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Mission Inn History

Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. – The Mission Inn Resort & Club is the culmination of the vision and dreams of Nick Beucher and his family, who have owned and operated the resort for more than 50 years. Beucher purchased what was then known as the Floridan Country Club, in 1964. But the story of Mission Inn starts nearly 50 years before that.

The resort traces its history back to 1916, when William J. Howey purchased 60,000 acres of real estate in Central Florida, with the intent of creating the largest horticultural empire in the world. With an ideal climate, rich soil and excellent drainage, Howey envisioned investors buying parcels from him and then contracting with his company to clear the land, plant citrus trees, harvest and ship the fruit. Howey would then return the profits to the owners.

In order to boost sales and create incentive for additional growth, Howey set out to build a golf course to complement his inn. In 1917, Chicago's George O'Neil was hired to design the course and soon after the Florida Chain-o-Lakes Country Club opened. Boasting rare tee to green elevations of 85 feet, towering forests, and sparkling spring-fed lakes the course was widely acclaimed as Florida's finest.

In the mid 1920's the course was enhanced. However, soon after the stock market crashed, the Great Depression ensued, and one of the worst freezes in Florida history combined to end Howey's dreams of a citrus empire.

Meanwhile in 1936, Nick Beucher, of Wilmette, Ill., began his sales career with the Morton Salt Company in Chicago's western suburbs. However, Beucher's successful sales career was derailed by a broken leg he suffered in a local rodeo. After recuperating, Beucher decided to fulfill a lifelong dream of riding across Mexico on horseback. In 1939, at the age of 21, Nick and a friend saddled up and spent 39 days riding nearly 1,400 miles.

Twenty five years later, Beucher was a husband, father, and successful businessman buying and selling cattle by-products, including meat and hides. In 1964, he saw an ad in the Wall Street Journal and bought what was then known as the Floridan Country Club in Howey-in-the-Hills. Both the course and clubhouse were badly neglected and in need of repairs.

In 1969, after renovating the golf course and clubhouse, Beucher turned his sights toward creating a new resort. He drew upon his time in Mexico and was inspired to create the resort in the image of the Spanish Colonial architecture he saw and was so fond of.

In the years that followed, Beucher's family joined the business and continues to own and operate the resort. Today, Beucher's children and grandchildren work at the resort, greeting guests to welcome them to their home away from home. The Mission Inn Resort & Club is a direct reflection of the vision and tireless effort of the Beucher family and the resort's dedicated employees.

The Mission Inn Resort & Club is a secluded 1,100-acre Spanish Colonial resort featuring exceptional accommodations, golf, tennis, marina, dining, trap and skeet, conference, wedding and spa facilities located just 35 minutes northwest of Orlando in Howey-in- the-Hills, Florida. For more information visit www.missioninnresort.com or call 800-874-9053.

Accommodations @ Mission Inn

Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. – Featuring distinct Spanish Colonial architecture and luxurious amenities, Mission Inn Resort & Club offers travelers a choice of accommodations ranging from deluxe hotel rooms to three-bedroom villas with kitchens.

Mission Inn features three distinct inns, or posadas:

  • San Miguel Inn: 61 deluxe hotel rooms, 5 one-bedroom suites, 1 two-bedroom executive suite, 1 three-bedroom penthouse suite
  • San Diego Inn: 30 deluxe hotel rooms, 38 club suites
  • San Angel Inn: 40 deluxe hotel rooms

Found in these three inns are multiple accommodation options, all non-smoking, including:

  • Deluxe hotel rooms: 131
  • Club suites: 38
  • One-bedroom suites: 5
  • Two-bedroom executive suite: 1
  • Three-bedroom penthouse suite, with dining room, full kitchen and living room: 1

The resort's guestrooms feature screened balconies or a bay window with panoramic view, well-appointed bathrooms with marble and granite and most rooms feature golf course or water views. Each room offers high-speed Internet access. Covered walkways connect Mission Inn's three inns to the property's courtyards, meeting rooms and two of the three full service restaurants. Additional guest room amenities include:

  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Coffee Maker
  • Iron and ironing board
  • High-Speed Internet Access
  • Dataport
  • In-room Music and Movie
  • USA Today newspaper
  • Gilchrist & Soames Bath Products

The Mission Santa Cruz and the Mission Sonoma are home to the resort's villas. These non-smoking two- and three- bedroom golf villas offer private entrances, full kitchens, and private screened balconies. Shuttle service is available to and from the villas to the resort's activities and amenities.

The Sonoma villas may be rented weekly or monthly.

The Mission Inn Resort & Club is a secluded 1,100-acre Spanish Colonial resort featuring exceptional accommodations, golf, tennis, marina, dining, trap and skeet, conference, wedding and spa facilities located just 35 minutes northwest of Orlando in Howey-in- the-Hills, Florida. For more information visit www.missioninnresort.com or call 800-874-9053.

Meetings @ Mission Inn

Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. – Mission Inn Resort & Club has a long history of hosting business meetings with a proven track record of being productive, providing a memorable experience, and allowing decision makers and planners to exhibit accountability to stakeholders by planning smart, budget friendly events.

With 30,000 square feet of flexible state-of-the-art meeting space, the resort can host groups from 10 to 400. The property's full menu of team building activities includes courses to challenge attendees, both mentally and physically. In addition, the resort's amenities, such as 36 holes of golf, full-service spa, and heated swimming pool, provide attendees and their guests with opportunities to enjoy themselves during a conference's downtime.

Meeting Rooms and Banquet Space

  • El Nuevo Mundo Conference Center – 5,000 square feet
  • Los Reyes Foyer – 3,167 square feet
  • Legends Ballroom – 3,128 square feet, up to two divisions
  • La Hacienda – 3,000 square feet
  • Nicker's – 1,840 square feet
  • Clubroom – 1,840 square feet
  • Serra – 1,700 square feet
  • Coronado – 1,650 square feet
  • El Conquistador – 1,350 square feet
  • El Gitano – 1,350 square feet
  • El Moro – 1,350 square feet, up to two divisions
  • La Paloma – 1,248 square feet, up to two divisions
  • Champions – 1,000 square feet
  • Cortes – 825 square feet
  • DeSoto – 825 square feet
  • La Fontana – 800 square feet
  • La Margarita Lounge – 800 square feet
  • El Presidente Board Room – 702 square feet
  • La Arcada – 306 square feet

Outdoor Banquet Space

  • Plaza de la Fontana – 10,414 square feet
  • Poolside – 9,216 square feet
  • Plaza de las Palmas – 3,619 square feet
  • Legend's Terrace – 3,120 square feet
  • Lakeside Pavilion – 2,976 square feet
  • Patio del Sol – 2,914 square feet
  • La Veranda -- Outdoor Location

Team Building Activities
Mission Inn Resort & Club offers a variety of opportunities for groups to create fun activities that challenge both the body and the mind. The resort's 50-acre learning center at the Marina del Rey includes a 60-foot Corporate Climbing Wall, sand volleyball court, zip line and more.

Mission Inn will also create performance workshops for groups of any size. By utilizing a three-tiered approach that includes interactive challenges, measurement and assessment, and strategic planning; programs that turn insights into immediate tangible actions.

Conference Services
The success of groups and meetings at Mission Inn is due to the individualized attention given to meeting planners and attendees by the sales, reservations, convention services, audio - visual and culinary departments. This team expertly coordinates every detail, from arrival to departure, including all functions, activities and events associated with a group to achieve the experience desired by a meeting planner. The resort's team can create themed events, golf tournaments, sports competitions, elegant gala parties and more to make any group function a memorable one.

Easily Accessible Central Florida Location
Mission Inn Resort & Club is easy to access and is just a 45-minute drive from Orlando International Airport (MCO). The airport features non-stop service to 84 U.S. cities, offering more flights to more locations than any other airport in Florida. The airport has extensive ground transportation, including most rental car companies, commercial taxi and shuttle companies.

A second airport, Orlando-Sanford International Airport, is a 55-minute drive from Mission Inn and offers non-stop service to 40 U.S. cities, along with international flights to Europe. Ground transportation is offered by multiple rental car companies, taxis and shuttle companies.

Centrally located near Florida's Turnpike, Interstate 75, Interstate 95 and Interstate 4, Mission Inn is easily accessible via car from most Florida cities.

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Phone: 800-523-2289
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The Mission Inn Resort & Club is a secluded 1,100-acre resort featuring exceptional accommodations, golf, tennis, marina, dining, trap and skeet, conference, wedding and spa facilities located just 35 minutes northwest of Orlando in Howey-in- the-Hills, Florida. For more information visit www.missioninnresort.com or call 800-874-9053.

Dining @ Mission Inn

Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. -- Ranging from casual to candlelit, Mission Inn Resort & Club's restaurants provide guests with superb service, innovative entrees and plentiful portions. Accomplished chefs at the resort's award-winning restaurants prepare the freshest, highest quality cuisine, from casual breakfast buffets to seafood extravaganzas.

Featuring breakfast and lunch buffets each day, La Hacienda guests dine overlooking the resort's famed El Campeón's 17th hole and the Plaza de la Fontana. Each morning, the restaurant's gourmet breakfast includes made-to-order omelets, select fresh-baked breads and pastries, tropical fruits, breakfast meats, pancakes and more. Sunday's champagne brunch buffet has been recognized by area food writers as the best brunch in central Florida.

With spectacular golf course and lake views, Nicker's lunch time casual fare menu includes salads, sandwiches, and burgers. The restaurant has a fully stocked bar and several big screen televisions for watching the game. In addition, every Saturday, Nicker's has an all you can eat crab legs, sushi and prime rib buffet.

El Conquistador;s elegant menu and diverse wine list creates a memorable dining experience while overlooking the resort's Plaza de la Fontana and El Campeón's 9th hole. Unique include roasted duck with a black cherry and orange glace risotto; grilled chicken Oscar with blue crab meat; and a fresh Black Grouper Fromage.

Swiss trained Culinary Director Beat Gfeller has developed the resort's menus and dishes to reflect his experiences in the finest kitchens in the US, France, Greece and Egypt. In addition, the resort's Chef's Garden, grown on property, allows for dishes to be accented with the freshest spices and herbs.

  • The evening lounge, La Margarita offers a full bar, wine list and light dinner menu.
  • La Chiquita Cabana – Open seasonally, the poolside bar offers tropical drinks and light snacks.
  • Room Service – Special menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, are available

The Mission Inn Resort & Club is a secluded 1,100-acre Spanish Colonial resort featuring exceptional accommodations, golf, tennis, marina, dining, trap and skeet, conference, wedding and spa facilities located just 35 minutes northwest of Orlando in Howey-in- the-Hills, Florida. For more information visit www.missioninnresort.com or call 800-874-9053.

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