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In a Word…Breathtaking

Kim Medley
Kim Medley

If the end to the perfect vacation or staycation is a sun-kissed nose and sand-covered toes; then, surely the get-away begins with anticipation. Imagine a honeymoon, a special anniversary, a summer break weekend, or just a simple weekend of serene solitude. You rush home to pack a bag. Perhaps you drive to the airport to catch the fastest flight to Florida. Maybe you opt for a route by rail. Either way, a car drive, either along Florida' A 1 A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway, or east on Highway 100, brings you to your final destination. Gusts rushing across white tipped waves touch every sense. Salt air, cool winds, glistening aquatic shades, and crashing tides meeting coquina sands greet you as you take those first steps to an experience described with one word… breathtaking.

A circa 1945 humble abode sits quietly on a small elevation. Whether you enter through the front door, or through the sliding glass doors from the courtyard, The White Orchid Inn & Spa provides a sense of calm and serenity the moment you enter the main house. It began as a private resident for Flagler Beach’s first mayor and his family. Renovations in 1989 by its second owners, and a full opening of its bed and breakfast services by the third owners, The White Orchid and its current proprietors, Heather and Derek Hodovance accommodate guests in such a manner that dreams soon become realities. It transcends time and its eclectic art-deco coastal chic style is but one reason Flagler Beach continues to be recognized as one of the coolest small towns in America. An unknown author once opined:

An inn should cast a spell on its guests…
Gentle hues of twilight on the water, Romantic music in the air,
Fine material at your fingertips, Good wine, superb food…
You begin to feel a tingle.

Tingles, anticipation, excitement, and breathtaking views from every room add to the perfect beginning. The White Orchid offers visitors an array of room choices, from the Balcony Suite in the main house to the Serenity Room, steps away from the heated mineral pool. Additionally, a private courtyard surrounds an equally inviting swimming pool, complete with flotation rafts and pool noodles. Beach towels, chairs, umbrellas, and bicycles are at the ready should you decide to slip on those flip flops and spend the day taking in the sites of Florida’s Romantic Coast, Flagler Beach.

Long walks along the beach are definitely on the sand bucket list; but, just in case Florida’s sunshine, restful breezes, sprays of ocean air, and melodic waves rushing to stretch their foamy fingers along a coquina covered shore to mix sparkling colors of chocolate, red, and black marble and present an ever changing artist’s palette leave you wanting more; a full service spa awaits your pleasure with packages named: Radiance, Tranquility, and Harmony. How apropos! The perfect couples therapy!

Imagine walking into the Balcony Suite and being greeted with an amazing view that changes as the sun slowly traverses the sky. As you turn, luxurious robes rest on the king sized bed, awaiting your embrace. Ceiling fans turn ever so slightly, just enough to fill the room with swirling zephyrs of sea breeze. Rose petals, meticulously placed, lead to the steps of a marble Jacuzzi tub, complete with bubbly champagne, crystal flutes, and a platter of chilled chocolate covered strawberries. Afternoons begin with a social hour featuring appetizers, wine, beer, and soft drinks. After six, the main house closes to other guests. Mornings begin with coffee on a cozy balcony.

The sun slowly climbs, piercing night’s sapphire blue cover with fantastically warm shades of yellow, orange, and red. The White Orchid provides the perfect setting from which a collage of memories can be made. Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 10:30 am. Homemade breakfast breads, rich quiche, and out of this world omelets prepare you for the adventures of the day. Evenings can range from dinner at the Island Grill, a dip in the pool at dusk, or simply watching the moon blanket the Atlantic in a wash of simmering, silver, beauty. The end to a perfect day may very well be a sun-kissed nose or sand-covered toes; but, that day begins with The White Orchid Inn & Spa, beautifully located along Florida’s Romantic Coast; that, in a word is simply…Breathtaking!


Name:              The White Orchid Inn & Spa

Location:         1104 S. Oceanshore Blvd. (Scenic Hwy. A 1 A)

                        Flagler Beach, FL 32136

Reservations:   386-439-4944

                        800- 423-1477

Room Rates

Spa Services    Flagler & Volusia County Residents

                        10% Discount (Mon. – Fri.) on all prices listed on the menu

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