The place was beautiful. It was peaceful, quiet and we stayed in the Lookout Cabin. Nice nature trials and the views were amazing. loved the piers that led out to the bay. Will definitely be back.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
First off let me say that Cape San Blas has very limited lodging. If you want to rough it and are ok with true rustic cabins, then any of the cabins in Old Saltworks is fine. We are not into the whole roughing thing when it comes to the beach and have found the only descent houses Old Salt Work’s offers is the Bay House and the Henry House Bay Side. We prefer the Henry House because the bugs from the bay and overgrowth are monstrous! Old Saltworks basically sits in a marshy area covered in bug infested overgrowth. Henry House is located a little ways off from the bay and has a private driveway, not full of potholes like the rest of Old Salt Works. The bugs at Henry are not as bad as the other areas. Henry has a screened-in porch and I have found at night that I can sit on the balcony at night because the insects flood the low areas. The bay is behind you and you have to drive a little ways down the road to get to the ocean. Henry House is semi secluded and quiet.
The owners are nice, but you will probably never meet them. They usually leave the key for you. If you have a problem, they might be slow about fixing it, but it usually gets repaired before you leave if you continue to call them. Henry House is clean, no spider webs or dust and the tub is shiny. Our last two visits the dishwasher and garbage disposal did not work and the patio was in urgent need of repair. The kitchen is well equipped with dishes and pans. The toilet paper and paper towels are limited. There is only one TV in the living room. Most houses have TVs in the bedrooms, so this is a little outdated. The twin beds in the guest bedroom are uncomfortable for adults, but children won’t mind. The mattress in the master bedroom is comfy. You have a little yard for kids to play in. I have been here four times in the past three years and every time the grass and weeds are so tall and snaky, it is impossible to use the side steps or walk the trail behind your house to the drive. The steps leading to the backyard from the patio were shabby and not safe to walk on. If it is windy or a stormy night, do not plan to sleep tight because the tree branches scratch the top deck and need to be trimmed.
Locals say the area is haunted and if you look up the history of the land, you will understand why. My son and I covered up with insect repellant, lit a candle, and sat on the dock under the full moon until midnight. We did not see any ghosts, but did hear the wails of a wild boar several times. More the once I heard footsteps in the upstairs hallway only to discover no one else was in the house. We loved to roast marshmallows on the deck; the owners supply you with two grills. And before bed, we recline on the top deck and listen to the late night fisher boats honk at each other. The kids love it because you can always hear some kind of wild animal roaming around in the overgrowth below the deck. Henry has a peer to share with another guest house and the owners supply nets to fish for crab. They also offer canoes. The area around the peer is very marshy and can have snakes and alligators, so we do not get in the bay. We tend to bay fish at the state park where the area is not so marshy.
As I said before, your choices are limited and the good at Henry House outweigh the complaints. Old Salt Works beat Whispering Pines by far.
My late father loved this part of Florida, The Forgotten Coast. From Mexico Beach (his fav) to Apalachicola & St George Island. He mentioned Old Saltworks often. We have stayed here several times with our dogchild (always with us when we travel). The Reed cabin once but The Bay House is our favorite. Right on the Bay with great views from the screened porch. 2 bedrooms one bath (with a strange jacuzzi tub and separate tiled shower) and well equipped kitchen. Very private. Not luxurious but very nice. The TV is old with poor sound but why would you watch TV with all this beautiful nature around you We spent hours walking out in the bay at high tide with the dog.watching horseshoe crabs chase each other The water no deeper than our knees. Taking pictures of the dog exploring and the beautiful scenery and wildlife. All right outside your door. Every night we drive out to Cape San Blas beach and watch the beautiful sunset and then nights spent on the screened porch talking and enjoying the quiet surroundings. We do often talk about improvements that could make the cabins a little better but we are always happy with our experience overall. Owners have always been available if we needed them. We have stayed at the condos across the street too. The owners had to make a last minute change to another unit due to a water leak. They made sure we were happy with the change and had everything we needed.
Yes bring food and snacks
Cell service is spotty & signal searching wears the battery down. TURN IT OFF :)
Explore the towns nearby but remember the slow pace
-Apalachicola has nice shops and restaurants
-St. George Island nice beach & The Blue Parrot has Orange Dreamsicle drink YUM
-Port St Joe groceries and restaurants (Peppers & Joe Mamas Wood Fired Pizza)
-Mexico Beach has a beautiful beach and The Driftwood Inn
I read the reviews before we booked our cabin at Old Saltworks, and I really wasn't sure what to think. I am a clean freak and a bedbug-phobe, so the negative reviews really worried me. On the other hand I have done a lot of camping a don't expect a stay in the woods to be free of bugs and dirt. But, my husband and I were looking for a quiet place that would accept our two dogs -- both over the 25 pound weight limit a lot of hotels impose -- so we went ahead and booked. I talked to the owner on the phone, and he was very nice and friendly.
When we got there, I was very relieved to find that the cabin was fine and adequately clean for a cabin in the woods. I didn't see any grime or insects inside the cabin. The sheets and towels were clean and white. The screened-in porch was the best part, with a picnic table with a brightly-colored vinyl tablecloth and a Cinnamon Bun-scented candle (the vibe of the place is kind of like your Great Uncle Bert and Great Aunt Martha offer to let you stay in their cabin on the bay), two chairs and a gorgeous view of the bay. We spent 90 percent of our time out on that screened-in porch, and it was like camping but without getting eaten alive by bugs (with the bonus of being able to cook nice meals in a kitchenette rather than on a camp stove).
That said, it was hard not to think about how spectacular these cabins could be. We are really into DIY and designing on the cheap, so we spent a lot of time tossing out ideas about what we would do with the cabin if it were ours. The rustic aspect of these cabins are part of their charm, but rustic doesn't have to mean linoleum and furniture that literally hasn't been changed since the 1960s, including a very uncomfortable and creaky bed and a couch that I never could bring myself to sit on. I would love to see these cabins fixed up a little bit, keeping the rustic aspect but making it so that the interior is just as wonderful a place to hang out as the screened-in porch. I know the per-night price you pay has mostly to do with the location and privacy, but, still, for the price, it would be nice for interiors of the cabins to be upgraded.
Oh, and one more thing -- I wouldn't have really wanted to take a shower in the indoor shower, but the outdoor shower is rustic and wonderful!
Just stayed there last week for 8 nights of hell. Heavy BLACK MOLD coverering the bedroom ceiling and living room area, including the air ducts. The floors were dirty and the carpet was joined together by about 12 ft. of silver duct tape. In the bathroom there was also quite a bit of mold and the vinyl around the shower had lifted up and was broken. The floor was spongy and I was unsure about the wood rot on the flooring in that area. There were roachesin all the rooms. The bed was hard as a rock and could not be slept on. We slept on the dirty couch and loveseat. After ringing the bell and leaving several messages, we had no way and never did see any employees or owner.We have a pet and were unable to move to another motel. The front screen door was ripped and there was animal damage that was unrepaired. Please find another place to stay and don't give these people any more business, don't ruin your vacation like ours was. We had stayed here 2 times, the last being about 5 years ago and the place has been run into the gouond
We stayed in the Lookout Cabin and it was just fine... The shower was a tad bit small but I used the outdoor shower the rest of my visit.. it was big and I just really took to taking showers outside... I have become quite a fan! anyways... the bed was acceptable, nothing plush, there were two big stuffed chairs with ottomans in front of the tv, and there was a kitchen table all in a studio like setting, cozy, nothing fancy, but extremely relaxing.. You have complete privacy and there is a trail through the woods and one to the bay... we were able to use the kayaks they have there and we went out and caught 5 gallons of scallops! That was so fun... I am so ready to go back! We got a good rate on the cabin, the summer time rate is a little steep, but I would say its worth it if you are need of time away.