|Property type||house boat|
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
For an exotic and lifelong experience, come stay on The Reelaxation Houseboat, conveniently docked in Apalachicola Florida. Wake up to the sunrise peering through your bedroom window and step outside to see the shrimp boats coming in with their daily catch. Grab your morning coffee and sit on your screened porch to enjoy a wide variety of activity pass by. Watch the pair of dolphins swim by, a family of ducks sunning themselves and birds diving for their breakfast. It is a short walk to the Historic Downtown Apalachicola, featuring a bevy of shops, stores, and galleries.
The Reelaxation was built from native woods by a local fishing Captain. It features a wide open living area, recently equipped with WIFI, cable television and a fully stocked kitchen. All towels, and sheets are provided onboard. The dock is just a short stroll away from the gem of the 'Forgotten Coast'. Plan your vacation today, and experience a memory not soon to be forgotten.
Karen and Joe Hoff purchased this Houseboat in late 2012. After spending 20 years restoring an 1850s Italianate home, they full in love with Apalachicola and its unique historic architecture. These history buffs spent a weekend aboard the Reelaxation and are now committed to providing a relaxing and comfortable experience for you.
Karen Hoff purchased this house boat in 2012
While Florida plays host to Disney World, Miami, and the Florida Keys, Apalachicola boast its own style and is laid back and unpretentious. Enjoy Oysters ten feet away at a local Raw Bar, or walk ten minutes to enjoy the local culture and restaurants. The real attraction to Apalachicola is a town that embodies Florida in the 50's.
Located on the Apalachicola River within close proximity to Apalachicola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, the views from every window are breathtaking. The front screened porch offers close up constantly changing scenery including dolphins, turtles, birds and an occasional alligator! Let us know if we can arrange to have a fishing guide pick you up from your houseboat!
We had a wonderf getaway in Reelaxation. The rustic feel of a cabin right on the water is the best of both worlds.
We did not have a pleasant experience as we had asked about getting on and off with a wheelchair and were told that we could. It was very narrow and had about an 18 inch step down from the ramp to dock. The access in and out of the boat were also very difficult and needed a
build up of planks on both sides. We switched to another boat and that one was seriously the most uncomfortable sleeping accommodations ever experienced and cost an extra two hundred dollars to do that. Never again......not at all what we expected.
Staying on Apalachicola Bay in Reelaxation was just fabulous! It is very cozy and cabin-like. I could do without the animal heads, but I am not a hunter and am vegetarian. The back screened in porch and deck were the real place to be in the evening, and we were treated to several beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
I was surprised that there is not much motion in the boat. The only time it barely moved was when a huge shrimper went by rather close, but otherwise, it is calm.
The accommodations were very comfortable including the bed, and the furniture in the main room. The bathroom and kitchen were cozy and clean. The only thing that I feel needs replacing is a cushion on the screened porch, but it was no big deal, I just didn't sit there.
Finally, Apalachicola itself is a sweet little historical town. They have their own microbrewery, and several good restaurants. There is only one place for breakfast, and the food is great, but service is extremely slow, so much so that we went back across the bridge to St. George Island a couple of times to eat breakfast, but the lunch and dinner venues are very good. Of course, you could always eat breakfast at the houseboat if you wanted. There is a Piggly Wiggley grocery store nearby.
The carpets there roll up at about 8pm, so if you are looking for a peaceful vacation with shops and historical houses during the day, it is the place for you. I want to definitely go back.
Very comfortable and delightful to sit on back deck and watch fish and boats.
Reelaxation is fashioned as a log cabin with rustic sportsman decor and wood paneling and wood floors situated in a small marina along the Alapachicola river meer blocks from the center of town. Karen was a gracious hostess. The houseboat was appointed with coffee, a coffee pot and full kitchen with a gas stove and oven. We chose this houseboat over another option because the couch looked more comfortable for watching movies or TV at the end of the day and it was. The coffee table was a delightful piece made entirely from driftwood. The screened in porch was good for combatting the insects but there was also an outer porch from which to fish or launch paddle boards or kayaks. If desired, we could have had a local river Captain pick us up on the front porch for an excursion upriver to explore the area. There is good wifi available and cable TV in both the bedroom and living room. The couch folds out into a rather comfortable second bed. An additional perk is that the small marina is situated only a few blocks from downtown and we walked to our meals. Also, right next door is an oyster bar also overlooking the river with a good view. Quiet hours start at 9 pm so there was no noise to speak of. Unfortunately, the residence sustained some water damage and the wood floors were buckled and very uneven. We were able to negotiate the hazard without injury but anyone with impaired mobility should ensure the floors have been fixed before renting this particular place. There are no outlets in the bathroom so I found another mirror with an outlet where my blow dryer cord would reach. The entire residence is cooled by a window A/C unit so the doors to the bathroom must remain open to cool the bedroom, e.g. no privacy in the bedroom if you want cool air.
We have stayed at the Reelaxation for three years in a row now, and love it more each year! Air conditioning worked BEAUTIFULLY and was really key, as most days were in the 90's. Great to be able to launch our kayaks right from the house- and Karen even had one that our son was able to borrow while he was with us! First evening we were treated to dolphins and manatees swimming by. Beautiful osprey nest across the bay in the old lookout tower- remember to bring your binoculars! Caught red fish and trout daily and cooked them in the wonderfully appointed kitchen. Truly a dream vacation!
Apalachicola is world renowned for our Oysters & fresh seafood. We also boast an unmatched shallow water fishery with our healthy estuary and good offshore fishing as well. For the best fishing guide contact Capt. Jimmy Maxwell, Backwater Guide Service at 850-899-0063. St. George Island is our beach - it is unspoiled and low key family friendly. Visit our many restaurants - many will prepare your cleaned catch - and enjoy our local shopping district.
There is no monthly rental option on this property.
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.