Apalachicola, Florida

The album is finally done! I’ve been doing a few shows and recently had the honor of playing the fabulous Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola, Florida which happens to be one of my favorite spots in the south. This historic fishing village is seriously dripping with charm. In between crepe myrtles and picturesque victorian homes, you will find some of the most famous oysters in the world. It is also a serious foodie town along with some fabulous maritime antique shops along the waterfront! The Owl Café is arguably one of the best restaurants in the south, and their local blue crab dip with homemade fried tortilla chips is an absolute essential eat while visiting. Enjoy!

{Eat the Oysters EVERYWHERE!!!}
Baked, fried, steamed or raw they are heaven on a plate…

THE OWL CAFE
-Green garlic ranch dressing
-Local black grouper with roasted garlic, artichokes and capers

15 Avenue D / (850)-653-9888

THE TAP ROOM AT THE OWL CAFE
-Pulled duck confit fries with crispy prosciutto and
gruyere cheese
-Housemade rosemary and tupelo honey ice cream
-Fried grouper cheeks with homemade tartar sauce
15 Avenue D

HOLE IN THE WALL
-Homemade buttermilk pie
-Fletcher’s gumbo
-White horseradish cheddar & green onion baked oysters
23 Avenue D / (850)-653-3222

UP THE CREEK RAW BAR
-Local littleneck clams steamed in white wine and house butter with asiago cheese bread
-Alligator burger with homemade avocado mayo and slaw
-Alligator and white bean chili
-Sweet potato doughnuts with powdered sugar and cinnamon
313 Water Street / (850)- 653-2525

TAMARA’S CAFE
-Mixed wild greens with homemade creamy garlic dressing
-Seared local tuna sandwich with kalamata olive and capers sauce
-Best key lime pie on the island
71 Market Street / (850) 653-4111

VERANDAS BISTRO AND WINE SHOP
Winning the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the past three years, you know you can find the perfect bottle here from more than 2,000 bottles from around the globe. There is a great adjoining restaurant to test out your new vino…
76 Market Street / (850) 653-3210

GIBSON HOUSE INN
This lovely victorian inn boasts a fabulous aged wooden bar ala Bar Hemingway in Paris. Have a drink or eat at the restaurant on the ground floor surrounded by expansive wraparound porches with white rocking chairs abound…
51 Avenue C / (850) 653-2191

OLD TIME SODA FOUNTAIN
Dating back to the 50′s this is THE place for homemade malts and milkshakes…
93 Market Street / (850) 653-2606

APALACHICOLA CHOCOLATE COMPANY
A must-stop for homemade gelatos, chocolate ice creams, and luscious caramel truffles…
15 Avenue East / (850) 370-6937

PAPA JOE’S OYSTER BAR
If baked oysters are your passion this is the place to go!
301 B Market Street / (850) 653-1189

BOSS OYSTER
One of the best seafood dives on the waterfront with all the local gulf seafood you could ever imagine…
123 Water Street / (850) 653-9364

INDIAN PASS RAW BAR
This classic oyster bar featured on the History Channel is over 100 years old and sits just a few miles out of town…
8391 Indian Pass Rd / (850) 653-1189

EDDY TEACH’S
Head over the bridge to the perfect white sand beaches of St. George Island to sit back, drink a cold one, and eat some of the most fabulous raw oysters on the planet…
37 East Pine Street / (850) 927-5050

CHARMING COMFORTS
Interior Designer Karen Martinoff opened this uber-fabulous home store stocked with everything from seasonal cookbooks to oversized burlap swings to reclaimed wooden headboards. From the chandeliers to the candles, it all follows her down home cozy-chic philosophy of the way a room should flow. I’m in love!
87 Market Street / (850) 653-2777

THE TIN SHED
This fabulous place not only has my favorite dog in the whole wide world (a yellow lab) to greet you at the front door, but is stocked with pieces that you can only find in an old fishing village. Real ships lanterns, brass door pulls, industrial pendant lights, and rows of old boat seats will add fabulous decor to your home…
170 Water Street / (850) 653-3635

THE STUFFED OWL
A perfect little gift shop stocked with imported olive oils, All-Clad pans, local secret spices, chic wooden picnic baskets and southern Tervis tumblers…
75 Commerce Street / (850) 653-8960

DOWNTOWN BOOKS & PURL
Owner Dale Julian loves to talk books with everyone who walks in, she has a great selection of local authors and all of the classics. The hardwood floors in this fairy tale bookshop are absolutely stunning! I picked up “The Art of Eating” by one of our greatest writers, M.F.K. Fisher…
67 Commerce Street / (850) 653-1290

RICHARD BICKEL PHOTOGRAPHY
Richard loves to talk photography and is passionate about every last picture on his wall. He is one of the last to capture the true roots of Florida, it’s people and history. His work goes far beyond Florida into Niger and even Burma, among other exotic locales. He has been featured on the cover of the New York Times among numerous other magazines and has a bestselling photo-essay book under his belt, “Apalachicola River-An American Treasure”. The soul of these photographs can only be understood when you’re standing in front of one…
81 Market Street / (850) 653-2828

APALACH OUTFITTERS
This place has the classics of North Face and Patagonia, but I especially love the Giles & Brothers leather-wrap bracelets and Jack Black minty lip balms
29 Avenue East / (850) 653-3474

GRADY MARKET
You can easily see Scarlett O’ Hara in the courtyard of this dreamy historic brick-mercantile-turned-modern-day southern gift shop. Orvis products and cheese straws galore!
76 Water Street / (850) 653-4099

ROSE’S BOTANICALS
All of the soaps and lotions here are handmade on a local farm in Sopchoppy, Florida. I love their natural sea sponge goats milk soap, rose water face cream, minty foot loofah and luxury shea body butter…

NATURAL MEDICINE STORE
New Chapter organic vitamins, Kombucha drinks, Annie’s meals, and Bragg vinegars are all here if you need a serious pina colada detox…
56 Market Street / (850) 653-4886

PETUNIA PETS
Dixie of the Dixie Theatre also owns the most fabulous pet shop store I have seriously ever seen! We share a passionate love for pups, find plenty of pet essentials here along with Dixie’s own “Oysterbones” made with locally sourced oyster shell for the best chewing experience your doggy could ever dream of…
14 Avenue D / (850) 653-9144

RIVERFRONT THERAPY
Owner Kathy Jansen is one of the best masseuses in the south! She will makes house calls, teach private yoga lessons, use hot stones and relieve all of your stresses in her floating houseboat “office” on the water…
115 Magnolia Street / (850) 653-6719

DIXIE THEATRE
Owner Dixie Partington has revived this theatre into one of the greatest little venues in the US. The house piano sounds perfect, and the red box-office is still intact from 1912. I can’t wait to come back and play here!
21 Avenue East / (850) 653-3200

WATER STREET HOTEL AND MARINA
Boasting 30 Suites with screened porches right on the river, this is the perfect place for solitude, quiet breezes, and beautiful views of the marshlands…
329 Water Street / (850) 653-3700

COOMBS HOUSE INN
Definitely the most charming place to stay on the island. This Victorian bright yellow elegant mansion from 1905 is the perfect place for a romantic weekend or a girls trip…
80 Broad Street / (850) 653-9199

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10 Responses to Apalachicola, Florida

  1. Kathy Jansen August 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    Holly. Thank you so much for sending this out into the world. People do need to know about this unique area. Just noticed my address is listed wrong for riverfront therapy. It is 313 water street slip B5 at the corner of ave. G
    Thanks again i am look forward to massaging your guests and family again soon.
    Sincerely Kathy Jansen LMT RYT

  2. susan August 23, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    Wonderful job, you really captured the ‘feel’ of Apalach

  3. susan August 23, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    Well done, you certainly caught the ‘feel’ of Apalach!

  4. Tana Kendrick August 23, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    This is a great blog! I love that you highlighted my hometown, Apalachicola, Florida. I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog posts in the future.

  5. Franklin County TDC August 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    Thank you for the wonderfully written article on Franklin County.

  6. Anita Grove August 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Great blog Holly! Love the pictures. Stop in next time you get to Apalach. Anita Grove

  7. Mark Friedman August 22, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

    Holly, this is an awesome blog. Thanks for taking the time to put it together. I’ll help spread it around. Maybe I’ll run into you next time you are here (or get a drink at the Tap Room). Mark

  8. frannie August 21, 2012 at 3:47 am #

    Love that place. Grew up going there and my family had a place in St. George island. Did you stop in the river Lily?

  9. Carrie Layson August 19, 2012 at 2:51 am #

    Ummm…can we have a girls trip there soon? I can’t believe I’ve never heard of it. You’ve completely sold me. Love love…Carrie

  10. darcy August 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    so glad you did a write up on this place. almost forgot how much i adored visited there! i must go back for the creative inspiration. boss oyster by far the best.
    can’t wait to hear the new record!

    hugs, darcy

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