Rollin’s College Graduation Time!

Rollin’s College Graduation time! Another May and another Rollin’s College Graduation coming up this weekend. We love that we have had manyRollin’s parents stay here over our 20 years in business. It is nice to be a part of their life journey. They have come from far and wide – Switzerland, St. Croix, Maryland, Colorado, California, New England and so many other places.  This weekend we welcome parent’s from Minnesota to our North Orlando Bed & Breakfast. It is always interesting to have guests from there as that is where Mr. Thurston was from, and where he was placed on the Social Register and Who’s Who in Business lists back in the late 1800’s.

It’s going to be a perfect week for the festivities! We say goodbye each year to some of the families, but always gain a couple new ones to stay here in there place. And so it goes….

Renninger’s Antique Extravaganza this week!

Renninger’s Antique Extravaganza this week! The first of 3 yearly Renninger’s Antique Extravaganza’s is this week! It all starts Friday morning and runs through the weekend. Dealers from all over the country come and showcase their wonderful collections.

Don’t you have a special something you have been searching for? This is the place to find it. From dishes, to furniture, to hard to find first edition books, you can find it at the Renninger’s Antique Extravaganza this week! While you are at it, book a room at Thurston House B&B, just a short ride away. After your long day you’ll be able to relax on our wonderful wraparound porch while trying to decide where to enjoy dinner. There are so many options, and all just a few minutes away.  Hurry and book now as there is only one room left!

Zora Festival 2013!

Zora Festival 2013! This year the festival theme says it all – “Zora’s Eatonville: Culture as Conservator of the Community’s Heritage” .

It is an outstanding line up of education programs, information about the roots of Eatonville, Haitian Art Stroll, outdoor festival of the arts, food trucks and MORE! Starting Saturday, January 26 and ending Sunday, February 3, this event Zora Festival 2013 will attract those from near and far…even Russia!

Thurston House, a north Orlando Bed & Breakfast, is proud to be just a short stroll up the road from this vibrant small community, the nation’s oldest incorporated African American municipality.

North Orlando After Holiday Relaxing

Okay, you made it through most of the December holiday times and you really need to relax and restore your spirit. What better way then to spend a day at beautiful Leu Gardens in North Orlando?!  Explore an amazing 50-acre botanical oasis minutes from downtown Orlando. Visit the many varied garden areas, each designed specifically to inspire visitors to appreciate and understand plants. The Leu House Museum located in the heart of the gardens reveals turn-of-the century living for the families who once called this home. The gardens and historical home were donated to the City of Orlando in 1961 by Mr. Harry P. Leu and his wife, Mary Jane.

Right now the gardens are alive with hundreds of camellia blooms, many gorgeous roses, fantastic fruits & vegetables, and all sorts of other plants. The pathways all around and through the gardens offer peaceful places to sit, relax and reflect.

So, book a room at Thurston House bed & breakfast, only a short drive away from the gardens, and start taking care of YOU!

10 Ways To Enjoy Your North Orlando Holidays

Let’s face it, the holidays can be tough on your time and energy. What are some of the ways you can step back, relax, and really enjoy the holidays?

 

 

1. Attend the Culture and Cocktails Event at the Maitland Art Center on Friday December 14th. Art, history and good food offerings combined together to make it a wonderful night out in a beautiful place.

2. Go skating – There are two places that offer skating to the public, RDV Sports Center in Maitland and the City of Winter Park. Yes, it is cold and icy some places in Central Florida!

3. Walk around beautiful Lake Lily and enjoy the park decorations and the Christmas tree.

4. Stroll Park Avenue in Winter Park for fabulous dining and shopping.

5. Shop for holiday gifts at the Maitland Art Center gift shops. Find one of a kind items for fabulous prices!

6. Park at Lake Lily, stroll around a bit then take a short walk to one of the great dining options that are right there. From Rangetsu Contemporary Japanese dining, to So Napa’s wine inspired food offerings, to Antonio’s Cafe and Trattoria…what more could you desire?

7. Be inspired at the Morse Museum’s fabulous collection of Tiffany. The museum is all decorated inbeautiful holiday splendor.

8. Try to find the Waterhouse mouse, hidden among the Victorian decorations at the Waterhouse Residence Museum.

9. Stroll around Winter Park Village where fine dining, shopping and even a movie theater await you. Try Mitchell’s Fish Market or Truffle’s Grill, two of our guests favorite places to dine.

10. And the most important suggestion – book a night at North Orlando’s finest bed & breakfast, Thurston House in Maitland. Everywhere you look there are holiday decorations and soft music playing. Relax in your room, or on one of the porches and just enjoy the calm that is what we are most famous for. Don’t you deserve this?

The Holidays Are Coming to Central Florida!

They are almost upon us and what do you have planned? Come stay at Thurston House Bed & Breakfast in Maitland and enjoy the wonderful offerings in this area. From ice skating, to shopping, to Tiffany windows in the park, to fabulous dining, to museums decked out in finery, and holiday tree lightings…. We have it all in the Maitland-Winter Park area! Area shopping venues have already polished their finery and have been hanging greenery, lights and bulbs everywhere. What a wonderful gift for you!

26th Annual Festival of Trees Coming Soon….

The Orlando Museum of Art presents the 26th annual Festival of Trees, “Once Upon A Time … A Fairy Tale Festival”, November 9th -18th , 2012. The art museum will be  transformed into yet another Holiday Wonderland, with this years theme incorporating the whimsy and tradition of everyone’s favorite fairy tales, along with the latest design trends, with trees trimed into amazing holiday creations.

This is a must not miss event, and a great opportunity to start holiday shopping. Gifts can be purchased both at the event and in the art museum’s gift store. Find one of a kind items, just perfect for those special someones.

Thurston House, Central Floridas premier bed & breakfast accommodation is less than 15 minutes away. Why don’t you plan a nice getaway too? Book now… 

See Maitland & Winter Park by Bicycle!

When planning your escape to beautiful Central Florida, plan something different by renting a classic bicycle from Breakaway Bicycle and roam around all our beautiful side streets. Visit all the little hidden parks, travel from museum to museum, go to the Audubon Birds of Prey Center, grab some food and stop for a picnic lunch at Lake Lily…so much to enjoy! 

The icing on the cake, is the fact that you can spend the night at North Orlando’s premier bed & breakfast, Thurston House!

It’s Fall at Central Florida B&B!

I know what you are thinking. Florida couldn’t possibly have any fall foliage. But, we in fact do and it is the glorious Golden Rain Tree! It starts out by growing leaves again, then it boasts beautful litle golden flowers. Once these fall off, making some beautiful yellow “snow” in our yard, there comes a pink colored pod…very beautiful!

Yes, it is fall at Thurston House…come see us soon! This is the time of year that a wide variety of festivals and outdoor activities start. Book now!