Learning More About the Christmas Tours at the Stetson Mansion
The Daytona Beach area is full of exciting and historic things to do, as well as places to visit. One that should be on the top of your list is the Stetson Mansion in DeLand, Florida. It makes for a perfect afternoon trip from Daytona Beach Shores. The estate is about 45 minutes away from the oceanfront. It’s considered Florida’s first luxury mansion, and the grandest home built during the 19th century.
The home was built in 1886 by John B. Stetson, a famed hat maker and philanthropist. His respect for his employees, young entrepreneurial mindset, and business honesty founded a legacy that still lives on today. The mansion is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and was designed by George T. Pearson, a noted architect of the era. The style is a blend of cottage, Moorish, Tudor, Gothic, and Polynesian, making for an excellent example of high style Victorian architecture.
The Stetson’s were known for hosting extravagant parties, and the exciting, timeless beauty of the property and buildings is alive and strong to this day. Thanks to a 2005 adaptive renovation that breathed new life into the property, the historic estate now includes the latest technology in appliances and decorative arts. The home is actually still a private residence, but all guests are welcome for tours and elegant celebrations. Visitors have access to every room.
This time of the year, the mansion welcomes all guests from the area to join them for their Annual Christmas Tours, one of the most elegant holiday displays you’ll see in all of Florida. Traditionally, each room is decorated with a different holiday theme in mind, a few of which have included: Angels We Have Heard On High, We Three Kings, and A Stetson Christmas. Visitors are guided through the first and second floors of the home by a knowledgeable tour guide who provides historical commentary, while holiday music plays on the baby grand piano in the background. Suffice to say, you’ll be in for a holiday treat!
The tours begin November 15th and run until January 15th. Daily scheduled tours are at 10:30am, 1:30pm and 5:00pm, excluding Sunday mornings. Tickets are $25+tax for adults and $15+tax for kids 6-22 years old. Children 5 years old and under are free. The tour is generally not recommended for infants or toddlers. Parking for the tours is provided free. Please remember that reservations and tickets are required, so make your plans today and buy online here!
And, as always, make sure to check out our Special Offers page, so you can get the best deal on your stay with us here at The Shores Resort & Spa! We look forward to providing you with a relaxing, rejuvenating stay. Book your reservations online, or give us a call at 866.934.7467.