Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tallahassee Hidden Spots Part 1

Occasionally, I spend good amounts of time writing comments, emails, and other communications online that don't end up anywhere else. But just now I figured, if I'm going to do all this work, I might as well slap it into a quick blog post.

I've always wanted to blog stuff about Tallahassee's Hidden Spots. Too many times, I hear from people moving here from bigger cities complaining that TLH is pretty boring. I'll admit that it's no NYC in terms of nonstop things available, but if you start poking in different directions, you'll see that Tallahassee starts to give way into a deeper world of arts, parks, restaurants, and just plain old weird places.

Anyway, I found this blog today and wrote up a comment with suggestions on places that Tallahassee has to offer. So here's the short list (predicated on the notion that I will do a more robust list at a later [probably much, much later] date):

Ochlockonee River State Park – A bit of a drive, but worth it. Near Sopchoppy, beautiful.

St. George Island – A longer drive, but still worth it. Pristine white beaches.

Lake Talquin State Park – Big lake, but this is the best spot to view it from what I’ve seen so far.

Hamaknockers BBQ – Best BBQ I’ve had around these parts.

Silver Lake – There’s also a chain of lakes out here linked by dirt roads. Good for stargazing because there’s no light pollution out there.

Lake Jackson Indian Mounds

Samrat – Good Indian food.

Five years ago I would have added Sunland (an abandoned children’s hospital), Vinyl Fever (THE record shop), and Rice Bowl (an awesome Thai / Chinese / Japanese restaurant) but all those places have gone away.

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