Posts Tagged ‘antique shops’

Arcadia Florida’s Oak Park Inn

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Oak Park Inn Bed and BreakfastThe Oak Park Inn Bed and Breakfast can be found in downtown Arcadia at 2 West Oak Street.  What a charming and beautiful BnB to visit.  Arcadia, Florida is located at the intersection of Route 17 and Route 70, mid-state between Sarasota and Fort Pierce.  Downtown Arcadia is an enchanting district of historic buildings full of antique shops.  Pleasantly lost in time, Arcadia offers a pleasing escape from the hustle and bustle of life.

While there it would be worth your while to take the time to canoe down the beautiful Peace River.   The Peace River gently meanders through Arcadia with high, forested banks, low pastures and sandy outcroppings.  It’s not unusual to spot deer, alligator and a variety of birds, maybe even some wild turkeys.  Fossil hunting is a favorite of some as well.  Becky Bragg is the owner of Canoe Outpost, one of Florida’s most established paddling outfitters. She invites you to glide through the unspoiled back country and experience its quiet.  Swim, fish or have a picnic. Canoe Outpost-Arcadia (800) 268-0083

Arcadia holds several popular annual events: The Desoto County Fair between January 17 – 27, 2013;  the Watermelon Festival in May at the height of harvesting season; special events along with car shows and parades.  The tri-annual All-Florida Championship Rodeo will be held March 8 & 9, 2013.

On the fourth Saturday of each month, vendors from surrounding areas take over the streets with even more wares and precious finds. Tucked between the shops, you’ll have the chance to enjoy cafés, home cooking, a tea room and even an old fashion ice cream parlor, complete with homemade delicious flavors, sundaes and shakes.

If you enjoy a pleasant get-a-away and like to explore the country lifestyle, you’ll really enjoy visiting Arcadia and sleep well at the Oak Park Inn Bed and Breakfast. (863) 494-9500Oak Park Inn Parlor

The Antiques of Arcadia, Florida

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

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…)

Historic Cocoa Village

Monday, July 25th, 2011
Cocoa Village, Cocoa, Florida

Picturesque Cocoa Village.

Historic Cocoa Village sits on the Indian River, across the river from the more well known Cocoa Beach. The village is a destination unto itself. Whether you are staying at a Cocoa Beach Florida Bed and Breakfast, an Orlando Florida Bed and Breakfast, or simply traveling along the east coast of Florida, consider spending and afternoon and evening in Cocoa Village.

It isn’t large, but Cocoa Village is home to more than 50 boutiques and shops. Most are located along Brevard Avenue and Harrison Street, so it’s easy to explore them all on foot. In addition to clothing shops and gift/souvenir boutiques, there are a number of respectable antique shops and art galleries.

BadBirds Gallery displays the work of several contemporary local artists and artisans, as well as antique art. Browse Miss Bailey’s Antiques, Stone Street Antiques, and the unique Horse Feathers Antiques. Antiques & Collectibles Too has a little of everything, as does the Cocoa Antique Mall. All these shops are close to the Riverfront Park, a good spot to sit in the shade when you need to rest.

Cocoa Village is also home to many restaurants, both fine-dining and casual. You can enjoy a piece of pizza and homemade ice-cream in your shorts, or dress up and dine in elegance.

  • Café Margaux features creative French and European Cuisine.
  • Murdock’s Bistro and Char Bar has tasty BBQ pork and live music several nights a week.
  • Cara Mia offers fresh Italian food and lovely views of the Indian River.
  • Brasas Grill is a Brazilian Steak-House Churascaria with hearty meats and flavorful sides.
  • Black Tulip is a wonderful spot for a romantic evening.

Cocoa Village is worth a look, so much so that it may be worth lodging in a nearby Florida Bed and Breakfast so you can explore it at your leisure.

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