Posts Tagged ‘Central Florida Lodging’

St. Johns River Cruises and Blue Springs State Park

Tuesday, 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

 

 

Mount Dora Blues-n-Groove Weekend

Thursday, 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!

Wednesday, 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

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25th Annual Florida Film Festival!

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Enzian Theatre *25th Annual Florida Film Festival – APRIL 8-17, 2016.  Enzian and Florida Film Festival President Henry Maldonado, welcomes you to “The Festival With A Heart”. Now in its 25th year, the Florida Film Festival is an Oscar®-qualifying festival, premiering the best in current, independent, and international cinema. Enjoy 10 days of Incredible Talent, Entertainment and First-Class Events. Film lovers have the opportunity to mingle with filmmakers and celebrities over cocktails and a locally-sourced menu.  The Florida Film Festival was recently named “one of the top 50 festivals” by indieWIRE, and one of the top 10 festivals in the world by festival guru Chris Gore in his 2001 edition of The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, 2nd Edition. Nestled in at number eight (alongside such prestigious events as Sundance, Toronto, Cannes, Berlin, and SXSW), the Festival continues to showcase the best in American independent and foreign cinema.

Looking to relax after a day/evening of fun and festivities? Take in the beauty of…

Thurston House – Located amidst 8 acres of lush land overlooking Thurston House *picturesque Lake Eulalia, Thurston House Bed and Breakfast is an unexpected treat! Built in 1885 and completely restored in 1991, the boutique inn accommodation combines all the charm of a period Queen Anne Victorian Farmhouse. It also has the modern room amenities of a fine, small hotel. The wraparound porch is an inviting respite after a busy day.

 

 

 

63rd Annual Sailboat Regatta

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Mount Dora Regatta *COME SAIL WITH US! The state’s oldest, 63rd annual Sailboat Regatta April 2-3, 2016, hosted by the Mount Dora Yacht Club!  “Like a grand dame, the Mount Dora Sailing Regatta exudes tradition.” Come enjoy one of Florida’s hidden gems. People come to the regatta for fun and enjoyment and while we cannot control the weather…hopefully it will be breezy, your visit to Mount Dora will sure to be pleasant and memorable. If you’ve been here before, we certainly look forward to having you back again. There will be special trophies and awards. The Regatta is open to all classes from Opti to Sunfish, Hobie to Wayfarer, Catalinas to Mutineers.

Looking for a place to stay…try a Bed & Breakfast and enjoy the continued southern charm and feel of Mount Dora.

Cinnamon ICinnamon Inn *nnThe Cinnamon Inn, a Bed and Breakfast is located on 4.5 privately-wooded acres in the Tangerine / Mount Dora, Florida Countryside. You will feel the comfort and charm of the old South while you’ll awaken to the aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls and morning coffee, sitting in a rocking chair on one of our porches, either screened or open, enjoying the sounds of the birds sing as the sun rises from the horizon.

 

Grandview Bed & Breakfast *Grandview Bed and Breakfast Mount Dora – Grandview Bed & Breakfast represents old Florida living at it’s finest. Relax on our wrap around porch while you sip lemonade or iced tea. Or take a swing or two on the porch swing as you let your cares drift away. Within two blocks of downtown Mount Dora, quaint shops, fantastic restaurants and antique shops are many of the enjoyments of this quaint village.

 

88th Annual Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo

Friday, February 26th, 2016
Oak Park Inn Arcadia, FL

Oak Park Inn

The 88th Annual Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo! March 10-13th, 2016. Fun entertainment for all ages! Enjoy watching the Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding or Bull Riding events along with The Quadrille, a very popular event that can best be described as “square dancing on horseback.” This is oldest rodeo organization in the state of Florida that has evolved from its initial beginnings to a national sport, drawing top cowboy athletes from all over the nation. Participants compete for purses and points aiming for the “Super Bowl” of rodeo, the National Finals held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Looking for quiet privacy, a romantic get-away or maybe just to recharge your psychological batteries for a few days? Step back into the previous century and recapture all the romance, charm and gracious ambiance of the bygone era and enjoy the luxurious The Oak Park Inn, Arcadia’s only “Downtown” Hotel. Whatever your reason may be, the results will be worth it. Proud to be an official “stress free” zone, The Oak Park Inn, of Arcadia is a great place to hide out in plain sight!

2016 Florida Strawberry Festival!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

2016 Florida Strawberry Festival, March 3-13, 2016 in Plant City represents a piece of Americana, a time in American history when fairs and festivals brought communities together through celebrations of their harvests. This event rivals any state fair in the country with guests coming from near and far to enjoy exhibits of agriculture, livestock shows, arts and crafts, horticulture, local food, headline music concerts, carnival, and parades with glorious floats and high-stepping marching bands. The entertainment line-up, year after year, continues to be extraordinary.

Palmer House

Palmer House

Looking to experience the meaning of “Southern Hospitality”? Enjoy your stay and be pampered at the Palmer House where you can relax under the sprawling oaks on a bench swing, take a cool dip in the pool, or just relax in the hot tub. Wanting to pick up the pace a little? You may choose to and go canoeing, horseback riding, bike riding or golfing. Take off on a day trip to local attractions or the famous Florida Strawberry Festival.

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.

Take Those Vacation Days at Florida Inns

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

AlanHowardCanoe_1 (1)The TV commercials are full of advertisements asking you to take vacation days. Too many people are not taking advantage of their vacation days. You earned them! Here is my personal invitation to explore and enjoy Florida this winter. I’m not talking about Disney, but experiencing the real Florida. Central Florida offers citrus and cattle, beautiful rivers, woods to explore, fossil hunting, rodeos and delicious food in off the beaten path locations. See a different culture and the cowboys of old who work the cattle and those who grow produce for the world. Smell the orange blossoms in March, there is nothing like it. They seem to bloom unexpectedly overnight and the fragrance is intoxicating. Of course the beaches are always a good idea to think, dream and regenerate for a time. But do get up and enjoy what else there is to do.

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’s West Central Bed and Breakfast Fun

Friday, 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.

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