Plantation on Crystal River


[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ess than a three-hour drive from Tallahassee, the eco-friendly Plantation on Crystal River is surround by some of the best salt and freshwater fishing in the area. The Plantation makes it easy to get away with its full-service marina including the Plantation Adventure Center and Dive Shop, 18-hole golf course, 9-hole executive course, Spa Bleu by Aveda, West 82 Bar & Grill and Tiki Bar, and inviting accommodations. With more than 1,600 feet of seawall, overnight guests can tie up their boats at any of over 80 spaces located directly across the lawn from the waterfront patio rooms.

Guests have the unique opportunity to swim with the manatees, rent a pontoon or Jon boat, relax by the riverfront pool, enjoy a game of croquet on the manicured lawn, or hire a guided fishing charter.

Kicking off on July 1, scalloping season is a great excuse to take a weekend getaway. Searching for scallops is a favorite Florida pastime, and the Plantation on Crystal River invites scallop seekers to come hunt for this delicious treasure. This summer, the resort is offering two unique package options for four people– one with a guide and one without – prices start at just $350.52*! The package includes two-night accommodations, daily breakfast, one cook-your-catch dinner, free boat launch and scalloping gift bag.

Most scallops can be found in the shallow grass flats of the Gulf of Mexico that range anywhere from three to six feet deep. Only two to three inches in length and located inside a fan-shaped shell, the scallops can be easy to spot with their 30-40 bright blue eyes, but provide a good chase, since all those eyes help them detect predators.

To book a stay for scalloping season, or an anytime weekend escape, call 800-632-6262 or visit

*Price listed is for four people, two-nights mid-week without a guide in a Garden View room. Pricing available for third and fourth guest. Weekend pricing begins at $485.23 for four people, two nights. Subject to availability. Taxes and gratuities not included.