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Springtime Well-Spent in Melbourne Beach

Melbourne Beach is a wonderful place to be in the spring as there is always something going on! Whether you’re a music junky, a lover of surfing and fun at the beach, or if you would like to experience the magic of Sea Turtles nesting in March, Melbourne Beach, FL is the place to be.

Here’s a look at some of the many ways you can enjoy yourself in our sea-side oasis this spring:

Surf’s Up in Melbourne Beach 

Experience the thrill of watching experienced surfers from a warm and comfortable seat on the beach just a few miles away from our inn!

spring attractions in Melbourne Beach – surfing competitions

Music & Fun Festivals

These exciting festivals and concerts will give you a fun dose of culture!

spring attractions in Melbourne Beach – outdoor concerts

Jazz Fridays:

  • 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Foosaner Art Museum
  • Excellent live jazz music and an open gallery every Friday

Historic Downtown Melbourne’s Friday Fest:

  • Every second Friday of the month from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

The 33rd Annual Melbourne Art Festival:  

  • April 2223 at Wickham Park
  • Enjoy the largest free Art Festival and Concert series in all of Central Florida!

Melbourne Beach Founder’s Day:

  • May 6 at Ryckman Park (Only 3 blocks away from the inn!)
  • Check out the Town of Melbourne Beach, FL website for more info

Night Sounds at Sebastian Inlet State Park:

  • March – May enjoy a free show from popular bands like: Remember When, St. John’s Wood, and Smokin’ Country
  • Don’t forget your folding chair!

Enjoy One of the Excellent Concerts at the King Center:

  • Check out the Spring Event Lineup, here.

Or Experience the Thrill of The Melbourne Air & Space Show:

spring attractions in Melbourne Beach – space show

  • April 1-2 at the Melbourne International Airport (Just 15 minutes away from the Inn!)
  • Enjoy performances by the U.S. Airforce Thunderbirds and other admired Civilian pilots

It’s Sea Turtle Nesting Season!

Did you know that 90% of Sea Turtle nesting in the U.S. occurs in Florida from May – October?

spring attractions in Melbourne Beach – sea turtles hatching

  • Loggerhead Sea Turtles’ nesting season peaks at our beaches in June and July!
  • Use our special flashlights and explore the beach at night or schedule a guided turtle walk with the Sea Turtle Preservation Society.

Don’t Miss The Pineapple Man Triathlon

Come experience the oldest USAT sanctioned triathlon in the state of Florida!

spring attractions in Melbourne Beach – triathlon

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TripAdvisor #3 Top Small Hotel in the US

Every year TripAdvisor publicizes “The Very Best of Travel” as “Chosen by Millions of Travelers”. The Travelers’ Choice Award recognizes top 25 lists within different travel categories. It is a coveted award and Port d’Hiver has been selected as the 2017 #3 Top Small Hotel in the US!

Want to plan a trip? We can help you get started – see our list of fun, upcoming local events!

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We are Honored to Receive This Accolade

“We are so thankful to have received TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice distinction for being one of the top three best small hotels in the U.S.! In the last 10 years, we’ve had the great pleasure of meeting many wonderful people from around the world and this honor is owed, in part, to them as well. We love sharing Melbourne Beach’s rich history, friendly neighbors, and natural beaches, while providing a luxurious and unique getaway. As we look forward to our next 10 years, we hope to have a few surprises in store, yet always continuing to put our guests’ needs, comfort and happiness first.”

– Mike and Linda Rydson, Port d’Hiver owners since 2003



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Mike and Linda Rydson Biography

Michael and Linda Rydson opened Port d’Hiver in 2003 and continue to run the 10-bedroom Inn today with help from their 3 daughters, Jade, Meg and Summer.

Mike is originally from Elkhart, Indiana. Mike attended Purdue University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s of Business Administration. Linda calls Elkridge, Maryland home. Linda attended Florida Atlantic University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English. They both put these skills to use throughout their careers working for defense contractors and nationally recognized manufacturers. Mike and Linda have called Melbourne Beach, Florida home for over 30 years.

In May 2003, Mike and Linda Rydson purchased Port d’Hiver with the idea of saving the historic landmark for their town. That month, the Rydsons met with the original homeowner’s granddaughter Mimsy Brown who shared family photos and documents, many of which still hang in the Inn’s guest and sun rooms today. With its original sand chimney, fireplace, French doors, longleaf pine floors, exposed ceilings, and courtyard complete with a coquina fountain, Port d’Hiver is a wonderful reminder of our beautiful history.


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Top Upcoming Events in Melbourne Beach

There are a ton of wonderful events coming up, located near our Melbourne Beach bed and breakfast, recently awarded as TripAdvisor’s #3 Small Hotel in the US. Stay with us and enjoy the festivities!

Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival

Located at Eastern Florida State College, this event will take place January 25-30, 2017 and will feature seminars, workshops, exhibits, and food. Come out and celebrate the 20th anniversary festival! Learn more.

Melbourne Beach Marathons

Florida Marathon & Half Marathon

On February 4-5, 2017, The Publix Melbourne Music Marathon and Half Marathon will take place downtown. This event will also feature many musical performances along the way as well as a post-race concert with beer and pizza. Learn more.

Night Sounds at Sebastian Inlet State Park Concert

Come out on February 11, 2017, 7:00-9:00pm and watch the sun set over Sebastian Inlet while you enjoy some live music by Indie Pop Rock Duo SIRSY. These concerts in the park continue through April. Learn more.

Downtown Melbourne Art & Wine Walk

On February 18, 2017, from 1:00-5:00pm, sip, stroll and shop in charming Downtown Melbourne, located only 10 minutes from the inn. Spend the day checking out the unique Wine and Art Walk where you can find new shops and restaurants, visit your old favorites, and enjoy a variety of artists and their work. Learn more.

Turtle Season in Melbourne Beach

Sea Turtle Nesting Season

Sea Turtle Nesting Season begins in March! Almost 90 percent of sea turtle nesting in the country happens in Florida from March through October. Loggerhead sea turtles’ nesting season peaks at our beaches in June and July! Use our special flashlights & explore our beach at night or schedule a guided turtle walk with the sea turtle preservation society.

Melbourne Air and Space Show

Come out for the Melbourne Air and Space Show on April 1-2, 2017, held just 15 minutes from the inn at the Melbourne International Airport. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline this year’s event and will feature the first U.S. performance of the French Air Force Patrouille de France in more than 30 years! Civilian performers announced include the GEICO Skytypers, Mike Wiskus in the Lucas Oil Pitts, John Black and Kent Pietsch will be back to land his airplane on a moving RV! The 17 acre aircraft display ramp will feature a wide variety of military and civilian aircraft on static display. Don’t miss it! Learn more.

33rd Melbourne Art Festival

This unique festival is held at Wickham Park on April 22-23, 2017, 9:00am-5:00pm. It features over 200 artists, incredible art, live music. This event is the largest free Art Festival and Concert Series in all of Central Florida! Learn more.

Beach Activities in Florida

Melbourne Beach Founders Day

Founders Day takes place on May 6, 2017, 7:30am-5:00pm in the heart of Melbourne Beach and will feature arts and crafts, contests, music, and plenty of food. See you there!

Pineapple Man Triathalon

The Rotary Pineapple Man Triathlon is the oldest USAT sanctioned triathlon in the state of Florida. This year, it will take place on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Ryckman park on our street! Learn more.

Concerts

Historic Downtown Melbourne Friday Fest

Every second Friday of the month from 6:00-10:00pm, you will find a fun festival with food, vendors, live music, DJ, and even a KidZone. Learn more.

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Festive Fun in Melbourne Beach

While Melbourne Beach may not have snow, it is a town full of the Christmas spirit. The fun festivities start this Thursday night and continue through the weekend. Listen to children sing carols, view decked out cars and floats in the parade, cozy up to a movie in the park, and enjoy all that Melbourne Beach has to offer.

Santa in Melbourne Beach, FL

Thursday, December 8th 2016

Melbourne Beach Christmas Tree Lighting

This is a fun festive event in the front of the Community Center on Ocean Avenue. Head down for the 6:30 pm tree lighting and hit up a great restaurant afterwards.

Tree Lighting in Melbourne Beach, FL

Friday, December 9th 2016

Movies in the Park

Dust off your jingle bells and Santa hat and come see THE POLAR EXPRESS at 6:30 pm at Ryckman Park. Bring your beach chairs, coolers and towels and enjoy the holiday cheer! Refreshments are available for purchase. Ryckman Park is located at 509 Ocean Ave.

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Saturday, December 10th 2016

Children’s Holiday Parade

There is nothing better to get in the holiday spirit than attending the Children’s Holiday Parade. This fun parade starts at 9:00 am on Ocean Avenue. Guests at our inn can enjoy watching the parade from the front porch while enjoying breakfast.

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Santa Claus

One is never too old to see Santa. At 2:00 pm Santa will make an appearance at the Ryckman Porch. Make your last minute Christmas wish…like a gift certificate to Port d’Hiver!

Join us in Melbourne Beach, FL and get into the holiday spirit this weekend! Dine, shop, relax and enjoy a weekend to remember.

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Things to Do in Florida This Fall

Have you stayed at our Melbourne Beach bed and breakfast during the fall yet? Now is your chance to book the fall retreat that you deserve! Enjoy the best of the season including festive food, warm drinks, our heated pool, and pampering massages.

Here are a few of our favorite, upcoming things to do in October and November…

Trail of TerrorThings to do in Florida in the hall - a haunted house!

If spooky thrills is your things, the Trail of Terror in Melbourne, October 28-29 is a must. It’s a unique haunted house event like you’ve never experienced before.

Get your tickets here.

“The Witches of Eastwick”

Make your way toThe Henegar Center for the Arts October 28-30 for a festive Halloween performance. Enjoy the story of three “not-so-wicked” witches from a little New England town. Purchase tickets here.

Things to do in Florida in the hall - walks on the beach

Walks on the Beach

Although the weather in Melbourne Beach stays blissfully mild, chillier evenings make gorgeous backdrops for romantic walks on the beach. Enjoy a peaceful stroll with your love and take some time to relax and reflect.

View the top beaches near Port d’Hiver.

Things to do in Florida in the hall - romantic dinners out

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival 2016

Celebrate the delicious wonders of Melbourne Beach on November 12th with the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. Be a part of history and enjoy this 1st Annual event downtown.

Learn more here.

Things to do in Florida in the hall - couple's massages

Indulge in a Couple’s Massage

Fall is a time for rejuvenation and relaxation. What better way is there to relax than with a couple’s massage? (Check out our Tranquility Package which includes a Swedish massage for two!)

Now that you have some fun items on your itinerary, choose your favorite room & book your stay!

 

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Top 3 Golf Courses Near Melbourne Beach

Planning your late summer trip to our Melbourne Beach bed and breakfast? There are many wonderfully enjoyable ways to soak up the Florida sunshine and savor the last moments of the season. One of our guests’ favorite ways to enjoy the outdoors is with golf! Luckily for us, we have three of the best golf courses in Florida in our own backyard. Get ready for fun-filled days of golfing with your loved one or friends. If you have planned a three or more day trip, try each of these courses and determine your own favorite! We can’t choose just one though – here are three that we love.

Best Golf Courses Near Melbourne Beach, FL - Spessard Holland at Melbourne Beach

Spessard Holland at Melbourne Beach

Sea breezes, warm sun, and the swift swing of the club – soak it all up at Spessard Holland, just 1.5 miles from your comfortable room at Port d’Hiver. If you’re in the mood for a walk, you can take the 28 minute walk to the course (or a 3 minute drive, your choice!) This 18-hole course features gorgeous views of sailboats and birds. Seaside golfing doesn’t get any better! Swing to your heart’s content at this immaculately-manicured course. Book a tee time.

Best Golf Courses Near Melbourne Beach, FL - The Habitat at Valkaria

The Habitat at Valkaria

Less than 16 miles from Port d’Hiver, you will find a beautiful golf-lovers dream at The Habitat at Valkaria. Close to the Indian River Lagoon, this course offers a peaceful atmosphere with lots of wildlife nearby. Keep an eye out for sightings of sandhill cranes, gopher tortoises, and more. Don’t forget your camera! This course is perfect for beginners and pros alike. Book a tee time.

Baytree National Golf Links

Best Golf Courses Near Melbourne Beach, FL - Baytree National Golf Links

Photo Credit: Baytree National Golf Links

Last but certainly not least, we recommend booking a tee time at Baytree National Golf Links, a Melbourne Beach area favorite. This award winning golf course was ranked one of the top 75 places to play in Florida by Golf Digest. Specially designed by expert architects, this course features holes that are each unique and make for a fun and intriguing game. Book a tee time.

What are you waiting for? Get swinging and enjoy our favorite golf courses before the summer slips away!

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Blast Off Into A World of Wonderment at Kennedy Space Center

Summer is here and it’s time to relax, explore, and enjoy! When you’ve soaked up enough hot rays on the beach and enjoyed some refreshing summer drinks, it’s time to take to the sky! Or at least explore what it would be like. Add a fun once-in-a-lifetime visit to Kennedy Space Center to your summer itinerary and get an up-close look at NASA’s launches and their incredible astronauts! Kennedy Space Center is one of ten NASA field centers and has been the launch center for spaceflight since 1968. Launches that were carried out and managed at KSC include Apollo, Skylab, and Space Shuttle. Luckily for our guests who are enthusiastic for space, science, and technology, KSC is located in Merritt Island and is just an hour drive from our Melbourne Beach bed and breakfast.

Take advantage of our Moon, Sea & Me Package which includes 2 tickets to Kennedy Space Center in addition to 2 Port d’Hiver t-shirts, champagne on ice and keepsake flutes, and a special turn down service the night of your arrival with silk rose petals, romantic music, and candlelight. Enjoy the following special launches and events on your trip to Kennedy Space Center.

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Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit

Be inspired and learn about the “people who dared to do the impossible” in the Atlantis theater. You will get an up-close look at Space Shuttle Atlantis and get the chance to interact with over 60 exhibits that celebrate astronauts and accomplishments.

Shuttle Launch Experience

Immerse yourself in the shuttle launch experience and go on a journey of launching into space with the true sounds, sights, and feelings that astronauts go through. This virtual launch is a true one-of-a-kind experience that you can’t find anywhere else – so don’t miss it!

Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour

Hop on the bus for one of KSC’s daily tours and see some of the most iconic NASA landmarks with an experience tour guide. Bus tours leave every 15 minutes from the Visitor Complex.

NASA Now

You will explore much of NASA’s history during your time at Kennedy Space Center but what is NASA like now and what will it be like in the future? Head over to the West Gallery of IMAX Theater to explore the future of NASA’s Commercial Crew program and the Journey to Mars!

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 Upcoming Launches

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-9, July 18, 2016 – Launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS). KSC will offer a public viewing. Check the site for exact times closer to the launch.
  • OSIRIS-REx Atlas V, September 8, 2016 – Launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on ULA’s Atlas V rocket. View the launch from Kennedy Space Center.

Kennedy Space Center is open 9am-7pm. Find more information here.

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Experience Ultimate Romance in Florida

During your romantic getaway in Florida is the perfect time to propose!

If moonlight walks on the beach, romantic dining, and long stemmed roses sound like the ingredients for the perfect romantic getaway to you, you will want to stay at our Melbourne Beach bed and breakfast!

If you’re wondering where to spend time or even get engaged, we have a diverse list for you. Peruse at your leisure and choose which one suites the two of you best.

Propose at the pier on your romantic getaway in Florida!

Ryckman Park Pier – Just at the end of our street, Ocean Ave, the sun sets over the river and the pier lights up at night. At the entrance to the pier there is a shaded park with benches and 3 tin-roof gazebos. Enjoy the atmosphere here at dusk. Celebrate your love with cocktails, music (there is a piano player present every night!) and delicious food at Djon’s Steak and Lobster House just across the street.

Special Tip: Our Ultimate Romance Package includes dinner at Djon’s.

Walking on the Beach at Ocean Park – Just 200 feet from the inn, you’ll find this beautiful beach, perfect for a romantic walk and time just to yourselves. Come back to your room which will be prepared especially for the two of you with soft music, silk rose petals and champagne. (This is part of our luxurious Ultimate Romance Package as well!)

Celebrate romance in Florida with a beautifully made bed on your romantic getaway.

Sebastian Inlet Park’s Night Sounds Concert Series – Celebrate your love (or engagement!) under the stars with live music, salt air, and nature all around you. All concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. and last about 2 hours. Don’t forget to bring your favorite folding chairs and enjoy lovely music while watching the sun set over Sebastian Inlet. Night Sounds Concerts are held September through May on Friday or Saturday evenings nearest the full moon – how romantic! View the full schedule.

Special Tip: Guests can use our complimentary chairs, towels, cooler, and snacks!

Sunset/Full Moon Kayak Tours – Enjoy a leisurely kayak tour along the Indian River by moonlight. When the sun sets, you’ll  leave from Ballard Park, just 15 minutes north of the inn. Get more information.

Enjoy a romantic getaway in Florida at Port d'Hiver!

Exploring Historic, Downtown Melbourne – The two of you can enjoy a relaxing night out as you explore the area around our inn. There is lots to do! You could drink wine & get creative at a Painting with a Twist class (which is located in a gorgeous, historic church) and then walk across the street to eat great sushi and listen to live music on the front porch of Matt’s Casbah. There are plenty of fun late-night bars downtown like Mainstreet Pub. Have dinner at the Dove III, an upscale Italian restaurant with an intimate, romantic atmosphere, attentive waitstaff and made-from-scratch cuisine.

The Chart House – For a romantic and fancy atmosphere, enjoy fine dining with gorgeous water views. Treat yourselves to a chocolate lava cake that locals describe as “out of this world.” The Chart House is only 10 minutes from the inn!

Get away with your loved one and relax and unwind in Florida.

To make your romantic getaway extra special, try our special Ultimate Romance Package and enjoy:

  • Silk rose petals on the bed
  • Romantic music in your room
  • Chilled champagne
  • Keepsake flutes
  • Romantic dinner out for two

Just $375 in JUNE ONLY (normally $425)

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We Celebrate Earth Day with TURTLES

View sea turtle sightings near our Melbourne Beach b&b.To celebrate Earth Day and the beginning of our Loggerhead and Green sea turtles’ nesting season, we’d like to offer some fun facts about turtles near our Melbourne Beach b&b, and some ways that you can get involved:

  • Loggerhead and green sea turtles nest on Brevard County beaches from May through October.
  • Florida is the only state in the continental U.S. where leatherback turtles regularly nest.
  • Leatherbacks are typically the first to arrive on Florida beaches, followed by loggerheads in the spring, and green sea turtles in the summer.
  • Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge is the site of the second largest Loggerhead nesting area in the world and is located just 5 miles south of Port d’Hiver!
  • The Refuge is also the most significant area for green turtle nesting in North America, representing 20-35% of all green turtle nests in the U.S.
  • The leatherback turtle, which is one of the world’s largest and rarest sea turtles, also nests in the Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge, in much smaller numbers.

Tomorrow (Earth Day – Friday, April 22), you can volunteer with the Barrier Island Center by plotting red mangroves from 5:30-7:30pm. On Saturday, April 23, the Barrier Island Center will also offer a special lecture by Florida Tech doctoral candidate Nikia Rice on the effects of plastic ingestion on neonatal and post-hatchling sea turtles from 2:00-3:00pm.

Looking ahead to June and July, which is peak Loggerhead nesting season, guests can make their reservations now to participate in Turtle Walks View sea turtle sightings near our Melbourne Beach b&b.this summer! Conducted by the Sea Turtle Preservation Society, they offer nightly, guided group walks on the beach to observe nesting Loggerhead sea turtles. The walks are $15 per person, leave from Spessard Holland North park (1.5 mi south of the Inn) and are scheduled in June for 8:45pm Monday-Wednesday and Friday – Saturday. If you’re interested, please contact an Innkeeper – we’d love to make you a reservation!

Other Upcoming Events:

April 22, 7:00-9:00pm, Night Sounds Concert Series featuring St. Johns Wood, Sebastian Inlet State Park

April 29, 6:30-7:30pm, Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Loggerhead Sea Turtles Nesting in the Archie Carr Refuge, Barrier Island Center

April 30, 2:00-3:00pm, Help make origami hatchlings to represent the 1/1000 hatchling sea turtles that survive to adulthood with Sea Turtle Preservation Society’s Nini Conner, Barrier Island Center

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Live Like a Local – Music, Beaches, Fitness, and Nature

The Pier Overlooking the Indian River

The Pier Overlooking the Indian River

Our small town of Melbourne Beach is known for its outdoor paradise – pristine beaches, serene parks, beautiful wildlife – and friendly culture. Here are some fun, local, and mostly free activities that our town puts on for locals and visitors, alike, to help celebrate these natural attractions.

For our Music Enthusiasts:

Concert with Anna Lusk, 2/27, 11:00am, Barrier Island Center

Nights Sounds Concert Series with The Last Chance Band, 3/5, 7:00-9:00pm, Sebastian Inlet State Park

Harp and Harmony Concert, 3/13, 2:00pm, Barrier Island Center

 

For our Beach Go’ers:

Surf Fishing Workshop, 3/5, 1:00-3pm, Sebastian Inlet State Park

5th Annual Women’s Fishing Clinic, 3/12, 9:00am-5:00pm, Sebastian Inlet State Park

 

For our Fitness Seekers:

Gentle Yoga, 2/25, 4:30pm, Melbourne Beach Public Library

Tai Chi, 2/29, 2:00pm, Melbourne Beach Public Library

Tai Chi, 3/7, 2:00pm, Melbourne Beach Public Library

Tai Chi, 3/14, 2:00pm, Melbourne Beach Public Library

 

For our Nature Lovers:things to do in Melbourne FL

Beach Treasure Stippling Class, 2/25, 2:00pm, Barrier Island Center

Studying Seahorses Thru Citizen Science, 3/12, 11:00am, Barrier Island Center

Oyster Mat Making, 3/16, 10:00am, Barrier Island Center

Cross Barrier Island Plant Identification Stroll, 3/19, 1:00-3:00pm, Sebastian Inlet State Park

Let us help you make the most of these local adventures and plan an entire getaway in one of our luxurious Cabana Rooms. We’ll help you coordinate the details so you can unwind and focus on making memories under the sun.

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