Best Of 2011

BEST GAY TAKEOVER: Sawmill Camping Resort

Sawmill’s long been a popular destination among Central Florida’s LGBT population. As the name suggests, it manages to be at once rustic (cabins, RVs, cruisy hiking trails) and resort-like (disco, bars, pool parties). But in addition to the weekenders who pay a small membership fee to enjoy the amenities, there’s also a sizable contingent of residents who’ve turned their trailers into permanent second homes, and a group of them banded together last year to purchase the 120-acre resort from its former owners — who, as it happens, were straight (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Sawmill’s now believed to be the largest gay-owned non-profit co-op community in the U.S., and its board is planning facility upgrades and seeking new shareholders. 21710 U.S. Highway 98, Dade City, 352-583-0664, flsawmill.com.