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Cedar Key, a Cool Small Town

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Cedar Key recently made Budget Travel’s 2011 list of Coolest Small Towns in America. Budget Travel asked its readers to nominate the most interesting towns they knew, and editorial teams took it from there. Cedar Key, Florida was number 8 on the list – a respectable showing for a town of 896 people.

Enjoy a bowl of Tony's clam chowder - a world champion.

One of the reasons Cedar Key caught the attention of the general public is because of Tony’s Seafood Restaurant. Its New England clam chowder has taken first prize at the Newport, Rhode Island Great Chowder Cook-Off for the past three years. While this is undoubtedly a big blow to the egos of chefs across New England, it is cause for celebration in Cedar Key.

Guests of St. Petersburg, Florida Bed and Breakfasts rarely have trouble filling the days. Still, it’s worth adding yet another activity to the itinerary. Take a drive up the coast to Cedar Key for a bowl of clam chowder. Walk around a town that many say feels the way Key West felt three decades ago.

You may find yourself so charmed by the area that you look for a Florida Bed and Breakfast in Cedar Key. The island is close to the Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve and the Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park, two stellar locations to explore by kayak. Work up an appetite, then head to Tony’s for chowder. You are sure to become a fan of this cool, small town.

For the complete list of coolest small towns, please see Budget Travel 10 Coolest Small Towns.

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