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Places to Stay

Grady House Bed and Breakfast

Consistently rated one of north-central Florida’s finest bed-and-breakfasts, Grady House is just a short, tree-lined walk from downtown’s shops and restaurants. This large, two-story home has been carefully restored to its original perfection. Each of its rooms has its own unique decor. Guests are free to enjoy the spacious front porch, sitting and dining rooms and beautiful gardens. Visit Grady House Website.

Rustic Inn Bed and Breakfast

Affordable and out of the way, the Rustic Inn combines a bed and breakfast with being close to nature. Each of the uniquely appointed 400-square-foot rooms is based on nature themes. All rooms have a coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, a private bath with tub and shower, and a private entrance. Visit Rustic Inn Website.

High Springs Country Inn

In the days before I-75, US-441 was a main route for travelers coming to Florida. Numerous mom-and-pop motels sprang up during the 40s and 50s to meet the demand. Most are gone now, with the exception of a handful of places such as the Country Inn, which has been lovingly restored and maintained. The Country Inn is quiet, and affordable. Wireless Internet provided. Visit High Springs Country Inn Website.

Cadillac Motel

Another carefully maintained property from the heyday of non-interstate-highway travel, a stay at the Cadillac is like traveling back in time (albeit with in-room Internet access). Park right in front of your room; there are no stairs to climb or elevators to take. Alice’s Parkside Restaurant is an easy walk, as is the downtown shopping district. More….

AirBNB

 

Looking for a comfortable and affordable vacation rental in the High Springs area? (Or anywhere else in the world, for that matter.) AirBNB makes it easy. Just enter your arrival date, departure date and other requirements; AirBNB will tell you what’s available, list price ranges and show you pictures of the properties. And, of course, you can book right on line.

Additional Vacation Rental Properties

Places to Eat

Great Outdoors Cafe and Spring House Tavern

Unquestionably the area’s finest dining, the Great Outdoors is housed in the historic Opera House at 1st Avenue and Main Street. Dark wood paneling accents the high-ceilinged dining area, and the walls are decorated with the nature and underwater photography of John Moran and Wes Skiles. The chef has created a menu of outstanding dishes, unlike what you will find anywhere else. The Spring House Tavern offers Naked Ed’s Pale Ale and other micro brews. Visit GreatOutdoorsDining.

The Pink Flamingo Diner

A prominent landmark on US-441, this diner has that awesome retro feel all 1950s style diners need. Their menu is huge with a lot of options and big portions. They feature your typical diner fare and more. Check out their specials written on the wall. Visit The Diner on Facebook.

True Blue Cafe

Breakfast and lunch all day. Everything made with fresh local produce. All home made. Huge portions. Independently owned and operated. call ahead for an excellent, delicious lunch for your next river trip. One of three restaurants on the corner of 1st Avenue and Main Street. Visit True Blue Cafe on Facebook.

Pizza 2 Go

Authentic italian cuisine made fresh daily. Wings, soups, salads, pasta, pizza, calzones and much, much more. One of three restaurants on the corner of 1st Avenue and Main Street. Visit Pizza2Go.com.

Alice’s Parkside Restaurant

Although open all day, Alice’s is the choice for breakfast for many area residents. The all-American menus conveys this establishment’s distinctly local flavor. Alice’s is easy to find: It’s on 441 right across from the ball field. Visit Alice’s at Zomato.com.

Bev’s Burger Cafe

“Tried to amend my carnivorous habits, made it nearly 70 days…” When you just gotta have a traditional American burger and fries, this is the place. Located on US-441, a quarter mile east of the traffic light. Visit Bev’s Burger Cafe at Zomato.com.

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Things to See and Do

O’Leno State Park

O’Leno State Park is best known as the place where the entire Santa Fe River disappears under ground for two miles before surfacing again at River Rise. The park itself comprises several square miles, crisscrossed with trails for hiking and off-road bicycling. The original town of O’Leno was built around a water-driven grist mill. The town all but disappeared in the late 1800s; most of the park’s current facilities were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s — most notably a breathtaking suspension bridge. Campsites available. Visit O’Leno State Park Website.

Downtown High Springs

Most of the buildings in downtown High Springs date from the late 1800s and early 1900s, when the town was the railroading capitol of north-central Florida. Today visitors will find a delightful assortment of specialty shops and restaurants. Among downtown’s most prominent draws are the many antiques shops, offering a glimpse back to an era when steam locomotives filled Main Street’s busy railroad crossing. The High Springs Chamber of Commerce website lists a number of regular events and activities, such as the weekly farmers market and annual Pioneer Days celebration. Visit High Springs Chamber website.

Poe Springs Park

Poe Springs is a 202-acre public park filled with scenic woodlands and rolling fields, located along the banks of the Santa Fe River. Poe Spring itself is one of the area’s largest spring, pumping 45 million gallons of cool, refreshing water daily. The park features fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, and picnicking. There are volleyball courts and large fields for other recreational activities. The shallow water makes it kid-friendly. Camping is permitted through special arrangements with the park office (no pets or alcohol are allowed). Visit Poe Springs Website.

Ginnie Springs

Ginnie Springs is the area’s largest attraction, drawing thousands of visitors annually. This private park consists of seven, crystal-clear springs, lining the south bank of the Santa Fe River. The park is the area’s largest campground, and features volleyball courts, warm bathhouses and a fully-stocked general store. Ginnie Springs is very popular among scuba divers, snorkelers and tubers, who take advantage of both the springs and river. It is also a designated pick-up point for Canoe Outpost excursions. Visit Ginnie Springs Website.

Ichetucknee Springs State Park

The crystal-clear Ichetucknee River flows six miles before joining the Santa Fe River. It is the number one tubing destination in the region. In addition to tubing, visitors can enjoy picnicking, snorkeling, canoeing, swimming, hiking and wildlife viewing. Picnic areas, equipped with tables and grills, are available. A concession offers food and refreshments from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Tubes and snorkeling equipment can be rented from private vendors outside the park. Visit Ichetucknee State Park Website.

Suwannee River Greenway at Branford

The road bed of the Savannah, Florida and Western Railroad between Fort White and Branford has been converted into one of the area’s longest paved bike trails. Starting in Fort White, the trail parallels the south side of US-27 for 13.5 miles, across the Ichetucknee, and on to Branford. At Ivey Park, it turns north for an additional 3.1 miles to CR-248. Here it is just another 1.9 miles down this quiet country road to Little River Spring on the banks of the Suwannee.

Additional Gainesville Area Attractions

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