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New edition of online magazine features Lake County tourism spots

RELEASE DATE: May 20, 2009

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.

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From an award-winning spotless bed & breakfast, to an elegant spa, there’s plenty to do and see in Lake County. 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.

Vic’s Embers Supper Club — Vic’s Embers Supper Club of Leesburg, Fla., prides itself on great food and service; however, the quality fare and friendly faces at this supper club only begin to describe the one-of-a-kind dining experience. Opened in 1987, Vic’s Embers has continued its success for more than two decades for a variety of reasons. One that stands out is its commitment from father and son, Vic and Victor Donaghy.

Spa Marbella —The spa at Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., is an elegant retreat featuring a variety of body treatments, facials, massages, body wraps, waxing, nail services and bridal services. The 6,200-square-foot facility opened in November 2008 and includes four individual massage rooms; a Tsunami Swiss Shower with surrounding jets and an overhead plunge; a manicure and pedicure salon; and his and hers relaxation lounges, locker rooms and aromatic steam chambers featuring scents such as Bulgarian lavender and peppermint eucalyptus.

Farnsworth House Bed & Breakfast — The Farnsworth House Bed & Breakfast features three suites on the second floor of the Victorian house and two additional efficiencies are located on the ground floor of the carriage house. The spacious grounds of the bed & breakfast include a large Jacuzzi enclosed in a screened-in gazebo. Within walking distance of the Mount Dora historic shopping district, the bed & breakfast attracts all types of guests, including residents of Orlando that are looking to get away for the weekend.

The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail — What started as a curious find near their native plant nursery blossomed into a natural attraction unlike any other in Central Florida. The tandem of former television executives, Bruce and Cathy Brown, started their new business in the countryside of Clermont, Fla., helping customers build unique landscaping plans with bird sanctuaries and butterfly gardens. In the spring of 1997, a small family of Florida scrub-jays caught their attention. To help attract and protect the threatened species, the Browns opened The Florida Scrub-Jay Trail in Clermont, Fla., in April 2003 with a grant from the National Wildlife Federation.

Linda’s Soap Box — Who knew a plain bar of soap could be so beautiful looking and smelling? Linda Felton, owner of Linda’s Soap Box in downtown Leesburg, Fla., had an inkling bars of soap could be much more than a drab necessity everyone uses every day. Being a nurse at a local hospital, Felton knows soap is important in keeping clean; however, she also realizes commercial soaps can be harsh causing irritated and dry skin.

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