Water Cold? Fishing Slow? Here’s a List of Chores to Get Your Fishing and Boating Gear Ready For Spring

Make Your List—and Check It Twice No, I’m not Santa, but if you pay attention to this article, you may thank me. Everyone knows that this weekend’s the last one before spotted sea trout season closes on the Big Bend. And we all know that the fishing’s been unpredictable for the last month due to …

Stock Up at Gainesville’s Union Street Farmers’ Market

Downtown Gainesville comes alive every Wednesday afternoon when the vendors of fresh fruit, veggies, baked goods, and snacks all show up with their wares.  Open from 4 to 7PM, the open-air market at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza (on University Avenue) attracts Gainesville residents and visitors from all walks of life.  Look for seasonal specials …

Winter Trout Tips from Keaton Beach Inshore Guide, Capt. Pat McGriff

Capt. Pat McGriff spoke at the January 2011 meeting of the Gainesville Offshore Fishing Club. Pat is a very successful inshore fishing guide, based out of Keaton Beach, on Florida’s Big Bend, in Taylor County. Here are a few of Pat’s suggestions for successful wintertime trout fishing: If you’re targeting big trout in water that’s …

Visit the Easton-Newberry Archery Center

The Easton-Newberry Sports Complex is all about athletics, especially archery!  Indoor and outdoor archery events and tournaments are scheduled here year-round.  Participate or just come and enjoy watching other shoot.  They welcome beginners, seasoned competitors or folks just wanting to hone their archery skills.  This is a world class facility with a professional staff and …

R.O. Ranch: Mayo’s Equestrian Paradise

With 2,500 acres of unspoiled wilderness and miles of trails, R.O. Ranch in Lafayette County gives horse enthusiasts reason to cheer. The visitor’s center at R.O. Ranch is still under construction, but three trails are open, including the Steinhatchee Trail, a 6-mile jaunt that ends at the scenic Steinhatchee Falls. The 5-mile Home Trail is …

Plant Spotlight: Coontie

The coontie (Zamia pumilia) is a native Florida plant that many people are probably familliar with, but few can identify by name.  While today the coontie is almost exclusively found in landscaping, it used to be a fairly common wild plant.  Native Americans used to dig up these plants and use their roots to make flour.  European settlers …

Last Chance To See Crime Scene Insects!

The Florida Museum of Natural History’s creepy/fun exhibit “Crime Scene Insects” is closing January 17. Don’t miss a trip to the Gainesville museum to see this ghoulishly fascinating look into how insects tell the story of a crime’s where, when and how to help investigators catch the guilty party. Warning: this exhibit is seriously gross, …

Alfred B. Maclay State Park: Swimming, Canoeing, Fishing and more!

While it is most famous for its gardens, Alfred B. Maclay state park has many other activities to offer.  When the weather warms up in a few months, the recreation area on the shore of Lake Hall will be a great place for residents of the Tallahassee area to visit.  The recreation area offers several …

Tastes of Natural North Florida: Part 1

This post begins a series on the one-of-a-kind tastes of Natural North Florida: From restaurants to homegrown produce to sweet treats and delicacies you’ll find in the area. Our first featured delicacy is the unbelievably rich shiitake mushroom pate’ from Gainesville’s Abundant Edible Landscapes. Whether you partake in the carnivorous version of pate’ or not, …