OASIS IN THE WOODS/SPA RETREAT #1 clothing optional/naturist/nudist/pet friendly
About Eric Rubin
I'm a laid back wanderer who loves conversation. I have been active in many social causes over the years, and I am a firm believer that only through RESPECT of others opinions and analysis, can we make this world a better place, and believe that most people want a better life for the generations to come, and with this common belief that no solution is too daunting or impossible. I respect people from all different backgrounds and love getting to see the world from other perspectives as well as meeting kindreds. I'll usually be here with my dog Tiger. Let me warn you his name is just the opposite of his personality; Tiger is Not a tiger, more like a lickasauris ( a mythical prehistoric licking dinosaur) , and is a wonderful and loving animal, hope the same can be said for his owner as well! I usually spend my time in my office/suite, but am always available to assist. If you want privacy, let me know and i will do everything possible to provide you the ultimate privacy. Want to talk? I am always available for good conversation, intellectual and political discussions, and general BS sessions. We are all here to relax, so no arguing or finger pointing, just fun and hopefully interesting conversation. I have been in the business world for over 20 years as well as an activist/writer/ organizer for various causes, and currently my biggest cause is making sure that you have an enjoyable time here! When i am not here, I am spending time with my wife, Dheerata, who is from Mauritius, and who is a HS English teacher there
Eric Rubin purchased this Chalet in 2010
Why Eric Rubin chose McAlpin
The log cabin chalet has 18 ft high ceilings in the living room and spa room, and gives you a sense of openness not often found in many places. The bedroom looks out on woods and fields, and one does not have to look hard to see bunnies, coyotes, and deer, wandering by. The spa room was designed to create a space of relaxation and peace. An early morning meditation in the spa room, (meditation cushions and mats are available), a walk on the treadmill, 30-50 "laps" in the endless pool, sit in the sauna and purge your body of toxins as you read a book from my library, and then a jump in the cool water of the outside pool, is a wonderful way to start any day! End the day back in the Spa room, repeat the morning ritual before bed, (and don't forget to brush your teeth), and get a good night’s sleep, because the big decision in the morning is "do we go exploring" or hang out at the pool and spa room again today?"' Decisions, decisions, decisions! Walk the five fenced in acres of the property. Set up you easel under one of the many 100 year old trees and paint your day away, or set up your table and set up your typewriter or laptop(wireless available through much of the property), and work on your novel, memoirs, or write that love letter that is so long overdue. Need quiet and solitude to write that business plan, get to work alone, or book all three rooms for your collaboration with your compatriots.
What makes this Chalet unique
The Oasis in the Woods, sits within an hour and a half car ride to EITHER COAST - the Atlantic Ocean OR the Gulf of Mexico !!! One of the few locations in the entire United States that can boast this! THREE major rivers all within 30 minutes! Whether you want to rent a kayak or canoe and go “Way Down Upon the Suwanee River”, or sit on an inner tube and float for an hour or 6 hours down the Santa Fe River, or paddle board the various Springs, or just go swimming in the Springs. Only 15 minutes away from some of the BEST scuba cave diving scuba diving in the Southeastern US!
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Per permission of owner at time of booking
Smoking only outside designated OUTSIDE areas
must be approved prior to visit. $100 pet clean fe
parents must be responsible for children -2 pools
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Max guests:2 (sleeps up to 2 adults)
there are 2 pools indoors and outdoors. Parents must be responsible for children at all times.
children under 13 are not allowed in spa room or outside pool area without parent or adult over 21
Living room is quiet room. If you desire a fire in the fireplace please ask Eric.i
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
1. Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park has 2 major springs, a spring run and six sinkholes,.This park features one of the longest underwater cave systems in the continental United States. An interpretive nature trail leads visitors on a path tracing the twisting tunnels of the caves far below their feet. Swimming in Peacock Springs and Orange Grove Sink are popular .Activities:Birding, Hiking, Scuba/Diving, Snorkeling, Grills, Picnic Area, Pets on Leash Allowed, Length of Trail (in miles): 1.2,
2. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park 386-364-1683
Situated on 600 acres along the historic Suwannee River, this outstanding park offers a full event calendar of great musical performances, as well as a large variety of recreational activities such as horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, and camping. A cafe is also on site.
3.The Suwannee Wilderness Trail, state-designated Florida paddling trail, provides a managed wilderness experience while educating visitors about protecting the natural, cultural and heritage resources in the Suwannee River Basin. the Lower Suwannee runs deep and wide through pine flatwoods and wetlands as it flows into the Gulf of Mexico. ACTIVITIES: Bicycling, Birding, Canoeing, Water Recreation, Freshwater Fishing, Length of Trail (in miles): 72, Water Trail
4. Suwannee River Greenway at Branford- Railroad heritage and renowned rivers provide opportunities to experience history and nature along the Suwannee River Greenway at Branford. The greenway is home to a rewarding rail-trail that provides scenic views of Old Florida. The Suwannee River marks the trail's western terminus while the clear-flowing Ichetucknee River is located at the eastern end. Nearby Ichetucknee Springs State Park and Branford Springs provide opportunities for a swim and tube ride. l , Length of Trail (in miles): 12,
5. Lafayette Blue Springs State Park- take a dip in this first magnitude spring, walk across the natural limestone bridge that crosses the spring run flowing into the Suwannee River or picnic under the oaks with their swaying Spanish moss. Fish or canoe on the Suwannee River. Bicycling, hiking and wildlife viewing. The picnic area has tables, grills and two pavilions,
6. Suwannee River State Park - 1/4 mile past the ranger station, a high bluff overlooks the spot where the Withlacoochee River joins the Suwannee River on its way to the Gulf of Mexico. Vestiges of history in the park show how important the Suwannee River was to Florida history. Along the river are long mounds of earthworks built during the Civil War Other remnants from the past include one of the state´s oldest cemeteries, Five trails, ranging from a quarter mile to 18 miles, loop through surrounding woodlands and provide panoramic views of the rivers. Other activities include fishing, picnicking, and canoeing.
7. Troy Spring State Park -this 70-foot deep, first magnitude spring offers opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving along the banks of the Suwannee River. The spring run contains the remains of the Civil War-era steamboat Madison, scuttled in 1863 to keep it from being captured. take a walk through the shaded forest along the interpretive hiking trail or spend the day fishing along the river bank. Activities:Birding, Canoeing, Hiking, Scuba/Diving, Snorkeling, Water sports, Freshwater Fishing,
8.Suwannee River State Park - Big Oak Trail; With much of its length high atop river bluffs, the Big Oak Trail is a prime destination for experiencing the beauty of the Suwannee River. It follows both the Suwannee and With lacoochee Rivers into a loop on a peninsula where the rivers meet. Old growth trees, rugged landscapes, and riverfront scenery are all a part of the experience.
9. White Springs;mossy oaks and the wild Suwannee River make White Springs especially popular with paddlers, hikers, bikers, birders and anglers. Big Shoals State Park in White Springs boasts Florida's largest whitewater rapids. The Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park hosts annual Florida Folk Festival.
10. Mystic Jungle Educational Facility provides life time homes to many displaced exotic animals. We are their final home. We are not open to the public but rather do tours by reservation,free tours once a month on Sunday afternoons Private tours are generally scheduled on Tues., Thurs., & Sat
11. International Falconry Academy- Falconry Experiences, workshops and courses. A hands-on encounter with Falcons, Hawks and Owls. . Witness the prey-predator relationship close up and partner with nature's most spectacular hunters, for an hour, a day or up to three days
12. Ichetucknee Springs State Park - Fed by nine springs, the Ichetucknee River natural beauty year-round. Let the gentle current guide you on a relaxing retreat Tubing and Paddling Adventures Offered Year-round:Swim, snorkel and scuba dive in the springs that feed the bright turquoise Ichetucknee River, including the 40-foot-deep Blue Hole Spring.