Posts Tagged ‘outdoor recreation’

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.

Monticello Home and Heritage Tour March 14 2015

Monday, March 2nd, 2015


Monticello Home & Heritage Tour

Saturday, March 14, 2015

10:00 am – 4:30 pm

The residents of Jefferson County are extremely proud of their historic heritage. Over 20 stately homes and public buildings, beautiful trees and lovely gardens paint an elegant portrait of the Old South. This is a wonderful opportunity to see an historic town and stay at the John Denham House Bed and Breakfast, an authentic elegant, historic restoration. Listed on the National Historic Register, this thirteen room 145 year old early Victorian Mansion was built by a cotton trader who shipped cotton and goods to New York and back. It has eight fireplaces, an acre of restored grounds and a cupola on top.

Monticello Florida Bed and Breakfasts Inns are located in North West Florida.  Monticello is just 23 miles east of Florida’s capital city of Tallahassee, and is fast becoming one of that city’s favorite “bedroom communities”.   Monticello is approximately mid-way between Jacksonville, Florida’s northern-most Atlantic port and Pensacola, one of her largest Gulf ports.

Historically, the City of Monticello has no equal in Northern Florida. Nestled within the tree lined streets of Monticello are many antebellum homes which provide a unique look and feel to the city. During the depression of the 1930s, many of the residents of Monticello could not afford to build new homes and the houses were renovated or restored. Today, these homes offer tourists a rare glimpse of the original architectural styles, which prevailed in the south prior to the civil war.


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.

Take Those Vacation Days at Florida Inns

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

AlanHowardCanoe_1 (1)The TV commercials are full of advertisements asking you to take vacation days. Too many people are not taking advantage of their vacation days. You earned them! Here is my personal invitation to explore and enjoy Florida this winter. I’m not talking about Disney, but experiencing the real Florida. Central Florida offers citrus and cattle, beautiful rivers, woods to explore, fossil hunting, rodeos and delicious food in off the beaten path locations. See a different culture and the cowboys of old who work the cattle and those who grow produce for the world. Smell the orange blossoms in March, there is nothing like it. They seem to bloom unexpectedly overnight and the fragrance is intoxicating. Of course the beaches are always a good idea to think, dream and regenerate for a time. But do get up and enjoy what else there is to do.

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.


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.

Safety Harbor Florida Ibis Bed and Breakfast

Friday, December 6th, 2013

IBis B&B EntranceThe Ibis Bed and Breakfast in downtown Safety Harbor takes its name from the White Ibis shorebird, native to Florida and frequently seen in the area.  The Ibis Bed and Breakfast is 10 minutes from Tampa Airport, just over the Courtney Campbell Bridge.

The Ibis is within walking distance to Tampa Bay, parks, Main Street shops and restaurants, and the city marina. Miles of hiking and biking trails abound in and around Safety Harbor, where the largest park in Pinellas County is located, Philippe Park, along Tampa Bay, home to an intact Indian mound.

Ruth Eckerd Hall is just down the street for those who love Music Events.

Safety Harbor is a city on the west shore of Tampa Bay in Pinellas County. Florida. At the head of Old Tampa Bay is the City of Safety Harbor, a secret little hideaway, neighbored by the major cities of Clearwater and Tampa. This quaint community boasts distinctive shops, award winning restaurants and plenty of family fun. There is certainly something for everyone, from beautiful parks laden with historical significance and nature’s artwork, to cultural venues for the cosmopolitan visitor.

Downtown Safety Harbor sets the mood for the community. Discover the charm of Safety Harbor the old fashioned way by strolling. With its palm treed thoroughfare, canopied sidewalks and brick lined streets, “Main Street” offers you the opportunity to succumb to your curiosity while perusing through captivating shops, sampling new cuisine and rediscovering a love of art displayed in one of the area’s finest galleries on Main Street.  Try antiquing in shops housed in colorful bungalows. Enjoy a cappuccino under the shade of an old oak tree. Safety Harbor merchants take pleasure in creating the ambiance unique to their small town.

You will find history alive throughout Safety Harbor. Since the turn of the century, tourists have been traveling to this area to be rejuvenated by the spring waters of historic Espiritu Santo Springs, or “Springs of the Holy Spirit”, a natural mineral spring. Its waters were given this name in 1539 by the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, who was supposedly searching for the mythical “Fountain of Youth“.

In June 2008, a 6,000 year old spearhead was found at Marshall Street Park. The inhabitants of the area at the time of Spanish exploration were the Tocobaga people, who lived in villages around Tampa Bay. Safety Harbor sites have yielded pottery, and artifacts of copper, shell, and stone. The Tocobaga were known for constructing various ceremonial and communal mounds to bury the dead. Most of these mounds were destroyed in the early 1900s due to development. However, one of these burial mounds is still visible in Safety Harbor’s Phillippe Park  Shells found in these mounds were used to pave city streets.

The name Safety Harbor originated from the early 18th century, when pirates were a substantial influence in the area. Once ships reached this area of the bay, all threats from pirates were gone, and it was commonly referred to as a “Safe Harbor”.

Enjoy a wonderful stay at the Ibis Bed and Breakfast.

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.

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
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