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Cedar Key – Open for Enterprise


The very first thing you’ll discover is that this isn’t one in all my typical posts the place I share the historical past of one in all Florida’s small communities, or its small-town attraction.  As an alternative, this can be a story about how the resilience, spirit, and power of a whole island neighborhood got here collectively in only a few brief months of Hurricane Idalia lashing out to rebuild and reopen. This can be a story to point out that Cedar Key’s certainly open, and the welcome mat is out for guests.

Cedar Key’s open for enterprise | Picture collage by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

Lodging

Tide’s Pull at Cedar Key

There are many locations to remain on the island: seashore entrance properties, quaint cottages, condos, an historic lodge, and a mattress and breakfast. For our current go to, we stayed at Tide’s Pull within the Previous Fenimore Mill condos.  With a second-floor balcony overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, we have been handled to stunning sunrises and dolphins frolicking within the waters. The balcony was a lovely place to start and finish the day. Inside, the facilities have been simply as welcoming.  A king measurement mattress, a spacious lavatory, well-stocked kitchen, eating space, and a snug front room made this the right dwelling away from dwelling. Tide’s Pull can also be inside strolling distance of the playground and public seashore, and in case you’re as much as it, it’s a pleasant stroll to Dock Avenue.

Tide’s Pull at Cedar Key | Picture from Tide’s Pull rental web page

If you take pleasure in your keep, go away a form be aware | Picture by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

Sunrises from the second ground balcony didn’t disappoint | Picture by Doris Keeler,. Floridiana Journal

Eating

After we made the choice to go to Cedar Key, we turned to social media for suggestions on meals and it didn’t disappoint.  There was no approach to get to all these locations in a short while, however we did handle to get to some of them.  And, sadly, just a few of the eating places we needed to go to closed early, in order that they’ll be on our record for our subsequent go to.  As a result of hours are fluctuating because the storm, it’s really helpful to name forward and discover out when they’re open.  Addresses and telephone numbers have been included to your comfort.

Steamers Clam Bar & Grill 

Positioned on Dock Avenue, this is likely one of the island’s mainstays. We loved dinner there on two separate events, and each occasions we have been happy with each the meals and the service.

  • 420 Dock Avenue
  • 352-543-5142

Steamers Clam Bar & Grill, Cedar Key | Picture by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

Steamers Clam Bar & Grill, Cedar Key | Picture by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

Fish Dip Appetizer, Steamers | Picture by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

Key Lime Pie, Steamers | Picture by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

29 North at 83 West 

29 North is situated on the second ground at 83 West and presents picturesque views of the Gulf of Mexico.  Regardless of the place you might be seated, there’s not a foul desk in the home. 29 North doesn’t take reservations they usually solely seat as much as 8 friends at a desk. The complete-service eating is a nice expertise with meals picks to tempt any style bud. Beneath 29 North is 83 West – an informal bar ambiance which additionally serves meals from 29 North.

  • 310 Dock Avenue
  • 352-543-5070

29 North at 893 West, Cedar Key | Picture by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

29 North Menu, Cedar Key | Picture by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

Desserts and Drinks Menu | Picture by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

Shrimp and Grits (YUMMY) | Picture by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

Pumpkin Banana Pudding Icebox Cake | Picture by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

Big Deck Bar & Grill 

Huge Deck was simply reopening throughout our go to in November.  A terrific relaxed ambiance with a full menu that features appetizers and snacks, dinner entrees, and sandwiches. Seating outdoors.

  • 331 Dock Avenue
  • 352-543-9922

Huge Deck Bar & Grill, Cedar Key | Picture by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

Annie’s Café 

A terrific go-to for a very good lunch, with seating each inside and outdoors. We’ve eaten right here just a few occasions on varied visits.

  • 609 6th Avenue
  • 352-543-6141

Annie’s Cedar Key, Cedar Key | Picture by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

Tony’s Seafood 

THE greatest clam chowder!  Tony’s is situated within the historic Hale Constructing (est. 1880) on the nook of twond Avenue and D Avenue.  Previous to Hurricane Idalia, they have been a full-service restaurant.  Now they primarily serve their signature Clam Chowder, which is why guests went anyway – proper? Nonetheless a terrific place to dine.

  • 597 2nd Avenue
  • 352-543-0022

Championship Clam Chowder, Tony’s, Cedar Key | Picture by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

Historic Hale Constructing, Dwelling of Tony’s | Picture by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

2nd Street Café 

This was our favourite place to seize breakfast. Quick and courteous service, together with nice meals, bought our days began off on the best foot. We selected to sit down outdoors, though there’s indoor seating out there as effectively.

  • 434 2nd Avenue
  • 352-477-5099

2nd Avenue Cafe, Cedar Key | Picture by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

Excellent place for a cup of espresso! | Picture by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

Cedar Key

Bacon, eggs, pancakes – a filling breakfast! | Picture by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

Purchasing

When visiting a small neighborhood like Cedar Key, procuring within the native shops can result in treasures.  Plus, it’s at all times good to present enterprise to the locals.  We had the possibility to go to just a few of the shops on our current journey.

Salt Marsh Cottage

This was the primary retailer we stopped in, and I’m glad we did.  I had a pleasant dialog with the girl working there that day. She recounted the impression of Hurricane Idalia on the store and the way the island neighborhood got here collectively.

  • 618 D Avenue
  • 352-477-5100

Salt Marsh Cottage, Cedar Key | Picture by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

Main Street Mercantile

Foremost Avenue Mercantile is situated within the historic Lutterloh Constructing (est. 1872) and is dwelling to a present store. I used to be directed there as a result of I used to be on the lookout for an decoration for my Christmas tree that had “Cedar Key” painted on it.  I used to be not let down.

  • 457 2nd Avenue
  • 352-222-8585

Foremost Avenue Mercantile, Cedar Key | Picture by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

Dilly Dally Gally

Should you’re on the lookout for any Cedar Key apparel, I’d say the Dilly Dally Galley is an efficient place to go. Positioned on Dock Avenue, it’s packed stuffed with goodies.  From ladies’s attire, to kids’s gadgets, to t-shirts, and jewellery.  You’re certain to seek out one thing you want there.

  • 390 Dock Avenue
  • 352-543-9146

Dilly Dally Gally, Dock Avenue | Picture by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

Different Issues to Do

Holidays to me are largely about enjoyable, so in case you agree, Cedar Key’s the place to go.  I’m content material to drive round city, taking a look at historic properties, previous church buildings, and wildlife.

Lighthouse Tour

Fortunately for us, our journey coincided with one of many quarterly open homes of the lighthouse on Seahorse Key. We’ve been earlier than, but it surely’s at all times enjoyable to take one other tour.

Test forward to see when the 2024 open homes are scheduled.

Cedar Key Lighthouse | Picture by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

Cedar Key Historical Society & Museum 

The Historic Society was fashioned in 1977 and the museum opened two years later in 1979.  A minimal charge permits guests to take a step again into the historical past books of Cedar Key.

  • 609 2nd Avenue
  • 352-543-5549

Historic Society Museum, Cedar Key | Picture by Doris Keeler

Cedar Key Neighborhood Backyard 

The Neighborhood Backyard is tucked away on 2nd Avenue between A & B Streets and is a enjoyable discover.  Began by a gaggle of volunteers, the backyard is dwelling to many raised beds, that includes herbs, greens, and flowers.  It’s a quiet little spot is one other instance of neighborhood.

Neighborhood Backyard, Cedar Key | Picture by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

Please don’t decide! | Picture by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

Fishing off the Pier 

Though we weren’t fishing, there have been loads of others who staked their declare on the pier, hoping to haul of their catch of the day. After all, there’s at all times loads of locations offshore to drop a line.  Should you don’t have your individual boat, examine into the fishing charters whilst you’re there.

Fishing from the pier | Picture by Doris Keeler, Floridiana Journal

Cedar Key seems like dwelling to me.  I’m unsure why.  Possibly as a result of I lined Hurricane Elena in 1985 whereas working at a Gainesville tv station and witnessed first-hand the sense of neighborhood. Possibly it’s as a result of the occasions I’ve visited, I’ve felt extra like one of many townspeople than a vacationer on the island.  Regardless of the motive, this island is sweet for the soul and now it’s part of my soul.

I’ll be again!

Please take a minute and watch the slideshow of a few of the photos I took on the island.  And please go away me a remark.

 

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