Posts Tagged ‘Florida vacations’

St. Johns River Cruises and Blue Springs State Park

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

River View of Blue Spring State Park-1Looking to get in touch with nature and relaxing?   The St. Johns River Cruises are considered the most popular nature oriented tour in Florida. The vessels navigate through the shallow backwaters of the historic St. Johns River that allows you to hear the sounds of nature as they surround the boat.   During the informative narrated cruise, you will learn about the history and Blue Spring State Park-1nature of this area, the many species of birds, plants, and trees. While navigating through these waters you will see manatees, turtles and perhaps an alligator or two.  Frequent stops are made for photographs, intimate encounters, and a thorough look at this most fragile ecosystem.  In addition to the Boat Tours, also offered are guided Backwater Tours of Blue Spring State Park and canoe and kayak rentals

 

 

 

 

The Alling House-1To continue the on with the relaxation, and only three miles from the St. John’s River and Blue Spring State Park, The Alling House Bed and Breakfast is a perfect place to stay with your friends and family.  Also a great place for a family reunions with plenty of room for all members of the family including your pet.

Your invited to sit for a spell in the swing on our large front porch and relax while listening to the many beautiful birds. Take a peek at the goldfish in our pond and spy on the two large bullfrogs that guard the edge. The Alling House Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located near Main Street, Deland where many people enjoy strolling down Main Street with its historic atmosphere, antique shops, restaurants and so much more.  Also located in the Orlando area and just a short trip from all of the well-known tourist parks. There is always something going on in the area. Whether it be a festival, fair, NASCAR race, Bike Week, or antique auction.The Alling House -Wedding 1

 

 

It‘s Watermelon Festival Time!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

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66TH ANNUAL WATERMELON FESTIVAL! ~ June 4 – June 18

June is the home to the ever popular Jefferson County Watermelon Festival. Originally the festival was started to recognize the watermelon growers in Jefferson County. Held the third weekend of June, this festival is enjoying going into its 66th year of watermelon, music, children’s theater, pageants, Street Dance, arts and crafts vendors, food, a 5K run, car show, art show ghost tours seed spitting contest, watermelon carving contest, softball tournament, Beer Garden, parade and much, much more. The Watermelon Festival continues as a time-honored tradition that says it’s summertime in Monticello, FL.  Below is an illustration of the events taking place during the 66th Annual Watermelon Festival.Watermelon-1

June 4, Watermelon Pageants

June 10, Kickoff Dinner, Bed Race, and Rodeo

June 11, Rodeo

June 16, Woman’s Club Fashion Show

June 17, Rotary Barbecue, Street Dance & Children’s Theatre, Arts & Crafts

June 18, FMB Breakfast, Antique Car Show, Children’s Theatre, Arts & Crafts, Parade & Festival

 

 

John Denham House-1Just 5 miles from Interstate 10, The Award Winning 1872 John Denham House Bed and Breakfast, an authentic elegant circa 1870′s restoration – this thirteen room early Victorian Mansion was built by a Scottish immigrant cotton trader. It has eight fireplaces, many period antiques, an acre of restored grounds and a cuppola on top.
Walk our beautiful small town with friendly shops and home- grown restaurants. Enjoy gorgeous canopy road drives under huge oaks, as well as;

  •  Antique and Junque Shopping
  • Art Galleries
  • Beautiful Historic walking/driving tour,
  • Lakes and Rivers
  • Kayaking and Canoeing
  • Birding Areas
  • Hiking Trails
  • Watermelon Festival
  • Performing Theater
  • Winery, and
  • Many Bicycling Trails.
  • Or just sit on the wonderful front porch or veranda and listen to the fountain and birds sing.

Mount Dora Blues-n-Groove Weekend

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Mount Dora Blues n Groove

Join us May 20th – 21st for the 8th Annual Mount Dora Blues-n-Groove Weekend that continues the tradition of bringing fabulous Blues Music to the Mount Dora Waterfront in gorgeous, Lakefront Elizabeth Evans Park. What’s better than Blues, BBQ, Craft Beer, Wine and Cocktails??? Oh wait, FREE general admission, bring your own chair or blanket! Limited VIP tickets are also available for purchase at www.BluesNGroove.com.

 

Grandview - Mount Dora

Need a relaxing and welcoming place to stay?  Grandview Bed and Breakfast represents old Florida living at it’s finest. Relax on the wrap around porch while you sip lemonade or iced tea. Or take a swing or two on the porch swing, perhaps a dip in the pool, as you let your cares drift away. Located within two blocks of downtown Mount Dora, on the corner of Third and Grandview.  Enjoy the quaint shops, fantastic restaurants and antique shops nearby. Also a great place to stay if your attending the Blues-n-Groove Weekend!Grandview - Porch-Pool View

 

 

Mother’s Day Gifts and Celebrations Florida Style!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

 

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Mother’s Day Gifts and Celebrations Florida Style!

Are you at a loss…don’t know what to get Mom? Show her how much you care with a Gift Certificate to a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn! A perfect gift for a woman with discriminating taste.

Here are some gift ideas and celebrations based on her interests or personality.  We have a Bed and Breakfast Inn location to accommodate any activity you choose.

  • A Sports Fan ~ Catch a game or a gift of team spirit
  • Sweet on Key Lime Pie ~ Head to Key West they’ve got the best!
  • Loves a Little Drama ~ Catch a show at one of the many venues throughout Florida
  • Fancy a Flight ~ Hot Air Balloon ride, Hang Gliding, Float Plane…what does she fancy?
  • Love Wine ~ Tour a Florida Winery, taste and find a new favorite to take home
  • Love Gardening ~ Tour some of Florida’s most beautiful gardens throughout the state.
  • A Fishing Fanatic ~ Catch a charter for a full or half day and give her some reel Florida fun
  • Need Pampering ~ Reserve a treatment or day at the Spa.
  • A Fan of Mysteries ~ Grab a seat on a Murder Mystery Train where you can dine and solve a mystery
  • A History Buff ~ Explore and Tour one of the hundreds of historic sites around the state
  • Enjoy Fine Dining ~ Make reservations for brunch or Dinner at one of the many fine dining establishments throughout the state
  • Love to Drive Fast ~ Forget the Mini Van! Ferrari’s and Lanborghini’s more her speed? Take her to the Exotic Driving Experience
  • Dream of Swimming with Dolphins ~ There are lots of ways to see Dolphins from Orlando down to the Keys

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

63rd Annual Sailboat Regatta

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Mount Dora Regatta *COME SAIL WITH US! The state’s oldest, 63rd annual Sailboat Regatta April 2-3, 2016, hosted by the Mount Dora Yacht Club!  “Like a grand dame, the Mount Dora Sailing Regatta exudes tradition.” Come enjoy one of Florida’s hidden gems. People come to the regatta for fun and enjoyment and while we cannot control the weather…hopefully it will be breezy, your visit to Mount Dora will sure to be pleasant and memorable. If you’ve been here before, we certainly look forward to having you back again. There will be special trophies and awards. The Regatta is open to all classes from Opti to Sunfish, Hobie to Wayfarer, Catalinas to Mutineers.

Looking for a place to stay…try a Bed & Breakfast and enjoy the continued southern charm and feel of Mount Dora.

Cinnamon ICinnamon Inn *nnThe Cinnamon Inn, a Bed and Breakfast is located on 4.5 privately-wooded acres in the Tangerine / Mount Dora, Florida Countryside. You will feel the comfort and charm of the old South while you’ll awaken to the aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls and morning coffee, sitting in a rocking chair on one of our porches, either screened or open, enjoying the sounds of the birds sing as the sun rises from the horizon.

 

Grandview Bed & Breakfast *Grandview Bed and Breakfast Mount Dora – Grandview Bed & Breakfast represents old Florida living at it’s finest. Relax on our wrap around porch while you sip lemonade or iced tea. Or take a swing or two on the porch swing as you let your cares drift away. Within two blocks of downtown Mount Dora, quaint shops, fantastic restaurants and antique shops are many of the enjoyments of this quaint village.

 

Enjoy a Polo Match at the International Polo Club Palm Beach

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Wellington Polo Action 1Enjoy a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida whether you’re an avid Polo enthusiast or being introduced to Polo for the first time…you will, without a doubt, revel in this impressive sport. The International Polo Club Palm Beach is the premier polo destination in the world, hosting the most prestigious polo tournaments in the United States. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating that includes elegant grandstand viewing, field tailgating, stadium seating, field-side champagne brunch at The Pavilion, and exclusive sponsor boxes. The 2016 Palm Beach Polo Season will conclude with the USPA 112th U.S. Open Polo Championship® final on Sunday, April 24.

Southern Palm BNB 1Southern Palm Bed and Breakfast – A Private Tropical Paradise… designed with your comfort in mind. Stroll around this private paradise and admire the surroundings, situated 20 peaceful acres with urban amenities close by. Very convenient to the Wellington Equestrian show grounds and only minutes from Palm Beach International Airport, the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club, Lion Country Safari and Cruzan Music Amphitheater.

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.

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