Posted by: justnaturallyme | August 16, 2013

Preview of the Alfond Inn

The entrance to the Alfond Inn

The entrance to the Alfond Inn

We were invited to a press preview of the Alfond Inn, a new 112 room boutique hotel in the heart of Winter Park, Florida. It is owned by Rollins College  and they consider it “A Work of Heart” because the funds generated will go to a special scholarship to Rollins College. It opens August 18, 2013

It’s designed in the Spanish Mediterranean Style with lots of arches, columns, trellises and wrought iron both inside and out and is a work of art in its own right. The icing on the cake is The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art for Rollins College. The 100-plus piece collection has not been exhibited elsewhere and is artfully displayed throughout the public areas at The Alfond Inn.


The pool sits atop the second floor overlooking picaresque Winter Park

The rooms there have it all. From the Signature Suite to the standard rooms, every one is a winner. They are elegant with a simple sophistication that is never overdone. They are styled in soft earth tones meant to sooth and relax a tired traveler. The art in the rooms are images from the campus of Rollins College.

When you go be sure to take time to relax at the rooftop pool. It’s on the second floor and has some great views from its courtyard. Then stop in at the fitness and do a workout.


Chocolate cake and cheesecake!! Need I say more?

You will need to burn off those calories before–and especially after– you visit Hamilton’s Kitchen. This the most down-to-earth upscale restaurant you’ll ever see. It’s designed to make you feel like you are sitting in Grandma’s kitchen.

Executive Chef J. Christopher Windus is passionate about the freshness of his food. He incorporates local products such as Apalachicola oysters, Florida Gulf shrimp and Florida grown produce and meats in his innovative menu. The menu will change to suit the seasons and will incorporate  the best of Florida grown foods like tomatoes, strawberries, gulf seafood and naturally citrus products.

Alford Inn lured him away from his previous position as executive chef at Todd English’s Bluezoo at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel. Since he is a Winter Park native it’s a win-win situation.

At the press preview, the culinary offerings included samples of Chef Windus’ Apalachicola Oysters Rockefeller, Braised Short Rib, Kale Cesar, Glazed Sweet Potatoes, and so many others choices it’s impossible to remember. The dessert bar stood out in memory for its Crème Brule, cheesecake and chocolate cake but they were not alone. So I can state for a fact, he’s a gem.


The dining room at Hamilton’s Kitchen

Jane McLean, Director of Weddings and Social Events, said they were actually booked up for a few nights in August. How wonderful and especially so for a hotel with so much heart

This is going to be the Inn Roads feature on for the Oct. 2013 issue so do check there for more about the Alfond Inn and lots of other great travel destinations and dining. We also have a video posted on youtube at

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  1. hmm I don’t know if my comment ended up being a message to you! I was just saying that I like the hotel’s look. But I’m sure it is outside my budget, but still nice to see, never know if I’ll be down there one day on business. I can dream right? Thanks for sharing. Really cool that the funds support a scholarship too

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