Christmas Lights Are Spectacular in Natural North Florida

The Holiday Season is a highlight is Florida’s Natural North Florida region. Small towns are well lit, with holiday parades and festivals. Several our State Parks are lit with holiday decorations and private venues hold holiday special events. Here are a few for your consideration:​ The 8th Annual Christmas Train at Kirby Family Farm Hosted by …

It’s All About Seafood….Florida’s Big Bend Shellfish Trail

Experience fresh, local seafood along Florida’s Big Bend Life on Florida’s Big Bend, especially in the coastal communities of Taylor, Dixie and Levy counties revolves around seafood, especially shellfish. Not only are oysters, clams, shrimp and crabs available at local eateries, they’re available at seafood retailers, often “fresh off the boat”. Certain species. like bay …

White Springs: Florida’s Original Tourist Destination

Set among forests and a famous river in rural Hamilton County, White Springs, Florida doesn’t conjure the image of a bustling tourist town. As the town’s Vice Mayor Walter McKenzie describes it, you had to be there. “In the late 1800s and early 1900s, White Springs was the number one tourist destination in Florida because …

Birding and Bird Photography Opportunities in Natural North Florida

Blogger Note: Despite over fifty years as a photographer, my expertise in the art of bird photography is lacking. I thank my friend Rick Davidson, for this story and some excellent photos. I wish I had his patience! Our area is fortunate to have so many parks and wildlife management areas, but we’re also fortunate …

Trunk Or Treat–Halloween in Perry, Florida

“Trunk or Treating” is an excellent way to meet you neighbors and to get ready for All-Hallows Eve, on October 31. This year (2019), the city of Perry is planning an all-out festival in the downtown, featuring lots of vehicles, a costume contest and a carved pumpkin contest. Expect to see plenty of ghouls, movie …

A High Springs Hiatus

It seems that all roads lead to High Springs, Florida, where Highways 27, 441 and 41 intersect. Located about 20 miles northwest of Gainesville in Alachua County, High Springs is a crossroads for those traveling through North Central Florida. If you find yourself near this part of the state, linger for an afternoon or weekend. …

It’s Mackerel Season on Florida’s Big Bend!

This fall, as pods of baitfish move along the Big Bend, anglers can count on some great action from pelagic species like king and Spanish mackerel that follow them.  The early summer days of scrawny “snakes” have passed and these eating machines have fattened and in some cases reached record sizes.  If you see fish …

Cedar Key 2019 Seafood Festival, October 19 & 20

Fall is here and in Natural North Florida, that means several things! One, it’s cooler and second, the annual Cedar Key Seafood Arts and Crafts Festival is getting ready to happen, October 19 and 20, 2019. In the early ’90s, there was doubt that the city of Cedar Key would survive the official banning of …

A Weekend in Williston

How many small towns can you name where visitors can dive in underwater caverns, sit atop an elephant, ride a vintage train, wander through a botanical garden and eat the best Southern soul food you’ll find this side of Mississippi? Williston, Florida, claims all these and more. You might not realize this driving through the …

64th Annual Florida Forest Festival (and Free Fish Fry!), at Perry, FL October 26, 2019

Yes, that’s a helicopter in the background of this photo of the two-man lumberjack competition at the 2018 Florida Forest Festival in Perry. And there’s more! You can expect to see lots of really spectacular logging gear, military vehicles this year as well as eat some gret food. You’ll also be able to climb aboard …