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Ocala Pumpkin Run 2015

October 9, 2015 Ocala Pumpkin Run 2015

Ocala, FL, September 22,2015 - Marion County declares October ‘Ocala Pumpkin Run Month’ as Ocala becomes the backdrop for a premier community event once again.  Hosted on the beautiful 400 acres of Castro Farms on Highway 27 and scheduled for the weekend of October 23rd- 25th The Ocala Pumpkin Run will hold it’s 5th Anniversary Showdrawing more than 1,000 show cars and over 20,000 visitors to the area.  It is perfect for car enthusiasts and families alike. Of course there is a focus on the classics and customs parked on the show field, but guests enjoy entertainment all weekend, great food, special performances, vendors, and artisans.  Families enjoy FREE Halloween Activities on Saturday and Sunday.   Hay rides, pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, pony rides, Trunk or Treating, games, and much more! It’s a true Fall Festival with an automotive flair! Children under 12 are FREE. Alongside the Show Cars, this year’s entertainment will be action packed....

Ocala's Jaycees Haunted House

September 24, 2015 Ocala's Jaycees Haunted House

Gather around all you thrill seekers! Be at Silver Springs State Park starting on October 2nd for Ocala’s Jaycees Haunted House. This night of terror will be a night that the whole family can enjoy (insert creepy laugh). This event will have food, refreshments, beer, mixed drinks, a spine-chilling arcade, and scare zones! Every Friday and Saturday during the month of October don’t wimp out on a frightfully good time. Gates open up at 6:30pm. No one enters after 10pm…. and if you’re lucky you might be set free at 11pm. Admission prices: $12 Adults, $8 Children 10 and under (children 14 years and under will not be admitted without an adult). For more info email events@silversprings.com or call 352-261-5840

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

May 28, 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

With the help of our loyal guests, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ocala-Silver Springs has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, the world’s leading travel review site.  On behalf of all of our team here, we would like to shout out a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our guests who have taken a moment to leave us a review on TripAdvisor.  We know you’re super busy so it means so much that you remember to praise us!The Certificate of Excellence is awarded to hotels who have shown consistently excellent reviews on TripAdvisor throughout the year!  Our guests are truly the reason for our success here at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ocala-Silver Springs.  We know if we are brilliant in the basics, it will keep you coming back again and again.  Thanks again for 5 years of awesome!  

Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™

February 8, 2015 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™

Ocala, Florida and HITS, Inc. will host the  Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ from February 10-15, 2015.  This is a very prestigious equestrian event which will bring nations together!  Competitors will battle it out for the prize purse of $200,000 during this 5 day jumping event.  Events include the Jumper Division, Jumper Prix, Jumper Classic and the Grand Prix.  Our Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ocala-Silver Springs is minutes from HITS Farm.  Book your rooms today!  For schedule/event information please visit the HITS Website.

Central Florida Nature Adventures

February 8, 2015 Central Florida Nature Adventures

Central Florida Nature Adventures is a family-owned kayaking outfitter that truly believes in providing their customers a unique, one-of-a-kind kayaking experience.  They have an excellent, 5-Star rating on TripAdvisor with NO negative reviews.  Owner and guide, Kenny Boyd and his family are Native Floridians who know much about the history of the areas they kayak.  If you are a birding enthusiast, rest assured that you are in good hands!  Kenny is a birder and is very knowledgeable about the indigenous birding species found throughout Central Florida.Kenny has an exceptional eye for the hidden flora and fauna that you may not otherwise see on a solo kayaking excursion.  He personally guides each tour that is booked.  The tours range from 1 person up to 12 people and are personalized for each person and group. These smaller tours allow for more upfront and personal wildlife encounters.  The person in the last kayak position will experience the same “turtle on the log” as the...

Ocala Pumpkin Run 2014

February 8, 2015 Ocala Pumpkin Run 2014

Our very own Ocala, Florida will again host the 4th Annual Ocala Pumpkin Run on October 24-26th, 2014.  Castro Farms and the Ocala Pumpkin Run are bringing horsepower to horse country!  Car enthusiasts and spectators alike will enjoy three days of beautiful cars in all makes and models and from all eras.  Our Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Silver Springs is a great lodging choice as we are minutes from the Ocala Pumpkin Run venue at Castro Farms.  Enjoy a hot, deluxe FULL breakfast before your day begins!This is a wonderful family-friendly event which includes a children’s area full of activities such as:Pumpkin PickingPumpkin DecoratingPony RidesHay RidesTrain RidesTrunk or TreatGlitter Tattoos and ArtPutt Putt GolfGiant SlidesSpeed PitchMonster Truck MoonwalkLocal bands, a wild animal rescue expert and many radio stations are sure to entertain!  The event is open daily from 8am to 4pm.  The cost is $12.  Children 11 and under are FREE!  Our Silver Springs-Ocala, Florida...

Stay Smart and Save at Holiday Inn Express!

February 8, 2015 Stay Smart and Save at Holiday Inn Express!

They’re back! The wildly popular ads that propelled the Holiday Inn Express brand to superstar status have been hitting the airwaves once again. The catchy commercials that first aired in 1998 follows the familiar scene where ordinary folks suddenly finding themselves performing extraordinary accomplishments after staying at the Holiday Inn Express. When asked how they achieved such unbelievable feats, they simply reply“No, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.”Maybe it’s the budget-friendly rates and comfortable rooms, or the free hot breakfast, or perhaps the free high-speed internet… Whatever made those guests suddenly become super humans, we’d like you to know that results are not typical and we can’t guaranty anything other than your complete satisfaction.To celebrate the comeback of the Holiday Inn Express Stay Smart campaign, we are now offering the Smart Saver Discount. By booking this special rate, you will be entitled to 5% to 15% discount at...

Florida Residents Save Big!

February 8, 2015 Florida Residents Save Big!

We are offering a special Florida resident rate for a limited time!  If you have a valid Florida Driver’s license and use the booking tool below, you can save UP TO 25% when you stay at our hotel between the dates of August 1st and December 31st, 2014. Our hotel is one of few across the state that is allowing Floridians to save big this fall and winter season.  You can travel to the many desirable destinations in Ocala and Silver Springs and take a much needed weekend getaway for a fraction of the cost.  Our Holiday Inn Express & Suites provides access to many wonderful day trip destinations such as ziplining, visiting the natural springs of the Ocala National Forest, kayaking the Rainbow River of Dunnellon or visiting historic downtown Ocala.The low rate doesn’t mean you should lower your expectations.  Our award-winning hotel provides every guest with the same great amenities including free high speed wireless internet, free hot breakfast with great items (cinnamon rolls,...

Green Engage Certified

February 8, 2015 Green Engage Certified

In 2013, Intercontinental Hotel Group launched the Green Engage Certification initiative.  The international hotel group has successfully converted 99% of company owned hotels to Level 1 Green Engage properties.  What does that mean exactly?  We have one earth…One chance to get it right.The Green Engage program is designed to reduce the carbon footprint per occupied room by 12% across the board.  Also, the reduction of water usage by 12% per occupied room in water-stressed areas as well!How has our hotel made advances in the Green Engage initiative?  Here are some of our best practices for going GREEN:Conversion to all LED lighting interior/exteriorWindow tinting to reduce heating and cooling costsImplementation of a preventative maintenance programPurchasing the most energy-efficient equipment availableTeam member training on best green practicesUse of Eco-friendly, green chemicalsPlanting indigenous landscaping which requires less waterInstall water censors on sprinkler...

Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill

February 8, 2015 Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill

If you’re looking for a unique dining experience while in the Ocala-Silver Springs area, Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill is truly exceptional!  Enjoy the sunsets over Lake Weir, listen to live music and feast on delicious one-of-a-kind creations from Chef Dave Del Rio.  Chef Dave has combined the tastes of Florida and Louisiana to create some of the most unique and scrumptious meals you’ll ever put into your mouth.  Florisiana.  That’s what he calls it!  Shrimp and GritsWashday SpecialSpanish Chicken andHot Pastrami  Our Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ocala-Silver Springs is just a short drive from Eaton’s Sandbar & Grill!  Set out on a Lake Weir excursion and enjoy the experience of Eaton’s!  You won’t be disappointed, and they’ll keep ya coming back for more.

Wild Waters

February 8, 2015 Wild Waters

Wild Waters Reopens Thursday, June 12, 2014!Grab your swimsuits, towels and sunscreen!  We have front row accommodations for the coolest event happening in Silver Springs this summer.  On Thursday, June 12, 2014, Wild Waters will reopen part of the swimming attraction to visitors!  The 36-year-old park has been brought to life again through the efforts of BG Capital Group, Silver Springs Management and of course the Department of Environmental Protection.  Only a section of the park will be open at this time.  The wave pool, Cool Kids Cove and the Tad Pool will be up and running Thursday with the larger rides opening in another month or so.  The Hurricane, the Silver River, the Silver Bullet and the Alligator Ambush are still undergoing repairs.  At the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ocala-Silver Springs, we are just thrilled that this awesome water-based attraction is opening again!  What a fun summer we have in store in beautiful Silver Springs, Florida.  Give us a call today...

93.7 K Country Acoustic Concert 2014

February 8, 2015 93.7 K Country Acoustic Concert 2014

Huge names in country music are coming to our beautiful Ocala Civic Theatre in just a few short weeks!  93.7 K Country’s 21st Acoustic Concertfeatures the sounds of Big & Rich, Scotty McCreery, Thompson Square and Charlie Worsham.  This is your chance to experience some of Nashville’s biggest names at an up close and personal venue!  Four performances for the cost of one.Big and Rich are known for catapulting many artists to the top of the charts as well as their own sounds and songs: some of their most popular singles include Comin to Your City, Lost In This Moment, Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy,) and Big Time!  The dynamic duo was nominated for the CMA Vocal Duo of the Year by the CMAs.  They’re on tour now and we’re feeling pretty special that they chose our city to visit!If Banjo-pickin’ and fiddle playin’ is up your alley…you may want to check out this kid!  Charlie Worsham is a multi-talented, up-and-coming country music wonder.  His website features covers of...