Hotel at a Glance: Seminole Inn
Constructed in the 1920s by railroad magnate S. Davies Warfield, Seminole Inn exemplifies the ideal of an elegant Mission Revival hotel. With 20-inch-thick stucco walls, a grand front porch, and red-tiled roof, the inn stands out in sleepy Indiantown, Florida. Once frequented by socialite Wallis Simpson, who would later become the Duchess of Windsor, the inn hasn’t lost any of its old-Florida glamour. The original honey-colored hardwood floors and wicker furniture welcome guests into the sitting room, which features a fireplace framed by a grand staircase.
The inn’s dining establishments offer two distinctly different experiences. Enjoy a Sunday brunch at the The Windsor Dining Room, where guests have dined under its cypress ceiling for more than 70 years. The formal country brunch includes roast beef, omelets, fried chicken, and sweet-potato casserole. For a more casual atmosphere, drop by the Foxgrape Café, which serves the inn’s famous fried-green-tomato-and-bacon sandwiches.
After eating your fill, head past the hand-painted Seminole Indian mural in the hallway to your king, suite, or single full-bed room to relax in individually decorated surroundings. Some rooms feature pine-paneled walls and pastel quilts, and others have a little extra room for couples to stretch out. Before leaving, take a dip in the swimming pool out back, or lounge in one of the hammocks and rocking chairs along the patio.
Indiantown, Florida: Small Town Between Lake Okeechobee and West Palm Beach
Indiantown is a quiet community close to southern Florida’s spectacular natural attractions. The town sits on the edge of the Dupuis Wildlife Reserve, a state forest with 21,900 acres of trails, everglades marsh, and cypress swamps. About 7 miles from Indiantown lies Lake Okeechobee, the largest lake in the southwestern United States, where you can fish for largemouth bass, crappie, and bluegill.
About 35 miles east of Indiantown, West Palm Beach‘s Loggerhead Park is one of the best spots to lounge at the beach and enjoy the scenic oceanfront. Take the Palm Beach Water Taxi to the town’s restaurants, boutique shops, and museums, including the Flagler Museum, set inside the lavish turn-of-the-century Whitehall Mansion.