Lake and Sumter counties have a unique beauty that’s an everyday fixture for most of us. But we have new residents coming in daily, as well as visitors all year long. Our Style staff thought it was time to take a look at the many hidden gems in our area.
Have you ever swum in the amazingly clear water of Alexander Springs and camped there to enjoy the nighttime vista? When you read about our hidden gems, you’ll find the fifth-highest named point in the state is near you. If you enjoy history, there are historical homes, and Clermont, of course, has its lovely historic villages.
We know many residents and visitors enjoy the outdoors because we have such lovely weather year-round. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, and birding are all available at area state parks.
Family activities are a great way to enjoy weekends. With everything from an antique firetruck to riding tricycles with your children, Stanley Pond Farm is an adventure. At Uncle Donald’s Farm, a hay wagon is ready to give you a ride, and the farm has an amazing array of heritage livestock and exotic animals.
There’s a town in Sumter County that won’t bee outdone! You can see bee condos at city hall. The local farmer’s market in Sumter also is a treat, with everything from vegetables and fruits to clothing and tools.
These are just a few of the places that Style writers explored. You may want to keep this issue to plan your family adventures.
There’s also an abundance of talent in our area. This month, Style features the singing group Unaccompanied Minors. These lovely ladies are ages 7-25 and sing a cappella in barbershop style.
Until next month,