Over the past few months, Florida’s Forgotten Coast has been making headlines left and right! From our superb seafood restaurants and exciting events to our charming town of Apalachicola, the media has been highlighting all sorts of Franklin County hotspots and happenings. Of course, it’s no wonder why our area attracts so much attention—with so many thrilling things to see & do, who wouldn’t love the Forgotten Coast?
Here’s a small sampling of the latest and greatest news stories and travel lists featuring Franklin County:
Apalachicola Travel Feature in WSJ
In December, The Wall Street Journal featured an awesome article entitled, “A Trip to Florida of Yore,” all about our beautiful historical town of Apalachicola. According to writer Gully Wells, “The tiny town of Apalachicola is old-school Sunshine State, with a sleepy waterfront, ironwork balconies and zero pretentiousness.”
Two Top Spots on Florida’s Best Seafood Dives
When TripsToDiscover ranked the Top 12 Best Seafood Dives in Florida in December, two of the Forgotten Coast’s most beloved restaurants made the list: Lynn’s Quality Oysters in Eastpoint and Up the Creek in Apalachicola!
Reporter Charity De Souza writes, “Lynn’s Quality Oysters overlooks the Apalachicola Bay and is a hidden gem that features a raw bar and outside deck where you can capture stunning sunset views. Try their oysters harvested from the bay, including The Manning with bacon, cheddar and mozzarella. The shrimp and crabs are steamed with a choice of butter, garlic and old bay seasoning, while Granny’s Gumbo and smoked mahi-mahi fish dip are also great choices.”
De Souza calls Apalachicola’s Up the Creek “a laid-back seafood joint that is nestled along the Scipio Creek Channel.” She adds, “Sit in the covered, open-air decks overlooking the water while sampling its extensive menu of succulent oysters that includes raw, steamed and mignonette oysters with minced shallot and habanero pepper.”
Most Romantic Getaway: St. George Island
TripAdvisor included St. George Island on its 2018 list of 15 Most Romantic Getaways in Florida. Describing St. George Island as “both romantic and tranquil” and “the perfect couples vacation spot,” TripAdvisor points out it is “one of the last inhabited yet unspoiled islands in Florida.”
The article goes on to say, “St. George Island boasts serene beaches on the Gulf of Mexico that are consistently rated as some of the top in the United States. While on St. George Island, take a romantic stroll through nine miles of untouched beaches, sand dunes, and marshes at St. George Island State Park. Or, experience St. George Island’s thriving water sports scene with a paddle boarding tour or fishing charter.”
One of Florida’s Best Christmas Towns
When Coastal Living ranked the 20 Best Christmas Towns in Florida, of course Apalachicola made the list! Author Kara Franker writes, “In Florida’s oyster capital, Santa’s preferred method of transportation is via shrimp boat! Every year, the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce hosts an old-fashioned Christmas celebration in the streets of the downtown historic district. As tradition dictates, Santa shows up on a shrimp boat at the City Dock on Water Street.”
She adds, “Downtown merchants host a Holiday Fresh Market featuring local art, wood carvings, pottery, and plenty of home-baked pastries. And don’t miss Carrabelle’s Holiday on the Harbor event along Marine Street with a festive boat parade.”
Ready to discover what all the buzz is about? Come on down and see yourself why the Forgotten Coast is making headlines. Book your trip today!