Unique B & B in a Converted Schoolhouse
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.