In less than three hours driving time, you can be far from the maddening crowds of south Florida and enjoying the white sands and turquoise waters of Vero Beach, Florida. This small oceanfront community has all the sophistication of the Hamptons or Nantucket without the crowds. It is laid back enough that a pair of chinos, a polo shirt and boat shoes will get you into most restaurants. Sounds good, doesn’t it.
Add a beautiful oceanfront hotel, decorated in a West Indies style, with a heated outdoor pool and a lovely spa and you might think that you died and went to heaven. That is exactly what I thought when I first arrived at the Vero Beach Hotel and Spa. We have stayed at several of the Kimpton Hotels and this one has everything that you could wish for. As a matter of fact, I could live at this hotel.
Can you imagine staying in a suite (remember my tip about joining loyalty programs) with a beautiful bedroom, living and dining room, full kitchen, den and two baths. Add two balconies and you can understand why I thought I was in heaven.
After sharing a glass of wine with other guests at the free happy hour in the lobby, we ate at the hotel’s restaurant…Cobalt. Delicious food and a nice choice of wines by the glass.
The next day we set out on a short drive to Ft. Pierce in search of fresh seafood. We wanted to find a little spot on the water like the restaurants we went to when we lived in Key Largo…a laid back little place with Jimmy Buffett music in the background and a good fish sandwich. We found the perfect place named, On the Edge, because of its location right on the water.
Nothing fancy but a totally fun spot…even had fried pickles and smoked fish dip on the menu.
And yes, a fresh tile fish sandwich. We couldn’t have been happier.
Back in Vero, we discovered that a new restaurant had opened since our last visit to Vero Beach. Their motto, “life is short, eat good food” inspired us to make a reservation for dinner. Citrus Grill is a lovely restaurant with an oceanfront porch for lunch or dinner outside.
We decided to eat inside and watch the action from the open kitchen.
The food was delicious, especially the pasta and crab salad.
The next morning with gentle breezes and sunshine (hooray), we decided to have breakfast outside on the terrace of Cobalt restaurant.
What a lovely way to end our stay at the hotel as we watched pelicans flying overhead and waves lapping the shore. Vero is a town that I could return to each and every year.