Tuesday, June 04, 2019

A Weekend Trip to Sebring, Fl

Sebring is a great location for families wanting to unplug and relax for a weekend! The town is "old Florida" at its finest.  

Founded in 1912 by Ohio Industrialist George Sebring, the quiet city is  located 90-minutes from Orlando, and is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway when you are wanting to relax and reconnect with your family.


The itinerary below is perfect for a three-day weekend.  However, if you want more information on attractions in Sebring, I suggest your stop at the Chamber office upon arrival.


Friday (Day 1):  

Check into the exquisite Inn on the Lakes.  (Check-in begins at 4pm.)  The property was rated #1 in Sebring by Trip Advisor and you will soon agree! The tower suites are my favorite, although standard double bed rooms are also available. Each of the 155 rooms and suites are slightly different...it's what makes me wanting to go back again and again.
(Tip: Don't forget to meet the hotel cat, CP, who resides in the lobby!)

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Do you hear the dinner bell ringing? Just a few minutes south of Inn on the Lakes, you can find Cowpoke's Watering Hole.  Offering both indoor and outdoor seating, this is the place for meat lovers to enjoy dinner.  The rib-eye and prime rib are amazing.  The restaurant also serves a variety of fish and seafood dishes.

(Photo courtesy of Cowpoke's Watering Hole/FB)

Saturday (Day 2):

Rise and shine, but take it slow. Remember this weekend is about unwinding!  Savor your morning cup of coffee on your balcony while looking below in the lake for local wildlife.

When you are ready to get the day started, enjoy a late breakfast at Chicanes located inside Inn on the Lakes (included with your stay) or head over to Sebring Diner.  Once caffeinated, it's time to explore Downtown Sebring!  Your first stop is the Sebring Soda + Ice Cream Works. The shop offers over 300 varieties of craft soda all without high fructose corn syrup.

Enjoy a stroll around the circle while stopping in a few local shops and boutiques. You may be surprised with what you find!

It's time to rest your feet for a bit and I suggest you head to Faded Bistro & Beer Garden to enjoy a cold beer and a tapas (or two). The garden has plenty of space for the kids to explore and burn off some energy.

As the afternoon temps are warming up, it's a great time to head back to the Inn for a dip in the pool.  The team at Inn on the Lakes has done a fantastic job with the landscaping on the deck.  You will feel as though you have been transported to paradise (especially if you order a Strawberry Daiquiri)!

The day is drawing to an end and by now your little ones are probably getting hungry.  I suggest you stay onsite at Chicanes for dinner.  It's one of the area's finest spots. I recommend the Pan Fried Grouper or one of the steaks.  After dinner, walk out to the deck to enjoy the sunset over the lake.

Sunday (Day 3):

Today is about discovering all the natural beauty Sebring has to offer. Consider an airboat ride with Airboat Wildlife Adventure; or if you would prefer to explore at your own pace, I suggest a nature stroll at Highlands Hammock State Park

Grab a late lunch at Apex Restaurant, located in the Sebring Seven Hotel. The hamburgers are huge--and delish--as are the homemade chips. The hotel name, “Seven” is inspired by where it is situated on the Sebring International Raceway circuit – Turn 7. Make sure to walk outside afterwards, to get a glimpse of  the famous raceway.

On your way out of town today, make sure to stop by Maxwell's Groves, a country store that offers a sprawling front porch, for a souvenir (perhaps a homemade jam or salad dressing). Of course you can't leave without enjoying a freshly squeezed orange juice or a cup of soft serve ice cream!

Hopefully by the end of the weekend, you have discovered a piece of Old Florida that will leave your feeling refreshed!