Travel Notice Latest Update

Dear past and future guests –

We have reopened and hope to see you all soon. 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. Please note that your innkeepers have received both vaccines already and we are very grateful for that.

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 probably into 2021, 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 unless you are the only guest(s).

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.

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, 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 not be refreshed daily. If your stay is longer than 3 nights, please advise us if you do want us to handle a refreshing of your room.

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

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