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A Day Trip to Florida’s Kitschy Adventure Coast


My husband and I recently took a little road trip. Our mission was to search for Florida Kitsch. Our final destination was the town of historic Brooksville. We live in Winter Park (just North of Orlando), so we got on State Road 50 and headed West.

We knew we wanted to stop by Richloam’s General Store, have a bite at the Coney Island Drive Inn and visit Boyett’s Citrus Attraction, but our first stop was at a place we have been trying to stop at for years that’s only open three days a week.

Stop One: Jot Em Down Store

Every time we travel on State Road 50, we see this quirky place called Jot Em Down Store and wonder what it is. It’s a funky roadside store in Mascotte (which is in Lake County). The place is always closed when we pass by, but his particular Saturday they were open, so we pulled in and pulled out our cameras!

It turns out they are only open on Friday’s, Saturday’s and Monday’s, which explains why the stars had not aligned with trying to visit this place in the past.

AuthenticFlorida, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, Aug. 4, 2018

A Florida resident since 1974, Melanie Lentz-Janney is the owner/CXO of AuthenticFlorida.com, a travel and lifestyle blog devoted to the Sunshine State's most unique and quirkiest treasures. Authentic Florida is intended to inspire discovery of the accessible, yet under-appreciated areas of the state as well as celebrating good old-fashioned Florida kitsch. Lentz-Janney’s lifelong passion has been discovering Florida’s genuine side – some old, some new – with a focus on “fun and affordable.” Authentic Florida has been recognized as the BEST Blog of the Year, the BEST Travel Blog (twice), and BEST Food Blog at the Florida Sunshine Awards. Lentz-Janney is a member of Florida Outdoor Writers Association and the Society of American Travel Writers. She is also a well-respected marketing expert and an award-winning filmmaker.


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