Pinecrest FL hotels. Find hotels in Pinecrest Florida United States of America. Anecdotes, hints, tips and warnings by Camelopard. Sights, attractions, wildlife, national and state parks and/or forests of Florida. Florida cryptozoology, hauntings, monsters, folklore, ghosts, myths and legends.
We hope that you enjoy your stay in your Pinecrest Florida hotel. When you get the chance, stay in some of the famous, luxurious and/or historic hotels of your destinations. The Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong (featuring in the Clark Gable movie Soldier of Fortune), the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, the Shangri-La Hotel in Lhasa, Christian's Hotel in Luoyang China, the PuLi Hotel and Spa in Shanghai, the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong and the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town. are among the classic or luxury hotels of the world.
Sights/Places to See and Attractions in Florida
Orlando's Sea World and Universal Studios theme parks; Gatorland; the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation with the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum; Sarasota, winter home of Ringling Brothers Circus and permanent home to their museum; Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral (once known as Cape Kennedy), from which America's astronauts have been launched; Tampa Bay with the Busch Gardens amusement park; wonderful subtropical beaches bordering the Caribbean Sea; Orlando's Walt Disney World including the Magic Kingdom, the Epcot Center and the Animal Kingdom (where you can go on an African safari); Sanibel Island; the Fort East Martello Museum and Gardens in Key West; the Art Deco hotels of Miami Beach; St Petersburg; Pensacola; the cobbled streets of St Augustine, the oldest European settlement in the USA; and the romantic Florida Keys including Key West, once the haunt of pirates, are among the attractions of Florida.
Legends, Myths, Scary Stories, Folklore, Monsters and Ghosts in Florida
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; the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River; 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 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!); the phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; and the White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
The smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; 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 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); ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; the Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; and 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), are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
Hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; the Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; the ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; and 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", are more weird folklore associated with Florida.
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 Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; the phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; the ghost of the Jameson Inn, quite modern but already haunted, on Cracker Barrel Drive in Crestview; the Saint Augustine Monster, a real carcass that has never been positively identified; and the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider, are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
America has some of the best facilities for travellers in the world. Nobody can visit all of America but if you have seen the cities of Salt Lake City, Juneau, Dallas, New Orleans, Philadelphia, New York, Detroit, Fairbanks, Honolulu, Savannah, Sitka, Washington DC, Skagway, Minneapolis, Lake Tahoe, Santa Fe, Sacramento, Kansas City, Seattle, Los Angeles, Miami, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Corpus Christi, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, San Diego, Anchorage, St Louis, Atlantic City, Chicago, San Francisco and Phoenix you can be regarded as well travelled within the United States. Other world famous USA destinations include The Grand Canyon, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the Florida Keys, Niagara Falls, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Glacier Bay National Park, Mount Rushmore, the Ozarks, the Everglades, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Yellowstone National Park, the Adirondacks, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the Disney resorts, the Okefenokee Swamp, the wild west town of Tombstone, Yosemite National Park, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Bryce Canyon, the Appalachians, rodeos, the California coastline, Route 66 and Mount Rainier National Park. See as much as you can of the only country in the world that includes territory both in the Arctic and in the tropics. Happy travelling!
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