Archive for November, 2012

Photo: Cape St. George Light

It is a short stroll from the beaches of St. George Island to the lighthouse, which was rebuilt after it collapsed in 2005.

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Destination: Havana

Only about a dozen miles northwest of Tallahassee on Highway 27, the town of Havana (yes, it was actually named after Havana, Cuba, for the cigar industry that once flourished here as well) is rolling right along.

This is a small, somewhat remote Northwest Florida town, but at some point in the early 1980s antiques dealers caught a glimpse of a town that seemed frozen in time and they transformed it into a popular and successful arts and antiques community.

There’s something very pleasing about exploring a small town like this; one where downtown covers about three blocks. You can see something totally new and still have enough time to just stop for awhile and appreciate the slow pace of Florida.

For a list of downtown stores, shops, cafes, and a history of Havana, visit the terrific site, www.havanaflorida.com.

Then visit Havana itself.

It’s a Great Florida Place.

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Destination: Seaside

Seaside is one of more unusual towns you’ll run across, and a lot of its “uniqueness” comes from the fact it was planned down to a ‘T’.

If you haven’t visited, it’s only about 25 miles west of Panama City Beach on Highway 30A and, of course, it’s right on the sea (or the Gulf, depending on your preference). This is a compact but completely captivating village of cool homes, great restaurants, unusual stores and boutiques (including a fantastic book and music shop), and plenty of outdoor activities. You may even recall it for its starring role in Jim Carrey's 'The Truman Show.'

Seaside is popular all the time, but perhaps the most popular during the holidays while the north gets colder but the sun is still shining all along the Florida coast. That's when visitors arrive in droves to experience one of the most picturesque destinations in the state.

If you can, make this a stop on a tour of nearby Highway 98. With Panama City Beach to the east, you can roll through Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, Seaside, Watercolor, Grayton Beach, Santa Rosa, Destin, and Fort Walton – as you explore one of the nicest stretches of coastal communities anywhere on earth.

If You Go

Seaside
www.seasidefl.com
(850) 231-6106

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See Sensational Seaside!

Seaside’s one of more unusual towns you’ll run across, and a lot of its “uniqueness” comes from the fact it was planned down to a ‘T’.

If you haven’t visited, it’s only about 25 miles west of Panama City Beach on County Road 30 A and, of course, it’s right on the sea (or the Gulf, depending on your preference). It’s a community of cool homes, great restaurants, unusual stores and boutiques (including a fantastic book and music shop), and plenty of outdoor activities.

It’s popular all the time, but during the holidays as the north gets colder but the sun is still shining all along the Florida coast, there’ll be even more folks here to experience one of the most picturesque places in the state.

Better yet – make it a stop on a tour of Highway 98. With Panama City Beach to the east, you can roll through Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, Seaside, Watercolor, Grayton Beach, Santa Rosa, Destin, and Fort Walton – one of the nicest stretches of coastal communities…. anywhere!

If You Go

Seaside
www.seasidefl.com
(850) 231-6106

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Photo: Crooked River Lighthouse

After 138 steps up a spiral staircase you get a glimpse of the sky from the top of the Crooked River Lighthouse.

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Photo: Crooked River Lighthouse

An acrylic lens replaces the original and, innovative for the time, fourth-order fresnel optic that was custom-built in France.

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Photo: Crooked River Lighthouse

U.S. Highway 98 rolls just below the Crooked River Lighthouse. Prior to its 1935 construction most supplies arrived by boat.

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Photo: Crooked River Lighthouse

A reconstruction of the Crooked River Lighthouse keeper’s quarters was built in 2009. It holds exhibits and a gift shop.

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Photo: Crooked River Lighthouse

Illuminated by a full moon, the Crooked River Lighthouse shines bright. The current lamp has the flash pattern of the original.

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Photo: Crooked River Lighthouse

The Crooked River Lighthouse near Carrabelle has served as an aid to navigation since 1895.

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