The name comes from esteenhatchee which means River of Men and it's one of those places that when you're there, you're there. Not a lot else is nearby and, like a lot of older Gulf communities it isn't connected by roads along the coast. You have to drive through miles of pine uplands to the main road to go from one community to another.
You probably won't want to go anywhere else with food, fishing, swimming and updated old-style charm all on the level. It's the kind of place you can turn the dogs and the kids loose to explore, rock on the porch (or work out in the spiffy gym) then gather all for a cookout.
And, he says, "I did everything I could to save every tree possible,"
Tip: Many of the two-story units have master suites on the first floor but you'll have to plan ahead because they are the most popular. No surprise to us Levelers, right?
There are boats for the fisherman who don't bring their own and a 16-passenger pontoon boat for groups who just want to putter around. Canoes and kayaks too, plus cleaning facilities for your catch.
If you travel in groups, there are meeting and banquet facilities. Brides love the Dancing Waters Chapel and their photographers love the many romantic backgrounds.
Memories and traditions take root here. Many families vacation at Steinhatchee every year. First-timers are likely to make friends they'll want to gather with again next year.
A mile or so away in Steinhatchee itself are several restaurants that specialize in fresh local seafood.
The Landing's Welcome Center serves an expanded continental breakfast in the morning and by the end of your stay, chances are you'll be wandering over in your bathrobe like many of your other neighbors.
It's that kind of place.
Tip: From Sept. 11 through Jan. 30, 2010 (including the Christmas holidays but not Thanksgiving), travelers who stay four or more nights in a one- to four-bedroom cottage save 50 percent. To book this special, call 800-584-1709 or visit www.steinhatcheelanding.com. Tell them you want the "Fall 50" when you book.