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HistoricFloridaInns.com revamped, redesigned

Welcome to the refreshed and revamped HistoricFloridaInns.com. The website’s purpose – sharing my objective reviews of Florida inns – remains unchanged, but the pages have been redesigned and new features added to make it more useful, more responsive and…

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REVIEW: Historic Peninsula Inn, Gulfport

Like Juan Ponce de Leon, I set out to explore Florida on behalf of my fellow bed-and-breakfast lovers, never knowing exactly what I’ll find. My latest discovery? Gulfport, a city of 12,000 on Boca Ciega Bay, in southern Pinellas…

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REVIEW: Sweetwater Branch Inn, Gainesville

Do you believe in love at first sight? Believe it or not, I felt it when I drove up to the Sweetwater Branch Inn. Two impressive Victorian mansions sit side by side facing a busy street near downtown Gainesville…

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Say ‘I Do’ to B&B Wedding

  Florida attracts brides and grooms from all the country, drawn by sunny skies and some of the best beaches in the world. But before you book the same-old, same-old ceremony on the sand and a hotel reception, consider…

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REVIEW: Adora Inn, Mount Dora

If you are a fan of the sleek Arts and Crafts bungalow, I may have discovered your favorite bed-and-breakfast – The Adora Inn. Since purchasing the B&B in 2005, John Cataldo and Arthur Natale have added modern upgrades, colorful…

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Renninger’s: How to prepare for antiques extravaganza

NOTE: The last winter Extravaganza of 2018 will be Feb. 16-18. FEBRUARY 2016: Even though I had been warned, I was totally unprepared for the immensity of Renninger’s Antiques & Collectors Extravaganza, in Mount Dora. Hundreds and hundreds of…

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Where to bed-and-breakfast on a budget

Think B&Bs are expensive? Well, think again. Even in high season, you can bed-and-breakfast on a budget, spending well under $200 – or even $100 – per night. But what do you get for that price, in addition to a delicious,…

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Get away with your girlfriends

  To quote the immortal Cyndi Lauper: “Girls just wanna have fun.” Young or old, women love to gather, share their joys and sorrows, and have a good time. Why not get away with your girlfriends? A trip to a…

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REVIEW: Anchor Inn, Gasparilla Island

Gasparilla Island, in Southwest Florida, is inhabited by millionaires and billionaires, but mere mortals can afford to experience the beaches and other delights of this exclusive paradise for a day or a night. I visited in early November, before the start…

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A Shopaholic in Mount Dora

Note: Since writing this story, I have visited Mount Dora again and stayed at the Adora Inn. Read that review. Oct. 14, 2015 Confessions of a shopaholic: I spent a recent Monday strolling the streets of downtown Mount Dora,…