At The Alfond Inn at Rollins, the most adorable wedding trend unfolding in 2018 is the rise in faithful – and furry -- companions joining the bride and groom as they take their vows. Whether the beloved pooch is a ring bearer, flower pup, a member of the bridal party or simply struts down the aisle, there’s no question that canine tails are wagging weddings this year.
Pups have always been welcome guests at The Alfond Inn at Rollins, voted Florida’s #1 Hotel by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler and named the Best Wedding Venue by The Orlando Sentinel. Now, more wedding couples are drawn to the opportunity to include their (other) best friend in the festivities. In addition to being known for its elegant design, artwork and culinary expertise, The Alfond Inn features beautiful outdoor settings where everyone can feel relaxed for photo ops, receptions and al fresco weddings on the courtyard lawn. When the celebration heads inside to the Park Avenue Ballroom or one of the private dining rooms, The Alfond Inn will arrange complimentary on-site services through the local doggy day care provider. Each wedding at The Alfond Inn at Rollins is customized as well as exclusive. It’s the only celebration taking place in the hotel at the time, allowing plenty of attention for the entire bridal party and the Pup of Honor.
The hospitality extends to Winter Park itself, affectionately known as “Winter Bark,” a historic, walkable city known for its welcoming dog-friendly shops, more than two dozen dog-friendly restaurants and sidewalk cafes, and a 23-acre green space on Lake Baldwin where Pups of Honor can run off leash during specific posted hours.
For brides and grooms who would like to check out The Alfond Inn at Rollins, the VIP PUP Package is available year-round and includes two nights in a dog-friendly guest room, complimentary keepsake water bowls, signature treats at turndown, plus more tail-wagging amenities that will treat four-legged guests as truly pampered pooches. In keeping with the hotel’s philanthropic mission, for each VIP Very Important Pup Package booked, a donation will be made to The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.
For reservations and information call 407-998-8090, or visit www.thealfondinn.com
A member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts LVX Collection, The Alfond Inn at Rollins has a AAA Four Diamond Rating and is managed by The Olympia Companies, an innovative leader in hospitality. Owned by Rollins College, a private coeducational liberal arts college in Winter Park, Florida, The Alfond Inn at Rollins opened in August 2013 and directs net operating income to The Alfond Scholars Program. The award-winning Hamilton's Kitchen restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner at the 112-room boutique hotel, which has a pool, fitness center and 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. It is located 15 minutes from downtown Orlando and 30 minutes from Walt Disney World and Orlando International Airport. The Alfond Inn at Rollins, 300 East New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789. 407-998-8090. www.thealfondinn.com