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All flight and lodging information valid as of press time Thursday.

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Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Ocala, Fla.? Here's what you need to know for the weekend of Feb. 26-28:

GETTING THERE

AirTran flies nonstop from Reagan National to Orlando, with fares starting at $267 round trip. Ocala is about 80 miles northwest of Orlando.

WHERE TO STAY

Hilton Ocala

3600 SW 36th Ave., 352-854-1400

http://www.hiltonocala.com

King-size bed or two-bed rooms from $129.

Shamrock Thistle & Crown

Bed & Breakfast

12971 SE Hwy. 42, Weirsdale, 800-425-2763

http://www.shamrockbb.com

Rooms start at $125 per night; specials include a $30 per person trail ride with a two-night stay.

WHERE TO EAT

La Cuisine French Restaurant

48 SW First Ave., 352-433-2570

http://www.lacuisineocala.com

Entrees range from $13.90 for chicken in mushroom sauce to $22.50 for Veal Blanquette a la Creme.

Pi on Broadway

110 SW Broadway, 352-369-5100

http://www.pionbroadway.com

A wine and beer drinkers' hot spot. Pizzas from $12, sandwiches $7 and tapas $5.

Sky Asian Fusion

3600 SE 38th Ave., 352-291-0000

http://www.ocalasky.com

Chef Tony Trinidad's Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean touches have won over the locals. Lunch entrees from $10.

WHAT TO DO

Ocala Stud

SW 27th Ave., south of State Road 200, 352-237-2171

http://www.ocalastud.com

A working horse farm where thoroughbreds learn to be racehorses. Free; tours by appointment.

Ocala Thoroughbred

Breeders' Sales Co.

1701 SW 60th Ave., 352-237-2154

http://www.obssales.com

Fun to visit when a sale is going on.

Florida Carriage Museum & Resort

3000 Marion County Rd., Weirsdale, 352-750-5500

http://www.fcmr.org

Admission $10, children 5-18 $5.

Appleton Museum of Art

4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., 352-291-4455

http://www.appletonmuseum.org

Admission $6, seniors $4, ages 10-18 $3.

INFORMATION

http://www.ocalamarion.com

-- J.W.


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