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FL Meetups

Yes, that's right. I said meetups, plural. lol So basically, a few of us have decided to plan two meetups one is relatively soon and we are also jumping on the bandwagon and planning a weekend stay at a bed and breakfast later in the fall. I'm looking for some input to choose the best dates and plans for everyone.


So first up is the Labor Day meet. First of all what day is best for everyone? Sunday or Monday?
Someone mentioned Infusion Tea, so I thought we could do that at about 1PM because personally, it's been forever since I've had tea. Also, I don't know if it will still be in theaters, but I thought we could go see Becoming Jane. If anyone else has any ideas, please speak up!


I'm hoping that we might have quite a few lolitas show up for this since it's a whole weekend and it's planned so far in advance. Significant others or others in general are most welcome.

The weekends I'm thinking are:
Oct 26-28
Nov 2-4
Nov 9-11

I may have more weekends in October open, but I'm waiting to find out about other plans. There are a few B&B's that are cheaper in October, so if we choose one of those hotels, I would prefer October because they are significantly cheaper.

Now, for the Bed and Breakfasts. There are quite a few to choose from in different locations. I tried to choose ones that are between central and south FL. A lot ended up closer to central and closer to the Gulf side of FL. However, if anyone has found any other options, please let me know. I tried to keep the rates somewhat reasonable, but make sure that they were very nice places. Most have at least a few rooms that are $200 or less and all are based on double occupancy. There are a couple of places that take about $15 dollars off or so for single occupancy. If we have enough people, especially if we have enough to take over the whole inn, we may be able to get a better rate. Also, after we decide on a place, I will find out if they have any accommodations for any of the rooms to sleep more than 2 to make it more affordable if anyone would like. They are listed in each location cheapest to more expensive.

Mt. Dora
http://www.christophersinn.net/
http://www.lakeside-inn.com/rates.cfm
http://www.magnoliainn.net/rooms.htm
http://www.heroncay.com/

The last place is absolutely gorgeous, but possibly out of our price range.
Activities include:
There is a lovely downtown that we can explore with many fantastic restaurants, craft stores, and general shopping. I believe there is also a spa and I'm sure there is teahouse. It is also not far from Orlando, so if we run out of things to do we can always travel there.

Sarasota
http://www.cypressbb.com/rooms.html

This place seems to be the nicest for the price.
Activities include:
http://ringling.org/
http://www.sarasotaballet.org/
Pirates Cove - Mini golf & video games
Selby Botanical Gardens
Fallen Pine Ranch Miniature Horses (Sarasota) (OMG mini horses tour!)
Gamble Mansion (Bradenton/Palmetto)
Also, there is also a lot of shopping as well as a beach and I'm sure a spa and a tea house. This is my personal favorite because there is so much to do here.

St. Petersburg
http://www.americasbestinnstpete.com/en/6990/About-the-Inn.html
http://www.laverandabb.com/suites.htm
http://www.dickenshouse.com/perrysnell.php
http://www.innatthebay.com/rooms.htm
http://www.larellehouse.com/rooms.html

Activities include:
The beach
http://www.salvadordalimuseum.org/home.html
http://www.ybor.org/ lots of shops and great restaurants. They also have a Gameworks, which includes DDR, ect...
http://www.stpete-pier.com/ this also has an aquarium
St. Pete is probably my second favorite choice because there is also a ton to do and I think a beach would be great if its warm enough and get to wear cute loli bathing suits.

Tarpon Springs
http://www.ashleysvictorianhaven.com/home.html

Activities include:
The Leepa-Ratner Museum of Art
I'm not sure what else, but I'm sure we can find some things to do here.

Again, if anyone has any suggestions for anything, please let me know and I will edit the post.
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