We Are FINALLY to Cabbage Key!…
We never finished our little excursion to Cabbage Key! So lets go back shall we…and see what we can find on this quaint island.
After landing on this small island resort, you are led from the docks to the Cabbage Key Inn/Restaurant. A funky place, so let’s take a look inside…
Located in the Old House, the “Open-Air” restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 365 days a year.
The main room is nestled among live Cuban laurels dripping with moss. Previous visitors have taped thousands of one-dollar bills to every surface. You can ask your server for a black marker and tape to add yours to the collection. So fun!
The front room is the old porch with a view of the marina and sound. As you look around you see antique fishing gear, classic Cabbage Key photographs and replicas of tarpon, snook and other game fish that make the Florida waters world famous.
Known by many as “the bar with all the money on the walls”, the Cabbage Key bar has been serving up drinks to boaters for over 60 years. With active fire places, original hardwood floors and Cypress walls, the bar and the formal dinning room make up the other two dining locations.
What we loved about this setting, the charming slice of Old World Style Florida…the way it used to be. You basically step back in time.
After a great lunch, we walked the nature trail and viewed the wildlife the way nature intended. As you explore the island you’ll discover the natural beauty of years ago.
The Water Tower…we climbed up to the top for some great views of mother nature.
We were making our way back to catch our boat back to the mainland, and this is what I spotted. An otter getting into one of the fishing boat’s live bait well. What a little stinker! This was so fun catching him red-handed. He caused quite a stir with the fishermen after I captured this photo. Let’s just say, they weren’t too happy with him…smile.
Oh, another cute furry friend…but this one is so much sweeter. Isn’t he just beautiful?! He is waiting for mommy and daddy to get done eating at the restaurant.
Saying our goodbye…to Cabbage Key Island…as we pull out of the dock.
I hope you enjoyed our destination today. It was a little sensory delight for us.
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If you like this, you will love the first three parts to this post:
Cruising to Cabbage Key…Part 3
What a beautiful picture of that dog on the boat! And who can blame the otter? He saw a free ride and jumped on. Funny!
Sarah, I wish you could of seen this otter, he was a pistol!! He go from one boat to the next…great time.
Otter-ly beautiful. 🙂
Love the otter!! And the dog!
Oh how I’d love to climb to the top of that water tower. And that otter is hilarious! What an unexpected shot. Thank you for sharing in the GRAND Social!
We’ve been to Cabbage Key many times and have enjoyed it very much. Our friend has a boat and has been kind to invite us for a boat ride each and every time he and his wife go. It’s the perfect day trip.
Nice post and photo’s …..
Looks like such a beautiful place to visit. Amazing photos. Makes me want to drop everything and head there now. How cool to have an eatery with signed $1 bills all over the walls. Never seen anything like it.
I love the pictures. The one of the otter is so cute. Looks like Cabbage Key would be a wonderful place to visit.
A gorgeous collection there, that otter looks hungry 😉
Simply beautiful! and fun!
There I would also like to spend my vacation … great pictures 🙂
A great serie of photos, a lot to study!
Wonderful photos, excellent done – I love the photo of the “fishing boat fisher”, amazing captured… 🙂
I have never been to FL but it looks gorgeous!
Your photos are amazing, as always!
I noticed on the map that there is a label for Part Island – what is the other part?
Wonderful post!! Beautiful images!! Especially of the otter (well, why should he work when the fishermen want to feed him?) and the golden!!!
What a great name for a place and wow those walls of that restaurant look like they are actually worth quite a bit of money now
Oh, you make me want to go back to FL! I don’t dare let my husband see this post 😉
You know I’m an inconsistent blogger. I try but…
Your photographs really make me feel I’m there Laurie .
That little Otter looked like he’d done that trick before !
Glad you enjoyed 🙂
Really enjoyed that trip to cabbage key! And that otter — what good timing you have!
Cabbage Key is such a great name – and the place doesn’t disappoint. Love your shots – especially that furry friend on the boat.
That looks like my kinda place to vacation.. I love your photos.
Linda, thank you so much for your kind remarks every week…so uplifting for me.
Great tip, but I can only post once a week since I work full time with a long commute to NYC. Blogging is just a hobby. I don’t stop following bloggers if they post infrequently, as long as I’m still interested in their blog. But if I feel that we’re not “connecting” and they’re not returning visits, then I stop following them. Some people follow you just so you can follow them back–then you never hear from them again–I hate that. Sorry for the rant–your tip got me thinking. 🙂 Great photos!
I am so glad you responded to the tip. It is an important issue to me too and I agree…it can’t be all one sided. I don’t think it is important how many times just as long as your community, knows what to expect from you and aren’t left hanging. Blessings.
No who said, Otters aren’t smart – lol!
What a great place to visit…thanks for taking us along on your trip.
Hubby and I have been to Cabbage Key and eaten in that restaurant. We used to go down and stay on Little Gasparilla Island (no car access). So we would rent a boat and take little trips! It was great!
Elizabeth, I am so happy to hear this. Great place isn’t it?
The breakfast place should be called a real Dollars store. I am wondering the otter causing stir. It did not want to get off the boat?
Yes, he was very persistent and kept coming back on their boats eating their fishing bait☺
I forgot to say the the labrador retriever is so sweet, absolutely adorable – what a great Picture!
love this post!!!!, i need to visit soon 🙂
Fun Laurie! I can’t believe you captured the otter raiding the live well!
I had never heard of this island. Looks gorgeous and I love the picture of the otter, even if he was being a little stinker. 😉
Terrific scenic and that otter is not only cute but hysterical! Love otters!
Phil, I am so glad you concur! I probably captured 20 photos of him misbehaving☺
I LOVE this island as well as Useppa …. never get tired of the magnificient views and distinctive flavor each has to offer!
I think that they should clear the walls every year & donate the money to a local charity!
Something to think about…
Yes, my blooper…I forgot to add that they do clear alot of the money out every year and donate to charities. The otter got me distracted…♥
What a lovely place to be, Laurie, and I absolutely LOVE the looks of that restaurant.
Very lovely view interesting place to vacation. ^_^
Great shots! Love the dog and otter pics too 🙂
fantastic view…a touch of Miami Vice…:-D
Thank you for taking me along on your trip. : ) It’s raining here in New England so this was perfect for a rainy morning!!! I always enjoy the boat rides to Cabbage Keys!!
Really beautiful and unique. Looks like you’re having the time of your life. I’ve loved otters ever since I read ‘Ring of Bright Water’ in grade 5. Clever little rascal, he’s eating out too. 😀
I never read this book….checking it out now♥
That otter was great! Smart guy…. why should I scavenge for food when you’ve put it in a nice little picnic basket for me! Reminds me of the duck that wandered in to a restaurant yesterday for a little breakfast…. Fabulous!
Thanks Caroline…I thought it was so cute too!
So what happens to the dollar bills when they get so thick they start pulling the walls down? 😉 The otter is so busted! Lock those live wells down!
John, you would of laughed your head off. The fishermen all go running and yelling at him…but refuse to lock the wells down…just crazy. This goes on everyday they tell me.
Thanks for taking us along to Cabbage Key! Adding it to our list of great little spots to visit in Florida! 🙂 And I love that you caught the otter “red-handed”!
Wonderful pics! I wonder how much money is on those walls if you added it all up! And the otter is priceless — I thought it was a (very big) cat at first!
Gorgeous photos. Love them all, especially that cheeky otter. 🙂 The water tower is amazing.
Wonderful wonderful series of photos I especially love the one with the Otter hehe.. Thanks for sharing (found you on Lorikarts Orange Monday)
Beautiful place! So quaint and loaded with charm! I would absolutely die of excitement if an otter climbed in my boat! They are so cute and fun to watch.
Love the otter–nature reigns. Enjoy every adventure on your trip. Your tips are spot on (as usual). Happy travels.
It is amazing what you can find when you bring your camera along with you everywhere you go! I can’t believe that Otter is opening up that cabinet with his nose! That dog was adorable too! Loved his peace bandanna! Outings like this can always turn into an adventure! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Looks like a delightful place to stop for awhile. Funny otter.
That cafe sounds amazing – what a wall! I bet they have a good security system! The otter is a hoot, too – how funny!
Looks like a wonderful place to see – gotta love that otter !!
Gorgeous! Love the otter and dog pics especially!! : )))