The SpacePrivate Room, as well as, use of the shared kitchen, main bathroom with tub and shower, washer/dryer laundry in the garage. Private entrance to the back yard. Quiet neighborhood outside of the city. (See Pictures)
Also we have accommodations available to host guests who are traveling by RV. Park in the driveway, and 24 hour access to water/electric, a shared bathroom (tub/shower), laundry and wifi.
I will also consider a dog, depending upon various factors (msg. me). There is a fenced in back yard you have access to. It's only 3' high in some areas, so not good for fence jumpers.
(As Shown in Photos)
It's a clean, neat, by no means luxurious, but very homey and comfortable atmosphere.
The front yard is shady and perfect to swing on the porch swing under the large shade trees. In the back, there's a snug place with open sky perfect for sunning during the day, and star gazing at night. Under the huge shade tree and cedars in the back, you can sit and read a book or have lunch at the picnic table, and enjoy sitting around a small campfire pit at night. The neighborhood is quiet and peaceful, a rural community, great for a walking, jogging, or biking around and with many unexpected amenities. see What is there to Do Nearby? (Rainbow Lakes Estates) Guest AccessYou'll have access to a shared bath/shower, laundry facilities in garage, as well as the yard (back yard is now fenced in). Interaction with GuestsMy adult son Jesse and I live here, and we are hosting our nomadic-traveling friend Daniel, whose taking a traveling break. We are around much of the time, if you need any assistance with anything. We can be very social and yet quite satisfied to be by ourselves, and very respectful of each other, and our guests preferred level and flow of social interaction. The NeighborhoodSo What is there to do Nearby?
Rainbow Lakes Estates (0-3mi.)
Parks: Picnic and Grilling Pavilions, Playground, Basketball, Tennis, Racquetball, Baseball, Shuffleboard
Fitness Gym, Zumba & Exercise Classes
Bombonato Healing Group
Licensed Massage Therapist
Close by at Neighborhood Entrance (2mi.)
Small local groceries, pub, diner, convenience store & gas station.
Rainbow Lakes Greater Area (3mi.)
Rainbow River Area (5-11mi.)
State Park, Hiking-walks Swimming, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Picnic, (Dogs allowed on Leash) (5mi.)
KP Hole: Tubing K.P. Hole Float 4.5 Miles (2-3 hrs), Canoe/Kayak Boating (7mi.)
Juliette Falls Golf Course (7mi.)
Dunnellon City Beach: Swimming, Picnic (10 mi.)
Rainbow River Canoe and Kayak: Tubing Shuttle Transport, Kayak/Canoe/Paddleboard and Fishing Boat Rental (Also available for Withlacoochee River / State Forest 9mi. runs.
Capt. Bob's Airboat Tours (9-10 mi)
State Campground on River (11mi.)
Historical District: (Antique Shops, and Dinning)
Goethe State Park (8-9mi.)
North Star Trails, Horseback Trail Riding, Hiking, Primitive Camping
Mall, Restaurants, Cinema and Drive-In Movie Theaters
Appleton Art Museum
OBS Thoroughbred Horse Racing and Race Track
Silver Springs Attraction and Concerts
Wild Waters Water Park
Crystal River (24mi.)
Crystal River Manatee Tour and Dive: Snorkeling/Scuba Diving, Scalloping, Manatee Tours
Cultural: theater, fine dinning, museums
Gainesville, Florida Museums
Harn Museum of Art
3259 Hull Road
Gainesville, Florida (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. -
Florida Museum of Natural History
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sun 12-5 p.m.
Tel: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) | Plan a Visit
Admission: Free, except for special exhibits.
Parking is free on Saturdays and Sundays. Monday through Friday, parking is available $4 at the kiosk in front of the museum. Free handicap parking is available near the entrance to the museum.
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida Cultural Plaza
3215 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sun 12-5 p.m.
Tel: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Free, although donations are gladly accepted. There is a cover charge for featured exhibits and the Butterfly Rainforest.
Reserved parking for Museum visitors - excluding University of Florida holidays - is $4 per day (cash only), 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please see attendant in gated booth. Parking is free on weekends and state and university holidays.
To avoid receiving a ticket, visitors should park only in designated areas on weekdays excluding holidays, even if there are open spaces in the large adjacent parking lot. UF Traffic and Parking enforces parking restrictions weekdays year-round.
Matheson History Museum
(Local and Florida History)
513 E University Avenue Gainesville FL 32601
((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Admission: Free, donations encouraged.
Central Located / West Central Florida
only a day drive away from
Daytona Beach (102mi)
Dollar General (3mi.)
Winn Dixie (7mi.)
Seasonal Events and Activities:
April: Dunnellon, Boomtown Days (Historical)
May: Local, Blueberry Farm (U-Pick)
October 17th: Fall Arts and Crafts and Jazz Up Dunnellon Music Festival
December: Ocala, Light up Ocala Getting AroundThere are Greyhound bus routes, and Greyhound/Amtrak routes, that will get you to Ocala, Florida, which is 28 mi. from us. Arrangements can be made for private transport from the bus station in Ocala to our home for a reasonable fee.
There is no public transportation once you get here, so please make arrangements for your transportation while you stay.
There are a few different ways to go about enjoying the Rainbow River with regards to how long you want to be out there, and what you feel most comfortable and enjoy doing.
The river itself is about 5.7 miles from the top of it's head springs to where it ends down at Hwy. 484 / Pennsylvania Ave.in Dunnellon, merging into the Withlacoochee River. Floating or paddling downstream is a relaxing trip with no white water whatsoever. The current is moderately strong, so tubing upstream is not feasible. But with just a little exertion you can canoe or kayak around, and even upstream for a few miles.
You can only access the head springs at the Rainbow Springs State Park. You cannot tube from the head springs area itself, but you can launch your own, or rent, a kayak / canoe from there. If you rent from there it is $11/hr. per vessel (one or two person) with a 2hr. min. and you will need to paddle their vessel back, since they provide no shuttle service downstream for their rentals. If you bring your own, you have to physically transport it from the parking lot to the boat ramp quite a distance, no small feat, best to have it on wheels.
The park itself is beautiful, and definitely worth the $2.00 entrance fee. There is a combination of natural, as well as beautifully landscaped, paved and unpaved trails, a few waterfalls and bridges, a crystal clear swimming and snorkeling area, bathroom, snack bar and gift shop facilities, as well as, the canoe / kayak rentals. If you swim, a mask and snorkel is definitely a treat, and my recommendation.
The first few miles of the river is natural wilderness, and beautiful, particularly how clear the water is and the wild life and land formations observable right down to the bottom of the river, and it really is crystal clear and 72 degrees year round.
However, there is also access to the River for swimming, picnicking, both boating and tubing rentals, a mile or so further down the river at what's called the K.P. Hole. The admission there is $5.00 per car load up to 8 and children under 6 free. It is there that people start if they intend to tube the river. Or if you want to paddle a canoe or kayak upstream to the head springs and back they rent canoes and kayaks at $8/hr sing. or $10/hr dbl. There are no motorized boats allowed from there, up stream. Their tube rentals includes a shuttle ride back for $15.
However, there are some obstacles at the K.P. Hole to be noted. They are very busy particularly in spring through summer, and even much more so on weekends, and they have a capacity limit and often it gets reached by 10 a.m. and then that's it. No entrance is allowed until capacity is below the limit again. And rentals go fast, so the earlier to 8 a.m. the opening the better. And they also do not provide tube rentals, (only kayak and canoe) weekdays after Memorial day, and not at all after Labor day, until the first Saturday of April.
But, there are a few other companies in town that do rent out tubes all year round. These companies also rent kayak and canoe and even long boards, as well as, provide shuttle service from the end of the river up to the drop off launch at the K.P. Hole. included in your rental fee. In sum, they don't rent by the hour, but by the trip down the river and their prices are approx. $15 tube, $30/40 sing/dbl. kayak or canoe and includes shuttle to the K.P Hole boat and tube launch.
Now, if you launch there alone and head downstream, there is a significant difference. While still very fun and relaxing and lovely, you do miss out on the most beautiful untouched wilderness part of the river. One side of the river is mostly wilderness but the other side is populated by riverside residences. Don't get me wrong, it's still really very nice, but I would want my guests to know what's what.
From the K.P. Hole down the trip takes
Tubing 4 - 4.5 Hrs.
Kayaking / Canoeing 2.5 -3 Hrs.
What I would suggest is a two day experience if you have the time available to do that. I would spend one day at the State Park, enjoying all the trails and facilities, swim, and rent a canoe or kayak for 2 hrs. and leisurely enjoy the pristine natural wilderness portion of the river.
Then, take an additional day, starting early and drive into town rent a tube, canoe or kayak from one of the business, let them shuttle you up to the K.P. Hole and drop you off, tube or paddle down stream and experience that, returning your equipment to them at the end. Then, simply walk across the street and eat lunch on the river at Swampy's Bar and Grille, or drive towards town and eat at one of the other cafe's or restaurants.
Recommended River Rental/Shuttle Services:
Rainbow River Kayak Adventures
Rainbow River Canoe and Kayak
Swampy's Bar and Grille
Blue Gator Tiki Bar and Restaurant
The Front Porch Restaurant and Pie Shop
The Pizza Joint
Pavarotti's Pizza and Restaurant
Don Pepe's Mexican Restaurant
Pack your camera, and/or phone, and a snack, and beverage and/or water in a NON-DISPOSABLE water proof containers, and whatever you think you may need, like a towel, hat, sunglasses, cover up shirt, more sunscreen, lip balm.. Leave a set of dry clothes in your car you can throw on over your swim suit for your lunch out. (There is zero tolerance for alcohol OR ANY DISPOSABLE ITEMS on the river. And they do patrol and check). Logically, tubers apply waterproof sunscreen and lip balm, and bring little to nothing extra with em. While canoe and kayakers can pack and bring, for instance, a lunch box cooler in the boat.
And wear sun screen. :)
Richann Other Things to NoteWe do have a furry dog. She's an older medium size friendly dog, that pretty much keeps to her own space after she first meets you. She's not aggressive, nor a problem barker, and generally gets along well with most all other dogs. Jesse is allergic to pet fur and dander, yet we make an exception for Bella, though we cannot add any more fur babies to the house equation. If you have a dog, it must remain with you in the yard, RV, etc.