Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Wakulla Springs Lodge


The Wakulla Springs Lodge was built in 1937 by wealthy financier Edward Ball. There are 27 guest rooms at the lodge and each one of them has a huge marble bathroom. The rooms are decorated with antiques and there are no televisions in the rooms, intentionally creating a relaxing and quiet stay and transporting guests back in time.


The lobby features an inviting fireplace, antique furniture and huge windows offering beautiful views of the springs and surrounding woods. There is also a big flat screen TV in one corner, just in case you can't stand not having a TV in your room!



One of the fun things to do when you are hanging out in the lobby is playing checkers on the old marble checkerboard tables. My grandson and I played several games while we were there and he beat me every time!

 
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The Ball Room Restaurant, located on the ground floor, overlooks Wakulla Springs and the food here is wonderful! I took this picture in the late afternoon just before they opened it for dinner.

20 comments:

Ann said...

The lobby, the restaurant is so spacious. A modern day developer will want to keep everything as compact as possible.

Darla said...

Been here many many times! Love it.

B SQUARED said...

This is certainly a step back in time.

Ms. Moon said...

It's been too long since I've been down to that beautiful spot. You're reminding me I need to go again soon.

Tricia said...

looks like a very nice place!

Halcyon said...

I love the checkerboard! This looks like a really neat place. I would love to visit sometime.

Small City Scenes said...

Wow, that's quite a place. Did you spend the night? MB

Jacob said...

If I'm ever looking to "get away from it all," and just relax and wander about far from the maddening crowd, this might be just the place to go.

A fine series of photos, Lois, that convey well the ambiance of this lodge as well as it's many amenities.

But...your grandson beat you at Checkers? Yikes! Aw...I think you let him win!

Lois said...

I didn't spend the night this time, but I have spent the night before and really enjoyed it. No Jacob I did not let him win (actually he cheats but whatever) ;)

Abraham Lincoln said...

It reminds me of the circus man's mansion on the east coat.

We are having some delightful weather here today. I have been out for a brief period and sat in a chair and listened to the birds singing and the mother robin scolding her baby about going there or here. The hummingbird popped in on me and left before I could really get a good look. I find I can fall asleep at the drop of a hat and it feels so good to wake up and realize it is still daylight. Your flowers are beautiful. I have some open but not much variety yet.

VP said...

I'd like to stay there, the place is absolutely great. So my kid wasn't the only cheater at the game...

Bill said...

That looks like my kind of retreat. No TVs in the room, sounds good. I love that checkerboard.

Sunny said...

What a lovely place for a quiet getaway. I love the expression on your Grandson's face, very cute!
☼ Sunny

Clueless in Boston said...

The building and grounds looks quite beautiful.

Julie said...

I wonder why you call them checkers and we call them draughts AND what is Chinese Chequers?

The pieces look like marble as well as the table.

Kaori said...

The restaurant is lovely! A good game of checkers will work up an appetite for sure :D

Rinkly Rimes said...

What a gracious building and an ideal place for a relaxed holiday.

Clytie said...

What a wonderful place ... very simple, very classy, very relaxing looking. Sigh.

Lisa Wilson said...

That's a huge and beautiful place!

Leif Hagen said...

Looks like quite a grand, wonderful place! I could spend some days there!