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Escape to Florida’s Forgotten Coast

Friday, January 20th, 2012
St. George´s Island Lighthouse

Climb to the top of the St. George Light.

Escape to a Forgotten Coast Bed and Breakfast this winter. Enjoy one of the most preserved parts of the state, an area rich in wildlife and opportunities for outdoor recreation. Fill your days with paddling, hiking, fishing, swimming, and lounging on the beach.

The Apalachicola Paddling Trail System is one of the best in the country, encompassing saltwater trails, lakes, creeks, and rivers. Paddlers can float along spring-fed rivers, negotiate winding trails through a bayou, or explore the vast Forgotten Coast itself. You can paddle for a day or paddle for a month and never be bored.

Tate’s Hell State Forest has more than 200,00 acres open to hiking, biking, fishing, and wildlife viewing. The High Bluff Coastal Hiking Trail leads to relict dunes; the Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System extends more than 150 miles; there are several canoe launch sites in the park, and one can float for hours; anglers should arrive with a valid license.

You’ll think you’ve found paradise on the barrier island of St. George, which sits across Apalachicola Bay from the town of Apalachicola. Gentle waves lap against the pristine beaches. Spend the day jumping waves on the beach, or explore the island by bike. If you miss the stair climber at your gym at home, climb the 100 steps to the top of St. George Light. This reconstructed historic lighthouse offers dramatic views of the area from the lantern room.

You may want to do nothing other than relax at your Forgotten Coast Bed and Breakfast after a full day. If you still have some energy to spare, take in a show at the Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola. The 2012 Season runs January through March. Acts include:

  • ELVIS and Friends do the DIXIE (January 27-29)
  • Bob Milne Ragtime Piano (February 1-5)
  • Gabriel Russo (February 17-9)
  • And an eclectic mix of song and dance in March.

Experience Port St. Joe

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Travelers looking for a summer destination would do well to consider a stay in Port St Joe, Florida, Bed and Breakfasts.

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

Picture yourself here, in St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.

Opportunities for outdoor recreation are abundant in and around Port St. Joe:

  • St. Joseph Peninsula State Park: one of the best beaches in the country, featuring more than 10 miles of white sandy beaches.
  • St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge: home to a small population of red wolves, sea turtles (loggerhead, green, and leatherback), American alligators, wood storks, and many more amazing birds, reptiles, and mammals. Visitors may explore the refuge on foot, by bike, or from a boat.
  • Boating: kayak around St. Joseph Bay or rent a motor boat and head to deeper water in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Fishing: popular no matter what’s biting. Ask the innkeepers of your Port St. Joe Bed and Breakfasts Florida for guide recommendations.
  • Snorkeling and diving: the warm waters of the gulf encourage deeper exploration. Satisfy the urge.
  • Scallop season is on the horizon, and with it comes the 15th Annual Florida Scallop and Music Festival. August 5 – 7, 2011.

Summer is a great time to visit the Gulf Coast of NW Florida. There are few crowds and plenty of fun ways to stay cool. Of course, summer in Florida can also bring impressive rain storms. At such times, retreat to the porch of your Port St. Joe Florida Bed and Breakfast. Watch the storm roll in and sigh with pleasure as the air cools. Storms invite romance, or game-time with the kids, or the ideal occasion to curl up on the porch with a drink and a good book. Now that’s a vacation.

Maclay State Gardens

Thursday, January 27th, 2011
Potted Flowers near the Reflection Pool at Maclay Gardens

The reflecting pool at Maclay Gardens

While much of the country is blanketed in snow, flowers are blooming at the Maclay Gardens and State Park in Quincy, Florida. Expect lots of colorful blossoms through April, particularly in mid-to-late March. The Maclay home is also open for tours at this time.

Alfred B. Maclay was a successful New York financier. He and his wife kept a summer home in Quincy (today perhaps they would have simply stayed in a lovely Quincy Florida Bed and Breakfast). First planted in 1923 by the financier and his wife Louise, the gardens feature thousands of mature plantings on hundreds of acres. (more…)

Heavenly High Springs

Thursday, June 17th, 2010
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Cool off tubing near High Springs in Northeast Florida.

High Springs is in Northeast Florida, midway between Gainesville and Lake City. Time spent in High Springs bed and breakfasts would do anyone good; the town is peaceful, the land around it stunningly beautiful, and the people friendly.

Visit River Rise Preserve State Park, just out of town. The Santa Fe River re-emerges here in a quiet, circular pool after a brief hiatus underground. This is an ideal place to escape summer heat – the trees are huge and the shade is deep. Anglers, spend a day fishing the Santa Fe River here. Hikers, choose from over 20 miles of trails. Birdwatchers, bring your binoculars.

A bit farther from town is Ichetucknee Springs State Park, where the Ichetucknee River passes through wetlands and shaded hammocks before joining the Santa Fe River. At this time of year, you’ll want to stop outside the park and rent tubes and snorkeling equipment, for tubing is extremely popular and fun. Come on – live a little! (more…)

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