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Online magazine features the unique traits of Lake County

RELEASE DATE: April 4, 2008

The newest edition of Hometown Highlights is available online for travel writers and Central Florida tourists interested in learning more about Lake County.

Alexander Springs
From a one-of-kind festival that pays homage to black bears, to an enchanting natural spring that features canoeing, hiking and camping opportunities, there’s plenty to do and see in Lake County. Situated immediately to the west of Orlando and Central Florida's theme-park attractions, the serene and quaint environment of Lake County presents a starkly different getaway for Central Florida vacationers.

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.lakecountyfl.gov/hometown_highlights/. The following excerpts are from each new article.

Alexander Springs Recreation Area — Native Floridians know the best swimming pools in the state are not in someone's backyard but are courtesy of Mother Nature. With a near constant year-round temperature of about 72 degrees, the tepid waters of Alexander Springs is the perfect watering hole on those sweltering Florida summers days.

Florida Black Bear Festival — As bear cubs begin to leave their dens to explore the world, celebrate with the City of Umatilla during the Ninth Annual Florida Black Bear Festival on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cadwell Park, located at 4 Cassady St. in Umatilla.

Moss Gate Bed & Breakfast — The superlatives to describe Moss Gate Bed & Breakfast are nearly as endless as the acres of this former plantation house and sprawling orange grove. With lakefront views and immaculately manicured grounds, the bed & breakfast is a popular location for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Finlay's Steak & Seafood — Opened for two years, Finlay's Steak & Seafood restaurant is growing a customer base with its dedication to fine dishes, fresh ingredients and impeccable service. Finlay's lunch and dinner menus are dominated with succulent steaks, such as an 18-ounce T-bone, Filet Mignon and New York Strip, and mouthwatering seafood selections, including Mahi Mahi, Yellow Fin Tuna and Atlantic Salmon.

Lake County Fair — With someone with a name like Happy running the show, it's hard to imagine how a family couldn't have a joyful experience at the annual Lake County Fair. Fair manager Happy Norris uses a simple formula to keep families coming back to the annual county fair. "That's one thing we strive not to get away from is the focus on the family," he said. "It's a place where you'd feel comfortable to bring your kids and have fun."

Two Old Hags Wine Shoppe — Opening several months ago, patrons of the Two Old Hags Wine Shoppe are still searching for the two curmudgeon females that the fine specialty store is supposedly named after. Not to ruin the surprise, but the only thing finer than the wines in the corner bistro in downtown Leesburg is the warm welcome patrons receive from the two wonderful co-owners, Linda Kohlmeyer and Beatrix Isaac.

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