Go to Roger's Farm at the Corner of SR 121 and 156 Avenue in NW Gainesville and enjoy the perfect spring weather while picking buckets of strawberries. $1.25 per pound. A great way to spend a morning.
An hour and a half drive to the lovely St. Augustine Beach is my favorite because there you'll find Anastasia State Park, the original Cafe Eleven, Rita's frozen custard, lunch on the marina at the Conch House Restaurant, and $1 carousel rides on the north side of town (at 180 San Marco Avenue). A nice beach get away.
There is a lot more to see and do but playing in the sand takes up a lot of time.
Need to back up into four lanes of traffic?
Go on ahead.
Didn't immediately catch that the light turned green?
Decide there wasn't enough time to make that left turn?
Another chance will come up soon enough.
Again and again on the road I've seen amazing instances where people have NOT honked their horns at other drivers. That's because in Gainesville honking is considered rude. It also seems as though to Gainesvillites it's just not worth getting worked up and impatient over the small delays that happen while driving. Save it for something more fun like a Gators football game. Whatever the reason, it's awesome!
I had been planning to write this post for some time. Then when they asked me to write for the iG blog (!exciting!) I decided to hold off. But no more. This is going to be short because it doesn't need to say more than:
The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce is one of only six chambers awarded 5-Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2009, placing it among the top 1% of chambers in the nation.
That's right. That's how you do it. I mean really, that's pretty incredible. More and more it's becoming evident that Gainesville isn't great by accident. A perfect example of this is in the town's chamber.