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Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club completing final stages of $25 million Restoration and Rejuvenation Plan

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All aspects ready for Super Bowl ’09, paving the way for property’s return as Florida’s top resort destination

TAMPA BAY, FL, September, 2008 – Salamander Hospitality, along with its owner Sheila C. Johnson, is living up to its promise of returning Innisbrook Golf Resort and Club to its former position of prominence.

This month, the resort will finish renovating the last of its three conference and convention centers, which is part of a $25 million restoration and rejuvenation project. In addition to installing new furnishings in all of its 65,000 square feet of function space, which includes the largest exhibit hall in Pinellas County, Innisbrook has added two new 16-seat executive boardrooms. The resort has also completely renovated Johnson’s penthouse suite, which overlooks the 18th green of the famed Copperhead Course, home to the PGA TOUR’s Transitions Championship. The owner was personally involved in the design choices for the suite, which is perfect for corporate and intimate receptions.

“The conference room interiors look and feel brand new,” says Innisbrook Managing Director Chuck Pomerantz. “They are beautifully appointed and feature design elements like Axminster carpets. Coupled with the superior level of service we provide, Innisbrook is ready to host the most high-profile meeting or event.”

Innisbrook was purchased by Salamander Hospitality in July 2007. Since then, the resort has undergone a complete transformation, which will include the opening of a new luxury spa and fitness center in January 2009.

Upon purchasing the resort, Salamander Hospitality immediately renovated the resort’s dramatically striking Island Golf Course, which has hosted NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships, while improvements to resort’s other three courses are planned. The renovation of all three of the resort’s clubhouses include new restaurant and bar concepts, and the creation of a centralized gathering village where registration, golf shops, and Johnson’s signature gourmet market, Market Salamander, are just steps apart.

The Copperhead Clubhouse is now home to the resort’s new, upscale steakhouse, named “Packard’s” after the designer of Innisbrook’s four championship courses, Larry Packard. The restaurant features a new menu of Italian specialties to complement its steakhouse fare. The Highlands Clubhouse is nearing completion of a new outdoor bar with comfortable seating, fire pits and gathering areas that overlook both North and South Golf courses. Innisbrook’s Tennis Center has also received a brand new look, while the dcor at each of the resort’s six swimming pools was refreshed. A new children’s playground area was also constructed.

Before Super Bowl 2009 rolls into the Tampa Bay area, Innisbrook will open its much-awaited new spa and fitness center. The 12,000-square-foot spa and 4,000 square-foot fitness facility sit adjacent to each other and enjoy dramatic views of the Copperhead Course. The spa features 12 treatment rooms as well as a hair and nail salon, and retail center. The spa will also include an outdoor relaxation area with whirlpool, comfortable cabanas and outdoor treatment areas.

The Pamela Temples Design Group, based in St. Petersburg, Florida, is the interior designer for all renovation and construction projects, while Architecture Incorporated is the architect of record. It has offices Ft. Meyers, Florida and Reston, Virginia.

About Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club

Situated on 900 wooded acres of rolling hills and 70 acres of lakes on Florida’s Gulf Coast near Tampa, Florida, the newly renovated Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club is located just 25 minutes from Tampa International Airport. Innisbrook features 72 holes of championship golf, 620 spacious guest suites and rooms, four restaurants and three bars, the Innisbrook Golf Institute, 11 tennis courts, fitness and racquetball center, six heated swimming pool complexes, a nature preserve, and three conference halls with 65,000 square feet of meeting space. For additional information call (727) 942-2000 or visit

About Salamander Hospitality
Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club is owned and managed by Salamander Hospitality, 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 owns, manages and develops hotels, resorts and inns that reflect the authenticity and character of their surrounding environment. The portfolio includes the Mobil Five Star- and AAA Five Diamond-rated Woodland Resort & Inn near Charleston, SC, and the luxurious Salamander Resort & Spa, located in Middleburg and scheduled to open in spring 2010. The company also owns and operates a division of gourmet prepared food markets called Market Salamander with locations in Middleburg and Palm Beach, FL, and Salamander Touch, a fine goods and linen store in Middleburg for the luxury resort lifestyle. For additional information, call (540) 687-3710 or visit

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