Celebrate Father’s Day Florida Style

June 3rd, 2016

Happy Father's DayFather’s Day Ideas For Every Type Of Floridian Dad

Father’s Day is coming upon us quickly so it’s crunch time for making plans. Knowing that not all Dads are made the same…we have come up with several options that may work for your special man. Show him how much you care with a Gift Certificate to a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn! Whether your Dad is/does:

Enjoys a fine meal ~ There’s nothing like al fresco dining on the water. Or is a no-frills dad who’d rather go out for burgers and beer ~ Perhaps taking him to a sports bar for casual dining and watching a game.

For the dad who loves to get out and move, enjoy a little adventure and spend time with the family: Why not try a picnic? Florida has beautiful Local and State Parks with plenty of activities such as nature trails, kayaking, paddle board, bike trail, nature cruises, canoeing, hiking or perhaps an airboat ride through the Everglades…something for everyone in the family.

Does Dad like fishing? There are several fishing piers throughout the state, state parks or chartering a boat for deep sea fishing which may be more his style.

 Does Dad think he’s a golf pro? There may be more than 1,000 golf courses in Florida offering a short course for beginners, greens with varying elevations, wetland areas that attract wildlife or semi-private courses offering various tee times.

 For the dad who just wants to unwind: Give him a spa day… Yes, men enjoy spas too. Florida has some of the Best Spas in the country. Or “Dad can always bro it up at ManKind—a spa for men—where all services come with a complimentary beverage (beer or wine). The establishment recommends its One of a Kind shave, which is great for men with sensitive skin. Alternatively, you can make dad a massage appointment (as long as mom is OK with the all-female spa staff) or let a real shoe-shine specialist spiff up his kicks.”

Is Dad a Fan of History? There are countless museums, notable estates, other historical buildings, or cultural art museums across Florida where Dad can enjoy the days of yesteryear.Father's Day

Aspiring Innkeepers Workshop ~ July 22-24, 2016

June 1st, 2016
Pattie Detwiler Talking to Aspiring Innkeeper at the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns 2014 Conference

Pattie Detwiler, Consultant/Realtor Talking to Aspiring Innkeepers

Sponsored by the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Association, Presented by Bed and Breakfast Consultant Service

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

WHEN: Friday, July 22 – Sunday, July 24, 2016Casa Grandview Historic Luxury Inn - WPB

 

WHERE: Casa Grandview Historic Luxury Inn & Cottages, West Palm Beach, Fl
Register Here for July 22 – 24, 2016

 

Unlike any other Aspiring Innkeeper Workshop. 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 in a luxury Bed and Breakfast Property. Two Night Accommodations are not included in the registration fee. You can reserve your room after registration by contacting Casa Grandview Historic Luxury Inn and Cottages directly. 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.

In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding decisions you may have to make prior to the Aspiring Workshop, Bed and Breakfast Consultant Service is always ready, willing and able to answer any questions to help you begin. Contact Pattie Detwiler at 561.223.3201.

What participants at the July 2015 Aspiring Workshop had to say:
100% said they would recommend this Workshop to others!
When asked the most valuable topic presented: Valuation & Financing; Regulations & Operational Tips; Vendors and Staffing.
When asked the least valuable topic: 100% said there was no topic they deemed least valuable.

What participants of the January 2016 had to say:
The overall information presented was “Highly useful and actionable. Well presented”, also “Extremely informational”.  The most valuable topic was:  “Entire workshop”. 100% would recommend to others.

St. Johns River Cruises and Blue Springs State Park

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!

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.

Mount Dora Blues-n-Groove Weekend

May 12th, 2016

Mount Dora Blues n Groove

Join us May 20th – 21st for the 8th Annual Mount Dora Blues-n-Groove Weekend that continues the tradition of bringing fabulous Blues Music to the Mount Dora Waterfront in gorgeous, Lakefront Elizabeth Evans Park. What’s better than Blues, BBQ, Craft Beer, Wine and Cocktails??? Oh wait, FREE general admission, bring your own chair or blanket! Limited VIP tickets are also available for purchase at www.BluesNGroove.com.

 

Grandview - Mount Dora

Need a relaxing and welcoming place to stay?  Grandview Bed and Breakfast represents old Florida living at it’s finest. Relax on the wrap around porch while you sip lemonade or iced tea. Or take a swing or two on the porch swing, perhaps a dip in the pool, as you let your cares drift away. Located within two blocks of downtown Mount Dora, on the corner of Third and Grandview.  Enjoy the quaint shops, fantastic restaurants and antique shops nearby. Also a great place to stay if your attending the Blues-n-Groove Weekend!Grandview - Porch-Pool View

 

 

Mother’s Day Gifts and Celebrations Florida Style!

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

SunFest 2016…You Don’t Want To Miss This!

April 14th, 2016

SunFest 2016

SunFest 2016 – Celebrating 33 years!!! SunFest is Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival. Returning to downtown West Palm Beach along Florida’s Beautiful Intracoastal Waterway, on April 27th – May 1st, 2016, extending along Flagler Drive from Banyan Boulevard to Lakeview Avenue. This year’s event boasts what could be the most diverse lineup of the year. You can view the line up at SunFest 2016. Between music sets, you may wander the art show and shop the galleries as you stroll down Flagler Drive and appreciate the Fine Art and Craft Show featuring the work of more than 150 national artists. Their works include jewelry, painting, pottery & ceramics, photography, sculpture, wood, arts and crafts, and more. If your feeling athletic…you can register for the “TGI5K” – Palm Beach County’s only 5K that includes access to the “Biggest Post Race Party”. As the festivities conclude enjoy a spectacular Fireworks show on the Intracoastal Waterway…you don’t want to miss

 

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Looking for a place to stay??? Check out Bed & Breakfast Inns in the West Palm Beach Area as an alternative to a hotel stay.  Visitors find West Palm Beach Florida Bed and Breakfasts welcoming and hospitable.  Everyone is welcome to explore the expansive Intracoastal Waterway, beautiful beaches and activities, dine in the restaurants, and take advantage of the arts and culture. Indeed, there is no shortage of entertainment for guests of West Palm Beach Florida Bed & Breakfasts.

 

18th Annual Apalachicola Antique Boat & Classic Car Show

April 5th, 2016

Apalachiocola18th Annual Apalachicola Antique Boat & Classic Car Show – April 16th, 2016.  This festival emphasizes the maritime history of the picturesque coastal town. Special highlights include home-built, antique outboard engines, plus antique automobiles and art booths. Tours aboard the Heritage, a 58-foot wooden Herreshoff-designed ketch and demonstrations of steam engines with their beautiful antique steam powered vessels. The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will have displays on the Apalachicola River along with booths featuring: the Coast Guard Auxiliary, kids model boat building, and so much more. The Apalachicola Traders’ Canoe, a hand built 50-foot long vessel used between 1750-1850, recovered from the Apalachicola River will be on display at the Cotton Warehouse and the restored 1877 gaff-rigged *Boat & Car Show Apalachicolaschooner the Governor Stone will also be in attendance. At 5:30 pm BackPorch Revival, an Old-Time String Band will play at Riverfront Park, bring your own chair. There will also be a Sunday cruise up the Apalachicola River. Fun for the entire family!

Enjoy the Northwest Florida charm and the beautiful white sand beaches while staying at these suggested Bed & Breakfasts that are sure to impress you.

*Tiki Palms Inn - Port St. JoeThe Tiki Palms Inn – A charming family friendly and pet friendly Florida Bed and Breakfast located in Port. St. Joe. A great location for, exploring all of Northwest Florida’s “Forgotten Coast”, minutes from the Mexico Beach fishing pier, the pet-friendly white sand beaches, unique shopping, the amenities at the Port St. Joe Marina and the beauty of Apalachicola’s historic downtown district. The Tiki Palms Inn is also within walking distance of the new Cape San Blas Lighthouse.

*Turtle Beach Inn - Front - Port St. JoeTurtle Beach Inn & CottagesThe family owned and operated Gulf front bed and breakfast is a certified Green Lodging establishment with Gulf view cottages, where you can experience the charm and natural beauty of Florida’s Forgotten Coast. Relaxing and enjoying the peace and solitude of the area seem to be the favorite pastimes for many guests, but many other activities are available.  The area waters (Gulf of Mexico, Apalachicola Bay, St Joseph Bay, lagoons, bayous, lakes, creeks and rivers) provide the setting for all types of aquatic adventures. Land lovers can enjoy hiking, biking, shelling, horseback riding, and golf. Excellent shopping and dining are also available in the nearby towns of Port St. Joe and Apalachicola. *Turtle Beach Inn - Port St. JoeEnjoy Florida the way it used to be – unspoiled beaches, abundant wildlife, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

Tampa Bay Blues Fest

March 30th, 2016

 

Blues FestivalTampa Bay Blues Fest – April 8th -10th, 2016. The Tampa Bay Blues Festival prides itself on providing the very best in live blues entertainment, in a beautiful tropical setting. Each year since 1995, some of the biggest names in blues music have taken the stage at the Tampa Bay Blues Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida. Blues enthusiasts from all over the world come to scenic Vinoy Park to watch this spectacular showcase of American Blues music, performed right on the waterfront. Over the years our stage has welcomed legends such as Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, Taj Mahal, Little Feat, Jonny Lang, Los Lobos, and so many others. It has truly become a magnificent celebration of music! In addition to great music and warm weather, you will also enjoy visiting downtown St. Petersburg, with its many restaurants, clubs, and art museums, including the world famous Dali Museum.

 

Watergarden Inn at the BayWatergarden Inn At The Bay – Tampa Bay’s elegant oasis. With over half an acre of lush landscaping and two restored buildings, you will forget you are in the heart of the city. Steps away from everything downtown has to offer: trendy Beach Drive shops and restaurants, fabulous museums, exciting sports venues, Tampa Bay’s picturesque waterfront and marinas. This is not your typical bed and breakfast, they offer modern amenities as well as quaint antiques in each of the 14 rooms and suites. Enjoy free on-site parking, wireless internet and great coffee. Whatever your plans, you will have an exceptional St. Petersburg lodging experience with welcoming innkeepers.

Cedar Key’s 52nd Annual Fine Arts Festival

March 29th, 2016

Best Fine Arts Logo *Cedar Key’s 52nd Annual Fine Arts Festival ~ April 9th and 10th Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Made America’s Best Arts Fairs Top 50 List! Cedar Key Arts Come and take in the ambiance of Old Florida and enjoy a fun-filled weekend strolling down Historic 2nd Street while admiring the fine art from a select group of incredibly talented artists as they showcase their award-winning fine Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Logo *art such as paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photography and so much more. Cedar Key’s beautiful natural setting, outstanding artist amenities, and the friendliness and hospitality of the volunteers make this a favorite destination for both artists and art lovers. The town’s beachfront City Park is filled with music, children’s activities, and food sold by local non-profit organizations.

 

 

Cedar Key BnB *

Cedar Key Bed and BreakfastEnjoy a weekend getaway to Cedar Key Bed and Breakfast located in a place where time stands still and allows you to enjoy the unique qualities of a coastal environment. While sitting on the veranda enjoying your favorite beverage relax taking Cedar Key title *in the view of the beautiful gardens and fountain. This quiet island community is nestled among many tiny keys on the Gulf Coast of Florida.  This is where the traditions of Old Florida are still alive and well.  Known as Florida’s Nature Coast.

 

 

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