Posts Tagged ‘kayaking’


Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

New Smyrna Shrimp & Seafood FestivalBegin your getaway with the 9th annual New Smyrna Beach Shrimp & Seafood Festival on August 4th from 5-9pm along Flagler Avenue in the New Smyrna Beach Waterfront LOOP. Enjoy live entertainment while tasting what more than 30 restaurants will be competing for the “Best on the Beach” awards and offering taste sized portions of their specialties for $3-$5. Continue the fun and catch a FREE summer concert with performance by Gail Force playing a variety music from 6:30-7:45pm, outside on the south side of the new Brannon Civic Center, 105 S. Riverside Dr., New Smyrna Beach. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Summer Concert Series

August 5th – Take the day and enjoy some “water” fun. Your options include but are not limited to Boat tours from private sails to dinner cruises, Fishing Charters, Standup Paddleboarding, Surfing/Windsurfing/kite-boarding, kayaking and canoeing.

First Saturday on Canal Street - New SmyrnaAugust 6th – Enjoy First Saturday on Canal Street. Stroll the historic district while artistic vendors set up along the street from 10am-4pm. Joe Harrison will perform blues and pop from 11am-1pm in Christmas Park. From 4-7pm, galleries also feature solo and group exhibitions and artist talks in the Douglas Avenue area of the district and at the Hub. Admission is free.Canal St. Craft Beer Walk

Getting a little thirsty? While enjoying the Art along historic Canal Street, join the Craft Beer Walk, sampling craft beers from 1-7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include a six-ounce Canal Street souvenir glass and 12 sampling tickets that can be redeemed at 10 locations in the district.

Anchor Inn B&BThe Anchor Inn Bed and Breakfast…Relax in a Comfortable, Cozy and Convenient Craftsman Bungalow. With its prime location, only a short walk from antique shopping, boutiques, restaurants and more, guests will also enjoy a hot three-course breakfast that compliments an atmosphere in which guests are treated like family. Adventure on your mind? Explore nearby parks and beaches on one of their comfortable beach bikes, or navigate the waterways with their kayaks or stand-up paddleboards. You are a short walk from the Intracoastal Waterway and local marina, and a two-mile bike ride from the beach.

Black Dolphin Inn - Boutique B&BThe Black Dolphin Inn…A quaint Old Florida beach town is the setting for this elegant Spanish Isle – boutique inn overlooking the Indian River in New Smyrna Beach on Florida’s east-central coast. Guests are within walking distance of restaurants and shops in New Smyrna’s historic downtown and a short distance from the seaside community’s sprawling beaches, surf shops, and Flagler Ave’s beachside galleries and eateries. Overnight dockage is available for guests with boats, and fishing opportunities are abundant in the backwaters and bays of the Indian River Lagoon and nearby Canaveral National Seashore Park.


Monday, June 20th, 2016

Daytona Nascar Cars



Ready for a big unveil?

Celebrate the Fourth of July at Daytona International Speedway and see the recent $400 million DAYTONA Rising “re-imagining” project roar into life! Be a part of the event that’s produced some of the most dramatic moments in racing history, while you enjoy one of the nation’s biggest fireworks displays after the race. It’s the perfect way to spend a summer night at one of America’s most festive times of year.  Coke Zero 400 Weekend will also include a number of special activities to honor our nation’s military service men and women. Let freedom ring at The Fourth of Bandshell Summer ConcertJuly in Daytona Beach with a free Bandshell Summer Concert beach-side celebration on July 1st to the tunes of a Cowboy Kid Rock Tribute and an Elton John Tribute Band on July 2nd, followed by a free fireworks show over the Atlantic Ocean.


Black Dolphin InnWhen it comes to the New Smyrna Beach lodging scene, the most discriminating travelers stay at the Black Dolphin Inn.  The elegant and intimate Spanish Isle inspired historic estate features 14 guest rooms and suites, with spa inspired private baths.  Tucked away in a quiet New Smyrna Beach neighborhood just minutes from the beach, this historic inn has a connection to the outdoors-where you can feel breezes blowing and look at seemingly endless water views.

Guests are within walking distance of restaurants and shops in New Smyrna’s historic downtown and a short distance from the seaside community’s sprawling beaches, surf shops, and Flagler Ave’s beach-side galleries and eateries. Overnight dockage is available for guests with boats, and fishing opportunities are abundant in the backwaters and bays of the Indian River Lagoon and nearby Canaveral National Seashore Park

Fishing Pier Amenities:

  • Deck chairs and seating area
  • Dockside snook light
  • Boat dockage – (restrictions may apply)
  • Departure for back-country fishing excursions, kayaking, paddle board lessons and sightseeing water excursions


Monday, June 6th, 2016

Blues & Brews on the Bay - LogoBlues and Brews On The Bay Summer Fun For The Entire Family!


Where:  Downtown Crystal River – Bayside Citrus Avenue & Kings Bay Park

When:  Saturday June 11, 2016, 10am-10pm

Admission:  $5 for everyone over 12

Benefiting:   The Crystal River Aquarium Project – First goal $1.5 million to purchase property.

The Crystal River Aquarium

Blues and Brews On The Bay is a one day street festival hosted by One Rake at a Time Inc., a non profit organization located in Crystal River, FL. This organization has a plan to bring a first class aquarium to Crystal River.

One Rake at a TimeJoin One Rake at a Time for a street festival featuring craft beer, blueberries, live entertainment and more.  Participate in the craft beer walk and taste over 25 craft beers from Florida breweries and wine from three Florida wineries.  Bring the kids for plenty of children’s activities including Kid Zone at Kings Bay Park & various children’s activity vendors. Live music all day including Blues, Bluegrass, Drum Circle, Southern Rock, Reggae & Country down at the bandshell in Kings Bay Park.  Enjoy all the water activities at Kings Bay Park with Paddleboard and Kayak Rentals all day, Kayak Race, Paddleboard Rides, Boat tours of the Bay, and Sunset Cruises.

Nature Coast Inn - fullNature Coast Inn situated in an area with one of the most breathtaking natural areas of Florida and includes the picturesque Withlacoochee river and is only minutes from the Gulf of Mexico. Nature Coast Inn offers plenty of privacy and luxury to allow you to unwind in a comfortable warm and friendly atmosphere. Here you’ll find a relaxing and comfortable get-away from which to explore many nearby parks, shops and attractions. Indulge yourself in the peacefulness of our rooms or cottages in a tranquil, quiet environment.  Contact Nature Coast Inn for events and activities happening during the summer months.


Celebrate Father’s Day Florida Style

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Happy Father's DayFather’s Day Ideas For Every Type Of Floridian Dad

Father’s Day is coming upon us quickly so it’s crunch time for making plans. Knowing that not all Dads are made the same…we have come up with several options that may work for your special man. Show him how much you care with a Gift Certificate to a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn! Whether your Dad is/does:

Enjoys a fine meal ~ There’s nothing like al fresco dining on the water. Or is a no-frills dad who’d rather go out for burgers and beer ~ Perhaps taking him to a sports bar for casual dining and watching a game.

For the dad who loves to get out and move, enjoy a little adventure and spend time with the family: Why not try a picnic? Florida has beautiful Local and State Parks with plenty of activities such as nature trails, kayaking, paddle board, bike trail, nature cruises, canoeing, hiking or perhaps an airboat ride through the Everglades…something for everyone in the family.

Does Dad like fishing? There are several fishing piers throughout the state, state parks or chartering a boat for deep sea fishing which may be more his style.

 Does Dad think he’s a golf pro? There may be more than 1,000 golf courses in Florida offering a short course for beginners, greens with varying elevations, wetland areas that attract wildlife or semi-private courses offering various tee times.

 For the dad who just wants to unwind: Give him a spa day… Yes, men enjoy spas too. Florida has some of the Best Spas in the country. Or “Dad can always bro it up at ManKind—a spa for men—where all services come with a complimentary beverage (beer or wine). The establishment recommends its One of a Kind shave, which is great for men with sensitive skin. Alternatively, you can make dad a massage appointment (as long as mom is OK with the all-female spa staff) or let a real shoe-shine specialist spiff up his kicks.”

Is Dad a Fan of History? There are countless museums, notable estates, other historical buildings, or cultural art museums across Florida where Dad can enjoy the days of yesteryear.Father's Day

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



2016 Florida Strawberry Festival!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

2016 Florida Strawberry Festival, March 3-13, 2016 in Plant City represents a piece of Americana, a time in American history when fairs and festivals brought communities together through celebrations of their harvests. This event rivals any state fair in the country with guests coming from near and far to enjoy exhibits of agriculture, livestock shows, arts and crafts, horticulture, local food, headline music concerts, carnival, and parades with glorious floats and high-stepping marching bands. The entertainment line-up, year after year, continues to be extraordinary.

Palmer House

Palmer House

Looking to experience the meaning of “Southern Hospitality”? Enjoy your stay and be pampered at the Palmer House where you can relax under the sprawling oaks on a bench swing, take a cool dip in the pool, or just relax in the hot tub. Wanting to pick up the pace a little? You may choose to and go canoeing, horseback riding, bike riding or golfing. Take off on a day trip to local attractions or the famous Florida Strawberry Festival.

Father’s Day 2015 Gift Certificate

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Dan Shaw with his airplane.

Dan Shaw with his airplane.

What to do for Father’s Day? It’s not too soon to think about what you are going to give your Father for Father’s Day. In this day and age, I think it’s safe to say that giving a tie is too traditional and we should step up our game and become creative. What does your Dad like to do? What are some of his hobbies? Would a family trip together be a great way to spend quality time? Who doesn’t love to come to the sunshine State? Florida has just about anything a Dad could want to do from fishing, boating, relaxing and drinking tropical juices to a nice cold beer. Think about what would be fun and present a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn Gift Certificate for a great gift on Father’s Day Sunday, June 21, 2015.

Winter Bed and Breakfast Inns in Florida

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

dolphinJump2Now that the holidays are over and the extended family has returned to their own abodes, it’s time to relax and enjoy the winter season that is Florida and it’s beautiful weather. With an abundance of activities to choose from and countless gracious Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns to choose from around the state that offer hospitality and concierge service to their guests, it’s time for someone to take care of you.

Now that I live in Florida and my favorite time of year here is from November to May when the weather is the perfect temperature for having fun outdoors. You can go to the beach, fish, water ski, drink margaritas, sleep in a hammock, or any other type of outdoor activity you can imagine. There are plenty of music festivals, loads of art festivals or fairs, and it’s the perfect time to canoe, kayak, jet-ski or ride an air boat. Who doesn’t like the feel of a nice breeze on your face while traversing on a body of water with your favorite means of transportation? If you have never experienced an airboat ride, you’re really missing out, it’s exhilarating. Take the time to explore the history and cultural of an area and feast on delicious southern cuisine. As I write this I am sitting on my balcony watching the blue herons play across the water, a lady kayaking, a couple canoeing and teenagers waiting to see who gets to ride the jet ski next, along with neighbors playing on the golf course across the lake. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?

The Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns are located throughout Florida from the beaches to the lakes, from the panhandle to the keys, there is a beautiful guest room waiting just for you. When you stay at a Florida Inn it’s like having your own personal concierge to help you navigate activities you want to pursue.

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.

Father’s Day Fun 2013

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Father and son surf lesson in Morro Bay, CA 12 of 12Father’s Day is fast approaching, so now is the time to think about what Dad would like to do on Father’s Day.  I would say number one would be hang around the family.  Some mom’s would say that everyday is Father’s Day, but we know that is said in jest.  Why not take your Dad on a short get a way weekend were you can hang out at the beach or fish along the shoreline.  Some Dads just love to relax, enjoy the pleasure of being outdoors and watch the kids play.  Boating is always popular in Florida with water skiing, jet skiing or a canoe ride down the river. There are so many Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns to make your choice whether you want to experience the beach, the country atmosphere, a quaint downtown or a large city.  The Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Association offers you all of the above to choose from.  Why not purchase a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn Gift Certificate that can be used anytime throughout the year as a special gift to Dad.  Don’t forget, Dad needs to be pampered too!

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