Thursday, July 31, 2008

Great Shots from Sky Dive City

Check out this amazing photo from Skydive City's recent Tandem Jump Photo Contest. Kind of makes you want to jump out of a plane and see the sights for yourself, doesn't it?

If you aren't quite that adventurous, you can at least view a number of great photos at the drop zone's online photo gallery. And if you are getting ready to take the plunge, you can see how it's done by checking out one of the site's cool online videos.
Skydive City is one of the world's premiere skydiving centers and they draw jumpers and students from around the world. In business since 1989, Skydive City is carrying on the long tradition of high quality skydiving, training and fun that has been in Zephyrhills since the 1960's. Check them out at

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Enjoy Music & Wine at Saturday Market

The Saturday Festival & Market at Florida Estates Winery in Land O' Lakes is a great way to kick back, relax and enjoy great wine and music in a cozy atmosphere. Tucked under a canopy of oak trees, the winery sits in the middle of a 3,600-acre plantation and features a variety of locally-produced wines, as well as some made from grapes grown in the mountains of Chile.

The Saturday markets are free and include wine tasting and a variety of fresh produce, breads, cheeses and sauces, as well as plants, jewelry, orchids, pottery and other artwork. This weekend, Angelo Cook will entertain festivalgoers with light and classic rock.

The winery is located four miles west of I-75 off State Road 52. The Saturday Festival & Market is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The winery is open daily for tastings and tours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The winery also offers classes and is available for group tours and weddings. Sign up for their free newsletter or call call 813-996-2113.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Great Deals in Downtown Dade City

Looking for a good day trip for friends or family this weekend? Consider stopping by Downtown Dade City Main Street's Christmas in July event, which will feature sales and specials at these and other stores during their normal business hours Saturday.

Ivy Cottage Antiques & Wine Merchant will have a wine tasting from 2 to 4 p.m. and take 20 percent off purchases of more than $20.
Antiques on the Mainstreet will serve cheese and crackers from 2 to 4 p.m. and give a 20 percent discount for purchases of more than $20.
Lori Anne's will mark its 11th year in business by extending an 11 percent discount on nonsale items, plus 10 percent on regular-priced merchandise hanging on the walls.
The Picket Fence will celebrate its 13th anniversary by offering a 13 percent discount on all merchandise.
Church Street Shoppe is in its 15th year, so it will take 15 percent off nonsale items and 40 percent on large Christmas flags.
Kumquat Kuriosities is having a summer art sale with a 15 percent discount.
Four-Alarm Tan's grand opening will feature a cruise giveaway Friday and Saturday, plus free samples and snacks, and discounts on tanning packages.
Beef O' Brady's will host a "Thank You East Pasco" party starting at 5 p.m. outdoors featuring live music and giveaways.
Heavenly Treasures is offering a 10 percent discount on any itemin the gift shop; complimentary cup of Christmas tea; and other Christmas goodies. Join Miss Laurie (Mrs. Claus) and her staff of Elves in the dining room for a delicious lunch and a slice
The Green Apple is offering buy 1 pound, get one free on Boar's Head deli meats and cheeses. Limit one offer per customer.
The Coffee Mug Café will offer buy one, get one half off summer drinks.
Grapevine Antiques will offer 20 percent off all merchandise.
For more information, call Dade City Main Street Inc. at (352) 567-0284.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Dade City Trolley Finalist for Top Award

Congratulations to the Dade City Trolley Tour, which was named a finalist this week for the prestigious Flagler Award, given out each year by Visit Florida at the Governor's Conference on Tourism. The award recognizes members of the tourism industry for unique and creative marketing campaigns and promotions, including special events, television spots, radio ads, print materials and websites.

The Trolley Tour was nominated for a very cool television commercial that was created last year by two students from the University of Tampa. You can view the 30-second clip at You Tube. The official announcement can be seen on the Visit Florida website.

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Monday, July 7, 2008

A Walk on the Wild Side - in Dade City?

If you are looking for an exotic adventure close to home, consider a day trip to the wildlife sanctuary at Dade City's Wild Things Zoo. Just a 30-minute drive north of Tampa, the lush, 22-acre site is home to dozens of species of animals, including some that have been abandoned or neglected by their previous owners and many species that are endangered or threatened. One of the best things about Dade City's Wild Things is how close visitors can get to the amazing creatures that live there, including Bengal tigers, African lions, Florida panthers and North American black bear. Some people find it hard to see any wild animal confined to a cage but because the setting is so natural and the animals have space to roam, skeptics are often reassured by what they find. (To learn more about how some of the animals came to the zoo, click here. To adopt one of the animals and help pay for its care and feeding, click here.)

The zoo is an outgrowth of Stearns Zoological Rescue & Rehabilitation Center, a non-profit sancturary that provides lifetime care for rescued animals.
Kathy Stearns, the owner of the center, decided to open the site to the public for tours in September 2007. She also opened a zoo-themed gift shop in downtown Dade City that sells jewelry, photographs, t-shirts and educational toys. Many of the photos displayed at the shop are of animals from the zoo. Visitors pick up an old-fashioned trolley at the store, then ride to the center located just north of town, where they embark on a two-hour walking tour of the grounds. If you go, remember to wear comfortable walking shoes as the trails are rough and steep in some places.

The zoo is available for private tours, including tours during feeding time, birthday parties and weddings. Prices are listed below and group discounts are also available. In May, Stearns hosted what she hopes will be an annual fundraiser for the zoo, A Taste of Safari, which offered big donors private tours before other guests arrived. Stay tuned for details on other events and specials at the zoo.

Adult tickets are $22.95. (10 percent discount for those 55 and over.) Children ages two to 12 are $12.95 and children under two years old are free.

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