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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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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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