|Property type||house boat|
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
This property is a unique and well appointed floating condo with all updated features. It has two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and the other with a double bed. There is 1.5 bathrooms which share a shower but still retain complete privacy for each bedroom's occupants. The kitchen has all of the features of a modern home such as a full size refrigerator, new stove and microwave. Small appliances include a coffee maker (coffee provided), blender, toaster, electric can opener along with dishes and glasses and more. The kitchen surfaces are solid Corian with indoor dining seating available for 4. All furnishings are very upscale. The art features a local artist, Tom Tiffin, who has captured a very authentic portrayal of a local shrimp fishing boat. The best feature is the large front porch which offers a spectacular views of both sunrises by looking to the right and sunsets on your left. There are always either boats, fish or birds to view from your porch. Today, I saw 2 dolphins swim by. This area includes seating for 6.. The all electric 950 sq. ft. houseboat offers all of the modern systems including an easily controlled air conditioner/heating system It has an aluminum hull and is surrounded by a new floating dock system which makes getting off and on a breeze. A comfortable temperature can be maintained at all times of the year by merely opening the front and back doors to the river breezes. This is indeed a wonderful way to spend a relaxing and comfortable vacation.
My husband and I fell in love with Apalachicola a couple of years ago and decided to make it our home. We have spent the last 20 years renovating our 1850s Victorian home along with raising our 2 sons. We are avid history buffs and have only begun to research the historical importance of the Florida panhandle. While my husband is still working full time as a Construction Official for a town of 65,000, I am spending much of my time in Apalachicola after retiring from a 30 year banking career as a Commercial Lending Officer.
Karen Hoff purchased this house boat in 2013
After renting the Reelaxation (the sister houseboat to the Southern Comfort), I found that staying aboard a houseboat was so relaxing that I wanted to spend more time. The amount of activity going by on the water was so interesting from the commercial fishing boats going out for a successful trip to luxury yachts just out for fun. Watching the dolphins swim by, the pelicans perching on the nearby posts and birds of all varieties diving for their food, it is truly a never ending experience.
We chose this property for its sensational views of the sunrises and sunsets from the front porch. A relaxing afternoon floating on the houseboat while watching all of the activity or just enjoying the cool breezes with a good book. The location is ideal with easy walking to the area shops which feature local artists' work and a wonderful variety of local restaurants. The sandy beaches of St. George Island are only minutes away by car. There are several golf courses located in the area as well. But, of course, the best fishing is in Apalachicola with a variety of fishing guides such as Capt. Jimmy Maxwell, a fifth generation resident who offers a variety of tour options.
My husband and I had planned on bringing our boat for the week but decided that the weather might make traveling by water difficult. We found Southern Comfort" and have enjoyed being on the water as if on our boat. The home is very comfortable and spacious. The boats, pelicans, dolphins and otters are your closest neighbors! Sunrise is right on your front porch over the water, amazing. The lovely town of Apalachicola is walking distance from the back door!
We have lived in Florida for 20 years and had never been to Apalachicola. We picked the perfect place to stay in this adorable town! The houseboat is in a perfect location, walking distance to every place in town. The views are outstanding! We had planned to visit with another couple, but they were unable to join us. So it was just the two of us. Really, it is perfect for two and would be a bit crowded for four. The living areas are fine, but the bedrooms very small though quite comfortable. If you do go with four, pack very lightly and ENJOY! It is clean quiet, comfortable and we can't wait to go back for a longer stay!
Thank you, Karen, for another wonderful experience! This is our second time staying aboard one of your houseboats and each trip has been absolutely wonderful! The properties have been clean, well stocked and met our needs exactly. Stepping out the back door to be greeted by the morning flight of Black-crowned Night Herons up Scipio Creek, a Bald Eagle catching a mullet for breakfast, River Otters playing, literally, at your feet, the sun rising over the marsh - our very definition of paradise.
If Karen will have us, we will be back again.
We liked the location and the setup. The view of the river was great! We loved watching the boat traffic, the birds and the tide. Karen was attentive and able to answer all questions. Very nice time.
We were two couples that stayed for three nights on Karen's houseboat. The only negative were the size of the bedrooms; but then it is a house boat! The pluses...beautiful view of the river 6 inches from the back porch; watching the fish jump and all the variety of waterfowl...even caught fish right from the chaise lounge! Walking distance to anywhere in the downtown area for shopping, eating and enjoying some local entertainment. We're coming back and bringing a boat that Karen says we can dock right next to the houseboat! Great place to stay!
Karen's Houseboat was a wonderful fun experience with all the utility's and features you would expect with a home on land. Nicely furnished, very clean with 3 tvs, hbo stations, great kitchen well furnished. Right in the middle of the downtown activity with just a couple of blocks to great shopping and restaurants. Karen was very attentive and available during our stay. Nicely decorated and great for the three of us. Two nice bedrooms, two baths and a shared shower space in between. We loved it. Apalachiacola was a real gem to fine. We rented a boat, did a little fishing and a great tour up the river.
Apalachicola is a historic town dating back to the 1700s when it was one of the most active ports for the cotton trade behind New Orleans and Mobile. It has retained the historic homes and museums and many offer tours at various times during the year. My favorite is the Historic Homes Tour which is put on by Trinity Episcopal Church during the first weekend in May. In fact, Trinity has a long history and an interesting story. Apalachicola is world famous for their oysters and provides almost all of the oysters served in Florida. They are served in all local restaurants with the freshest being served right next door at Up The Creek Raw Bar Restaurant. Fishing is most desirable in the waters around Apalachicola. One of the best fishing guides is Capt. Jimmy Maxwell of Backwater Guide Services who also offers wonderful tours of the area and may pick you up right from your houseboat. Within the last several years, the town has developed into an active artistic community with a variety of styles offered around town. The local restaurants offer a variety of the freshest fish that I have ever tasted - often right off the local shrimp boats. The shopping options include resort clothing and antique shops. If the beach is your passion, then St. George Island is only 10 minutes away and has some of the most beautiful white sandy beaches in the state. In fact, it has recently been rated by Dr. Beach as the third best beach in the nation.
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