Port d’Hiver Bed and Breakfast Has New South Florida Owner

Potential plans include building a luxury wedding venue next door and transforming the main house into an Italian restaurant.

The Port d’Hiver Bed and Breakfast, one of Melbourne Beach’s most historic properties, has a new owner in Frank Talerico. Talerico is an accomplished businessman in South Florida and is well-versed in the hotel industry. He has a reputation for transforming properties and elevating them to award-winning, must-stay-at places. His successful track record includes the Ocean Manor Beach Resort, a one-star hotel he purchased out of bankruptcy and turned into a four-star establishment, according to TripAdvisor. Talerico also owns several properties in South Florida and other locations. He also owns four successful restaurants, including Casa Calabria, a top Italian restaurant in South Florida known for its authentic Italian food.

“The Port d’Hiver’s history is integral to the settlement and development of the Melbourne Beach area,” Talerico says. “I knew that it was the perfect location.” It has history and a classic charm.” “This property is a hidden gem and the place to stay in the area.” “He wants to Keep a level 5-star rating.” 

Located on a barrier island just 200 feet from the Atlantic Ocean, Port d’Hiver Bed and Breakfast is a boutique hotel that offers an elevated stay in paradise. Guests can choose from various luxurious rooms and suites with luxury amenities like ocean and courtyard views, a bubbling spa pool, a hot tub, a fitness center and an outdoor fire pit. In addition to these amenities, the hotel offers complimentary gourmet breakfast, afternoon happy hour, and light bites, where guests can enjoy their choice of beer, wine, or non-alcoholic beverage in their room, on the porch, or in the garden under blooming bougainvillea and allamanda. The hotel also includes a twenty-four-hour snack room with complimentary sodas, water, chips, and ice cream. Guests can also indulge in freshly baked chocolate chip cookies offered throughout the day. Additionally, the hotel provides complimentary beach gear, including cruiser bikes, to ensure guests have everything they need for a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

Stacie Reed, General Manager of the Port d’Hiver Bed and Breakfast, researched different bed and breakfasts in the area and the beauty and history of the Port d’hiver, which drew her to want to run the property.

“You do not know what is behind the golden gates until you arrive and are inside this quaint and historic property,” she says.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.