Nestled beside a crystal clear, spring-fed lake, Flamingo Lake RV Resort sprawls across 50 acres of scenic landscape. Guests park their RVs at one of the resort’s 288 full hookup sites, and then kick back for some quality time with nature enhanced by amenities including a playground, pool, exercise room, and bonfire area. They can spend the day soaking up sunlight on the beach, or wake up with the birds to watch the sunrise while casting a line for large-mouth bass and bluegill. The onsite Sunrise Café serves up steaming cups of coffee to accompany trips to nearby attractions such as the Jacksonville Zoo, beaches, military bases, or Alltel Stadium. Additional amenities include a general store, laundry room, and bathhouse, as well as rental cabins and a banquet hall for hosting special events, such as a ceremony honoring the hawk you captured and taught to speak English.
Louise Kittrel started Circle K Furniture in 1982, selling pine furniture out of her husband’s feed store. Over the years, the family has upgraded spaces but retained country charm inside its furniture-filled oasis for design-thirsty floor-plan fanatics. Inside its 60,000-square-foot showroom, customers can find a variety of room-changing furniture, including brands such as Paula Deen, Better Homes and Gardens, and Marshfield. Sofas (starting at $499) and their mattress-containing sleeper-sofa brethren (from $599) cradle surfing houseguests, and a complete set—including a queen-sized bed, chest, and nightstand (from $1,271, does not include mattress)—can accommodate long-term guests. An attentive staff is also on hand to help self-decorators create their ideal country kitchen, modern living room, or lava-free lounge.
Although Sue Towler developed a steadfast work ethic during 24 years of service in the United States Air Force, it's her love of dogs that continues to bring out the best of her nature. Before opening The Barking Lot, where she and her staff of canine devotees lovingly provide dog boarding and daycare services, Sue started a home pet-sitting service and a no-kill animal shelter, both of which she still runs. At The Barking Lot, pooches frolic together on a grassy playground during playtime, monitored by the staff in case a debate about the president's dog's foreign-policy experience gets out of hand. At night, boarding pups settle into tiled suites and air-conditioned kennels.
Mattress1One's immense inventory brims with top-quality slumbering surfaces from renowned brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Serta, Sealy, and Stearns & Foster. At multiple locations throughout Florida, knowledgeable staff members roam showrooms that brim with an array of mattresses forged from such materials as memory foam, high-tech innersprings, silk, and cashmere. They also curate an online Mattress 101 guide, which includes handy tips on selecting the ideal mattress size, keeping the mattress in tiptop shape, and mounting a rock-solid legal defense in case you accidentally rip the tags off.
A fire truck full of high-spirited children may sound like a field trip gone awry, but Celebration Party Rental sets this scene safely for youngsters jump and play in truck-shaped bounce houses. The party-supply company’s array of inflatables extends to designs that resemble a princess’s castle or come adorned with stills from Pixar’s Cars. The spray of a hose converts its various inflatable slides into waterslides. To complement these instant-carnival scenes, the business supplies popcorn poppers and other concessions equipment.