Bed and Breakfast in Florida

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Bed and Breakfast in Florida

More than 100 million visitors come to Florida each year, and each one of them anticipates a unique and memorable experience. To improve those odds, many travelers check into Florida bed and breakfasts knowing that lodging’s most traditional option often promises the most diversity.

What’s the difference? Innkeepers at bed and breakfasts in Florida are masters of recycling. With a passion for hospitality and an eye for design, from Pensacola to Key West they’ve converted vintage bungalows, cottages, cabins, homes, fish camps, boarding houses, and mansions into inns ranging from Old Florida rustic to over-the-top elegant.

Often reserved for special occasions such as reunions, romantic weekends, and mother-daughter getaways, bed and breakfasts are also the only choice for many travelers. That’s because a bed and breakfast reflects the owner’s taste, style, and personality, which means a journey across Florida delivers a unique experience each and every night -- topped by a fabulous breakfast every morning.

And it is at breakfast when, as conversations flow freely, strangers become friends (and part-time travel agents) as they share advice on where to go and what to see. Many times it is at breakfast when a guest learns of a nearby state park, nature preserve, historic site, or some overlooked off-the-beaten-path attraction that becomes the highlight of their trip.

With few variations, bed and breakfasts have been in America ever since there’s been an America. In time, aspiring innkeepers learned that Florida, a state steeped in centuries of history, offered an unparalleled choice of settings in the same destinations that attracted Florida’s first settlers.

Since the 1500s, Key West has welcomed travelers from around the world, many sailing in from across the Seven Seas. Today the island’s legacy of hospitality continues at bed and breakfasts tucked into quiet residential neighborhoods within easy walking distance of the island’s most popular attractions.

St. Augustine, America’s oldest permanent settlement, was established in 1565. More than 450 years later dozens of licensed bed and breakfasts have established themselves in the historic district. Only 70 miles north, explorers first landed on Amelia Island in 1562 and, in time, were followed by innkeepers who landed here in the 1980s. On this island alone, visitors can look forward to staying at bed and breakfasts ranging from an 1857 Florida Cracker inn to an Italianate Revival mansion to an oceanfront Cape Cod-style lodge.

And there’s more where that came from. Across Florida you’ll find inns at every point of the compass. There are inns in Greenville and Gainesville, High Springs and Holmes Beach, Monticello and Melbourne. In the placid town of Micanopy, an innkeeper converted a Greek Revival mansion into a lodge where guests savor the tranquility of the drowsing streets. In Mount Dora, a town known as the New England of Florida, the historic district provided innkeepers with a canvas to create inns from Spanish-Mediterranean homes to Arts & Crafts cottages.

As you search for a unique lodging experience, visit Florida’s licensed B&Bs – many affiliated with Florida Bed & Breakfast Inns. There are plenty to check out… before you check in.