Home-away-from-home feel, with a wet bar and homemade baked goods set out for nibbling
The private dock with Adirondack chairs — a good spot for an aperitif
Made-to-order Southern breakfast on Saturday and Sunday starring savory shrimp and grits
What To Know
It’s a small, independently owned inn, so don’t expect large-scale amenities like a swimming pool or spa
Breakfast is continental Monday through Friday
Kids are welcome, but the inn primarily attracts couples
Parking on site
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Chic waterfront boutique with Mediterranean undertones in up-and-coming Florida beach town New Smyrna
Forget frilly B&Bs, this inn feels like a posh relative’s villa, with a Mediterranean façade and funky modern interiors. And it started that way: The property was built in 1947 as a private residence in an upscale neighborhood and was converted into an inn in February 2013. A few original touches remain, such as the lobby’s wood beam ceiling and arched picture window; Midcentury furnishings culled from local estate sales also subtly nod to the past.
Bed and Bath
The 14 individually decorated rooms are airy and thoughtfully crafted, with elderwood doors, red oak flooring, throwback beach art and California closets made of pecky cypress from the original estate. Pillowtop beds, flat-screen TVs, wine refrigerators and iPod docks add to the comfort. Bathrooms have Aveda products, jetted tubs and Kohler rainfall showerheads. Suites step it up with private balconies and sitting areas.
Modern and immaculate, the lobby lounge still feels homey, thanks in part to the open kitchen, where Chef Joe prepares a full made-to-order breakfast every weekend. Diners have a choice among the indoor dining table, bistro tables in the courtyard and a patio table by the entrance, where they may spot dolphins frolicking in the Intracoastal Waterway. Those angling to fish can be picked up right at the inn’s private dock.
In the Area
New Smyrna’s main attraction is its hard-packed white sand beach. Some sections of it — such as the Flagler Avenue boardwalk, a six-minute drive from the inn — allow cars on the sand; others, like Bethune Beach farther north, do not. Beach shack restaurants (the Breakers, Barracuda’s, Chases) are plentiful, but for something more gourmet try the Spanish River Grill, where craft cocktails complement the tapas menu of market ceviche and truffle flatbread. Flagler Avenue, lined with shops (Gyfts), bars (Om) and the Treats on the Beach ice cream parlor, is New Smyrna’s heartbeat; visit in the summer or fall and you’re likely to experience one of the area’s many festivals, such as the Craft Beer Walk & Chili Cook-Off, which happens every October.