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Innisbrook hosts a Weekend of Exotic Luxuries, November 18-19

Two-day event features classic cars, fashion show, fine food and wine, auction and golf 

INNISBROOK, FL – Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, is hosting a “Weekend of Exotic Luxuries” on November 18-19.  This unique weekend concept was created by Resort Owner Sheila C. Johnson, and is being held in conjunction with duPont REGISTRY magazine and Neiman Marcus. It features a classic and luxury car show, exotic foods and wines, high fashion, a gourmet gala dinner, a golf tournament, and a silent auction to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay.  
The two-day event begins on Friday evening with an Exotic Luxuries Reception and Gala Dinner, being held from 7-11 p.m. at Innisbrook’s Inverness Ballroom. One-of-a-kind collectible cars and a high-fashion show by Neiman Marcus will provide the backdrop for Innisbrook Executive Chef Andre Halston to present a gourmet four-course meal, complete with wine pairings. Tickets are $99 per person.
On Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., over 300 classic and exotic cars are expected at a signature “Cars ‘N Coffee” event. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., guests can also enjoy an “Exotic Luxuries Showcase,” featuring fresh Florida delicacies, fine wine tastings, and a host of luxury and exotic car experts. Saturday admission is $20 per car. By making an advance appointment with DuPont REGISRY, attendees can test drive an exotic car around Innisbrook’s beautiful, wooded 900-acre grounds. Appointments are required and limited. Car exhibiting is also welcomed with prior arrangement, and vehicle judging will take place at noon with awards presented at 1 p.m.
On Saturday, there will also be a silent auction to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay. Throughout both days, golfers can play in the Ronald McDonald House Golf Tournament, which is being played on Innisbrook’s North Course.
For weekend reservations or additional information, call Innisbrook at 1-800-456-2000 or visit
How to Attend and Participate
  • Call Innisbrook at 1-800-492-6899 for special rates and Exotic Luxuries weekend packages.
  • Admission for the Saturday “Cars & Coffee” and the Food & Wine Experience is $20.00 per car at the entrance gate to Innisbrook. This includes parking and shuttles to the event location. Advance purchase is not required.
  • Tickets for the Exotic Luxuries Gala Dinner on Friday evening are $99.00 per person. To make reservations, call Regina Columbo at 727-942-5225 or email
  • To exhibit a car at the “Cars & Coffee” event on Saturday, contact Alan Morin at 727-540-0700 or email
  • To reserve an exclusive “Ride and Drive” experience on Saturday, contact Shane Burden at 727-573-9339 or email
  • To play in the two-day, Ronald McDonald House Golf Tournament visit and click on events, or call Janice Davis at 813-258-6430, ext. 1.
Innisbrook, which is managed by Johnson’s Salamander Hotels & Resorts company, recently completed over $26 million in resort-wide renovations, which included the addition of the new Indaba Spa. Indaba has recently evolved its acclaimed and extensive Western-based treatment menu to incorporate African elements that complement the spa’s artwork and name, which means “gathering place” in Zulu – the language of one of the oldest indigenous South African people. 
The recent refurbishment also included the addition of new restaurants and a gourmet market, as well as enhancements to its golf courses, clubhouses, lodging, and recreation and tennis facilities. Featuring four courses and over 600 suite accommodations, it is renowned as a golf destination, hosting the PGA TOUR Transitions Championship on its Copperhead Course each March, and the LPGA Legends Tour Open Championship on its Island Course each November.
About Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort
Operated by Salamander Hotels & Resorts, Innisbrook is situated on 900 wooded acres of rolling hills in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and is located just 25 minutes from Tampa International Airport.  Recently and completely renovated, the resort features 72 holes of championship golf, 608 spacious guest suites and rooms, four restaurants and three bars, the Innisbrook Golf Institute, 11 tennis courts, the new luxury Indaba Spa with 12 treatment rooms and state-of-the-art Fitness Center, six heated swimming pool complexes, a nature preserve, and three conference halls with 65,000 square feet of meeting space.  The resort hosts the annual PGA TOUR Transitions Championship at its famed Copperhead Course, and the LPGA-supported Legends Tour Open Championship, held annually at the equally challenging Island Course.  Innisbrook is a member of the prestigious Preferred Hotels & Resorts, and Preferred Golf Club programs.  For additional information call 727.942.2000 or visit  
About Salamander Hotels & Resorts
Salamander Hotels & Resorts is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, the company manages and develops hotels, resorts and inns that reflect the authenticity and character of their surrounding environment. The portfolio currently includes the recently renovated Innisbrook resort near Tampa, FL., host to the PGA TOUR Transitions Championship every March and the LPGA Legends Tour Open Championship in November; Woodlands Inn near Charleston, SC, which is one of only six properties in North America to hold Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings for both accommodations and dining; Grand Resorts at Cap Cana, a collection of three luxurious properties on the East Coast of the Dominican Republic: the 176 suite oceanfront Sanctuary Cap Cana, the 298-villa, marina-oriented Fishing Lodge Cap Cana opening in October 2011, and the 113-room Ocean Club Cap Cana opening in 2012; and the under-construction Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, a 340-acre equestrian-themed resort located near Washington, D.C. For additional information, call (540) 687-3710 or visit

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