Photos from Florida's Capital City (and occasionally a few from other interesting places I have been fortunate enough to visit in my travels!)
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!
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.
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The lobby, the restaurant is so spacious. A modern day developer will want to keep everything as compact as possible.
Been here many many times! Love it.
This is certainly a step back in time.
It's been too long since I've been down to that beautiful spot. You're reminding me I need to go again soon.
looks like a very nice place!
I love the checkerboard! This looks like a really neat place. I would love to visit sometime.
Wow, that's quite a place. Did you spend the night? MB
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!
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) ;)
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.
I'd like to stay there, the place is absolutely great. So my kid wasn't the only cheater at the game...
That looks like my kind of retreat. No TVs in the room, sounds good. I love that checkerboard.
What a lovely place for a quiet getaway. I love the expression on your Grandson's face, very cute!
The building and grounds looks quite beautiful.
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.
The restaurant is lovely! A good game of checkers will work up an appetite for sure :D
What a gracious building and an ideal place for a relaxed holiday.
What a wonderful place ... very simple, very classy, very relaxing looking. Sigh.
That's a huge and beautiful place!
Looks like quite a grand, wonderful place! I could spend some days there!
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