Bed and Breakfasts can be a fun and popular way for people to get away from the sometimes hectic run of the mill hotels located throughout the state. Staying at local bed and breakfasts is a great idea whether you are traveling around the state checking out your retirement options, or even if you already live here and need a quiet getaway.
Many are situated within the walls of old, historical homes that have been renovated and turned into luxury spots, allowing the guest to feel more at home than they would if they were staying in a hotel. There are many Bed and Breakfasts throughout the state of Florida, but here are just a few of our favorites.
Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse, Grayton Beach
This bed and breakfast has twelve guest rooms, each with a different design and decor. This means that regardless of what preferences the guest has, they have a room to keep that guest as comfortable as possible. This home away from home boasts beautiful gardens full of a variety of herbs and flowers, as well as a Backyard of Love, which allows for live music and other parties and receptions. They are pet friendly and even have resident cats that roam around the gardens, enjoying the sights, smells and guests.
Sweetwater Branch Inn, Gainesville
The Sweetwater Branch Inn is located within two historic Victorian mansions: the McKenzie House and the Cushman-Colson House. The McKenzie House was built around 1895 and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Cushman-Colson House was constructed around 1885. The Sweetwater Branch Inn’s current owners bought the McKenzie House in 1978 and the Cushman-Colson House later on in 1992. Both were in need of repairs when they were purchased and the owners had them historically restored, giving them both the beautiful look and feel of the Victorian era they were built in.
The Sweetwater Branch Inn has twenty guest rooms in four different room designs. They also offer a Reception Hall that can be used as a Conference Center, allowing for everything from wedding parties to business meetings. In addition to this, the property boasts well crafted gardens and a beautiful gazebo that guests enjoy using for picturesque weddings.
The Addison, Amelia Island
The Addison is comprised of three buildings, one of which having been built in 1876. Originally, it was a private home for a gentleman named Frank Simmons. The remaining two buildings were carefully built in 1996 and were built to match the original building’s decor and ambiance. The first building is historic in its beauty, with features that are original and in tact.
The Addison has fiften rooms available to accommate guests, most of which contain either a queen or king size bed. All of the rooms offer their own porches, some of which are even private. Many rooms offer amenities such as a gas fireplace, large jetted tubs and air conditioners that are specifically for each room, allowing the guests to control the climate.
Dickens House, St Petersburg
The Dickens House Bed and Breakfast is within a historical building that was built in 1912 by Henry and Sadie Dickens, using a style that is referred to as Arts and Crafts. It was later purchased in 1995 by its current owner, Ed Caldwell, who was determined to keep the home’s style while doing necessary renovations. Those renovations, which took over four years, were successful, and Ed currently uses the building for the bed and breakfast.
This bed and breakfast has five rooms available for reservatoin, each with its own special decor. For instance, The Dickens Suite offers a beautiful four poster bed and a shower and spa for two, while the Perry Snell Room offers a queen sized bed and whirlpool tub in the bathroom. With their offerings of individual refrigerators, high speed internet and linen made of high quality Egyptian cotton, it accommodates those looking for personal getaways or a place to quietly conduct business.
The Coconut Cottage Inn, Mount Dora
The Coconut Cottage Inn was built in 1917 and still holds its same historic splendor. The current owners of the bed and breakfast, Nancy Howell and Gary McKechnie, purchased the building in 1998, after years of searching for the perfect place to make their own. They have been applying their passion for the business ever since.
They have three guest rooms, each decorated for a different country, but still maintaining a simple and cozy feel for the guests. The Africa Room has 1920s African safari decor, while also offering a large Victorian style bathtub. The India Room is full of rich colors that would make any guest feel as though they were royalty. The Asia Room allows the guest to feel comfortable and at peace, with Asian inspired decorations and colors. The bed and breakfast offers free WiFi and is within a few blocks of a shopping area.