Posts Tagged ‘Florida vacations’

Turtle Beach Florida

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Turtle beach chairsYou 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.

STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL LAKE WORTH FLORIDA

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

StreetPaintingLakeworth copyStreet Painting Festival Lake Worth, FL on February 22 & 23, 2014 from 10:00  am – 7:00 pm

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.

Strawberries Plant City Florida

Friday, February 7th, 2014
doomed strawberrySpring 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.

StrawberryHouseI 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.

 

 

Danville A Tiny Town Inside A Hanger

Friday, January 10th, 2014
Dan Shaw with his airplane.

Dan Shaw with his airplane.

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.”

mcomas@tribune.com or 407-420-5718

 

Florida’s Northeast

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Florida’s Northeast Region

St Augustine Lighthouse Florida Postcard Style PhotoNortheast 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.

Florida’s West Central Bed and Breakfast Fun

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Dark Sky Over A Blue SeaDiscover 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.

Christmas Gift Certificates

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

BlackDolphinBelieve 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.

SolRisa Inn Bed and Breakast Cocoa Beach FLorida

Friday, October 25th, 2013
SolRisa Inn Bed and Breakfast

SolRisa Inn Bed and Breakfast

Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns is proud to introduce SolRisa Inn Bed and Breakfast in Cocoa Beach, Florida as a new member inn.

SolRisa means laughing sun, named for its spectacular sunrise views.  Solrisa Inn Bed and Breakfast is Cocoa’s newest inn, a classic turn-of-the-century Florida home that has overlooked the Indian River for 120 years.   It is a completely rebuilt 1914 home opened as a B & B in 2013, sitting on a small bluff of the Indian River. Three unique suites grace the main inn with a private deck or porch, river views, and en suite baths. In the 1903 cottage you can relax to river views and breezes, osprey and owls from the private, screened cottage porch

The swim-in-place pool with pagoda invites water aerobics, a challenging swim, or just holding on to float on the current.  Next to the pool, the fireplace terrace offers cozy seating with river views. Small garden and seating areas dot the property.

Owned by a dietitian and retired businessman, breakfast at SolRisa is both good, and good for you.  A full hot breakfast can be enjoyed in the dining room, in room, or one of the decks, porches or terraces.  Dockside dinners can be arranged; and the full moon rising over the river makes a romantic backdrop. SolRisa’s food is both delicious and nutritious; organic and local products are used as much as possible.

They strive to provide relaxation and rejuvenation at every SolRisa visit. To enjoy a bit more pampering, They offer massage, facials, manicures and pedicures, aromatherapy and more through outstanding and fully licensed partners.

SolRisa Inn partners with the Good Nutrition Dietitian to offer occasional “Hit Restart” retreats. Have you ever wanted to step off the wheel, stop to catch a breath and reorganize, and start on a healthy path? “Restart” retreats target the health-threatening “big three”: poor diet, stress and inactivity. Retreats immerse guests in an experiential journey to de-stress, enjoy delicious and healthy nutrition, and to move the body. There is simply no better way to begin anew; to commit to a healthy you!

Located on the Indian River and walking distance to Historic Cocoa Village, within 10 miles of beaches and Canaveral Cruise terminals, and 35 miles to Orlando airport; SolRisa is within easy reach of all of central Florida and Space Coast attractions.

SolRisa is maintained with natural botanical products as much as possible, with signature soap and body lotion specially hand-crafted  from the purest oils and products by Nature’s Spirit. The grounds are maintained with organic products that will not harm you, or the river.

SolRisa can arrange wellness retreats, writer, photographer and artist seminars and much more for small groups of guests.  Glimpses of gardens tucked amid palms. Indian River breezes cool decks and porches. Manatee faces and porpoise tails. Squirrel chatter amid old oaks. Osprey and owl. Enjoy a sunrise stretch or a moonlight meditation on our dock.  The inn is simply elegant, positively serene. 

Florida Boutique Inn Collection

Friday, October 11th, 2013

PoncedeLeonThe Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns is proud to introduce the Boutique Collection of Inns to the already fabulous collection of Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns.  There seems to be some overlap between the concept of a small boutique inn and a bed and breakfast. Boutique Inns are described as personalized, customized, unique, and individual, combining historic details with chic elegance.  The most important defining features of boutique Inns are cultural, historical, authenticity; the boutique hotel is not part of a chain and that it provides interesting, unique services. Other important defining descriptors of boutique hotels include, social spaces such as living rooms, libraries with social rooms and many, high-quality inroom features.

 A “Boutique Inns” describes an approach and attitude, with no regard to hotel size. A Boutique hotel is a term that describes Inns that contain luxury facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Typically boutique hotels are furnished in a themed and stylish manner. Boutique Inns are often individual and focused on offering their services in a comfortable, intimate, and welcoming setting.

Guest rooms and suites may be fitted with telephone and Wi-Fi Internet, air-conditioning, honesty bars and cable TV, but sometimes none of these, focusing on quiet and comfort rather than gadgetry. Guest services are often attended to by 24 hour staff members.  Many boutique hotels have on-site dining facilities, and offer bars and lounges that may also be open to the general public.  Boutique Inns have typically been unique properties operated by individuals or companies with a small collection.

Travelers nowadays expect more than simple comfort and convenience. An increasing number of travelers prefer to be “surprised”. When planning trips, they seek properties that are noticeably different in look and feel from branded hotels. The Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Boutique Collection have met a standard established by FBBI, Select Registry, BedandBreakfast.com 4 Diamond, AAA 4 Star or Superior Small Lodging White Glove Award, so you can be assured of the highest quality and standards if you choose a Florida Bed and Breakfast Boutique Collection Inn.

 

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

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