People might not associate Florida with winter, but they should! Have you ever thought about booking a getaway to our lovely town of Gainesville in the cooler months? I’ll let you in on a secret. This is Floridians’ favorite time of year when we spend the most time outside! It can be a fabulous opportunity to relax, unwind, and enjoy some quality time with the ones you love. In this blog, we’ll share our favorite activities that will make your winter in Gainesville, FL, the best it can be. So, are you ready? Read on, take notes, and start planning!
Activities to Make Your Winter in Gainesville, FL, Extra Magical
Enjoy the Outdoors (and the Warm Weather!)
One of the greatest perks of spending a winter getaway in Gainesville is the weather. Indeed, if you don’t enjoy the cold, then Florida is the ideal destination for you. Make the most of the weather by going for a walk in one of Gainesville’s top parks, for example! Sweetwater Branch Inn is surrounded by many beautiful areas, including Depot Park and Sweetwater Wetlands Park. The latter is ideal if you don’t want to leave downtown but still enjoy marvelous views of the marsh. Do still bring layers for the mornings and evenings, though.
Have a Hot Cocoa Break
Although the weather isn’t cold, you can still enjoy the best aspects of the winter season. After all, what would November and December be without a cup of hot cocoa? Luckily for you, we know where to get the best in town! Volta is one of the most famous spots in Gainesville for housemade cocoa and Mayan hot chocolate. Sit at their terrace or inside, and get ready to treat your taste buds! They also offer delicious coffees and teas.
Go For a Swim in the Springs
Yes, you read that right! Our region’s freshwater springs are 78 degrees year-round, which means what feels brisk in the summer can feel warm in the winter. The winter holidays are popular with both swimmers and divers. Sweetwater Branch Inn also has a heated saltwater pool, so make sure to bring your swimsuit!
Celebrate Christmas in Gainesville!
Lastly, one of the best perks of visiting Gainesville in the winter is all the holiday celebrations you get to attend! Treat yourself to some Christmas magic as you stroll through the decorated streets, get ahead on your Christmas shopping, and attend fun holiday events. Attend the annual Christmas extravaganza, for example, the Run Run Rudolph Run 5K, see the tree lightings at the Historic Thomas Center and the Haile Village, and even a Santa Meet and Greet! Our December art and farmers’ markets are some of the best of the year!
Make Sweetwater Branch Inn Your Home for the Winter
Are you daydreaming about your winter getaway to Gainesville now? If so, it’s time for the fun part: finding the best place to stay! Sweetwater Branch Inn is one of the top B&Bs in Gainesville, and it’s one of the most elegant. Enjoy local coffee while sitting at the fire pit, or soak in a jacuzzi tub. We are ideally located at the heart of downtown and offer easy access to all these marvelous attractions. Take a look at our variety of accommodations and choose your favorite! Did we mention our delicious breakfast awaits you in the morning?