Hotel Jacaranda and SFSC Receive Three News-Sun Best Awards
The Hotel Jacaranda in Avon Park was recently recognized for having the “Best Brunch,” the “Best Hotel,” and SFSC received the “Best Tennis Court” in Highlands County for 2014. The award recipients are chosen by the readers of the News-Sun newspaper in Sebring.
“It’s certainly nice to be recognized as the top tennis court in our county again,” said Rick Hitt, SFSC athletic director. “We owe credit to the Maintenance Department for taking care of the upkeep of the facilities. We’re appreciative we have the courts and folks are able to use it.”
Since the News-Sun has started the Best Awards, Inn on the Lakes has grabbed the “Best Hotel” every year.
“This award means we’ve shown the community that we are here to serve them and do a good job at it,” said Sharon Schuler, manager of the Jacaranda. “We have a lot of community members that dine and eat here regularly for family events and reunions.”
“We work hard to provide good service,” she said. “The restaurant provides excellent service and food consistently, and the hotel rooms provide a clean comfortable atmosphere for our guests. None of this is done by one person. Everyone works together to make it what it is.”
The Hotel Jacaranda is one of the oldest continuously operating hotels in Highlands County. When the Jacaranda opened in 1926, it took its name from a 150-year-old jacaranda tree that had been removed to make way for the hotel.
In 1988, the South Florida State College Foundation, Inc. purchased the Jacaranda with an eye toward preserving its historic character. As part of that ongoing effort, the Foundation has undertaken a major restorative project that is returning a street-level business mall to its original design.