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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cove Point Lodge


Cove Point Lodge





Nestled next to Lake Superior on the North Shore and overlooking a unique natural cove with a spectacular ledge rock point, you find the tranquil and picturesque setting of Cove Point Lodge. This is a private place, surrounded by 150 acres of woods, rocks, and sweeping views of grand Lake Superior - A truly romantic getaway.


We also have several deluxe cottages that include 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, deluxe kitchen, wood burning fireplace, Jacuzzi bath, top-notch furnishings, wood floors, ceramic tile, and wood clad interiors.
At Cove Point Lodge, we provide our guests with a quiet atmosphere, privacy and a breathtaking scenic panorama. At the same time, we offer all of the activities one would expect on the North Shore including hiking trails, recreation paths and bike trails, incredible cross country trails, and of course a beautiful pool, sauna and spa to use at the end of the day. What have we done to provide for your comfort and privacy? First, the lodge is located away from the main highway. Second, we do not have convention facilities. We focus on the needs of couples and families rather than large groups and events. Third, our lodge is small with many places for you to explore or sit privately and watch the waves on Lake Superior. Everything we do is about creating an atmosphere that is cozy, warm, friendly, and private. Come and enjoy the peacefulness of Cove Point Lodge.
 

Monday, December 27, 2010

Castle Hill Resort

Castle Hill Resort

Tucked in the heart of Vermont's Green Mountains, you will find an elegant full-service resort reminiscent of a time gone by. Castle Hill Resort and Spa follows the tradition of honoring guests with its unique combination of warm hospitality, grace and elegance. Stroll through the charming gardens, indulge in a spa treatment, treat yourself to a gourmet dinner that will tantalize even the most discriminating palate. Recapture the gracious lifestyle of a bygone time. We invite you to come and experience the wonder and magic of Castle Hill Resort and Spa. Luxury and elegance are the words best used to describe Castle Hill Resort and Spa in Ludlow, Vermont. Located in the lush Green Mountains, the resort is a member of the prestigious “Small Luxury Hotels of the World” and listed on National Register of Historic Places.

Our independently owned boutique Vermont resort combines elegant resort accommodations; an intimate ambiance, gracious service, generous amenities, and warm hospitality to evoke a classic European feel right here in the Green Mountains of Ludlow, Vermont.





Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cali Cochitta Bed & Breakfast Inn


Located in the heart of spectacular "Red Rock Country... a wonderland of breathtaking panoramas, Cali Cochitta, the "House of Dreams" is secluded from traffic and noise ... yet a short walk from local shops and activities.
One of the first homes built in Moab, Cali Cochitta is a late 1800's Victorian home, restored and renovated to its original classic style.

Amenities
Each room has its own private bath with Queen-size beds and flat screen TV's.
Amenities include: Hot Tub; Full homemade Breakfast; Laundry-mat nearby; Bike Storage; Private off-road Parking Lot; Down Comforters; Hair Dryers; T.V.'s with cable; Both cottages and the Cane room have either DVD players or VCR's. Guest room w/library; cotton robes in rooms; 24 hour self help hot beverage servi

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Bobcat Inn, Sante Fe, NM

 
We are a family-owned bed and breakfast that is small and unique to Santa Fe, NM.  While being in a rural setting, you are still only 15 minutes to the historic Plaza. This gives you the best of both worlds.   The owners, John and Amy Bobrick, love to make your stay at The Bobcat Inn a very special, memorable event and a wonderful alternative to a hotel. John is a chef who has worked in many of Santa Fe's top restaurants. Amy was a caterer in Santa Fe for eleven years and also owned two restaurants.  A full breakfast is served each morning and includes a hot gourmet entree, seasonal fresh fruit, homemade pastries, granola, yogurt, fresh-brewed coffee from our local roaster, a good selection of teas, and fruit juice. 
 
All guests have 24-hour access to our breakfast / great room where complimentary homemade chocolate chip cookies, nuts, and tea are available.  Coffee is always available in the morning or in your room at all times.  We also provide useful visitor information such as maps, guidebooks, restaurant menus, and current event listings.  There is free wireless Internet available, and you are welcome to use our guest computer.  We also have a guest refrigerator located in our gift shop which is accessible 24 hours a day.
 

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christopher's Bed and Breakfast





Christopher's Bed and Breakfast has been voted by inngoers for three consecutive years as one of the Top 15 B&Bs for "Best Interior Design and Decor" in Arrington's Bed & Breakfast Journal's Book of Lists!
A mile from Northern Kentucky's bustling Newport on the Levee is Christopher's Bed and Breakfast, a ravishing 19th century former church that sparkles with jewel-toned stained-glass windows, three sumptuous Jacuzzi suites and sits grandly in the heart of the Bellevue historic district, Taylor's Daughters, in honor of General James Taylor. 
Christopher's Bed & Breakfast - Bellevue, Kentucky

Christopher's Bed & Breakfast - Bellevue, Kentucky Named for the patron saint of travelers, Christopher's was transformed from a place of worship to a place of winsome respite by the Guidugli family in 1996. Today, two junior jacuzzi suites with queen-size beds, stained-glass windows, and private baths charm visitors. There's also a luscious Governor's Suite, radiating romance with its four-poster king-size bed, magnificent stained-glass window, cuddly living room, and two private "his and hers" half baths and shower, plus a two-person Jacuzzi that begs long massaging soaks beneath the room's original pressed-tin ceiling. The City of Bellevue was founded in 1870 and is just 1 mile south of Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Located near all Newport and Covington, KY attractions and 20 minutes from the Greater Cincinnati Airport. Easily accessible from I-71, I-75, I-275 and I-471.





Christopher's Bed and Breakfast, named after the Patron Saint of Travelers and the Christian Church, has approximately 8,100 square feet with all of the original stained glass windows and hardwood floors.
Stained Glass Mural
This 100-year-old building was privately purchased from the Bellevue Christian Church in August, 1996. With the help of architects and contractors, the late 1800s church was transformed into Christopher's Bed & Breakfast in August, 1997.

Guest Rooms The main residence and guest sitting area have hardwood floors. The bed and breakfast section has two standard-size rooms and one suite. All the guest rooms have stained glass windows and private bathrooms with a whirlpool. There are three spacious and beautifully decorated guest rooms for you to choose from. Each room has a private bath with Jacuzzi, shower, in-room phone and incredible stained-glass windows. Try the Governor's suite with a double Jacuzzi for your romantic getaway or for celebrating that special occasion. Click here for guest room descriptions,

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Stovall House



Conveniently nestled in the mountains of Northeast Georgia is a Country Inn like no other. The Stovall House is a place of quiet and simple pleasures.

At The Stovall House you'll find personable lodging and excellent dining. Inn-keepers who cater to family comfort and well-being. The relaxed atmosphere of the historic Sautee Valley. Views in every direction of soft and serene mountains.

The Stovall House is intimate, warm, and friendly, your home away from home.

Amenities
The Stovall House is located on 26 acres in the historic Sautee Valley with views of the mountains in all directions. The five guest rooms have the following bed arrangements: of the four rooms upstairs one has one double bed, another a queen-size bed, and these rooms share the Sleeping Porch (an enclosed porch with three large windows and a daybed with trundle bed) as a sitting room; the other two rooms have king-size beds; the room downstairs, an original bedroom of the house, has one double bed. Each room has a private bath and is furnished with antiques. The house has central heat and air, with each room having its own thermostat.

The Restaurant, available for groups of 10 or more, features regional cuisine prepared using fresh ingredients and presented in an intimate yet informal setting.

Monday, December 6, 2010

At Home In The Woods Bed and Breakfast

Chesterton, Indiana


Make yourself at home in this unique, 3 bedroom, northwoods decorated b&b on 5 wooded acres, just minutes from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Each room is beautifully decorated in a national park theme. Sit in our wonderful sunlit great room and read a book, bird watch, spot some deer and turkey, or just laugh at our comical squirrel friends. In the lower level you can enjoy the big screen tv or play a game of bumper pool or darts. You can even enjoy your favorite book while sitting for a spell in our hot sauna.  Connect with nature by strolling thru our 4 acres of walking trails. There you will find some grazing deer and an abundance of song birds and waterfowl.

Amenities
Each room has a fireplace, hot tub or steam shower, tv, dvd player, cd alarm clock. fluffy robes and slippers and beautiful views of the woods.
Outdoor amenities include a 28 ft. swimming pool with wrap around deck, hot tub on patio, fireplace and fire pit, several sitting areas and an abundance of wildlife.
We also provide a beverage stocked refridgerator for your use. Snacks and hygiene essentials are also provided.
A 4 course, gourmet breakfast is served every morning and a delicious satisfying dessert is served every evening. We guarantee you will not walk away hungry!
Transportion to and from nearby South Shore Train Station.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Salmon River Bed and Breakfast


Salmon River Bed and Breakfast 

Salmon River Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper(s): Mike
Listed With Charming Country Inns Since 2/28/2010
Language(s) spoken at this Inn: English
Rooms:
8
Rooms With Private Bath:
8
Credit Cards Accepted:
Yes
Price Range:
$98.00-115.00
Room Tax:
13%
Breakfast:
YES
Other Meals:
YES
Gift Certificates:
No
Pets:
NO
Children:
Please Ask
Smoking Rooms:
No
The home was built by a sea captain in 1856 and has been totally remodeled.The home has 8 comfortable rooms and a fully licensed restaurant.
The beach is a 2 minute stroll where you can listen to the waves and watch the fishing ¿boats go out for the catch of the day. The spectacular Fundy Trail is a 7km drive.

Amenities
Wash rooms in each room, cable TV, wifi, deck over looking the bay, full breakfast served to each guest

TV: Basic Cable
Internet Access: High-Speed (all rooms)
Host Weddings: Small
Host Civil Unions: Small
Host Receptions: Small
This Inn (or this area) is mostly known for:
Fundy Bay and Fundy Trail

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

McKenzie Orchards B & B, Near Eugene, Oregon

McKenzie Orchards is a modern B&B Inn on the McKenzie River, out in the country, but 8 miles close to Eugene, Oregon and I-5. 

 

  • All guest rooms with western king bed and luxury private bath.
  • Five guest rooms, four on the riverside.
  • Easy accessibility, barrier free, elevator serves all rooms.
  • Wine tastings showcase local wineries.
  • Cooking school offers great food and great entertainment.
  • Special events for artists and quilters.
  • Holiday Specials for Winter Holiday and New Years Eve.
  • Pet friendly rooms on first floor.
  • Breakfast served to early and late risers.
  • Early or late check-in, no problem.

Location: Close to everything, but a world away.
The McKenzie River in the southern Willamette Valley is a region of supreme beauty and fantastic recreation served by Interstate 5 and the towns of Eugene and Springfield.   Our inn is on the lower McKenzie River, on McKenzie View Drive across the river from Springfield.   We are 15 minutes from Eugene and only 8 miles drive from I-5 (northbound: exit 195 or southbound: exit 199). Perfect base for McKenzie River fly fishing, bicycle touring, wine tasting, easy day trips to mountains and coast.
Our Inn: Luxurious country house built in 2009.
The spacious Northwest contemporary home offers five guest rooms to share with you, our guests.   Please enjoy the fabulous place we've created.   Our place is your retreat, for your relaxation, comfort, and refreshment.   Your greatest compliment would be "I wish I never had to leave this place".
McKenzie Orchards B and B in the country, close to Eugene Oregon

Monday, November 29, 2010

Gingerbread House Bed and Breakfast

 The Gingerbread House Bed and Breakfast is located in the heart of Victorian Cape May's historic district, the Gingerbread House is less than a block from the beach and promenade and merely two blocks from the Cape May Victorian Mall. Cape May's attractions and finest restaurants are also within walking distance.   As you enter the long foyer of the Gingerbread House, you'll notice the chestnut and walnut staircase. You'll love the light and airy feeling that surrounds you. The peaceful sounds of the classical music playing in the background will warm your soul. Authentic Victorian antiques adorn all of the rooms. The large stain glass window in the dining room is a real eye-catcher. The delightful breezes and the sounds of the sea create a romantic setting at the Gingerbread House.

Built in 1869, The Gingerbread House is one of the original Stockton Row Cottages. This carpenter gothic style house was designed by the famous architect, Stephen Decatur Button. Originally, The Gingerbread House was a summer retreat for wealthy families who, together with their servants and nannies, would travel from Philadelphia and Virginia to summer in Cape May. Since 1979, The Gingerbread House has been among the finest bed and breakfast inns.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hale Maluhia Country Inn



Looking for a homey secluded place in Hawaii with a touch of gentle aloha from old Hawai'i along the road less traveled?
A comfortable place, that is not fussy, where you could easily just hang out and enjoy the day or read a good book.
Or just quietly sit in a deep custom Japanese stone/tile ofuro (Jacuzzi) while the jets work loose some of the sore back muscles.
Or just sit and watch the big koi or bird watch at breakfast as the Hawaiian birds go about their day
Hale Maluhia Country Inn (house of peace) was built over the years by Ken Smith for his family. He copied the local and Japanese style of an 1800's Hawaiian Plantation home. The compound is shaded by big banyan and monkey pod trees along with many fruit & nut trees. Water features and koi ponds have been included in the ohana experience. The Inn is a Kona Plantation style hide-a-way estate in the Kona Coffee Country with deep concern for privacy and aloha from old Hawai'i.
Hale Maluhia includes five bed rooms with private entrances and a virtual tree house cottage in a cluster of four buildings on a near acre of lush vegetation. The Japanese Oriental Spa has been designed with jade stone and ceramic tile and message jets. The Inn includes two large common areas. One is a large reading room library with an extensive DVD movie library. The other is a formal common area which includes a grand piano and is considered the Music Room.
The Inn is located in the heart of one of the worlds best climates at a 940 foot elevation in the Holualoa Kona Coffee Country and fruit belt. Yet the Inn is only minutes to the beach, 11 miles to the KOA/Kona (Kailua-Kona International Airport) and 3 miles to both Kailua-Kona and the art community of Holualoa. We do have extra canvas and paints and a portable and professional easel for painters to borrow.
Kona is a very special Pacific recreational paradise with world class beaches, historical sites, world class fishing and, of course, the Volcano. Kailua-Kona was the place of choice for the Alii (King and Queens) of old Hawai'i to live on the sunny side of the Big Island of Hawaii.
For a view of the rooms and the cottage with more details please click onto "accommodations"


BREAKFAST
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ncludes a complete Breakfast Lovers Buffet and a self service omelet bar. The breakfast includes: fresh Island fruits, local pastries an extensive omelet bar and our special Fresh Daily Baked Bread, Island Juices, milk, breakfast cereals, Teas and 100% pure Kona Coffee.


LANAI
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njoy a Bird Watcher's Paradise on our own front lanai as you enjoy your breakfast.





Sue & Ken Smith - Owners
Ken's Cell: 808-896-8937
Sue's Cell: 808-896-8938
Hale Maluhia Country Inn
(house of peace) Kona
76-770 Hualalai Road
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
Toll Free 800-559-6627
Local 808-329-1123
Fax 808-326-5487
aloha@hawaii-inns.com


 

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Inn at Jim Thorpe



Built in 1849 and situated in the heart of Jim Thorpe’s National Register Historic District, the Inn at Jim Thorpe combines old world charm with modern conveniences.

Stay in one of our comfortable guest rooms or elegant suites with a whirlpool and fireplace, get a soothing massage from our talented spa therapists, and enjoy a great meal at our new restaurant and pub.

Step outside into one of America’s most historic and picturesque towns and take advantage of the superb outdoor recreation all around us.

Step into the Inn at Jim Thorpe.

We’d love to have you stay with us!
 
Last Minute Special ~ November 26 and 27:   $85 Broadway House rooms (includes breakfast voucher, too)!  Limited number available, when they're gone, they're gone! 
Rock-Bottom November & December Mid-Week Rates!  See details here.

 Escape to Jim Thorpe this week!  Crowd-pleasing Eponymous performs this Wed. night, 8-11 pm, at the Broadway Grille.  Enjoy our scrumptious Thanksgiving buffet on Thursday.  Then, on Saturday night, pianist Eric Mintel's incredible jazz quartet performs tunes from a Charlie Brown Christmas at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.  

Ring in the New Year at the Broadway Grille!  We've got a romantic weekend package that includes a delicious 4-course gourmet meal, or, just come for dinner!  Menu details here.







Friday, November 19, 2010

The Vermont Inn

Welcome to the Vermont Inn


Click here for our Thanksgiving SpecialsMitchell & Jennifer Duffy are pleased to welcome you to The Vermont Inn, a Killington and Rutland, Vermont bed and breakfast and full-service Country Inn.

Please join us at our small c. 1840 country inn, on five acres, in the Green Mountains of Central Vermont. We offer the charm of a family run inn with excellent New England and Continental cuisine. We have achieved a three-diamond rating from AAA, and our restaurant also won the Killington Champagne Dine-Around Award for fine dining for three consecutive years.

Our Killington, Vermont area bed and breakfast and Country Inn is conveniently located just 10 minutes from Killington Resort (the largest ski resort on the East Coast of the USA), 5 minutes from Pico Mountain Ski Resort (family mountain owned by Killington),  30 minute drive to Okemo Mountain.  We are also just 10 minutes from Rutland (the 2nd largest city in Vermont), and an easy 30-minute drive to Woodstock Vermont (a picture perfect New England town). These towns and many others offer year-round activities with great skiing and snow fun in the winter and biking, hiking, lakes, festivals, shopping, and fairs for the perfect summer or fall vacation.
$$We want to get you to Vermont this winter and we have some very attractive Book Early and Save for Winter Packages to do just that.$$
Never stayed at a Country Inn or Bed & Breakfast? Want a reason to try something other than the traditional name brand hotel? Check out our First Timers Inn Special. We're confident you will love the experience and will be back again.
 The inn was named one of the Top Fifty Inns of America by "The Inn Times" and is featured in "Recommended Country Inns of New England" and "America's Wonderful Little Hotels and Inns."
Click here for our Winter Ski Packages

Please see our Current 2010 Special Get-Away Packages. We have packages for many occasions and interests.
The Duffy Family is here to welcome you to Experience Central Vermont at The Vermont Inn, the True Vermont Experience.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Bayfront Marin House



The Bayfront Marin House Bed and Breakfast Inn is located in the bayfront historic district of St Augustine, FL. An easy stroll to the City's historic sites, museums, art galleries, quaint shops and many fine restaurants.

Bayfront Marin House, a Romantic, Luxury, Victorian waterfront Bed and Breakfast Inn is filled with porches and courtyards and Magnificent views. Matanzas Bay has, at all times, morning sunrise, sailboats, shorebirds, the lighthouse, and views of the east coast of the Intracoastal waterway in FL. Many times, there are dolphin and manatee at play.

Amenities
Each of our 15 guest rooms is furnished with period antiques. Our Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn is one of the few Bed and Breakfasts in St Augustine, Florida, located on the waterfront of the Florida Intracoastal Waterway - Matanzas Bay.

Accommodations have King/Queen pillow-topped beds, private baths - most with oversized double Jacuzzis and separate showers. All of the rooms have private entrances, and access to outdoor seating overlooking the bay. Additionally, all rooms have individually controlled heat and air, cable television, telephones, hair dryers, scented candles, and elegant terrycloth bathrobes; many of our rooms are child friendly. Several rooms also offer decorative fireplaces.
St Augustine History - Ripleys Believe It or Not Museum Florida
St Augustine is the Oldest, continuously occupied European city in the United States. Its oldest history is notable in the Castillo de San Marcos, Fort Matanzas, Architecture from its French, British and Spanish heritage. Henry Flagler left his mark in St Augustine, Florida, at Flagler College, once the Ponce De Leon Hotel, the Lightner Museum, and the Restored Casa Monica Hotel. Historic St George Street is largely restored to its original appearance and is lined with shops, restaurants, galleries, and museums -- including the nearby Ripleys Believe It or Not Museum. The Spanish Quarter is a restored area representing Spanish Life In old St Augustine, Florida.
Education and colleges are a large part of the history of our area. Visit Beautiful Flagler College, a four year private college. St John's River Community College, First Coast Technical Institute, University of St Augustine For the Health Sciences and the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.

Bayfront Marin House History
The first notice of a house on the property that is now home to The Bayfront Marin House, is in the Roque map of 1788, which shows a wooden building in bad condition. Francisco Marin, one of the members of the Minorcan colony who had taken refuge in St Augustine, acquired the house and lot in the 1780's. The conditions finally being met, Governor White gave the title of the lot to Francisco Marin, Jr. in 1806.
The colonial house at 47 Marine Street (the rear section of the front lot at 142 Avenida Memendez) dates from the Second Spanish Period. It clearly shows the effects of the early regulations laid out by a royal ordinance issued by the King of Spain in 1573. It decreed that in hot climates, the streets should be narrow, and that: "All town houses are to be so planned that they can serve as a defense or fortress against those who might attempt to create disturbances or occupy the town."
The house at 47 Marine Street is built right to the street line, with masonry walls extending north and south from the facade, as if to enclose a compound. Entry is not from the street, but rather through a door on the south side (which is now the entrance to The Francisco Marin Room).
Captain Henry Belknap came to St Augustine as guests of the Alcazar, but fell so in love with the town that he bought the Victorian Cottage that stood at 142 Bay Street (now Avenida Menendez). This beautiful home was once named the Hopkins Cottage for its prior owners. Captain Henry also purchased a cottage owned by Andrew Burgess in 1893, that was located just north of the Marin house, moved it east on the lot, and attached it to the back of his own home.
Quickly thereafter, he bought the remodeled coquina Marin house and began to make wooden additions to it. Thus three houses, ranging in time from the colonial period to the Flagler era, combine to make the current rambling structure, long a St Augustine landmark.
After the death of Captain Henry in 1909, the rambling building was sold to John Cambell, who transformed the once single-family residence into modern apartments or flats. In 1932, the building was sold to Beulah Robinson Lewis of Virginia, who kept it in her family until it was purchased by the Graubard and Stacklum families in 1988.
The apartment building was remodeled and operated as The Villas de Marin, a collection of short-term rental units for 14 years. The house was most recently converted into The Magnificent Bayfront Marin House: Bed and Breakfast Inn, which was fully restored and open for business in July of 2003.
The original Marin House now consists of The Francisco Marin Room, The Coquina Suite, The Governor White and The Lyndsay Michelle. The Burgess Cottage, The Forrester Suite, The Princess Margaret, and The Marine Street rooms complete what once was the original Burgess Cottage. The original Hopkins Cottage is today made up of the King George, The Marie Antoinette, The Hopkings Cottage, The Bridge of Lions, The Robinson Lewis and the Captain Henry.


Historical St Augustine
As history recounts, the mainland of the North American continent was first sighted by the Spanish explorer Don Juan Ponce de Leon on Easter, March 27, 1513. He claimed the land for Spain and named it La Florida, meaning "Land of Flowers". Between 1513 and 1563 the government of Spain launched six expeditions to settle Florida, but all failed.
The French succeeded in establishing a fort and colony on the St Johns River in 1564 and, in doing so, threatened Spain's treasure fleets whic h sailed along Florida's shoreline returning to Spain. As a result of this incursion into Florida, King Phillip II named Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, Spain's most experienced admiral, as governor of Florida, instructing him to explore and to colonize the territory. Menendez was also instructed to drive out any pirates or settlers from other nations, should they be found there.
When Menendez arrived off the coast of Florida, it was August 28, 1565, the Feast Day of St Augustine. Eleven days later, he and his 600 soldiers and settlers came ashore at the site of the Timucuan Indian village of Seloy with banners flying and trumpets sounding. He hastily fortified the fledgling village and named it St Augustine.
Utilizing brilliant military maneuvers, Menendez destroyed the French garrison on the St Johns River and, with the help of a hurricane, also defeated the French fleet. With the coast of Florida firmly in Spanish hands, he then set to work building the town, establishing missions to the Indians for the Church, and exploring the land.
Thus, St Augustine was founded forty-two years before the English colony at Jamestown, Virginia, and fifty-five years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts - making it the oldest permanent European settlement on the North American continent.

The Charm of Europe on the Coast of Florida

Maintaining St Augustine became a mighty task over the next two hundred years. In 1586, English corsair Sir Francis Drake attacked and burned the town. Then in 1668, the pirate Captain John Davis plundered the town, killing sixty inhabitants.
Without the courage, perseverance and faith of its early settlers it is doubtful that St Augustine would have survived.

Finally, after the British established colonies in Georgia and the Carolinas, Spain authorized the building of a stone fort to protect St Augustine as assaults from the north became more frequent. The Castillo de San Marcos took twenty-three years to build but, once in place, stood as the town's stalwart defender. Major attacks were made against her in 1702 by Governor James Moore of South Carolina and in 1740 by General James Oglethorpe of Georgia. Neither siege was successful, however, and to this day, the fort has never fallen to enemy attack.
It was not until 1763 that Spain ceded Florida to England in order to regain the capital of Cuba, ushering in twenty years of British rule in Florida. This period in history coincided with the American Revolution, during which Florida remained loyal to the Crown. In 1783, under the Treaty of Paris, Florida was returned to Spanish rule for a period of thirty-seven years. The Spanish departed for the last time when Spain sold Florida to the United States of America. At a colorful military ceremony on July 10, 1821, US troops took possession of the territory and Spain relinquished control of Florida forever.
Soon after the American occupation, St Augustine suffered a series of setbacks. In 1821, a yellow fever epidemic brought death to many newcomers. Also, uprisings by the Seminole Indians culminated in the Seminole War of 1836, which called a halt to development of St Augustine's economy.

In 1845, as history records, Florida became the twenty-seventh state admitted to the Union. The Castillo de San Marcos was renamed Fort Marion in honor of a Revolutionary War hero, and the capital of East Florida was moved from St Augustine to become part of the state capital in the new town of Tallahassee.

The town had finally begun to prosper when the American Civil War broke out in 1861. Although Florida had seceded with the rest of the Confederacy, St Augustine was occupied by Union troops throughout most of the conflict. When the war ended in 1865, the town was three centuries old. The war's end brought speculators and land developers to Florida along with the beginnings of the visitor industry.
In the 1880's, the sleepy old Spanish town began to bustle with the arrival of Henry M. Flagler, who developed the town as a major resort for the leisure traveler. It was during the Flagler era that the minds of St Augustine residents turned to the leisure life. North Beach and Anastasia Island were explored and quickly became popular destinations. The St Augustine Golf Club operated a golf course on the grounds of the fort, and buses transported guests from the Hotel Ponce de Leon to another golf course north of town. Yacht racing became another popular winter pastime, as overseen by the St Augustine Yacht Club. Flagler's vision would forever change the face of St Augustine, but natural disaster also altered the town's appearance. In 1887 and 1914, fires wiped out many historic buildings between the plaza and the north city gates.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Niagara Historical Cottage Rental



Let me tell you about my wonderful cottage rental. Niagara Cottage has been my home for the past 20 years, and I am now sharing with you, my dear guest, this lovely updated Circa 1871 Historic Cottage Rental.

I have planted every flower and tree found on the property and have had the assistance and advice of a Shaw Theatre Gardener assist with the layout of my wildly interesting organic Victorian flower and fruit tree Gardens.

I do hope that you will enjoy staying with us and will consider my Cottage as "Your Home Away Vacation Retreat Haven".

A NOTE TO ALL OF OUR GUESTS- UPON YOUR ARRIVAL TO THE COTTAGE YOU WILL FIND OUR " SIGNATURE PASSION FOR LIVING" WELCOME GIFT BASKET WHICH INCLUDES:

- A BOTTLE OF OUR SIGNATURE WINE YOUR CHOICE OF WHITE OR RED

- A BOX OF CHOCOLATES,

- VOUCHERS FOR WINE TASTINGS

- VOUCHERS FOR COMPLIMENTARY WINE TOURS

- VOUCHER FOR A TEA SAMPLING EXTRAVAGANZA IN NIAGARA FALLS


OUR "PASSION FOR LIVING WELCOME GIFT BASKET ALSO INCLUDES:

A SELF SERVE CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST WITH YOUR CHOICE OF BREADS, ENGLISH MUFFINS, CROISSANTS, HOT AND COLD CEREALS, WAFFLES, YOGOURT, YOUR CHOICE OF JAMS, AND JELLIES. FRESH FRUIT, OF THE SEASON, GOURMET COFFEES, TEAS AND JUICES.

WE WANT TO TREAT YOU ROYALLY!!

Circa 1871 Historic Cottage of Canadian soprano Maria Rekrut, is just a few minutes walk to the Old Town centre.

Get pampered with our Luxury High Four Poster Queen and King Size Beds, Down filled duvets, pillows, luxury 100% Cotton Egyptian linens, Cotton Turkish towels, and Goats Milk Spa Bath Amenities.

Niagara Cottage is centrally located in the historic old town and a 5 minute walking distance to shops, restaurants, theatres, wineries, and Lake Ontario.

This non-smoking, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom updated cottage, features a gourmet kitchen.

We even supply you with spices and herbs that will help you put the finishing touches to your meals prepared in the kitchen!!

Spa bath amenities are provided, including Turkish bath towels, fluffy terry cotton bath robes, and hair dryer. All Spa bath amenities provided; all you have to do is bring your toothbrush.

TV: Yes
Internet Access: Yes (all rooms)
This Inn (or this area) is mostly known for:
Niagara Falls, Shaw Festival Theatre, Niagara Wineries

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Amid Summer's Inn Bed and Breakfast

Welcome to the Amid Summer's Inn, a Cedar City, Utah bed and breakfast.

 

Step back in time"...Amid Summer's Inn is a lovely 5000 square foot 1930's Historic Tudor home with romantic decor. It sits on a quiet, old-fashioned, tree-lined street one and one half blocks from the Utah Shakespearean Festival and just two doors from a gourmet restaurant. A short stroll past our aromatic, award-winning flower garden takes you to Historic downtown shopping and other great places to dine.
Amenities
The numerous amenities begin with off-street parking and extend to a sumptuously decorated inn. The parlor features an original Rococo sofa and chairs dating from the 1800's. An inviting fireplace accents the arched ceiling that takes you back to days gone by while fresh flowers and chocolates add to the ambiance.

Every room has a private bath, air conditioning, cable television, wireless internet, refrigerator, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, which doubles as a night light, alarm clock radio, specialty toiletries, soft linens, triple sheets, and very comfortable beds.  Mayors Award
Be It Known to All - Amid Summer's Inn has been named a member
of the Cedar City Purty Dozen for excellence, beauty and taste
in the maintenance of an aesthetically pleasing yard.

This unique B&B is a beautiful and historic 1930's Tudor home located on a quaint, tree-lined street in Cedar City, UT. Step back in time and allow the Innkeepers to treat you to a relaxing retreat in your choice of luxurious accommodations. From rustic to elegant, the choice is yours at the enchanting Amid Summer's Inn.

When you choose to stay at the Inn, you are choosing an experience far superior to conventional hotel lodging. With amenities such as the lavish breakfast that is served to guests each morning, homemade treats to snack on each day, nightly turn-down service, personalized assistance from the friendly and knowledgeable innkeepers and much more, there is truly no comparison.

The inn offers convenient lodging located just steps from the many interesting restaurants, shops, and annual events, such as the Cedar City Shakespeare Festival. It is also in close proximity to the wide variety of natural attractions in Southern Utah. Spend time exploring the city streets or hiking through Zion National Park. Regardless of how you choose to fill your days this season, allow Amid Summer's Inn to fill your nights with luxury.


Monday, November 8, 2010

Tidewater Inn , Madison, Connecticut


Elegant, Romantic, Inviting ... The Tidewater Inn Bed and Breakfast in Madison CT offers comfortable accommodations and gracious hospitality in a relaxed setting. Situated in the heart of the Connecticut shoreline, the Tidewater Inn is located on two acres of attractively landscaped property, less than a mile from the center of the village of Madison, from Hammonasset State Park, and from the nearest town beach.

Once here, you can relax in front of the large fireplace in our beamed sitting room or outside in our English garden. Start the day with a delicious full breakfast while seated in front of a sunny bay window. After breakfast, tour the local vineyard, visit a museum, ride the steam train, visit a castle or a lighthouse, take a cruise or sail, hike or bike, or relax at the beach. Enjoy browsing the area's antique and specialty shops and art galleries or visit a designer outlet mall. Restaurants to satisfy every taste offer fine dining for your pleasure. Most town greens host antique and craft fairs and evening concerts in summer. In winter, walk the beach to find driftwood and shells, tour the Connecticut River to see bald eagles, or take a seal watch cruise on Long Island Sound. You'll run out of time before you run out of things to see and do, whatever the season. See our site, www.TheTidewater.com for information on our Special Packages.

Amenities
The Tidewater Inn offers nine inviting king, queen, full and twin bed guest rooms. All rooms have a private bathroom with a shower, air conditioning, telephone with voice messaging, television with cable, both high speed wireless and dial-up Internet access for your computer, hair dryers, iron and ironing board . Each room is individually and beautifully decorated. Most rooms have a canopy or four poster bed. Selected rooms have a fireplace, jacuzzi, or VCR. To make your stay convenient as well as comfortable, we provide a butler's basket stocked with common drugstore items, daily newspapers, area brochures and maps, and menus from local restaurants. Complimentary cold drinks and snacks are stocked in the guest refrigerator and seasonal refreshments are available in our sitting room in late afternoon/early evening, For your seaside adventures we provide beach passes, towels, and chairs.

In addition to our double occupancy B&B rates, we offer a mid-week (Sunday - Thursday) single occupancy rate for business travelers.

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Highland Inn, Monterey, VA


The Highland Inn is a historic Inn located in Virginia's Western Highlands. The Inn is the premier architectural landmark in the historic town of Monterey, the county seat of Highland County, which is fondly referred to as "Virginia's Switzerland."

The Highland Inn was built in 1904 to serve the lodging needs of tourists escaping from the summer heat of nearby cities, the Inn was known for it's first 75 years as the Hotel Monterey. The Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Virginia Historic Landmark.

Amenities
All rooms at The Highland Inn have been individually decorated with antiques and collectibles. Each room has satellite television but no phone! Guests are welcome to enjoy our parlor or relax on one of the porches, which run the full length of both the first and second floors of the Inn. A complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning to guests featuring fresh fruit, freshly baked breads or muffins, boiled eggs, cereals, Columbian coffee, tea and juice. This wonderful breakfast is served in the Black Sheep Tavern.