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The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort &
Golf Club’s rich history has shaped its legendary
past through the Great Gatsby Era, The Great
Depression, WWII, Y2K and beyond. All the
while, it’s remained a testament that dreams
really can come true.
TEX T BY ANJA MALTAV
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE VINOY
It all started with a party, a bet and a game of golf when famed
golfer Walter Hagen drove several golf balls off the face of wealthy
Pennsylvania businessman Aymer Vinoy Laughner’s pocket watch
to see whether it would survive. It did, and the golf balls landed
across the way on a residential waterfront property that guests
suggested Laughner should purchase to build a grand resort. After
the contractor set a construction record for completing the 375-
room hotel in just under 10 months, the grand opening took place
on New Year’s Eve 1925, at the height of the Great Gatsby Era.
Since then, it’s hosted the likes of Marilyn Monroe, who loved to
stroll through the hotel’s lush Tea Garden; President Coolidge who
liked to dine with his staff in the Employee Mess Hall rather than
on the on-property restaurant; baseball legends Babe Ruth and Joe
DiMaggio; and even the U.S. Army Air Force and Maritime Service,
when the resort was used as a training center for military cooks and
bakers. The hotel also served as a haven for SWAT team trainings
throughout the ‘80s. To this day, The Vinoy’s staircases proudly
display their boot prints. Now you can relive this iconic waterfront
destination’s storied past with their “90 Years An Icon” getaway
for two, starting at $1,925 for a two-night stay through Dec. 31.
Among many other things, the package includes daily breakfast,
personal history tours, 1925 chef’s table dinner experiences and
tickets to historic Little Theatre, the oldest operating community
theatre in Florida; VinoyRenaissanceResort.com.