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Go cycling in Micanopy.

The Weekend: Go cycling in Micanopy. You can’t help but loveMicanopy. With its shady boulevards lined with live oaks, it’s an Old South spot tailor-made for rustic rides.Start Here: Rest up for your ride at the Herlong Mansion B&B, where the master suite boasts a king-size mahogany four-poster bed and French doors that lead to a second-story veranda.Weekend To-Dos:1. Fuel up before hopping on your bike with breakfast byHerlong owner Carolyn West. Marigold yolks come from farm-fresh eggs laid by hens raised just down the road, while the savory potato pancake-like fritters have a secret ingredient: creamy grits. Don’t pass on the sour-cream banana bread either; you’ll work those calories off on the trail. 2. Take a two-wheeled excursion on the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail. Start at the Rochelle trailhead at the intersection of County Roads 234 and 2082. From there, an easy five-mile ride leads to the La Chua Trail, one of the prairie’s most spectacular vistas, where migrating sandhill cranes flock in winter. The tree-lined trail is mostly flat, with just enough dips and turns to keep it interesting.

3. Need a breather? Stop at one of the cell-phone tour markers to dial up an overview of the area’s wildlife and history. The paved trail passes through Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, where wild horses and bison roam.

Authentic Micanopy
Best For Individuals seeking Old Florida. No place is more authentically Old Florida than the north-central town of Micanopy. Quaint streets lined with Cracker houses are a gateway to another time.
Sleep Stay at Herlong Mansion for a dose of bygone elegance, and browse through piles of old books and collectibles in the shops on N.E. First Street.
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Quick Escapes – Old Florida at its Finest

In a tiny town where live oaks outnumber residents, tranquility is the drink of choice.
by Ana Connery | Photography By Larry Nighswander
Some destinations reveal themselves slowly, requiring you to peelback their layers over several days — if not repeat visits — to uncover the gems that lie within. Micanopy is no such place. It greets you happily the moment you drive along its oak-canopied streets, Spanish moss dripping like icicles from power lines. Florida Cracker and Victorian homes aren’t meticulously preserved so much as tended to naturally, with patches of cracked paint visible.
At only one square mile, this historic town of just 650 residents is just south of Gainesville. It has two claims to fame. Antiques lovers know it for its half-dozen or so storefronts, each with its own specialty. (Unlike other antiques hubs, this one is rarely crowded and not over-commercial.) It’s also the backdrop for movies such as  Doc Hollywood and  Cross Creek, the latter of which was inspired by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ novel of the same name. A trailblazing journalist enamored with rural Florida, Rawlings is best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel  The Yearling. Today, her turn-of-the-century homestead is the highlight of a state park about 10 miles away.
Founded in 1821, Micanopy — also the name of the town’s one-time Seminole Indian chief — is the state’s oldest inland community. With only one “main” street, Cholokka Boulevard, and about three blocks’ worth of storefronts, it’s amusing to think of this as the ultimate place to find yourself, but that’s just what starts to happen when you wander Micanopy’s sidewalks and linger on its porch swings. Folks who come here aren’t looking for a bevy of museums or even activities. This community is a cove of calm, a trait that’s highly coveted by those who live and visit here. If quiet enhances thought, this is the place to indulge in a little reflection.
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On the Main Street, Cholokka Boulevard, is  Herlong Mansion, also a former home of the Simonton family. Natalie Simonton and ZC Herlong raised six children in this Cracker-farmhouse- turned-neoclassical Southern mansion. Owned by Caroline and Stephen West, Key West innkeepers who were looking to escape the Conch Republic’s “over-commercialization.” It’s also the only place in town to spend the night.
With three stories, two cottages (one of which doubles as the town’s yoga studio) and a butterfly garden, this is no petite B&B. Architectural details such as mahogany inlaid in original oak floors and Corinthian columns add history and depth, but the muddled décor is central to the experience. Brightly colored botanicals and seaside paintings from the owners’ years in Key West share wall space with handwritten 1920s love letters to Herlong daughter Mae.
“Mae Herlong, Micanopy, Florida” is all that’s printed on the envelopes, hinting at a time when street addresses and zip codes were unnecessary. Natalie Simonton Herlong’s original 1941 degree from Florida State University’s College for Women rests just inside the door to the second-story veranda. Swinging daybeds and white wooden rockers provide natural perches from which to gaze at the white 1874 church with cherry-red doors across the street. Ten rooms have large claw-foot tubs or four-poster beds.

Micanopy “Top 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Florida”

Top 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Florida – #10 Micanopy
Old Town Micanopy Courtesy of Infrogmation

Micanopy

Located twelve miles south of Gainesville, this sleepy Florida town is untouched by time. Clothes dry on the line, folks ride horses down dirt roads and friends gather on front porches in rocking chairs. Founded in 1821 as a trading post by Edward M. Wanton and named after a Seminole chief, Micanopy has endured Native American wars, army posts and settlers of a new frontier. The Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival is a big attraction in this town, as are the antique shops, eateries and boutique stores located on the main drag, Cholokka Boulevard.

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Micanopy & the Herlong Mansion: Slow down for Old Florida

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This is Old Florida: The Herlong Mansion in Micanopy, Florida, dates to 1845. Today it is a B&B.The complete Micanopy experience requires an overnight at the grand 1845 Herlong Mansion on the main street ,  dinner at The Yearling restaurant nearby and a tour of Cross Creek, the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park.

The jewel of Micanopy is the elegant Herlong Mansion, a bed and breakfast operated by folks who’ve run historic B&Bs for years. (They owned a B&B in Key West before moving here.)

While many B&Bs were once just houses, the Herlong Mansion does indeed feel like a mansion.  It is best viewed from the street, where it is meant to wow you. Set back from a road, you see a landscaped walkway to the front door framed by elaborate Corinthian columns. It’s the Hollywood vision of a southern mansion – Tara, but with fancier columns.There are expansive porches on both the first and second levels that are ideal for reading. The B&B is furnished throughout with antiques and period pieces. We visited on Halloween and the Herlong Mansion  was decorated to the max. (The Christmas decor, we are told, is quite something.)Guests are offered a complementary glass of wine around 5 p.m.  and a full breakfast in a sunny dining room.Rooms ($119 to $189) have high ceilings and continue the handsome period décor, with features like claw-foot bathtubs, fireplaces and antique brass beds.

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