By Peter Zink
Gainesville
Florida
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Known as a city “where nature and culture meet,” and home to the University of Florida, the city of Gainesville is one of Florida’s best-kept secrets. With a vibrant college town atmosphere and cultural diversity, activities abound in this creative community.
   
Gainesville offers several travel booking options. If you’re looking for convenience, the Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) offers your best bet. Situated just outside of downtown Gainesville, everything is a short cab ride to the best hotels and sights the city has to offer. That being said, there are other options. Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) is only an hour and a half drive away, and if you’re coming or going to Walt Disney World, Orlando International Airport (MCO) is only a 2 hour drive away as well. As your one-stop vacation planning guide, EscapeWizard.com offers you competitive rates for all of these airports and more which can be found by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). And, when booking hotel accommodations, travelers can click on the following link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book through EscapeWizard.com today.
   
Gainesville has plenty of options for the culturally inclined. While boasting a size of only a little over 125,000 residents, the University of Florida greatly increases the amount of cultural facilities you typically see in a city of this size. Some major sites include the historic Hippodrome State Theatre, Harn Museum of Art, and Florida Museum of Natural History. Gainesville is also home to the oldest theater group in Florida, the Gainesville Community Playhouse. In addition, the University offers a wide variety of performing arts and lectures at little to no cost to the greater Gainesville community. EscapeWizard.com recommends attending during one of the two annual art festivals held during the year, the Spring Arts Festival in April, and the Downtown Festival and Art Show in the fall.
   
Dining options offer something for everyone in this eclectic and varied town. There’s the Dragonfly Sushi & Sake Company, a hip Japanese restaurant that features fresh sushi, traditional cooked Japanese dishes, and local artwork from Gainesville’s established and up and coming talent. If you’re seeking some Latin-inspired dishes during your time in Florida, don’t forget to check out Emiliano’s outdoor dining and zesty tasting dishes. Featuring Spanish tapas, traditional Cuban fare, and fresh seafood, it’s hard to go wrong with anything on the menu. And if you’re looking for great fine dining, the Paramount Grill is a solid choice. Owned and chef Clif Nelson offers a fun and interesting spin on traditional favorites - who can turn down sampling a cheese couscous? He prides himself on using only the freshest ingredients, and you’re bound to be impressed by what you order.
   
If you’re looking to relax and have fun, EscapeWizard.com believes there’s a lot that Gainesville has to offer in this department. If you’re looking for a relaxing game of golf, you have a nice variety of courses to choose from. In terms of sports sites, if you time it right, you can catch the UF Gators in action on their home turf. There’s also the Gainesville Raceway that hosts the Gator Nationals every March, experience screaming hot rods as they drag race around the track! They even offer racing lessons and car tests.
   
At the end of the day, we at EscapeWizard.com believe Gainesville, Florida is a great destination for you to check out. With its Gator-inspired fun, cultural diversity, and great dining options, this is one you don’t want to miss!
Hotels in Gainesville
By D. Gregory Perrin
Homewood Suites by Hilton Gainesville
3333 SW 42nd Street, Gainesville, FL
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Homewood Suites by Hilton® Gainesville is an excellent option in the city for vacationers looking for long-term accommodations. The hotel is located about 20 minutes from the Gainesville Regional Airport right off Interstate 75 near the University of Florida. Check-in at the hotel starts at 4 p.m. or after, but the hotel does allow you to check your luggage for safekeeping if you arrive early.

The suites of the hotel make guests feel just at home. The bedding options range from a studio suite that has 1 queen size bed, a 1 bedroom suite with either 1 king size or 2 queen size beds, or a 2 bedroom suite with 1 king size bed and 2 queen size beds. All suites have a pull-out couch for even more sleeping options. The suites have color television with standard cable as well as HBO. All suites come with complimentary high speed internet service so guests can stay connected to email and search for attractions in Gainesville, Florida. Also, the suites come with a kitchen that includes a refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, microwave, toaster, and more. The hotel also offers a program that will get you groceries for your kitchen before you arrive at a minimal fee.

Homewood Suites by Hilton® has some great amenities including a fitness center that guests can work out in during their stay. The hotel offers a pool for relaxation. Guests can swim or layout to catch a tan. There is also a basketball court available.

Overall, the Homewood Suites by Hilton® Gainesville is just the right hotel for you while in the city. Check-out from the hotel is at 12 p.m. EscapeWizard.com can assist with booking your hotel reservations today. Click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to start your search through many of the top travel websites on the internet for great pricing.
Hotels in Gainesville
By Rose Overbey
Holiday Inn
1250 West University Avenue, Gainesville, FL
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If you're looking for a hotel in the heart of Gainesville, the Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center hotel is the place to stay. It is practically on The University of Florida campus -- across the street to be exact -- and boutiques and restaurants are close by. Whether you're coming to watch a game at "The Swamp," or want to explore Gainesville's cultural side -- the Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center hotel puts you in a prime spot to enjoy everything the city has to offer.

The front-desk staff will be happy to assist you from the moment you arrive. Should you need directions, or help with your itinerary, the staff will be happy to help you navigate Gainesville and it's nearby attractions. Kids also eat free at this family-friendly hotel.

Those looking to fit in some fitness activities on their trip, they'll be pleased to find a smaller 24 hour fitness center on site. But if a more expansive gym is needed, the hotel offers guests complimentary passes to the nearby Gainesville Gym. There is also an outdoor pool on site for guests to enjoy.

If you must get work done on your trip, you'll find all of your needs met with free Wi-Fi access in your room and a business center in the hotel. At the business center you'll find a printer, copier, fax and more to help you take care of what you need to do, so that you can get back to enjoying your time in Gainesville. 

Should you crave a meal, stop into Beef O'Bradys, a restaurant located next to the hotel. It's open from early morning until late at night, and also features a full service bar.
 
The Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center hotel is the perfect place to stay during your visit to Gainesville. EscapeWizard.com highly recommends booking your hotel room at the Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center hotel in Gainesville, FL. You can do so by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Gainesville
By Rose Overbey
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center
1714 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL
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The luxurious Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville is a wonderful place to stay while visiting this Florida college town. The Hilton is located on the southwest corner of the campus, placing you in close proximity to all the attractions on campus.

If you're in town on business, the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville is the place to be. With free high-speed internet access throughout the building and a full service hotel business center, professionals will find they can operate fully -- even while they're out of the office. There are more than 25,000 square feet of hotel meeting space and 13 meeting rooms to conduct business. The Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville is a great place to hold a conference.

There is more than business in Gainesville. The Hilton staff will be happy to direct you to one of the city's many attractions. Whether you spend your day exploring or working, you'll enjoy the many amenities the Hilton offers to guests.

Take a dip in the pool or work out in the fitness room. There is even a pool table for those looking to polish their game. All rooms include a 32" LCD HD flat screen television and cable with HBO. Guests will also enjoy the complimentary Crabtree & Evelyn bathroom products.
 
There are two options for dining in the hotel. 2-Bits Lounge offers a relaxing and casual environment to grab a bit and unwind after a long day. Albert's Restaurant is open from the early morning for breakfast, until mid-evening. Albert's serves up American food with a European touch -- all guests are sure to find something enjoyable on the menu. Of course, if you prefer to stay in your room, the Hilton also offers room service from early morning, until late at night.

Don't feel bad about leaving your pet at home, bring them along! Animals are welcome at the Hilton -- as long as they're less than 75 pounds.

Whatever your needs, the Hilton can meet them. EscapeWizard.com highly recommends booking your hotel room at The Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville. You can do so by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).