I have been visiting Vero Beach since the mid-sixties and although the town has grown exponentially over the past 40 years, the beach area remains very charming. Amidst the modern hotels and condos which have grown up along the beach area, two historic havens of hospitatility stand out. The Driftwood and the Ocean Grill. The Driftwood has had a hotch potch of sleeping accomodations added to it over the years, but still has the overall feel to it which is conveyed by its name. The weathered grey wood the characterizes the construction of the older buidlings is complemented by an eclectic collection of nautically themed objets d'art which the founder of the resort, Waldo Sexton acquired. There is a considerable choice of accomodations from rooms to suites to cottages. They are well-equipped and comfortable and the ocean-front ones are really wonderful with balconies right above the boardwalk and the sand. Sleeping at the Driftwood with the sound of the surf breaking is the most relaxing experience I know. While the food at Waldo's is fine, visitors should also go to the other marvelous old property just 100 yards from the Driftwood, the Ocean Grill. The restaurant literally "hangs" over the beach, supported by large pillars and if you are lucky you may get a table next to a vast expanse of glass overlooking the ocean. The menu has changed only in ways you would not notice over the past 40 years and the food remains spectacularly good. I travel around the world about half a dozen times a year, but the happiest stopover, which I try to manage a couple of times a year is at the Driftwood and I always include dinner at the Ocean Grill. The Driftwood was severaely damaged by two hurricanes in the fall of 2004, but at the time of writing, I can report that the management have done a spectacular job of repairing the Driftwood and, with the help of an architect specializing in historic preservation, is ensuring that it is brought back to its original character. I should add that I don't own a timeshare at the Driftwood and, despite my praise, have no connection with management of the resort. I simply love the place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Funky, eclectic oceanfront resort with two of its buildings listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. 100 rooms and suites of varying sizes all with some kitchen facilities. Old Florida at its best, rocking chairs in front of every unit to gaze at the ocean while enjoying a beverage from the on site restaurant, Waldo's, the last of the Great American Hangouts! With 9 buildings on the property, there is something to please nearly every taste. Located right in the heart of the beach business district there are more than a dozen restaurants and lounges within walking distance and a newly renovated city park right next door with wonderful playground equipment for the kids. Join us for fun and relaxation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Driftwood Hotel Vero Beach
- Driftwood Resort Vero Beach, Florida