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Hurry Up and Plan Your Summer Vacation

School is out and the temps are rising, meaning it’s past time to plan your summer vacation. If you long to chill out at a cozy bed-and-breakfast, but other family members insist on sticking their toes in the sand,…

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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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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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Renninger’s: How to prepare for antiques extravaganza

NOTE: The 2017 winter Extravaganzas are Jan. 20-22 and Feb. 17-19. 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,…

The Night Swan Intracoastal, on the same street as the Black Dolphin.
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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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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,…

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Catering to the business traveler

Traveling for business, rather than pleasure? Consider staying at a bed-and-breakfast, where you are likely to find the modern conveniences of a hotel, in a setting more conducive to renewing your energy after a long, hard day. Many inns provide complimentary Wi-Fi…

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B&Bs accommodate the disabled

If you are confined to a wheelchair, or just have trouble with stairs, don’t rule out the pleasure of staying in a bed-and-breakfast. Many B&Bs in Florida offer a handicapped-accessible guest room. Here is a sampling of your many options. The Treehouse Cabana, at Melbourne…

The Night Swan Intracoastal, on the same street as the Black Dolphin.
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For Mother Earth, patronize eco-friendly B&Bs

If you’re resolved to reduce your carbon footprint, and be kind to Mother Earth, here’s one way: Patronize bed-and-breakfasts designated by the state as Florida Green Lodging properties. The Green Lodging Program, a voluntary initiative of the Florida Department of…