Old Florida (Part 1 of 3)

While spending time with my parents, nieces, and nephew this Christmas Break, I was fortunate to get to see parts of Florida most people don’t know exist.  We stayed away from the theme parks and enjoyed Florida the way it was meant to be enjoyed.

The first place we went was Solomon’s Castle, outside of Sarasota. It’s an amazing place created by artist and sculptor, Howard Solomon.

We had lunch in their restaurant: The Boat in the Moat – which is exactly what it sounds like.  From there we toured the castle with an amazing collection of folk art.

After that we walked around Horse Creek (no surprise I would walk around something named ‘horse’ anything!

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If you happen to be near Solomon’s Castle – stop by…you’ll have memories of Old Florida to last a lifetime!

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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2 Responses to Old Florida (Part 1 of 3)

  1. Mom says:

    Nice blog, glad you enjoyed it, I was hoping so!

  2. John Hamel says:

    Great post. Howard is a true “junk genius.” Glad you enjoyed it too.


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