Sometimes, you hit a point where your energy is low, and you need to get away to recharge your batteries. Quick vacations are a great way to save your PTO while still enjoying a well-deserved break, and that’s why a weekend getaway in Florida is exactly what you need! In this blog, we’ll walk you through the steps you need to take to organize the best and most fulfilling trip with your friends or loved ones. Read on, take notes, and start planning today because relaxation is calling!
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3 Steps to Plan The Perfect Weekend Getaway to Florida
Pick the Right Destination
Florida is a big state that boasts many options for vacation spots, but there’s one that’s the ideal weekend getaway destination: Gainesville! Indeed, our lovely town offers an incredible variety of activities, restaurants, events, and, of course, gorgeous outdoor areas you can explore. Here, you can relax and still have a fabulous time trying new things!
Choose Exciting and Original Activities
Now that you’re set on visiting Gainesville, it’s time we tell you about some of our favorite things to do here. Are you a nature lover? If so, you must explore the outdoors and unveil the wonders of Florida’s ecosystem. Head over to the Sweetwater Wetlands Park, for example. Not only is it located downtown, but it also offers great views of the prairie, marsh, and even a lake! Walk along the La Chua Trail and get ready to reconnect with nature.
Are you more of a history buff? That’s not a problem. The Thomas Center is a wonderful place to visit if you want to learn more about the history of Gainesville and marvel at some local art. Not only is the building stunning (a historical, Mediterranean Revival-style estate), but its gardens and galleries are also full of treasures ready to be explored.
Would you rather take it slow and indulge in a little retail therapy? We have the perfect place in mind for you. Micanopy is one of the most charming little towns you’ll ever see, and it’s only 20 minutes away from downtown Gainesville. There, time seems to stand still and you can roam the main street and its various antique stores at a slower pace with unmatched peace of mind. Just let the breeze blowing through the trees and Spanish moss above your head melt away your stress and enjoy the moment.
Travel Smart and Keep It Budget Friendly!
If you want to keep your weekend getaway in Florida affordable, we have a few suggestions for great budget-friendly activities. Indeed, Gainesville offers a few free things to do you can enjoy during your visit. Either go for a leisurely walk at Alfred A. Ring Park, have a scenic picnic at Depot Park, or even tour the Florida Museum of Natural History! After all, a great vacation doesn’t have to cost a lot to be unforgettable.
Find a Cozy Place to Stay
Last but not least: Find yourself a fabulous place to call home during your weekend getaway! Sweetwater Branch Inn is one of the top inns in Gainesville and is in the heart of downtown! You can walk to many shops and restaurants within five minutes. You’ll love the Victorian architecture of our building and its timeless yet modern charm as you walk through its door. We offer a wide selection of comfortable rooms, all boasting their own atmosphere and decor. Every morning, wake up to a delicious, homemade breakfast, and, when you come home at night after your adventures, join us for a fun wine and cheese hour. We value each of our guest’s experiences and comfort and are dedicated to pampering you when you stay with us!