In the 1940s, a wealthy horse breeder built his “summer dream home” on Florida’s Lake Weir, incorporating cypress wood, lighting from a dismantled ship, and fireplaces made of native stone. Several decades and a few owners later, the estate—now a small inn made up of several cottages—still has a country charm to it. Cottage guest rooms have a shabby-chic aesthetic, with weathered-wood furnishings, frilly linens, and a shared lakefront deck. Guests spend their days swimming, kayaking, fishing, and boating, and at night, gather on the beach for cookouts and bonfires.<p>
Boat party: This Getaway includes a 2-hour pontoon rental for up to 10 people
What’s cookin’?: There’s a grilling area onsite, and some rooms feature kitchens with microwaves and refrigerators
A private dock is onsite at the inn
Enjoy a seafood feast at local joint Gator Joe’s, which has fried alligator tail and peel and eat shrimp
Sand ‘n sun gear: beach chairs, umbrellas, and beach towels are all provided by the inn
Horse country: The neighboring town of Ocala is known for its historical horse farms and international polo matches
Lake Weir, Florida: Residential Boating Town with Scenic Back Roads
Shady oak trees and Spanish moss line the city of Ocklawaha, a quiet boating community set on the banks of Lake Weir about 1.5 hours from Orlando. Residents and a handful of visitors flock to the 5,000-acre lake year-round to swim, sail, kayak, and fish. There’s beautiful scenery away from the water, too— people often take their motorcycles and vintage cars on a cruise through the scenic back roads, and or take their RVs to set up camp in the surrounding woodlands.
Twenty-five miles north in central Florida’s “Horse Country” is the Ocala National Forest, which encompasses 383,000 acres of lakes, rivers, and hiking trails. You’re also a short drive from Gainsville, home to the University of Florida Gators and its nearly 50,000 students.
What You Get
Two-night stay for two in a king bed room
Option 1: $209, valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday (up to a $368 value)
Option 2: $255, valid for check-in Friday–Saturday (up to a $408 value)
Two-night stay for two in a queen bed room
Option 3: $259, valid for check-in Sunday–Wednesday (up to a $468 value)
Option 4: $305, valid for check-in Friday–Saturday (up to a $508 value)
Included in all options:
$10 dining credit to Gator Joe’s
Two-hour 10-passenger pontoon boat rental (gas not included)
Policies and Fees
Book by: 9/27/13
Travel by: 11/27/13
Blackout dates: Not valid 8/30-9/2, 10/4-10/5,10/18-10/19, 10/25-10/26, and 11/1-11/2.