Hotel at a Glance: Port Inn
More than a century old and recently restored, Port Inn is set directly opposite St. Joseph Bay on Florida’s Gulf Coast. You can get views of the water from many of its 21 unique rooms, from the lushly landscaped gardens to the Old Florida decor. It’s also just three blocks from the Port St. Joe Marina and within walking distance of shops and restaurants in this quiet, charming town.
- Hot Southern breakfast buffet served compliments of the hotel each morning
- Sip drinks at the inn’s laid-back downstairs lounge, the Thirsty Goat, which has numerous beers on tap, a full bar, and a taxidermied goat wearing sunglasses supervising the whole operation.
- Borrow a bike free of charge and take it for a spin around the area’s parks and historic streets.
- Hang out on the porch for views of the bay and beautiful sunsets.
Port St. Joe, Florida: Beachfront Parks and Coastal Towns
St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is one of the prettiest beaches in the area. It overlooks both the bay and the shores of the gulf around the secluded eastern tip of the peninsula. The Cape San Blas connects the peninsula with the mainland.
Head inland to the town of Port St. Joe to dine at seafood restaurants or book charter cruises. Farther east, you’ll find Apalachicola, a city filled with 19th-century architecture, including the Orman and Raney houses. Both of these Greek Revivalist mansions were built by cotton magnates. If it gets too hot outside, head to the John Gorrie Museum—the former home of the man who pioneered air conditioning.