Forget about taking another typical vacation and go for an experience that you’ll
always remember, like what you’ll discover at the Plantation on Crystal River
“It’s a great Florida getaway,” says Andrew Bartlett, general manager. “Come here for an authentic old Florida experience.”
Situated 80 miles north of Tampa, the property has recently undergone a $3 million restoration that included renovating the lobby, common spaces, guest rooms and more.
Today, the Plantation on Crystal River, a member of the Green Hotels Association, offers a wide variety of rooms
like garden and water view rooms, patio rooms and junior suites. With these options, you are sure to find something that fits (and maybe even exceeds) your needs.
But accommodations are only part of the overall picture. Perhaps there aren’t too many other properties that offer activities found at here. For instance, were you aware that this is the only place in the world where you can interact
with the West Indian manatee. Offered through the Plantation Dive Shop
, you can choose from a guided snorkel tour or a SCUBA dive. If you want to stay above water, there’s a kayak tour available as well.
Bartlett says the high time for manatees is around the winters months; however there are a few that make their presence known year-round.
“They are most active early in the morning, around 7 a.m.,” he says. “Sometimes you’ll be floating along, and a baby manatee will come up and interact with you.”
And that’s not all. Through September 10, you still have the opportunity to go scalloping.
“Another big scallop season is shaping up. It should be great.”
In addition, there are ample places to fish while here; and if you do finally reel in the big one, the Plantation on Crystal River has a “wonderful” catch and cook program that even extends to your scallop that you found.
“Our chefs can also create a special dining experience with your catch,” says Bartlett. “It’s a really nice touch.”
Aside from renting canoes, kayaks, jon boats and pontoon boats at the Dive Shop, the property also offers
two tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, horseshoes and a regulation croquet court, just to name a few recreational options. And there is golf
After an active day, a visit to the spa
might be in order. How does a HydroVichy Salt Glow treatment sound, or perhaps an Aveda Fusion Stone Massage? Those are just some of the choices on the menu
. Go ahead, relax and indulge with a spa package or a la carte treatment.
Come full circle with your experience with the property’s restaurants
. Enjoy lunch at the Plantation Tiki Bar, followed by dinner at the West 82º Grill that highlights the best the Gulf has to offer through their seafood dishes.
Getaways come and go, but experiences stay with you. Make yours at the Plantation on Crystal River.
photos courtesy of Plantation on Crystal River