The Ibis Bed and Breakfast

856 5th Street South, Safety Harbor, Florida 34695
Innkeeper(s): HV Shepard
  • Introduction

    The Ibis Bed and Breakfast - Safety Harbor, FloridaThe Ibis Bed & Breakfast in downtown Safety Harbor, FL, takes its name from the White Ibis shorebird, native to Florida and frequently seen in our area. The Ibis is within walking distance to Tampa Bay, parks, Main Street shops and restaurants, and the city marina. Miles of hiking and biking trails abound in and around Safety Harbor, where the largest park in Pinellas County is located, Philippe Park, along Tampa Bay, home to an intact Indian mound.

    Gourmet and health smart selections are served daily for continental breakfast. Delectable fruit and nut home baked muffins, scones and fresh bread, fresh fruit and gourmet coffee are a few specials.

    • Summer rates require a 2-night minimum stay
    • Call for special occasion a la cart amenities
    • Two-night minimum stay requested
    • Notes: Daily rates. Special savings on multi-night stays
    • Stay 5 nights and get 50% off the 6th night
    • Accommodations include four bedrooms with queen, king, and private bathrooms
    • "Winner, Mayor's Award of Excellence 2010"
    • "Recipient, Public Art Wall Mural award
    • White Glove Housekeeping Award 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Helene Shepard for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Close to everything in Tampa Bay, airports, beaches, entertainment.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Best known for hospitality, friendliness, location.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Experience small town Americana, park and walk to everything.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Southern hospitality.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    A gem of a small town offering entertainment venues, festivals, sports activities, shopping and dining.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Rent a bike and follow miles of biking trails, take a guided kayak/canoe trip out of the marina, go paddle boarding or take lessons at the city park, attend cultural activities and theater nearby, walk and jog and roller skate safely, fish in fresh or salt water, observe abundant shorebirds and wildlife, enjoy upscale dining downtown, and shop galleries and specialty stores, visit city museum and cultural center, attend festivals and 3rd Friday events with Farmers Markets and outdoor music.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    All of Safety Harbor is within walking distance of the inn.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Best restaurants include BBQ, bistro, French, pizza from natural ingredients, cooked to order fried chicken, salad specialty, cheese shop,seafood.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    4 rooms, one with extra bed.

    Do you accept pets?

    No pet policy, have nearby pet motel or sitters.

  • History

    The Ibis Bed & Breakfast, backyard

    The city’s historical significance lies in the 10,000-year long Tocobaga era, the early Safety Harbor culture of hunter-gatherers in a village-based lifestyle since the last Ice Age. Five large native villages were located around Tampa Bay in the 1530s, and Tocobaga village was located where Safety Harbor is today.

    Odet Philippe, a physician to Napoleon, homesteaded the area of Philippe Park and was the first to cultivate citrus, with the Duncan grapefruit strain attributed to his efforts. Before the Civil War tourists discovered the area’s healing water of the mineral springs, culminating in collapse of the Florida land boom of the late 20’s. The area touted the health benefits of the mineral springs, today located under the Safety Harbor Spa. Today Safety Harbor hosts 30,000 residents within its protected environment and 1930’s brick streets.

    In 1917 a fire devastated the wood construction of the original downtown, one remaining surviving structure being the former bank building, now the Chamber of Commerce building. The downtown Main Street was rehabilitated in 1970, to include benches, landscaping and accessible sidewalks. The linear green space along Tampa Bay provides residents and visitors miles of walking, jogging, blading and biking routes.

    The growth boom of the 1950s added 200 new residents and the original Ibis Bed & Breakfast structure was built, a small 850 square foot simple brick structure with pine floors. Renovations with additional structure were completed, offering the ultimate in quaint bed & breakfast accommodations to the discerning traveler desiring sophisticated luxury in a homelike atmosphere for ultimate relaxation. Each guest room is decorated after an Ibis water bird Florida habitat.

    Ibis Bed & Breakfast guests enjoy their own living room, dining room and outdoor patio for mingling, reading, playing games or watching television.

  • Guest Comments

    The Ibis Bed & Breakfast, guest comments “Safety Harbor got lucky with the Ibis”---Thiensville, Wisconsin “We love this place” ---Wilmington, Delaware “Wonderful homey place to stay. Enjoyed sitting on the patio with the fire going” ---Random Lake, Wisconsin

    “We felt very welcome at the Ibis. Breakfast was excellent!” –Tampa, Florida

    “Relaxing, wonderful getaway” ---Safety Harbor, Florida

    “ Best rest we’ve had in years when we were away from home. Food was delicious!”—Stuart, Florida

    “Hospitality was heavenly! Food was delicious, loved the fruit soup. We felt right at home”---Norfolk, Virginia

    “What a great way to spend our 33rd anniversary. Enjoyed the peace and quiet and relaxed atmosphere” –Port St. Lucie, Florida

    “Green roses, friendly dog, out of this world breakfast, neat bedrooms! We’ll be back!!---Naples, Florida

    “Thanks for a wonderful two nights at “the lake”. Welcoming, warm, friendly, and peaceful…enabled us to enjoy a rare time to ourselves. See you next year”. Upper Marlboro, Maryland

    “A wonderful, relaxing inn. The hostess was gracious and the morning breakfast was delicious”---Medford, New Jersey

    “We have had an incredible time” ---Clearwater, Florida

    “This was one of the best parts of our vacation.”---Clifton Park, New York

    “You have a genuine treasure here!”---Tampa, Florida

    “What a great retreat! The warmth and hospitality are indescribable”---Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

    “Your many special touches make a visitor feel very welcome and comfortable”---Middletown, Ohio.