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We hope that you enjoy your stay in your Holiday Florida hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Royal Tulip Rio de Janeiro, the Langham Shanghai Xintiandi in Shanghai, the Goldeneye Hotel (once the home of James Bond author Ian Fleming) in Jamaica's Oracabessa Bay, Claridge's in London, the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, the Menger Hotel in San Antonio and the Fasano Hotel e Restaurante Rio in Rio de Janeiro. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.
Folklore, Ghosts, Scary Stories, Legends, Myths and Monsters in Florida
Mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; the ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; the gash-throated phantom of Luc Simone Aury that haunts the area outsde of the Amelia Island Museum of History, formerly the Old Jail where he was hanged, in Fernandina Beach (his attempt at suicide failed and his throat was stitched by a surgeon but the long drop of the gallows caused his wound to open and shower the horrified spectators with blood - Aury couldn't have planned it better if he had tried!); Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; and the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
Spirits of the Agustin Inn in the St Augustine Historic District, including a man in white, who walks through walls and who may also be the ghostly Chiles who "goes bump in the night"; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; unexplained phenomena at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Miami (ghostly events are associated with the fact that the hotel was used as a soldiers' hospital during WW2); the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; and sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
Spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; the Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified; the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; the numerous ghosts of the Cassadaga Hotel, Cassadaga, which embraces its phantom guests and usually has a professional psychic on hand (spectres include girls Katlin and Sarah, Gentleman Jack with his trademark cigar and a rather naughty ghost called Arthur); and the Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide, are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
The phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; the Wiccademous Grave of the atmospheric shrimping village Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, where the spirit of a witch causes the earth to tremble; the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; the thoroughfare popularly called Bloody Bucket Road and the similarly prefixed bridge and woods in Wauchula where, at night, blood appears in the water below the bridge and the sound of crying babies is heard from the woods (a murderous midwife is said to have been haunted by a bucket that supernaturally filled with the blood of her victims, which she tried to pour out at the bridge); the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; unusual hauntings of a Victorian guesthouse, Artist House, in Key West (the turret is said to be haunted, both by Anne, the wife of artist and author Robert Eugene "Gene" Otto and by the malevolent spirit of a sailor doll, also called Robert - the "possessed" doll itself is sometimes displayed in the Fort East Martello Museum or at the Old Post Office and Customhouse and is claimed to be the inpiration for the Chucky movies); the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; the phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; and the Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
Sights/Places to See and Attractions in Florida
The romantic Florida Keys including Key West, once the haunt of pirates; Orlando's Walt Disney World including the Magic Kingdom, the Epcot Center and the Animal Kingdom (where you can go on an African safari); Pensacola; Tampa Bay with the Busch Gardens amusement park; the Fort East Martello Museum and Gardens in Key West; the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation with the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum; the Art Deco hotels of Miami Beach; Orlando's Sea World and Universal Studios theme parks; Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral (once known as Cape Kennedy), from which America's astronauts have been launched; Gatorland; Sarasota, winter home of Ringling Brothers Circus and permanent home to their museum; wonderful subtropical beaches bordering the Caribbean Sea; Sanibel Island; the cobbled streets of St Augustine, the oldest European settlement in the USA; and St Petersburg, are among the attractions of Florida.
So you want to see America. Be as familiar with famous places as you might like to be with famous people. Santa Fe, Honolulu, Dallas, Juneau, Savannah, Minneapolis, San Diego, Fort Lauderdale, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Lake Tahoe, Miami, Skagway, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Corpus Christi, Fairbanks, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Seattle, Washington DC, Indianapolis, Kansas City, St Louis, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Albuquerque, San Francisco, Anchorage, Houston, Sitka, Phoenix, Chicago, Sacramento and Detroit. If you have seen those cities, you have at least seen the most famous ones in the USA. Visiting all fifty states is something that even most Americans cannot manage but it is possible to visit those cities, as well as other iconic destinations such as The Adirondacks, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Niagara Falls, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Yosemite National Park, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the Florida Keys, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Route 66, the Disney resorts, the Everglades, the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, the Appalachians, the wild west town of Tombstone, Mount Rainier National Park, rodeos, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Mount Rushmore, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the California coastline, the Ozarks and the Okefenokee Swamp. Casually mentioning places that you have visited can be as impressive as mentioning the names of celebrities that you have met. We hope that you enjoy your hotel.
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