The most authentic stay in Micanopy Florida: B&B Herlong Mansion

B&B The Herlong Mansion Florida USA

Have you ever seen the romantic blockbuster the Notebook? If not, you should definitely watch it. Not only the storyline, but also the location and setting where this film was shot, are fantastic. Anyway, this is how I imagined the Deep South of The United States and this was what I wanted to experience. Daydreaming about our trip, I saw myself drinking freshly made lemonade in a swing chair on the front porch of a typical American Mansion. Looking for an overnight stay in the area near the Ocala forest and the famous springs of Florida, we found the bed and breakfast The Herlong Mansionlocated in Micanopy in the heart of Florida. We decided to spend 2 nights there and would like to share our experiences with you, here.

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B&B Herlong Mansion Florida USA

B&B Herlong Mansion in Micanopy Florida

Arrived in the quiet town of Micanopy in Florida, we turned into a lane with large overhanging oak trees. I thought to myself, this is it! This is the “Deep South” that I wanted to witness! But my heart really skipped a beat when I saw the Herlong Mansion for the first time. Jan had to calm down my enthusiasm.

B&B The Herlong Mansion Florida USA

We were welcomed very friendly and immediately got a tour of the house. The Mansion dates from 1845 and was originally a small farm. Only later, with the arrival of Mr. Herlong, this property was transformed into a beautiful southern colonial villa. Hence the name “Herlong Mansion“.

Today you can still find many of the original elements here, such as the colossal Corinthian columns, the gorgeous oak wooden floors and the authentic lead windows. The owners do everything to create the authentic atmosphere that you would experience in the Victorian era, with the right interior design. And I have to say, they succeed perfectly.

B&B The Herlong Mansion Florida USA

It’s for a reason that the Herlong Mansion is on the national register of historic places. Staying here, for us, was an experience in itself. Extending the Victorian theme throughout the entire villa only contributes more to a unique experience.

B&B The Herlong Mansion Florida USA

You can also find canes throughout the whole villa. The previous owner was a true collector and left a few hundred in all shapes and colors. The craziest and most unique first! These are now used as a decoration. Jan who is also a die-hard cane fan, had to see them all and of course try them out

Rooms

B&B The Herlong Mansion Florida USA

Since it’s especially calm on weekdays during the summer months, we were the only guests. This meant that we had the Mansion entirely to ourselves. We took advantage of that and took a peek into all the rooms.

Each room has a different design and is therefore completely unique. Every time we opened a door, we were always amazed by the beautiful interior. Large rooms, small rooms, the most mesmerizing bathtubs. Yes, Jan has a soft spot for canes and I for bathtubs!

B&B The Herlong Mansion Florida USA

B&B The Herlong Mansion Florida USA

B&B The Herlong Mansion Florida USAAzalea suite

B&B The Herlong Mansion Florida USAcarriage house

B&B The Herlong Mansion Florida USAMagnolia room

B&B The Herlong Mansion Florida USA

B&B The Herlong Mansion Florida USAIris suite

B&B The Herlong Mansion Florida USAOak Room

B&B The Herlong Mansion Florida USAPalm Room

B&B The Herlong Mansion Florida USARose room

B&B The Herlong Mansion Florida USADogwood room

Every room was taken care of to perfection. It’s obvious that this Mansion is maintained with much love and care.

We chose to sleep in the Herlong Suite. Not only because this is the most spacious room, but because it opens onto the enchanting porch. Through the original French doors you immediately reach the balcony with a dazzling view of the front garden. In this way my daydream to relax in a swinging chair on a porch became reality. Only the freshly made lemonade had to make way for a glass of wine.

B&B The Herlong Mansion Florida USA

B&B The Herlong Mansion Florida USA

B&B The Herlong Mansion Florida USA

B&B The Herlong Mansion Florida USA

B&B The Herlong Mansion Florida USA

Herlong Suite

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Romantic strolls in the garden

B&B The Herlong Mansion Florida USA

One of my favorite places to spend time, besides on the first floor balcony, was the beautifully landscaped garden. The well-kept garden full of rich, blooming flowers, impressive trees and vintage elemants adds even more dimension to the entire villa.

B&B The Herlong Mansion Florida USA

The eye catcher of the garden is certainly the central white arbor. This creates a magical and romantic atmosphere. No wonder that this place is booked for many weddings.

B&B the herlong mansion Florida USA

At the back of the Mansion there is also a free parking for guests.

Relax in style in the Lobby

B&B the herlong mansion Florida USA

On the ground floor there are cozy spaces where you can enjoy a wonderful welcome wine in a beautiful setting. Here too, there is a front porch overlooking the walking path with beautiful palm trees. Every day delicious freshly made cookies, coffee, tea and water are available here.

B&B the herlong mansion Florida USA

Enjoy the southern cuisine during breakfast

B&B the herlong mansion Florida USA

Every morning it was a pleasure to wake up knowing that a delicious breakfast was waiting for us. Breakfast was served on the ground floor in a gorgeous space where the morning sun lit up the entire room. The breakfast consisted of a full three-course menu with both savory and sweet flavors. And as icing on the cake you could also order a delicious mimosa.

B&B the herlong mansion Florida USA

B&B the herlong mansion Florida USA

Enthusiastic and helpful staff

Both the staff and the owners were always very friendly and helpful. Moreover, they also knew everything about the house and the entire history. They were always there for us and made sure that our stay was as pleasant as possible.

Location

B&B the herlong mansion Florida USA

The Herlong Mansion is located in the small town of Micanopy in North-Central Florida. It’s the perfect base for exploring this less touristic region. Around Micanopy you have beautiful nature reserves, lakes, the famous Ocala forest and the natural springs that you can visit.

What to do in and around Micanopy Florida

Micanopy

Entering Micanopy in Florida is like traveling back in time. The beautiful centuries-old oak trees, the authentic houses and the many rustic antique shops provide a magical atmosphere. This fully contributes to the unique experience of an overnight stay in the Herlong Mansion. It’s for a reason that Micanopy is called the capital of the Antiques. Here you should definitely make time for a short walk alongside the main road Cholokka Blvd, where the Herlong Mansion is located, and explore the cosy town centre.

Micanopy Florida USA

If you like historical towns than you should definitily visit St. Augustine, the oldest town of the US. It’s a 2 hour drive from Micanopy but definitely worth it. Check out this St. Augustine guide for more tips on what to do there.

High springs

Before this road trip there was already 1 activity that we wanted to do for sure. And that was visiting the Ginnie Springs. Ginnie springs is located near the town of High Springs. The name speaks for itself, here you can visit various natural springs. Ginnie Springs is about an hour’s drive from the Herlong Mansion and is definitely worth a visit. It was by far one of our favorite activities on this road trip.

Ginnie Springs

Ocala Forest

The Ocala forest is the southernmost forest in the United States and is approximately an hour’s drive from the Herlong Mansion. We unfortunately didn’t have time to discover this forest. But it seems to be beautiful there. There are also various natural springs where you can take a refreshing dip. You can also explore different hiking trails by foot, bike or even by horseback riding.

Gainesville

One evening we dediced to drive to Gainesville to look for a nice restaurant. This is the closest major city. It’s only a 20 minutes drive away from the Herlong Mansion. This is also where the University of Florida is located. So it’s a real student city. There was a vibrant and pleasant atmosphere. We immediately felt at home here. I told Jan if we ever have to move to the States I would see myself living right here. Did you know Gainesville is one of the cheapest places to live in Florida? With that being said, we decided to dine at Harry’s seafood bar and grill and ate delicious seafood dishes. We can really recommend this restaurant.

Other things to do in Florida

If you plan to continue your journey through Florida, be sure to check out Getyourguide’s offers below. Here you can find really cool day trips and great deals for the main attractions in Florida.

At the end of these 2 days we can only speak words of praise on our stay at the Herlong Mansion. Staying in this unique and authentic setting was already an experience in itself. We really enjoyed it.

Can’t get enough of Florida? Be sure to read the best things to do for 1 day Miami, my experience with an airboat tour in The Everglades, the most beautiful beaches on the island of Sanibel and of course our amazing day trip to Ginnie Springs. Also check out my favorite Florida travel guides below that can help you plan an unforgettable trip.

Would you like to stay in B&B Herlong Mansion in Micanopy while traveling Florida? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!

Yours truly,

Sarah

Micanopy Florida USA

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14 thoughts on “The most authentic stay in Micanopy Florida: B&B Herlong Mansion

  1. kmf says:

    I’m a huge fan of historic homes. Herlong Mansion is so beautiful and charming…and those oak trees! Would love to stay here.

    • Sarah De Gheselle says:

      Yes, Ginnie Spings is gorgeous. B&B Herlong Mansion is not part of Ginnie Springs. It’s located in Micanopy. But it’s a great place to explore the surrounding area.

  2. Iris says:

    This looks gorgeous and so relaxing! It really all looks spectacular. I would love the suite that connects to the large front porch. It looks so serene.

    Planning a massive US road-trip and might have to add this on the list!

    • Sarah De Gheselle says:

      That suite was amazing. We had such a wonderful stay there, and it would definitely be a bonus on your USA road trip.

    • Sarah De Gheselle says:

      It’s an amazing place to stay. So if you’re ever in the neighborhood I would definitely recommend it.

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