Saturday, July 18, 2009
I don't know if this street is officially called "Main Street," but it is the main street through the center of Eustis' historic district and ends where Lake Eustis begins - you can see the lake in the distance. There are lots of nice shops and businesses on both sides of the street.
Please refer to photo of yacht posted yesterday, Friday July 17. These two folks appear to be the owners of the yacht and had come ashore, perhaps to have dinner and walk around the island. Here they are getting into their small boat to head back out to their boat.
They're on their way!
Almost there...but they didn't go directly to their yacht. The rode around a sailboat anchored nearby, looked it over, and then went to their yacht and hoisted their small dinghy.
As noted, the next morning they were gone.
The yacht is actually quite a ways out in the water. The long lens compresses the distance.
We observed the owners of this yacht in town, strolling along, enjoying a beautiful summer evening...then they got in their little dinghy (which you can see in the photo) and went back to their yacht. They were gone in the morning.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
The Van Patten House houses Katie Belle's restaurant. Originally, one had to be a resident of The Villages or a guest of a resident to dine at Katie Belle's. I'm not sure what happened (not enough business?), but that rule was relaxed and now all are welcome.
One visitor explained the Van Patten House this way (and it also helps one understand The Villages as a "Disneyland for adults"):
"Outside [of the Van Patten House], an historical marker explains the building's colorful past. 'Katie Belle Van Patten was the wife of a Jacksonville businessman, John Decker Van Patten, who, along with a number of other investors, built the luxurious hotel in 1851 ...'
"The plaque looks so authentic that I have to remind myself that I am standing on what was pastureland a mere decade ago. ..."
And so it goes. Make-believe. But ain't it fun?
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The city of Eustis, Florida, a few miles north and west of Orlando, is built along Lake Eustis! The city has done a magnificent job fixing up its waterfront with a park, a beautiful swimming complex, a jungle gym for the little ones, and a long concrete walkway interspersed with gazebos.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
We've shown you several pictures of the huge furniture store in Lake Sumter Landing which spreads out of a couple of square blocks. In this area of the store, directly across from the town square, you can find a selection of bird houses - for your back yard!
East Lake Weir is a little, bitty town just north of the town of Lake Weir. We have driven by this home many times and finally stopped the darn car and took a picture. It is rather run-down, but I would guess in the distant past it probably housed a gas station and a store on the main level. It appears there are people living upstairs and maybe on the ground floor, too.
The Sawgrass Motel, located on the dock in Cedar Key, just across from the new pier, is a rather funky-looking place, but would certainly put you in the center of the action!
We haven't been inside for awhile, but there's a gallery on the first floor for those of you who would like to shop for Florida-type stuff and Cedar Key specific items.