Will Seccombe, CEO and President of Visit Florida was named one of the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International, one of the Top 50 Global Marketers in Travel by Skift and the 2014 Hospitality Legend of the Year by the South Florida Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International. The Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Association was thrilled to have Mr. Seccombe speak at the 2014 Innkeeping Conference this year. His expertise and knowledge of Florida Tourism was enlightening and brought a new perspective to Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers. All facets of the Florida Tourism industry make up a large part of Florida’s economy and create jobs for small business and large business alike. It was with the help of a Visit Florida Reimbursement Grant that FBBI could produce three “Choose Your Own Path” videos this past year. FBBI being a marketing partner with Visit Florida is a benefit to Member Innkeepers.
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You can enjoy Florida the way it used to be – unspoiled beaches, abundant wildlife, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. As Seen on ABC’s Good Morning America, Turtle Beach Inn at Indian Pass is “Old Florida” where you can experience the charm and natural beauty of Florida’s Forgotten Coast. Located in the panhandle of Florida, the Turtle Beach Inn and cottages are nestled between cabbage palms and long-needled pines on an often deserted Gulf coast beach that is also a sea turtle nesting area. You can swim, shell, fish, kayak, bike, golf or even go horseback riding. Canoeing, boating, fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving are also available in the area. You can go there to simply relax on the porches or on the beach. There are state parks, national forests, and wildlife preserves waiting to be explored, all right there on the Forgotten Coast. Two nearby historic towns (Apalachicola and Port St. Joe) offer unique restaurants, shopping, and friendly people. St. Vincent Island, a federal wildlife preserve, is just a short paddle or boat ride from the inn. The Turtle Beach Inn is a Florida DEP certified Green Lodging establishment.
Downtown Lake Worth and the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce invite you to the annual Street Painting Festival, which claims bragging rights as the world’s largest. The 2-day event transforms the downtown streets with more than 200 street paintings covering more area than any other festival of its kind in the world. Hundreds of artists converge to display their diverse talents on the asphalt – using only chalk – in styles that range from Renaissance classicism to Cubism and Pop Art. Street performers, strolling minstrels and Main Stage musical entertainment add to the creative atmosphere. And of course, don’t miss the Festival Food Courts, accommodating culinary tastes and thirsts as diverse as the surrounding artwork.
Artists are encouraged to follow a “Movie Theme” such as a scene or character from their favorite film. Over 400 Artists use the pavement as canvas to transform downtown Lake Worth into a temporary outdoor museum of original art and masterpiece reproductions. See the streets come alive as the artists transform the pavement into works of art. It happens every February in downtown Lake Worth, Florida.
The tradition of Street Painting can traced back to16th century Italy when itinerant artists would use their chalks to transform pavement into a makeshift canvas, street painting has retained its appeal through the centuries. As in ages past, crowds still gather to watch as fine works of art emerge. The “paintings” last only until the next rain, but the lively spirit and accessibility of the exhibition captivates new audiences each year and inspires lasting memories.
Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns has several Inns located in Palm Beach County, and two specifically in Downtown Lake Worth, The Sabal Palm House and the Mango Inn. Both are a very short walk to all the activities and offer wonderful accommodations.
|Spring brings strawberries ripe for the picking and Plant City celebrates with an annual feasting extravaganza, the Florida Strawberry Festival, part county fair with midway rides and livestock shows, and part country music exhibition. Every winter, Plant City’s 10,000 acres of berry farms turn ripe red with fruit. It’s that first bite into a strawberry, still warm from the sun that leaves a crimson trail of sweet juice running down your cheek. You thought you knew what a strawberry tasted like, until you tried one grown with Florida sunshine. Because while the rest of the world shovels snow off the road, Tampa Bay feasts outside on berries. This year the Festival takes place between Thursday, February 27, 2014-Sunday, March 9, 2014
The Florida Strawberry Festival is dedicated to preserving the history of Tampa Bay’s agriculture and community through one very delicious vehicle, strawberries. Known for hosting some of the best rock and country bands in the nation, check out some of the great music too. Don’t miss a taste of our ruby sunshine.
I bet you didn’t know that there is a Strawberry House Bed and Breakfast in Plant City. This beautiful Dutch Colonial Bed and Breakfast is located in the downtown Plant City historic district. Strawberry House Bed and Breakfast boasts several large sitting rooms for guests, along with an outdoor pool which is ideal for relaxing and outdoor gatherings. There’s not a better way to spend your time then relaxing after a great day at the Festival.
Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns offers over 90 Bed and Breakfast Inns to choose from when traveling through out the great State of Florida. From Key West to the Panhandle, you will be received with warm hospitality and fabulous accommodations.
Welcome to Danville, a tiny town inside a hangar
We are so proud of Danville Bed and Breakfast who is a Member Partner with the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Association. The following was written by Martin E Comas of the Orlando Sentinel. Congratulations Dan Shaw, on your creative ideas and absolutely wonderful Bed and Breakfast.
By Martin E. Comas, Orlando Sentinel 5:31 p.m. EST, January 5, 2014
Danville is a bed and breakfast built out of a former airplane hangar and featured on HGTV.
Dan Shaw will flash you a wide grin and tell you he is the mayor of Danville, arguably one of the most unique “towns” in the world.
His mini-village with a 1940s theme is tucked inside a large airplane hangar on the outskirts of Geneva in a rural pocket of east Seminole County. At 3,000 square feet, it’s just large enough to hold an Irish pub, a phone booth, streetlights, a one-room City Hall, a movie theater and a single-occupancy bed-and-breakfast.
And to show you his colorful mini-village, “Mayor” Shaw presses a remote control that lifts open a side wall of the hangar painted to look like a quaint Florida home. It’s like opening a very large automatic garage door.
“My wife — an electorate of one — voted me mayor,” Shaw said with a laugh. “And we had to name our town something, so I decided to name it Danville.”
Over the past two years, Danville has been the venue for dozens of weddings, anniversaries, parties and other large events. And many of those guests end up spending the night at the Danville inn.
“We like to think of it as the best place in Orlando to have a party,” said Sally Bush, who handles sales and marketing.
Shaw, an avid pilot and a retired plumbing contractor, came up with the idea for Danville several years ago when he decided to build an airplane hangar that would also serve as a guest house for his visiting aviator buddies on his 25-acre wooded property.
And over the years, he erected walls, added rooms, installed bathrooms and set up a kitchen inside the hangar. He also brought in antique furniture, phones, desks, typewriters, fans and other mid-20th-century items he picked up on craigslist, eBay, and salvage yards. Items also came from the old Rosie O’Grady’s jazz emporium in downtown Orlando.
“I didn’t want it to be a normal [airplane] hangar,” Shaw, 66, said. “I wanted something unusual. I wanted something different. I wanted it to be fun, and we accomplished that.”
Soon, people started asking Shaw if they could use Danville for parties, weddings or other events. So about four years ago, Shaw received approval from Seminole County to run his mini-village as a one-occupancy bed and breakfast.
In the past year, about 25 couples have tied the knot in Danville’s outdoor gazebo and gardens before spending the night at the bed and breakfast.
Some of the past guests included a Scottish wedding party that flew into Sanford from across the Atlantic to hold their wedding ceremony in Danville.
“They were great fun,” Shaw said.
The bed-and-breakfast includes a living room, a guest room, and a second floor with a large master suite with large windows that look out onto Danville. The second floor also includes a movie theater with a 1920s theme and a 3-D large-screen television.
Danville does little advertising, Bush said. Rather, she relies on word-of-mouth and travel websites to promote the business, including tripadvisor.com and flipkey.com, which have given it positive reviews.
Shaw said he has lost track of how much money he has spent building Danville. He is constantly adding new features. A few weeks ago, for example, he completed a phone booth with an old-style cradle phone and rotary dial.
“For me, there’s nothing more fun than watching people’s faces when the door swings up and they see Danville,” Shaw said. “And it’s a wonderful way to meet people.”
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The best way to start any day in Central Florida is to wake up in your comfortable guest room at Thurston House Bed & Breakfast in Maitland, Florida, celebrating 20 years of innkeeping. 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.
Take the short drive to Park Avenue in Winter Park. A good start would be to go the Scenic Boat Tour, and get on one of the early hourly tours. They start at 10am, and go into 3 different lakes and along old canals. Enjoy views that you can’t see from the streets, including gorgeous old mansions and gardens. The tour guides are well versed in Winter Park history and can answer any questions you may think of. From the boat tour, drive the short distance to the Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens. Tour the home, the grounds and enjoy all the fine sculpture made by Albin Polasek.
Next park your car in one of the several parking garages along Park Avenue and prepare to stroll. Often called “Little Europe”, the avenue is home to many shops, sidewalk cafes, and world class restaurants. Once you have your fill of strolling, the Morse Museum of American Art is a must see. The museum houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including art glass, leaded glass windows, lamps and the interior of an 1893 chapel. There is also jewelry, furniture, paintings, and extensive historical information about the Tiffany family.
Throughout your day’s activities, you can enjoy food from many different options up and down the avenue. Everything from French bakeries, to fine dining restaurants, sandwich and smoothie shops and wine bars can be found there.
Reserve your stay now at the beautiful Thurston House in Maitland, Florida. Celebrating 20 years of innkeeping – WOW!
Some of the best memories I have took place during the Dogs Days of Summer, while playfully running or spraying the hose with all the kids in the neighborhood because it was so hot. Catching lightning bugs in mason jars to light up the bedroom later that night, or so we thought. Who can’t remember playing all, you all, in come free, the slogan of the kids running back to base at a huge oak tree without being tagged. So what do we adults do during the dog days of summer? Drink a cold beer or cold wine while sitting in the shade on a lake, beach or pool somewhere, or read a book in a hammock under a beautiful oak shade tree. We even liked to float down a shaded river in a canoe or kayak, jet skiing on a beautiful lake, riding in a speed boat or water skiing behind a fast boat so the water will spray and cool you off. Water sports are so much fun and a great way to spend time outdoors during the dog days of summer. Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns have plenty of Inns around the state that are located on the beach, river or lake and many more have beautiful pools for cooling you off. The Innkeepers would gladly serve a glass of Iced Tea or Cool Lemonade to help keep hydrated during the heat.
Where did the phrase Dog Days of Summer come from? A casual survey will usually find that many people believe the phrase is in reference to the conspicuous laziness of domesticated dogs during the hottest days of the summer. When speaking of “Dog Days” there seems to be a connotation of lying or “dogging” around, or being “dog tired” on hot and humid days. Why not let someone pamper you with a get-a-way during July and August to escape the heat. During late July, Sirius is in conjunction with the sun, and the ancients believed that its heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather. They named this period of time, from 20 days before the conjunction to 20 days after, “dog days” after the dog star.
All of the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn lodgings welcome you to spend a pleasant respite from the heat.
Now 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.
Enjoy the ultimate weekend of smooth Jazz from April 17 – April 21, 2013 on Panama City Beach, Florida. There is a full lineup of award-winning artists who are ready to hit the stage at the Gulf Coast’s annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival. Aaron Bessant Park sets the stage for a jazzy, all-star weekend, which draws music lovers from near and far. Named “Top 10 Jazz Festival in the USA” by JazzIZ Magazine and recently nominated as “Best Jazz Festival” at the Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards, The Seabreeze Jazz Festival combines the top national smooth jazz artists with a full weekend of fun, sun, great beaches, and good times– all on the west end of Panama City Beach. The event attracts jazz lovers from the USA, Canada, and Europe for what many call “The Ultimate Weekend” in one non-stop performance-packed weekend of music.
Located in Panama City Beach is Panama City Beach Bed and Breakfast Inn. It’s the perfect place to spend your down time after the Seabreeze Jazz Festival. Warm hospitality and a great place to lay your head. In this beachside village, you can walk or bicycle. If you are into antique automobiles, you are in for a treat.
The Tampa Bay Blues Festival is one of the best blues festivals happening at Vinoy Waterfront Park on the shores of Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Florida on April 12, 13, & 14, 2013. The Blues Festival is an ideal setting to enjoy Florida’s sunshine and warm spring weather. With mild temperatures and nice weather year-round, St. Petersburg, Florida is one of the best areas for festivals of all types. The Tampa Bay Blues Festival prides itself on providing the very best in blues entertainment, in an ideal tropical setting. Proceeds from the event benefit our charity partner, Pinellas Association for Retarded Children.
Since 1995, the Tampa Bay Blues Festival has been staged at scenic Vinoy Waterfront Park , with acres of plush grass and palm trees. Vinoy Park is the perfect tropical setting for one of the world’s greatest blues music festivals.
The line up for Friday, April 12, 2013 is Dave Fields, Lucky Peterson, JANIVA MAGNESS, ROD PIAZZA & THE MIGHTY FLYERS, DICKEY BETTS & GREAT SOUTHERN. On Saturday, April 13, 2013 you can see Marquise Knox, Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, SUGAR RAY & THE BLUETONES, CURTIS SALGADO, JONNY LANG and celebrate “New Orleans” on Sunday, April 14, 2013 is A Fabulous Day of New Orleans’ Blues Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD FEATURING:
CYRIL NEVILLE, DEVON ALLMAN, & MIKE ZITO, TAB BENOIT ,TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE
The Tampa Bay Blues Festival has established itself as one of the world’s preeminent blues music events, having presented over 250 of the world’s greatest blues performers. The festival has truly become a destination event, with friends from all over to enjoy Florida’s beautiful weather and this magnificent celebration of music.
Throughout the festival grounds, you can enjoy good food, including seafood, barbeque, Cuban cuisine, and other culinary treats. Festival vendors also include arts & crafts. Premium beer and wine are also available.
In addition to great music and warm weather, you can also enjoy visiting downtown St. Petersburg, with its many restaurants, clubs, and art museums, including the world famous Dali Museum. From St. Petersburg you may also wish to travel 20 minutes to the beaches of St. Petersburg Beach, Treasure Island, and Pass-a-Grille. The area’s Ft. DeSoto Beach offers a large, public park and was recently named one of the world’s finest beaches.
There are several Bed and Breakfast Inns in downtown St. Petersburg to relax and rest your head after a fabulous day of listening to great blues music. You can choose from the Dickens House Bed and Breakfast or LaVeranda Bed and Breakfast in downtown St. Petersburg, or Sea Breeze Manor in Gulfport, a few minutes away, or The Peninsula Inn & Spa or Park Circle in St. Petersburg.