Retreat to the Sunshine State this winter! Three Flags RV Campground is located in Wildwood, a location that is called “the crossroads” because of its easy access to both coasts. Three Flags RV Campground provides a more urban vibe while Peace River RV Campground, about a two-hour drive south, is nestled among orange groves, cattle fields, and definitely sends out country vibe. Like the old story of city mouse and country mouse, they each have plenty to offer and each provides a different, yet thoroughly enjoyable, perspective for a Florida getaway. Plan a stay at both and explore everything in between as you make your way from country to city or vice versa! Here are some don’t miss highlights:
Baker House, Wildwood
Built in 1885 by Senator David H. Baker, visitors can tour the Baker House, a two-story home that has much of the original house intact, including the stained glass window on the second floor. Don’t miss the special Baker House Christmas Tours which begin Friday, December 7.
Lake County Balloon Glow, Eustis
Hot air balloons will illuminate each night at dusk from Friday, November 30 to Sunday, December 2 at this glow-out in Eustis. The event will also feature food trucks, children’s activities and a vendor fair.
Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, Clermont
The largest winery in Florida, this 127-acre winery was opened in 1989 and offers complimentary wine tours and tastings daily. During the weekend of December 7-9, the winery will host Wine & Chocolate, an event that features not only wine tastings but local chocolatiers, artists, crafters, and live music. There’s even a Chocolate Wonderland!
Paynes Creek Historic State Park, Bowling Green
Built as an outpost for settlers in 1840, this park is now a favorite place for birders, cyclists, hikers, kayakers and fishermen. The museum on site depicts the lives of both the Seminole Indians and pioneers who made their home in the area during the 19th century. Paynes Creek is also part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail and visitors may be lucky enough to see deer, bobcats, alligators, butterflies and during the winter season, migratory birds.
Cracker Trail Museum & Village, Zolfo Springs
Started by the Peace River Valley Historical Society in 1967, this museum houses more than 4,000 artifacts related to Florida’s pioneer-era, including farm implements, household goods, furniture, and items used in early schools and businesses. There is also an extensive fossil collection as well as Seminole Indian artifacts and photographs.