Close-to-home inns that make you feel miles away

By MARY THURWACHTER
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Sunday, May 18, 2008
A satisfying vacation doesn't necessarily mean traveling far and spending a fortune. Consider, for example, booking a tastefully decorated room at one of the cushy bed-and-breakfasts in Palm Beach County.

You'll be rewarded with luxurious digs, scrumptious breakfast and first-class service. Just ask Tony and Kim Paradise, a suburban Lake Worth couple who have discovered how relaxing and fun a getaway can be - even if it's only 15 minutes away from their home.

 

"I wanted to bring my wife someplace different, someplace special," Tony says of the first of several times he and his wife stayed at Sabal Palm House Bed and Breakfast in downtown Lake Worth. "My mother lives with us and she's afraid to be alone for long. If, God forbid, someone is making noise outside our house I could be home in no time."
The pampering is much appreciated, he says.

"We usually schedule massages at the inn, walk to dinner at one of our favorite restaurant's, Paradiso," he adds. "In the morning, we have a wonderful breakfast and then shop or do something else. Sometimes we stay a second night. The first time we stayed at the B&B it was our anniversary and we had chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. John and Colleen Rinaldi (the B&B's owners) bend over backward to make guests feel special. We feel like such big shots."
If you'd like to feel like a big shot - but not have to board a crowded plane or feel the pain at the pump fueling up for a long drive - a backyard getaway to a bed-and-breakfast may be just the ticket.

Sabal Palm House, Lake Worth
The only Florida bed-and-breakfast from Orlando to Miami given AAA's Four Diamond award eight consecutive years, Sabal Palm guests are treated like royalty.
Rates: Start at $130

Phone: (888) 722-2572.
Web: www.sabalpalmhouse.com. Address: 109 N. Golfview Road, Lake Worth.

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