Celebrate Mom!

Celebrate Mom this year with the gift of Thurston House B&B. Things aren’t quite fully reopened in this area but should be within the next month. Imagine how thrilled she would be to open your card containing Thurston Gift Certificates!  Purchase them online now and receive $20 extra for each $100 you spend. Then Mom will have the opportunity to book at a time when she feels more comfortable with the Covid-19 situation and can relax, really enjoying a stay away. She probably is pretty tired of self-isolating at home now, don’t you think?

Celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day!


Zora Festival 2020

The Zora Festival 2020 was first presented in 1990. ZORA!™ is a multi-day, multi-disciplinary, intergenerational event composed of public talks, museum exhibitions, theatrical productions, arts education programming, and a 3-day Outdoor Festival of the Arts. The event takes place primarily in Eatonville, Florida (10 miles north of Orlando) and throughout Orange County. Thurston House is just minutes down the road from this renowned event!

The historic Town of Eatonville is the oldest Incorporated Black Township in the United States and dates to 1887. Attending this Zora Festival 2020 will give you a glimpse of just how unique their history is, and how important it was in the growth of this area of Central Florida.

Eatonville Sign

Zora Festival 2020

Imagine back in 1885, Mr. & Mrs. Thurston sitting on their porch amid their 160 acres of groves and woods. In their imaginations, they were probably trying to see what would become of this beautiful land. And now we know. It has been a long journey, with ups and downs for the people of Eatonville & Maitland. But I think they would be proud.

Having a “fit” vacation – in Central Florida!

Having a “fit” vacation doesn’t have to be difficult. When you stay at Thurston House bed & breakfast, just north of downtown Orlando and minutes from Winter Park, we can help you.

Maitland Pond

An easy stroll away is Lake Lily Park.

Start your day with a walk, stroll or run along the paths and quiet streets that surround us – Having a “fit” vacation! All are safe and secure for you, and quite pleasant. Imaging strolling amid beautiful neighborhoods with gorgeous homes, beautiful landscaping and several lakes! The birds, bunnies, and butterflies will entertain as you go along your way.

A light version of hash & eggs for you!

Then back to Thurston House at breakfast time to continue having a “fit” vacation. Long known for healthier versions of delicious breakfast items, Carole will accommodate any of your needs as long as she is advised ahead of time. Specialties such as zucchini egg cups, quinoa crusted quiche, and poached eggs on a bed of spinach are just a few of the delicious items that you could enjoy.

Plan ahead and you can arrange a workout with one of Winter Park’s premier trainers. Her gym is conveniently located less than a 10 minute drive, offering everything from one on one training, spinning classes and group exercises.  “Bud” Seaman is a former Olympic swimmer and long in the fitness world. Just ask the innkeeper for more information and receive a card for a 25% discount for anything that Bud offers at Ultimate Fitness.

Intimate space with an excellent trainer at Buds Ultimate Fitness

See, it really isn’t so hard to stay in shape and have fun doing it while on vacation, or even on a business trip! Book your stay now.

26 Years – WOW!

Let me just say – 26 years – WOW!

This week marks 26 years of being in business for Thurston House. Who would have ever thought that we would be here so long, after totally renovating this beautiful property and starting up the business from nothing? We have hosted guests from all the far reaches of the planet – 33 countries, every state, and even 6 territories, so far. As we see our busy season starting in the very near future, we wonder where they will come from next.

sunset view of pond

Overlooking Lake Eulalia – 26 years WOW!

Our location is such a unique one, hidden away in a quiet suburb only 5 miles from downtown Orlando and next to Winter Park. Guests come to this area for the fine dining, world-class museums and wonderful shopping found here. Many use us as a base for a few days, heading one day to Disney, another day to Cape Canaveral, and the rest of the time seeing all the wonderful attractions right in our backyard. Just in Maitland, we have the Audubon Birds of Prey Center, the Maitland Art Center & History Museums and more.


A Thurston House resident owl – 26 years WOW!

When we tell guests it has been 26 years, they do say 26 years – WOW! Come to see for yourself soon. Book your room now.

Getdown Downtown – New Event!

With the completion in October of the City of Maitland Downtown area, a new monthly event will be starting – Getdown Downtown! On the first Friday of each month, this pedestrian friendly area will be filled with live music, vendors, food and drink. We have waited a long time for this wonderful new addition to our city. The downtown area is just over 1 mile from us here at Thurston House. Take a stroll through our beautiful neighborhoods and arrive at the event ready to enjoy a fun evening.

So book your room now and plan for a great start to a fabulous weekend in beautiful Central Florida!

New City of Maitland event – Getdown Downtown 2018


Sizzling Summer Rates

Just now Sizzling Summer Rates were posted for the rest of the summer. Take advantage of a more quiet time here in Central Florida. There is still lots to do, everything from museums and great shopping to antiquing and all types of fabulous restaurants. The posted rates are never lower than they are right now so book early for your favorite room. Enjoy the peaceful Hirsch Room with its original claw-footed tub, our largest room. Wake up in the O’Heir Room with the sun coming up over Lake Eulalia, the only lakefront room. Or enjoy the calm of the Cubbedge Room that overlooks the side garden with its variety of casual flower areas and a patio.

Porch and Cider

Everyday snacks are offered along with Sizzling Summer Rates

All guests are welcome to enjoy the 3 porches. The hammock in the upstairs sleeping porch is a very popular place to read. The many rocking chairs and other seating areas on the front wraparound porch are great places to sip a glass a wine while watching the birds chase each other from tree to tree. You’ll probably see an owl or two! The side porch has a cozy swing overlooking the gardens.

And if it is just too warm for you, the two parlours give you areas to just relax, something that is missing in most peoples everyday lives these days!

You will still be able to enjoy our famous savory breakfast each day regardless of the weather. So book now with our Sizzling Summer Rates before it is too late!

Central Florida Colleges Are Back to School!

Within the next 2 weeks, Central Florida Colleges Are Back to School! What an exciting time for all those students, particularly the ones who are coming for their freshman year. Lots of excitement, angst, and pressure for sure. Usually, the incoming Freshman is brought to school by a parent or parents in order to help with the settling in and the furnishing their resident room space. 

Central Florida Colleges Are Back to School! North Orlando Inn.

Central Florida Colleges Are Back to School! North Orlando Inn.

With so many coming to the area all at the same time, often accommodations can be full so consider a wonderful stay at Thurston House Bed & Breakfast. Located just 3 miles from Rollins College, and nearby to Full Sail and UCF too, our location gives you the quiet you need after a busy day of getting everything done and organized. Enjoy our Sizzling Summer rates too, lowest prices of the year! 

So when Central Florida Colleges Are Back to School! and you need a place to stay, book at Thurston House, celebrating 25 years this year!

Sizzling Central Florida Summer

Sizzling Central Florida Summer Overlooking Lake Eulalia

Sizzling Central Florida Summer Overlooking Lake Eulalia

Yes, it is time for a Sizzling Central Florida Summer. This one is a bit more sizzling than usual. You still want to get away but the beaches and the attractions area are just too hot. How about a place where fine dining, wonderful museums and great shops are plentiful?  There is even a local historic theater, the Enzian, where you can watch indie films comfortably while enjoying your dinner and a glass of wine while sitting in a comfy chair at a real table.

Thurston House has been serving guests for almost 25 years now, through 24 years of Sizzling Central Florida Summer. The building has wonderfully cool central air conditioning and your guests room has its own thermostat! Start off your day on the porch while it is still cool, enjoying a cup of our fabulous Organic dark roast Peruvian coffee. Lake Eulalia is beautiful in the morning with the sun coming up behind it. The birds will entertain you too, singing and hopping around from bush to tree.

Let the aroma of your breakfast being made entice you into the dining room at your agreed upon hour. Enjoy your bountiful breakfast offering while planning your fun filled day. There are so much many activities to choose from, and lots of it located in well air conditioned buildings.  The innkeeper can help plan your museum visits, give you brochures and even help you decide where to eat, a difficult task as there are so many great choices very close by.

North Orlando Sizzling Central Florida Summer

North Orlando Sizzling Central Florida Summer

So, if you are staying home this Sizzling Central Florida Summer because you don’t know what else to do, make a reservation and come see what this beautiful area has to offer to you. We have an unheard of low rate just for you right now – any room the Sizzling Central Florida Summer rate of $199! This does include a complimentary beverage and cheese time from 5-6pm, a full breakfast each morning, complimentary safe free parking and even 2 Tesla charging stations. What are you waiting for?

Thurston House Celebrates 25 Years!

As they say, time does fly. In 1992, September 15 to be exact, Thurston House opened its doors to bed & breakfast customers. After a slow start trying to get the word out, there was no internet back then, of course, we eventually have become known to a worldwide audience. Featured in many publications over the years, including the New York Times and USA Today, we are proud of what we have been able to accomplish here. At last count, we have enjoyed guests from 32 countries, every state, and 6 territories!

Thurston House Celebrates 25 years!

Thurston House Celebrates 25 years!

Guests from a variety of different and interesting backgrounds have found their way to us. Their reasons to stay have ranged from everything such as wedding nights, vacations, business, birthday’s, family holiday visiting, to just wanting to run away from home. We have many who we consider “guest friends”, those who come back over and over again. I cannot count how many hours we have spent with guests on the porch solving all the problems of the day. It has all been extremely rewarding!

So, in honor of our upcoming 25th anniversary, we are offering special rates for multiple night stays from 7/5/17 through 9/10/17. 

Stay for two consecutive nights and receive $25 off per night. Stay for three consecutive nights and receive a 25% discount! Go to our “specials” page for all the fine print.

Thank you all, our past and future guests, as Thurston House Celebrates 25 years! We have had a wonderful time.