Historical Old-Florida Resort Overlooking Lake Jackson
George Sebring sought to create a utopian community soaked in sunshine and full of well-heeled, happy citizens when he founded the town of Sebring, Florida in the early 1900s. To help complete the vision, Sebring, a pottery manufacturer and self-made millionaire, built the Kenilworth Lodge in 1916—an opulent Mediterranean Revival–style hotel. The lodge immediately became popular with wealthy travelers coming on the new railway line to winter in Florida and took in various celebrity guests, such as Adolf M. Ochs, owner of the New York Times.
Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Kenilworth retains its old-fashioned vibe and emphasizes the simpler pleasures, such as kicking back on the iconic rocking chairs on its verandah overlooking Lake Jackson. Numerous recreation areas dot the property: guests can play shuffleboard, unwind in a newly resurfaced, 80-foot outdoor heated pool, or learn how use pool cues as chopsticks in the classic billiards room. The onsite The Cusworth Arms Pub & Wine Bar serves cold drafts of beer and hosts regular wine-tasting events.
Plush bedding and gilt frames add to the classic style in each lodge room, located in the Kenilworth's main building. Each morning, vacationers can head downstairs to take in the continental breakfast, which features coffee, waffles, donuts, and juice.
Sebring, Florida: Championship Golf Courses and National Parks
The town of Sebring is located in central Florida, set along the shores of Lake Jackson and about 10 miles from Lake Placid. The area is a popular destination for golfers thanks to its sunny weather year-round and championship courses, and guests at Kenilworth Lodge can book rounds through the hotel at a discount.
True to city planner George Sebring's vision, Sebring is a warm, inviting town, where families still gather on Lake Jackson to boat and fish. There's an old-fashioned feel to some of the places and activities; a nearby high-yield mining flume lets adults and kids sift through buckets of silt for rubies and amethyst, and a nostalgic diner serves chocolate malts.
Two miles from the Lodge lies one of the oldest parks in Florida, the Highlands Hammock State Park. Here, visitors walk along its elevated boardwalk through the vines of an old-growth cypress swamp, offering a glimpse of the undeveloped scenery if Mickey Mouse were to never have discovered Florida.