Howey in the Hills Travel Guide
Marina Del Rey
Marina Del Rey is a very small marina on Lake Harris, the 4th largest lake in Florida.Pontoon and bass boats can be rented or you can take a 1 1/2 hour cruise on the wooden 1930's River Yacht, "La Reina".
Fishin Lake Harris
Of course fishing is a popular acitivity in the lake. Species include bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass & sunfish. Unfortunately this lake is over-fished and too many tournaments are held here. Pollution is also a major concern as the sprawl of Orlando creeps even closer.
The presence of bald eagles along the shores of Lake Harris was totally unexpected. We must have seen 3 pair.Florida has the largest bald eagle population in the southeast, around 70%. Though the bald eagle has made a remarkable comeback in recent years, they are...
There's a boardwalk which winds through the moss covered trees and canals leading to the lake. If you want to skip the scenic route just walk along the asphalt street to the lake.
Views are better from the top deck. Surprisingly we were the only 2 on board. They will cruise even if one passenger shows up.
While walking to the lake on the boardwalk we did see 4 baby gators, barely visible through the green soup like waters in the canals.
Cruise Lake Harris
Take a sight-seeing tour of Lake Harris on the restored 1930's wooden river yacht 'La Reina'. Cruises:Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.Adults $12.00, Seniors $10.00Children $6.00, under 4 freeCash bar on board
The Mission Inn: Golf & Tennis Resort
Seems to cater to large groups and conferences. Extensive conference facilities. The resort wins numerous accolades and awards for it's meetings, conventions and golf.Rooms are standard & walls thin, you can hear guests in the hallways & above. Not that the faicility is...
Cafe in the Hills: Great Food!
Open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday - Saturday. Reservations recommended for dinner.Here's a sampling of the dinner entrees:Grilled Double Cut Pork Chops Pepper Seared File MignonJeff's Famous Baked Lasagna NapoliShrimp & Crab MornayRoasted Duck MelbaCreole JambalayaRibeye...
Cafe in the Hills: A gem of a restaurant in this little town
This little restaurant is in the center of town where the one traffic light exists. We decided to try it out after feeling sort of out of place at the Mission Inn that seemed to cater to groups and conferences. I was expecting a smoke filled bar but to my surprise it was a...
By Car is the Best Option
By car is your best option, although expensive shuttle service is available from the airport. Howey is located approximately 35 minutes northwest of Orlando.
Directions from Orlando International Airport:
West on the Beeline to the Florida Turnpike. North on the turnpike to Route 27/19. Take route 19 north a couple of miles to Howey.
Updated Feb 5, 2003
36 holes of championship golf is available at the Mission Inn. The courses are known to have numerous water hazards and elevation variances of 85' not so typical for the flat state of Florida. Every year the courses continue to win numerous awards. Many golf packages are available.
Basic Green Fees:
Las Colinas -
Jan 4 - Mar 31 $105
Apr 1 - June 15 $75
June 16 - Sept 7 $50
Sept 8 - Jan 3 $75
Jan 4 - Mar 31 $125
Apr 1 - June 15 $85
June 16 - Sept 7 $60
Sept 8 - Jan 3 $85
Updated Feb 8, 2003
Address: 10400 County Road 48, Howey in the Hills, FL
Great views even if you're not a golfer
Favorite thing: The Mission Inn. The views are gorgeous....worth stopping by for a visit or meal even if not golfing or staying at the resort.
Their lunch buffet (at La Hacienda) is pretty good, same view as shown. Hot buffet $11.00, cold buffet $6.95.
Fondest memory: There are a couple of resident gators which can be seen basking in the sun sometimes.
Updated Feb 8, 2003
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