Live the North Florida Coastal Lifestyle

Welcome to the coastal-living area of Taylor County, a fisherman’s paradise. Its untouched, undeveloped coastline is home to some of the best inshore and offshore fishing, scalloping, kayaking, boating and birdwatching the state of Florida has to offer. Although the activities to do in Taylor County are endless, here’s a list of three popular sites …

Small Town Escape: Newberry in Western Alachua County

Many consider Newberry to be a “suburb” of busy Gainesville, the county seat of Alachua County, Florida.  Located at the crossroads of US27 and SR26, it seems Newberry is often overlooked by folks traveling through the downtown.   Newberry’s official Main Street is US27, but it’s along east/west SR26 (Newberry Road/University Avenue if you’re heading west …

Small Town Escape: Alachua, the Main Street of Natural North Florida

Don’t be fooled by all the new development, gas stations and fast food outlets when you exit I-75 at Exit #399, US441.  You’re in the town of Alachua (pronounced Al-ach-u-way) in rural Alachua County (pronounced Al-ach-u-wah).  And you’re in a real gem of a Natural North Florida town. The restoration of downtown Alachua is impressive, …

It’s Officially “Spring-Time” In Natural North Florida’s State and County Parks

Easter weekend means lots of things to lots of people.  In Natural North Florida, especially in our State and County parks, the Easter weekend and the passage into springtime really means “Spring-time”! Florida’s Karst geology has created a complex (and fragile!) underground network of rivers that course through limestone rock, occasionally popping up in the …

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.

Splash Into Summertime in Natural North Florida!

by Tamara Herchel Memorial Day is approaching, and if you’re like me you’ve been planning your waterfront escape for weeks. I’ve broken in my new flippy-flops (they’re Rainbows, and they’re pink, and I love them. Just sayin’.)  My favorite tote is spilling over with towels, sunscreen and sunglasses; I’ve inflated the tires on my daughter’s …

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 …

Putting the Green in Blueberries: Earth-friendly Farming at Monticello’s Green Meadows Farm

When longtime organic gardener Delores Green retired from teaching, she wanted to turn her hobby into a small business. “I wanted to be outside growing things,” she says. Delores and her husband, Ronny, searched for a crop they could grow organically on land they owned in Monticello. They settled on blueberries and opened Green Meadows …

U-pick Fruits and Veggies, Summer at its Finest!

In today’s world of supermarkets and mega marts, why pick your own produce when you can just go out and buy it? Well, first of all, they’re fresher.  Less than 24 hours from the farm to your belly.  Second of all, the produce is likely of a higher quality.  When farmers pick for supermarkets, the …

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 …