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Summer Fun Maitland Florida 2013

Monday, July 1st, 2013
Thurston House Bed and Breakfast

Thurston House Bed and Breakfast

A day in Maitland, Florida, located in Orange County, and just east of Orlando.  The best way to start any day in Maitland is to wake up in your comfortable guest room at Thurston House. 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. Arrive right at 10am at the Audubon Birds of Prey Center and you’ll be there to see them bringing the resident birds out for their daily tethering. The guides will fill you in on the history of each of their charges and how they came to live at the center. After that, stroll around the rest of the facility, enjoying the variety of birds of prey in their huge cages.

Go left out of the center and wind along Lake Sybelia for a few minutes to arrive at your next stop, The Maitland Art Center founded as an art colony in 1937 by Andre Smith. It is one of 5 museums located within a mile of each other. Enjoy the small art gallery, shop the museum store for one of a kind gifts, stroll around the gardens and grounds, peek in at the artists in residence honing their crafts, and be amazed at the beautiful outdoor chapel with its Mayan courtyard area.

Your next stop is just next door, the Maitland Historical Museum. It houses permanent and changing exhibits related to Maitland’s history from its founding to the present day. Don’t miss the Telephone Museum, housed in back of the history museum. Their exhibits detail telephone technology through the years.

The last stop would be at Lake Lily Park, the Waterhouse Residence Museum (circa 1884) along with the Carpentry Shop (circa 1883) Museum. The Waterhouse Residence was the home of pioneer settler and builder William H. Waterhouse and his family. It has been beautifully restored to reflect the way of life enjoyed by a middle class family during the late Victorian period. The carpentry shop was the site of Mr. Waterhouse’s woodworking and construction business.

This route you can easily walk, as well as, drive, depending on your abilities. If you get hungry, enjoy food at several local establishments along the way, including Athena Chicken, Antonio’s Café, or So Napa Grille.

And this is just a small amount of what there is to do within 10 minutes from Thurston House Bed & Breakfast in Maitland!  Carole M. Ballard, innkeeper of  Thurston House in beautiful Maitland invites you to come visit.

Celebrating 20 years of innkeeping – WOW!

Summer Fun Gainesville Florida 2013

Monday, June 24th, 2013
Magnolia Plantation Bed and Breakfast

Magnolia Plantation Bed and Breakfast

Why not visit Gainesville, Florida  this summer!  A simple phrase that produces a world of possibilities. There’s something here for everyone and it would take days to experience all of the treasures that this city offers. If you only have one day though, here are some of the things that attract people from all walks of life.

Summer in Florida doesn’t play around, so cool off (literally) at the natural springs, Poe, Ginnie and Blue Springs. Just a short drive from Gainesville near the historic town of High Springs, you will find a place tucked into a world away, where children, parents, and those of all ages can cool off, relax and refresh. The Poe Springs Park is more than just water exploratory though. It boasts a playground, picnicking, volleyball courts, softball/kickball/soccer field, and nature trails. The park also allows fishing, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, and swimming.

Head just a couple miles south of the city center and you will find a vast expanse of land that has enchanted visitors to Florida since Ponce de Leon. The Paynes Prairie Preserve is home to hundreds of species of birds alone. In addition, there are bison, horses that descend from the original companions of the Spanish Conquistadors and perhaps most interestingly, alligators in their natural habitat. One walk along the Alachua Trail thru the preserve can yield all of these and more.

If you prefer to stay within the city limits, the choices are endless. Downtown alone offers an artistic vibe that brings something new around every corner. The plaza sets the tone for the area, with a stage that sees free concerts and movies, and extends into the art studios and restaurants that are fun both day and night. The Hippodrome Theatre is located in the heart of downtown, exhibiting all of the history and charm of the area. With two shows each day, there’s surely a playbill that fits your taste. Walk a few blocks more and you will find yourself beneath the Spanish Moss entrance of the University of Florida campus. The sports fan will enjoy the open access of the venues that is allowed to fans. Strike the Heisman post in front of the schools 3 winners, take a walk around “The Swamp” and hear the echo inside the O-Dome, all home to the National Championship winning Gators.

The Magnolia Plantation Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to begin and end your day of exploring Gainesville.  You’ll find friendly innkeepers, relaxing surroundings and a great atmosphere. The Magnolia Plantation Bed and Breakfast Inn is a completely restored 1885 French Second Empire Victorian Mansion,  located 3 blocks from Gainesville’s Downtown Historic Entertainment District.

Summer Fun West Palm Beach FL 2013

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Royal Park Bridge at SunsetOne of the best kept secrets of Florida is the Palm Beach Breeze in the Summer months. Palm Beach is the Eastern most point on the Florida peninsula jetting out into the Atlantic Gulf Stream and enjoys a cooling, soft ocean breeze which keeps summer temperatures relatively moderate. Everything that locals and visitors do for fun in the Summer is on or near the ocean, such as boating, golfing or just relaxing at the beach. Another great advantage to visiting Palm Beach in the Summer is that all of the Bed and Breakfast Inns  are offering big discounts, so visitors can experience the area’s famous luxurious lifestyle at an affordable price.  Special Bed and Breakfast packages can be found at Florida-Inns.com for Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns.  Although the Summer months are generally less hectic than the high season of Winter and Spring, there are plenty of family oriented and cultural events taking place that make the Palm Beach area one of the best inside tips for visitors to Florida in the Summer.

For the 4th of July, the West Palm Beach Waterfront will be hosting the annual 4th of Flagler Festival, complete with live entertainment, food offerings and a fantastic fireworks show over the Lake Worth Lagoon.  For classical music lovers, the annual Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival takes place over 4 weekends in July at multiple locations around the county.    For foodies, September is a great time to visit during Flavor Palm Beach.  In this month long restaurant festival, participants experience extraordinary 3 course menus at extremely reduced prices in many of Palm Beach’s best restaurants. Three-course lunches are $20 and dinners for $30 to $35 per person!

Inside Tip for Summer:  Spend a day at Riverbend Park on the Loxahatchee River – the first nationally recognized Wild and Scenic River in Florida.  Paddle your own canoe or kayak down a cypress lined waterway, past herons, egrets, turtles, alligators, deer and exotic birds with jungle and swamp on both sides. Without a doubt, one of the most thrilling, natural adventures in Florida!  www.canoeoutfittersofflorida.com .

The best places to stay include Grandview Gardens, Casa Grandview, Palm Beach Hibiscus and Palm Beach Historic.

Father’s Day Fun 2013

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Father and son surf lesson in Morro Bay, CA 12 of 12Father’s Day is fast approaching, so now is the time to think about what Dad would like to do on Father’s Day.  I would say number one would be hang around the family.  Some mom’s would say that everyday is Father’s Day, but we know that is said in jest.  Why not take your Dad on a short get a way weekend were you can hang out at the beach or fish along the shoreline.  Some Dads just love to relax, enjoy the pleasure of being outdoors and watch the kids play.  Boating is always popular in Florida with water skiing, jet skiing or a canoe ride down the river. There are so many Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns to make your choice whether you want to experience the beach, the country atmosphere, a quaint downtown or a large city.  The Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Association offers you all of the above to choose from.  Why not purchase a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn Gift Certificate that can be used anytime throughout the year as a special gift to Dad.  Don’t forget, Dad needs to be pampered too!

Mount Dora Blues and Wine Festival May 17-19, 2013

Thursday, May 16th, 2013
Mount Dora Blues and Wine Festival

Mount Dora Blues and Wine Festival

Mount Dora is the perfect place to visit and enjoy a weekend of rocking blues in downtown Mount Dora with some of the most original and raw American Blues artists from throughout the South, including Blues Brothers Revisited, Franc Robert & the Boxcar Tourists.  It wouldn’t be a wine festival without an ideal selection of wines for your tasting as you stroll around town!

Mount Dora is one of the easiest towns to stroll around in to visit their many shops, restaurants and Bed and Breakfast Inns.  It epitomizes the quaint charm of a southern town with friendly and welcoming people.   This Blues and Wine Festival sounds like a great line up of entertainment and a fun way to spend the weekend.   Farnsworth House  and the Magnolia Inn are downtown Bed and Breakfast Inns for your convenience to stay; and the Cinnamon Inn is located in a rural setting.

The Blues and Wine Festival kicks off at Elizabeth Evans Park with the poignant vocals and unique guitar style of Charlie Morris and his rock-steady rhythm!  Followed by Mount Dora’s own Blues Brothers Revisited Show and featuring Andrew Mullen as Jake, T. Scott Walker as Elwood, Jacqueline “Queenie” Jones as Aretha! and the “Eustis Horns”. The Nightly Blues Band will follow with their mix of Southern Blues.  Then Miss Jacqueline “Queenie” Jones will wrap up the evening with her unique soulful blues style.

 

Saturday activities begin with a Wine Stroll and Tasting at Maggie’s Attic.  You can sample wines from vineyards around the world.  Enjoy the blues sounds of Brad Catron and Albert Bashor.   Entertainment begins at Lakeside Inn with a FREE Concert featuring  David Oliver Willis , a Mount Dora native and a Season 12 Top 25 Contestant on American Idol. David gives us his unique style of folk/blues.  Following David you will enjoy Franc Robert & The Boxcar Tourists.  Franc Robert brings us a stripped-down raw and powerful blues sound!  After the show, make your way down to Elizabeth Evans Park for the feature show at Elizabeth Evans Park, opening with Jerry J’s Triple Shot, “Southern Fried Outlaw Blues” and followed by: Thomas Wynn and the Believers “Southern Soul Rock with Muscle” – Orlando Sentinel.   “Soulful, gritty tunes, some as sweet as honeysuckle and others ferociously jagged … reminiscent of Levon Helm, Neil Young and the Allman Brothers, but they still boldly radiate a sound and southern charm all their own.” – Metromix Orlando.   The headline act is Chris Simmons and Royal Blue
Chris Simmons spent the last five years touring the world as guitarist with Leon Russell. He is an extraordinarily talented blues man that will make you feel his emotion and heart with every note. He’s now out there with his own band, sharing his music.

 

Sunday at the Community Center begins with great BBQ from Black Bear Smokehouse. BBQ sold separately and can be added to Blues ticket order.
Sunday’s show features the Beautiful Bobby Blackmon followed by Little Jake and The Soul Searchers

 

Have a great weekend of Blues and Wine at a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn.

Top 10 B&B’s in Florida, The Guardian, UK

Monday, May 6th, 2013

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.

BlackDolphinBlack Dolphin Inn, New Smyrna Beach

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

Horse and Chaise Inn, Venice

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

Victorian House, St Augustine

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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Mother’s Day Gift Certificates 2013

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Mother´s DayNow is the time to start thinking about what you can do to surprise your Mom on Mother’s Day and a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn Gift Certificate is the perfect Gift for your favorite Mom that can be used any time during the year.  Mom’s enjoy a time away to regroup, rethink and regenerate.  Mother’s give so much to their family and you can show her how much you care by giving her a Gift Certificate from the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns.  Who doesn’t want to stay at a Bed and Breakfast in Florida? She’ll remember a trip to a Florida Bed and Breakfast much longer than a vase of flowers, lovely though they may be.

Perfect weather, beaches, festivals and fun, fun, fun!   Better yet, get all your siblings to meet you there and smother your mother with attention and love.

Go for a walk on the beach before breakfast. Poke around shops, museums or art galleries. Get a pedicure and a new pair of sandals. Stay up late talking, sitting outside and enjoying a cool drink and the fresh air.

The truth is, it doesn’t really matter what you do together. What matters is that you make time for her.  Show your mother how much you appreciate her by going out of your way for her now.  Florida is always a nice getaway.

St. Augustine’s Fountain of Youth

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Fountain of YouthVisiting St. Augustine, Florida is always a treat and especially if you love learning while you travel.  This historic city has lots of offer and one of my favorite places to see is  St. Augustine’s Fountain of Youth  which is an Archaeological Park and the original site of St. Augustine. Visitors can learn about Spanish explorers who risked everything to journey to the New World and how the Spanish arrived in 1565 and established the first and oldest settlement. Learn the history of Ponce de Leon’s search and his Spanish claim for Florida in 1513.  Drink from the legendary Fountain of Youth spring that has flowed under this site for as long as anyone can remember. Explore the Timucuan native Indian village that natives inhabited for almost 3000 years. Gather in the Village of Seloy to experience how Timucuas lived, hunted, ate and thrived. Hear the stories of long ago and connect past to present.  See the stars at the planetarium where stars appear as they did in 1513 and journey under the historic night sky. Imagine a two story high glowing globe that traces the routes of Spanish exploration in the New World.  How did Explorers find their way across the ocean so long ago? Imagine a time long ago when Pedro Menendez built his first fort right here. Think about Native Timucua Indians shaping pottery on this very same spot. Archaeology helps us to rebuild the past.  Visit the first Christian Indian burials in North America with Mission Period interments or see the Timucua Indian hut foundations and relics.  There is archaeological evidence that Pedro Menendez’s colony occupied the site after landing in 1565.

The Fountain of Youth Park has been the site of many exciting archaeological discoveries of national historic importance. New archaeological excavations are intermittently underway with funding provided by the State of Florida, the Fountain of Youth, and Flagler College. The project, directed by Dr. Kathleen Deagan, renowned Florida archaeologist from the University of Florida, is in search for the foundation of the first wooden fort built by the Spanish and the first Catholic mission constructed on the site.

St. Augustine is known as the city of Bed and Breakfast Inns.  What a great way to end the day and enjoy all the great restaurants inside the old city where you can walk and enjoy shopping or the night life.   St. George Street is known for it’s great shops.  I have spent many days enjoying the shopping.   Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns offers over 12 Bed and Breakfast Inns to choose from.  They are each unique and inviting.  Plan your next visit to St. Augustine with a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn.  The Innkeepers are your own personal concierge for helping you plan your trip.

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