Celebrity Travel Guide to Florida
Micky Wolfson’s Gulf Coast
Founder of Miami’s Wolfsonian–FIU museum and an
inexhaustible traveler, Micky Wolfson knows old Florida better than anyone. The
quiet quirkiness of the central and northern Gulf Coast has always appealed to
Wolfson, who used to make annual pilgrimages to the area in his private
railroad cars in the 1980’s. Now, he prefers to take road trips through the
region, from the historic community of Masaryktown, outside Tampa, to
22-mile-long St. George Island, near Apalachicola.
In this Florida Panhandle town, travelers will find “the
remains of the state’s Chautauqua, a spiritual community that flourished
between 1880 and 1920,” according to Wolfson. The town is laid out around a
circular spring-fed lake and is chockablock with beautiful Victorian houses.
It’s also handy to several wineries. Don’t miss the Chautauqua
Vineyards & Winery (tastings
free) for such rare sweet wines as Wild Honey Flower and Beach Berry.
The arcadian town of Masaryktown was built in the 1920’s and
has a wonderful Cuban-inspired restaurant called Café Masaryktown (lunch for two $15). “Back then, it
was a curious utopia for Slovaks and Czechs, named after Tomáš Masaryk, the
first president of Czechoslovakia,” Wolfson says.