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.

Tesla Charging Stations at North Orlando Inn!

Tesla Charging Stations at North Orlando Inn! We have 2 for your use.

Tesla Charging Stations at North Orlando Inn! We have 2 for your use.

Keeping up with the latest trends, Thurston House Bed & Breakfast Inn in the Maitland Winter Park area has just installed two Tesla charging stations. Experience the newest in technology with your car hooked up for the night, while enjoying the ambience of the true old Florida. Entering our property is like stepping back into time. We are surrounded by 8 acres of lush land overlooking little Lake Eulalia. Sit rocking on the wraparound porch and watch the birds chase each other from tree to tree, note the many varieties of butterflies fluttering from flower to flower, stroll around the yard enjoying  the natural landscape, then end up at the tucked away covered swing…

Your bed & breakfast stay provides complimentary use of the Tesla Charging Stations at North Orlando Inn, a beautiful room to stay in overnight, free Wi Fi throughout the building, a cheese & beverage snack at 5pm every day and a bountiful breakfast each morning.  Minutes away you will find great restaurants, shopping, antiques, parks  and museums. There is even a Tesla Showroom only one mile away! Don’t you need to book now?

So far we have had a white Tesla, a silver Tesla and a black Tesla. Is yours the next one?

Tesla Charging Stations at North Orlando Inn - in use on the first day!

Tesla Charging Stations at North Orlando Inn – in use on the first day!

Spring Fun Central Florida Style

Spring Fun Central Florida Style at Thurston House

Spring Fun Central Florida Style at Thurston House

Spring Fun Central Florida Style means lots of sun, birds and beautiful flowers. Gardens awaken with beautiful colorful blooms. Birds are in their active nesting season and spend a lot of time entertaining us with their antics in the yard. The sun is up longer and more beautiful each day too. There is so much to do in Central Florida, and just minutes from Thurston House boutique bed & breakfast.

The City of Maitland proudly announced that the Maitland Art Center was designated a National Historic Landmark – what an honor! This unique and wonderful facility was built by Andre Smith in 1937 as an artist’s colony. Through many twists and turns in its’ history, it has come full circle with onsite artists in residence once again. Come stroll their grounds, including a beautiful chapel. The gallery inside also features ongoing collections and exhibits to enjoy.

Spring Fun Central Florida Style historic Waterhouse Museum

Spring Fun Central Florida Style historic Waterhouse Museum

The Waterhouse Residence Museum and Carpenters Shop is another wonderful Maitland attraction. View how an average family might live in 1884, and how the Dad would make a living an area home builder.

The Audubon Birds of Prey Center is on the Florida Birding Trail, and just a few minutes away from Thurston House. Well known for their rehabilitation of these magnificiant birds, they also have an extensive collection of research materials to share.  Resident birds, ones who just cannot be released back to the wild, enjoy being set on their teethered posts daily where all visitors can get an up close view of them.

You can also enjoy Spring Fun Central Florida Style by just staying at Thurston House, a small boutique style bed & breakfast. Situated in the middle of 8 acres of sanctuary type land overlooking Lake Eulalia, yet minutes from many dining options, museums and lots of shopping, it is the perfect escape for you – Book now!

 

A New-Old House in Central Florida

Front elevation of New-Old House in Central Florida

Front elevation of New-Old House in Central Florida

It’s time for a New-Old House in Central Florida. Thurston House Bed & Breakfast is getting a facelift, with a variety of wood repairs and a new paint scheme. After being in business for 22 years, celebrating this anniversary September 15th, it is time for a change! We enjoy  a lot of regular returning guests so it is nice to keep things fresh and the best quality that we can provide.

Side elevation and lots of repairing. New-Old House in Central Florida

Side elevation and lots of repairing. New-Old House in Central Florida

This 1885 Queen Anne Victorian is more a comfortable farmhouse style than high Victorian. The wonderful porches, casual common areas and beautiful grounds lend itself to a relaxing ambience.  All three guest rooms offer quiet retreats, with fine linens, comfortable beds and a variety of seating areas. Enjoy your room, but also take advantage of the many places to relax, such as the upstairs sleeping porch with it’s wicker chairs and hammock, the gorgeous 1st floor wraparound porch with a variety of chairs and a dining area, and the peaceful & casual gardens.  Book your stay now at New-Old House in Central Florida!

Along with New-Old House in Central Florida there are several gardens areas, including this new herb garden.
Along with New-Old House in Central Florida there are several gardens areas, including this new herb garden.

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!

Sweet or Savory Breakfast?

Savory breakfast served at Thurston House North Orlando bed & breakfast

Savory breakfast served at Thurston House North Orlando bed & breakfast

What type of breakfast would you enjoy most at a bed & breakfast- Sweet or savory breakfast? When staying at our North Orlando Winter Park area bed & breakfast, both types are provided, innkeepers daily choice. The innkeeeper likes to change from one to the other to keep things interesting and fresh. One morning you might enjoy Eggs Florentine, and the next might be an Apple & Ricotta Stratta. There is always plenty of fresh custom roasted coffee, a variety of tea, juice, fresh fruit, meat and some type of baked good too.

If you leave the breakfast table at Thurston House where a sweet or savory breakfast has been served and you are still hungy, it is certainly your own fault. Most leave the table stating that they won’t have to eat again until dinner! Come try us out yourself by booking now.

Sweet or savory breakfast fruit cup

Sweet or savory breakfast fruit cup

 

November North Orlando

November is the perfect weather month for  the crinum lily by carla to bloomNovember North Orlando is the perfect weather month to be at our Central Florida Bed & Breakfast Thurston House. The weather starts getting down to the 50’s in the evening, and doesn’t usually go over 80 degrees in the daytime. The yard starts to become more lush now that it is cooler, and fall colors start to show. Mums add a bit of color to the landscape, along with the usual penta’s, blue daze, crinum lilies and even the Golden Rain trees. We note that there are many buds on the 40+ camellia bushes and keep watch for that first one to pop open.

November is the perfect weather month for sitting on frontPorch

5pm brings guests to gather on the porch, a place where we like to joke that we solve all the problems of the world. Of course it depends on who is there and where they are from, so it can get very interesting! November in North Orlando is also the perfect time to stroll along our walking paths and residential streets, meandering past beautiful houses, parks and lakes. Come let us show off for you…book now! We are minutes from Winter Park, Rollin’s College, and downtown Orlando too.

November is the perfect weather month for the Golden Rain Tree at Maitland B&B
Golden Rain Tree at Maitland B&B

10 Ways To Enjoy Your North Orlando Holidays

Let’s face it, the holidays can be tough on your time and energy. What are some of the ways you can step back, relax, and really enjoy the holidays?

 

 

1. Attend the Culture and Cocktails Event at the Maitland Art Center on Friday December 14th. Art, history and good food offerings combined together to make it a wonderful night out in a beautiful place.

2. Go skating – There are two places that offer skating to the public, RDV Sports Center in Maitland and the City of Winter Park. Yes, it is cold and icy some places in Central Florida!

3. Walk around beautiful Lake Lily and enjoy the park decorations and the Christmas tree.

4. Stroll Park Avenue in Winter Park for fabulous dining and shopping.

5. Shop for holiday gifts at the Maitland Art Center gift shops. Find one of a kind items for fabulous prices!

6. Park at Lake Lily, stroll around a bit then take a short walk to one of the great dining options that are right there. From Rangetsu Contemporary Japanese dining, to So Napa’s wine inspired food offerings, to Antonio’s Cafe and Trattoria…what more could you desire?

7. Be inspired at the Morse Museum’s fabulous collection of Tiffany. The museum is all decorated inbeautiful holiday splendor.

8. Try to find the Waterhouse mouse, hidden among the Victorian decorations at the Waterhouse Residence Museum.

9. Stroll around Winter Park Village where fine dining, shopping and even a movie theater await you. Try Mitchell’s Fish Market or Truffle’s Grill, two of our guests favorite places to dine.

10. And the most important suggestion – book a night at North Orlando’s finest bed & breakfast, Thurston House in Maitland. Everywhere you look there are holiday decorations and soft music playing. Relax in your room, or on one of the porches and just enjoy the calm that is what we are most famous for. Don’t you deserve this?