A waterfront porch to relax
About Karen Hoff
My husband and I fell in love with Apalachicola a couple of years ago and decided to make it our home. We have spent the last 20 years renovating our 1850s Victorian home along with raising our 2 sons. We are avid history buffs and have only begun to research the historical importance of the Florida panhandle. While my husband is still working full time as a Construction Official for a town of 65,000, I am spending much of my time in Apalachicola after retiring from a 30 year banking career as a Commercial Lending Officer.
Karen Hoff purchased this House Boat in 2013
Why Karen Hoff chose Apalachicola
After renting the Reelaxation (the sister houseboat to the Southern Comfort), I found that staying aboard a houseboat was so relaxing that I wanted to spend more time. The amount of activity going by on the water was so interesting from the commercial fishing boats going out for a successful trip to luxury yachts just out for fun. Watching the dolphins swim by, the pelicans perching on the nearby posts and birds of all varieties diving for their food, it is truly a never ending experience.
What makes this House Boat unique
We chose this property for its sensational views of the sunrises and sunsets from the front porch. A relaxing afternoon floating on the houseboat while watching all of the activity or just enjoying the cool breezes with a good book. The location is ideal with easy walking to the area shops which feature local artists' work and a wonderful variety of local restaurants. The sandy beaches of St. George Island are only minutes away by car. There are several golf courses located in the area as well. But, of course, the best fishing is in Apalachicola with a variety of fishing guides such as Capt. Jimmy Maxwell, a fifth generation resident who offers a variety of tour options.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Quiet hours from 9PM to 9AM
Minimum age of primary renter:25
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Restful and Beautiful!!
We had a wonderful time on Karen's boat. We cant wait to come again.
I am so glad that you have a good time aboard the Southern Comfort. Please tell your friends. Thank you for choosing to visit Apalachicola and staying at the Houseboats at River Watch.
Anniversary get away
We had a great time
My husband and I enjoyed our long weekend in Apalachicola. The houseboat was clean, cool, and conveniently located. Karen had everything we needed for our stay. We will be coming again!
I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for choosing to stay aboard the Southern Comfort. I hope to see you again. Karen
In the center of ALL Apalach has to offer, Sunrises to Sunsets
Restful Serenity in the center of Apalachicola within a beautiful mosey around town!!!
How can you miss, when your host is "Living" in the next "Boat"?
All will be Right AND It Was!!!
side note: this was my son's first ever visit to Florida and of course Apalachicola, Yeah, He's hooked!!!
Property just as advertised. Several fantastic restaurants within walking distance and beautiful beaches less than 20 minutes away. Highly recommend if you're looking to "get away." Karen always available to answer questions and make recommendations. Will definitely be back!
I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay. You were great guests. I look forward to your return visit. Thank you very much for choosing to stay aboard the Southern Comfort. Karen
So peaceful and relaxing. Enjoyed the restaurant next door. Shrimp and oysters are so fresh and cooked just right. Karen was wonderful. She explains all about the home and gives great suggestions on where to go and what to do. We will definitely be staying here again.
Apalachicola is a historic town dating back to the 1700s when it was one of the most active ports for the cotton trade behind New Orleans and Mobile. It has retained the historic homes and museums and many offer tours at various times during the year. My favorite is the Historic Homes Tour which is put on by Trinity Episcopal Church during the first weekend in May. In fact, Trinity has a long history and an interesting story. Apalachicola is world famous for their oysters and provides almost all of the oysters served in Florida. They are served in all local restaurants with the freshest being served right next door at Up The Creek Raw Bar Restaurant. Fishing is most desirable in the waters around Apalachicola. One of the best fishing guides is Capt. Jimmy Maxwell of Backwater Guide Services who also offers wonderful tours of the area and may pick you up right from your houseboat. Within the last several years, the town has developed into an active artistic community with a variety of styles offered around town. The local restaurants offer a variety of the freshest fish that I have ever tasted - often right off the local shrimp boats. The shopping options include resort clothing and antique shops. If the beach is your passion, then St. George Island is only 10 minutes away and has some of the most beautiful white sandy beaches in the state. In fact, it has recently been rated by Dr. Beach as the third best beach in the nation.