Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Villages to Micanopy 49-mi, 54-minOcala to Micanopy 27-mi, 28-minGainesville to Micanopy 12-mi, 18-min    Lining up a day's worth of fun before a show at the Hipp is easy, and our group of Villagers chose visiting the historic town of Micanopy just south of Gainesville on Highway 441, with its art galleries, antique stores, cafes, and a mix of historic homes and Florida Cracker cottages.



Saturday, June 1, 2019

The Villages to Dunedin 94-mi, 2-hrGainesville to Dunedin 153-mi, 2-hr 30-minOcala to Dunedin 110-mi, 2-hr 10-minBeyond the Wall Guesthouse520 Skinner Blvd, Dunedin, FL 34698     (727) 500-2337 

The Honu516 Grant St, Dunedin, FL 34698     (727) 333-7777 Happy’s Bayou Bites431 Skinner Blvd, Dunedin, FL 34698     (727) 240-1102 Thirteen of us Villagers spent the night at the Beyond The Wall Bed and Breakfast...

Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, May 26, 2019

The Villages to Silver Springs     26-mi, 1-hr 40-minGainesville to Silver Springs     40-mi, 1-hr 5-min5656 East Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs, FL 34488(352) 261-5840 8:30 AM to sunset 365 days, $2 park admission + $11 for glass bottom boat tourNo charge for parkingThe first impression of Silver Springs feels like a YouTube “exploring abandoned theme parks” video. Passing an oversized, tired entry sign,...

Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp

Monday, May 20, 2019

We spent the night at the Beyond The Wall Bed and Breakfast in downtown Dunedin built and run by Michelle and Rock, an ex-military couple. The compound has an updated Key West feel with guest rooms in a main building and cottages aranged around the pool. Off street parking is free, and you are steps from the action. The rooms are neat and organized and breakfast is served in the main lounge. There are several...

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

March 6th trough June 3rd

Want to see the grandkids explode with excitement? Just mention a trip to Disney World, actually most adults display a toned down version of this reaction too. March through June is the time to catch Epcot in full bloom with DIsney themed topiarys, butterfly gardens, how-to garden tours, outdoor concerts and several outdoor kitchens.    We spent the day strolling through the...

Leesburg Bikefest

Saturday, May 4, 2019

The Villages to Leesburg 14-mi, 24-minOcala to Leesburg 41-mi, 47-minGainesville to Leesburg 80-mi, 1-hr 45-minAnnual 3 day event in late April, no admission fee, free or nominal parking fee

Leesburg is a sleepy southern town with charming homes from all eras, an architectural history of the areas economic progression. Like many rural centers, the downtown is in the process of a gentrification after...

The Hipp and Micanopy

Monday, April 22, 2019

The Villages to Gainesville    68-mi, 1-hr 16-minOcala to Gainesville    38-mi, 43-min

25 S.E. 2nd Place, Gainesville, FL 32601   352-375-4477          hipp@thehipp.org   

The Hippodrome State Theater was originally a post office and courthouse, and is now an elegant example of the adaptive reuse of an historic building. The theater is sited at the head of Southeast First Street...

Brunch and Polo in The Villages

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Ocala to the Villages Polo Club    22-mi, 37-minGainesville to the Villages Polo Club    64-mi 1-hr 10-min

If you have never attended a Polo match, it is not what you expect. Don’t worry about what to wear because comfortable and casusal is the rule, sunglasses and a hat are a good idea. The Villages Polo Club has two fields (one on either side of the grandstand) and season is between March and May...

Sun 'N Fun Fly-In

Sunday, April 7, 2019

The Villages to Lakeland 74-mi, 1-hr 35-minOcala to Lakeland 115-mi, 1-hr 45-minGainesville to Lakeland 148-mi, 2-hr 15-minLakeland Linder International Airport, 3900 Don Emerson Drive, Lakeland, FL 33811

Sun ’N Fun Fly-In is an annual fair in April for aviation enthusiasts and thousands turn out daily at the Lakeland Regional Airport to watch the airshows and tour the exhibits. The Warbird...

Market at Marion

Saturday, March 30, 2019

The Villages to Belleview 11-mi, 20-minOcala to Belleview 10-mi, 18-minGainesville to Belleview 55-mi, 1-hr

12888 S.E. US Hwy 441, Belleview, FL 34491     352-245-6766Friday: 8:00am to 3:00pmSaturday: 8:00am to 4:00pmSunday: 8:00am to 4:00pm

The Market at Marion is just as much fun as the flea markets you remember back home, only much bigger, better, and well organized. The excitement of...