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10 Florida Bed & Breakfast Getaways

Romance-inspired accommodations are just the beginning of a great getaway!

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Couple relaxes on porch of bed and breakfast in St. Augustine, Florida.
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Florida has a fine selection of well over a hundred bed and breakfasts statewide. Whether you're looking for historic havens or seaside sanctuaries, you are certain to find accommodations that offer the perfect combination of location and ambiance. These Florida bed and breakfast getaways are located throughout the state and offer romance-inspired accommodations along with nearby activities to provide a unique overall experience.

Elizabeth Pointe Lodge Bed and Breakfast
Amelia Island

We fell in love with Amelia Island on our first visit. Miles of white sand beaches dotted with cottages and resorts outline the island situated on the Atlantic Ocean in Northeast Florida. And, the once-vibrant, Victorian seaside town of Fernandina Beach is postcard perfect with its downtown shops and restaurants and stately historic homes.

While there are traditional Victorian bed and breakfasts located in the historic district of Fernandina Beach, one bed and breakfast in the area stands out for offering a different experience. The Elizabeth Pointe Lodge Bed and Breakfast is situated on the ocean, just steps from the beach. The main home is massive, reminiscent more of New England than Florida, constructed in an 1890s Nantucket Shingle-style, with wide porches and rockers. Inside guests find well-appointed, comfortable rooms with modern amenities, including private baths with over-sized soaking tubs and complimentary WiFi. A full complimentary breakfast is served in the wall-to-wall windowed sunroom with a clear view of the ocean. Complimentary beach towels, chairs and umbrellas complete your beach vacation package.

You can never be bored on Amelia Island. When you've had enough of the beach (if that's even possible) you'll want to explore what the island has to offer. Besides enjoying superb shopping and dining in Downtown Fernandina Beach, discover the area's storied history by taking a romantic carriage ride through historic Fernandina Beach, cruise the Amelia River, or trace the steps of those that have gone before during a walking ghost tour. History comes alive at Amelia Island Museum of History and at Fort Clinch State Park, both with outstanding interpreters. Outdoor enthusiasts can choose from a variety of activities — hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, sailing, golfing, horseback riding or unique eco-tours aboard a Segway®.

Elizabeth Pointe Lodge Bed and Breakfast
98 South Fletcher Avenue
Amelia Island, FL 32034
Toll free: 800-772-3359 - 800-500-9620 - 800-544-2704
Website: www.elizabethpointelodge.com

Coombs House Inn
Apalachicola

Apalachicola is part of what is often called Florida's Forgotten Coast and is situated along Apalachicola Bay in the southern portion of Florida's Panhandle, just a short drive to St. George Island and the Gulf of Mexico. The maritime city's downtown shopping district is an eclectic mix of boutiques and seafood restaurants, noted for having some of the best oysters in the nation. In fact, the area's oysters are recognized by top chefs around the country.

When James N. Coombs, a wealthy sawmill owner, had this home built in 1905, it was the grandest in the area. Unfortunately, tragedy struck just six years later when fire destroyed the attic and roof. The family moved to the Franklin Hotel, but Mrs. Coombs died ten days later... some say of a broken heart. Mr. Coombs died three weeks after that. Family members resided in the home for five decades and then the home was boarded up and left to ruin. Fortunately, its history didn't end there and this lovingly restored home is now an award-winning inn. It has been listed as the "best" bed and breakfast in Florida two years in a row by Florida Monthly Magazine.

Guests of the Coombs House Inn enjoy a turn-of-the-century ambiance along with modern touches — private baths in all rooms, cable television, free high-speed wireless Internet access and telephone. Other amenities include robes, Starbucks coffee and spring water in all rooms, and some rooms have massage whirlpools, mini refrigerators and private verandas. Accommodations are available for the handicapped. Besides the complimentary full breakfast, afternoon tea and cookies are served daily.

While it would be easy to spend your days in the quiet solitude of this lovely inn, there is several things to see and do in the area. Enjoy shopping and dining downtown or perhaps a sunset sail aboard the 58-foot Apalachicola Heritage. The Inn provides bicycles and picnics for exploring this unique seaside town. They also provide umbrellas and beach chairs if you decide to visit the wonderful white sand beaches of nearby St. George Island.

Coombs House Inn
80 Sixth Street
Apalachicola, FL 32320
Toll free: 888-244-8320
Website: www.coombshouseinn.com
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Blue Moon Bed & Breakfast
Homosassa

Homosassa is nestled in the heart of Florida's Nature Coast where you can encounter Florida's wildlife up close. The Blue Moon Bed & Breakfast is serenely located along the Homosassa River on three and a half acres of gardens and forest. From the English Gardens and relaxing fountains to the scenic deck and pool, it is easy to see why the unique property has been rated as one of Florida's most romantic getaways by Florida International Magazine.

Blue Moon features five beautifully decorated rooms with private entrances and baths with modern amenities, including a two-person whirlpool tub or shower in the bath and high-speed Internet access for your convenience. A full gourmet breakfast, afternoon tea and refreshments are served daily.

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is just a short drive away. Besides a variety of wildlife in natural settings, an underwater observatory provides a unique underwater glimpse of a mixture of fresh and saltwater fish in a first-magnitude spring. Another nearby attraction, Weeki Wachee Springs is now a state park, but is still home to the infamous underwater "mermaids." Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy canoeing and fishing.

Blue Moon Bed & Breakfast
10137 W Fishbowl Drive
Homosassa, FL 34448
Phone: 352-621-1960
Website: www.thebluemoonbb.com

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