Sea Breeze Manor ARTICLES!
“Former Bush West Wing Politico Trades RNC for B&B in Small Town Gulfport”
- Visit St. Pete/Clearwater: Six Local Stories (August 2012)
STORY: Gulfport Chamber of Commerce President Lori Rosso exchanged her former West-Wing DC life for that of local small-town innkeeper 10 years ago. Since then, she’s become Gulfport’s No. 1 advocate, and a local tourism and business leader.
Watching her father start as an entrepreneur and turn politician, Lori Rosso did it in reverse order. A graduate of American University in 1987, Lori spent more than a decade in Washington D.C. in a number of positions, including Special Assistant to the Assistant to the President for Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs in the West Wing of the White House for President George H. W. Bush. In 2002, she decided to “retire” by operating an inn overseas, but bombing in Afghanistan led her to look for something in the good ‘ole USA. She eventually found her way to the historic St. Pete/Clearwater area town of Gulfport. Just 25 days after seeing the property, Lori took over the Sea Breeze Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn. In the decade she has been in business, she has seen her business grow in this small, funky town with a strong independent streak, eventually serving as President of the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce. If anyone knows how to put the lesson learned from hardscrabble politics into soft-sell hospitality, it’s Lori Rosso.
Lori Rosso, Proprietor, Sea Breeze Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn, 727.343.4445
“Why Everybody Loves a Small Town”
- Florida Travel + Life, June 2011
Step back in time with a twist to these towns where the pace is slower and remnants of yesteryear make you smile.
Lori Rosso – Innkeeper, Sea Breeze Manor Bed and Breakfast and President, Gulfport Chamber of Commerce
“This unique community has a reputation for being the best-kept secret on the Gulf coast.” - Lori Rosso
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge provides a breath taking watery view of Tampa Bay. It also acts as a marker, indicating you’re not too far from Gulfport, a relaxed town that extends for all of four miles….Read more from Florida Travel + Life …>>
Waterfront landmark in artists’ town – “GULFPORT — By mid morning, a flock of seagulls had landed on the pier behind the Gulfport Casino. From their roosts on the pier’s railing, they had a splendid view of Boca Ciega Bay and the sailboats moored there….” more
Featured Recipe.- “…Ready to shed your everyday stress and immerse yourself in unpretentious luxury at your own island escape? In the midst of every type of activity you could ask for is a place where you are set apart from the crowds. …Sea Breeze Manor’s Stuffed Peach French Toast recipe is in the spotlight..” more
Featured Inn.- “…If your looking for a getaway that includes waving palm trees and casual island elegance, look no further…the Sea Breeze Manor offer guests a quintessential Florida experience with the timeless appeal of a historic Inn..” more
Tampa Bay Memories.- “The Sea Breeze Manor is a bed and breakfast that overlooks the bay and has all the comforts of staying with old friends…” more
Gulfport - “The Sea Breeze Manor bed and breakfast doesn’t have ghosts, but has had Grammy Award-winning blues, folk and rock musician John Hammond stay while performing in the area…” more
Paradise is Closer than You Think at Sea Breeze Manor – “The waterfront town of Gulfport, Florida, nestled between St. Petersburg and the beaches, is home to candy-colored cottages and a laid-back “old Florida” charm that is nothing if not the mantra of the Sea Breeze Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn” more
“…look no further for the perfect all-in-one wedding location. Innkeeper and owner Lori Rosso is also a party planner par excellence, putting to good use her years of experience in Washington, D.C. as a travel and special event coordinator for executives, government officials and even the President of the United States…” more
“The two story Tudor-Style Inn has been impeccably restored into casual elegance with a tasteful Caribbean motif…” more
Gulfport: A pampering gem, steps from the beach – “Only minutes from the Interstate and seconds from the beach, the Sea Breeze Manor in Gulfport is a strikingly friendly, beautiful base camp for enjoying the best of St. Petersburg and its beaches…” more
Three names shape one city - “A thriving arts community, supported philosophically and sometimes financially by the city itself, has helped bring Gulfport its modern-day flair.” more