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Frequently Asked Questions
Q Where is Cedar Key?
A First of all, it's not in the "Florida Keys". If you were looking for "Key West", you may have found just what you were looking for...Only closer, less traffic, true island time living! Cedar Key today is what "Key West" was 40 years ago. Cedar Key is an island "city" of approx 800 residents, located about 3 miles out into the Gulf and is approximately 125 miles North of Tampa International Airport and 60 miles West of Gainesville (Home of the Gators!).
Q What is the difference between a Bed and Breakfast and other types of lodging such as: Inns, Hotels and Motels?
A A Bed & Breakfast is typically more homey and intimate than a Hotel or Motel. Guests tend to talk to each other and have a desire to get to know each other. Usually the rooms contain antiques and very comfortable beds. Motels and Hotels may or may not serve a continental breakfast...Bed and Breakfasts usually serve a sit down hot gourmet home cooked breakfast such as: Baked French Toast, Pancakes, Egg dishes (omlettes etc)...At Cedar Key Bed & Breakfast...That's exactly what we do...We want you to feel at home...But...We do the clean-up and the dishes! We serve a different sumptuous breakfast each morning to you at your own table. We have lots of antiques, beautiful rooms all with ceiling fans and central air, private baths and the most comfortable beds this side of Heaven!
Q Do you have TV's, DVD's or VCR's available for guest use?
A We have TV's and DVD players in all rooms.
Q Do you have internet access?
A Yes we do have a WI-FI internet access within the main B&B property and the "Sunrise" suite! We have installed a wireless access point which allows a compatible wireless laptop access to the internet.
Q Can I bring my pet(s)?
A Yes, but please call ahead if you have a pet, we can often accomodate you if you are traveling with a pet...We are happy to share our kitty - Skippy - not to mention our world famous Cabella catalog model, Sweet Pea - a 70 lb Lab mix and Sarah, our Golden Retriever (Both are rescues).
Q Do you allow children?
A Yes, but B & B's are not really appropriate for small children...Especially "Toddlers"...We just have too many antiques and breakable items...Our rooms and property is just not "Toddler-proofed". Howerver, we do allow well behaved children. We've even had infants of one year or less and have thoroughly enjoyed them. You know your baby and your children the best...We do love children...Please call ahead if you intend to bring children (Children 11 and under stay and eat free!).
Q Are there attractions we can see on the way in?
A There are several natural springs where you can swim with the Manatees (Crystal River, Manatee Springs, Hommassassa Springs, Blue Grotto (Williston) and others). If you enjoy Scuba diving...You will love diving and exploring the many underwater caves found in the natural springs in the area around the Suwannee River. Check out our links on our "Property Tour" and "Things to Do" page. Dakota Winery is located just North of Chiefland on Rt 19...About 35 minutes from the B&B.
Q What can I expect as I drive West on Route 24?
A The drive from the junction of route 19 & 24 takes you through about 20 miles of wilderness...The Waccasassa Bay State Forest. Cedar Key is connected by several smaller islands. The Gulf surrounding the islands is tidal and depending on the time you come in, you may see water or you may see mud flats with Oyster mounds. The islands forming the "keys" are mostly made of Oyster shells.
Q What is Cedar Key famous for?
A Cedar Key was one of the first seaports in Florida. It's the 2nd Oldest city in Florida. Today it is famous for it's clam farming…And take it from Alice and me (we are from Connecticut and love steamers and seafood) …The Cedar Key clams and Oysters are FABULOUS! Cedar Key has many outstanding seafood restaurants. Cedar Key residents and visitors enjoy a slow paced way of life. Whether you are driving around town in a “Gulf Cart” (Gulf Carts,Scooters and Bicyles can be rented in town - We have (2) for guest use at the B&B) or walking, you can always feel free to stop and chat with one of the locals or take in the sights. Enjoy a boat tour with Tide Water Tours or the Island Hopper. The local fishing captains will find you your catch of Trout, Red Fish, Spainish Mackerel, on the "flats" or venture out in deeper water for Grouper, Tarpin, Cobia, or Shark fishing. Kayaking is very popular on the island. There are many outer uninhabited islands that are easily accessible by kayak, small sail boats such as a "Sunfish" or other types of small craft (Kayaks & small power boats are available for rent in town). Cedar Key has an interesting history and you can learn about our history at the (2) museums in town. Just to give you an idea as to how “laid back” Cedar Key is…The town actually comes to a standstill at sunset…The sunsets are spectacular…Be sure to bring your cameras. There are many little shops along Second and Dock Streets. Many of the shops feature the crafts of local artisans…You are sure to find just the right something to bring home to your friends and family. After the shopping, kayaking, exploring and eating…You'll enjoy sitting on the veranda overlooking our private fenced in yard, sipping a beverage, snacking on some of our yummy homemade cookies from our “bottomless cookie jar”. This is a great time to just unwind or spend some time getting to know some new found friends.
Q What is the town of Cedar Key like?
A Ever wake up, go through your work routine and then realize it's your day off? That feeling is what Cedar Key is like. Wanna come visit and see? :-)
Q What kind of clothes should I bring?
A I would suggest checking the "Current Conditions" page - Since the closest weather observation is in Cross City on the mainland…And Cedar Key is about 4 miles out in the Gulf…The general rule is: Summertime we are 5 -10% cooler. Wintertime we tend to be 5 - 10% warmer. Of course you can call us with any questions you may have…We'd love speaking with you.
Q Can I arrange for a massage therapist?
A Absolutely! We can recommend a professional massage therapist either in-room, or at their location.
Snake Key is one of several uninhabited barrier islands off of Cedar Key (accessible by boat only)
Claim your island and enjoy your own "Robinson and Crusoe" adventure!
Call us at 352-543-9000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org