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Stone Crab Jam

April 21, 2016 Stone Crab Jam

Who loves the smell and taste of stone crab? Well, you’re in luck because on November 5th Kings Bay Rotary is presenting the 9th Annual Stone Crab Jam in Crystal River. This is an event you won't want to miss.Here at the Stone Crab Jam you will not only be able to indulge in mouthwatering crab but you will also get the chance to check out many different vendors. Some vendors provide crafts, apparel, varieties of remarkable seafood, beverages, alcohol, BBQ, and delicious desserts.  Now just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, add live music to the mix to help create that entertaining festival feel. Mark your calendars… You won’t be sorry!​For more information, check out their website by Clicking Here!

Florida Glass Bottom Boat Rentals

April 19, 2016 Florida Glass Bottom Boat Rentals

Where are all my water lovers at? How would you like to captain your own glass bottom boat? WHAT? No captain. No operator. No tour guide. Just you and your guests on the beautiful Rainbow River. Florida Glass Bottom Boat Rentals will have you travel north on the river making sure you are away from tubers and allowing you to freely explore the waters in their 17 foot, eco-friendly boats. Did you know that the Rainbow River is the fourth largest springhead in Florida? It’s also considered a magnitude 1 spring. This incredible river is approximately 5.7 miles long and ranges from 8-15 feet. However, in a few areas the river can be as deep as 20-26 feet. Wow! The Rainbow River outputs roughly 400 million gallons of water everyday though the 4 main vents it contains. During your adventure, you may come in contact with many indigenous Florida species such as, turtles, otters, snakes, fish, raccoons, and alligators! Better bring a water proof camera to capture those...

Inverness Big Bass Classic 2016

February 25, 2016 Inverness Big Bass Classic 2016

 Who loves fishing? Even better, who loves getting paid to fish? March 19th at Lake Henderson, FL, Yamaha Apopka Marine, and the City of Inverness presents the Inverness Big Bass Classic event. This event is a BIG DEAL. There are amazing payouts such as, a $1,000 hourly payout, an additional $1,000 for the biggest catch of the day, and an additional $1,000 for the biggest bag of the day. This is an experience you don’t want to miss! ALSO, the day before this awesome event they are having the Bass Country Concert Kickoff Party! There will be classic cars, beer, festival vendors, and Clemons Road will be preforming from 7-10 pm. Be there! For more information on rules, times, and registration CLICK HERE! 

Festival of the Arts

September 28, 2015 Festival of the Arts

ATTENTION ALL ART LOVERS!On November 7th-8th from 9:30am-4:30pm Inverness is hosting the longest running art show in Citrus County. Festival of the Arts shows a wide assortment of pottery, fine arts, weaving, and crafts. There are over 100 different artists that will be at this event. Food and refreshments will be available. This event is sponsored by The Festival of the Arts Committee, the City of Inverness, and the Citrus County Chronicle. Net proceeds benefit the Scholarship Program. 

Scalloping Season

June 12, 2015 Scalloping Season

​Imagine yourself swimming in the warm, tropical waters of the Gulf of Mexico…snorkel? Check. Mask? Check.  Fins?  Check.  The sunlight slices through the water reflecting off scattering schools of fish, beautiful sea grass and...60 fluorescent blue eyes?  Don’t be alarmed!  Those 60 bright baby blues could possibly lead you to your dinner later this evening.  Our delicious, edible bay scallops make a tasty meal not to mention all the fun you have while diving for them!   Come stay with us at our beautiful Crystal River, Florida hotel and enjoy our hot, delicious breakfast before heading out to dive for dinner!Scallops are mollusks, but unlike most mollusks they can swim!  That’s right.  While you’re out there looking for them, you may notice one off of its grassy bed scooting around through the water.  Be careful where you grab…they do pinch!  Behind those 60 florescent blue eyes lies the adductor muscle.  This muscle allows the scallop to open and close.  This muscle...

TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

May 28, 2015 TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

Our guests have spoken!  With your help, our Holiday Inn Express & Suites Inverness-Lecanto has been awarded the Hall of Fame Certificate by TripAdvisor, the world’s leading travel review site.  We are thrilled beyond measure to accept this award and thank our beloved guests for taking the time to write about our hotel and our service.  The Hall of Fame Certificate isn’t awarded lightly.  Our hotel’s consistency on TripAdvisor has allowed us to win the Certificate of Excellence for 5 years running.  We couldn’t have done it without you...our loyal guests.  So once again we say THANK YOU!  We appreciate your loyalty and your help in making our hotel the success that it is today.

Rutabagas Natural Food Market

February 8, 2015 Rutabagas Natural Food Market

Rutabagas Natural Food Market is your one-stop shop for organic foods and natural supplements for your health! They opened their new storefront in 2014 and are experiencing HUGE growth. If you’re looking for the healthiest cleaners, organic foods, supplements and natural pet foods and products, please visit them today! They have weekly specials featured on their site and Facebook page. If you’re hungry for a healthy meal, they feature pre-made wraps, soups, pizzas, made to order sandwiches and smoothies at Rutabagas Cafe! Forget the fast food options and stop in today for something fresh, healthy and DELICIOUS! Rutabagas is truly helping our community get back to what’s important…our health! Visit their website for directions to their store and hours of operation. 

FL Manatee Festival 2015

February 8, 2015 FL Manatee Festival 2015

Annual Florida Manatee Festival – January 17th & 18th, 2015“Awwwww…” is generally the response we hear when our guests have their first encounter with these gentle giants, the Florida Manatees. The Annual Florida Manatee Festival is the perfect outdoor event to watch these sweet, cuddly creatures play in the beautiful Three Sisters Springs.The festival takes place on January 17th and 18th in the beautiful, historic downtown Crystal River, Florida, only 10 minutes drive from our award-winning Holiday Inn Express Inverness-Lecanto. There is an entry donation for adults, and children 12 and under are free! Included in your admission is a variety of live entertainment including the Annual Jimmy Buffet Sound-Alike Contest which is always a huge hit!Three Sisters Springs is holding an open house on Saturday from 9am to 4pm. They are offering a free shuttle service from Kings Bay Plaza to the springs. Three Sisters Springs is a protected sanctuary where manatees may retreat when...

Citrus County Truck & Tractor Pull

February 8, 2015 Citrus County Truck & Tractor Pull

Annual Truck & Tractor PullCitrus County Fairgrounds, January 30-31, 2015Dust off your cowboy hats and boots y’all! The Annual Truck and Tractor Pull is coming back to the Citrus County Fairgrounds on Friday, January 30th and Saturday, January 31th. Bring the kids out and watch these guys and gals haul some loads on three action-packed tracks.For those of you participating, our Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Inverness, Florida has plenty of parking for your trucks, trailers and tractors! We’ll even feed ya a hot, delicious breakfast each morning. What better way to start a long day of pulling weight?Our Inverness, Florida property is only minutes from the event venue! Call us today to book your room.Tickets at the gate are $10 for adults and $5 for children.  Children 3 and under are FREE.HoursFriday – 8am to 6pmSaturday – 8am to 1pm

Strawberry Festival 2015

February 8, 2015 Strawberry Festival 2015

28th Annual Floral City Strawberry Festival 2014, Floral City, FloridaSaturday, March 7, 2015 & Sunday, March 8, 2015They’re red. They’re edible and delicious. They’re the staple in so many of our favorite desserts: shortcake, ice cream, pie and jelly. They’re strawberries! Floral City, Florida loves them SO berry much, twenty seven years ago they decided they needed their very own festival!The 28th Annual Floral City Strawberry Festival is almost upon us once again! This year the festival boasts 125 craft vendors, delicious barbeque, yummy local seafood and of course just about everything strawberry including the most coveted Strawberry Shortcake. Grab a funnel cake or a turkey leg and enjoy the festivities on March 7th and 8th!This year you will find vendors with everything from pottery to photography. Here are just a few examples of the amazing items you will find when you venture on down to the Strawberry Festival: pottery, copper art, hand sewn items, woodcraft,...

Citrus County Fair 2015

February 8, 2015 Citrus County Fair 2015

Citrus County Fair 2015March 23-28, 2015Citrus County Fairgrounds, Inverness, Florida Funnel cakes, corndogs and candied apples….ohhhh yum!  Join us here in beautiful Citrus County for the 2014 Citrus County Fair in Inverness, Florida.  Fair events begin at 10am on Monday, March 23rd.  Bring the kids out for a fun-filled family day with lots of educational and recreational activities!  Adults and children alike will enjoy the petting zoo, pony rides, games, livestock shows and sales and of course rides, rides and more rides. Our Citrus County, Florida hotel is only a few minutes from the fairgrounds.  We will provide you with a delicious, hot breakfast before setting out on your way to the fair festivities! If you’re traveling through this area, or just feel like getting away for a few days come on over and enjoy the festivities of the Citrus County Fair!  The Holiday Inn Express & Suites of Inverness-Lecanto, Florida is the perfect spot to stay!  Book your room...

Annual Florida Blueberry Festival

February 8, 2015 Annual Florida Blueberry Festival

Florida Blueberry FestivalFestival Saturday, April 11 & Sunday, April 12Brooksville is about to kick off their Annual Florida Blueberry Festival just in time for blueberry season!  If you’re a blueberry fanatic, this is the event for you!  Sample the ripest and juiciest blueberries in central Florida.  Vendors will be in attendance serving up delectable dishes and tasty treats including many of your favorite blueberry desserts.  For those of you who love wine, sample some of Island Grove’s Blueberry selections such as their “Kinda Dry” and “Sorta Sweet” wines.  So yummy!  Island Grove is owned and operated out of Hawthorne Florida and supplies not only wine but blueberries to retail outlets throughout Florida.  Other flavors of their wine include Rustic Rasberry, Backporch Peach, Bold Blackberry, and several others.  Visit one of the many food trucks and enjoy hot off the griddle blueberry pancakes or crapes.  Mmmmm!There is no shortage of live entertainment!  Here is a...