Category Archives: Features

The Taste, a redesigned Food Challenge and Craft Beer Event 4/8

There is Adele, Bono, Cher, and now there is the Taste. This event was known for ten years as the Taste of Inverness, and now in its 11th year organizers simply call it the Taste. The name change reflects the new feel of this signature event. First, The Taste is now a qualifier for the … Continue reading The Taste, a redesigned Food Challenge and Craft Beer Event 4/8

Disovering Anclote Island’s Delights

Anclote Key State Preserve is steeped in history. French and Spanish pirates used Anclote Key to launch raids in 1682, according to researchers. There are rumors of buried treasure. The word Anclote is a Spanish word that means anchor. The island is about 180 acres, around 4 miles long, and less than a mile in … Continue reading Disovering Anclote Island’s Delights

Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters to Compete for Best Cold Brew Title in Nashville

If you are a coffee connoisseur, you need to know about Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters, Citrus county’s first and only coffee roasters. They have state-of-the-art home brewing kits, on-site roasting of over 30 varieties, delicious breakfast, lunch and bakery treats and are soon on their way to Nashville to compete in the Coffee Fest Cold … Continue reading Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters to Compete for Best Cold Brew Title in Nashville

Homosassa’s Wildlife Park History featured in March

The history of Homosassa and the Park will be highlighted during the month of March at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Displays on our area’s heritage will exhibited in the Park’s Visitor Center on US 19 and in the Discovery Center from Tuesday, March 7, 2017 through the end of the month. Special … Continue reading Homosassa’s Wildlife Park History featured in March

Experience ‘Art in the Park’ March 11-12

The Hernando County Fine Arts Council is excited to present its very popular “Art in the Park” for the 33rd year on Saturday, March 11, from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, March 12, from 10 am to 4 pm at Tom Varn Park in downtown Brooksville – and you’re invited! This celebration of … Continue reading Experience ‘Art in the Park’ March 11-12

Discover Ozello: the Nature Coast Keys

Ozello (or as the locals pronounce it Ozelluh) can be found between Crystal River and Homosassa by turning onto Highway 494 from U.S. 19. This winding two-lane blacktop is called “The Ozello Trail,” and it twists and turns through St. Martin’s Aquatic Preserve, a 23,000 acre wildlife preserve owned by the citizens of Florida and … Continue reading Discover Ozello: the Nature Coast Keys

Spring Hill’s Start & its Iconic Waterfall

In 1968, the United States was in the throes of the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon was elected President, and Spring Hill was established. It is hard to imagine how the mega land developer, Deltona Corporation, would choose to develop this specific piece of Florida. The Mackle Brothers created the Deltona Corporation to build their Florida … Continue reading Spring Hill’s Start & its Iconic Waterfall

Exceptional Entertainment in a Natural Setting Feb. 11-12

Free Admission • $10 Parking • Buses and RV’s $25 Come out and experience The Little Everglades Ranch at our first Ranch Days event.  All shows, musical entertainment, and activities at the Lil Buckaroo Coral are free. Cost of guided tours, rides, art, crafts, food and beverages will vary per vendor. Event patrons can enjoy … Continue reading Exceptional Entertainment in a Natural Setting Feb. 11-12

Family Fun Delights at the 2017 Kumquat Festival

Kumquats are fun to eat and the word kumquat is fun to say, so it stands to reason that the Kumquat Festival January 28 in Dade City is going to be a fantastically fun event for all! Today, NatureCoaster explores all things kumquat to help prepare you for the 20th Annual Kumquat Festival. Read on. … Continue reading Family Fun Delights at the 2017 Kumquat Festival

Wildlife Park features Florida Conservationists

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park has set aside the month of January to honor some of Florida’s well-known naturalists and conservationists. These include William Bartram, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Rachel Carson, and Archie Carr: all who have played an important part in the conservation of Florida’s natural resources. In addition to displays in the … Continue reading Wildlife Park features Florida Conservationists

Have a Blast at the Brooksville Raid

The Hernando Historical Museum Association, Inc. and North Pinellas County Scout Sertoma Club, Inc. are presenting the 37th Annual Brooksville Raid Re-enactment, Jan. 21- 22, 2017 at Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd. in Brooksville. This unique event is eye-opening and educational, as well as fun and entertaining. It is promoted as quality family … Continue reading Have a Blast at the Brooksville Raid

The Nature Coast Citrus Business

Gift fruit is a term used to describe locally grown citrus that has been washed, waxed, sorted and packed for shipment to someone who doesn’t live in the Sunshine State. At several times throughout the last century or so, Florida’s Nature Coast has been an integral part of this delicious business. Saint Joe is home … Continue reading The Nature Coast Citrus Business

Whooping Cranes @ the Wildlife Park

Whooping cranes will be highlighted during the month of December at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. The Park is currently home to a pair of Whooping cranes, Peepers and Levi, who live in a natural habitat with a pond surrounded by grassy banks. The Park will be presenting a Wildlife Jeopardy program on … Continue reading Whooping Cranes @ the Wildlife Park

Shopping Small for Big Returns on Florida’s Nature Coast

Thanksgiving is a week away. What a blessing it is to live in the paradise of Florida’s Nature Coast during the fall season. While we do not have extravagant color shows from the changing of the leaves, we do have beautiful wildflowers that change with the seasons, and more subtle things make this an ideal … Continue reading Shopping Small for Big Returns on Florida’s Nature Coast

Crafting Wines for the Florida Lifestyle in the Nature Coast

In 2001, Ron Hunt began creating some of the best Orange, Key Lime, Plantation White, Plantation Red, Blush, Spice & Port wines available at Florida Estates Winery. How does he do it? First, Ron and his team clean everything used to create the wines. Any dust, dirt of debris in the equipment thwarts the process. … Continue reading Crafting Wines for the Florida Lifestyle in the Nature Coast

Halloween and Harvest Festivals in Florida’s Nature Coast

Fall is here. The temperatures have dropped enough to make the weather pleasant and the rains have slowed. A Nature Coast fall is not marked by changing leaves as it is in most of the U.S. We celebrate fall with corn mazes, pumpkin patches and haunted houses. If you like family activities, a corn maze … Continue reading Halloween and Harvest Festivals in Florida’s Nature Coast

Up to my Ears in Corn

At 10 am the gate was opened and customers began their semi-annual trek for what has been called, “the sweetest gold on earth,” Frasier’s sweet corn. David Frazier, and his wonderful wife, Sharon, own a 25-acre farm several blocks north of Jefferson and East Avenue in Brooksville. Twice each year they harvest their crops and … Continue reading Up to my Ears in Corn

Touring West Pasco’s Historic Stilt Houses

On a recent visit to Port Richey, I enjoyed a charter up the Pithlachascotee River (called the “Cotee” by locals) from Sims Park in downtown New Port Richey and then out about a mile into the Gulf of Mexico where I was greeted by houses on stilts! Captain Ray of Miss Daisy Boat Tours was … Continue reading Touring West Pasco’s Historic Stilt Houses

Meet a Magical Weeki Wachee Mermaid with Determination and Style

Cheyenne Bragg is a real mermaid. It’s not only her job, it is the fulfillment of her childhood dream. “When I was a little girl, 7 or 8 years old, my parents took me to Weeki Wachee and I loved the mermaids. I thought they were so awesome and I wanted so badly to be … Continue reading Meet a Magical Weeki Wachee Mermaid with Determination and Style

Dressed for Success with Love

My Career Closet works to Instill Confidence in Job Seekers In 2011, five women in Hernando County discussed ways to help area women live up to their potential. Many had careers and very limited time, but they all saw a need. Some unemployed women were missing job opportunities because they didn’t have the wardrobe to … Continue reading Dressed for Success with Love

Spring Hill’s World Championship Chicken Plucking Contest

Spring Hill first appeared on Hernando County Maps in the mid-1800s along what is today Fort Dade Avenue just north of the community of Wiscon. The modern Spring Hill was founded in 1967 as a planned community,   developed by the Deltona Corporation and built by the Mackle Brothers. The plans for the community are identical … Continue reading Spring Hill’s World Championship Chicken Plucking Contest

Fresh-to-Table: “New Farm Food” for NatureCoasters™

Looking for an approach to eating that’s so fresh you can taste it? Fresh-to-Table restaurants are making waves in the culinary industry, including some on the shores of the NatureCoast. Chefs worth their salt always pick top-shelf ingredients as the first step in creating a truly remarkable meal, and freshness is the most important factor. … Continue reading Fresh-to-Table: “New Farm Food” for NatureCoasters™

Naturecoaster.com Joins the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce

On Thursday, May 26, Naturecoaster.com joined the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce to raise awareness of our mission to unite the people of Citrus, Hernando and Pasco Counties with the myriad of wonderful businesses, events and activities available. “Melody Floyd, Senior Administrative Assistant with the Chamber, was instrumental in helping us get connected to … Continue reading Naturecoaster.com Joins the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce

Memorial Day and the Florida National Cemetery

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorating the men and women who died while in the service of the U.S. military.  In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries.  A national moment of remembrance takes … Continue reading Memorial Day and the Florida National Cemetery

NatureCoaster Partners with WYKE TV: Gems of the Nature Coast

One of our goals with NatureCoaster is to unite the people, places and things of Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties. One of our challenges is a limited staff. To overcome this, partnerships should both unite and expand toward the goal. We have an exciting partnership announcement to share with you In the second quarter of … Continue reading NatureCoaster Partners with WYKE TV: Gems of the Nature Coast

Cooking Cracker Cane Syrup

Sugar cane is a tropical perennial grass that has three main varieties – chewing, crystal and syrup. In Central Florida, the sugar cane crop is planted in January and harvested in November. Cane syrup has been a part of the Nature Coast region for generations, with pioneer families in the 1800s and early 1900s traditionally … Continue reading Cooking Cracker Cane Syrup