The Historic Peninsula Inn: A Charming Oasis in the Heart of Gulfport, Florida

About Gulfport

Bordering Boca Ciega Bay and St. Petersburg, this small beach community is full of parks, piers, culture, and delicious dining. “Old Florida” is a phrase often evoked in describing Gulfport’s waterfront district, with its mix of small-scale cottages and small independent shops, restaurants and other businesses, situated among mature oak trees and brick-paved streets.

Gulfport is distinguished by its high concentration of artisans inspired by the intense light and tropical scenery. Tuesdays are Fresh Market days in the Gulfport Waterfront district from 9 am to 3 pm, on Beach Blvd. We’re planning to go of course.

The Gulfport Casino Ballroom, located on the waterfront, is one of the main event venues in the city. The Casino hosts Swing, Latin, Argentine Tango, and Ballroom Dance events five days a week with a large turnout from all across the Tampa area.

Want to check it out some night, writing sisters? The inn is just a 2 ½ block walk to the Casino, bay, and beach.

About the Historic Peninsula Inn

Thanks to the inn’s owner and manager, Veronica Champion, this 125-year old beauty continues to be a core part of the quaint and close-knit Gulfport community. According to Veronica, “Another aspect of the inn that helps us stand out among other hotels near Gulfport is our fantastic restaurant, Isabelle’s. Our onsite restaurant serves up classic Southern cuisine with a modern twist and has something for everyone to enjoy. The restaurant is named after the inn’s friendly ghost, Isabelle, and offers that old Florida feeling.”

About Your Room Selection

This is based on a first come, first serve deposit basis for only 18 places. However, we expect several “locals” to join us with a Retreat Day Pass. They’ll be a part of everything at the retreat except for sleeping over. Check out the charming rooms and be sure to sign up now and before August 29 for early bird prices and several bonuses!

Room Descriptions: Click on the photo to explore the rooms at the Historic Peninsula Inn and visualize joining us at the retreat. Welcome to paradise, mermaid-writing sisters!


Two airports serve the area: The larger Tampa International Airport (TIA) is considered one of the world’s best airports. True! In 34 years of traveling to Peru, Bali, India, Honduras and the USA, they’ve only “lost’ my bags one time with delivery made the next day. It’s located in Hillsborough County on Tampa Bay and across from Pinellas County where St. Petersburg is located. The second option is the smaller St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport in Pinellas County where I have lived for 34 years. Not all airlines service this airport.

Your Arrival: You are responsible for your travel to Florida, and also to and from the Historic Peninsula Inn.  One-way limousine service costs about $31-47 per person depending if it’s a shared or private ride. I would recommend Uber or Lyft transportation.

Information will be emailed to you a month before to make reservations with links and possible discount codes. Plan on a 35-45-minute ride to Gulfport.

In making your plane or travel reservations, please remember that check-in time is anytime between 2:00-4:00 pm on Sunday, October 29 and check out is by noon on Friday, November 3. You are welcome to store luggage in the lobby, hang out on the property, or head to Beach Drive for lunch and final farewells.

Please, please make your airline reservation in time to join us at the Welcome Reception at 5:00 pm and Welcome Dinner at 6:30 pm.