Tavares FL hotels. Find inns, motels or hotels in Tavares Florida United States of America. Florida folklore, legends, myths, ghosts, monsters and hauntings. Anecdotes, hints, tips and warnings by Camelopard. Sights, attractions, wildlife, national and state parks and/or forests of Florida.
We wish you an enjoyable stay at your chosen Tavares Florida hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, Raffles Hotel in Singapore where the Singapore Sling was invented in the hotel's Long Bar, the Hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich, the Langham Shanghai Xintiandi in Shanghai, the Villa D'Este on Lake Como, the Mandarin Oriental Pudong in Shanghai and the Excelsior Hotel in Hong Kong near the famous noonday gun. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.
Myths, Scary Stories, Monsters, Legends, Ghosts and Folklore in Florida
The phantom of the Olde Marco Inn on Marco Island; 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; the ghost of a former owner that haunts the Inn at New World Landing, Pensacola; the Elusive Muck Monster of Lake Worth Lagoon; the spectre in a top hat that haunts the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St Petersburg; and the pink, horned, serpentine monster of the St John's River, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of Florida.
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 Fountain of Youth, searched for by the conquistador Ponce de Leon; 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); 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); ghostly apparitions at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Hotel; mysterious orbs and noises at the Historic Hollywood Beach Resort; and the toilet-lurking Two Striped Telamonia spider, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in Florida.
The ghosts of Miss Sunshine Gibson and Captain Wood in the historic, Cracker styled, Gibson Inn in Apalachicola; the pink fog of Tomoka State Park that leaves behind only the dismembered skeletons of those it envelops; the smelly and sasquatch-like Skunk Ape; spectral lights and other mysterious phenomena at the Indian River Inn & Conference Center in New Smyrna; the phantom lighthouse keeper at the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum; the Fairchid Oak of Ormond Beach, haunted my a male spectre, possibly a suicide; 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 more weird folklore associated with Florida.
The phantom maid who makes a nuisance of herself in the historic St Francis Inn, St Augstine; hauntings at Ocean Key Resort and Spa, Key West; 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"; Umatilla Cemetery with its screaming woman and phantom children; sewer rats so huge that people have petted them like dogs; 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 White Lady, Julia, who haunts Rolling Acres Road in appropriately named Lady Lake, along with a hooded phantom; the ghost "Vivian" who haunts the Hunter Arms Inn in St Cloud; strange phenomena at the historic Mary Phifer McKenzie House, part of the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville; and 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!), are yet more strange folktales of Florida.
Reptiles, Birds, Mammals and other Wildlife / Fauna of Florida
Gopher tortoises, leatherback turtles, white-tailed deer, pelicans, rare Florida cougars (also called Florida panthers), hawksbill turtles, feral Burmese pythons, dolphins, American flamingos, roseate spoonbills, raccoons, feral nine-banded armadillos, bobcats, Florida softshell turtles, loggerhead turtles, alligators, rare American crocodiles, feral parakeets, black bears, river otters, bald eagles, endangered North Atlantic right whales, manatees, muskrats, opossums, marsh rabbits, green turtles and feral Rhesus monkeys on the Silver River, adding to Florida's atmosphere of subtropical paradise are among the wild animals of Florida.
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