The Jenks House Bed and Breakfast
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Built in 1925 in the Prairie School style for the Thomas Jenks family, The Jenks House is a taste of old Florida. In 38 years of residence and restoration, Ila Rae and Tom have preserved original features of the Jenks home including some of the Jenks family furniture. Additional furnishings include mission and early art deco pieces. Each morning savor freshly squeezed orange juice along with your full breakfast. Later relax under a ceiling fan on the sun-bathed porch as you enjoy our historic Riverside home
The Jenks House is famous for the warmth of its heart of pine woodwork and beautiful oak floors. Subway tile and antique Belgian tile abound. Step into the organic gardens with grapevines and orange trees, and view nature's bounty.
The business traveler will find ample workspace in their room or in the many common areas. Free wireless internet allows you to surf the web from anywhere on the property. We are glad to arrange for late check-in.
Breakfast at The Jenks House is exceptional! Start with fresh squeezed orange juice from our trees in season and a cup of fair trade, home roasted and freshly ground coffee. Next is one of Ila Rae's delicious entrees, and you are primed for your day.
The Jenks House is located in the Riverside/Avondale historic district on the corner of James and Post Streets. We are easily accessible from I-10 and I-95, and we are 25 minutes from Jacksonville International Airport, 3 miles from downtown, and 5 miles from Alltel Stadium.
"Our hats are off to the best B&B we have ever stayed at. Thank you guys for the great experience."
"A beautiful, skillfully restored old Florida house filled with light, peace, and beauty."
"The food was simply amazing, really tasty, healthy, fresh squeezed orange juice, crepes, fruit, and other delicious things. Some of which came straight from their own garden outside the kitchen."
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Ila Rae & Tom Merten for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
High quality at a fair price.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
While there are numerous reasons for choosing us, our breakfasts truly get rave reviews. Delicious entrees, juice from Florida oranges we just squeezed, and coffee we brew from fair trade beans we roasted the night before, what's not to like?
What makes us unique? How about being the only B&B in northeast Florida to be state certified by the Florida Green Lodging Program.
What do we love most about our inn? Ila Rae and I often marvel aloud at the beauty of leaf filtered sunlight dancing on our oak floors and the heart of pine woodwork.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The American Planning Association recently chose our neighborhood as one of the nation's Ten Great Places to Live.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Many, many people tell us they felt so at home during their stay with us.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The outdoor activities. Jacksonville has the largest urban park system in the U.S. and includes large tracts of undisturbed nature.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Definitely visit the Timucuan Preserve areas, especially Kingsley Plantation and the Theodore Roosevelt Preserve all of which are part of the National Park System. A stroll along the northbank River Walk is a must.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
The River Walk, dining from casual to fine, two micro-breweries, lots of antique shops and more in our historic district and Saturday's Riverside Arts Market.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Cozy Tea (not open for dinner) never fails to wow our guests. Their butternut squash-crushed corn soup is stupendous!
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
Do you accept pets?