2021 At Our Central Florida Bed & Breakfast Home

Our Central Florida Bed and Breakfast…Reflections on 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, we look back over the year and reflect on all the good times and warm memories we have. Hosting guests at our Central Florida bed and breakfast, Thurston House, continues to reward—this year was no exception.

Front view of Central Florida B&B Thurston HouseWe feel so fortunate, not only living here in the heart of Central Florida with its year-round lush flora and lakes at every turn, but also being able to share our home with so many others. Each guest who stays at our Orlando-area bed and breakfast, people like you, brings along a unique story to tell, and we look forward to making this the most comfortable “home away from home” during your stay.

Since 1885, this charming house has always been a home—to the Thurston, Cubbedge, Hirsch, O’Heir, and Ballard families. Thurston House, celebrating 30 years of hosting guests from all around the world and all 50 states, undergoes a significant transition this year. As veteran innkeepers, Carole and Joe Ballard, retire to their beloved Maine, we welcome a new family—a new innkeeper. As of the fall, Beverly Fuller has moved from Texas to make Thurston House her home and to continue the legacy of helping you have the best possible stay in Central Florida.

Admittedly, it’s easy to find plenty of things to do for an Orlando-area vacation. The cities of Maitland and Winter Park alone offer days of the best shopping, dining, museums, gardens, lakes and theaters that Florida has to offer. In fact, some of Central Florida’s most popular attractions—Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, Morse Museum of American Art, Enzian Theater, Leu Gardens, Art & History Museums—Maitland, and more are all just minutes from Thurston House. In addition, there are numerous festivals, farmers markets, and live music events spread throughout the year.

Our goal here at Thurston House Bed & Breakfast is to make you feel at home during your vacation stay in Central Florida. This region is active and flourishing year round, and we love sharing our history and natural beauty with our guests. Reviews from guests, like the ones below, remind us why we love what we do!

 

From Our 2021 Thurston House Guest Book:wicker seating on porch overlooking Lake Eulalia in Central Florida

“What a wonderful three days! You will be a huge success, we are sure. Your attention to detail is awesome….” ~Liz & Vince, December 2021

“Beverly, so many thanks for being such a gracious, caring and hospitable hostess. You have found your calling! We were honored to be your first guests.” ~Jody & Kevin, November 2021

“Beautiful place, wonderful innkeeper, clean, cozy, great breakfast, and an incredible front porch!” ~Melissa, November 2021

 

Looking Ahead to 2022 for Our Bed & Breakfast Home:

Is a vacation in Central Florida in your 2022 future? We’ve all experienced seasons of change—some more wonderful than others. A new innkeeper for Thurston House brings fresh vision and an exciting new vibe. A wonderful buzz about room updates, locally-sourced breakfast ingredients, a backyard urban garden, and free Tuesdays builds anticipation of exciting things to come in 2022. From where—and with what interesting stories—will our guests come this year?

image of innkeeper at Thurston House bed & breakfast in Central FloridaFor those of you who have stayed with us in the past, we say “thank you” and invite you to return! If you’ve never vacationed in Central Florida, you don’t know what you’re missing! We do hope you will join us and share in the great things unfolding in 2022.

Beverly can’t wait to meet you…especially on a Tuesday! Happy New Year from Thurston House!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Exhibition at Maitland Art Center!

Current Exhibitions

William Vincent Kirkpatrick: American Impressionist

 

July 16- September 5, 2010

Florida Impressionist painter William Vincent Kirkpatrick was born in St. Augustine in 1939. The artist studied at the Maitland Art Center (originally called the Research Studio) with Lois Bartlett Tracy, who was a Bok Fellow (resident artist) in 1950, near the end of founder André Smith’s life. His entire estate and collection was kept by the family from the public until the last few years. This exhibition comes to Maitland courtesy of Baterbys Art Auction Gallery.

Gallery Admission:
         Members Free
         Not-Yet-Members, $3.00
         Seniors (65 and over), Maitland Residents, Students (12 thru 22), $2.00

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm         Closed Mondays and Major Holidays

This amazing museum facility is only minutes from Thurston House. Add it to the list of must do’s when booking a room at our beautiful Central Florida Bed & Breakfast!

Maitland Art Center Open House!!!

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 now!  

Charles H Morse Museum of American Art

 

 

This well known Winter Park museum just announced their yearly free addmission weekend for this coming Easter weekend! The dates of 4/2-4/4 have free admission to this wonderful museum. Enjoy all that the museum exhibits, from glass to furniture, jewelry to paintings and even a chapel! This gem is just minutes from Thurston House bed & breakfast in Maitland, Central Florida. Book your room now!

22nd Annual Maitland Spring Festival of the Arts is Coming!

Lake Lily Park

Hosted by the Maitland Chamber of Commerce, the 22nd annual festival will be held on the shores of beautiful Lake Lily, April 17 & 18. This  juried art festival that brings over 125 artists and fine crafters to the area, is just minutes from Thurston House Bed & Breakfast.

Beautiful Lake Catherine

This beautiful stroll takes you past Lake Eulalia, then along Lake Catherine and onto a peaceful side street, ending at the historic Lake Lily Park. Rooms are still available at Thurston House!

The Waterhouse Residence Museum will be open for viewing, and refreshments will be available for sale. This is a perfect way to spend a relaxing spring day in North Orlando!

Thurston House Times – Antique Tools!

The Mid-West Tool Collectors Association and the Maitland Historical Society will stage an antique tool show & sale on August 15th. There will be displays and demonstrations of tools & machinery from 1885 to 1910. There will also be tables for buying, selling and trading antique tools with related items. Proceeds will benefit the Waterhouse Carpentry Shop Museum, which was built about 1884 by Maitland settler and builder William H. Waterhouse. The museum is on the National Register of Historic Places.

antique tools

antique tools

The show is held at the Maitland Civic Center, just a short stroll from Thurston House. The show is from 8am – 3pm, and costs $2.