Florida’s eclectic history is evident in its historic accommodations. Here are a few B&Bs that rank among my favorites:
Gourmet breakfasts are part of the reward at the Mount Dora Historic Inn. For the fortunate guests here, a three-cheese savory soufflé or blueberry stuffed French toast is served in a grand style. This inn features traditional rooms along with guest cottages that offer privacy and expansive comfort. Elegance defines Mount Dora, a town of good taste, fabulous antique shopping, art galleries and lakeside charms.
Shamrock Thistle & Crown Bed & Breakfast offers luxury in Weirsdale, near Ocala. This three story Victorian masterpiece was completed in 1887. Now an historic landmark, its charm is complemented by elegant décor throughout the property. Its Central Florida location is near Silver Springs, one of Florida's original tourist attractions. (This natural wonder pumps enough H2O to supply the entire city of New York!)
In Key West, the Conch House Heritage Inn is an elegantly restored, 19th-century historic bed and breakfast. It’s owned by the fifth generation of the same family, descendants of original settlers. Located in the heart of Old Town Key West, you can select either traditional antique furnishings or a tropical poolside cottage for your accommodations. Although it’s historic, all rooms have modern amenities and private bath. The inn offers an extensive continental breakfast, swimming pool and (much coveted) off-street parking.
The Lake House on Inverness’ Big Lake Henderson is a restored 1930s era fishing and hunting lodge. The six guest rooms on the property each have unique décor and a private bath. While it's a perfect place to unwind, you can still seek some natural highs on the Withlacoochee State Trail just minutes away. Water sports are popular on the many lakes in the area, and manatee viewing is just a car ride away at Homosassa Springs State Park.
Destin’s Henderson Park Inn is a beachside bed and breakfast. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic getaway on the Emerald Coast in northwest Florida. The Victorian-inspired furnishings are complemented by a large veranda,and private terraces overlook the Gulf of Mexico. The Inn is nestled near the eastern edge of Henderson State Park, so hiking and biking opportunities abound in addition to swimming and beach sports.
These charming dwellings have all survived, and thrived, from one century to the next. Devoted owners have provided lots of TLC for us to enjoy the rewards. They are sweet indeed.
To find a B&B for your next vacation, select a city on the website, and then check the box for Bed & Breakfast Inns on the accommodations page.