It seems like every day you explore the natural beauty of Hernando County; you discover a hidden gem that you cannot find anywhere else. In a place so unique it is not hard to believe that the food and restaurants in the area are also one-of-a-kind. Below is a list of absolute must-try dining experiences in Hernando County that will leave you wanting more!

 

• Becky Jack’s Food Shack – To some, the venue with its mismatched chairs and tables and funky, laid-back decor may not rate a second glance. But if visual aesthetics are your sole criteria for choosing a spot to dine out, you’ll miss out on one of the best-kept foodie secrets in Hernando County. Folks in the know have come to recognize Becky Jack’s as a comfortable, affordable regular stop where simple, flavorful home-cooked burgers, wings and seafood and tasty craft beers are king.

 

• Brian’s Place – This Spanish-Italian fusion restaurant is a rare treat that offers adventurous cuisine with perfect proportions at the right price. The restaurant specializes in seafood but has a variety of other fare. It’s a nice, casual place to savor a unique meal in a family atmosphere. Chef Brian intermixes French flavors with Italian and Latin ingredients to create a unique cuisine.  briansonthebeach.com

 

• Upper Deck – Kayak from the state park to the Upper Deck that has a spectacular views of the Weeki Wachee River. You might even see some manatee while there. upperdeckweekiwachee.com

 

• GlenLakes Country Club – Guided by accomplished Executive chef Mik Wagner, the Grill Room is a member favorite for expertly prepared lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. No staid menus here! Chef Mik is full of delicious surprises, serving up international buffets and even sharing his expertise with demos. Daily Happy Hour, after-dinner drinks and a casual bar menu can be enjoyed at the Main Bar, which also doubles as a sports bar—complete with a special menu—during football season. Glenlakes.com

 

Located in the heart of Weeki Wachee, and just minutes from all of these foodie havens, GlenLakes is right where you want to be. Natural springs, lakes, the Weeki Wachee River, the Gulf of Mexico and 85,000 acres of Florida nature preserve provide a pristine habitat for wildlife and year-round opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

 

All this and you’re only minutes away from the white sand Gulf Coast beaches and excellent shopping, restaurants and medical facilities. It’s little wonder that GlenLakes is consistently named “One of the Best Places to Retire” by Where to Retire Magazine, as well as a “Top 50 Community” by Ideal-Living Magazine.

 

When you are a resident at GlenLakes, you are a member of a fabulous club. Private club amenities include a 35K clubhouse for social engagement, dining and fitness, including a junior Olympic-size pool. Clay tennis courts, bocce ball courts, four pickleball courts, and a championship, private golf course defines GlenLakes’ relaxed, yet very active, country club lifestyle. Residents rest easy knowing that maintenance and security are taken care of in this private, gated community. With the community constantly growing, the club is a great way to meet neighbors, make friends and socialize, right in your own backyard.

 

Choosing your Florida dream home is easier than ever. Ranging from 1,620 to more than 3,000 square feet of air conditioned space, every home is filled with features that wow: volume and tray ceilings, ceramic tile, spectacular island kitchens with granite and designer finishes throughout the home. Starting from the low $200s, GlenLakes homes offer beautiful views of the golf course, lake and much more. Click here to learn more about the GlenLakes lifestyle and everything it has to offer.

One of the best perks about living in Florida is the year-round tropical climate and the constant sunshine accompanying you during your round of golf. The summer season tends to lean a little warmer than usual but we don’t want your game to suffer because of the increasing heat. Our tips below will help you keep your scores low despite the rising temperatures:

Clothing – Try to wear light-colored clothing when playing in the heat.  The trend in golf apparel now is synthetic fabric make with moisture wicking elements designed to help you stay dry.  Some apparel lines have SPF (sun protection factor) clothing that helps protect against the UV rays that cause skin cancer.  Another new addition in golf clothing is sun sleeves – a tight cuff (sold in pairs) that extends from above the elbow to the wrist – designed to protect your arms from the sun.

Cart or caddy – If you prefer to walk when playing golf, playing in extreme heat is your turn to treat yourself to a riding cart or caddy.  Let someone or something else tote your clubs so you can enjoy your day a bit more on the course.  If riding in a cart, you have room for cool towels, ice and water, plus you can use a seat cover to make the ride more comfortable.

Play 9-holes – Remember a round of golf doesn’t have to be 18 holes.  Playing 9-holes allows you to get out and play a few holes without having to be in the heat for four or more hours.  Many after-work leagues are 9-holes because of the time required to play and due to daylight hours.  Most people would rather play 9-holes than to not play golf at all.  You may also enjoy an Executive or Par 3 course that will allow you to play in a shorter amount of time.

Join A Club – GlenLakes Country Club in Weeki Wachee ensures that all of the necessary summer amenities are available to help you beat the heat. Plenty of drinking water is available throughout the course and when you’re done, cool off in the junior Olympic sized pool or enjoy an air-conditioned lunch at the state-of-the-art clubhouse.

Starting from the low $200s, GlenLakes homes offer beautiful views of the golf course, lake and much more.  To learn more about the GlenLakes lifestyle and everything it has to offer, Contact them at www.glenlakes.com.

The natural beauty of Florida’s Adventure coast is immediately recognizable with the serene sunsets fading over the untouched mangroves and tranquil water. Residents of the famed coast, from Brooksville to Weeki Wachee, are able to experience the best of old Florida’s naturalistic charm, and live a luxurious new Florida lifestyle in country club communities like GlenLakes. “The Chaz” is the perfect embodiment of the “old Florida” nature experience and allows residents to unplug, unwind and travel back to a much simpler time.

Referred to as the “Chaz” by locals, the Chassahowitzka River is fed by several tributaries and springs appropriately designated as an Outstanding Florida Waterway. The combination of salt marshes, hardwood swamps and crystal-clear springs make it one of the most memorable experiences in the state.

Surrounded by the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge comprising over 31,000 acres, those who visit the Chaz are often a serious lot of anglers, crabbers, and eco-tourists ready to experience a true “wilderness.” While you don’t have to be serious, you’ll be in awe of this very special slice of “real” Florida. Whether you go for a day, or plan an extended stay, you will enjoy old Florida on the Chaz.

After a peaceful day paddle boarding through the mangroves and natural springs, GlenLakes is the perfect retreat to call home. Located in Weeki Wachee, Florida, part of Florida’s Nature Coast, GlenLakes is right where you want to be. Natural springs, lakes, the Weeki Wachee River, the Gulf of Mexico and 85,000 acres of Florida nature preserve provide a pristine habitat for wildlife and year-round opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

When you are a resident at GlenLakes, you are a member of a fabulous club. Private club amenities include a 35K clubhouse for social engagement, dining and fitness, including a junior Olympic-size pool. Clay tennis courts, bocce ball courts, four pickleball courts, and a championship, private golf course defines GlenLakes’ relaxed, yet very active, country club lifestyle. Residents rest easy knowing that maintenance and security are taken care of in this private, gated community. With the community constantly growing, the club is a great way to meet neighbors, make friends and socialize, right in your own backyard.
Choosing your Florida dream home is easier than ever. Ranging from 1,620 to more than 3,000 square feet of air conditioned space, every home is filled with features that wow: volume and tray ceilings, ceramic tile, spectacular island kitchens with granite and designer finishes throughout the home. Starting from the low $200s, GlenLakes homes offer beautiful views of the golf course, lake and much more. Click here to learn more about the GlenLakes lifestyle and everything it has to offer.

There are so many great family-friendly communities tucked away in Hernando County that combine nature with modern amenities that it can be difficult to choose which one is perfect for you. Places built by forward thinkers who wanted to create planned communities that preserved the beautiful Florida environment while creating places for people to live, work, and play. Weeki Wachee is one such community and with a new home at GlenLakes, you’ll enjoy ready access to an award-winning community and much more.

The Homes Make All The Difference
A GlenLakes home gives you more time to enjoy life. Quality construction and top-rated materials ensure that your home will be beautiful and maintenance-free for years to come. Energy-efficient features such as a quick-recovery hot water heater, high-efficiency heat pump and insulation, and Energy Star–rated appliances help keep energy costs in check.

Ensuring that your lawn and subtropical landscaping stay healthy and green in the consistent Florida sun, automatic sprinklers are included with every home.
For true maintenance-free living, GlenLakes detached villas include lawn and exterior maintenance including painting.

Addison Custom Homes, the exclusive builder at GlenLakes since 1997, offers an outstanding portfolio of homes designed for easy living and gracious entertaining. Ranging from 1,620 to more than 3,000 square feet of air conditioned space, every home is filled with features that wow: volume and tray ceilings, ceramic tile, spectacular island kitchens with granite and designer finishes throughout the home.

Tour a model home and then choose the perfect site for your new home. Nestled in the heart of GlenLakes is the newest neighborhood of estate home sites. Located between the 10th, 11th and 12th fairways and sparkling Cypress Lake, each estate home site offers outstanding views and plenty of room for a gracious home and private garden space. Opportunities are limited for the GlenLakes crown jewel of neighborhoods.

GlenLakes Residents Enjoy All The Above

Year after year, GlenLakes has been named a “Top 50 Community” by Where to Retire and Ideal-Living magazines.

Neighborhoods of gracious single-family homes line pedestrian- and golf cart-friendly streets. Beautiful landscaping complements the many water features and endless preserve views. Miles of trails and nature preserve provide refreshing outdoor escapes.
Private club amenities include a clubhouse for social engagement, dining and fitness including a junior Olympic-size pool. Tennis courts, bocce ball courts, four brand-new pickleball courts, and a championship golf course define GlenLakes relaxed, yet very active, country club lifestyle. Residents rest easy knowing that maintenance and security are taken care of in this private, gated community.

Starting from the low $200s, GlenLakes homes offer beautiful views of the golf course, lake and much more. Click here to learn more about the GlenLakes lifestyle and everything it has to offer.

The Tampa Rays have officially begun their 2017 campaign and that means that Tropicana Field is the place to be and be seen. Just a month into the season, the summer at The Trop is filled with fun promotions and giveaways that make for the perfect day trip for GlenLakes Residents. Dust off the old ball glove, throw on your game day jersey and take the short drive south for a fun-filled day with the Rays!

Here is a sneak peek at some upcoming promotions:

May 6 vs. Toronto Blue Jays
First Pitch – 4:10 p.m.
Evan Longoria “Bubble Blowing Bobblehead”

May 9 vs. Kansas City Royals
First Pitch – 7:10 p.m.
$2 Kids Tuesdays – Kids 14 and under can purchase tickets in select seating areas for just $2 with the purchase of a full price paid adult ticket.

May 20 vs. New York Yankees
First Pitch – 4:10 p.m.
Hawaiian Shirt Giveaway – First 15,000 fans receive Tampa Bay Rays Hawaiian Shirt

May 21 vs. New York Yankees
First Pitch – 1:10 p.m.
Super Rays Comic Book Giveaway – Kids 14 and under

With GlenLakes just short drive away, it might be time to grab your friends and take in a game or two. GlenLakes residents also have the opportunity to catch professional hockey and baseball with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays. There are many advantages to living so close to the action. Click here for information on building or buying a home in the beautiful GlenLakes Country Club.

Valuing work-life balance means dedicating yourself to focused work days, and letting loose on festive social and family occasions. This means being able to gather yourself with deeply relaxing private time. There is no better place to do that than Florida’s Nature Coast. Lucky for you, a community like GlenLakes has done all of the hardwork for you and perfectly encompasses the tranquil lifestyle you have been searching for.

Connected on Your Terms
For those seeking to fulfill their dreams of living in paradise, it may be time to find out what all the buzz is about at GlenLakes. Located along the coast north of Tampa, GlenLakes captures everything to love about the Florida lifestyle: natural surroundings, championship golf, country club amenities, a secure, immaculately maintained community and captivating home designs.

The Outside World is Nearby
Every day brings a new adventure and an appreciation for Florida’s beautiful natural scenery, and GlenLakes is in the heart of it all. Wake up each day enjoying your cup of coffee and take note of your natural neighbors. At GlenLakes, life truly borders on the wild. To explore our scenic location, please click here to view our interaction map.

• Weeki Wachee Springs
12 miles from the Gulf of Mexico the Weeki Wachee River traverses to the springs. Every year thousands flock to this picturesque destination to catch a glimpse of the legendary mermaids of Weeki Wachee. For those who want to get out on the water, canoeing and kayaking are permitted. When the family visits, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is also home to Florida’s only spring fed waterpark, Buccaneer Bay.

• Homosassa Springs
Tour this beautiful park and enjoy all the wildlife surrounding you. A variety of Florida natives might cross your path: black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, alligators and river otters! Take the grandchildren to the education center and let their minds discover the hands on experience of Florida’s environment. You can also arrive by boat, dock at the visitor center and pack a picnic!

• Crystal River
Spring is scalloping season in Crystal River. Take a cruise out on the Gulf of Mexico where the scenery is beautiful and the scallops are plentiful. Upon your return, take a swim with the manatees. Citrus County is the only place in America that you can legally enter the water with these gentle giants. On land, Crystal River is an archaeological site, it also houses Native American burial grounds.

• Cedar Key
The tiny enclave of Cedar Key is a quaint, old-fashioned, old Florida vacation spot – one that offers lovely beaches, productive fishing opportunities and lush natural preserves. It’s a place that’s short on traffic lights and long on relaxation. It’s easy to find a tasty clam chowder and a cold brew.

Don’t Give Up Your Lifestyle, Add To It
When you are a resident at GlenLakes, you are a member of a fabulous club.  Private club amenities include a 35K clubhouse for social engagement, dining and fitness, including a junior Olympic-size pool. Clay tennis courts, bocce ball courts, four pickleball courts, and a championship, private golf course defines GlenLakes’ relaxed, yet very active, country club lifestyle. Residents rest easy knowing that maintenance and security are taken care of in this private, gated community. With the community constantly growing, the club is a great way to meet neighbors, make friends and socialize, right in your own backyard.

Choosing your Florida dream home is easier than ever.  Ranging from 1,620 to more than 3,000 square feet of air conditioned space, every home is filled with features that wow: volume and tray ceilings, ceramic tile, spectacular island kitchens with granite and designer finishes throughout the home.  Starting from the low $200s, GlenLakes homes offer beautiful views of the golf course, lake and much more.  To learn more about the GlenLakes lifestyle and everything it has to offer, visit www.glenlakes.com.

The crisp air of fall has arrived and the season to be thankful is upon us which makes these events even more enjoyable! Check out this month’s line up:

November 3rd – Karaoke: Get your singing voices ready for Karaoke night at GlenLakes from 6-9pm in the upstairs Ballroom. Members with good voices aren’t required but reservations and having fun are!

November 7th-8th – Hernando Music Fest: Mark your calendars for a fun music filled weekend of local entertainment in beautiful Tom Varn Park. This event will feature jazz, pop, R&B, country, swing and more. The event starts at 12pm and admission is free.

November 9th – Movie Night on the Driving Range: GlenLakes members can drive in on their golf cart for a movie on the range. The Caddy starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis will be shown at 7pm. A $5 donation per person will go to People Helping People.

November 12th-21st – Little Shop of Horrors Play: See what happens when nerdy florist, Seymour, raises a peculiar plant at Stage West Community Playhouse.  Tickets are $20 for reserved seating and are available at the Stage West Box Office, or online with Ticketleap.com.

November 13th – Season Opening Party: GlenLakes Golf Members are welcome to attend the Season Opening Cocktail Party from 4-6pm in the Ballroom. Complimentary appetizers will be served along with a cash bar.

November 24th – Trivia: Gather up to ten other members for a team and join in on Trivia night at GlenLakes! The price is $20, which includes buffet and prizes.

November 26th – Thanksgiving Buffet: Celebrate this Thanksgiving with your friends and neighbors at GlenLakes from 12-3pm. Call for reservations. Featured dishes will include a granny smith apple-walnut salad, roasted turkey with gravy, tenderloin with brandy sauce, and sweet potato soufflé.

For more information on the GlenLakes community and upcoming events, click here.

 

The Nature Coast is known as a popular eco-vacation destination north of Tampa, extending to the Big Bend area of Florida. Eight counties in all, the area remains one of the more pristine parts of the State where Mother Nature’s bounty flourishes. With sunny skies and the ability to have a year-long active lifestyle, snowbirds finding their way to Florida are enjoying the great outdoors. There is a treasure trove of ways to enjoy the pristine setting for nature lovers; here is a sampling of how you can enjoy your days:

Toes In The Water
We are taking beaches, although this might seem like no-brainer choice, when you consider the breadth and variety of beaches that ring the state of Florida you’ll see that there are many wonderful beach options to choose from. With Pine Island only a short drive away from GlenLakes, you can feel like you are at the end of the world in less than 15 minutes.

Look to the Skies
The Nature Coast State Trail is officially designated as part of Florida’s Statewide Greenways and Trails System. With so many species not regularly found anywhere else in North America, South Florida is a premier spot to watch your feathered friends. The combination of coastline and wetlands make for fertile bird habitat. Surrounded by the state-protected nature preserve, residents of GlenLakes enjoy trailhead access from within their local community, giving an entirely new perspective to taking an evening walk.

Scale it Down, or Not…
The Gulf is rich with fish of all types, and there are excellent fishing guides nearby to help you snag the big one. The area is world-famous for inshore and offshore fishing. Part of Florida’s Big Bend, you can catch the elusive redfish right at Cedar Key. Whether it is with a charter or just off shore, you are bound to enjoy the fishing, and catching, all around GlenLakes.

Paddle Away
Florida’s beaches might get the glory, but its crystal clear spring-fed rivers are equally stunning. Canoe or kayak and take in the natural world from the unique vantage point of the water. Among the newer outdoor activities you can enjoy in Florida, paddle boarding let’s you lightly surf the waves in a tranquil, relaxed way. With GlenLakes adjacent to Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, the Chassahowitzka River is mere moments away. The river is a marriage of springs and tidal influx from the Gulf of Mexico just 6 miles south of the headsprings. Approximately 3 miles in length makes an average trip on the Chass anywhere from 6 to 12 miles round-trip. However the combination of exploring the many side creeks and springs can lengthen or shorten your adventure.

Rolling Hills, Majestic Oaks – Hit the Course!
Playing a round at GlenLakes is also an eco adventure. 18 memorable holes wind through beautiful stands of oak and pine and the wildlife are definitely at home on the course. Be prepared to take a few pictures during your round, as you’ll be in awe of the natural surroundings. If you want to step outside of GlenLakes, you are in luck. With a wide range of course types to choose from, with dozens of public and private golf courses within a 20-mile radius.

When you live at GlenLakes, all of these easy-access activities are at your fingertips. For more information on homebuying in Hernando County click here.