Gravitas Summer 15

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64 | GRAVITAS MAGAZINE FLIP IDE Historical resorts near and far. the TRAVEL Gasparilla Inn, Boca Grande Wauwinet Inn, Nantucket, MA S Situated on its own private island, the Gasparilla Inn on Boca Grande has hosted business dignitaries, former presidents and other social pedigree since 1913. e exclusive club and resort, known as one of the premier destinations along Florida's Gulf Coast, was a favorite " baby Nantucket" getaway for prominent and wealthy northern visitors, including J.P. Morgan, Henry duPont, and Florida railroad tycoon Henry Plant. At the Gasparilla Inn & Club, one will truly get a taste of tropical Florida living as it was meant to be. First opening as a small two-story hotel, e Gasparilla has expanded over the last century but still remains steadfast in its classic resort charm and explicit dress code. e resort has plenty of amenities, including an expansive beach and tennis club, two restaurants, a championship Pete Dye golf course, and a 250+ slip marina that allows boating enthusiasts access to some of the best tarpon fishing in the world. Price Point: e historic hotel offers 32 guests rooms and four charming cottages. Each room is individually decorated with luxurious amenities and fresh flowers, priced around $750 a night. Port and cheese hour along with refreshments are served daily in the library. Located 30 miles off the Massachusetts coast, the Wauwinet Inn has been a staple of Nantucket's island history, offering chowder, music and entertainment to visitors since the late 1800s. Wauwinet was named after the island's local Native American tribe and embodies the peacefulness of a simpler time when cell phones didn't exist and radios and automobiles were rarely used. Wildflowers and lush foliage line the grounds of this charming, seaside escape surrounded by private beaches. Here, one can spend the day outdoors biking, hiking, boating, or at the resort spa, and then curl up in front of the fireplace to indulge in a good book or conversation. Everything enticing about northern coastal living can be found here, combining history and luxury into one destination. e resort's restaurant, Topper's, features seasonally inspired cuisine, 1,450 types of wines, and stunning views of Nantucket Bay. Price Point: e Gasparilla Inn & Club includes 66 deluxe rooms, suites, cottages and estates, all of which are equipped with Tempur-Pedic's premier Swedish Sleep mattresses. A night's stay in one of the club's cozy cottages is priced around $425 while the Presidential suite is priced at $900 per night. VS.

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