|A live oak tree on Esplanade Avenue|
History isn't necessarily our schtick at La Belle Esplanade. One of us has a master's degree in something that involves a lot of history. The other one of us is an autodidact. We'll let you guess which is which. We know our history, we live in a historic neighborhood, in a house built in 1883, and we're licensed. Our inn is full of antiques, but it isn't stuffy or like going to grandma's house. We don't run a twee place. Kitschy ticky-tacky isn't exactly our game, either. There is a stuffed bear, left behind by a guest, but we use it as a chew toy for our pet alligator. [Full disclosure: There is no pet alligator.]
A lot of history happened in our neighborhood, pretty much as it does everywhere else, but there aren't many signs or plaques to describe it. We have a picture over the mantle in the lobby sitting room:
|Esplanade Avenue in days of old|
|The downtown side of the 2100 block of Esplanade Avenue|
You'd think the Queen Anne mansion on the North Miro corner has turned into an overgrown lot. It's a trick of the trees. When you get close, you can see that the house is still there. It's been for sale for the longest time, but the sign isn't up right now. I don't know if it was sold.
|House on the corner of North Miro Street and Esplanade Avenue|
|Corner of Columbus and North Miro Streets|
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La Belle Esplanade bed and breakfast.