Posts Tagged ‘Venice’

Top 10 B&B’s in Florida, The Guardian, UK

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Top 10 B&Bs and guesthouses in Florida as chosen by The Guardian, UK

Congratulation to the Black Dolphin Inn, New Smyrna Beach, FL; Horse and Chaise Inn, Venice, FL; and Victorian House, St. Augustine, FL who are all members of the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns, for making the Top 10 Bed and Breakfast list in Florida, as published in The guardian, UK.

On Monday, April 29, 2013, Bonnie Gross and Bob Rountree of The Guardian chose from historic guesthouses with old Florida charm to luxurious inns and comfy lakeside cabins in the Sunshine State and chose some interesting places to stay.  This is what they had to say.

BlackDolphinBlack Dolphin Inn, New Smyrna Beach

This elegant B&B overlooks the Halifax River and takes its name from the dolphins that patrol the waters off its dock. The expansive great room downstairs includes a bar, sitting area and breakfast room, where a full Southern-style breakfast is served at weekends. You are within walking distance of restaurants and shops in the historic downtown area and a short distance from beaches , surf shops and Flagler Avenue’s beachside galleries and eateries.
• +1 386 410 4868, blackdolphininn.com. Doubles from $129 B&B

Horse and Chaise Inn, Venice

This charming inn lies in the heart of Venice’s historic district, developed as a planned community as an investment by a railroad union during the 1920s. At the time, railroads were rapidly spreading across Florida for transport of winter crops to the populous north and to bring northerners south for respite from Yankee winters. The stucco exterior and tasteful landscaping blend well in this neighborhood of stately homes and wide boulevards. All nine rooms are comfortable and plush, and the reading room serves as a gathering place for guests to play games. There’s a 24-hour snack cupboard to supplement the gourmet breakfasts. You are a pleasant walk from white-sand beaches and be sure to try the seafood at the nearby Crow’s Nest, overlooking the inlet to the Gulf of Mexico. Just don’t try to book for the summer months: t
• +1 941 488 2702, horseandchaiseinn.com. Doubles from $119 B&B. Closed from July until 15 October

Victorian House, St Augustine

St Augustine was founded in 1565 by a Spanish admiral, making it the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement in the US. It’s full of historic B&Bs, and the Victorian House, a well-preserved 1895 building, epitomizes all the things that are enchanting about them. A key asset is its excellent location, on a quiet street in the historic district, where horse-drawn carriage tours clip-clop past over the cobblestones. Another is the breakfasts, a cut above the usual.
• +1 904 824 5214, victorianhousebnb.com. Doubles from $119 B&B

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Venice Shark Tooth Festival 2013

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Shark Tooth

From April 12 – 14, 2013, fossil collectors from all over come to Venice Florida to celebrate the overabundance of prehistoric sharks teeth found in the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World”, located at the Venice Municipal Airport Festival Grounds on Airport Avenue.  Sharks Teeth are on display as well as other prehistoric fossils.  Millions of black and white sharks teeth fossils wash up on Venice Beach every year.  Not only sharks teeth are on display, but you will find over 100 arts and craft displays, delicious food, and live entertainment.  Bring the entire family to the Venice Shark Tooth Festival so the children can participate in the Sharks Tooth Scramble or be amazed at the Mote Marine hands on exhibit.  This carnival like atmosphere is the perfect way to spend a beautiful spring weekend.  There is also a 10K Run on April 13th that benefits Athletes of Special Olympics of Sarasota County.  The Sharks Tooth Festival is a project of Special Athlete Boosters, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency.  All proceeds of the festival benefit Special Olympics of Sarasota County.

 

Horse and Chaise Bed and Breakfast Inn
Venice, Florida

Consider the Horse and Chaise Bed and Breakfast in Venice as a base for exploring the Sharks Tooth and Seafood Festival.  With plenty to keep you busy in the surrounding area, such as specialty shops and antique shops only minutes away, staying in one of nine historically themed rooms will provide you with true comfort and relaxation.  You can shake off the stress of your hectic life, enjoy a full course breakfast and walk along the beach to experience Venice as it was meant to be seen.

While in town, you may also want to visit Historic Spanish Point, an archeological, historical, and environmental museum on 30-acres in neighboring Osprey, Florida. The only exhibition enclosed within a prehistoric shell mound in the world is found there.

Romance in the Sunshine State

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

If you are looking to wrap up the summer with a romantic getaway, Florida is the place to go. There are innumerable spots throughout the state that will soften even the most hardened of hearts.

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Nothing says "I love you" like a romantic getaway in Florida.

Lovers Key State Park, in SW Florida, is a good place to start. Long accessed only by boats, Lovers Key is now one of four barrier islands that make up this state park. Walk hand in hand along sandy beaches, rent a canoe or kayak and paddle among dolphin and manatee, or go for a relaxing bike ride along a trail that traverses the four islands. There are few places so lovely to watch the sun set.

Amelia Island, in NE Florida, is another excellent spot for a Florida romantic getaway. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic district and toast one another in the Palace Saloon, Florida’s oldest continually operating bar. Gallop up the beach together on horseback, the wind whipping through your hair. This is romance like you find in the movies, but it’s real.

If it is called Venice, it has to be romantic. The Venice of Central West Florida boasts a lovely historic downtown and many miles of uninterrupted sandy beaches. You’ll find quaint restaurants in which to linger over a lengthy dinner, and endless opportunities to play together in the sun.

The weather in much of the country is unpredictable these days; cloudy days are lowering spirits on the west coast, and the upper mid west is suffering from relentless rain. Escape from all that with a romantic getaway in Florida as soon as possible. Your sweetie will thank you.

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