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Staycation idea: Driftwood Resort in Vero Beach

Posted at 11:30 AM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-20 11:30:15-04

VERO BEACH, Fla.-- Stepping onto the Driftwood Inn property is truly like taking a trip back in time.

Joseph Kelly has been working at the resort for years and says the original building was built in 1932 by the Waldo Sexton family. It was their beach house, their summer vacation home.

Waldo Sexton is synonymous with Vero Beach. He came south from Indiana to sell farm equipment. But he soon discovered that the Florida sugar sand didn’t work with the tills and things they were using in Indiana. So he started buying up Vero Beach real estate, a decision that has meant decades of memories for visitors at the Driftwood Inn.

"We've got 4 and 5 generations of families that have been coming here. There are some people who talk about talking with Waldo and walking around the property," Kelly said.

If you are looking for a view, the Driftwood is right on the Atlantic. You can stay in the original beach house or in timeless rooms that were once open air fishing cottages.

That works just fine for Herbert Hern, one of many who calls the resort the spot for a perfect vacation. "It's refreshing. Every year, the sun, just the feeling of comfort , small --not a big high-rise kind of vacation."

Visitors say the options and the location make it the perfect staycation.