Engagements & Honeymoons are our New Specialty

Most Romantic Places to Get Engaged in FloridaIn honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, we’ve been busy creating two new reservation packages that will ensure the most romantic, luxurious, affordable and stress-free getaway: The “Perfect Proposal” and the “Ultimate 2 Night Honeymoon.” Today we’re happy to announce that both packages are now live and available for viewing and booking via our new webpage. The most romantic honeymoons in Florida await at our top rated inn.

Here’s a summary of each package:

  1. The Perfect Proposal – 2 nights in the Cabanas or Main House – $1025 / Carriage House – $1375:
    • 1 dozen long-stemmed roses
    • A gourmet dinner for two at Djon’s Steak and Lobster House (only a short 5 block walk from the Inn)
    • Return from dinner to your room bathed in candlelight and silk rose petals, romantic music playing, and champagne on ice with 2 keepsake flutes waiting
    • 2 Port d’Hiver tshirtsRomantic Honeymoon Getaways in Florida
  2. The Ultimate 2 Night Honeymoon – 2 nights in Cabanas or Main House – $1140 / Carriage House – $1475:
    • Champagne on ice upon arrival with 2 keepsake flutes
    • On the first night of your honeymoon return from dinner to your room bathed in candlelight, silk rose petals and hand-dipped chocolate cover strawberries, and romantic music playing
    • 1 hour Swedish Couples Massage, either in your room or at Imperial Spa (location subject to availability*)
    • A gourmet dinner for two at Djon’s Steak and Lobster House (only a short 5 block walk from the Inn)

Although these packages are geared towards engagements and honeymoons, we’re happy to offer it to any couple looking for a romantic vacation!

Looking for a longer stay? Check out our Three Night Honeymoon Harbor or the 7 Night Honeymoon in the Carriage House discount packages.

Please call an Innkeeper for any additional questions: (321) 722-2727.

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Best 5 Restaurants in Melbourne Beach for the Perfect Date Night

Best Restaurants in Melbourne Beach for the Perfect Date Night - SushiDo you consider yourself a ‘foodie’? Or maybe you’re celebrating an anniversary or birthday and are looking for a delicious dinner with a unique atmosphere. Either way, I’ve put together a helpful and eclectic list of Port d’Hiver’s Best Restaurants in the Melbourne Beach area for the Perfect Date Night:

Café Coconut Cove – Café Coconut Cove is a family-owned German restaurant with gorgeous views of the Indian River. In addition to its savory meat-focused dishes, they have a warm, intimate atmosphere and are located about 10 minutes south of us on A1A. This past Sunday they were featured on chef Emeril Lagasse’s Florida highlights show on the Cooking Channel!
**Tip: Try the Wienerschnitzel!

Djon’s Steak and Lobster House– Most of our guests include a meal at Djon’s at least once during their stay. It has a great atmosphere (live music by way of a piano player or 3 piece jazz ensemble), a more casual patio with sunset views of the Indian River, and terrific food. Both the Manager, David, and Rebecca in the lounge keep a special eye out for Port d’Hiver guests to ensure a fabulous time! Djon’s is just a short 3 block walk from the Inn, towards the river on Ocean Avenue.
**Tip: Try their Lobster Bisque or Asparagus Salad!

Matt’s Casbah – Matt’s Casbah has great sushi and a festive nightlife – there’s always a live band on their front porch! Matt’s is in historic downtown Melbourne, home to fun bars, shops and restaurants, and just a 10 minute drive across the river.
**Tip: Try the Monster-Hole-Bowl, which is the chef’s choice of nine sashimi items!

The Chart House – Dine on top-of-the-catch seafood, succulent steaks, and decadent desserts while overlooking the Indian River. The Chart House also goes above and beyond for our guests – usually including a complimentary Chocolate Lava Cake for dessert! The Chart House is less than 5 miles from Port d’Hiver.
**Tip: Try the Snapper Hemmingway!

The Dove Restaurant in Melbourne Beach FL

The Dove III – The Dove III has the absolute best homemade Italian cuisine in town and an intimate, dark atmosphere. Not only is their staff attentive, but even the chef has been known to make one-of-a-kind dishes special for our guests! It is also located in historic, Downtown Melbourne.
**Tip: Try the Eggplant or Veal Parmigiana!

We’d be happy to make reservations or call-ahead seating at any of the restaurants listed above – just let an Innkeeper know.

Stay tuned for our next Top 5 Favorite Lunch Spots in the Melbourne Beach area!

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Plan a Stay Before Christmas and Take Advantage of a Special Offer & Local Holiday Events!

Melbourne Beach - Christmas Events 2014Looking for a little holiday cheer? In addition to our beautiful decorations, decorated Christmas tree, courtyard fire pit, and warm Jacuzzi pool in our Melbourne Beach bed and breakfast, you can check out some of these fun, festive activities happening around Melbourne Beach!

Special Offer: Mention this blog when you call to book and we’ll provide a free bottle of champagne upon arrival!

 

Melbourne Beach Christmas Events:

  1. Christmas Tree Lighting Event: Thursday, Dec. 11, at 6pm. It will be held in front of the Community Center and refreshments will be served.
  2. Children’s Christmas Parade: Starts on Ocean Ave. Saturday, Dec. 13, at 9am. Established in 1966, the annual Children’s parade is sponsored by the Melbourne Beach Vo. Fire Department, and is a fun event for all ages. Join us for refreshments, visit with Santa and much moreChristmas in Florida - Lights

Historic, Downtown Melbourne:

  1. Candlelight shopping every Saturday at 5pm until Christmas with carolers, carriage rides, and Santa!
  2. A special December Friday Fest, Dec. 12 from 5-10pm. In addition to the normal street party of food and craft vendors, there will a Christmas Market and live music by the Jazz Cats.

Viera: Light Up Viera!
(Open weekdays and weekends, $5-10/day)

  1. Ice Skating Rink: Whether you’re a first-timer or a skating pro, everyone can slide and glide on the 40’x100’ synthetic rink!
  2. Snowzilla: Take on the 31-foot tall and 90-foot long Snowzilla Slide – The ONLY mobile snow-tubing lane of its kind!
  3. Sand Art Santa: Local, world-renowned sand sculptors Jill Harris and Thomas Koet of Sandsational Sand Sculpting will be creating Santa’s workshop!
  4. Art and Craft Vendors: Stop by every Friday through Sunday to support our local talent and get unique holiday gift ideas from artists and crafters.
  5. Local Entertainment & Contests:  Join us every weekend, as they feature local talent, including high school jazz bands and chorus groups, and performances. Check out the schedule of events here.

Melbourne Beach - Christmas Events 2014The King Center, Melbourne:

  1. A Peter White Christmas, Sunday, Dec. 14, 7pm: A Peter White Christmas featuring Rick Braun & Mindi Abair is coming back to town! Contemporary jazz lovers eagerly await this annual fun filled concert which has packed fans into halls and arenas coast-to-coast year after year. Peter White is an extraordinary and fluent acoustic guitarist whose skills are world-renowned. Buy tickets here.
  2. Darlene Love, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 8pm: You have seen her at the Oscars – you have seen her on Broadway, you have seen her in the “Lethal Weapon” movies and “20 Feet From Stardom” – now see her in concert at the King Center on December 16th in her heartfelt, Love for the Holidays concert. Buy tickets here.
  3. BonXMAS, Friday, Dec. 19, 8pm: Classic Holiday songs done with a Bronx twist. You’ll also hear all your favorites you’ve come to expect from a Bronx Wanderers Show; The Four Seasons, Dion, Coldplay and so much more. Buy tickets here.
  4. A Christmas Carol, Saturday, Dec. 20, 7pm: The Nebraska Theatre Caravan is once again bringing their unique version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to Melbourne. This Victorian version of Christmas magic is presented with a full array of traditional Christmas carols interwoven with the well-known story. Buy tickets here.
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Make a Quick Getaway To Melbourne Beach this Weekend for the Fall Festival!

Vintage Car ShowMelbourne’s Fall Festival begins this Friday, Nov. 7th at 6pm in our Historic Downtown! If you are looking for a fun, free, and spontaneous getaway, it is only a short 10 minute drive from our Inn. The Fall Festival is always a highly anticipated event for locals and travelers, alike!

With over 200 food, art, and craft vendors, live entertainment, free concerts, kids’ activities, and a vintage (pre-1970s) car and bike show Sunday, there is something for everyone. As of today we have two rooms available Friday and only one available Saturday – book your stay now!

Check out the schedule below:

Friday, Nov. 7, 6pm-12am; Music Headliner: Stick Figure

Saturday, Nov. 8, 10am-12am; Music Headliner: Collie Buddz

Sunday, Nov. 9, 10am-5pm; Music Headliner: Adam SandersDowntown Melbourne Beach

Sunday, Nov. 9, 12-5pm: Vintage Car & Bike Show

Kick off the weekend early by attending Matt’s Casbah’s 50s-themed 6th Anniversary Party on Thursday, Nov. 6th from 5-9pm! Also located in our Historic Downtown, the party will include a costume contest for “Best Sandy and Danny” and all you can eat and drink (tip: try their delicious sushi!). For more information and to buy your tickets in advance, check out their website.

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Melbourne’s Air and Space Show – March 21-22, 2015

Melbourne's Air and Space Show

The Melbourne Air and Space Show is so much fun!

This past weekend the Melbourne International Airport was home to the highly anticipated Melbourne Air and Space Show. Located only 15-20 minutes from our top rated Melbourne Beach Bed and Breakfast, many of our guests make this a must-attend event!

Equipped with coolers, blankets, and chairs, spectators were ready for a fun-filled day of activities starting at 9am Saturday and Sunday. Nearly 250,000 people explored a dozen authentic planes from World War II aircraft’s to modern drones, watched as biplanes and the Air Force’s prestigious Thunderbirds took to the skies, and frequented a variety of delicious food trucks including burritos and old-fashioned root beer floats.

Disappointed you missed this weekend’s festivities? You have another opportunity to enjoy Port D’Hiver Bed and Breakfast and Melbourne’s Air and Space Show March 21-22, 2015. Come enjoy our warmer spring weather and watch the Navy’s Blue Angels perform – see the weekend schedule and buy tickets here!

Melbourne's Air and Space Show - Blue Angels

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It is Sea Turtle Nesting Season in Florida

Sea Turtle Nesting Season in FloridaNighttime is Exciting in Florida – It is Sea Turtle Nesting Season!

Daytime activities like surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking, bike riding and exploring nature trails aren’t the only ways to enjoy Melbourne Beach. It’s also a beautiful time of year at night in Port D’Hiver’s tropical courtyard and across the street at Ocean Park for sea turtle nesting season!

cereusRecent guests have been enjoying our night blooming cereus, magnolia and jasmine. Also called “princess of the night,” night blooming cereus is a type of cacti with large white flowers that blossom once a year, for only a few short weeks (see a picture from our courtyard above). In addition to this special event, our magnolia and jasmine are also in full bloom, creating a wonderfully aromatic and picturesque courtyard, where many guests like to lounge during our cocktail hour, after a fun day in the sun.

It is also sea turtle nesting season! Equipped with our special turtle-friendly flashlights, guests have fun exploring Ocean Park’s beach, looking for evidence of giant sea turtles and covered egg nests.

Smell our beautiful flowers, hear the peaceful ocean waves, and take part in nature’s magical nighttime adventures at our Melbourne Beach hotel.

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Robburritos – Best Burrito You’ll Ever Eat

robburritos in Melbourne Beach, Florida Mexican RestaurantGuests visiting Port D’Hiver should try Melbourne Beach’s best burritos at Robburrito’s, just a 2 block walk from the Inn.  Owners Robb and Glenn Boykin undoubtedly bring much of the mom-and-pop café’s friendly and local charm. They have been serving up healthy and wonderful dishes since 2006. You can order to go as well and enjoy these dishes in your Melbourne Beach hotel room. TIP: it is cash only though they do have an on site ATM.

With its fresh ingredients, homemade salsa and guacamole recipes, and juicy, smoked beef brisket, pork, chicken or fish, their burritos can’t be duplicated or beat! Tip: try their original slawsa on any burrito!

Did I mention the eclectic décor? After stepping inside, you’re immediately transported from the outdoor patio of sunny skies, picnic tables & umbrellas, to a homage of history’s celebrities, including vintage movie posters, advertisements, trinkets and dolls.

Although their open hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11am-7:45pm, and Saturday 11am-5pm(ish), you can always check to see if the questionably fashionable mannequin occupies her white iron chair out front. If she does, you know they’re open, otherwise, better luck next time!

Here are some more menu items:

  • Fresh guacamole & salsa made daily.
  • Fresh chips.
  • Original burrito’s with chicken, port, beef or fish. **It is all in the secret spice!
  • They have tacos and even pork BBQ’d sandwiches.
  • Patrons can enjoy a frosty beer for $2-$3!

In Yelp they have 4.5 stars out of 29 reviews. “The burrito was like nothing I had ever had.”
In TripAdvisor they have 4.5 stars out of 59 reviews. “…’best burrito you ever ate’ is still true! Gourmet food served quickly like fast-food.”

Their slogan is “The best burrito you’ll ever eat.” Almost everyone agrees, but we will let you decide.

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Come Explore the Vibrant Eau Gallie Art District

Explore Eau Gallie Art District!

Eau Gallie Art DistrictAbout a 15 minute drive from Port D’Hiver Bed and Breakfast, downtown Eau Gallie’s quaint but artistic vibe has become a fun, must-see adventure for weekend vistors and art enthusiasts. Check out all of our Eau Gallie Art District photos on our Facebook page!

Here’s Your Trip to Eau Gallie Art District: 

  1. Peruse one of the many art & antique shops along Highland Avenue including Art Expressions, the Art & Antique Gallery & Studio, Derek Gores Art (local celebrity!), and Restoration Antiques.
  2. Stop for lunch at Chef Mario’s Café Restaurant. Try his artisan pizza while sitting outside, under one of their pretty blue umbrellas.
  3. Save room for coffee and dessert at Sweetie Pie Baking Company, or Mathers’ Cake Shop.
  4. Take a short, but beautiful stroll through Eau Gallie Florist’s lush outdoor garden.
  5. Head across the street to Foosaner Art Museum for the Langdon Kihn: An American Story exhibit March 22 – May 11, or to enjoy Florida Institute of Technology’s French Film Festival April 4-18 in the adjacent Harris Community Auditorium (admission is $5).

Has Eau Gallie’s cool art scene left you wanting more?

Well you’re in luck – The renowned Melbourne Art Festival comes to historic, downtown Melbourne April 26-27. Just a short 10 minute drive from Port D’Hiver, the art festival offers a variety of entertainment including a 5k run, art workshops, delicious food and live music!

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Convenient Kayak Fishing!

Melbourne BeachMelbourne Beach has a new water adventure for our guests – and the best part about it? It’s in our backyard! The Black Dog Bait and Tackle shop announced that it now has fishing kayak rentals for half (4 hours) or full day (8 hours) excursions in our Indian River. They even provide guided tours!

As a top attraction in Melbourne Beach, fishing is a relaxing activity for our guests and locals alike (check out our recent fishing photos!).

Although already equipped with an anchor and rod holder, the Bait and Tackle shop can provide all other fishing equipment you may need, including the option to have them trailer the kayaks into the water for you (advanced notice required).

Sick of the beach? Looking for another outdoor activity within walking distance of Port D’Hiver? We suggest you give our neighbor, the Black Dog Bait and Tackle shop, a shot and try their new fishing kayaks!

Please speak to a Port D’Hiver staffer for reservation requests and questions.

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Washington Nationals Spring Training 2014

Nationals Pre Season Baseball GameThere is nothing better than a preseason spring training  baseball game. The Washington Nationals Spring Training 2014 commences at the Space Coast Stadium in Viera – only 40 minutes from our beautiful Melbourne Beach bed and breakfast.

For our spring guests looking for an activity away from the beach, we are grateful that the Washington Nationals call the Space Coast Stadium in Viera home, even if it’s just for a few short weeks. Whether you’re a true baseball fan, or just looking for a good time with friends, the spring season games offer an affordable break from the usual weekend hobbies.

This past Saturday was the spring season home opener against the Atlanta Braves and we had our fair share of peanuts, ice cold beer, and fun in the sun! Being from the Washington, D.C. – Maryland area, we were particularly excited to see Bryce Harper and Jordan Zimmerman help secure a close 16-15 lead over the Braves. The packed stands (of what seemed like more Braves fans than Nationals fans!) traded excitement throughout the wild, 4 hour game, as the Nationals came back from 8 runs down to win!

While you’re visiting Port D’Hiver in the coming months, you might consider attending a fun baseball game! Click here to check out the Nationals’ spring schedule or purchase tickets or view below for the home games.

Washington Nationals Spring Training 2014 Home Games - at the Space Coast Stadium in Viera

  • Friday, March 7th vs. the Astros
  • Saturday, March 8th vs. the Braves
  • Sunday, March 9th vs. the Cardinals
  • Monday, March 10th vs. the Astros
  • Tuesday, March 11th vs. the Yankees
  • Thursday, March 13th vs. the Mets
  • Sunday, March 16th vs. the Tigers
  • Wednesday, March 19th vs. the Astros
  • Thursday, March 20th vs. the Tigers
  • Saturday, March 22nd vs. Miami
  • Tuesday, March 25th vs. the Mets
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