NEW YEAR, NEW YOU, NEW EXPLORATIONS
Two Unexpected Florida Destinations That Should Top Your 2021 Vacation List
As vacationers seek holiday travel spots where they can safely travel, find room to roam and celebrate the New Year, a few Florida destinations stand out with charming experiences and accommodations. Below are just a few great choices:
LIVING THE (LITTLE) LODGE LIFE IN THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE
|Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa|
Katie’s Kaboose, a one-of-a-kind accommodation at Adventures Unlimited, is a renovated train caboose equipped with a full-sized bed and single trundle bed. Relax by the campfire after a day of zip-lining and tubing.
For a trip out of this world, book the Spaceship House in Navarre Beach. This newly remodeled abode includes rooms inspired by the most popular intergalactic movies: Star Wars, Star Trek and more. Sci-Fi fans can live out their childhood fantasies or make their kids’ wildest dreams come true when vacationing in the Spaceship House that is also conveniently located a short walk to the beach.
KICKING OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH SUNKEN TREASURE
Vero Beach, Florida sits at the intersection of green and glamorous. Welcoming aquamarine seas and stretches of white-sand beaches encourage Zen-like adventures year round at an oceanfront known for its sunrises — without the high rises. This is the Florida that is famous for winter vacation photos of you and the family enjoying sunny skies and white sand beaches. The excitement of a potential treasure hunt just makes this trip the ultimate must do.
Vero Beach and Indian River County, or the Treasure Coast as this stretch of Florida is often called, is where the tropics truly begin. Many visiting beachgoers spend time searching for treasure at Sea Grape Trail Beach, where there’s a wreck so close to shore that after storms you may find shards of pottery and small coins washed up. One wreck sank with 70 pounds of emeralds on board and to date, only three pounds have been reported recovered.
One of the oldest and most cherished properties in Vero Beach is The Historic Driftwood Resort where guests will experience a true taste of old-Florida beachfront living, replete with a façade made from weathered wood. You can’t go wrong with this property, whose origins date back to the early 1900s. The two-story hotel sits right on the Atlantic Ocean on Vero Beach’s barrier island and includes the legendary Waldo’s Restaurant which bills itself as one of the last great American hangouts.
Here's the rundown on the visionary owner and the property that earned them their “quirky” designation… Owner Waldo Sexton built his sprawling Driftwood Inn of cypress logs and pecky-cypress paneling from the swamps around Blue Cypress Lake, some 26 miles away. Lacking architectural plans, the result is a two-story hotel with balconies everywhere surrounded by pole railings with peeled-log supports. Nothing seems square or level. Inside, the Inn was filled with quirky objects Waldo found on gathering forays domestically and abroad, including ships’ wheels, cannons, old chests and a menagerie of old bells which guests are invited to ring daily.