Downtown Christmas Open House and Parade–Perry, Florida–December 7, 2018

Leave it up to our friends in Taylor County to come up with a new “twist” on Christmas.  This year, in addition to a “Santa’s Little Helpers” parade, there will be a tribute to “Sheriff Taylor” at the “MayPerry Christmas” festivities.   Perry, the vibrant County Seat of Taylor County, is the perfect place to …

“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 …

Holiday (and Everyday!) Shopping at Base and Range in Madison, Florida

Welcome to Madison, one of Natural North Florida’s most scenic small towns.  Located in Madison County, just south of the Florida/Georgia line, Madison is an exciting place to spend a day of holiday (or any day!) shopping and dining. Expect bargains galore, year-round, at Madison’s many antique shops! Even if you don’t make it to …

Gainesville’s Downtown Farmers’ Reopens at Bo Diddley Plaza, March 2016

It’s been a while since Gainesville’s Downtown Farmers’ Market was at Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 117 East University Avenue.  While the Plaza was being renovated, the market moved to an alternate site, a bit further from the center of the city.  But, now it’s reopened and Wednesday afternoons (4-7PM) it’s the hub of downtown food, …

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 …

How to Ensure You’re Getting Fresh Gulf Seafood!

Thanks to The Catch for this excellent information regarding fresh seafood! When you’re looking to buy fresh Gulf seafood, you’ll want to make sure that you’re getting the highest-quality seafood sourced straight from the Gulf. The first and most important step before you purchase seafood at a store (or order it in a restaurant) is …

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, …

Beat the Holiday Shopping Rush, and Go Antiquing in Micanopy!

Just a few minutes outside of Gainesville, Historic Micanopy is a great way to spend the day for those who have any interest in antiques.  The street is lined with little cafes and antique shops, and each store specializes in a different type of antique so there is something to interest everyone.  For those who …

Fresh Local Fare at Tupelo’s in Monticello

Locavores will delight in the menu at Tupelo’s Bakery and Cafe in Monticello’s charming downtown. The blackboard announcing the daily specials encourages diners to “slow down, talk with friends and eat well,” which is exactly what you’ll want to do when you sit down in front of a plate of Tupelo’s goodies. Fresh-baked bread and …

Try Posh for Sopchoppy Shopping (Say THAT Five Times Fast!)

The rough-hewn exterior of Posh Organics and Gifts exudes the rustic charm you’ll find by the bucketload in Sopchoppy, but inside, you’ll be bowled over by the selection of fair-trade products from coffee to chocolate, local and world music, handcrafted jewelry and natural bath and beauty items. Browse the aisles of hand-milled soaps, soy candles, …