Monday, January 13, 2014

Small Town America - High Springs, Florida

One of my favorite things to do on the weekends of winter months, 
is to visit nearby small towns.

The small town of High Springs, Florida is only about an hour and a half from home
and did not disappoint a few weekends ago in experiencing small town America.

The old train depot sits on the edge of town.




It is a quaint little town with much to offer and Portland is only 2,955 miles away.



A small town of only 2 square blocks, making you feel like you have stepped back in time.







There are several nice antique shops in town.



Don't you just love the smell of an antique shop?



I thought this one was just picture perfect.




Across the street, this little outpost had lots of cool things,
and the lady there was so helpful in guiding us about coming back for a kayaking adventure in the spring.




I'm still sorry I didn't buy this jacket.
It spoke to my inner hippie.



Back across the street is a "sweet"  little bakery.



I enjoyed talking to the owner, Wendy Newman.
She was the real Talented Cookie.
She recently opened this bakery after successfully selling cookies by mail order from her home.
I always admire an entrepreneur.



There was a heavenly scent in this little bakery.
If I lived in this town, I know where I'd be stopping in every day.

You can find her on line at  The Talented Cookie  and on  facebook.








Another place you do not want to miss in this little town is The Great Outdoors Restaurant.
It is an old Opera House that was built in 1895.



It has beautiful stained glass and tin ceilings.
The wood canoe hanging from the ceiling is a thing of beauty




and the wood kayak is a sure conversation piece.
It is all surrounded by colorful art work of the nearby springs.



Here's what we had from the lunch menu:


Chicken Waldorf Salad Croissant - Fresh roasted chicken, glazed walnuts, sweet apple, and celery on a warm croissant 9.99
 Fish Reuben - Fresh Atlantic white fish deep fried, American Cheese, tangy coleslaw,
and caper tartar sauce on griddled sourdough bread 9.99
The Ultimate BLT - "Fried Green Tomatoes," Applewood bacon, crisp Romaine and American cheese on griddled Texas toast with Cajun aioli 9.99
 each served with homemade chips and a pickle. 

Mmmmmm.



The New York Cheesecake did not disappoint either.

They also have patio dining and live music in the evenings.
This restaurant was well worth the drive.




What's a small town without a barber shop?
Am I the only one who loves to see an old barber's pole?
Somewhere inside, I picture Floyd talking slow and passing the time.





What's not to love about an old Hardware Store with a little yard sale out front?






Add a pretty church at the edge of town, and you'll be wondering if you really are in Mayberry.




There are many springs in the area, but with the days being so short now, we only
made it to two of them.




Poe Springs had a large picnic area and a nice boardwalk out to the springs.





The cypress knots were strangely fascinating.







I can't wait to come back to do some kayaking in these springs.






We also made a quick run through O'Leno State Park.



Another peaceful place I would like to come back to spend more time in the kayak.




We even saw a few friends on the entrance road.




And then I saw it......................
As we were heading home, right there, tucked next to I 75, ......
 The biggest hootin' nanny antique mall my eyes did ever behold.
She seemed to stretch for a country mile.  I couldn't even fit it all in the photo!





I have never seen anything like it!


Instead of just booths, everything was grouped together.
It was like....like,.... an ANTIQUE HEAVEN!!
rolling pins, scales,




bottles, planters, each color glassware all grouped together.



walls of Flo Blue china...

a whole section of reproductions...


row after row of stained glass...


and in the midst of it all, there was this;
my first canister set from Sears Roebuck & Co., 1978, Merry Mushrooms.
I had every piece of this gorgeous set.  I don't know why, but I sure thought it was pretty then. 



Half way through the second lap of this mall, my husband got the, How much longer can she
look at this stuff? look, and I knew it was time to go home.

I know you're wondering what I bought.  I really was a good girl and didn't buy much at all.

It was a "social shopping trip."  Antique shopping is like that, you look for treasures but most of all, you
just like being surrounded by antiques.


From the antique mall, I only bought 3 red wood handle utensils to add to my collection.
There was a whole wall full of these, 1.95 - 3.95 each.
From an antique shop back in High Springs I bought the oil lamp to add to my collection 6.00.
The aluminum salt and pepper shakers were found at a Thrift Store in High Springs 3.00.
It was a fun day.  
Quality time.  Quality shopping.
Small town America.
I miss Mayberry.
Don't you?




3 comments:

  1. Wow, what a fun blog post. I live on the other side of the US, so this was especially fun for me to see another part of our country. Your pix are wonderful. I enjoyed the journey!
    Thanks,
    Linda

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  2. I live in Orlando and had no idea where High Springs Florida was. I guess I had never heard of it because it is only 2 blocks long. Oh what fun the antique shop looked.....Guess what....That was my first canister set too...Oh yes, mushrooms were cool...Wait, they are cool again

    Carol

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  3. Oh what a great post! I read most of it to my hubby and we talked about the parks you went to. We go up to Gainesville pretty often so we'll have to go up to those parks, too. It would be fun to see some of what you saw...especially the cute downtown area. It's fun to visit you! You have a beautiful blog!

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