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The Gasparilla Inn & Club is a classic "old Florida" resort located on Gasparilla Island on the Gulf of Mexico.

A Historic Hotel of America Landmark Inn serving discriminating guests since 1913, the resort offers 142 luxurious accommodations and a host of fun and appealing activities for families, couples and groups that enjoy "Florida as it was meant to be."

Among the resort's most popular activities are the following:

The Gasparilla Inn & Club also is recognized as an ideal destination for corporate and incentive group meetings, as well as for weddings, reunions and other special family occasions. Click here to view our Meetings Brochure.

For reservations and information about all that The Gasparilla Inn & Club offers, please call us toll free at 877.403.0599 or 941.964.4500.

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Contact the General Manager

Jon was appointed General Manager of The Gasparilla Inn & Club in 2013. Jon has served as the Director of Food and Beverage at The Inn since May 2008, and has extensive experience in the resort and hospitality industry. He graduated with honors from the International Culinary and Hospitality Program at Le Cordon Bleu in both London and Paris. Prior to joining The Inn, Jon held several senior positions over a 10-year period at The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Additionally, Jon served for two years as Director of Food and Beverage at the Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Jon and his wife, Christina have two children Grant and Ava and love living in Boca Grande.

Jon and his team look forward to providing a pleasurable and memorable experience for its guests and members.

Jon enjoys welcoming all guests to The Inn to experience Florida as it was meant to be!

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Employment Opportunities

For over a century, The Gasparilla Inn & Club has been welcoming guests to experience the warmth and charm of this historic island retreat. Our full service resort hosts over 140 unique accommodations as well as a Gulf front Beach Club, Spa & Fitness Facilities and Championship Golf Course. When it comes to dining, The Gasparilla Inn & Club exceeds expectations with an array of dining options choose from.

This year Travel + Leisure's "World's Best Awards" and Condé Nast Traveler's "Readers' Choice Awards" simultaneously named our National Historic Landmark resort "The #1 Resort in Florida." For the fifth consecutive year both The Inn's Dining Room and The Pink Elephant restaurants have been honored with Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence. These accolades are a tribute to the dedication of our staff, whose mission is to provide each guest with an unforgettable experience.

We are always searching for engaging hospitality minded individuals that have a passion for creating memorable guest experiences. We have a variety of seasonal and year round opportunities in line level and management positions. For any questions related to employment opportunities, or to submit a resume, please contact our Director of Human Resources, Kimberly Rowe krowe@gasparillainn.com.

Many of our seasonal employment opportunities fall within the following areas:
  • Guest Services: Front Desk, Concierge, Reservations
  • Housekeeping: Laundry, Public Area Attendants, Room Attendants
  • Culinary: Dishwashers, Line Cooks, Baking & Pastry
  • Food & Beverage: Casual Dining, Fine Dining, Banquets & Events
  • Recreation & Fitness: Outdoor Activities Coordinators, Personal Trainers, Massage Therapists
In addition to the ability to gain great professional experience, there are many benefits associated with joining the team at The Inn, including but not limited to:
  • Competitive wages and bonus potential.
  • A comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, vision and a matching 401k.
  • A complimentary staff cafeteria.
  • Bridge tolls covered for those who live locally and travel onto the island for work.
  • On site employee housing for those who do not reside locally.
One of the benefits we are most known for is our onsite Employee Housing. For more details related specifically to Employee Housing such as overview of costs, overview of accommodations and amenities please contact our Human Resources Department. Upon request, they will provide you with a brochure which includes details related to Employee Housing.

For any questions related to employment opportunities, or to submit your resume, please contact our Director of Human Resources, Kimberly Rowe.

Kimberly Rowe
Director of Human Resources
The Gasparilla Inn & Club
krowe@gasparillainn.com
phone: (941)964-4570
fax: (941)964-4571

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Historic Hotels of America

The Gasparilla Inn & Club is a proud member of Historic Hotels of America (HHA) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP).

As a member, The Gasparilla Inn & Club is one of more than 200 unique properties in the U.S. recognized by the NTHP for preserving and maintaining their historic integrity, unique architecture and ambiance. Member hotels must be at least 50 years old, and either listed in, or eligible for, the National Register of Historic Places, or recognized locally as having historic significance.

"To be a member of the NTHP and Historic Hotels of America is not only an honor, but a testament to the resort's timelessness," said Jon Reecher, general manager of The Gasparilla Inn & Club. "Unlike so many properties in Florida, we have chosen to preserve our resort's unique character so that our guests can enjoy an experience in a setting that reflects a simpler, more genteel time."

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Our History

Walking through The Gasparilla Inn & Club's sun-bathed, pillared entrance and into the lobby you experience the feeling of Florida as it was meant to be.® Guests are instantly embraced by the tranquil civility of a time that once was — and still is — at this classic resort. It is clear that activity and fun abound here, from a championship Pete Dye Golf Course to a 250+ slip marina that is home base for the best tarpon fishing in the world. The Gasparilla Inn & Club has been a premier destination on Florida's Gulf Coast since 1913 and is the center of village life on Gasparilla Island. Among its storied amenities are separate golf and beach club memberships, as well as the enduring hospitality of The Inn itself.

History of The Gasparilla Inn & Club

The Gasparilla Inn is one of the largest surviving resort hotels in Florida, constructed originally for wealthy northerners during the time when the state became a travel and vacation destination.

On February 21, 1909, officers of the Boca Grande Land Company decided to construct a resort hotel on the island. The next day, the site was approved. The original plans for the hotel were drawn and presented in 1909 late by Augustus D. Shephard, but the officers decided to postpone building. They focused first on assuring that the Boca Grande development would be upscale and attract wealthy buyers by restricting the lots of Gulf Boulevard and Gilchrist Avenue, for the building of residences only, with a minimum construction cost of $4,000 and $3,500, respectively.

A decision to move forward with the construction of what was first known as the Hotel Boca Grande was made, and it appears to have been very near completion by January of 1911. References state that it was open for the 1911-1912 season. At first the hotel was a small two-story building with 20 rooms available only for the exclusive use of visiting directors and company. Peter Bradley, an officer of the Boca Grande Land Company, an entity of his American Agricultural Chemical Company, and the owner of most of the land on Gasparilla Island, first envisioned a quiet residential island community in Boca Grande, largely for The Inn employees and stockholders. It is Bradley who is credited with engineering the island's development by creating a major phosphate port, a center for commercial fishing and an upscale resort, namely the town of Boca Grande and its centerpiece, The Gasparilla Inn. Bradley, who maintained his office in Boston, liked to be personally involved in certain business details and he took an active role in the construction and expansion of the hotel in its first years.

The original 1911 hotel was designed in a simple Frame Vernacular style and was most likely constructed by local builders without the use of an architect. As soon as the hotel opened, stores and businesses were established to serve the hotel guests and local residents. Sunday trains brought visitors for a day at the beach. Some took advantage of the opportunity to purchase property on the island and build homes.

The officers of the Boca Grande Land Company made the decision to change the small hotel to a world-class resort. They hired prominent Tampa architect Francis J. Kennard to draw the plans for the hotel expansion, and the hotel was enlarged for the first time in 1912. Peter Bradley and his assistant, Martin Towle, personally selected and purchased the furnishings for their new resort at Wanamaker's in New York City. The expansion lent some characteristics of the Queen Anne style of architecture that was prevalent in both residential and hotel construction during that period. The expanded hotel, renamed The Gasparilla Inn, opened for the 1913 season.

The Inn's owners soon built a casino immediately south of the main building. The casino was not for gambling, but for parties and nightly entertainment. Tennis courts were later built adjacent to the casino on the east, and a bandstand was added nearby. A beach club with a bathhouse was built on the west side of the property on the Gulf of Mexico. A croquet lawn was laid out at the rear of the main building, and a nine-hole golf course was on a nearby U.S. military reserve under a lease agreement with the government. A greenhouse was installed to supply The Inn with flowers. Until the early 1930s, fresh water was brought by train cars to The Inn.

Along with other prominent and wealthy northern guests, many wealthy fishermen began an annual migration to the Inn, relishing its privacy and seclusion. In 1914, those men formed a fishing club named The Pelican Club.

The hotel immediately became a great success, with members of Boston society being its first guests. By 1915, accommodation requests had increased so greatly that the company again called upon Kennard to draw plans to double the size of the hotel. In December of 1915, $85,000 was appropriated for the expansion, to build servants' quarters on the grounds, and for furnishings. Hettie Rhoda Meade, a New York interior designer, was hired to decorate The Inn. This time, the furnishings were purchased from Paine's in Boston, and Peter Bradley again insisted upon helping make the selections.

In the early part of the century, The Inn hosted such tycoons as J.P. Morgan, Henry duPont and Florida railroad and resort tycoon, Henry Plant. Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone are also said to have been guests, as well as famous portrait painter John Singer Sargent. Cabots, Drexels and Biddles also were early guests. The railroad would continue to bring guests to the island until 1958 when the Boca Grande causeway was completed. Some guests arrived by private yachts and boats, as many guests were lured by the tarpon and an opportunity to escape from the industrial Northeast.

By 1921, Peter Bradley's brother, Robert, had become Chairman of the Board of The American Agricultural Chemical Company, and he proceeded to promote land sales on Gasparilla Island. He hired several salesmen and even bought a sea sled to transport potential buyers from Tampa and Ft. Myers. Guests at The Inn, beachfront property owners, and some early residents were anxious and resentful of the push for sales and its potential impact on the island. To their relief, the sales season turned out to be unsuccessful. Island property owners wrote in an early brochure, in reference to the 1920s, "It had no boom and does not seek speculative investors."

Very few homes were completed on the island during that decade. Thus, Boca Grande and the operation of The Inn were not affected by the Florida Land Boom of the 1920s, except for some damage and the loss of The Inn's original beach club in a 1921 hurricane. The new beach club was added in 1928, followed by an 18-hole golf course. The next year, Barron Collier also purchased the town's telephone system, street lighting system and fire protection system.

Barron Collier/The Collier Corporation of Useppa Island and New York purchased The Inn and its surrounding property in March 1930 for $150,000. Collier was extremely active in Florida development, and Collier County is named for him. (Collier also purchased Useppa Island, near Gasparilla Island, and had a resort hotel there by 1911.) Upon purchasing The Gasparilla Inn, he undertook some improvements to The Inn property. He oversaw the construction of a new façade and loggia on the west side of the main building. The new façade, in the Neo-Classical style, provided a more impressive and grand guest entrance to the hotel, as well as first and second floor verandas for guests to enjoy. He also constructed ten detached cottages for guests. A fire sprinkler system was also installed. Modifications in 1931 to what became, and is presently, the primary façade and entrance on the west, gave the main entrance details of the Neo-Classical style of architecture.

A special room, The Pelican Room, was built around 1932 for use by the longstanding Pelican Club members. Their trophies were displayed and club members could share fishing stories and yarns, smoke cigars, shoot billiards or engage in conversation and perhaps, at the end of Prohibition, enjoy a cocktail. The Inn would have no public cocktail lounge until after World War II.

Replacement tennis courts were built by 1933, when Collier relocated them to allow for the construction of the new guest cottages. All except two of the historic cottages were built at the same time in 1933, most likely by the same unknown builder.

Collier died in 1939 and, in 1961, the Collier Corporation sold The Inn, cottages and surrounding property to a syndicate of winter residents. The syndicate included duPont heir Bayard Sharp. Three years later, Sharp bought out the other members of the syndicate and formed Gasparilla Inn, Inc. His contribution to the island was to stabilize and strengthen it. The Inn played an important role in doing so. Sharp kept The Inn in its traditional form. When he acquired the property, his newly formed corporation poured millions of dollars into restoring it to its original elegance. He updated and undertook major work and repairs and built a public dock for guests. He also oversaw the construction of a half dozen new cottages.

Most of the historic cottages, and all of the non-historic cottages, still retain their original floor plans. Additionally, original interior doors, door and window casings, and pine floors have survived, or have been matched to original when necessary. Cottage bathrooms have been updated several times over the years.

From 1967 to 1978, Sharp constructed buildings for maintenance use and new staff dormitories. He demolished the original kitchen in 1976, constructing one that was fireproof. Architect Mario Troncoso of Temple Terrace, Florida designed the new kitchen. Willis Smith Construction, Inc. was the contractor.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Sharp, along with approximately 300 others, was active in the Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association (GICIA). This group worked hard to preserve the old way of life on the island. Nearly all of the property owners and several of the island's long-term guests put great effort into a fight against excessive development. They were successful in limiting the amount, density and size of future development. Because of limited development that has taken place and the designation of a local historic district to protect the historic commercial core, Boca Grande retains its unique, unspoiled, natural and historic feeling today.

In 1979, Sharp purchased The Pink Elephant Restaurant, located on the Boca Grande bayou. After extensive renovations, he reopened the restaurant offering casual and fine dining in October 1980.

The Inn and cottages totaled 138 rooms by 1981. Sharp would later increase the number of rooms in the main building by adding suites. In the early 1980s, Sharp and his brother, Hugh, traded waterfront property on the island for the abandoned railroad right-of-way, which they donated for use as a bicycle path for island guests and residents.

In early 1986, The Inn's Beach Club was completely rebuilt, and a new indoor dining pavilion, large function room, lap pool and Tennis Clubhouse/Pro Shop were added to the resort.

Sharp continued his improvement of the resort offerings with the addition of The Inn Marina in 1989, as well as a clubhouse adjacent to the croquet lawns in the early 1990s. All these recreational offerings still exist today, although the facilities and support buildings continue to be upgraded.

In late 1994, the main dining room and adjoining original staff dining room were expanded with a 16 foot, two-story extension on the east elevation. This addition is essentially on the rear of the north wing and is not visible from Palm Avenue, toward which The Inn is primarily oriented. The second floor of the dining room expansion provided space for parlors that allowed the guest rooms above to be put into use as suites. The addition was designed by Sarasota architect George Palermo and built by Bowen Construction. With limited historic preservation guidance, the style, design, and materials used on the exterior and interior of the addition were matched exactly to those used in the original dining room.

In 1997, Sharp created a trust to ensure that The Inn would be maintained and run as a working hotel after his death. His final addition to the resort property came in 2000 with the construction of a state-of-the-art Spa/Salon facility, complete with a Fitness Center and exercise studio.

Sharp, as the principal of the corporation that owned The Inn, remained personally active in its management from the time he acquired the property until his death in 2002. During this time, he maintained a commitment to keep The Inn unspoiled. He aspired to preserve the resort and its grounds as a dignified yet comfortable destination for its seasonal regulars.

Today, The Inn consists of 137 rooms, 63 in the main Inn and 74 in the surrounding cottages. The Gasparilla Inn & Club continues to be known for its impeccable service and its unique historic old Florida feel and atmosphere today.

The Gasparilla Inn's founders and patrons understood the delicate challenges of building the village without destroying the natural wonders of the island, from its fishing preserves to sugary sands. Through the years, this spirit has been passed on from generation to generation of owners, guests and residents on the island.

A good representation of the Social Register and financial tycoons and politicians of the day, at one time or other, have been guests at The Inn over the years. The resort employs more than 325 people on a seasonal basis and continues many of its original traditions, including afternoon tea during Social Season. The Inn is presently owned by the William Farish family. William Farish is a former United States Ambassador to The Court of St. James, and his wife, Sarah, is the only daughter of the late Bayard Sharp.

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Town & Country - The Preppiest Wedding Locations Around the World

Travel + Leisure - World’s Best Beach Hotels

Condé Nast Traveler - #1 Beach Resort in Florida (Gulf)

Country Living - The 20 Most Magical Island Getaways in the USA

Travel + Leisure - The World's Best Hotels and Resorts for Families

Sport Fishing - Boca Grande Offers an Inshore Fishing Getaway

Southern Boating - To Have and To Have Not

J.McLaughlin Style Guide

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

 

The Preppiest Wedding Locations Around the World

Town & Country

Many couples who marry at the Gasparilla Inn & Club have been spring-breaking under the yellow-and-white-stripped beach umbrellas since they were babies.

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World’s Best Beach Hotels

Travel+ Leisure

Double-height Grecian columns frame the façade, and a grandfather clock chimes in the lobby.

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#1 Beach Resort in Florida (Gulf)

Condé Nast Traveler

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The 20 Most Magical Island Getaways in the USA

Country Living

Spend your time leisurely wandering via bike or foot down to Banyan Street, where its namesake trees line the lane with an enchanted canopy.

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The World's Best Hotels and Resorts for Families

Travel + Leisure

Kids enjoy endless beach games, laser tag, and sand castle contests, while golf-loving grownups take to the sprawling championship course.

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Boca Grande Offers an Inshore Fishing Getaway

Sport Fishing

Beyond the beauty, this place is all about fish. Known for its world-class tarpon season, it also offers world-class fishing for prized inshore species such as big redfish, gator spotted seatrout and trophy snook.

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To Have and To Have Not

Southern Boating

Today, The Gasparilla Inn & Club offers much more than a clean room and soft bed after a day of fishing. Far beyond its humble beginnings, the resort now offers 163 guest accommodations including suites, cottages, villas, and even larger properties. The grand resort is known for its “civilized” charm, so pay attention to the dress code, especially in the evenings and for dinner during the social season.

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J.McLaughlin Style Guide

Our co-founder Kevin McLaughlin and his family have been coming to the area, specifically Boca Grande, for years. 'My kids learned to swim in the ocean here and I taught my daughter Madeline how to drive a golf cart along Banyan Street. We've spent many holidays, birthdays and anniversaries making memories and discovering something new along the way.'

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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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The Gasparilla Inn & Club Quotes & Awards

 

Resort

 

"...Park your bike on the one-lane road and search for lightning whelks at low tide, then head to the 1890's lighthouse to look for roseate spoonbills. After you've fished for tarpon, kick back on the porch at your hotel."

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TRAVEL AND LEISURE

 

"...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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VANITY FAIR

 

"...Adventure, legend, history, style: What's not to love about Gasparilla Inn and Club?"

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GRANDEUR

 

"...50 Best Romantic Getaways. This idyllic enclave on the Gulf of Mexico, 60 miles from Ft. Myers, is a genuine glimpse of Old Florida."

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TRAVEL + LEISURE

 

"...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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SOUTHERN LIVING

 

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

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GARDEN & GUN

 

"...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?"

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ENTRÉE TRAVEL NEWSLETTER

 

"...One of the largest surviving historic resort hotels in the state, Gasparilla Inn & Club epitomizes old-time Florida."

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COASTAL LIVING

 

"...USA Today has named Gasparilla Island as one of Florida's top 10 least-known beaches."

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USA TODAY

 

"...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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VISIT FLORIDA

 

"...The Gasparilla Inn & Club is one of Florida's last remaining exclusive family-owned Gilded Age resorts."

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NEW YORK SOCIAL DIARY

 

"...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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VOGUE

 

"...Five places in Florida that time forgot, 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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THE BOSTON GLOBE TRAVEL

 

"...If you ask a guest who stayed here 30 years ago what has changed, the answer would probably be very little. It is all very constant, it is tradition. And it truly epitomizes Boca Grande."

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GASPARILLA MAGAZINE

 

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

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ORLANDO MAGAZINE - WATER WORLD

 

"...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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CHICAGO SOCIAL BRIDES

 

"...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."

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ALLWAYS TRAVELLER

 

"...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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FLORIDA TRAVEL & LIFE

 

"...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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CENTRAL FLORIDA LIFESTYLE

 

"...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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FLORIDA TRAVEL & 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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Golf

 

"...The Watch List."

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GARY GAYLEAN'S GOLF LETTER

 

"...Old Florida feel emanates from this Pete Dye design and inn."

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GOLF DIGEST

 

"...The Pete Dye-designed Gasparilla Golf Club is a short five-minute walk from the hotel. The golf course is set on a flat parcel of land that is actually its own island."

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EXECUTIVE GOLFER

 

"...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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TRAVEL GOLF

 

"...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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FLORIDA GOLF CENTRAL

 

"...2013 Golfweek's Best Courses You Can Play"

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GOLF WEEK

 

"...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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THE MIDWEST GOLF BLOG

 

"...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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FLAVORS & MORE

 

"...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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GOLFWEEK

 

"...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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GOLF DIGEST

 

"...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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GARY GALYEAN'S GOLF LETTER - THE GLOBAL TEN

 

"...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."

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CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER

 

"...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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GOLFWEEK

 

"...Great golf holes inspire us with their beauty. They fill us with excitement, temptation and even fear."

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FLORIDA TRAVEL & LIFE

 

"...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."

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FLORIDA GOLF CENTRAL

 

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Accommodations

The Gasparilla Inn & Club's 163 guest accommodations range from 63 deluxe king, queen and twin bedded rooms, as well as suites within the charming Inn. The surrounding cottages and houses include 67 bedrooms, as well as 33 spacious accommodations, some with parlors, porches, lanais, kitchenettes and others with fireplaces. All feature individual temperature control and Tempur-Pedic* beds for the ultimate in guest comfort, as well as wireless accessibility.

All cottages and villas are pet friendly — additional fee to apply.

All guest accommodations offer the choice of European, Modified or Full American meal plans.

The Gasparilla Inn & Club is a smoke-free environment.

For more information and reservations, please call us toll free at 877.403.0599 or 941.964.4500.

*Tempur-Pedic's® premier product is the Swedish Sleep System®.

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Cottages

Guests of The Gasparilla Inn & Club may choose accommodations from 18 private cottages and villas featuring king, queen or two twin bedded rooms. All cottage and villa accommodations are located just steps away from the main Inn and provide the option of parlors. Some also have lanais or fireplaces. All 76 sleeping rooms feature individual temperature control, as well as wireless accessibility and Tempur-Pedic* beds for the ultimate in guest comfort.

All cottages and villas are pet friendly — additional fee to apply.

All guest accommodations offer the choice of European, Modified or Full American meal plans.

The Gasparilla Inn & Club is a smoke-free environment.

For more information and reservations, please call us toll free at 877.403.0599 or 941.964.4500.

*Tempur-Pedic's® premier product is the Swedish Sleep System®.

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Inn Rooms & Suites

There are 66 deluxe king, queen, twin bedded rooms, as well as suites within the charming main Inn. All rooms feature individual temperature control and Tempur-Pedic* beds for the ultimate in guest comfort, as well as wireless accessibility.

All guest accommodations offer the choice of European, Modified or Full American meal plans.

The Gasparilla Inn & Club is a smoke-free environment.

For more information and reservations, please call us toll free at 877.403.0599 or 941.964.4500.

*Tempur-Pedic's® premier product is the Swedish Sleep System®.

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Dressing to Fit the Occasion

The Inn's Dining Room

Breakfast:
Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Shorts and island casual wear. No bathing suits or tank tops.

Dinner:
Daily hours are 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
October 6 to December 19, 2016: Wednesday through Sunday.
December 20, 2016 to April 16, 2017: Nightly.
April 17 to July 5, 2017: Wednesday through Sunday.

October 6, 2016 to December 19, 2016, gentlemen must wear dress slacks and collared shirts for dinner. A jacket or tie is not required. Ladies' apparel should always be comparable to the gentlemen, such as blouses, skirts, dresses, and dress slacks. Jeans, shorts or tank tops are not permitted for dinner.

December 20, 2016 to April 16, 2017, gentlemen must wear dress slacks, collared shirts and jackets for dinner. Ties are not required. Ladies' apparel should always be comparable to the gentlemen, such as blouses, skirts or slacks. Jeans, shorts or tank tops are not permitted for dinner.

April 17, 2017 to July 5, 2017, gentlemen must wear dress slacks and collared shirts for dinner. A jacket or tie is not required. Ladies' apparel should always be comparable to the gentlemen such as blouses, skirts or slacks. Jeans, shorts or tank tops are not permitted for dinner.

Please note that in order to maintain our standard of service, guests on the Modified American Plan and the Full American Plan are also required to make a reservation for their preferred dining time. Without a reservation there is no guarantee that your party will be seated together.

To inquire about The Inn's Dining Room weekly operations schedule or to make a dinner reservation, please call 941.964.4535

The Inn's Lobbies, Living Room and Pelican Club Room

Daytime:
Island casual. Bathing suits with wrap are permitted.

After 6:00 p.m.:
Slacks or jeans and collared shirts are preferred.
(Shorts are acceptable after 6:00 p.m. in the months of October, June and July.)

BZ's

Bar hours are 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. weekdays, and Noon to 11:00 p.m. weekends.

Daytime:
Island casual. No bathing suits.

After 6:00 p.m.:
Slacks or jeans and collared shirts. No shorts or tank tops.
(Shorts are acceptable after 6:00 p.m. in the months of October, June and July.)

The Beach Club Luncheon

Open daily. Lunch hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Island casual. We ask that ladies wear wraps over their swimsuits while in the dining pavilion, and that gentlemen wear shirts (No wet bathing suits, please).

Sunset at the Beach Club

Open March 1 - April 8 during Family Spring Break Season on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Food and Beverage Hours: 5:00 p.m. to close.

Island casual.

Pool

Appropriate bathing attire.
 

The Pink Elephant Restaurant

Lunch:
Island casual (shirts and shoes required).

Dinner Upstairs:
Resort evening.

Dinner Downstairs:
Island casual (shirts and shoes required).

The Gasparilla Golf Club

Appropriate golf apparel.

The Gasparilla Tennis Club

Appropriate tennis apparel.

The Gasparilla Croquet Club

Whites required.

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Cancellation Policies

  • Fall Season – October 5 to December 19, 2017 – 14 days prior notice for full refund of deposit.
  • Thanksgiving – November 21 to 26, 2017 – 30 days prior notice for full refund of deposit.
  • Twelve Days of Christmas/New Year’s – December 20, 2017 to January 1, 2018 – 30 days prior notice for full refund of deposit.
  • Social Season – December 20, 2017 to February 28, 2018 – 21 days prior notice for full refund of deposit.
  • Family Spring Break –March 1 to April 1, 2018 – 30 days prior notice for full refund of deposit.
  • Spring/Summer Season – April 2 to July 5, 2018 – 14 days prior notice for full refund of deposit.

No refunds will be issued for any unused package features.

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Rates

   

Resort Tariff Schedule —
2017–2018 Season

(October 5, 2017 to July 5, 2018)

Fall / Spring Season

Oct. 5 to Dec. 19, 2017 & April 2 to June 30, 2018

Standard Guest Room $  265
Guest Room w/lanai $  345
Guest Room w/parlor (Jr. Suite) $  395
Cottage Suite $  465
Terrace Suite $  520
Veranda Suite $  545
Presidential Suite (2 bedrooms) $  950
2-Bedroom Villa (1-4 Persons) $  630
3-Bedroom Villa (1-6 Persons) $  730
4-Bedroom Villa (1-8 Persons) $1,030
3-Bedroom Sharp House $1,570
3-Bedroom, 2 Parlor Sharp House $1,720
4-Bedroom Sharp House $2,020

The Inn's Traditional Social Season and Easter

Dec. 20, 2017 to April 1, 2018

Standard Guest Room $   395
Guest Room w/lanai $   510
Guest Room w/parlor (Jr. Suite) $   560
Cottage Suite $   655
Terrace Suite $   720
Veranda Suite $   745
Presidential Suite (2 bedrooms) $1,405
2-Bedroom Villa (1-4 Persons) $   875
3-Bedroom Villa (1-6 Persons) $   980
4-Bedroom Villa (1-8 Persons) $1,380
3-Bedroom Sharp House $1,945
3-Bedroom, 2 Parlor Sharp House $2,220
4-Bedroom Sharp House $2,520
 

Holidays are special at The Inn

Social Season rates apply to Christmas and New Year's, December 19, 2017 to January 1, 2018;
President's Weekend, February 14-19, 2018.

Thanksgiving

November 21-26, 2017

Standard Guest Room $  285
Guest Room w/lanai $  365
Guest Room w/parlor (Jr. Suite) $  415
Cottage Suite $  485
Terrace Suite $  540
Veranda Suite $  565
Presidential Suite (2 bedrooms) $  980
2-Bedroom Villa (1-4 Persons) $  660
3-Bedroom Villa (1-6 Persons) $  780
4-Bedroom Villa (1-8 Persons) $1,070
3-Bedroom Sharp House $1,590
3-Bedroom Sharp House, 2 Parlor $1,740
4-Bedroom Sharp House $2,040

Summer Season including Independence Day

July 1-5, 2018

Standard Guest Room $  245
Guest Room w/lanai $  325
Guest Room w/parlor (Jr. Suite) $  375
Cottage Suite $  445
Terrace Suite $  500
Veranda Suite $  525
Presidential Suite (2 bedrooms) $  945
2-Bedroom Villa (1-4 Persons) $  625
3-Bedroom Villa (1-6 Persons) $  725
4-Bedroom Villa (1-8 Persons) $1,025
3-Bedroom Sharp House $1,550
3-Bedroom, 2 Parlor Sharp House $1,700
4-Bedroom Sharp House $2,000

The Gasparilla Inn & Club is a smoke-free environment.

All cottages, villas and estate homes are pet friendly — additional fee to apply.

Above rates are per room, no meals included. See below for optional guest dining plans. All holiday periods require a minimum two-night stay. Additional charge will apply for third or fourth occupants and cots or cribs in guest rooms or suites.

Optional Guest Dining Plans

 
Modified American Plan
breakfast and dinner
$95 per person per day
Full American Plan
breakfast, lunch and dinner
$115 per person per day

Please note: In order to maintain our standard of service, guests on the Modified American Plan and the Full American Plan are also required to make a reservation for their preferred dining time. Without a reservation there is no guarantee that your party will be seated together.

Please inquire about golf, spa and other special packages.
All rates subject to a 13% daily service charge, a 6% sales tax, and a 11% county occupancy tax.

Golf Fees

The Gasparilla Golf Club
(A Pete Dye Championship Course)

Greens Fee $115 per person (Inn Guests)
Cart Fees $ 17 per person (9 holes)
  $ 25 per person (18 holes)
Lesson Fees $ 80 for 30 minutes
  $100 for 45 minutes
  $120 for 60 minutes
Pull Cart Rental $ 8 per round
Rental Clubs available upon request

Tennis Fees

Seven Har-Tru Courts

Singles $28 (two persons, per hour)
Doubles $40 (four persons, per hour)
Lessons $65 per 30 minutes
  $95 per 60 minutes
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If you would like additional information prior to making the reservation for your visit, please feel free to contact Debi Keyes, our director of rooms.

Debi comes to The Inn with almost 30 years of experience as a hospitality executive. Debi was formerly director of operations at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia for 14 years, and most recently director of reservations/front office and special sales at The Greenbrier in West Virginia. A graduate of Virginia State College, Petersburg, Virginia, she is a certified rooms division executive of the American Hotel & Motel Association.

Debi enjoys personally greeting all guests making reservations and serving them during their stay!

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Sharp Houses

The Inn is pleased to announce our newest accommodations, the Sharp Houses. The design of the Sharp Houses will preserve the same ‘Old Florida’ charm found throughout our resort. Just steps away from The Inn, the houses include both three and four bedroom options, and range from 2,300 to 3,850 square feet. The spacious accommodations feature kitchen, dining and living areas with an open layout – ideal for relaxing together – as well as amenities such as a washer and dryer and front porch. The Inn’s Sharp Houses offer a relaxing, unique setting for families, friends and groups.  


All estate homes are pet friendly — additional fee to apply.

All guest accommodations offer the choice of European, Modified or Full American meal plans.

The Gasparilla Inn & Club is a smoke-free environment.

For more information and reservations, please call us toll free at 877.403.0599 or 941.964.4500.

*Tempur-Pedic's® premier product is the Swedish Sleep System®.

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Activities

From early morning to long after the sun has set over the Gulf of Mexico, there is a wide variety of things to do while staying at The Gasparilla Inn & Club. Among activities guests may choose from on a daily basis are:

  • Championship Golf
  • Tennis
  • Sport Fishing
  • Spa and Salon Services
  • Swimming
  • Shelling
  • Table Tennis
  • Children's Playground
  • Picnicking on the Beach
  • Nature Trails / Bike Path
  • Kayaking
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Seaplane Tours
  • Sports Clinics
  • Airboat Excursions
  • Fitness Center
  • Exercise Classes
  • Boating
  • Croquet
  • Tours of The Inn
  • Seasonal Children's Programs
  • Billiards
  • Backgammon
  • Shopping
  • Eco Tours
  • Charter Boat Rentals
  • Golf Cart Rentals
  • Bike Rentals
  • Stand-up Paddle Boarding

For more information, please call The Inn's Concierge Desk at 941.964.4580.

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Gasparilla Inn Adventures

There are as many adventures on Gasparilla Island as the mind can dream. For those seeking more active recreational pursuits, the wide selection of things to do includes:

  • Bicycling
  • Kayaking
  • Stand-up Paddle Boarding
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Paddle Board Yoga
  • Treasure Hunts
  • Geocaching
  • Golf Cart Rentals
  • Teambuilding

For more information, please call Gasparilla Inn Adventures at 941.964.4625 or The Inn's Concierge Desk at 941.964.4580.

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Airboat Excursions

Escape to the beauty of the back country of the barrier islands as Capt. Tommy Locke pilots you through Florida's unspoiled habitat on an exciting airboat excursion! Explore untouched bayous and estuaries that most people do not even know exist. Fun for all ages; enjoy the sunset, bird watching, fishing or even just an enjoyable ride. Airboat excursions are best during low tide, so the late afternoon is the ideal time to plan your outing, although day trips can also be planned ahead of time if you prefer.

The airboat can accommodate up to 4 passengers in addition to the captain. The trip is two hours at a rate of $350.00 plus tax, with each additional hour at $125 per hour. For more information and to schedule an outing, please contact The Inn's Concierge Desk at 941-964-4580.

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Nearby Attractions

Charlotte Stone Crabs Minor League Baseball Club
(Tampa Bay Rays affiliate - high A minor league)
• Port Charlotte, FL — 25 minutes
• Call 941.206.HITS (4487)

Mote Marine Laboratories
• Sarasota, FL — 1 hour and 10 minutes
• Call 941.388.4441
mote.org

Ringling Art Museum
• Sarasota, FL — 1 hour and 10 minutes
• Call 941.359.5700
ringling.org

Jungle Gardens
• Sarasota, FL — 1 hour and 10 minutes
• Call 941.355.5305
sarasotajunglegardens.com

St. Armand's Circle: Specialty Shopping
• Sarasota, FL — 1 hour and 10 minutes
• Call 941.388.1554
starmandscircleassoc.com

The Shell Factory
• North Ft. Myers, FL — 1 hour and 20 minutes
• Call 239.995.2141
shellfactory.com

Sun Splash Family Waterpark
• Cape Coral, FL — 1 hour and 30 minutes
• Call 239.574.0558
sunsplashwaterpark.com

Edison Winter Home
• Ft. Myers, FL — 1 hour and 30 minutes
• Call 239.334.7419
efwefla.org

Busch Gardens
• Tampa, FL — 1 hour and 45 minutes
• Call 888.800.5447
seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-tampa

Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays
• Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL — 1 hour and 45 minutes
• Call 888.326.7297

Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
• Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL — 1 hour and 45 minutes
• Call 813.870.2700

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The Gasparilla Inn Beach Club

The Gasparilla Inn Beach Club features a family pool with changing facilities and a sparkling white sand beachfront. A spacious, glass enclosed dining room for lunch and late afternoon food and beverage service is also available to resort guests. The spacious and picturesque Gulf Room is available for private functions, as well as weddings. The Gasparilla Inn Spa, The James Griffith Salon, Lap Pool, and a fully equipped Fitness Center and Exercise Studio are also part of the resort's expansive Beach Club complex.

Spa
Tennis Club
Fitness Center

Daily hours of operation at the Beach Club are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, please call 941.964.4550

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The Gasparilla Inn Mallet Club

The Gasparilla Inn & Club offers three USCA-certified croquet lawns for the enjoyment of our guests. The Inn's lawns have been the site of many international matches over the years and are highly regarded by players throughout the world. In addition, the lawns are also available for private functions or events.

The 2016 Boca Grande Invitational Croquet Tournament will be played on The Gasparilla Inn & Club's courts, March 3–6, 2016. Individuals interested in participating in this event should contact the General Manager's Office at The Inn, 941.964.4502, for details and entry information.

For more information, please call The Inn's Concierge Desk at 941.964.4580.
 

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Sport Fishing

Boca Grande has long been known as "the tarpon fishing capital of the world." This great sport fish runs seasonally in the Boca Grande Pass from May to July. Other sport fish also populate the area year-round to the delight of both avid and novice fishermen. Backwater fishing provides anglers opportunities to land snook, grouper and other sport fish during their stay. Full fishing charter and guide services are available.

For more information on charter fishing opportunities, please call The Inn's Concierge Desk at 941.964.4580.

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Fitness Center/Exercise Studio

The Fitness Center at The Gasparilla Inn Beach Club is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and provides spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico to enhance your workout experience. The facility is fully equipped with all the latest cardiovascular and resistance training equipment. A knowledgeable staff can help you design a personal workout program should you desire. Comprehensive fitness classes are also offered including Yoga, Pilates, TRX, water aerobics, strength and core training. Private classes are available for individuals or groups. Use of the Fitness Center is complimentary for Inn guests. Exercise classes are available daily for a fee.


For more information about fitness classes please call 941.964.4555.

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Private Fitness Classes

Fit For Life – 80m Invest in your health by working one-on-one with a Personal Trainer to develop enhance balance, stability and strength with a specialized fitness regimen. Including initial consultation health goals and assessment.

Personal Training – 30m/50m Add variety and intensity to the traditional fitness routine with a personal training session. Our Certified Personal Trainers will give custom-designed workouts for you or for a group of two.

Private Yoga – 30m/50m Yoga is physical, mental and spiritual discipline that emphasizes the importance of core strengthen, flexibility, proper body alignment, and focused breathing. Learn how to create a steady breath and improve posture through sequences of precise verbal cues, subtle physical adjustments and modifications.

Private Pilates – 30m/50m Pilates is a form of exercise, which emphasizes the balance development of the body through core stretching, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement. Give your metabolism the boost it needs, sculpt your body and refine muscle tone.

Fit For Life Consultation 50 min -$100
Personal Training 30 min-$45, 50 min - $75
Duet Semi-Private
Personal Training
30m - $35 per person, 50m -$50 per person
Group Private 30m Session - $90 (for a group of 3) $10 per additional person
Group Private 50m Session - $120 (for a group of 3) $15 per additional person

Scheduled Fitness Class Offerings

Yoga Strength *+
Vinyasa flows, longer holds, active breath work and/or light hand weights, to increase inner and outer strength.
 
Yoga Stretch *
Focuses on more passive yoga postures which encourage flexibility.

Yoga Sculpt *++
Not your traditional Yoga Class! This class is set to energizing music and designed to tone, sculpt and shape the whole body while incorporating yoga poses and hand weights.
 
Pilates *++
Strengthen your core with controlled movements performed on a mat. Increases body awareness, improves flexibility and spinal alignment.
 
Sup Yoga Paddleboard *
Yoga using a long, wide, stable board that floats while performing simple fun yoga poses. Suitable for all levels.
*By appointment only.
 
Walk the Walk or Island Bike Tour *
See Gasparilla Island as you tour our properties getting fit! Experience the active island life with a variety of fitness moves integrated into your morning breath of fresh air.
*By appointment only.

Core Circuit *++
This station workout includes aerobic activities with core training and balance exercises.
 
Guided Meditation & Yoga *
Combines focused breathing practices soothing voice, essential oils, music with movement and ‘still’ methods of meditation.
 
Cardio Fusion *++
Combines all your favorites giving you a total body workout. Fun challenging drills, a mix of Hi/Lo, and cardio dance condition one's heart while intervals of muscle sculpting, and core work define and shape your muscles.
 
B3 Total Body Training*++
It's all about the Bar, Band, and Ball! Whether it's cardio movement, strength training, core work, or enhancing your balance ability, every move will utilize the B3. Class is for all levels with modifications given.
 
Aqua Waves *+
A total body workout in the pool with minimal impact on joints. Buoyancy equipment supplied.
 
Aqua’lates *+
Pilates principals and exercises are adapted for the water enhancing balance, stabilization, core strength and flexibility.
 
TRX™ * (Total Body Resistance Exercise)
Experience the TRX Suspension Training system for body weight conditioning and injury prevention. *
 
Kettlebells *++
Work several muscles simultaneously while combing cardiovascular, strength and flexibility movements with Russian kettlebells.
 
Boot Camp ++
This energizing workout incorporates the most popular and effective fitness “toys” in a positive team building environment. Work to navigate obstacles and complete challenges that test your strength and fortitude.

Zumba Gold *
Takes the Latin-dance inspired workout of Zumba and makes it accessible to everyone of all levels. Class builds cardiovascular health while working the muscles of the hips, legs, and arms with dance moves. A medley of dance styles, including merengue, cha-cha, cumbia, belly dance, rumba, tango, and salsa. Zumba Gold breaks these dances down so all leave class feeling refreshed and exhilarated.
 
Class Level Key
+ Low/Moderate
++ Moderate/High
+++ High Intensity
* All Levels
Classes meet at Fitness Studio unless notated.
 
Aquatics classes meet at Spa lap pool.
 
50 minutes in duration.

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Getting Around the Island

Guests can enjoy all the natural beauty of our little piece of paradise without worry of traffic jams and rush hours. A quaint and peaceful island village, Boca Grande has so much to offer such as shops, restaurants, art galleries, lighthouses and many historical sites, all within walking or biking distance, or of course...by golf cart!

Adult and children's bicycles, as well as golf carts, are available for rental through Gasparilla Inn Adventures, located at The Inn's Beach Club.

For more information, please call The Inn's Concierge Desk at 941.964.4580 or Gasparilla Inn Adventures at 941.964.4625.

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The Gasparilla Golf Club

The Gasparilla Inn & Club features a magnificent Pete Dye Signature 18-hole Championship Course located on scenic Charlotte Harbor ... an island course on its own private island. The Gasparilla Golf Club is considered the crown jewel of this historic resort.

The par 72, 6,837-yard course is both beautiful and challenging. Complete practice facilities are available to all resort guests, and lessons from the club's PGA professionals can be arranged by appointment. Rental clubs are also available.

Golf Club Fees — 2016–2017 (Effective October 6, 2016 - July 5, 2017)
Daily greens fees for Inn guests is $115, per person.
Cart fee is $25, per person, for 18 holes, $17, per person, for nine holes.

Please click here to view The Gasparilla Golf Club scorecard.

For more information, please call 941.964.4565.

For information about the resort's golf program and facilities, contact our Director of Golf, Robert Duke.

   
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Robert became the head golf professional at The Gasparilla Inn & Club in 2005. He is a graduate of Western Kentucky University where he was a member of the golf team for three years.

A seasoned golf professional, Robert began his career at Hillwood Country Club in Nashville, and later was the assistant golf professional at the Honors Course, a Pete Dye designed course in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for five years.

Robert enjoys sharing his love of the game of golf with guests during their stay at The Inn!

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The Inn Marina

The resort's full service marina is open to the public and is located on the bayou behind The Inn. A premier Mercury Service Dealer, fully certified Mercury technicians are on site daily for boat repairs and other services. Fuel, bait, clothing and other miscellaneous boating supplies are offered in the ships' store. The Marina also offers a large selection of both wet and dry boat storage on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis. Daily dockage, storage and detailing are available for those arriving at The Inn by boat.

Daily hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sport Fishing information

For more information, please call 941.964.4620.

For information about The Inn Marina and its services, contact our Marina Manager, Brian Knight.

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Born and raised in the Boca Grande area, Brian has deep roots in the community and a vast knowledge of the local waterways. Brian spent 15 years working for Mercury, and also had his 100 Ton Master Captain's license for over 23 years. With both sides of his family residing in the area for over seven generations, Brian's father and grandfather also worked in the local Marine Industry.

For over 40 years Brian's grandfather, John Knight, owned and managed the Knight Brother's Marina, which is now The Inn Marina. At that time, the marina was a working boatyard where custom boats up to 48' were built. Many of these boats continue to be enjoyed by private owners and local fishing captains in the waters surrounding Gasparilla Island today. The legendary anchor on display at The Inn Marina was recovered from the Boca Grande pass by John Knight in the early 1980s, and has been the landmark symbol of the marina ever since. Following in his grandfather's footsteps, Brian joined The Gasparilla Inn & Club team as manager of The Inn Marina in the fall of 2006.

A NAUI Dive instructor, Brian enjoys being out on the water, and sharing his stories and skills with boaters and fishermen alike!

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The James Griffith Salon

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Located in The Gasparilla Inn Spa at the Beach Club, The James Griffith Salon specializes in French hairdressing techniques, as well as complete hair, nails and skin care services. Seasonal hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday by appointment only 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.



For more information, please contact The James Griffith Salon.
 

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The James Griffith Salon

Hair Services

Men's haircut $35 & up
Women's haircut $50 & up
Shampoo & blowdry $40 & up
Up work - weddings / special occasions $85 & up
Up work - homecoming / prom $65 & up
Foil highlights $75 & up
Color lights $75 & up
One-step color (root color) $60 & up
Corrective color upon consultation
Permanent waving $75 & up
Botanical Therapy Treatment (BTT) $15 & up
Chlorine/hard water repair $25 & up
Conditioning Kerastase Treatments $25 & up
Keratin Blow Out (lasts 3-6 weeks, you can shampoo after 8 hours) $150 & up
Keratin Smoothing Treatment (Lasts 3-4 months) $250 & up
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The James Griffith Salon

Nail Services

Essential Pedicure $50
Your time is limited and you need the necessities! This pedicure consists of a quick soak, nail clipping and shaping, cuticle work and your choice of polish. Great for young feet!

Spa Pedicure $70
This is a Boca Grande favorite! Your feet are soaked, nails are clipped and shaped; cuticles are softened and pushed back to where they belong! We then work diligently on callus removal and exfoliation up to the lower calf area. After a final soak your feet and lower legs are massaged and your nails finished off beautifully with expert polish.

Deluxe Spa Pedicure $80
Our deluxe pedicure includes all the steps of our spa pedicure service plus each foot is immersed in an individual sanitary bag of our Spa Therapy Paraffin. This warmth is so relaxing that you will feel like jello as we complete your procedure with your choice of polish.

Essential Manicure $30
Our most popular nail service includes expert nail shaping, cuticle softening and hand massage. Nail beds are cleansed and finished with your choice of polish or buffing.

Spa Manicure $45
This luxurious manicure consists of the above necessities with the addition of choosing one of the following: Fusion Exfoliation-a gentle process of stimulating blood flow while removing dead skin cells leaving your skin fresh and radiant Spa Therapy Paraffin-hands are immersed in individual sanitary bags filled with a deeply penetrating hot wax that soothes any muscular and joint soreness leaving hands moisturized and renewed. Excellent treatment for arthritic pain.

Deluxe Spa Manicure $55
Torn between the Fusion Exfoliation or the Spa Therapy Paraffin? With our Deluxe Spa Manicure you will have the opportunity to experience it all! The perfect service is to feel totally pampered! This is our most popular service to "gift" to that special someone.

Polish Change Only $15
This is only polish! This service does not allow enough time to shape or attend to cuticles.

French Polish add $5 per service
Nail Art add $5 per nail
Creative Shellac Manicure We use CND Shellac products. This is a dry manicure. $45
French Shellac add $5 per service
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James Griffith Salon is an award-winning salon offering a full line of beauty and wellness services including French trained hair dressers, hair color, hair extensions, nail services, waxing, massage, facials, and make up services. James and his team were the first students in the United States to attend the world-famous Jacques Dessange Academy’s advanced training class when they branched out to NYC. The James Griffith Salon staff attends continual education whether it’s to hone their technical skills or learn about the newest AVEDA products launching.

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The James Griffith Salon

Skincare Services

(All facials customized to each individuals skin needs.)

Great Skin Facial (For women and men) $115
This cleansing relaxing facial is essential for radiant, healthy skin. It includes skin analysis, deep cleansing, exfoliation, hydrating steam, décolletage massage, revitalizing masque and skin reconditioning.

Revitalizing Micro-Current Facial $130
A special occasion treatment in conjunction with a traditional facial to achieve an overall improved skin quality, as well as a natural more youthful appearance to the face.

Facial Treatment Add Ons

Plant Peel with facial $42
without facial $62
Glycolic Treatment
for best results we recommend a series of treatments
w/facial $25
w/o facial $50
Beautiful Image (Micro-Current Therapy)
or ask about our specials
$130
Pre-pay for 5 Treatments $500
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The James Griffith Salon

Waxing Services

Brow Maintenance $25 & up
Lip $15 & up
Face (chin & cheeks) $40 & up
Underarms $25 & up
Arms $30-$40
Lower leg* $60 & up
Upper leg** $55 & up
Full leg** $100 & up
Bikini $40 & up

*includes the knee
**includes the bikini area

The "& up" after prices indicates variations in price among JGS artists and therapists based on education and experience. Prices begin at the newes Academy Level, and extend to the Master/Educator Level.
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Shopping

Finding the perfect memento or gift for that special occasion at the resort's shops, or in the charming village of Boca Grande, is always a relaxing pastime on Gasparilla Island. The Inn offers a wide variety of retail items and accessories in The Inn shop, The Inn Boutique or its Golf, Tennis and Spa/Salon shops, which are sure to please even the most discriminating taste. In addition, the shops of Boca Grande are within easy walking distance of the resort to make for a pleasant morning or afternoon sojourn.

Personal Shopping Assistance

Looking for something special? We now offer a personalized shopping experience. Our personal shopping consultant is happy to assist you in purchasing the perfect gift or keepsake from Boca Grande.

For more information about the personal shopping experience please call 941.964.4548 or contact our retail manager, Jennifer Jaskowiak.

Specialty Trunk Shows

The Gasparilla Inn & Club is pleased to offer a wide variety of specialty trunk shows throughout the season to further enhance your shopping experience at the resort.

Please click here for dates and times of our specialty Trunk Shows offered throughout the season.

All trunk shows are held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Garden and Palm Rooms of The Inn. For more information, please call 941.964.4548.

The Inn Shop

This charming shop offers a wide variety of merchandise from basic sundry items, toothbrushes, aspirin, etc. to magazines, newspapers and logoed clothing items.

The Inn Shop is open 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday to Thursday and 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday to Saturday. For information, please call 941.964.4581.

The Inn Boutique

The newest addition to The Gasparilla Inn & Club’s shopping venues is The Inn Boutique. The shop features designer resort wear for the entire family. Whether you are shopping for a colorful cover up, jewelry, accessories or a special outfit for an evening out, the team at The Inn Boutique can assist you.

The Inn Boutique is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Inn Marina Ships' Store

The Ships' Store at The Inn Marina offers a wide range of popular boating supplies, as well as logo apparel, hats and sunglasses, to ensure a safe and enjoyable time on the water. Also, The Ships' Store offers a variety of soft drinks, snacks and ice cream treats to enjoy on your boat or on the observatory porch facing the bayou.

The Ships' Store is open daily, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please call 941.964.4620.

The Gasparilla Inn Spa and James Griffith Salon

The Spa and Salon shops at The Beach Club offer a wide variety of products. Skin and bodycare products, pure hand-poured soy and beeswax candles, as well as fitness clothing, beach cover ups and jewelry are available.

The Spa is open daily 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, please call 941.964.4555.

The Salon is open Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday by appointment, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, please call 941.964.4557.

The Gasparilla Golf Club Pro Shop

The Gasparilla Golf Shop carries a full line of merchandise, including apparel by Fairway and Greene, Polo, Bobby Jones, Peter Millar and Zero Restriction; equipment by Titleist, Taylor Made, Ping, Callaway and Cobra; footwear by Foot Joy and Walter Genuin.

The Golf Pro Shop is open daily, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, please call 941.964.4565.

The Gasparilla Inn Tennis Pro Shop

The Tennis Shop offers a fine line of Men's, Women's and Children's tennis apparel. Also available are top quality racquets, balls, shoes, sunscreen and sunglasses. Re-stringing and re-gripping services are also available by the professional staff.

The Tennis Shop is open daily, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, please call 941.964.4615.

For more information, about shopping at the resort, or in the village of Boca Grande, please call The Inn's Concierge Desk at 941.964.4580.

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Gift Certificates

Give the gift of The Gasparilla Inn & Club experience! Certificates are available for accommodations, dining or golf packages at our little barrier island home. The certificates, available in any denomination, are a wonderful way for you to share the experience of Florida As It Was Meant To Be® with family, friends and valued business associates.

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Jennifer was the manager of The Inn Shop at The Gasparilla Inn & Club since 2008 and has recently been promoted to Retail Manager. In Jennifer's new role, she oversees all retail operations at the resort, coordinates The Inn's trunk shows, as well as the new personal shopping experience.

Prior to joining The Inn's team, Jennifer served as an interior designer for an island home accent and furniture boutique. Originally from Minnesota, Jennifer has over ten years of experience working as an interior designer and a furniture showroom manager. She has an eye for detail and a decorator's touch, which are showcased in the many unique items Jennifer has for sale in The Inn's retail shops.

Jennifer enjoys sharing her insight on those little touches with every guest, whether it is at one of the many retail locations at the resort, finding a special gift in Boca Grande, or browsing through the beautiful clothing and gift items at a trunk show!

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Spa/Salon

We invite you to experience the benefits of our treatments for your total well being.
Our hospitable staff will assist you in planning the perfect spa experience.
We offer a variety of Massages, Body Treatments, and a full venue of fitness classes,
personal training, and other health related treatments. In addition Facial, Nail and
Hair treatments are also available at the James Griffith Salon. *Salon and Spa packages and gift cards are available.

The Spa features spacious bath facilities with steam rooms, saunas and comfortable
relaxation areas opening to a private courtyard, as well as our 80-foot heated lap pool.

Our fitness facilities include a state-of-the-art fitness center with on-site personal trainers and a host of fitness classes. Private and Group Classes are available upon request.

The Gasparilla Inn Spa
941.964.4555
Offering massage, body treatments and specialized treatments including acupuncture and medi-cupping, The Gasparilla Inn Spa is private to Inn Guests and Members.

 

For more information about The Gasparilla Inn Spa facilities as well as fitness classes and facilities, contact our Spa Manager, Gabrielle Brady.

 

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Spa Services & Rates - 2016-2017

Body Treatments

Marine Toning and Firming Treatment (50 Min): $140
Experience the essence of the ocean as a purifying organic bio-scrub and white algae seaweed wrap are layered on the body, following a neck and shoulder massage. An application of algae oil with antioxidants & sea minerals completes the experience for the ultimate skin firming, repair and hydration.

Anti-Aging Guava Nourishing Wrap
(50m dry room/75m vichy):
$130/$160
Combats the visible effects of skin aging and restores the appearance of a younger, more toned body. This treatment begins with a raw sugar scrub, body masque and warm oil scalp massage. Guava fruit is high in vitamin C which boosts collagen production, toning nourishing and leaving skin with a healthy glow!

 

Intense Body Immersion
(50m dry room/75m vichy)
$130/$160

A deep treatment for any skin type that will leave the whole body intensely nourished and smooth. Includes a body scrub, followed with the layering of a hydrating masque, and finished with a velvety moisturizing body butter.

Acupuncture:
Requires specialized training and certifications, available upon request.
Nurture and balance your body through the stimulation of specific acupuncture points along the skin of the body. Acupuncture involves various methods such as penetration by thin needles, application of heat, pressure and/or laser light. Consultations and treatments will be designed for your specific needs.

 

 

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Massage Therapy

Swedish Massage (50/80 Min): $110/$145
This soothing massage will help reduce tension, increase circulation and induce relaxation. This massage utilizes smooth, long strokes, with "light to moderate" pressure.

Deep Tissue Muscle Release (50/80 Min): $120/$160
Therapeutic bodywork that incorporates slower strokes to work the deeper layers of muscle fibers. This massage incorporates moderate to deep pressure and will help disperse the build-up of lactic acid to alleviate stiffness, aches and pain.

Blissful Stone Massage (75 Min): $150
Calm and rebalance the body and mind with exotic oils, heated stones, and flowing massage to soothe tired and sore muscles inducing a deep level of relaxation. Scent choices available.

Bamboo Massage (50/80 Min): $115/$150
Essential oil muscle gel is applied to areas of concern followed with the healing art of warm bamboo rolled and kneaded over the body. Firm pressure will release muscle tension and soothe sore joints.

Mother To Be Massage (50/80 Min): $130/$170
Relax as your body is soothed and your skin is pampered with the nourishing properties of Rose Oil. This full body massage is designed to answer the developing needs of mother and baby and give you the nurturing treatment you both deserve. The massage helps to ease aches and pains and the 'heavy' feeling with attention paid to the back, neck and lower legs.

Boca Rejuvenation (80 Min): $170
This invigorating and rejuvenating treatment, packed with body boosting essential oils, uses physical manipulation and sport massage techniques. This is a must-have for those who have traveled the distance pre and post workout and is great for golfers!

 


Massage Establishment lic. number: M11169

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Mini Treatments

Further Enhance Your Spa Experience By Adding:

Tension Release (25 Min): $75
An invigorating massage concentrating on the tension hot spots of the back, neck and shoulders. Loosens tense muscles and alleviates built up stress, both physically and mentally.

Revitalizing Hair & Scalp Massage (25 Min): $57
Richly scented essential oils are massaged into the scalp, releasing tension, conditioning the skin and leaving hair shiny, glossy and nourished.

Vichy Mini Experience (30 Min): $80
Renew your body and soften you skin with a custom exfoliation experience. Choose a scrub of sugar, salt or natural grains followed by a body butter or oil application.
 

Healing Island Relief (30 Min): $80
Straight from the isles of Fiji, our Dilo wrap repairs and replenishes the skin. Calm and rehydrate irritated skin affected by sunburn, dryness, insect bites, and post shaving irritations.

OSEA Body Polish (30 Min): $80
A purifying organic bio-scrub that blends seaweed, pumice, acai and guarana to polish skin and detoxify pores. This rejuvenating treatment provides a protective barrier of moisture on the skin.

Enhancements (To accompany any treatment):
    -   Scalp Treatment
    -   Hot Stone or Cold Stone
    -   Body Butter, Body Oil or Dilo Gel
    -   Aromatherapy
    -   Heated Bamboo Sticks
    -   Couples Massage

 

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Spa Packages

For The Ultimate Spa Experience Select:

Perfect Match Couples Package (100 Min): $360
Reconnect and unwind over a side-by-side Touch
of Gasparilla Experience in our couple’s room. This
multisensory treatment is concluded with a glass of
Champagne to be enjoyed as you relax in our courtyard.

Islands Away Package (100 Min): $230
Includes a Vichy mini treatment
followed with a Swedish Massage and our
Enriching Scalp treatment.

Aromatherapy Package (130 Min): $290
Includes Intense body immersion with
Vichy Shower followed with an 80 min
Aromatherapy Stimulation.

 

 

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As Manager of Spa and Fitness, Gabrielle oversees the ambiance and character of The Gasparilla Inn Spa. Gabrielle is dedicated to providing innovative treatments inspired by the unique natural surroundings of our little barrier island home.

Gabrielle has taken an active role at The Inn since arriving in 2010. She has worked for the Inn Shop, Maintenance, and Room Service prior to her current position managing The Gasparilla Spa and Fitness facilities. A mother of three boys, she is an avid runner who has completed many half marathons and other races.

 Gabrielle enjoys welcoming our guests and members, making sure their needs are met during their visits to our full-service Spa and Fitness Center. Gabrielle looks forward to ensuring that each visit to The Gasparilla Inn Spa is rejuvenating as well as memorable.

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Signature Treatments

 

A Touch of Gasparilla (80 Min): $170
Drift away with a combination of a relaxing Swedish and tension relieving Deep Tissue Massage, complimented with healing Hot Stone, Reflexology treatment and a soothing coconut oil scalp massage. Scent choices available.

Aromatherapy Stimulation (50/80 Min): $135/$170
Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of plant-derived aromatic essential oils to promote physical and psychological well-being. Renew energy, reduce stress and balance your body and spirit.

 

 

Sea of Life Scrub & Wrap (80 Min): $170
A purifying organic bio-scrub that polishes skin and purifies pores followed with a white algae seaweed wrap. Enjoy a custom massage using an antioxidant-rich coconut algae oil to balance mind, body and spirit. Complete with a nourishing eye treatment and facial massage.

 

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Spa Etiquette
The tranquil environment for our guests experience is important to us. We respectfully request that all cell phones and electronic devices remain turned off.
 
Arrival
Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your appointment to allow ample time to check in, relax and prepare for your treatment. Please be mindful, if you are delayed in your arrival, the treatment will end at its original time to avoid delaying other guests.
 
Age Requirements
The Spa is open to guests 16 years and older. Younger guests spa treatments are provided at our discretion, and a parent or adult guardian must be present. The Lap Pool is open to guests 18 years
or older.
 
Personal Valuables
We do not assume any liability for the loss or damage of personal items, including jewelry, clothing or other valuables.
 
Considerations Prior to Treatment
Allow time for yourself in the courtyard or lounge and enjoy the steam or sauna room to warm the muscles in preparation for your treatment. Heat treatments should not exceed 10 minutes for your safety and should be avoided for individuals with high blood pressure or pregnant women. When scheduling your appointment, please notify the receptionist of any medical considerations, as some treatments may not be appropriate depending upon the condition.
 
Cancellations
A 24-hour cancellation notice is required for all spa treatments to avoid being charged in full.

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Specialized Treatments

Reiki (50 Min): $135
This ancient art of eastern healing focuses on the mind, body and spirit connection as it channels "life force energy",, allowing the healing process to naturally occur. The light touch of the therapist helps to restore a sense of balance by bringing the mind body and spirit into alignment.

Thai Massage (75 Min): $170
This massage consists of rhythmic stretching and compressions to increase flexibility, vitality and energy. The therapist uses their hands, feet and hips to perform yoga inspired stretches. Please wear loose fitted clothing.

Craniosacral (80 Min): $170
Craniosacral therapy is a holistic healing practice that uses very light touch to balance the craniosacral system, which includes the bones, nerves, fluids, and connective tissues of the cranium and spinal area.

Acupuncture (80 Min):
(Time and prices vary based on session)
Nurture and balance your body through the holistic approach of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Consultations and treatments are available for those with individual health concerns. Relaxation treatment for a feeling of well-being is a good introduction for those new to the experience.

Reflexology (25/50 Min): $75/$125
Nurture and balance your body through the holistic approach of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Consultations and treatments are available for those with individual health concerns. Relaxation treatment for a feeling of well-being is a good introduction for those new to the experience.

 

 

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The Gasparilla Inn Tennis Club

Seven Har-Tru courts are available for play for the guests of the resort. Lessons can be arranged with USTA-certified teaching tennis professionals by appointment. Adult and children's clinics are also offered at the club throughout the season.

Tennis fees — 2016–2017:
Singles per hour:   $28 (two persons, per hour)
Doubles per hour:   $40 (four persons, per hour)

Lessons — 2016–2017:
30 minutes:   $65
60 minutes:   $95

Whites are not required, smooth sole tennis shoes are encouraged.

For more information, please call 941.964.4615.

For more information about the resort's tennis program and facilities, contact our Head Tennis Professional, Jinx Howe.

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Jinx has been the Head Tennis Professional at The Gasparilla Inn & Club since 1987. A native of Connecticut, Jinx was raised in Rhode Island and was ranked the #1 Junior in the state. She is a graduate of the University of Tampa, and also holds a Master's Degree in Sports Medicine from Northeastern University. Once ranked as high as #8 nationally in mother/daughter play, Jinx has also played in several Virginia Slims Pro Tournaments.

Jinx enjoys sharing her love for Tennis with players of all ages and skill levels!

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Dining

Dining at The Gasparilla Inn & Club offers a wide variety of venues and menus ... all superbly crafted by The Inn's culinary team. Whether you choose a traditional heritage experience in The Inn's Dining Room or prefer a more resort casual experience at our Pink Elephant Restaurant, you will be delighted by a variety of tantalizing menus, all prepared by our talented culinary team.

The Inn's Dining Room is open daily for breakfast and dinner, and the Pink Elephant is open daily for lunch and dinner in season. Both of these Inn dining options are open to guests, as well as the public. Guests of The Inn may also choose our delicious Beach Club luncheon offering a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, hot grill entrées and tantalizing desserts.

In addition, The Gasparilla Golf Club Gazebo offers light lunches and beverages, and BZ's is an ideal place for favorite beverages from mid-day through late evening.

The Gasparilla Inn & Club is a smoke-free environment.

Depending upon the season, The Gasparilla Inn & Club recommends the following attire in our resort's dining locations and resort facilities. Please click here to review our dress requirements.

Please click here to make a reservation for The Dining Room.

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The Inn Bakery

The newest addition to The Gasparilla Inn's dining venues is The Inn Bakery. This casual café located in the village of Boca Grande offers a wide variety of signature coffees, morning pastries, desserts, inventive lunch fare and afternoon snacks, all under the direction of The Inn's culinary team.

Delectable pastries include French napoleon-style desserts filled with fresh strawberries and custard, individual key lime pies, chocolate éclairs, sugared doughnuts, cinnamon raisin rolls, as well as other mouth-watering delights. Favorite Inn beverages offered include cappuccino, macchiato, chai tea, coffee and smoothies.

For the lunch crowd, the bakery offers a variety of sandwiches, soups, chili and sides. Signature sandwich selections include blackened tuna nicoise and spicy shrimp salad, as well as classic favorites like pesto parmesan ham and double gloucester cheese.

The Inn Bakery is located at short distance from The Gasparilla Inn & Club at 384 E. Railroad Avenue in Boca Grande. The Bakery is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in season.

Please inquire for more information on hours of operations and availability during the fall, spring and summer seasons.

For more information, please call 941.855.9170 or contact The Inn Concierge when a guest of the resort.

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The Beach Club

Located directly on the Gulf of Mexico, The Gasparilla Inn's private Beach Club serves beverages poolside, on our own beach, as well as delightful daily luncheons. On holiday weekends, "Sunset at the Beach" is a great way to relax and enjoy fantastic sunsets, live music, lite dinner fare, snacks and all your favorite beverages.

The Beach Club is open daily, in season, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and is also available after normal operational hours for weddings, special parties and private events.

Other dining options include:

The Main Dining Room
The Pink Elephant

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Depending upon the season, The Gasparilla Inn & Club recommends the following attire in our resort's dining locations and resort facilities. Please click here to review our dress requirements.

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Our Executive Chef

As the new Executive Chef of The Gasparilla Inn & Club, Chef Seth Shipley specializes in Modern American Cuisine that is both inventive and refined. He succeeds his mentor Chef Peter Timmins, The Inn's Executive Chef from August, 2009 to January, 2013. Prior to assuming his new responsibilities, Chef Shipley served as The Inn's Chef de Cuisine for three years, and previously worked as a Sous Chef at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation in Georgia. While attending The Greenbrier Apprenticeship Program, Chef Shipley trained under Certified Master Chef Timmins, during which he earned one Silver and two Gold American Culinary Federation medals. Chef Shipley is also a graduate of the renowned Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts in Pittsburgh.

He is also a member of The Resort Food Executive Committee, a lauded organization dedicated to culinary excellence and the career development of future resort chefs.

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BZ’s

BZ’s is located on the main floor of The Inn, and is a popular gathering place to enjoy favorite beverages and tasty snacks from mid-day to late night daily. The recently redesigned BZ’s features a pecky cypress bar front and ceiling, and is comfortably appointed with upholstered sofas and chairs. The adjoining outdoor terrace is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the fifth green of The Gasparilla Golf Club, as well as Charlotte Harbor in the distance. Among the many signature beverages on the menu are: Gaspartinis, Mojitos and Planter's Punch, as well as many other specialty beverages. Hours of operation are from 2:00 p.m. to closing on weekdays and from noon to closing on weekends. BZ's is open to Inn guests and to the public.

The Main Dining Room
The Pink Elephant
The Beach Club

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The Main Dining Room

The Inn's spacious and welcoming Dining Room is at the heart of the many culinary experiences that delight guests at The Gasparilla Inn & Club. Breakfast and dinner offer the most tantalizing fresh and natural ingredients available, all prepared by The Inn's culinary team. All of this is presented impeccably by a cordial and knowledgeable staff that is dedicated to make each and every dining experience memorable.

Breakfast and dinner are served daily in The Inn's Dining Room during our social season. During the fall and spring seasons, breakfast is served daily. Please check with dining reservations for weekly dinner availability in the Fall and Spring seasons.

A four-course, traditional heritage experience dinner is served in the evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Reservations are required for dinner. Breakfast is served Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. On weekends and other select dates throughout the season, we also offer a breakfast buffet option.

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence
To accompany your meal may we recommend a vintage from The Inn's Main Dining Room wine list? Wine Spectator magazine recently bestowed its coveted Award of Excellence on us again in recognition of our wine collection.

The Inn's Dining Room is open to the public and our Inn guests for breakfast and dinner. Jackets are required for gentlemen at dinner during Social Season.

Other dining options include:

The Inn Bakery
The Pink Elephant
The Beach Club
The Outlet at The Innlet

The Gasparilla Inn & Club is a smoke-free environment.

Depending upon the season, The Gasparilla Inn & Club recommends the following attire in our resort's dining locations and resort facilities. Please click here to review our dress requirements.

For more information and reservations, please call 941.964.4535 or click here.

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The Pink Elephant

Affectionately known as "The Pink," Inn guests and island residents alike enjoy dining at Boca Grande's premier eating and drinking establishment. Guests have gathered at this charming and casual restaurant for great food, signature drinks and refined service for over 60 years. Executive Chef/Manager Rob Plesh's enticing lunch and dinner menus focus on imaginative regional cuisine, seafood and steaks. Situated along the Boca Grande Bayou, the restaurant is located within easy walking distance of The Inn and features an upstairs dining room, downstairs pub and outdoor patio.

The Pink Elephant is open year round and serves lunch and dinner daily during social season. In the fall and spring seasons, The Pink serves dinner nightly and lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, only. Please inquire for more information on hours and availability during the fall, spring and summer seasons.

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence
To accompany your meal may we recommend a vintage from our Pink Elephant wine list? Wine Spectator magazine recently bestowed its coveted Award of Excellence on us in recognition of our wine collection.

The Pink Elephant is open to the public, as well as Inn guests, and also offers two private banquet rooms for special parties and private events.

Other dining options include:
The Main Dining Room
The Beach Club

The Gasparilla Inn & Club is a smoke-free environment.

Depending upon the season, The Gasparilla Inn & Club recommends the following attire in our resort's dining locations and resort facilities. Please click here to review our dress requirements.

For more information, seasonal hours and reservations, please call 941.964.4540

 

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Special Events are Always Memorable at The Inn

Beginning in the fall and continuing through spring, The Gasparilla Inn & Club always has some added allure to make your stay with us even more memorable. Hosting special events is one of our favorite ways to entertain guests at our barrier island home. We take great pleasure in giving you more to experience, and more to enjoy with every visit.

To learn more about some of The Inn's special events we have planned for you this season, click on the links. We hope to see you at a special event soon!

 

Holidays
Annual Food & Wine Weekend
Boca Grande Invitational Croquet Tournament
Family Spring Break
The Boca Grande Fishing Classic

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Beach, BBQ, Bourbon & Beer Weekend

Braise yourself ... It is all about beach, BBQ, bourbon and beer this June when The Gasparilla Inn & Club kicks off the ultimate summer culinary weekend. The National Historic Landmark's fourth annual B4 Weekend will be led by The Inn's Chef Shipley. The weekend is filled with great food, cooking demonstrations, music and plenty of tasting and tippling. Experience Florida and barbecue the way it was meant to be, Friday, June 9 - Sunday, June 11, 2017.

The Beach, BBQ, Bourbon & Beer weekend begins with a Friday evening island reception featuring barbeque specialties by the weekends expert guest chefs. Diners will have the opportunity to sip bourbons and southern beers while learning about — and tasting the results of — barbecue techniques such as braising, smoking and roasting.

The sipping, tasting and grilling continues with Chef Shipley and his guest chefs throughout Saturday. Attendees are invited to discover lauded barbecue sauces, beer and bourbon via culinary demonstrations and tastings. Learn the history of bourbon and how it is made via a bourbon distillery demonstration and tasting. Then, head to The Inn's Beach Club to relax on the pristine, sparkling white sand beachfront and at the large family pool.

The weekend culminates with the final night's dinner, presenting barbecue with a refined twist. All of the weekend's culinarians will collaborate on the special menu for this evening, which will be complemented with your favorite beverages and live music.
 

 

 

Co-Hosted with Garden & Gun



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The Boca Grande Fishing Classic

The internationally renowned Boca Grande Fishing Classic will be held at The Gasparilla Inn & Club once again, May 16-18, 2016. Sport fishermen from around the world will gather here to take part in this exciting and challenging event hosted by The Gasparilla Inn & Club to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Guests will enjoy two days of amazing fishing for tarpon, redfish, snook and trout in the celebrated waters of the Boca Grande Pass and the nearby back waterways, all guided by local professional captains. In addition, guests will participate in a welcome reception and barbecue dinner, on Tuesday evening, a participant only dinner on Wednesday, and the final night awards celebration reception and dinner with live auction on Thursday. The three-night event features celebrity host Ed Marinaro, former Cornell University Football All-American and star of "Hill Street Blues" and other hit television series.

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For more information, room rates and reservations, please call The Gasparilla Inn & Club toll free at 877.403.0599 | 941.964.4500

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Boca Grande Invitational Croquet Tournament

This annual U.S.C.A.-sanctioned event consists of Singles Only in three flights (Championship, 1st Flight and 2nd Flight) and is a challenging and fun-filled three days of competition at The Gasparilla Inn & Club's croquet courts.

The next Boca Grande Invitational Croquet Tournament will be played on The Gasparilla Inn & Club's U.S.C.A.-certified croquet lawns, March 3-6, 2016.

For more details and entry information contact the General Manager's Office at The Inn toll free at 877.403.0599 or 941.964.4500.

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Family Spring Break

Family spring break is a wonderful time to visit The Gasparilla Inn & Club. Over the years multiple generations of families delight in our beaches and a bevy of outdoor activities, as well as sublime opportunities for relaxation and renewal. Activities such as sand castle contests, laser tag, beach games, "Drive-Inn" movies, Inn bingo and more await your discovery during your spring break stay.

Spring Break 2018
March 1 - April 1, 2018

For more information, please contact us toll free at 877.403.0599 or 941.964.4500. Be sure to ask about Family Spring Break Getaways.

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Annual Food & Wine Weekend

The Gasparilla Inn & Club invites gourmands and wine enthusiasts to the most anticipated culinary event of the season, our Annual Food & Wine Weekend. During this exciting weekend, guests learn the cooking techniques of leading chefs, taste wines from the world's most famous regions, and experience delectable cuisine.

Held at The Inn each January, the weekend begins Friday evening with a welcome reception and dinner, where guests embark on a virtual tour of the world's most famous culinary regions. Samplings of distinguished wines are paired with flavorful food. Attendees also have the opportunity to meet and mingle with all the guest chefs and vintners. On Saturday, guests attend culinary events throughout the day, including culinary demonstrations and wine tastings, a final night reception, and the Master Chef's Dinner.

The Eleventh  Annual Food & Wine Weekend is scheduled for January 13-15, 2017.

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Holidays Sparkle at The Inn

The Gasparilla Inn & Club is an idyllic hideaway well suited for a memorable holiday celebration. We welcome individuals, couples, multi-generational families and groups of all kinds to partake in our extraordinary holiday festivities at The Inn.

Picture a magnificent Thanksgiving feast prepared by The Inn's culinary team. Imagine treating your children to our Twelve Days of Christmas or our delightful Easter celebration. Revive your holiday spirit with our time-honored traditions of Florida As It Was Meant To Be.

For more information on a specific holiday, click on the link below. Each holiday has a calendar of featured special activities. The following information is a brief description of many of the activities traditionally offered at the resort. For the most up-to-date information, please contact the Concierge toll free at 877.403.0599 or 941.964.4580. Please note that program dates and times are subject to change without notice.

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Twelve Days of Christmas

The height of the "Social Season" at The Gasparilla Inn & Club begins in late December — just in time for the launch of our Twelve Days of Christmas program. Festive decorations, familiar music and wonderful food are just some of the treats awaiting you this holiday season. We also offer special activities that are sure to spark holiday magic for your entire family, right through the New Year. Cookie decorating, caroling, classic holiday movies, gingerbread house decorating and teddy bear tea parties are just a few of the many activities offered during the Twelve Days of Christmas celebration at The Inn. Come join us for all the holiday fun!

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For more information about these special activities, please call The Inn's Concierge's Desk at 941.964.4580.
Call us now toll free at 877.403.0599 to ask about our Christmas weekend getaways.

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Easter

Join us for a memorable Easter celebration at The Inn! Come together with family and friends for special holiday events, such as our scrumptious Easter Brunch, Easter Egg Coloring, optional BBQ cookouts, The Inn's own private Easter Egg Hunt and more also await you and your family during the weekend. Easter at The Inn is an unforgettable experience for the entire family to enjoy!

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The Inn's Concierge Desk can also provide a list of local Easter church services you may choose to attend.

Call us now toll free at 877.403.0599 to ask about our Easter weekend getaways.

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Fourth of July

Come join us for America's Birthday at The Inn! This sparkling July 4th holiday at The Gasparilla Inn & Club will be filled with fun, games, unique activities and great food. There will be lots to do for everyone in the family, including favorite beach and lawn games, a sand sculpting demonstration and contest, golf, tennis, optional barbecue cookout with fireworks and all of the many other activities and amenities offered at our little barrier island home. Come celebrate this 4th of July with family and friends at The Inn!

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For more information about our special July 4th Weekend Getaway accommodations and activities, please call toll free at 877.403.0599 or The Inn's Concierge Desk at 941.964.4580.

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President's Day Weekend

Mid-February is an ideal time to escape a dreary winter and head to our little island hideaway. The long President's Day Weekend offers a wonderful opportunity to come enjoy our warm hospitality, serene setting, and delightful recreation. Plan a getaway with your golf or tennis group. Bring your best friends for a spa retreat. Treat your family to a bonus vacation. We know your President's Day Weekend visit will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed!

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For more information about these special activities, please call The Inn's Concierge's Desk at 941.964.4580.
Call us now toll free at 877.403.0599 to ask about our President's Day weekend getaways.

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Thanksgiving

Guests of The Gasparilla Inn & Club who spend their Thanksgiving with us appreciate that we provide a bounty of opportunities for fun, fitness, friendly competition and, of course, a succulent holiday feast. It is the perfect recipe for an unforgettable family gathering!

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For more information about these special activities, please call The Inn's Concierge Desk at 941.964.4580.

Call us now toll free at 877.403.0599 to ask about our Thanksgiving weekend getaways.

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Getting Here

The Gasparilla Inn & Club is easily accessible by air, automobile or boat.

More than 20 airlines offer daily service to The Gasparilla Inn & Club via Ft. Myers and Sarasota/Bradenton airports. The resort is an easy 75-minute drive from either airport, as well as only a few minutes drive from the private Coral Creek Airport and The Boca Grande Jet Center.

Traveling by automobile, the resort is a pleasant and scenic trip on Interstate highways and, of course, our 250-slip marina offers a welcoming berth to those seafarers who enjoy plying the Intracoastal waterways directly to our destination.
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Directions from Anywhere

Use these directions

 

Directions from Airports

From Coral Creek Airport: Use these directions

 

From Ft. Myers Airport: Use these directions
For airlines: American, Jet Blue, Continental, Frontier, Air Tran, US Airways, Delta, Spirit

 

From Sarasota/Bradenton Airport: Use these directions
For airlines: Air Canada, Air Tran, Continental, Delta, Jet Blue, Northwest, US Airways

 

From Tampa Airport: Use these directions
For airlines: Frontier, Jet Blue, KLM, Midwest, Northwest, Southwest, Spirit, United, US Airways, Air Canada, Cayman, British Airways, American, Continental, Air Tran, Air Canada
 

The Gasparilla Inn & Club will be pleased to provide you printed boarding passes within 24 hours of your departure. Please contact our Concierge at 941.964.4580.

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Concierge Services Team

The Gasparilla Inn & Club Concierge Team stands ready to assist in any way to ensure you have the most enjoyable and memorable experience here at our little barrier island home. Whether it is arranging a fishing excursion, babysitting services, restaurant reservations or assisting in car rental and transportation services, we want to make your experience at our resort as carefree and pleasant as possible.

Please feel free to contact our Concierge at 941.964.4580.

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Coral Creek Airport

The Boca Grande Jet Center

Gasparilla Inn & Club guests now have limited access to Coral Creek Airport and The Boca Grande Jet Center which is located just two miles northeast of Gasparilla Island. Inn guests who are flying privately and wish to use this facility should contact The Boca Grande Jet Center to make the necessary arrangements.

Coral Creek Airport and The Boca Grande Jet Center is a private airport and jet center that caters exclusively to Boca Grande and the surrounding area. The Boca Grande Jet Center is a full service facility that can cater to all of your private aircraft needs. The facilities include a 15,000 square feet hangar facility, reception area, flight planning area with WiFi, and Jet A fuel service. The airport currently does business with Net Jet, Citation Air, AvantAir and many other major fractional and charter carriers as well as private aircraft.

Expect Five Star Concierge Service from The Boca Grande Jet Center. For more information and landing fee pricing please call, 941.465.1612, or email, coralcreekairport@gmail.com.
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A Perfect Place for Groups

The Gasparilla Inn & Club has been a favorite destination for weddings, family reunions, and corporate meeting planners who desire the perfect destination for business or pleasure.

With more than 6,500 square feet of function space to choose from, event planners know that they can create special occasions and meetings that will fulfill their every need.

Full meeting and business services, including high-speed Internet access, are available at the resort.

Click here to view our Meetings Brochure.

Please call our Group Sales Department for a complete package of information on our facilities, catering, personalized service and accommodations. Please call us toll free at 877.403.0599 or 941.964.4522
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Conference Services

The Gasparilla Inn & Club offers a knowledgeable and experienced staff of conference/catering professionals that will take care of every detail of your meeting, including:

  • Audio/Visual Services
  • Notary Public
  • Stenographer
  • Photocopy Services
  • Tent Rentals
  • Theme Parties
  • Meeting Breaks
  • Meeting Room Wireless Access
  • Cell Phone/BlackBerry Services
  • Floral Services

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Please call our Group Sales Department at 941.964.4522 or our Catering Department at 941.964.4576.

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Coral Creek Airport

The Boca Grande Jet Center

Gasparilla Inn & Club guests now have limited access to Coral Creek Airport and The Boca Grande Jet Center which is located just two miles northeast of Gasparilla Island. Inn guests who are flying privately and wish to use this facility should contact Larry de Andrade, Airport Manager, directly at The Boca Grande Jet Center to make the necessary arrangements.

Coral Creek Airport and The Boca Grande Jet Center is a private airport and jet center that caters exclusively to Boca Grande and the surrounding area. The Boca Grande Jet Center is a full service facility that can cater to all of your private aircraft needs. The facilities include a 15,000 square feet hangar facility, reception area, flight planning area with WiFi, and Jet A fuel service. The airport currently does business with Net Jet, Citation Air, AvantAir and many other major fractional and charter carriers as well as private aircraft.

Expect Five Star Concierge Service from The Boca Grande Jet Center. For more information and landing fee pricing please contact Larry de Andrade, Airport and FBO Manager, at 941.465.1612, or by email, coralcreekairport@gmail.com.
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Event Spaces & Specifications

 
Meeting Room Total
Sq. Ft.
Theatre Banquet Reception Classroom U-Shape Conference Hollow Sq Width Length Ceiling
Height
Gulf Room 2,346 300 180 300 150 75 65 100 34' 69' 18'
Banyan Room 1,440 200 100 150 140 50 25 60 30' 48' 11'
Sharp Room 722 60 40 100 30 24 20 28 19' 38' 10'
The Pelican Club 836 40 50 100 32 30 26 34 38' 22' 11'
Croquet Club House 527 24 20 50 18 16 16 16 17' 31' 8'
Garden Room 480 40 40 40 24 26 16 16 15' 32' 11'
Palm Room 225 - 12 - - - - - 15' 15' 11'
 
Unique Banquet Experiences Total Square Feet Banquet Reception
The Beach Club 27,075 380 550
The Beach Club Pavilion 10,125 170 250
The Beach Club Pool Deck 6,370 200 400
The Beach Club Fire Pit 2,346 150 150
The Croquet Lawn 1 5,539 100 200
The Croquet Lawn 2 6,789 200 400
The Croquet Lawn 3 20,274 500 500
The Golf Club Gazebo 1,225 80 150
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Private Food & Beverage Events

Food Service

The Inn's culinary team has put together a food and beverage repertoire to assist in creating perfect menus for every private group dining need. Please be advised that outside catering is not permitted for any functions held at The Gasparilla Inn & Club.

A gratuity of 20% and 6% sales tax will be added to all private food charges at the resort. Please note that a final guarantee of expected guests will be required three days prior to the event.

Beverage Service

Cocktail and Beverage Service must also be provided by The Inn. Cost for this will depend entirely upon items selected and usage. Wine and beer are charged per bottle, and all other cocktails are charged per drink. An inclusive hourly open bar rate is also available. A gratuity of 20% and 6% sales tax is added to all beverage charges based upon consumption.

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Meeting Rooms

The Inn's charming boutique environment is ideal for strategic meetings, management retreats and incentive programs. Our intimate environment is a refreshing change of pace from the staid atmosphere of other venues. Here you have the space and privacy to completely focus on your agenda, whether it's recalibrating your business or energizing top executives. Our experienced conference department is dedicated to fulfilling your unique needs for meetings, recreation, dining and accommodations. The Inn's facilities and services accommodate meetings up to 300 attendees and provide the latest in audiovisual equipment and Internet access throughout the resort, even at poolside.
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The Garden Room

The Garden Room dimensions are 15 ft. x 32 ft. or 480 square feet. This location is ideal for functions of up to 40 persons. This private dining room is also available for breakfast or dinner from The Inn's Dining Room menu of the day (extra fee to apply).

*Please note that the site rental fee includes The Inn's tables and chairs, white linens, fine china and glassware. Any specialty items such as colored linens, special order chairs, tables, china, staging or dance floors requested will entail additional rental fee charges.

For more information please call our Group Sales Department at 941.964.4522.
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The Gulf Room

The Gulf Room is the largest function room accommodation at the resort, and is ideal for weddings, family reunions, corporate meetings and other special events. The Gulf Room is conveniently located at The Inn's Beach Club.

The Gulf Room dimensions are 69 ft. x 34 ft. or 2,346 square feet. This location can accommodate up to 300 persons for meetings, or up to 180 persons for seated dinners.

*Please note that the Site Rental Fee includes The Inn's Tables and Chairs, White Linens, Fine China and Glassware. Any specialty items such as colored linens, special order chairs, tables, china, staging or dance floors requested will entail additional rental fee charges.

For more information please call our Group Sales Department at 941.964.4522.
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The Palm Room

The Palm Room dimensions are 15 ft. x 15 ft. or 225 square feet. This location is ideal for functions of up to 10 persons. This Private Dining Room is also available for breakfast or dinner from The Inn's Dining Room menu of the day (extra fee to apply).

*Please note that the site rental fee includes The Inn's tables and chairs, white linens, fine china and glassware. Any specialty items such as colored linens, special order chairs, tables, china, staging or dance floors requested will entail additional rental fee charges.

For more information please call our Group Sales Department at 941.964.4522.
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The Pelican Club

The Pelican Club room dimensions are 38 ft. x 22 ft. or 836 square feet. This location is ideal for functions of up to 50 persons. Cocktails may also be served outside the room on the adjoining Croquet Lawn, overlooking the fifth and sixth holes of The Gasparilla Golf Club or the entire evening may be held indoors.

*Please note that the Site Rental Fee includes The Inn's Tables and Chairs, White Linens, Fine China and Glassware. Any specialty items such as colored linens, special order chairs, tables, china, staging or dance floors requested will entail additional rental fee charges.

For more information please call our Group Sales Department at 941.964.4522
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The Sharp Room

The Sharp Room dimensions are 19 ft. x 38 ft. or 722 square feet. This location is ideal for functions of up to 40 persons. Cocktails may also be served outside on the Sharp Room Terrace, with dinner in the Sharp Room.

*Please note that the Site Rental Fee includes The Inn's Tables and Chairs, White Linens, Fine China and Glassware. Any specialty items such as colored linens, special order chairs, tables, china, staging or dance floors requested will entail additional rental fee charges.

For more information please call our Group Sales Department at 941.964.4522.
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Team Building

At The Gasparilla Inn & Club, team building combines the finest meeting facilities with cutting edge leadership and team development curriculum. All of our team building activities offered by Inn Adventures are designed to create experiences in fun-filled team-based skills that can be implemented in the office setting.

Groups may choose from a wide array of programs that include:

  • Firequest
  • The Amazing Race
  • Creative Constructions
  • Domestic Demolition
  • The Battle of the Bridges
  • Rocket Launch
  • Creative Workshops

For more information about how Team Building can serve your special meeting needs, please call our Group Sales Department at 941.964.4522.

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Boca Grande is truly a special destination

It does not take long to discover that Boca Grande truly is a special destination. As soon as you arrive on Gasparilla Island, the pristine environment feels like a breath of fresh air and a welcome change of pace from the hustle of everyday life. It's everything one dreams it to be, and more: Historical...Picturesque...Relaxing...Enchanting...Fun!

Without a traffic light in sight, golf carts and bicycles are the preferred way to get around the island...that is if you are not walking. This quaint island town is lined with swaying palm trees down its seven mile length, and its width is only 1/2 mile at its widest point. Everyday offers a new adventure to enjoy the uniqueness and appeal of this "old world" paradise where time has almost stood still.

Kissed by both the Gulf of Mexico and Charlotte Harbor, Boca Grande is a quaint and friendly village of shops, restaurants and places to see and things to do. While visiting The Gasparilla Inn & Club, you will want to take time to visit the Lighthouse Museum and the Boca Grande Community Center as well as see a performance of the Royal Palm Players. You will also find a myriad of treasures in the shops and be awed by the island's natural beauty as you bike or hike the miles and miles of beautiful beachfront and inland pathways. To enhance your experience and help make your visit all the more memorable, here is a sampling of some of the services and facilities our island has to offer:
 

Boca Grande Health Clinic
Boca Grande Community Center
Royal Palm Players
Boca Grande Lighthouse and Museum
Gasparilla Island State Park
Johann Fust Community Library
St. Andrews Episcopal Church
First Baptist Church
Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church
Boca Grande United Methodist Church

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About Gasparilla Island

Gasparilla Island is one of a string of barrier islands along the southwest Gulf Coast between Fort Myers and Tampa, Florida. It is bordered by the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Charlotte Harbor, Little Gasparilla Pass, and the Boca Grande Pass. Fishermen are rewarded with plentiful catches of grouper, snapper, mackerel, and kingfish in the surrounding waters. Over the years, Boca Grande has also earned the distinction of being known as "The Tarpon Fishing Capital of the World."

Back on land, seven miles of glorious sugar white sand beaches offer up many of the ocean's treasures. Shelling is a favorite pastime on Gasparilla Island. Beachcombers find a wonderful assortment of prized shells and species, including sand dollars, starfish, shark's eye snails, Florida cones, horse conchs, lightning whelks, and much more. The best time to go shelling is at low tide.

The beaches on Gasparilla Island are also an important nesting ground for loggerhead sea turtles. In fact, Florida beaches account for one third of the world's total population of this endangered species. The sea turtles begin laying their eggs in the sand in March, with peak nesting between May and August. After the eggs incubate for 45 to 55 days, the tiny turtles are hatched and must make it safely to the surf before any predator spies them. The few that survive and grow to adulthood will eventually weigh between 200 and 350 pounds and measure three feet in length. They will return to the same beach to nest.

At the southern end of the island, just south of the town of Boca Grande, is Gasparilla Island State Park. The park is a birder's paradise because it attracts a wide variety of birds, including ospreys, pelicans, ring-billed gulls, royal terns, great blue herons, frigate birds, white ibis, roseate spoonbills, palm warblers, and others. These birds as well as other wildlife can be found around other parts of Gasparilla Island, as well.
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Friends of Boca Grande Community Center

Founded in 1986, the Friends of Boca Grande Community Center provides many different programs and services for the greater Boca Grande community. The center features an auditorium, fully equipped fitness center, playground, as well as basketball and volleyball courts. The Friends of Boca Grande Community Center, a non-profit organization, offers a wide variety of programs, such as the Lifelong Learning series, Literature Forum, Writing Workshops, concerts, lectures, etc. All facilities are open to the public. For more information about the Community Center, please call 941.964.0827 or visit www.friendsofbocagrande.com.

In partnership with Lee County Parks and Recreation, the Boca Grande Community Center also offers an array of educational programs, parades, fun runs, youth camps, etc. For more information about upcoming events and programs by the Lee County Parks and Recreation, please call 941.964.2564 or email Bob Green, rgreen@leegov.com.

The Boca Grande Community Center is open Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday and is located at 131 W. First Street, just a few blocks south of The Gasparilla Inn & Club.
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Boca Grande Health Clinic

The Boca Grande Health Clinic is a non-profit organization that provides medical care to the greater Gasparilla Island community. Board certified physicians provide primary healthcare and urgent care services at the Clinic year round.

If you should require medical attention, you may visit The Clinic by appointment or on a walk-in basis, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. A physician is also on-call 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

To schedule an appointment or reach the on-call physician, call the Clinic at 941-964-2276. For more information, visit the Boca Grande Health Clinic website at www.bghc.org.

Boca Grande Health Clinic does not accept insurance. Cash, check, or credit card (Amex, MasterCard, and Visa) are accepted for payment at the time of service.
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Boca Grande Historical Society

The Boca Grande Historical Society and Museum is committed to sharing the rich history of Gasparilla Island with its members and the public. The museum displays its collections of artifacts, memorabilia, photographs and research of the island's history, including recounted stories from long time Boca Grande residents concerning the events and people that shaped the island's past.

Various exhibitions, educational activities and events are offered throughout the year. The museum and gift shop are open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is located in the Lee County historic Teacherage House, on the corner of Park Avenue and Banyan Street. For more information please call 941.964.1600 or visit http://www.bocagrandehistoricalsociety.com/.
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Johann Fust Community Library

The recently remodeled Johann Fust Community Library contains a wide variety of books, magazines and videos, as well as a children's library with secret garden, state of the art media center and a reference area that includes more than 10,000 volumes. Built in 1949, the library was given to the village of Boca Grande by winter residents Mr. and Mrs. Roger Amory. The beautiful pink stucco building is recognized for its welcoming carved cypress doors and an open-air loggia, complete with formal gardens and fountain.

Readings, lectures, children's activities and other events are open to Inn guests and library members. Guests of The Gasparilla Inn & Club are welcome to use the library during their stay on the island. Island visitors may also obtain a temporary three month membership for $15.00. Complimentary transportation is available for all Inn guests. The library is open year round from 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday) and 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Saturday).

Only three short blocks northwest of The Inn, the Johann Fust Community Library is located at 1040 W. 10th and Gasparilla Road. For more information about membership or general information about the library, please call 941-964-2488 or visit https://sites.google.com/a/jfcl.org/johann-fust-community-library/.
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Lighthouse & Museum

The Port Boca Grande Lighthouse was built in 1890 to mark the southern tip of Gasparilla Island. A working U.S. Coast Guard Light, the lighthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places, and features a museum of local and island history. The lighthouse and museum are managed and operated by Barrier Island Parks Society (BIPS), which is a citizen support organization.

The lighthouse and museum is located at the southernmost tip of Gasparilla Island, and is the centerpiece of Gasparilla Island State Park. Open to the public, the museum and gift shop are open Wednesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Closed major holidays and the month of August. There is no admission fee, but a $3 donation to the State Park is requested.

For more information regarding information about the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse and Museum, please call 941-964-0060 or visit http://www.barrierislandparkssociety.org.
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Gasparilla Island Places of Worship

The opportunity for religious expression is found in the many places of worship located on Gasparilla Island.

Most Boca Grande communities of faith provide traditional religious services and programs for residents and visitors on a year around basis. In addition, many open their doors for traditional wedding ceremonies as a part of the ideal destination wedding location.

For times of worship service and other information, please contact the individual churches listed below or call The Inn's Concierge desk at 941.964.4580.

Amory Memorial Chapel
Gasparilla Island State Park
941.964.0060
* Available to rent for public or private events. Not an active church.

First Baptist Church
421 4th Street West
941.964.2386
firstbocagrandebaptist.com

"Lighthouse" United Methodist Church
325 3rd Street West
941.964.2479
bglighthouseumc.com

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church
240 Park Avenue
941.964.2254

St. Andrews Episcopal Church
380 Gilchrist Avenue
941.964.2257
www.standrewsbocagrande.org
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Weddings

The Gasparilla Inn & Club takes great pride in providing a beautiful location, exceptional food and the finest service for your wedding celebration. The Inn has become known as one of the most memorable destination wedding locations in the country. Our professional staff is dedicated to ensuring that your special day is a memorable experience for all who attend.

As a seasonal resort, The Gasparilla Inn & Club entertains weddings during our Fall, Social and Spring Seasons. Dates are available beginning from early October to early July. The Inn is closed annually from mid-July to early October.

For more information, please call our Catering Department at 941.964.4576.

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Ceremony Sites

The Gasparilla Inn & Club offers several locations for your wedding ceremony...

 

The Gasparilla Inn Beach Club
Wedding ceremonies up to 125 persons may be comfortably held at the Beach Club Gazebo overlooking the Gulf of Mexico or directly on our beautiful white sand beach. Wedding ceremonies up to 180 persons may be held in The Gulf Room at The Beach Club. The Gasparilla Inn Beach Club is open for our guests' and members' use until 6:00 p.m. daily, and we therefore suggest planning your function for 6:30 p.m. or later.

The Gasparilla Inn Croquet Lawns
For wedding ceremonies more than 100 persons, we offer three Croquet Lawns overlooking the golf course, ponds and bayou behind The Inn.

The Gasparilla Golf Club Gazebo
Wedding ceremonies up to 100 persons may be held at the historic Golf Course Gazebo which overlooks our Pete Dye golf course and scenic Charlotte Harbor. The Gasparilla Inn Golf Club is open for our guests' and members' use daily, and we therefore suggest planning your function for 6:30 p.m. or later.

The Banyan Tree
Wedding ceremonies of up to 200 persons may be held under the large Banyan Tree on the 5th hole of The Gasparilla Golf Club. 

The Gasparilla Inn Living Room
The Gasparilla Inn Living Room is available for wedding ceremonies up to 300 persons. The Living Room is approximately 2,497 square feet. This site is only available for weddings that have booked the entire sleeping room inventory of the resort.

 






 
Alternative ceremony site suggestions on the island are also available upon request. Baptist, Episcopal, Catholic and Methodist churches are available on the island for weddings.
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Private Food & Beverage Events

Food Service

The Inn's culinary team has put together a food and beverage repertoire to assist in creating perfect menus for every private group dining need. Please be advised that outside catering is not permitted for any functions held at The Gasparilla Inn & Club.

A gratuity of 20% and 6% sales tax will be added to all private food charges at the resort. Please note that a final guarantee of expected guests will be required three days prior to the event.

Beverage Service

Cocktail and Beverage Service must also be provided by The Inn. Cost for this will depend entirely upon items selected and usage. Wine and beer are charged per bottle, and all other cocktails are charged per drink. An inclusive hourly open bar rate is also available. A gratuity of 20% and 6% sales tax is added to all beverage charges based upon consumption.

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Our Wedding Gallery

For almost a century, The Gasparilla Inn & Club has played host to numerous notables and nuptial celebrations. Couples are drawn to the ease that comes with planning a wedding at a resort with full-service amenities, unique wedding locations, extraordinary culinary offerings, as well as our picturesque, genteel setting.

Browse through our wedding gallery, for a glimpse at some of the spectacular wedding ceremonies and receptions that have taken place at The Inn.

 

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Reception Sites

The Gasparilla Inn & Club offers several locations for your wedding reception...

The Gasparilla Inn Beach Club
For seated meal functions of up to 180 persons, the Beach Club is our most popular site. Located directly on the Gulf of Mexico, this facility offers the flexibility of both indoor and outdoor dining. Cocktails are typically served poolside with dinner to follow either inside the building known as the Gulf Room or outdoors surrounding the pool. The Gasparilla Inn Beach Club is open for our guests' and members' use until 6:00 p.m. daily, and we therefore suggest planning your function for 6:30 p.m. or later. The Gulf Room dimensions are 69ft. x 34ft. or 2,346 square feet.

The Gasparilla Inn Croquet Lawns
For wedding functions of more than 100 persons, we offer The Gasparilla Inn Croquet Lawns overlooking the golf course, ponds and bayou behind The Inn. It would be necessary to rent a tent to cover this area and The Inn would be delighted to work with you on the arrangements. There are three Croquet Lawns available at this site. The largest event lawn is 20,274 square feet, followed by 6,789 square feet and the third event lawn is 5,539 square feet. The tent rental is not included in the Site Fee, but use of all three lawns is included.

The Gasparilla Golf Course Gazebo Area
For wedding functions up to 75 persons, the Gasparilla Golf Course Gazebo is available. Cocktails may be served on the lower area with dinner to follow on the Gazebo, itself. The Gazebo is octagonal in shape and measures 1,225 square feet. The Gasparilla Inn Golf Club is open for our guests' and members' use daily, and we therefore suggest planning your ceremony for 6:30 p.m. or later.

The Gasparilla Inn’s Banyan Room
The Inn’s Banyan room can accommodate up to 100 persons and is entered via The Gasparilla Inn’s Dining Room. The approximate square footage of The Banyan Room is 1,440 square feet. The Banyan Room features a classic and tropical feel, with high ceilings, pillars, and bamboo or wicker furniture. Guests may enjoy views of the beautifully landscaped grounds during your celebration.
 
The Gasparilla Inn’s Intimate Event Spaces
For smaller wedding functions we offer The Gasparilla Inn Croquet Club House, The Pelican Club Room and The Sharp Room. Accommodating between 30 and 50 guests, these private spaces provide an intimate setting for your function.
 
The Gasparilla Inn's Dining Room
The Inn's Dining Room is available for wedding functions of up to 300 persons. Cocktail Receptions followed by dinner may be held at this grand location. The approximate square footage for The Inn's Dining Room is 5,510 square feet. This site is only available for weddings that have booked the entire sleeping room inventory of the resort.

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