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Gulfport Florida First Friday Events

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

On the first Friday of each month, you can visit Beach Boulevard in Gulfport for the fun and fantastic Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk! The event features art from several different perspectives. There are paintings, sculptures, photographs and even fanciful art created from upcycled items. That’s only part of what they exhibit. You can also find hand-crafted jewelry, self-designed and handmade clothing, accessories and bath & body products. There’s something for everyone!

This week’s Adopt-An-Artist is Seventeen-year-old Lucas Pitzen. Lucas’s love of traditional tools and techniques make him a unique young man. Instead of sitting at his custom-built computer playing games he is researching the elements for his next project. Whether he is restoring an old block plane or creating a new piece of furniture his attention to detail is beyond his years. Lucas prefers using reclaimed and renewable wood products for his creations that range from simple cutting boards to finely crafted tables. Along with selling his woodworking he believes in giving back and has already made his mark in Gulfport having completed the Little Food Pantry for the Gulfport Neighbors. Lucas currently attends the Lakewood High School CAT program and works with Pitzen Studios where his hand building skills and work ethic are truly an asset.

When it comes to music, we’ve got you covered. There are several venues throughout the Waterfront District that host live bands, so you have your choice of who to listen to, or you can jump around and hear it all.

On top of all of that, downtown Gulfport features many unique shops, boutiques and galleries with charm you will only find here.  With over a dozen great restaurants, you are certain to find something that fits your taste, and it’s all within walking distance of all the evening’s festivities. Don’t miss out on your chance to eat at one of the foremost dining destinations in the Tampa Bay Area.

Admission and parking are complimentary, with courtesy trolley rides available from off-site parking areas. Gulfport events are pet and family friendly. We can’t wait to see you there!

The event is located near the surrounding area of 3101 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707.   While there perhaps you’d like staying in the area at the Sea Breeze Manor , a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn right in the Heart of Gulfport.

Valentine’s Day – The Most Romantic Day for Couples 2017

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Make Valentine’s Day special, or spend the rest of the year catching up. Don’t scrimp, don’t cut corners and just do roses and chocolates. Treat your significant other to a special Florida Inns get-a-way.

By all means do the candy and flowers, but why don’t you have the Inn provide those for you. Tell the love of your life you are taking her to special place. A Florida Inn will be just the thing and timeless memories will be made.


Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

So men, you’ve been roped into a romantic weekend. Doesn’t matter what you did, it doesn’t matter why. What matters is you need a romantic weekend now!

Could be you’re at that beginning stage of a relationship where you actually want to go on a romantic weekend to woo your lady. Have I got the place for you. The backdrop is perfect, beautiful St. Augustine. A plethora of romantic places steps from your doorstep.

My recent stay was at the Victorian House and innkeepers Anthony and Marilyn were a delight. Not a very manly adjective, but hey, we’re talking about a Bed & Breakfast experience here, so delightful is apropos.

Moving on, the accommodations were perfect, but I knew it would be because it’s a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn, so, of course, the place rocks. Welcome to the land of choices, nothing but options. It’s the little things at Victorian House that makes staying a pleasure.

It might, could be, you want to venture out on your own. St. Augustine will not disappoint. Frankly gentlemen, and I’m using the term loosely, don’t you really want every possible direction you take on this special weekend to be a no-brainer?

You spill out onto the street and in every direction an option. Art galleries, restaurants, boutiques, nightlife, everywhere you look.

Gents, you’ll be a hero again, or for the first time by Saturday night.

So stay at a Florida Bed & Breakfast Inn and we’ll make you a hero dudes.

Holiday Gift Certificates 2016

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

sun w:sunglassesIt’s hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner.  How time flies.   It’s time to think about Florida Inn Gift Certificates.  Plan ahead so that you can offer a wonderful gift for your special loved ones.  I’m sure Mom and Dad, or Grandma and Grandpa would enjoy a stay at any of the Florida Inns.  Even your Son and Daughter in law would appreciate a few days away from the kids.  It’s easy and delivered to your door.  Your friends and family will love your gift this year. Florida Inns Gift Certificates.  Order here

Hurricane Matthew Exited Florida

Monday, October 10th, 2016

palm tree, beach, sand sunThe storm has passed and almost all Florida Inns are open for business.  The weather is really beautiful here.  The humidity has retreated and the breezes are soothing.  Amelia Island is open for business, along with New Smyrna, Melbourne Beach, and West Palm Beach.  St. Augustine has power restored and most Inns are open.  The few that had damage are working together and helping each other out.   Keep your plans to visit these delightful cities.  Florida Hospitality is at it’s best and ready to welcome you with glad hearts.

Florida Innkeepers

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Greetings to our Florida Innkeepers,

I am writing to you as a representative of the Florida Bed and Breakfast Association Board of Directors.

As we continue to watch CNN as Hurricane Matthew makes its way up the U.S. East Coast, South Florida Innkeepers are grateful for the minor inconvenience and damage experienced. As we go about the task of restoring normalcy in our homes and businesses and reopen, the immediate concern is for our many innkeepers who may not be as fortunate. This monster storm has taken its toll in other nations and the U.S.—some have perished, many have experienced severe flooding, over a million people are without power and damage reports range from major to minor within our State.

We want you to know we are thinking of you, and praying for you, our innkeeping community and innkeeping friends presently in the path of Hurricane Matthew. Please let us know you are safe, and if there is anything we can do to assist you.

Sincerest Regards on behalf of the Florida Inns Board of Directors,

Cheryl Grantham
Chairman, Florida Inns
Casa Grandview Historic Luxury Inn, Cottages and Suites

2016 Florida Sunshine Conference

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

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Cheryl Grantham, CEO of Florida Inns, is giving this special 36 Hour Labor Day Flash Sale for the 2016 Florida Inns Sunshine Conference Registration -October 4 – 6, 2016 at the West Palm Beach Marriott.
36 Hours Start Today
Friday at 6:00 pm to Monday at 6:00 pm
Flash Sale
Discounted Price $350
with Hotel Reservation
Book your Hotel Reservation to received additional discount off your conference registration. Simply add Marriott confirmation number to your conference registration form to receive your additional discount.
RESERVE YOUR ROOM FIRST –  Call to reserve your room at the West Palm Beach Marriott – 1001 Okeechobee Boulevard West Palm Beach  FL  33401
RESERVATIONS:  561.833.1234  (Do not use link to Marriott to reserve your room.)  Let them know you are coming to the 2016 Florida Inns Sunshine Conference.

The Fuzzy Pineapple Arts & Craft Festival

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

TFP Fest 2016

The Fuzzy Pineapple welcomes all artists, foodies, musicians, actors, photographers, family, friends and more to join us in our 2nd annual independent art and craft festival!

Festivities will feature over 100 independent artists, both local and abroad, showcasing their best original wares. There will be live entertainment showcasing some of the most talented artists, dancers, filmmakers and performers, food, games, a scavenger hunt, and chances to win prizes!

Come out, have fun and show your support to your favorite independent artist by shopping small and encouraging the artists to continue their work! Through this festival, The Fuzzy Pineapple will be able to give a portion of the proceeds to community enrichment projects as well as youth sponsorship programs.

Fuzzy PinappleWHERE:  Aakhet Center for Human Development – 1209 Paul Russell Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32301

WHEN:  September 17th, 2016

TIME:  11am – 8pm

PURPOSE:  “The purpose of this festival is to bring awareness to the public of the many diverse, independent artists located here. It is our mission to help these artists generate enough buzz to propel them into their next level of artistic and economic growth.”


Spend the weekend in Tallahassee and enjoy all the sites of our State Capitol.The McFarlin House B&B Inn

The McFarlin House Bed & Breakfast Inn – Built in 1895 by tobacco grower, John McFarlin, the McFarlin House is a true Queen-Anne Victorian boasting a left-handed turret. Original stained glass windows, pocket doors, 7 fireplace mantels & pressed ceilings await you. Come expereince a by-gone era with all the modern conveniences expected. Warm, inviting hospitality awaits you in this beautifully restored, Queen-Anne Victorian bed and breakfast.



Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Are you looking for a career change…interested in hospitality? Dreamed of owning your own Bed & Breakfast?  This is a workshop you don’t want to miss!


Sponsored by the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Association

WHEN:  JANUARY 8-10, 2017


Unlike any other Aspiring Innkeeper Workshop. An all inclusive weekend full of knowledge about the Bed and Breakfast Industry from acquiring, retrofitting, building a Bed and Breakfast, including regulatory, zoning, government, Fire Safety, Alcohol Licensing, Marketing your Inn, Evaluating how your Inn is doing, and understanding Exit Strategies, plus every day Operations, to help you make an educated decision on how or if you want to proceed into the hospitality industry.

Professional Speaker, Pattie Detwiler of and Seasoned Bed and Breakfast Owners will walk you through the process. This is your opportunity to thoroughly understand the business you are thinking of investing in, while being a guest in a luxury Bed and Breakfast Property.

Victorian HouseTwo Night Accommodations are not included in the registration fee. You can reserve your room after registration by contacting Victorian House directly.  Space is Limited, so please Register early to insure your place.


What participants at the July 2015 Aspiring Workshop had to say:
 * 100% said they would recommend this Workshop to others!
* When asked the most valuable topic presented: Valuation & Financing; Regulations & Operational Tips; Vendors and Staffing.
* When asked the least valuable topic: 100% said there was no topic they deemed least valuable.

What participants of the January 2016 had to say:
* The overall information presented was “Highly useful and actionable. Well presented”, also “Extremely informational”. The most valuable topic was “Entire workshop”. 100% would recommend to others.

Pattie Detwiler Talking to Aspiring Innkeeper at the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns 2014 Conference

Pattie Detwiler Talking to Aspiring Innkeeper at the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Conference




Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

palm tree, beach, sand sun2016 Florida Sunshine Conference

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This is an event you don’t want to miss!  Join us at the 2016 Florida Inns Sunshine Conference, October 4-6 in beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida.  Where you can be in the sunshine and get in the know.

The 2016 Florida Sunshine Conference is the premier annual educational conference for innkeepers, designed and coordinated by the florida inns association.


  • THE ONE PLACE you will find solutions immediately applicable for business growth.
  • THE ONE EVENT where you can learn best practices and learn relevant new management skills.
  • THE WORKSHOPS will leave you with practical real life tips and techniques to accelerate your business.


The industry leaders speaking at the 2016 Sunshine Conference; Learning from the Best of the Best:

  • Brad Harker
  • Ketan Makwana
  • Chef Dennis
  • Travis Dillard

We encourage you to invite your other innkeeper friends and use your influence to bring your fellow innkeepers to the 2016 Florida Sunshine Conference. This would be a great way to meet and network with other innkeepers around the country. Share ideas, experiences and perhaps guests/clients.

Click here to register today! RESERVE MY SPACE

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