90th Anniversary of Historic Casa Marina HotelJacksonville Beach, Florida Jacksonville Beach, Florida (March 2015)The Casa Marina Hotel is celebrating its 90th Anniversary (circa 1925).
It's a grand old lady and still turning heads! Ever since it opened its doors onto the Jacksonville beaches during the Prohibition Era, when every postcard of the day announced âworld's finest beach', the Casa Marina has remained an alluring landmark of Florida history. There have been many forgotten moments in the vast drama of the 1920's, but the mystery of the Casa Marina is that she must have seen it all. Lasting throughout 2015, The Casa Marina Hotel is offering accommodations for $90/night, which includes a $20/night gift card nightly for âDinner and a View' in their Penthouse Lounge & Martini Bar. From Sunday thru Wednesday each week (excluding holiday dates), guests can enjoy an ocean view room or parlor suite, designed and restored to a contemporary sophisticated styling. The Penthouse Lounge & Martini Bar offers an ever-changing menu of fresh Southern and local cuisine overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Under the leadership of Executive Chef Aaron Webb, the Casa Marina Hotel has established itself for many years as a popular dining and wedding location, award-winning Sunday brunch mainstay and late night gathering hotspot ~ serving outdoor rooftop lunch, happy hour and nightly signature martinis and menu that changes seasonally.The Penthouse is known for, among other popular dishes: Penthouse Sliders, Shrimp & Grits, Flat Iron Steak and Crab Cakes. Martinis and cocktail favorites are Watermelon Crawl, Ex-Boyfriend Martini, Whiskey Lullaby and Purple Rain.The Casa Marina Hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of American and the National Trust.WHAT: $90/night for Ocean View or Parlor Suite Accommodation ~ 90th Anniversary Rate Includes Penthouse Gift Card $20/nightWHEN: Sunday thru Wednesday from January 3, 2015 â December 29, 2015WHERE: Casa Marina Hotel, 691 N. 1st St., Jacksonville Beach, 904-270-0025http://casamarinahotel.com/BRIEF HISTORY:Separated by dunes from the beach in Jacksonville, Florida where surfers greet the waves at dawn, The Casa Marina Hotel embodies the romance of Old Florida and is the last vestige of a bygone era best known for bootleg gin, gangsters and red-lipped starlets.Opened in 1925 when Jacksonville Beach was a destination for the rich and famous, the coral-colored historic landmark played host to movie stars like Humphrey Bogart, Charlie Chaplin and Katherine Hepburn. It was also a hot spot for locals, and guests would dance and quaff cocktails beneath the wood beams in the hotel's grand salon. After World War II when the military used it for housing, a succession of owners converted the building into private residences, apartments and a business complex. Eventually it closed but was reopened in 1991 after a major overhaul that restored the âgrand ladyâ of Jacksonville to its former elegance. The third-floor was transformed into an airy wood-paneled Penthouse Lounge and Martini Bar with outdoor seating overlooking the coastline. Today the Casa Marina has 23 cozy rooms and the hallways are lined with black and white photos of well-heeled crowds on the boardwalk, smiling bathing beauties and beaches lined with Model Ts, all providing guests with a glimpse into a postcard past.