When you think of the state's capital city, two things come to mind: college students and politicians. But the status quo is changing in the midtown area of Tallahassee, where boutiques, restaurants, bars and trendsetters are moving in and making noise.
I'm not talking about your average college bar -- although I do love them. I'm talking about a boutique hotel with the only rooftop bar of its kind between South Beach and Atlanta, and a new delectable restaurant with a celebrity chef at its helm.
Check in to the Hotel Duval
The only boutique hotel in Tallahassee, the Hotel Duval is a luxurious throwback to the glorious days of the original Duval Hotel established in 1951. Every inch of the property has been renovated with distinct style and elegant artwork. Think European chic meets contemporary glamour.
The hotel caters not only to the sophisticated traveler, but also to the techno-savvy individual. Each of the 117 rooms and suites is equipped with an interactive touch screen, through which guests may arrange services that include valet, taxi, restaurant reservations or room service.
Book the 900-square-foot Diamond Suite, complete with a wine chiller, full wet bar, and parlor sitting area.
Weekend Brunch at Avenue Eat & Drink
Enjoy a delicious weekend blues brunch at Avenue Eat & Drink in downtown Tallahassee, steps from the Florida Capitol building. Owner Chris Clark suggests you treat yourself to the 32-ounce signature Big Louie Bloody Mary, served in a Mason jar with a smoked pork rib. Don’t mind if I do.
Happy Hour at Level 8 Lounge
For happy hour (from 4 to 8 p.m.), head over to Level 8 Lounge, the trendy rooftop bar at the Hotel Duval. This place is a favorite for locals. Combining an edgy, sophisticated vibe with panoramic views of the city, it’s a place to kick back and hang out on one of their stylish sofas on the terrace and enjoy the scene.
Dinner at The Front Porch
When your mouth is watering for delicious fresh seafood, go to The Front Porch for a world-class dining experience.
Other Fun Things to Do Nearby
For lunch go to Bird’s Aphrodisiac Oyster Shack and make sure you order the grouper sandwich. Might as well have a dozen of the finest oysters from Appalachicola -- you won’t regret it.