The Old Kapok Tree Inn Restaurant
Back around 1970 my grandparents took my husband and me to the Kapok Tree Inn Restaurant in Clearwater, Florida. Since that has been 47 years ago I’m not sure we ate dinner there, but I do remember the humongous kapok tree and the fountains. I remember it being the most beautiful place this young Kentucky lady had ever seen.
My parents took yearly trips to the Tampa Bay area, but they never took my brother or me. I often heard them speak of eating at the Kapok Tree Inn. I even remember seeing pictures of the tree that they and my grandparents had taken. Finally in 1970 I took my first trip that I could remember to the Sunshine State. We stayed at my grandparents house in St. Petersburg while we visited. And that is when I visited this sensational place called the Kapok Tree Inn.
Here it is 2017, and my husband and I have retired. We have spent the winter months near Clearwater for the last three years. I have often thought of the Kapok Tree Inn Restaurant but I had not seen it. Finally I looked it up on the internet and found out that it had shut its doors in 1991. I found an address and decided I would look for the now defunct business not really expecting to find much left.
Wow! Was I surprised with what I found! This place is still magnificient. Although not as well kept as it once was, one can still enjoy the beauty and massiveness of this place. The Kapok Tree Inn once was busy with the hustle and bustle from customers from all over the U.S and world. Now it is the location of a music business and is rented out for special occasions.
Take a look at my pictures to see what you think!
The Kapok Tree
The Gardens and Wall
Today it is home to the Sam Ash Music Store
Now that you’ve seen the pictures do you see why I was so excited to reconnect with this place? I could just imagine ladies dressed in expensive dresses and men in their suits and ties dancing to romantic music. In my mind I visioned couples eating fine dinners with candles lit on tables covered with white table clothes.
I am so appreciative of the artistic work of the creators of this special, magical place. And I sure am happy that the beautiful place hasn’t been torn down . The Kapok Tree Inn property has been this way since the 1950’s. I’m hoping that the owners continue to have it open to the public. It is free to walk around in the gardens. The place is also available to rent out for special events. For more information click here.
I hope you felt some of the magic of the Kapok Tree Inn as you viewed my pictures I took with my iPhone. And don’t forget to check this place out next time you are in the Clearwater, Florida area.
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