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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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Palm Beach International Film Festival

Saturday, January 28th, 2012
Palm Beach, Florida

Palm Beach, a magnificent venue for a film festival.

The Palm Beach International Film Festival will be here sooner than you think. Now is a great time to make plans to be here, and to secure lodging in a Palm Beach Florida Bed and Breakfast.

2012 is the 17th annual Palm Beach Film Festival. Each year, the 9-day event brings a wide selection of American and international independent films to the screen, along with seminars and parties. The setting couldn’t be more spectacular: tropical Southeast Florida beaches.

Film buffs know that film festivals are the best place to see unique films; indeed, sometimes they present the only opportunity to see small, independent, and foreign films on the big screen.

The Palm Beach International Film Festival is still finalizing the 2012 schedule. There is no doubt it will be fantastic. Don’t miss it.

Please see West Palm Beach Florida Bed and Breakfasts to find festival lodging.

Please see Palm Beach Film Festival for up to date information.

Heavenly Holidays in Key West

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

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.

Key West Sunset Wide

Key West. There are worse places to spend the holidays.

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Delray Beach Turns 100

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
beach at night during lunar eclipse

Delray Beach during a lunar eclipse.

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 Hutchinson Island

Friday, August 19th, 2011
Two equestrian riders, girls on horseback, in low tide reflections

Horseback riding on the beach - simply wonderful.

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.

The Best of Loxahatchee Florida

Thursday, July 7th, 2011
Grand Prix Show Jumping, WEF

The WEF in Wellington, Florida.

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.

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