When you think Sebring, Fla., you probably think of racing. After all, the Florida city of 10,000 is home to the 12 Hours of Sebring, an American Le Mans race. However, the city located 90 minutes due south of Orlando has so much more to offer. In fact, it's one of the three best small cities in Florida, according to a recent ranking.
So if you're feeling a wee bit adventurous and willing to explore some of Florida's more hidden treasures, then Sebring should be on your list.
First, you should have a tee time at Sun 'N Lake Golf Club. The 36-hole facility opened in 1976 and is Highland County's best facility. The Don Dyer designs offer unique challenges, with the Turtle Run course shorter and tighter, while the Deer Run course can be stretched to just over 7,000 yards and finishes with a majestic island-green par 3. With green fees no higher than $40, it's a steal.
When you're done playing Sun 'N Lake, you should make the short trip to Island View Restaurant. Connected with the golf club, Island View offers exquisite outdoor dining, featuring a menu of lighter fare, including reasonably priced sandwiches and salads. The mix of Southeast seafood and many Northeast favorites is just right.
Here are our other recommendations while in Sebring:
Where to stay: Inn on the Lakes -- The 156-room hotel offers waterfront views of Lake Jackson that will make your morning or evening that much sweeter. Choose to spend the day in the pool or return after a day around town. The Inn has rooms for all budgets and party sizes, including rooms with kitchenettes.
Where to drink: Blue Lagoon Saloon -- The Blue Lagoon Saloon has one mission: In their words, to serve the coldest beer and the greatest food around. That sounds good to us! If you're craving it, the BLS probably has it, from seafood munchies, to sandwiches, to delicious wings. The beer menu is the right mix for any palette.
Best burger: Wild Turkey Tavern -- If it's a hamburger you crave, then the Wild Turkey Tavern is the place for you. Be sure to get taters and onions on your burger, cooked in BBQ and Worcestershire sauces. If you don't take yourself too seriously, the Wild Turkey is a great place for you.
Best steak: Cowpoke's Watering Hole -- As you might guess with the name, Cowpoke's does steak very, very well. They do medium and medium rare, too, but it's all delicious. Every piece of meat they serve is Choice Chairman's Reserve Certified Premium beef, for the highest level of tenderness, juiciness and flavor possible.
Best pizza: Galati's Family Restaurant -- Who isn't in the mood for pizza? Galati's handmade pizzas are the best in town, and they come in pretty much every size imaginable, including their Family Side size, a 24-by-19 pie that will crave pretty much every appetite.