About The Author

I started this blog with the overly ambitious goal to update once a day. Yeah, I was crazy. But I actually managed to do this for about six months before burning out. Now I just get to it when I can. (You can read more about that in this Tallahassee Magazine article I wrote about this blog.) I hope you enjoy reading about my various culinary, sporting and retail adventures around Tallahassee. I still plan on making it to that 365 things to do in Tallahassee goal….but at a much, much slower pace.

If you want to read my original bio, here it is:

My name is Lilly and I have a confession. I’m not in love with Tallahassee.

I’m a writer who hails from Austin, TX and moved to Tallahassee in 2009. (My husband’s job is here). At first, it was hard not to compare everything to my beloved hometown. Where was the great Tex-Mex, the thriving downtown and boutique clothing stores? I’ve since come to realize that Tallahassee does have a lot to offer, but you have to know where to look.

For my New Year’s Resolution in 2011, I want to discover what my new city has to offer tourists or residents. I pledge each day to post a photo and a brief description of something fun or unique to do in Tallahassee. I’m not trying to make money or boost my business. I just want an excuse to take photos, blog more and get to know my new city.

My lovely husband, Mark, will also be writing for this blog whenever I’m out of town or need someone to write about the intricacies of good barbecue (I’m a vegetarian.)

If you have suggestions for places to visit, I’d love to hear them. You can e-mail me at 365tally@gmail.com.

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25 Responses to “About The Author”

  1. Kyla January 28, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    hi lilly! i saw your blog from a friend’s link on facebook and found it very amusing! i just moved to new york after growing up in tallahassee my whole life. i assure you, the town can be boring at times but just hang in there for spring and summer–the outdoors there are beautiful. i don’t know what you have planned for sunny days but if you need ideas-i’ll gladly pass them along! have a great day and keep exploring. 🙂

    • 365tallahassee January 28, 2011 at 11:59 am #

      Thanks, Kyla. I will definitely keep you in mind as the spring nears.

  2. Courtney Powell February 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    What a great blog Lilly!!

  3. Christie March 22, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    Thank you for all your work Lilly to make this happen. I am also from a “bigger” city and find your site so helpful.

  4. Alison June 1, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    I absolutely love this website! Tallahassee has a decent music scene….maybe add a music tab with highlights from local bands. Bradfordville Blues Club is pretty good and of course Floyd’s and The Moon. Also, for the kiddos, the Trousdell Aquatic Center off John Knox Road is AWESOME. Great job!

  5. Melissa June 5, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

    I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog! My boyfriend and I are planning to move to Tallahassee in August and I was pretty nervous it wouldn’t live up to my expectations. This will be a great resource! Thank you!!

  6. Melissa July 20, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    Lilly I love your blog! I’ve lived in Tally my whole life & yes it can be boring at times. But you’ve highlighted some places I’ve never been to or heard of, so the saying “you have to look” is very true. And I’m actually looking at moving to Austin next year. 🙂

  7. Ann Boccumini Hunter August 7, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    Hi Lily, This is a great site!

    I was just running through your FSU list and wanted to give you a great tip. FSU’s College of Motion Pictures has screenings of student films. Yesterday afternoon and last night they had their graduate films. It is free to anyone. Yesterday’s screenings were held at the beautifully refurbished Ruby Diamond Auditorium. There were a couple of Hollywood screenwriters in attendance as well. The films are wonderful, run the gamut of genre and are usually filmed in and around Tallahassee or one of the surrounding counties (Wakulla, Gadsden, Monticello). The next screening will be documentaries on Sept. 2nd. at 1 pm at the Student Life Center. Here’s the link to the school’s website: http://film.fsu.edu/. We went to a screening that they held outside one evening on the lawn next to the stadium, brought fold up chairs and they handed out free full sized candybars. Welcome to Tally, I’m a “transplant” too, from Miami. We moved here back in 1999 to raise our sons in a quiter place, so glad we did!

    • 365tallahassee August 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

      Hah, the funny thing is I did go to the screenings and will be writing a blog about it shortly! Stay tuned.

  8. Kat January 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    I grew up in Tallahassee so I naturally bristle whenever anyone calls my town “boring” 😉 but after going to high school in Jacksonville, having lived in DC for 5 years and then Provo, Utah and staying several months at various cities in China, including Hong Kong, I can see why some would think Tallahassee a “boring” place. But after living and staying in all these big cities (yes, now I realize that Tallahassee IS a fairly small town) I find myself yearning for the slow, easygoing lifestyle I grew up in. The people were always so friendly and that southern charm flowed freely. It’s a slower pace than most people are accustomed to so they’d naturally find it a bit boring.
    What I always did for entertainment growing up was a lot of outdoors things, like canoeing or kayaking the various rivers around the areas, swimming in watering holes, hiking, camping, wandering the woods around my father’s house, fishing, hunting, and so much more. The wilderness really has so much to offer. If you want a good kayaking and swimming spot, check out Wacissa and St. Mark’s, as well as the Seminole Lakes and the Sopchoppy. Some people may be iffy about swimming in black waters, but I’ve been doing it my whole life. 😀 Also, explore the Forgotten Coast! It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world to me. I just hope it stays forgotten by the developers.
    Tallahassee really isn’t the same charming Southern town it was when I was growing up in the ’80s and ’90s..people are so much ruder and cold nowadays. They don’t appreciate the finer things in life, like old-fashioned grits. I’ve been finding myself gravitating more towards Havana, Thomasville, Monticello, and Sopchoppy (where my family mostly live now). These towns still retain what Tallahassee has lost.
    Wow, sorry about the novel! I’m getting really sentimental about my hometown. I’ve been living in the north for far too long.

    • jennsueb March 14, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

      Kat there are still some nice people in Tallahassee – don’t worry! 🙂
      I agree about the grits; can’t beat a great bowl of perfectly cooked, stone-ground grits!

  9. Mohamed January 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    My fellow FSU grad students and I have found this blog really helpful! Thank you!

  10. Scriptor February 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    just found this blog; glad you’re doing it because I have always loved the idea of pointing out the good thing about Tally, because no one I know LOVES it. Glad to also find a fellow, local blogger.

  11. Julie and Chris April 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    very neat page! i am a food truck owner of banh mi palace. there is a food truck tuesdays on tharpe st for lunch, and a food truck friday at the hop yard. I didnt get to read all of your blogs, but we also attend downtown marketplace on park and adams. Come try it sometimes!

  12. Ryann April 12, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

    Wow- I lived around Tallahassee my entire life & never realized how much it had to offer! Thank you so much for the time &never effort you put in to this blog to show clueless natives like me & visitors how awesome tally is!

  13. Jessica S. April 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    Thank you so much for writing this blog! I moved here last weekend for graduate school, and your guide will help me so much in enjoying my new city.

  14. Jennifer May 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    I just found this blog, and even though it is on “hiatus” now I love it! You have brought light to so many Tallahassee treats!

  15. Jayme October 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    Hi Lilly! I love your blog and commend you for compiling all of this awesome information. Your entries make me so excited about all of the fun things to explore in the area! I love that you took somewhere that you weren’t that excited about (when compared to Austin), and turned it into a positive experience for yourself and everyone else that finds your blog! t am moving to Tallahassee in November, and like you, we’re moving for my husband’s job. I am a vegetarian too so I’ll be scanning your entries for good vegetarian restaurants.

  16. Samantha November 1, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    Lilly,
    I came to school at FSU and fell in love with Tallahassee. I find new placed all the time. Recently my husband and I went to clusters and hops. You MUST try it out!! It is now my favorite place to eat in town. Its located where Monroe and Thomasville split on the right, next to the bed store. It is a wine and cheese shop but in the back they have a bar and 8 or 9 tables. The food is to die for and the service was great. We also live in southwood, just bought a house there and had our first “Southwood Halloween” (Totally underestimated the amount of candy we would need!! hahaha) Another place you may want to go on weekend is Havana. Its just north-west of Tallahassee and has lots of cute little shops. My favortie place to get lunch up there is a place called Joanie’s. Check it out! Hope you are starting to love it here in Tallahassee!

  17. Laura February 23, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    Your blog has inspired me and my friend Bethany to create our own blog about our adventures trying out all of these cool places in Tallahassee. We are grad students and have found it hard to find the local treasures by ourselves, so we are branching out, trying things on your list, and are going to report on our adventures. Will provide a link to our blog when it’s up and running. Thank you for inspiring us!

  18. Esther March 21, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    This is so helpful! I’m going to be in Tallahassee on a short trip and this list has given me many ideas! Thank you so much for putting it together 🙂

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