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forgotten coast® Visitor’s

Guide

Apalachicola • St. George Island • Eastpoint • Surrounding Areas

Official Guide of the Apalachicola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

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tep back in time to the historic Grady Market along the riverfront in downtown Apalachicola. Located in the turn of the century Grady Building, the Grady Market features a collection of antique shops, artist galleries, unique food and clothes boutiques. Visit soon or browse online at www.Gradymarket.com. (850) 653-4099 Open Mon-Sat 10-5:30 p.m. 76 Water Street, Apalachicola, Florida.

et in Apalachicola’s Historic Riverfront District, the Consulate Suites feature balconies overlooking either the Apalachicola River or courtyard gardens. Each suite is available for daily or weekly rentals. Each suite features spacious living areas and luxury amenities. 76 Water Street, Apalachicola. 850/653-1515 • 877/239-1159

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Welcome! Furry family members are welcome at our beach home rentals, hotels, and shops. Look for the throughout the guide. There are also dog-friendly trails and public beaches.

Contents Things To Do

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Apalachicola

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Events

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Eastpoint

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St. George Island 26 Surrounding Areas 30 Fishing & boating

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Where to Stay

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Where to Eat

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Shopping

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Personal Services 57

Welcome to the Forgotten Coast, a place where you can truly relax and reconnect with family and friends. You will find miles of pristine secluded beaches, endless protected shallow bays and marshes, and a vast expanse of barrier islands and forest lands to explore. Discover our rich maritime culture and heritage and enjoy our incredible fresh locally caught seafood. Shop our one of a kind locally owned and operated shops and galleries.

Getting Here The Forgotten Coast is located along the Gulf of Mexico in North Florida’s panhandle along the Big Bend Scenic Byway, 80 miles southwest of Tallahassee. The area features more than 700 miles of relatively undeveloped coastal shoreline including the four barrier islands of St. George, Dog, Cape St. George and St. Vincent. The coastal communities of Apalachicola, St. George Island, Eastpoint, Carrabelle, Alligator Point, Indian Pass, Cape San Blas and Port St. Joe are accessible via US Highway 98. By air, the Forgotten Coast can be reached through commercial airports in Tallahassee www.talgov.com/airport/index.cfm and Panama City www.iflybeaches.com/and by private airports in Apalachicola (850) 653-2222 and on St. George Island (850) 927-2312. By boat, on Gulf Intracoastal Waterway from Florida’s West Coast enter at St. George Sound through East Pass, between Dog Island and St. George Island, or through Bob Sikes Cut. From the west, take the ICW through East Bay from Panama City on past White City and continue east through Lake Wimico to the Jackson River, which will lead to the Apalachicola River.

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The Forgotten Coast Visitor’s Guide is published annually by the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce, 122 Commerce St., Apalachicola, FL 32320, (850) 653-9419, www. apalachicolabay.org. All rights reserved. Design/Production: Bay Media Services Photography: Richard Bickel Photography, Palmer Philyaw, Joe Witt Photography, Robinson Brothers, Debbie Hooper, Niki Sepas, Ted Ruffner, Vic Ramos, Mandi Singer, Terry Kemp, Resort Vacation Properties, Book Me a Charter

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Debbie Hooper Photography Digital Color Black & White Beach Portraits Special Events Matted Prints Notecards Aerial Views

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Things To Do Miles of pristine beaches, endless shallow bays and marshes, fresh water rivers provide great outdoor opportunities for fishing, boating, kayaking, birding or hiking.

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iles of pristine beaches, endless shallow bays and marshes, and fresh water rivers provide great outdoor opportunities for fishing, boating, kayaking, birding or hiking. Take a guided tour on the Apalachicola River, see the historic waterfront and learn about the role the river has played in our history and economy; then head up Apalachicola River to view the many wild and isolated marshes or take a trip across Apalachicola Bay to one of the barrier islands - St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge, Cape St. George State Preserve and Dog Island. Or rent a boat or kayak and explore the remote bays and inlets where you’ll likely catch a glimpse of a bald eagle overhead or a dolphin swimming in the surf. Land based adventures include trips into the expansive Apalachicola National Forest or Tate’s Hell State Forest. Here visitors can enjoy hiking, birding, hunting and fishing on thousands of acres of primitive forests. Whether you are staying on the beach or touring the historic district in Apalachicola, bicycling is a great way to get around. Bike rentals are available on the beach and in the historic district. Browse the many shops and galleries that feature locally made, one-of-a-kind works.

Museums, Parks & Theatre

Apalachicola Historic District Over 900 homes, buildings and sites are listed in the National Register District - some dating from the 1830s. A scenic walking tour of the town acquaints visitors with sites such as cotton warehouses, (which housed the City’s once prosperous cotton export during the 1800s), a sponge exchange and Victorian homes nestled amid magnolias. Map available at the Apalachicola Bay Chamber office and Visitors Center located at 122 Commerce Street or can be downloaded at www. apalachicola.org

The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve in Eastpoint features fun hands-on exhibits and live fish tanks.

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ThingsTo Do Apalachicola Maritime Museum Have fun while learning of the maritime heritage of Apalachicola through sailing excursions, river tours, wooden boat building, educational exhibits, guest lectures, and social events hosted on the museum docks. Guided estuary tours, sailing excursions, working waterfront heritage tours, barrier island adventures, dinner cruises, airboat tours, full moon cruises, and kayak trips available. Located at 103 Water Street in downtown Apalachicola behind the court house. (850) 653-2500 www.AMMFL.org Apalachicola Municipal Library Books, audio books, local history and genealogy section, wireless internet access. 74 6th Street (850) 653-8436 Apalachicola Museum of Art The Greek Revival style Fry-Conter House, built in 1845 by Daniel Fry an illustrious riverboat captain, has been meticulously restored and now serves as the Apalachicola Museum of Art where temporary visual art exhibits can be viewed. 5th Street and Avenue F (850) 653-2090 Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Encompassing over 246,000 acres in Apala-

The Apalachicola Maritime Museum offers tours, sailing excursions and a glimpse into Apalachicola’s maritime past.

chicola Bay, it is the 2nd largest Estuarine Research Reserve system in the nation. Educational center located off Island Drive (Route 300) in Eastpoint near the bridge to St George Island. Exhibits on the flora and fauna of the area and giant live fish tanks, video and a ½ scale model oyster boat. Open Tuesday-Saturday 9:00am-4:30pm (850) 670-7700 Continued on page 8

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ThingsTo Do Things To Do, from page 7

Apalachicola National Forest 564,000 acres for birding, camping, boating, wildflower viewing, hunting, and fishing. (850) 643-2282 Battery Park and the City Marina Boat launch: park with picnic tables and great playground and two long piers. Bay Avenue 4th-6th Streets (850) 653-9319 Camp Gordon Johnston Museum Camp Gordon Johnston opened near Carrabelle in 1942 to train amphibious soldiers during WWII. The CGJ Museum preserves the heritage of these soldiers and has compiled extensive histories, as well as photographic displays of the area and life as it existed at the camp. 1001 Gray Avenue, Carrabelle (850) 697-8575 www.campgordonjohnston.com Cape St. George Lighthouse After collapsing on Cape St. George in 2005, this historic lighthouse has since been painstakingly reconstructed in the center of St. George Island.  Original materials were salvaged and used in the reconstruction.  Now

you can climb the 92 wooden stairs and an eightrung ladder to the lantern room which offers spectacular views of Apalachicola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Also visit the Keepers House Museum and Gift Shop next door to see exhibits  on the history of the lighthouse and displays of lighthouse artifacts.  2 East Gulf Beach Drive. Open MondaySaturday 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Sunday 12:00-5:00 pm. Closed Thursday. (850) 927-7745 for the museum, or (850)927-7744 for the St. George Island Visitor Center. Visit our website at www.stgeorgelight.org Cape St. George State Reserve This 9-mile long reserve is one of three barrier islands that separates Apalachicola Bay from the Gulf of Mexico. The Reserve’s remoteness and wilderness qualities provide an opportunity to explore and enjoy a remnant of Florida’s original natural landscape. Shell collecting is very good; accessible only by boat. Crooked River Lighthouse and Keeper’s House Museum Listed on the National Historic Registry, this 103-foot iron and steel structure was built in 1895, to guide ships through East Pass between Dog Island and St. George Island.  Decommissioned by

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ThingsTo Do the U.S. Coast Guard in 1995, the restored lighthouse operates nightly. The reconstructed keeper’s house features history and science exhibits and a gift shop. Picnic and playground area, open dawn to dusk, includes a 70ft wooden pirate ship. Museum hours: Thursday thru Sunday, noon- 5pm.  Climbing on Saturdays and Sundays. Located 2 miles west of the Carrabelle Bridge.  (850) 697-2732  www.crookedriverlighthouse.org Chestnut Street Cemetery One of the most significant cemeteries on the Florida Gulf Coast. Established in 1831, the headstones tell the history of Apalachicola. Funerary art reflects the ethnic diversity of the community. Located on US Highway 98 between 6th and 8th Streets. Dixie Theatre Originally built in 1912, the Dixie Theatre became the entertainment center of Franklin County. Rebuilt and opened once again in 1998. The Dixie now produces the best in Live Professional Theatre and musical events, as well as providing an acoustically perfect rental space for other community functions. For information call (850) 6533200 www.dixietheatre.com

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Fort Gadsden Historic Site This site played an important role in early US history. Earthen embankments and interpretive kiosk remain today. Located on the east bank of the Apalachicola River, approximately 45 minutes north of Eastpoint, accessed by Highway 65. The site interprets the role of Native and African Americans during the early 1800s. (850) 643-2282 Continued on page 11

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“St. James Bay is the Must Play on Florida’s Forgotten Coast”

pen to the public and located just 30 minutes from St. George Island and 50 minutes from Cape San Blas, golfers are discovering St. James Bay Golf Resort, near Carrabelle. The meticulously maintained course, GPS carts and affordable rates make St. James Bay Golf Resort the must play for your Forgotten Coast Vacation. On-site lodging packages are available and our Crooked River Grill is an area favorite! Tee Times & Info: (850) 697-9606 View photos, rates, menu and video at www.stjamesbay.com

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Crooked River Grill Sample our Filet Mignon with Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

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ThingsTo Do Things To Do, from page 9

Franklin County Public Library Best sellers and popular, classic, and current materials, books on tape, children's library, extensive LP record collection, family learning resource center, computers. Carrabelle branch 311 St. James Ave (850) 697-2366; Eastpoint branch 29 Island Drive (850) 670-8151 Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory 50,000 gallon aquarium with touch tanks displaying starfish, sea urchins, whelks, crabs, sponges, sea squirts. Large non-touch tanks with sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, large fish, and more. Educational displays and graphics. 222 Clark Drive, Panacea (850) 984-5297 www.gulfspecimen.org John Gorrie State Museum Contains a replica of the first ice machine (predecessor to A/C) created by Dr. John Gorrie in an attempt to cool his yellow fever patients. His invention later became the basis for the ice industry and air conditioning. Open Thursday-Monday 9:00am-5:00pm 6th Street and Avenue D (850) 653-9347 Lafayette Park Fishing Pier Interpretive signage, a gazebo, picnic tables and playground. Avenue B between 13th and 15th (850) 653-9319 Orman House Built in 1838 by Thomas Orman, the wood for this two-story home was cut to measure near Syracuse, New York and shipped to Apalachicola by sailing vessel around the Florida Keys, then assembled on the bluff overlooking the broad estuary and bay of the Apalachicola River. Today the house still resonates with a genteel aura and warmth of the past. Open Thursday-Monday 9:00am-5:00pm North Market Street (850) 653-1209

Camp Gordon Johnston A Treasure of Military History

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amp Gordon Johnston was opened near Carrabelle in 1941 to train amphibious soldiers during WWII. Originally located east of Carrabelle at Lanark Beach, military experts say the camp provided some of the toughest military training conditions in the world. Camp Gordon Johnston covered 165,000 acres and extended 36 miles along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Much of the territory was left in its natural state for training purposes. St. George and Dog Islands, uninhabited at that time, were used for invasions and amphibious landings. During WWII there were about 10,000 soldiers and civilians permanently assigned to Camp Gordon Johnston. Today, little remains of the original facility where hundreds of soldiers practiced to do battle - but nearby, a museum stands to honor the camp and commitment of its former soldiers. The Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum was founded over a decade ago. Open 6 days a week, the museum is located in the Carrabelle City Complex at 1001 Gray Avenue. Visit online at: www.campgordonjohnston.com or call (850) 697-8575. The second weekend in March, the Museum hosts “Camp Gordon Johnston Days� featuring a parade with military vehicles, social events and exhibits.

Raney House Museum Built in 1836 for cotton commission merchant David Greenway Raney. Historic house museum located on Market Street at the corner of Avenue F. Open Tuesday-Friday, 1:004:00pm, Saturday 9:00 am-5:00 pm St. George Island State Park Nine miles of undeveloped beach, pristine shoreline, majestic dunes and bay forest, sandy coves and salt marshes. A series of hiking trails, boardwalks and observation platforms great for hiking, camping or a leisurely stroll. Voted #6 beach in nation in 2011 by Dr. Beach. (850) 927-2111 Continued on page 13

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Walk-ins Welcome

George E. Weems Memorial Hospital 135 Avenue G, Apalachicola, FL 850-653-8853

•24 hour Emergency Room •X-ray, CT scans and mammography •On-site laboratory •Colonoscopy, Endoscopy exams

Weems East Urgent Care Clinic 110 NE 5th Street, Carrabelle, FL 850-697-2345

Weems East Urgent Care Clinic is Franklin County’s newest healthcare facility located in Carrabelle.

• Primary care • On-site Rotating Specialty Care • Urgent care • Lab and radiology services

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•Cardiology out-patient surgery •In-Patient Acute Care Services •Short Term Skilled Nursing Services & Rehabilitation

Affiliated with Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare

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St. Joseph Peninsula State Park Miles of white sand beaches, striking dunes, 2,516 acre park. Excellent snorkeling, swimming, birding, camping. Voted #1 beach in the nation in 2003 by Dr. Beach. (850) 227-1327

Apalachicola Boat Rentals Explore the vast waters of the Forgotten Coast on your own. Daily, weekly or multi-day rentals. Flats, skiffs, bay boats and pontoons. Serving Alligator Point to Port St. Joe. (850) 653-5950 www.apalachicolaboatrentals.com

Apalachicola Maritime Museum Guided estuary tours, sailing excursions, working waterfront heritage tours, barrier island adventures, dinner cruises, airboat tours, and full moon cruises available. Or go out on your own to explore the river, bay and estuary just beyond the docks with our fleet of kayaks, caSt. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Cen- noes, rowing shells and smaller sail craft. 103 Water ter St. Vincent Island is an unspoiled barrier island Street (850) 653-2500 www.AMMFL.org at the west end of Apalachicola Bay. The refuge is open during daylight hours. It is only accessible by Backwater Guide Service 5th Generation Native boat and there are no facilities available. Visitor’s to the Forgotten Coast. Saltwater and freshwater Center is located on north end of Market Street in fishing on the Apalachicola River, Bay and its many Apalachicola. (850) 653-8808 backwater channels. Experience gators and different wildlife and nature on a sightseeing tour of the Tate’s Hell State Forest Thousands of acres for hik- Apalachicola River and Fort Gadsden Historic Site. ing, biking, and wildlife, wild flower viewing. Ca- (850) 653-2820 cell (850) 899-0063 noe trails, cypress forest. Trailhead is located on US www.backwaterguideservice.com Highway 98, 4 miles west of Carrabelle in Franklin Continued on page 14 County. (850) 697-3734 St. Joseph Bay Preserve Over 5,000 acres on St. Joseph Bay. Educational center, programs, and volunteer opportunities. The St. Joseph Bay Preserve is located at 3915 Highway C-30. (850) 229-1797

Three Servicemen Statue South Veterans Memorial Plaza was created in 2008 to honor veterans for their service to our country. The block-long park consists of the Circle of Freedom walkway and the striking Three Servicemen Statue Detail. Plaza located at 230 Market Street, Apalachicola. (850) 653-1318

Tour Providers, Boat & Bike Rentals

Affordable Fishing Oystering trips on the bay. Learn how to tong and cull your own oysters. You bring the hot sauce and the crackers and we'll do the rest! Capt. Doug will also teach you how to rig your own fishing lines and to throw a cast net. dougjoyner29@yahoo.com (850) 524-5985 Apalachicola Airboat Adventures Discover the Apalachicola River's unique and vibrant backwater wilderness. Your experienced master captain will take you deep into the pristine beauty of the largest food producing estuary in the Northern Hemisphere. Airboat Tours 1+ hour trips (850) 653-5746 www. wheelhousetours.com

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Happy Ours Kayak & Canoe Outpost Kayak and canoe rentals, guided eco-tours, snorkeling and scalloping trips, and kayak fishing. Located directly on St. Joseph Bay for easy access. Free paddling instruction with rental. Local delivery available. 775 Cape San Blas Road (850) 229-1991 Toll Free: (866) 2291991 www.happyourskayak.com

Big ‘Un Charters Big ‘Un Charters serves the Bay, Gulf and River areas, offering fishing, sight-seeing and fun. Full family outings for all ages. Eat what you catch for more family fun. (850) 653-8106 www.biguncharters.com

Island Adventures Rent a bike and explore the St. George Island. Beach equipment, boogie boards, chairs, umbrellas and fishing equipment also for rent. 105 East Gulf Beach Drive (850) 927-3655 www.islandadventures.com

Journeys of St. George Island Journeys of SGI is a full rental and retail provider of kayaks on St. George Island. We offer guided bay and offshore fishing trips with some of the best captains in the area. Guided sightseeing trips in kayaks & powerboats are offered Book Me A Charter Join us for a fun filled day on year round. We also rent powerboats, stand up padthe Apalachicola Bay, River or Gulf of Mexico. We dleboards & kayaks. 240 East 3rd Street, St. George offer fishing, oystering and touring in our little laid Island (850) 927-3259 www.sgislandjourneys.com back and hidden paradise. Our local captains are informative and knowledgeable about the area and Peregrine Charters Captain Chip Bailey offers half waters. (850) 653-BMAC(2622) and full-day bay fishing charters aboard a 2002 23ft. www.bookmeacharter.com Parker, center console with shade. Also enjoy sightBroke a Toe Horseback Riding on the Beach Horseback riding on the beach for all ages (beginner safe-horses). Successfully making dreams come true since 1995. Leaving out of Cape San Blas for beach rides. We also offer trail rides, and weekly or bi-weekly lessons for local residents. (850) 899-7433 www.brokeatoe.com Captain Gill’s River Cruises Cruise aboard the 28 foot “Lily”. Custom tours for all ages in comfort of A/C. Family outings, picnics, swimming, photography, sightseeing, eco-tours/fishing, local folklore, weddings/events, sightseeing/sunbathing from upper deck. Pets are welcome. (850) 370-0075 www.apalachicolabay.org/index.cfm/pageid/211

seeing and birding on the river, bay and barrier islands. (850) 653-2204 www.fairpoint.net/~baileychip Reel Memories Charters Sightseeing tours of the river and bay, barrier islands, customized tours, shelling, offshore and inshore fishing. Avenue D (850) 653-1626 or (850) 899-1281 cell www.reelmemoriesfishing.com River to Gulf Adventures Let Captain Rob, a native of the area, take you fishing or sightseeing. Captain Rob is a licensed and insured Coast Guard Captain. Two boats available, fully equipped with fishing and safety gear, fishing license, private head/ bathroom, cabin with two bunks. (850) 323-0222 www.fishrivertogulf

Doghouse Charters Native to Port St. Joe, Captain Kenny Lemieux specializes in offshore & inshore Robinson Brothers Guide Service Book area sailfishing, sightseeing and scallop trips. (850) 227-7281 ing and sightseeing tours and kayak rentals. 118 www.doghousecharters.com Commerce Street (850) 653-8896 www.floridaredfish.com Eco Explorer Cruises Sightseeing cruises on the Apalachicola River. See alligators and wetland birds Rockin M Ranch Are you looking for a familyon the River or dolphins and shore birds on the Bay. friendly fun way to explore our sandy white beaches We also do eco & history sightseeing cruises of the in Cape San Blas, Florida? We can't wait to take you Bay, barrier islands. (850) 653-1666 and your friends and family on an adventure you're www.ecoexplorercruises.com

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sure to remember! Come ride with us! (850) 2276117 www.therockinmranch.com Scallop Cove One-stop convenience store offering food, beachwear, bait & tackle, gifts, souvenirs, boat rentals and scalloping equipment. 4310 Cape San Blas Road (850) 227-1573 www.scallopcove.com Seahorse Water Safaris Boat rentals, fishing charters, sunset cruises, eco-tours, scallop trips, dive charters, sailing trips, snorkel gear rentals and rod & tackle box rentals. Boat rentals. Explore St. Joe Bay on your own. Half-day or full-day boat rentals. (850) 227-1099 www.seahorsewatersafaris.com St. James Bay Golf Course Championship 18hole beautifully designed course with wetlands and water hazards on every hole. A challenge for even the most skillful golfer, yet golfers of all abilities will love. All carts equipped with GPS, full driving range and two putting greens, plus a pool, tennis courts, eco-tours. 151 Laughing Gull Lane east of Carrabelle. (850) 697-9606 www.stjamesbay.com St. Joseph's Bay Country Club 18-hole championship layout golf course open to the public. Full bar and snack bar. Check out our great rates and relaxed atmosphere. Part time memberships available for winter residents. 700 Country Club Road, Port St. Joe (850) 229-1757 www.stjoebaygolf.com St. Vincent Island Shuttle Explore St. Vincents Island aboard a 24-foot Pontoon boat with licensed Captain Joey Romanelli. The shuttle departs and returns daily at your schedule from Indian Pass Road C-30B. Rent a bike and we'll transport you and your bike to the island; also pleasure cruises and fishing trips. Come explore a unique and natural island. Hike the trails or stroll the beaches. Shelling, surf fishing, and bird watching are some of the treasures you'll discover at St. Vincents Island. Indian Pass (850) 229-1065 www.stvincentisland.com

St. Vincent Island North Florida’s Natural Island

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t. Vincent Island is a federally protected wildlife preserve located nine miles southwest of Apalachicola. This barrier island was once owned by an eccentric patent medicine manufacturer from New York who used the island in the early 1900s as a game preserve, importing Sambar deer, zebra and other exotic animals. Today the island is a haven for bird and wildlife enthusiasts wishing to experience a truly natural barrier island system. St. Vincent is an important stop-off point in the Gulf of Mexico region for neo-tropical migratory birds. The island is home to endangered and threatened species, including bald eagles, sea turtles, indigo snakes, and gopher tortoises. Wood storks use the refuge during their migration. In addition, the refuge serves as a breeding area for endangered red wolves. There is a St. Vincent Visitor Center located in Apalachicola that provides helpful information about the island. The Refuge Visitor Center is located at 479 Market Street. The island is only accessible by boat; the closest public boat ramp to the island is 22 miles west of Apalachicola at the end of County Road 30-B. However, several tour and charter businesses offer trips to the area.

Woodduck's Guide Service Captain Allan Richards, a.k.a. “Woodduck,” is a USCG licensed and insured captain and has fished and hunted the Apalachicola Bay and River since childhood. You will enjoy fishing on Capt. Woodduck's 23' C Hawk center console. All licenses, bait, rods, reels, tackle and ice will be provided. You provide beverages, snacks, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, hat and camera. (850) 653-5755 www.apalachicolaguideservice.com www.apalachicolabay.org

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Apalachicola Apalachicola’s rich history and maritime culture is complimented by the area’s bountiful natural resources.

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palachicola or “Apalach“, as it is known by owned and operated businesses create a quaint and locals, is far from a typical tourist town. Es- friendly atmosphere for visitors as well as local resitablished in 1831, it was once dents. A grand theater lies in the center the third largest port on the Gulf of of town. Restored in 1997, the Dixie TheMexico. Wide, tree-lined streets are atre hosts professional theater and musical proudly graced by picturesque homes events January through March. that give visitors a glimpse of the Apalachicola is also noted for having wealth and craftsmanship that existed some of the finest oysters in the counhere in the 18th and 19th centuries. try. They have a pure, mild, briny flavor Apalachicola’s vibrant history that has been recognized by top chefs and rich maritime culture can also be throughout the country. Smaller open bay seen on its working waterfront. Buildboats moored or trailered each day, tong ings that once served as 19th century for oysters in the many shallow areas of ship’s chandleries, net factories and a Apalachicola Bay. Larger fishing vessels sponge warehouse now house a mix of line the waterfront and regularly net fresh eclectic and trendy shops, restaurants, local shrimp and fish. Feast at one of our galleries and meticulously restored acclaimed restaurants that feature fresh, hotels and B&B’s. These locally local, daily harvested seafood.

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Apalachicola Apalachicola A History Rich with Steamboats, Timber and Seafood

Apalachicola has more than 900 historic homes, buildings and sites listed in its extensive National Register District. The city was selected one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations in 2008 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation based on its unique character, exceptional charm and dedication to historic preservation. Awarded to only a handful of communities throughout the nation, this designation confirms Apalachicola’s commitment to preserving its working seafood industry, maritime culture and history.

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he port of Apalachicola was established in 1831. Shipping cotton was Apalachicola’s big industry and it soon became the third largest port on the Gulf of Mexico. By the 1850s, the waterfront was lined with brick warehouses and broad streets to handle the loading and unloading of cotton. Steamboats laden with cotton came down the River and were unloaded. Then small shallow-draft schooners (lighters) shuttled the cargo to ships moored offshore. As the railroads expanded throughout the United States, a new industry took shape in the City. Home to large cypress forests, Franklin County developed several big lumber mills in the late 1800s. Lumber magnates built many of the historic homes that line our streets. By the end of the 19th century, harvesting oysters and seafood became an important industry. Today Franklin County harvests more than 90% of Florida’s oysters and 10% of the oysters consumed in the nation. Shrimp, blue crab and finfish are also very important commercially, bringing in over $14 million worth of seafood to Franklin County docks annually.

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D Festivals & Events Festivals and cultural events provide year-round fun on the Forgotten Coast. For a complete list of events visit apalachicolabay.org November 2011

Downtown Oyster Roast November 4 First Friday of November. Enjoy roasted and raw oysters, artichoke and oyster soup, shrimp, crabs, and homemade desserts under the stars on Commerce Street. For tickets call (850) 653-9419 or info@ apalachicolabay.org Florida Seafood Festival November 4-5 The oldest seafood festival in the state. Great seafood, arts & crafts and wonderful entertainment all wrapped into a magnificent family atmosphere. Travis Tritt will play this year; and maritime crafts paying tribute to the Apalachicola Bay's commercial fishermen. There is also www.apalachicolabay.org

an oyster shucking and oyster eating contest. For more information go to www.floridaseafoodfestival.com

Work, Play, Love - An Evening of One-Act Plays Panhandle Players November 18-20 at the Dixie Theater. www.panhandleplayers.com (850) 670-8874 Historic Apalachicola Annual Christmas Celebration November 25-27 weekend after Thanksgiving. The streets of Apalachicola are lined with luminaries and filled with holiday spirit. Merchants will be open late and the sounds of carolers will echo through the streets filling the evening with Christmas spirit. The highlight, of course, will be the big guy himself. Santa will arrive on a shrimp boat at 4:00 p.m. The OrContinued on page 20 19


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man House State Historic Site and the historic Raney House will be decorated in holiday greenery and open special evening hours for tours. Join us for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration! On Saturday, Santa visits with our furry friends so bring the whole family including the ones with four legs. Sunday at 3:00 pm, is a hospice Tree of Remembrance gathering at Riverfront Park. For info call (850) 653-9419 or info@apalachicolabay.org

December 2011

Holiday Fresh Market December 3 First Saturday in December. Why fight the crowds and traffic at the malls? Come for the day or the weekend. Shop in a relaxed, hassle free environment. Buy hand crafted Apalachicola specialties from fresh seasonal wreaths to vintage European glass bead jewelry. Your gift shopping has never been easier. (850) 653-9419 or info@apalachicolabay.org Lighting of the Lights December 3 Festivities begin at 5:00 mid-island in the St. George Lighthouse Park. A one mile "Jingle Jog" starts at 5:00; Santa will be there plus refreshments will be served and lighting of the island palms takes place at sundown. (850) 927-7744 Bay Area Choral Society Holiday Concert December 11 Ilse Newell Concert Series 4 p.m. at the historic Trinity Episcopal Church in Apalachicola. Admission $5.00, students free (850) 653-9550 January 2012 Florida Girls January 6, 7, 8 In the tradition of Lily Tomlin, Nancy Hasty brings her one-woman show with 15 hilarious true-to-life characters to the Forgotten Coast of Florida…you’ll laugh yourself silly. (850) 653-3200 www.dixietheatre.com

Adam Kossler World Renown Classical Guitarist January 8 Ilse Newell Concert Series 4 p.m. at the historic Trinity Episcopal Church in Apalachicola. $5.00, students free (850) 653-9550 Margo Anderson’s Tribute to Patsy Cline January 13, 14, 15 Accompanied by her talented Country Gold Band, Margo's clear, powerful voice will captivate you as will her warm, sensitive interpretation of Patsy's down-home wit and timeless songs. (850) 653-3200 www.dixietheatre.com Second Annual Oyster Cook-Off January 14 Apalachicola Bay's tasty bivalves are the star of this festival. All forms of oysters will be available to taste: raw, steamed, fried, and baked (other food also available). The day's activities will include live music and dance performances and an auction. Cook-off takes place at 10:00 am. Enter your favorite recipe. Auction preview Friday, January 13th. Proceeds benefit the Apalachicola Fire Department. More information at www.oystercookoff. com

vis is joined by Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison among others. (850) 653-3200 www.dixietheatre.com Florida State University School of Music Piano Faculty January 29 Ilse Newell Concert Series 4 p.m. at the historic Trinity Episcopal Church in Apalachicola. Admission $5.00, students free (850) 653-9550

February

Bob Milne Ragtime Piano February 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 The top ragtime/ boogie-woogie pianist today, Bob delights audiences with his pianoplaying pyrotechnics and his infectious enthusiasm for the music and the history behind the music. At the Dixie for his 13th year! (850) 653-3200 www.dixietheatre.com Jerry Lee Lewis Tribute with the Todd Williams Band February 10th Piano Man Todd Williams is a king of tributes and plays the piano with everything imaginable; occasionally he plays with his fingers! (850) 6533200 www.dixietheatre.com

Pas de Vie Ballet January 20, 21, 22 Tallahassee’s premiere ballet company returns to the Dixie after a fabulous standing ovation performance in 2011; it will take your breath away. (850) 653-3200 www.dixietheatre.com Elvis & Friends do the Dixie January 27, 28, 29 Spectacular tribute artist Todd Alan Herendeen & his Follow That Dream Band have become one of the Dixie Theatre’s most popular shows…El-

“Murder at the Howard Johnson” February 3-5 Panhandle Players at the Eastpoint Firehouse. February 10-12 at the Crooked River Grille (Dinner Theater). (850) 670-8874 www.panhandleplayers.com The Old Folkie February 11 Back for his 19th appearance at the Dixie, Ken Sizemore sings all your favorite folk tunes from the 50s, 60s & 70s as well as some finely crafted originals. (850) 653-3200 www.dixietheatre.com

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Events HCOLA 9th Annual AfricanAmerican History Festival February 11-12 Two day festival in

Apalachicola showcasing African American History, Art, and Culture. Features parade, exhibits, music, entertainment, food and inspiration. www.hcola.org 16th Annual Forgotten Coast Chef's Sampler February 12, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Chefs from all over the Forgotten Coast will prepare their most creative dishes at the historic Fort Coombs Armory located on 4th Street and Avenue D in Apalachicola. Sample an array from our area restaurants. Our talented shopkeepers and local designers give the event an extraordinary touch and add creative flair by decorating each table individually.  The tables range from elegant to artistic and funky. Tickets are $50. For more information, call the Apalachicola Bay Chamber at (850) 653-9419 or email us at info@apalachicolabay. org Cloud 9 Orchestra February 17, 18, 19 A ten piece Orchestra reminiscent of the Big Band era hits the Dixie stage with Scooter Ward at the helm; don’t miss your chance to dance and float away on cloud nine. (850) 653-3200. www.dixietheatre.com Carla Conners, Soprano and Timothy Hoekman, piano February 19 Ilse Newell Concert Series 4 p.m. at the historic Trinity Episcopal Church in Apalachicola. $5.00, students free. (850) 653-9550 My Nobel Destiny February 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 Written & performed by Beth Blair, this inspirational look at the life of Nobel Prize recipient Marie Curie takes us on the journey of her fascinating life, love, and scientific achievements. (850) 653-3200 www.dixietheatre.com

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Saltwater Music with Del Suggs March 2 A Panhandle favorite, Del brings his unique style and his buddies to perform acoustic rock, pop, blues, and folk…...with a sunburn at the Dixie Theatre! (850) 653-3200 www.dixietheatre.com

Maharajah Flamenco Trio March 9 High-energy, daring and soulful world music. Argentine tango, Brazilian samba, Latin American/ Caribbean rhythms…..a moving and dynamic expression of Flamenco Nuevo. (850) 6533200 www.dixietheatre.com

The Mayhaws March 3 Sweet and thorny, a mix of folk, honky-tonk, soul, bluegrass and oldschool country, rockabilly, traditional hill music, delta blues, and a wealth of originals. (850) 653-3200 www.dixietheatre.com

Sarah Mac Band March 10 The Dixie House Band back for their third season and nobody does it better…exceptional vocals and strong, smart lyrics bring a joyous blend of blues, rock, jazz, and soul. (850) 653-3200 www.dixietheatre.com

St. George Island Charity Chili Cook-off & Auction March 3 Sanctioned by the International Chili Society, over sixty contestants square off at the Gulf Coast Regional Chili Cook-off on St. George Island. The winner of what is the largest regional chili cook-off in the nation advances to the world championship and all proceeds benefit the Island Volunteer Fire Department and First Responder Unit.  (850) 927-2753 for more info

11th Annual Charity Rib Cookoff March 16-17 Come eat some of the best BBQ ribs and chicken and support the Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Department. Live music, car show, activities for the kids. Join us for a day of fun and good eatin’. (850) 670-9000

FSU Voice Performance Majors in Concert March 4 Ilse Newell Concert Series 4 p.m. at the historic Trinity Episcopal Church in Apalachicola. Admission $5.00, students free (850) 653-9550

Camp Gordon Johnston Days March 16-18 Featuring a parade and dinner dance. All veterans regardless of age, rank or branch of service are honored at this time. Carrabelle (850) 697-8575 www.campgordonjohnston.com

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Jazz from London & ZBT March 16 The Zach Bartholomew Trio returns with London Arrington to perform the smoothest Jazz you'll ever hear; they are masters of authentic & classic while putting their own stamp on the sound they love... check out these cool cats. (850) 653-3200 www.dixietheatre.com The Ned Devines March 17 Back for their 2nd season, the Neds brought the house down on their last visit. This year they will be here “on the day” so all you Irish blokes, get ready to party at the Dixie. (850) 653-3200 www.dixietheatre.com

Bay Area Choral Society presents Faure's Requiem March 25 Ilse Newell Concert Series 4 p.m. at the historic Trinity Episcopal Church in Apalachicola. $5.00, students free (850) 653-9550 Swingin’ Harpoon Blues Band March 30 An award-winning style, this band delivers a sharp, solid sound and is comprised of some of the area's most talented blues musicians, playing its mix of Detroit blues & jazzy swing. (850) 653-3200 www.dixietheatre.com Grant Peeples & the Peeples Republik Band March 31 Our favorite award-winning, left-neck, master songwriter brings his own band to the Dixie stage in the Dylan/Prine/Kerouac style he does so well. We’ve missed his bold, radical take on life and thrilled he’s back! Dixie Theatre TBA (850) 6533200 www.dixietheatre.com      

April

Apalachicola Art Walk & Wine Festival March 24 Art in all forms will be woven in and around picturesque downtown Apalachicola where artists and musicians will be showing, selling, and demonstrating their talents from 11:00-6:00 pm. The festivities continue into the evening with a wine tasting at 3:00 pm. Afterwards area chefs will prepare dishes at their restaurants pared with special wines. (850) 6539419 www.apalachicola.org The DIXIE Does Nashville 9 March 23, 24 Once again Universal Music Publishing Nashville brings their finest, most talented writers to the Dixie. One of our most beloved music series...don't miss these extraordinary, magical evenings. (850) 653-3200 www.dixietheatre.com

Concert in the Park April 8 Ilse Newell Concert Series 4 p.m. Lafayette Park overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Admission $5.00, students free (850) 653-9550 14th Historic Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat Show April 20-21 All types of antique boats, classic examples of traditional vessels, work boats, fiberglass classics, antique outboard motors and antique cars. The 1877 gaff-rigged sailing vessel the Governor Stone will be here. Boat building demonstrations and a special dinner and lecture at 6:00 p.m. (850) 653-9419 www.antiqueboatshow.org “Sex Please, We’re Sixty” April 20-22 Panhandle Players at the Dixie Theater. www.panhandleplayers. com (850) 670-8874

May

20th Annual Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour May 3-5. Many of Apalachicola’s magnificent private homes and buildings can only be viewed from the exterior except for this unique day. An Architectural symposium on Friday kicks things off. Sessions conducted by renowned architects and historic preservationists. Saturday, take a guided tour through architecturally and historically significant homes, churches and gardens. All donations benefit the Trinity Episcopal Restoration Fund. Call (850) 6539550 www.apalachicolahistorichometour.org America’s Great Paint Out May 3-14 Over 30 nationally acclaimed plein air artists will document the landscapes and the people who inhabit them in a “paint-out” the second week in May. Hailing from Maine to California to South Florida, today’s plein air artists will paint on location in Apalachicola, Cape San Blas, Indian Pass, Mexico Beach, and Port St. Joe. www.pleinairfl.com

July

Independence Day Parade July 3 Apalachicola July 4th Parade St. George Island (850) 927-7744

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National Lighthouse Day August 7th St. George Island (850) 9277744 Wild & Scenic Film Festival TBA Apalachicola (850) 653-8936 For the latest information visit our online calendar www.apalachicolabay.org or call (850) 653-9419

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There are endless pristine shallow bays and marshes, plus miles of forest to explore.

ateway to Tate’s Hell State Forest, St. George Island and the Apalachicola National Forest, Eastpoint is the central point of the Forgotten Coast. There are hundreds of acres in Tate’s Hell and the Apalachicola National Forest for hiking, birding, hunting and fishing. Wild flower savannahs and marshes attract outdoor enthusiasts nationwide. It is a place one can truly feel untouched by today’s world. Just across the Bay from Apalachicola or St. George Island, Eastpoint is where many of the oystermen harvest their catch and bring it to processing houses. Oysters are harvested from more than 7,000 acres of public oyster “bars” and 600 acres of private leased bars in Apalachicola Bay. Public bars are divided into “winter” bars, which are harvested from October through June and “summer” bars which are harvested from July through September. There are more than 2,000 people employed by the oyster industry in Franklin County.

Tongers, traditionally called “oystermen”, harvest the oysters today in the same manner they have for a century. From small wooden boats 20-23 feet long, using tongs that look somewhat like two rakes attached in scissor-style, the oystermen bring the oysters to the surface. The oysters are brought on board and sorted on a culling board where they are separated by size. The Bay is carefully monitored to ensure the health and productivity of the oyster beds. As early as 1949, the state was involved in restocking oyster shell into the bay to create new oyster bars. It is estimated that 750 acres of bars have been constructed since then. Eastpoint is also home to the new Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Center, a 5,000 square foot research and nature center in near the foot of the bridge to St. George Island. The center, open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, houses many exhibits representative of the coastal Continued on page 24

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ecosystem, educational exhibits of the plant and animal life found in the region. They also have live fish tanks, an oyster boat, plus natural resource and local history information.

Apalachicola Bay

The waters of the Apalachicola Bay are among the cleanest and most productive in the nation, yielding seafood landings in excess of $14 million annually in Franklin County. Historically, Franklin County harvests more than 90% of Florida’s oysters and 10 % of the nationwide supply. Oysters make up almost one-third the value of commercial marine landings but shrimp, blue crab and finfish are also important - bringing in millions of dollars worth of seafood to the docks. Noted for their pure, mellow, briny flavor, Apalachicola Bay oysters have been recognized by chefs throughout the country as one of the best tasting oysters and have been recently been highlighted in New York Times and Garden & Gun magazines.

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he Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) encompasses 246,000 acres making it the second largest of 28 existing in the National Estuarine Research Reserve system. The Reserve is intended as a protective blanket for the fragile wetlands, bays and coastal uplands which fall within its boundaries. In 2011, ANERR opened its new 5,000 square foot research and nature center in Eastpoint near the foot of the bridge to St. George Island. The center, open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, houses many exhibits representative of the coastal ecosystem, popular educational exhibits of the plant and animal life found in this region, and live fish tanks, an oyster boat and natural resource and local history information. The Reserve boundaries include a large section of the Apalachicola River and adjoining floodplains, all or portions of three barrier islands, Apalachicola Bay and associated sounds. Apalachicola Bay, the primary water body, is one of the most productive bays in the country. The bay supports major fisheries for oysters, shrimp, crabs and finfish. Much of the local economy is directly connected to the bay. The Reserve is also one of the most important bird habitats in the southeastern U.S. with more than 315 species. There are also more than 360 species of marine mollusks found in the Reserve and in its near-shore waters; many of these are also endangered. Fifty-seven species of mammals are also found in the drainage basin including the Florida black bear, the West Indian manatee, the Indiana bat and the gray bat. Contact the reserve office at (850) 670-7700 for a schedule of workshops, lectures and special events.

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St. George Island State Park occupies the far eastern end of the island where you will find nine miles of undeveloped shoreline, majestic dunes, bay forest, sandy coves and salt marshes. The park has a series of hiking trails, boardwalks and observation platforms. Bird watching is a popular activity here. You might encounter one of the many migratory birds that use the island as a stop-over on their way south or north. We have even had rare appearances by a flamingo and a snowy owl! A 79-foot St. George Island Lighthouse now stands proudly in the center of island. Climb the 92 wooden stairs plus an eight-rung ladder to the lantern room where you will see spectacular views of Apalachicola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

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The fourth Cape St. George Light was completed in December of 2008, and stands as a tribute to the commitment of a community to the preservation of its maritime heritage. The Lighthouse, the Keeper’s House Museum and Gift Shop, and the St. George Island Visitor Center are located in St. George Lighthouse Park at the center of the island.

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Surrounding Areas There are many interesting areas to explore within an hour's drive. EAST Alligator Point Located at the eastern end of Franklin County, Alligator Point can be accessed from US Highway 98 and Route 370. The 14,366 acre, Alligator Harbor Aquatic Preserve, acts as a nursery for the Gulf Coast, serving as a breeding ground for grouper, shrimp, blue crabs, flounder, trout, mullet, snapper, cobia, tarpon, redfish and many more species. Wildlife watching, recreational opportunities, and sight fishing in these waters can be rewarding and challenging. Located 45 minutes east of Apalachicola. Lanark Village Located eight miles east of Carrabelle, the village of Lanark was once home to a fashionable resort in the late 1800s as it was the terminus of the Georgia, Florida and Alabama Railroad. During WWII, the area was known as Camp Gordon Johnston, a military installation that trained over a quarter million men for amphibious assaults from 1942 until 1946. Be sure to visit

the Camp Gordon Johnston Museum in Carrabelle, 1001 Gray Avenue in the city hall complex. Carrabelle Located twenty minutes east of Apalachicola, the town of Carrabelle is a paradise for boaters, with plenty of deep water boat slips and several marinas that offer fuel, provisions, bait and tackle. Don’t miss the Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum located at the city complex or the Carrabelle History Museum on Avenue B in downtown Carrabelle. Stop by the Carrabelle Chamber Visitors Center for more information. (850) 697-2585 WEST Indian Pass West of Apalachicola, take US Highway 98 for about seven miles to a fork in the road where 98 meets C-30: the next ten miles offer a scenic

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Surrounding Areas route with great bay views. Ten miles further down the road you’ll stumble upon the Indian Pass Raw Bar, an iconic oyster bar where you get your own beer or coke from the fridge and belly up to the bar for a dozen of Apalachicola’s finest oysters. As you leave the raw bar explore Indian Pass. Serving as the gateway to St. Vincent Wildlife Refuge, this small peninsula divides Indian Lagoon from the Gulf of Mexico and remains one of Florida's best kept secrets. Cape San Blas Cape San Blas peninsula reaches out in an arch to form St Joseph Bay, a shallow clear saltwater bay full of sea life. There are several shops and restaurants on the Cape, plus an inn and plenty of beach homes to rent. Located 30 minutes west of Apalachicola. Port St. Joe Founded in 1835, St. Joseph, later known as Port St. Joe, was a cotton shipping port.

In 1844, the town suffered a hit by a hurricane and tidal wave. Two years later, in 1846, the town virtually disappeared when a yellow fever epidemic killed over 6,000 residents. Today Port St. Joe is being reborn again. Reid Avenue serves as the town’s Main Street with shops and restaurants. Located 20 miles west of Apalachicola (850) 227-1223.

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Fishing & Boating A bad day on the water is better than ... well you know. Whether you hire one of our expert fishing guides, rent a boat on your own or fish right off of a pier or beach, the Apalachicola Bay offers some of the best fishing in Florida. Common species caught include: redfish, cobia, pompano, sheepshead, flounder, speckled trout, whiting, Spanish mackerel, black drum, bluefish, striped bass, largemouth bass, Jack Crevalle, tarpon, grouper, snapper, king mackerel, tripletail, and amberjack.

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• Affordable Fishing (850) 524-5985 dougjoyner29@yahoo.com Apalachicola Maritime Museum (850) 653-2500 www.ammfl.org

• Backwater Guide Service (850) 899-0063 www.backwaterguideservice.com • Big Fish SGI (850) 370-6631 www.teambigfishsgi.com • Big ‘Un Charters (850) 653-8106 www.biguncharters.com • Book Me A Charter (850) 653-2622 www.bookmeacharter.com • Boss Charters (850) 653-8055 www.bosscharters.com • Captain Brownie’s Guide Service (850) 653-5529 www.apalachicolaguide.com • Captain Charles Charters (850) 653-9008 www.captcharlescharters.com • Capt. Dave Lear Charters www.captaindavelear.com (850) 320-2001

• Captain Gill's River Cruises (850) 370-0075 gillautrey@gmail.com • Captain Rex Phipps Fishing Guide Service (850) 670-8428 www.captrexphipps.com • Congo Charters (850) 527-2574 www.congocharters.com • Doghouse Charters (850) 227-7281 or (850) 527-9530 www.doghousecharters.com • Eco Explorer Cruises, Inc. (850) 653-1666 www.ecoexplorercruises.com • Fish'N Xpress (850) 227-8200 tightlinesgoodtimes.com • Happy Hours Kayak & Canoe Outpost (850) 229-1991 www. happyhourskayak.com

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Fishing and Boating • Journeys of SGI, Inc. (850) 927-3259 www.sgislandjourneys.com • Peregrine Charters (850) 6532204 • Reel Memories (850) 653-1626 (850) 899-1281 www.reelmemoriesfishing.com • River to Gulf Adventures (850) 323-0222 www.fishrivertogulf.com

• Robinson Brothers Guide Service (850) 653-8896 www.floridaredfish.com • St. Vincent Island Shuttle Services & Fishing (850) 229-1065 www.stvincentisland.com • Seahorse Water Safaris (850) 227-1099 www.seahorsewatersafaris.com

•Tidelines Charters (850) 6535735 www.tidelinecharters.com •Wheelhouse Tours & Fishing (850) 653-6032 www.wheelhousetours.com • Woodduck's Guide Service (850) 653-5755 www.apalachicolaguideservice. com Continued on page 34

Woodduck’s Guide Service

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Half or Full Day Trips Bait, Tackle, Seafood

330 Hwy 98 Eastpoint 850/670-8808 www.fishermanschoice.net bestbaitintown@yahoo.com

Charles Pennycuff

Rex Pennycuff

License, Bait, Rod, Reels, Tackle & Ice Provided Allan Richards (aka Woodduck) USCG Licensed and Insured

850/653-5755 Fishing, Sightseeing, Shelling

Brownie’s Guide Service 850-653-5529 Cell BrownieParkman@gmail.com

www.apalachicolaguide.com

Flats, Bay & Offshore Trips 118 Commerce Street Apalachicola, Florida 850-653-8896 www.FloridaRedfish.com Robinson@FloridaRedfish.com

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Fishing Gear, Bait & Tackle

• Apalach Outfitters (850) 6533474 www.apalachoutfitters.com • Fisherman’s Choice (850) 670-8808 bestbaitintown@yahoo.com • Island Outfitters (850) 9272604 www.sgioutfitters.com • Scallop Cove (850) 227-1573 www.scallopcove.com • Scipio Creek Marina (850) 653-8030 www.scipiocreekmarina.com • Survivors Island Bait & Tackle (850) 927-3113 www.sgislandfl. com/survivors Marinas, Boat & Marine Supplies • Apalachicola Boat Slips and Ramp (850) 653-6279 www. apalachicolaboatslips.com

• Apalachicola Marina (850) 653-9521 mmarine1275@fairpoint.net • Scipio Creek Marina (850) 653-8030 www.scipiocreekmarina.com • Water Street Hotel & Marina (850) 653-3700 www.waterstreethotel.com • Wefing’s Marine Supply & Boat Sales (850) 670-8100 www.wefings. com

Boat, Kayak, Stand Up Paddle Board Rentals

• Apalachicola Boat Rentals (850) 653-5950 www.apalachicolaboatrentals.com •Apalachicola Maritime Museum (850) 653-2500 www. ammfl.org

• Happy Ours Kayak & Canoe Outpost (850) 229-1991 www. happyourskayak.com • Island Outfitters (850) 9272604 www.sgioutfitters.com • Journeys of SGI, Inc. (850) 927-3259 www.sgislandjourneys.com • Scallop Cove (850) 227-1573 www.scallopcove.com • Seahorse Water Safaris (850) 227-1099 www.seahorsewatersafaris.com

License Please Fishing Licenses are sold in the County Tax Collector’s Office and many bait and tackle shops. Licenses can also be obtained over the phone by dialing 1-888-347-4356 or online https://www2.fl.wildlifelicense. com/start.php

BRAND 233 Water Street, Apalachicola 850.653.8790

Boat Rentals www.apalachicolaboatrental.com Daily, Multi-day or Weekly Rentals Pontoon, Flats, Skiffs & Bay Boats Serving Alligator Point to Port St. Joe Fresh, Locally Caught Seafood

Oysters, Shrimp, Crab, Fish 227 Water St., Apalachicola

Open Mon-Sat 11-6 850.653.1399

Wefings Marine

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Did you know that Cook Insurance is located inside of Centennial Bank? Just another reason to make Centennial Bank your choice when shopping for financial services.

800-822-7530

cookinsuranceagency.com www.cookinsuranceagency.com

Centennial Bank believes in the importance of getting out in the community. Where our customers are. More than just financially strong, if you need us, we’ll be there for you. Even after hours. That’s why you can find us at Battery Park. Or wherever you happen to be.

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Where to Stay Looking to linger? Choose from an old-fashioned beach cottage, a multi-story million dollar home, a stay in an historic B&B, guesthouse or modern hotel. Beach Home Rentals 300 Ocean Mile Unit L-10 Casa La Playa, is a beautifully decorated 2BR, 2.5BA townhome located on the East end of St. George Island close to the state park, a few steps from the beach. 1804 East Gulf Beach Drive, St. George Island (678) 858-3328 www.beachvacationsgi.com Aqua Essence Beach House Located on a lovely part of St. Joseph's Peninsula, each of the 3 units has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths and is fully furnished with all of the modern amenities. 239 Haven Road, Cape San Blas (850) 527-8362 www.aquaessence. com The Cape Escape Enjoy personal service and fully loaded rentals from beach chairs to laundry detergent and spices, so your vacation and relaxing begin with the packing. Barrier Dunes Drive, Cape San Blas (770) 569-9215 www.thecapeescape.com

Collins Vacation Rentals Welcoming families to St. George Island since 1973, we hope to make your visit a memorable experience and look forward to seeing your footprints in the sand! 60 East Gulf Beach Drive, St. George Island (800) 657-4183 www.collinsvacationrentals.com Fickling Vacation Rentals Fickling Vacation Rentals offers affordable vacation homes on St. George Island. 112 Franklin Boulevard, St. George Island (877) 927-2218 www.ficklingvacationrentals.com g3 Rental Group Positive, progressive, and professional service with a dab of southern hospitality! We cover every detail, from the freshest linens to locating that perfect dining experience. Modern accommodations, with "Old Florida" style; we're just on the beach! (850) 227-3333 www.g3rentalgroup.com Continued on page 38

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This Victorian Inn is listed on the National Historic Registry and is located in historic Apalachicola. The Inn is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, the river and bay. Thirty private guest bedrooms with cable and free internet access. White rocking chairs line the wrap-around porch. Pub menu plus restaurant and full bar with extensive wine and beer list. Special events listed on our monthly calendar.

51 Avenue C, Apalachicola, FL 32320 850.653.2191 www.gibsoninn.com

Three Elegant Victorian Mansions

23 Guest Suites Seven Romantic Jacuzzi Suites • 15 Fireplaces • Breakfast Included • Garden & Beach Weddings • Pet Friendly • •

80 Sixth St. Apalachicola (850) 653-9199 . (888) 244-8320

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Harbor Point Vacation Rentals Surrounded by miles of undeveloped state park land, this rural coastal community offers an escape like no other with the best beach front rates. 127 Harbor Point Circle, Alligator Point (877) 774-8671 www.harborpointrentals.com HomeAway Vacation Rentals Great selection of beach homes and cottages for rent by owner in St. George Island, Apalachicola, Carrabelle, Cape San Blas, Mexico Beach, and Alligator Point. (866) 771-3010 www.homeaway.com Jasmine-By-the-Sea Rare and luxurious accommodations for up to 6 adults at the Villa Guest House, nestled in the lush WingFlower Butterfly Sanctuary and Native Gardens, a 2.5-acre seaside estate located just west of Carrabelle Beach. 3 BR, kitchen, LR, 2 baths, WiFi, W/D, 300sq.ft Jasmine-covered pavilion with sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico, outdoor tables, grill, seating, wisteria-covered hammock, and private beach located steps away. 2285 US Highway 98 West, Carrabelle (850) 697-8593 www.jasminebythesea.com

Call 850-229-7678 or visit www.PortInnFl.com www.TheThirstyGoat.com

Paradise Coast Beach Rentals Beach rentals on the #1 Beach in the world named by "Dr. Beach" in 2002. 433 Cape San Blas Road, Cape San Blas (850) 227-2000 www.paradise-coast.com or www. capesanblas.com Poincianna Plantation Beach Villa Beautiful unobstructed Gulf/Beach views wrap-around double verandas; 4 bedroom, 3.5 baths sleeps 10 (8 adults 2 children). Perfect for beach weddings-receptions; pet friendly Coombs House Inn/"Poinciana Plantation" 1864 Plantation Pass, St. George Island (888) 244-8320 www.coombshouseinn.com Resort Vacation Properties The largest selection of vacation rental homes on St. George Island beachfront, bay front and in-between. 140 West First Street, St. George Island (866) 976-0113 www. resortvacationproperties.com St. George Island Vacation Properties Setting a new vacation rental standard by offering some of the finest vacation homes on St. George Island. 235 West Gulf Beach Drive, Suite E, St. George Island. (866) 927-4750 www.stgeorgeislandvacationproperties.com

www.choicehotels.com

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Where To Stay Suncoast Vacation Rentals Whether you're searching for a beachfront home for a family gathering or the perfect romantic getaway cottage for two, call to make your dream vacation a reality. 224 Franklin Boulevard, St. George Island (800) 341-0483 www. uncommonflorida.com Vacation Rentals.comTight budgets and dream vacations don’t go hand in hand, except on Vacation Rentals.com. Get away to St. George Island, a barrier island that feels worlds away. With our affordable selection of St. George Island beach rentals at your fingertips, you’ll be soaking up that faithful Florida sun in no time. (866) 771-3010 www.vacationrentals.com/vacation-rentals/St-George-Island-Florida.html Hotels, B&B's, Guest Cottages, Campgrounds 49 Palmetto A stylish two bedroom flat fully equipped for a weekend getaway or an extended stay. Located downtown within walking distance of shops, museums and restaurants. 49 Avenue G (850) 323-1600 www.49palmetto.com

Apalachicola River Inn Relax in nature's setting along the banks of the Apalachicola River. Located downtown where Apalachicola Bay meets the river. Upscale lodging with a great restaurant, scenic roof top lounge and famous oyster bar. 123 Water Street, Apalachicola (850) 653-8139 www.apalachicolariverinn.com Bay Queen Loft The perfect getaway in the heart of historic downtown Apalachicola located on the second floor of the High Cotton Marketplace. Enjoy a panoramic view of one of the few remaining working waterfronts on the Gulf Coast from your private, semi-covered veranda. Two bedrooms, two baths, fully equipped kitchen, wi-fi, beach gear, and bikes. 232-2B Water Street, Apalachicola (850) 653- 9749 www.thebayqueenloft.com Best Western Apalach Inn AARP, AAA & Corporate discounts, free continental breakfast, pool, non-smoking and handicapped accessible rooms at the only franchise hotel in the area. 249 US Highway 98 West, Apalachicola (800) 528-1234 www. bwapalachinn.com Continued on page 40

House of Tartts Guest House Historic Apalachicola, Florida

The Jasmine-by-the-Sea Villa, directly overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, is the destination for bird watchers, butterfly lovers, artists, and all those who still appreciate vacationing amidst a lush and unspoiled environment. The Villa Guest House provides luxury, comfort and tranquil accommodations for up to 6 adults. The 1,700 square foot garden-level Guest House has no steps and features 3 BRs (1 King, 1 Queen, 2 Twins), 2 baths, a fully equipped eat-in kitchen, LR, jasmine-covered outdoor pavilion, W/D, WiFi and many other amenities. Romantic outdoor sitting and dining areas, garden walks, and private beach, is located steps away. Minimum 3 nights stays. Ideal for SNOWBIRDS of a different feather. Space for boat parking available.

www.jasminebythesea.com 2285 Coastal Hwy 98 West Carrabelle Beach, FL 32322 (850) 697-8593

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Enjoy your visit in the comfort of the House of Tartts, an historic guest house located in the heart of Historic Apalachicola and just two blocks from fine dining, shopping and the scenic riverfront. Stay in one of three private rooms or rent the entire guest house or adjacent Carriage House.

850-653-4687 www.houseoftartts.com 50 Avenue F, Apalachicola, Florida

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Bryant House Bed & Breakfast Outstanding hospitality, quiet, luxurious rooms in a romantic, turnof-the-century setting and full German breakfast (Fr端hst端ck) to start your day off right. 101 6th Street, Apalachicola (850) 653-3270 (888) 5544376 www.bryanthouse.com Buccaneer Inn Beachside hotel in the center of St. George Island with beachfront rooms overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Mexico; fully equipped efficiency units, a pool and conference room. 160 West Gorrie Drive, St George Island (800) 847-2091 www.buccinn.com Cape San Blas Inn Seven rooms with private baths & all amenities, including breakfast, snacks & beverages & use of canoes and bikes. Escape to a hidden, unspoiled paradise where you can

bike, snorkel, kayak, canoe or just relax! 4950 Cape San Blas Road, Cape San Blas (800) 315-1965 www. capesanblasinn.com Carrabelle Beach RV Resort RV sites and cabins across from Carrabelle Beach, store with RV supplies, bait, tackle and groceries, recreation hall, a bath house, a pool, laundry facilities, and picnic tables. 1843 US Highway 98, Carrabelle (850) 697-2638 www.rvcoutdoors.com Consulate Suites Former location of the French Consulate in the early 1800s with four 1-2 bedroom, beautifully remodeled luxury vacation suites with fully equipped designer kitchens, living areas and balconies overlooking the Apalachicola River. 76 Water Street, Apalachicola (850) 653-1515 (877) 239-1159 www. consulatesuites.com

Best Western Apalach Inn Free High Speed Internet Free Full Breakfast Laundry Facility Pool Groups, Conferences, Conventions, Weddngs welcomed with special rate.

For reservations call: 850-653-9131 or Toll free: 1-800-528-1234 Visit us online at www.bwapalachinn.com bw.apalachinn.gm@gmail.com 249 Hwy. 98 West, Apalachicola, FL 32320 Fax: 850-653-9136

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Where To Stay Coombs House Inn Luxury romantic 23 guest suites with private baths, many with individual verandas and porches overlooking lush gardens. Complimentary “5 STAR” amenities include delicious breakfasts, afternoon homemade cookies and tea, weekend wine receptions, beach chairs, bicycles, wi-fi, telephones, cable TV, all within 3 blocks from bay or river, shops, seafood restaurants and museums. Children and Pets WELCOME!!! 80 6th Street, Apalachicola (850) 653-9199 (888) 244-8320 www. combshouseinn.com Gibson Inn Restored turn-of-the-century Victorian inn, with all the charm of the era. Built in 1907, this 3-story beautiful hotel has been fully restored. Each room has a full bath, phone, free internet access, cable, TV and the hotel has a full-service weekend restaurant and beautiful Victorian era bar. 51 Avenue C, Apalachicola (850) 653-2191 www. gisboninn.com House of Tartts Restored guest house in historic downtown. All rooms have private baths and TV. Whole house rental is available. The Carriage House is a self-contained accommodation with

Furry family members are welcome at many of our petfriendly beach home rentals, hotels, and shops. Look for the pawprint throughout the guide.

2 bedrooms, 2 baths and kitchen overlooking the garden. 50 Avenue F, Apalachicola (850) 653-4687 www.houseoftartts.com Indian Pass Campground Beautiful RV Park & Campground with cabins, located on Indian Lagoon, just steps from the beach at Indian Pass across from St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge. General Store, boat storage, bath house, laundry, bait and tackle. 2817 Indian Pass Road, Indian Pass (850) 227-7203 www.indianpasscamp.com Continued on page 42

On Beautiful Apalachicola Bay Just Five Minutes to Historic Apalachicola and to Magnificent St. George Island

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Sportsman’s Lodge Motel & Marina

Spacious Rooms • Cable TV Fully Equipped Kitchenette Daily, Weekly Rentals Available

For Reservations:

www.uncommonflorida.com

Box 606, Eastpoint, FL 32328

850/670-8423

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Where To Stay The Rancho Inn 32 rooms with coffee pots, refrigerators and microwaves, including 2 suites, 1 jacuzzi room, and a pool. Located at the edge of Apalachicola’s residential historic district. 240 US Highway 98, Apalachicola (850) 653-9435 Raney Guest Cottage Experience historic charm in downtown Apalachicola. Circa 1835, the two bedroom/two bath Raney Guest Cottage has been tastefully renovated to include all the comforts of home plus a fully-equipped kitchen. 46 Avenue F, Apalachicola (850) 653-9749 www.apalachicolavacation.com Where To Stay, from page 41

MainStay Suites An affordable hotel that offers amenities designed for extended-stay travelers. Daily, weekly, monthly rates, high speed internet, pool, full kitchens. 3951 East US Highway 98, Port St Joe (850) 229-6246 www.mainstaysuitespsj.com Old Saltworks Cabins Located at Cape San Blas on the site of a Civil War battle and recommended as one of the nine hidden getaway places in Florida by Florida Trend magazine. 1085 Cape San Blas Road, Cape San Blas (850) 229-6097 www.oldsaltworks. com The Port Inn Newly restored 20-room hotel located in downtown Port St. Joe near pristine St. Joe Bay. Beautifully appointed, relaxing accommodations with all the modern amenities, plus the Thirsty Goat Lounge www.thethirstygoat.com. The inn is a State of Florida Certified Green Lodge. 501 Monument Avenue, Port St. Joe (866) 825-7175 www.portinnfl.com

Raney The Historic

Guest Cottage

Best Beachfront Rates Secluded Coastline Pet Friendly Beaches Full Service Marina 850-653-9749 • 46 Avenue F • Apalachicola Close to Tallahassee www.apalachicola-vacation.com

Rivercrest Vacation Home Lovely architecture in a secluded wooded setting near the Apalachicola River. Four bedrooms, 3 baths with full kitchen that opens to family room with dining area.  Front and back porch with fire pit.  Boat ramp and dockage off of Scipio Creek. 501 Bay City Road, Apalachicola (850) 370-0075 www.apalachicolabay.org/index. cfm/pageid/213/ Riverfront Vacation Home Located in a quiet area of the Apalachicola River near a full service marina, this is a furnished home with all the amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible. 125 Melanie Lane, Apalachicola (205) 926-4816 www. apalachfishing.com Sportsman's Lodge Quiet, shaded, bay front motel and marina on secluded East Bay. Large family units with fully equipped kitchenettes. Just 5 minutes from Historic Apalachicola and beautiful St. George Island. 99 North Bayshore Drive, Eastpoint (850) 670-8423 sportsmanslodge.tripod.com/index. html

Cape San Blas, Indian Pass Mexico Beach, St. Joe Beach

Come to a place where laid back is more than a word, it’s a lifestyle. A place where white sand beaches, emerald green waters and gorgeous sunsets await you. Pets Welcome. 1-888-227-2110

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Where To Stay St. George Inn is a landmark located in the heart of St. George Island, just one block from the beach. Spacious rooms and suites with hardwood floors, dog friendly; each room has refrigerator, coffee maker, cable TV, free wireless internet, microwave, private bath, view of the water from wrap-around porches.  135 Franklin Boulevard, St George Island (850) 9272903 www.stgeorgeinn.com

Witherspoon Inn Once Captain Witherspoon's 19th century residence, this historic hideaway features comfort and casual elegance and is within walking distance to shops and restaurants. Each room has its own bath. 94 5th Street, Apalachicola (850) 653-9186 www.witherspooninn.com

St. James Bay Villas Luxurious condominiums with breathtaking views of the surrounding golf course; covered parking, tennis courts, swimming pools, golf pro shop, picnic pavilions, on-site restaurant and of course all the golf activities you love! 151 Laughing Gull Lane, Carrabelle (850) 697-9606 www.stjamesbay.com Turtle Beach Inn Charming bed & breakfast nestled between long-needled pines and cabbage palms on an often-deserted Gulf coast beach. Guest rooms overlook the Gulf of Mexico and include private baths. 140 Painted Pony Road, Indian Pass (850) 229-9366 www.turtlebeachinn.com Water Street Hotel 1-2 bedroom, 2 bath condos feature a living-dining area with fully equipped kitchen, washer-dryer, private screened veranda overlooking the river, outdoor pool and daily maid service. Meeting rooms for up to 60 people and boat slips for up to 55' vessels. 329 Water Street, Apalachicola (850) 653-3700 (888) 211-9239 www.waterstreethotel.com

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Water Street Loft Located right on the water, the Loft is within easy walking distance of the area’s best shops and restaurants with 3 bedrooms (sleeps 9) and over 1,400 square feet. Features include a spacious living room, large kitchen and boat ramp. 317 Water Street, Apalachicola (850) 653-6279 www.waterstreetloft.com

(850)349-2696

Harbor Point Vacation Rentals www.moresandforyourdollar.com

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Rooms with a view and breakfast too!

BOSS OYSTER Saveur Magazine “Florida’s Best” 9 Best Food Finds from The Sunshine State 123 Water St. Apalachicola 850/653-8139 www.apalachicolariverinn.com

Oyster Town

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Where to Eat

Whether you are looking for a delicious gourmet meal or more simple fare, we have excellent restaurants in breathtaking locations. Our restaurants feature fresh, locally harvested seafood that is brought to the docks daily. Apalachicola AJ's Neighborhood Bar & Grill Soul Food. Seafood. Good Food! Full service restaurant & bar, hot lunch buffet, home-style cooking, homemade desserts, dine in or carry out, open late, meeting space and catering available. Feed a crowd. Open daily at 11:00 am, closed Mondays. 120 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue (850) 653-2571 www.ajsapa.com

Boss Oyster Charm, character & a waterfront setting. Apalachicola Bay oysters served 17 different ways and all kinds of seafood. Lunch & dinner 7 days a week. 123 Water Street (850) 653-9364 www. apalachicolariverinn.com

Apalachicola Seafood Grill The world's largest fried fish sandwich. The best seafood and prices on Florida's Forgotten Coast since 1903. Open Monday-Saturday 11:00am-9:00pm, Sundays 11:30am to 4:00pm. Located in historic downtown Apalachicola on the corner of US 98 & Market Street. (850) 653-9510

Cafe con Leche A fusion of the best organically grown dark roasted coffee, homemade sandwiches and desserts, fresh pastries made daily. All in a setting of a unique boutique of local artists. 8:00 am5:00 pm Monday-Saturday. 234 Water Street (850) 653-CafĂŠ

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Burger King Have it your way. 421 US Highway 98 (850) 653-3045

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Many of our restaurants have outside dining tables that welcome well mannered pets. Look for the pawprint throughout the guide.

Where To Eat, from page 45

Caroline’s River Dining Serenity & seafood. Enjoy a fine dining experience with a view of the Apalachicola River. Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner, 7 Days a week. 123 Water Street (850) 653-8139 www.apalachicolariverinn.com

Hole In The Wall Casual dining in a charming historic atmosphere. We serve fresh, local seafood, oysters, shrimp, homemade soups, casseroles and daily specials. Open Tuesday-Saturday 12:00 - 9:00pm. 23 Avenue D (850) 653-3222

The Tap Room The Owl Cafe’s new gastro-pub features craft beers, fine wines, full bar, delicious food and snacks. A great new addition to our dining scene. 75 Commerce Street (850) 653-9888 www.owlcafeflorida.com

Papa Joe’s Oyster Bar & Grill Waterfront dining with a full oyster bar, fresh local seafood, salads and steaks. Open 11:30am10:00pm Monday-Saturday, closed Sundays. Located at 301B Market Street at Scipio Creek The Owl Café Relaxed dining Marina. (850) 653-1189 www.pafeaturing thoughtfully prepared pajoesoysterbar.com local seafood, steaks & pastas, accompanied by an excellent se- Red Top Café Family style restaulection of fine wines. Lunch & rant serving steaks, seafood, sanddinner Monday-Saturday, Sunday wiches, chicken and kids meals. brunch is served from 10:30am- Open 7 days a week 11:00am3:00pm, closed Sunday evenings. 2:00pm for lunch and 5-9pm for Located on Avenue D & Com- dinner. Located on US Highway merce Street (850) 653-9888 www.owlcafeflorida.com Old Time Soda Fountain Serving ice cream, malts, sodas, floats in an original 1950s interior. Located in downtown Apalachicola on Market Street. (850) 653-2606

Apalachicola Seafood Grill

Home of The World’s Largest Fish Sandwich Accommodations and Waterfront Dining Overlooking the Historic Apalachicola River www.stjamesbay.com

Open 11:00 a.m. - 9: 00 p.m. Monday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sunday

Casual setting 850-697-5050

Seafood, Burgers & Steak Done The Way It’s Always Been Done Here - Before Fast Food

Visit our web site to view our complete menu!

850.653.9510

Lunch Tues-Sat, Dinner Thurs-Sat, Sunday Brunch

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Up The Creek Raw Bar A funky waterfront raw bar & restaurant at the mouth of the Scipio Creek on the Apalachicola River. Specializes in the fast, friendly, efficient dining, draft beer & full liquor bar, with self-service; dog friendly dining. Open daily 313 Water Street (850) 653-2525 98 West just west of downtown Apalachicola (850) 653-8612 www.redtopcafe.com Tamara’s Café Delicious Caribbean/South American dishes served in a charming and romantic oldtown setting. Full service coffee shop serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open 8am-10pm daily, closed Mondays. Located in historic downtown Apalachicola at 71 Market Street (850) 653-4111 www.tamarascafe.com That’s A Moray! Chef Jeanine Slagle, chef for two Florida Governors, offers unique baked goods and lunch items. Choose from an ever-changing menu of salads, sandwiches using Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, homemade one of a kind pimento cheese, baked goods and desserts. 25 Avenue D, Apalachicola (850) 6531111 That’s A Moray, Too! Casual dining in the beautiful historic Gibson Inn. Varying pub menu at the bar for dinner Tuesday-Thursday 6:00-9:00pm. Main dining room serving fresh local seafood, salads, steaks, soups, and homemade desserts Friday and Saturday 6:0010:00 pm. Plus special holiday dinners - Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day. 51 Avenue C in the Gibson Inn (850) 653-2191 www.gibsoninn.com or www.thatsamoraygourmet.com

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St. George Island Blue Parrot Oceanside Café Beachfront dining with the largest deck & tiki bar on the beach. Fresh seafood, salads, burgers & steaks. Largest Po-Boy anywhere. Serving lunch & dinner. 68 West Gorrie Drive (850) 927-2987 www.waterstreetseafood.com Eddy Teach’s Raw Bar Meet the locals, enjoy the best and cheapest oysters, coldest beer, as well as imported draft beer and a burger you wouldn’t believe. Music on weekends, fun every day. Located 37 East Pine Avenue on St. George Island (850) 927-5050 www.eddyteachs.com Subway Fresh sub made to order, drinks 163 East Gulf Beach Drive (850) 927-4781 Carrabelle Crooked River Grill Steak, seafood, salads and more. Dining room or patio dining. Full banquet facilities and gazebo for special occasions. Open for lunch TuesdaySaturday, Sunday brunch, Dinner Thursday-Saturday. St James Bay Golf Course 151 Laughing Gull Lane (850) 697-5050 www. stjamesbay.com Continued on page 48

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Nightclubs Roseate Spoonbill Lounge Casual atmosphere, live entertainment and a deck overlooking the Apalachicola River where it meets the Bay. 123 Water Street, Apalachicola (850) 653-8139 www.apalachicolariverinn.com

Thirsty Goat Lounge Located inside the historic Port Inn in downtown Port St. Joe. At “The Goat” you will find great service, incredible sunsets, live music weekly and Buzz trivia nightly. Located on 501 Monument Avenue, Port St. Joe (850) 229-7678 www.thethirstygoat.com

APALACHICOLA’S FAVORITE DINING EXPERIENCE FRESH SEAFOOD . FULL BAR . WINE CELLAR LUNCH . DINNER . BRUNCH 850 653 9888 . 15 Avenue D Apalachicola

850-653-BUZZ (2899) Liquor, Wine, Beer, Fine Cigars, Mixers, Gourmet Snacks, Gift Baskets, Wine Accessories, Specialty Beer 252 Water Street honeyhole@fairpoint.net www.honeyholeliquors.com

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Shopping One of a kind art, antiques and gifts are found at our great locally owned shops. Apalachicola 49 Palmetto Contemporary art with an emphasis on regional and southern Outsider Art. Rotating exhibits and events year-round. 49 Avenue G (850) 323-1600 www.49Palmetto.com

Apalach Outfitters Men’s and Women’s outdoor and lifestyle apparel, complete inshore and fly fishing offerings, snorkeling, stand up paddle boards, jewelry, luggage, shoes, sunglasses, watches, Ruffwear for dogs and all forms of sun protection. 29 Avenue E (850) 653-3474 www.apalachoutfitters.com

Ace Hardware Retail hardware, lumber, garden equipment and plants, house wares. Open MondaySaturday 8:00am-7:00pm, Sunday 1:00-5:00pm. 409 Apalachicola Chocolate Company Delicious handUS Highway 98 West (850) 653-1400 apalachace@ made chocolates, caramels, fudge, turtles, truffles, clusters and decadent treats. Homemade gelato 21 fairpoint.net flavors daily, plus refreshing granita. 15 Avenue E All That Jazz Reasonably priced Local Art and (850) 370-6937 gstritikus@aol.com handmade gifts. Natural ornaments, Lighthouses and Mermaids. Garden pottery, whimsical wind chimes, Continued on page 50 birdhouses, and iron votives. Our cats, dogs and collectable critters will put a smile on your face. Jewelry by Margene. 84 Market Street (850) 653-4800 www.apalachicolabay.org

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Shopping Bowery Art Gallery Fine arts and fine crafts by Apalachicola Sponge Company North Gulf Water local and regional artists. Primary artists: Leslie Sponges, handmade olive oil and goat’s milk soap, Wallace-Coon - sculpture and mixed media; Paula natural sponges, antiques, jewelry, rugs, décor, foun- Harmon - encaustics and stained glass; Ann Seaton tains, women’s clothing, t-shirts and hats. Open hand quilted wall hangings, and knits; Elaine KoMonday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. 31 Avenue E (850) zlowsky's crochet wearable works,  plus beautifully turned wood pieces, wall plaques, jewelry, and new 653-3550 works daily. Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 www.apalachspongecompany.com am - 5:30 pm.  Sundays and Mondays by appointArtemis Gallery Original artwork by ment. 149 Commerce Street local and regional artists specializing (850) 653-2425 in Florida plein air landscapes and folk art, great jewelry and women’s Buy-Rite Full service pharclothing, plus crafts, gifts, cards, and macy and drug store. 117 books. 127 Commerce Street (850) Avenue E (850) 653-8825 653-2030 www.artemisgalleryonline. apalach@buy-ritedrugs.com com Shopping, from page 49

Circee’s Clothing and accesBayside Gallery & Florist Some days sories for women, girls, men, just need to be perfect! Full-service plus linens, shoes, purses and wedding and event planning. Flowhome furnishings. 75 Market Street (727) 412-2004 ers, rentals, equipment, tuxedo rentals and wedLapointb@msn.com ding coordination. All occasion florist. 16 Avenue E (850) 653-1828 www.stgeorgeislandweddings.com

Oystercatcher

A Boutique for Fabulous Women

www.apalachoutfitters.com

79 Market Street Downtown Apalachicola 653-1616

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Shopping Charming Comforts Furniture, linens, gifts, handpicked accessories and tabletop décor. Art, fabrics, lighting and conversation pieces. Our inventory is constantly changing. Monday through Thursday 10:00am – 5:00pm, Friday & Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm, Sunday Noon – 5:00pm 16 Avenue E (850) 653-2777. www.charmingcomforts. com Downtown Books & Purl Two great shops in one neat old building. Specializing in books with a southern flair, plus Florida history, gardening, cookery, field guides and fiction. Purl offers fine yarn and accessories for discerning knitters. 67 Commerce Street (850) 653-1290 downtownbooks@fairpoint.net Forgotten Coast Outfitters Outdoor clothing, shoes, hats and accessories for men and women. Woolrich, Columbia, Keen, Carve Designs, Aventura and Salt Life. 94 Market Street (850) 653-9669

The Frame Shop Custom Framing is done on site, huge selection of mouldings. Local artwork, originals and signed, limited edition prints, photographs, pastels, watercolors, and frame-worthy note cards and postcards done by local artists. Photo enhancements and restorations available, plus keepsake frames and albums. 76 Market Street Suite B (850) 653-1919 myframeshop@gmail.com Gallery 75 The gallery shows the work of abstract artist Charles S. Chapin and sculptures by Samuel Chapin. Housed in a beautifully restored residence, the gallery itself is an architectural surprise. The gallery is open by appointment only. 317 Water Street (850) 653-3330 magnolia@fairpoint.net Continued on page 52

Dr. Randolph’s

Natural Medicine Store

Good Things from Nature For Good Health, Naturally Vitamins & Supplements Herbs & Homeopathy Organic Foods & Wines, Books & Gifts Organic Bath & Beauty Natural Home & Pet Care

56 Market Street, Apalachicola, FL Open Tues-Sat 850-653-4886 www.apalachicolabay.org

Circee

the black, & white store women’s, men’s & children’s fashion & decor 75 market street . apalachicola 850-653-1307

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Green Door

Gardens Locally known as The Garden Shop, you will find a green oasis filled with garden art, natives, perennials, herbs, seeds, vegetables, plus furniture, home décor, jewelry and art. Located 268 Water Street, between Avenues F & G (850) 653-1777 www. gardensinc.net The Grady Market A collection of premier shops in a meticulously renovated ship’s chandlery. Upscale clothing, antiques, jewelry and gifts on the historic waterfront in Apalachicola. 76 Water Street (850) 653-4099 www.gradymarket.com

A unique blend of original art, jewelry, antiques and eclectic home furnishings

The Green Door Art gallery and boutique with a unique blend of antiques, handcrafted jewelry, original artwork and more. Open 10 am-5 pm Tuesday-Saturday, Sunday 12-5 pm. 32 Avenue D (850) 653-1424 www.amytheartist.com Junk To Treasures Antiques, collectibles, new & old merchandise. Oyster plates, quilts, furniture, large bottle collection. 252 Water Street Suite B (850) 653-2040 dcrum@gtcom.net Katie McFarland’s Studio & Store Tour a working pottery studio that provides functional dishes, sculptures and 3-D clay murals. The store has pottery, hanging art, blown glass, painted furniture and housewares (pillows, locally printed napkins, etc.); new pottery/ products are put out weekly. 118 Commerce Street, upstairs (407) 421-1604 krazy15k@hotmail.com

32 Avenue D Apalachicola, Florida 850-653-1424 amytheartist.com

Lane & Company A unique collection of local fine art photography and original note cards. 117 Market Street (850) 653-9770 www.laneautrey.com Long Dream Gallery/Kristinworks Designer jewelry and small sculpture. Long Dream Gallery is located in "cyber-space", but Kristin's works are also on display in the lobby of the Gibson Inn and at Artemis. (850) 653-2249 www. LongDreamGallery.com Natural Medicine Store Health food, vitamins, nutrition, beauty, natural hormone therapies, organic wines, books, and gifts. Open Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-5:30pm, Saturday 12:00am-5:00pm. 56 Market Street (850) 653-4886 naturalms@gtcom.net Oystercatcher A charming boutique with a European vibe. Contemporary women’s apparel including premium denim, dresses, swimwear, shoes, jewelry and accessories as well as baby and little girl’s clothing and gifts. 79 Market Street (850) 653-1616 www. theoystercatcher.net Petunia Unique gifts, apparel and accessories for pets and their people. Taste of the Wild dog & cat food, lots of fabulous treats and handmade in Apalachicola OYSTERBONES®...You’ll find something to bark about. 14 Avenue D Apalachicola (850) 653-9144 Retsyo Inc. Antiques and collectibles, beautifully illustrated historic seafood label t-shirts. By your Tupelo honey from the expert. In business since 1974; no trip to Apalachicola is complete without a visit to Retsyo (Oyster spelled backwards). 82 Market Street (850) 323-0599

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Shopping Richard Bickel Gallery Fine-art black-and-white prints of Apalachicola Bay as well as images from around the world. His published works, books, fine art posters and note cards are also available. 81 Market Street (850) 653-3900 www.richardbickelphotography. com

The Stuffed Owl Kitchen and 10:00am-5:00pm, sometimes on tableware, stemware, fine gifts and Saturday. 29 Avenue E (850) foods. 15 Avenue D (850) 653- 653-3871 wombat@fairpoint.net 8960 www.owlcafeflorida.com Eastpoint Two Gulls Gifts, clothing, resort A Country Place Handmade wear - Jams World, Ican Too, quilts, silk and fresh floral arrangeBrighton, and more, home acces- ments, Sorrelli jewelry, Egyptian sories. 54-A Market Street (850) crystal ornaments and perfume bottles, Yankee candles, kitchen 653-2727 twogulls@yahoo.com gadgets, a complete line of baby gifts, Fantasy Creation Elves. Open Wednesday-Saturday 10:00 am-4:00pm 994 C. C. Land Road (850) 670-1073

Riverlily A delightful shop for your senses and a treasure trove of extraordinary gifts. Ladies clothing, exquisite Riverlily collectable jewelry, plus Thymes, Mistral, Crabtree & Evelyn, Pacifica, and Ahava fine toiletries and skin care products. Fabulous greeting cards, candles, fun socks, beautiful scarves...and of course mermaids! A magical shop to practice generosity to yourself and those you love! 78 Commerce Street (850) 653-2600 Riverlily@usa.net Wireless Zone Verizon Verizon Wireless Store for your mobile Robert Lindsley Studio & & technology needs. 76 Market Gallery Featuring images of the Street (850) 653-1234 www.wireForgotten Coast and the Ameri- lesszone.com can Southwest; original paintings, drawings, prints, photo- Wombat Sound Music Store graphs, sculpture and interesting Musical instruments, books and artifacts in a beautiful historic accessories. Professional music circa 1906 building. 15 Avenue lessons available. Come in and E (714) 660-7166 shop, or just sit and play a few tunes. Open most weekdays from

Badcock Home Furnishings Offering complete home furnishings, accessories, appliances and electronics. 197 US Highway 98 (850) 670-4334 www.badcock. com Certified Electrical & Plumbing Supply Wholesale and retail plumbing and electrical sales. Commercial and residential lighting. 143 US Highway 98 (850) 670-4817 done@certifiedsupply. com Taylor’s Building Supply Home supplies, beach gear, garden shop, full service hardware store and lumber yard. Monday –Friday 7:30am- 5:30pm, Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm 268 US Highway 98 (850) 670-8529 taylorsbuildingsupply@mchsi.com Continued on page 54

Gifts • Souvenirs • Resort Wear • St. George Island Charm

TWO GULLS A Unique Shopping Experience

Celebrating 22 years! 850/927-2044 Locations in Apalachicola, Carrabelle, Eastpoint, Mexico Beach & St. George Island www.apalachicolabay.org

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Tiffin’s Furniture Tiffin's sells furniture and accessories from foreclosures; we deal new and used furniture, antiques, collectibles and more. We also offer an art gallery featuring art from the Tiffin Family. "You never know what you might find at Tiffin Consignment"! 117 US Highway 98 (850) 670-8811 southernfurniture@ fairpoint.net St George Island Island Adventures Beach supplies, Tshirts, sunglasses, fishing gear, boogie boards, men’s and women’s clothing, sandals, hats and bike rentals. 105 East Gulf Beach Drive (850) 927-3655 www.sgislandadventures.com

Downtown Books the best little bookstore in the panhandle

Island Emporium Unique beach wear, souvenirs and collectables. Toys and beachwear for children. Kites, skim boards, body boards, sand castle building supplies, fins, snorkels, and more. 160 East Pine Avenue (850) 927-2622 www.islandemporium.com Island Outfitters Pro tackle shop, resort apparel, beach accessories, outdoor wear, kayak sales and rentals, jewelry, footwear sunglasses. 235 East Gulf Beach Drive (850) 927-2604 www.sgioutfitters.com Madinger Jewelers A full service jeweler with custom design jewelry and exclusive designs including SGI & Apalachicola jewelry. Excellent repair reputation, eyeglasses, ring sizing, chains and much more. 132 E. Pine Ave. (850) 927-4653 www.madingerjewelers. com Sea Oats Gallery A must-see destination, offering the largest collection of local art by the widest variety of local artists along the entire Forgotten Coast. 128 East Pine Avenue (850) 927-2303 www.forgottencoastart.com Survivors Island Bait & Tackle Live bait, fresh and frozen bait, Hook and Tackle clothing, Sperry Top Siders, ladies apparel, beach and marine supplies, rod and reel rentals and all your fishing supplies. 28 West Pine Avenue (850) 927-3113 www.sgislandfl. com/survivors Cape San Blas /Simmons Bayou Bayou RV Supplies & Storage Complete line of RV supplies. Propane, sanitation supplies, appliance parts, bulbss, fuses, adapters, plus storage. 2880 State Road 30A near Port St Joe on Simmons Bayou (850) 229-8397 www.bayoustorageandrvsupplies.com Scallop Cove One-stop convenience store offering food, beachwear, bait & tackle, gifts, souvenirs boat rentals and scalloping equipment 4310 Cape San Blas Road (850) 227-1573

fine yarn and accessories for discerning knitters Two Great Shops In One Neat Old Building 67 Commerce St., Apalachicola, FL 32320 (850) 653-1290 downtownbooks@fairpoint.net

Grocery Stores Gulfside IGA Full service grocery store Your Hometown Proud Supermarket. #1 with locals and tourists. 425 US Highway 98 Apalachicola (850) 653-9526 Piggly Wiggly Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, largest selection of wines. 130 US Hwy 98 Apalachicola (850) 653-8768

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Shopping Package Stores Castaway Liquors Full-line package store open year round. Planning a special event or gathering? Come see us for all your party and keg needs and cigars. 139-B West Gorrie Drive St George Island (850) 927-2335

Coastal Chiropractic Dr. Steven E. Seger DC 171 US Highway 98 Eastpoint (850) 670-3100 Coastal Foot & Ankle Clinic Dr. Tamara Marsh DPM 221 Avenue E Apalachicola (850) 653-3338

Honey Hole Liquors Liquor, wine, beer, fine cigars, George E. Weems Memorial Hospital Medical mixers, gourmet snacks, gift baskets, gift certificates, emergencies don’t take a vacation. 24 hour Emerwine accessories, spegency Room, X-ray, CT scans and cialty beer, books and on-site laboratory. 135 Avenue t-shirts. Delivery availG, Apalachicola (850) 653-8853 able, open seven days. www.weemsmemorial.com 252 Water St. Suite A Apalachicola (850) Natural Medicine Store Health 653-2899 www.honeyfood, vitamins, nutrition, beauty, holeliquors.com natural hormone therapies, organic wines, books, and gifts. Open Oyster Town Package Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-5:30pm, Store Major brands Saturday 12:00am-5:00pm. available. 128 Water 56 Market Street (850) 653-4886 Street, Apalachicola (850) 653-8139 www.apala- naturalms@gtcom.net chicolariverinn.com Health & Well Being Buy-Rite Drugs Full Service Pharmacy 117 Avenue E, Apalachicola (850) 653-8825

ACCENTS & DECOR GIFTS

FURNITURE

TABLEWARE

HOURS: MONDAY - THURSDAY: 10AM - 5PM FRIDAY & SATURDAY: 10AM - 6PM SUNDAY: NOON - 5PM

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www.charmingcomforts.com

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Weems East Urgent Care Clinic Primary care, urgent care, walk-ins welcome. 110 NE 5th Street, Carrabelle (850) 697-2345 www.weemsmemorial. com/carrabelle-clinic.aspx

Pet Care Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic Boarding, grooming, small animal veterinary care with caring staff. 187 Highway 98, Eastpoint (850) 670-8306

Sacred Heart Hospital of the Gulf 19-bed facility featuring 24-hour emergency services, inpatient services, surgical services, a full complement of diagnostic and laboratory services, and regional air ambulance service to provide rapid transport for trauma or critically ill patients. 3801 East Highway 98 Port St. Joe (850) 229-5600 www.sacred-heart.org/gulf

Penelope’s Pet Stop Grooming and bathing, boarding and pet day care. 25 South Franklin Street, Eastpoint (850) 670-2257

Dr. Zoë Segree, D.C., P.A. Chiropractic services, acupuncture, full line of natural vitamins and supplements. 661 US Highway 98 Eastpoint (850) 6705494 www.drzoesegree.com

Seafood 13 Mile Seafood Fresh Local oysters, shrimp, crabs and a variety of fish. 227 Water Street, Apalachicola (850) 653-1399

tools . building supplies lumber . benjamin moore paint andersen windows plumbing supplies . garden tools plants . roofing . beach supplies

Petunia Unique gifts, apparel and accessories for pets and their people. Natural pet foods, toys and gourmet treats. You’ll find something to bark about. 14 Avenue D Apalachicola (850) 653-9144 www.petuniapet. com

Barber’s Seafood Specialize in fresh local seafood. Open Monday-Friday 7:00am-8:00pm. 510 US Highway 98 East, Eastpoint (850) 670-8830 Fisherman’s Choice A full line of bait, tackle, and seafood, including live bait for fresh and saltwater fishing. Hunting and fishing licenses, live stock feed, and fishing charter bookings also available. 330 US Highway 98, Eastpoint (850) 670-8808 www.fishermanschoice.net Lynn’s Quality Oysters, Inc. Fresh local seafood caught daily. Open 7 days a week from 9:00am6:00pm. 402 Highway 98, Apalachicola (850) 6708796 www.lynnsqualityoysters.com

hurricane shutters

Open Mon-Fri 7:30-5:30 pm, Sat 8-5 pm

268 Hwy 98, PO Box 605, Eastpoint 850-670-8529 Fax: 670-8561 taylorsbuildingsupply@mchsi.com

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Personal Services ing or a relaxing riverboat up the estuary? (850) 559 1900 or (850) 591 5255 www.atyourserviceconciergeforgottencoast. com Brandy N Tracy Independent beauty consultant with Mary Kay. Onsite makeup, skin cleansing and Mary Kay products . (360) 7031132 www.marykay.com/bbtracy/default.aspx Face Perfection Permanent cosmetics for eyes, brows, and lips. 338 US Highway 98 in Eastpoint (850) 832-0550 Massage Therapy Daybreak Massage Shelley Mclean is a licensed therapist offering Swedish and hot stone massage for relaxation and neuromuscular, deep tissue and stretch for pain and tight muscle relief. 347 US Highway 98, Eastpoint (850) 766-1087 therapist2@ me.com Riverfront Therapy Inc. & Spirit of the River Spa Owner and licensed massage therapist Kathy Jansen offers massage therapy - including Swedish relaxation, deep tissue, hot stone and couples massage services plus CranioSacral, Reiki, Hatha Yoga by appointment only Monday-Saturday. Also, guest massage therapists and acupuncture available as well as traveling to your location. Enjoy our unique and relaxing floating houseboat spa with massage chair, steam room, paraffin bath and kayaking package. 313 Water Street, Apalachicola (850) 653-6719 www.riverfronttherapy.com

Unique Nails & More Conveniently located on US Highway 98 in Eastpoint. Acrylic nails, solar nails, gel nails and a complete line of OPI polishes. Also SpaRitual vegan nail lacquers that are free of formaldehyde, DBP and toluene. Specialized care for natural nails using new Lechat gel polishes. Relax and enjoy 100% sanitary pedicures with Belava heated tub with disposable liners. Ear piercing, on-site professional hair stylist and licensed masseuse. Open Monday-Friday 10:00am – until. Saturdays by appointment. Gift certificates available. 347 US Highway 98, Eastpoint (850) 670-4000 dafsgi@ yahoo.com

Andrea’s Nails Located within The Clipper Shop in Apalachicola, a full service salon well established in our area for over 35 years, we can handle all the beauty arrangements for your wedding or special event. The salon offers up do’s, cuts, color, waxing, manicures - acrylic and gel, pedicures, acrylic nails, airbrush makeup and a wide variety of nail and hair products. Appointments are recommended. 130 Avenue F, Apalachicola (850) 653-9522 www.andreasdowntown.com At Your Service Concierge We do it all! Save a vacation day and let us do the grocery stocking! Transportation to both airports, as well as notary, wedding officiate, and child/pet and elder care. In-house chef, wine tasting or a relaxing massage can all be arranged. How about off shore/bay fishwww.apalachicolabay.org

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Whether you are planning an elegant church wedding, a casual beach wedding, family reunion or anniversary, we have the people and locations to make it perfect!

Florists & Wedding Planners Bayside Gallery & Florist Some days need to be perfect! Destination weddings and events are our specialty. Intimate gatherings to elaborate affairs we can handle every detail. Full-service florist, complete wedding and event planning services. (850) 6531828 www.baysidegalleryandflorist.com or www.stgoergeislandweddings.com

chef, wine tasting or a relaxing massage can all be arranged. (850) 559 1900 or (850) 591 5255 www. atyourserviceconciergeforgottencoast.com

Panache An upscale wedding & special event rental company. Offering wedding and party planning services and specializing in High Peak and Frame tents, white wooden and Chivari chairs, fine linens and lighting, world-class stemware and china. From At Your Service Concierge We do it all! Save a va- crystal chandeliers to live palms and topiaries, we cation day and let us do the grocery stocking! Trans- have all the accessories for the most lavish of events! portation to both airports, as well as notary, wed- (850) 227-9574 www.panachetents.com ding officiate, and child/pet and elder care. In-house

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Special Occasions Caterers & Bakeries Loco Catering Specialize in on-site cooking for your event where the food is prepared and immediately served. Popular meals are low country shrimp boil, barbeque and steaks and more. We cater to big parties and weddings. (850) 927-2538 or (850) 3231312 www.lococatering.com My Caterer! For the most memorable events on the Forgotten Coast, rely on My Caterer’s experience and ability to make your dreams a reality. (850) 899-0030 www.mycaterer.biz Real Paella Authentic paellas cooked on site! Spain’s traditional Mediterranean cuisine now in North Florida. Let us cater your event with a flavor of Spain. Our family owned business serves fresh, traditional dishes that will delight your guests. Paella made onsite the authentic way. We will also provide dreamy homemade desserts and live music to complete the atmosphere. (850) 980-1650 www.realpaella.com/ That’s A Moray! Chef Jeanine Slagle, chef for two Florida Governors, creates each menu to your taste. Whether you need a cake to celebrate a special occasion or a delicious dinner let them help you make your event special. 25 Avenue D, Apalachicola (850) 653-1111 www.thatsamoraygourmet.com Also see Restaurants, page 45 AJ’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill Café con Leche Gibson Inn Owl Café Red Top Café Tamara’s Café

Party Rental Panache Tent & Event Party planning services specializing in high quality rentals - high peak and frame tents, white wooden and chiavari chairs, fine linens and lighting, world-class stemware and china. From crystal chandeliers to live palms and topiaries, we have all the accessories for the most lavish of events! (850) 227-9574 www.panachetents.com

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Party Rental Company Rent tables, chairs, tents, dinnerware, glass, silverware, all types of serving ware, and wedding decor for parties and special occasions. (850) 670-8686 www.partyrentalco.com Musical Entertainment 12 Gage & The Deep Blues Band Band providing live music for small or large venues, special events, weddings and all occasions. (850) 5965470 or (850) 229-1460 www.deepbluesband.com/ DJ & MC Services Music and emcee for all occasions, parties, weddings, special events indoor or outdoors. (850) 323-0088 or (850) 323-0099 m3vi@yahoo.com Joe Hutchinson Smackwater Retrievers Piano instrumental or blues related, Duo, Trio or 4-piece band. (850) 653-3175 www.joehutchinson. com Martha Gherardi Refined and enchanting variety of favorite melodies especially chosen for your occasion. (850) 927-2619 www.duoandtrio.com Wombat Sound Music Store Solo guitarist - classical, jazz, variety, violin and larger ensembles. (850) 653-3871 wombat@fairpoint.net Photographers & Videographers Debbie Hooper Photography & Joe Bay Aerials (850) 229-1215 www.joebay.com Joe A. Witt Photography (850) 653-2608 www.joeawitt.com Lane & Company (850) 653-9770 www.laneautrey.com Royce Rolstad Photography (850) 653-5586 www.roycerolstadphotography.com Silver Quest Studios -Victor Ramos (850) 229-9353 www.SilverQuestStudios.com St. George Island Wedding Videos (850) 653-9661 www.stgeorgeislandweddingsvideos.com Continued on page 60

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Special Occasions Special Occasions, from page 59 Wedding & Reception Locations Apalachicola Community Center Located in Battery Park this modern structure can host up to 200 guests. (850) 653-9319 Apalachicola Maritime Museum Get married on the Heritage, an elegant 58’ wooden ketch. The museum facility and its beautiful dock on the river are also available for ceremonies and receptions. (850) 653-2500 www.AMMFL.org Apalachicola River Inn Both inside and outside spaces available on the beautiful Apalachicola River. (850) 653-8139 www.apalachicolariverinn.com Bryant House Intimate setting for small groups in a turn-of-the-century inn. 888-554-4376 www.bryanthouse.com. Bucanneer Inn Large window-lined reception room that can host 75+ guests. Glass doors open out onto the courtyard and pool area. 800-847-2091 www.buccinn.com

Massage Therapy

by appointment: 850.653.6719

Swedish Relaxation

Camellia Hall Next to the beautiful turn-of-thecentury Coombs House Inn in the historic district. The hall can accommodate up to 100 guests and surrounding gardens and period gazebo accommodates 50-60 additional guests. (850) 653-9199 www.coombshouseinn.com. Crooked River Grill Large dining room and patio. Full banquet facilities and gazebo for special occasions. St James Bay Golf Course 151 Laughing Gull Lane (850) 697-5050 www.stjamesbay.com Crooked River Lighthouse Small weddings possible in the tower. Larger wedding parties in park below. (850) 697-2732 www.crookriverlighthouse.org. Dixie Theatre Be dramatic! Get married in a theatre. Originally built in 1913, this wonderful space can host approximately 150 people. (850) 6533200 www.dixietheatre.com. Fort Coombs Armory Located on 4th Street and Avenue D, the historic Amory building was built in the early 1900s. This large historic hall is available for rent and can accommodate large receptions. (850) 653-8277.

Some Days Need To Be Perfect Full Service Wedding and Event Planning Special Event and Party Rentals All Occasion Florist

Deep Tissue Therapeutic Reiki Hot Stone Massage CranioSacral Therapy Private & Group Yoga Classes 850-653-1828 16 Avenue E, Apalachicola, FL 32320

313 Water St. Apalachicola, FL

www.riverfronttherapy.com

www.stgeorgeislandweddings.com bayside@gtcom.net

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Special Occasions Gibson Inn Victorian atmosphere with a large dining room plus separate private reception areas. Accommodates small groups or up to 300 people. (850) 653-2193 www.gibsoninn.com

prep kitchen. Open floor plan with 1,000 square inside plus 2,000 sq. ft. of covered porches. 501 Bay City Road, Apalachicola (850) 370-0075 www. apalachicolabay.org/index.cfm/pageid/213/

Jasmine-By-The-Sea A unique upscale seaside villa, just west of Carrabelle Beach with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a private beach. 2285 US Highway 98 West, Carrabelle (850) 697-8593 www.jasminebythesea.com

Water Street Hotel & Marina Group meetings, weddings and retreats. Two large meeting rooms with a view of the beautiful Apalachicola River. Wireless internet, audio visual assistance and catered food and beverage available (888) 211-9239  www.waterstreethotel.com. Continued on page 62

Lafayette Park offers a beautiful view of the Apalachicola Bay and has a large open gazebo used for weddings and outdoor concerts. The park is lighted. To reserve call City Hall (850) 653-9319. 

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Robert Lindsley Studio & Gallery Magnificent turn of the century space. Historic building with exposed brick and stucco walls, wood floors, high ceilings, arch windows, courtyard entrance with water fountain. (719) 660-7166 rklindsley@aol.com Rivercrest Lodge Lovely new, secluded location on Scipio Creek. Large, open reception room with wide verandas, large French doors, outdoor fireplace, and

Shelley McLean, LMT, FL Lic#MA45429 therapist2@me.com 850-766-1087

347 Hwy 98, Eastpoint, FL

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Special Occasions Special Occasions, from page 61 Churches First United Methodist Church of Apalachicola is located on Highway 98 and 5th Street. Built in 1901, the church’s great steeple and beautiful entry way is a stopping point for many visitors. The church is available for ceremonies and has a reception hall next door. (850) 653-9530.

First Baptist Church of St. George Island Magnificent bay side location on St George Island. 501 East Bay Shore Drive (850) 927-2257 St. George Island United Methodist Church 201 East Gulf Beach Drive (850) 927-2088

St. Patrick's Catholic Church is located on 6th Street between Avenue C & B. The Romanesque style building was built in 1929 and has great wooden pews and beautiful stained glass windows. St. Patrick’s also offers a fellowship hall that accommodates 250 people. (850) 653-9453 Trinity Episcopal Church is believed to be the sixth oldest church in the state of Florida, the second oldest church still holding services. It was built in 1836. Trinity‘s fellowship hall can be rented. (850) 653-9550

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Fine Art Books • Fine Art Prints • Fine Art Posters visit the gallery in historic downtown apalachicola

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Sandy Mitchem - Realtor

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Apalachicola Bay Visitor's Guide  

Visitor information for Apalachicola, Florida, St George Island, Florida, Apalachicola Bay area and the Forgotten Coast.