Chalet Suzanne is Retiring at 83

It's been a long, wonderful season in time. Well over eighty years, in fact. So many great things have happened at Chalet Suzanne through that period-- especially meeting you. 

We've received hundreds of accolades from around the globe. Only one other restaurant has earned more Golden Spoon Awards. Our soups and sauces, carefully canned right here on the property for nearly sixty years, have their place in history as the only soup available to Earthlings and the Man in the Moon alike!  We were awarded Top Ten Country Inns of America several times and some in the media suggest that we should be named "Inn of the Century".

The Hinshaw family, now five generations since the enterprise began, has been the energy behind it all. We've developed friendships with celebrities, dignitaries, astronauts and war heroes, but mostly with wonderful people like you who have a special celebrity of their own. Equally important are the thousands of people who have labored here through the decades, each one adding their own flavor to our history.  We thank all of you for helping to make this amazing adventure worthwhile.

But the time has come to let go of our love affair with this  wonderful creation of Bertha Hinshaw and her family. Dee and Eric are choosing to retire their efforts here and sell the property, looking for other opportunities to serve the community and The Lord.

We will discontinue normal operations of this distinguished enterprise in four to six weeks, around Monday, August, 4th. Reservations for lunch, dinner or overnight will be accepted until then. If you would like to have the opportunity to have one last farewell evening, or if you've always wanted to come but never quite made it, this is your chance, maybe your last chance, to experience the Chalet Suzanne and it's glorious history. You will be welcomed to stop by after that date, but you may end up having dinner with us at home.  :-)

Fond Farewell Overnight Package

We are offering a special "Fond Farewell" dinner and overnight package from now until the retirement date of August 4th that includes a 10% discount on entrees. Please call to make a reservation.

Silent Auction for Your Favorite Artifacts

We are going to make it fun, as well. There will be a silent auction for many of the items located around the property. Tables and chairs, many containing priceless tiles and art from around the world, antique furniture and keepsakes, lamps and linens will be up for bidding. If you don't see a number on the item that you are interested in, just take a picture and email it to us with an offer.



The Future.  Is it Your turn?

So, what's next for our little treasure?  We don't know, for sure. We will look for purchasers for all or part of the property and all or part of the businesses. For many years we have lived our dream of entertaining guests with elegance and  aplomb.  Maybe it's YOUR turn now?  If you or someone you know may be interested in the property or any of the businesses involved, please contact us. We'd love to entertain your ideas. Of course, if you are interested in purchasing a "going concern" you should move very quickly. We would be happy to work with you, as well.


What is for Sale?

Everything, from corporations and commercial property to napkins and knives. Here's a partial list:

  • Chalet Suzanne(TM) (the name), known for excellence for nearly a century
  • 100+- acres of Commercial/Industrial property with Polk County's TCC land use designation. In total or in parcels
  • The Restaurant building with large commercial kitchen, multiple dining rooms and guest rooms, and fully licensed bar, all on the National Register of Historic Places, pre-qualified as a National Historic Landmark
  • The Inn with 23 guest rooms, also on the National Register of Historic Places, also pre-qualified as a National Historic Landmark. Includes other buildings, apartments, employee housing, a gift shop, office space and a pool. 
  • Soup cannery-warehouse, with many FDA approved LACF (Low Acid Canned Food) certifications. 
  • FAA licensed Public Use Airport with a 2313' lighted sod runway.
  • 4.5 acre Vineyard with stand of mature Lake Emerald grapes (French Muscat Hybrid bunch grape for wine, juice or jam)
  • 16 acre private spring fed lake with great fishing. At one time this lake was home to the world's largest ski jump and Chalet Suzanne's famous Indian Dhow dinner cruises.
  • Numerous homes, apartments and buildings for employees, managers, museums, long-term tenants and cottage industry crafters.
  • Shooting range.
  • 4 acre undeveloped parcel on US  27.  Located across the street from Walgreen's and home to our famous (infamous?) pink billboards.
  • Antiques of all kinds from around the world.
  • Equipment, tools, aircraft and much, much more.

Please contact us at for offers and information. Phone 863-676-6011

Please Come!

We encourage you to visit one last time. Enjoy this unique and legendary property now, before we become a warm memory of the way things were, back then. Call 863-676-6011.

God Bless you all,

Eric, Dee and the rest of the Chalet Family






Welcome to Chalet Suzanne in Lake Wales, Florida

The Hinshaw family has been making guests welcome for over 80 years, whether you come by car or plane, for a single meal or several, for one day or more. This enchanting country inn of 26 rooms, nestled on a 100-acre estate, is a gracious oasis amidst the excitement of Central Florida attractions, catering to discriminating guests of all ages.

Welcome to the World of Chalet Suzanne

Each Chalet guest room greets you with cordial warmth, delightfully different, with the comforts of private entrance, private bath, air conditioning, telephone and television. The sparkling pool, lake and airstrip are only a few steps from your courtyard or patio.

The essence of the Chalet's reputation is its cuisine, food that Gourmet Magazine calls "glorious" ... served in a unique setting of five quaint rooms on many levels, overlooking the lake. Every corner glows with antiques, stained glass and old lamps from far away places.

Before you leave, seek out these whimsical spots ... The Swiss Room, Wine Dungeon, Gift Boutique, Autograph Garden, Ceramic Studio, Airstrip and last but not least, the Soup Cannery, where those delicious soups, which have even been to the Moon, are processed for gift giving all over the globe.

Chalet Suzanne is a subtle balm ... a lovely memory that stays hidden in your heart.

Though a visit to Chalet Suzanne has often been considered a "Bucket List" item, Skydiving has to be one of the most popular. Check out our good friends at Start Skydiving. From an exciting Tandem Skydiving Ride to a personally tailored Advanced Free Fall course or even accelerated training for a USPA "A License" and group events, stay at the Chalet Suzanne and Fly at Start Skydiving! You'll love the highly experienced Instructors and Jump Masters they have on staff. Call 855-465-8672 for more information. It may be your only chance to check off two bucket list items in one place!

"Chalet Suzanne in Lake Wales is my choice for Florida Inn of the Century" - Sun Sentinel
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26 Guest Rooms - Each delightfully different in design and decor, with private bath, telephone, air conditioning, cable TV, wireless internet and other personal touches. An overnight stay includes a complimentary breakfast.

Award Winning Restaurant - From soups and salads to fantastic steaks, critics have raved about our cuisine for decades. The atmosphere? It’s unrivaled eclecticism at its best, with lake side dining, a professional but friendly staff and a new, more affordable menu.

Cocktail Lounge - With an intimate atmosphere all its own, The “Little Swedish Bar” is a favorite fantasy of many guests, with an aged ambiance akin to our favorite pubs and clubs around the world it offers a lighter fare menu to accompany your favorite beverage.

Wine Dungeon - Each evening our guests are invited to step down into the sunken hideaway beneath the Chardonnay Room for a light bite of cheese, fruit and a glass of wine before dinner… with our compliments!

Wine and Gift Boutique -Take home a great bottle of wine or sherry, mementos of your visit to our wonderful little village, or other interesting finds from around the globe.

Courtyard Spa and Massage - For prescribed therapy or just days of decadent self indulgence, our licensed professionals will have you moaning with pleasure as you treat yourself or someone special to a wide array of rejuvenating options.

Soup Canning Plant - From International Fairs to Commercial Airlines- Governors' Mansions to the finest Gourmet Restaurants- Cuban Missile Crisis to Glasnost; from Miami to the Moon! Come tour the historic home of the soups that have seen it all and are, quite literally, “Out of this world!”

Public Airstrip - For flyers or friends of them, Chalet Suzanne’s Flying Field makes it easy to visit our historic village. Only a short flight from anywhere in the Southeastern USA. Make sure to include us on your next flight plan. For business or pleasure, it’s the best layover around!
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