Flags representing a number of different countries snap and billow in the breeze, as at some gathering of foreign dignitaries or Olympic hopefuls. But this is in Florida's panhandle, and there's not an embassy or qualifying prelim in sight. Instead, the flags flutter from the eaves of La Maison de Lucy, a onetime schoolhouse turned B & B, where each room has been decorated to represent one of 12 regions around the globe.
The bright cerulean walls of the Morocco suite call to mind images of the Mediterranean Sea, buttressed by a variety of textiles sporting prints inspired by northern Africa. Sheer, white cloth canopies drape a pair of four-poster queen beds—a stark focal point in a room bursting with color and detail. A Bob Marley poster and bold green furnishings grace the Jamaica suite, and the Hollywood suite creates an aura of glamour with blush-pink paint, black lacquered furnishings, and nightly visitations from the ghost of Jean Harlow's chiropodist. All quarters come equipped with private baths and kitchenettes.
In the morning, travelers emerge from their hideaways to convene for a hot breakfast. Fresh espresso accompanies homemade bread and preserves as well as crepes filled with Nutella. In some dishes, herbs from the inn's own garden enhance the flavor of savory sausages and potatoes. In the lush backyard, a pool glints in the Florida sunshine.
Jackson County, Florida: Inland Adventure on Sunshine State Panhandle
Located about an hour away from the ruckus of Panama City Beach, La Maison de Lucy sits in Alford, a small town nestled amid the abundant natural splendor of rustic Jackson County. This inland region of the panhandle caters to extreme adventurers as well as low-key travelers just looking to loll in the sun and breathe fresh country air. Deep caves invite daylong spelunking excursions, and underwater caverns allow for scuba diving in still pond waters and expeditions in search of freshwater mermen. Hikers traverse intriguing rock formations in an array of state parks—one of which features the highest waterfall in the Sunshine State.
What You Get
For $145, a one-night stay for two in the Greece, Jamaica, Ireland, Italy, or Kenya suite
Or, for $164, a one-night stay for two in the China, India, Morocco, Hollywood, or Mexico suite
Promotional value expires Oct 25, 2012. Amount paid never expires.
Must complete travel by 10/25/12
Limit 2 per person
Limit 2 per visit
Valid only for option purchased
72-hour cancellation notice required
Subject to availability
Credit card required at booking
7.5% sales tax and 4% bed tax not included
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
How to Book
Call La Maison de Lucy.
Choose a date before expiration date.
Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.
One king bed (except China and Morocco rooms, which have two queen beds)
Sofa bed (in Hollywood and Italy rooms)
Standard occupancy: Two
Maximum occupancy: Up to four
Adding occupants above standard: Morocco and China rooms may add up to two additional occupants (adults or children), and the Italy room may accommodate one extra child; no additional occupants allowed in all other rooms. $50 per additional adult per night (children 12 and under may stay at no charge).
Kitchenette and private bath
Check in: 3 p.m.–6 p.m.
Check out: 11 a.m.
Rollaways: Not available. Cribs available for no charge.
Smoking policy: No smoking inside the property
Pet policy: Pets weighing less than 20 pounds may be added, but must have a cage and will sleep in a separate, air-conditioned building. Pet fee is $100 per day. Pets are never allowed in the guest rooms.
Accessibility: Handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
Room upgrades: May upgrade to the France room and pay difference in cost
What It's Worth
For $145, a one-night stay for two adults and up to one kid with breakfast in the Greece, Jamaica, Ireland, Italy, or Kenya suite (up to $290 value)
Or, for $164, a one-night stay for two adults and up to two kids with breakfast in the China, India, Morocco, Hollywood, or Mexico suite (up to $329 value)
By plane: 51 miles from Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP)