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Food Truck-n-Flick Night

September 28, 2015 Food Truck-n-Flick Night

October 10th at 5:00pm… Be at the Towne Square for an amazing evening full of delicious food trucks, classic cars, and live music! You’ll be enjoying the Gourmet food trucks and checking out all the beautiful classic cars. However, once dusk hits make sure you have your lawn chairs and blankets because there is going to be a blockbuster film playing on a 24-foot movie screen. For more details and titles showing at Movie Night in Towne Square, please visit foodtrucknflick.leesburgpartnership.com

TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

May 28, 2015 TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

Here at the Hampton Inn Leesburg-Tavares it’s all about the Hamptonality!  What is that you may ask?  It’s a movement in and of itself.  We want each and every one of our guests to feel at home.  We want you to never want to leave.  In embracing this culture, we have the best, most loyal guests out there.  It is with YOU, our loyal guests, that we share this phenomenal award.  TripAdvisor has recognized out award-winning hotel with the 2015 Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame award.  This award was made possible only due to our amazing guests taking the time to leave us their excellent reviews.  We share this with you today and everyday.  Know that we don’t take it lightly and that we will ALWAYS strive to be better than the day before.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  Our guests rock!

Renningers Antiques

February 8, 2015 Renningers Antiques

Renninger’s Antique & Collector’s Extravaganza January 16-18th, 2015!Antique collectors won’t want to miss out on this Tri-Annual event held in Mount Dora, Florida! Nearly 800 antiques sellers from all over the country will be here with beautiful treasures from yesteryear.  Come out and find something special!  Find rare and exciting treasures in the heart of Central Florida.  Renninger’s Antique Extravaganza of Mount Dora is one of Florida’s premier flea and farmer’s markets.  Open from 8am-4pm every Saturday and Sunday year-round, Renninger’s hosts a permanent indoor and air-conditioned antique center with over 180 shops.  In addition to the antique center, Renninger’s also has 500 permanent indoor flea market stalls and large outdoor tracts for larger events and overflow vendors.Renninger’s hosts several extravaganza events in the winter months.   These are typically held on weekends in November, December, January, and February.  On these dates there may be...

Mount Dora Arts Festival 2015

February 8, 2015 Mount Dora Arts Festival 2015

40th Annual Mount Dora Arts Festival 2015Saturday, February 7th and Sunday, February 8thThe quaint little town of Mount Dora is hosting its 40th Annual Mount Dora Arts Festival!  Mount Dora is known for its charming downtown area, New England architecture and its background scenery…the beautiful Lake Dora. Fine art vendors will display their finest art, including oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, clay, sculptures and photography.  Enjoy the musical entertainment at the main stage at Donnelly Park for a sampling of our regions finest musicians.There will be a food court area for food vendors who will be cooking up their delicious delicacies!  The downtown area of Mount Dora is also home to a variety of local restaurants ready to wow you with their culinary treats.  There will be a little something for everyone in Mount Dora, Florida.  Our Hampton Inn Leesburg-Tavares hotel is only a short commute to the festival!  Book your room today and let us spoil you with our delicious...

Leesburg Mardi Gras

February 8, 2015 Leesburg Mardi Gras

Annual Leesburg Mardi GrasSaturday, February 7, 2015Laissez les bons temps rouler, or as we might say it here in Leesburg, Florida……Let the good times roll!Downtown Leesburg is hosting their Annual Leesburg Mardi Gras celebration on Saturday, February 7th from 11am to 11pm!  Parents have no fear, this is a family-friendly event complete with a kid’s parade beginning at 11am.  Delight in the Mardi Gras festivities such as the Brass Jazz Bands, stilt walkers and jugglers!  There will be fun-filled activities such as rides and games for your little ones.Parades abound during the Mardi Gras celebration.  The pet parade kicks off at 2pm followed by the Main Street Parade at 7pm.  Find a comfy spot and get ready to watch the floats and experience a showering of beads! Times Square will feature a concert from 9pm to 11pm.  There truly is something for everyone at this madness filled Mardi Gras event!  Book your room with us at our beautiful award-winning Hampton Inn...

Dragon Boat Festival

February 8, 2015 Dragon Boat Festival

March 13-14, 2015Every year competitors descend on beautiful Lake Dora and the town of Tavares, Florida to participate in the annual Dragon Boat Festival. This ancient sport draws interest from professional athletes and amateur enthusiasts alike. The festival is held in March of each year.A rapidly growing sport, Dragon Boat racing has been around for over 2,000 years. Dragon Boat racing originated in China somewhere around 220 B.C. Today, over 2 million paddlers participate in this sport worldwide. Dragon boats are slender and graceful vessels, colored brightly and with a dragon as a figure head. Twenty paddlers propel the boat, moving in time to a drum beat. Each team will participate in two qualifying races which will then determine which division they place in for the final, third, race. The winner of the 1st divisional race is the competition’s overall champion and will leave with a trophy.The Central Florida Dragon Boat Festival is sponsored by the Tavares Chamber of...

Gator Harley Davidson

February 8, 2015 Gator Harley Davidson

Gator Harley Davidson of Leesburg, Florida is one of the premier motorcycle dealerships in all of Florida.  It is home to many of the activities related to the Annual Leesburg Bikefest and was instrumental in helping to make this event the third largest motorcycle rally in the United States in 2013 with over 300,000 attendees.   Gator Harley hosts lots of events throughout the year in addition to Bikefest.  Visit their Facebook page here.Gator Harley Davidson hosts a number of annual parties and conferences.  One of these is the Women’s Day Conference where female bikers can hang out, learn more about cycling, enjoy camaraderie,  and check out the newest rides in the dealership.  Other events include Vetran’s Rides, Birthday Bashes, Luaus, and Hog Rally events.Our Hampton Inn of Leesburg, Florida is the closest hotel to Gator Harley and we are pleased to offer a 10% discount to any Gator Harley guests (barring a few blackout dates annually).  To book this discounted...

Annual Harvest Grape Stomp

February 8, 2015 Annual Harvest Grape Stomp

The Annual Harvest Grape Stomp at Lakeridge Winery is just a few days away!  The grape stomp is loads of fun and the perfect event for families!  The kids will enjoy stomping and squishing away, while the adults can enjoy a delicious glass of muscadine wine and live music throughout the day. Family owned and operated, Lakeridge Winery is one of the largest wineries within Central Florida area.  Located in the rolling hills of Clermont, acres and acres of beautiful grape vines cover this beautiful area.  Wine tasting and tours are available throughout the day!  Our Hampton Inn & Suites of Leesburg-Tavares, Florida is a short drive from Lakeridge Winery and offers comfy, cozy sleeping rooms and a hot, delicious breakfast each morning!  Book your rooms today.

Green Initiatives

February 8, 2015 Green Initiatives

Our Hotel’s Green Initiatives:We are committed to protecting the world around us through a variety of corporate initiatives designed to reduce, reuse and recycle.  Each of us play an important role in protecting our environment and our planet.  Here are some of our green initiatives we have implemented here at our hotel. Conversion to all LED Lighting interior/exteriorImplementation of a Preventative Maintenance programPurchasing the most energy efficient equipment availableTeam member training on best green practicesUse of Eco-Friendly, Green chemicalsPlanting indigenous landscaping which requires less waterInstall water censors on sprinkler systemsReplace aerators on all bath sinks reducing 2.5gal per minute to 1.5 galA/Cs are adjusted and lights are turned off in non-use rooms throughout the hotelGuests have an option of an email receipt in order to conserve paperToilet paper and tissues are made from recycled  products

Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill

February 8, 2015 Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill

Shrimp & Grits, Po’ Boys, Hot Pastrami, Fried Green Tomatoes…oh my!  These are just a few of the delicious dishes at Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill.  Nestled on Lake Weir, Eaton’s offers the most beautiful sunset views in Central Florida!  Travel by boat or by car and venture out for a unique dining experience.Chef Dave Del Rio has successfully combined the flavors of Florida with Cajun/Creole flare.  He likes to call it Florisiana style!  No matter the name, we love it and so will you!  Menu items also include:Spanish Chicken: Sauteed chicken, ham, chorizo and sofrito tossed in olive oil then flamed with Spanish sherry and finished in a brown herb sauce.  Served with Balaya rice.  YUM!Slow Smoked Pork: Hand-seasoned and pulled to order.  Served with shoestring fries and cole slaw.  Yummier!3 C’s & Little B.S.: Cavatappi noodles in a homemade 3 cheese sauce with Andouille sausage, smoked ham, diced tomato and seasoned Tasso.  Yummiest!Eaton’s Beach Sandbar & Grill...

Cannonball Express 2014

February 8, 2015 Cannonball Express 2014

This exciting attraction brings to mind the old Johnny Cash song that goes something like, “I hear the train a comin’, it’s rollin’ ‘round the bend…and I ain’t seen the sunshine since I don’t know when…” The Orange Blosson Cannonball Train is debuting it’s first ride for Central Floridians this weekend. 300 tickets have already been purchased for the train which will transport passengers from Winter Garden to Ocoee on a 75-minute ride.This is the ONLY steam engine train operating in Florida at this time outside of theme parks. The Cannonball train is also known for its appearances in “O Brother, Where Art Thou,” “True Grit” and 30 other motion pictures. It’s nickname is affectionately known as the “Movie Train.” For those of you unable to take a ride, you may hear it…or smell it! With whistles blowing and steam rising, there’s going to be a lot of folks effected as the sights and sounds of the Cannonball can be felt at a three mile radius. If...