When an Innkeeper Takes a Vacation – Maitland, FL

After lunch we continued on to Maitland and arrived at the Thurston House around 4:30, just before evening wine and cheese. Carole greeted us like old friends at the door and showed us around the meticulously-restored Victorian, situated on a lovely lake and surrounded by large trees and palms. Carole and her husband Joe saved the home from being torn down, stripped the amazing oak woodwork and paneling, and now offer three guest rooms with private baths and every amenity imaginable. Seriously, there is wine and cheese, bath grains, a dark chocolate Ghiradelli bar (with citrus and caramel – my favorite!) on the bed, a desk and wi-fi access, bedside lamps, closet space, and ironing board. There is also a second story porch with an enviable hammock. I always get lots of ideas for the Inn when we stay at other B&Bs!

Carole joined us for a glass of wine on the screened front porch so we could chat and catch up – this must be what internet dating is like, when you know a bit about a person before you meet them in person. She and Joe were kind enough to invite us to dinner, so we drove the short distance to downtown Winter Park and strolled to a Turkish restaurant called Bosphorus. We had a tasty starter of a puffy bread which you deflated at the table and ripped into chunks to scoop up homemade hummus. Jim and I both had lamb dishes – mine with yogurt, bread, and tomato sauce, and Jim’s sauce-less with rice and vegetables. Carole and Joe had the same dishes with chicken. All four meals were tasty and there was enough leftover for lunch the next day. We also had the house Turkish white wine, surprisingly light. No one had room for dessert.

The next morning Carole had a candlelit breakfast laid out for her guests, with a fresh fruit plate to start and both orange and passionfruit juice available along with the coffee and tea. Our entree was a croissant stuffed with tarragon scrambled eggs and coffee cake – both delicious and plentiful. We chatted with Joe and Carole and another couple at breakfast, then loaded up the car for the last leg of our southbound trip. It was really nice to finally meet Carole in person and we hope they will make their way north soon for a reciprocal visit to the Thomas Shepherd Inn. Next stop, Key West…

One thought on “When an Innkeeper Takes a Vacation – Maitland, FL

  1. Visiting the Inns you have had contact with is exactly what we want to do. We also love to steal ideas form other bed and breakfasts. Our last vacation we stayed in a place that was more a hotel than a bed and breakfast inn (it is when the owners don’t work there anymore and it’s left to disinterested staff that you lose the wonderful homeyness of a a bed and breakfast).

    Please come stay at our place next!

    Our B&B blog

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