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“Friendly owners, laid back atmosphere, very relaxing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Faraway Inn

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Faraway Inn
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Cedar Key
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Homer, Alaska
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Friendly owners, laid back atmosphere, very relaxing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2013

Big rooms/cottages with excellent beds and kitchen. Very quiet area; not in the busy part of town but within a few blocks (you can walk to everything, including restaurants). Small town, no fancy night life but if you're going to Cedar Key you are not looking for that anyway. Faraway Inn is reasonably priced, not the cheapest place in town but it is the best! They have cute landscaping with a relaxing outside sitting area, free bike and kayak use. And we saw sharks right across the street from the inn, very exciting :)

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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FarawayInn, Owner at Faraway Inn, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind review. You work hard for your money so we really want to please you when staying with us. We hope you enjoyed the bikes and kayaks for exploring. It could be possible that you saw some small sharks across from us but it may have been dolphin fins that you saw. We often have dolphin sightings in the Gulf Water across from the Faraway Inn. There has been a TV documentary done on the unique feeding pattern of our local resident dolphin population. We sure hope to have you visit Cedar Key again and stay at Faraway Inn. We promise to always keep our rooms fresh and clean and our property fun and unique.
Respectfully,
Doreen and Oliver owners/innkeepers
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

Cedar Key is very laid back, NOT commercial or "5-star" by any means. It's more "mom n pop" style places that we happen to like. So knowing this do not expect "fancy", this is island old school, blast from the past that is hard to find. This Inn was very clean, super accomodating (100% pet friendly) and economical. The gulf is almost at the doorstep and bikes / kayaks / grill for your use. Very cool and great for couples. Wendy was awesome and we showed up quite early (9am.. oops) to check in.. no problem. Excellent for our needs and places like this are getting rarer to find. We'll be back soon!

Room Tip: Just ask, they'll help you. The front rooms facing the gulf are nice but the cottages are more s...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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FarawayInn, Owner at Faraway Inn, responded to this review, December 27, 2012
Your review was so awesome. It explained what Cedar Key and Faraway Inn are all about, a mom and pop community, a throw back blast from the past kind of place where simplicity and nature rule. So glad you had a good time. Wendy is wonderful and we are pleased to hear how accommodating she was. We try hard to provide our wonderful guests with anything they may require. Just ask and if we have it we will be glad to lend it to you or tell you where you may get it. Our guests are our everything and help support local families and our local volunteer work. Wishing you and yours a Happy, Healthy, Safe and Prosperous New Year! We look forward to your return visit.
Doreen & Oliver Bauer owners/innkeepers
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

Faraway Inn was a lovely, quaint place with quite the whimsical style! I loved how unique and personable it was. Wendy was extremely friendly (despite losing her days off as another employee quit without advance notice!) and laidback in dealing with arrival and payment. I arrived after hours, but a note was on the door with instructions and the room open and ready. I absolutely loved my room and loved that a full kitchen was part of it. As I was there in the off season, the room was $90 a night, and the fourth night was free! I felt like it was definitely reasonable, particularly with the addition of the kitchen. And, the inclusion of free bikes and kayaks/canoes! What really sold me on this lodging was the use of free bikes and kayaks/canoes! I used a bike everyday, and would have used the kayaks had I not been busy all day for business.

The lights of the decorations remaining on all night did make the room a bit bright for my tastes (I like very dark rooms when I sleep), but the bed was comfortable and place quiet, so I still slept very well.

The Inn is located right on the water (only a small street separates the inn grounds from the water's edge) with lovely porch swings for watching the sun go down. I saw a glorious sunset!

Cedar Key has some of the most amazing food I've had in a small town. I was thoroughly impressed with every meal, and I can be a picky eater!

I plan to return with my husband for a vacation, and will definitely stay at Faraway Inn!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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FarawayInn, Owner at Faraway Inn, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
We are so pleased that you had a good time. Apologies for not having met you in person but we know Wendy took good care of you. Thank you for your comment regarding the holiday lighting. We will set the timers to go off at 10pm instead of staying on all night. Unless guests tell us these things we do not always realize it. Thank you for your helpful feedback. We look forward to meeting you when you return.
Happy, Safe, Healthy, Peaceful, Holiday Wishes
Doreen & Oliver owners/innkeepers
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Donalsonvile
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2012

This is, without a doubt, THE best vacation spot on earth for my husband, our little yorkie, and me! The owners and staff are the best and make you feel like family! Afternoons on the covered patio, enjoying a cocktail with other guests, is just fabulous as you watch the sunset over the bay. The entire community is delighful and slow paced, just perfect for getting away from it all. The Faraway Inn is old Florida at it's best. The cottages are wonderfully decorated and emmaculately clean. Our favorite evening was spent grilling steaks on the back patio and visiting with Oliver. We can't wait to return!

Room Tip: Cottage #4 faces the side street rather than the bay and we loved it!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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FarawayInn, Owner at Faraway Inn, responded to this review, December 4, 2012
We are so pleased you had a relaxing and enjoyable time. It is your hard earned money and we want to be sure that you enjoy your time at Faraway Inn. We look forward to having you visit again next year with your sweet pup. We love when travelers bring their best friends with them. Wishing you happy healthy peaceful and safe holidays!
Doreen and Oliver
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Champaign, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2012

We really enjoyed our couple of days here...we'd booked for one night and liked it so much that we decided to stay for another and just enjoy the atmosphere. Borrowed a couple of bikes to ride around town--Cedar Key is kind of quiet the week after New Year's, but we liked it that way. If we had more time we would have borrowed a kayak and paddled out to the old cemetery. Maybe next time. Enjoyed sitting out in the courtyard and chatting with the motel cat. The owners and staff are so nice--as huge fans of shelter cats and trap-neuter-spay programs, we went over to visit their cat sanctuary and meet their dogs. Our cats prefer not to travel, so we leave them at home with a cat sitter, but it was the pet-friendliness of this place that really appealed to me first. And people who like cats are good people in my book. :)

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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FarawyInnCedarKey, Manager at Faraway Inn, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
It was great having you and we are so pleased that you enjoyed Cedar Key and your stay at Faraway Inn. Turtle, our office kitty you chatted with says meow. We love when our guests bring their pets especially since we are such a pet friendly community. We do not see as many travelers with cats but when we do it's great. Those of you traveling with kitty cats we can privide you with large crates, litter scoop poop bags for daily disposal, whatever you need for your pet just ask and we probably can provide it. We can not wait until your next visit. Peace Love Happiness and Health in the New Year!
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New Port Richey, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2012

We go for Thanksgiving each year and love it more each time. Just a great , friendly, easy-going place. So welcoming for people and pets. Doreen and Oliver and the staff of the Faraway Inn are awesome. Already have cottage #3 reserved for next year!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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FarawyInnCedarKey, Owner at Faraway Inn, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
We are so pleased that you have chosen sharing Thanksgiving at Faraway Inn. You are awesome people and we enjoy having you. I posted lots of photos on my FB page at Faraway Inn for you to share. Everyone should be so fortunate to spend Thanksgiving with good friends, both 2-legged and 4-legged. We Love Y'all!
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Tampa, Florida, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012

I have to give a huge shout out to Oliver and Doreen and staff ..They are so welcoming and helpful. They are so gracious to the masses of golden retrievers that invade their hotel every May. I cant say enough good things , they rock

Room Tip: The fitness room is the use of the canoes and bikes :)
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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FarawyInnCedarKey, Owner at Faraway Inn, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
We Love You GRRITS! It is never an invasion for us to have all of you at Faraway Inn. We love the dogs, especially the fact that they are rescues. You are all Beautiful, Loving and Good Hearted Souls. You are always Welcome at Faraway Inn. We do not discriminate against size, color, breed or sex. At Faraway Inn we love all good natured respectful pets and their people. Love and sloppy wet licks for the New Year!
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Property: Faraway Inn
Address: 847 3rd St, PO Box 370, Cedar Key, FL 32625-5045
Location: United States > Florida > Cedar Key
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Cedar Key
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Guests enjoy free use of canoes,kayaks, bicycles, grills, wifi, movies, books, games and more. Golf cart rentals available for our guests. We are located in a residential area within a 5 minute walk to down town and Dock Street. We are very pet friendly with no size or breed restrictions on dogs. We have ample boat parking/rinsing on site. Clean, comfortable, ground floor motel units and cottages equipped with a minimum of fridge, micro, coffee maker, toaster, cable, heat/air/fans. All pets are welcome as long as their humans are well behaved. Your stay helps to support mom and pop business and four local households and our community volunteer Trap Neuter Return program. Thank you for viewing our site and considering your stay with us. Faraway Inn was built in the early 1950's on the original site of the 19th Century Eagle Pencil Company Cedar Mill. ... more   less 
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