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Lakeland | Florida

I grew up here, attended school here, fell in love here and currently raising a family here. I never expected to move back here after graduating from college, but life happens.

Truth is, It took a while for me to love Lakeland as an adult. I’m not your typical hometown girl. I wanted to move as far away from here as possible. Not because I didn’t have a great family or wonderful friends, but I wanted to see the country and explore the world.

It has taken a husband and two kids to help me realize that Lakeland truly is a great place for our family and when I looked hard enough, I found so many wonderfully hidden gems in our small community.

What to do: Lake Hollingsworth, Lake Mirror, Circle B Bar Reserve, Saturday Downtown Market, The Balance Culture, Mayfaire by the Lake, Detriot Tigers Spring Training, The Polk Theatre, Lakeland Community Theatre

Where to shop: The Stationery Loft, Hatties Branches, Scout & Tag, Vintage Warehouse, Lakeside Village, Saturday Farmers Market, 5th & Hall, A Kind Place

What to eat: The Poor Porker, Concord Coffee, Cobb & Pen, Nineteen61, Scarpa’s, Born & Bread at the Farmers Market, The Terrace, Black n Brew, The Juice Box, Posto 9

Where to stay: Streamsong Resort, The Terrace