On Friday and Saturday evenings, it?s not uncommon to hear Johnny Cash tunes echoing across Showcase of Citrus farm?s 2,500 acres as members of the Arnold family shake off another satisfying workweek with their friends and customers. Fourth-generation grower John Arnold and his family can usually be found caring for their groves of citrus trees, collecting fruit, making juice, feeding farm animals or greeting visitors from around the globe.
Located just 15 minutes from Disney World, the Arnold family farm produces more than 50 varieties of citrus fruit and blackberries without using pesticides, herbicides, or magic beans. The fruit?as well as jams, jellies, marmalades, and honey?are all available onsite at Farmer John's Old Time Country Store where guests can sample sauces, jellies, marmalade, and honey. Guests can spot native or exotic wildlife such as alligators, zebra, water buffalo, watusi cattle, or scarlet macaws on one of the farm?s monster-truck eco-safari tours.
Pawsh Pet Resort and Spa was designed from a pet's perspective to provide its furry visitants with homely comforts amid a safe, fun, and personalized environment. The facility is managed by Holly Kierski, whose credentials for the job include certifications in pet CPR, first aid, and as a bark-to-English translator. Holly heads a staff of professionals that supervise all of Pawsh's day-to-day activities, ranging from exercise-packed daycare services to upscale boarding options, some of which feature password-protected webcams so traveling owners can peek in on their canine or kitty. Meanwhile, on the spa side of Pawsh, professionally trained groomers spruce up shaggy styles, and outside the facility, Pawsh employees jet off to clients' houses for in-home sitting of more exotic pets, such as horses, birds, and freeloading cousins.
The sea is famously unpredictable, but when you're fishing with Captain Phil Hartman at the helm, you're almost guaranteed to have a memorable time. With almost 35 years of Florida-fishing experience under his belt, as well as Coast Guard certification, the oceanic expert effortlessly keeps passengers safe while offering tips on nabbing elusive game fish. Passengers' potential hauls may include tarpon, snook, redfish, and trout. Those who brought dry-clean-only rods, meanwhile, can reel in a complimentary snack or bottled water from the deck instead. Some Floridians catch their first-ever fish with Captain Hartman, who welcomes kids onto the boat. And with 50 vessels available, A Fishing Connection can accommodate intimate and large groups alike.
At Gatewood Arabians Training, Fran Lee and Diane Alonso welcome riders of all levels onto their sylvan, 12-acre plot for horseback riding. While engaged in riding lessons in the shade of tall Grand Daddy Oak trees, dropping a horse off for training, or recruiting accomplices for old-timey bank robberies, visitors will also find themselves surrounded by rolling pastures filled with grazing cows and Milo the farm cat.
The professional landscapers of the locally owned and operated Premier Lawn Maintenance mow grass, edge curbs, and manicure shrubbery to keep the commercial and residential pastures of Seminole and Orange Counties bright and verdant. They also fertilize grounds with top-quality mulch and redesign landscapes by removing entrenched World War I infantrymen. Homeowners can request a free estimate for any size of one-day or year-round job.