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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....

Gator Volleyball Game

September 28, 2015 Gator Volleyball Game

It’s that time again Gator nation!   It’s time to unite and cheer on our Gator Volleyball players. They have been undefeated in the SEC for the 13th time now and we can feel a 14th coming. They are going up against some toughies but we think they have what it takes to overcome and bring home the victory. However, they can’t do what they do without our faithful support so be sure to be at this special event on October 9th. Our Gator girls are going against Texas A&M. Admission is $4.00 , get your tickets online.

TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

May 28, 2015 TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

Sleep Inn & Suites Ocala-Belleview is proud to announce that we were awarded the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame award by TripAdvisor.  This award is given to those hotels who consistently receive excellent guest reviews for five years running on the leading travel site,  Our staff is so very proud to be recognized for our excellence in service.  This is only made possible by our loyal guests who have taken time out of their day to leave us these excellent reviews.  A huge, heartfelt thank you to ALL of our guests for the kind words.  You are appreciated and it is reflected through our rankings.  Our guests are truly the backbone to our success here at the award-winning Sleep Inn & Suites Ocala-Belleview.  We feel the love!  

The Ocala Horse Properties – Winter Eventing

February 6, 2015 The Ocala Horse Properties – Winter Eventing

The Florida Horse Park, minutes from our Sleep Inn & Suites Ocala-Belleview, is home to The Ocala Horse Properties International Three-Day Event.  Current and future Olympians from around the globe will compete for a piece of the $20,000 prize fund.  Events include Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping.Don’t miss the Winter Eventing Series!January 10th & 11thFebruary 6th-8thApril 8th-12thEquiventures is the official organizer for all of the USEA competitions here at the Florida Horse Park.

Don Garlits Drag Racing Museum

February 6, 2015 Don Garlits Drag Racing Museum

***Big Daddy Don Garlits Inducted Into the British Drag Racing Hall of Fame***We extend our congratulations to Don Garlits and his family on this wonderful accomplishment.  The British Drag Racing Hall of Fame accredits Garlits as the person to put drag racing on the map in Britain.  ”By most measures, Don ‘Big Daddy’ Garlits is the greatest and most successful drag racer ever,” said the Hall of Fame.  We wholeheartedly agree!  For motor-heads staying in the Ocala area, the Sleep Inn and Suites Ocala hotel may just be the perfect place to be. Drag racing legend “Big Daddy”Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing is just across the street from the property. The museum is home to over 75 racing cars including hot-rods, muscle cars and more, as well as racing memorabilia and history.The name Don Garlits is well known by hot-rod fanatics all over the world, and for good reason. With 17 World Championship Titles, Don has made his mark on the drag racing industry. The racing legend...

Santos Fat Tire Festival

February 6, 2015 Santos Fat Tire Festival

Santos Fat Tire Festival’s Bike Expo 2015Friday, March 6, 2015 through Sunday, March 8, 2015For an amazing weekend full of trails, bikes and entertainment for all of you cycling enthusiasts visit the Santos Fat Tire Festival’s Bike Expo. The Ocala Mountain Bike Association (OMBA) welcomes over 40 exhibitors to our world famous bike trails for this event! Each spring the OMBA hosts this festival for cyclists of every caliber: from the hardcore riders to the casual cruisers. If you love cycling, you’re guaranteed to enjoy the festivities here!The Santos trails are known for their beauty and variety! There truly are trails suited for every type of rider. From flat and smooth, to crazy climbs through rocks quarries and insane 20 foot drops for all of you adrenaline junkies out there…at Santos you’re sure to find something you’ll love about our trails.Come out and try out the latest 2015 bicycles from all of the major manufacturers. This festival brings together the largest...

MOPAR at Garlits Museum of Drag Racing

February 6, 2015 MOPAR at Garlits Museum of Drag Racing

Each fall the staff at the Garlit’s Museum of Drag Racing host the Annual Mopars Garlits Car Show.  Car enthusiasts you will NOT want to miss this exciting event.  The Garlit’s Museum of Drag Racing along with the Florida Mopars Association combine the vastness of the Garlits Museum with an abundance of vendors, show cars, music and FUN!  There’s plenty of parking for all so be sure to visit us this November.Big Daddy Don Garlits himself will be at the show signing autographs for all!  Don’t miss a chance to meet the Swamp Rat himself.Our Sleep Inn and Suites Ocala-Belleview is directly in front of the Garlits Museum of Drag Racing.  Our guests can simply walk out our front door and head on over to the show!  Give us a call and book your rooms today.There is no admission for this event.  Parking is $3.00.

Ocala Pumpkin Run 2014

February 6, 2015 Ocala Pumpkin Run 2014

The 4th Annual Ocala Pumpkin Run is returning to our beautiful Ocala, Florida on October 24-26th, 2014.  If you’re wanting to experience a little horsepower in the horse capital of the world, come on down to Castro Farms for the Ocala Pumpkin Run. Come out and enjoy the beautiful cars in all makes and models and from all different eras.  Our Sleep Inn & Suites Ocala-Belleview is a great lodging choice as we are a short drive 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...

17th Annual Jeeptoberfest

February 6, 2015 17th Annual Jeeptoberfest

October 18th and 19th will be the 17th Annual Jeeptoberfest, the largest jeep-specific event in the South East. Held at the Market of Marion on 441 in Belleview, this event has drawn over 1,000 participants and promises to continue growing. Jeeptoberfest was the invention of the Ocala Jeep Club who, nearly two decades ago, formed a group of friends with a love of jeeps. This club, specifically Jeeptoberfest, raise money for local charities.This year’s Jeeptoberfest will feature several off-road courses, a vendor’s expo, kid-friendly fun, lots of food, and, of course, jeeps! There will also be a ramp competition and lots of door prizes. Bring the kids for some bounce house fun and face painting! The event is co-sponsored by the Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram dealership. Festivities start on Saturday the 18th at 8am although to participate in the competitions, you must register and pay an entry fee of $30. To find out more about this awesome event, please visit their website by clicking...

Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill

February 6, 2015 Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill

Experience lakeside dining with spectacular sunset views at Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill located on Lake Weir, Florida!  Eaton’s Beach delivers a unique dining experience with delicious creations from Chef Dave Del Rio.  Enjoy a cocktail on the beach, live music and entrees with Florisiana flare.  Shrimp & GritsSpanish ChickenChicken & WafflesHot PastramiOur Sleep Inn & Suites Ocala-Belleview is conveniently located near Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill.  Stay with us and venture out to Lake Weir for a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

The Florida Horse Park

February 6, 2015 The Florida Horse Park

The Florida Horse Park of Ocala, Florida is the official site of the United States Equestrian Team.  Here in the “Horse Capital of the World” this is a huge deal!  500 acres of rolling pastures on the Florida Greenway, this park truly has everything to offer every type of equestrian.  The Florida Horse Park hosts events in dressage, polo, foxhunting, cross country and more.  These competitions range from local, national and international levels.  Our Sleep Inn & Suites Ocala-Belleview is proud to partner with the Florida Horse Park in offering FHP Rates to all the park visitors. Partners of the Park, or POP,  is a group of park-friendly horse enthusiasts that have partnered to offer up schooling shows in Dressage, Jumper and Eventing riders.  These events raise money which helps in bettering the Florida Horse Park.  For information on the POP schooling offerings please see the Calendar of Events below.Calendar of EventsThe Florida Horse Park is chock-full of equestrian,...

Cal Ripken Tournaments 2014

February 6, 2015 Cal Ripken Tournaments 2014

Grab your peanuts and Cracker Jacks and head on out to the Ocala Rotary Sportsplex for this year’s Cal Ripken Rookie Qualifier Tournament and the Cal Ripken B Tournament in June 2014!  If your little one is playing, chances are you need a hotel room!  We would love to have you as a guest of our Sleep Inn & Suites Ocala-Belleview hotel.  Our hotel is only a short drive to the Ocala Rotary Sportsplex.  We know that families traveling with kiddos are looking for the best value and the added conveniences such as a complimentary, hot breakfast!  We will provide you with all you need for a great night’s rest, a delicious breakfast to start your day off with and a relaxing haven when you return after a long day at the fields.  We try to think of everything so you can relax and enjoy your time.   Book with us today! Tournament Info: Cal Ripken Rookie Qualifier TournamentJune 12, 2014 to June 15, 2014For more information click here. Cal Ripken ‘B’ TournamentJune 24, 2014 to June 28,...

Gatornationals 2014

February 6, 2015 Gatornationals 2014

GatorNationals 2014Do you feel the need for a little speed? A little sunshine? Perhaps, the Gatornationals are just what you need! The NHRA Gatornationals are coming up March 13-16, 2014. Gainesville Raceway is once again hosting this annual NHRA event. It is revered in the drag racing world due to the history of record-setting events it has birthed. Home to the first 260, 270 and 300 mph Top Fuel runs, the Gainesville Raceway is sure to create many more bragging rights this year!One of the fastest tracks in the world, the Gainesville Raceway boasts a 675-foot concrete drag strip! The 2014 Gatornationals events include the first of 16 events for Pro Stock Motorcylce riders and first of 10 for Pro Mod racers. So if you’re looking to spice up your Spring Break with a little bit of adrenaline…head on up to Gainesville Raceway for the 2014 Gatornationals. This is the 4th decade for Gainesville’s Gatornationals and we’re excited to be SO close to action.Hotels in the Gainesville...