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Check out our monthly blog to discover our favorite local finds and the best area events, attractions, spaces and places. 

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    Relax in Nature on the Ormond Scenic Loop

    May 06, 2019

    Set aside time for yourself and for reconnecting with nature. One of our favorite ways to do that is by scheduling in a visit to the Ormond Scenic Loop. Just seven miles from our property grounds, the Loop is over 30 miles long of beautiful natural landscapes like rivers, marshes, dunes, beaches, and much more. Soak up the peaceful tranquility of the hammock forest and enjoy the unobstructed views that surround you. On the Loop, time seems to slow—or even stand still—and you’ll love this much-needed retreat into nature. Be sure to stop by the historic dwellings, too, rich with history and even a touch of mystery, too! Whether you go for a solo trip or bring your family and friends along with you, the Ormond Scenic Loop is a perfect visit on your Daytona itinerary.

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    Experience Daytona Like You Never Have Before at Jeep Beach

    April 01, 2019

    We may be known for our popular racetracks, but once a year we like to take our cars—more specifically, Jeeps—to the beach during the annual Jeep Beach! Held this month from April 22 to 28, Jeep Beach is the largest Jeep-only event in the Southeast region of the country. Spanning over five days, you can partake in a number of fun parties, vendor shows, silent auctions and more, all to support local and national charities doing good for their communities. Start off the festivities at their Official Kick-Off party on Monday night, where you can gather with Jeep enthusiasts and locals alike—the party will continue all the way through Sunday, with the return of the Beach Cruise to wrap up this year’s celebration in the sun. Whether you’re a Jeep owner or admirer, now’s your chance to check out this truly unique Daytona experience.

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    Spend Spring Break Your Way in Daytona

    March 04, 2019

    The month of March in Daytona can only mean one thing: spring break. But before you think of the large crowds and crazy parties, there are a number of ways to celebrate spring break season—each one perfect to how you like to enjoy your time beachside.

    For the laidback vacationers: Rent a couple of bikes and spend the morning exploring the area on bike. You can pop in for a light lunch on our property—Cool Breeze Tiki Bar is great for a quick snack to refuel—and spend the rest of the day by the pool.

    For the sightseers: Walk down to the Daytona Pier to take in the amazing views and check out the rides and games. Then make the 30-minute drive out to the Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park to tour the former plantation, which is on the National Register of Historic Sites.

    For the thrill-seekers: Enjoy Daytona the classic Spring Break way. Head to the beach for tons of music events, performances, and celebrations. At night, make the rounds at the many fun clubs that line the street.

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    Find an Art Print to Keep at the Annual Art Fiesta

    February 04, 2019

    Spring is on the horizon, which means it’s time to get out and enjoy the sunshine! This month offers the perfect opportunity at the 57th Annual Art Fiesta in nearby New Smyrna Beach at Old Fort Park. On February 23 and February 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., set out and explore the incredible artistic offerings from the country’s finest. With over 240 artisans and crafters featured, you can uncover the beautiful local and national works of all mediums and even purchase a print to have as a keepsake to always remember your visit. The two-day festival will also have upbeat live musical entertainment and nearby food and drink options so you won’t have to venture far from the art fair to refuel. Just a short twenty-minute drive from our property, New Smyrna Beach is a colorful, tight-knit beach community with always something going on.

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    Speed Over to the Rolex 24 at the International Speedway

    January 07, 2019

    We passed through 2018 with flying colors and now it’s onto the next race! January 26 and January 27, we’ll see you at the Daytona International Speedway for the Rolex 24 at Daytona! Also known as the 24 Hours of Daytona, the annual event is the ultimate sports car endurance race run on a 3.56 miles combined road course—with portions of the NASCAR tri-oval and infield course used. It’s impossible not to feel the adrenaline pulsing through the crowd as you watch the professionals make their way around the course in the blink of an eye! To really make your visit memorable, purchase tickets for the Taste of the 24, held the evening of Saturday, January 26. Enjoy great entertainment, non-stop racing and food vendors from Daytona’s best restaurants from the Midway Suites. The Rolex 24 also happens to be the first major auto race of the year in the US, so this is one event you won’t want to miss out on.

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    Tour the Christmas Spectacular at Stetson Mansion

    December 03, 2018

    Travel just a short trip outside our peaceful beach neighborhood for a magical Christmas spectacular in central Florida. In its eighth year, The Stetson Mansion will be putting on its holiday tradition “Christmas Spectacular” with stunning lights, decorations, and décor all throughout the estate. Built in 1886, the mansion is a stately time capsule from the Victorian “Gilded Age,” rich with intricate architectural details, era furniture, and a beautiful property. The mansion was one of the first homes to have a tree illuminated with electric lights as the owners were close with Thomas Edison. To really welcome in the holiday season, we encourage you to gather your loved ones and take a tour of this gorgeous, festive residence. Reservations are required to tour the house, available for holiday viewing now through January 15 with times available throughout each day.

  • Start Your Thanksgiving on the Right Foot at the Turkey Trot

    November 05, 2018

    Ready or not, Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Here in Daytona, we like to take our celebrations outdoors as much as possible to soak up the amazing weather and views. This year, join in on the fun at nearby New Smyrna Beach for the annual Turkey Day Beach 5K. Start your festivities on the right foot—literally—by participating with the community on this fun morning run. Whether you’re a marathon-pro or simply looking to get in a few extra steps before all the extra stuffing, the 5K welcomes all skill levels in a friendly, low-stress environment. Come decked out in your best Thanksgiving-themed costumes for an extra dose of fun! And in the spirit of the giving season, the proceeds from the event go towards numerous local charities in the area. Afterward, indulge in a filling and loving Thanksgiving meal and help yourself to double the mashed potatoes—you earned it!

  • Cheer on the Racers at Biketoberfest

    October 01, 2018

    We don’t have our rep for being the speed city for nothing, and keeping with our rep, you can catch racers in action all weekend long during Biketoberfest. October 18-21, join over 100,000 other visitors to watch the annual Daytona Beach motorcycle rally. Catch experienced bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts to watch the pros compete in a number of exhilarating races throughout the weekend on our famous Daytona International Speedway. In between the exciting races, you can enjoy live music, activities, and vendors for merchandise. Daytona shines during the fall season, Biketoberfest is a chance to immerse yourself in the Daytona community and welcome in the fall season—all while checking out some incredible racing and getting up close with flawless motorcycles. Place your bets, we can’t wait to see who wins big this year!

  • Get Jazzy at the New Smyrna Beach Jazz Fest

    September 03, 2018

    Music-lovers, this one's for you! Just a short twenty-minute ride to New Smyrna awaits the annual New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival, September 20-23. One of central Florida’s most talked-about events, enjoy a celebratory three-day outing with incredible food and drinks, activities, and of course: amazing jazz! Right along the bustling Flagler Avenue, concertgoers can anticipate moving venue to venue down the avenue, with a great performance around every corner. Over the years, the festival’s popular turnout has encouraged the festival to expand to include Third Avenue, Canal Street, Atlantic Avenue and the North Causeway. What started as a simple passion project in 2001 has now grown to over 24 venues attracting renowned musicians from all over the country, including the late great Harold Blanchard—a New Smyrna native. Whether you’re a jazz-aficionado, or just love tappin’ your toes to some great music, the New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival is an event unlike any other.

  • Toast the Full Moon at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse

    August 06, 2018

    Daytona, we’re turning our gaze upwards! Every month, the historic Ponce Inlet Lighthouse welcomes visitors to an evening of admiration of the setting sun and the rising of the full moon. This month, the full moon lands on Sunday, August 26. Join the lighthouse beginning at 7:15 p.m.—we suggest getting tickets ahead of time!—where you can enjoy a sparkling beverage, light bites and expansive views from the famous landmark. So often we spend our time looking down at our phones, there’s something magical about a night of disconnecting with technology and reconnecting with nature’s most impressive sights. Just 25-minute drive from our property, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is the state’s tallest lighthouse overlooking the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. Evening strolls along the beach are always dreamy, but soaking up the night sky from high above? That’s one for the books.

  • Your Fourth of July Festivities Covered

    July 02, 2018

    Stopping by this July? We’ve got some fun plans for you. This month, two of our favorite events align for an evening of incredible music and lively celebration. The 2018 Bandshell Summer Concert Series, a Daytona summer staple, will host a show July 4 to coincide with spectacular evening fireworks for our nation’s Independence Day. Join the festivities at the historic Coquina Amphitheater, where you can snag a front-row view to great live music bands from a wide range of genres. On the Fourth, you’ll be treated to the Alter Eagles, an Eagles tribute band, beginning at 7 p.m. Grab a drink, a couple lawn chairs, and groove to your favorite Eagles hits before catching the firework show over the pier. You’ll love the event, but more than that? You’ll love joining the community in celebrating this holiday the Daytona way.

  • Celebrate Summer at the Daytona Boardwalk and Pier

    June 04, 2018

    Create everlasting summer memories on the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier. The heart of Daytona Beach is a lively, colorful center for family fun activities. Just south of the Ocean Walk Shoppes and Bandshell, the boardwalk features amusement rides, shops, restaurants, and more to spend an afternoon or evening exploring—but be warned, all of the excitement and attractions will make you want to stay all day long. Thrill-seekers will love the aptly named Screamer’s Park with wild rides like the Slingshot, which propels you 365-feet into the air at 70 miles per hour. And if you prefer chill instead of thrill, there are plenty of calm rides, games, and a fully-stocked classic arcade to spend your time in. Now through Labor Day, the Boardwalk and Pier welcome the Daytona Beach Bandshell Concert and Fireworks. Cheers to summer with great live music and thrilling fireworks to wrap up an evening full of true Daytona fun.

  • Art in the Park Returns for its 46th Event

    May 03, 2018

    Uncover the artsy side of Daytona with an afternoon at Art in the Park. The 46th annual event on May 5 and May 6 takes to the Rockefeller Gardens to bring together the region’s talented community of fine artists and crafters. Walk along the banks of the Halifax River and explore a wide variety of art mediums while also getting the chance to meet the artists behind the work. This popular event is a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, but also to come together to support the arts community. Find handmade and artisanal works to admire, purchase, or give as gifts to loved ones made from local artists that love what they do. Art in the Park is hosted by the City of Ormond Beach Department of Leisure Services, in partnership with the Ormond Memorial Art Museum. Every year, people come together to share their love of art—in it all its forms.

  • Tour the Stars at the Museum of Arts & Sciences

    April 02, 2018

    Who says your Daytona adventures are just for the daytime? You can take your exploration to the sky’s nighttime stars with a stop by the Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS). There, their digital planetarium offers a chance to uncover the universe’s greatest secrets through a seamless blend of science, art, and technology. View space-themed films in the museum’s dome theater, take a tour of the night sky with an educated tour guide, and get your galaxy questions answered from a presenting scientist. Their state-of-the-art software supplies a 3-D perspective that allows the museum to access the star field from any location on Earth, making for a night ride through the galaxy right here in Daytona. With a mission dedicated to bringing out the wonder in all of us, MOAS gives us an immersive chance to explore the unknown. Houston, there are no problems here.

  • An Exhilarating Ride at the Daytona Speedway

    March 05, 2018

    Since its beginnings in 1959, the Daytona International Speedway has grown to become the most well-known speedway in the world. That’s all thanks to it being the host of the Daytona 500, the most iconic race of NASCAR. And during your visit to Daytona, we suggest adding some thrill to your trip with a tour of this exhilarating racetrack. With a variety of tours to choose from—the Speedway Tour, All-Access Tour, and VIP Tour—you can take part in all the action and history yourself. On the Speedway Tour, experience the 31-degree high banks on a tram that coasts around turns and brings you right to the winner’s podium in Gatorade Victory Lane. All-Access? You’ll come face-to-face with the track’s start and finish lines, ride down pit road, and meet the champion car from this year’s Daytona 500. It’s hard not to feel the adrenaline pulsing through this fast-paced Daytona landmark.

  • An Afternoon Stroll Down Beach Street

    February 01, 2018

    Take a day off from crazy packed, all-day schedules and unwind with a stroll down Downtown Daytona’s historic promenade, South Beach Street. No matter if you’re looking to purchase unique souvenirs or to simply peruse what the quiet side of Daytona has to offer, Beach Street’s antique shops, boutiques, and eateries will fill your afternoon without draining all your energy (or wallet!). Make your way down the mile-long riverfront park and pass the historic Jackie Robinson Stadium which first opened in June of 1914, if it’s baseball season you may even be able to catch a game. By sunset, a walk along the Halifax river will be a beautiful sight with 576 boat slips in the marina. Have we sold you yet? It’s so easy to over-plan your vacation; why not take the day off for a true Floridian experience of enjoying time with friends, family and locals along Beach Street.

  • Stunning Views at Ponce Inlet

    January 01, 2018

    Love the beach, but want to beat the crowds? We’ve got just the right solution for you. Only a fifteen-minute drive away, Ponce Inlet provides the perfect getaway for a day spent in the sun. This quintessential small town has the stunning waves, peaceful natural landscape, and historic sights that make it a beach town unlike any other. Enjoy the wide, sandy stretch with sun-tanning and shell-searching, and save the exploring for a walk down one of the many nature paths. They’re also home to the tallest lighthouse in Florida! Standing at 175 feet tall, the Ponce de Leon Inlet lighthouse is a landmark that offers simply unbeatable views—and a workout on the way up its 203 steps. Time it right and you and your loved ones can be taking in the breathtaking sunset from one of the best viewpoints in Florida. Are we there yet?

  • Fun and Fresh Produce at Daytona Beach's Farmers' Market

    December 01, 2017

    On the quiet side of Daytona, time slows, and there’s simply no better place to lay back and relax. Wander over to the Daytona Beach Farmers’ Market at City Island to partake in a favorite local custom. Every Saturday morning from 7am to 1pm, the City Island parking lot—next to Jackie Robinson Ballpark—is filled with local vendors sourcing fresh produce, spices, snacks, and even landscape plants. Stock up on fresh greens, peppers, fruits, and more while you make your way through the inviting stalls. On the opposite end, yard sale tables with various items like books, records, and more are available for purchase. And even if you’re not looking to buy anything, this weekly event captures the close-knit community in a hustle-and-bustle gathering place fit for everyone. Traveling with the little ones? A small children’s playground located at the market is a great place for them to run off energy while you dig into some of the fresh, juicy fruit before hitting the beach for some much needed relaxation.