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.

It’s tax time and while many people don’t look forward to filling out those government forms, Floridians have something to smile about. Weather isn’t the only benefit to moving south, tax deductions can be a serious perk for Florida homeowners. Here are the top tax deductions Florida homeowners may qualify for:

Florida Homestead Exemption: For snowbirds making the move from high-tax environments, Florida’s Homestead Exemption is a welcome bonus. The Exemption is available to bona fide Florida residents who live in, and claim a residence as their permanent and primary home. This Florida perk can save homeowners up to $50,000 in property taxes.

Missing the Mortgage Interest Deduction: Itemized deductions on your Federal income taxes can be a great way to lower your tax bill. You can deduct the interest portion of your mortgage payments. That might mean your itemized deductions will now exceed the standard, saving you tax dollars. Your first mortgage isn’t the only loan that qualifies, either. In many cases, you can also deduct interest on home equity loans, second mortgages, and home equity lines of credit.

Neglecting Your Home Office: To qualify for this deduction, your office space must be used regularly and only for business. You can deduct a proportionate amount of a number of expenses, including insurance, repairs, utilities, services, and depreciation, which can really add up. Or you can use the simple method of multiplying the square footage of the office by $5 for your total deduction.

Tax benefits can make homeownership in Florida even more attractive than the year round warm weather. GlenLakes in Hernando County not only had a low milage rate of 18.7875 for 2015 compared to other Florida counties but also has an outstanding portfolio of homes. Designed for easy living and gracious entertaining, GlenLakes offers estate homesites for building or choose from a stunning inventory of homes. For more information on becoming a homeowner in GlenLakes, click here.
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Here on the Adventure Coast, residents have so much to be thankful for. While others are shoveling driveways this time of year, we are vacuuming sand out of our car and feeling blessed to call such a beautiful place home. These are few things residents are thankful for:

  1. Sunshine! 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.
  2. Water and Wildlife. 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.
  3. Fishing. 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.
  4. Beaches. This is a no-brainer. Toes in the sand in November? 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.
  5. 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.

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 thankful! For more information on homes in GlenLakes, click here.

Your furry friend becomes a part of the family so it matters if they like their home too. For man’s best friend, living in Hernando County definitely has it perks. Residents of GlenLakes have easy access to the county’s first dog park so they can join in games of keep away, catch and tummy rubs. Here’s what all the woof is about:

Rotary Centennial Dog Park is located in the heart of Spring Hill and has three acres dedicated exclusively to your barking buddy. It offers three separate fenced areas – one for small dogs, one for large dogs and the third for guide, therapy or very shy dogs. The park also offers running water in bowls on the ground so your pup can cool off on warm Florida days.

Bringing your pooch to a dog park can have many benefits. Socialization, exercise, and mental stimulation help keep a pet healthy and happy. Giving your dog the opportunity to exercise and play off-leash in a controlled environment often helps with behavioral issues and excessive barking. It is also a great place for you to meet others that share your common interest and for Fido to meet new doggie friends.

The park is open everyday from sunrise to sunset and it is enclosed so your pup can be off-leash without worry. Because the dog park hours are not restrictive, you can come on your schedule. The best part? It’s free! With the GlenLakes community just a short drive away from the Rotary Centennial Dog Park, you and your pup can be there in no time. For those privileged pooches living in GlenLakes, life is surrounded by nature preserves, miles of trails and the communities love for dogs. To find out more about a home in GlenLakes for you and your pup, click here.

Situated an hour west of Orlando, Hernando County, a.k.a. Florida’s Adventure Coast, is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and the Withlacoochee River to the east. It’s full of beautiful nature, Florida’s fascinating history and home to an emerging group of entrepreneurs in agriculture. Wherever you are on the Adventure Coast, you’ll find plenty to do and see.

1. Weeki Wachee Springs
Each day more than 117 million gallons of fresh 74-degree water bubbles up out of subterranean caverns. The spring is so deep that the bottom has never been found. From the springs, the Weeki Wachee River flows over 12 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. The translucent water and shallow sandy bottom of the river create a dazzling experience. Visitors can take a riverboat cruise, watch an underwater mermaid show, and check out Buccaneer Bay, Florida’s only spring fed water park.

2. Active Outdoors
A slow, easy, five-mile paddle on the Weeki Wachee River is an ideal day on the water. Paddling Adventures, located adjacent to the Weeki Wachee Park, will provide equipment and tips for an enjoyable ride. You’ll paddle under a shady natural canopy of cypress and oak trees while enjoying plenty of wildlife. For hiking and bird watching visit Pine Island Park, Anderson Snow Park, or Bayport Park. Those looking to get their feet off the ground will enjoy TreeUmph, a treetop obstacle with hanging bridges, Tarzan ropes, and zip lines.

3. Historic Adventures
In addition to the area’s beauty there is also history to discover. Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovered the region in 1539 and the county was named for him. Centuries later, during the Civil War, Confederate and Union troops fought a significant battle in Brooksville, where today the annual Brooksville Raid reenactment is held.
Three different historical venues are worth a stop to take a step back in time – The Chinsegut Hill Retreat with 168 years of history, the Brooksville 1885 Train Depot Museum, an all aboard adventure 130 years in the making, and the May Stringer Museum, one of Florida’s most haunted sites.

4. Florida Farms and Spirits
The Kegs, Casks & Corks Tour offers visitors a chance to hop around the Adventure Coast and taste local tap rooms, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that capture the area’s distinctive spirit. At Little Rock Cannery prepare fruits, vegetables, meats, and seafood to be canned at this Hernando County-operated cannery. Boyett’s Citrus Grove is a classic roadside attraction that’s 100% fresh-squeezed Florida fun. It began in 1960 as a fruit stand and has grown into an orange grove, ice cream parlor, zoo, and gift shop.

Residents of GlenLakes enjoy all that the Adventure Coast has to offer plus the myriad of amenities within the GlenLakes community including championship golf and a 35,000 square-foot clubhouse. When you are ready for adventure and a home in an immaculately maintained community, try GlenLakes on Florida’s Adventure Coast. Click here for more information.