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Where to Find Old, Classic Florida - Wall Street Journal

Where High Society Goes for a Short-Hop Getaway - Gotham Magazine

High-End Hotels Celebrate Their Centennial In Style - Forbes Travel Guide

Grande Slam - Luxury Offerings Meet Old-World Charm at Florida's Secret Island Retreat - Luxe Beat Magazine

5 Tips from an Aspiring Event Planner's Florida Wedding - Brides

100 Years of Tradition - Gasparilla Magazine

The Watch List - Gary Galyean's Golf Letter

Water World - Orlando Magazine

America's Top 50 Courses For Women - Golf Digest

Julie & Ryan - Chicago Social Brides

The Gasparilla Inn & Club - A Place to Harbor Happiness - Executive Golfer

In Our Time - Vogue

Little changes on this Florida island - and why should it? - AllWays Traveller

Relive a bygone era in Boca Grande - Florida Travel + Life

Bigger isn't always better at these remote 18-hole golf resorts - Travel Golf

Swing into the Perfect Wedding Destination - Florida Golf Central

Lodgings of love - Grandeur

2013 Best Courses You Can Play - Golf Week

The Top 270 Spas - Condé Nast Traveler

Island Paradise - Central Florida Lifestyle

Five places in Florida that time forgot - The Boston Globe

Weekend Getaways: Where to Escape in 2013 - Florida Travel + Life

Getaway - Orlando Life

Gourmand Performance - Garden & Gun

Top Florida Attractions - Travel + Leisure

Chef Demo: Pretzel-crusted Snapper with Swiss Chard and Whole Grain Mustard Sauce - ABC 7 Sarasota

Chef Demo: BBQ Duck Toasted Cheese Sandwich - ABC 7 Sarasota

Chef Demo: Summer Pudding with Raspberry Sauce - ABC 7 Sarasota

Chef Demo: Toasted Coconut Pound Cake with Pineapple and Coconut Caramel Sauce - ABC 7 Sarasota

Best in the World 2012: Florida Resorts - Condé Nast Traveler

Weddings/Celebrations: Julia Palmer, Adam Wright - The New York Times

The Watch List - Gary Galyean's Golf Letter

Where to Find the Best Doughnuts - Florida Travel & Life

Tuesday's Tranquil Escape: Boca Grande's Gasparilla Inn - Visit Florida

The Top 270 Spas - Condé Nast Traveler

A grand time in Boca Grande - Anna & Kristina

Chef Demo: Fried Lobster Mac and Cheese - ABC 7 Sarasota

Chef Demo: Cipollini Onion and Chevre Tart Tatin - ABC 7 Sarasota

Just Back From... Boca Grande - Indagare

Top 121 Golf Resorts in the World - Condé Nast Traveler

Pirate's Paradise - The Midwest Golf Blog

Get Away in Grande Style - Floridian View

Winter Getaway - Flavors & More

My year in golf: Martin Kaufmann - Golfweek

The Gasparilla Inn & Club - Boca Grande - FlaTrips.com

2011 Readers' Choice Awards: Top 150 Mainland Resorts - Condé Nast Traveler

America's Classic Resorts, from the Greenbrier to the Breakers - Vanity Fair

The List - Golf Digest

The Global Ten - Gary Galyean's Golf Letter

Top 250 Spas - Condé Nast Traveler

The Dog Who Went To: Boca Grande - Farewell Travels

Top 125 Golf Resorts - Condé Nast Traveler

Gasparilla Inn: Classic, Yet Modern - Golfweek

Take Your Best Shot - Florida Travel + Life

The Classic Florida Getaway - Florida Golf Central

The Watch List - Gary Galyean's Golf Letter

Pine Island Sound - Yachting Magazine

A Pirate's Treasure In Southwest Florida… - LAKE Magazine

Finely Wined & Dined - Times of the Islands

The Gasparilla Inn on Florida's Gulf Coast: Once a Secret, Now Open to All - ENTREE Travel Newsletter

Old Hotels, New Looks! Classic Revivals - Coastal Living

50 Best Romantic Getaways 2010 - Travel + Leisure

Retro Glam Florida - Condé Nast Traveler

The Bucs Stopped Here - Colorado Avid Golfer

Boca Grande: The Gasparilla Inn & Club - New York Social Diary

Quiet Time: Boca Grande's Gasparilla Inn - Grandeur

Chef Demo : Pan-Roasted Sage Chicken - ABC 7 Sarasota

Chef Demo : Crispy Hearts of Romaine Salad, Parmesan Emulsion and Black Pepper Cheese Lace - ABC 7 Sarasota

Chef Demo : Thanksgiving Sweet Potato & Apple Hash - ABC 7 Sarasota

Chef Demo : Cheek Bacon and Winter Fruit Salad - ABC 7 Sarasota

Chef Demo : Cioppino - ABC 7 Sarasota

Chef Demo : Chocolate Raspberry Mousse - ABC 7 Sarasota

Chef Demo : Crawfish Etouffee - ABC 7 Sarasota

7 Top Courses You've Never Heard Of - Florida Travel + Life

Best Little Beach Towns - Travel + Leisure

20 Great Summer Getaways - Boca Raton Magazine

Love in the Sunshine State, Southern Style - Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

Magical Devotion, Jesse Itzler weds Sara Blakely - Atlanta Weddings

The Florida You Don't Know - Golf Magazine

The Other Boca, the One Without the Flash - New York Times

The Great Gasparilla: Legendary Inn and Club is Queen - Ft. Myers News Press

A Modernized Menu at Old Gasparilla Inn - Florida Trend

Florida by the Shore - Travel & Leisure Golf

The Gasparilla Inn & Club - Gary Galyean's Golf Letter

Gasparilla Inn changes with updated dining room, new credit-card policy and restored beach front - Palm Beach Post

A Classic at the Right Time - Southern Living

The Gasparilla Inn & Club - Gary Galyean's Golf Letter

Fine Food and Fine Wine - Florida Golf Central

Southern Comfort - FLORIDA Travel + Life

A Quieter Winter Colony - Travel Leisure Golf

Breaking from Tradition - LODGING

Florida's Old Glory - Gasparilla Inn & Club, Boca Grande - GOLF for Women Magazine


Where to Find Old, Classic Florida

Wall Street Journal

Don't forget to pack your pinks and greens. Gasparilla Island, about an hour's drive from Fort Myers, and nearly two hours south of Tampa, has seven miles of soft, uncrowded beaches-but the bigger draw is its real-deal blue-blood sensibility.

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Where High Society Goes for a Short-Hop Getaway

Gotham Magazine

William Farish, ambassador to Britain under President George W. Bush, owns this old-world property, one of the few independent Florida resorts dating from the early 20th century. Built in 1913, the hotel attracted Social Register regulars like the Cabot, Drexel, and Biddle families, along with such moguls as JP Morgan and Henry Ford.

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High-End Hotels Celebrate Their Centennial In Style

Forbes Travel Guide

While we love a glossy new hotel, there's something indescribably special about staying in a gorgeous historic property. Capturing that je ne sais quoi is no small feat, so to maintain it for 100 years is downright impressive. But even with the near-impossible challenge of consistently keeping high standards, three time-tested beauties are celebrating centennials this year. Here's a look at what they're doing to mark the occasion:

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Grande Slam - Luxury Offerings Meet Old-World Charm at Florida's Secret Island Retreat

Luxe Beat Magazine

No traffic lights. No franchises. Not one high rise as far as the eye can see. Perfectly manicured streets. Lush greenery, quiet gardens, and pretty ponds with wrought iron benches that beg you to take a load off and daydream about nature for a while. Flowers of nearly every color proudly blooming for all to see - spilling out over stunning straw baskets. And in the midst of it all, a magnificent piece of history that just had a big birthday.

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5 Tips from an Aspiring Event Planner's Florida Wedding

Brides

Erin and William embraced tradition when planning their wedding on the tiny Florida resort island of Gasparilla.

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100 Years of Tradition

Gasparilla Magazine

The history behind the Grande Dame of Boca Grande is truly immense. Deals have been made, conversations have taken place that have changed the world's history. This place was born of the need for simple elegance on a rugged, sub-tropical island. It has become one of the most timeless legacies of old-world refinement in the country, even in the world.

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The Watch List

Gary Galyean's Golf Letter

Contenders to The Global Ten

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Water World

Orlando Magazine

Once a fashionable haunt for the Vanderbilts and DuPonts, the stately and charming Gasparilla Inn & Club (the-gasparilla-inn.com) is a resort hotel deserving of the term "Old Florida."

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America's Top 50 Courses For Women

Golf Digest

It's great to walk into a golf shop and be greeted by a welcoming staff and a sea of stylish women's apparel and gear. But for a course to be Top-50 material, we need to see great programs for women, flexible playing options (nine-hole loops, or even shorter) and a progressive-design philosophy that treats women golfers as more than an afterthought.

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Julie & Ryan

Chicago Social Brides

We fell in love the second we stepped foot on the island; we both grew up going to different parts of Florida, but this just felt like a place that we could call our own and take our family to in the future.

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The Gasparilla Inn & Club - A Place to Harbor Happiness

Executive Golfer

Recognized on the National Register of Historic Places of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the resort prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary season.

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In Our Time

Vogue

Model Dree Hemingway - with a cast including actors Jason Clarke and Theo James - reimagines the windswept Floridian style of her great-grandfather Ernest on a lively Boca Grande getaway.

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Little changes on this Florida island - and why should it?

AllWays Traveller

Gasparilla is an upmarket destination that has been attracting the affluent and influential for almost a century, either for short break stays or as second home owners.

Its lure is the chance to relax on an island with stunning beaches, great fishing and shelling and where the bike or golf buggy is the preferred mode of transport.

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Relive a bygone era in Boca Grande

Florida Travel + Life

On the tip of Gasparilla Island on Florida's southwest coast sits Boca Grande, a tiny town with an adorable main street, a gracious historic inn and a vibe that recalls a quieter, slower time.

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Bigger isn't always better at these remote 18-hole golf resorts

Travel Golf

It's rare to find a Florida golf resort not within a half-hour's drive of another good course, but The Gasparilla Inn & Club sits secluded on a tiny seven-mile-long barrier island south of Sarasota on the Gulf of Mexico.

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Swing into the Perfect Wedding Destination

Florida Golf Central

If you are planning a wedding, why not fit golf into part of the big day? As we experienced recently at The Gasparilla Inn & Club, a picturesque historic resort in Boca Grande, love of the game blends easily with a destination wedding celebration.

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Lodgings of love

Grandeur

Adventure, legend, history, style: What's not to love about Gasparilla Inn and Club? As summer looms, this becomes the best time for locals to explore Gasparilla Island, a gem set within the shimmering, topaz expanses of Charlotte Harbor and Boca Grande Pass.

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2013 Best Courses You Can Play

Golf Week

The Gasparilla Inn & Club's magnificent Pete Dye Signature 18-hole Championship Course is named one of the Top 25 Course in Florida.

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The Top 270 Spas

Condé Nast Traveler

Here are the results of 22 years of research�we're not kidding. Readers who participated in this poll had a total of 46,352 visits to hotel, resort, and cruise ship spas. The results here are, however, a collective effort, and a place on these lists is a distinction earned only after many visits by many Cond� Nast Traveler readers.

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Island Paradise

Central Florida Lifestyle

The charm of The Inn lies in the rich history behind its doors. In its 100 years, it has hosted fishermen looking to catch a prized tarpon, business tycoons and former presidents have walked the halls, and countless weddings and anniversaries have been celebrated.

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Five places in Florida that time forgot

The Boston Globe

Think of Boca Grande as a baby Nantucket. Most people get around the island on golf carts, the perfect way to slow down to the island's leisurely rhythm.

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Weekend Getaways: Where to Escape in 2013

Florida Travel + Life

The storied Old Florida landmark, with its who's who guest list of Gilded Age names like Ford and Vanderbilt, is architecturally striking with white entry pillars and a porch that lends itself to rocking chairs.

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Getaway

Orlando Life

Boca Grande exemplifies Old Florida in all its laid-back quirkiness. Year-round residents enjoy picture-postcard views from their backyards while visitors unwind at the Gasparilla Inn & Club, which has been welcoming guests since 1913.

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Gourmand Performance

Garden & Gun

You may want to hold off on that New Year's diet resolution until January 14. Otherwise, the Annual Food & Wine Weekend (January 11-13) at the Gasparilla Inn & Club in Boca Grande might be a grueling test of willpower..

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Top Florida Attractions

Travel + Leisure

Thanks to more than 1,350 miles of sandy shoreline, beach hopping in Florida is a connoisseur's sport. Here, four of our favorite seaside spots.

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Best in the World 2012: Florida Resorts

Condé Nast Traveler

2012 Readers' Choice Awards: 46,476 readers elect 1,306 properties and places.

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Weddings/Celebrations: Julia Palmer, Adam Wright

The New York Times

Julia Hunter Palmer and Adam John Wright were married Saturday in Boca Grande, Fla. The Rev. James R. Becherer, a retired Roman Catholic priest, led a nondenominational ceremony at the Gasparilla Inn and Club.

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The Watch List

Gary Galyean's Golf Letter

Contenders to The Global Ten

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Where to Find the Best Doughnuts

Florida Travel & Life

Top spots for a sweet bite of bliss.

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Tuesday's Tranquil Escape: Boca Grande's Gasparilla Inn

Visit Florida

The Gasparilla Inn & Club is a hidden gem on Gasparilla Island on the southeast coast of Florida. Built in 1911, but maintained through renovations and updates, this luxurious resort preserves its old Florida charm.

 

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The Top 270 Spas

Condé Nast Traveler

Remember the old days, when pursuing pleasure was the opposite of doing "what's good for you"? Spas have forever put an end to that hoary idea. Clearly, our readers have discovered that spas combine health and pleasure. Innovative treatments, expert therapists, and restful sanctuaries have become the norm.

 

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A grand time in Boca Grande

Anna & Kristina

I recently got back from a wonderful, restful vacation in Boca Grande, Florida. Boca Grande is a quiet, extremely quaint little town on Gasparilla Island, in southwest Florida. The commercial area is about three blocks long and a few blocks deep, peppered with a small cafes, restaurants and shops.

 

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Just Back From... Boca Grande

Indagare

Spring break in Florida: for East Coasters, it's just so easy and tempting. The weather in March and April is pretty much flawless, the ocean the perfect temperature for swimming; the only question is where to stay.

 

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Top 121 Golf Resorts in the World

Condé Nast Traveler

Whether you are a passionate linksman or a casual duffer, what more pleasurable place to play a round and then unwind in style than at one of the top golf resorts, as elected by thousands of Condé Nast Traveler readers?

 

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Pirate's Paradise

The Midwest Golf Blog

Gasparilla Golf Club is part of the Gasparilla Inn & Club, which has been dubbed "Florida as it was meant to be," and it's hard to argue.

 

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Get Away in Grande Style

Floridian View

One of our all-time favorite vacation spots the Gasparilla Inn and Club, is truly an experience worth making a tradition of. With beautiful accommodations, elegant charm and fabulous activities for every age, this historic inn transports guests to an age where simple luxury and impeccable service were outdone only by the incredible views.

 

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Winter Getaway

Flavors & More

An oasis on a Florida barrier island, the Gasparilla Inn welcomes Presidents, generations of families from Texas and Michigan to Massachusetts and Illinois, the best tarpon fishing in the world and boasts as one of the best 10 golf resorts in the world.

 

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My year in golf: Martin Kaufmann

Golfweek

You ever go somewhere and immediately have the feeling that you had been there years ago, during a happier, more innocent youth? That's Gasparilla Island.

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The Gasparilla Inn & Club - Boca Grande

FlaTrips.com

Crossing the toll bridge onto Gasparilla Island is like entering a gentler dimension. The island is a north/south sliver of land erupting from the Gulf at the mouth of Charlotte Harbor, surrounded by crystal clear aquamarine water.

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2011 Readers' Choice Awards: Top 150 Mainland Resorts

Condé Nast Traveler

Spas, ski lodges, beach destinations-whatever kind of escape you want, these are the resorts for it.

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America's Classic Resorts, from the Greenbrier to the Breakers

Vanity Fair

For your impending winter holiday, might we suggest repairing to one of America's most historic grand hotels-the former playgrounds of Windsors, Astors, and Rockefellers, oh my?

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The List

Golf Digest

The Gasparilla Inn & Club is ranked #37 in Golf Digest's List of the 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America.

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The Global Ten

Gary Galyean's Golf Letter

The Gasparilla Inn is not the place if your desire is to wear exercise clothes to meals, use cell phones in the dining room, have your conversation overwhelmed by canned music, or permit your children to run amuck. This is exactly the place if you prefer quiet conversations, no starting times, a wonderfully run spa, gentle gulf surf, white sand beaches, good humored staff, and fellow guests who are respectful of your space.

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Top 250 Spas

Condé Nast Traveler

This year our annual Spa Poll turns 21. And like any newly minted adult, it is wiser (and larger) than it was in infancy. What hasn't changed over these past 21 years is the lofty standards to which our readers hold each candidate. Thankfully, quality is ageless.

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The Dog Who Went To: Boca Grande

Farewell Travels

Boca Grande, Florida (aka Gasparilla Island) was first described to us by a fishing guide as "what Sanibel was 40 years ago." Translation: no traffic or high-rises but plenty of unpopulated beach and world-class fishing. Now we go every winter — with one to three dogs in tow.

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Top 125 Golf Resorts

Condé Nast Traveler

Teeing up with a gentle wind at your back, sinking a putt from 25 feet, collapsing into a leather chair after 18 well-played holes. That's what golfing memories are made of, and that's what you can anticipate at the top golf resorts in the United States and beyond as chosen by thousands of readers of Condé Nast Traveler in our fifteenth golf poll.

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Gasparilla Inn: Classic, Yet Modern

Golfweek

The last William F. Buckley Jr. famously declared it his mission to "stand athwart history yelling 'Stop!'" Buckley almost certainly would have loved The Gasparilla Inn & Club. In a time of steadily eroding standards, The Gasparilla Inn represents a haven of civility — refined, but not stuffy, elegant without being ostentatious.

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Take Your Best Shot

Florida Travel + Life

Great golf holes inspire us with their beauty. They fill us with excitement, temptation and even fear. No state has more golf holes than Florida and we've scoured it to find those that best exemplify the mysterious qualities that make up a great course.

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The Classic Florida Getaway

Florida Golf Central

The Gasparilla Inn & Club has been a premier destination on Florida's Gulf Coast since 1913, playing host to many notables, from Henry Ford and Thomas Edison to the DuPonts and the George H.W. Bush family. Located on Gasparilla Island in the heart of Boca Grande, this grand resort boasts an uncommonly pristine environment in which guests enjoy a level of hospitality and unhurried lifestyle that is reminiscent of "old Florida."

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The Watch List

Gary Galyean's Golf Letter

Contenders to The Global Ten

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Pine Island Sound

Yachting Magazine

Gasparilla Island is home to the village of Boca Grande. Billed as the Tarpon Fishing Capital of the World, it's also a favorite haunt of folks who like to vacation under the radar. It's similar to Nantucket or Catalina: a blend of well-maintained historic cottages and new construction that adheres to a traditional aesthetic.

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A Pirate's Treasure In Southwest Florida…

LAKE Magazine

If you have not heard of the Gasparilla Inn & Club, you have missed one of Southwest Florida's best kept secrets.

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Finely Wined & Dined: Gasparilla Inn's annual festival draws cult-wine drinkers

Times of the Islands

Staff took to referring to our group as "the winos." No one took offense, however, notwithstanding the crowd of Mercedes, BMW, and Lexus drivers, who each had the wherewithal to throw down $255 a night for wining and dining of the finest ilk at Boca Grande's legendary Gasparilla Inn.

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The Gasparilla Inn on Florida's Gulf Coast: Once a Secret, Now Open to All

ENTREE Travel Newsletter

Pay close attention. We are going to let you in on one of the best-kept secrets of fine travel. Does the name "Gasparilla Inn & Club" sound familiar? Probably it doesn't and that's no accident, because for decades, The Inn's owners have rather liked it that way.

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Old Hotels, New Looks! Classic Revivals

Coastal Living

One of the largest surviving historic resort hotels in the state, Gasparilla Inn & Club epitomizes old-time Florida. Until recently it had never advertised, but the resort has been frequented by every swell from Henry Ford to the Rockfellers.

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50 Best Romantic Getaways 2010

Travel + Leisure

This idyllic enclave on the Gulf of Mexico, 60 miles from Ft. Myers, is a genuine glimpse of Old Florida, with whimsically named streets such as Damnificare, a postcard-worthy lighthouse watching over Gasparilla Island State Park, and long, quiet beaches lapped by gentle waves.

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Retro Glam Florida

Condé Nast Traveler

Florida is renowned for many things: a certain polka dot-clad mouse, its spring-break and swing-state status, the plastic people of South Beach, and gator-filled swamps. But glorious Gilded Age architecture, wide beaches where you won't see another living soul, Victorian bed-and-breakfasts, and cities with sixteeth-century beginnings? Not so much.

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The Bucs Stopped Here

Colorado Avid Golfer

Set in a pirate's cove of yore, Florida's Gasparilla Inn & Club surrenders a booty of golf, tarpon fishing and politesse.

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Boca Grande: The Gasparilla Inn & Club

New York Social Diary

The Gasparilla Inn & Club is one of Florida's last remaining exclusive family-owned Gilded Age resorts, only most recently listed as a National Historic Landmark and among the Historic Hotels of America, and only in the past several years, began advertising to the public.

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Quiet Time: Boca Grande's Gasparilla Inn

Grandeur

Four islands to the north of Sanibel, Gasparilla Island is quieter and quirkier — think "Princess and the Pea"-style particular.

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7 Top Courses You've Never Heard Of

Florida Travel + Life

In a state packed with roughly 1,400 courses and numerous PGA Tour-approved layouts, FT+L visits a handful of lesser-known golf destinations that deserve A-list status — plus, prized communities where you can live and tee off every morning.

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Best Little Beach Towns

Travel + Leisure

This Edenic escape on the Gulf of Mexico is a real slice of Old Florida, with whimsically named streets such as Damnificare, a much-photographed lighthouse watching over Gasparilla Island State Park, and long, quiet beaches touched by gentle surf.

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20 Great Summer Getaways

Boca Raton Magazine

Summer is here, and it's time to celebrate everything our home state has to offer, from nearby island adventures to luxury resorts (discounted!) and local attractions. We've put together 20 great destinations for you, so there's no excuse not to plan a little downtime and give yourself a real summer vacation. Go on. Live a little.

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Love in the Sunshine State, Southern Style

Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

It's no secret that brides love Florida. Easy to reach, balmy and laid-back, it's a slice of paradise right in your back yard. What's not so well known is the diversity of its many wedding-ready properties, from quaint inns to historic hotels to sprawling beach resorts. No matter your MO, the Sunshine State has the site you're seeking. Here are our picks.

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Magical Devotion, Jesse Itzler weds Sara Blakely

Atlanta Weddings

As a Marquis Jet Partners customer, Spanx inventor Sara Blakely was invited to a customer appreciation event, the Net Jet Annual Las Vegas Poker Tournament. Her sales representative for the company convinced Jess Itzler, the company's founder, to give Sara a coveted spot at the table — despite the fact that she had never played before.

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The Florida You Don't Know

Golf Magazine

The Sunshine State is home to more courses than any other state in the nation, so it's not surprising that a few quality tracks have yet to register a blip on your radar, even if you are a well-traveled golfer. If you're looking for a terrific layout — without the spring crowds — here are Florida's four best public-access courses that have managed to remain hidden gems.

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The Other Boca, the One Without the Flash

New York Times

"No, not Boca Raton." That's a correction residents of the little community of Boca Grande, Fla., are used to making after saying they have a home there.

In fact, this quiet barrier island off the Gulf Coast is so little known — especially when compared with flashier Florida destinations — that sometimes, when residents call county offices with a request, office workers say the place doesn't exist.

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The Great Gasparilla: Legendary Inn and Club is Queen

Ft. Myers News Press

Once upon a time, doctors and lawyers didn't advertise their services. And neither did the Gasparilla Inn. Oh, there was mention in The New York Times following the right type of wedding at the resort hotel. But any other details about the inn have been kept close to the vest.

It has quietly housed presidents and the pedigreed on its part-Charlotte, part-Lee County island since 1913.

Two unrelated events changed all that.

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A Modernized Menu at Old Gasparilla Inn

Florida Trend

After almost 100 years, the Gasparilla Inn on Boca Grande has not lost its gentility. Its colors are daffodil yellow and crisp white trimmed with forest green, a prim village of summer/winter cottages surrounding a clapboard Greek Revival temple of dining, golf and sport fishing.

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Florida by the Shore

Travel & Leisure Golf

Idyllic getaways at eight of the state's finest seaside resorts

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The Gasparilla Inn & Club

Gary Galyean's Golf Letter

The Gasparilla Inn & Club Named to Global Top Ten.

Last March, we devoted a great deal of space on these pages to The Gasparilla Inn & Club - the lagniappe of the year. Our enthusiasm for what we enjoyed there has not dimmed with the passing of summer

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Gasparilla Inn changes with updated dining room, new credit-card policy and restored beach front

Palm Beach Post

The Gasparilla Inn & Club is the idyllic setting for a preppy daydream.

Imagine: Wake in a guest room on the third floor of Grandmother's gigantic, rambling beach house. Run down the wide, hardwood hallway, slide down the banister, slip past the sitting room where the flamingo in the Audubon print presides over a sea of pink-and- green floral chintz and white wicker furniture.

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A Classic at the Right Time

Southern Living

People around here talk about an old-Florida feeling. Drive up to the Gasparilla Inn & Club in Boca Grande, a property bathed in elegance, and you'll understand. For generations, families have congregated at this historic 1913 resort for youth programs and country club-style atmosphere.

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The Gasparilla Inn & Club

Gary Galyean's Golf Letter

There should be a law against travel writers writing about The Gasparilla Inn & Club. Publicizing this sedately attractive place could have a negative impact by attracting outside attention. Efforts should be made to keep things on Gasparilla Island as they are, which is just as you wish they still were at more of your favorite places.

Measured, mannered, managed, relaxed, pretty, uncluttered, un-glitzed, confident, respectful and respected. How has the Inn escaped the ravages of our generally ill-mannered, harried time?

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Fine Food and Fine Wine

Florida Golf Central

The Gasparilla Inn & Club invited gourmands and wine aficionados to its most anticipated culinary event of the season, the annual "Food and Wine Weekend." The "Food and Wine Weekend" offered guest the opportunity to learn the culinary techniques of top chefs, taste experts vintners' favorite new wines and experience the sumptuous cuisine of distinguished master Chef Peter Timmins, executive chef at the Greenbrier

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Southern Comfort

By Matthew Solan, FLORIDA Travel + Life

Like so many slivers of Old Florida sprinkled throughout the state, the Gasparilla Inn & Club was once a winter retreat for weathly northerners like John D. Rockefeller, whom you can easily picture nestled in a rocking chair on the grand porch. It has undergone several face-lifts since it opened in 1911, most recently in the formal dining room yet has always managed to preserve its luxurious appeal - with a nod to its past. Think of it as Old Florida polished to a mirror-worthy shine.

Gasparilla Inn is the star of Boca Grande, a laid-back, speck of a town on a thin stretch of island jutting in the the Gulf just south of Sarasota.

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A Quieter Winter Colony

By Bob Cullen, Travel Leisure Golf

Beyond the palm-lined icons of the PGA Tour, Florida golf offers a surpising array of styles and scenes. Here are five of the states finest overlooked resorts, beginning with a timeless Gulf Coast hideaway, the Gasparilla Inn.

Quiet now. Were going to let you in on a little secret. You may think that golfers have been exploring Florida for so long that there is nothing left to discover. You may think it impossible that the state could have a small, elegant hotel with a seaside Pete Dye golf course that you don't already know about.

Welcome to The Gasparilla Inn & Club. If you've never heard of of it, it's no accident. For decades, the inn's proprietors have rather liked it that way.

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Breaking from Tradition

By Harvey Chipkin, LODGING

At The Gasparilla Inn & Club on Gasparilla Island off Ft. Myers, Fla., the period from March into early April is crammedwith special activities such as beach cookouts, kayaking trips, teen nights, movie nights and scavenger hunts.

Jack Damioli, president and general manager of the resort, says, "March is our busiest time of year. We have a setting where multi-generations spend the end-of-year holidays and spring break with us. It's a tradition; they want their children to experience what they experienced."

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Florida's Old Glory - Gasparilla Inn & Club, Boca Grande

By Coroline Stetler and Susan Comolli Davis, GOLF for Women Magazine

Backstory: Developed by the Boca Grande Land Co. for wealthy northern guests, the Gasparilla Inn opened in 1913 on sleepy Gasparilla Island, midway between Sarasota and Ft. Myers. (Former president George H.W. Bush brings his family to the island almost every christmas.) Tycoons, including J.P. Morgan, and Boston society flocked to the isolated hotel, arriving by boat or bridge from the mainland. Long popular for it's deep sea fishing, the 62-room hotel and 80 cottages are only 300 yards from the Gulf of Mexico, and the marine influence is evident throughout: A six-foot-long tarpon is mounted behind the front desk.

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