A Waterfront Weekend

This boutique-style inn captures the simplicity and relaxation of Florida living with amenities and accommodations to rival any big-city resort.

You no longer have to travel to a metropolitan city to indulge yourself in a memorable weekend away. The Waterfront Inn at Lake Sumter Landing in The Villages is an ideal alternative.

Pillow-top beds with luxurious Egyptian linens, flat-screen televisions, panoramic views, high-speed Internet, in-room coffee and room service, granite countertops, and dual shower heads are just a handful of the room amenities offered at the Waterfront Inn.

The gold and soft-green décor and natural surfaces make the inn a tranquil place to unwind.

“It’s a very Tommy Bahama feel,” says Kelly Fairchild, director of food and beverages. “When people walk into our lobby, they get transported to a sprawling Southern plantation.”

Beautiful stained-glass windows feature traditional Florida scenes and the grand lobby’s onyx bar is swirled with muted green and cream tones. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide expansive views of the sparkling lake waters. 

“The hotel décor is tropical, airy, and lovely,” says patron Pat Grigalunas. “Our vacation is a ‘forever’ memory because of our wonderful stay.”

Kelly agrees.

“I actually stayed here once because of a late party,” she says. “I had the best night’s sleep and by far the best shower I’ve ever had. The dual shower heads are fantastic.”

But the amenities don’t stop there. In addition to the in-room features, the facility boasts a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, a full-service fitness center, and valet cleaning and pressing services. Guests can also consult with the concierge to plan the perfect getaway.

The inn’s on-site restaurant, Amelia’s, provides guests with Southern charm and hospitality—not to mention an extensive menu that makes choosing a selection a difficult task.

A full-service restaurant, Amelia’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. The atmosphere is casual yet upscale; the great room and adjoining lobby exude a light tropical feel. Kelly notes that while Amelia’s is a popular choice any time of day, breakfast is especially tempting.

“If you’re interested in a hearty breakfast, our buffet has a little bit of everything, including fresh cut fruit, homemade muffins, bacon, eggs, omelets made to order, home fries, kielbasa, biscuits and gravy, a waffle station, and a variety of cereals and yogurt. ” she says. “You can also order items á la carte.”

The great room menu is available for lunch or dinner, and is served from 11am-9pm. With several entrées to choose from, plus a dizzying array of sides, salads, and sandwiches, there should be something to please anyone’s tastes. Amelia’s uses only the finest, freshest ingredients.

“Depending on the customers’ moods,” Kelly says, “they can order something light and airy or rich and filling.”

A newly expanded wine list and the full bar can complement any meal selection.

Whether you’re interested in an in-room professional massage from the Tuscany Day Spa or a trip to nearby Lakeridge Winery, the Waterfront Inn staff is there to assist with each guest’s individual needs.

Ideally located on the outskirts of The Villages’ Lake Sumter Landing Market Square, a variety of entertainment, dining, and shopping facilities are available for guests to enjoy—all within walking distance.

“This is your weekend away,” Kelly says, “and it can be whatever you want. If you want quiet and secluded, you can do that. If you want to dance, party, and have a few drinks, you can do that, too. Whatever you want this experience to be, we can make it happen. No request is too big or small.”

“Such A Pretty Setting”

weddings, celebrations, business conferences, corporate retreats… when planning your next family or work function, consider the Waterfront Inn in The Villages. With three beautiful rooms to choose from, ranging from the 832-square-foot Everglades room to the 1,895-square-foot Ballroom, the facility can host up to 150 people.

For more intimate weddings of 50 or less, the outside terrace overlooking Lake Sumter is an ideal outdoor location. Ron and Sharon Francis recently hosted their wedding reception at the inn, and utilized both indoor and outdoor seating.

“Kelly helped arrange for us to take a boat ride around Lake Sumter after the ceremony,” Sharon says. “Our guests were waiting at the Inn and it was such a pretty setting arriving at the Waterfront Inn’s dock. We’ll never forget it.”

Ron adds that the staff deserves to be commended for their dedication in making the event a success.

“We can’t say enough good things about the whole experience.” says Sharon. “We couldn’t have asked for a better setting.”

Waterfront Inn
1105 Lake Shore Drive, Lake Sumter Landing • The Villages
(352) 753-7535
www.waterfrontinnvillages.comE-mail: waterfrontinn.dfb@jhmhotels.com

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