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Fall in Love with Gainesville, Florida

By: Hotel Eleo / 28 Jul 2023
Fall in Love with Gainesville, Florida

Located in the heart of the Sunshine State, Gainesville offers a unique blend of cultural experiences, outdoor adventures, gator football, thrilling events, festivals, and delicious cuisine that will make your fall getaway unforgettable. As the leaves start to change and the air turns crisp, there's no better time to explore the hidden gems of Gainesville, Florida. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you plan your fall getaway.

Section 1: The Vibrant Culture of Gainesville

Immerse Yourself in Local Life

Gainesville is a city that thrives on its unique culture. Start your day with a visit to the Historic Downtown, where you can explore local boutiques, art galleries, and coffee shops such as Wyatt's Coffee and Opus Coffee. Don't miss the Hippodrome Theatre, a local landmark that offers a variety of performances throughout the year.

Visit the University of Florida Campus

Explore the beautiful campus and its iconic landmarks, such as the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and the Harn Museum of Art. Stroll through the Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History or explore the Helyx Bridge, (aka DNA Bridge) a helix-inspired pathway perfect for scenic walks and photography.

Section 2: Outdoor Adventures Await

Embrace the Great Outdoors

If you're an outdoor enthusiast, Gainesville has plenty to offer. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is a must-visit place for its diverse wildlife and spectacular landscapes. Embark on a journey to the La Chua Trail for hiking or catch a glimpse of spot wildlife.

Journey through the Botanical Garden

Wander through the bamboo gardens, exotic plants, flowers, and trees with stunning landscapes at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, offering relaxed experiences. This garden serves as the venue for weddings, photography sessions, and special events.

Section 3: A Foodie's Paradise

Savor the Flavors of Gainesville

Gainesville's food scene is as diverse as its culture. From Southern comfort food to international cuisine, there's something for every palate. Visit Satchel's Pizza for a slice of the best pizza in town, or try the delicious seafood at Blue Gill Quality Foods, walking distance from Hotel ELEO. Savor Floridian-inspired fare with impressive wines and award-winning local beers at Covey Kitchen + Cocktails.

Local Breweries

Visit one of the local breweries, like Swamp Head Brewery or First Magnitude Brewing, to savor a taste of Gainesville's innovative craft beer scene. Take advantage of the Sippin' Seven digital Ale Trail pass and get exclusive discounts and earn rewards in each brewery.

Section 4: Unique Gainesville Experiences

Discover Gainesville's Hidden Gems

Visit the Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park with a 120-foot-deep sinkhole that leads to a miniature rainforest thriving at its bottom. Experience a new level of innovation and creativity at the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention. Dive into crystal clear springs like Ginnie Springs and Gilchrist Blue Springs and relish the serene beauty of nature.

Section 5: Fall Festivities

Downtown Festival & Art Show

Witness the variety of artwork from local and regional artists at the 42nd annual Downtown Festival & Art Show. Enjoy live entertainment, performing arts, and delicious culinary art experiences.

When: November 18-19, 2023

Lubee Bat Festival

For over 18 years the Florida Bat Festival at Lubee Bat Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving bats and their habitats through research, conservation, and education, has been celebrating bats with activities, vendors, beer garden, entertainment, and education. More than 5,000 visitors attend each year, the Florida Bat Festival is a yearly family-friendly fall event. Enjoy the festivities with our 'Going Batty' special package, offering accommodations and tickets (including beer garden access) to the festival. 

When: October 21

Section 6: UF Football Game

Cheer Your Favorite Florida Gators

Get ready to show your gator spirit at the season's most thrilling UF home game - Football at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Enjoy complimentary access to ELEO's MVP Tailgate Tent, promising a pregame extravaganza for an unforgettable experience for football fans. ELEO guests who stay Friday nights on home game weekends enjoy a complimentary happy hour featuring Gainesville's local beers featured in the Sippin' Seven Ale trail program, and savory bites by Chef Andy of Covey Kitchen + Cocktails. Home Game days at Hotel ELEO also offer an additional perk - a Kendra Scott pop-up shop in the hotel lobby. 

Plan a Perfect Fall Getaway at Hotel ELEO

From witnessing fun festivities and Gator football to exploring the vibrant culture and outdoors, our contemporary rooms and suites are near the treasure trove of experiences. Check out specials and deals at Hotel ELEO and plan your fall getaway!

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