We were LONG overdue for a road trip!
Javi and I haven’t been on any type of trip (even to the beach… an hour away) in over a year. So when I was invited by VisitCitrus to come to Inverness, FL. I was pretty stoked to say the least!
When I dropped off our dog Maggie at my mom and dad’s for the weekend they asked where we were headed. I told them Inverness, FL. My dad glanced at me & said INVERNESS?! What the heck are you doing in Inverness?? There’s nothing there!
Oh on the contrary my dear daddy…it may be a small town but it is not lacking in spunk, culinary delicacies and outdoor adventures!
We left on a Saturday morning from Orlando, FL and it was a beautiful 1 hour & 15 minute drive up 41 through horse farms and pastures before finally arriving in the little city.
We promptly checked into our hotel and I left the baby with J while I went down to meet our group to get on a bike and hop on the Withlacoochie Trail for a tour of the town!
If you’re into biking, you MUST check out this beautiful trail! It’s 46 miles long and crosses through Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco counties and is absolutely gorgeous!
We rode on the trail for about a mile and a half then ventured around the town to see some of the historic sights including the new boardwalk at Cooter Pond Park where we spotted a baby alligator and other wildlife. We then rode to the newly renovated historic Valerie Theater in downtown Inverness that was built in 1926. It’s gorgeous inside!
The Taste of Inverness featured some of the best local restaurants, pubs, and craft beer (YAY!) spots around the city and did not disappoint! There was a large selection of different types of food from seafood to southern fare. They had a popularity poll and my favorite plate from Pine Street Pub won! WOOT!
Overall, the weekend was fantastic and we had a blast. We loved that this city is just a short ride away from Orlando but provided a getaway feel for us. While we were touring the town the guys from VisitCitrus mentioned how the outdoor life and experiences in Citrus County are what makes the area so unique and special.
I can’t wait to go back and visit to see the manatees, kayak on the river, and also go snorkeling for scallops!
SCALLOPS!? I have lived in Florida all my life…how did I NOT know that you can go scalloping?!…I’m going to make a killer Paella!
Have you ever visited Inverness, FL? Or gone to see the manatees (which I hear they have the most manatees in FL!)?
Let me know what I should check out first when we go back!