Monday, February 19, 2024
Sunday, February 18, 2024
Homosassa Springs, Florida, is not only renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty but also boasts a diverse culinary scene that caters to every palate. From waterfront seafood joints to vibrant bars with unique twists, the area offers a range of dining options. Here are ten great places to savor delicious meals and create memorable dining experiences while you're in town!:
Indulge in New American cuisine at Wallace’s, a charming restaurant with a cozy atmosphere. With outdoor seating options, this spot is perfect for a delightful meal surrounded by nature.
Experience the local vibe at Florida Cracker Monkey Bar, known for its decent specials, local brews, and tasty pizza. This bar is a great place to unwind and enjoy flavorful bites until late in the evening.
For a quintessential Florida experience, head to The Freezer Tiki Bar. This dive bar offers waterfront dining, fresh seafood, and a laid-back atmosphere. Enjoy the cool breeze and indulge in the best Florida has to offer. A best-kept secret (and the cocktail sauce for the steamed shrimp is amazing!)
4. Wild Sassa
Embark on a culinary adventure at Wild Sassa, a food truck delighting patrons with fresh and made-to-order seafood and tacos. Sit at outdoor tables and enjoy river views as you savor the flavors of Homosassa. Right across from Shelly's Seafood Market.
Experience Southern and American cuisine at its finest at Socos House of Eats. Run by the accommodating owner Sally, this restaurant promises a delightful culinary journey.
Immerse yourself in the old-school waterfront charm of The Crab Plant. With friendly service and fresh seafood, this restaurant offers a nostalgic dining experience by the river.
Indulge in the best grouper in town at Seafood Seller & Cafe. With fast and friendly service, this spot is a seafood lover's paradise, offering Cajun/Creole and American flavors.
Enjoy a weeknight dinner at Marguerita Grill, a local spot with indoor and patio seating. The patio, overlooking the water, provides a picturesque setting to relish your meal.
Following a recommendation from a manatee snorkeling tour guide, try Waterfront Social for delectable seafood. The barbeque options and inviting atmosphere make it a must-visit spot.
Discover the culinary excellence at Seagrass Waterfront, a veteran-owned business with a clean ambiance and attentive servers. Enjoy seafood, New American dishes, and refreshing Tiki Bar offerings.
Homosassa Springs' culinary scene is as diverse as its natural attractions, making it a haven for food enthusiasts seeking a delightful blend of flavors and atmospheres. Whether you're into seafood by the river, Southern comfort, or local bar vibes, these ten dining spots are the best of the best!
Saturday, February 17, 2024
Discover the Charms of Homosassa Springs: A Guide for Attendees of the 10th Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat
Welcome to Homosassa Springs, the host town for the 10th Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat at the Hampton House in Old Homosassa. Embraced by the rich history of an original Florida fishing village, Homosassa offers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural experiences for attendees to explore.
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park: A Natural Wonder
The focal point of Homosassa is the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, featuring the breathtaking Homosassa Spring—a second magnitude spring known for attracting manatees, various fish species, and wildlife enthusiasts. The Fishbowl Observatory provides a submerged perspective without having to dive in (although that's fun, too!) offering a unique view of the aquatic ecosystem. Manatee season is November 15 to March 31, and we often have many sightings during the retreat, so watch the river!
Accommodations and Waterfront Adventures
Old Homosassa's waterfront, home to the Hampton House and other prominent resorts like Florida Cracker Riverside, MacRae’s, and Seagrass Waterfront, provides comfortable lodging and an ideal starting point for riverfront adventures. The area is renowned for its vibrant fishing community, with easy access to fresh seafood markets such as Shelley’s Seafood and Fish Market and the Cedar Key Fish and Oyster Company. Be sure to check out all the culinary delights, as well as the art galleries along Yulee Drive, showcasing local talent.
Outdoor Enthusiasts: Boating and Paddling Paradise
For those with an affinity for boating and paddling, Homosassa is a haven. The Halls River, with its meandering course through marsh and estuary, presents numerous fishing opportunities and a chance to witness the diverse wildlife in the region. Manatee tours are available from the local marinas.
Homosassa Springs welcomes attendees of the 10th Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat with a blend of natural wonders, cultural experiences, and outdoor adventures. From the captivating Homosassa Spring to the vibrant waterfront and special attractions, Homosassa offers a diverse and enriching experience for all. Enjoy your stay in this Gulf Coast gem and watch for more posts this week!
Sunday, January 28, 2024
Celebrate a Decade of Musical Fun at the 10th Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat
It's that time of the year again – the 10th Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat is just around the corner! Hosted by Folkcraft Instruments, this musical celebration promises to be an unforgettable experience for dulcimer enthusiasts and music lovers alike. Set against the picturesque backdrop of The Hampton House, a 2-acre estate on the Homosassa River in Homosassa Springs, Florida, the retreat is scheduled from February 22nd to 25th, 2024.
What to Expect
Get ready for four days filled with workshops, jam sessions, and musical camaraderie featuring renowned instructors Richard Ash, Bing Futch, and Guy & Sharrie George. The retreat offers a diverse range of classes covering mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, pennywhistle, steel drum, ukulele, Native American flute, and repertoire-building – ensuring there's something for everyone.
New this year are special instructor Deep-Dives held in the game room upstairs. These intimate sessions provide a unique opportunity to delve deeper into specific topics with the experts. Additionally, the retreat will continue its tradition of themed mimosa and margarita jams, adding a special sangria and Cheeseburgers-in-Paradise jam for opening night, creating an atmosphere that blends learning with relaxation. The grand finale will be a Saturday evening concert featuring the Manatee Orchestra as the opening act, with a chance for attendees to join in on the musical celebration.
To secure your spot at this milestone event, registration is essential. The retreat offers flexible options to accommodate your schedule and preferences:
All-Inclusive Four-Day Pass: $299
Two-Day Pass (Friday and Saturday): $179
Single-Day Pass (Friday or Saturday): $99
It's important to note that the registration is limited to 65 attendees, and the slots are filling up fast. To avoid missing out on a decade of musical fun in beautiful Old Florida, make sure to register promptly.
How to Register
Register at www.GulfCoastDulcimer.com.
Join the Celebration!
Whether you're a seasoned dulcimer player or a music enthusiast looking to broaden your horizons, the 10th Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat promises an immersive and celebratory experience. Come join Richard & Aly, Bing & Jae, and Guy & Sharrie for a weekend filled with music, learning, and memories that will last a lifetime. We look forward to seeing you at The Hampton House for this special musical milestone!
Thursday, January 11, 2024
Happy New Year!
It's officially 2024, and we're just a little over a month away from our 10th Annual Florida Gulf Coast Dulcimer Retreat, sponsored by Folkcraft Instruments!
February 22nd through 25th, we'll be at Hampton House, our 2-acre estate on the Homosassa River in Homosassa Springs, Florida for workshops with Richard Ash, Bing Futch, and Guy & Sharrie George.
We're teaching mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, pennywhistle, steel drum, ukulele, Native American flute, repertoire-building, and more! New this year will be special instructor Deep-Dives in the game room upstairs, and we'll once again be having themed mimosa and margarita jams, plus our concert which features the Manatee Orchestra as the opener (and you can join in!)
We are approaching our maximum registration number of 65 attendees, so don't delay or you'll miss out on celebrating a decade of musical fun with us in beautiful Old Florida!
Contact Jae Futch with any questions - we look forward to seeing you!
Richard & Aly, Bing & Jae, and Guy & Sharrie