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“HIDEOUT ON THE SUWANNEE RIVER”

Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park
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Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park
Reviewed 12 May 2012

This lodge is on the bank of the Suwannee River in a retirement village and far away from most anywhere else yet with civilized comforts including:

Dish network tv with plenty of free channels
Broadband wifi in your room
Ironing board and iron, closet space
Some rooms have microwave and fridge
Room furnishings include a lot of real wood pieces - almost antiques
Most rooms are on 2nd floor - lodge has elevator
Lodge is in a little plaza with grocery store, shops, cafe, bank and post office. Great landscaping. Easy walk to village residential areas with dining hall, "Lopin' Gopher" fast food, library, etc.

Check cell phone service - you are in the outback and your phone might not work

Roads are good. You will not drive on a dirt road unless you want to.

Caution: Most shops and front desk close early - 6 PM. However, there is a duty office in the nearby residential area that operates 24/7 and can help with any problems. Staff did cheerfully correct problems we had.

Note: The lodge is upgrading the rooms on a non-interference basis. Non-upgraded have older, noisier a/c units and fixtures. New stuff is well designed and quieter but might still be in the activation/shakedown stage. Try to get one of the upgraded rooms.

Faith: ACV is a non-denominational "Christian" village. Hint: Suwannee County was "dry" until 2011. Guests are notified there is an added $50 charge for sneaking in pets, smoking or alcohol in your room.

Security: We went for long walks after dark. While law enforcement does not show a strong presence, we felt VERY safe!

Bottom line: Why travel that far from civilization to enjoy what you already have? Besides the hunting, fishing and country life in a retirement community, there is something else. See attached photos 1 and 2. 1 shows the view from the lodge grounds to the Village's boat landing on the Suwannee. Looks OK. 2 shows a detail of the landing's floating dock from the river bank. Pretty obvious that the dock designers never imagined the worst case for the river level to be this low. Many of the nearby springs are also at record low flows. This is why you owe it to yourself to come out to see these one-of-a-kind "attractions". So you can later say, "I saw the Suwannee and all those springs before they dried up."

Room Tip: The lodge is upgrading the rooms on a non-interference basis. Non-upgraded have older, noisier a/c...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park

Address: 11057 County Road 136, Dowling Park, Live Oak, FL 32060-5890
Region: United States > Florida > Live Oak
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Ranked #3 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Live Oak
Number of rooms: 24

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