If 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.
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Top 10 B&Bs and guesthouses in Florida as chosen by The Guardian, UK
Congratulation to the Black Dolphin Inn, New Smyrna Beach, FL; Horse and Chaise Inn, Venice, FL; and Victorian House, St. Augustine, FL who are all members of the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns, for making the Top 10 Bed and Breakfast list in Florida, as published in The guardian, UK.
On Monday, April 29, 2013, Bonnie Gross and Bob Rountree of The Guardian chose from historic guesthouses with old Florida charm to luxurious inns and comfy lakeside cabins in the Sunshine State and chose some interesting places to stay. This is what they had to say.
This elegant B&B overlooks the Halifax River and takes its name from the dolphins that patrol the waters off its dock. The expansive great room downstairs includes a bar, sitting area and breakfast room, where a full Southern-style breakfast is served at weekends. You are within walking distance of restaurants and shops in the historic downtown area and a short distance from beaches , surf shops and Flagler Avenue’s beachside galleries and eateries. • +1 386 410 4868, blackdolphininn.com. Doubles from $129 B&B
This charming inn lies in the heart of Venice’s historic district, developed as a planned community as an investment by a railroad union during the 1920s. At the time, railroads were rapidly spreading across Florida for transport of winter crops to the populous north and to bring northerners south for respite from Yankee winters. The stucco exterior and tasteful landscaping blend well in this neighborhood of stately homes and wide boulevards. All nine rooms are comfortable and plush, and the reading room serves as a gathering place for guests to play games. There’s a 24-hour snack cupboard to supplement the gourmet breakfasts. You are a pleasant walk from white-sand beaches and be sure to try the seafood at the nearby Crow’s Nest, overlooking the inlet to the Gulf of Mexico. Just don’t try to book for the summer months: t • +1 941 488 2702, horseandchaiseinn.com. Doubles from $119 B&B. Closed from July until 15 October
St Augustine was founded in 1565 by a Spanish admiral, making it the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement in the US. It’s full of historic B&Bs, and the Victorian House, a well-preserved 1895 building, epitomizes all the things that are enchanting about them. A key asset is its excellent location, on a quiet street in the historic district, where horse-drawn carriage tours clip-clop past over the cobblestones. Another is the breakfasts, a cut above the usual. • +1 904 824 5214, victorianhousebnb.com. Doubles from $119 B&B
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