I guess you could say this is a tale of two cities. I did the post about Vero Beach titled Far from the maddening crowds of south Florida. The post showed you the town through the eyes of a tourist and now I’m going to show you another side through the eyes of a native.
Our son lives in Vero and we always spend a few days visiting. When we first arrived in Vero he was on a cruise so we stayed at the Vero Beach Hotel and Spa. After checking out, we moved to a lovely bed and breakfast. It is small and exclusive…so much so that it is by invitation only. Yes, we stayed at our son’s home and it was wonderful.
A beautiful room, hand made chocolates by the side of the bed and fresh flowers in the bathroom.
Don’t you wish you were family and could have an invitation? Of course when you live in Vero Beach, you know what is happening nearby and all the local hangouts.
We went to car show at the beautiful McKee Botanical Gardens which was established to preserve an 80 acre tropical hammock along the Indian River in Vero Beach. Communing with nature, hotrods and classic cars made me and my husband happy.
On the way back to our B & B we stopped at Hale’s for fresh Indian River Ruby Red Grapefruit.
Now only a native would think of driving down the coast 60 miles to Jupiter for dinner. “Don’t worry…it’s only an hour but worth it”. Little Moir’s Food Shack is located in a nondescript shopping center but that doesn’t stop the crowds…less than an hour wait is what we were told. We waited next door at their separate little bar that serves beer, wine, and snacks. A special snack was the Scotch eggs with jalapeño.
Fresh seafood is what this restaurant is all about and that is what we all had for dinner.
Brunch was on the agenda for the next day in Fellsmere, Florida 20 miles northwest near the Blue Cypress Conservation area. The Marsh Landing Restaurant is in a historical building. The restaurant bills itself as serving “Florida Cracker” old fashioned home cooking.
You might want to be adventurous and have a Swamp Water cocktail and shrimp and grits with a homemade biscuit for brunch.
After brunch we went for another little ride to Sebastian about 10 miles away. Cocktails before dinner were had at Capt. Hiram’s Sandbar right on the river.
You feel as if you could be in the Bahamas or at least the Keys… with the live music and sand at your feet.
As you can see, a native does know the little out of the way places where you can have a good time. If you don’t have family or friends in the area you are visiting, be sure to ask the locals what their favorite places are.