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  • Perfect old school family vacation on the water!

    "We wanted a place close to Gainesville to see family and this was just what we needed. We had a wonderful time. Cathy, the owner, was so sweet and gracious. I felt like I was speaking to a dear friend. It was nice to be able to bring our two dogs along for the family fun and they got to enjoy the outside in the totally fenced in yard. The house was clean, spacious and comfortable. It may not have all the bells and whistles, but for the price, I couldn't have asked for more. Although there is internet access (which was appreciated, especially by my teens), we did our best to unplug and enjoyed cooking out, playing games, watching movies with the kids at night and hanging by the lake. The water was refreshing, clear and so relaxing. Loved seeing the fishes and the setting was beautiful and peaceful! I would definitely go back again with the family. It was a time we will never forget and always cherish."
    Guest: Tracy R. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 14, 2014
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  • You will be extremely satisfied with these condos

    "My wife and I spent a week in Gainesville and wanted to avoid the hotel scene where you never feel at home. We found the Summit House condos on line and decided to give it a try. The price for a week was much cheaper than a hotel and the experience was delightful. Immediately after arrival the owner called us to make sure we arrived safely and to ask if we needed anything. The condos are spacious, extremely clean and have everything you could ever need in terms of dishes, silverware, cleaning supplies, large screen tv and very comfortable furniture. There are two swimming pools on the property for swimming and sun bathing. The condos are very close to the University of Florida campus so you can walk anywhere and avoid the hassle of trying to find a parking spot. They are also very close to the hospitals, numerous restaurants, taverns and shopping areas. The location is just ideal for almost anything you could want to do around Gainesville. If you need a safe, quiet, comfortable, spacious condo for a weekend, week or month, you will be very satisfied with the Summit House condos."
    Guest: Michael Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 24, 2014
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  • Party of Eight

    "We went up to visit my son for his birthday. There were eight if us, plus our two Labradors . We loved it! Would stay again in a heartbeat. Lots of room for sleeping, and TV watching, and meals. Lots of yard space to run around. Loved the fire pit at night! It is so much better than three hotel rooms!!! Very peaceful and private."
    Guest: GO Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: February 20, 2014
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  • Beautiful Home

    "We stayed at the Hawthorne house to attend a family graduation at the University of Florida. The house is very comfortable with a great design. It was a 40 minute drive to get to the University, but well worth the drive. The house is beautiful and very clean with a great porch and dock. We were very happy with our stay."
    Guest: Miami Gators Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: July 7, 2014
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Florida North Central Travel Tips

North Florida Vacation Rentals Provide Plenty of Fun

North Florida is less well-known than the Panhandle and the beaches further south in Florida but it is a charming area with rolling hills, horse farms and small coastal communities. Popular during the winter with snowbirds and retirees, the area has plenty to see and do and most places are within a 90-minute pleasant drive of either coast.

Staying in North Florida Vacation Rentals

Renting a North Florida vacation home is the perfect way to enjoy a relaxed, do-as-you-please vacation. Homes are comfortably furnished and equipped to a high standard with dishwashers, full-size refrigerators, microwave and washer/dryer. With a dining area, living area with TV, and as many bedrooms and bathrooms as you choose, there is plenty of space for even the largest family to spread out. Whether you are looking for a condo, cabin or beach house, the choice of vacation rentals is extensive. Added amenities include hot tubs, swimming pools, games rooms, bicycles and more, depending upon each individual unit. You can choose one that completely suits your needs.

Things to do in North Florida

North Central Florida has a host of attractions and activities for visitors of all ages. The small towns offer shopping, sightseeing, museums, theaters, antiquing, architecture and historical sites. The many lakes, rivers and natural springs are great places for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, bird-watching and boating. The national forests and state parks in the area provide wildlife viewing, hiking, biking and hunting opportunities. With seasonal festivals and local events in the area, visitors can be as busy as they wish. Alternatively, North Florida is the perfect place to chill out and do nothing at all.

Places to Visit From North Florida Condos

The university city of Gainesville is a beautiful city to explore. The historic downtown area has some interesting history and great restaurants. The Florida Museum of Natural History, the Butterfly Museum, and the Hippodrome State Theater are all great places to visit. Nearby are the famous Kanapaha Gardens with beautiful lakes and gardens for strolling around.

Tallahassee is the state capital of Florida and has a downtown Capital Building, Imax theater and many shopping malls. The quaint towns of Havana, Monticello and Quincy are great places to visit for a bite to eat and to browse around the local shops and antique stores. Wakulla Springs State Park, Silver Springs and Green Cove Springs offer a host of water-based activities. Just beyond Tallahassee is the Apalachicola National Forest.

Cedar Key is a delightful community on the west coast of North Florida. It is surrounded by the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge which has extensive colonies of nesting birds including roseate spoonbills, pelicans, skimmers, storks and other shore birds. The small streets around the docks have many restaurants and art and craft shops, and the artists are happy to chat with visitors about their work and what brought them to this lovely area.

Getting to North Florida Resorts

North Florida is within easy driving distance from North and South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and further afield. Those choosing to fly to the area will find plenty of daily flights available to one of the international airports at Jacksonville, Daytona Beach or Orlando. Driving to your vacation rental in North Florida along the scenic roads and byways is very easy in this uncrowded area.

North Florida Weather

The climate is warm and sunny for most of the year but winters do have chilly spells with overnight temperatures below freezing. Winters are mostly dry with average daytime temperatures around 20 C (68 F) while summers reach a hot and humid 31 C (90 F) during July and August. These months also get the most rainfall in short but heavy afternoon showers.

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