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!


Travel Notice Latest Update

Dear past and future guests –

We are reopening October 23rd and hope to see you all soon. We have just been pressure washed, and the building is gleaming! There is a two-night minimum in place and we plan to only accept a maximum of 2 rooms at a time, unless guests are traveling together. Please go to our “availability” to check dates and make a reservation.

What are we doing to prevent Covid-19? We have been very proactive here at Thurston House getting ready to start accepting guests once again.

For bookings –

There will be a maximum of 2 rooms booked for any future dates this year, and with a 2-night minimum.

Rooms will not be cleaned until at least 48 hours after the room has been vacated. There are at least 2 days blocked in between guests to guarantee that proper cleaning and disinfecting can be accomplished in that room.

Common areas –

Masks are required in all common areas. Innkeeper-made cloth masks and disposable masks are provided for each guest.

The Keurig is not available at this time due to sanitizing issues.

There will be no daily 5-6pm beverage & cheese time, but it can be available upon request.

Social distancing will be required in all common areas.

Disposable gloves will be provided, inside and outside, for guests to use our number lock for exiting and returning.

Guest rooms –

Because our guest room windows are unable to be opened, we have installed the highest efficiency level filters available in our central air system.

Each guest will be given small personal hand sanitizers.

All un-necessary items have been removed from the guest rooms, items such as pens, paper, guest directory, decorative pillows, and extra blankets. These items can be requested from the innkeeper.

TV remotes will be covered with a plastic disposable cover, replaced for each reservation.

Rooms will not be refreshed daily.

Breakfast –

Breakfast times will need to be spaced out so that no 2 rooms are eating at the same time.

At breakfast, hot beverages will be served individually to each table, not communal.

Breakfast will be made by the innkeeper, as usual, prepared and served with disposable gloves worn. No breakfast foods will be communal.

Most restaurants have reopened but some still at limited capacity inside, socially distanced outdoor dining, and takeout. Museums and other attractions are mostly reopened, at least partially.

Please be safe! We look forward to the reopening of everything in this area, all that you love to enjoy doing and seeing while staying here at Thurston House. If you would rather wait and come at a later date, you could purchase gift certificates or book yourself a nice future getaway perhaps later in the later fall or during the wintertime, to have something to look forward to.

Thank you so much and we hope to see you here soon!

Carole & Joe

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.

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!

Zora Festival 2015!

Starting this Saturday, Zora Festival 2015!brings you “Rhythams of the Diaspora: The Influence and Impact of the Music Created by People of African Ancestry”. From storytelling, to music, a museum opening , a preservation conference , and worship, this special event has it all.

The week long event is capped off by a 2 day Outdoor Festival of the Arts, just a few minutes stroll from Thurston House Bed & Breakfast. Enjoy fabulous music, a book fair, and International Food Court and so much more. Eatonville is the oldest Incorporated African American Township in the United States! The festival is brought to you by The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community.

Come stroll around this special community and feel their pride as they celebrate themselves and their amazing link with the writer Zora Neale Hurston.

Mt. Vernon Best Western Closed in Winter Park

November 3rd a long time hotel Mt. Vernon Best Western Closed in Winter Park. This instituation offered guest accommodations to visitors from all over the world for many years. Sadly, the hotel was tired and had run its’ life. It will be demolished next year, and in its place will be a new development. It will feature dining and retail, always welcome in our busy area of Central Florida.

Guests to this area can now consider our accommodations, Thurston House bed & breakfast, moments up the street. Welcoming guests for over 22 years now, we are just a couple of miles away. Being convenient to downtown Orlando, Maitland Center, Rollin’s College and Park Avenue in Winter Park makes us a perfect choice for all of your accommodation needs.

Don’t let the fact that Mt. Vernon Best Western Closed in Winter Park keep you from traveling to this wonderful area. Thurston House Bed & Breakfast awaits. Book now!

National Historic Landmark Orange County, Florida

Maitland Art CenterI am proud to announce that the Maitland Art Center has become the first National Historic Landmark in Orange County and the 44th National Historic Landmark in the state of Florida. Just awarded yesterday, this designation applies to places that “exceptionally illustrate or interpret the heritage of the United States.” The center is one of the few remaining examples of “fantasy architecture” in the Southeast. It’s Mayan details make it pleasure to stroll around the grounds and is a real treat for photographers!

Founded in 1937 by visionary artist and architect Jules André Smith the A&H’s Maitland Art Center is built in the very rare Mayan Revival style. It was built as an art colony, providing a place for artists to live and to further experiment in their medium.

Today the center has beautiful gardens, ongoing exhibits and continuing education in the arts available in many different mediums. The outdoor chapel has been the location for many weddings, and the courtyards often host special events. The lobby store has many unique gift items featuring local artists, some who have taken advantage of working in one of the buildings at the center.


Thurston House bed & breakfast has hosted wedding couples for their special night after their ceremony at the center. Wouldn’t this be special for someone you know? Book now!

22 Years for North Orlando Bed & Breakfast!

New Year Special at Thurston House Central Florida Bed & Breakfast!

Just a small sampling of our beautiful woodwork. 

22 years for North Orlando Bed & Breakfast! It seems like just yesterday when I was scraping paint off all of the woodwork in this beautiful Queen Anne Victorian Farmhouse. Now guests can’t get enough of it’s beautiful glowing character. It is almost alive with unique graining and color. It is just one of the things that makes our inn very warm and special.

22 years for North Orlando Bed & Breakfast! Overlooking Lake Eulalia

22 years for North Orlando Bed & Breakfast! Overlooking Lake Eulalia

Guests from 25 countries, every state and 4 territories have enjoyed our hospitality. They are amazed that we can be such a hidden gem amid all the craziness that Orlando is known for. Set among many trees and overlooking Lake Eulalia, our location feels far away even though we are minutes from everything. Within 10 minutes drive you can enjoy a wide variety of restaurant cuisines, visit several world renowned museums, tour a fantastic Birds of Prey facility, and shop till you drop at some amazing stores.

Once you have had your fill of fun for the day, the porch is a great place to reflect and decide where to enjoy dinner. One problem guests have is that there are too many choices to decide! After a great night sleep, some guests comment the best they have had in years, a cup of coffee awaits you. A full breakfast is soon to follow, starting you on your day recharged and refreshed. Shouldn’t you come see what we are all about?

22 years for North Orlando Bed & Breakfast! Thurston House porch time.

22 years for North Orlando Bed & Breakfast! Thurston House porch time.

September is our 22nd anniversary of business so we offer a special for this month only, so hurry! For a one night stay, enjoy $22 off any room. For a two night stay, enjoy a discount of 22%! Now is the time to visit us here at Thurston House.  Check availability now!

North Orlando Lodging Special!

North Orlando Lodging Special – For a very limited time, enjoy accommodations at Thurston House, our Central Florida Bed & Breakfast Inn, for only $185 nightly plus tax! This is for any room, from now through 9/3. BOOK NOW for best choice of room and dates.

hammock with afternoon sun by carla

north Orlando lodging special Thurston House hammock

There is so much to do and see in our Central Florida area, from visiting the Audubon Birds of Prey Center 2 streets away, to enjoying tapas and music at Jazz Tastings just a short stroll up the street. Maitland is also host to several wonderful museums, including the Maitland Art Center, the Maitland Historical Museum, and the Waterhouse Residence Museum. Top off your day at a wonderful restaurant such as Antonio’s la Fiamma, SoNapa or Rangetsu, all sure to please. This north Orlando lodging special won’t last long so be sure to book your room soon!