About this listing
Welcome to Gulfport and to our cozy Blue Arbor Guest Cottage. Gulfport is a neighborly little town of 13,000 nestled on the shores of Boca Ciega Bay in the Tampa Bay/central Gulf Coast area of Florida. Blue Arbor is a quiet little spot just around the corner from everything that’s happening in Gulfport. And believe us, a LOT is happening in Gulfport.
Your host is Roger Turner, and the guest cottage is an intimate, private, 350-square-foot one-room structure built five years ago specifically as guest quarters for friends and family. Its main room features hardwood floors, oriental rugs, a king size bed, ceiling fan, some of our extensive art collection, and three windows overlooking our large, bountiful yard. You’ll also find a comfortable upholstered chair in the corner for reading/relaxing and a desk/work table under a big window for writing and/or working on your computer (if you must). There is also a roomy closet, full bath with large, walk-in tile shower, and a food area that features a coffee maker, a toaster, a microwave and a small refrigerator. And yes, we have wi-fi and cable TV.
Outside your front door is a private, protected little front porch—a great place to drink your morning coffee, sit and watch the world go by, talk on your phone or even smoke. And you can watch the squirrels, the birds, the lizards and all the other creatures inhabiting a yard that sometimes more resembles a habitat.
Then, when you’re ready, you’ll find Beach Boulevard right around the corner. That would be our four-block-long-plus main street featuring all the shops, restaurants, music venues and watering holes you could ever want. They’re too numerous to mention, but come on down and we’ll tell you our favorites. Then there’s the First Friday Art Walk, the Third Saturday Art Walk, the Tuesday Fresh Market and bazaar, Spring Festival (April), GeckoFest (September) and, well, more—lots more. And, oh yes, our beach.
Okay, if you MUST leave Gulfport, the Gulf beaches are just minutes away, or try St. Petersburg next door: top notch live theater at American Stage and freeFall Theater, or the world famous Salvador Dali Museum, housed in its stunning new building, and old favorite Sunken Gardens, to name just a few. Or cross the bay to Tampa for the Straz Performing Arts Center, or Ybor City, the historic Cuban community that is now club central, or Busch Gardens. And Disney World is just an hour and a half away.
But when you’re finished, be sure to come back to Gulfport and to your cozy accommodations at Blue Arbor. There’s no place like home.
Interaction with guests
We live in the house adjoining the cottage and are always available to answer your questions, help you with your needs, etc., but still give you all the privacy you want.
Other things to note
While the kitchen facilities are limited, we do have an outdoor charcoal cooker and a supply of charcoal that you can access at any time.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
Growing up in Orlando, I've certainly seen the major changes in Florida. Gulfport has seen major changes in this time period also. I've always loved the west coast of Florida. At my high school reunion a couple of years ago one of my buddies reminded me that on a high school jaunt to Ft Desoto I announced that one day I would live in St. Pete. Attending college at Oklahoma State U., where I was born, then moving to San Francisco upon graduation, that possibility seemed to dim. But I tired of SF (the 60's vibe was gone), and moved back to Orlando in 1980. My then partner and I stayed in Orlando 10 years, but on a Labor Day weekend getaway to St Pete Beach, we bemoaned that we would like to move to Pass-A-Grille, but it was too expensive. He said we all live in Gulfport, pointing it out across Boca Ciega Bay. We checked it out, and in 1990 made the move and knew immediately that we were "home". That was the best move I ever made, as 27 years later it's still my home. So, WELCOME to my home and Blue Arbor Cottage. We are a friendly, open little city with lots to see and do