The city of Clermont in Lake County gained its claim to fame recently, thanks to its inclusion on Forbes’ list of the 25 Best Places to Retire in 2016. A list without an accompanying ranking system, meaning no place can claim the top spot, Forbes selections have received both local pride and outside interest, as many travel to the cities to see what all the fuss is about.
One of Forbes 25 Best Places to Retire in
2016, Clermont is a burgeoning success,
with plenty of weird – and fine wine.
This summer, explore Clermont yourself and find a city with a strong economy, good weather and low crime rates, and of course, a few quirky attractions that epitomize the best of Old Florida. Take a few-mile drive down U.S. 27 for an exciting three-part adventure.
The Citrus Tower
One of Florida’s first “attractions,” the Citrus Tower was built in 1956 on one of the highest hills in Florida’s ridge section. Towering at 226 feet – approximately 22 stories – The Citrus Tower offers its visitors a 360-degree panorama of Lake County’s rolling hills and hundreds of spring-fed lakes, taken in from a glass-enclosed observation deck at the top of the tower. As for its name, The Citrus Tower is recognized as a majestic and monumental tribute to Central Florida’s famed citrus industry and its lush subtropical groves. More than an attraction, the Tower serves as a beacon for all the new interest in the area’s growing population base and improving economic climate. Learn more at CitrusTower.com.
The Presidents Hall of Fame
Adjacent to the Tower is one of those quirky roadside attractions Florida is so famous for, but this one’s not without its historical value. Once described by Ronald Reagan as a “true national treasure,” the Presidents Hall of Fame has honored the Chiefs-of-Staff since 1960. Originally a popular wax museum called the “House of Presidents,” the attraction changed names in 1990 as it grew to much more than wax. Today, visitors will find reproductions of White House rooms and best of all, a a miniature White House and Mount Rushmore. For more information, visit ThePresidentsHallofFame.com.
Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
Clermont’s not without the finer things in life – like the incredible wine at Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards. Less than six miles from The Citrus Tower, Lakeridge sits on a 127-acre estate, in an area once considered the center of Florida’s grape industry. Now ranked as the state’s largest premium winery, and a pioneer in table and sparkling wine trends, Lakeridge has opened its doors to the public, offering complimentary tours and tastings where you can enjoy a variety of wines available for purchase at the gift shop. The explosive growth of Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards into a top name in Florida wine supports Forbes’ insight that Clermont is on the cusp of big things. Visit LakeridgeWinery.com.