I just returned from my first visit to Apalachicola (apalachicolabay.org), one of the last remaining slices of Old Florida. I could get used to the tempo of this laid-back fishing village right on the Gulf in North Florida. The Gibson Inn is a historic B&B and the first sight you see when you cross the bridge into town. I loved its wraparound porches and white rocking chairs.
Apparently, when you discover the secret to happiness, it makes you want to toast, "to passion!" At least that's what a group of us did this past weekend in Rosemary Beach (rosemarybeach.com), the seaside community on a pristine stretch of North Florida. Between the young couples straight out of a J.
On my way through St. Augustine this weekend, I turned into Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Esturarine Research Reserve (www.gtmnerr.org) after several road signs beckoned me to stop. Along with a sense of wild isolation, the reserve is picturesque with salt marshland and mangroves teeming with wildlife. It's also home to the scenic Tolomato River (aka Intracoastal for this part of the state).
A recent excursion to Jacksonville's Jax Beach has me thinking of moving north. There's an "Old Florida" way of life here coupled with nothing but ocean views. Two mornings of engaging conversation with Joan and Tom Hubbard of the Pelican Path B&B by the Sea (pelicanpath.com), sealed it. Maybe it had something to do with Joan's breakfast specials.