Occasionally, I have the opportunity to combine business and pleasure. My business travels take me the length of Florida.
I look forward for an opportunity to visit the Apalachicola area, (Port St. Joe, to Carrabelle) because of the combination of comfort, hospitality and great food found at the Gibson Inn.
A stay at the Gibson Inn is a great comfort. I can relax, eat well and be assured anything I leave behind will find it's way back home to me. The rooms are clean, comfortable, the staff welcoming.
Our most recent visit came after a three day vacation on Dog Island. We arrived on a Sunday evening. Had the family, wife, 2 boys, a senior at UF and sophomore in high school and myself. Two cars, I had to work on Monday before we'd meet back home to Gainesville, FL. We stayed 4 to the room, a bit tight but try doing 4 to a room at the Hotel St. Michelle, in Carol Gables, another regular favorite.
Staff was great, kids arrive looking like wet rats after 3 days on the island and staff got us off to the room with extra towels, and shampoo straight away. Couldn't be nicer. There's something to be said about ‘slow time' which is what I call Florida west of the Apalachicola river.
Dinner on a Sunday evening in a tourist town can be a bit dicey. However, this Sunday evening, the experience was great. Relaxed fine dinning. Great experience for the boys, nice linens, great service. It's good for them to be expected to sit up and join the adults in conversation. And truth be told, they enjoy themselves as well. Food was wonderful, chief inspired original dishes. And a great wine selection, even have Calvados!! A good wine selection does not have to be code for 'expensive'. The dry white Greek wine was very modest in price but a perfect recommendation.
Monday, I was out by 8:00. The family stayed a bit longer and had breakfast up the street. Wife raved about the morning latte'.
Apalachicola is an interesting town. They seem to be making the transition from old sea port, to fishing village to tourist destination better than most. A late evening walk after dinner or early morning walk after breakfast around the downtown area seems just right.
Hope you enjoy your visit to Apalachicola as much as our family did.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Gibson Inn is a fine example of Florida "Cracker" Architecture. This was the style of wood frame structure used widely in the 19th and early 20th century in Florida. These homes and businesses are characterized by metal roofs, raised floors, high ceilings, center hallways, and large wrap around porches. A widows walk and cupola crown the tin roof, all a reflection of the area's steamboat past. Built in 1907 of native heart pine and black cypress, the inn soon became known as a first class luxury hotel and was the only one between Pensacola and Jacksonville heated entirely by steam. Now listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. Many of the 30 guest rooms are uniquely appointed with authentic antique furnishings, cable TV, telephone, and wireless internet. Each guest room has its own full private bath. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gibson Hotel Apalachicola