One of the very best vacations I have ever experienced, especially as a vegan, was at Deer Run Bed & Breakfast on Big Pine Key in Florida. It has been over a year since this vacation, but I still vividly remember the adventure. As soon as I learned years ago there was a vegan B&B in the Keys, this place had been on my bucket list. No one told me about it. There was a small advertisement in Veg News and I was entranced by the idea of supporting veganism in this way. I knew I had to go one day.
For my birthday last year, hubby decided it was time. We flew out to Miami and rented a car. There is a small airport on Key West that is closer to Big Pine Key, the largest island in the Keys, but we started in Miami. Our drive down the one lane each way highway took longer than anticipated, so we were extra excited to arrive. Greeted and hugged, right after sharing we were vegan, by the owner let us know we were definitely in the right place.
Our room was adorable with bright green paint and pillows of fish and turtles. We stayed on the first floor so we could walk right out onto the beach at any moment and our room had a screened-in porch to enjoy the sights and sounds at all times. I love the beach for listening to the water.
The beach was gorgeous and sunsets incredible. We were given bottles to use for filtered water during our stay and a small tour of the grounds to find everything, especially where breakfast would be.
Big Pine Key is known for its miniature deer that are protected, no hunting. We were advised not to feed the deer, but that they may come to us. One day I actually had a cute deer lick my toe as I was reading in a hammock on the beach. It was fun to hear them exploring at night and there was a small fresh water bowl next to our room that they loved to drink from.
The space is incredible, but Deer Run is also known for the mouth watering breakfasts. Each morning we were stuffed with deliciousness. A menu would greet us as we picked our seats at the table. Savory or sweet switched each day and our first morning was a sweet morning.
After the first morning, we figured out that we could wrap our muffin for lunch and fill up on the main dish of the morning. Especially since we also got a fresh fruit juice or smoothy each morning. So full!
We walked along the beach, biked up the road, and kayaked in the Atlantic. Bikes and kayaks are available for guests. Adventuring the other islands was also accomplished and I have an album of beautiful photos. I highly recommend this marvelous vegan paradise and the food easily gains five out of five vegan cupcakes. If I am lucky, I might get to return to Deer Run one day.
If you get to go, there are no-see-ums that bite. Be prepared and enjoy the view!