Come sit on our porch!
In two weeks, Thurston House will mark another milestone – 18 years providing wonderful accommodations to guests from all around the world. So far we have enjoyed guests from 21 countries, every state and even 3 territories! It has been a wonderful place for us to live, and we hope that we have many more years here at Thurston House in beautiful Maitland, Central Florida.
We have seen our guests, marry, divorce, die, move away, move back, visit family, celebrate life events, stay for business, retire, etc. It has been very interesting to be a part of their lives. Some guests have been staying with us for over 10 years now! We are blessed.
House before renovations - January 1990
We have seen Thurston House start out as an empty and unloved house, to be completely renovated becoming the “Gem of Maitland”. Even the guest rooms started out one way, but have been fine tuned much during that time. Rooms have different size beds now, and colors have changed – green to gold, pink to ruby red and yellow to tan. We have evolved too, starting with phone reservations and brochures to now offering online reservations and printable brochure on our website. You can even find us on Twitter, FaceBook and Trip Advisor too!
Keep tuned for Fall & Winter Specials!
Join the Maitland Art Center for their Summer Open House, Saturday June 5, 10am-3pm. Learn all about the center – visit art classes, meet instructors, talk to students, see live art demonstrations and learn about the history of this fabulous facility.
This State of Florida Historic Site is also on the National Historic Register. The center is dedicated to promoting knowledge and education in American art and artists. Built in 1937 by Jules Andre Smith, the center is one of the few surviving examples of “fantasty” architecture in the Southeast. Stroll it’s grounds with 23 structures, beautiful gardens and several courtyards. All buildings feature Mayan/Aztec motifs.
This fascinating place is just a short walk or drive from Thurston House bed & breakfast. Rooms are still open for the weekend of the open house so hurry and book your room
Yes, today is the first day of Winter in Central Florida. No, there is no snow here, but temperatures have been in the chilly range. The sky is crystal clear though! This is the weather we need for our oranges & tangerines to become ripe, and for the camellia’s to really start popping open. A few camellia’s have opened so far, but by the end of the week they’ll be beautiful all over the yard!
Come step away from your busy times and relax here at Thurston House bed & breakfast. Rooms are still open through the end of the year…book now!
One of the first!
The Enzian Theater and the Eden Bar have just announced their New Years Eve plans. Their party, starting at 9pm, has a James Bond theme.
Secret Agents, Bond Girls and Villains – celebrate the New Year with a bang at Enzian and Eden Bar. Come “Dressed to Kill” as your favorite James Bond character and party into the New Year with drink specials (shaken or stirred) and a DJ spinning until 2AM. The countdown to 2010 culminates with a spectacular fireworks show at midnight. Costume contest begins 10:45PM with the most impressive character winning a VIP Table package and an Enzian Dinner for Two gift certificate.
General Admission – $5 includes one complimentary Peroni
V.I.P 2-Top Table – $50 includes 1 Bottle of Champagne
V.I.P 4-Top Table – $100 includes 2 Bottles of Champagne
Party begins 9PM
Costume Contest 10:45PM
FREE Fireworks Show Midnight
This great theater and bar is only minutes from Thurston House, an easy walk too. Book your room, head to the Enzian, and sleep in late on the 1st. Great way to start a new year!
Doesn’t your special someone deserve a unique gift? How about a manatee? That’s right, the Save the Manatee Club based here in Maitland offers an adoption program. The recipient will receive adoption papers, a photo and other information about this wonderful creature. What fun to give and receive! Come to Thurston House bed & breakfast when it is cold out and head a short distance to Blue Springs Park. There they count hundreds of manatees coming in to the warm waters.
What to do, what to get…. Always a big challenge this time of year. How about a very unique gift from Maitland’s own Audubon of Florida Center for the Birds of Prey? You can chose what type of bird to adopt, from eagles to owls. There is a photo and information sent about the adopted bird, as well as an official certificate. When in town they can even visit “their” bird! The center is right around the corner from Thurston House bed & breakfast.
This is a perfect gift solution for anyone who really doesn’t need anything, but would appreciate this donation to a good cause. Think about it!
Thurston House owl couple
At the holidays it is always special to come upon something that you have long time wonderful memories of. I am fortunate to have a few Christmas ornaments from long ago when I was growing up on Montana Drive in Holden, MA. Christmas time was a big deal at our house and in the entire neighborhood. People all had their houses decorated inside and out. A good many of our neighbors were of Swedish decent, so we learned a lot about those traditions too. My Mom learned how to make a mean Pepperkokar, and got so hers’ were even thinner than the Swedish neighbors cookies…something every baker aspired towards. Well, those times are long past and most of the adults in the neighborhood then have since passed away. The memories and stories still linger in all of our hearts, especially as I put out my few precious items…some shown here. Thurston House bed & breakfast is especially wonderful this month…come see!
special ornaments from my childhood
Those of you who have been coming here for years know of Joe’s love of cars. He had been restoring a Porsche 914 for about 6 years and just finished all the mechanicals. That’s the fun part for him so he put a for sale ad up at a local parts place. Lo and behold, Alan is now the proud owner of this great car. He is very excited and will bring it by Thurston House bed & breakfast when he has it all done. Joe waved BYE-BYE!
Thinking “what to do?” this week? The Enzian Theater is just minutes from Thurston House bed & breakfast. Continuing this week is Coco Before Chanel. This movie has gotten rave reviews. So, book your room at Thurston House, head over to the theater a little early and enjoy a drink at the Eden Bar, then head inside to watch the movie and have a great dinner. This is the only way to enjoy a movie!