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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

At The Villages

Sunday, Feb 17, 2008

After a couple of hours on I-75 North from Fort Myers, yesterday afternoon, we realized that we were approaching "The Villages." This interesting 55-plus community has been under development in central Florida since 1972 . It is located about an hour's drive Northwest of Orlando. Billed as an "active" senior community, it currently contains about 35,000 homes and is building toward a total of around 50,000 or more. We have seen the television ads for The Villages for several years and thought, "why not stop?"

We pulled into a motel nearby on Saturday night and spent several hours touring the facility on Sunday. The sales people are relatively low-key and we really enjoyed seeing three of the social centers and closed out our visit with lunch at Johnny Rocket's in one of the community villages. Lots of 1950's music playing and it looked like most of the patrons could "name that tune!" The community center and the community village looked much like a Disney project. We found ourselves much more impressed than we originally thought we would be.

We ended the day not as far as we wanted to be on our journey to Tallahassee, site of the Florida Capitol building. In fact we only got as far as Lake City where we had stayed on our first night. We considered going into the cute little White Springs this time to stay at a Bed & Breakfast but didn't find one operating on Sunday evening.

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