Saturday, July 18, 2009

Which way should we go?

Oops. Would be easy to get confused here in Lake Sumter Landing.

Photo by Lois Anne.

Entering Lake Sumter Landing

From Morse Boulevard, you take a right. At the point this photo was taken you are about a block from Lake Sumter Landing's town square.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Van Patten House

The Van Patten House houses Katie Belle's restaurant. Originally, one had to be a resident of The Villages or a guest of a resident to dine at Katie Belle's. I'm not sure what happened (not enough business?), but that rule was relaxed and now all are welcome.

One visitor explained the Van Patten House this way (and it also helps one understand The Villages as a "Disneyland for adults"):

"Outside [of the Van Patten House], an historical marker explains the building's colorful past. 'Katie Belle Van Patten was the wife of a Jacksonville businessman, John Decker Van Patten, who, along with a number of other investors, built the luxurious hotel in 1851 ...'

"The plaque looks so authentic that I have to remind myself that I am standing on what was pastureland a mere decade ago. ..."

And so it goes. Make-believe. But ain't it fun?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Early evening on the boardwalk at Lake Sumter Landing

Looking down the boardwalk toward the Waterfront Inn, early evening at Lake Sumter Landing.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Bird houses for sale in the furniture store

We've shown you several pictures of the huge furniture store in Lake Sumter Landing which spreads out of a couple of square blocks. In this area of the store, directly across from the town square, you can find a selection of bird houses - for your back yard!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Magnolia blossom

There are a couple of magnificent magnolia trees in front of the large furniture store in Lake Sumter Landing. This is a blossom from one of them.