Passage Key (Anna Maria) – The Florida Guidebook (2022)

Passage Key is an uninhabited island at the mouth of Tampa Bay.

The island is protected as a national wildlife refuge, and is closed to public access.

Note: All of Passage Key closed to protect nesting wildlife. Trespassing on Passage Key is illegal. Visitors should remain well away from the beaches to avoid illegal trespassing.

The island of Passage Key is always changing. Sections of the island grow or shrink as they are impacted by tides, erosion, hurricanes and storms. At times in recent history Passage Key has been completely submerged under water.

Today’s Passage Key covers anywhere from zero to ten acres. The size fluctuates frequently. It is much smaller today than it was in the past.

Historically Passage Key was much larger, and once covered more than 60 acres. The island was filled with vegetation, including large trees and mangroves. There was also a small freshwater lake on the island.

Over time the island has been eroded by wind, waves and storms. Today the island has been reduced to a large sandbar which sits just above sea level.

Strong currents, tides and winds have shaped the island, along with nearby Egmont Key and all other barrier islands in the area.

What is Passage Key known for?

Passage Key is known for many things, but especially for being a popular destination for clothing-optional communities, including nudists and naturalists.

Being nude is always optional, and many visitors remain clothed. People who do not wish to see nudity can visit nearby Egmont Key, instead, or Fort De Soto, which all have the same beautiful water conditions.

Passage Key is also known as a popular boating destination.

Passage Key is one of the most popular sandbars near Tampa and nearby Anna Maria Island.

Although the island itself is restricted and is illegal to access, many boaters still gather to anchor offshore to enjoy the white sand and turquoise water, which is at least as clear as the water in Key West.

Boat tours in Anna Maria Island often visit Passage key on their tours.

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Passage Key is also known as a great place to observe birds and wildlife. It is very well known among bird watching communities.

Passage Key Nude Beach

The sandbars around Passage Key are a popular place for boaters to gather. Passage Key is especially popular because it is one of the few quasi-legal nude beaches in Florida.

Passage Key has been a popular nude beach since at least the 1940s, when the state was filled with young men who came to Florida to train and prepare for World War II.

Passage Key is well known for its clothing-optional status. It has been given several nicknames, including “Sausage Key” because older men tend to be the most enthusiastic about being nude on Passage Key.

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The legality of being nude at Passage Key is not clear. The State of Florida has laws against public nudity, as do many local jurisdictions.

The Federal Government does not have laws against nudity itself, which is why many areas of Federal Jurisdiction are used as informal nude beaches, including other popular nude beaches in Florida.

Passage Key is regularly patrolled by several law enforcement agencies. Although nudity is generally overlooked by law enforcement, crimes like lewd behavior, are illegal and may result in citation or even arrest.

Passage Key Beaches

The beaches on Passage Key are closed to the public.

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The beach is closed to protect wildlife. Visitors should respect the beach closure, and ensure that they do not trespass on the islands.

Can you kayak to Passage Key?

It is possible to kayak to Passage Key, especially from Egmont Key and also from Anna Maria Island.

Kayaking to Passage Key can be dangerous. The trip should only be attempted by experienced and properly equipped paddlers who are sure they can make the trip safely, while taking all prudent safety precautions.

The waters around Passage Key can be dangerous for several reasons. The area at the mouth of Tampa Bay can have extremely strong tides, and many sections of the paddle are exposed to the open ocean.

The surrounding area also has a high level of boat traffic, including commercial ships which are entering and leaving Tampa bay.

Besides kayaking, Passage Key is also a popular destination for sailing. People often visit the island in various types of sailboats, but must be careful not to run aground in the shallow water surrounding Passage Key.

Some commercial sailing tours in Anna Maria Island also visit Passage Key.

Passage Key Boat Charters And Boat Rentals

Passage Key is conveniently located at the mouth of Tampa Bay. Its location makes it an easy destination for boaters from Tampa, Saint Petersburg, and communities south of Tampa like Anna Maria Island, among others.

Passage Key is a popular destination for boat charters and boat rentals on Anna Maria Island, and in other places around Tampa Bay.

Best time to visit Passage Key

The best time to visit Passage Key depends on what you want to do on Passage Key.

The best time to swim is during calm weather during the summer. The waters around Passage Key are too cold to swim comfortably during the winter months.

Warm days in the spring and fall can also be warm enough to swim.

The best time for bird watching near Passage Key is often best during the late fall, winter and early spring, when migratory bird species are in the area for the winter.

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Passage Key Drone Video

Drone use is prohibited in national wildlife refuges, including Passage Key.

Launching, landing or disturbing wildlife by aircraft (drones) on national wildlife refuges is prohibited. Drone operators should not rely solely on applications such as AirMap, DJI Go or B4UFly to determine if a location is legal for drone use. Such applications do not always capture accurate locations of public lands where drones are prohibited. Contact the refuge manager if you have questions. The use of drones on or from refuge-administered lands for the purpose of taking commercial photography requires a permit in accordance with 43 CFR 5.1-12”

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Drones are intensely disruptive to wildlife, especially birds.

Drones are dangerous to the survival of birds because they force birds to leave their nests, and young hatchlings. Without protection eggs and chicks are left vulnerable to predators.

Nevertheless, there are many drone videos of Passage Key. Many videos show the beautiful white sand and blue waters surrounding Passage Key.

Drone operators should be sure that they do not disturb any wildlife, or violate any laws regarding the use of drones in National Wildlife Refuges.

Things to do on Passage Key

Note: Visitors are prohibited from stepping foot on Passage Key beyond the water line. Access is prohibited, and illegal.

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Stil, many boaters like to anchor offshore of Passage Key. Dozens or even hundreds of boats can surround the island in warm weather, especially on weekends and holidays.

Many people like to raft up with other boats and relax in their boats, swim in the clear shallow water, or play water games.

Passage Key is also a good place for bird watching and to observe marine life. Many people also enjoy looking for sand dollars, starfish and seashells in the clear, shallow water.

Passage Key History

Passage Key has been a well-known spot for many centuries, especially among sailors who explored Tampa bay.

Passage Key, called by various names over the years. It is referenced in many log books going back to 1513, when Ponce De Leon became the first European navigator to explore the region.

The island was used by Native Americans for many thousands of years before Ponce De Leon “Discovered” the land. Native Americans are known to have used islands near Tampa for hunting and fishing outposts.

The current name, Passage Key, was first used around 1703 in its Spanish version, Cayo de Pasaje.

Passage Key was one of the first national wildlife refuges in Florida, and in the United States.

The wildlife refuge was established by President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt on October 10, 1905 to protect seabirds.

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In the early 1900s Florida’s birds were being hunted to the point of extinction, for use in fashion, especially women’s hats.

Many bird species were nearly eradicated as hunters killed birds for their feathers.

Passage Key was further protected again in 1970 after being designated as a “National Wilderness” by congress.

Use as a Bombing Range

In the years around World War II Passage Key was used as a target practice and bombing range.

Planes flew out of MacDill Air Force Base and used the island for bombing practice.

Federal agencies have found bombs and munitions on Passage Key, which were unstable and had to be detonated in-place.

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Why Is Passage Key Closed?

Passage Key is closed to public access because it is a National Wildlife Refuge. Passage Key is a critical habitat for wildlife, including a wide variety of threatened and endangered bird species.

Who Owns Passage Key?

Passage Key is owned by the U.S. Federal Government, and is managed as part of the U.S. Department of Interior National Wildlife Refuge System.

Passage Key Bird Sanctuary

Passage Key is a critical wildlife habitat for many colonial and seabird species, including threatened and endangered species.

Common birds include: Terns, gulls, pelicans, cormorants, dowitchers, black skimmers, and others.

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Endangered species like the Roseate spoonbill, snowy plover and masked booby are also sometimes present.

Passage Key was once home to the largest colonies of sandwich and royal terns in the state of Florida.

Passage Key to Anna Maria

Passage Key is located approximately one mile north of Bean Point Beach on the northern tip of Anna Maria Island.

Visiting Passage Key is a popular thing to do near Anna Maria Island for visitors, and locals, as well. Many people visit Passage Key from Anna Maria Island on boat tours.

Passage Key is located approximately 1.8 miles south of Egmont Key. and approximately 4 miles from the southern beaches of Fort De Soto.

Passage Key Inlet

The Passage Key Inlet is a body of water in between Passage Key and Bean Point, the northern tip of Anna Maria Island.

Passage Key Inlet can have extremely strong tides and currents. Swimmers, boaters and kayakers should exercise extreme caution in Passage Key Inlet and surrounding areas.

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Wildlife, Dolphins

There is a wide variety of wildlife on and near Passage Key.

Dolphins and manatees are often seen in the clear waters around Passage Key, as well as fish, sharks, stingrays, and many other forms of marine life.

Passage Key’s location at the mouth of Tampa Bay makes it attractive for large marine life. There are also other features, including deep-water channels and other natural formations which attract fish.

Sharks near Passage Key

There are sharks near Passage Key, and throughout the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay.

A variety of shark species are found in the area, ranging from small bonnethead sharks to large species like bull sharks and even great whites.

The presence of sharks in Florida is a good thing. Sharks are essential to marine ecosystems, and to the health of our oceans.

Sharks almost never pose a threat to humans, and shark attacks are exceedingly rare. Most shark bites are accidental, and are not fatal.

Weather (Marine Forecast)

Visitors should always check the weather and marine forecast before heading to Passage Key.

Dangerous weather, including severe thunderstorms, can arise quickly in Tampa Bay, with very little warning.

Severe weather often includes strong winds, large waves, dramatic temperature drops, lightning, and other hazards. Severe weather can be deadly for boaters trapped on the water.

Threats to Passage Key

Like all of Florida’s fragile marine ecosystem, Passage Key is threatened by a variety of forces.

The most imminent threats to Passage Key are erosion and rising sea levels, which are both reducing the island’s size. Egmont Key is also eroding quickly.

Other threats to Passage Key include humans who trespass and interfere with the island’s bird population, especially when people bring dogs.

Pollution also threatens the health of Passage Key, especially nutrient pollution, which contributes to red tide and threatens all of Florida’s coastal marine ecosystems.

Red Tide

Like all other beaches in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico coastline, Passage Key is dramatically affected by red tide during outbreaks present in the Gulf of Mexico.

Red tide causes respiratory symptoms for people and animals exposed to the airborne toxins, and is dangerous in a variety of other ways. Red tide should be avoided when present.

Are Dogs Allowed on Passage Key?

Dogs are not allowed on Passage Key, and should never be allowed near the island or sandbar. Even if dogs do not come into direct physical contact wildlife, they are still dangerous to wildlife. Birds recognize dogs as natural predators, which forces them to change their natural behaviors.Among other things, the sight of dogs may force birds to abandon their nests, abandon young chicks, prevent nesting behaviors, or otherwise change their natural behavior.

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FAQs

Can you walk on Passage Key? ›

As the waters warm up the island will start to get busy again. Please keep in mind that PK is a National Wildlife refuge. The island is closed but we're permitted to walk up to tide line.

Is Passage Key closed? ›

Passage Key NWR is closed to public use year-round.

Can you kayak to Passage Key? ›

There's public access there (parking on side streets), and you can carry your kayak to the beautiful beach you can launch from. Passage Key is visible two miles or so to the north, looking like little more than a sand bar.

What two islands is Passage Key in between? ›

Passage Key is located between Anna Maria Island and Egmont Key in the mouth of Tampa Bay. The island is a busy place on the weekends due to its “natural” beauty and crystal-clear water. It's a built-up sandbar that's existed in varying forms since the 50's. Nowadays, the sandbar has been designated a bird sanctuary.

Are there restrooms on Egmont Key? ›

But be prepared, because while plenty of people may be on the island, Egmont Key is remote. It has no cars, no drinking water and no bathrooms.

Where can you see Anna Maria manatees? ›

If you're looking to find manatees on your own, you can take a stroll on Anna Maria City Pier. If you're lucky, you might spot a manatee in the distance. Another great spot is the marina at Holmes Beach. Finally, there's a small harbor at the end of 75th Street with reports of manatee spotting.

Can you kayak on Anna Maria Island? ›

Kayaking is fantastic on Anna Maria Island all year! Whether you prefer to fish from your kayak or just enjoy the local marine life and shorebirds while getting some great exercise kayaking around Anna Maria Island, Florida is a must-do activity!

Can you kayak from Fort Desoto to Shell Key? ›

Desoto Boat Ramps. The Ft. Desoto Boat Ramp seems like a bit of overkill to launch a small paddle boat, but it is the only location that allows overnight parking close to Shell Key.

How long is the boat ride from Anna Maria Island to Egmont Key? ›

Anna Maria Island - Cortez Boat Tours - Egmont Key Express. Duration: 4 Hours (approx.) Our Egmont Key Express is one of our most popular trips for swimming, shelling, beachcoming, and exploring. Egmont Key is a Florida state park which is a barrier island separating Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

Where is the Jupiter Sandbar? ›

The Jupiter Sandbar, near The Jupiter Inlet

Also called The Loxahatchee River Sandbar, this spot is near the Jupiter Inlet and the Intracoastal Waterway. On any weekend, you will find many boats waiting for low tide and passengers eager to hop out and walk in inches-deep water.

Is Egmont Key worth visiting? ›

Worth the trip to this beautiful Island. This was a really fun way to see some of Florida's great coast and parks. We took a ferry out of the Fort De Soto State Park. Very easy to get too.

Can you take shells from Egmont Key? ›

While Egmont Key is known mostly as a wildlife refuge, visitors still can visit to collect beautiful seashells along the shoreline or enjoy the forested palm tree landscapes. The cultural history of this island is also special - including the lighthouse that is still standing, dating back to the 1800s.

How much does it cost to go to Egmont Key? ›

Really neat place, short 20 ride from the dock for $20 round trip. the key is free but you have to pay for the ride over and back.

Is there food on Egmont Key? ›

Egmont Key is located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, southwest of Fort De Soto Beach. Due to the remote nature of the island, there is no drinking water on the island and there are no stores. Please remember to bring water, food and sunscreen when you visit.

Are there alligators in Anna Maria Island? ›

And, although you probably have heard of Florida alligators, you can safely explore the parks, marshes, beaches and coastal regions of Anna Maria Island without worry about encountering them.

Where is the clearest water on Anna Maria Island? ›

If you like beaches that combine tranquil swimming conditions with a bit of swell, then Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island is the perfect getaway. Known as one of Florida's most beautiful beaches, this pristine beach offers soft white sand and crystal clear waters.

Are there dolphins in Anna Maria Island? ›

Most commonly spotted wildlife are dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, eagles, roseate spoonbills, osprey, and other tropical species. Come prepared for a wonderful experience! Our tours are customized for your group. If two hours seems rushed you can always take one of our three- or four-hour tours.

Can you snorkel in Anna Maria Island? ›

But don't worry; snorkeling on Anna Maria Island is safe and fun, especially if you opt for a tour with an experienced guide. One of the best things about snorkeling on Anna Maria Island is how clear the waters are. In other parts of the world, murky waters can make for a mediocre view of the wildlife.

Can you kayak in Bimini? ›

Bimini Bay – this is located in the Holmes Beach area and is one of the best places to launch your kayak from. You can also launch directly from the pier and paddle away together as a family. Robinson Preserve – this is another excellent location that is along the Manatee Avenue Causeway.

Are there bathrooms on Shell Key? ›

When you visit Shell Key, you are essentially in the wilderness. There are no toilets – there is no running water – no trash cans or any other modern conveniences. It is up to you to bring everything you need to survive – and, more importantly – to leave nothing behind except footprints.

How long does it take to kayak from Fort Desoto to Shell Key? ›

A quick paddle across the light chop waters and I was on Shell Key, an undeveloped barrier island and Bird Sanctuary. Walked around, picked up a few bottles, then back in the kayak. The trip to Shell Key took about 2 hours. I next paddled into the Gulf, to the south, a 1000' fishing pier.

What do you do in Shell Key? ›

The ride to the island is about twenty minutes and offers great chances to spot dolphins, sea turtles, and even manatees! We also often spot sea birds on the ride to and from Shell Key aboard the green ferry boat. Once on the island, Shell Key offers great shelling and swimming.

How much does it cost to go to Caladesi island? ›

$8 per vehicle (two to eight people). $4 single-occupant vehicle. $2 pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

How do you get the Shell Key in Florida? ›

Access to Shell Key is limited to water vessels, including private boats or public shuttles such as the Shell Key Shuttle. Remember this is an undeveloped barrier island and there are no facilities on it.

Can you snorkel at Egmont Key? ›

Egmont Key snorkeling is particularly well suited for the novice, because the water is so frequently clear, calm, shallow, and full of life. People of all ages and experience levels will take home wonderful memories about their time in the water with us.

Can you swim in Lake Boca? ›

The north side is usually the calm side with a long sloping sandy bottom and much marine life as it's right next to the Inlet. The South side of the Boca Raton Inlet is a state park “South Inlet Park”. You can park and swim or pay for parking at the Waterstone and walk a block to the park.

What time does Jupiter Beach close? ›

Park hours are sunrise to sunset but inlet fishing is available 24 hours.

Where is the Tequesta sandbar? ›

The Tequesta Sandbar is located about one mile north of the A1A/S. Beach Rd. Bridge on the ICW/Indian River. It's on the western side of the channel and you'll likely, identify it from all the boats anchored.

What animals live on Egmont Key? ›

Egmont Key NWR, located on a remote 250 acre island situated at the mouth of Tampa Bay, provides important habitat for nesting sea turtles, gopher tortoises, over 30,000 nesting pairs of birds, and other wildlife.

Does anyone live on Egmont Key? ›

Today, the island is once again inhabited only by its caretakers. Nonetheless, its beaches, lighthouse and the ruins of long gone Fort Dade welcome visitors to walk the grounds and discover the past.

Can you stay overnight at Egmont Key? ›

1 answer. There is no overnight camping at Egmont Key, but you can stay at the Fort De Soto Campground.

Is it okay to drag kayak? ›

If you have a plastic boat, you can drag your kayak to the water. Just grab the handle at the bow and drag the boat. You should only do this on grass or sand to avoid damaging the keel. A skid plate or keel guard can help protect the keel of the kayak when dragging it to and from the water.

How fast can you drive with a kayak on the roof? ›

If you're carrying a second kayak, you will need another set of bow/stern ropes # Y04031 and cam buckle straps # Y05006. One thing to note is that Yakima recommends a maximum speed limit of 80mph with your kayaks loaded up.

Is it OK to sit in a kayak on land? ›

You should never leave a kayak on a flat surface for more than a couple of days. Do not store a kayak right side up because the bottom could get smooshed overtime from the excess weight. Remember, kayaks are not meant to sit directly on their hull for an extended period.

How do you get a kayak on top of an SUV alone? ›

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Where should I store my kayak? ›

Storing Your Kayak Indoors

Indoor storage is your best option if you have the space. One of the best ways to store a kayak is in the garage, but some kayakers choose a shed, basement or other storage areas. If you have a spare room, you could even house your kayak there until it's time to hit the water.

How do you lift a heavy kayak by yourself? ›

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How do you reinforce the bottom of a kayak? ›

Conclusion. There are a few ways to reinforce the bottom of your kayak and extend its life. You can use a UV-resistant coating, add skid plates, or store it indoors. If you're looking for an even more durable solution, you can add an extra layer of fiberglass cloth or Kevlar fabric.

Should a kayak be transported upside down? ›

Rotomolded kayaks can be transported on their edge or upside down (hull up) safely using kayak stackers. However, composite kayaks should always be transported on their bottom using cradles to prevent deformation.

Do you need to tie down front and back of kayak? ›

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Do you have to use bow and stern tie-downs for kayaks? ›

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How does a fat person get out of a kayak? ›

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Should your knees be bent in a kayak? ›

Your backside should be all the way back in your seat and your knees comfortably bent. To find the proper foot well, straighten your legs all the way out and then bring them back one "well." If your legs are too straight, you may find you put strain on your lower back.

Should your legs be straight in a kayak? ›

Kidding aside, you should not be able to staighten your legs in your kayak, but they should be bent so that your knees are touching the sides of the kayak and you should be fitting in this position just tight enough to not be cramped or numb.

How do you carry water while kayaking? ›

Large quantities of water are typically carried in gallon or half-gallon containers. Old plastic milk bottles often work well as they are much cheaper when recycled for this use instead of buying commercial collapsible water containers. That's another key: "collapsible".

Can you fit a 10 ft kayak in an SUV? ›

Yes, you certainly can! That said, it will really depend on the size of your kayak and the size of your SUV when it comes to how easy it will be. The best type of kayak to transport inside an SUV is an inflatable kayak or a folding kayak.

Can one person lift a kayak? ›

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Many historic hotels were founded by wealthy art collectors, such as the Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel, and many more are managed in part by art museum professionals, such as staff at the historic 21c Museum Hotels in Nashville , Louisville , Oklahoma City , Durham , Kansas City , Cincinnati , Lexington , and Chicago .. The hotel’s founder, Richard C. Kessler, collected masterful works in oil, blown glass and porcelain from around the world and the hotel’s Corporate Director of Galleries has bolstered the Kessler aesthetic by upholding a high bar for what is exhibited at the hotel and the hotel’s gallery, The Grand Bohemian Art Gallery.. Elevate provides hotel guests with unique access to the work of notable regional artists, while featuring their work in the context of the 21c Museum Hotels’ world-class contemporary art collection.. Today, guests at the intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel – inducted into Historic Hotels of America in 2011 and winner of the 2021 Historic Hotels of America Historic Restaurant of the Year Award – can find this incredible art in the Room of the Dons.. "Discover and Experience the many magnificent art collections located within and around many Historic Hotels of America,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Vice President Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide.. “Support for artists and endowments to acquire and sustain art collections has been a tradition of many of the founders and builders of historic hotels; fortunately, this tradition continues through the dedication of current ownership and their passion for making it easy for guests of these iconic and legendary hotels to experience some of the finest art collections across the United States of America – while staying at a historic hotel.”

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Many historic hotels were founded by wealthy art collectors, such as the Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel, and many more are managed in part by art museum professionals, such as staff at the historic 21c Museum Hotels in Nashville , Louisville , Oklahoma City , Durham , Kansas City , Cincinnati , Lexington , and Chicago .. The eclectic art collection of the Morris House Hotel, inducted into Historic Hotels of America in 2022, might be one-of-a-kind.. The hotel’s founder, Richard C. Kessler, collected masterful works in oil, blown glass and porcelain from around the world and the hotel’s Corporate Director of Galleries has bolstered the Kessler aesthetic by upholding a high bar for what is exhibited at the hotel and the hotel’s gallery, The Grand Bohemian Art Gallery.. The Pfister Hotel’s art collection is reportedly the largest Victorian art collection of any hotel in the world.. Elevate provides hotel guests with unique access to the work of notable regional artists, while featuring their work in the context of the 21c Museum Hotels’ world-class contemporary art collection.. The historic city center hotel was founded in 1925 and inducted into Historic Hotels of America in 1989, winning a Historic Hotels Award of Excellence in 2016.. Today, guests at the intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel – inducted into Historic Hotels of America in 2011 and winner of the 2021 Historic Hotels of America Historic Restaurant of the Year Award – can find this incredible art in the Room of the Dons.. The Lord Baltimore Hotel’s contemporary art collection was curated by owners Mera and Don Rubell, who are partners in the Rubell Family Hotels Company that purchased the Baltimore hotel in 2013.. Art collector and The Wort Hotel’s owner Bill Baxter says of the collection, “From our standpoint, this is a tribute to the importance and history of The Wort Hotel, that we connect it authentically with the West and the experience of the cowboy and cowgirl and the American Indian and the landscape...it just seemed appropriate to us to amplify those connections with beautiful, original Western art.” The artwork is spread throughout the hotel, in public spaces, the bar and restaurant as well as select guestrooms.. “Discover and Experience the many magnificent art collections located within and around many Historic Hotels of America,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Vice President Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide.. “Support for artists and endowments to acquire and sustain art collections has been a tradition of many of the founders and builders of historic hotels; fortunately, this tradition continues through the dedication of current ownership and their passion for making it easy for guests of these iconic and legendary hotels to experience some of the finest art collections across the United States of America – while staying at a historic hotel.”. Of the more than 300 historic hotels inducted into Historic Hotels of America from 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, all historic hotels faithfully preserve their sense of authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity.

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2022--Historic Hotels of America is known for its hotels’ stunning architecture, colorful gardens, elegant hospitality, and romantic settings, and their amenities are often enhanced with historic, museum-quality art collections. Historic hotels across the United States offer guests the opportunity to experience and enjoy a variety of artwork: furniture, paintings, sculpture, augmented reality, fountains and more. Many historic hotels were founded by wealthy art collectors, s

21c Museum Hotels are multi-venue contemporary art museums, coupled with boutique hotels, that present over twenty exhibitions each year for communities and guests to enjoy.. While tours are not given, the artwork is displayed throughout the hotel and guests are welcome to view the paintings at any time.. Oil paintings, sculpture, and antiques may be enjoyed in the resort’s restaurants, hallways, and guestrooms.. Although originally designed to be a floor installation, the artist adapted Uros to be installed as a wall sculpture in 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati.. The Spanish discovery of California in the early-16th century.. About Historic Hotels of America

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