Coombs House Inn – Apalachicola, FL

1 Nov

Our recent visit to Apalachicola, FL was made much more enjoyable thanks to our new friends at The Coombs House Inn Bed & Breakfast. What a gorgeous old inn — it’ clean, very comfortable, and a real bargain compared to most high-end B & B’s. The beds were soft & fluffy and the claw foot tub in our bathroom was a charming touch.

Breakfast the first morning consisted of their signature turkey hash, baked apples and a cinnamon roll. It was all nicely presented and delicious. The hash was an especially welcome & flavorful surprise. We also found plenty of good hot coffee, FL orange juice, cereal, and fresh fruit. As for the setting, the word elegant would certainly apply. The formal dining room was filled with FL sunshine (lots of windows) caressing tasteful antiques and original period artwork. Sunday morning was equally pleasant — we dined on ham & cheese quiche, hash brown potatoes, and bacon strips. What a relaxing (and filling) start to the day!  

Another good option for accomodations in town is the historic Gibson Inn. You can’t miss it as you come off the bridge and into the quaint downtown of “Apalach.” The property features a scenic wrap-around porch well stocked with rocking chairs, Adirondacks, and gliders. It’s a perfect place to grab a cocktail and slow down after a long day on the beach, in the pines, or on the water. The Gibson’s restaurant (“Avenue Sea”) is world class, although we suggest you not overlook their house made pimento cheese or their highly rated fried grouper & chips.

Here is some photographic evidence that I did slow down long enough to cool my heels on the Gibson’s grand veranda. I was feeling a little groggy from the long drive of the day before — or maybe it was all the Budweiser & raw oysters I slurped down the previous night at the Apalachicola River Grill. 

Above is the pub menu at Avenue Sea. The decisions were difficult because it all sounded good. If you’ll notice, one of the items offered is Alligator Point clams. We actually visited Alligator Point (near Panacea, FL) later in the weekend. It was secluded, scenic, and, yes, loaded with little white clam shells. For a while it seemed like someone had strolled down the beach and strategically placed a clam shell every 5-8 feet along the shore. Didn’t see any gators at all — and that is a good thing!

Book your stay today at — a wonderful place!

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