Hibiscus Café and Guest House is more than an escape

Hibiscus Cafe
Published: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 12:26 PM.

GRAYTON BEACH — Handshakes are never good enough at the Hibiscus Café and Guest House.

Expect to be hugged.

The bed and breakfast transports patrons to a simpler era where the theme is all about loving one another. The courtyard sign reads “The Backyard of Love: Hug in … Hug out.” The titles of the vegetarian dishes served in the café each have a name ending with “made with love.”

“I tell everyone, ‘When you come here there are three certainties: It’s gonna be pretty, there’s gonna be good food and you’re gonna be loved,” said Cheri Peebles, innkeeper at the vegetarian bed and breakfast.

The room names each reflect the décor inside, from the Funky Bird that displays birds native to Florida to the Big Easy that showcases New Orleans in the ’60s. Each of the 12 rooms houses décor with Old Florida style flair, but each has its own personality.

A few years ago, the bed and breakfast expanded by adding an early 1900s home located down the street from the inn. Peebles said it took nearly a year to renovate the old home, but the result is worth it.

The rooms have the original wood flooring and the house’s exterior is almost identical to when it was built. There are also two newer rooms that have modern appliances but keep the old-time feel like the rest of the inn.

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