A friend recommended this place as a destination for a group of us women who are photography fans. A trip to the Panhandle for a long weekend would require several rooms or the cottage that would sleep 6. Five of us ended up making the trip and after a little confusion as to exactly 'where' the cottage was located, the lights were on and the cottage was ready for us. Three bedrooms would indeed sleep 6 but we were glad that there were only 5 of us because one bed was pushed against a wall and with only one bathroom for 5 women, it was a bit of a scheduling challenge. It did make it the more fun, however, and we joked with the owner about when were they planning an addition for another bathroom. The house was decorated in fun colors and at every turn there was something to look at and admire and it didn't take use long to realize that the owners lived here at least some of the time. The kitchen was well stocked including the refrigerator (we had done some shopping but those items we missed seemed to be waiting for us in the frig). The dining room table became our favorite gathering place each evening, as we downloaded our photos into computers (wi-fi available). We didn't use the TV or living room much. We were out the door early each more to explore the Gulf coast from St. Mark's State Park to the east and St. Joseph State Park to the west. We cooked several meals but it was too cold to enjoy the outdoor patio or the screened porch. One night, returning from a long day of touring, we were unable to get into the front door so had to seek the owner who graciously came to the cottage and showed us the 'trick'. He stayed and visited for a while and explained some of the quirks of the place (why some lights didn't work). We were sorry to have to leave after only 3 nights since there was more for us to explore but those who slept in the front bedroom were not sorry to say goodbye to the rooster with no sense of time that lives across the street. Ear plug are advised! Also, no sure if it is every weekend but...we could hear loud music coming from the waterfront on Friday and Sat. nights and if we had been IN the hotel, that might have been annoying. Carrabelle is quaint but there isn't much 'to do' in town except the beach which few shops remaining open and only small inconsequential shops scattered around. Carrabelle has seen better days but we met the mayor at 2 Al's and he has hopes for improvements. In the mean time, the place is quiet and out of the way and definitely a jumping off point for many wilderness/wild/quiet/scenic areas around Carrabelle and a great place to return to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Old Carrabelle Hotel in Carrabelle, Florida is a "Key West style inn on The Forgotten Coast". Once the end-of-the-line railroad hotel, now you may enjoy all the modern comforts in an Old Florida casual atmosphere. There is just something about the experience of a 1900-ish inn at the coast (or a coastal cottage at the coast) that no newer motel-hotel can equal. And we are a very different B&B operation - free beach restaurant breakfasts for Hotel guests, and self check-in -- just for starters. Make your own reservation online, and receive back a confirmation with all the info you may need. Don't Expect: traffic lights, lots of people, McHamburgers, bungee jumps or late-night noise. Do expect: the best seafood, eco-activity opportunities in every direction, cultural/historical activities and a lot of peace and quiet time on the property, in the forest or on the beach or water! ... more less
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