Levy County, Florida, is a great place for that romantic weekend getaway you’ve been meaning to plan. Whether to celebrate a holiday like Valentine’s Day or another special occasion, these five hotels in Cedar Key, Inglis and Williston will help you get the ultimate couples’ experience.
Island Hotel and Restaurant, Cedar Key
In Levy County, Cedar Key’s Island Hotel is full of history. It dates from the mid-1800s and has seen the Great Depression, two hurricanes, a handful of ownership changes and a number of visits from Jimmy Buffett.
The quaint property has 10 individually decorated rooms, none of which have phones or TVs, which preserves the romantic atmosphere. At twilight, head to a rocking chair on the balcony to watch the sunset or cozy up on the hotel’s double swing, which has been the setting for a number of proposals.
Book a table at the on-site restaurant for surf-and-turf (or just surf—Cedar Key sits out in the Gulf of Mexico, after all), and finish the night with cocktails at Neptune Lounge. If you can handle a spooky twist, book room 27 or 28—both are said to be haunted.
Beach Front Motel and Inn, Cedar Key
The bright pink exterior of the Beach Front Motel and Inn in Cedar Key, Florida, will get your attention, and you’ll find lots of good stuff when you check in, starting with the best sunset view in Cedar Key. The 27-room inn is a great spot for a tranquil getaway in Levy County because the inn observes quiet hours 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. And don’t worry about missing your furry friends: Dogs are permitted to stay in first-floor rooms.
If you’re looking for a little activity, dive into the large swimming pool and enjoy its panoramic view of the Gulf of Mexico, or go on a couples bike ride around this charming island. Additionally, shore fishing is available right across the street. Its location is perfect for nights out—it’s walking distance to some of Cedar Key’s top restaurants, including Tony’s Seafood (with its award-winning clam chowder), Seabreeze, Island Room and Steamers Clam Bar & Grill.
Devil’s Den Resort and Springs, Williston
If you want to mix romance with adventure, Devil’s Den is where you want to book. It takes care of two of the most important parts of a vacation: lodging and activities. Whether you’re looking for full amenities in the cabins or DIY accommodations in the campground, you’ll find plenty of places to make memories. The real highlight of a stay at Devil’s Den is the underground spring found inside a dry cave. Divers enjoy year-round 72-degree water temperature, especially those visiting from chillier climates. Make a reservation at nearby Ivy House Restaurant when you’re ready for a romantic dinner.
Low-Key Hideaway, Cedar Key
Low-Key Hideaway is touted as a “couples retreat.” With only five rooms, your serenity and tranquility are almost guaranteed. Four of the rooms have bay-view patios, where couples can relax while taking in the Cedar Key ocean breezes.
The Hideaway is within walking distance of many popular Cedar Key restaurants and attractions, but don’t be tempted to go too far: Many guests and locals love to hang out at the adjoining tiki bar. The view from the bar or dock makes it a prime location for gazing at romantic sunsets and starry nights.
Chiefland Days Inn
809 NW 21st Avenue
(352) 493-9400 or (877) 933-2974
1125 North Young Boulevard
RV Parks & Campgrounds
Breezy Acres Campground
10050 NE 20th Avenue, Corner of Alternate 27 and 3
Manatee Springs State Park
11650 NW 115th Street
92 campsites with water and electric.