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We wish you an enjoyable stay at your chosen Miami Lakes Florida hotel. When you get the chance, stay in some of the famous, luxurious and/or historic hotels of your destinations. The Chelsea Hotel in New York, the Shangri-La Hotel in Lhasa, the Cascades Hotel at Sun City in South Africa, the Hotel Icon in Hong Kong, the beautiful and historic San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, Raffles Hotel in Singapore where the Singapore Sling was invented in the hotel's Long Bar and the Grand Hyatt Macau. are internationally renowned hotels.
Folklore, Ghosts, Monsters, Scary Stories, Legends and Myths in Florida
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); the phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; 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 Wiccademous Grave of the atmospheric shrimping village Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, where the spirit of a witch causes the earth to tremble; the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; and the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
Strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; 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 Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified; ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; and the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
The Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; 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 Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; 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!); and sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs, are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
The Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider; the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; the phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; 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"; the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; the ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; and mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
State Forests, National Parks, Nature Reserves, State Parks, National Forests and Refuges in Florida
The 938 square mile Apalachicola National Forest; the 220 square mile Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge at Cape Canaveral, where you may see grazing manatees and sea turtles as well as space launches; Osceola National Forest where the Skunk Ape is said to have been seen; Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge with nesting loggerhead and green turtles; the 607 square mile Ocala National Forest; the 2500 square mile Everglades National Park, home of alligators, American crocodiles, Florida cougars, black bears, American flamingos and much more; J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island with alligators, loggerhead turtles, manatees and the unique Sanibel Island rice rat; the large Big Cypress National Preserve, home to bears and Florida panthers; Caladesi Island State Park, said to have the best beaches in America; Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, which extends into Georgia; and Manatee Springs State Park, the main attraction of which you can guess, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of Florida.
You cannot claim to have seen the world unless you have travelled in the USA. Be as familiar with famous places as you might like to be with famous people. Albuquerque, Sitka, Fort Lauderdale, Sacramento, Savannah, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Corpus Christi, Detroit, St Louis, Seattle, Miami, Chicago, Honolulu, Philadelphia, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kansas City, Washington DC, Houston, Anchorage, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, New Orleans, San Diego, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Dallas, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, New York, Boston, Phoenix, Skagway and Salt Lake City. 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 Grand Canyon, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the Appalachians, the Florida Keys, the wild west town of Tombstone, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the Okefenokee Swamp, Bryce Canyon, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Ozarks, the California coastline, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, rodeos, the Disney resorts, Yosemite National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, the Everglades, Yellowstone National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, Niagara Falls, Mount Rushmore, the Adirondacks and Route 66. Casually mentioning places that you have visited can be as impressive as mentioning the names of celebrities that you have met. Camelopard suggests using well-known companies for your hotel reservations.
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