Lake Mirror Pano
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Panoramic view of the sun setting over Lake Mirror in Lakeland, Florida.
Two historic hotels located in dowtown Lakeland, Florida. The Lakeland Terrace; When the Lakeland Terrace Hotel first opened her doors in 1924, she was hailed as one of Florida's finest new year round inns, which at the time was a rather novel concept. Prior to then, and the wide availability of air conditioning, hotels simply opened for The Season, and closed for the summer.
Fortunately, the prosperity of the early 1920s meant that tourists by the trainload were pouring into cities in the Sunshine State, like Lakeland. The warm weather and the lucrative real estate market made the journey all the more enticing.
Seeing this influx of tourism and trade, Florida Collier Court Hotels built their comfortable hotel in the heart of downtown Lakeland, a sister to other hotels in Miami, West Palm Beach, and Tampa.
In those days, guests entered the hotel from Main Street, via a luxurious tropical garden that opened on to Massachusetts Avenue. There, guests were immediately greeted by potted palms that accentuated the majestic, high-ceilinged lobby. Huge French windows in the lounge overlooked Lake Mirror. From her ample restaurant and bar, visitors enjoyed fine meals served in a restful atmosphere. Guest rooms were simply and thoughtfully appointed with then-modern comforts and conveniences that few other hotels could match. Lake Mirror Tower; Not alot of history on this hotel, (left hand side). It was originally called the Regency Tower and was built around the same time as The Terrace. It was on the chopping block not too long ago. But, the city decided to save and renovate it, along with the rest of downtown.
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April 22nd, 2014
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