Renee enjoys the view from her porch off the Ida Mae room.
One great thing about living in Florida is that everyone wants to visit. But what to recommend if you don’t have a lot of space to accommodate visitors?
The Crane Creek Inn.
I discovered this little gem, located just two blocks from downtown Melbourne during one of my causeway walks with my good friend Damalis. When I’d mentioned that several friends and family members were interested in visiting, she suggested we extend our walk to Melbourne Avenue, where I could investigate a B & B.
We arrived at a lovely craftsman style house decorated in Key West style, where owner Andy gave us a tour. Upon entering, I was struck by how the decor, amenities, and ambiance created a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere for travelers who just want to get away from it all. Unlike an impersonal hotel, the Crane Creek Inn was like stepping back in time to an era when strangers actually engaged each other in conversation. Although a throwback in some ways, the Inn is definitely in tune with modern times, offering WiFi, a private guest bathroom in each suite, a well-maintained pool and deck, and a boardwalk complete with Adirondack chairs along the river.
Karen is all smiles by the pool deck.
Yet there’s also a library where guests can select from a variety of reads, and a lovely dining room where they can enjoy a hot, made-to-order breakfast every morning, compliments of Andy. The rooms also come with their own porches or decks depending on the accommodations (some even have kitchens!). And while you feel as if you are tucked away in a peaceful sanctuary brimming with characteristic Old South charm, you’re still just a few blocks away from shops, restaurants, bars, and other activities. For travelers without cars, it’s very manageable to walk to variety of entertaining venues.
That day I was so impressed with the place I recommended it to friends Renee and Karen, each of whom booked reservations. Last week, Renee enjoyed a few days at the Inn and currently my good friend Karen is staying there.
Captain Andy takes us for a ride on the river.
Next month, my parents will no doubt enjoy it as much as my two girlfriends when they check in at the Crane Creek Inn.
Husband and wife owners Andy and Bambi have done an outstanding job in transforming the Crane Creek Inn into a little slice of paradise on the Central Florida Coast. Yesterday, he even offered Karen and me a complimentary boat ride on the river, where we took in the beautiful scenery and even spotted a few manatees along the way. This place is clean, modernized, hospitable and hard to leave. If your future plans include visiting Melbourne, consider staying at the Crane Creek Inn. You’ll be very glad you did!
Visit the Crane Creek Inn website and like the Crane Creek Inn Facebook Page.
Old South charm along the river.
Blocks away from renowned places like Meg O’Malley’s Irish Pub.