First up in my epic journey to remote towns of the Suncoast: Arcadia

Mar. 23, 2009

I invite you all to join me on a journey into some of the most desolate and isolated places on the Suncoast. Just because it has a dot on the map, doesn’t necessarily mean there’s anything there. But you never know unless you go. So I made the drive to find out. Here’s the first in my six-part series. Tune back in later today for episode number two.


When coming into Arcadia on State Route 70, stop a few miles short for a gander at Bulldog Roadhouse (4313 State Route 70, 993-9989, Have a look at some sweet Harleys and swig a cold brew, out where the bikers hang in the front. This will get you in the mindset to peruse the quaint strip of antique shops down Oak Street, Arcadia’s main drag. Arcadia is best known for its antiques, of course, but to find the really good stuff you have to drive past the strip and go talk to Jeff at The Country Mermaid (317 W. Oak St., 863-494-3697, photo at right). This shop specializes in nautical and fishing antiques; stepping into the place makes you feel like you’re on an old whaler boat. Ahoy, matey!

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