Micanopy, Florida, pronounced (mick-ah-no-pea), has been described as quaint, adorable, rustic and even nicknamed “the town that time forgot“.  Micanopy is located eleven miles south of Gainesville and is definitely old Florida with quite a remarkable history and interesting things to see.

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One of the many nice things about Florida is that you can meander through the back roads and find wonderful small towns with old Florida charm. I love that laid back, welcoming Florida feel.  Today, we are visiting Dade City, Florida on the Florida’s west coast about 45 minutes north of Tampa (founded in approximately 1884).

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So what exactly is a Devil’s Millhopper? It’s Florida’s only Geological State Park. The park is in Gainesville and was established in 1974, 64 acres of Florida’s natural beauty with a massive 120-foot deep 500-foot wide limestone sinkhole.

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Keel & Curley Winery in Plant City, Florida offers a blueberry of a good time.  Founded by Joe Keel in 2003, a local blueberry farmer, his winery offers a variety of fruit flavored wines, including three types of blueberry wine, a sweet, a semi-dry, and a dry.

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Florida Estates Winery in  Land O’ Lakes, Florida (Pasco County) is a country gem serving high quality wines since 2001. I recently spent some time with Ron Hunt, the VP and General Manager (and chief winemaker), while doing a wine tasting recently.

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