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Port d’Hiver is Nominated for a 2015 Luxury Travel Guide Award!

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We are proud to announce that Port d’Hiver is nominated for Luxury Travel Guide’s 2015 Luxury Boutique Hotel awards. The Luxury Travel Guide Award recognizes and celebrates excellence across all sectors of the affluent travel and tourism industry.

Their team of experts have scoured the globe and travelled extensively in order to identify everything from the very best hotels, airlines and tour operators through to highlighting the most reputable transfer service companies.

The 2014 Luxury Boutique Hotel award winner was the Soho House in New York City. While New York City is very different than Melbourne Beach’s relaxing, natural beaches and abundant marine life, we are excited to be recognized as a contender in this elite group of boutique hotels offering luxury and an unforgettable vacation.

Winners will be announced in June – please show your support by “Liking” this post on Facebook, and commenting with your positive Port d’Hiver vacation memories!

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Melbourne’s King Center :: Exciting Summer Shows & Concerts

After a relaxing day at the beach, treat yourself to an entertaining show or concert at the Maxwell C. King Center for Performing Arts. Only a short 20 min drive from Port d’Hiver, the 126,000-square-foot facility includes a 2,016-seat performing arts hall, a 250-seat Studio Theatre, art display areas, dance studios and rehearsal halls. We’re proud of the comfort and luxury offered by the Melbourne King Center!

Here’s a list of some performances that we’re looking forward to this summer:

Thursday, May 21: Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler Live ShowAs one of the nation’s fastest-rising female stand-ups, Chelsea has performed to sold-out audiences at venues and festivals everywhere and most recently, the prestigious Carnegie Hall. Her comedy mixes fearless honesty, ironic riffs and self-deprecations with no shortage of material.

Tuesday, June 23: Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra

Liebert is a five-time Grammy nominated guitarist. His debut album, Nouveau Flamenco, featuring the stunning “Barcelona Nights,” sold double-platinum and became the biggest-selling guitar album of all time, redefining Flamenco music and marking Liebert as one of the most talented, influential and creative guitarists and performers to surface in years.

Friday, June 26: RENT

Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, Jonathan Larson’s RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse

Thursday, July 9: American Idol Live!

For the first time ever, enjoy an intimate evening spotlighting the Top Five finalists from Season 14: Rayvon, Jax, Nick, Tyanna and Clark.

Friday, August 14: Weird Al Yankovich

“Weird Al” Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history. This tour follows the release of Weird Al’s #1 album and Grammy winner for Best Comedy Album, Mandatory Fun.

Wednesday, August 19: John Hiatt & The Combo and Tai Mahal Trio

John Hiatt’s songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Iggy Pop, Rosanne Cash, and the Jeff Healey Band. The legendary, two-time Grammy winner Taj Mahal is a master of finger-picking country blues, bluegrass banjo, slide guitar, southern blues, soul, R&B and reggae music.

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The 3 Best Melbourne Beach Events of the Year, Starting This Weekend!

illustrated-mapThree of our favorite weekends of the year are coming up quickly – plan your stay now! The Melbourne Art Festival is the weekend of April 25-26, Founder’s Day in Melbourne Beach is celebrated on Saturday, May 2nd and the 30th Annual Pineapple Man Triathlon is Sunday, June 2nd.

The Melbourne Art Festival (April 25-26) is held in historic, downtown Melbourne just across the causeway (a 5-10 min. drive from the Inn). The Marathon runners (motion blur)festival includes a 5k flamingo run Saturday morning and live music from 1-11pm Saturday and 12-5pm Sunday. The 5k run takes you over the Melbourne causeway and back, ending with a band or DJ and celebratory beer tent! In addition to the 5k and live music, the art festival also features art workshops, local craft and food vendors, and a student art competition. The man that created our beautiful Port d’Hiver map, shown to the left here, is always a cornerstone exhibit (thanks Mike!). Admission to the art festival is free. For a full schedule of events, click here.

Founder’s Day (Saturday, May 2nd ) in Melbourne Beach takes place on our street (Ocean Avenue), with most activities happening in Ocean Park and Ryckman Park. Founder’s Day includes an arts and crafts Acoustic Guitar Playingshow, a fishing contest, historical presentations, a surf contest, kayak, canoe and paddleboard races, Hawaiian dancing, a performance by Gemini Elementary children’s choir, volleyball and basketball, beer and wine, and live music from 5-8pm by Hammerhead Lincoln, a classic rock and roll band with blues infusion. Lots of locals spend the whole day on Ocean Ave. celebrating all the reasons why we love our small town! Admission is free.

30th Annual Pineapple Man Triathlon will be held on Sunday, June 2nd and takes place just down the street. Fortunately, registration is still open…however, it is a really popular triathlon and fills up quickly so please make sure to plan your visit soon! This sprint triathlon starts with a swim just off the pier at the end of Ocean Ave., the bike is down A1A and back, and the run is through the streets of the town. Port d’Hiver owners Linda and Mike Rydson have done all or parts of this race for several years. Whether you’re a participant or spectator, Triatalete Melbourne BeachPort d’Hiver is the perfect place to make your ‘basecamp!’ We will set you up with a triathlete’s breakfast – coffee or juice, fresh fruit, and/or a power breakfast sandwich or egg white, veggie omelet. And we’ll have celebratory mimosas waiting for you after the race! Haven’t started training yet? You can come scout it for next year! For additional race information, click here.

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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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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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
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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 ShowThe 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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