You can tour the empty, echoing halls of government, climbing tier after tier of steps or, if you go to Tallahassee, Florida, you can see native wildlife - bears, buzzards, eagles, fox, wolves, panthers, gators and more - in its native habitat; experience an Apalachee council house and joint native and Spanish settlement at Mission San Luis; and relive the days of Prohibition in a modern-day speakeasy, complete with secret password and passageways.
|Gator territory at Tallahassee Museum. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Along the way, you'll find excellent food, from country store to produce market, sophisticated restaurants to a kick-back oyster bar and every variation in between. Seafood comes from local rivers and the nearby Gulf of Mexico, produce from area farms, recipes from great grandmothers to high-Gucci chefs.
A recent press trip opened my eyes to the capitol fun to be had there and I wanted to share.
Tip: Levelers, Tallahassee is one of the few cities in Florida with hills so you will encounter elevation changes and steps. However, elevation shifts are relatively minor and flights tend to be short and accompanied by ramps and/or elevators.
|Museum of Florida History. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Treasures from storm-wrecked Spanish Galleons, Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Civil war tent. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Easy walks through swamps and wild animal habitat. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Can you find the crankcase? Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|More balance challenge than zip. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Warning: "Zip" stuff is not recommended for Levelers; otherwise, although there is a lot of walking, it's on the level with plenty of reasons to stop and sit a bit.
|Apalachee Council House. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Firing demonstration at the Spanish fort attached to Mission San Luis. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Goodwood Plantation. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Neo-classical pool pavillon. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Tip: You will encounter a short set of stairs getting in and one flight of stairs inside the house and the gardens are level.
Where to Eat/Drink
|Lobster too? Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Lobster and biscuits. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|View from Level 8. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Pecan crusted red grouper, bourbon-smashed sweet potatoes, collards and pot likker, Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Beef brisket from Avenue Eat and Drink.|
|My pork dish was delish. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Preparing the absinthe. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Want beer, oysters and a jolly atmosphere with absolutely no pretensions? Try the Aphrodesiac Oyster Shack. Trivia, comedy, karaoke and trash cinema nights are served along with fresh Apalachicola oysters, burgers and other bar fare.
Food memories to take home.
|Tomato Land for take-home fare. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|The drive to Bradley's. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Bradley's Country Store, sausage central. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
"Nothing's finer than to sit in a rocking chair on the front porch with a sausage dog in one hand and a cold drink in the other," said one otherwise sophisticated devotee.
Worked for me.