More Than Just A Day at The Beach

Bahama House While Daytona Beach, FL is known for being “The World’s Most Famous Beach” and “The World Center of Racing”, couples looking for a quick romantic getaway at The Bahama House can discover that it’s so much more than that! With a vibrant local arts scene and plenty of delicious food, local beers, and wine to sample, you can come to The Bahama House and fill your weekend with both days by the pool and experiencing all of what Daytona Beach has to offer. For this post, I’m going to be formatting it in an unusual way: I’ll walk you through a day of activities tailored for couples looking for more than just the usual day at the beach. After enjoying your included continental breakfast (or maybe trying out Mike’s Galley, which I’ve previously blogged about here), you’ll be ready for the best couples weekend Daytona Beach has to offer. Three Brothers Paddleboards Next, head over to Three Brothers Paddleboarding and take a look at the huge variety of tours they have to offer. From a two hour stand up paddle board class, to nature tours and even a tour designed for manatee and dolphin sightings, they have a huge variety of things to offer. As proof, they are the #1 on the list of activities to see in Florida. Angell & Phelps If you’re looking for something a little more *sweet* and relaxing, head to Angell and Phelps chocolate factory for a free tour – they offer tours starting at 10am (with tours at 11am, 1pm, 2pm 3pm, and 4pm), with each tour lasting approximately 20  minutes and ending with free samples of their delicious chocolate. What could be better than that? (Answer: nothing). If chocolate’s not your thing, but you still want a sweet treat, be sure to check out Donnie’s Donuts. If you’ve been reading my blogs, you know I LOVE Donnie’s donuts and house brewed coffee. Afternoon Moas Head over to The Museum of Arts and Sciences – the main art, science, and history museum in Central Florida. The museum is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate located on a 90-acre Florida Nature preserve. It houses over 30,000 objects – everything from a collection of Cuban art to ancient Chinese art. It even houses a Prehistory of Florida Gallery, which includes a Floridian Giant Ground Sloth Skeleton, as well the Root Family Museum, which displays railroad cars, antique automobiles, and the largest collection of Coca-Cola Memorabilia in Florida. Perhaps the most amazing part is the brand new Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art, which houses the largest collection of Florida-based art in the world. For lunch, you wouldn’t even have to leave the museum – this part of the museum includes the Heavenly Ham Cafe at the Brown Museum, where you can enjoy delicious house roasted meats and sandwiches, as well as a selection of salads and soups. The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse If you’d rather take a long, yet beautiful drive, to the beach experience a different kind of Florida, you can visit the Ponce Inlet lighthouse – just turn left out of the Bahama House Parking lot and drive. The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is tallest lighthouse in Florida – you’ll have to climb  203 steps to reach the top of the 175 foot tower, but once you do reach the top, you’ll be able to enjoy unparalleled views of the World’s Most Famous Beach, Ponce Inlet, and the surrounding inland waterways from the lighthouse’s gallery deck. If you don’t want to climb that many steps, don’t worry – there is still plenty to do in Ponce Inlet. You can just walk a grass path that surrounds the beach and enjoy a beautiful sunny day, and there’s also a nature trail, and The Marine Science Center. The Marine Science center includes sea turtle and bird rehabilitation, the boardwalk (nature trail mentioned above), an artificial reef aquarium, an observation tower, and other interactive displays. For lunch, there are plenty of beachside restaurants around where you can enjoy Florida seafood, cold beverages, and more! Evening Bahama House Balcany Ocean View

Before heading out for a delicious dinner, take some time to relax! Enjoy the view from your room and be sure to treat yourselves to free drinks, popcorn, and other snacks from the Bahama House’s nightly cocktail reception from 5:30 – 6:30pm.

Dinner

I’ve given this section a heading of its own because in my opinion, the perfect dinner is the best way to end a perfect weekend. While Daytona Beach has innumerable options, I’ve highlighted two of my favorites below. One is a beautiful upscale italian restaurant, while the other is less expensive and more casual, but just as delicious and enjoyable. Both are located less than 10 minutes away from the Bahama House! The Cellar

To describe The Cellar, I will let them speak for themselves:

“The Cellar Restaurant has been serving upscale Italian cuisine with a fine dining atmosphere in the Historic District of Daytona Beach since 2003. It is located in the historic home of President Warren G. Harding. Built in 1907 by his father-in-law Amos H. Kling, the Hardings used the home as a seasonal residence to escape the cold Ohio winters. The building is now on the National Historic Registry and owned by your hosts, Sam and Lina Moggio. The Cellar Restaurant and Chef Sam Moggio have been recognized many times not only as being the best Italian restaurant in Daytona Beach, but also for best service and atmosphere. The restaurant is intimate, the food exquisite, and the wine list is superb.

-Chef Sam Moggio is a graduate of the renowned Culinary Institute of America with 40 years of professional experience. Before moving to Florida, he worked in New York and Italy.

If you are looking for a less expensive, but just as enjoyable Italian experience, try Zappi’s Italian Garden! Located on Beach Street, it features an extensive Italian menu with everything from gnocchi, to salmon or steak, or a freshly baked pizza. Their full bar and beer and wine menu are also esquite. If you’re looking for a place where you can sit outside, look no further – their outdoor dining area is beautiful and features string lights you can enjoy as the evening progresses.

Both restaurants feature amazing desserts, so be sure not to completely fill up on their delicious offerings before your meal comes to an end.

After a relaxing, beautiful weekend, nothing will beat coming back to the Bahama House for a restful sleep on their amazing comfortable beds.

-The Cellar Restaurant has been acclaimed as the Best Italian restaurant in Daytona Beach and Top Restaurant overall in Daytona Beach and is highly rated across several sites such as TripAdvisor. We have also been well reviewed in a number of print publications.

OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards include:

Most Romantic – Top 100 Restaurants in the US (See the complete list)

– Top 100 Restaurants in the United States. – Best Service

-Outstanding Wine List – Top 100 in the United States.”

If you are looking for an intimate, authentic, and romantic dining experience, The Cellar would be my top recommendation.” Zappi's

If you are looking for a less expensive, but just as enjoyable Italian experience, try Zappi’s Italian Garden! Located on Beach Street, it features an extensive Italian menu with everything from gnocchi, to salmon or steak, or a freshly baked pizza. Their full bar and beer and wine menu are also esquite. If you’re looking for a place where you can sit outside, look no further – their outdoor dining area is beautiful and features string lights you can enjoy as the evening progresses.

Both restaurants feature amazing desserts, so be sure not to completely fill up on their delicious offerings before your meal comes to an end.

After a relaxing, beautiful weekend, nothing will beat coming back to the Bahama House for a restful sleep on their amazing comfortable beds.