Small Town Escape: Follow That Dream Down Highway 40 to Yankeetown, Florida

If you’re driving north or south on US19/98 and find yourself in the village of Inglis, near the highway’s intersection with the Withlacoochee River, be sure to turn west on SR40, locally known as “Follow That Dream Parkway”.    Yes, Elvis was there in 1961 filming Follow That Dream, one of his most successful movies, putting …

Southbound To Yankeetown (Florida, That Is!)

I remember my first encounter with the waters near the mouth of the Withlacoochee River. It was the mid-1980s and my Mom and Dad had just moved from St. Pete to Yankeetown. Our boat, a Boston Whaler Montauk, was well suited to drifting the flats off Pinellas Point or for trolling for Spanish mackerel near …

Dine Riverside in Yankeetown, FL–At The Riverside Inn at The Izaak Walton Lodge

The “old” Izaak Walton Lodge at Yankeetown, Florida was quite a place.  That is, until it burned down in 1999.  But that’s what happens to many almost-100-year-old pine framed buildings!  The fire was devastating and local residents were horrified to lose the lodge, a landmark and gathering place.  Frankly, it was just about “wore-out” and …