Following Around The Food Trucks In Tallahassee

Throughout the week there are a handful of opportunities to come support local businesses—such as Lucy & Leo’s
 Cupcakery
 or Scott’s Smokehouse by catching gatherings of food trucks.

Following Around The Food Trucks In Tallahassee

Wednesday Roundup @ The Food Truck Court (11am to 2pm)

If you’re looking for a quick brunch or lunch in the middle of the week and find yourself near Gaines Street, check out the Food Truck Court at 725 S Bronough Street. Every Wednesday you will find food trucks in this convenient downtown location!

Food Truck Wednesday @ Four Oaks Church parking lot (5pm to 8pm)

For those folks living in the Northeastern part of town, any given Wednesday  evening food trucks gather in the Four Oaks Church parking lot off of Kerry Forrest. Bring your family or friends for a fun and convenient dinner or snack.

Food Truck Thursday @ Lake Ella (5pm to 9pm)

Every Thursday evening you can catch a handful of food trucks around the green area of Lake Ella. Families, students, and locals often bring chairs and  blankets to sit down and enjoy the food and live music—or you could even take a walk around the lake!

First Fridays @ Railroad Square (6pm to 9pm)

On the first Friday of every month,  Railroad Square comes alive with artist’s galleries, live music, and shopping  activities. Food trucks assemble in the center of the Square, with picnic tables and nearby benches for when you need a break from exploring the Art Park.

Sunday Brunches @ Lake Ella (11am to 2pm)

This fall, from 9/18 to 12/4, stop by Lake Ella for some live music and a meal! Each Sunday Brunch features a different local band to enjoy while  eating. Visit the Tally Food Truck Association (FTA) Facebook page to see the lineup of artists, and check weekly to find out which food trucks will be there!

Tallahassee History: The Battle Of Natural Bridge

The group that fought totaled 1700 soldiers and a large part of them were older local men. The others were Confederates, and composed of young men who came from the Florida Military and Collegiate Institute (Now FSU) that was located not too far from the battlefield. 

Natural Bridge at the St Marks River

The soldiers and locals were able to keep the Union from getting across the Natural Bridge at the St Marks River. The bridge itself is ¼ mile long, runs along St Marks and drops into a sinkhole. 

The bravery of these men kept the Union from taking the Florida capital and made Tallahassee the only Confederate capital east of the Mississippi River to stand its ground against Union forces during the Civil War. Unfortunately, 24 soldiers were killed in action and another 38 were captured. 

However, this battle was said to be the last known Confederate victory in the Civil War and was the 2nd largest battle in Florida.  

If you would like to see the site of the battle with your own eyes, it is now a Florida State Park called Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park. There is a monument located at the park that has an inscription that gives the details of that fateful day. 

There are also reenactments of the battle held at the park and they are free to the public.  So get out and explore! 🙂

Data Is Ugly, Ours Isn’t. July Market Update!

Whether you’re buying or selling in Tallahassee, it is critical to have a good understanding of what’s going on in our market.

Knowing the most important data such as # of homes soldaverage sales price and days on market will better prepare you to buy or sell a home.

Our July market update is easy to understand and showcases everything that you need to know about local real estate trends. 

Data Pulled From ZIP CODE: 32312

Is A Higher SPF Actually Better?

Likewise, if you’re anything like me you are also highly concerned with protecting your skin while enjoying your fun in the sun! You only have to get that bad, “DON’T TOUCH ME!!!” burn one time in your life before applying sunscreen becomes a compulsion.

But when you’re shopping in the supermarket and you see all of your options, how do you really know what is right? Does anyone actually know what “SPF” is referring to? And is SPF 100 better than SPF 30?

The SPF rating is referring to the measurement of time it would take you to burn if you weren’t wearing sunscreen, as opposed to the time it would take if you are wearing sunscreen.

It is also specifically relating to the sunscreens ability to block UVB rays, which cause burns, but not UVA rays, which cause deeper skin damage, though both UVA and UVB can contribute to skin cancer.

Most people assume that SPF 30 is twice as effective as SPF 15, but that isn’t how it works. SPF 15 blocks about 94% of UVB rays, while SPF 45 only blocks up to 98% of UVB rays.

There is no product out there that will block 100% of UVB rays. Most dermatologists will say that anything above SPF 45 is just silly and a
marketing tool – that the difference between a medium and high SPF sunscreen is very minimal, and they recommend that SPF 30 is sufficient to protect you and your family from burning.

The key is to reapply, reapply, reapply! The first layer should be applied liberally a minimum of 30 minutes before going outdoors, and then applied again no more than two hours later, or after swimming and drying off, or sweating.

It doesn’t matter if you are using SPF 800 or SPF 15, after a few hours, the protection is gone. So keep your bottle handy, keep your family safe, and keep the fun in the sun going all summer long!

Your Local Guide to 4th of July Celebrations in Tallahassee

Do you like to go all out on the 4th of July? Enjoying every barbecue, festival, parade, and firework display you can find? 

Or do you prefer to keep things low-key and find somewhere quiet to enjoy a nearby firework show? Either way, we’ve got you covered!

Check out our list of 4th of July Celebrations in Tallahassee for 2017!

Celebrate America

Tom Brown Park

501 Easterwood Dr

Tallahassee, FL 32301

July 4, 2017

4 PM-10 PM

Capital City Kiwanis Club 35th Firecracker 5K Race and 1 Mile Sparkler Run

Cascades Park

1001 S Gadsden St

Tallahassee, FL 32301

July 4, 2017

7:30 AM–9 AM

SouthWood’s Celebration of the Red, White and Blue 

Central Lake Park

4675 Grove Park Dr

Tallahassee, FL 32311

July 4, 2017

10:30 AM-1:30 PM


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5 Tasty Restaurants in Tallahassee

There’s nothing quite like enjoying a mouthwatering meal, out on the town. Luckily, Tallahassee has a great selection of restaurants for any palate. Here are a few dining establishments that we’ve handpicked just for you. Bon appétit!

MASA

1650 N Monroe St

Tallahassee, FL 32303

Japanese/Asian Fusion

“Located in Tallahassee’s trendy Midtown area, this Asian-inspired seafood and sushi restaurant is the creation of one of Tallahassee’s most experienced restaurateurs, Lucy Ho.”

Sushi Tallahassee

The Blue Halo

3431 Bannerman Rd, #102

Tallahassee, FL 32312

Steak & Seafood

“The Blu Halo is an elegant steak and seafood restaurant in Tallahassee, Florida, with an upbeat vibe. Our wine and martini bar includes the best wine list in town, with the first full wine locker in the area.”

The Blu Halo is an elegant steak and seafood restaurant in Tallahassee, Florida, with an upbeat vibe

Kool Beanz Cafe

921 Thomasville Rd

Tallahassee, Florida 32303

New American

“In a vibrant setting of dark pastels and modern art the friendly and energetic staff serve such tantalizing entrees as: Cuban-Spiced Pork Chops with mango habanero salsa; Linguini, tasso ham, mushrooms, crawfish, roasted garlic cream sauce; Tuscan style lamb; and Sake-teriyaki glazed salmon with sesame roasted asparagus, sambal chutney and wasabi mashed potatoes.”

Seafood Tallahassee

Bella Bella

123 East 5th Ave

Tallahassee, Florida 32303

Italian

“At Bella Bella, we offer authenic Italian cuisine and an unmatched experience.”

Pasta Tallahassee

Wine N Cheese

707 N. Monroe St

Tallahassee, FL 32303

Wine Bar/New American

“A restaurant by night, with nightly specials, using all of our products, bringing European and American cuisine together.”

Wine and Cheese Tallahassee

Tallahassee: The City Of Seven Hills

Tallahassee is the city of the seven hills. Today, they host a rehabilitation center, a surgery center, a nursing home, a security company, a property management office, and a private school named after this seven hills reference.  This can be quite confusing to most since the majority of Florida is rather flat.

In order to arrive in Tallahassee from any direction, you would have had to travel up a hill

A map from 1885 would provide the origin of this name. According to the map it shows downtown Tallahassee as being on a single hill with seven major arteries leading into the city. 

In order to arrive in Tallahassee from any direction, you would have had to travel up a hill. There are seven locations in Tallahassee that are considered the highest elevations and they are …

1. Goodwood Plantation – elevation of 216 feet

2. Old Fort Park – elevation of 212 feet

3. Mission San Luis – elevation of 208 feet

4. Old Capitol – elevation of 207 feet

5. The Grove Plantation – elevation 204 feet

6. FAMU (Lee Hall) – elevation 192 feet

7. FSU’s Westcott Hall – elevation 176 feet

Why not pick a wonderful autumn day in November and go out exploring and see these locations for yourself?! With our temperatures decreasing, now would be a wonderful time to make it happen. 

Stay classy, Tallahassee!

Tallahassee Elks Lodge Annual Chili Cook Off

This annual event helps raise funds so that the Elks can continue to help local charities. The Order spends more than $80,000,000 across the nation every year for benevolent, educational and patriotic community-minded programs. 

Tallahassee Elks Lodge Annual Chili Cook Off

Contestants in this year’s Chili Cook Off can win a cash prize by entering the Overall Award category; this chili must be cooked on site and in 3 hours. The People’s Choice Award is slightly less stringent (and does not involve a cash prize), but it can be cooked in the comfort of your own home.

Please invite your family and friends to come vote for their favorite Chili. There is a $5 tasting fee that will be put towards one of our many charitable programs. Also, music and entertainment will be provided. 

All charitable donations go towards great causes. Examples include medical assistance for handicapped children, Elks National Foundation scholarships, scouting, athletic teams, veterans’ works, a national “Hoop Shoot” free-throw contest involving more than 3 million children, and physical and occupational therapy programs. 

The youth of our country have always been important to us. It is for this reason the Elks Drug Awareness Education Program was launched to warn primary grade students and their parents of the dangers of drug use. 

Additionally, every lodge observes June 14th as Flag Day, a tradition which the Elks began in 1907 and was later adopted by Congress as an official observance.

The Mission of the Elks is to inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America will serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share.

Please visit the Tallahassee Elks Lodge website for entry and sponsorship applications, and more information about the Elks Annual Chili Cook Off.

The One And Only: Maclay Gardens

On this 1,176-acre property, Alfred B Maclay planted the first flower in 1923 with his wife Louise Fleischman. Originally the park was named Killearn after Alfred Maclay’s great grandfather’s place of birth in Scotland. 

Eventually it was opened to the public in 1946 and seven years later, 300 acres of the land was graciously donated to the Florida Board of Park Service. In 1965, the park service decided to change the name of the gardens to Maclay Gardens State Park in honor of Mr. Maclay and to also help to avoid any confusion with Killearn Estates which was the new development adjacent to the park.

The garden is filled with a vast multitude of flowers that are visibly seen throughout the park but that’s not all. For a small entry fee, you can take advantage of all of the activities the park has to offer. 

There are brick walkways that guide you through the park, bicycle paths to explore, horseback riding trails, and nature trails for hiking. On Lake Hall, you can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and swimming. 

There is also a small sanded beach and a playground for families with young children. There are even secret gardens and reflection pools to admire. 

The park also offers areas for rent for weddings, birthdays, and pretty much any type of celebration you can think of. There are multiple special events that the park provides for the community every year. Bring your family and friends and come enjoy everything in this amazing park. You’ll be glad you did!

Lichgate Oak: A Tallahassee Hidden Haven

I felt the same way until I was introduced to a quiet, almost magical haven hidden in plain sight in the heart of college town. Less than a mile down High Rd just off Tennessee street, there hides a small parking lot tucked between a Winn Dixie and a church.

Lichgate Oak with the Tallahassee Live Oak Society

You wouldn’t know it was there if you didn’t know to look for it. Park and then walk down a winding wooded path to one of the most beautiful sights in all of Tallahassee (heck – in all of Florida!).

It quite literally takes your breath away. The sight before you is none other than the Lichgate Oak

With all the hustle and bustle of a growing city around you, buildings going up on every corner, road construction and people rushing everywhere, it truly feels like time has stood still in this hidden property before the majestic and mighty tree. 

Beyond the centuries old tree, stands a quaint Tudor cottage that belonged to the property’s owner, Dr. Laura Jepsen.

Dr. Jepsen was an English Professor at FSU from 1946-1978. When she decided to make Tallahassee a permanent stay, she searched for just the right land to build her life. Instantly, she fell in love with the Lichgate Oak claiming it was “a tree to inspire poets.” 

She registered the Lichgate Oak with the Tallahassee Live Oak Society for a fee of 25 acorns a year, in hopes to keep it protected for years to come. Upon Dr. Jepsen’s passing in 1995, The Nature Conservancy took on protection and maintenance of the property and the cottage. 

The land is now home to a small coop garden, and the cottage and the property are frequently rented out for weddings and gatherings. The Lichgate Oak is open daily to the public to walk the grounds and gaze at the sprawling branches. 

If you are trying to find a unique place to hold your wedding, I highly suggest visiting the Lichgate Oak – it is truly one of the most magical locations in all of Tallahassee.