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Painted Sky Lodge - Cedar Key Waterfront Home - Pilots Welcome

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-7)

PAINTED SKY LODGE—Cedar Key One-Of-A-Kind Waterfront Home

LOCATION: Cedar Key, Florida. North central Florida USA (1 hour from Gainesville, 2 hours from Jacksonville, 2 hours from Tampa)

Accommodations: Waterfront home, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths (Sleeps 7)

The PAINTED SKY LODGE is a beautiful single family home situated on a spit of land that enjoys both Gulf of Mexico and bayou waterfront views located in old Florida Cedar Key. As appropriately named, you will always be able to observe the ever changing and majestic painted skies beginning with each sunrise and ending at sunset. Historical Cedar Key, a collection of small islands, is an unspoiled fishing, clamming, and oyster harvesting village that offers visitors and residents alike a lifestyle that is all about today—leaving yesterdays behind and not worried about what tomorrow will bring. Pull off your shoes, wiggle your toes, prop your feet up, and let that “other life” just ooze away.

The PAINTED SKY LODGE is a unique home that offers its guests and residents comfortable and spacious bedrooms plus open living areas. The walk-around screened porch completely surrounds the house. Each bedroom offers water views in addition to a private door that opens on to the porch. The kitchen is fully equipped with beautiful granite counter tops, and spacious cabinets while overlooking the marsh and bayou. An open bar allows easy transfer of food and beverages to the dining table. The dining table and kitchen bar can sit 8 guests comfortably with more if there need be a squeeze. The living room, consisting of Mission furniture, fireplace and satellite TV make this area “oh” so comfortable. In addition, for the adventurous, you may climb the living room spiral staircase to the widow’s peak located atop the roof for spectacular 360 degree views of the islands, marshes, bayous, and Gulf of Mexico.

The PAINTED SKY LODGE offers many conveniences that all guests may enjoy. An ELEVATOR is available in addition to two (2) sets of staircases. A 2-seat GOLF CART (Mr. Blue) is also available as part of the rental package but limited to those guests that are 21 years of age with a valid drivers license. You’ll have access to all of Cedar Key’s restaurants, shops, and sights without having to worry about where you’ll park your car. The laundry room has full size clothes washer & dryer along with sink and folding areas. There are two (2) very spacious car garages with remote controlled doors. There is a pet kennel in the garage as well as a gated and fenced dog run besides the house. The boat and dock facility has sitting benches, fish-cleaning table, and a floating dock to launch your kayak or fish and crab from. (Boats can be launched from the City Marina.) If you fly your own airplane, you can land at the Cedar Key airport, and walk directly to the house within minutes.



HURRICANE HERMAINE arrived with 80 MPH winds at the end of August. The hurricane force winds, combined with an extreme high tide flooded downtown Cedar Key, the airport, and a great number homes & businesses located in & around the water causing millions of dollars in damage. The entire community with emergency services had most of the debris cleaned up within a month. Repairs and renovations have now been completed for most of the homes and businesses less two wiped out waterfront restaurants. Both of these restaurants are scheduled to be in operation by mid-summer.

2016-2017 WINTER REFLECTIONS & INSIGHTS--What winter??? There were a total of four (4) cold days where the temps reached the mid-30's. Bluebird winter for sure as t-shirts & shorts were the apparel of choice. Birding was extra special with flocks of shore birds, white pelicans, migrating raptors, as well as the Roseate Spoonbills that elected not migrate south. The redfish catch in the creeks was fantastic especially with negative tide conditions. The lack of water in the bays & creeks forced the reds to find deep pockets & pools of water up in the creeks. Cruising with the "Flying Circus" airboat, reaching these isolated spots proved to pose no problem. If the redfish were in the pools, the action was fast & furious. In addition to our regular catches of reds, this year's catch was different in that we were able to catch a great many "over slot" redfish that exceeded the maximun length of 28 inches--some reaching up to 36 inches. It was great fun & excitement to catch a big over slot red that sometimes exceeded 15 plus pounds. These monster fish are the future of red fishing in Florida as they are mature enough for breeding. After being caught, all of these big adults were returned to the water ASAP leaving only a photo for the fisherman for future bragging rights. A variety of baits including shrimp, mud minnows, and cut mullet were utilized. In addition, there was some Savage Gear top water plug action on the flats during sunny day high tides. With spring in full swing & summer peeking over our shoulders the fishing action has now moved to the flats, oyster bars, & shallow water rocky bottoms. In addition to the reds, sea trout, cobia, triple tail, and tarpon will now be additional targeted species.

"Mr. Blue" the golf cart has performed well. "Mr. Blue" has proven to be an outstanding upgrade for all of our guests. Also, the interior of home has been repainted and looks great. Additional upgrades are scheduled for late October.

Bugs--Cedar Key is an inland community that is surrounded by tidal basins, mud banks, and grass marshes. All of Cedar Key has bugs! When there is lots of rain, the mosquitoes are prevalent especially in the early mornings and at dusk. The critters that are the worst are the 'no-see'ums'. These insects are smaller than the head of a pin but have the ability to torment any and all warm blooded mammals. Like the mosquitoes they are especially bad in the early morning hours and evenings. The solution for both pests is mosquito repellant with deet and/or 'skin so soft' both of which are readily available in most drug stores, groceries, etc.

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Property Manager
Mary Rain
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2017


Cedar Key House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 murphy bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1). Night stands, and chest of drawers in each bedroom. Windows allow waterfront viewing. Each bedroom has a door that opens on to the screened walk-around porch.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
elevator, golf cart, dog run, library, wrap-around screen porch, boat house, floating dock for fishing, crabbing, and kayak launching, fish cleaning table, crab trap, garbage disposal, coffee pot, mixer, toaster, microwave


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

Painted Sky Lodge - Cedar Key Waterfront Home - Pilots Welcome
average rating of 4.857143 based on 28 reviews

Awsome time in Cedar Key at the Painted Sky Lodge

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. Lots of fishing and crabbing. In between all the riding around site seeing we did.

I really would like to Thank , Melvin for letting us stay in his most relaxing place. We will be back.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your visit to the Painted Sky Lodge & Cedar Key. I hope that you & your family had a memorable stay. I'll prime the crab trap prior to your next visit.
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Home away from home...

  • 5 of 5

My family and I enjoyed an incredible long weekend of fishing a relaxing while staying at Painted Sky Lodge. The property manager, Mary, was wonderful and very accommodating upon arrival. The elevator was was an unparalleled convenience for our parents who would have had trouble climbing the steps. There was plenty of room to park our boat which can sometimes be an issue on the island. The house comes complete with spectacular views and all of the convinces of home! Loved this place. We will be back for certain.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wow. This place has everything needed to relax.

  • 5 of 5

Bring your fishing pole. The fish right off the dock are plentiful. Enjoy the hammocks, a cold beverage and a good book. Bring your kayak and paddle to your hearts content. And that just scratches the surface of our vacation. Be sure to get some chowder at Tony's. I can't wait to get back again.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and relaxing with spectacular views!!!

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent a long weekend for my birthday at Painted Sky Lodge. This was our first trip to Cedar Key. This home is very well kept and comfortable. The views from the home are spectacular. The golf cart was so handy for getting around in Cedar Key and seeing the sights. The owner and Mary (local contact) were super nice and accommodating. We will certainly stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely wonderful home very well kept. Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We have recently returned from a fantastic visit at Painted Sky Lodge. Mel couldn't have been nicer and concerned that all was well in his very beautifully kept home. The views from every side, window and chair, including the bird's nest are spectacular. We spent lots of time birding, kyaking, walking and adventuring. Of course reading, sleeping and eating. The home is very well stocked and in excellent care. The dock is out of this world and a fun place to hang out. The way the home is laid out is very conducive to privacy for two groups or couples and very quiet. It's tastefully furnished and uncluttered. The porch is a place you live at this house. We even enjoyed the inside fire on cool nights. thank you so much for sharing your home and hospitality, Mel! We will certainly plan to come back to this home is a nice quiet location on Cedar Key!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Place to Relax and Rejuvenate

  • 5 of 5

This is our 2nd visit to Painted Sky Lodge, and we will soon be leaving this beautiful place until next year. We enjoy all the peace, privacy, and comfort this home provides along with the nature that God furnishes. The pictures on this website are accurate and gives you an idea of the beauty you will encounter. We did not have to bring anything but our clothes and food; everything else was here for our pleasure. We are grateful for the provisions included for our convenience even down to spices for cooking. This home allows you to be as active or inactive as you wish as does the town of Cedar Key; both are truly a place we love and will return to!

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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fishing - flats (redfish, trout, tarpon, snook, black drum, cobia, sharks) and offshore (grouper, snapper, mackerel), crabbing, birding, private air strip, airplane tours, horse & buggy rides, destination day trips


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Cedar Key House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee per night $50 Wk $10
Cleaning Fee $100

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$100 per month per pet

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