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The Bonnet House is an eccentric slice of Americana. It’s the kind of rambling, historic property you hope to stumble upon on a spur-of-the-moment road trip. The 1920s home belonged to artists Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett, who made the house their own by filling the shady palms outside with live monkeys and the interior with murals and other artwork. The house itself is magnificent, each room full of curiosities and sculptures. And the grounds—one of South Florida’s last surviving native barrier island habitats—are worthy of their own visit: Five ecosystems exist on the land, including mangrove wetlands and a maritime forest. Don’t miss the orchid house; Evelyn Bartlett, who lived on the property until 1995, was an enthusiastic collector.

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