Last weekend our son got married and after two weeks of out of town guests/family and preparation for the wedding, we decided we needed to get away for a couple of days. So we packed up our things and headed out to our favorite beach getaway "The Driftwood Inn" in Mexico Beach Florida. We found this place through some good friends of ours several years ago and he has become one of our favorite vacation places. The Inn is victorian in style and reminiscent of architecture I've seen in the Caribbean Islands. It is surrounded by gardens which makes me feel "at home away from home" with lots of fountains and garden art throughout. It is owned by Peggy and Tom Wood. Tom is an artist and his artistic influence is felt all around you. Every October they host an Art and Wine Festival for local artists to display their art and to raise funds to purchase fireworks for the Mexico Beach fireworks display every year held by the Chamber of Commerce. The beaches are pristine and uncrowded. The rooms are quaint but large and have a kitchen, so meals can be prepared in the rooms and there are grills outside for grilling if you prefer.
Entrance to the Driftwood Inn
Beach side view
Garden view from the balcony
Three swing gazebo
View from the gazebo
"The Mermaid Fountain"
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When you check in the Driftwood Inn you are welcomed by "Huckleberry" the resident Great Dane who is the latest greeter in a long line of Great Danes that Peggy and Tom have owned over the years.
The Inn is pet friendly so bring your four legged family members with you.
Tom Wood and Huckleberry
My favorite piece of garden art
While we were there we took a day trip to Apalachicola and St. George Island. We had a nice lunch at a little restaurant/oyster bar called "The Hole in the Wall". Cynthia with "Sam" the resident cat who is cared for by everyone on the block.
The hole in the wall had other surprises!
Several of the restaurants had herb gardens and vegetables in raised beds outside the restaurant.
As we left Apalachicola and headed for St. George Island we saw a charming little cottage garden that I just had to stop and take a picture.
On St. George Island we went to the Lighthouse that was originally built in 1833, moved and rebuilt in 1848, flattened by a gale in 1851 and rebuilt in 1852, stood until 2005 when it collapsed due to erosion in 2005 and moved and rebuilt by volunteers at it's current location in 2008.
View from the top of the lighthouse showing bridge connecting Apalachicola to St. George Island.
Heading home today we stopped at a Bonsai place in Cottondale Florida we had seen for years but had never stopped. They are a great selection of bonsai with their oldest specimen a maple being 101 years old. I took several pictures of some of the most interesting ones. BTW, I did leave with a very nice juniper bonsai.
Our last stop was to take a picture of the giant metal chicken in Brundidge Al. It is in front of an Art shop on Hwy. 231.
Today, we celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary. Cynthia is the love of my life and also my best friend.