Monday, April 14, 2014

Cedar Key RV Resort, Cedar Key, FL

Date of Stay:  Saturday December 28, 2013 – Monday April 14, 2014 (3 and a half months!)

Rate:  We bought Lot 75!

Website:  Cedar Key RV Resort
   11980 SW Shiloh Road
   Cedar Key, FL 32625

Description:  We have reviewed this place a few times before because we have stayed here some the past couple of winters.  This time was different.  We bought Lot 75 right beside our great friends Dan and Tricia.  The park is FHU (50A) with cable.  There is a heated pool at the nice clubhouse which has a full kitchen for entertainment.  The roads are paved and the sites are concrete.  The site sizes are about 45’x80’.  Our site is actually deeper and extends to the fence which borders the rear of the park.  We have added a nice patio in the back (Pelican Place) with much help from Dan.  It’s nice for an intimate campfire or hosting a wienie roast with a few friends.

Activities:  We spent a lot of time getting our lot just right.  We timed it right with Carl Jones of Jones Masonry (352-493-0300) and had some concrete added to our patio while we were still at Lazy Days.  Our site had no grass really, and I can’t stand tracking sand all over the place.  After a bit of thought, Gin and I came up with our landscape design and contacted Bobby Barnhill of Barnhill Landscapes (352-949-5127) who laid Centipede sod, planted a Pindo Palm, put in a couple of sidewalks, and put down weed block with white rock around our concrete.  Both businesses were very professional and fairly priced.  Dan did a great job laying patio blocks to build Pelican Place with a little help from Charlie and myself.  Dan had already cleared out most of the thick stuff around the saw palmetto and lots of pine straw was spread out to help hold down the weeds.  We also installed an 8’x10’ storage building.  Once again, Dan was a great help putting in a ramp for the doorway.  Along with the 4 bottlebrushes that Barnhill had planted, I added several more plants around our patio (2 Robellini or Pygmy Date Palms, 4 purple fountain grass,  6 flax lilies, 2 crotons, and a few other miscellaneous plants).  We won’t have to worry about landscaping any more.
     It wasn’t all work and no play for us though.  We did manage to make it to a few card games at the clubhouse, potluck dinners, and even hosted a NC barbeque dinner there with Gin doing most of the work fixing chopped bbq and coleslaw.  We met Bill and Nancy at Rainbow River State Park to enjoy a paddle along with Rick, Gail, Charlie, Dot, Dan and Tricia.  Gail and Rick stayed in the park a few days and Nancy and Bill popped over for a visit too.  We biked in Cedar Key a few times to see the owl’s nest and also the bald eagle’s nest.  Sherry and David visited once too while they were camped at a nearby state park.  There’s lots to do in the area and yet, it’s still a very rural laid back kind of place.

Trash and Recycle:  Set your bag out in the morning and it will be picked up or drop it in the dumpster on your way out of the park.  There is a county recycle trailer a couple of miles away on the way in to Cedar Key.

Cedar Key Lot 75 "Before"  Lot 75 Cedar Key RV Resort "After"
Before                                                       After
Lot 75 "Before"  Lot 75 at Cedar Key RV Resort "After"
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Lot 75 Bobby Barnhill in the skidloader  From our back patio "Pelican Place"
Before                                                      After
"During"  "After"
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CK Pelica Place 2014 003  Pelican Place
Before                                                       After
From Dan's roof  Back yard
Before                                                      After
From Dan's roof  Arial view of site 75
Before                                                      After
Pelican Place in the making  Relaxing at Pelican Place
Patio blocks being laid so we can enjoy Pelican Place
Pelican Place  Pelican Place
If the no-see-ums stay away, it’s a great place to relax

Three Sisters Spring on Crystal River  Lunch on the banks of the Crystal River
A day on Crystal River with Dan, Tricia, Vel, Maggie and others from the park
Love Pelicans!  Pelicans roosting at a marina on Crystal River
Love the pelicans roosting at a marina on Crystal River
Rainbow River with Charlie, Dot, Dan, Tricia, Bill and Nancy  Rainbow River with Charlie, Dot, Dan, Tricia, Bill and Nancy
Charlie, Dot, Dan, Tricia, Bill and Nancy on the Rainbow River
Nesting owl in Cedar Key  Owl keeping watch  Nesting owl in Cedar Key
Owl’s nest near the cemetery in Cedar Key
Bald Eagle watching young ones  Bald Eagle nest in Cedar Key  Bald Eagle looking over young ones
Bald Eagle’s nest behind the Cedar Key Museum State Park
Biking in Cedar Key  Dan, Gin, Rick, Tricia, Nancy and Gail at Cedar Key City Pier
Biking in Cedar Key with D&T, G&R, and B&N… what are they all looking at?…
Waiting for a handout  Pelican!
…Pelicans, of course!
Potluck at Cedar Key  Tricia and Tina surprise Maggie and Vel
Dinners at the clubhouse                     Maggie and Vel honored by Tricia and Tina
Lunch on the bike trail with Dan and Tricia  The point of the trail
Rails to trail ride with Tricia and Dan on the Withlaccochee Bay Trail along a canal


  1. Great before and after pics! We only saw the after, so now we see how much work you put into your lot! Very nice :)

  2. Boy, you sure have made a beautiful spot to spend the winter!!! Pelican Place is really special:o)) Cedar Key has such a relaxed and laid back atmosphere...see why you enjoy staying there!! Until next winter...go and enjoy your summer travels:o)))

  3. Your place looks great. We have got to get together for a paddle this winter.

  4. I second the the beautiful comments. Also the we need to get together next winter for a paddle :-)