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New edition of online magazine features Lake County tourism spots

RELEASE DATE: December 12, 2008

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

From a festival that pays homage to the country’s first President, to a new attraction that features off-roading, fishing and waterskiing 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. Five new articles were recently introduced to the online feature at www.lakecountyfl.com/hometown_highlights/. The following excerpts are from each new article.

Revolution


Revolution, The Off-Road Experience — This one-of-a-kind adventure keys in on a variety of outdoor activities that perhaps many locals occasionally enjoy but tourists never get the chance to experience. On a sprawling 200 acres of Sunshine State wilderness, Revolution gives tourists the opportunity to ride ATVs, dune buggies and a four-wheel drive SUV; receive water-skiing lessons from an international coach; and learn how to reel in the big catch at the local lake.

Heron Cay Lakeview Bed & Breakfast — The Victorian-style, three-story bed and breakfast on the edge of Lake Dora looks like something out of a fairy tale with its two acres of flora and fauna, sparkling pool and wraparound porch. Other than its warm hospitality and award-winning service, Heron Cay is well known by vacationers for its sheer size and closeness to the charming downtown district of Mount Dora.

O’Keefe’s Irish Pub & Restaurant — When is a pub not a pub? It’s an intriguing conundrum that faces guests to O’Keefe’s of Tavares. The dark wood bar with brass trimmings illicit memories of jolly times and the dimly lit atmosphere adorned with fancy beer paraphernalia makes O’Keefe’s feel like nothing more than the neighborhood pub. Nevertheless, don’t be too quick to judge this book by its cover. Peruse the menu and ask yourself when is the last time you heard of a pub offering such delectable treats as mushroom burgundy steak or mixed shellfish sauté?

GeorgeFest — With age, the bouquet of a fine wine can blossom and the robust flavor of a delicate cheese can develop, but who knew a maturing celebration with more than 100 years on the history books could only get better with time? On Feb. 27, 28 and March 1, the City of Eustis will show its patriotic spirit with the 107th Annual GeorgeFest, which is the longest-standing celebration of George Washington’s birthday in the state.

Dianne’s Tasteful Indulgences — In one section of this brightly decorated shop are gourmet coffees and the opposite end is a selection of organic bath and body products. Finding similarities between products featured at Dianne’s Tasteful Indulgences in Mount Dora is not apparent at first — that is until the notion of the gift basket is realized. Everything in Dianne Berilla’s store is prominently featured in her elegantly created gift baskets.

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