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Orange City Florida

Monday, August 19th, 2013

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“When visiting Orange City, the place for your lodging is the Alling House Bed and Breakfast. This folk-Victorian home has a traditional Bed and Breakfast feel, with three rooms on the second floor decorated in a Victorian style, with private spacious bathrooms. There are also five separate cottages on the property, each decorated in a different theme. Each cottage is equipped with a full kitchen, washer/dryer, cable TV, Internet computer and WIFI. The cottages come in several floor plans, providing a variety of bed sizes and amenities, such as jet tubs, electric fireplaces, canopy beds, aquarium, running model trains, antique tools, and enough to equip you as a regular cowboy. The goal is to provide a full themed experience, not just a place to lay your head.

In addition to being a romantic getaway destination, the property is a great place for families. With plenty of room for kids to run and games to play, it is a place where moms and dads can relax and not worry about the safety of their children. With fire pits for roasting marshmallows, gas grill, and the availability of outside tables and chairs, it is a wonderful family reunion location. There are several city and county parks in the area, as well as miniature golf, arcade and go-cart track just a few blocks away.

When in Orange City, you must drive 2 1/2 miles down French Ave. to Blue Spring State Park, well known for its many manatees during the cooler months and its swimming during the warmer months. Use our bicycles to ride the local paved biking/jogging trails or our kayaks to explore the river or paddle up into Blue Spring. There are also eco-river tours in the area that do a fantastic job of showing you the flora, fauna and wildlife of the St. Johns River. Other parks in the area are Gemini Springs County Park, Hontoon Island State Park and then Deleon Spring State Park, where you can cook your own pancakes at your table within the Old Spanish Sugar Mill. The Orange City/Deland area also boasts of its other river-based activities, such as fishing and boating, as well as its skydiving complex at the Deland Airport.

There are two mansions in the area that are available to tour. One is Debary Hall, the winter home of Frederick Debary, founder of the city of Debary. This interesting home is just 5 miles south of the Alling House and has a regular schedule of tours each day. The other is Stetson Mansion, the exquisite winter mansion of John B. Stetson, the famous hat maker. This mansion is Deland, about 4 miles north of the Alling House and gives private tours by prior arrangement.

For cultured activities, guests can attend plays and concerts at the Athens Theater in Deland, the Shoe String Theater in Lake Helen, and the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach.

If you believe in ghosts, the spiritualist camp of Cassadaga is only about 5 miles away, where guests often go to have readings done, fortunes told, participate in séances, take pictures of strange auras, and investigate the spiritualist movement/philosophy.

The Central Florida Zoo is in Sanford, about a 20 minute drive from Alling House and features a zip line tour and a train ride around the park.

The various beaches in the area are a 30-50 minute drive from Alling House, starting with the popular New Smyrna Beach, 30 minutes, Daytona Beach, 45 minutes, Ponce Inlet Beach, 50 minutes. While in that area you’ll want to visit the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse with its very informative museum buildings and a trip up to the top of the lighthouse where the view is spectacular.

Those interested in antiques and historic housewares will find that there are a number of antique stores, antique malls, used furniture stores, and thrift stores in Orange City and Deland. The Alling House has guests that periodically come from Kissimmee to stay with them while they visit the interesting stores in the area.

The Deland merchants association organizes several festivals in downtown Deland during the year, be it a music festival, art festival, chili cook-off or dog parade. These activities are great fun while exploring the historic small town atmosphere and architecture of this beautiful county seat.

There is a good variety in restaurants to chose from in the area, with a good number of national chain restaurants in Orange City and quite a variety of local restaurants in the Deland area providing their own deliciously, unique cuisine. The owners of Alling House do a good job of providing guidance and information for finding the dining experience you’re looking for.

Whether your looking for a quite, relaxing getaway or days full of activities, you will be sure to find it at Alling House Bed and Breakfast in Orange city.”  Innkeepers, Gerald and Nan Hill will welcome you.

Gerald Hill

Alling House B&B

386-775-7648

John Denham House Monticello Florida 2013

Monday, August 12th, 2013
1872 John Denham House

1872 John Denham House

The 1872 John Denham House in Monticello, Florida is True Southern Hospitality and Luxury as seen on Anderson Cooper and USA Today.   If you want to travel back in time and still benefit from the comfort of modern times you will love the John Denham House.  Nestled in the beautiful surroundings of old trees, Spanish moss and well manicured bushes, the John Denham House looks like a movie set for “Gone With the Wind”.   This authentically restored 1872 National Historic Register house gives the guest a real step back in time. The paint colors have been recreated to duplicate the original. And yes most of the 140 year old door knobs are not perfect but do work. The rooms all have antiques dating back to that period.  Check out the Ghost History on this house.

From the minute Pat Inman welcomes you to her beautiful home until you depart after yet another scrumptious “Old South” breakfast, you’re going to be a glad you came.  King beds with fine linens and all the amenities you could want. It is a great experience. You can spend a restful night in a comfortable bed in a spacious room with tall ceiling, fireplace and a private bathroom.  In the morning Pat serves the most delicious breakfast featuring a mixed fruit salad with tupelo honey, farm-fresh eggs and nutty waffles or wonderful fresh strawberries and bananas with light whipped cream, scrambled eggs, smoked ham, stuffed french toast, to give you an idea  You will wish you had an extra day or two to fully enjoy the calm and the beauty of the place.  One of the bathrooms was created out of one of the original trunk rooms with the hat box area. It has the original hooks and shelf space which makes it very charming.  The fixtures have been added to not take away from the original house.  You will be greeted like an old friend.  Pat can provide a bottle of champagne, a dozen roses and some Belgian chocolates, with lit candles in the fireplace to set yourself up for a romantic evening.   You can even venture up into the cupola to see if you will experience any ghostly encounters – you may even feel a little chill.

 

Sea Glass Inn Melbourne FL Summer Fun

Monday, July 15th, 2013
Sea Glass Inn

Sea Glass Inn

The summer is in full swing at the Sea Glass Inn Bed and Breakfast in Melbourne Beach, Florida and it has been quite exciting. All of the guests have been venturing down to the beach at night and are being rewarded with a record number of turtles nesting and laying their eggs. Many have joined in with the Preservation Society guides and have been treated to an up close view of this amazing part of nature. A few more weeks of nesting then the hatching begins.  Another marvelous sight, is when over 100 eggs hatch and the babies head for the ocean to begin their new life.

The Sea Glass Inn guest have also enjoyed intimate River tours where they have seen dolphins and manatees right next to their boat. Along with many birds such as Osprey, Great Blue Heron, and Ibis to view, this makes for an incredible day on the water.

The 4th of July weekend was spectacular, with a full house of guest who all seemed to become instant friends.  Spending the afternoon around the pool, walking over to the River to watch fireworks over the water, then ended the evening by the pool and fire pit area. The Innkeepers even decided to do happy hour out at the pool and that was a huge success.

Richard and Jeanne Beaudoin thank all their guest, and hope that you will join them in coming months to enjoy the Sea Glass Inn and all it has to offer.

 

 

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.

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