Spotted in Natural North Florida: Motorcycle Watchdog

Just as much as the wildlife, outdoor activities and Southern culture in Natural North Florida, I love the peoplewatching — or in this case, dogwatching. Here’s an “only in Natural North Florida” moment captured outside Savannah’s Country Buffet in Crawfordville. Looks like this pup is earning his keep by protecting his owners’ bike while they …

Retreat to a Cozy Log Cabin at Suwannee River Rendezvous

Whatever your preferred level of “roughing it,” from rustic to nicely appointed, Suwannee River Rendezvous in Mayo has the perfect getaway option. The Rendezvous offers eight different types of accommodations, from campsites to a chalet (with a hot tub!) that sleeps eight. You can wake up with a view of the Suwannee in one of …

Take Mom and Dad to Florida’s State Parks!

It was just announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida State Parks will offer half-price admission on both Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8), and Father’s Day (Sunday, June 19).  This is a great opportunity to take advantage of some of our best natural resources!

A Taste of Natural North Florida: Choosing the Perfect Local Honey

From roadside stands to farmer’s markets, you’ll find a variety of local honeys for souvenirs or enjoying during your trip through Natural North Florida. Here’s a look at the varieties you’ll find and what they’re best for, with descriptions from Lake City’s Thomas Honey. Gallberry: This North Florida original is great in pecan pie and …

Explore Wakulla County from the Best Western Plus Wakulla Inn & Suites

With a location conveniently located between the coastal town of Panacea and Wakulla Springs State Park, Crawfordville’s Best Western Plus is ideally situated for exploring Wakulla County on a Panhandle getaway. The hotel is near the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, with the towns of Sopchoppy and St. Marks within easy reach. Within a 15-mile …

There’s No Omnivore’s Dilemma at Sisters Restaurant

The Gainesville restaurant Sisters bridges the gap between meat dishes, lighter fare and vegetarian and vegan food without sacrificing taste or variety. Want the Eggs Benedict without the ham? Substitute vegan sausage.  Prefer turkey sausage to bacon with your organic eggs? No problem. If you’d prefer to splurge on the real deal, that’s easily accomplished, …

“Ti Amo” Loves Fresh Local Ingredients: Dinner and a Show!

One of the highest rated places on the restaurant scene in Gainesville, Ti Amo is located downtown about a block away from the Hippodrome Theater.  The restaurant specializes in fine dining, and the menu has a decided mediterranean twist.  Ti Amo is a somewhat pricey restaurant, with full size entrees averaging about $20.  However, for smaller …

The Gilchrist Club–26,000 Acres in the Heart of Gilchrist County

Gilchrist County prides itself in having only one traffic light, but that’s not all!  It also has one of the nicest private hunting and fishing clubs in the state of Florida, the Gilchrist Club.  More of an ‘estate’, the club encompasses almost 27,000 acres of prime managed forests and uplands.  There’s upscale lodging for members, …

A Taste of Natural North Florida: The Truffle Cake Company

Gainesville’s Truffle Cake Company takes the old adage about good things and small packages to new heights. The hand-crafted cake bites dipped in chocolate are not only divine, they’re packaged in a serving size that minimizes the guilt of eating something so decadent. With a super-moist, flavorful inside and a thickly chocolate-coated outside, these truffles …

Biking St. Marks

A town as scenic, laid-back and traffic-free as St. Marks just begs to be explored on two wheels. Biking allows you to hop off and explore the places you notice along your meandering route, and you’re far more likely to notice them when you’re traveling at a relaxed pace in the open air instead of …