The world's largest occupied wooden structure.
Offering a quiet, rustic respite, this wooden building is full of passageways and gables. Its floors are a bit uneven in places, but that simply adds to the tremendous sense of history. Little has changed since 1897 except, thank heavens, the plumbing. Retirees, golfers and vacationers wanting to stay in a hotel on the National Register of Historic Places are lured here winter after winter. The property is popular with meeting planners. Despite its age and a few changes of management in recent years, this 245-room property is an oasis away from the hustle of downtown Clearwater. The rooms are comfortable, with big beds and antique or near-antique furniture. There are a few shops and restaurants on the premises. The spa provides an array of pampering, and the golf course is just out the side door. The popular red clay tennis courts are a challenging novelty.