An eclectic home away from home. Diverse ideas and style from a broad range of sources and milenia. If you thrive on creativity, diversity and a bit of controversy, you may love this house. This is not the Holiday Inn. Expect the unexpected.
The house has been remodeled and I am working on a back deck and carport with a solar panel roof. There is some construction happening outside though not while guests are present.
Queen size bed with private bathroom with full bathtub and shower. Small walk in closet. Make your own coffee and tea. With an international selection of organic coffees and teas in the room. The room also has a coffee grinder. and lots of snacks.
55" 4K Smart TV and high speed WiFi in the room
the room has private access to the outside..
Located in Midtown next to Whole Foods. A few minutes drive to the Capitol Complex and FSU. Midtown is a popular local gathering place day and night, a central Tallahassee walkable corridor of restaurants, shopping and nightlife .
A typical Saturday night in the heart of Midtown.
That means a group of young professionals, all decked out, has set up camp at a corner table in the reliably eccentric Waterworks Tiki bar to raise a few drinks in honor of King Kamehameha’s birthday. Why King Kamehameha? Hey, why not?
Across the street, at the slightly tonier Wine Loft, couples out for the evening perch on the second-floor balcony sipping cold chardonnay and watching the world pass by at the corner of Thomasville Road and Sixth Avenue. Running red lights is evidently a competitive sport in Tallahassee.
As the evening wears on, a utilitarian rock group called Mainstream Band cranks out a few John Mellencamp covers for a whooping, happily lubricated audience that has packed the restaurant-bar Fifth & Thomas. Next door, at the Irish pub Finnegan’s Wake, an older, quieter crowd settles in for a peaceful night cap.
Around the corner, the 20-and-30-somethings are playing pinball and classic video games at Fire Betty’s Arcade Bar, where there are plenty of micro-brews flowing on tap. The younger crowd also spills over into The Fox & The Stag, which boasts some of the most learned bartenders in Florida.
Eventually, most of the more dedicated drinkers will end up across the street at the 24-hour Whataburger — aka The Historic Whataburger in Midtown — to soak up the excess alcohol with taquitos and biscuits. It’s usually a pretty civil gathering because most of the bars in Midtown make sure their guests are 21 or older, which weeds out the rowdier college kids flocking to Potbelly’s near Florida State and Yianni’s on The Tennessee Street Strip.
Midtown is place where the locals like to play and live.
“The city certainly sees Midtown as a place that exemplifies an entertainment district but being bordered by two great neighborhoods, Lafayette Park and Levy Park, they also see the great potential for pedestrian and biking to the area and the need for infrastructure to support that mode of travel,” Midtown Merchants Association president and Waterworks owner Don Quarello said.
One of the first restaurants in Midtown was the eclectic Kool Beanz, which marks its 20th anniversary in 2016. Owner Keith Baxter picked the location because, as he puts it, “that was the only place that was available.” More bars and restaurants soon followed.
“The cool thing is that it has been done organically,” Baxter said. “There’s been no great master plan. It’s all been done organically by people who were willing to take a chance. Now it’s a destination. If you go down there when the kids are in school, it’s like an ant hill.”
Yeah, but it’s a very comfy and polite ant hill.
Where to eat in Midtown: Brunch at the Liberty Bar & Restaurant is one of the best in the city. Go for the Scotch egg or the chicken and waffles. The service is sharp, too. For lunch, head over to Kool Beanz, which serves up the freshest fish dishes off its ever-revolving menu. Or, go for the fried oysters and cheese grits, the national dish of North Florida. When the dinner bell rings, make a beeline for Bella Bella and eat your weight in the Italian restaurant’s Bubble Bread. You can’t go wrong with Bella’s ravioli specials, either. If you want to impress a dinner date, book a table at Sin & Zin. Go for the duck French dip. Cholesterol count, what cholesterol count?
Where to shop: If your bank account is flush and you need to restock the pantry, drop by Whole Foods for a shopping spree. Blend into your surroundings by loading up on official Seminoles sportswear at Alumni Hall, next to Whole Foods. Across the road, Midtown Shoes stocks some sensible, still-stylish footwear with fashionable brand names such as Ecco, Olukai and Merrell.
Can’t-miss events in Midtown: The annual Tallahassee Taloofa Fest — which is part family-oriented history-quiz game, part music festival and part street party — is held every May. Tallahassa Taloofa was the original Native American name given to this fair city. Tallahassa/Tallahassee means old town. Taloofa also means town. The name was an homage from the Creek/Seminole/Miccosukee tribes that moved into the area after the last remnants of original Apalachee Indians abandoned the area in the early 1700s. The double “Town Town,” say historians, was an emphasis on the previous occupation of the site. You know, similar to New York, New York. When Mardi Gras season rolls around, march straight to the Krewe de Gras on Monroe Street.
Hidden (smoky) gems: The colorful, idiosyncratic hole-in-the-wall Leon Pub goes against the grain by proudly proclaiming its smoke-’em-if-you’ve-got-’em policy when it comes to firing up a cigarette at the bar. It also has one of the best selections of beers from around the world. If you’re hankering for a stogie, head over to Fuma Cigar Social to fire one up. One draw-back: You will smell like an ashtray from the ‘70s in the morning. If you need to wash the smoke out of your hair, get a shampoo and trim at the tucked-away The Shop Salon on a cul de sac on Lafayette Circle.
Things to do: Catch a live play or musical at Theatre Tallahassee or see a show at Young Actor’s Theatre (where Emmy-winner Tony Hale and Emmy-nominee Cheryl Hines got their starts on stage)
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