Get away with your girlfriends

Thurston House


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 cozy bed-and-breakfast might be just the ticket. Many offer stand-alone cottages, large suites or rooms with several beds – tailor-made for a  group of bosom buddies, large or small. Or, choose a small inn and take over the place.

Fairbanks House, Amelia Island

The Fairbanks House offers a package designed just for girlfriends, the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Getaway. Two to five women get their choice – a room, a huge suite or a cottage. You must stay at least two nights.

The Grand Tower Suite sleeps four, covering the entire third and fourth floors of the house. It has two and a half bedrooms and one bathroom. The Servants Quarters Cottage has one bedroom upstairs and one downstairs and a private driveway.

The package includes a gift for each guest from the Fairbanks gift shop – such as a T-shirt or tote bag – and the usual guest amenities, which include a gourmet breakfast, daily social hour and free use of beach chairs and bikes.

Cost of the package ranges from $79 to $139, per night per person.


Jenks House, Jacksonville

Two to four friends could book the Jenks House, which has only two rooms. The house was built in 1925 in the Prairie School style and is state certified by the Florida Green Lodging Program, indicating the inn complies with environmentally friendly practices required to conserve water and energy and reduce waste and air pollution.

Thurston House, Maitland


Relax in a hammock on the screened-in porch at Thurston House, also seen in photo at top.

Book all three rooms and enjoy a relaxing vacation in this Victorian farmhouse on a lake, only minutes from Winter Park, with all its high-end shops and sidewalk cafes. The rooms are nestled close together on the second floor and share a second-floor screened-in porch with a hammock and a view of the treetops.

Mount Dora Historic Inn and Cottages

A larger group would be comfortable in the four guest rooms at Mount Dora Historic Inn and Cottages. The location – only a couple of blocks from downtown – couldn’t be better for shopping and dining.


If privacy is a priority, a free-standing cottage is a great choice.


Mount Dora Historic Inn and Cottages

The Mount Dora Historic Inn and Cottages owns 10 cottages within two blocks of the downtown district that rent by the night, week or month, so you can stay in charming Mount Dora as long as you like. The cottages offer a full kitchen, front porch, private parking and other features you won’t find in a regular room. Some are even pet-friendly. Look for year-round cottage specials, like five nights for $397 or seven nights for $697.

Camellia Rose Inn, Gainesville

The Camellia Rose Inn has a one-bedroom apartment in a Victorian house behind the main inn, with a full kitchen, family room (with trundle bed), dining room and one bathroom.

The inn is close to downtown and less than two miles from the University of Florida campus.

Night Swan Intracoastal Bed & Breakfast, New Smyrna Beach


Night Swan Intracoastal B&B

Two multi-story homes built in the early 1900s face the Indian River, while tucked in back sits a two-story cottage with two suites. The downstairs suite is handicapped accessible; the entire cottage is pet friendly.

Windemere Inn By the Sea, Indialantic

Choose a four-bedroom cottage, across from the Atlantic Ocean, or a two-bedroom carriage house, adjacent to the inn, located on a barrier island. The carriage house allows pets.

Apalachicola River Inn

The inn’s River Cottage offers two bedrooms, a 72-inch-round Jacuzzi and deck overlooking river. To save money, book it before the rates go up March 1.

Grady House, High Springs

Take your group to High Springs and stay in Skeet’s Cottage, a Victorian house built in 1896. It has two bedrooms, one bathroom with clawfoot tub and shower and a full kitchen. A two-night stay is required.


If you are only traveling with one or two close friends, and just staying overnight, a suite or adjoining rooms may be the best way to go.

Historic Edgewater Hotel, Winter Garden


One of several rooms with two beds at the Edgewater.

The Edgewater, a B&B on the second floor of a huge brick building, has the greatest variety of room combinations that I have seen at any inn. Choose from a number of two bedroom suites or rooms with one or two beds that connect, if you wish, to other rooms.

SeaGlass Inn, Melbourne Beach

At the SeaGlass, the Royal Palm and the Yellow Hibiscus connect. The two rooms are on the ground floor in the new Treehouse Cabana, which was built around a majestic oak tree that comes right through the roof. Guests in the Treehouse Cabana look out on the spacious courtyard, heated swimming pool and glass firepit.

Herlong Mansion, Micanopy

There are two double beds and a twin bed in the Rose Room at Herlong Mansion, in Micanopy, a delightful small town just south of Gainesville.

Room rates at each inn may vary greatly depending on the time of year and the day of the week. Some inns also raise their rates during special events and holiday periods, and minimum stays may be required. To save money, always check the B&B Discounts list before you book.

For unbiased opinions about historic bed-and-breakfasts around the state, read my B&B Reviews.


List of Florida Inns

(Note: I accepted no compensation in exchange for writing this article.)

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