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Dog-Friendly Gulfport, Florida’s The Historic Peninsula Inn Review
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Angel Nutter
During our dog-friendly Florida vacation, our family was invited to stay at The Historic Peninsula Inn in Gulfport, Florida. Boy, am I glad we took them up on their generous offer! The Historic Peninsula Inn is situated in the center of Gulfport’s charming and dog-friendly merchant district. The location is within walking distance of a variety of shops, parks, and dog-friendly restaurants in Gulfport, Florida.
When we arrived (early, as usual), I was blown away at The Historic Peninsula Inn’s outside beauty. The grounds surrounding the breathtaking yellow inn were full of lush trees, plants, and flowers. While I walked up the steps, I was thinking to myself, how much fun we were going to have in Gulfport, Florida.
I was immediately greeted by Thomas at the front desk. As luck would have it, our room was ready, and we were able to check in early. The Historic Peninsula Inn offers twelve unique guest rooms and suites. We were staying in the pet-friendly room, The Casablanca Suite.
Thomas escorted me to my room and showed me how to use the historic elevator, which was installed just after World War II. The Historic Peninsula Inn has quite a history. The inn was built in 1905 as the Bayview Hotel. After World War II, the inn operated as Cedar’s Hospital for injured veterans returning from the war. After the hospital, the building was converted to a nursing home and later, a retirement home for gentlemen until the late 1980s when it sat empty and didn’t open again until 2002. In 2016, Veronica Champion revamped the building and turned it into the charming Historic Peninsula Inn.
This dog-friendly suite had 2 bedrooms, perfect for our family of 3. The main bedroom had a queen-sized bed, and the 2nd bedroom had 2 twin-sized sleigh beds.
Our dog-friendly Florida suite included a very large bathroom, hair dryer, bath essentials, towels, flat-screen TV, coffeemaker, bottled water, Wi-Fi, and a complimentary Florida breakfast! It also included a mini refrigerator, which is an important amenity for me since Dexter eats a fresh food diet. After walking around the suite, I was very happy with the cleanliness, layout, and comfort our rooms offered. This feeling would be confirmed by all 3 of my family members after our very restful and comfortable night.
When traveling with dogs, it sometimes can be a challenge to find dog-friendly restaurants. But, I was in luck, as this Gulfport dog-friendly inn also offered a dog-friendly restaurant, Isabelle’s Restaurant, which not only offers indoor seating, but a fully covered patio and a second outside patio for outdoor seating. Inside, they frequently have live music and also host live music on their outside patio.
Isabelle’s Restaurant was awarded the “Best of the Beaches” and “Best of the Road” by Rand McNally, so I knew we would be in for a treat eating at this dog-friendly restaurant.
My parents started out with the Cornbread and Biscuit Basket. Cheddar jalapeno cornbread and buttermilk biscuits with cinnamon-honey butter. They both were raving at how unique and delirious these fresh biscuits were.
I ordered the Fried Green Tomato BLT, and boy this sandwich did not disappoint. Three fried green tomato slices, applewood bacon, lettuce, pimento cheese on a brioche bun. For my side, I chose the White Truffle and Gouda Macaroni and Cheese. Yes, it was as good as it sounds, but actually, even better!
For dinner, my mom ordered the Heirloom Tomato and White Wine Alfredo Pasta, and my step dad went with the lamb T-bones. Did they enjoy their meals? My step dad is still talking about how this was the best lamb he has ever had, and we all agree this was the best meal during our entire visit to Florida!
The Historic Peninsula Inn knows how to serve up fresh and scrumptious food. Their morning breakfast was impressive, too! They offered fresh fruit, quiche, and these amazing scratch fruit muffins. Yes, I had two muffins! I even ate and really enjoyed the quiche, and I’m not usually a fan of eggs.
If you are planning a trip to the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida metropolitan area, The Historic Peninsula Inn in Gulfport, Florida Is too good an experience to be missed!
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