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North Central Florida, the springs capital of the United States!

The sunshine state calls, and there's no better place to explore than Columbia County, Florida. Located between Tallahassee and Jacksonville, Columbia County is a subtropical paradise of pine forest, blue springs, lively cities, and charming towns. Bisected by Interstate 75, Columbia County is one of the first places vacationers from the rest of the country arrive. It's the perfect spot for road-weary travelers to relax and breathe in the sweet southern air. 


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New at the Blanche

As a fan of historic buildings with stories to tell, I decided to make a visit to The Blanche, a historic landmark in downtown Lake City, Florida that's been around for more than 100 years, and recently reopened after a years-long renovation.

The hotel is absolutely breath

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Finding the Perfect Blend in North Florida

I enjoy art and shopping, while my hubby Jim prefers natural surroundings and outdoor activities. One thing we both enjoy is the beauty and serenity of peaceful places. When we planned a romantic getaway from our normal lives, we discovered the perfect blend of culture and nature in Columbia Coun

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Best Spots for Kayaking in Florida

Florida is one of the best places in the world to enjoy some watersports, even if you’re only there because you want to watch as opposed to actively taking part. As a former Florida native myself, I can attest to the fact that there’s really nowhere else in the world quite like it.

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14 Best Florida Bike Trails

Florida is pretty much designed for great cycling. With perfect weather year-round, flat trails and gorgeous landscapes wherever you turn, it is a dream for serious cyclists and casual weekenders alike.

Although some parts of the Sunshine State are over-developed when it comes to roads

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Six of the Top Waterfalls in Florida

Florida is one of the best places in the world to enjoy the water, whether you’re into swimming and kayaking or just like to be up close and personal with nature. Many of the state’s white springs and hiking trails are full of wildlife and perfect for photographers, often ending with

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Top 10 Florida Caves

North Florida is well known for its wonderful natural environment, but some of the area’s most impressive natural wonders are actually below the ground! Just below the surface, North Florida is crisscrossed with a remarkable array of caves, caverns, and tunnel networks. Many of these are pa

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Find your way to explore Columbia County.
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Dive into Florida's Spring Waters

Perhaps the most striking feature of Columbia County is the abundance of natural fresh water springs and crystalline spring-fed pools. The limestone-filtered water collects into surface ponds and streams that form a playground for swimmers, fishermen, and nature lovers. The springs of Columbia County are truly the crown jewel of Florida's gateway.

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Columbia County has soaked up an interesting mix of cultures over its colorful history. Visitors can take in the antebellum mansions and civil war battlefields around Olustee. Music lovers can visit a museum dedicated to the legendary 19th Century songwriter Stephen Foster, composer of American standards like 'Oh Susannah!' and 'Camptown Races.'

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Shop Boutiques & Your Favorite Brands

From national retailers such as, TJ Maxx, Hobby Lobby, JCPenny, to locally owned stores like the Blue Goose Studio, Gateway Art Gallery, Treasures of Lake City, and many more. You are sure to discover something unique and one-of-a-kind from your visit in Florida's Gateway.



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