North Florida Glamping Bliss
This Valentine’s Day Camp Folks arranged for 3 very lucky couples to spend the weekend at Coldwater Gardens, located just North of Milton, Florida and only a couple hours from our headquarters in Tallahassee. Coldwater Gardens is a one-of-a-kind destination that appeals to campers of all experience and comfort levels. From upscale safari-style “glamping” tents, complete with queen-sized bed and heated blankets, to primitive camping along the banks of the pristine Coldwater Creek, there are enough options to suit any campers’ needs. And for those of us who prefer the comforts of AC and Heat, Coldwater Gardens even offers luxurious cabins with open-air kitchens.
Sleeping isn’t all there is to do at Coldwater! There are numerous trails on the property where hikers have the opportunity to spot carnivorous plants, magnificent cedars, and unique wildlife. The unique climate of North Florida, the sandy soil, and forest undergrowth make for one of the most diverse ecological systems in Florida. The water in the creek is true to its name, the chilly waters are crystal clear this time of year and continue to flow at levels high enough for kayaking and canoeing.
Coldwater Gardens is also a garden, as the name implies, and the property was originally developed for agricultural endeavors. Visitors to the garden will see first-hand how nutrients flow throughout an aquaponics system, from the koi pond to the filtering systems, right down to the plants themselves. While we were visiting, we saw many varieties of greens, strawberries, and tomato plants! Right next door to the aquaponic garden is a hydroponic garden with long tubes of Brussel sprouts, broccoli, and leafy greens were growing right from the water source. The garden also features outdoor rows, chickens, and greenhouses.
Valentine’s Day is a special time at Coldwater Garden, and our “glampers” were treated to a romantic garden-fresh meal, buffet-style. Steak, chicken, and shrimp were served with a fresh garden salad, roasted potatoes, chocolate lava cake, and champagne. Our glampers raved about the shiitake mushroom steak sauce, made with shiitake mushrooms grown right on the property!
Coldwater Gardens is a rare gem in North Florida. If you’re looking to kick back and relax in a beautiful natural surrounding, with comfortable amenities and friendly staff, Coldwater Gardens is for you. Look forward to Camp Folks offering more trips to Coldwater Gardens in the coming months. Like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on our upcoming excursions.