Florida, with its spectacular beaches, amusement parks and historical significance, is a favorite destination for millions of tourists every year. The “Sunshine State” offers much in the way of opportunities for perfect weekend getaways all over the state. Although there are too many of these to list, here are a few suggestions for those who are looking for a couple of days of relaxation and fun. All of these locations offer appealing bed and breakfast accommodations.
Perfect year-round weather conditions and many interesting places to see make Key West, otherwise known as Cayo Hueso, the idea spot for a weekend getaway. This 3,370 acre island, located only 90 miles from Cuba is, after all, the place where Ernest Hemingway drew inspiration for many of his stories. His home and museum, on the southern coast, is a U.S. National Historical landmark and a popular tourist attraction to this day. Since the 1820’s Key West has been called the “Gibraltar of the West” and has always been a significant military post. Located in Old Town, Truman’s Little White House, which was the former president’s winter White House is another well known historical sight. The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum exhibits treasures found in shipwrecks around the world. For those who appreciate nature, the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory is a must see attraction; along with the Audubon House and Tropical Garden; and the Key West Botanical Forest and Garden. The Tennessee Williams Theatre, located at Florida Keys Community College, is a performing arts, civic, and community center all in one. Whether you want to experience the history, simply enjoy the beautiful scenery, or bask in the luxury of one of Key West’s day spas you won’t be disappointed.
Inns in Key West:
With a number of beautiful golf courses designed for those golfers at all levels of skill, Amelia Island on the southernmost coast of Florida is the perfect place to enjoy a weekend. If golf is not your forte, there are many other attractions. One of these which is definitely worth seeing, is the Amelia Island Museum of History, which by the way, was once a jailhouse. This museum also offers walking tours up historic Centre Street. This charming island, which was named after the daughter of King George II, has an interesting history and is the only location in the United States that has flown under eight different flags. With no lack of entertainment, this island offers many festivals throughout the year, including the Amelia Island Film, Jazz, Chamber Music, Blues and Shrimp Festivals. Amelia Island also has beautiful clean beaches and is one of Florida’s most popular islands.
Inns on Amelia Island:
- Amelia Island Williams House
- Elizabeth Pointe Lodge
- The Fairbanks House
- Hoyt House Bed & Breakfast
- Spencer House Inn
Extending from Amelia Island all the way down to Jacksonville, St. Augustine, the oldest city in the nation, has a history which cannot be matched by too many other cities in the country. Its beautiful 19th century architecture and reconstructions of homes from different historical sights can be seen on St. George street along with a few original buildings. Pivotal to the Civil Rights movement, St. Augustine has a number of related museums, landmarks and monuments. Two of these are the St. Augustine Foot Soldiers Monument and Excelsior Museum and Cultural Center, located in the building which was formerly the first public school for African Americans. From the sight where Ponce de Leon first landed to the intriguing St Augustine History museum to the unique Alligator Farm, you will find yourself coming back to this beautiful city again and again.
Inns in St. Augustine:
Conveniently located between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine is the unique city of Flagler Beach, which is named after Florida railroad developer and oil tycoon, Henry Morrison Flagler. With six miles of beautiful quiet beaches, Flagler Beach is the perfect place for a romantic weekend getaway. This charming city has great oceanfront restaurants, gift shops and many other recreational activities. Open every day of the year, Landmark Pier, which dates back to 1928, is an ideal spot for fishing. Only half a block from the Landmark Pier is the Chamber Visitor’s Center and charming Historical Museum, which offers books, photos and lots of interesting facts about the city. The Intracoastal waterway, with its boardwalks, is a great place for a nature walk and a picnic under one of its pavilions. The Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area is popular for swimming; and canoes, kayaks, and bicycles are available for rent. The Gallery of Local Art on South Central Avenue exhibits beautiful artwork inspired by the beaches, foliage and wildlife in Flagler Beach. Retail shops are located nearby for a fun shopping experience. Those who visit Flagler Beach will love this quaint city, with a population of less than 4,000, for its friendly welcoming reputation.
Apalachicola, in Northwest Florida, is home to the largest river in Florida and is a highly desirable location for nature lovers. Excellent opportunities for hiking, biking, hunting and fishing are available at Apalachicola’s many national parks and reserves. Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve is the second largest estuarine reserve in the United States with flora, fauna, fish and turtle exhibits. Apalachicola is the site of the majority of Florida’s oyster production and hosts the annual Florida Seafood Festival. The John Gorrie Museum is a tribute to the Apalachicola doctor who discovered refrigeration while conducting experiments to lower the temperatures of patients with high fevers. Trinity Episcopal Church has an interesting history as one of the earliest prefab buildings in America. The Dixie Theater, with a history dating back to 1912, offers professional productions from January through March. Apalachicola has recently become even more popular for tourists, as more and more people are seeking the quieter “Old Florida” feel.
For a truly relaxing weekend, all of these popular locations in Florida offer an assortment of luxurious bed and breakfasts to choose from. A bed and breakfast can offer the warmth and personal attention that hotel chains cannot possibly compete with. For more information, and to find the ideal luxury bed and breakfast in Florida, visit our website at www.selectregistry.com.
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