Destination: DeFuniak Springs

The historic Chautauqua Building -- a landmark inteh Old Florida town of DeFuniak Springs.

Among one of Florida’s finest road trips is Highway 90 in the Panhandle (aka Western Florida). Since the road predates parallel I-10 by decades, it rolls through a lot of Old Florida towns.

One that always catches my eye is DeFuniak Springs 80 miles east of Pensacola. It first gained recognition in the 1880s as a gathering place for Chautauqua programs — the spiritual, social, and educational camps that were started in New York.

Not only is this town reflect a look many of us remember as ‘Old Florida’, it has a wonderful old library, the retro Hotel DeFuniak, the Chautauqua Winery, and a lovely collection of Victorian homes that encircle a nearly symmetrical spring-fed lake — one of only two such naturally circular bodies of water in the world (head to Switzerland to see the other one.

Head to Northwest Florida to see DeLightful DeFuniak Springs.

(For more information, click on the city's website

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