Suite Land

Per­fect pre- and post-cruise ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions

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VIS­I­TORS TO FLORIDA’S GREATER OR­LANDO AREA ARE OF­TEN SUR­PRISED BY WHAT THEY FIND.

Those who ven­ture out­side the sparkling realm of theme parks find an­other world with a magic all of its own — gen­teel and dig­ni­fied, with old-fash­ioned grandeur and a dis­tinctly South­ern sense of charm. It’s here that the quiet lux­ury of The Al­fond Inn makes a wel­come re­treat be­fore or af­ter your cruise from Port Canaveral. OL D AND NE W _ The cob­ble­stoned streets of Win­ter Park lead to the 112-room bou­tique ho­tel, which is both mod­ern and time­less, with large in­te­rior spa­ces and arch­ways beck­on­ing off to com­fort­able lounges and el­e­gant ball­rooms. The ho­tel is owned by Rollins Col­lege and the walls serve as a show­case for The Al­fond Col­lege of Con­tem­po­rary Art, which fea­tures works do­nated to Rollins Col­lege that are part of the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of the Cor­nell Fine Arts Mu­seum. The inn’s restau­rant, Hamil­ton’s Kitchen, is named for Hamil­ton Holt, Rollins’ pres­i­dent from 1925 to 1949. But it’s the time-hon­ored val­ues of hos­pi­tal­ity and ser­vice — and the nat­u­ral beauty of Cen­tral Florida’s lake­front park­land — that make The Al­fond stand out.

DIN­NER AND A S TROL L _ The Al­fond is lo­cated between the pic­turesque col­lege cam­pus and two of Win­ter Park’s nu­mer­ous lakes. There are scenic boat tours on Lake Osce­ola and a wa­ter­front path along Lake Vir­ginia. The shop­ping dis­trict along nearby Park Av­enue boasts more than 100 bou­tiques, spe­cialty shops, cafés, and mu­se­ums.

But one of the town’s best des­ti­na­tions is within the inn it­self: Hamil­ton’s Kitchen, which spe­cial­izes in mod­ern South­ern cui­sine made with lo­cal in­gre­di­ents and served in a com­fort­able, ge­nial at­mos­phere. The bar’s cock­tail menu is in­trigu­ing, with a spe­cial col­lec­tion linked to the art on dis­play, as well as a se­lec­tion of lo­cal craft beers. TheAl­fondInn.com

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