In Florida there is always the sense of an eternal summer. This, of course, is one of the reasons why we love this state, and always recommend it to those of you looking for an escape that holds you fast in its embrace. And what could be more on the escape route than a unique beachfront Inn that offers all the amenities one could hope for? Here are three of our picks for enjoying a great Atlantic Ocean vacation during the winter months and beyond:
Right on beautiful Amelia Island, this boutique Inn features a wide range of choices when it comes to relaxing, being pampered, and enjoying a magnificent hideaway with all of the amenities. This 1890’s Nantucket shingle style beauty, decorated with turn-of- the-century décor, allows you to choose any one of the 20 guestrooms in the Main House to suit your personal style. Featuring queen- or king-size beds and a private bath with oversized marble or Jacuzzi tubs, any one of them will have you in the lap of luxury. The Ocean House is a newer addition offering larger sitting-room suites decorated with an exotic West Indies flavor. If private baths with Air Jacuzzi tubs and decks with ocean views are your cup of tea, then this is the place just right for you. Miller Cottage provides yet another option for vacationers who come with family or friends. Comfortable for up to four people, the Cottage consists of a sumptuous two-bedroom suite and two bathrooms, with all of the amenities you could desire.
Named “One of the 12 Best Waterfront Inns” in America and voted the #2 Top Resort in Florida in 2012 by the Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards, Elizabeth Point Lodge boasts many other accolades as well. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the impeccable service and attention you get, along with a complimentary full breakfast, morning newspaper, hors d’oeuvres and wine in the evening, beach equipment, and 24-hour room and concierge services promise a holiday to remember for years to come. You can also order from a number of custom packages, whether it is for golf, your honeymoon, babymoon, elopement, or more. Elizabeth Point Lodge is also the perfect locale for business meetings and retreats. Just a short bike ride to the historic seaport of Fernanda where you can find fine dining, shopping, and many historical attractions, you can also indulge in activities like hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, sailing, horseback riding, and Eco-tours conducted on Segways. Of course, there is always the Inn’s private beach if you want to stay closer to home. A good book, an afternoon siesta, and a dip in the ocean is all it takes to make your holiday as perfect as you dreamed it would be.
In Melbourne, this exquisite location is one of Florida’s most cherished natural beaches, where you can witness nesting turtles in a peaceful and undisturbed environment. On a private beach with beach chairs and umbrellas, the Windemere Inn boasts truly spectacular views from every room. Private porches and individually decorated quarters provide just the right place to hang your hat and put up your feet. Choose the Windsong just off the courtyard and you can even bring your pet! The Windemere Inn by the Sea offers excellent discounts, so if you haven’t gone on your deserved getaway yet, this would be the time to do so. That being said, the Inn is affordable at any time, belying the tremendous luxury that makes it feel like you’re taking a million dollar vacation. This is a perfect place for a wedding, with a gorgeous beachside pergola in which to tie the knot or renew your vows. You can book your ceremony for up to 50 people, or reserve the entire inn for both your ceremony and reception, for up to 36 guests. The Inn is also a great place for other events such as business retreats and meetings, birthdays, and family reunions. Once you are ready to book your date, the Innkeepers will be happy to customize your celebration to conform to your vision of your special day. Nearby downtown Melbourne is a wonderful place to enjoy antique shopping, as well as casual and fine dining. There are a plethora of things to do in the area while you are there, such as boating, tennis, golf, surfing, and exploring many beautiful nature trails. With the Kennedy Space Center nearby, you can explore and be inspired until you are ready to return back to the Inn’s soothing oasis.
In the tiny community of Flagler Beach right alongside the Atlantic Ocean, this Key West style inn is both captivating and charming. With dramatic ocean views from each room, you will also enjoy your own private deck, fireplace, whirlpool tub, and kitchenette. For an extra upgrade, you can have your breakfast included in your stay or create your own to maintain the feeling of having privacy in your own home away from home. The warmth and intimacy of this lovely inn is ideal for those who are looking for the perfect romantic getaway. And to reinforce this feeling, the Inn offers a luxurious Spa, complete with a Polynesian atmosphere, soft music, and candlelight. Order a couple’s massage or any one of the other exquisite treatments offered, including the 2 ¾ hour Cleopatra’s Egyptian Beauty Radiance Spa Service for her. Among the many other amenities offered, you can indulge in the Inn’s refreshing pool, take some time out to meet other guests between 4 and 8 PM over home-baked cookies, chocolates, coffee, and tea or peruse the gift shop with its scented soaps, candles, gift baskets, and fine wines. Known for its excellent packages, you can book one that fits, such as the Babymoon, Elopement, or Romance and Pampering. Each one is comprised of its own special components designed to put you in a state of pure bliss. With local cafes, beach bars, and fine dining all within a two-mile radius of Inn, you will have plenty of reasons to venture forth and explore the historic town of St. Augustine. Some excellent day trips include Washington Oaks State Park, the Flagler Beach marsh walk, Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, the Marsh along the “loop” road, and a romantic St. Augustine Carriage Ride.