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New Smyrna Beach – Night Swan Bed and Breakfast

P1040032AMERICAN PRESS TRAVELNEWS, Bob, Barb & Terry, “On the Road Again” and “Stopping to Smell the Roses” this time in New Smyrna Beach, FL. When we popped off I-95, heading for New Smyrna Beach, that the National Geographic Magazine folks voted as “the Worlds Top Surf Towns” and Dr. Beach rated New Smyrna  as “Florida’s Top 10-Beach Towns” ,we knew that we’d be on the Intracoastal Waterway with dolphins feeding and playing, just about 200 feet away from our lagoon view window. We weren’t wrong! We enjoyed the frolicking marine mammals seen from our Manatee Viewing Suite, at the Night Swan Bed and Breakfast, before heading to the beach, after lunch with Terry at the Dolphin View Seafood Restaurant. Night Swan Owners, Matt and Betsy Baker, bought the business in 2013 and lovingly placed their experience and tastes in all upgrades, and you will see this in everything about the B&B, that consists of twin vintage, but thoroughly updated houses, 16 room, with 6 rooms dedicated to be dog friendly and a dog friendly cottage too! On a historical note; “Smyrna” comes from the word purported to be Myrrh, one of the special fragrances brought to the manger by one of the 3-wise men during the time of Jesus’s birth! There are other thoughts on the name, but from a historical prospective we are offering this theory! The other side of the B&B besides the bed, you also get the breakfast. We enjoyed the fruit, blueberries and seasonal strawberries.  The scones, and the really great waffle, with real maple syrup and sausages. The coffee, tasted like coffee! Its not every place you go that you run into the real thing, “baby.” So many times, at too many other locations I have had dishwater called coffee, not at the Night Swan, it was real and good! There was all Breyers ice creams, cookies and drinks anytime you were in the mood for a snack, and we met some fine folks visiting from all parts of the east coast! The one thing that stands out for a great B&B is that the personalities and conviviality you find at a high quality B&B, is found no where else in the accommodations business, with the exception of cruising the oceans of the world!  Some of the items and amenities found at the Night Swan:  no charge boat dock, flat screen TV’s, private baths, elevated dock (we even watched a NASA launch from it on our last day at the B&B) lovely front porch, free WiFi, all kinds of meeting space for up to 40, great family reunion location, and wedding receptions in the great outdoors and so much, much more! You can come by boat, auto or any way you wish to this B&B—-Go: www.nightswan.com or call 386-423-4940 Check out the myriad of events you can attend weekly, for months in New Smyrna Beach and surrounding enclaves by going: www.nsbfla.com 

Stay tuned 3 more posts coming at you from Smyrna Beach, trips, restaurants and a nature boat excursion as well.

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Water to land view of the Night Swan B&B with the sailing charter double mast schooner on their end dock!

 


 

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Bob and Barb with Terry at the Dolphin View Seafood Restaurant located at 107 N. Riverside Drive on the Mosquito Lagoon. One of the many pet friendly restaurants in New Smyrna Beach! We saw sea food and we all enjoyed it!
Just one of Dolphin's treats for lunch; stuffed mahi mahi with shrimp and crabmeat, oh, what a luncheon treat!
Just one of Dolphin’s treats for lunch; stuffed mahi mahi with shrimp and crabmeat, oh, what a luncheon treat!

 

The Orchard Inn-A Favorite Place For us/you To Unwind, Or Wind-Up For Christmas Or Any Time at All

AMERICAN PRESS TRAVEL NEWS, Saluda, N.C.-Bob Epstein, CorrespondentEnjoy a Dickens Dinner at The Orchard Inn–Barb and I love this Inn! We enjoyed the family feel of it and especially the cuisine. Breakfast was extraordinary! No, I will not describe it here. I want you to have the best surprise by going to this B&B Inn and experiencing it for yourself! The dinners; likewise!

“When it comes to modern times, we all love the conveniences that this age has afforded us, like new technologies, fast cars, and new ways of enjoying everyday things like amazing dinners. However, it is also fun to step back in time and spend an evening learning more about another way of life”, said the Inns owners.
Go Orchard Inn in Saluda, N.C. on Google!
When Theodore Roosevelt was elected President in an another time and era in the American dream, he knew there was place for all Americans in the outdoors experience.
When Theodore Roosevelt was elected President in an another time and era in the American dream, he knew there was place for all Americans in the outdoors experience. Travelers to Saluda and through it and heading for the East, had to make the Saluda Grade. A very steep uphill run. The little town became famous as the place where the old trains such as this old timer had to puff a whole lot harder to make the grade!

 

So Comfy, That We Slept In at Sleep Inn & Suites of Port Charlotte!

Plenty of easy parking, dog friendly, fine breakfast, clean and quiet room, and we found our visit made better by having a great host Inn!
Plenty of easy parking, dog friendly, fine breakfast, clean and quiet room, and we found our visit made better by having a great host Inn!

APtravelnews- (American Press Travel News)-April 10th, Port Charlotte, FL. “Bob and Barb On The Road Again” and “Stopping to Smell the Roses” at Sleep Inn. As Authors, travel writers, freelance outdoors communicators, and specialty product representatives, as well as consumers too,  we always strive to be able to overnight nest in quiet, comfortable rooms and surroundings. On this trip to Port Charlotte and environs, we found that “nest” at Sleep Inn & Suites on Kings Highway, just off I-75, Port Charlotte. The beds were comfy, the suite type room had everything to be comfortable. It included easy-use hot shower, good breakfasts, pet-friendly accommodations, a very nice pool, work-out room, and friendly, accommodating staff. There were restaurants in walking distance, and just hop, skip and jump onto I-75 we used to go towards all areas of Punta Gorda, Gasparilla, Placida and some other locations, both inland and waterfront  that we wanted to visit.  This pet-friendly location is a fine place to roost when visiting Port Charlotte and environs-highly recommended!! www.sleepinnportcharlotte.com  Tel: 941-613-6300 

My Terry getting outfitted for the cycle, or 100-mph bass boat!
My Terry outfitted for the cycle, or 75-mph trout and red fish boat! Terry was very comfy at Sleep Inn & Suites!
Very beautiful, comfortable and relaxing hotel property rooms!
Very beautiful, comfortable and relaxing hotel property rooms!
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Front desk was right on their game! Whatever you needed you got with a real smile!
Barb fueling up for a day on the water!
Barb fueling up for a day on the water!
Delightful!
Delightful!
Says it all!!!
Says it all!!!

Heading for Port Charlotte, FL. Full Travel Adventure Stories & Images Next Week

Tournament caught Tarpon being revived in Punta Gorda!
Tournament caught Tarpon being revived in Punta Gorda!
Snook live here!!!
Snook live here!!!
My Terry getting outfitted for the cycle, or 100-mph bass boat!
My Terry getting outfitted for the cycle, or 100-mph bass or flats boat!

APtravelnews-(American Press travel News)-March 30th,-Port Charlotte, FL.-We are heading for a visit to S.West, FL. and we are taking Terry on a pet friendly, holiday. Stay tuned to read about our all-encompassing adventure to one of Florida’s most special places!!!