Although I have lived within an hour’s drive for most of my life, I had never visited Gulfport until I spent the night at the Historic Peninsula Inn. I was missing out. Gulfport is a charming, little waterfront city with two historic inns.
The Black Dolphin Inn stands out even on a street of fine old waterfront homes in New Smyrna Beach. With its burnt-orange barrel-tiled roof and balconies on almost every room, the Spanish-style inn bears little resemblance to a traditional B&B.
For a visit to St. Petersburg’s bustling downtown waterfront, you can’t beat the location of the Beach Drive Inn Bed & Breakfast, which faces Tampa Bay across from the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club.
My second stay at the Grandview Bed & Breakfast confirmed: It’s not just the windmill spinning above the 1906 William Watt House that makes it special.
After winding your way through the charming small town of Mount Dora, about 25 miles northwest of Orlando, you will have no trouble spying the two-story Grandview, on a corner lot of more than an acre only a few blocks from the downtown shopping district.
The Kenwood Inn was as amazing as I’d remembered. I visited 25 years earlier – half a lifetime ago – with my mother and grandmother, so I had few distinct memories, but I did remember that we loved our time there.
00001So, when I decided to revisit America’s oldest city, I took a chance that the Kenwood had stood the test of time. It has. The bed-and-breakfast is well maintained by the current owners, Pat and Ted Dobosz, who were hospitality executives in a former life.