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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…)

Great Food on Amelia Island

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Eating out is one of the best parts of traveling. When we leave home we turn off our stoves, unplug our toasters, and hang up our dish towels. We feel content knowing we won’t be cooking or doing dishes again until we return. On vacation, others cook for us.

Leave your routine breakfast at home. Dine out on Amelia Island.

Amelia Island Florida Bed and Breakfasts provide their guests with sumptuous breakfasts every morning. Offerings include the Amelia Island Puff, an exotically filled pastry shell (The Hoyt House), a Peach-Blueberry Torte (The Addison on Amelia Island) or a Strawberry Croissant French Toast (The Williams House). You’ll never feel the same way about your bowl of cereal at home again.

Some Amelia Island Bed and Breakfasts offer additional meals as well. If not, there are many excellent restaurants on the island.

Amelia Island Restaurants:

  • Joe’s Second Street Bistro: a lively place with amazing food. Try it.
  • 29 South: welcoming neighborhood bistro with a unique menu.
  • Thyme World Cuisine: great Italian food, great martinis, and amazing desserts
  • Beech Street Grill: try the nightly fish special in this beautiful historic landmark

The above restaurants are just a start. There are dozens of eateries on Amelia Island, ranging from casual to chic. You’ll find seafood, traditional southern fare, and food from around the world. Make the most of your Amelia Island vacation: eat out often!

Central East Florida Vacation = Dining Out

Friday, April 15th, 2011

A vacation should be exactly what you need it to be. Some folks want lots of activity, others want to rest. Some folks want romance, others are interested in reconnecting with old friends. Some want to shop and visit galleries and museums, others want nothing more than to be outside, soaking up the sun.

Fish & Chips

Every beach vacation should include Fish & Chips!

For all, vacation includes dining out.

Indialantic Florida Bed and Breakfasts
are within walking distance to a surprising variety of fine restaurants: casual and fine dining, seafood and pizza, bistros and cafes. Many more dining establishments are located just across the Indian River in Melbourne, Florida. A good meal is necessary when days are spent lounging on the beach or playing in the surf.

 

Indialantic Florida Restaurants:
Beachside Cafe: when you crave a huge, delicious salad for lunch.
Scotts on Fifth: intimate fresh Italian and seafood a few blocks from the beach.
Islands Fish Grill: a wide variety of fish, prepared so that the flavor soars.
Skewers Mediterranean Grill: the place to enjoy a hookah pipe after your meal.
City Tropics Bistro: fabulous outdoor space, pizza, burgers, and more.

Melbourne Florida Restaurants:
The Chart House: perched over the Indian River and a great place for Happy Hour.
Ichabod’s Dockside Bar & Grill: diverse menu including homemade meatloaf.
Meg O’Malley’s Irish Pub: great place to enjoy a pint after a hot day on the beach.
Matt’s Casbah: delicious food from around the globe.

Guests of Indialantic FL Bed and Breakfasts and Melbourne Beach Bed and Breakfasts will be able to try a different restaurant every day during their stay. Trying new food is one of the best aspects of any vacation. Bon Appetit!

Visit Naples, Florida

Friday, April 8th, 2011
Tropical Bar on the beach - Naples, Florida

Cool off with a drink at this tropical, beachfront café in Naples, Florida.

Naples is one of Southwest Florida’s gems. It boasts superlative beaches and many beautiful, challenging golf courses. It is widely recognized for its world-class shopping and abundant restaurants. Opportunities for outdoor recreation are numerous and varied: salt-water and fresh-water fishing, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, bird watching, and more.

Explore the nearby Florida Everglades or take a manatee sightseeing tour. Enjoy a Champagne Sunset Cruise aboard a Catamaran, or look for alligators and panthers during a wilderness adventure tour. Kayak into the backwaters of the Everglades, or learn to sail. The possibilities may not be endless, but they are numerous enough to keep guests of Southwest Florida Bed and Breakfasts happy for weeks.

In addition to outdoor activities, Naples is home to several fine art galleries and museums. The Naples Museum of Art displays sculptures, paintings and drawings by acclaimed artists from around the world. Its permanent collection continues to grow and includes French Protest Posters from May 1968 and Masters of Miniature; current visiting exhibitions include Modern Mexican Masters and Leaders in American Modernism.

Other draws of Naples Florida include the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra - considered one of the top regional orchestras in the country – and a variety of festivals that take place throughout the year. Book a room in a Southwest Florida Bed and Breakfast in April during the Venetian Carnival. Visit in May for the Outstanding Artists of Florida Exhibition and the Kayak Fishing Classic, or come in June for the Festival of Great Organ Music.

Couples will find Naples, Florida, ideal for romantic getaways. It is a place made for long walks on sugary beaches and cool drinks at sidewalk cafés. There is fine dining in Naples, Florida, as well as plenty of casual places to enjoy a meal. Seafood is of course a specialty here, but guests of Southwest Florida Bed and Breakfasts will also find a wide variety of cuisines such as Thai, Caribbean, French and Irish.

Naples is less than 30 minutes from the Florida, Everglades and an hour south of Sanibel Island. It’s a wonderful addition to any SW Florida Bed and Breakfast vacation.

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