Pancakes with Your Selfie on Them? Yes, It’s Really Real.

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Free pancakes with your selfie on them? Yes, it’s really real! The #PancakeSelfieExpress truck has been hanging out here at #HolidayInnUF before the big breakfast event tomorrow morning on the University of Florida Campus.

The Holiday Inn Express brand embarked on a 9-city tour across the US as the proud sponsor of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) football, bringing with it not only a pancake Narcissus himself would have adored, but late checkout and breakfast until noon as part of their “Snoozapalooza” campaign. The late checkout/breakfast promo began back on Sept. 17 and will run through December 18th for guests staying at a Holiday Inn Express on weekends.

pancake1.jpgSo, you’re still wondering about this weird science-sounding contraption known as the Pancake Selfie Express? Guests love pancakes and guests love selfies, so why not combine the two? The on-trend food truck allows guests at the event on the University of Florida campus tomorrow to start their day with a heaping serving of technology as the high-tech laser printer and super fast pancake maker takes your selfie from phone to food in a matter of minutes. It also made a great backdrop from some really fun photos our team took earlier today.

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The Holiday Inn Express Pancake Selfie Express food truck will be visiting the University of Florida campus tomorrow from 9:00AM until 12:00 PM as SEC Nation broadcasts live from campus. More info about the event here.

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Keeping the Spirit of Innovation Alive

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Take a moment and look back in time. A time where deadlines didn’t matter and day-long meetings were completely unbeknownst to you. Empty spaces could easily be filled with wild wonderlands of mystical creatures and faraway lands simply by using your mind.

Imagination – do we lose our ability to daydream as we get older? Maybe that little filament loses its spark and dims as we age, but does it have to fizzle and fade away? Perhaps we can light a fire that burns from endless embers, ready to burst into flame with a flash of light from a metaphorical bulb hovering above your head. Poof! An idea is born.

cademuseumMarch’s Holiday Inn Gives Back Charity is the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention, where children learn to explore the ambitions that lead to great inventions. We’ll be donating a portion of group sales proceeds this month towards this organization, because great ideas don’t spring from stagnant minds.

Like the best museums, the Cade Museum provides great experiences with interactive learning, programs, and opportunities to grow into creative potential. Their classes, programs, and exhibits are designed to engage visitors in “purposeful creativity,” the kind that leads to great inventions, new businesses and things that change the world.

Programs include their Creativity Lab, which focuses on the “who,” not just the “what” and “why” of technology and new concepts. In the Lab, students learn to think creatively like inventors by using their own imaginations, with a combination of human history and the arts. They also offer a variety of special programs and camps to get the gears of ingenuity turning.

Keep the spirit of creativity alive!

When you book a room block and/or any of our meeting space during the month of March 2016, a portion of our proceeds will be donated to the Cade Museum.

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5 Ways You Know Springtime is Coming in Gainesville

Not that winter is all that harsh in the Sunshine State, but there’s something about the slight increase in temps during the day and those few extra minutes of sunlight in the evening that tell us that spring is on the way.  Here’s 5 more ways we know springtime is coming, as portrayed by a few local events and more.

 

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You’ve been analyzing the layout of your flower bed in preparation for all the plant life that’s about to take root there. You even made space for a family of garden gnomes. Breathe in the fresh scent of spring’s first flowers, live plants, and kick back with the live entertainment, children’s activities and live auctions. The event’s 175 booths offer plants, landscape displays, garden accessories, arts and crafts, educational exhibits and, of course, food.
WHEN:  March 19 (9am – 5pm) & 20 (10am – 5pm),  2016
photo credit: kanapha.org

 

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Gators Baseball Season Has Begun

You can smell the scent of ballpark franks on the grill, fresh-popped popcorn and hear the crack of the bat as our team smacks one out of the park! First game of the season is today, February 19th!
Gators Baseball Schedule
photo credit: floridagators.com

 

46th Annual April 11 - 12, 2015Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival
You’re already clearing out space in your house for some new artwork you know you’re going to snag at this much anticipated arts event. Set amid picturesque turn-of-the-century homes in the Northeast Gainesville Historic District, the 47th annual Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival on Sat.-Sun., April 2-3, offers fun and inspiration for the whole family.  This festival is one of the largest in Gainesville and is known for its abundance of high-quality and unique artwork. It’s an event not to miss!
WHEN: Saturday, April 2, 9 a.m. to 5pm and  Sunday, April 3, noon to 5pm
WHERE: NE 1st St, Gainesville, FL 32601
photo/facts credit: The Santa Fe College Foundation
 

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Your car is yellow, no matter what color the paint actually is. Florida is known for being green pretty much year round and with that comes a price – POLLEN. You’ve also stocked up on anti-histamines, extra car wash liquid and terry cloths to keep your vehicle clean.

 

Love Bugs Everywhere
This isn’t just for Gainesville, but really the whole state of Florida! What is it with nature attacking our cars in this state? If it’s not pollen, it’s the strange, yet oftentimes abhorred little critter known as the love bug that wreaks havoc on our cars’ paint jobs in droves. Small, fragile and odd creatures are the love bugs, but it wouldn’t be Florida without them. Time to buy even more car detailer and terry cloths.
photo credit: tampabay.com

 

5 Romantic Things to Do in Gainesville for Valentine’s Day

With a rich history and breathtaking scenery, Gainesville boasts plenty of romantic ways to spend this lover’s holiday together. Whether you love to dine and savor wine, or prefer to take in the scenery outdoors, this little college town has enough charm to win your heart.

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Picnic Lunch at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
With 62 acres of natural beauty to explore, the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is a top choice for a romantic afternoon with your love. Get some fresh air, or bring a picnic lunch to share. Kanapaha is also pet friendly, so bring your furry sweetheart, too. Discover a variety of plant life while exploring the water gardens, the herb garden, the hummingbird garden and even a ginger garden.
photo credit: kanapaha.org

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Stroll Down Cholokka Boulevard in Historic Micanopy

Sometimes known as “the little town that time forgot” historic Micanopy (pronounced mick-ah-NO-pee) is thought to be one of Florida’s first inland towns. “Dedicated on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, Cholokka Boulevard, once an Indian trading route,  is Micanopy’s main street,  and the Town’s primary tourist destination famous for its antique shops.” Micanopy was also voted as one of “The Cutest Small Towns in America” by Huffington Post and is located only 20 minutes to the south of Gainesville.
photo and facts credit: micanopytown.com

 

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If you’ve been living under a rock, you probably still know craft beers are greatly displacing “mainstream” national beers by storm. Are hops and barley your thing? Then an afternoon tasting some of Gainesville’s unique brews is for you. Tours are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis on Tuesdays at 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm as well as Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm. They get pretty creative with their concoctions, too. At the time this article was written, there was a “Coconut Curry Stump Knocker” Pale Ale in the tasting room. Swamp Head is a must-visit for the craft beer lover in Gainesville.
photo credit: swamphead.com

 

kittyValentine’s Day Couples Tour at Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation
If you want to take a walk on the wild side, Carson Springs is offering a wildlife tour package this Valentine’s Day. They are primarily a conservation and educational facility, rescuing exotic animals in need. This Saturday and Sunday (Feb 13 & 14) Carson Springs is offering a tour featuring complimentary drinks, warthog races (what!!?), feeding demonstrations and a special gift for only $65.00 per couple. LEARN MORE!
photo credit: carsonspringswildlife.org

 

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And Last But Not Least, a Romantic Dinner for Two at Piesanos
Gainesville’s favorite Italian food and pizza is right here adjacent to the Holiday Inn UF. Piesanos Stone Fired Pizza Pints and Pies features your favorite pies and Italian delicacies, but also features over 40 taps, pouring a variety of local craft beers and national brews, plus a wine selection that will win your heart. No Valentine’s Day is complete without good food. Especially good Italian food!
photo credit: piesanostogo.com