vrijdag 20 april 2018

Vacation Rental Villa House of Orange at Watersong Resort, trip to Tarpon Springs and Dunedin, Pinellas Trail

Dagtrip met overnachting vanaf onze vakantie villa House of Orange, Watersong Resort, Davenport, Florida

Stond al langer op onze bucket list, fietstocht langs de Pinellas Trial die loopt van Tarpon Springs tot helemaal aan St. Petersburg.
Eerst naar Tarpon Springs gereden om de zaak te verkennen. Op zoek naar een onderkomen via Google Maps een hotel in Dunedin gevonden. Best Western Plus Yacht Harbor Inn direct aan het water van de Golf van Mexico. Gewoon binnen gelopen en om de 'walk-in rate' gevraagd en gekregen. Altijd beter tegenwoordig dan via de boefjes van Booking.com, Expedia, Hotwire en hoe ze allemaal mogen heten. #bookdirect. 

Dunedin, pittoresk plaatsje met boutiques, restaurants, bars en direct gelegen aan de Pinellas Trial. 
Vanuit onze hotelkamer in Dunedin
Begin van onze fietstocht op de Pinellas Trial vanuit Dunedin
Brug Pinellas Trial, helaas nog gesloten.

Zicht op ons hotel in Dunedin

Tarpon Springs

Even voorbij Tarpon Springs kwamen wij voorbij een parkje met strandje en heerlijk uitzicht op de zee. Daar hebben wij een half uurtje gerecreeerd.

 Eerste dag Dunedin

Daarna door naar ons hotel in Dunedin. Heerlijk genoten van het plaatsje en  wat gegeten bij Chic-A-Boom-Room. Blijkt Dunedin ook een groot aantal micro brouwerijen te hebben. Ons hotel ligt direct aan het water, en wij hebben heerlijk van de zonsondergang genoten.

Daarna lekker slapen want morgen staat er een fietstocht op het programma van Dunedin naar Tarpon Springs met een afsteker  naar Honeymoon Island.

Fietstocht van Dunedin naar Tarpon Springs met afsteker naar Honeymoon Island.

Zo, nu gaat het gebeuren. Het weer is ideaal. Graadje of 25, strak blauwe hemel en weinig wind. Fietsen geprepareerd en op naar de Pinellas Trail even verderop in Dunedin.

De Pinellas Trial Brug was helaas nog gesloten vanwege de schade na Irma

Heerlijk gefietst, eerst naar Tarpon springs. Oud vissersplaatsje waar veel Griekse emigranten zich gesetteld hebben i.v.m. de spons visserij.

Jawel hoor, een winkeltje met Hollandse drop.

Terug fietsen van Tarpon Springs naar Dunedin via Honeymoon Island  

Er is een brugverbinding van het vasteland naar Honeymoon Island, en die wilde wij zeker ook gezien hebben.

 Het fiets/voetpad over de brug is ietwat smal, maar filmen en fietsen ging wel.

Daarna weer terug naar Dunedin

Het waren een tweetal fantastische dagen, en wij gaan nu weer inpakken en terug naar ons vakantiehuis House of Orange, Watersong Resort, Davenport, Florida.
 Deze koddige pelikaan kwam ook afscheid van ons nemen
 En deze dolfijn ook.

Nu lekker relaxen in onze vakantie villa House of Orange met eigen privé zwembad en jacuzzi. Zo prachtig gelegen in Watersong Resort. 


woensdag 4 mei 2016

Review of House of Orange at Watersong Resort near Orlando, Florida

From Sharon Fairhurst

Just spent 2 weeks at House of Orange and cannot recommend enough! Situated in a semi rural part of Orlando in a gated community, close to I4 (your route to everywhere!). House of Orange is furnished to a high standard. The pool area is very inviting, it is extremely private and not overlooked, you will not find white plastic pool furniture but beautiful wicker furniture with soft pads. The interior design is stylish and of a high standard and the beds are comfortable with high quality mattresses. The villa is equipped with everything you have at home. We dealt with the owners directly and found that they were very helpful and responded quickly. Book this villa and you will be happy to return there at the end of a busy day out - if you want to leave for a day out at all!

donderdag 27 juni 2013

One of the top 10 North-American road trips

Big Bend Scenic Byway, Florida. Day trip from our vacation / Holiday rental villa House of Orange at Watersong Resort near Orlando, Cental Florida.
Distance: 121 miles from St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge to Apalachicola
Weaving through national forestland and then along the Gulf Coast, this Florida byway is packed with photo ops and all sorts of wildlife. Comprised of a Forest Trail and a Coastal Trail, it is a unique journey that will take you through two very different ecosystems and plenty of classic Florida sights.
Drive slowly and watch out for wild hogs, bobcats, and snakes along these rural roads. Your first stop in St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge might even yield a spotting of the endangered West Indian manatee or leatherback turtle. Continue along the Forest Trail to Lake Talquin State Forest, where bald eagles and gopher tortoises live in the rolling uplands and swamps. As you head back south to the Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area, the most thriving longleaf-pine and wire-grass ecosystem in the United States, take a moment to look out your window as the Forest Trail cuts a stunning swath through Florida's woodland riches.
The drive along Apalachicola Bay's Coastal Trail begins a change in scenery from forests to salt marshes, beaches, and dunes. Before ending your journey in Apalachicola, cross the Bryant Patton Bridge for a day trip on St. George Island, a 28-mile barrier island that rewards with uncrowded white-sand beaches, pristine marshes, and some of the freshest oysters you'll ever eat.

Orlando, Florida, Golfer's Paradise

In the direct vicinity of our vacation villa at Waters
ong resort in Davenport, near Orlando, Florida, are many great golf courses.

Orlando; Golfer's paradise

Golfer's paradise best courses in Florida

Right next to Watersong Resort is the Golf course of Providence.

Providence Golf Club is destined to become a popular Central Florida golf destination.18 hole champion golf course Technically challenging and esthetically pleasing, Providence Golf Club is a masterpiece. The 18-hole championship course, designed by renowned architect Mike Dasher, will test your game and soothe your senses as it winds its way through land featuring fresh water creeks, ancient hardwoods and wetlands. It is not unusual to get a glimpse of otters, deer or a wild turkey during your round.

While serving as a haven of serenity for residents and local golfers, Providence also provides a refreshing getaway for tourists, with a location only 15 minutes from world-class theme parks. Dasher has an affection for European style golf courses, and it is evident on some of his unique, undulated greenBest golf courses near Orlando, Floridas at Providence. Reviews of the new facility indicate he has surpassed his objective. In addition to providing a challenging and scenic course, Providence’s professional staff has over 45 years of experience in the golf industry and received numerous awards and recognitions by the PGA and LPGA. Customer care is taken seriously at Providence. The dedicated staff is sincerely devoted to making a day at the golf course enjoyable for all. We work while you play.Go play at the best golf courses near Orlando, Davenport.

Further courses near by are the five 18-hole golf courses are the Magnolia, the Palm, Lake Buena Vista, Eagle Pines, and Osprey Ridge (the last two are part of the Bonnet Creek Golf Club). There is also a nine-hole walking course called Oak Trail, designed for young golfers. Together, they are known as Disney’s “99 holes of golf.” There are two miniature golf courses, Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland.

Größere Kartenansicht
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A. Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club
www.ridgewoodlakesgolf.com - (863) 424-8688

B. Highlands Reserve Golf Club
www.highlandsreserve-golf.com - (863) 420-1724

C. championsgate Golf
www.championsgategolf.com - (407) 787-4653

D. Frankly Frog Putting Studio
www.franklygolf.com - (407) 396-4004

E. Polo Park Pro Shop
maps.google.com - (863) 424-3341

F. Deer Creek RV Golf Resort: Golf Club Tee Times
www.rvthereyet.cc - (863) 424-3153

G. Polo Park East
www.poloparkeast.com - (863) 424-0093

H. International Golf Course
maps.google.com - (888) 558-9301

I. Highlands Reserve Villas
www.highlandsreservevillas.com - (863) 420-8020

J. Ginn Reunion Resort
www.reunionresort.com - (407) 662-1000

Go to Our Vacation Villa in Davenport, Orlando. Florida