What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you hear “Florida?” Beaches? Big cities? Traffic jams? Well forget it! We’re gonna introduce you to one of our favorite parts of Florida…THE MIDDLE! And one of our favorite places in the middle of Florida is Arcadia. No matter how you get to Arcadia or where you’re traveling from, you won’t forget this charming, little town where time stands still.
A scenic ride from Naples, Fort Myers, Tampa and Sarasota, the Arcadia, Florida Loop transports you to simple, country living…and some of the best sights to see in the area. Starting as a post office on the Peace River in the 1800’s, Arcadia’s rich history makes it a biker’s dream, and as you plan your trip around this little slice of quintessential Americana, you’ll be amazed at the hidden gems that await. In this episode of the Thirsty Biker Chronicles, get ready to jump in the saddle and take a ride through the Arcadia, Florida Loop.
What Makes Arcadia Special?
Few towns can boast that they’re home to one of the oldest rodeos in the
nation, must-see spots and loads of activities year-round, but Arcadia
can, and we don’t blame them. With low traffic, an easy way of life and
lots of places to kick back and relax, Arcadia is an escape nestled in the
heart of DeSoto County. But don’t assume that Arcadia is a sleepy town,
you’ll find that it’s very much alive with excitement and these Florida
cowboys can’t wait to show you a good time. From rodeos to watermelon
festivals, antique shops and farmers’ markets, Arcadia is more than meets
the eye. You’ll also find:
- All-Florida Championship Rodeo
- Variety of biker-friendly bars & restaurants
- Car shows, parades and special events
- Retail shops, historic landmarks and more
When you take a ride to Arcadia, you can expect to be surprised at what’s in store. If you’re looking for a day trip with your riding buddies, you can’t miss a trip to this popular Florida town.
Places to Visit in Arcadia
If you’re ready for some adventure, get ready to explore what Arcadia has to offer and our first stop is Fire’s Open Road Bar. Locally known for having the best cheeseburger this side of the Peace River, Fire’s has been serving up sizzling favorites since 2010. If you’re in the mood for some fun and some damn good food, you’ve got to head over to Fire’s.
After you have your fill with Fire and her mouthwatering dishes, head on over to Herb’s Limestone Grocery & Country Club for cool vibes, an awesome beer selection and live tunes. There’s no country club attire required here, just good fun, good company and good times.
Ready for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure while you travel the dusty Arcadia roads? Take a trip over to Solomon’s Castle for a tour, and be prepared, it’s unlike any castle you’ve ever come across before. This quirky artist provides tours of his aluminum castle and artwork collection constructed of recycled materials. If you want something to talk about on the ride home, a visit to Solomon’s is a must.
No matter where you’re traveling from, you’ll enjoy the ride through country roads, citrus orchards, beautiful scenery and well-kept two-lane roads with little traffic. Sunny and pleasant year-round, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is the occasional rain storm in the summer afternoons and fog in the early mornings.
For our go-to route, start at Fire’s Fire’s Open Road, West on 70, North on 665 and follow the signs to Solomon’s Castle. After Solomon’s Castle, head East on 665/663 for a stop at Herb’s Limestone, then South on 661 and West on 70 back to Fire’s. Be sure to grab your Thirsty Biker friends on the app. And when it comes to your next ride, the Arcadia, Florida Loop won’t disappoint.