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Howdy Big Benders!!
Any suggestions would be really helpful. I've been wanting to take the wife and2 kids on a scalloping trip for many years. I think it would be a awesome way to end the summer. Was thinking of heading up around August 12th and staying about 3 nights. I'm a Miami guy, I know, I know, but please cut me a break. I would love to go up to you guy's neck of the woods and appreciate the warm southern hospitality. I'm a fireman down here and definitely need to see that side of Florida still exists.
I would be hauling my 23ft CC, and would like a nice but not to expensive place to stay, with the boat in the water. I very humbly request your help.
Thanks!!
Ed

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  • winshimawinshima Posts: 125 Deckhand
    Of course everyone rates go up during Scallop season. I'll throw a few out there that are on the water and you can check the rates. Plantation in Crystal River, Port Hotel Crystal River and Kings bay Lodge Crystal River. On the Homosassa there is Macrae's and Riverside Resort. there are other local hotels as well not on the water I included a link to Visitcitrus for those. It's a fun time for the family.


    http://www.plantationoncrystalriver.com/
    http://www.porthotelandmarina.com/
    http://www.kingsbaylodge.com/
    http://www.macraesofhomosassa.com/
    http://www.riversideresorts.com/
    http://visitcitrus.com/
  • Jim311Jim311 Posts: 4,961 Captain
    Rent a cabin thru Sea **** or VRBO and run out of Steinhatchee or Keaton Beach.
  • wvinfl12wvinfl12 Posts: 248 Deckhand
    Ditto on Jim311 post. I think the environment and setting is better at the hatch.
  • Grady-ladyGrady-lady east of the river, west of the woodsPosts: 5,282 Admiral
    DirtySouth wrote: »
    Howdy Big Benders!!
    Any suggestions would be really helpful. I've been wanting to take the wife and2 kids on a scalloping trip for many years. I think it would be a awesome way to end the summer. Was thinking of heading up around August 12th and staying about 3 nights. I'm a Miami guy, I know, I know, but please cut me a break. I would love to go up to you guy's neck of the woods and appreciate the warm southern hospitality. I'm a fireman down here and definitely need to see that side of Florida still exists.
    I would be hauling my 23ft CC, and would like a nice but not to expensive place to stay, with the boat in the water. I very humbly request your help.
    Thanks!!
    Ed

    There's also the Best Western. Typical hotel rooms, first come first served on dockage but a very nice covered picnic area with gas grills and walking distance to several restaurants.

    I highly recommend Kings Bay Lodge - tho' they stay pretty booked during scallop season. Old Florida motel, kitchenettes, roomy - very 50's, absolutely not fancy but clean. Plenty of grass for the kids to play on and a unique spring with natural bottom as a pool. Very close to a newish seafood market with steamed take-out, and not far from the little downtown shopping area with a couple of restaurants and yogurt shop.

    Both places close to gas on the water.

    ps - not to take away from Steinhatchie - but it will add traveling time.
    I find my peace out on the sand...Beside the sea, not beyond or behind. R.A. Britt

  • Jim311Jim311 Posts: 4,961 Captain
    If travel time is important, Hernando Beach is the furthest point south. Has good access and fair depth in the channel as long as you don't leave the channel early and get into the rocks. It's also close enough to Weekie Wachee where you can swim in the springs which is nice after a few hours in the saltwater.
  • KeatonBchFisherKeatonBchFisher Posts: 297 Officer
    I also vote for Keaton or Steinhatchee for the ease of getting to the grounds and the water. Keaton is pretty much the end of the world so be prepared. Steinhatchee has more restaurants and amenities. Stay at Sunset place in Steinhatchee is my vote. There are also some condos across the river that are nice too. Crystal river is nice because there is other stuff to do and more places if you want to eat out. Plenty of options in CR on the water.
    Keaton Beach Rental https://www.vrbo.com/780025

    Yankeetown Rental https://www.vrbo.com/619425
  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 11,321 AG
    Grady-lady wrote: »
    There's also the Best Western. Typical hotel rooms, first come first served on dockage but a very nice covered picnic area with gas grills and walking distance to several restaurants.

    I highly recommend Kings Bay Lodge - tho' they stay pretty booked during scallop season. Old Florida motel, kitchenettes, roomy - very 50's, absolutely not fancy but clean. Plenty of grass for the kids to play on and a unique spring with natural bottom as a pool. Very close to a newish seafood market with steamed take-out, and not far from the little downtown shopping area with a couple of restaurants and yogurt shop.

    Both places close to gas on the water.

    ps - not to take away from Steinhatchie - but it will add traveling time.
    Getting close to sit down and eat GL, full kitchen is finally in.
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
  • BillyBilly ChassahowitzkaPosts: 2,740 Captain
    ANUMBER1 wrote: »
    Getting close to sit down and eat GL, full kitchen is finally in.

    I need to get up there as I haven't been yet.

    Bill
    "And the ocean is howling for the things that might have been..."
  • Grady-ladyGrady-lady east of the river, west of the woodsPosts: 5,282 Admiral
    ANUMBER1 wrote: »
    Getting close to sit down and eat GL, full kitchen is finally in.

    Glad to hear it! We went there twice a couple of weeks ago. Once for the steamed shrimp, and once to buy fresh fish. My new go-to place for mullet heads for crab bait too. The boil is mighty good.

    Bought a pound of red royals because we've never had them and a scamp, a fish we've never had either. It was a tough choice, they had a fantastic selection of whole fresh fish. When buying fish I prefer it whole so I can see the eyes, the eyes don't lie. :grin Fixed both on the grill.

    Pics -
    I find my peace out on the sand...Beside the sea, not beyond or behind. R.A. Britt

  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 11,321 AG
    Very good choices!
    I like both, just don't cook the RR as long as white or pink shrimp.
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
  • SlackerSlacker Posts: 1,605 Captain
    Sea **** and Crystal River will both be good for ya'll.
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