The past weekend was our “tubing adventure weekend”. We spent the it in Gainesville so that we could visit bothGinnie and Ichetuckneesprings. I’ve been wanting to go to Ginnie springs since I was a kid, but this was my first actual visit.
We drove up Friday after work, and stayed at Cabot Lodge. My highly recommended “Gainesville” home. Located right off of I-75, it is unlike any other hotel. It is more ski lodge, than hotel. In the lobby common area of the hotel there are tons of big comfy sofas and chairs all around a center fireplace. There are large wall mounted TVs mounted in various areas that provide a living room type of feel to them. Each evening the adults are welcome to a complimentary cocktail social, and each morning you have a breakfast including everything from fresh waffles to Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
For dinner Friday, we visited another Gainesville staple for us: Texas Roadhouse. We eat here each and every time we are in town. They have the best food and service of any chain steakhouse. Their bread is the closest thing the the old Quincy’s Big Fat Yeast Roll there is. We officially have Doris and Dan hooked on them now too.
We woke up early Saturday, grabbed some sandwiches for lunch and headed to the springs. We spent the day tubing the run, snorkeling three of the springs and just having fun. The weather was perfect.
After the springs, I did a little research on my Netbook to try to find a unique place to eat. Based on a few reviews, we ended up at La Fiesta, just off I-75 and the Newberry exit. The food, service, prices, and portion sizes were awesome. I highly recommend hitting La Fiesta anytime you are in Gainesville.
Anyway, on to the pictures…