The Gibson Inn is a fine example of Florida "Cracker" Architecture. This was the style of wood frame structure used widely in the 19th and early 20th century in Florida. These homes and businesses are characterized by metal roofs, raised floors, high ceilings, center hallways, and large wrap around porches. A widows walk and cupola crown the tin roof, all a reflection of the area's steamboat past. Built in 1907 of native heart pine and black cypress, the inn soon became known as a first class luxury hotel and was the only one between Pensacola and Jacksonville heated entirely by steam.
Now listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. Many of the 30 guest rooms are uniquely appointed with authentic antique furnishings, cable TV, telephone, and wireless internet. Each guest room has its own full private bath.
Apalachicola is packed with things to do, whether you enjoy fishing, shopping, touring historic locations or just getting outside and enjoying the Forgotten Coast.
Recently selected as one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's "Dozen Distinctive Destination", Apalachicola is a wealth of history. Walk the streets of downtown and you'll find quaint shops, art galleries, restaurants, and museums. Take a boat tour and see the beautiful nature that surrounds us. Stroll through the neighborhood and find restored homes that give you a glimpse of Apalachicola's past. On the working waterfront you may see a shrimp boat unloading or take a ride over the bridge and see the oystermen hard at work tonging up your future lunch or dinner! It is Florida as it once was.