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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Our Local Gem – the Sebastian Inlet!

Sebastian InletThe Sebastian Inlet is a local gem of beautiful beaches, a family-fun lagoon, an informational sea turtle sanctuary and outdoor sports including kayaking, boating, and fishing. Only a short 15 mile drive down scenic A1A, many of our guests make it a must-explore destination, and for good reason!

The stunning beaches… The inlet’s public beaches stretch for what seems like miles. Enjoy soaking up the sun, dining at the beach side Inlet Grill and Gifts, and splashing around in our Atlantic waters. These beaches are also home to popular surf competitions in what locals fondly call Sebastian Inlet Beaches in Florida“The Monster Hole.” What makes this area so special? When conditions are right, a reef off shore creates waves large enough to thrill those daring enough to surf it (and pretty exciting for onlookers!).

The calm lagoon… A stone’s throw away from the beach is the relaxing lagoon. Because of its calm, shallow water the lagoon is a popular spot for families and swimmers. Keep your eyes peeled – dolphins also like to play just outside of the lagoon’s rock walls.

Sebastian Inlet Beaches in FloridaThe Barrier Island Sanctuary… Located a mile north of the Inlet’s lagoon, the Barrier Island Barrier Island Sanctuary Turtles in FloridaSanctuary is a great way to learn more about the area’s diverse habitats and sea creatures, including sea turtles. Through interactive exhibits, educational films, and a 1 mile hiking trail from the beach to the lagoon, the Sanctuary offers a fun, indoor activity for beach and nature lovers.

Sebastian Inlet BeachOutdoor sports… The Sebastian Inlet Marina rents kayaks, boats, and fishing gear. Looking for a guided experience? They also have private kayak and pontoon boat Eco Tours. For the more adventurous fisherman, the Marina offers full or half day charters on the ocean or river. For more information about any of these activities, please visit the Marina’s website (www.sebastianinlet.com) or call them at 321-724-5424.

Check out our stunning bed and breakfast near Cocoa Beach and the beautiful Sebastian Inlet.

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Check Out Your Next Florida Adventure at the Brevard County Zoo!

Brevard ZooGrowing up in Melbourne Beach, I thought I already knew all that the Brevard Zoo had to offer, but after a recent trip with family, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the zoo is a new, and exciting adventure, again!

Brevard Zoo

You can explore the monkeys’ tropical rain forest, visit rhinos and cheetahs in the savannah, and even hand feed giraffes. For your group’s thrill seekers, you should check out Treetop Trek! With its zip lines, vertical climbs and descents, monkey bars and close animal encounters, Treetop Trek is sure to excite even the most seasoned zoo travelers.

Most recently, the Brevard Zoo announced that it will open a meerkat exhibit in March. In celebration of the upcoming addition, the zoo is hosting the Meerkat Mosey 3k on Saturday, February 15.

If you’re looking for an adventure or a special President’s day activity, you’re in luck – Port D’Hiver Bed and Breakfast is only a short 25 minute drive to the Brevard County Zoo!

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Melbourne Festival – Runaway Country Music

Calling all country music lovers! The Runaway Country Music Festival is only a week away and is headlining some of the nation’s most popular country music artists including, Dierks Bentley, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lady Antebellum, Sara Evans, Billy Currington, the Charlie Daniels Band, the Tobacco Rd Band, and more.

“The artists enjoy coming to the beach and more people every year are discovering that the experience of a multi-day outdoor festival is like no other concert,” said Executive Producer, Gary McCann.   Called “THE Music Festival on the Coast”, Runaway Country is sounding off March 22 through March 24 along the lakes and beaches of beautiful Wickham Park. This Melbourne festival takes place throughout the park’s 400 acres with two stages, an enormous stage front dance floor, Tiki Saloon and Blues Bar, plenty of food vendors and shopping.

Last year nearly 25,000 people attended the event but don’t worry there are still tickets available and room at our Melbourne Beach Inn!

Melbourne Festival Country Music

See you there!

 

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Give a Gift and Get a Gift!

Look no further for the perfect and unique holiday/Christmas present – A travel gift certificate. A romantic getaway in Florida is just the thing to get you in the spirit this holiday season!  Join us this Saturday for the annual Children’s Christmas Parade right out front on Ocean Avenue.

Christmas in Florida

The beautiful 80 degree weather this time of year is perfect for relaxing by the spa pool with a cozy fire crackling nearby, or taking evening strolls on the beach or maybe just window shopping in historic downtown Melbourne under twinkling lights and decorations. Everyone should experience Christmas and the holidays in a warm climate

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ― Charles Dickens

If you’re tired of shopping and dealing with all the hustle bustle, this year we are trying something new to make your gift giving easy by giving away a FREE$100 gift card with each

Chocolate Cake at a Florida Bed and BreakfastGift Certificate purchase of $300 or more until December 31, 2012.  Gift Certificates are a great gift because they never expire and can be ordered online or by phone.

So, you really can have your cake and eat it too!

We hope youand your loved ones have a wonderful holiday season and look forward to seeing you soon.

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Our Florida Bed and Breakfast Awarded Top 10 Best B&B in US for 2012!

Florida bed and breakfast honored as top 10 Best B&BOur Port d’Hiver Bed and Breakfast in Melbourne Beach Florida is not only celebrating our 5th Anniversary on December 17,  2012, but we are also thrilled about the honor of being the TOP TEN B&B in the US Award for 2012 from Bedandbreakfast.com!

Bedandbreakfast.com is by far the largest global bed and breakfast directory with more than 13,000 properties listed, and we are proud to announce that they recently recognized Port d’Hiver Bed & Breakfast as a Top Ten Inn around the world for providing the Best Travel Experience, Hospitality, and Customer Service.

“The eighth annual Best of BedandBreakfast.com Award winners, including Port d’Hiver Bed & Breakfast, really showcases bed and breakfasts and inns that often become the destination for travelers and not just a place to stay,” says Gregory Sion, general manager of BedandBreakfast.com. “Travelers select bed and breakfasts because they enjoy staying in a one-of-a-kind place that offers not only character, special amenities and unmatched hospitality, but also enables them to discover new experiences.”

Open for just five years, our Romantic Florida Getaway in Florida is not only a part of the Bedandbreakfast.com’s Diamond Collection, but is also a member of the esteemed Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North America, is the only AAA Four Diamond accommodation in Brevard County, and has been named a “Top 10 Most Romantic Inns” in the country by American Historic Inns and iLoveInns.com and is rated “Excellent” by TripAdvisor.com.

Port d’Hiver, our Florida Bed and Breakfast, has had a lot of really exciting press in recent days, such as this article from The Palm Beach Post, and another celebrating our top ten status of all inns from the Florida Space Coast Office of Tourism’s Official Blog, and finally an article from the Huffington Post about the World’s Best Inns!

 

 

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Our Florida Beaches Wave Goodbye to the Space Shuttle Endeavor!

Did you know that the Space Shuttle was the world’s first reusable space vehicle? It flew more than 130 times and carried over 350 people into space travelling more than half a billion miles. Through the years, we have stood with many guests and watched shuttles and rockets and take off over the water in front of our Melbourne Beach Florida bed and breakfast.

Space Shuttle EndeavorOn Monday September 17, 2012 at 7:30 a.m., Space Shuttle Endeavour will take its final leave atop a big Boeing 747 from Kennedy Space Center for the last time to its new home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. In celebration of the fly-out of Space Shuttle Endeavor, guests have the opportunity to view Endeavour from the Visitor Complex where they will have a great photo opportunity of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and Endeavour flying over the Rocket Garden. Or, if you buy your tickets early, you can take one of the special buses out to the Shuttle Landing Facility for VIP viewing. Don’t worry though, guests heading to KSC from our Melbourne Beach bed and breakfast will be provided with To Go breakfast bags with fruit, yogurt, juice and fresh baked muffins ready bright for the 50 minute drive to the Space Center.

After the morning’s shuttle hoopla is over, there are plenty of other fun things to do at the Visitor Center. You can enjoy a movie in one of two IMAX theaters or be adventurous and find out what it’s really like to be an astronaut with the new Shuttle Launch Experience attraction. When you’ve had your fill of history and space excitement for the day, head back to our romantic Florida getaway where we will be waiting to hear all about your adventure over a cold Florida Lager and a plate of tasty snacks.

Florida beaches say goodbye to Endeavor Space Shuttle

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Picture This: a Florida Beach Vacation Revealed!

“Sometimes the soul takes pictures of things it has wished for, but never seen.”
Anne Sexton, Poet

florida beach vacationA Florida beach vacation at Port d’Hiver bed and breakfast is now revealed onflorida beach vacation PinterestHave you ever read a guest review of their stay at our Melbourne Beach bed and breakfast on TripAdvisor and thought to yourself, that sounds like fun but what exactly does an Airboat look like? Or, what kind of Spanish treasure do they display at the McClarty Treasure Museum and how big is the porch in the Sunrise Room? 

Well, Port d’Hiver’s new Pinterest page is the place to go for all kinds of answers. You can find great ideasromantic Florida getaway for a romantic getaway in Florida, like visiting the spa for a hot stone massage, or taking a pre breakfast spin on our beach cruisers and renting a jet ski after lunch. By visiting Port d’Hiver on Pinterest you can see exactly what kind of stones they’ll use for your massage, catch a glimpse of the sunrise from the front porch of our Florida beach B&B and check out what kind of bikes we will have for your morning ride.    

romantic getaway in FloridaIt seems like every day someone will stop in and ask what that big purple flowery vine is out in the courtyard and guests want to know if the coconut trees get many coconuts on them. 

Yesterday afternoon, I answered the phone and it was a woman who lives in Utah, and she said that they are planning to elope here at our romantic beach bed and breakfast and wanted to know if I could suggest any picturesque spots for their ceremony at our Melbourne Beach B&B. I was so excited to be able to point her to our “Nature at Port d’Hiver” Pinterest board, so she could see the big moss covered oak next to the river at Ryckman Park. It is my favorite place for a small beautiful elopement!

The staff here at Port d’Hiver are always trying to find new ways to help our guests’ discover interesting things about our romantic getaway in Florida and Melbourne, Beach. We think by scrolling through our pictures you may just find lots of wonderful things that your soul has been wishing for and you didn’t even know it.

 

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Florida Honeymoon Packages at Port d’Hiver

With clean quiet beaches, beautiful weather and the bubbling spa pool, our Melbourne Beach bed and breakfast is a haven for honeymooners as we have ideal Melbourne Beach Packages at our Romantic Hotel. Before booking one of our Florida honeymoon packages, one of our future bride and grooms and sometimes a mother or two will call and ask lots of great questions. Top of the list, will we need a car, and where is there to go?

florida honeymoon packages at Melbourne Beach, FL

Truth is, many of our guests don’t want to go anywhere. Our romantic Florida B&B is an island within an island. Once inside… with the pool, fountains, tropical plants, friendly people, delicious cookies, and music… many of our guests forget that there even is an outside. But once our exhausted honeymooners are all rested up and ready to venture out, Ocean Park is their first destination. Located directly across Ocean Avenue from Port d’Hiver that is where guests find the beach access, picnic tables, pavilion, sand volleyball court, lifeguard, and our quiet local beach. Of course, we supply all the goodies needed for a day at the beach like beach chairs, umbrellas, coolers, snacks, drinks and bikes, but at the Catalyst Surf shop just two doors down,  they can also rent surfboards or get a lesson from one of our friendly local surf experts.florida honeymoon packages at Melbourne Beach, FL

In the morning, early risers watch the sunrise over the ocean before breakfast and in May through October they can see plenty of sea turtle nests along the beach and maybe even a few babies still making their way down to the surf. Our strip of Melbourne Beach has the 2nd largest nesting colony of Loggerhead Turtles in the nation.

appetizers at our Melbourne beach bed and breakfastAfter wine hour in the evening, guests can walk down to the river and have a drink at a 5 star restaurant while watching the sunset over the water. Or maybe just hang out at one of the casual restaurants within walking distance here on Ocean Avenue like Sand on the Beach Grill just across the street on the beach, David Steak House, or the quirky Roburritos where they can find some terrific old school burritos.

Whether staying in or going out, there are lots of great ways to spend your honeymoon as we have a Three Night Florida Beach Honeymoon Package and Seven Night Romantic Honeymoon in Florida Package!

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