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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.



The PAINTED SKY LODGE completed its well needed make-over in November. The entire exterior of the home was repainted with a new color scheme--soft blues accented with sunset oranges. In addition, all of the screens were replaced on the newly stained wrap-around porches.

2017 was a dynamite year for fishing. There was little or no winter with less than 10 "cold" days. With limited adverse weather, achieving redfish & trout limits were easily reached. Another 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 maximum 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 repellent with deet and/or 'skin so soft' both of which are readily available in most drug stores, groceries, etc.

PARENTS: Due to the design & height of this home, the number of stairs as well as the elevator, this home is NOT small kid friendly.

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Property Manager
Mary Rain
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 4, 2018


Cedar Key House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
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


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Painted Sky Lodge - Cedar Key Waterfront Home - Pilots Welcome
average rating of 4.861111 based on 36 reviews

Fabulous month in Cedar Key!!!

  • 5 of 5

Dear Melvin,

We loved our stay at painted sky lodge. We always stay one month every summer and are

thinking of booking with you for next July instead of August. Sorry the boat lifts do not work

as we brought our brand new boat... regardless my husband fished 28 days straight..LOL

I believe I may have left some personal belongings.. did you find a red leather bag and shoes?

Thanks again... may come for a long weekend in the fall if it is available.


Lynn and Regan

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pleasant, Relaxing Place

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable home, great views of sky and nature. Fantastic kitchen. Mr. Lauderdale was very welcoming.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying at the Painted Sky Lodge in Cedar Key. I was pleased to read that your stay was pleasant & relaxing. No shoes, no worries!! Thanks again.
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beautiful property!

  • 5 of 5

weekend getaway was perfect for back to nature , quality family/friend times. rode the golf cart to all activities in town. sunrises on 2nd floor screened in porch were terrific! being next to small plane landing strip was a fun bonus!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best place to stay in Cedar Key!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 3rd trip to Painted Sky Lodge and we have already talked about the next! Great house, very clean and well stocked with essentials! Everyone is nice and it's always hard to leave! The dock is wonderful for fishing, watching planes land or just hanging out! The views are too beautiful to even describe! Love this place! Thanks for another great vacation!

Erica Hudson

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous island getaway

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful long weekend for our family. This spacious lodge needs absolutely nothing and is fully equipped for any length of stay. The screened porch enabled us to enjoy the outdoors at any time of day. We will be back... Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed on this property in April and loved it! My father-in-law needed wheelchair access and we didn't want to stay in a condo or in a complex with a bunch of buildings and people. Painted Sky Lodge was perfect!

We had views from every room in the house! We saw the sunrise in the back yard and the sunset in the front. The main living area was very spacious and the decor was nice!

The Golf Cart was a bonus! We only drove the car once. We used that cart everyday whether it was for a quick run to the bakery or just to take a ride to explore the area.

Loved seeing the small planes take off and land! This didn't happen all the time and it was not a bother at all. It is a private airport and used here and there it seemed.

Did I mention the shore birds we saw daily and being able to fish or just read a book on the dock in the backyard! We did not want to leave!

I recommend this home to those who are looking for a peaceful, quiet getaway to regroup and unwind! We have stayed on Cedar Key before but not at this property. So glad we found Painted Sky Lodge!!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: April 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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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

Pet fee is $10 per night per pet
$50 per week per pet
$100 per month per pet

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