Discover the FUN at Forest Lake Village in Zephyrhills, FL

Your Winter Home

When you’re looking for a place to call home for the winter, head to Forest Lake Village. It’s a peaceful oasis away from noisy cities, nestled in the countryside around Zephyrhills. Nearby are some well-known springs and it’s near here where Crystal Springs bottled water comes from. With clean air and crystal clear streams, it’s no wonder so many Snowbirds call this place home in the colder months.

Canuckville

This is Floridian lifestyle at its finest. It’s home to over 100 Canadians every winter, and they keep coming back time and time again. Stephen Bagiardi, manager of Forest Lake Village, knows why they keep coming back. “We have 274 sites in this RV park and I would say we have about 100 Canadian guests each year. They love that they have so many friends here from all over Canada. It’s their central meeting spot. When newcomers arrive, the first thing they notice is the comradery. There’s a strong family like atmosphere here.”

It also helps that Forest Lake Village is 30 minutes from Tampa, 45-50 minutes to the Gulf Beaches and 45 minutes to Orlando.

Great Activities and Amenities

Guests at Forest Lake can be as relaxed or as active as they choose. “We have lots of events for our guests,” said Bagiardi. “We have Bingo and card nights multiple times a week. There’s water aerobics, line dancing, shuffleboard clubs and tournaments. People get together to shoot pool three nights a week. There are ping pong games and a library.”

Around the holiday season they have Christmas, Valentine’s and Thanksgiving dinners and dances. Also at Christmas, they have a parade that goes throughout the park and for those who want to work off some of those pesky seasonal calories, there are runs. Come join in the fun with the Turkey Trot and a Reindeer Run throughout the park. “You don’t have to run,” said Bagiardi. “Many of our guests prefer to walk, and some use it as a fundraiser.”

The RV resort comes complete with a clubhouse, swimming pool, laundry, horseshoes, library, shuffleboard, hot tub, a billiards/games room and a picnic and barbeque area. You can even get your own private mailbox, and yes, you can bring your furry friends with you.

For those who just want to relax, there’s a lake right on the property. Thirty of the sites back onto the small lake. There are no boats allowed, but you can cast or fly fish from shore into this fish filled lake.

Get Out and Explore

The biggest draw in this area is golf. There are six golf courses within 15-20 minutes of Forest Lake Village, and a dozen more about 30 minutes away. “There’s always a group heading out to one of the nearby courses every day,” said Bagiardi. And with this many great golf courses, why not!

As the RV resort is located between Tampa and Orlando there are plenty of sporting events to go to as well. Then there are the 20 theme parks in the area including Knott’s Berry Farm, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Busch Gardens.

Head out shopping to one of the outlet malls in the area and find something unique at one of the local specialty stores. When you’re done exploring for the day, there are dozens and dozens of restaurants within 15 minutes of Forest Lake Village.

Parks at the Gulf

Hop in the car and head west to Gulf. Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs has 155 acres on the Gulf of Mexico. Walk the white sandy beaches or go for a swim. You’ll see nesting ospreys and eagles above you and dolphins and manatees in the gulf. Bring your kayak or canoe (or rent one locally) and spend the day on the water.

Walls Springs Park is south of Tarpon Springs and is a great place to take a hike in nature. The park is 210 acres with a natural spring, with water temperatures at a nearly constant 23C (74F). There’s a 10 m (35 ft) observation tower that you can climb for some amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico. Bring your bike, or pack a picnic and spend the day exploring.

At the end of the day, head back to the Forest Lake Village, your winter home away from home.

Meet Silvia From Orlando RV Resort in Clermont, Florida

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  • Name: Silvia Wingfield
  • In position since: April 2017, since 2009 with Encore RV resorts
  • Title: Resort Manager
  • Work Location: Thousand Trails Orlando
  • Previous parks you’ve worked at: Lake Magic RV Resort & Clerbrook Golf and RV Resort
  •  Favorite hobbies or sport(s): Reading and spending time with my two boys. My favorite sport is basketball. I played back in middle school and my oldest son is on a school team. Go Celtics!!

LM = Lake Magic     TTO =Thousand Trails Orlando

What brought you to TT Orlando?I have recently been promoted to Resort Manager at Thousand Trails Orlando after managing Lake Magic RV Resort since November 2012. What brought me to TTO was the opportunity to continue to grow within this wonderful company that I have been a part of since 2009.

What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a Resort Manager? – The most rewarding aspect of being a manager is the people; the residents and guests that I meet and the relationships that I build with them. Talking to them and getting to know them personally. Hearing their life stories and connecting with them about experiences and family. All of this goes for the staff as well. I spend 8 plus hours of my day working at the property and the friendships and connections make the long days easier.

What’s the most challenging aspect of being a Resort Manager? How do you overcome these challenges? The most challenging aspect is not being able to make everyone happy. I struggle with this because I truly want all of our guest to get what they want but I have learned over the years that making EVERYONE happy is not realistic or possible. I try to overcome this challenge by finding a happy medium from what the guest wants and what I can actually offer. For example: a guest is assigned a site that they do not like due to location but we are in the middle of season and our resort is full and I cannot move them to another site. I will try to make a connection with them in other ways. I will personally invite them to a resident social event and/or offer them a breakfast or lunch voucher. They still might not be happy with the location of their site but they appreciate the personal touch of knowing that I care enough to do a little something special for them, which ultimately makes me feel good.

Can you share something you’ve learned from your guests? – What I have learned from my guests is to enjoy life, to savor every moment because it goes by quickly. I have learned that friendship and being neighborly is valuable. RV’ers are unique because they are always willing to help anyone who needs it.

What’s special about the RV resorts you’ve managed?  Lake Magic is special because of its beauty. The resort is clean and well manicured with tall palms tree throughout the resort that constantly remind you that you’re in sunny Florida. All of our sites have 50 amp service with full hookups and most of our pads are paved. The sites are large with plenty of space in-between from site to site. The location is premier and most importantly the guests are friendly!

Thousand Trails Orlando  is special because it is a property that offers choices for all the different RV lifestyles. The park offers clean, paved sites, as well as a more woody area for the RV’ers that really like to feel like they are “roughing” it. TTO is in a great location that is off the highway but tucked in far enough away from the hustle and bustle to make you feel like you’re truly camping.

Can you use 3 words to describe your RV resort to someone who is considering visiting Orlando? 

  1. Friendly
  2. Filled with Activities (in Season)
  3. Great location

What area attractions or entertainment do you recommend guests experience while at TT Orlando or Lake Magic?

  1. Walt Disney World- It is only 6 miles from LM and 11 from TTO
  2. Southern Hill Farms – during blueberry picking season this is the best place to pick your own blueberries!
  3. Airboat Ride – a fun way to spend the day and tour the Central FL Everglades

What accomplishment are you most proud of? Why?At LM, I am most proud of our Annual Poker Run. I started this my first year as manager at LM and the first year we had maybe 50 participants but this past season we had 176 participants!!! The Poker Run consists of eight stations (1 for each section of the resort). We have eight hosts and the hosts are residents that set up stations with goodies, snacks and drinks for all of the participants to stop at. The participants stop by the stations, mingle, eat, drink and draw a card. At the end the 5 players with the best hand get prizes.

What’s your favorite funny story to tell from Lake Magic?In 2015 at LM, I was trying different new activities during season to keep the residents entertained. (They were all nice enough to try any crazy fun idea came up with). One of the games we tried that season was a play on the “Newlywed Game”. We called it the “Oldie Wed Game”. Three couples took turns answering different questions about their partners and we had a blast. It was fun because of their answers, but also because they were fearless and willing to try whatever out of the box idea I came up with.

Can you share your favorite memory at Lake Magic? – My favorite memory is of one of our end of season going away parties. We put together a Carnival event around our Clubhouse and pool area with carnival games, pool games, raffle prizes and carnival food! We fed the guests corndogs and thought they were going to complain because it was simple food but they loved it!

Can you recall a time when the guests at your property surprised you? (LM) Yes, 2 years ago for my birthday they called me up to the clubhouse and surprised me with a cake and singing. I felt special that they cared enough to take time out of their day to share it with me.

Can you tell us about some of the friendships that have developed between guests at Lake Magic? One of the most meaningful friendships that I have developed is with a resident who now works for me. This person volunteered for many years and finally decided to commit to working for me. They are a great asset to me because they provide insight to what the other guests want and they have become someone I can depend on and trust.

RV communities look out for each other. Can you share an example of how Lake Magic exemplifies the idea of community?There are 5 sister properties (Sherwood Forest, Clerbrook Golf & RV Resort, Winter Garden, Thousand Trails Orlando and Lake Magic) in my area and we all are very close to one another. Anytime that one of us is full and needs to accommodate a guest, we call on each other for availability to help the guest. We also get together for friendly tournaments between properties. This allows our guest to meet each other and visit a sister property.

Have you visited Thousand Trails Orlando RV Resort or Lake Magic RV Resort? Let us know in the comments below!

 

The Ultimate Roadmap for Your 30 Days in Florida!

So, you have 30 days to explore Florida; lucky you! But it’s a big state, with lots of activities, sights and resorts to choose from, so where do you start? Check out our roadmap below, which takes you through the top must-see areas of Florida. But, before you book your accommodations and activities, we encourage you to take the season into account. Rates are often higher at peak tourist times, not to mention there are more crowds and limited availability.

Days 1 – 5: Crystal River – Homosassa Region

Where to Stay

Crystal Isles RV Resort offers the best of Florida’s scenic West Coast including beaches,
golf courses and fishing in nearby rivers and streams. But book early, because Crystal Isles boasts waterfront sites that are in high demand.

With plenty of restaurants and nearby shopping, plus fishing, golf and beaches there’s lots to do during your time here. Depending on the time of year you visit we suggest making time for…

 

Manatees

Did you know that Crystal River hosts a year-round population of Manatees? Although you can see them any time of the year, the best time is January – March. During the winter season the manatees crowd around the warm water springs that are unique to the Crystal River area. Also, the visibility is better during the winter months because the water is clearer. Plan to visit mid-week (when it’s less busy), and book your viewing in the morning, when the manatees are more active. River Ventures and Plantation are a few of the region’s top manatee tour operators.

Scalloping

Scalloping is a popular activity in Crystal River during the summer and early fall. The scalloping season generally runs from mid June to the end of September. With some basic snorkeling equipment, you can dive for scallops and enjoy the sights of fish, plants and coral that inhabit the Gulf of Mexico’s coast. Again, check out River Ventures and Plantation, which offer scalloping tours along with a number of other local operators.

Days 6-8: Tampa

Tampa is only 2 hours from Crystal Bay, and offers so many attractions, it’s a definite must-stop on your trip south. Top tourist spots include Busch Gardens, The Florida Aquarium, The Tampa Museum of Art, Adventure Island Water Park, and Big Cat Rescue.     

Where to Stay

There are a number of RV resorts and Parks in the Tampa area to choose from like Topics RV Resort in Spring Hill, although golfers may prefer the Silver Dollar Golf, Trap Club & RV Resort in Odessa.

Days 9-13: Fort Myers

Fort Myers is one of the top stops in Florida, and it’s only a 2.5-hour drive from Tampa. With lots to do here, you’ll want to give yourself time to explore the area.

Where to Stay

The Fort Myers Beach RV Resort provides the friendly, fun atmosphere of a close-knit RV community, while also giving you the opportunity to explore the barrier islands of Sanibel and Captiva. Located just three miles from Fort Myers Beach and pier, you may be tempted to spend your week on the beach, but there’s lots more to do in the Fort Myers area, including:

Golf

There are too many top-notch golf courses in Fort Myers to choose from, so if you like to golf this is the place to be. You could also consider staying at Clerbrook Golf & RV Resort, which boasts its own exceptional, 18-hole golf course.  Check out this article from Golf Advisor, which lists some of the top ranked golf courses of the area.

Edison and Ford Winter Estates

Whether you’re into history, architecture, or are just curious, plan to spend time visiting the winter estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. You’ll be amazed at what you learn and see.

J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge

If you like wildlife, then this is a must do on your trip to Fort Myers. On Sanibel Island you can take a tram tour where you’ll have the opportunity to see birds, dolphins, manatees and alligators in their natural habitat at this wildlife refuge.

Days 14 – 20: The Florida Keys

It’s quite a trip south to the Florida Keys, but it’s worth the 5-hour drive from Fort Myers to stay in this tropical paradise. If you visit during lobster season make sure to try some fresh lobster, or consider experiencing the thrill of hauling in lobster traps on a fishing charter.

Where to Stay

Fiesta Key RV Resort & Marina is a spacious 28-acre resort located on its own island in the Florida Keys. Sunshine Key RV Resort & Marina is located on the 75-acre island of Ohio Key, and has an adjoining marina that offers unprecedented water access to a tropical island environment that’s perfect for fishing, swimming or relaxing on the water. Stay at one, or both resorts and enjoy a tropical paradise adventure that includes days of swimming, beaches, fishing, and snorkeling, all from the comfort of your RV.

Although it’s tempting to stay on the beach during your time in the Florida Keys, there’s lots of sights to visit should you get tired of sitting around relaxing. If you’d prefer to explore, consider visiting:

Day 21: Miami

From the Florida Keys, you can make your way north to the Orlando area, which is a 7.5-hour drive, but we suggest breaking that up with a stop in Miami, which is just 3.5 hours from the Florida Keys area. Miami is known for it’s shopping and world-class restaurants, so it’s the perfect place to enjoy lunch or an early dinner before traveling to your resort in Orlando.

Days 21 – 25: Orlando

There’s lots to do and see in Orlando, but Disney is one of the most famous attractions. From Universal Studios to Epcot, there are lots of amusement parks in this area and you could easily spend a day or week (or more) exploring them, but there are also lots of great golf courses, restaurants and shopping areas nearby, so give yourself time to fully explore the Orlando area.

Where to Stay

Clermont, Kissimmee and Winter Gardens are all close to Orlando, and offer a wide range of RV parks to choose from, including Orlando RV Resort,  Winter Gardens RV Resort, Tropical Palms RV Resort, Lake Magic RV Resort, and Sherwood Forest RV Resort.

Days 26 – 30: Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is only a 1.5-hour drive from the Orlando area, and it’s a great place to end your Florida adventure. This beach, which has been called the “world’s best beach” since the 1920’s hosts an abundance of shopping, dining and golf options.

If you love speed and cars, then make sure you schedule a visit to the Daytona International Speedway, which hosts the Daytona 500 and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Where to Stay

There are a number of excellent RV resorts in the Daytona Beach area, including Sunshine Holiday Daytona RV Resort (which is just minutes away from the Daytona Speedway), and Rose Bay RV Resort which is located next to Daytona’s famous white, sandy beaches, and is well-known for it’s amazing fishing.

Whether you choose to follow this itinerary, or create one of your own, if you’re looking for tips about where and when to visit Florida, give our customer service team a call at 1-877-570-2267. They know all the ins-and-outs of the Florida area and can give you the insider information that will make your trip extra-special.

Did you find this road trip plan helpful? Do you have any suggestions? Let us know in the comments below!

Recreation, Relaxation & So Much More At Orlando RV Resort

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When you’re looking for a place where you can park your RV at any time of year, look no further than Orlando RV Resort in Clermont, FL. Located on 255 acres in the heart of Florida’s orange grove country, nature is just a step away.

Walk to the Lake

Imagine waking up, grabbing your favourite beverage and walking down to Hancock Lake, a 60-acre spring-fed lake with white sandy beaches. Bring a book, your sunscreen or your fishing rod. It’s your time, enjoy it! You can even rent a boat to take out for the day. All this without leaving the RV resort.

Lakes, Lakes and More Lakes!

There’s no shortage of lakes in the area around Orlando RV Resort. A mere 10 minutes up US Hwy. 27 is Lake Louisa State Park. Here you’ll find stunning landscapes, rolling DSC_0102 (1)hills and beautiful lakes, all on 4,500 acres. The largest of the 13 lakes located here is Lake Louisa. Others include Hammond Lake and Dixie Lake. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day relaxing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing.

Laughter and Entertainment

Twenty minutes north on US Hwy. 27 (just past Lake Louisa State Park) is the Clermont Performing Arts Center. There are several shows throughout the year here, from musicals to comedy. They offer top-notch entertainment from around the world in their Main Stage which seats 1,200 people. The Black Box Theatre, part of the Center, is a cozy, 250-seat venue where you can catch some great comedy acts. It’s a great place to grab a cocktail and get away for an entertaining night out.

Foodie Heaven

There are over 20 great restaurants within a half hour drive of Orlando RV Resort. Most are within 15 minutes. For those times when you don’t want to eat in, head out and explore a variety of ethnic foods from Indian to African to Italian or Chinese. There are some great table service and buffet style American restaurants all within a few minutes of the Orlando RV Resort.

Theme Parks Galore

DSC_0043There are so many theme parks nearby, you may not have time to visit them all. Take your pick from Disney Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Epcot, Sea World, Ripley’s Believe it or Not and Universal. They are all nearby and will provide you with plenty of ways to amuse yourself and your guests.

Get Your Greens

The weather here was made for golfing all year long. There are over 20 courses nearby, both easy 9-hole and more challenging 18-hole courses. Pro shops and golf pros are here to help you perfect your swing and sink that perfect putt.

Golf on courses with rolling hills and lush backdrops. Many courses have their own lakes! These  well-manicured courses were created by renowned designers such as Larry Lord, Greg Norman, Rees Jones, Steve Weisser and Gary Koch, to name just a few.

Park It

Just because there are hundreds of things to do in the area, doesn’t mean you have to get out and do them all. You can have a great time without ever leaving the park. There’s tennis courts, bocce ball, volleyball and a swimming pool here. Putter around playing mini-DSC_0048golf or hop on a bike and explore the trails in and around the park. There’s a full fitness center, and after your work out, spend some time relaxing in the spa.

There are several park activities as well, designed for short term and long terms guests of all ages. There are creative arts and crafts; square, line, round and ballroom dancing; weekly potlucks and dances and live entertainment.

No RV. . . No Problem

There’s lots of room here to park your RV; however, if you’d rather leave the RV at home, there are several other options available. There are large one bedroom models with slides that sleep four and have a side patio. The park model has a queen size bed and sleeps four people, while the Elite park model sleeps six comfortably (4 adults, 2 children). All come complete with linens, towels, dishes and are fully furnished.

However you decide to stay here, you can count on having a great time at Orlando RV Resort.

Leave a comment and let us know if you’re interested in visiting Orlando RV Resort!

Meet Steven from Forest lake Village RV Resort in Zephyrhills, FL

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  • Name: Steven Bagiardi
  • In position since: June of 2016
  • Title: Resort Manager
  • Work Location: Forest Lake Village RV Resort
  • Favorite Activities: Spending time with family and friends, golfing, scuba diving and much more!

How does a typical day at Forest Lake Village look like?  What is your favorite moment of the day?

Well first off, it starts off with a whole lot of sunshine and beautiful weather. But there is no such thing as a “typical day” on the operations part of this business. There are so many different facets to what we do every day and that makes it fun. My favorite moments of the days are when I get out 2-3 times a day and ride in the golf cart. I just take a ride, enjoy the weather, and see the beautiful community and the amazing guests that are here in the park.

You are working, while people at the resort are enjoying their vacation. How do you handle that?

This is an easy one. I simply love making people happy. My guests are an extension of my family. After all, I am at work more hours than I am at home. Seeing my guests having fun and helping to make their stay the best it can possibly be is what I love.

When people ask you what the best experiences are in the surrounding areas, what would you recommend?

We are so fortunate to be located centrally between Tampa and Orlando. I would send people to Tampa for the amazing sports teams we have like the University of South Florida Bulls and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Tampa Bay Rays, and Tampa Bay Lightning! Can’t forget Busch Gardens, Tarpon Springs, and the gorgeous beaches! Towards Orlando, I would send people to Disney and all of the other great attractions they have.

What’s your favorite story to tell about your time at Forest Lake?

I tell people how happy my residents are when I do something for them or the park. No matter how small or simple, the guests here are so appreciative.

What’s your best accomplishment so far at the resort?

I have made it a point to get out in the community and to get to know my guests and spend time with them. This is something that they never had with previous ownership. I want to change that.  I want people to get to know me and feel extremely comfortable with me as the manager. I am a people person!

If you had to describe your RV park to someone who thinks about coming to Forest Lake Village, what would you say?

Forest Lake Village RV Resort is a stunning oasis where you can relax and enjoy all of the great activities that we have to offer every day. It is also close enough to Tampa and Orlando so that you can enjoy all that they have to offer as well.


What brought you to Forest Lake Village?

I wanted to manage a top-quality RV park just outside of the busy downtown Tampa area. When Forest Lake Village came into the company’s portfolio, I knew I wanted to come here.

Any last words for your current and future guests?

Forest Lake Village is a phenomenal resort with so much to offer onsite, or nearby. My staff and I do everything possible to make our guests happy and we would love the opportunity to show you how much we truly love what we do. Welcome to Forest Lake Village RV Resort!

Take a Winter Break in Orlando – Kissimmee, Florida!

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There’s so much to do in the Orlando – Kissimmee area. There are hundreds of amazing things to see and do including the big name theme parks. Make your next winter getaway to Orlando – Kissimmee and you’ll be glad you did.

Golfers’ Paradise

The weather here is perfect for golfing year round. Courses range from easy 9-hole to challenging 18-hole. Golfers will love staying at the Clerbrook Golf and RV Resort. This
clerbrookfull-service RV resort and the golf course is located in lush Lake County. They have a challenging 18-hole golf course with rolling fairways and rippling greens. They have a pro shop too!

The beauty of this area is there are a dozen quality golf courses within a 15-minute drive of Clerbrook, and dozens more within a half hour drive. Surrounded by lakes, friendly people and great weather truly make this area a golfers’ paradise.

Amuse Yourself

Let the kid in you out to play. With Disney Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Sea World, Ripley’s Believe it or Not and Universal all nearby, you’ll have plenty of places to amuse yourself.

Both Sherwood Forest RV and Tropical Palms RV Resort are minutes away from dozens of theme parks and entertainment venues. At Sherwood Forest you’ll find yourself surrounded by lush trees, excellent landscaping, and clear water lakes. It’s a natural andsherwoodForest peaceful setting that seems miles away from fantasy worlds around you. Up the road is Tropical Palms RV. Get to know your fellow guests and take part in the many on site activities. Invite your family to join you as there are plenty of cottages for rent here and they sleep up to eight people.

Once you’ve rested up, why not head over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Come face to face with a Yeti, find Nemo, go on an African Safari, step back in time to Dinoland or get wet on a wild water rafting trip through Asia. Daytona Beach, Kennedy Space Center, Busch Gardens, and Old Town are all here
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Right in the Middle

With so much to see and do in the Orlando – Kissimmee area, it can be hard to decide tropicalPalmswhere to stay. Winter Garden RV Resort is right in the middle of everything, literally. It’s 145 km (90 mi) to either of the Florida coasts. And, it’s minutes away from Lake Apopka, Florida’s third largest lake. Pick an activity, a lake, a theme park, a shopping centre. It’s all nearby.

Shopping

The Orlando – Kissimmee area is a shoppers’ paradise. From budget to blow your budget, there are boutiques, outlet malls and shopping centres for you to find that perfect something. When you stay at Lake Magic RV Resort you’ll be near almost everything. That way you’ll have a short trip home.

Down in Kissimmee there’s the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores just south of I-4. You’ll find factory-direct top quality items at up to 75% off. When you’re looking for something lakeMagicunique check out Celebration Town Centre. Walk along tree lined streets and enjoy your day exploring charming boutique and specialty shops. You’ll find many of the shops located on a promenade that circles a lake.

Looking for vintage? They have that too! Discover the historic downtown areas of Kissimmee and St. Cloud. Art Galleries, doll shops, antiques and collectibles are all waiting for you.

Dinner and a Show

The range of food available in this area is nothing short of diverse. Mix that in with a show and you’ve got a night out to remember. Travel back in time to the days when mobsters’ ran prohibition era Chicago. Make sure you knock three times to get into the Capone’s Dinner and Show.

There are magic shows, Aloha shows, pirate shows, detective and mystery shows, and comedy shows. All are served up with a delicious meal. Toss aside your table manners and step into a fairy tale dinner with sweeping musical scores. The Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament puts on a show of brave Knights on horses and nail biting sword fights.

Hang Out at the Lake

A winter getaway doesn’t have to be jam packed with things to do. Relax a little. You deserve it!

Imagine waking up in the heart of orange grove country and taking a short stroll to a spring fed lake. When you get tired of exploring the area, you can always relax on the beach, orlandoread a book, have a picnic and soak up some rays. And yes, the lake does have fish, so get a rod and go catch your next meal. Hancock Lake is on the edge of Thousand Trails Orlando RV Camping and is a great place to just kick back and relax.

Should you feel like exploring other lakes, you won’t have far to go! Just 10 minutes up US Highway 27 is Lake Louisa State Park. Come explore over 4,500 acres known for its beautiful lakes, stunning landscapes and rolling hills. Lake Louisa, is the largest of 13 lakes which include Hammond Lake and Dixie Lake, where you can spend the day fishing, canoeing and kayaking.

Wherever you stay, whatever you do, you are sure to go home with some great tales to tell when you spend your winter in Orlando – Kissimmee.

Share what else you can do in Orlando-Kissimmee in the comments below!

“Clerbrook Golf and RV Resort is a great place to stay”

My wife and I are snowbirds from Canada and we love being Thousand Trails RV Campgrounds members. We take full advantage of the fact they have a reciprocal arrangement with Encore RV Resorts. It was through them we gained access to Clerbrook Golf and RV Resort, with over 1,250 sites on 287 acres in the heart of Lake County near Orlando. The seasonal rates here are quite affordable and Thousand Trails members can use Clerbrook as an alternate to Orlando under their membership.

Friendly People

The best part about staying at Clerbrook is the staff and the fellow campers The staff here is always cheerful. The manager and maintenance staff usually wave when they see guests and they are all very helpful. The people who camp here are friendly and welcoming. We arrived as short stay campers and were accepted by everyone. During our stay we got to take part in several activities and meet other people.

Golf and So Much More

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Clerbrook is a classic Encore RV park that makes snowbirds feel right at home. Clerbrook is situated around all 18 holes of the Clerbrook Golf Club. This is a great course with rolling fairways and greens, set against the backdrop of a nature preserves and lakes. Golfers love it here; but if you aren’t a golfer, there’s still lots to see and do.

We loved the wide range of programs and social events they have. They had everything we needed including heated swimming pools, hot tubs, rec hall, BBQ and picnic areas, a billiard room and card rooms. On top of that there’s a fishing area, a fitness center, horse shoe pits and nature walks. We loved the card games including Texas Hold ‘em Poker and Bridge. There’s arts and crafts too, if you feel so inclined. They sometimes bring in name entertainment acts and they hold several events here. Oh, and it’s also pet friendly.

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The great thing about Clerbrook RV is that it has so much going on around it as well. For golfers, there are several other course nearby. Clermont is about a half hour drive from Disney World and Universal Studios. It’s also near Sea World and Hollywood Studios. There’s lots to see and do with great shopping, restaurants and cinemas nearby. Wine lovers can head down the highway to Lakeridge Winery for free tastings and a tour. They have a summer music series that is free as well. The hot weather here makes it perfect for growing Muscadine grape varieties. You’ll have to taste for yourself and find out which ones you like. We thought the Proprietor’s Reserve was a world class dessert wine.

Day Trips

Orlando and Tampa are close enough for a day trip from Clerbrook RV. Baseball fans will love that there are several spring training venues nearby. Drive 75 minutes east to the Atlantic Ocean, Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach. Or head west for 90 minutes to the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge and Pine Island on the Gulf coast. There are literally dozens and dozens of lakes in the area, so there’s plenty of places to go fishing and then head back at night to tell your fish stories.

Wi-Fi and TV

When it comes to Wi-Fi, they have a reasonably fast hotspot here and it is worth the small cost. I do recommend an exterior antenna to maximize your connection. You can get several stations with decent reception over the air TV from Orlando

We’ll Be Back!

From our experience, Clerbrook Golf and RV Resort is a great place to stay. If you don’t have an RV, you can rent one of their furnished onsite rentals. We look forward to our next visit here.