Franklin County: Wel­come to the “For­got­ten Coast”

Travel Guide to Florida - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - BY STEVE WIN­STON

Far from bright lights and big cities, Franklin County show­cases a slice of Florida rarely ex­pe­ri­enced by most vis­i­tors. Yet, here on “The For­got­ten Coast,” the plea­sures are ev­ery bit as won­der­ful. They’re just dif­fer­ent. And therein those dif­fer­ences lie the rea­sons why Franklin County is so spe­cial.


You may not as­so­ciate this area of Florida’s Pan­han­dle with mu­sic, how­ever its mu­sic scene is heat­ing up rapidly with a wide va­ri­ety of live-mu­sic venues. The Bow­ery Sta­tion in Apalachicola fea­tures rock and blues while Rio Carra­belle in Carra­belle high­lights jazz as well as clas­si­cal dur­ing the pop­u­lar INCon­cert Se­ries, which is held at Apalachicola’s his­toric Trin­ity Episcopal Church from Jan­uary into spring.

Apalachicola’s rid­ing the craft-brew­ery craze, too. The award-win­ning Oys­ter City Brew­ing Com­pany uses lo­cal in­gre­di­ents, in­clud­ing Tu­pelo Honey.

The area also fea­tures two his­toric light­houses, the Crooked River Light­house and the Cape St. Ge­orge Light, both beau­ti­fully-re­stored with mu­se­ums and pe­riod rooms straight out of the 19th cen­tury. And if you’re here in May, take the pop­u­lar his­toric walk­ing tour in Apalachicola.

Also in May, the county hosts one of the largest plein air art gath­er­ings in the South­east. Dozens of na­tion­ally ac­claimed artists con­verge on the For­got­ten Coast to paint out­doors, give work­shops and lec­tures, and, of course, sell award-win­ning art.


The spe­cialty of the house here is gen­er­ally the suc­cu­lent Apalachicola Bay oys­ters, which don’t taste like any you’ve ever had be­fore.

In a county with only one traf­fic light, you ex­pect to find great out­door recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties. And Franklin County doesn’t dis­ap­point. Hun­dreds of square miles of wa­tery play­grounds found along its rivers, bays and Gulf coast of­fer great recre­ational op­tions. And in­ter­est­ing land­scapes and wildlife make kayak­ing, ca­noe­ing or fish­ing ex­cur­sions much more en­joy­able. For a ro­man­tic in­ter­lude, book a sun­set din­ner cruise.

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