City Orlando – Hotspot July 4th!

City Orlando Hotspot July 4th
Lake Eola Park,
Downtown Orlando
195 N Rosalind Avenue
4 – 10 P.M.
Fireworks begin at 9:10 P.M.

  • Activities for the kids
  • Entertainment on two stages:
    • Amphitheater:
      • 98.9 WMMO Acoustic Cafe from 4-6 p.m.
      • Orlando Concert Band beginning at 8 p.m.
    • K92.3 stage at the corner of Robinson Street and Eola Drive:
      • Local artists all from 4-7 p.m.
      • 7 p.m. National Recording Artist Joel Crouse
  • 2 beer and wine gardens

Our North Orlando Thurston House Bed & Breakfast accommodation is a perfect place to stay, only 5 miles from the downtown festivities! Make a long weekend of it, stay more than one night, and the innkeeper will give you a fantastic gift of two hand made artisian mugs from Deneen Pottery…a value of $36!

New Amway Center Opens near Maitland, Fl!

“This is unlike anything Orlando has ever seen.
 It will be unlike any arena ever built. From its signature spire and modern architecture to its public spaces and comfortable amenities, the Amway Center will be both a welcoming addition to the surrounding neighborhood and an iconic destination to Central Florida and beyond. The Amway Center features a modern mix of metal and glass exterior materials and the spire serves as a beacon amid Orlando’s vibrant downtown”.

Thurston House and our location just 5 miles from the Amway Center makes us the perfect accommodation when coming into town for a basketball game or a concert. The Amway Center will feature quite a variety of events, everything from ice shows, bull riding, Magic basketball, the Eagles concert, etc.  Check the events listings, buy your tickets then book online for your perfect overnight stay at Thurston House Bed & Breakfast in North Orlando/Maitland.

North Orlando tangerine picking!

Stay at Thurston House and take home some wonderful and fresh picked tangerines. Thurston House is set amid 8 acres of land, only a small portion of the 160 acres that Mr. Thurston owned in the late 1800’s. Many of his grove trees still exist, and the tangerines are especially fruitful this time of year! I always get a kick out of watching the squirrels delicately eating a tangerine….amazing! Anyway, book your room, ask for a bag, pick some tangerines, and take home a very special gift from Thurston House!


Orlando Botanical Garden

We spent a wonderful couple hours at Leu Gardens in Orlando this morning, just 15 minutes from Thurston House in Maitland. It is 52 acres of fabulous gardens and even an historic home to tour. They have over 2,000 camellia bushes, many that are out in full bloom right now.

red & white camellia

The rose garden is also magnificiant right now! It is a great place to stroll around, take some pictures or even get married! There had been a wedding there this morning before we got there. Just a perfect day for it!

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.

Plan ahead – Thurston House, Bed & Breakfast!

Coming up later this year are some wonderful events at Leu Gardens. August 7th brings you this-

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S Friday, August 7…Gardens open at 6:00 pm        Movie time dusk

Enjoy a romantic movie in a beautiful gardens setting.  Patrons may bring a blanket or chairs and dinner picnic basket.  Garden Admission is $7.00 plus tax adult and $2.00 plus tax child; Garden Members receive free admission on all Date Nights.  Admission is collected at the door.  Sponsored by Women in Film & Television Florida. These Leu Garden night events are always a wonderful and romantic way to while away the night. Pack a wonderful picnic, grab a bottle of wine and off you go…just a few minutes from Thurston House!

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's

North Orlando – 4th of July is coming up!

Do you have your plans yet? Rooms are still open for this special holiday time. On July 3rd, Cranes Roost Park has their annual RED, WHITE & BOOM celebration. This beautiful park is in Altamonte Springs, and is just minutes north of us. On July 4th, Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando is host to their annual fireworks event. People come from all over to see this spectacular show. It is only 5 miles from Thurston House.    Book now!

July 4th

July 4th

North Orlando – Leu Stroll…..plan ahead!

Coming up in May- 5/9 –  is one of our favorite things, a Spring Moonlight Jazz Stroll at Leu Gardens. Pack a picnic dinner, a great bottle of wine, and a comfy chair…the best way to enjoy this event. Tickets go on sale 4/27, so book your room at Thurston House now before it’s too late to plan. There is lots more to do here so plan a whole weekend in the area. Check out our Important Links page for more information.

Elegant Picnic!

Elegant Picnic!

Lake Eola Park

Downtown Orlando is only 5 miles from Thurston House and makes for a nice place to explore. You can head down to Lake Eola Park and just stroll around. It makes for a nice, lazy day. There are swan boats to rent, interesting gazebo’s to sit in, a playground for kids, a WWII Battle of the Bulge monument (look for my Dad’s memorial brick, Corporal Albert H. Webber) and a spectacular fountain right in the middle of the lake. Every Sunday there is a great farmer’s market too!