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Name: Marny
We lived in Clearwater/Safety Harbor during the 70's and 80's. The Kapok Tree was where we took all our company. That place was a trip! You had to eat before going, since the wait was always so long. They gave you plenty of time to drink lots of fruity delicious drinks while strolling the gardens. Thanks so much for putting this memorial to a lost era together. I'm really glad to hear the old buildings - and especially the tree - are still standing. Cheers to all the happy memories!
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Name: Christine
From: Florida
Thank you for having this website; I am so glad I found this website! I was so young when my parents took me that it seems like a dream sometimes! We went to the one in Fort Lauderdale. I don't know of another place like it since.
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Name: Carla
From: Las vegas (now)
I, as everyone who have signed this book have the fondest memories of the Kapok Tree Inn. My mom was a waitress there for years and I spent many of my special occasions celebrating with my mom and the staff since it was just her and I. I remember the food and the gardens. It was the special place we took family and friends when they came to visit us. I haven't been to Florida since we moved in 1982, and was planning a reminiscent visit hoping to bring my children there so I was deeply saddened to hear it had closed.
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Name: Walter Kloepfer
From: Alaska (now)
I can remember my mom taking me there for the first time...then I used to take dates there. Left Florida and because of transfers (with the military), I never got to take my wife. It is an experience that I regret she will not experience.
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Name: John P.
From: Burlington Ontario
Thanks for doing this website! While reminiscing recently, I was thinking of a trip I went on with my parents to Florida when I was around 12 years old, in 1973. I was descibing this restaurant to my wife, but I couldn't remember the name. Anyway, a short while later I was watching an episode of CSI:Miami, and they mentioned a "Kapok Tree", and I thought that name sounded familiar, so I googled it and sure enough it was the restaurant whose name had eluded me! I have to be honest and say that I don't remember the food, but I do remember eating in the beautiful rooms full of plants and it sure brings back a lot of memories for me so thanks very much for taking the time to do this website!
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Name: Alicia Affatato
From: Deltona, Florida
This place looked like it had been really cool...visited it with someone who had gotten to eat there once before it closed. Walking the gardens was pretty awesome, and it really did feel like I was somewhere else when I stepped into the gardens. Although I live across the state from Clearwater, I will have to go back, because we didn't know you could still see some of the inside of the building by shopping in the music store. And I want to see the tree in bloom!
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Name: Apple Annie
From: Washington State
We visited the Kapok Tree Inn twice about 1983. I took some photographs, and I totally fell in love with the place. My dream was to dine in each of the dining rooms at least once. No such luck, we moved away. However the memories are still here, and so are my pictures. I am glad to see that the new people are preserving it.

I recently had to deal with a baobob tree, and thought it was the restaurant. Hmm. So i looked it up... nope no baobob tree. Finally I remembered the Kapok. Viola. Being old is kind of tough on my memory.

Thanks for the website. You pretty much covered it very well. I enjoyed going back.
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Name: Barbara
From: Florida
What a wonderful web site! I'm so glad I discovered it today and am glad that the building and beautiful gardens are still kept up. I think I still have the Kapok Tree Planter's Punch glasses. My husband and I used to go there in the early '70s. We went with my parents one time to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.
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Name: Sarah
I vaguely remember the restaurant and could not remember the name of it until I was going through some old things and found a "diary" my mom kept of our visit to Clearwater in December 1973 (I was 5 at the time). I remember going and it being a "big deal." I moved from Ohio to Florida in 2004 and reading that diary brought back a flood of memories and now I had a name to put with that restaurant. So, since stumbling upon the diary yesterday I thought I'd check it out and perhaps, if still in operation, would take my husband. It's disappointing to learn, after finding this website, that it is no longer in operation. However, to my surprise, when I moved here in 2004 I ended up living just 7 miles north of the property and passed it almost everyday for 3 years - unbelievable. It's sad that the restaurant no longer exists, but satisfying that the structure remains and that so many people have such wonderful memories... <sigh>
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Name: Kathy Ottalagano
From: Palm Bay
I will always remember the beautiful Kapok Tree Inn.
We went there in Ft.Lauderdale in 1980 on vacation before we moved down here. I was cleaning my hutch off and found the large glasses I had gotten as souvenirs. I just remember the beautiful interior and exterior with the large oaks and moss growing long.
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