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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

 

Country Wedding at Solomon’s Castle 2013

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Brides Room and Bride, Julie Poucher

When you think of a setting for a perfect country wedding, Solomon’s Castle is a must see.  There are many spots to host a wedding at the Castle, but I wanted to showcase a true country wedding under the oaks.  These photos show what happens when 200 guests participate in the Wedding under the Oaks and Reception in the Chocolate House. When Alane Solomon was planning this wedding for Julie Poucher and Clay Taylor, she agreed to build a special cupcake tree just for them.  Like famous Artist father Howard Solomon, Alane Solomon has the skills and talent to pull off the impossible.  Many little girls have fantasies of getting married at a Castle and Solomon’s Castle is the place for getting married in front of various setting at the Castle or in the woods under the oaks.  Also on the property is a “light house” that is a perfect location for the Rehearsal Dinner.  The beautiful Bride, in the Brides Room, in the Chocolate House can see out into this enchanting setting.  The perfect wedding day being a Queen for the day.

Celebrate Special Occasions in Florida

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Special occasions are just that: special. There are only so many of them in a lifetime. A marriage, the birth of a child, a big anniversary (silver, gold), a retirement. Certain occasions beg for special recognition.

Florida Weddings

To get married on the beach in Florida. Bliss.

Celebrate your next special occasion in Florida.

Are you planning a wedding? Have a destination wedding in Florida, where you can say your vows on the beach and spend your honeymoon at a Florida Bed and Breakfast, kissed by sunshine and warmth.

Approaching your silver or gold anniversary? Celebrate it in Florida. Travel with just your spouse, or bring along the whole family. This is indeed cause for jubilation.

Retiring? Travel to Florida with your closest business associates and their spouses. You’ve worked a long time, and you deserve something more than a party.

Special occasions deserved to be recognized and celebrated in style. Bring your next special occasion to a Florida Bed and Breakfast.

Happy New Year from Florida Bed and Breakfasts

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Thank you for hosting your weddings here, and thank you for spending your honeymoons in Florida. Thank you for coming to Florida before your babies were born, and thank you for coming to Florida after your babies left the nest. Thank you for slipping away to Florida for romantic getaways and girlfriend getaways and bachelor parties.

Thank you for staying at Florida Bed and Breakfasts when you traveled here, whether you came for business or to get away from it all.

We appreciate your business, and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2012.

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Happy New Year, from Florida Bed and Breakfasts.

Happy New Year! 

Florida Weddings

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Start your life as a married couple in Florida.

Weddings are wonderful events no matter where they take place. When couples commit to spending their lives together, it doesn’t really matter if they take their vows in their own back yard or in their local church or temple. The important thing is that they make that commitment.

That said, Destination Weddings can be spectacular.

Couples are drawn to Destination Weddings because it’s exciting to get married in beautiful or far away places. It can also be significantly easier to marry away from home. That’s why many people choose to have their Weddings at Florida Bed and Breakfasts.

Destination Weddings tend to be smaller than weddings hosted close to home. Guests typically include a handful of friends and close family members. Details such as refreshments, photography, and flowers are often arranged by the Florida Bed and Breakfast innkeepers. The happy couple may have as much or as little input as they like.

This allows couples to rejoice in their marriage and enjoy their guests.

Destination Weddings in Florida may be held on the beach, in private gardens, and in luxurious Bed and Breakfast inns. They are the ideal way to begin a life together.

Please see Florida Weddings for a list of Florida Bed and Breakfasts specializing in weddings and elopements.

 

Get Married in Florida

Monday, June 27th, 2011

If you dream of a barefoot wedding, get married in Florida. Florida beaches have some of the most amazing sand in the world. Your feet will be caressed as you say your vows to the music of the gentle sound of the surf. Your first night together as a married couple in a Florida Bed and Breakfast will be unspeakably romantic.

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Florida Weddings - unspeakably romantic.

NW Florida Bed and Breakfasts are ideal for remote weddings; forget your troubles and leave everything but romance behind with a Forgotten Coast wedding.

Enjoy the benefits of an urban wedding in the Miami or Tampa area. Say your vows on the beach, then dance the night away at a night club before returning to the quiet of your Florida Bed and Breakfast.

Enjoy historic charm in a Florida Bed and Breakfast in St. Augustine or Amelia Island. Take your first horse drawn carriage ride together as a married couple on your way back to the inn.

Details will vary from couple to couple, but no matter what, Florida weddings offer romance and beauty to spare. Whether you’re planning an elopement or a  wedding with many guests, consider hosting your wedding at a Florida Bed and Breakfast.

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