Low-key and relaxing was just what we needed after our marathon five weeks of downsizing in Gainesville. As I’ve said before, simplifying is not a simple process.
Delighted By Pirate’s Cove
Given the inordinate amount of time it took to pack up our new Subaru for the first time, it’s a good thing Cedar Key is only one hour from Gainesville. It was weird to zoom right by the quirky little RV parks that have always been our destination, and to head instead for Pirate’s Cove, our Airbnb.
But as soon as we pulled up, I knew we were going to like it. “Welcome to Your Seaside Escape” beckoned the arch festooned with glass floats that leads to the tidal flats. Aaaahhhh….YES.
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Our cottage was nicely decorated, coastal style, and had a fabulous little porch off of the bedroom. It’s a 1950s Florida cottage, with quirks. The floor is not entirely level, which makes you feel drunk when you get up in the middle of the night. But it was clean and comfortable. I was thrilled.
We settled in for five nights, and spent an inordinate amount of time lolling on the back porch, watching the tides come and go and the birds in the tidal flats. It was an excellent way to spend many hours. Magnolia loved it, too.
The Relaxing Imperfection Of Cedar Key
This is old Florida. It is not perfect. One does not come to Cedar Key for perfect. One comes to Cedar Key to delight in relaxing on the porch, wandering around the quirky little town, perhaps a bit of biking and kayaking, and simply enjoying the general vibe of a place that does not take itself seriously, at all.
We had fun.
We rented cruisers for a day. You think an island is flat until you ride 10 miles on a cruiser with no gears. New bikes are high on our shopping list.
Finding Friends In Cedar Key
Meeting up with friends made our time in Cedar Key even better. We met up for a fabulous dinner at 29 North with Karen and Krash, whom we first met in Cedar Key in 2018 at the famous Low-Key Tiki Bar. They visited us at our home on the bay in Eastpoint in 2021. It was great to reconnect with them and to catch up on life.
And very serendipitously, we met up with Tessa and Philip, along with their sweet canine companions Sprinkles and Finn. Tessa writes the fun and informative travel blog Charming Adventures of the Millers, which is how we met. When we heard they were coming to Florida, we invited them to stay with us in Eastpoint. And then we moved. Bad hosts!!! But as we were biking in Cedar Key, we found them walking along the waterfront. Not only were they willing to talk to us, but they invited us over to their RV for happy hour. We had a blast.
The food choices in tiny Cedar Key are surprisingly good. (Which is unexpected, given that the island grocery store makes the Piggly Wiggly in Apalachicola look like a gourmet paradise.) We mostly cooked at home, enjoying every meal on the little porch overlooking the tidal flats. But I highly recommend a meal at 29 North. And on our last day in Cedar Key, I could not resist running into the local coffee shop for one of their homemade chocolate-covered frozen Key lime pie slices. It’s a good thing I didn’t do that earlier in our trip, because I might have bought one every day we were there.
We’ve already made reservations at Pirate’s Cove for next year. :-)