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

Thursday, 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.

 

Tampa Bay Blues Fest

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Get Ready to Paint the Town Green!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Parade - Lake WorthGet ready to paint the town green! Join us for the 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Charity Parade and Festival as they march along Lake Avenue, in downtown Lake Worth, FL on Sunday March 13th, 2016, benefitting Wheels for Kids! This event has grown to be one of Lake Worth’s largest and most up-and-coming events, captivating audiences to the streets of downtown Lake Worth for a unique celebration of all things Irish. This amazing event is highlighted by a colorful parade, live music, great food and outstanding entertainment. Perfect for the whole family to enjoy!

Looking to be secluded yet in the heart of it all? Visit The Mango Inn Bed and Breakfast in downtown Lake Worth. This notable home was built in 1915 and said to be one of the oldest homes in Lake Worth, FL. Nestled on a secluded corner lot you can enjoy casual elegance, privacy and cascading water fountains that make you feel as if you are in a private oasis. During your stay, take a few moments to mingle with the new owners Chetan and Poonam Patel. They have over 15 years of hospitality experience, operating boutique hotels and restoring and operating a 12-room bed and breakfast in Santa Cruz, CA. This opportunity, however, to own and operate The Mango Inn Bed and Breakfast has brought them to lay their roots in sunny South Florida with their new 5 month-old baby boy. Poonam, wife and chef at The Mango Inn, prepares a full gourmet breakfast that awaits you on the veranda overlooking the pool each morning. The inn is a short 10-minute walk to the beach and downtown Lake Worth where visitors will find several wonderful restaurants, shops, antique stores and galleries. The new Innkeepers, Chetan and Poonam, hope that a stay at the Mango Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lake Worth, FL will provide you with a peaceful respite from everyday life.

The Sabal Palm House Bed and Breakfast, a historic and distinctive two-story home located across from the Intercoastal Waterway in Lake Worth, FL will be sure not to disappoint. More comfortable than a hotel…come visit Colleen and John’s home and enjoy a romantic weekend getaway or indulge in the beautiful art galleries, antique shops, unique restaurants and cafes or travel 10 minutes to the famous Worth Avenue, Palm Beach for world renowned shopping and dining or visit City Place in West Palm beach where you can surround yourself with European style shops and restaurants.

58th Annual Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

for-myers-shrimpThe 58th annual Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival, March 12-13, 2016 – a major beach front celebration of “Shrimp” in this whimsical Old Florida style beach town. Since 1959, the main attraction at the Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival, are the “huge boiling pots of Gulf pink shrimp!” The festival gets the show on the road with a parade featuring Clydesdale horses, floats and bands in a two-mile ceremony. Afterwards the crowning of the “shrimp queen” will take place at the main beach, near the pier. There will be more than 100 vendors lined up and prepared to share their goods. The festivities commence at School Street and proceed north on Estero Boulevard to the Matanzas Pass Bridge and the site of other festival events.fort-myers-shrimp_dinners

 

 

 

 

 

Filled with history and lots of charm The Hibiscus House Bed and Breakfast nestled between the Edison-Ford Winter Estate and the Old Fort Myers Downtown area is a great place to stay. It is within walking distance to the Caloosahatchee River, Centennial Park and many fine restaurants. Day trips may include Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, or the Everglades. Don’t forget to take part in the festivities of the Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival

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.

Visit Naples, Florida

Friday, April 8th, 2011
Tropical Bar on the beach - Naples, Florida

Cool off with a drink at this tropical, beachfront café in Naples, Florida.

Naples is one of Southwest Florida’s gems. It boasts superlative beaches and many beautiful, challenging golf courses. It is widely recognized for its world-class shopping and abundant restaurants. Opportunities for outdoor recreation are numerous and varied: salt-water and fresh-water fishing, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, bird watching, and more.

Explore the nearby Florida Everglades or take a manatee sightseeing tour. Enjoy a Champagne Sunset Cruise aboard a Catamaran, or look for alligators and panthers during a wilderness adventure tour. Kayak into the backwaters of the Everglades, or learn to sail. The possibilities may not be endless, but they are numerous enough to keep guests of Southwest Florida Bed and Breakfasts happy for weeks.

In addition to outdoor activities, Naples is home to several fine art galleries and museums. The Naples Museum of Art displays sculptures, paintings and drawings by acclaimed artists from around the world. Its permanent collection continues to grow and includes French Protest Posters from May 1968 and Masters of Miniature; current visiting exhibitions include Modern Mexican Masters and Leaders in American Modernism.

Other draws of Naples Florida include the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra – considered one of the top regional orchestras in the country – and a variety of festivals that take place throughout the year. Book a room in a Southwest Florida Bed and Breakfast in April during the Venetian Carnival. Visit in May for the Outstanding Artists of Florida Exhibition and the Kayak Fishing Classic, or come in June for the Festival of Great Organ Music.

Couples will find Naples, Florida, ideal for romantic getaways. It is a place made for long walks on sugary beaches and cool drinks at sidewalk cafés. There is fine dining in Naples, Florida, as well as plenty of casual places to enjoy a meal. Seafood is of course a specialty here, but guests of Southwest Florida Bed and Breakfasts will also find a wide variety of cuisines such as Thai, Caribbean, French and Irish.

Naples is less than 30 minutes from the Florida, Everglades and an hour south of Sanibel Island. It’s a wonderful addition to any SW Florida Bed and Breakfast vacation.

Festivals Flourish in Key West

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Key West is a fascinating place. The city sits at the southeastern tip of the United States, closer to Havana, Cuba than to Miami. History is evident all around the city, but no where more than the historic district of Old Town, Key West’s original settlement. Structures in this neighborhood date primarily from 1886 to 1912, and range in style from Victorian gingerbread houses to modest bungalows. Key West was the biggest and richest city in Florida in the 1890s, and vestiges of that boom are still evident in the architecture and the attractions. Visit the Audubon House and Tropical Gardens, Key West Heritage House Museum and Robert Frost Cottage, and the Ernest Hemingway House, and see if you can learn why a few well-known authors returned here again and again. (more…)

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