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Stone Crab Jam

April 21, 2016 Stone Crab Jam

Crystal River, Florida is known for its prime location on Florida’s Gulf Coast. With a tradition of fishing and scalloping, it is no wonder that one of Crystal River’s most popular annual festivals is the Stone Crab Jam, a celebration of good food, good music and good times.This year, 2016, marks the 9th annual Stone Crab Jam festival which is scheduled for November 5th. If you missed the festivities last year, don’t worry, the Stone Crab Jam looks to keep growing and getting even better with age.   Music usually includes blues performers, classic rock, rock and reggae but the eclectic line up can surprise you with other local acts too.Thinking about the festival makes most people’s mouth water.  The food there is beyond good.  There is a cook off as part of the event and many vendors who come out for the festival to serve choice items like clams, shrimp, Philly cheese steaks, sausages, burgers, nachos, knish, hot dogs, kettle corn, Italian ice, scallops, and, of course,...

Florida Glass Bottom Boat Rentals

April 20, 2016 Florida Glass Bottom Boat Rentals

Interested in doing something exciting while also relaxing? We have the perfect daytrip for you! Florida Glass Bottom Boat Rentals allows you to rent a glass bottom boat that you operator yourself…WHAT? Yes, YOU get to be the captain of the ship for a day. Okay… maybe not a ship but you will be able to tour the Rainbow River in a 17 foot, eco-friendly boat. You’ll have the opportunity to travel north on the river avoiding all tubers in the area and allowing you to roam the waters! Here are some fun facts about the Rainbow River that may interest you: The Rainbow River is a magnitude 1 springIt is the fourth largest springhead in FloridaThe river remains at roughly 72 degrees year roundThe Rainbow River is 5.7 miles long and 8-15 feet deep (20-26 feet in some areas)It has four main vents which output about 400 million gallons of water a day Wow, the Rainbow River sounds like an incredible place to visit and spend the day. While on the glass bottom boat you may see...

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

May 28, 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

When our guests love their stay, we always suggest they tell others on sites such as TripAdvisor, the leading travel review site.  It always brightens our day to see our hard-work in action!  TripAdvisor has awarded us with the 2015 Certificate of Excellence award due to the conisistently excellent reviews we have received from our loyal guests.  A huge, heartfelt thank you to all of our guests who took just a moment to leave an excellent review for us.  There is no greater compliment!  You are the key to our successes here at Quality Inn Conference Center at Citrus Hills.  Our entire team thanks you and we share this award with each of you!  Go Team Quality Inn Hernando!

Rutabagas Natural Food Market

February 9, 2015 Rutabagas Natural Food Market

If healthy is on your agenda for the day, stop by our very own Rutabagas Natural Food Market and pickup the freshest organic foods, supplements, natural pet foods and pet care products and more! Rutabagas new storefront opened in 2014 and they now offer many more healthy choices.Rutabagas Cafe is a great lunch stop featuring fresh soups, made to order sandwiches, pizzas, pre-made wraps, smoothies and to-go meals. Forget the fast food…eat healthy at Rutabagas!Stay happy. Stay healthy. Shop Rutabagas Natural Food Market!

Truck & Tractor Pull in Citrus County

February 9, 2015 Truck & Tractor Pull in Citrus County

16th Annual Truck & Tractor PullCitrus County Fairgrounds, January 30-31, 2015The 16th Annual Truck and Tractor Pull is here again! So slip on your cowboy hats and boots y’all! Come out to the Citrus County Fairgrounds on Friday, January 30th and Saturday, January 31st and watch these guys haul some heavy loads.For truck and tractor pull participants, the Quality Inn Conference Center at Citrus Hills, Florida has parking available for your trucks, trailers and tractors! Don’t forget to start your day out right with our hot, yummy breakfast.Our Inverness-Hernando, Florida property is only a short drive to the fairgrounds! Book your room with us today.Tickets at the gate are $10 for adults and $5 for children.HoursFriday 8am to 6pmSaturday 8am to 1pm

2015 Florida Manatee Festival

February 9, 2015 2015 Florida Manatee Festival

28th Annual Florida Manatee FestivalJanuary 17th & 18th, 2015Inquisitive, playful, gentle and large…these are all descriptive words we use when referring to our most celebrated underwater inhabitants here on the Nature Coast. The Florida Manatees. Join us for the 28th Annual Florida Manatee Festival and meet our celebrities in action as they play in the beautiful Three Sisters Springs.The beautiful downtown area of Crystal River, Florida will act as our host for the festival which takes place on Saturday, January 17th and Sunday, January 18th. Make sure to book your rooms now at our newly renovated Quality Inn Conference Center at Citrus Hills, Florida. Our Crystal River-Hernando, Florida hotel is approximately 10 miles from the festival venue!Over 50 fine art exhibitors and 150 vendors will showcase their arts, crafts and delicious food items. Everything from fresh, fried kettle chips to beautiful handmade jewelry will be at your fingertips! Photography, paintings, sculptures...

Citrus County Fair 2015

February 9, 2015 Citrus County Fair 2015

Citrus County Fair 2015March 23-28, 2015 at the Citrus County FairgroundsInverness, FloridaA petting zoo, pony rides, games and carnival rides…sounds like a fun-filled day to us!  The 2015  Citrus County Fair in Inverness, Florida is definitely a family fun day at its best!  The festivities begin on Monday, March 23rd.  Full of educational and recreational activities, adults bring the kiddos out to meet the livestock and participate in all the fun!  Our Inverness-Hernando, Florida hotel is only a short drive to the Citrus County Fairgrounds in Inverness, Florida.  Enjoy our delicious, hot breakfast before heading out to the fair festivities! If you feel like getting away for the weekend come on over and enjoy the festivities of the Citrus County Fair!  The award-winning Quality Inn Conference Center at Citrus Hills, Florida is the perfect hotel for you and the fam!  Book your room with us today.

Floral City Strawberry Festival

February 9, 2015 Floral City Strawberry Festival

Annual Floral City Strawberry Festival, Floral City, FloridaSaturday, March 7, 2015 & Sunday, March 8, 2015Red, edible and oh so delicious. They’re the staple in so many of our favorite sweets: shortcake, ice cream, pie and jelly. Strawberries of course! Floral City, Florida loves them SO berry much; they decided they needed their very own celebratory festival!The Annual Floral City Strawberry Festival is coming up! Come and enjoy delicious barbeque, turkey legs, funnel cakes, yummy local seafood and of course just about everything strawberry including the most coveted Strawberry Shortcake. On Saturday, March 1st and Sunday, March 2nd head on down to Floral Park for this fun-filled festival which boasts over 125 vendors this year! Don’t forget to book your rooms today at our beautifully renovated Quality Inn Conference Center at Citrus Hills, Florida. We are just a mere 10 miles from the festival venue!Looking for that one-of-a-kind piece of art? Treat yourself to everything...

The Florida Blueberry Festival

February 9, 2015 The Florida Blueberry Festival

The Florida Blueberry FestivalblueberryThe  Annual Florida Blueberry Festival of Brooksville, Florida will be held on Saturday, April 11th and Sunday, April 12th.  The festival will have a special kick-off day on Saturday to begin the festivities!  Last year the festival drew over 50,000 visitors and this year it is expected to grow exponentially.  With the theme of blue, the festival has brought in many popular blues musicians as well as other genres.  Arts and crafts are also a large part of the festival with pre-festival art shows running through Sunday.As you might guess, the biggest part of the festival is the blueberries themselves.  Blueberries in Florida come ripe in March and the season last until May, a time of year when fresh blueberries are not available anywhere else.  These are shipped across the county to grocery stores everywhere.  The festival celebrates this unique niche with sponsors like Dole Fruit and the Florida Blueberry Growers Association.  Growers and...

Lake Hernando Dragonboat Fest 2014

February 9, 2015 Lake Hernando Dragonboat Fest 2014

2014 Bi-Annual Dragon Boat Festival at Lake HernandoSaturday, March 15, 2014 and November, 15th, 2014 What is a dragon boat? Imagine a sleek, streamlined rowing boat with 20 rowers, a motivational drummer on the bow and a directional steering person in the back! The secret to a successful dragon boat team is simply teamwork. Anyone can participate: any size, any age and any gender. No experience necessary!The 2014 Bi-Annual Dragon Boat Festivals will be held on Saturday, March 15th and Saturday, November 15th at Lake Hernando in Hernando, Florida. This venue is a mere 3 miles from our freshly renovated Quality Inn Conference Center at Citrus Hills-Hernando, Florida. Dragon Boat teams, expert and novice, will meet up to see who takes the Gold Medal for the fastest, most synchronized Dragon Boat team around.Companies and groups are using Dragon Boat racing to promote team-building and fundraising efforts! These amazing boats historically date back to ancient China. Whatever the...

Green Initiatives

February 9, 2015 Green Initiatives

Our Hotel’s Green Initiatives:We are committed to protecting the world around us through a variety of corporate initiatives designed to reduce, reuse and recycle.  Each of us play an important role in protecting our environment and our planet.  Here are some of our green initiatives we have implemented here at our hotel.Conversion to all LED Lighting interior/exteriorImplementation 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 systemsReplace aerators on all bath sinks reducing 2.5gal per minute to 1.5 galImplement a Linen Reuse for our guest roomsProvide recycling receptacles throughout hotel vending areas and exterior areaA/Cs are adjusted and lights are turned off in non-use rooms throughout the hotelGuests have an option of an email receipt in order to conserve...

Scalloping Season 2015

February 9, 2015 Scalloping Season 2015

Grab your snorkels, masks and fins and come stay with us during our 2015 Scalloping Season!  Imagine swimming along in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico only to happen upon the most brilliant, florescent blue eyes staring back at you!  60 to be exact!  Our deliciously delectable bay scallops stare right back at you from the grassy patches of the gulf floor.  Our freshly renovated Quality Inn Conference Center in Citrus Hills-Hernando, Florida is just 10 miles from the beautiful Gulf of Mexico!  Book your room with us today and join us for a fun, memorable scalloping excursion.Unlike most mollusks, scallops can swim!  Don’t be surprised if you see one scooting at you through the waters as you snorkel around.  Be careful where you grab though…they do pinch!  Behind their bright baby blues sits the delicious, tender muscle that allows them to open and close.  This muscle, the adductor muscle, is the edible part.  Sautéed, baked, grilled or fried…anyway you cook ‘em,...