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Commune with psychics in this lakeside Florida town.

August 22, 2012

Like an otherworldly answer to Disney, spiritualist hub Cassadaga has ample on-hand psychics to braille whether you’ve really found your soulmate. See whether you were lovers in a former life with a regression specialist or have a joint reading from a psychic—it’s all accepted and on offer in this small pretty town near Lake Colby.

Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp

Mediums and psychics populate this 57-acre self-titled “spiritualist camp” founded in 1894 to give safe haven to followers of the spiritualist movement. Cassadaga is about 45 minutes north of Orlando, where the state lapses into lazy lakes and Spanish moss, and is steeped in a timeless and—it must be said—spooky Old Florida vibe. Stop in at the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Bookstore and Welcome Center (1112 Stevens St.) for a schedule of free readings, or to make an appointment with one of the dozens of resident mediums.

Goblin Market

Located in the Mt. Dora area, the Goblin Market is owned by husband and wife team Vince and Janis Guzinski. The restaurant is designed to make diners feel like they are visiting a friend’s house — the main dining area is accented by shelves filled with books, artwork on the walls, and a working fireplace. A courtyard and patio are open for al fresco dining year round, and the intimate upstairs dining room has two tables, chairs, and couches. The menu includes such specialties as crab bisque, made with jumbo lump crab, and sunflower-seed-crusted chicken served over capellini.

Lost in Time Café

Hang out with the off-duty psychics; sandwiches come with an impromptu reading, haunting, or both.

Cassadaga Hotel

The rooms at this haunted hotel, which dates back to the 1920’s, are without frills, but they’re almost secondary to a stay here. Psychics and mediums are on-hand for private consultations, but they also lead group spiritual development classes, meditation circles, and Shamanic rituals for guests. It’s one of the country’s few properties where you can lay your head to rest, and, upon waking, have your dreams interpreted, too.

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