Details: Ocala, Fla.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

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

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:


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


Hilton Ocala

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

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

Shamrock Thistle & Crown

Bed & Breakfast

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

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


La Cuisine French Restaurant

48 SW First Ave., 352-433-2570

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

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

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


Ocala Stud

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

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

Fun to visit when a sale is going on.

Florida Carriage Museum & Resort

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

Admission $10, children 5-18 $5.

Appleton Museum of Art

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

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


-- J.W.

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