Key West, Florida is a heavenly place to spend the holidays. The weather is glorious, with more sun than clouds, and short, cleansing bursts of rain. Crowds are few. Charm is abundant. Historic homes, inns, and shops drape themselves with holiday lights and ribbons. The mood is relaxed, but festive.
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The charming community of Delray Beach, in Southeast Florida, is 100 years old this year. It’s come a long way since it was first settled in 1911, but it still embraces and celebrates its history. Consider spending some time in Delray Beach, Florida Bed and Breakfasts while you explore this interesting town.
Less than a decade ago, Delray Beach was a sleepy community nestled midway between Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. Those who knew it appreciated its beautiful (and uncrowded) beaches, lovely historic architecture, and relaxing atmosphere. It still has all those attributes, but it has blossomed into something more.
Delray Beach today boasts a main street with more than 100 galleries, boutiques, cafes and eateries. The cuisine in Delray Beach is top notch and varied. Enjoy pan-Asian food with flair and drinks in the glass atrium at Buddha Sky Bar; relax with a glass of wine and traditional French fare at Cafe de France; tuck into plates of fresh, organic food at Ciao Sidewalk Cafe; and feast on tasty steak at sleek, modern Cut 432. If none of these are to your liking, fear not – there are dozens more restaurants in Delray Beach.
The Delray Beach Art District is comprised of more than 20 art galleries featuring glass work, fine arts, sculpture and more. The events calendar is filled with wine tastings, art shows, historic trolley tours, and concerts. A handful of nightclubs allow the energetic to dance until (almost) dawn.
Delray Beach is worth getting to know. Make yourself at home in a Delray Beach, Florida Bed and Breakfast. You won’t regret it.
Horseback riding can be thrilling whether up mountain trails or down country lanes, but perhaps the most incredible place to ride a horse is on a beach. Many beaches on the east coast no longer allow horseback riding. Hutchinson Island, in Southeast Florida, does.
Hutchinson Island has 21 miles of unspoiled beach. The white sands are bordered by the cobalt-blue waters of the Atlantic and sable palms. Walking these beaches is relaxing and romantic. Riding horseback on them is unforgettable.
The St. Lucie County’s Parks and Recreation Department offers horseback riding trips most Sundays. These excursions last 90 minutes, and depart from the Frederick Douglass Memorial Park on South Hutchinson Island.
It’s easy to have a romantic getaway at a Florida Bed and Breakfast – they inherently lend themselves to such things. But if you’re looking to really woo your sweetie, invite him or her to go horseback riding on the beaches of Hutchinson Island.
Wellington and Loxahatchee Groves, Florida, are well known internationally as superlative equestrian areas, and with good reason. The largest horse show in the world – the Winter Equestrian Festival – is held annually in Wellington mid January through March or early April. Additional equestrian events are held throughout the year.
Nearly 60 miles of equestrian trails traverse the area – another reason Wellington and Loxahatchee Groves Florida Bed and Breakfasts are a destination for folks who enjoy horseback riding. Some Loxahatchee Groves Florida Bed and Breakfasts allow guests to bring their own horses – and the horses lodge as luxuriantly as their owners. Folks bring their horses for equestrian events, then linger to explore miles of trails.
Eventually, even the most dedicated equestrian eventually craves another activity. Loxahatchee Groves and Wellington are close to West Palm Beach, an area rich in culture, the arts. After a morning or full day of riding, a short drive to West Palm Beach brings the ocean and a plethora of cultural activities. Norton Museum of Art currently offers exhibits about Altered States, Photographs, and Eternal China: Tales from the Crypt. The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts brings such big names as Bryan Adams, regional concert series, and more. And West Palm Beach offers restaurants galore.
The Art Deco District of Miami Beach has become one of the city’s main attractions, and with good reason. The district boasts a good many buildings designed and built in the 1920s and 1930s, and even if you don’t think that style of architecture is cool, it is undeniably highly stylized and retro. The neighborhood bounded by 6th Street to the South, Alton Road to the West, Collins Canal to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the east has a unique atmosphere. Guests of Southeast Florida Bed and Breakfasts should at the very least drive through the district during their stay.
Today, most of the 800 Art Deco buildings have been restored, and the district is full of cultural hot spots. Start with a walking tour of the district, all of which start at the Art Deco Welcome Center. After the tour, quench your thirst at one of the sidewalk cafes or bars clustered along Ocean Drive, then browse the funky boutiques and antique shops lining Lincoln Road.
If Miami is your point of arrival and departure for a vacation at a Southeast Florida Bed and Breakfast, the Art Deco District is worth a visit.
There are several fun events in Key West in April, 2011. Don’t spend April wondering when spring will take root in your home town – spend it relaxing in a Key West FL Bed and Breakfast.
April in Key West includes:
- 30th Annual 7-Mile Bridge Run: April 9
- World Sailfish Championship: April 12 – 16
- 16th Annual Taste of Key West: April 18
- 29th Annual Conch Republic Independence Celebration: April 22 – May 11
- 16th Annual Key West Songwriter’s Festival: April 27 – May 1
Wouldn’t you like to be there? Pack your bags and spend April at a Key West Florida Bed and Breakfast.
West Palm Beach, Florida, has many attributes, as America’s upper crust has long recognized. The Kennedys, the Trumps, and many other prestigious families have or have had winter homes here. They are drawn by the climate, the fine golf courses, and the many cultural attractions – not least of which is the Norton Museum of Art. It is well worth a visit during your next West Palm Beach Bed and Breakfast vacation.
The Norton Museum of Art has a simple, eloquent Mission Statement: To preserve for the future the beautiful things of the past. (more…)
Loxahatchee Groves is in the heart of Southeast Florida, thirty minutes west of West Palm Beach and 30 minutes east of Lake Okeechobee. Loxahatchee Groves may not be geographically far from the Florida coast, but it stands a world apart. There are no crowds here. Instead, visitors will find quiet country lanes, large horse pastures, and colorful nurseries. (more…)
Scuba diving and snorkeling are popular sports in the Florida Keys, and with good reason. Some of the best diving areas in the world are here. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, created in 1963, was the first undersea park in the United States. Adjacent to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the park encompasses almost 180 nautical square miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove swamps. The coral reefs are located between three and eight miles off-shore; tour them in a glass-bottom boat, or take a snorkeling or scuba tour.
The “2010 Escape to Miami Triathlon” will on Sunday, September 26, in Southeast Florida. Triathletes should consider lodging at Miami bed and breakfasts while in town for the big event. After all, you’ll be putting your body through an extreme workout – you deserve to be pampered a little.
After getting up early and running, swimming and cycling your way around Miami, you’ll be happy you decided to stay in a bed and breakfast Miami. Collapse in a comfortable bed at the end of the day, and feast on a breakfast for champions in the morning. Stay a few days, or treat yourself to a week in paradise.