Monday, March 22, 2010

Hotel Jacaranda in Avon Park,Florida

Have you ever wanted to go back in time and try to experience old Florida?
Visit 


The Jacaranda Hotel
19 East Main Street Avon Park, FL


2017 ( Update ) 

Avon Park actually has an old style park down the center of the main street.
Almost feels like you've gone back in time.Avon Park is a city in Highlands CountyFlorida, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 8,836 and in 2015 the estimated population was 10,086.It is the oldest city in Highlands County, and was named after Stratford-upon-Avon, England.

A short drive south of Walt Disney World but like no other  part of Florida you've ever visited

Included  in this central park  is an old style gazebo
You just never know what  event or concert will be held here.


Once the location of a gigantic jacaranda tree
Nestled in a quiet corner of Florida’s Heartland, The Hotel Jacaranda is the picture of Southern repose. Built in the 1920s and listed on the National Historic Register, Avon Park’s “gracious lady” boasts high ceilings and quiet hallways. In years gone by, the Jacaranda played hostess to the likes of Babe Ruth and Clark Gable. Today, the hotel radiates unequalled elegance, with a lobby that invites visitors into the warmth of its green, mauve, and beige furnishings. Guest rooms are comfortable and spacious. A sprawling veranda overlooks tree-lined Main Street and serves as a favorite gathering place for avid card players. The Jacaranda lies within easy driving distance of Cypress Gardens, Historic Bok Sanctuary, and Orlando’s numerous theme parks. After a day of sightseeing, guests can relax in the hotel’s swimming pool. As a South Florida State College facility, the hotel and its grounds are tobacco-free.


As a true example of living history, The Hotel Jacaranda is one of the oldest continuously operating hotels in Highlands County. When the Jac opened in 1926, it took its name from a 150-year-old jacaranda tree that had been removed to make way for the hotel. Among its first guests were members of the St. Louis Cardinals, who came to Avon Park for spring training from 1927 to 1929. Photos of its famous guests, from Babe Ruth to Hollywood celebrities George Burns and Gracie Allen, adorn its dining room. During World War II, the grand hotel played a hand in the war effort by housing hundreds of servicemen who had come to the area to train as military pilots.


An elegant and restored lobby






Full library with all sorts of treasures





Each night all sorts of casual entertainment



Heated swimming pool

Jacuzzi spa ideal for cool winter  days


Old fashioned check in desk
There is even a bird cage style elevator that requires a porter
to take you and your luggage  to the second or third floor rooms


Fine dining in either the Palm and the Citrus rooms

During its winter season, enjoy the elegant, casual dining experience of The Hotel Jacaranda’s Palm Room and Citrus Room. Lunch and dinner are served Monday through Friday. On Sunday, the Jac’s culinary team rolls out its Grand Buffet.
The all-you-can eat buffet features Southern-fried chicken and other regional cuisine along with daily favorites, a salad bar, a dessert bar, and a choice of coffee or tea. Guests are frequently invited to sample specialty dishes created by South Florida State College’s culinary arts students.
From November through May, pianist Jeff Klein entertains with his musical favorites and special requests.
The lunch buffet is available November through May. The dinner buffet runs January through March. Summer menu is available May through September.

















Entrance ramp towards the rear entrance and street level offices
Easy access for those with mobility issues












Sunday brunch with style and at a very reasonable price






In it's heyday home to everyone from bootleggers to    world famous celebrities

Hotel Website

http://www.hoteljac.com/

for a truly great  but unusual vacation experience














                                                             Quaint and historic Avon Park, Florida

Special Notes: information provided is updated in May 2017 and may not be  100% accurate. We stayed at this hotel and loved the ambiance. We also appreciate that as time does to all of us it is subject to change over the years.

Allan N.Oakley
Kissimmee,Florida USA


































































































































































































































































Avon Park actually has a mile long park down the centrer of the main street