Posts Tagged ‘Northwest Florida’

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.

Florida Seafood Festivals Fall 2013

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

chirashi, close upMany communities throughout Florida are home to annual Seafood festivals that celebrate Florida seafood. These family-oriented events have a local flair that is unique to each community. All feature delicious local seafood, and many have live musical performances by local and regional acts, arts and crafts vendors, children’s rides, parades, 5K run/walks, cooking demonstrations, and competitions such as oyster shucking. Florida’s seafood festivals are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.  You will find a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn  located close by.  Plan your fall getaway now.

 October Cedar Key Seafood Festival Cedar Key, Florida October 19-20, 2013 Cedar Key Bed and Breakfast
 October John’s Pass Annual Seafood Festival Madeira Beach, Florida October 25-27, 2013 Park Circle B&B.
 November Florida Seafood Festival Apalachicola, Florida November 1-2, 2013  Bryant House B&B
Coombs House B&B

25th Annual Big Bend Saltwater Classic 2013

Monday, May 20th, 2013

BigBendOver 200 anglers participated in the inaugural Tournament in 1989.   This event has established itself as the largest professionally run fishing tournament in the Florida Big Bend Gulf Coast. With an average 700 competitors in recent years the Tournament ranks among the top saltwater fishing tournaments, by participation, according to Florida Sportsman Magazine.  All proceeds derived from the event are used to expand and develop a system of artificial reefs in the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico, OAR’s purview of operation.

Since 1990, the Tournament has been a three-day event set on Father’s Day Weekend. It is a rodeo format featuring multiple species in three divisions for competitive fishing for Juniors to Pros. The format has proven itself productive and inviting to participants and their families. The Bend Saltwater Classic is the Fishing Family’s place to be on Father’s Day Weekend in North Florida.

On Father’s Day weekend 2013 the Big Bend Saltwater Classic will be celebrating its 25th anniversary.  For this special occasion, we will be moving the headquarters back to the Moorings in Carrabelle where the tournament was held for many years.  We are excited to renew this great tradition.  With over $50,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, you’ve got plenty of reasons to come celebrate with us June 14th-16th at the 25th annual BBSC.

Departure points: Tournament entrants must depart from port (or may fish from shore) along the portion of the Gulf of Mexico coastline from the Keaton Beach Canal in Taylor County to the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County.

While planning your trip, consider staying at a local Bed and Breakfast.  Turtle Beach Inn offers warm hospitality and a wonderful place to sleep, relax and spend Father’s Day weekend.

 

Jazz Festival Panama City Beach, FL April 2013

Monday, April 8th, 2013
Seabreeze Jazz Festival

Seabreeze Jazz Festival

Enjoy the ultimate weekend of smooth Jazz from April 17 – April 21, 2013 on Panama City Beach, Florida.  There is a full lineup of award-winning artists who are ready to hit the stage at the Gulf Coast’s annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival.    Aaron Bessant Park sets the stage for a jazzy, all-star weekend, which draws music lovers from near and far. Named “Top 10 Jazz Festival in the USA” by JazzIZ Magazine and recently nominated as “Best Jazz Festival” at the Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards, The Seabreeze Jazz Festival combines the top national smooth jazz artists with a full weekend of fun, sun, great beaches, and good times– all on the west end of Panama City Beach.  The event attracts jazz lovers from the USA, Canada, and Europe for what many call “The Ultimate Weekend” in one non-stop performance-packed weekend of music.

Located in Panama City Beach is Panama City Beach Bed and Breakfast Inn.  It’s the perfect place to spend your down time after the Seabreeze Jazz Festival. Warm hospitality and a great place to lay your head. In this beachside village, you can walk or bicycle. If you are into antique automobiles, you are in for a treat.

October is a Festive Month in NW Florida

Sunday, September 25th, 2011
Fresh Oysters

Eat oysters at the Franklin County Oyster Festival in October.

October in Northwest Florida is glorious. Average temperatures are in the 70s, and there are more sunny days than at any other time during the year. If the air can be crisp in Florida, it is most likely to be crisp in October when humidity levels are at their lowest. In short, if you’ve been thinking about visiting Florida, go in October. We hope you’ll stay in NW Florida Bed and Breakfasts while there.

The 2011 October calendar is full of festivals and fun events:

  • Peanut Festival, October 1 & 2, Gabbert Farm, about an hour north of Pensacola.

Guests of Northwest Florida Bed and Breakfasts in October will feast on stone crabs, oysters and peanuts. They’ll drink Florida wine, and beer from all over the world. They’ll celebrate nature and art. When not participating in these fine festivals, they’ll go for long beach walks and swim in the Gulf of Mexico.

All in all, October in Florida’s Forgotten Coast is worth remembering.

The Lovely Town of Apalachicola

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
St. George´s Island Lighthouse

St. George's Island Lighthouse

Back in it’s heyday, Apalachicola was the third largest port on the Gulf of Mexico. While this Northwest Florida town can feel a little sleepy sometimes today, evidence of grand past lingers in the wide boulevards and impressive historic buildings. The over 900 homes and buildings in the National Historic District helped Apalachicola become a Distinctive Destination, as noted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Architecture buffs will definitely want to stroll down some of these streets, camera in hand.

There is much to do in this corner of NW Florida, from admiring historic architecture to enjoying the great outdoors. The biggest problem for outdoor recreation enthusiasts will be deciding what to do first – paddle throughout the Apalachicola Paddling Trail System – one of the best in the county; play on the beach and dunes of St. George Island State Park, or explore the trails of Tate’s Hell State Forest (if for no other reason than to get to the bottom of its interesting name).

Guests of Apalachicola bed and breakfasts will enjoy tasting the food of the region – especially the seafood. If you like oysters, you’ll want to eat them here, though there is a good chance you’ve already eaten Apalachicola oysters; 90% of all Florida oysters are harvested here (or 10% of the nation’s oysters). Stop by Papa Joe’s Oyster Bar, or ask the innkeepers of you bed and breakfast Apalachicola for another good recommendation. One thing is certain – you’ll be tucking into a fresh and copious breakfast each morning of your stay.

Surprise Your Valentine with a Florida Vacation

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Chocolates are delicious. Flowers are lovely. Romantic getaways to Florida b&bs are unforgettable.

In a few weeks it will be Valentine’s Day. Surprise your Valentine with dinner in Florida followed by a cuddly weekend in the Sunshine State. This is a large, diverse state with something for everyone.

If your sweetie loves the city, head to an international city with fantastic restaurants, museums, music and more. Whether you are hungering for Dim Sum or Argentine steak, Creole seafood or sweet crepes, you can find a good restaurant in or near Miami to satisfy you. Ask the innkeepers of your Miami b&b for recommendations – sometimes the best places are the ones known only to locals – and have fun exploring this dynamic city together.

If your sweetie loves small, peaceful towns and miles of virtually untouched beaches, head to Northwest Florida. Or wander through historic seaports in Northeast Florida and learn about some of the nations first coastal towns.

No matter what you do, you can’t go wrong with a romantic getaway in Florida. It is a lovely way to express your love for your Valentine. Be sure to browse our specials – you may find the perfect deal is waiting for you.

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