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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Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns is pleased to announce the first winner of the FBBI CARES Two Night Give-A-Way to Cara Rodden. Cara’s heartwarming story was submitted by her friend, Melissa McCormick. The winner was chosen at the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns 2014 Innkeeping Conference in Orlando, Florida on September 28, 2014 and Cara has accepted this award of a two-night stay for two, including a complimentary Breakfast for two, at one of the participating Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns, listed below. Cara has chosen the lovely Casa Grandview Bed and Breakfast, AAA 4 Diamond & part of the BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection rated Bed and Breakfast in West Palm Beach, Florida for her stay.
Here is Cara’s Story:
I nominate my dear friend Cara Rodden. At age 32 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, already a diabetic and had many complications from diabetes. She was going partially blind and then suffered this devastating blow. It ruined her self esteem and confidence in life. We all stood behind her and supported her through her chemo and surgery. At 34 she had a double mastectomy, shortly after her wedding. She wanted to give up but she fought, every year we get together for the breast cancer walk. When she underwent surgery and couldn’t make it I walked for her with my kids. She is cancer free and every year is a huge milestone that she remains cancer free. Cara is officially disabled but volunteers part time with elementary school kids because it brings her such joy since she cannot have kids of her own. Recently she has feeling not well and very down. Her husband works to support them and her medical visits still. I wish nothing more than her and her husband to be able to have a wonderful relaxing time away from it all. To give back to such a strong amazing woman!
Casa Grandview, West Palm Beach
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Hampton Lake, Starke
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Palm Beach Hibiscus, West Palm Beach
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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.
|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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Quincy has been known for decades as “the Coca-Cola town” due to it’s early financing of the Coca-Cola Company by numerous townspeople. Quincy is located about 16 miles northwest of Tallahassee. What could be a bedroom community is in fact a charming historic town with a vibrant downtown. Picturesque historic buildings line the streets, housing restaurants, shops, and Quincy Florida Bed and Breakfasts.
Use a Quincy Florida Bed and Breakfasts as a base from which to explore this part of Northwest Florida. Visit the Pebble Hill Plantation, an early 19th century plantation that became a museum in 1983. Walk through the Natural Bridge Battlefield State Historic Site, where Confederate soldiers prevented Union troops from taking Tallahassee. Take a tour of the Old Capitol in Tallahassee, constructed in 1845 and used through 1978. Exhibits include political history of the state of Florida and the history of the building.
Nearby Lake Talquin State Forest offers boating, hiking, and fishing. The St. Marks Historic Railroad Trail runs 16 miles from the Apalachicola National Forest to the Gulf of Mexico and is favored by cyclists. The Maclay State Gardens feature nature trails, bike paths, fishing and boating, but it is the delightfully designed floral gardens surrounding a 1930s mansion that inspire most visitors.
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is a mere hour from Quincy, on the Gulf of Mexico. Birders will delight in the hundreds of species of birds who make the refuge their home, such as peregrine falcons and black-necked stilts. Also at the refuge is the historic St. Marks Lighthouse, built in 1832. While not open to the public, it is a favorite with photographers, for it stands tall alongside saltwater estuaries.
Allison House Bed and Breakfast is in the heart of a 36 block historic district as designated on the National Historic Register. They have received numerous awards; from Most Historic Inn to Best Breakfast in the Southeast to Most Affordable Luxury Bed & Breakfast voted by their guests in competition with B&B’s nationwide. Escape to the charm of an English-style bed and breakfast atmosphere.
At McFarlin House Bed and Breakfast you enter an era of time past as you step onto the Southern, wrap-around porch, through the double beveled doors. Warm, inviting hospitality awaits you in this beautifully restored, Queen-Anne Victorian bed and breakfast. The McFarlin House Bed and Breakfast is also located in the heart of the 32-block Historic District of Quincy. The McFarlin House sits on approximately 1.5+ acres of grounds that are in constant seasonal change with a large variety of camellias, brilliant pink Japanese Magnolia trees, day lilies, jasmine, gladiolas, hydrangeas, crepe myrtle trees, a leather leaf mahogany, and a grand Gingko tree. Once you’ve seen it, you’ll understand why this magnificent Queen-Anne Victorian beauty might just be the perfect place for your wedding, reception, rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon or tea, or why the inn is a favorite location for couples to spend their wedding night.
The Ibis Bed and Breakfast in downtown Safety Harbor takes its name from the White Ibis shorebird, native to Florida and frequently seen in the area. The Ibis Bed and Breakfast is 10 minutes from Tampa Airport, just over the Courtney Campbell Bridge.
The Ibis is within walking distance to Tampa Bay, parks, Main Street shops and restaurants, and the city marina. Miles of hiking and biking trails abound in and around Safety Harbor, where the largest park in Pinellas County is located, Philippe Park, along Tampa Bay, home to an intact Indian mound.
Ruth Eckerd Hall is just down the street for those who love Music Events.
Safety Harbor is a city on the west shore of Tampa Bay in Pinellas County. Florida. At the head of Old Tampa Bay is the City of Safety Harbor, a secret little hideaway, neighbored by the major cities of Clearwater and Tampa. This quaint community boasts distinctive shops, award winning restaurants and plenty of family fun. There is certainly something for everyone, from beautiful parks laden with historical significance and nature’s artwork, to cultural venues for the cosmopolitan visitor.
Downtown Safety Harbor sets the mood for the community. Discover the charm of Safety Harbor the old fashioned way by strolling. With its palm treed thoroughfare, canopied sidewalks and brick lined streets, “Main Street” offers you the opportunity to succumb to your curiosity while perusing through captivating shops, sampling new cuisine and rediscovering a love of art displayed in one of the area’s finest galleries on Main Street. Try antiquing in shops housed in colorful bungalows. Enjoy a cappuccino under the shade of an old oak tree. Safety Harbor merchants take pleasure in creating the ambiance unique to their small town.
You will find history alive throughout Safety Harbor. Since the turn of the century, tourists have been traveling to this area to be rejuvenated by the spring waters of historic Espiritu Santo Springs, or “Springs of the Holy Spirit”, a natural mineral spring. Its waters were given this name in 1539 by the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, who was supposedly searching for the mythical “Fountain of Youth“.
In June 2008, a 6,000 year old spearhead was found at Marshall Street Park. The inhabitants of the area at the time of Spanish exploration were the Tocobaga people, who lived in villages around Tampa Bay. Safety Harbor sites have yielded pottery, and artifacts of copper, shell, and stone. The Tocobaga were known for constructing various ceremonial and communal mounds to bury the dead. Most of these mounds were destroyed in the early 1900s due to development. However, one of these burial mounds is still visible in Safety Harbor’s Phillippe Park Shells found in these mounds were used to pave city streets.
The name Safety Harbor originated from the early 18th century, when pirates were a substantial influence in the area. Once ships reached this area of the bay, all threats from pirates were gone, and it was commonly referred to as a “Safe Harbor”.
Enjoy a wonderful stay at the Ibis Bed and Breakfast.
Florida’s Northeast Region
Northeast Florida, known as “Florida’s First Coast,” combines America’s oldest European settlement with one of the nation’s leading modern seaports, with a collection of small up-and-coming towns adding to the local color and natural beauty. Encompassing Atlantic beaches as far south as Flagler County and inland rural communities west to Palatka, the region offers travelers timeless adventures through mysterious 17th-century forts, vast prairie lands and wide beaches lined with sand dunes.
Off the state’s northeastern-most corner, Amelia Island provides a refreshing change of pace. On this small island, families will find blocks of old mansions, miles of beaches and lots of seafood. Fernandina Beach, the island’s only town, showcases more than 50 blocks of restored Victorian neighborhoods, including a collection of grand, sherbet-hued mansions, called the “Silk Stocking District.”
One of the nation’s fastest growing and most modern cities, Jacksonville is situated along the banks of the state’s longest river, the St. Johns River.
To the south lies the oldest, continuously occupied European settlement in the continental United States — St. Augustine. Founded in 1565, 42 years before the English colonized Jamestown, St. Augustine has diligently preserved much of its rich heritage along a 144-block downtown historic district that offers a history lesson with proven kid appeal. Regardless of their age, visitors are bound to feel young again as they stroll narrow brick streets to discover the Oldest House, Oldest Jail, Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse and Oldest Store Museum.
Southwest of St. Augustine, along the banks of the St. Johns River, Putnam County offers quiet, unassuming historic sites which tell the story of Putnam County, including the impact of the Civil War, the advent of steamboat travel along the St. Johns River and the gilded age of the Flagler Railroad.
When traveling to the northeast you will find a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn nearby.
Discover 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.
Believe it or not, Christmas is just around the corner! Now may be a good time too think about purchasing gifts. A Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn Gift Certificate can be used anytime throughout the year. A gift certificate to Bed and Breakfast Inns Florida is a unique way to show someone how much they mean to you. What could be better than a gift of relaxation, hospitality and good food? There are over 85 Bed and Breakfast or Boutique Collection Inns your recipient can choose from whether they want to experience the beach, the country atmosphere, a quaint downtown or a large city.
This year, do something special for someone you love: send them to a Florida Bed and Breakfast or Boutique Inn.
Gift certificates are redeemable for a year after the date of purchase, allowing ample time for folks to schedule a getaway. They can be spontaneous or plan a vacation months in the future – the beauty of this is that the details are up to them.
Everyone knows folks who just don’t ever think to give themselves a mini-holiday. They may dream of a few days on Key West or Amelia Island, but it is hard for them to actually make the arrangements. That’s where you come in. Give them a reason to schedule a Florida vacation. They will thank you for it.