Chad’s Blog: A Floridian Getaway (St. Johns River, Astor)


It was dusk in the Ocala National Forest as we wrapped up filming for the day for a backpack camping episode. My crew drove away for the night leaving my daughter and me in the middle of the forest with a tent, beef jerky and a can of bear spray.  The next morning, I awoke to the sound of my crew gloating about their amazing experience at a local Bed and Breakfast. This, as I’m finishing up my astronaut eggs and instant coffee. So, I made a vow to track down this sweet little B&B that had thrown my crew into a froth.

Fast forward two months and my wife Kristy and I pull into “Astor’s Floridian Inn, Riverside Bed and Breakfast”. Our first impression was a picturesque little B&B smack on the St. Johns River and soaking in iconic Florida relics. Yeah we felt right at home.

Floridian Inn is located in the small town of Astor, where SR 40 crosses the St. Johns River and sits between Lake George and Lake Dexter, offering access to world class black bass and speckled perch fishing.

We had arrived just in time to unpack, open a bottle of wine and catch the sun as it free fell over the river.Afterwards, we walked to the BlackWater Inn for a late dinner and caught the last set of live entertainment.


imagesThe next morning we where treated to a scratch breakfast with good coffee and more importantly, fresh O.J. all while taking in the epic views of the “old man”River. Later, we drove just down the street to a public boat ramp to launched our boat. We spent the daysightseeingon the St. Johns. A section of the river I recommend is Blue Creek, where we saw alligators, all kinds of birds and even a manatee.

That evening we had dinner at a joint called the Pickled Parrot. We enjoyed home cooked style eats with a friendly staff. To get full experience I recommend the outdoor seating area.

In so many ways the Floridian Inn embodies Florida with its warmed up charm, generational southern recipes and eclectic decor. So grab someone you love and spend a few days connecting withyour Florida side at the the “Astor’s Floridian Inn, Riverside Bed and Breakfast”

Do florida! chad crawford


A few helpful links:

Astor’s Floridian Inn, Riverside Bed and Breakfast” BlackWater Inn Pickled Parrot



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