A conference at St. Pete Beach took us to Florida, but we added on two days so we could travel up to Cross Creek to visit Marjorie Kinnan Rawlngs State Park. We hoped to match that adventure with lodging capturing something of Old Florida and the history of the area. We weren't disappointed when we found the Lake House. It was such a treat! The setting on an inlet of Big Lake Henderson was magical. Egrets and cranes gathered on the lawn that sloped toward the water and a turkey vulture sat high in a nearby tree drying its wings. The fact that the Lake House is a restored fishing & hunting lodge added to the authentic spirit. Speaking of spirit, innkeeper Cathy Johnson is the heart of it all, a genuinely hospitable person who doesn't seem to forget a name, introduces guests to one another and makes everyone feel at home. A great deal of credit goes to her for making this B&B such a welcoming place. The rest of the kudos go to the memorable setting.
One review here mentions that Lake House B&B has unpleasant tap water. It's true that this part of Florida seems to have a lot of mineral content in the water. If that might pose a problem for you, think "rustic," but don't miss this wonderful inn (there is a large bottled water source in the kitchen area) . We definitely would stay at the Lake House any time we had a chance to return to Florida and we sincerely hope we do. It is a very special place.
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