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Five Affordable Florida Spots

STAYING
Plantation Inn & Golf Resort 352-795-4211; plantationinn.com; $139–$249/night. Located in Crystal River, twenty miles north of World Woods, this hotel looks and feels like part of the Old South.

DINING
Marguerita Grill (Regional); Homosassa Springs; 352-628-1336. This casual spot is revered for its steaks, seafood and affordable prices.
Cody’s Original Roadhouse (Steaks and seafood); Crystal River; 352-795-7223. Cap off a day with burgers and grilled fish at this peanut-shells-on-the-floor kind of place.

OTHER ACTIVITIES
Angling Adventures Charter Fishing Guide Service; 352-686-0853; angling-adventures.net. This quiet wooded area doesn’t exactly bustle at night. For a daytime break from golf, take a charter into the Gulf of Mexico to experience the region’s renowned fishing culture.

ORLANDO

THE PLACE
There is so much going on in Orlando that it helps to focus on a certain section of town. The southwestern area of the city offers an impressive selection of restaurants, bars and lodging, and notable elevation changes in the land have produced some of the state’s finest golf courses.

PLAYING
Mystic Dunes Golf Club 407-787-5678; mysticdunesgolf.com; $65–$150. Television golf analyst and Champions Tour player Gary Koch designed one of the region’s most distinctive courses here by constructing brazenly undulating greens and a powerful mix of long and short holes.
Orange County National, Crooked Cat 07-656-2626; ocngolf.com; $85–$140. This course traverses a higher, more barren and windswept piece of ground. The open fairways are vast, rumpled and speckled with small, randomly arranged bunkers.
Orange County National, Panther Lake $95–$150. Part of the allure here is how the course travels through orange groves, pine forests, lakes and open prairies. Large bunkers and bold undulating greens give Panther Lake its teeth.

STAYING
Residence Inn Orlando, Lake Buena Vista 407-465-0075; marriott.com; $119–$179/night. This fairly priced hotel offers comfortable, spacious rooms, and it’s centrally located for golf and other attractions in the southwest Orlando area.

DINING
Charley’s Steakhouse (Steak); 407-363-0228. Expect generous, satisfying cuts of wood-fired, USDA Prime beef here.
Miller’s Lake Buena Vista Ale House (Pub fare); 407-239-1800. Great bar food, TVs galore and an ample beer selection make this the spot to swap postround stories or watch a game.

OTHER ACTIVITIES
Orlando Magic; nba.com/magic.Head to the TD Waterhouse Centre in downtown Orlando to check out the area’s NBA franchise.

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