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Travel + Leisure’s – 2016 World’s Best Awards

Style Me Pretty – A Wedding That Proves ‘Going Green’ Can Be Oh-So-Chic

Garden & Gun – The Best of Hidden Florida

Golfweek – Best Courses You Can Play 2016

Business Observer – Stay Sharp

Southern Living – Sisters with Style

Coastal Living – Spring Break Trip Ideas

The Palm Beacher Magazine – Historic Boca Grande Retreat

Great Golf Magazine – Golf in Florida, From Sea to Shining Sea

Readers’ Choice Awards 2015 – Condé Nast Traveler

Florida’s Most Intriguing Golf Courses That You Can Play Now – USA Today

Gasparilla Inn Food & Wine Festival – Orlando Style

T+L 500: The World’s Best Hotels – Travel + Leisure

Island Paradise – Leisure & Hospitality International

Ready to spring? Break to offbeat Florida towns – USA Today

America’s most family friendly resorts – Fox News

Good Times at Gasparilla – Garden & Gun

Cooking Demo with Executive Chef Seth Shipley – Fox 4

National Geographic Traveler – In Praise of the American Beach Town

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

Swing into the Perfect Wedding Destination – Florida Golf Central

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

Getaway – Orlando Life

Gourmand Performance – Garden & Gun

Top Florida Attractions – Travel + Leisure

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

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

Top 121 Golf Resorts in the World – Condé Nast Traveler

Winter Getaway – Flavors & More

My year in golf: Martin Kaufmann – Golfweek

America’s Classic Resorts, from the Greenbrier to the Breakers – Vanity Fair

The List – Golf Digest

The Global Ten – Gary Galyean’s Golf Letter

The Dog Who Went To: Boca Grande – Farewell Travels

Gasparilla Inn: Classic, Yet Modern – Golfweek

Take Your Best Shot – Florida Travel + Life

The Classic Florida Getaway – Florida Golf Central

Pine Island Sound – Yachting 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

7 Top Courses You’ve Never Heard Of – Florida Travel + Life

Best Little Beach Towns – Travel + Leisure

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

Florida by the Shore – Travel & Leisure Golf

The Gasparilla Inn & Club – Gary Galyean’s Golf Letter

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

 

2016 World’s Best Awards

Travel + Leisure’s

The Gasparilla Inn & Club is named the #1 Florida Resort, #14 in the United States, and #49 in the World by Travel + Leisure readers.

“This year, however, the top honor goes to the Gasparilla Inn, a 115-year-old bastion of gentility on the Gulf Coast. Guests can take a tennis lesson, sip sparkling wine on the beach, or tee off on the Pete Dye-designed golf course. The fluted columns and strict dress code bring visitors back to a more gracious age – or, as one reader put it, “simple elegance – the best of ‘old Florida.'”

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A Wedding That Proves ‘Going Green’ Can Be Oh-So-Chic

Style Me Pretty

“Brock and I share a love for the water. When he introduced me to the little slice of heaven that is Boca Grande, it quickly became a special place to us as a couple. Having grown up in different parts of Florida, we loved the idea of a black-tie wedding in a coastal setting. The Gasparilla Inn & Club was the perfect venue – elegant, charming and old Florida at its finest.”

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The Best of Hidden Florida

Garden & Gun

Since its pre-World War I opening on its namesake seven-mile-long Gulf island, the Gasparilla Inn hasn’t changed all that much-which is precisely the idea.

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Best Courses You Can Play 2016

Golfweek

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Stay Sharp

Business Observer

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Sisters with Style

Southern Living

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Spring Break Trip Ideas

Coastal Living

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Historic Boca Grande Retreat

The Palm Beacher Magazine

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Golf in Florida, From Sea to Shining Sea

Great Golf Magazine

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Readers’ Choice Awards 2015

 

Condé Nast Traveler

 

In Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards Survey, The Gasparilla Inn & Club is named the number 2 resort in Florida (Gulf & Central).

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Florida’s Most Intriguing Golf Courses That You Can Play Now

 

USA Today

 

Island breezes coupled with good water views and well maintained fairways make for a very enjoyable round on this relaxing "Old Florida" track reflected in the pace of life at the nearby Gasparilla Inn, a member of the Historic Hotels of America.

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Gasparilla Inn Food & Wine Festival

 

Orlando Style

 

Nine years ago The Gasparilla Inn began a brand new tradition that quickly snowballed in Boca Grande’s most anticipated culinary event of the season – The Gasparilla Food & Wine Festival Weekend. I had the unexpected, incomparable pleasure of experience this quaint city and The Inn’s beloved tradition for myself.

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T+L 500: The World’s Best Hotels

 

Travel + Leisure

 

In the annual World’s Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure readers determine the top hotels and resorts in the world.

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Island Paradise

 

Leisure & Hospitality International

 

Privately owned island resort and beach club Gasparilla Inn & Club’s Old Florida charm keeps guests coming back year after year.

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Ready to spring? Break to offbeat Florida towns

 

USA Today

 

The hub of the action is the century-old Gasparilla Inn & Club … Days are spent on the Pete Dye-designed golf course, the tennis courts and at the beach club, enjoying the genteel pleasures of this baby Nantucket.

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America’s most family friendly resorts

 

Fox News

 

This National Historic Landmark property – the largest surviving wooden hotel in Florida – has Southern charm and plenty of luxury amenities like an expansive beach club and a Pete Dye championship golf course that beckons families.

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Good Times at Gasparilla

 

Garden & Gun

 

Garden & Gun partnered with Gasparilla Inn & Club to celebrate their centennial season and 2nd Annual B4 Weekend–beach, barbecue, bourbon, and beer. This was a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience Old Florida the way it was meant to be.

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Cooking Demo with Executive Chef Seth Shipley

 

Fox 4

 

Paradise TV joins Chef Shipley as he demonstrates his dish for lobster-stuffed Dover Sole with sautéed vegetables.

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In Praise of the American Beach Town

 

National Geographic Traveler

 

By the time I get to Gasparilla Island … I’m seeking the warmth of the sun, and a genuine Florida beach town that will serve as an antidote to the forests of condos and hotels that line the coasts of north of Miami and south of Tampa.

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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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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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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 Condé 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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