Beyond the Cover: Ponte Vedra Sneak Peek

by Marika Flatt on March 15, 2016 in Travels,
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Here’s a sneak peak at one of the Southern Charm properties we’ll be featuring in our summer issue, Jet Setter column…

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The beachview suites at Ponte Vedra Lodge are spacious and comfortable. Courtesy photo

Directly located on meandering dunes of Atlantic beachfront shores, The Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra Beach has become an iconic destination for couples and families since 1989. The sophisticated Lodge & Club continues to receive the highest praise and most distinguished awards from the nation’s leading travel publications, including the prestigious AAA Four-Diamond, Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List and Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best among others. The Lodge & Club presents 66 elegantly-appointed, oversized guest rooms and suites, all overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Set along the sandy shores of the Atlantic, the distinguished resort features The Innlet and The Oasis dining outlets, each hosting its own lounge with oceanfront views. The family-friendly resort also offers an oceanfront pool and jacuzzi, a family-themed pool and a 4,000 square foot fitness center.

The boutique resort offers reciprocity at its sister property, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, where guests may enjoy 36 holes of golf, 15 Har-Tru Hydro tennis courts and a 30,000 sq. ft. luxury spa.

The signature restaurant at The Lodge & Club, The Innlet Dining Room is an oceanfront restaurant with a culinary experience that successfully blends traditional favorites with the most innovative presentations. The room’s interior features a vaulted ceiling, custom artwork and oversized chairs designed with dining comfort in mind. The restaurant features an extensive wine list with selections from around the world, which contributes to the restaurant’s international ambience. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily.

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The beach at Ponte Vedra is private and perfectly secluded from the outside world. Courtesy photo

Set amidst lush landscapes and Atlantic beachfront shores, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club has toted the reputation as the “grand dame” of North Florida resorts since 1928. The historic Inn & Club continues to receive the highest praise and most distinguished awards from the nation’s leading travel publications, including the prestigious AAA Five-Diamond, TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame and Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best among others. The Inn & Club presents 250 elegantly appointed oversized guest rooms and suites, most overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Ranging from gourmet to casual, the resort features nine restaurants, bars and lounges, including the signature Seahorse Grille with ocean views. The family-friendly resort also offers two picturesque 18-hole golf courses, 15 Har-Tru Hydro tennis courts, three oceanfront pools, an 8,000 square foot oceanfront gym and a 30,000 square foot luxury spa. Comprising over 25,000 square feet of indoor meeting and exhibit space designed with comfort and elegance in mind, the Ponte Vedra Ballroom, Terrace Room and 17 meeting rooms cater to every meetings and incentives need. Guests staying at the Inn & Club also receive access to amenities and services to sister property Ponte Vedra Lodge & Club.

The Hydrotherapy pool at the Spa boasts five relaxing grottos, including standing bubbler, chaise lounge bubbler, Jacuzzi, swimmers treadmill and waterfall. Steam room and sauna are also available in men’s & women’s locker rooms. Feel free to use prior to or after your service.  

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Enjoy a local NE Florida beer on the patio. Courtesy photo

The signature restaurant at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, the Seahorse Grille sports dramatic views from atop the Surf Club. The Seahorse Grille is an upscale but casual dining and cocktail experience. The Chef’s culinary styles reflect boldly inspired flavors and an artfully imaginative menu.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean with beach chairs, umbrellas, ocean kayaks, bicycles, boogie boards, surf boards, cabanas and additional beach games provided by the Inn & Club. The two properties also feature multiple oceanfront-heated pools to enjoy. Yoga, Pilates and Zumba classes are also available at the Inn & Club fitness center.

You will love a relaxing day on the greens here. Photo by Marika Flatt
You will love a relaxing day on the greens here. Photo by Marika Flatt

The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club features two 18-hole golf courses; three putting greens; pitching/chipping greens; a practice bunker; complete pro shop; a teaching staff of six; private lessons; lockers and showers; club repair and cleaning; nightly bag storage; new carts; professional shoe shine; 19th hole lounge and various golf packages. Designed in 1928 by famed British architect Herbert Bertram Strong, the Ocean Course is a par-72, 6,811-yard course, with 99 strategically positioned sand bunkers. A par-70 golf course, the 6,022-yard Lagoon Course was co-authored by two design geniuses – Robert Trent Jones with the front nine holes in 1961, and Joe Lee with the back nine holes in 1977. In 2007, Bobby Weed fully restored the layout, including new tees, fairways and greens, routing changes on several hotels, new turf standards, improved irrigation and drainage and a greatly enhanced landscape theme. Water is a dominant feature on 11 holes.

Overlooking Ponte Vedra’s lagoon and famous “Island 9th” golf hole, the Golf Club restaurant provides a casual and colorful atmosphere for lunch and dinner. The picturesque setting is complemented with an appetizing menu of soups, salads and specialty sandwiches for lunch. The popular and diverse dinner menu features a wonderful selection of steaks, local seafood and daily specials. Open daily from 11:30 am – 3 pm, and 5:30 pm – 9 pm for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays.