This week we stayed in site W-1 at the Suwannee River Hideaway Campground. We loved how peaceful and quiet it was there! It’s in an owl sanctuary so there are no street lights, which made for some really great star gazing each night!
We totally lucked out with our site. We were the first site on the pond with no one to our port side, and the next five campsites were empty the whole week. At one point ALL the waterfront sites were empty, as seen in the photo below!
The campground had a nice layout. There was a general store at the entrance, as well as a clubhouse with a swimming pool. The camp hosts were near the general store, short-term sites were around the pond and a couple of rows non-waterfront rows, and the long-term residents were in the back/left side of the campground. The restrooms were very basic, but clean, and the showers had plenty of hot water.
Romeo was attending a training camp for two weeks while we were here, so the only pets we had were the kitties: Chloe and Ursula.
There was a ton of wildlife at this campground, which Wade and I enjoyed trying to capture in photos.
Chloe LOVED being outdoors! Ursula, not so much.
On our second day there, we rode our electric bikes to a nearby winery called “Cracker House Winery”. It was located on a beautiful cattle farm. The wines were fruit-based (so, sometimes grapes but not always) and all were very sweet. We ended up purchasing a case that consisted of three of each of these flavors:
- Black Cherry
While we were there we witnessed the sommelier (and her dogs!) herd two escapee calves back into their fenced area! 😲
Back at the campground, we enjoyed a waterfront fire every night we were there. Unfortunately, the wood they sold at the campground was absolutely awful so every night it took several hours to create a bed of coals and get a decent fire going. Outside firewood was not permitted, so we had no choice but to deal with the wood they had. Fortunately, we had plenty of time and nowhere to be, so we enjoyed the challenge.
The best part of the campground was the 1500ft walkway to the Suwannee River, and the hiking trail beyond that which lead to a beautiful spot with a picnic table. Here are some photos from our walks.
It was a wonderful week in a beautiful part of Florida, and a much-needed break from our hectic work schedules.