summer:  Spend a day at Riverbend Park on the Loxahatchee River – the first nationally recognized Wild and Scenic River in Florida.  Paddle your own canoe or kayak down a cypress lined waterway, past herons, egrets, turtles, alligators, deer and exotic birds with jungle and swamp on both sides. Without a doubt, one of the most thrilling, natural adventures in Florida!  www.canoeoutfittersofflorida.com .

The best places to stay include Grandview Gardens, Casa Grandview, Palm Beach Hibiscus and Palm Beach Historic.

Palm Beach County Beaches 2013

Monday, March 4th, 2013

As the oldest resort destinations in the United States and one of the first such destinations to offer beach “bathing” in the ocean,  Palm Beach offers a wide variety of beaches. Palm Beach is the Eastern most point in the state of Florida and protrudes out into the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, which is comes up from the Caribbean. The result is that the water here is a crystal clear blue and turquoise which stays warm year round. For many decades, the beaches of Palm Beach were considered to be medicinal. Here are some beach recommendations:

My favorite beach to relax, John D MacArthur Beach State Park, is nestled on Singer Island and is the only state park in Palm Beach County.  It is an environmental treasure, featuring two miles of pristine beach and swimming, snorkeling and fishing in the clear blue waters of the Atlantic. Other amenities include a nature center, gift shop, children’s playground, nature trails, kayak rentals, and picnicking facilities. On April 21st, enjoy an afternoon of Blue Grass as Nathan Rich and the “Untold Riches” bring their foot-stompin’ and hand-clappin’ music to the park’s amphitheater.

For a beach with more activities and infrastructure,  the Lake Worth Municipal Beach is one of the most popular beaches for locals, both for the young and the young at heart. The 1922 Lake Worth Casino and Beach Complex, which will re-opened after a multi-million dollar restoration on March 01st, 2013. The charming facility, which is unique for South Florida, offers a new oceanfront park, new restrooms and picnic facilities, restaurants, ice cream parlor, beach shop and regularly scheduled events and activities.  In addition, the Lake Worth Municipal Pier with the famous “Benny’s on the Beach restaurant, continues to be a popular tourist attraction for visitors and fishermen alike. www.lakeworth.org

Finally, Delray Beach offers the unique combination of an “Old Florida” small town located directly on some of the nicest beaches in South Florida.  Atlantic Avenue, which ends directly at the public beach, is the famous main street of Delray Beach and offers beach goers a wide selection of restaurants, shops other attractions to combine with a day at the beach.

Inside Tip:  Located just off the beach in the town of Palm beach, take a history walking tour of Worth Avenue. Lasting about 1 hour, the tour discusses the history of America’s oldest luxury boutique shopping district, including its influence of architecture and fashion in the high society and the development of the legendary social scene.  www.worth-avenue.com.

When choosing your accommodations for your stay, you may want to consider the Bed and Breakfast Inns of the area.   Palm Beach Historic Inn is located on Palm Beach.   Popular in West Palm Beach is Palm Beach Hibiscus, Grandview Gardens and Casa Grandview all within walking distance of City Place, a downtown destination itself.   When staying in Lake Worth look into the Sabal Palm House or the Mango Inn.  Both Lake Worth inns are within a reasonable distance from Delray Beach.

Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, February 15 – 19, 2013

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show

Conducted by the Palm Beach Show Group,  this show opens with a gala preview party on Friday, February 15, 2013.   The Palm Beach Show features collections of more than 180 international dealers and attracts private collectors, museum curators, investors, designers and the curious.   It’s the largest of its kind in the United States with exhibitors displaying fine works from across the globe including fine jewelry, exquisite works of arts and fascinating antiques.

One of the highlights of this year’s show is the “Hope Designer Showcase”, curated by AD100 interior designer Scott Snyder featuring five room vignettes created by Snyder and other top interior designers, including Bruce Bierman, Jim Aman and John Meeks, the design team behind some of America’s most prestigious families,  Campion PlattSuzanne Gutfreund  well-known interior designer, society hostess and wife of financier John Gutfreund and Bunny Williams.    The designers will create beautiful spaces that exemplify how antiques integrate into today’s style.

Located at the Palm Beach Convention Center in City Place, you will find great restaurants, shops and Bed & Breakfast Inns within walking distance so you’ll beat the crowd when it comes to finding a parking space.  Grandview Gardens, Casa Grandview and Palm Beach Hibiscus are the perfect places to stay for your visit to the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antique Show.

 

 

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.

American International Fine Arts Fair West Palm Beach Florida 2013

Monday, January 28th, 2013

American International Fine Arts Fair, West Palm Beach

With a bustling art scene, West Palm Beach is the place to be from February 5 through 10, 2013. This fine art fair has something for everyone when it comes to art.  Collectors and connoisseurs from around the world will experience a display of stunning artwork assembled at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.  Currently in its 17th year, the American International Fine Arts Fair hosts international dealers displaying artwork spanning all periods – from antiquities to contemporary, as well as period to contemporary jewelry. This year the art fair has over 14 new exhibitors from 5 countries as well as many returning exhibitors including Richard Green, Waterhouse and Dodd, Michael Goedhuis, The Silver Fund, Mallett, Peter Finer, Haynes of Broadway, Holden Luntz Gallery, A.B. Levy, Imperial Fine Books, Imperial Oriental Art, Faberge, Bayco Gems, Yvel, and more.

There will be daily art talks and lectures presented by prestigious experts including Marla Prather, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Dr. Roger Ward, former Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Norton Museum of Art; Geza von Habsburg, internationally renowned author and leading authority on Fabergé; Michael Komanecky, Chief Curator at the Farnsworth Museum.  Whether your interest is painting or sculpture, contemporary or antique you will find it here.  Palm Beach County Convention Center is located at 650 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

This fine art show will feed the mind as well as the soul with gourmet food, champagne bar and a VIP lounge.  Close by is international dining, shopping and entertainment.   West Palm Beach Bed and Breakfast Inns within walking distance are:  Grandview Gardens Bed and Breakfast, Casa Grandview Bed and Breakfast and Palm Beach Hibiscus House Bed and Breakfast.

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.

September 1-30, 2012 Flavor Palm Beach: A Month of Deliciousness

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
Thai food being prepared at the Flavor Palm Beach

Thai food being prepared during Flavor Palm Beach

Be sure to book your Southeast Florida B&B in time for Flavor Palm Beach. If you love good food in a gorgeous oceanside setting, then this is an event worth planning ahead for. For the entire month of September, the Palm Beach area’s best restaurants will be pulling out all the stops and serving their best. Participating restaurants will offer specially priced three-course meals. Lunches are $20 and dinners are $30 to $35 per person (excluding drinks, tax and tips).

There are some great chefs in and around Palm Beach, so these special lunches and dinners are an amazing deal. This is a great way to taste the diverse and exciting cuisine of Palm Beach. Choose the social club-like ambiance of a premium steakhouse or the casual elegance of a fine bistro. There’s gourmet Mexican fare and authentic Thai, French and Italian dining. Some establishments offer an easy going yet upscale wine bar and grill feel. Try haute cuisine and the fresh seafood of a beachside restaurant.

Between dining events, enjoy all the scenic beauty and amazing shopping during your visit to Palm Beach and the surrounding area. Stroll down Worth Avenue and shop ’til you drop or see the museums and galleries throughout town. Go out to the water to bask, parasail, snorkel, kayak and more. There are also scenic hiking and biking trails. Work up your appetite and then try the next restaurant on the culinary tour that is Flavor Palm Beach.

Click here to see the full list of participating restaurants. This event is very popular, so it’s recommended that you make reservations in advance at each restaurant.

Flavor Palm Beach is a wonderful reason to spend some time in Southeast Florida, whether it’s just for a weekend, a week or the whole month! However long your stay, we hope you choose one of our Southeast Florida inns near Palm Beach and make it your home away from home.

Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

The Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail (FKOHT)is about more than just transportation. It’s about recreation.

The trail currently spans more than 70 miles between Key Largo and Key West. More sections of the trail are under construction; and eventually it will stretch the whole way from Key West to the mainland, running parallel to Highway 1.

FKOHT is scenic from start to finish. It’s a beautiful venue for walking, running, cycling, in-line skating, and even fishing. The trail crosses 23 historic Flagler Railroad bridges, many of which now have cantilevered fishing platforms. Anglers will want to check out Channel Two Historic Bridge and the Tom’s Harbor Channel Historic Bridges.

10 Florida State Parks are located along the trail, making it easy to explore different sections of the trail without traversing it entirely by bike or on foot. These parks also provide great opportunities for snorkeling, paddling, and swimming.

While it is true that every traveler wants a unique experience, immersing oneself in the natural beauty of the Florida Keys is an essential part of a Key West vacation. The Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail helps people–both travelers and locals–get close to nature. It provides safe opportunities for walking and cycling, and scenic opportunities for fishing and picnicking. In addition, it has many good launching points for kayaks.

Ask the innkeepers about the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail during your next Key West Bed and Breakfast vacation. It’s worth discovering.

Florida Keys Overseas Trail

The Florida Keys Overseas Trail.

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