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Updated: 07/26/2014 08:00:01AM

Chalet Suzanne was born in a softer, gentler, more relaxing era

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY CHALET SUZANNE


Carl Hinshaw Jr. is joined by Apollo 15 Astronaut James B. Irwin, after he returned from walking on the moon and giving the Chalet's Romaine Soup a trip to the lunar surface.

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Vita Hinshaw will be missed by all, as her legacy lives on through her children at Chalet Suzanne.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Debbie Deknes and Michelle Rivers, Chalet Suzanne hostesses, pour glasses of wine and punch.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Movie stars such as Burt Reynolds and even Dolly Parton had visited Chalet Suzanne, leaving behind signed photos of themselves for the Chalet.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


The quaint yesteryear effect of the Chalet was a welcoming factor in its presentation. Oriental rugs don the floors, and music was always playing in the background.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Charming table settings awaited guests, who were treated to dinner in an atmosphere of grandeur and elegance.

PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


It was said that as the Hinshaw family traveled, they brought back bits of the world with them to decorate the Chalet. This stunning stained glass window was always eye catching.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY CHALET SUZANNE


PHOTO BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Photos of astronauts, aviation memorabilia, and other space souvenirs peek out from a wooden table that has a glass case inside of it, which houses patches from the uniforms of Apollo 15 astronauts.

By BRENDA EGGERT BRADER

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Chalet Suzanne is closing after 83 years, says the Hinshaw family who has lived, worked, created, loved and cherished the property in Lake Wales. Think back to the 1930s when life was a bit slower, people had time for pleasantries and conversation, trips were a major undertaking.

Boom days in the 1920s blessed Florida and Lake Wales with prosperity, then came the crash with the Great Depression.

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