Can’t Beat the Retreat
May 31 2013 by Michael Gelfand
Creek Ranch Haines City, Florida
General description: Lazing quietly at the end of a winding path of majestic oak trees draped in Spanish moss, this 9,000-square-foot luxury ranch “Bunk House” on the shores of Central Florida’s Lake Hatchineha is an unforgettable destination that offers the perfect blend of luxurious comfort, time-stalling quietude and exciting outdoor activities. Lush plant life bursts from every angle of this Everglades hideaway, and there’s ample meeting space—albeit non-traditional—both indoors and out for your formal and informal events. Be sure to carve out time for team activities like horseback riding, bass fishing, hiking and the life-affirming rides on the swamp buggy, airboat and pontoon boat—plus much more.
Unique features: Every room of the home is impeccably appointed with an impossibly eclectic array of family collectibles. The house itself sits on the border of a 1,400-acre, working cattle farm whose property plays host to alligators and a host of aquatic birds. An on-site chef whips up topnotch, down-home Southern cuisine to please any palette.