Old-Florida Lodge Overlooking Lake Jackson
When self-made millionaire George Sebring founded his namesake town in the early 1900s, he sought to create a utopian community soaked in sunshine and full of well-heeled, happy citizens. To help complete the vision, Sebring built Kenilworth Lodge, an opulent Mediterranean Revival–style hotel. The lodge immediately became popular with wealthy travelers arriving on the new railway line to winter in Florida.
Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Kenilworth Lodge retains its old-fashioned vibe. You can focus on the simple pleasures here: feel free to kick back on one of the veranda’s rocking chairs and take in the view of Lake Jackson. Elsewhere on the property, you can play shuffleboard, unwind in a newly resurfaced 80-foot outdoor pool or learn how to use pool cues as chopsticks in the classic billiards room.
Plush bedding and gilt frames can be found in each lodge room in Kenilworth's main building. In the morning, head downstairs for a complimentary continental breakfast.
Highlights of Sebring, Florida
- On the waterfront: The town of Sebring is located in central Florida, along the shores of Lake Jackson and about 10 miles from Lake Placid.
- Year-round sunny weather and championship courses make the area a popular destination for golfers.
- Family-friendly pursuits: fishing and boating on the lake, sifting through buckets of silt for rubies and amethyst at a nearby high-yield mining flume, and visiting Legoland, located about 30 minutes away.
- Highlands Hammock State Park is one of the oldest in Florida. Here you can walk along an elevated boardwalk through an old-growth cypress swamp.