Posts Tagged ‘Summer Fun’


Monday, June 20th, 2016

Daytona Nascar Cars



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

It‘s Watermelon Festival Time!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016



June is the home to the ever popular Jefferson County Watermelon Festival. Originally the festival was started to recognize the watermelon growers in Jefferson County. Held the third weekend of June, this festival is enjoying going into its 66th year of watermelon, music, children’s theater, pageants, Street Dance, arts and crafts vendors, food, a 5K run, car show, art show ghost tours seed spitting contest, watermelon carving contest, softball tournament, Beer Garden, parade and much, much more. The Watermelon Festival continues as a time-honored tradition that says it’s summertime in Monticello, FL.  Below is an illustration of the events taking place during the 66th Annual Watermelon Festival.Watermelon-1

June 4, Watermelon Pageants

June 10, Kickoff Dinner, Bed Race, and Rodeo

June 11, Rodeo

June 16, Woman’s Club Fashion Show

June 17, Rotary Barbecue, Street Dance & Children’s Theatre, Arts & Crafts

June 18, FMB Breakfast, Antique Car Show, Children’s Theatre, Arts & Crafts, Parade & Festival



John Denham House-1Just 5 miles from Interstate 10, The Award Winning 1872 John Denham House Bed and Breakfast, an authentic elegant circa 1870′s restoration – this thirteen room early Victorian Mansion was built by a Scottish immigrant cotton trader. It has eight fireplaces, many period antiques, an acre of restored grounds and a cuppola on top.
Walk our beautiful small town with friendly shops and home- grown restaurants. Enjoy gorgeous canopy road drives under huge oaks, as well as;

  •  Antique and Junque Shopping
  • Art Galleries
  • Beautiful Historic walking/driving tour,
  • Lakes and Rivers
  • Kayaking and Canoeing
  • Birding Areas
  • Hiking Trails
  • Watermelon Festival
  • Performing Theater
  • Winery, and
  • Many Bicycling Trails.
  • Or just sit on the wonderful front porch or veranda and listen to the fountain and birds sing.

Summer Fun Maitland Florida 2013

Monday, July 1st, 2013
Thurston House Bed and Breakfast

Thurston House Bed and Breakfast

A day in Maitland, Florida, located in Orange County, and just east of Orlando.  The best way to start any day in Maitland is to wake up in your comfortable guest room at Thurston House. Get dressed, grab a cup of coffee in the dining room and head to a rocker on the wraparound porch. The birds will entertain you while the sun comes up over Lake Eulalia. Enjoy your fabulous full breakfast, then head out to explore. Arrive right at 10am at the Audubon Birds of Prey Center and you’ll be there to see them bringing the resident birds out for their daily tethering. The guides will fill you in on the history of each of their charges and how they came to live at the center. After that, stroll around the rest of the facility, enjoying the variety of birds of prey in their huge cages.

Go left out of the center and wind along Lake Sybelia for a few minutes to arrive at your next stop, The Maitland Art Center founded as an art colony in 1937 by Andre Smith. It is one of 5 museums located within a mile of each other. Enjoy the small art gallery, shop the museum store for one of a kind gifts, stroll around the gardens and grounds, peek in at the artists in residence honing their crafts, and be amazed at the beautiful outdoor chapel with its Mayan courtyard area.

Your next stop is just next door, the Maitland Historical Museum. It houses permanent and changing exhibits related to Maitland’s history from its founding to the present day. Don’t miss the Telephone Museum, housed in back of the history museum. Their exhibits detail telephone technology through the years.

The last stop would be at Lake Lily Park, the Waterhouse Residence Museum (circa 1884) along with the Carpentry Shop (circa 1883) Museum. The Waterhouse Residence was the home of pioneer settler and builder William H. Waterhouse and his family. It has been beautifully restored to reflect the way of life enjoyed by a middle class family during the late Victorian period. The carpentry shop was the site of Mr. Waterhouse’s woodworking and construction business.

This route you can easily walk, as well as, drive, depending on your abilities. If you get hungry, enjoy food at several local establishments along the way, including Athena Chicken, Antonio’s Café, or So Napa Grille.

And this is just a small amount of what there is to do within 10 minutes from Thurston House Bed & Breakfast in Maitland!  Carole M. Ballard, innkeeper of  Thurston House in beautiful Maitland invites you to come visit.

Celebrating 20 years of innkeeping – WOW!

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