Taste of Natural North Florida: The ‘Edna Special’ – a Steinhatchee Original

How do you like your hush puppies? At Roy’s Restaurant, waterfront views and the Greek flair that seasons the menu items have made this eatery a Steinhatchee gathering spot since 1969. When you go, be sure to ask for the Edna Special, which pairs your freshly fried hush puppies with the unusual combination of guava …

‘Going Down The Road Being Bad’–Well, Maybe.

With apologies to the late, great Carl Perkins for stealing his song title…just an announcement that the travel.naturalnorthflorida blogger crew is meeting up with famous writer and raconteur Doc Lawrence later today for a grand tour of Madison, Jefferson and Leon counties. With the major emphasis on food and food producers in these northernmost Florida …

Lunch at Trenton’s Cracker Box Restaurant is Always a Treat!

If you’re in Gilchrist County, make a point of stopping for breakfast or lunch at The Cracker Box restaurant in Trenton.  They’re located just off Hwy 26, just west of US129 in an old house.  They serve great breakfasts and lunch, 7 days a week (open at 6AM, close at 2PM). When it comes to …

Horseback Riding in Monticello: Connor Carriages and Occasions

Located just a short drive outside of Tallahassee, Connor Carriages and Occasions in Monticello is a great place to get out of thie city and play outside for the day.  Trail rides are $35 per person and are available by reservation only.  No previous experience with horses is necessary, as the ride is guided.  If …

Pack a Picnic for Steinhatchee Falls

OK, maybe “falls” is a bit grandiose. But I can tell you that there’s no finer spot than Steinhatchee Falls for a picnic, the start of a paddling trip or quiet contemplation. This favorite gathering spot has a boat ramp and the peaceful sound of the rushing river to recommend it. When you’ve got the …

Heaven Scent: Rose’s Botanicals Soap Factory and Gift Shop

The aromas of Rose’s Botanicals soaps are pleasantly subtle — they smell fantastic, but these all-natural soaps don’t knock you over the way artificial ingredients do. At the Stone Crab Festival in St. Marks, I must have smelled 25 different scents of soap: It’s that hard to choose just one. In addition to the lovely …

Keaton Beach Hot Dog Stand: Much More Than Dogs!

Don’t let the name fool you: Keaton Beach Hot Dog Stand is neither a stand nor a hot dog place. Sure, you can get a hot dog, but you’re more likely to find folks enjoying seafood, burgers and a stunning sunset at this beachside restaurant. The raw bar outdoors boasts a second-story deck with even …

When it Rains in Steinhatchee, Settle in and Love the Landing

Sitting still doesn’t come naturally to me. When I plan a getaway, it tends to have a four-page itinerary of activities — per day. So when my family (myself along with my husband, our 10-year-old son and his best friend) headed to Steinhatchee, I had a long list of places I wanted to explore and …

Gulf Specimen Marine Lab, Panacea

One of Natural North Florida’s hidden treasures is Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory, which I recently visited with my family. We were blown away by the variety of sea life at the aquarium and the fact that, unlike typical attractions, you can touch nearly everything there! We dipped our hands into tanks with starfish, crabs, fish …

For a Mix of Relaxed and Action-Packed, Think Jellystone

We had them at “waterslide.” My son and his best friend are squarely in the tween set now, as they’re starting middle school in the fall. Suddenly, it’s not that cool to play on playgrounds, watch cartoons or do the kind of kid stuff I happily enjoyed until I was at least 13. Or 16. …