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News, deals in Florida travel feature plantation resort at Greenville

By Mary Thurwachter, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer — March 23, 2012

There are only a handful of plantation resorts in the United States, and the Sunshine State is home to one of them - Honey Lake Plantation Resort and Spa.

The resort opened a few months ago in Greenville near Tallahassee. With private lakeside cottages and restaurants that serve organic fare from the plantation, the resort is an inviting weekend getaway. Activities include hunting, fishing, kayaking, horseback riding and a full-service spa.

Encompassing 4,700 acres, the resort features its namesake Honey Lake, an 80-acre natural spring-fed lake that is one of the most stunning in North Florida and South Georgia.

Guests can watch the plantation's herd of sleek Tennessee walking horses while strolling picturesque grounds with centuries-old live oak trees draped in Spanish moss and lush green pastures with black wooden fences.

Bob Williamson, CEO of the Williamson Group USA, bought the property in 2008 as a place for his family to live, but decided the plantation was too valuable a regional treasure to keep private. Call (850) 948-9911 or visit