IF YOU GO
Want trip to to LakeWales, take a spur-of-the-moment Fla.? Here’s what you Jan. need 14-16: to know for the weekend of
GETTING THERE US Airways flies nonstop from Reagan National to Orlando for $221 roundtrip. Lake Wales is about 50 miles from the airport.
WHERE TO STAY Chalet Suzanne Restaurant and Country Inn 3800 Chalet Suzanne Dr. 800-433-6011
www.chaletsuzanne.com Historic inn with 26 rooms, each different in design and decor, and RV sites. The 100acre estate has a public airstrip. Rooms from $169. RV sites from $35.
Green Gables Inn 21380 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-676-2511
www.greengablesfl.com Lakeside resort with a fitness center, private beach and dock. Rates from $67.50.
WHERE TO EAT Chalet Suzanne Restaurant and Country Inn Upscale restaurant with five dining rooms overlooking a lake. Choose a five-course dinner menu or a la carte entrees from $21.
Festival Steak and Seafood 251 E. Stuart Ave. 863-678-9696
www.festivalsteakandseafood.com Casual restaurant in downtown Lake Wales with live music. Entrees from $10.99. WHAT TO DO Bok Tower Gardens 1151 Tower Blvd. 863-676-1408
www.boktowergardens.org Sprawling grounds with landscaped gardens, trails, the Singing Tower and Pinewood Estate. Open daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., last admission at 5 p.m. Visitor center, Blue Palmetto Cafe and gift shop open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Singing Tower carillon bells can be heard every half-hour; daily concerts at 1 and 3 p.m. Admission to the gardens $10, ages 5 to 12 $3. Pinewood Estate grounds open for self-guided tours Monday-Saturday noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.; house is closed to tours until Jan. 17. Admission $6, children $5. LakeWales Museum and Cultural Center 325 S. Scenic Hwy. 863-678-4209
www.cityoflakewales.com/depot Museum chronicling Lake Wales’s 100-year history. Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Grove House 20160 U.S. Hwy. 27 863-679-4110
www.floridasnatural.com/co-op/visitors-center Visitors center at Florida’s Natural juice plant. Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Spook Hill North Wales Drive Put your car in neutral at the bottom and see whether it will roll uphill.