The WINs moved next to a private property just outside of The Villages, FL. Several former WINs have settled here and showed us around. The Villages is a fairly new, planned, over-55 community, already up to 100,000 residents. And I think all of them have golf carts!
New homes are still being added every day.
One of the former WINs, Nancy, took us on a golf cart tour of the Christmas lights.
One house had a snow machine, so we couldn't resist the photo op.
We went on a free, no-arm-twisting trolley tour of the town.
And a very funny $2 boat ride on one of the lakes.
From the boat we saw a few of the 630 (!) golf holes in town.
The lake even has a lighthouse -
And some rusty stuff!
We ate several times at Cody's.
More rusty stuff!
And the grocery store even has a lighthouse! I'm ready to move here!
And the very best thing was that each of the 3 outdoor squares have free music every single night.
Here are 8 of us enjoying the ambiance. Why do I have the biggest drink?
We also visited nearby Lake Griffin State Park, where we did a short walk to a mammoth live oak tree.
Way too big to hug!
I liked the Resurrection Fern, which loves to grow on live oak trees.
Okay - it all sounds perfect. My only problem is that my kids and grandchildren are in Southern California and Northern Virginia. Too far away! Guess I'll have to keep looking...