This week I took and old fashioned road trip along the country roads and blue byways of old Florida. Sometimes I choose to ignore my GPS and take the unmarked slow lanes. I saw more cattle than cars, thousands of citrus trees and wild flowers.
I stopped at a favorite old inn, circa 1926, in Indiantown. This charmingly restored property is along a one street village, near Lake Okeechobee. The spirit of the “Old South” is captured the moment I enter the front porch, complete with rocking chairs and a hammock. Double French doors reflect the grandeur and mystique of a by gone era.
This is the kind of inn where you can explore the local area with a complimentary “Tromp the Swamp” tour, or do nothing but rest by the back yard swimming pool and butterfly garden.
It is unusual for me to rave about a buffet meal, but this one is special, when served in the season. I can still taste the Southern style crispy fried chicken, sweet potato casserole and home cooked style fresh farm vegetables.
If you are not on a road trip, arrive via boat along the St. Lucie canal and dock overnight at the Indiantown Marina. Or fly in on the longest grass air strip in the country. Transportation is complimentary by the inn. I find it amazing that this unique 22 room gem is only 30 miles northwest from West Palm Beach.
When you want a taste of the real Florida, off the beaten path, with a warm and friendly staff, you will feel welcome at the Seminole Inn.