Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse






And the winners are…
First place Rhonda Wood
Second place Lynne Edwards
Third place Joe Serrato III

We wrote a little php script to do the drawing.  For those who are interested in such things, click here to see the listing.

Congratulations to Sean and Kate!

Hibiscus was so honored to be the venue for Sean Mast and Kate Sharrett, when they wed recently.  What a fantastic experience.

Please enjoy the few pics we have to show their special day.

You can always visit our FaceBook page, for more pics on weddings, receptions and special events!

Drumroll Please! ! !

Cafe Hibiscus is opening for lunch as of Monday April 2nd.

Chef Colin has decided to expand our menu, and open up the cafe for breakfast AND lunch items.

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 am to 11:30 am and lunch will be served from 11:30am to 2:30 pm.

Menu will consist of all of our signature dishes and now some new favorites for you all to try.

Vegetarian and Carnivores ALL welcome.

We are very excited about the changes happening here, and invite everyone to come experience them with us.

See you all soon. . . .

Introducing . . . Cafe Hibiscus

Different, yet, the same.

What is different? A fresher name, Cafe Hibiscus AND a new operator, Chef Colin Smith

What is the same? BRUNCH is back!

Raised in New Orleans, Colin comes to Hibiscus with a wealth of culinary experience.   While getting a Bachelors degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of New Orleans, Chef Colin worked for the notable Brennan restaurant family.  He then earned his Culinary Degree from the prestigious Johnson and Wales Culinary University in Vail, CO, where he worked at Sweet Basil restaurant.

Colin has spent the last twenty years honing his culinary skills and love of the Culinary arts at renowned restaurants in San Francisco, Napa, Boston, even Montana and New Orleans. Colin has worked under the tutelage of acclaimed Chefs Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Thomas Keller and Todd English. He has also expanded on his experience by working all aspects of the front of the house in several restaurants.  Locally, you may have seen Him at Stinky’s Fish Camp, Smiling Fish Cafe and Christianos Italian Restaurant.

Colin will continue to serve the SAME Hibiscus favorites, while also offering DIFFERENT and exciting dishes, to include a few items for the carnivorous at heart.  No worries though, the menu will continue to focus on light and health fare and always embrace the vegetarian and vegan clientele that has supported Hibiscus all these years. As always EVERYTHING will be served and prepared with LOVE!

Hibiscus traditional Sunday Brunch returns this Sunday, March 4th, featuring the music of Ashli Rose. Habitat for Humanity will be pouring Mimosas for donations.

ALSO be on the lookout for the Cafe to start serving lunch, this spring.   As always, our “BackyardOfLove” will be available for catered events, where Colin will also be utilizing his experience to produce memorable events.

Please stop by the Cafe this weekend, and say hello to Colin. If you buy a cup of coffee, you will receive a complimentary Hibiscus souvenir mug! WE are all excited about the changes here at Hibiscus:: the SAME but a little DIFFERENT.

(We hope you all continue to come and experience the Love we have to offer)

30A Studio Changes

As you all know, we have been home to the amazing 30A Studio, here at Hibiscus. This little cottage

in the middle of the property has housed several photographers, as well as our 2012 Artist of the

Year, Allison Craft!

We want to congratulate Allison, as she moves out and on to bigger and better things!

Her new shop is now located at The Shops of Grayton  26 Logan Lane suite A. We will miss her

but we are so excited for her and hope you will all stop by her new shop, and purchase some of her

one of a kind jewelry.

Shelly, Jackie and Sheila have all also moved onto bigger and better places for their amazing

art and photography, and we are hopeful they do well also.


That’s what has happened here at Hibiscus this year and for that we want to give thanks to each of you … our friends old and new that have been so supportive to encourage us … to visit us … and to love us.

As with growth, comes change and change is good .. we are so excited to annouce that joining our team is Stephanie Vantassell as Innkeeper. She is living on site and here to take care of our guests and all their needs 24/7. Stop by and welcome her and her son, Caleb to our awesome community.

Book your stay and take advantage of our mid week and fall/winter specials … it’s easy, visit www.hibiscusflorida.com

As of the first of the year, Hibiscus Cafe will be extending its hours and serving lunch daily … and with growth comes the need for more help so with that being said … ANDY is coming back! So watch for the fun changes to the menu and dining expansion.

As for me … I will still be here … hugging in and hugging out …. love y’all!


What a great time we had in the Backyard of Love last night as we were blessed to have … Bryan Kennedy and Brother Gordon Kennedy. I laughed and cried … they are two of the most talented people I know .. not to mention just plain awesome guys.

Thank you Bryan and Gordon for sharing your gift of music and your kind and gentle hearts with us … in the
Backyard of Love … the most unique listening experience on 30A!

“Backroom” of Love ….

Tuesday night we were blessed to have the awesome talent of Singer/Sonwriters, Jessica Rae, Greg Friia and Pete Sallis play at Hibiscus …. when the rain came … the show went on … in the “Backroom of Love”!

Thank you everyone that came out to support us and original music … we truly appreciate your faithfullness.

One Year in the Backyard of Love…

When God placed this vision for the Backyard in front of us …. we had no idea as to what it would become. I am in awe of the work He has done around this little house … “thank you Lord for your guidance & your incredible love”.

Tuesday night was so much fun… filled with love … laughter …. and music … awesome music!! All of these musicians came here to give of themselves in the way they give best. They write words that touch your heart and make you smile .. thank you for coming to the Backyard of Love and listening to their words.

And to each of you … I am blessed with wonderful people in my life… you make it easy to love.


Memorial Day Weekend

This is the weekend that has always marked the beginning of summer. I can remember growing up and when this weekend came, I knew there would be no more school and I would have three months to play. We would load the car in the mornings with everything we needed for the beach … towels, blankets, beach toys, baby oil with iodine and lots of snacks. We would head to Pensacola Beach, get our spot next to the pier and there we would be for the day.

We would spend those days creating memories that I am now reflecting on… what an awesome gift God has given us. So, come on down to the beach and create some memories of your own … we look forward to seeing you!