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Top 8 Things To Do Around Tallahassee

We all know living in and around Tallahassee is fantastic but have you ever thought about being a tourist in your own community?

downtown tallahasseeTallahassee itself offers a wide variety of cool things to do. Did you ever see Lichgate on High Road near Florida State University? Inspired and built by literature professor Laura Jepsen, she built the old English tudor cottage in 1956. It really is quite the place and I’d encourage you to check it out.

But honestly it’s the outlying areas around this great city where you’ll find many hidden gems to experience that you may have not known were there in your own backyard.

Crawfordville is a small community in Port Leon. There you will find a trendy walking park with a painted lion. The cool thing about this lion is each month, the people from the area get together and repaint it keeping it a fresh experience for visitors to the park.

And then we have the ever-eclectic Havana and place where artistry and creativity thrive. It’s also a place where the past meets the present because when it comes to antique shopping, no where else can match Havana. Imagine spending your Saturday browsing the many antique shops Havana has. Who knows you might just find that piece of your own history!

Midway. Probably most known for his massive 1000+acre commercial sector and thriving affordable housing market, Midway also offers a pretty cool little experience in bowling. Here we have Capital Lanes where families congregate to bust up some pins and have a fun day.

Heading over to Quincy, a short drive northwest of Tallahassee, it is here that you’ll find The Gadsden Art Center and Museum is the hidden gem of downtown Quincy. And for the golfer…a must see is the Quincy Golf Club.

Sopchoppy, the town with the funny name and ever more strange is the festival held here is the Worm Grunting Festival. I know right? Anyways just in case you’re wondering this is the method by which people attract worms to the surface of the ground by hammering wooden stakes in and then rubbing them with sheets of metal. It’s true check it out here on Wikipedia.

St.Marks is where it all began back in 1679 when the Spaniards docked here. But standing tall since 1831 is the tourist attraction, the St.Mark’s Lighthouse. It’s old, historic and really cool to see and best of all its just 15 minutes from Tallahassee. Oh…and you can get some beach time in.

And lake country, the lake life can be experience in full glory with a family trip to Buck Lake or Lake Talquin. Here you can find all sorts of outdoor activities to do including tubing, fishing (some of the best at Lake Talquin), boating or just lounging around on the lakeshore.

So next time you’re thinking to yourself, “oh what to do?” remember that within a short distance of where you’re at right at this moment, you can find plenty to do and see around Tallahassee.

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How Do You See Tallahassee?

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When you sit back and picture that Florida dream-life what do you see? Maybe you see a large, hard-wood porch with just beyond it a sprawling green lawn. Some kind of citrus trees spread out offering a feast for your senses… and probably a convertible, right?

Whatever you envision, we’d bet that you see the weather as fantastic.  Here’s a little secret; you don’t know it, but you’re not thinking of Miami or The Keys (too much rain!), you’re thinking about Tallahassee.

With, statistically speaking – numbers don’t lie, some of the best and most consistent weather in the state, Tallahassee citizens enjoy more sun than the southern cities of the Sunshine State.  But the weather is just the beginning; Tallahassee is a major hot-spot for the arts and entertainment and regularly features local artists in Railroad Square Art Park.

Railroad Square is also home to a local tradition wherein on the first Friday of the month, thousands of locals gather to experience and enjoy art together in the evening and celebrate the local talent.

As we are home to many universities and colleges, Tallahassee enjoys the heritage and wisdom housed in our many museums; whatever your subject of interest, be it fine arts, local or national history, or even automotive you can let your mind and imagination wander.

Our options for entertainment outside are just as diverse. We are lucky to be able to enjoy the many state parks in the immediate area; each with its own unique sights, activities and experiences; including but of course not limited to hiking, canoeing/kayaking, fishing and camping.

A transportation and education hub for Northern Florida, with some of the best emergency and social services in the country make Tallahassee an ideal location for those looking to start a family, or start a new chapter in their life.  Home to some of the nation’s top employers, as well as being the State Capital; Tallahassee career opportunities are as many as they are diverse.

With a population of just under 200,000 (roughly 380,000 counting the greater metropolitan area), Tallahassee offers large city opportunity with the feeling of small town community.  Careful and precise city planning ensures that the city maintains the quaint charm that helps make Southern Hospitality so famous while staying current and developing alongside the rest of the state and the country.

Come experience Tallahassee for yourself, we’re happy to have you!

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Lake Talquin: A Return to Tranquility

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State parks and bungalows, cabins and cook outs, clean air and bright stars.

Life in Lake Talquin is a return to tranquility, to a sense of community and togetherness and reaping the benefit and bounty of nature away from large urban centers.  

We’d love to tell you that every-day life here is akin to retirement, but that’s only true for some – and most of them are retired!  Of course, regardless of where you live life requires income and like everyone else, we go to work.

The differences though, are striking.

Our commutes, for one, are easier.  When there is less traffic, or your work is on the water, it’s easier to get around.  Smaller communities don’t have the same needs as cities, making it far simpler to enjoy what you do to the utmost making every career here a labour of love.

We promise you though, our weekends are better.

When you immerse yourself in nature; the options to keep your interest are deeper than the daily soaps or nightly news, and we don’t just mean that in the metaphysical sense.  The state park offers hiking, camping, various types of paddle boats, and some of the best lake fishing in the country.  The deep reservoir is chalk-full of largemouth bass, striped bass, speckled perch, bream and catfish.

Fish aren’t the only animals you’ll see, deer, wild turkey, great blue herons, great and snowy egrets are all common sights that will take your breath away every time.  You’ll have your sightline of choice, with over 10,000 acres of lake to paddle or row, or choose from many hiking trails – each one offering a different view of the park from their individual vantage points.

There’s something to be said about having a lake for a back yard.  To wake up, or end the day to the sun’s shimmering reflection creates a sense of calm that cannot be dulled or diluted.

When we want it, the city is always there.  Because, let’s be honest – seeing the home team live is about as special as catching your dinner or watching an egret catch theirs. But when you want to look up at night and see stars, or wake up in the morning to the sound of the breeze rather than the banging of garbage cans and honking of horns, Lake Talquin takes the win.

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The Lake Life: Buck Lake

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It is difficult to balance our need for community with our need for privacy.  It seems that, in the city it is almost impossible to do so.  While it is relatively easy to establish a strong sense of community in a neighborhood, cities are just too big and too populated for the feeling to truly spread city-wide… and privacy?

Maybe if you’re at home… maybe.

The further you go from a city, the further apart the homes are spaced, the stronger the sense of community.  Where the homes aren’t as close together, where there are no streetlights or emergency services minutes away you become closer with your neighbours than in a city, even though they are further away.

Rural life creates communities that care for themselves, where your relationship with your neighbour is so much deeper than a nod and a wave – which isn’t even a guarantee anymore in the city – it’s one of our best kept secrets.

We don’t know why though, we say it all the time.

Buck Lake offers a plethora of hiking trails, camp sites, marshlands and wildlife preservations.  Each and every one guaranteed to take your breath away and force you to lose track of time.  It’s easy to lose yourself in nature, to be taken aback by the beauty and simplicity.  Where in the city a person may spend hours at a time in front of a TV, we simply sit on our front porch in awe of the simple splendor of nature, and we are rarely alone.  Friends, neighbors, family, it doesn’t matter; living a little further from each other makes the time we spend in each other’s company that much more meaningful.  

Regardless of the weather, every morning and every evening provides a scenic backdrop that demands attention.  To see the sun rise and set over a lake and forest rather than skyscrapers is something that is impossible to be taken for granted.  Not to mention a sky full of stars that let your imagination run wild.

We live life simply here, as it was meant to.  There is no rat-race.

We just sit back and enjoy, safe in the knowledge that we belong to a community of those who help each other.

If you’ve been trying to find the perfect balance between community and privacy, come pay us a visit.  We bet it will last longer than you planned.

To view our selection of property and homes for sale in Buck Lake visit our communities area of the site for listings in the area.