Hotel at a Glance: Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort
There's no shortage of activities at Innisbrook, a luxury resort along Florida's Gulf Coast. Guests can play tennis on clay courts, fish on multiple lakes, and play 18 holes without ever leaving the property. The resort's outdoor pools feature water slides, a 15-foot waterfall, and communal grills. And, if you want to hit the beach, there's a free shuttle to Caladesi Island, an undeveloped spot that the New York Times says "can transport visitors to a pristine past."
- Number of pools: six, plus a 32-person hot tub
- Room with a view: Each guest room or suite overlooks the well-manicured property, with views of either the golf courses, the lawn, or the garden
- Signature spa treatment: a scalp massage with Moroccan Argan oils, followed by a full-body massage with Tamanu shea butter and a foot scrub with ootanga, or watermelon seed oils
- Number of golf courses: four 18-hole courses and a 9-hole walking course that's perfect for families
- Tee off at the 18-hole Copperhead Course, which GolfWeek recently ranked as Florida's 6th best course. It hosts the PGA Tour's Tampa Bay Championship each year.
- Order this: cooked-to-order prime rib at Packard's Steakhouse, served with garlic mashed potatoes and buttered broccoli; available Friday and Saturday nights only
- Rent a bicycle: to explore 900-acres of protected wetlands on well-maintained trails.
Palm Harbor, Florida: Unspoiled Beaches and Historic Downtown Along the Gulf of Mexico
Palm Harbor is a hotbed of outdoor recreation, thanks to a scenic perch on the Gulf of Mexico and year-round warm weather. The beachside community just outside of Tampa encompasses four resort golf courses, mineral hot springs, and lots of pristine, white-sand beaches. Some of the best beaches can be found right across the causeway at Honeymoon Island State Park. Head here to swim and snorkel in warm, clear waters or hike through slash pine forests to bird observation areas, where you might spot osprey nests. From here, you can catch a ferry to the unspoiled Caladesi Island State Park. There are no high-rise hotels or busy roads here, only miles of uncrowded beachfront.
Palm Harbor's historic downtown is worth a visit. Historic buildings from the town's early days as a pioneer town and farming hub line Florida Avenue; many currently house local restaurants, shops, and salons. To learn more about the town's rich history, visit the North Pinellas Historical Museum, housed in a 1915 home. Admission to the museum is free.