Funky and fun
Posted Mar 16, 2014
We arrived at the Edgewater after an afternoon at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park. The park centers on the antique 'cracker' house where Rawlings wrote her most famous works, The Yearling and Cross Creek in the years leading up to WW2. The hotel itself, built in the late 20s, seemed an extension of our tour. Staying at the Edgewater is like time travel. The lobby apparently hasn't changed in eighty years. Everything in the hotel is in keeping with the period, although there are modern conveniences: cable and wifi. Guest rooms (on the second and third floors) are smallish but comfortable, with old-fashioned baths en suite. There is a lounge/ breakfast room with coffee and snacks. The breakfast menu offers a good range of choices, all cooked to order and all tasty.
We enjoyed walking around downtown Winter Garden, which is very attractive. There are many restaurants and shops within a couple of blocks. Two restaurants and an ice-cream shop, are located on the Edgewater's ground floor. One would have to be pretty picky not to find something appealing close by.
One minor criticism: our room had a light on one side of the bed only. There was a floor lamp next to the arm chair, but we are inveterate readers-in-bed. Other than that, we were delighted with every aspect of our stay. We would definitely stay there again. The Edgewater is far a better experience and a better value than the cookie-cutter modern chain hotels on the highway.