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Aspiring Innkeeper Workshop Florida

Friday, January 23rd, 2015
Pattie Detwiler speaking to Aspiring Innkeepers at the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns 2014 Conference

Pattie Detwiler Speaking to Aspiring Innkeepers at the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns 2014 Conference

ASPIRING INNKEEPERS WORKSHOP JULY 17 – 19, 2015

Sponsored by the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Association

WHEN:  FRIDAY JULY 17
thru  SUNDAY, JULY 19, 2015

WHERE:  Casa Grandview B & B
1410 Georgia Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL  33401

An all inclusive weekend full of knowledge about the Bed and Breakfast Industry from acquiring, retrofitting, building a Bed and Breakfast, including regulatory, zoning, government, Fire Safety, Alcohol Licensing, Marketing your Inn, Evaluating how your Inn is doing, and understanding Exit Strategies, plus every day Operations, to help you make an educated decision on how or if you want to proceed into the hospitality industry.

Professional Speaker, Pattie Detwiler of BedandBreakfastConsultantService.com and Seasoned Bed and Breakfast Owners will walk you through the process.  This is your opportunity to thoroughly understand the business you are thinking of investing in, while being a guest at a high end luxury Bed and Breakfast Property.  All Accommodations and Meals are included in the registration fee.  Space is Limited, so please register early to insure your place. It’s good to understand the hospitality industry. New Innkeepers are invited to attend as well.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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.

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.

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.

Boat Parade December 1, 2012

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

The Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade has been a family tradition for 22 years!

Creative boat captains decorate their boats for a two hour tour of Matanzas Pass, Siesta Isles and Ostego Bay as they are cheered by fans along the way.

Led by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber boat sponsored by Fish Tale Marina, creating new experiences in boating for its clients for over 20 years. With Santa & Mrs. Claus and celebrity judges from NBC-2 on board, the parade leaves the mooring field in front of Salty Sam’s Marina at 6:10 and heads northwest rounding the corner in front of Bonita Bills and under the sky bridge heading right side of channel in front of the Coast Guard Station. It continues to the entrance to hurricane bay into to Siesta Isles Channels. Then it will will travel towards Bowditch point to Matanzas Pass passing Pink Shell Resort, Nervous Nellies, Matanzas Inn, Ostego Bay and finishing at Salty Sam’s Marina for the Winners Circle Party between Parrot Key Carribean Grill and Big Game.

Tours & Monthly Events in Downtown Fort Myers: The River District

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Since the 1880s, Fort Myers has been an important commercial hub in Southwest Florida. The city has long seen a great deal of growth and development. The greater metropolitan area is large enough to have several neighborhoods, each with its own distinctive feel. But the core of Fort Myers is its Downtown: The River District.

Ft Myers panorama

There are fun downtown events throughout the year, but Fort Myers’ River District also offers some noteworthy regular events to enjoy all year long:

TrueTours Historical Walking Tours
The River District/Downtown is one of the four designated historic districts of Fort Myers which also include Edison, Dean and Seminole Parks. The entire Fort Myers Downtown Commercial District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with 69 historic buildings including the iconic Fort Myers Edison Theatre. TrueTours explore not only Downtown Fort Myers architecture, but its public art and haunted history.

First Friday Fort Myers Art Walk
Take this self-guided tour of all the Fort Myers downtown art galleries and studios. There are always new exhibits, plus refreshments at the galleries, museums and shops. The Art Walk After Party starts at 10 pm. Drink and be merry with the artists and art enthusiasts who will be out and about downtown until late.

2nd Saturday Antique Market in Fort Myers
During the winter season (January-April) from 9 am to 3 pm, check out the eclectic items and fun collectibles on display along Hendry and Main. About 20-30 vendors offer antiques, memorabilia and vintage wares as well as handmade crafts, indie art and goods.

3rd Saturday Music Walk in Downtown Fort Myers
Over 30 venues in the Fort Myers’ River District feature live music by local and regional musicians. This is a great way to hear live jazz, blues, drumming, cabaret tunes, rock and more while wining and dining the night away.

3rd Saturday Art Fair in Fort Myers River District
This event along the sidewalks of First Street will be starting up again, October-April. From 11 am to 4:30 pm, check out this juried art fair showcasing local artists working in a wide range of media and styles.

Downtown Fort Myers Quarterly Bike Night
Stroll the motorcycle-lined streets of Fort Myers’ Downtown during the Quarterly Bike Night. Live bands on three stages, vendors and a variety of characters strolling the streets make this a favorite Fort Myers River District event.

4th Saturday Car Cruise-Ins
If you love all things cars, especially vintage, modern, arty, or classic ones, then visit the center of Downtown Fort Myers on the 4th Saturday of each month. Talk shop with the owners or simply look longingly at all the beautiful cars.

No matter when you’re visiting Fort Myers, there’s always something fun to enjoy. Book your accommodations in a Southwest Florida B&B when you visit Fort Myers and you’ll be sure to experience the best hospitality around.

Scenic Hikes In Cape Coral

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
Koreshan State Park Florida

Historic cottage at the Koreshan Settlement.

Hiking is one of the best ways to get a feel for a place, and scenic hikes in Cape Coral reveal spreading mangroves, winding rivers, and lots of natural beauty.

Perhaps the best way to find good local hikes is to ask the innkeepers of your Cape Coral, Florida Bed and Breakfast. That said, read on for a few trail suggestions.

The trail at Four Mile Ecological Park is easy and well maintained. The loop meanders some 1.3 miles along the Caloosahatchee River, and much of the trail is a boardwalk. Wonderful, large, spreading mangroves along the river offer cooling shade. Wildlife abounds, especially egrets, herons, and migratory birds. Keep an eye out for alligators, which sometimes make an appearance.

Pine Island has a short, pleasant hike through mangroves. St. Jude Trail is perfect for hot afternoons when you feel like stretching your legs but don’t want to get too hot. The path is largely shaded and quite short–just one mile round trip. You should bring bug spray if you plan to make use of the benches.

Koreshan State Park, in Estero, has trails along the river and around the park boundary. Walkers traverse pine woods and have ample opportunities to sit and rest. An interesting stop is ‘New Jerusalem”, a historic site of buildings and gardens created by the community of Koreshans who settled here in the early 20th century.

There may be excellent walking trails close to your SW Florida Bed and Breakfast. Ask around, and bring your walking shoes.

Alligators and Affluence

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Florida can be a study in contrast, as the drive along Alligator Alley reveals. This unique stretch of road leads to alligators and affluence, simplicity and luxury.

Alligator Mississippiensis

The wild Florida Everglades surround much of Alligator Alley.

Alligator Alley is, in fact, I-75. It runs from Fort Lauderdale, in Southeast Florida, to Naples, in Southwest Florida. In between, there isn’t much in the way of “civilization.” The bulk of the road traverses an enormous expanse of Florida Everglades, home to birds and alligators, not shops and eateries.

Alligator Alley isn’t a dirt road, but it feels like one. Your cell phone won’t work on most of Alligator Alley. There aren’t numerous gleaming pit stops. Fill your tank at the Miccosukee Indian Reservation when you get the chance. Take a moment to stop your car, wait for a lull in the traffic, and listen. Imagine what lurks on the other side of the fence.

Flying solo

Sunset in Naples.

A whole different world awaits at the end of the road in Naples–a world of tranquility and luxury. Naples is the kind of place to visit with the person you love. It has restaurants for intimate dinners and beaches for strolling hand in hand. There is affluence here, but little attitude; the atmosphere of Naples is relaxed and welcoming.

Take some time to drive a stretch of Alligator Alley and explore Naples when you next stay in a Southwest Florida Bed and Breakfast. It’s a wonderful study in contrast.

Escape to Pine Island

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
End of the World

Find peace on Southwest Florida's Pine Island.

Florida is a large state with many different personalities. It boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, and is home to dynamic, multi-cultural Miami, fun Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Disney, and artsy Sarasota. More than 18 million people call Florida their home, and more than 80 million people visit it each year.

Yet it is still possible to find quiet, secluded areas in Florida, far from the crowds and high rises. Indeed, many Florida Bed and Breakfasts are located in just such places. Pine Island, in Southwest Florida, is a good example. Plan a trip to a Pine Island, Florida Bed and Breakfast and see for yourself. (more…)

Billions of Butterflies

Monday, October 17th, 2011
Butterflies are back

Sit peacefully with the butterflies at the Fort Meyers Butterfly Estates.

There aren’t actually billions of butterflies at The Butterfly Estates, but there certainly are thousands of them. Located in the River District of Fort Meyers, Butterfly Estates is part butterfly conservatory, part botanical gardens, and part historic village. It is a delightful place to visit while vacationing at Southwest Florida Bed and Breakfasts in nearby Bokeelia and Cape Coral.

Nathaniel Hawthorne once wrote, “Happiness is a Butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you!”

A few hours at The Butterfly Estates does calm and refresh the soul. Guests are invited to sit among gorgeous tropical plants and cascading waterfalls and watch butterflies as they flutter about in search of nectar. The Glazed Glass Butterfly Conservatory is over 3,500 square feet of fragrant tranquility. If you sit quietly enough, a butterfly may well rest on your shoulders or head. Take it as a good omen – the happiness Hawthorne thought it to be.

Fort Meyers is perhaps best known as being home to the Winter Estates of American giants Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. A visit to Fort Meyers is a fun break from days spent lounging on beaches, boating up and down the coast, and jumping waves in the Gulf of Mexico. Fort Meyers has several interesting historic sites, art museums, and nature centers. And Fort Meyers has the Butterfly Estates.

Hours and directions are available at The Butterfly Estates.

A list of Florida Bed and Breakfasts in Bokeelia and Cape Coral Florida is available at Southwest Florida Bed and Breakfasts.

 

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