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Palmer House Bed and Breakfast Lithia Florida

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Palmer House Bed and BreakfastFront Door Palmer HouseGazebo 2Guest Room 2 with wolf

 

 

 

 

 

When I recently visited the Palmer House in Lithia, Florida, it reminded me of the country days I experienced when my children were going up. Sometimes when you walk into a Bed and Breakfast you experience a feeling of, I’m so glad I came. I was fortunate to stay at the lovely Palmer House and received a warm welcome from the owners, Gail and Bob Palmer.  Every little detail of the Bed and Breakfast was well thought out. The color of the front door and the wreath that hung there was so inviting.   I was charmed by all the décor and the spaciousness of the guest rooms. Palmer House sits on 8 acres of land housing a beautiful gazebo for the Weddings that take place there, along with the screened outdoor pool, the enticing hot tub and the beautiful oak trees that give you a feeling of peace. You will see cows grazing in the pasture. I breathed in the fragrance of the blooming orange blossoms and smiled at the lovely flowers blooming as I walked around the yard.

Even though you feel you are in the country, civilization is just around the corner. Palmer House backs up to the amazing community of Fish Hawk Trails off of Lithia Pinecrest Road and the nearby restaurants are plentiful. Also, very nearby is horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking and all the pleasures of the country. What a wonderful place to spend the dog days of summer.

Lithia is located in Hillsborough County near Tampa with lots of shopping nearby. Disney, Adventure Island and the beaches are all within an hours drive or less.

Horseback Riding Hutchinson Island

Friday, August 19th, 2011
Two equestrian riders, girls on horseback, in low tide reflections

Horseback riding on the beach - simply wonderful.

Horseback riding can be thrilling whether up mountain trails or down country lanes, but perhaps the most incredible place to ride a horse is on a beach. Many beaches on the east coast no longer allow horseback riding. Hutchinson Island, in Southeast Florida, does.

Hutchinson Island has 21 miles of unspoiled beach. The white sands are bordered by the cobalt-blue waters of the Atlantic and sable palms. Walking these beaches is relaxing and romantic. Riding horseback on them is unforgettable.

The St. Lucie County’s Parks and Recreation Department offers horseback riding trips most Sundays. These excursions last 90 minutes, and depart from the Frederick Douglass Memorial Park on South Hutchinson Island.

It’s easy to have a romantic getaway at a Florida Bed and Breakfast – they inherently lend themselves to such things. But if you’re looking to really woo your sweetie, invite him or her to go horseback riding on the beaches of Hutchinson Island.

Experience Port St. Joe

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Travelers looking for a summer destination would do well to consider a stay in Port St Joe, Florida, Bed and Breakfasts.

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

Picture yourself here, in St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.

Opportunities for outdoor recreation are abundant in and around Port St. Joe:

  • St. Joseph Peninsula State Park: one of the best beaches in the country, featuring more than 10 miles of white sandy beaches.
  • St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge: home to a small population of red wolves, sea turtles (loggerhead, green, and leatherback), American alligators, wood storks, and many more amazing birds, reptiles, and mammals. Visitors may explore the refuge on foot, by bike, or from a boat.
  • Boating: kayak around St. Joseph Bay or rent a motor boat and head to deeper water in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Fishing: popular no matter what’s biting. Ask the innkeepers of your Port St. Joe Bed and Breakfasts Florida for guide recommendations.
  • Snorkeling and diving: the warm waters of the gulf encourage deeper exploration. Satisfy the urge.
  • Scallop season is on the horizon, and with it comes the 15th Annual Florida Scallop and Music Festival. August 5 – 7, 2011.

Summer is a great time to visit the Gulf Coast of NW Florida. There are few crowds and plenty of fun ways to stay cool. Of course, summer in Florida can also bring impressive rain storms. At such times, retreat to the porch of your Port St. Joe Florida Bed and Breakfast. Watch the storm roll in and sigh with pleasure as the air cools. Storms invite romance, or game-time with the kids, or the ideal occasion to curl up on the porch with a drink and a good book. Now that’s a vacation.

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