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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 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,…

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…

Liza, the friendly "guard dog" at the Kenwood Inn.
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Don’t leave pets at home: B&B doors are open

Good news for bed-and-breakfast lovers with pets: You don’t have to leave them behind. There are plenty of Florida inns willing to accommodate four-legged guests. However, their policies vary and most charge a pet fee – ranging from reasonable…