Christmas Gift Certificates

November 2nd, 2013

BlackDolphinBelieve it or not, Christmas is just around the corner!  Now may be a good time too think about purchasing  gifts.  A Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn Gift Certificate can be used anytime throughout the year. A gift certificate to Bed and Breakfast Inns Florida is a unique way to show someone how much they mean to you. What could be better than a gift of relaxation, hospitality and good food? There are over 85 Bed and Breakfast or Boutique Collection Inns your recipient can choose from whether they want to experience the beach, the country atmosphere, a quaint downtown or a large city. 

This year, do something special for someone you love: send them to a Florida Bed and Breakfast or Boutique Inn.

Gift certificates are redeemable for a year after the date of purchase, allowing ample time for folks to schedule a getaway. They can be spontaneous or plan a vacation months in the future – the beauty of this is that the details are up to them.

Everyone knows folks who just don’t ever think to give themselves a mini-holiday. They may dream of a few days on Key West or Amelia Island, but it is hard for them to actually make the arrangements. That’s where you come in. Give them a reason to schedule a Florida vacation. They will thank you for it.

SolRisa Inn Bed and Breakast Cocoa Beach FLorida

October 25th, 2013
SolRisa Inn Bed and Breakfast

SolRisa Inn Bed and Breakfast

Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns is proud to introduce SolRisa Inn Bed and Breakfast in Cocoa Beach, Florida as a new member inn.

SolRisa means laughing sun, named for its spectacular sunrise views.  Solrisa Inn Bed and Breakfast is Cocoa’s newest inn, a classic turn-of-the-century Florida home that has overlooked the Indian River for 120 years.   It is a completely rebuilt 1914 home opened as a B & B in 2013, sitting on a small bluff of the Indian River. Three unique suites grace the main inn with a private deck or porch, river views, and en suite baths. In the 1903 cottage you can relax to river views and breezes, osprey and owls from the private, screened cottage porch

The swim-in-place pool with pagoda invites water aerobics, a challenging swim, or just holding on to float on the current.  Next to the pool, the fireplace terrace offers cozy seating with river views. Small garden and seating areas dot the property.

Owned by a dietitian and retired businessman, breakfast at SolRisa is both good, and good for you.  A full hot breakfast can be enjoyed in the dining room, in room, or one of the decks, porches or terraces.  Dockside dinners can be arranged; and the full moon rising over the river makes a romantic backdrop. SolRisa’s food is both delicious and nutritious; organic and local products are used as much as possible.

They strive to provide relaxation and rejuvenation at every SolRisa visit. To enjoy a bit more pampering, They offer massage, facials, manicures and pedicures, aromatherapy and more through outstanding and fully licensed partners.

SolRisa Inn partners with the Good Nutrition Dietitian to offer occasional “Hit Restart” retreats. Have you ever wanted to step off the wheel, stop to catch a breath and reorganize, and start on a healthy path? “Restart” retreats target the health-threatening “big three”: poor diet, stress and inactivity. Retreats immerse guests in an experiential journey to de-stress, enjoy delicious and healthy nutrition, and to move the body. There is simply no better way to begin anew; to commit to a healthy you!

Located on the Indian River and walking distance to Historic Cocoa Village, within 10 miles of beaches and Canaveral Cruise terminals, and 35 miles to Orlando airport; SolRisa is within easy reach of all of central Florida and Space Coast attractions.

SolRisa is maintained with natural botanical products as much as possible, with signature soap and body lotion specially hand-crafted  from the purest oils and products by Nature’s Spirit. The grounds are maintained with organic products that will not harm you, or the river.

SolRisa can arrange wellness retreats, writer, photographer and artist seminars and much more for small groups of guests.  Glimpses of gardens tucked amid palms. Indian River breezes cool decks and porches. Manatee faces and porpoise tails. Squirrel chatter amid old oaks. Osprey and owl. Enjoy a sunrise stretch or a moonlight meditation on our dock.  The inn is simply elegant, positively serene. 

Florida Boutique Inn Collection

October 11th, 2013

PoncedeLeonThe Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns is proud to introduce the Boutique Collection of Inns to the already fabulous collection of Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns.  There seems to be some overlap between the concept of a small boutique inn and a bed and breakfast. Boutique Inns are described as personalized, customized, unique, and individual, combining historic details with chic elegance.  The most important defining features of boutique Inns are cultural, historical, authenticity; the boutique hotel is not part of a chain and that it provides interesting, unique services. Other important defining descriptors of boutique hotels include, social spaces such as living rooms, libraries with social rooms and many, high-quality inroom features.

 A “Boutique Inns” describes an approach and attitude, with no regard to hotel size. A Boutique hotel is a term that describes Inns that contain luxury facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Typically boutique hotels are furnished in a themed and stylish manner. Boutique Inns are often individual and focused on offering their services in a comfortable, intimate, and welcoming setting.

Guest rooms and suites may be fitted with telephone and Wi-Fi Internet, air-conditioning, honesty bars and cable TV, but sometimes none of these, focusing on quiet and comfort rather than gadgetry. Guest services are often attended to by 24 hour staff members.  Many boutique hotels have on-site dining facilities, and offer bars and lounges that may also be open to the general public.  Boutique Inns have typically been unique properties operated by individuals or companies with a small collection.

Travelers nowadays expect more than simple comfort and convenience. An increasing number of travelers prefer to be “surprised”. When planning trips, they seek properties that are noticeably different in look and feel from branded hotels. The Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Boutique Collection have met a standard established by FBBI, Select Registry, BedandBreakfast.com 4 Diamond, AAA 4 Star or Superior Small Lodging White Glove Award, so you can be assured of the highest quality and standards if you choose a Florida Bed and Breakfast Boutique Collection Inn.

 

Monticello Daffodale House Estate

September 27th, 2013

DaffodaleHouseThe Daffodale House Estate Bed and Breakfast has such an array of offerings that we like to consider it a destination point, coupled with a plethora of activities within the historical community of Monticello, Florida.  It is the perfect place for a short getaway, a weekend stay, an off the beaten path exploration or vacation. The innkeepers at the Daffodale House Estate circa 1897 like to welcome you and make your stay a personal and memorable experience.

The Daffodale House Estate is set on three acres of beautiful grounds offering unique themed rooms, an antique store, a tea room, Ghost Tours, luncheons, dinner and special events. The atmosphere of nostalgic artifacts, a sitting area, a large family style dining room, a newly added outdoor brick patio with grills and plenty of space for small or large groups.  There are places to wander and stroll and the more you look the more delights you will discover.  You can experience one of the highest Indian mounds in the entire country. Stroll the grounds and wander the paths through old growth Camellia’s, ginkgo trees, ancient oaks adorned with Spanish moss, azaleas and much more… Paths meander through the grounds and lead you through bamboo gardens and remote areas of the property. Chairs and benches and art creations are set throughout the grounds.  Enjoy a special lunch or dinner and stay awhile and relax, sit and read a book or work on your laptop…

A turn of the 20th century Victorian home in historic Monticello Florida, the Daffodale House Estate is the perfect venue for outdoor weddings and receptions in our beautiful three acre camellia garden. The hardwood porches also offer a charming gathering place for you and your guests. This charming establishment is a perfect location for a tented party surrounded by traditional southern charm, and elegance. From catering to music, and everything in between, they can arrange all your details for you … or you can do so yourself if you prefer.

The Daffodale House Estate is offering a “by reservation” indoor restaurant in addition to the bed and breakfast services.  If you’re looking for a movie, T.V. or event location the Daffodale House Estate is production friendly. Its owner, Scotty Ebberbach is the movie commissioner for Monticello and can coordinate all production needs.

“In the heart of the historic district” you are invited to “Come over and savor the past”.  Guests enjoy a full complimentary breakfast and are within walking distance to the splendor of our enchanting community with a delightful array of shops and restaurants. You will find antique stores, arts and crafts and gift shops, florists, second hand and consignment shops, farmers market, a flea market, a winery, all your basic needs and much much more. Guests can stroll the back streets and enjoy seeing the many old historic homes and then return to the Daffodale House Estate B&B for a homemade dinner and a ghost tour—a perfect ending to the day…

Guests note that they have had the best night’s sleep in our warm and cozy rooms.  At Daffodale House Estate B&B you are more than guests, you are treated like family…and they look forward to your return…

Winter Park Florida A day in the City

September 9th, 2013

ThurstonHouseThe best way to start any day in Central Florida is to wake up in your comfortable guest room at Thurston House Bed & Breakfast in Maitland, Florida, celebrating 20 years of innkeeping.  Get dressed, grab a cup of coffee in the dining room and head to a rocker on the wraparound porch. The birds will entertain you while the sun comes up over Lake Eulalia. Enjoy your fabulous full breakfast, then head out to explore.

Take the short drive to Park Avenue in Winter Park. A good start would be to go the Scenic Boat Tour, and get on one of the early hourly tours. They start at 10am, and go into 3 different lakes and along old canals. Enjoy views that you can’t see from the streets, including gorgeous old mansions and gardens. The tour guides are well versed in Winter Park history and can answer any questions you may think of. From the boat tour, drive the short distance to the Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens. Tour the home, the grounds and enjoy all the fine sculpture made by Albin Polasek.

Next park your car in one of the several parking garages along Park Avenue and prepare to stroll. Often called “Little Europe”, the avenue is home to many shops, sidewalk cafes, and world class restaurants. Once you have your fill of strolling, the Morse Museum of American Art is a must see. The museum houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including art glass, leaded glass windows, lamps and the interior of an 1893 chapel. There is also jewelry, furniture, paintings, and extensive historical information about the Tiffany family.

Throughout your day’s activities, you can enjoy food from many different options up and down the avenue. Everything from French bakeries, to fine dining restaurants, sandwich and smoothie shops and wine bars can be found there.

Reserve your stay now at the beautiful Thurston House in Maitland, Florida.  Celebrating 20 years of innkeeping – WOW!

Florida Seafood Festivals Fall 2013

September 1st, 2013

chirashi, close upMany communities throughout Florida are home to annual Seafood festivals that celebrate Florida seafood. These family-oriented events have a local flair that is unique to each community. All feature delicious local seafood, and many have live musical performances by local and regional acts, arts and crafts vendors, children’s rides, parades, 5K run/walks, cooking demonstrations, and competitions such as oyster shucking. Florida’s seafood festivals are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.  You will find a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn  located close by.  Plan your fall getaway now.

 October Cedar Key Seafood Festival Cedar Key, Florida October 19-20, 2013 Cedar Key Bed and Breakfast
 October John’s Pass Annual Seafood Festival Madeira Beach, Florida October 25-27, 2013 Park Circle B&B.
 November Florida Seafood Festival Apalachicola, Florida November 1-2, 2013  Bryant House B&B
Coombs House B&B

Orange City Florida

August 19th, 2013

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“When visiting Orange City, the place for your lodging is the Alling House Bed and Breakfast. This folk-Victorian home has a traditional Bed and Breakfast feel, with three rooms on the second floor decorated in a Victorian style, with private spacious bathrooms. There are also five separate cottages on the property, each decorated in a different theme. Each cottage is equipped with a full kitchen, washer/dryer, cable TV, Internet computer and WIFI. The cottages come in several floor plans, providing a variety of bed sizes and amenities, such as jet tubs, electric fireplaces, canopy beds, aquarium, running model trains, antique tools, and enough to equip you as a regular cowboy. The goal is to provide a full themed experience, not just a place to lay your head.

In addition to being a romantic getaway destination, the property is a great place for families. With plenty of room for kids to run and games to play, it is a place where moms and dads can relax and not worry about the safety of their children. With fire pits for roasting marshmallows, gas grill, and the availability of outside tables and chairs, it is a wonderful family reunion location. There are several city and county parks in the area, as well as miniature golf, arcade and go-cart track just a few blocks away.

When in Orange City, you must drive 2 1/2 miles down French Ave. to Blue Spring State Park, well known for its many manatees during the cooler months and its swimming during the warmer months. Use our bicycles to ride the local paved biking/jogging trails or our kayaks to explore the river or paddle up into Blue Spring. There are also eco-river tours in the area that do a fantastic job of showing you the flora, fauna and wildlife of the St. Johns River. Other parks in the area are Gemini Springs County Park, Hontoon Island State Park and then Deleon Spring State Park, where you can cook your own pancakes at your table within the Old Spanish Sugar Mill. The Orange City/Deland area also boasts of its other river-based activities, such as fishing and boating, as well as its skydiving complex at the Deland Airport.

There are two mansions in the area that are available to tour. One is Debary Hall, the winter home of Frederick Debary, founder of the city of Debary. This interesting home is just 5 miles south of the Alling House and has a regular schedule of tours each day. The other is Stetson Mansion, the exquisite winter mansion of John B. Stetson, the famous hat maker. This mansion is Deland, about 4 miles north of the Alling House and gives private tours by prior arrangement.

For cultured activities, guests can attend plays and concerts at the Athens Theater in Deland, the Shoe String Theater in Lake Helen, and the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach.

If you believe in ghosts, the spiritualist camp of Cassadaga is only about 5 miles away, where guests often go to have readings done, fortunes told, participate in séances, take pictures of strange auras, and investigate the spiritualist movement/philosophy.

The Central Florida Zoo is in Sanford, about a 20 minute drive from Alling House and features a zip line tour and a train ride around the park.

The various beaches in the area are a 30-50 minute drive from Alling House, starting with the popular New Smyrna Beach, 30 minutes, Daytona Beach, 45 minutes, Ponce Inlet Beach, 50 minutes. While in that area you’ll want to visit the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse with its very informative museum buildings and a trip up to the top of the lighthouse where the view is spectacular.

Those interested in antiques and historic housewares will find that there are a number of antique stores, antique malls, used furniture stores, and thrift stores in Orange City and Deland. The Alling House has guests that periodically come from Kissimmee to stay with them while they visit the interesting stores in the area.

The Deland merchants association organizes several festivals in downtown Deland during the year, be it a music festival, art festival, chili cook-off or dog parade. These activities are great fun while exploring the historic small town atmosphere and architecture of this beautiful county seat.

There is a good variety in restaurants to chose from in the area, with a good number of national chain restaurants in Orange City and quite a variety of local restaurants in the Deland area providing their own deliciously, unique cuisine. The owners of Alling House do a good job of providing guidance and information for finding the dining experience you’re looking for.

Whether your looking for a quite, relaxing getaway or days full of activities, you will be sure to find it at Alling House Bed and Breakfast in Orange city.”  Innkeepers, Gerald and Nan Hill will welcome you.

Gerald Hill

Alling House B&B

386-775-7648

John Denham House Monticello Florida 2013

August 12th, 2013
1872 John Denham House

1872 John Denham House

The 1872 John Denham House in Monticello, Florida is True Southern Hospitality and Luxury as seen on Anderson Cooper and USA Today.   If you want to travel back in time and still benefit from the comfort of modern times you will love the John Denham House.  Nestled in the beautiful surroundings of old trees, Spanish moss and well manicured bushes, the John Denham House looks like a movie set for “Gone With the Wind”.   This authentically restored 1872 National Historic Register house gives the guest a real step back in time. The paint colors have been recreated to duplicate the original. And yes most of the 140 year old door knobs are not perfect but do work. The rooms all have antiques dating back to that period.  Check out the Ghost History on this house.

From the minute Pat Inman welcomes you to her beautiful home until you depart after yet another scrumptious “Old South” breakfast, you’re going to be a glad you came.  King beds with fine linens and all the amenities you could want. It is a great experience. You can spend a restful night in a comfortable bed in a spacious room with tall ceiling, fireplace and a private bathroom.  In the morning Pat serves the most delicious breakfast featuring a mixed fruit salad with tupelo honey, farm-fresh eggs and nutty waffles or wonderful fresh strawberries and bananas with light whipped cream, scrambled eggs, smoked ham, stuffed french toast, to give you an idea  You will wish you had an extra day or two to fully enjoy the calm and the beauty of the place.  One of the bathrooms was created out of one of the original trunk rooms with the hat box area. It has the original hooks and shelf space which makes it very charming.  The fixtures have been added to not take away from the original house.  You will be greeted like an old friend.  Pat can provide a bottle of champagne, a dozen roses and some Belgian chocolates, with lit candles in the fireplace to set yourself up for a romantic evening.   You can even venture up into the cupola to see if you will experience any ghostly encounters – you may even feel a little chill.

 

Black Dolphin Inn New Smyrna Beach Florida 2013

August 5th, 2013

BlackDolphinIf you love the beach, the water, the heat, the sand, the beach bars, the seafood and stellar hospitality you’ll want to visit the Black Dolphin Inn.   I recently stayed at the Black Dolphin Inn in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.   What a fabulous Inn and perfect location on Riverside Drive overlooking the Indian River waterway.  Every aspect of the Black Dolphin Inn speaks luxury and southern grace.  This newly renovated Inn is eye catching in its Spanish-Colonial style architecture with fresh and tastefully designed modern and contemporary interior, speaking elegance in every way.  Brett and Shelia, along with their son, Taylor are gracious hosts who insure you a delightful stay. You can tell the entire family has a solid background in hospitality and they run the inn with passion and warmth exceeding the expectations of their guests.  Third generation hoteliers and identical twin Brothers Brett & Scott Smith, fell in love with this former riverfront estate.  Overlooking the Indian River on Florida’s east central Atlantic coast, Black Dolphin gets its name from the dolphins that playfully swim by its dock. The 14 guest rooms are skillfully appointed with amazing vintage finds, fine art, eclectic accents, and modern amenities.  Gorgeous views, many with French doors opening to a private balcony that seem like tree houses peeking through gnarled oaks to the Indian River.  The Black Dolphin Inn was recently selected as one of the “Top Ten B & B’s” awarded in 2013 by BedandBreakfast.com.  The Black Dolphin Inn is not just a place to stay, it is a reason to go to New Smyrna Beach. The breakfast is beautifully displayed with locally sourced sustainable foods, which is expanded to include additional dishes such as steel-mill grits and southern home-fried potatoes. In nearby New Smyrna, walking distance from the inn, funky seaside restaurants are abundant as well as beach-side galleries, surf shops, and sprawling beaches. Overnight docking is available at the Black Dolphin for guests with boats. Even without a boat, fishing opportunities are plentiful at nearby Canaveral National Seashore Park.   While standing outside I was greeted by the bottle nose dolphins from the dock.  The Black Dolphin provides a retreat for the mind, body, and soul.

The Dog Days of Summer

July 29th, 2013

Bright EyesSome of the best memories I have took place during the Dogs Days of Summer, while playfully running or spraying the hose with all the kids in the neighborhood because it was so hot.  Catching lightning bugs in mason jars to light up the bedroom later that night, or so we thought.  Who can’t remember playing all, you all, in come free, the slogan of the kids running back to base at a huge oak tree without being tagged.  So what do we adults do during the dog days of summer?  Drink a cold beer or cold wine while sitting in the shade on a lake, beach or pool somewhere, or read a book in a hammock under a beautiful oak shade tree.  We even liked to float down a shaded river in a canoe or kayak, jet skiing on a beautiful lake, riding in a speed boat or water skiing behind a fast boat so the water will spray and cool you off.  Water sports are so much fun and a great way to spend time outdoors during the dog days of summer.  Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns have plenty of Inns around the state that are located on the beach, river or lake and many more have beautiful pools for cooling you off.  The Innkeepers would gladly serve a glass of Iced Tea or Cool Lemonade to help keep hydrated during the heat.

Where did the phrase Dog Days of Summer come from?  A casual survey will usually find that many people believe the phrase is in reference to the conspicuous laziness of domesticated dogs during the hottest days of the summer. When speaking of “Dog Days” there seems to be a connotation of lying or “dogging” around, or being “dog tired” on hot and humid days.  Why not let someone pamper you with a get-a-way during July and August to escape the heat.  During late July, Sirius is in conjunction with the sun, and the ancients believed that its heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather. They named this period of time, from 20 days before the conjunction to 20 days after, “dog days” after the dog star.

All of the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn lodgings welcome you to spend a pleasant respite from the heat.

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