Posts Tagged ‘outdoor recreation’

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.

STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL LAKE WORTH FLORIDA

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

Orange City Florida

Monday, August 19th, 2013

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“When visiting Orange City, the place for your lodging is the Alling House Bed and Breakfast. This folk-Victorian home has a traditional Bed and Breakfast feel, with three rooms on the second floor decorated in a Victorian style, with private spacious bathrooms. There are also five separate cottages on the property, each decorated in a different theme. Each cottage is equipped with a full kitchen, washer/dryer, cable TV, Internet computer and WIFI. The cottages come in several floor plans, providing a variety of bed sizes and amenities, such as jet tubs, electric fireplaces, canopy beds, aquarium, running model trains, antique tools, and enough to equip you as a regular cowboy. The goal is to provide a full themed experience, not just a place to lay your head.

In addition to being a romantic getaway destination, the property is a great place for families. With plenty of room for kids to run and games to play, it is a place where moms and dads can relax and not worry about the safety of their children. With fire pits for roasting marshmallows, gas grill, and the availability of outside tables and chairs, it is a wonderful family reunion location. There are several city and county parks in the area, as well as miniature golf, arcade and go-cart track just a few blocks away.

When in Orange City, you must drive 2 1/2 miles down French Ave. to Blue Spring State Park, well known for its many manatees during the cooler months and its swimming during the warmer months. Use our bicycles to ride the local paved biking/jogging trails or our kayaks to explore the river or paddle up into Blue Spring. There are also eco-river tours in the area that do a fantastic job of showing you the flora, fauna and wildlife of the St. Johns River. Other parks in the area are Gemini Springs County Park, Hontoon Island State Park and then Deleon Spring State Park, where you can cook your own pancakes at your table within the Old Spanish Sugar Mill. The Orange City/Deland area also boasts of its other river-based activities, such as fishing and boating, as well as its skydiving complex at the Deland Airport.

There are two mansions in the area that are available to tour. One is Debary Hall, the winter home of Frederick Debary, founder of the city of Debary. This interesting home is just 5 miles south of the Alling House and has a regular schedule of tours each day. The other is Stetson Mansion, the exquisite winter mansion of John B. Stetson, the famous hat maker. This mansion is Deland, about 4 miles north of the Alling House and gives private tours by prior arrangement.

For cultured activities, guests can attend plays and concerts at the Athens Theater in Deland, the Shoe String Theater in Lake Helen, and the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach.

If you believe in ghosts, the spiritualist camp of Cassadaga is only about 5 miles away, where guests often go to have readings done, fortunes told, participate in séances, take pictures of strange auras, and investigate the spiritualist movement/philosophy.

The Central Florida Zoo is in Sanford, about a 20 minute drive from Alling House and features a zip line tour and a train ride around the park.

The various beaches in the area are a 30-50 minute drive from Alling House, starting with the popular New Smyrna Beach, 30 minutes, Daytona Beach, 45 minutes, Ponce Inlet Beach, 50 minutes. While in that area you’ll want to visit the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse with its very informative museum buildings and a trip up to the top of the lighthouse where the view is spectacular.

Those interested in antiques and historic housewares will find that there are a number of antique stores, antique malls, used furniture stores, and thrift stores in Orange City and Deland. The Alling House has guests that periodically come from Kissimmee to stay with them while they visit the interesting stores in the area.

The Deland merchants association organizes several festivals in downtown Deland during the year, be it a music festival, art festival, chili cook-off or dog parade. These activities are great fun while exploring the historic small town atmosphere and architecture of this beautiful county seat.

There is a good variety in restaurants to chose from in the area, with a good number of national chain restaurants in Orange City and quite a variety of local restaurants in the Deland area providing their own deliciously, unique cuisine. The owners of Alling House do a good job of providing guidance and information for finding the dining experience you’re looking for.

Whether your looking for a quite, relaxing getaway or days full of activities, you will be sure to find it at Alling House Bed and Breakfast in Orange city.”  Innkeepers, Gerald and Nan Hill will welcome you.

Gerald Hill

Alling House B&B

386-775-7648

Black Dolphin Inn New Smyrna Beach Florida 2013

Monday, August 5th, 2013

BlackDolphinIf you love the beach, the water, the heat, the sand, the beach bars, the seafood and stellar hospitality you’ll want to visit the Black Dolphin Inn.   I recently stayed at the Black Dolphin Inn in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.   What a fabulous Inn and perfect location on Riverside Drive overlooking the Indian River waterway.  Every aspect of the Black Dolphin Inn speaks luxury and southern grace.  This newly renovated Inn is eye catching in its Spanish-Colonial style architecture with fresh and tastefully designed modern and contemporary interior, speaking elegance in every way.  Brett and Shelia, along with their son, Taylor are gracious hosts who insure you a delightful stay. You can tell the entire family has a solid background in hospitality and they run the inn with passion and warmth exceeding the expectations of their guests.  Third generation hoteliers and identical twin Brothers Brett & Scott Smith, fell in love with this former riverfront estate.  Overlooking the Indian River on Florida’s east central Atlantic coast, Black Dolphin gets its name from the dolphins that playfully swim by its dock. The 14 guest rooms are skillfully appointed with amazing vintage finds, fine art, eclectic accents, and modern amenities.  Gorgeous views, many with French doors opening to a private balcony that seem like tree houses peeking through gnarled oaks to the Indian River.  The Black Dolphin Inn was recently selected as one of the “Top Ten B & B’s” awarded in 2013 by BedandBreakfast.com.  The Black Dolphin Inn is not just a place to stay, it is a reason to go to New Smyrna Beach. The breakfast is beautifully displayed with locally sourced sustainable foods, which is expanded to include additional dishes such as steel-mill grits and southern home-fried potatoes. In nearby New Smyrna, walking distance from the inn, funky seaside restaurants are abundant as well as beach-side galleries, surf shops, and sprawling beaches. Overnight docking is available at the Black Dolphin for guests with boats. Even without a boat, fishing opportunities are plentiful at nearby Canaveral National Seashore Park.   While standing outside I was greeted by the bottle nose dolphins from the dock.  The Black Dolphin provides a retreat for the mind, body, and soul.

The Dog Days of Summer

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Bright EyesSome of the best memories I have took place during the Dogs Days of Summer, while playfully running or spraying the hose with all the kids in the neighborhood because it was so hot.  Catching lightning bugs in mason jars to light up the bedroom later that night, or so we thought.  Who can’t remember playing all, you all, in come free, the slogan of the kids running back to base at a huge oak tree without being tagged.  So what do we adults do during the dog days of summer?  Drink a cold beer or cold wine while sitting in the shade on a lake, beach or pool somewhere, or read a book in a hammock under a beautiful oak shade tree.  We even liked to float down a shaded river in a canoe or kayak, jet skiing on a beautiful lake, riding in a speed boat or water skiing behind a fast boat so the water will spray and cool you off.  Water sports are so much fun and a great way to spend time outdoors during the dog days of summer.  Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns have plenty of Inns around the state that are located on the beach, river or lake and many more have beautiful pools for cooling you off.  The Innkeepers would gladly serve a glass of Iced Tea or Cool Lemonade to help keep hydrated during the heat.

Where did the phrase Dog Days of Summer come from?  A casual survey will usually find that many people believe the phrase is in reference to the conspicuous laziness of domesticated dogs during the hottest days of the summer. When speaking of “Dog Days” there seems to be a connotation of lying or “dogging” around, or being “dog tired” on hot and humid days.  Why not let someone pamper you with a get-a-way during July and August to escape the heat.  During late July, Sirius is in conjunction with the sun, and the ancients believed that its heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather. They named this period of time, from 20 days before the conjunction to 20 days after, “dog days” after the dog star.

All of the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn lodgings welcome you to spend a pleasant respite from the heat.

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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