LAKE COUNTY, FLA — The fourth edition of Hometown Highlights is available online for travel writers and Central Florida tourists interested in learning more about Lake County, Fla.
From the state's largest arts festival to one-of-a-kind state park cabins, there's plenty to do and see in Lake County. Situated immediately to the west of Orlando and the theme-park attractions, the serene and quaint environment of Lake County presents a starkly different getaway for Central Florida vacationers. But there is more than meets the eye in this natural wonderland of more than 1,000 freshwater lakes and endless acres of nature preserves and parks.
The online magazine of Hometown Highlights provides insight to some of the most popular attractions and best-kept secrets in Lake County. Six new articles were recently introduced to the online feature at www.lakegovernment.com/hometown_highlights/. The following excerpts are from each article.
Mount Dora Art Festival – For art lovers, casual festival-goers and families, nothing compares to the Mount Dora Art Festival. Scheduled for Feb. 4-5, 2006, the 31st annual festival is one of the largest in the state with about 285 artists from all over the world.
Lake Louisa State Park – State park cabins are infamous across the nation. Typically stereotyped as a rickety wooden structure with a breezy and dingy makeup, these cabins tend to be the last resort for vacationing families. In stark contrast, Florida State Parks recently introduced a new sort of cabins at the 4,500-acre Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont, Fla., and to most visitors there is no comparison to the older version.
Cabin at Lake Louisa State Park
The Old Bicycle Inn – From its name, there's little guessing at who the typical guests at this downtown Clermont, Fla., inn are. "From one third to one half of our guests are bicyclists," said Renee Banzhaf, who owns The Old Bicycle Inn along with husband Bill. Situated one block from the Lake Minneola Scenic Trail, the California-style bungalow inn is a popular respite for athletes visiting the local National Training Center.
Seminole-Lake Gliderport – Want to soar like a bird? Without the wings and feathers it's almost inhumanly possible – almost that is. Welcome to Seminole-Lake Gliderport where dreams of soaring above the clouds come true for local aviators and visitors from afar. Situated in rural South Lake County, about a dozen miles southwest of Clermont, it is the largest gliderport operation in Central Florida.
Downtown Mount Dora – Ever plan a vacation where the activities seem to revolve around one member of the family? In Mount Dora, Fla., activities are abound and diverse. Couples typically spend weekends at the enchanting downtown relaxing in the small-town atmosphere. During the day, gentlemen trek to the nearby Mount Dora Golf Club, while the ladies shop in the downtown district. Known for its festivals and antique shopping, the vibrant downtown in the past few years has evolved to include art galleries and unique boutiques.
Chef's Table – There are delis and then there are delicatessens. The difference can be seen in the steaming Country Meatloaf and the unique Tom Turkey sandwiches at the Chef's Table in Clermont, Fla. Homemade and fresh are just two of the profound traits of this family-owned operation that is well known throughout downtown Clermont for its friendly atmosphere and stellar lunch menu.
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