Full Service Hotel Year Built 1981 Year Remodeled 2001 Additional Property Description Stay at this AAA two diamond Winter Park, Florida hotel and experience superior accommodations in central Floridas City of Homes. Nestled among a chain of lakes, The BEST WESTERN Mt. Vernon Inn features pristine manicured grounds and a knowledgeable service oriented staff. Ideally situated in Winter Park, Florida guests staying at this hotel will enjoy the surrounding lush foliage, ornamental gardens, premier shopping and fine dining. The BEST WESTERN Mt. Vernon Inn offers 143 well appointed guest rooms featuring free high speed Internet access and free long distance access. Other hotel amenities include a private swimming pool, on site restaurant and lounge and five meeting facilities accommodating up to 150 people. This Winter Park hotel is conveniently located near area attractions and cultural points of interest including the Morse Museum of American Art, Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden, Annie Russell Theatre, Loch Haven Art Center and the Orlando Science Center. Families especially will enjoy being close to Orlandos exciting attractions including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Epcot Center and Sea World. Guests traveling on business will appreciate the BEST WESTERN Mt. Vernon Inns proximity to the business section of Northern Orlando, Winter Park Civic Center, Adventist Healthcare and Northrop Gruman Mission Systems. Make a reservation today at the BEST WESTERN Mt. Vernon Inn and save.
Under the medical direction of board-certified physicians Dr. Carson Bauder and Dr. Loakhnauth Ramkishun, the team at Wymore Laser & Anti-Aging Medicine combines cutting-edge equipment with a holistic approach to beauty. Anthony Filardo, DC, follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who were natural-healing practitioners in Calabria, Italy. In addition to completing advanced training in anti-aging nutriceuticals and preventive medicine, Dr. Filardo is certified in medical acupuncture and is a fellow on the Acupuncture Society of America, Inc.
While Dr. Filardo employs ancient techniques to promote wellness, he and his staff also specialize in the latest nonsurgical cosmetic treatments. With a license in facial aesthetics, he expertly wields Palomar lasers to target wrinkles with resurfacing sessions and spider veins with intense pulsed light. Dr. Filardo also sculpts bodies with weight-loss programs and VelaShape cellulite-reduction treatments that leave skin as smooth as a valentine written in syrup.
In 1917, toward the end of WWI, the greens of Winter Park Country Club’s golf course echoed with baaing and bleating. In response to the wartime meat shortage, golfer cleats had given way to hooves: the course’s links, designed by John Dunn of Scotland just 17 years earlier, became grazing pastures for sheep and goats.
This was just one of many course reinventions during its more than 100 years of history, which has seen Winter Park’s fairways expand from 9 to 27 and shrink back to 9 again. Perhaps the course's greatest claim to fame has been the legendary figures who have graced its narrow, tree-hampered fairways, including players with surnames such as Hogan, Snead, and Sarazen.
Players of all stripes, from greenhorns to green-jacket holders, must deal with difficult design and terrain, as showcased on the course’s signature fourth hole, whose dogleg left and tight out-of-bounds areas lead a troubling path to a green situated behind two large bunkers and a massive oak tree. The biggest challenge, however, may reside on the par 3 seventh hole, whose deceptively simple 165-yard length leads into a hard-to-read green with a shape-shifting flagstick.
Course at a Glance:
Nine-hole, par 35 course
Length of 2,470 yards
Course rating of 31.8
Slope rating of 102 on bermuda grass
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The myriad scents of flowers and fruits inside Una Donna Piú might convince visitors that they're wandering through one of the spa's Mediterranean locations. Just as they do in Rome, Paris, Madrid, and Caracas, available treatments draw from nature's alluring fragrances and vitamins, utilizing European products to award guests a hiatus from stress.
Hair artists—whose complimentary consultations and customized cuts helped the salon earn the 2012 Readers' Choice Award for Best Hair Service in Orlando Style magazine—clip away and recolor hair at their stations. During texture treatments, they can enhance volume or work fruit-based straighteners through curly hair that refuse to relax after wearing a propeller beanie upside down. Nail treatments address cuticle care and beyond with seasonal services, such as a papaya-honey mask, exfoliating scrubs, and aromatherapy massage. Warm sips of "Erbe de Frutti" tea lull the senses following facial or waxing appointments, and makeup applications serve to accent features.
Along with her partner, Arturo Diaz, Paola Salamanca decided to open Studio Spa Garden of Healing in 2009, located in a renovated two-story cottage lit by ample windows. The spa—winner of MyCityBeauty magazine's Best Spa in Orlando award—represents a tripartite marriage of Paola's interests in television and film, her family's work in the beauty industry, and Arturo's career in acupuncture and natural medicine.
This harmony among diverse elements becomes apparent as soon as one walks in the spa’s front door and encounters, amid shades of pale lilac, Arturo crafting herbal remedies or redirecting energy pathways with acupuncture. Not far off, beyond a skin bar stocked with Dermalogica products, guests sip sangria or herbal tea in a dimmed relaxation room as they await appointments for facials or a variety of massages, including deep tissue, Thai massage, and "tui na," a Chinese therapeutic massage.
Having traveled abroad to locales such as Spain, Colombia, and India, the spa’s staff boasts knowledge of basic skincare techniques as well as advanced or alternative methods such as vacuum therapy and fire cupping. For her part, Paola works with actors and models and often travels on-set to share her wisdom—a fact that may explain her penchant for adding a dramatic musical score to each of her treatments back at the spa.
Disenchanted with the stigmatization of pool halls as dark, grimy places, lifelong billiards enthusiast Faheem Zia decided to give the game he loved room to thrive in a well-lit and smoke-free joint with an art-deco aesthetic. Gleaming cues dip back and glide smoothly between fingers tented against the main hall's 13 pool tables, which include Diamond Pro-Am units topped in cerulean felt and 9-foot Brunswick Gold Crown IV tables. A heated Søren Søgaard model without pockets serves as a venue for less-common billiards variants and lacks the traditional spots to hide an extra pair of aces.
Each table makes an appearance on the professional circuit monthly, when one of three rotating professional leagues visits and fills the room with an orchestra of cracking Super Aramith balls. During matches, café-style tables surrounded by high-top chairs and stools fill with a range of upscale pub fare such as wings dry-fried in ovens. A jukebox crouches in one corner, spilling forth a varied soundtrack on waves of neon light, and a panoply of touch-screen games and two dartboards let patrons compete while avoiding green felt after a teary falling-out with Kermit.