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In fact, many small to medium sized busi- nesses have been booking the Inn’s confer- ence rooms for events. And it is the perfect setting for a wedding. A beautiful one was being performed on the evening of our first day’s stay. The on-site restaurant, Hamilton’s


Kitchen, has the ambiance of a rustic kitchen, complete with farm tables, wood flooring and industrial lighting. Sliding glass doors open out onto the covered courtyard dining area, surrounded by lush landscape. Perfect for alfresco, dog friendly dining.


Our first night, we snuck away from


the room as our dogs slept (tired from the road trip, satisfied from dinner, all personal needs met) and opted for dinner in the


dog, enjoyed watching neighborhood resi- dents walking their dogs on the street below. The Alfond Inn sits in a neighbor- hood surrounded by older million dollar single family homes. It was pleasant to walk our dogs, encountering friendly locals with their own dogs along the way. Suffice it to say, all of our expectations


were met — and most were exceeded. The only downside? Having to leave.


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Al fresco dining for you and the dogs.


The Alfond Inn Facts: Guest Rooms - 112 Meeting Space - 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space for groups up to 500. Luxury Comforts - Elevated pool, expansive fitness center, 24-hour in-room dining, valet parking. Dog Details - Dogs are allowed in the public areas (except the restaurant and bar). Outdoor dining is available.


The domed skylight in the atrium is the Inn’s crown jewel.


The VIP package includes a keepsake dog bowl filled with an assortment of gifts.


relaxed, spacious lobby bar, which serves up the full menu from Hamilton’s Kitchen. Ahh, the menu. Chef Marc Kusche has cre- ated a masterpiece of explosive tastes. Watermelon Salad with baby arugula, pro- sciutto and shaved parmesan; Seared Ahi Tuna with carponata, micro greens and saba; Lemon-Crusted Salmon with three bean ragout; and the new Hamilton’s Key Lime Cheese Cake. Our dining selection consisted of the 12 ounce rib eye steak with smoked mashed potatoes, saute wild mushrooms, Barolo sauce and the Braised Short Rib with caramelized onion, mashed potato, glazed rainbow carrots and demi sauce. Served by an efficient and friendly wait staff, the food was, in a word, incredible. Our room was very comfortable and


included a large outdoor balcony. Dougie, our Scottish Terrier and unofficial guard


www.TheNewBarker.com The rooftop pool - A Work Of Heart.


The VIP (Very Important Pup) Package Includes: lTwo nights in a Classic Room. lA complimentary issue of The New Barker dog magazine. lOne specialty dog bowl. lTennis ball. lA variety of dog treats from Pookie’s Bow Wow Bakery. lAssorted gift items. lOne complimentary ThunderShirt. lOne complimentary private dog walker session around Winter Park. lIn keeping with the hotel's philanthropic mission, a donation will be made to The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando for each VIP (Very Important Pup) package booked. (It is not necessary to book the VIP package).


300 East New England Avenue, Winter Park.


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