When my sister, Olivia, had spring break a couple of weeks ago, she headed in town to spend it with family and a few friends. My mom and I both decided to take a mid-week day off from work to head over to Apalachicola to shop and sightsee with her.
Apalachicola is a pint-sized town, located on the Apalachicola Bay and at the mouth of the Apalachicola River. It is famous for the Apalachicola Bay oyster. I know...oysters are a love 'em or leave 'em kind of item, but, around here, we are a love them family. We've been scarfing them down regularly, thank you very much.
We destroyed these this past Friday night.
Apalachicola has relied on its prime location along the Gulf for a long time. In fact, it was once the third largest cotton port in the United States. Today, it's fishing and shrimping industry keep it on the map, along with the many historical homes and buildings that line the waterfront and are scattered throughout the town. Many of these buildings have been or are in the process of being restored, and it was so fun to walk around and visit the little shops in the area.
The highlight of the day was, of course, lunch! We ate at the Owl Cafe, a very well-known, prominent spot in the middle of downtown. The lunch hour fills up quickly, and we had to wait a while to be seated. Always a good sign when looking for a great place to eat! I ordered gator and pork sausage served over grit cake, which is basically just pan-fried, block-style grits. I cannot even begin to describe how delicious it was! If you're ever in town, I highly recommend it!!
We spent the rest of the day wandering through town, shopping and chatting. It was perfect. We ended the day by driving over to St. George Island, which is a few miles down the road from Apalachicola.
Summer is only a short nine work weeks away, and I'm counting down like crazy! I'm hoping to get more great day trips like this under my belt!
This is just trip number one. More to come!!