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.

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.

While many parts of the country are still experiencing the cold, rain and even snow, residents of the Nature Coast in Florida are blessed with the warmth of sunshine and outside fun year round. Don’t miss these upcoming outdoor events:

Weeki Wachee Egg Hunt
The annual egg hunt at Buccaneer Bay continues this year on Saturday, April 15 from 11am-2pm. Bring the kids and grandkids to celebrate Easter in true Florida style- finding eggs in the natural springs. Don’t forget an Easter egg basket and swim suit! The event is included in the price of admission.

Old Florida Celebration Of The Arts Festival
Historic Cedar Key, ranked among the coolest small towns in the United States, is the place to be April 8-9! The 53rd annual arts festival is a juried art show featuring more than 100 unique artists representing all media- oils, acrylics, ceramics, jewelry-making, photography, sculpture and origami. The festival features children`s art activities, live music, and food vendors serving up culinary delights from fresh local clams to crab cakes, refreshing lemonade and desserts ranging from smoothies to unique key lime cones.

Suncoast Boat Show 2017
The 35th annual Suncoast Boat Show takes place in downtown Sarasota on April 21-23, 2017, at Marina Jack’s, #2 Marina Plaza, in Sarasota,. Enjoy the great outdoors while pricing and comparing hundreds of boats from the Gulfcoast’s leading boat dealers. See various types and styles all in one place.  Cruisers, Runabouts, Bowriders, Sportfishers, Center Consoles, Motor Yachts, Inflatables and more. Shop tents full of electronics, accessories, jewelry, art and clothing all in a festive atmosphere with food, drinks, music and much more. Plenty of downtown parking. There is no better time than right now for a new boat!

6th Annual Florida Blueberry Festival
Visit the historic downtown streets of Brooksville to enjoy Fresh Florida Blueberries, Fresh Blueberry Pies, and Tasty Festival Fare on April 22-23. Have a glass of Blueberry Wine at the Island Grove Wine Café. Meander through the art exhibits and listen to entertainment by tribute bands along with an array of other talented musical and entertainment acts.

When you live at the community of GlenLakes on the Nature Coast all of these fun activities are at your fingertips. 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 nature views. Click here for a GlenLakes homebuyer’s guide.