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 …

Want To Paddle Natural North Florida? Kayak and Canoes Available for Rent!

There are hundreds of paddlecraft (kayak and canoe) launches along our Natural North Florida waters, inland and coastal.  And there are a number of outfitters willing to help you learn local waters.  Fishing is an option, but there’s also some excellent touring along some of the most uninhabited rivers and coastline in the southeastern U.S. …

Drive Florida’s Dixie Mainline–Hardly A Road To Nowhere!

If you’re driving from the Dixie County Big Bend coastal community of Suwannee to Horseshoe Beach (or vice-versa), you have two options.  The first involves traveling at least a 20-mile trip back to US19/98, heading to either Cross City or Old Town and then another 20-plus miles to your destination.  The other is a simple, …

Yellow Jacket RV Resort–Serenity By The Suwannee River

If you’re looking for a place to “camp” in your RV that’s on the lower Suwannee River, consider the Yellow Jacket RV Resort west of Old Town and US19/98, on CR351 in Dixie County, Florida.  The Yellow Jacket is located on a beautiful piece of riverside property and is a first-rate RV park, with full …

Shired Island–Dixie County’s Hideaway-And A Great Spot To Fish Natural North Florida

What Florida’s Dixie County doesn’t have in the way of population or big cities (Cross City is the “big city”!), it makes up for in laid-back and remote coastal towns.  While Suwannee and Horseshoe Beach are the most prominent spots on the map (they have restaurants, marinas, condos to rent and  boat ramps), Shired Island …

Explore Florida’s Lower Suwannee River by Houseboat

(Editor’s Note: With credit to my good friend, Bill Miller, Jr., I pass along the following narrative regarding houseboating on the Suwannee River.  I couldn’t say it any better!) Miller’s Marina of Suwannee, Florida looks forward to meeting you and helping you plan your Suwannee Adventure. Cruising the Suwannee River aboard a 44 ft. Suwannee …

Visit Trenton, A Florida Town That’s All About Quilts and Murals!

Trenton, FL, the county seat of Gilchrist County, is just west of Gainesville and is home to an excellent quilting museum and has taken the art of quilting a step further by painting quilt designs on the exterior walls of some of the historic downtown buildings.

Re-Live Florida’s “Cracker” History in Perry, FL

  Florida’s Forest Capital State Museum and Cracker Homestead, located in Perry, is part of Florida’s State Park system.  Located on US19 (Byron Butler Parkway) just south of town, this 1864 home and furnishings will give visitors a taste of Florida’s past.  Open 9AM to Noon, Monday through Thursday, this place is worth a visit. …

Take Your Time and Enjoy Some Home Cooking at The Cypress Inn, Cross City, FL

If you’re like me, you sometimes forget about the finer things in life.  And in many cases, it means suffering through yet another fast food burger or breakfast when there’s a perfectly good opportunity right down the street that offers sit-down service, big smiles and some great food. The Cypress Inn in Cross City is …

Need Shrimp? They’re Right Off The Boat at Florida Cracker Shrimp in Horseshoe Beach!

You can’t miss Florida Cracker Shrimp and Bait Company. It’s alongside the canal on CR351 in “downtown” Horseshoe Beach, FL. If you’re looking for really fresh shrimp, take a leisurely drive to Horseshoe Beach, in Dixie County.  It’s about a 24 miles trip from Cross City (via CR351), but it’s worth it.  Tim runs a …