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

Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida

FlowersBeautiful Leu Gardens in Orlando is only 15 minutes from Thurston House in Central Florida. It has 50 acres of beautiful land that feature many different types of garden areas – America’s largest camellia collection outside of California, 3 acres of idea gardens, the largest formal rose garden in Florida, a 2 acre tropical stream garden, vegetable andherb gardens, a butterfly garden, succulent garden and palm, bamboo and cycad garden.

The garden hosts weddings almost every day, and has several wonderful locations for these special events. All through the year there are events planned, including night jazz strolls, movie date nights, classes, and plant sales.

The gardens are open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but be sure to check their website for early closings as well as their FREE admissions dates!

Florida Inns Are Everywhere!

Plan a trip in & around Florida and you can experience such diversity at our bed & breakfast inns. We feature b&b’s on the beach, on a key, in the wilderness, in the oldest city, in a modern suburban building, on an island, in horse country…so many to choose from! Florida is a huge state that starts at the Panhandle area, along the beautiful West Gulf coast, along the Keys, up the wonderful East coast with it’s magnificiant ocean waves. Inland brings you to moss-draped oaks trees, forests, quaint downtowns, wineries, tea rooms, college towns, fabulous museums, and so much more.

Find an inn and choose your route around our Sunshine State…where there is something perfect for everyone!

Thurston House Times – the 7th “thing”

The 7th of 125 things about Thurston House, us and the City of Maitland…all in honor of our 125th anniversary next July of the founding of Maitland and the completion of  Thurston House.

Did you realize that Thurston House is only 5 short miles from downtown Orlando, the City Beautiful? Less than ten minutes drive takes you to the heart of the city, Lake Eola. Just park, stroll & enjoy it all. 

The ampitheater at Lake Eola Park, downtown Orlando.

The ampitheater at Lake Eola Park, downtown Orlando.

Thurston House Times – Rollin’s College!

Rollin’s College Parent’s/family weekend will come fast once school gets back in session. There are only two rooms left so hurry and book soon. The weekend is scheduled 10/23-25…. Students and parents come from all over and there is always a mad scramble for rooms if you wait too long. 

Entrance to Rollins College

Entrance to Rollins College

Ironically, we have a place in York Harbor, Maine where the Rollins name is part of its’ history…yes, same family connection. That is a story for another day!

North Orlando – Travel Specials Announced!

Thurston House bed & breakfast, in the beautiful Maitland Winter Park area of Central Florida, has just posted several specials on their website. Just because the economy may be challenging doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a night away just for YOU. Call the innkeeper or book on line NOW…HURRY!

Welcoming front door at Thurston House

Welcoming front door at Thurston House