The International Writers Magazine: South Florida Vacations
Time to Mango
Judy Joines in South Florida
Florida is one of Americas #1 travel destinations with a delightful
mixture of culture, sports, entertainment, fine dining, and spectacular
Set among a beautiful Mediterranean style tropical garden in scenic
Lake Worth, Florida is the charming Bed and Breakfast, The
Mango Inn located at 128 Lakeside Drive, Lake worth,
Bo and Erin Allen, decided it was time for a career change and made
their dreams come true when they took a walk on the wild side and purchased
an old run down home in 1995, and revitalized it into a luxurious and
popular bed and breakfast.
Erin enthusiastically spreads around her charming personality and elegant
smile among her guests. Every morning she prepares a poolside breakfast
for them featuring special recipes from her published cookbook, The
Best of the Best from the kitchen of the Mango Inn, containing such
entrees as buttermilk mango pancakes with candied pecans, artichoke,
smoked ham, goat cheese strata, as well as Bos favorite, bacon
and cheese waffles.
The Inns eight luxurious guest rooms are uniquely decorated with
a combination of Victorian and Key West flavor and include private baths,
fine linens, down pillows, robes and hair dryers. A few of the rooms
include TVs, VCRs and refrigerators but most guests do not
spend much time in their rooms because of the relaxing atmosphere by
the pool listening to the sounds of the waterfalls and the birds chirping.
You can feel the warm Atlantic breeze and smell the tropical mangos
as you bask in the sunshine sipping on a chardonnay. "Everything
is so calm and relaxing around here, its definitely a dream come
true," said Erin.
Regular guests, Mike and Lorraine Rickard, from Fraser, Michigan said
that they love staying at the Mango Inn. For the past three years they
have spent a months vacation in the poolside cottage. "We
enjoy being this close to the beach and Bo and Erin are wonderful people,"
Other amenities offered by the Inn include complimentary bicycles, beach
chairs and towels for their guest to use during their stay. With everything
close by, you can enjoy the city of Lake Worth, known as the treasure
hunters paradise by spending your time browsing the numerous galleries
and antique and exquisite specialty boutiques set amidst lush gardens
"Guests are always asking us, where is the best place to eat dinner,
we tell them that some of our favorites are Digs (in the Gulfstream
Hotel, only a block in a half walk from the inn), Daves Last
Resort, if they like burgers and Paradiso and Cuco Pazzo
Café if they enjoy Italian," said The Allens.
Lake Worth is a cultural arts mecca with the popular Lake Worth Playhouse
that occupies the former Oakley Theatre. It is the oldest building on
the Register of the Art Deco Society of Palm Beach County. They offer
a wide variety of entertainment such as musicals, plays and special
events year round.
After attending the theatre you can take your pick from a late night-wine
and tapas café, The Bizaare Avenue Cafe, or The Bamboo
Room, an authentic blues club offering traditional blues and classic
cocktails, and for those who like to stay up really late, Clematis Street
and its array of night clubs is just cab fare away.
"I love the Mango Inn, everything here is absolutely perfect, and
the next time you are in Lake Worth and are looking for some meownificent
things to do, check out these other great attractions."
Mango, the CatTravel Tidbits
* For more information about The Mango Inn: www.themangoinn.com
** For more information about the Lake Worth Playhouse, Lake Worth 561-586-6410
***For information about shopping on Esplanade/Worth Avenue, Palm Beach
www.worth-avenue.com Worth Avenue Association 561-659-6909.
**** For more information about the Best of Everything in Palm Beach
County Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau -
© Judy Joines April 2004
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