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Do you want to have your morning coffee and watch the sun come up while sitting on the front porch listening to the birds sing; away from the noises of city life, traffic and stress? Then this is the place for you. Our Wakulla Springs Retreat is located on 5 secluded acres of hardwood trees off the beaten track but close to the Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail (15 miles of a beautiful paved bicycle corridor), Wakulla Springs State Park, the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, the Apalachicola National Forest, the San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park in the town of St. Marks at the confluence of the beautiful St. Marks and Wakulla rivers, the Felburn Foundation Playground with covered picnic tables and a fabulous array of playground equipment. There are several excellent sea food restaurants close by so you don’t have to spend your time cooking. Only 3 miles from the Retreat is Savannah’s (home of the famous $2.00 breakfast and a great country buffet at lunch and dinner).
There are many recreational opportunities abundantly throughout Florida's Forgotten Coast, known as the 'sportsman's paradise', including Salt & Fresh water fishing, hiking, bicycling, hunting and canoeing. Also, convenient access to the Gulf of Mexico is just minutes away in St. Marks.
No matter what your taste may be, whether it's flats fishing for trout, red fish, tarpon, or Spanish mackerel, or just a few miles out some of the finest grouper fishing in the Gulf of mexico, this is truly an angler's paradise, with every salt water activity you care to do, such as snorkeling for scallops, scuba diving to see some of the most beautiful natural reefs, or just a lazy day with the family at the coast.
We have plenty of room for boaters to bring their boats to the Retreat. There are several public and private boat ramps within 15 minutes of the Retreat, giving you access to the Gulf of Mexico and local rivers.
Downtown Tallahassee and Florida State University are only 15 miles from the Retreat and Wakulla Springs State Park (home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world) is only 6 miles from the Retreat.
If the Wakulla Springs Retreat is booked during the dates you want it, please see our sister site, St. Marks Retreat, VRBO site #63806, on the St. Marks River.
We celebrated the New Year with our family as the first guests at Wakulla Springs Retreat. We enjoyed the peace and quiet for the week. It certainly helps to remember what is really important in life when things slow down a bit.
Ashley, Jessie and family.
Sugar Land, TX
We had a wonderful experience exploring this section of “old Florida”.
Boat ride and Wakulla State Park – alligators, manatees, many birds. Highly recommend this tour
Captain Mike McNamara in the town of St. Marks will provide a comprehensive boat tour of the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. From his boat, we were able to photograph many birds, most notably, the Bald Eagle, both perched and in flight. Porpoises visited and followed the boat. Mike is also a fishing guide.
Walking path around the ponds at the light house in the Refuge:
Many waterfowl, most notably, Redheads and American Wigeon.
Posey’s Seafood Restaurant on the waterfront in Panacea-very good
Visitor’s Center in the Refuge has maps and books available.
We had a great stay- saw and photographed more than 45 different bird species.
Thanks for your hospitality!
Frank and Colleen
St. Helena, CA
Keywords: country cottage, secluded and private, natural setting, newly remodeled inside and out,
We are a retired couple, one from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and one from 44 years of teaching elementary school.
We have been breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniels since 1998.
We enjoy showing our dogs and meeting all the great people who come to stay at our Retreats.
This property is surrounded by all the sights and sounds of nature. The setting is one of quiet solitude. It is a place where one can just sit and enjoy all of the beauty of the trees but is close enough to all the area attractions. We find it to be a place we can totally unwind after a busy day.
We have built a large deck in the fenced backyard which is perfect for cooking out. It is perfect for sitting in the evening while the lightenbugs come out to play.
Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:
We enjoyed the privacy and natural rural setting. This is a well furnished house with very comfortable beds and furniture. All appliances work and the kitchen items are well supplied. Nice thick towels in both bathrooms. The large deck in back was a great place to spend time. This is a good location for day tripping to the many attractions in the area. Floyd and Carol were always available to help even though we did not have any problems. We hope to spend a week here again in the future.
We are 2 couples exploring the natural, undeveloped parts of Florida. St. Mark's National Wildlife Refuge is listed in the the book "50 places to go birding before you die," which is why we ended up at this house. The house is about 15 minutes from the Refuge. The house is modest; it was clean, comfortable, and feels lived-in and homey. We cooked meals there and were pleased to find a well-appointed kitchen. There was a bathroom for each couple, which we appreciated. Floyd and Carolyn were very accommodating and easy to contact with questions. We arrived after dark and Floyd met us in the parking lot of a local restaurant and led us to the house. It feels like it is off the beaten path but is actually closer than it seems to the main road and local attractions. It was a pleasant home away from home.
This very clean, quiet, private, comfortable home is nestled way back, surrounded by woods, but near enough to the main road (363) to be convenient to everything. The house is well-planned with the master bedroom and bath on one end and two smaller bedrooms and bath on the other. Though compact, the kitchen amazingly has every possible appliance and tool, plus enough dishes to serve a large group. The spacious back deck and inviting front porch help to enlarge the space. The owners are great to work with and have thoughtfully supplied everything you could need for any age person, even little ones. You really can just travel light as you need only bring your personal things.
We are grandparents who enjoyed adventures with our 12 year old grandson for 4 nights. All three of us loved the natural beauty of Wakulla Springs (10 minutes away), an environmentally protected area with fascinating natural history and archeology. The boat tour brings you close to alligators, turtles, unusual birds, and manatees. We also rented kayaks from TNT Rentals and paddled the 6-mile round trip on the clear Wakulla River. We got very close to manatees there too. (Unfortunately they do allow motorboats at slow speed on this part of the river so go during the week if you can to minimize that.). On a rainy day we enjoyed the Marine Lab in Panacea (20 minutes away), with it's fascinating array of fish and sea creatures, including an octopus who decorates her home with shiny, colorful objects. We enjoyed walking the beach at Bald Point State Park as it was undeveloped. The crown jewel of the trip was St. Mark's Refuge (20 minutes away), especially the sunset at the lighthouse. The mounds and trails were exciting for all of us to explore as we got out our cameras. The vast terrain, infinite sky, and ocean views were breathtaking.
There are 3 nearby seafood restaurants but the Seineyard is by far the best ever! It is only 10 minutes away and you can save a lot of waiting time by calling them in advance with your order after viewing their online menu. We were amazed at how easy it was to navigate this part of rural Florida on scenic country roads. For Atlanta folks like us, it felt great to enjoy simple living, local people, and being rejuvenated by nature.
We totally enjoyed our stay ... close enough to Tallahassee and far enough to feel like a getaway. The home was nicely furnished with everything we needed. We had 4 adults and 1 child and were very comfortable. We really enjoyed the large deck and fenced in yard for our dog. The owners have continued to make improvements based on other suggestions as we noted from the guest book. They care about making the place as cozy as possible and are nearby if you need anything. We took the family to Wakulla Springs and the riverboat tour was awesome. Next time we are going to visit some of the other places closer to the coast and enjoy what Florida was meant to be. Seafood around these parts is great too. If you like to run or bike or just take long walks, there is a paved shaded path is 16 miles long within .5 miles from the house. https://www.floridastateparks.org/trail/Tallahassee-St-Marks
House was clean; beds were comfortable. Really nice deck and fenced backyard. Short drive into Tallahassee. Carolyn & Floyd were very kind & helpful.
Floyd and Carol are great! The home is very clean. The beds are very comfortable. The home is equipped with all the amenities of home.
We were in town visiting our son at FSU. It's was about a 25 minute drive to campus. However, we did not mind the drive. This being football weekend all the hotels are way over priced. We want to come back so we can enjoy some of the local nearby restaurants and activities.
Wakulla SPrings News and Notes
Park Ranger Patty Wilbur conducts the research which keeps track of the manatees within the park. She has been following a new baby manatee born in the part about a month ago. The youngster is the offspring of a manatee believed to have been born in Sally Ward Spring (a spring just before reaching the park entrance station) in July of 2007. With much excitement, Patty relayed the moment she saw the mother and her new baby feeding alongside grandma just behind the boat dock. It is unexpected and special moments such as this that keep the magic alive at Wakulla Springs.
Ooooooh! Aaaaah! Wheeeee! Make it a point to visit Wakulla Springs in September to experience it all!
By: Jeff Hugo
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2 night minimum stay
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