Day Trip to Apalachicola
Last weekend, we took a day trip to Apalachicola. Apalachi-wha?
Apalachicola is about a 2 hour drive from Tallahassee and a beautiful one at that. If you are not driving through forest, you are driving right along the water. Having lived in a landlocked state my entire life, it’s weird that this is like, right next to where I live.
The town was established in 1831 and, before railways, was the third largest port on the Gulf of Mexico. Apalachicola has over 900 historic homes and buildings listed in its extensive National Register District and it was selected as one of the nation’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations in 2008 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Apalachicola is mostly known for its fishing and more than 90 percent of Florida’s oyster production is harvested in Apalachicola Bay. The Apalachicola basin encompasses what is considered one of the least polluted, most undeveloped, ecologically diverse systems left in the United States.
And boys, you might be more familiar with Apalachicola than you think. Remember this?
Well, the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swim Suit issue was shot in Apalachicola and St. George Island.
After our drive in, we had lunch at the Owl Cafe.
Downstairs in the building is a kitchen supply store that sells everything you could ever want. I was really, really tempted to buy something, but I resisted. Immediately up the stairs is the restaurant, and I was really glad we were sat by the window.
The prices will run you about $5-$16.50 and the menu is good ol’ southern food, running the gamut from lump American blue crab cakes to gator & pork sausage creole over a grit cake. One of my goals while I’m living in Florida is to learn to like seafood, but today wasn’t the day for that. I opted for the cilantro & jalapeno chicken salad melt with cole slaw.
Food and service were great, I highly recommend it!
Afterwards, we had fun walking around town looking at all the shops. Downtown Apalachicola is a mixture of high-end home boutiques, old antique shops and restaurants.
At the Dixie Theater, which is being renovated, obviously
Shopping at the Grady Market, which used to be a cotton warehouse.
Oysters, oysters, everywhere.
A trip to Apalachicola would be perfect when paired with a few days at the beach on St. George Island or when you schedule a day-long excursion, like charter fishing, scallop and kayak trips, airboat rides and even paddleboard fitness classes. Seriously, I’ll be back!