The Coca-Cola Town Quincy, Florida

December 13th, 2013

Coca-Cola TownQuincy has been known for decades as “the Coca-Cola town” due to it’s early financing of the Coca-Cola Company by numerous townspeople. Quincy is located about 16 miles northwest of Tallahassee. What could be a bedroom community is in fact a charming historic town with a vibrant downtown. Picturesque historic buildings line the streets, housing restaurants, shops, and Quincy Florida Bed and Breakfasts.

Use a Quincy Florida Bed and Breakfasts as a base from which to explore this part of Northwest Florida. Visit the Pebble Hill Plantation, an early 19th century plantation that became a museum in 1983. Walk through the Natural Bridge Battlefield State Historic Site, where Confederate soldiers prevented Union troops from taking Tallahassee. Take a tour of the Old Capitol in Tallahassee, constructed in 1845 and used through 1978. Exhibits include political history of the state of Florida and the history of the building.

Nearby Lake Talquin State Forest offers boating, hiking, and fishing. The St. Marks Historic Railroad Trail runs 16 miles from the Apalachicola National Forest to the Gulf of Mexico and is favored by cyclists. The Maclay State Gardens feature nature trails, bike paths, fishing and boating, but it is the delightfully designed floral gardens surrounding a 1930s mansion that inspire most visitors.

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is a mere hour from Quincy, on the Gulf of Mexico. Birders will delight in the hundreds of species of birds who make the refuge their home, such as peregrine falcons and black-necked stilts. Also at the refuge is the historic St. Marks Lighthouse, built in 1832. While not open to the public, it is a favorite with photographers, for it stands tall alongside saltwater estuaries.

Xmas 2006Allison House Bed and Breakfast is in the heart of a 36 block historic district as designated on the National Historic Register. They have received numerous awards; from Most Historic Inn to Best Breakfast in the Southeast to Most Affordable Luxury Bed & Breakfast voted by their guests in competition with B&B’s nationwide. Escape to the charm of an English-style bed and breakfast atmosphere.

McFarlinHouseAt McFarlin House  Bed and Breakfast you enter an era of time past as you step onto the Southern, wrap-around porch, through the double beveled doors. Warm, inviting hospitality awaits you in this beautifully restored, Queen-Anne Victorian bed and breakfast. The McFarlin House Bed and Breakfast is also located in the heart of the 32-block Historic District of Quincy.  The McFarlin House sits on approximately 1.5+ acres of grounds that are in constant seasonal change with a large variety of camellias, brilliant pink Japanese Magnolia trees, day lilies, jasmine, gladiolas, hydrangeas, crepe myrtle trees, a leather leaf mahogany, and a grand Gingko tree. Once you’ve seen it, you’ll understand why this magnificent Queen-Anne Victorian beauty might just be the perfect place for your wedding, reception, rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon or tea, or why the inn is a favorite location for couples to spend their wedding night.

 

 

Safety Harbor Florida Ibis Bed and Breakfast

December 6th, 2013

IBis B&B EntranceThe Ibis Bed and Breakfast in downtown Safety Harbor takes its name from the White Ibis shorebird, native to Florida and frequently seen in the area.  The Ibis Bed and Breakfast is 10 minutes from Tampa Airport, just over the Courtney Campbell Bridge.

The Ibis is within walking distance to Tampa Bay, parks, Main Street shops and restaurants, and the city marina. Miles of hiking and biking trails abound in and around Safety Harbor, where the largest park in Pinellas County is located, Philippe Park, along Tampa Bay, home to an intact Indian mound.

Ruth Eckerd Hall is just down the street for those who love Music Events.

Safety Harbor is a city on the west shore of Tampa Bay in Pinellas County. Florida. At the head of Old Tampa Bay is the City of Safety Harbor, a secret little hideaway, neighbored by the major cities of Clearwater and Tampa. This quaint community boasts distinctive shops, award winning restaurants and plenty of family fun. There is certainly something for everyone, from beautiful parks laden with historical significance and nature’s artwork, to cultural venues for the cosmopolitan visitor.

Downtown Safety Harbor sets the mood for the community. Discover the charm of Safety Harbor the old fashioned way by strolling. With its palm treed thoroughfare, canopied sidewalks and brick lined streets, “Main Street” offers you the opportunity to succumb to your curiosity while perusing through captivating shops, sampling new cuisine and rediscovering a love of art displayed in one of the area’s finest galleries on Main Street.  Try antiquing in shops housed in colorful bungalows. Enjoy a cappuccino under the shade of an old oak tree. Safety Harbor merchants take pleasure in creating the ambiance unique to their small town.

You will find history alive throughout Safety Harbor. Since the turn of the century, tourists have been traveling to this area to be rejuvenated by the spring waters of historic Espiritu Santo Springs, or “Springs of the Holy Spirit”, a natural mineral spring. Its waters were given this name in 1539 by the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, who was supposedly searching for the mythical “Fountain of Youth“.

In June 2008, a 6,000 year old spearhead was found at Marshall Street Park. The inhabitants of the area at the time of Spanish exploration were the Tocobaga people, who lived in villages around Tampa Bay. Safety Harbor sites have yielded pottery, and artifacts of copper, shell, and stone. The Tocobaga were known for constructing various ceremonial and communal mounds to bury the dead. Most of these mounds were destroyed in the early 1900s due to development. However, one of these burial mounds is still visible in Safety Harbor’s Phillippe Park  Shells found in these mounds were used to pave city streets.

The name Safety Harbor originated from the early 18th century, when pirates were a substantial influence in the area. Once ships reached this area of the bay, all threats from pirates were gone, and it was commonly referred to as a “Safe Harbor”.

Enjoy a wonderful stay at the Ibis Bed and Breakfast.

Florida’s Northeast

November 29th, 2013

Florida’s Northeast Region

St Augustine Lighthouse Florida Postcard Style PhotoNortheast Florida, known as “Florida’s First Coast,” combines America’s oldest European settlement with one of the nation’s leading modern seaports, with a collection of small up-and-coming towns adding to the local color and natural beauty. Encompassing Atlantic beaches as far south as Flagler County and inland rural communities west to Palatka, the region offers travelers timeless adventures through mysterious 17th-century forts, vast prairie lands and wide beaches lined with sand dunes.

Off the state’s northeastern-most corner, Amelia Island provides a refreshing change of pace. On this small island, families will find blocks of old mansions, miles of beaches and lots of seafood. Fernandina Beach, the island’s only town, showcases more than 50 blocks of restored Victorian neighborhoods, including a collection of grand, sherbet-hued mansions, called the “Silk Stocking District.”

One of the nation’s fastest growing and most modern cities, Jacksonville is situated along the banks of the state’s longest river, the St. Johns River.

To the south lies the oldest, continuously occupied European settlement in the continental United States — St. Augustine. Founded in 1565, 42 years before the English colonized Jamestown, St. Augustine has diligently preserved much of its rich heritage along a 144-block downtown historic district that offers a history lesson with proven kid appeal. Regardless of their age, visitors are bound to feel young again as they stroll narrow brick streets to discover the Oldest House, Oldest Jail, Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse and Oldest Store Museum.

Southwest of St. Augustine, along the banks of the St. Johns River, Putnam County offers quiet, unassuming historic sites which tell the story of Putnam County, including the impact of the Civil War, the advent of steamboat travel along the St. Johns River and the gilded age of the Flagler Railroad.

When traveling to the northeast you will find a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn nearby.

Florida’s West Central Bed and Breakfast Fun

November 15th, 2013

Dark Sky Over A Blue SeaDiscover Florida’s West Coast, which includes the popular vacation destinations of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Sarasota, offering a vast array of cultural, historical, natural and recreational riches along gem-colored waters and sun-drenched beaches. Then be enchanted by glimpses of small-town America by traveling to the state’s back roads, including the counties of Hardee and Desota.

For beach lovers, Bradenton and the Gulf islands of Anna Maria and Longboat Key boast 27 miles of dazzling sand beaches unmarred by high-rise condominiums or hotels. Shelling, sunbathing and swimming opportunities abound at numerous public beaches, while airboat rides offer an up-close look at the vibrant marine ecology of the Gulf islands.

Known as “Florida’s Cultural Coast,” Sarasota offers world-class art and entertainment the entire family will enjoy. The city was once the winter home of John Ringling and his world-famous Ringling Bros. Circus. Today, the circus magnate’s legacy is on display at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

No matter where you choose to travel, a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn is nearby.

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
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