Travel Notice

Dear past and future guests –

Please be informed that Thurston House has temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We had originally decided to start accepting guests starting 5/18, but now have pushed it out to 7/9. We will offer only 2 rooms and with a 2-night minimum to start. This will help us to be able to maintain appropriate safe practices such as social distancing, extra cleaning in between guests, etc. We will greet you safely upon your arrival, will talk to you about breakfast options, and will offer you our usual 5-6pm snack (but will not be able to join you for that). Upon check-in you will need to decide on your breakfast time (9am or before) so we can avoid having all guests in the dining room at the same time. There will be no room refreshing during your stay, but additional towels, soaps and other bath items are always available upon request. Masks will be required to be worn in all common areas. We will provide 2 innkeeper-made masks for you to use and take home,

Some restaurants have reopened at very limited capacity inside, social distanced outdoor dining, and takeout. Museums and other attractions remain mostly closed, but should be reopening soon – yet to be determined.

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 (buy $100 get $20 extra now through June) or book yourself a nice future getaway perhaps later in the summer or fall, to have something to look forward to.

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