Travel Notice Latest Update

Dear past and future guests –

We have decided to be closed for a bit right now, until October 15th in order to handle personal business. We do hope to see you all soon after that! Please go to our “availability” to check dates and make a reservation. Please note that your innkeepers have received both vaccines already and we are very grateful for that.

Update –
What are we doing to prevent Covid-19? We have been very proactive here at Thurston House.

For bookings –
Starting October 15th, we will be accepting reservations for all 3 rooms. And we will require a 2 (or more) night minimum stay only for special event times and holidays.

Common areas –
Masks are no longer required UNLESS you have not been vaccinated, but of course it is always suggested that you wear masks at this time. If you have not been vaccinated, you must advise the innkeeper so appropriate precautions can be taken. Innkeeper-made cloth masks, disposable masks, and small hand sanitizers are available for each guest as needed. Please ask the innkeeper for them. We do suggest that if there are other guests in the building, in common areas you do remain masked unless eating or drinking.

The Keurig is available now to guests but is monitored carefully and sanitized as needed.

There still will be no regular daily 5-6pm beverage & cheese time set out, but it will be offered to you .

Social distancing will be required “IF” a guest has not been vaccinated.

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.

All unnecessary items have been removed from the guest rooms, items such as pens, paper, most 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 be “lightly” refreshed daily. If your stay is longer than 3 nights, please advise us if you want your towels and/or linens changed.

Breakfast –

If all guests are appropriately vaccinated, breakfast times can be the same as other guests.

Breakfast will be made by the innkeeper, as usual. No breakfast foods will be communal unless you are traveling together.

Most restaurants have reopened of course – some at limited capacity inside, great outdoor dining areas, delivery and takeout. Museums and all other attractions are mostly reopened.

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

Carole & Joe

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.

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!

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!