Week 23 – #3 Aged to Perfection

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3-aged-to-perfection-3In St. Petersburg, FL, is the home to the Vinoy Park Hotel which opened in 1925.  The nightly rate was $20 per room which was one of the most expensive in the state.  In 1942, the hotel ceased operation as a resort hotel and was leased to the war department.  In December of 1944, the Vinoy opens as a hotel again, no longer being used by the government.  Due to lack of upkeep, the Vinoy closed in 1974. With lots of work by St Petersburg and some developers, renovations start in 1990 to bring the once glorious hotel back opening again in 2000.  Renovations continue and in 2009, the Grand Ballroom is redone with a Chihuly Chandelier.  December 31, 2015 marked the 90th anniversary of its opening.   It has had many names, each included Vinoy, and it is now known as the Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club.  It had its issues with maintenance, the restoration has brought the Vinoy back in Grand Style, making it Aged to Perfection.3-aged-to-perfection-2

 

 

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