A Cabin in the Woods: Lafayette Blue Springs

This time we’re recommending glamping. That’s camping, for those of us who love the outdoors and nature— and air conditioning, beds/bedrooms, full kitchens, and a screened porch to enjoy the deep-woods ambiance. Take your pick: the hanging porch swing, one of four rocking chairs, or the picnic table, all enclosed on a wraparound screened porch.

Several of Florida’s state parks offer cabins for rentals, at about $100/night. Google Florida’s state parks and narrow your search for parks with cabins. We’d give you link but we’re currently occupied, relaxing in our cabin and writing on the iPad. You can figure it out! If you’d like a link, or have any questions just leave a comment. We’ll give you more details later. Secret: we’re hooked!

For now we’ll tell you we arrived at sunset and are tucked away in Lafayette Blue Springs state park in Mayo, Florida. Our cabin is new, and divine. We’re on the shores of the Suwannee River and anticipating swimming in Blue Springs and the river, taking lots of photos, and simply enjoying this part of Florida – off the beaten path – Florida, without TV or phone distractions. Hello, books. The perfect way to pass a night in a cabin in the woods. Porch swing and a good book!

Yes, there’s central heating and cooling but on this spring night, there’s no need for either. This is a five star getaway on a two star budget!

Here's a sneak peak of the inside of our accommodations!

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About the Author

Jeannie Greenwald is a freelance photographer, neighborhoods evangelist, and editor-in-chief of The Beaches Online. She is also a degreed psychologist and occasionally works as an adoption social worker for Jacksonville area families. She founded The Beaches Online, LLC, in 2011 to write about the happenings in 'the beaches' - the island-without-a-name, in Duval and St. Johns Counties, Florida. Always equipped with cameras, she roams the beaches, the string of barrier islands from Amelia to Anastasia, and also journeys inland, to the rural banks of Florida's blackwater rivers, and the pristine, freshwater springs. Jeannie's lived at the beaches for twelve years, and considers herself a common-law native. She celebrates the joy of living in a coastal community that prides itself on its beautiful beaches and strong, independent local business community.

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