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Coming to See Us? Mary Tells You Where To Stay!

December 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment

My fellow ex-Poster, Mary Thurwachter, was the knowledgeable Travel section columnist who searched out and wrote about the bed and breakfasts around the state (and elsewhere).

She just launched her own travel blog, called InnSide Florida, and because travel dovetails with food, she’s guest blogging here once in a while.

Today, she’s got great ideas for housing winter visitors — in someone else’s house!

Here’s Mary…

The INNside Scoop on Local B&Bs

By Mary Thurwachter

Looking for a nice place to put out-of-own visitors while they’re in town visiting you?

You’re in luck! South Florida has some fine B&Bs. Here are eight to check out:

Sabal Palm House Lake Worth /photo courtesy Sabal Palm House

Sabal Palm House Lake Worth Photo courtesy Sabal Palm House

Sabal Palm House, Lake Worth

Like Ritz-Carlton treatment but can’t handle the price tag? Sabal Palm is the place for you! It the only Florida bed-and-breakfast from Orlando to Miami to earn AAA’s Four Diamond Award for nine consecutive years. With seven guest rooms/suites, the B&B has views of the Lake Worth Municipal Golf Course and the Intracoastal. The beach, galleries and stores, including lots of antique and collectible shops, are within walking distance. Rooms are named after artists. For details, call 561-582-1090 or see www.sabalpalmhouse.com.

Casa de Rosa, West Palm Beach

Elaine Calendrillo’s Dutch apple pancakes are legendary. But the yummy breakfasts are just one reason to stay at this four-bedroom, 1926, Tuscan-style B&B in Old Northwood. The tropical gardens are lush, the pool is inviting and hospitality is tops. For details, call 888-665-8666 or see www.casaderosa.com.

Grandview Gardens: West Palm Beach

This restored 1924 home with five guest suites in a separate building has private entrances to guest rooms, terraces, large bathrooms and a swimming pool. There’s also a two-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1925 Bermuda-style home surrounded by lush, tropical landscape and has a private garden pathway to the tropical garden,  sun deck and heated pool. Close to CityPlace, the Norton Museum and Armory Art Center, the Kravis Center and the Convention Center,  Grandview Gardens B&B is a good choice for culture-seekers. For details, call 561-833-9023 or see www.grandview-gardens.com.

Mango Inn, Lake Worth

Within walking distance of downtown shops and restaurants, the Mango Inn has seven guest rooms and a pool. Breakfast is served on the veranda overlooking the pool. The new owners are medical professionals – two nurses and a doctor – so guests are in good hands. For details, call 561-533-6900 or see www.mangoinn.com.

Sundy House, Delray Beach

Most people know of the Sundy House because of its restaurant, but there is also a B&B and natural swimming pond set in lush tropical gardens. Guest rooms have hand-painted details, original artwork, fine bed linens and natural themes reflecting the lush landscape. A separate cottage has a fireplace and Jacuzzi. For details, call 561-272-5678 or see www.sundyhouse.com.

Crane’s Beach House, Delray Beach

The tiki bar at this inn, just a block from the beach,  has become a popular weekend hangout, but the B&B itself is a hit, too. Each room is unique and guests love the cool pool. For details, call 866-372-7263 or see  www.cranesbeachhouse.com.

Hibiscus House, Old Northwood, West Palm Beach

This B&B was built in 1922 by Mayor David Dunkle during the Florida land boom. It’s West Palm Beach’s first B&B and it has a nice little pool and a fabulous gourmet breakfast. For details, call 561-863-5633 or see www.hibiscushouse.com.

Hibiscus House Downtown, West Palm Beach

A block from CityPlace and within walking distance of The Convention Center and The Kravis Center,  this cozy two-home inn has a reputation for good breakfasts and the trolley stops right in front of the place. For details, call 561-833-8171 or see www.hibiscushousedowntown.com.

Mary Thurwachter writes about Florida inns at INNsideFlorida.com.

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 lps // Jan 1, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    I am a big fan of B&B’s, and Mary’s piece, on the ones available locally, was outstanding!

    I have lived in this area for over 30 years, and I’ve even driven past a couple of the B&B’s she wrote about. I guess I’m not very observant, because I didn’t know they existed.

    After reading this, I am ready to spend a little time in several of them. Mary’s descriptions were so detailed, that I already have a room picked out.

    Loved this.

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