Ivey House Bed & Breakfast, Everglades City, Florida $$$$
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This eco-conscious little B&B in the fishing town of Everglades City makes a great base camp for exploring Everglades National Park, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, or Big Cypress National Preserve, all less than 15 minutes' drive away. The property includes a 2-bedroom cottage and an 11-room boarding house, both built in the 1920s, and a more modern adjacent inn (2001) with larger rooms, air-conditioning, and full baths with tubs. You'll want to opt for the cottage or inn, as rooms in the boarding house have only shared bathrooms. The decor leaves much to be desired—think '70s-style tropical prints and the occasional flourish of wood paneling—but you're really here to experience the great outdoors. Owner Dave Harraden, an accomplished naturalist, makes an ideal guide. He can arrange kayak and canoe trips down Turner River or take you through the backcountry muck in search of the mythic ghost orchids. Ivey House also walks the walk, with energy conservation and recycling programs that have earned it the state's "Green Lodge" environmental designation. Guests get free Wi-Fi, breakfast, and a 20 percent discount on canoe and kayak rentals and guided day trips.
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