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Jacksonville Caribbean Festival

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

 

JACKSONVILLE CARIBBEAN

FESTIVAL

Weekend of August 13th, 2016

Jacksonville Caribbean CarnivalNot going to the Caribbean this year? No worries…come visit the Jacksonville Caribbean Festival to enjoy new experiences, celebrate and get to know all the diverse Caribbean cultures, and spoil yourself in the festivities!

The Jacksonville Caribbean Festival celebrates all Caribbean cultures with a day of live music, dancing, authentic cuisine, artists, vendors and a parade. Before heading to the festival portion of this event, grab a spot for the parade and check out the vibrant costumes, elaborate floats, and traditional dance troupes while the sounds of calypso, soca and steel drums can be heard throughout the area. Finish your day with a Caribbean-style Mardis Gras festival that doubles as an elaborate food festival showcasing the exquisite flavors and aromas of authentic Caribbean cuisine as well as Caribbean craft displays, catchy steel drum music and live performances.

For additional information click on Jacksonville Caribbean Festival . This year’s event you don’t want to miss! Make your reservations today!

Looking for an alternative to your traditional hotel stay?  Try one of the Florida Bed & Breakfast Inns they are sure not to disappoint!

Club Continental SuitesClub Continental Suites, nestled on the banks of the St. John’s River under towering, moss draped oaks, this former private estate is now a romantic and intimate bed & breakfast and private club. Fifteen oversized river suites & seven rooms in the original 1923 mansion beckon you to step back in time to Old World Florida.

Riverdale InnRiverdale Inn Bed & Breakfast In Jacksonville at the turn of the century, 50 mansions lined Riverside Avenue in an area known as “The Row”. Today, only two of these fabled homes remain. The Riverdale Inn is one of them. A beautifully restored Victorian style Bed and Breakfast located in the heart of Riverside, in Jacksonville, Florida.

 

Summer in Paradise

Friday, July 8th, 2016

When vacationing in the West Palm Beach area there is plenty to do…here is a short list of things you don’t want to miss!

Lion Country SafariSpend the day at Lion Country Safari Florida’s only drive-through safari and walk-through amusement park. Spend the day on safari with over 900 animals; animal displays and encounters, animal feeding experiences, 5 rides, water sprayground, food, shopping and more. Fun for all ages…you are sure to have a memorable experience at Lion Country Safari.

Norton Museum of ArtNorton Museum of Art – Since its founding in 1941, The Norton Museum of Art has grown and evolved to become one of Florida’s major cultural institutions. The Museum is internationally known for its distinguished permanent collection featuring American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography. Its masterpieces of 19th century and 20th century painting and sculpture include works by Brancusi, Gauguin, Matisse, Miró, Monet, Picasso, Davis, Hassam, Hopper, Manship, O’Keeffe, Pollock and Sheeler. Come visit the current exhibition in the spotlight – Lichtenstein and Monet.

CityPlaceDining, Shopping and Entertainment is not lacking in this area… Visit CityPlace a premier destination in West Palm Beach, offering a mix of over 80 national stores, specialty shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues.  Enjoy a spectacular daily fountain show in an open-air plaza reminiscent of a European town center and live music performed every Friday and Saturday nights. Diva Duck TourGet a great view of the city and the opportunity to see some of the mansions on Palm Beach Island by taking a Diva Duck Tour from CityPlace to the Intracoastal Waterway.

 

Clematis by Night Clematis By Night – chill out South Florida style every Thursday evening in downtown West Palm Beach at the east end of Clematis Street.  Sponsored by the City, this free event caters to music-lovers, families, and a social network of canines and their owners.  As music spills out across the fountain and the main lawn, local artists exhibit their wares while folks sample from the beer and food trucks or any of the surrounding eateries.  Relax, have a beer, and enjoy.

Make it memorable by staying at a Florida Bed & BreakfastSouthern Palm Bed and BreakfastSouthern Palm Bed & Breakfast, situated on a rural peaceful setting on 20 acres with urban amenities close by. Stroll around this private tropical paradise and admire the surroundings. Grandview Gardens Grandview GardensBed & Breakfast In the heart of West Palm Beach, nestled in a tropical garden on Howard Park. The property has been transformed into one of the Palm Beach area’s most intimate resorts with accommodations that are luxurious and yet homey, featuring private entrances and terraces facing towards the pool or gardens. Palm Beach Hibiscus a Boutique Bed & Breakfast  With so many Palm Beach hotels to choose from the alternativePalm Beach Hibiscuschoice is The Palm Beach Hibiscus, a charming boutique Bed and Breakfast with a Key West style ambiance. A hidden tropical oasis offering elegant room accommodations in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach. Casa Grandview Historic Luxury Inn Cottages & Suites Experience the modern Casa Grandviewconveniences of a downtown historic city retreat, privacy of a luxury vacation home, state-of-the-art technology, boutique style amenities, and character of an intimate inn, tucked away in a casual tropical Old Florida style, in a prime West Palm Beach urban location anchored by CityPlace, Clematis Districts, and two miles to Palm Beach.

LOOKING FOR A LONG WEEKEND GETAWAY OF RELAXATION AND FUN?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
CHECK OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NEW SMYRNA BEACH, AUGUST 4-6, 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.

CELEBRATE JULY 4TH IN DAYTONA BEACH!

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Daytona Nascar Cars

CELEBRATE THE FOURTH OF JULY IN DAYTON BEACH!  

IT’S A SUMMER TRADITION AS AMERICAN AS FIREWORKS AND COOKOUTS. 

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

ST. PETE CRAB & MUSIC FESTIVAL!

Monday, June 13th, 2016

 

ST. PETE CRAB AND MUSIC FEST. 2016ENJOY SEAFOOD AND MUSIC ALL DAY AT THE BEAUTIFUL, WATERFRONT VINOY PARK IN DOWNTOWN ST. PETE.

On June 18th, 2016, celebrate the 1st annual Crab and Music Festival hosted in downtown St. Petersburg Vinoy Park, where taste buds and bodies alike will be dancing at this seafood and music festival!  Celebrate the area’s diverse crab and seafood cuisine with live music, tons of food, craft booths, raffles, a children’s zone, cooking demonstrations and more. The festival happens from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and tickets start at $20 for General Admission.  Benefits Bristol Temple Ministries and Children’s Dream Fund. crab claws

 

 

 

 

LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STAY WHERE YOU WILL LEAVE RESTED AND HAPPY?Sea Breeze Manor B&B

Check out the Sea Breeze Manor Bed & Breakfast.  Lori Rosso, owner of Sea Breeze Manor knows how to make you feel right at home not only at the inn, but also in the beautiful waterfront small town of Gulfport. The Sea Breeze Manor, is situated across the street from the quiet and relaxing Gulfport Beach on Boca Ciega Bay and a short walk to Gulfport’s famous Beach Blvd. with several popular restaurants and an eclectic collection of shops and boutiques. Sea Breeze Manor is conveniently located just minutes from a great variety of activities, is the perfect place to stage your Tampa Bay getaway.

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

 

 

SunFest 2016…You Don’t Want To Miss This!

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

SunFest 2016

SunFest 2016 – Celebrating 33 years!!! SunFest is Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival. Returning to downtown West Palm Beach along Florida’s Beautiful Intracoastal Waterway, on April 27th – May 1st, 2016, extending along Flagler Drive from Banyan Boulevard to Lakeview Avenue. This year’s event boasts what could be the most diverse lineup of the year. You can view the line up at SunFest 2016. Between music sets, you may wander the art show and shop the galleries as you stroll down Flagler Drive and appreciate the Fine Art and Craft Show featuring the work of more than 150 national artists. Their works include jewelry, painting, pottery & ceramics, photography, sculpture, wood, arts and crafts, and more. If your feeling athletic…you can register for the “TGI5K” – Palm Beach County’s only 5K that includes access to the “Biggest Post Race Party”. As the festivities conclude enjoy a spectacular Fireworks show on the Intracoastal Waterway…you don’t want to miss

 

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Looking for a place to stay??? Check out Bed & Breakfast Inns in the West Palm Beach Area as an alternative to a hotel stay.  Visitors find West Palm Beach Florida Bed and Breakfasts welcoming and hospitable.  Everyone is welcome to explore the expansive Intracoastal Waterway, beautiful beaches and activities, dine in the restaurants, and take advantage of the arts and culture. Indeed, there is no shortage of entertainment for guests of West Palm Beach Florida Bed & Breakfasts.

 

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.

The Antiques of Arcadia, Florida

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
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Arcadia appreciates old stuff.

Arcadia Florida has been voted the best antiquing town in all of Florida by Florida Monthly Magazine. This Central West Florida town boasts more than 20 antique shops in a four block radius and a sizable antique fair on the fourth Saturday of every month (except December, when it is the third Saturday). If you take antiquing seriously, consider booking a room in an Arcadia, Florida, Bed and Breakfast. You’ll have the time of your life.

A Few of Arcadia’s Antique Shops: (more…)

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