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 …

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 …

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 …

Eat Well at O’Neals Country Buffet in Madison

If you’re looking for some good home cooking, then look no further than O’Neals Country Buffet in Madison, Florida.  Located just outside of downtown Madison, the faded sign for O’Neals is easy to miss, however, the always crowded parking lot is not.  Everything on the buffet is cooked fresh daily, and the price can’t be …

Guided Paddle Tours in Cedar Key

The stick floating in the water sure was wriggling a lot. I had thought it was a stick, anyway. Then my guide told me it was a snake. Why was a snake swimming a mile off the coast of Cedar Key? It had clearly bitten off more than it could chew (figuratively, thank goodness) and …

Get a Sweet Taste of New Orleans at Big Easy Snowballs

Tallahassee’s dining scene is known for farm-fresh produce and time-honored spots where power brokers dine. But it’s also one of the only places outside of the Big Easy where you can enjoy an authentic New Orleans snowball. Take what you know about snow cones and toss it out: A snowball is a super-fine shaved ice …

Fresh Local Fare at Tupelo’s in Monticello

Locavores will delight in the menu at Tupelo’s Bakery and Cafe in Monticello’s charming downtown. The blackboard announcing the daily specials encourages diners to “slow down, talk with friends and eat well,” which is exactly what you’ll want to do when you sit down in front of a plate of Tupelo’s goodies. Fresh-baked bread and …

Gulf-side Dining at Roy’s in Steinhatchee

Theres nothing quite like a filling stick-to-your-ribs meal after a hard day of scalloping in the gulf.  For those scalloping out of steinhatchee, Roys is the perfect place to go.  While it isn’t exactly health food (everything on the menu is served up fried unless you specify otherwise) everything on the menu is fresh and …