Old-Florida Resort 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 heated 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 continental breakfast featuring coffee, waffles, donuts, and juice.
Sebring, Florida: Championship Golf Courses and National Parks
The town of Sebring is located in central Florida, along the shores of Lake Jackson and about 10 miles from Lake Placid. The area is a popular destination for golfers thanks to its year-round sunny weather and championship courses. True to city planner George Sebring's vision, the town is friendly and inviting. Old-fashioned, family-friendly pursuits are still popular here; groups often gather on Lake Jackson to fish and go boating, stopping by a nostalgic diner for chocolate malts afterward. At a nearby high-yield mining flume, adults and kids can sift through buckets of silt for rubies and amethyst.
Two miles from the lodge lies one of the oldest parks in Florida—Highlands Hammock State Park. Here you can walk along an elevated boardwalk through an old-growth cypress swamp and see the undeveloped scenery that prevailed in the days before Florida was conquered by Mickey Mouse.
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