“Light Up Madison”–A Holiday Celebration in Natural North Florida, December 1, 2019

The town of Madison, in Madison County, always goes “all out” for Christmas.  Not only do local businesses dress up their storefronts, but folks from neighboring towns and counties enjoy an afternoon of shopping, dining and watching an elaborate Christmas parade.  The events begin at 4PM and end with the spectacular nighttime parade.   Madison …

Christmas On The Square, Live Oak, Florida–Nov. 29 & 30 and Dec. 1, 2019 (Expect SNOW!)

Winters in our Natural North Florida region are never harsh or especially cold.  For the most part, it’s shorts and short-sleeve weather.  However, the Suwannee County Chamber of Commerce wants everyone to get in the Christmas Spirit and are again (for the 34th year!) hosting “Christmas On The Square“, Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. …

Enjoy Your R/V Adventure Along The Mighty Suwannee River

There are more options than just parking your R/V or setting up camp along the shores of the mighty Suwannee River.  Florida’s longest unobstructed (no dams or locks) river begins its journey in the Okefenokee Swamp in south Georgia and flows over 200 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. For the most part, the river …

Free* Kayak Eco Tours at Cedar Key

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Paul King, a Florida Coastal Master Naturalist, Tom Liebert at Kayak Cedar Keys and the folks at the University of Florida’s Nature Coast Biological Station,  visitors can arrange free guided kayak Eco-tours of the area around the Cedar Key archipelago. Paddlers may bring their own boats or rent from …

Great Southern Biscuit Company Opens New Location in High Springs, Florida

It’s often said that it takes a brave (and sometimes foolish) individual to open a new restaurant.  As a food writer for Florida Sportsman magazine, I sometimes receive invitations to try new restaurants, and on many occasions they’ve closed before I get there.  I’m happy to say that what follows may be a success story! …

Tom Petty Birthday Bash….Great Music in Gainesville, October 19 & 20, 2018

Gainesville, the largest city in our Natural North Florida region, has been known as a music hub.  Names like Bo Diddley, Sister Hazel, Gram Parsons, Bernie Leadon,  the Peyton Brothers, and Stephen Stills all come to mind.  But most famous was likely “outlaw” musician Tom Petty.  Since his death in October of 2017, Gainesville  has …

Birding and Bird Photography in Natural North Florida

A guest blog from local bird photographer, Dr. Richard Davidson Fifty million people in the U.S. plan birding outings each year. Our area is blessed with amazing opportunities for those who observe or photograph birds. The Great Florida Birding Trail (http://floridabirdingtrail.com/) includes over 500 locations for birding in Florida, with dozens in the Natural North …

St. Marks Stone Crab Festival, October 27, 2018–Great Things To Eat in Wakulla County

The annual St. Marks Stone Crab Festival is planned for October 27, 2018.  St. Marks is the southernmost town in Wakulla County, just a few miles south of Florida’s capital, Tallahassee.  St. Marks, and neighboring Panacea, have long been vibrant commercial fishing hubs, specializing in both crabs and fin fish. Here are a few words …

Fehrenbacher’s Artisan Sausages and Butcher Shop–A Taste of Europe in Downtown Gainesville, FL

The “food scene” in Gainesville has always been pretty good and varied. However, with Adam and Tatiana Fehrenbacher’s Artison Sausages and Butcher Shop now open, your choices now include a shop with a true European flair.  Located just west of downtown Gainesville at 411 SW 4th Avenue, the shop is part of the developing strip …