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

 

Dress Like You’re Playing at Wimbledon – White or light-colored clothing helps reflect the sun’s heat, not absorb it. If you don’t believe it works, go put your hand on a white car, then see how long you can keep it there on a black car. On hot summer days try to incorporate as much light-colored or white clothing as you can. White hats can be especially effective.

 

Pay Attention to Your Feet – Hard courts trap heat and then send that right up through your feet. It’s essential to wear quality tennis shoes to keep the bottoms of your feet and the rest of your body cool.

 

The Jimmy Connors Special – Jimmy Connors was one of the few you would see on the pro tour that would soak a bandana in cold water and tie around his neck, says Matt Gleason, president of USTA Southern Arizona Tennis. Connors was onto something. Your body’s pulse points, such as behind the ears, the temples and the wrists, are sensitive to the cold. Sticking your wrists under cold water, for instance, can produce a cooling effect. When you’re on the court, use a bandana or wrist bands soaked in cold water to help you stay cool. There are now several companies that make so-called cooling bandanas, which are designed to stay cold longer.

 

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 on six, professional clay courts  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.

 

A native of Bangkok, Thailand, GlenLakes Executive Chef Mik Wagner’s creations reflect an Asian influence while appealing to the varied palettes of GlenLakes members. Wagner is a graduate of Western Illinois College and Washington Culinary Institute. In the early 1990s, he focused his considerable culinary experience on Spa Cuisine, opening the PGA National Resort and Spa Cuisine Restaurant. Later, he opened Nemacolin Woodland Resort and Spa and Season’s, a spa restaurant, before being named Chef de Cuisine at the Cloister at Sea Island.

Wagner is world renowned for Spa Cuisine, transforming the industry with innovative recipes and techniques. In 2004, Wagner was chosen as one of the lead chefs for the G-8 Summit at the Daufuskie Island Resort in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Throughout his career, Wagner has received numerous awards. His work has been recognized in major publications such as Southern Living, Healthy Living, The New York Times, Spa Finder, Pittsburgh Magazine and Food Management.

Guided by accomplished 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. Check out this delectable dish Chef Wagner is serving this month!

Butter Pecan Duck Coca Cola
1 each whole duck
1 pk. Spring roll paper
2 ounce Chopped pecan
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted soft butter
½ cup honey and Butter (melted)
½ cup Sambvca
½ cup coke
2 Tablespoons apricot glaze
To taste celery salt & pepper
Con t: (Oil, rosemary, bay leaves, black peppercorn, salt)
Coca Cola Sauce:
In a sauce pan place soft butter, pecan, brown sugar, apricot
and Sambvca and reduced down until thick.

DIRECTIONS:
1. Butcher whole duck as show in a demo. Confit leg and
thigh in casserole pan filled with oil and seasoned with four
tablespoons of salt, rosemary, bay leaves, black peppercorn
and bake in oven at 300 degree F. for two hours.
2. Cut away duck legs from the thigh and set aside. Remove
thigh meat from the bone.
3. In a mixing bowl add pecan, soft butter, brown sugar, celery
salt and pepper. Mixed well, place one sheet of spring roll
paper and place the mixture in the center, then roll in to one
inch thick, using egg white to Seal, and bake in oven until
golden brown.
4. Pan seared duck breast with skin side down on high heat
until skin get crispy, turn over and roasted in over for ten
minutes. Slice thinly and display on a dinner plate with duck
con t spring roll and duck leg. Pull coca cola sauce over
everything on the plate, garnish with fried shredded spring
roll and chopped pecan.

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.

Summer is always a fun time to enjoy Florida’s outdoors, especially on the water, where one can cool down and enjoy the laid-back season. North of Tampa, Florida’s Nature Coast is one of the best spots for a refreshing, natural escape for summer fun. Officially, Florida’s Nature Coast includes eight coastal counties that form Florida’s Big Bend, the area bordering the Gulf of Mexico as the state curves from panhandle to peninsula. The three counties at the bottom of the bend – Pasco, Hernando and Citrus, offer many unique ways to turn up the good times.

Florida’s Nature Coast is one of the best spots to kick your summer into full gear with 3 cool adventures including pristine barrier islands, scenic paddling trails and fun scalloping excursions.

Bayport-Linda Pedersen Paddling Trail
Hernando County, aka Florida’s Adventure Coast, embodies everything that is Florida – from kitsch to the natural outdoors – with beautiful mermaids, endearing manatees, and rural living among emerald green rolling hills dotted by farms and forests.

Florida’s Adventure Coast recently unveiled a new coastal paddling trail at the Bayport Park that is not only an enjoyable adventure but provides a scenic trip through a salt marsh ecosystem. The beauty of this adventure is the immersion into the natural surroundings of a tidal estuary, where fresh water from springs meets the salt water of the Gulf of Mexico. The paddling trail connects Bayport Park to Linda Pedersen Park with a navigable waterway that winds through inlets of cordgrass, cabbage palms and mangroves.

Summer Scalloping
The annual Florida scalloping season kicks off on July 1 on the Homosassa River. Pack up the family for good times and a delicious seafood feast where the towns of Crystal River and Homosassa shift into full swing. The area is known year around for its abundance of fresh Florida springs, but during the summer it is one the most popular scalloping destinations on the entire Gulf Coast. The 2017 summer scallop season extends through September, and has become a tradition for many Florida families. Out on Crystal Bay, acres of shallow grass flats provide fertile scalloping grounds. One of the reasons this area is an ideal home for scallops is the abundance of fresh water flowing from the springs to the salty Gulf of Mexico, creating ideal estuary conditions.

Anclote Key Preserve State Park
Enjoy the blue-green Gulf waters that lap gently along the sandy beaches of the four islands that make up Anclote Key Preserve State Park – Anclote Key, North Anclote Bar, South Anclote Bar and Three Rooker Island. Located three miles off the coast of Tarpon Springs, Anclote Key Preserve State Park is accessible only by private boat or ferry service. The 403-acre park is home to at least 43 species of birds, including the American oystercatcher, bald eagle and piping plover. A picturesque 1887 lighthouse stands as a sentinel on the southern end of the island. Visitors can swim and sunbathe at the beach, fire up a grill and enjoy a picnic, or pitch a tent and enjoy a night of primitive camping under the stars.

For the residents at GlenLakes, an outdoors lifestyle is something they live everyday.  Nature and outdoor activities are something that is very important in the day to day at GlenLakes.  Living in an area that provides endless opportunities for activities such as the River Tours is just one of the amazing things about being a part of the GlenLakes community.  GlenLakes is right where you want to be: in the action, yet surrounded by tranquility.  To see what the lifestyle is all about, click here.

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The sport of pickleball, yes that is its real name, is sweeping the nation at a rapid pace and is becoming more and more popular on Florida’s Nature Coast. Pickleball has grown in leaps and bounds since 2010, by some 385 percent in terms of places to play according to the USA Pickleball Association, as there are some 2.5 million estimated number of players. By 2020, that number could easily reach 8 million. Don’t be fooled by the silly name—once you play, you’ll keep coming back for more.

Although it’s the trendy sport right now, it was actually invented in 1965 in a Seattle suburb. Pickleball is a paddle sport with combined elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong, and played on a doubles badminton court. The net is similar to a tennis net, but is two inches lower. The game is played with a hard paddle and] can be played in either singles’ or doubles’ matches. The paddles are similar to table tennis and usually made up of graphite or composite while the ball is comparable to a wiffle ball.

Many communities have adopted the game and have begun to build more and more courts within their club. GlenLakes in Weeki Wachee is the Pickleball capital of Florida’s Nature Coast. With four state-of-the-art courts and games constantly being played by those of all ages and skill levels, pickleball has quickly become a club favorite.

More than just a fun game, playing pickleball can boost your mood and overall mental health, you burn calories, and fewer injuries occur due to the low impact nature of the game. Pickleball specifically works on your balance and agility while it also offers the same benefits of other regular exercise. These include reducing your risk of heart attack and chronic disease, toning your muscles and increasing your energy.

It’s no surprise that GlenLakes is out in front of the Pickleball trend. 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, the 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.

Selecting a wedding venue is one of the first and biggest decisions you’ll make as an engaged couple — it will influence your theme, guest count and even attire. Here are three reasons why you should celebrate your wedding at the GlenLakes Clubhouse:

Professional Experts: If you’re a busy person with limited time to plan and execute a party, pick a facility that offers coordination services, from catering to decorations and music. The professionals at GlenLakes can help arrange the perfect wedding- stress free. With a wealth of experience, the dedicated specialists will ensure that every aspect is planned right down to the smallest detail.

Venue: The Clubhouse offers casual elegance year round no matter the size of your group. The main banquet facility accommodates up to 300 guests and includes a grand ballroom to dance the night away. Smaller, private rooms are also available for a more intimate setting as well as several beautiful locations on property for wedding ceremonies.

Dining: With a rich history of entertaining, GlenLakes offers an array of banquet menus featuring only the finest cuisine or tailor your menu to fit your special day. GlenLakes uses only the freshest ingredients. From lavish banquets to intimate private dining, make your catering vision a reality.

Start planning your special day and enjoy the celebration of your dreams at GlenLakes. Your wedding will be the club’s exclusive event for the day of your choosing –no other parties will be accepted. For more information on booking a wedding at GlenLakes, click here.

Whether it’s the increased scarcity of prime waterfront land in many areas of the U.S., including the escalating price that goes with it, or the desire for a fully “amenitized” country club lifestyle, many buyers across the nation are looking inland for the home of their dreams.

According to Toll Brothers, the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes, Florida presents clear examples of this. It is one of the 21 states where the developer currently operates 205 active selling communities.

Toll Brothers Vice President Joe Pease says that the South Florida market is driven by a continuing influx of affluent individuals and families looking to make the area their full- or part-time home.

“Furthermore, luxury living has turned into a year-round passion rather than a seasonal one,” he said. “Plus, local buyers who want something new oftentimes look to ‘move up’ to a larger home, or one with an updated architectural design and more lavish interiors. He is referring to features such as higher and/or decorative ceilings, floor-to-ceiling expanses of glass, arches, columns, more sumptuous baths and gourmet kitchens.

“The prestige of residing in one of the area’s newest communities also comes into play for some,” he commented.

Pease also pointed out that many people realize that single-family homes on the ocean or Intracoastal Waterway have become cost-prohibitive, and, if they happen to be on the market, they may be in need of major renovations, adding to the already high price.

“In addition, waterfront homes are usually self-contained and don’t provide the ‘sense of community’ or resort-style amenities sought by many of today’s discerning buyers,” Pease noted. “That type of lifestyle isn’t likely to be found in the coastal areas, except perhaps in an ultra- luxury condominium setting. The lifestyle of a gated, country club community is very appealing to a segment of the population that desires exclusivity along with a wide array of recreational and social amenities, and the privacy provided only with a single-family home.”

Also worthy of mention is that country club communities such as those mentioned aren’t a trek to major highways. “There is easy access to major roads and to all the support services needed for convenient living – shopping, professional services, restaurants, cultural facilities and more. And, driving to the beach isn’t an all-day affair,” Pease explained.

Communities near the Gulf Coast, like GlenLakes in Hernando County, are attracting homebuyers with affordable large home sites paired with an outstanding portfolio of home designs, resulting in excellent home value. Where To Retire Magazine consistently names GlenLakes “One of the Best Places to Retire.” In addition, Ideal-Living magazine calls them a “Top 50 Community.”

For nature lovers, fitness aficionados, golfers and those who love an action-packed social life—GlenLakes is it. Adjoining the 85,000-acre Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, which borders the Gulf of Mexico, GlenLakes captures everything to love about a Florida retirement lifestyle: stunning views, championship golf, country club amenities, a secure, immaculately maintained community and captivating home designs, perfect for entertaining and relaxation starting in the $200’s.

For best pricing and selection, click here to request your homebuyers guide today!

 

The Adventure Coast is full of beautiful nature, stunning golf courses, and of course, plenty of sunshine. While others are shoveling driveways this time of year, residents of Weeki Wachee are vacuuming sand out of our car and feeling blessed to call such a beautiful place home. Here are four reasons you should call GlenLakes home today!

  1. The Weather Outside Is…Gorgeous!

Living on the Adventure Coast means year round sunshine and flip-flops. Florida’s great weather offers 365 days of golf, tennis, shopping and dining. Then there are the white sandy Beaches. With Pine Island only a short drive away, you can feel like you are at the end of the world in less than 15 minutes.

  1. Intriguing Wildlife & Water-filled Fun

Natural springs, lakes, the Weeki Wachee River, the Gulf of Mexico and thousands of acres of nature preserve provide a pristine habitat for wildlife, flora and fauna—and year-round opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. 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.

  1. Championship Golf 

The championship golf course is the crown jewel of the GlenLakes community. The private course is challenging, beautiful and impeccably maintained. Mature stands of oak and pine, water features, undulating hills and sand traps provide endless variations of play year round.

  1. Membership and Sense of Community

GlenLakes residents are constantly on the move with social schedules to fit every lifestyle. Whether your game is golftennis, bridge, billiards, bocce, pickleball or trap shooting, it’s easy to find friendly competition. The GlenLakes clubhouse is the center of the social scene offering excellent restaurants, classes, lectures and fitness. Learn to paint, learn to belly dance or share your love of computers, the theater, or model yachts. Chances are, if you have a special interest, GlenLakes has a club for it, whether it’s kayaking, investing, travel or fishing.

GlenLakes on the Adventure Coast captures everything we love about the Florida lifestyle: stunning views, country club amenities, championship golf, a secure, immaculately maintained community and captivating home designs, perfect for entertaining and relaxation. It’s easy to see why residents of GlenLakes are happy all the time! For more information on homes in GlenLakes, click here. 

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.

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.  To learn more about the GlenLakes lifestyle and everything it has to offer, visit www.glenlakes.com.

The Chassahowitzka River provides endless activities for the nature lovers on the West Coast of Florida.  The five-mile river is a combination of salt marshes, hardwood swamps and crystal-clear springs that make it one of the more popular areas in the region.  With a river this like this, there are many ways to spend your day along the Chassahowitzka River, but here are the top 3.

 

  1. Aardvark’s Florida Kayak Company: If you’re looking to have a good tour guide to get the full experience that the Chassahowitzka River has to offer then Aardwark’s Florida Kayak Company is where you should go.  They provide kayaks, paddles and knowledge of the abundance of wildlife.

 

  1. Fishing: The Chassahowitzka River is known for attracting a serious lot of anglers, crabbers, and eco-tourists. The fishing is plentiful along the river and will give you a pure wildlife experience.

 

  1. The Chassahowitzka Hotel: After a long day of activities and exploring the river you might want to not leave! The Chassahowitzka Hotel is within walking distance to the Chaz boat launch.  It is owned by fourth generation Floridians and has been refurbished and restored to its original two-story pine and cypress interior. It is the perfect, little getaway.

 

For the residents of GlenLakes, the Chassahowitzka River along with many other outdoor activities that Mother Nature provides are right in their backyards.  Residents live a life that borders on the wild on a day-to-day basis.  Located in Weeki Wachee, Florida, it is easy to enjoy the pristine outdoor lifestyle that living on Florida’s Nature Coast provides.  GlenLakes is in the action, yet surrounded by tranquility – the best of both worlds.  Click Here to get a taste of what this lifestyle is all about.