Florida in the late 1800s was a paradise waiting to be discovered. During this period, two visionary tycoons of the Gilded Age set out on separate ventures that would transform the Sunshine State from America's last frontier into a destination for the rich and famous. The grand hotels that Henry M. Flagler and Henry B. Plant opened at their planned resort sites offered a fantasy stay surrounded by all the accoutrements expected by sophisticated, Gilded Age patrons. Florida's Grand Hotels from the Gilded Age provides a look at these magnificent structures during their glory years, along with the fashionable entertainment and social and recreational pastimes that engaged their gilded guests.Soon Flagler was stirring with grandiose plans for a hotel of his own that would be followed by another and the acquisition of a third. ... The wealthy socialite guests of the leisure class often spent the entire winter season a January through March a at the hotel, filling their ... The Breakers, which opened as the Palm Beach Inn. The hotel was renamed The Breakers in 1900 after an extensive remodeling.
|Title||:||Florida's Grand Hotels from the Gilded Age|
|Author||:||R. Wayne Ayers|
|Publisher||:||Arcadia Publishing - 2005|