Steinhatchee is a charming little fishing village tucked away in the crook of Deadman’s Bay at the mouth of the beautifully scenic Steinhatchee River.It is the first deep water navigable port after the Big Bend curve of the Panhandle.With less than 1200 full time residents life moves at a much slower pace – one the locals lovingly call “Steinhatchee time”.Steinhatchee/Jena covers both sides of the river and thus two counties, Taylor and Dixie. About 15 miles south of Keaton Beach, Steinhatchee is full service as far as marina services, but also several restaurants, grocery store, hardware and other various service shops as well as churches, school (Headstart-8th) and a medical clinic which Keaton cannot offer. Just up the river a little more than a mile from the bridge is the famous Steinhatchee Landing Resort, a luxury but laid back Victorian style village resort with little cottages nestled under huge ancient oaks. They offer dockage, pool, playground, etc. There are other rentals available throughout the town starting with marinas and ending up with private homes offered as seasonal or nightly rentals.“Scallop Season” which runs July1 thru Sept 10 is the busy season for Steinhatchee, especially the week of the 4th of July.Those tasty little morsels are out there for the pickin’ with the proper equipment and a salt water license (bag limits apply). Since the bay is shallow, this is a great opportunity for family quality time. You will also find Steinhatchee to be a great area to fish. Folks come from all over especially the Georgia area and Florida to fish the flats. Trout and Redfish seem to be the favorites, but Black Sea Bass are quickly challenging for top rating. Steinhatchee has recently been added to the Florida Salt Water Paddling Trail. Efforts are now underway to attract more eco-friendly visitors besides the boaters & avid fishermen. A trip to the Steinhatchee Falls will quickly explain why. Rent a canoe or kayak in town and they will take you up to the Falls to put in. Then you can leisurely travel a two hour or so trip south to town. Along the way you are sure to catch a glimpse of a deer drinking, otters playing, an alligator or two and often a family of manatee. And if you are a bird watcher, we are on their trail system as well.Steinhatchee is well worth the stop if you are travelling the coast. For a list of Steinhatchee businesses please visit www.SteinhatcheeRiverChamber.org or call 352-356-8185 for more info. . You’ll be glad you did. Information provided by Pam Wessels, Steinhatchee Chamber of Commerce. Photo By Debbie May.