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On The Trail In Micanopy

A weekend getaway from Vero Beach, Micanopy and Cross Creek offer a glimpse into life in Old Florida

Micanopy’s landmark Herlong Mansion is an elegant bed and breakfast listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Micanopy’s landmark Herlong Mansion is an elegant bed and breakfast listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Two hundred miles to our north and west in Alachua County hides the tiny town of Micanopy, with a resident population of 800 and a single traffic light. During the 1960s and ’70s, it was home to a funky but thriving art colony with feeder traffic from the nearby University of Florida. Exceptional artists still reside here, but by and large they’ve been displaced by rising rents and antique shops.

Micanopy nonetheless remains a gem of a town, free of neon signs and chain restaurants, where the streets are overhung with ancient, moss-draped oaks. The head count grows considerably during the annual Harvest Festival, one of the best of its kind in the Southeast that routinely draws 20,000 to 30,000 people over one weekend in October.

Read the entire article in the September/October 2013 issue