A great base to explore the forgotten coast
September 21, 2014
The owner's son was prompt and helpful in the process of renting this cottage on McKissack Pond. As other reviewers have noted, there is abundant wildlife around the cottage: we saw a deer right in the backyard when we arrived and although we did not see a black bear as others have done, we did see bear tracks one early evening in the soft sand of the drive. The cottage is located right off 98 and very near a public boat launch at the nearest Marina, where we took our kayak and very successfully fished the channel of the harbor. We caught the largest speckled trout in our career as fishermen and a good-sized red, ,too. Apalachicola is 20 minutes to the West; Panacea, about 20 minutes to the East; and St. Marks and Wakulla Springs within an easy hour's drive. Three of the best restaurants, serving delicious and inexpensive fresh seafood, are also nearby: the Fisherman's Wife in Carrabelle (great hushpuppies and fried shrimp!), Posey's in Panacea (the best stuffed flounder you will ever eat, anywhere), and Up the Creek in Apalachicola (beautiful setting, dog friendly, with several fresh catch entrees featured every night . . . we had grilled amberjack, delicious!). Carrabelle Junction (a breakfast/lunch joint off the harbor near the post office) has great coffee for 50 cents a cup and fine pastries and pleasant outside seating for waiting out a rain shower. And don't miss the vintage concrete, peach and teal-colored, covered picnic tables at Carrabelle's public beach. And you can walk your dog there on a leash if you promise to clean up after!
Penny Long Marler, Pensacola, FL
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