Surrounded by two beautiful rivers, the historic community of Dunnellon lies centered on the eastern flank of Florida’s rich Nature Coast. Dunnellon earns its reputation not only for its spectacular rivers, springs, vegetation and wildlife, but also its quaint historic downtown filled with cafés, antique and art shops, and its bike trails— all located just 15 miles from the warm salt waters of the Gulf of Mexico on Florida’s Nature Coast.
Incorporated on April 21, 1891, the historic community of Dunnellon is situated between two beautiful rivers, the spring fed Rainbow River and the tannin colored Withlacoochee River. Dunnellon offers a host of special events throughout the year, and celebrates its history in phosphate mining in April with its annual Boomtown Days event.
The Dunnellon Chamber and Business Association serves a diverse audience of citizens, including community leaders, entrepreneurs, business executives, employees, and educators. It provides leadership and resources to local businesses and organizations and acts as a catalyst for providing information and activities for our members and the region.
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Where can you go, to feel like you’re back to when life was simple,. Where just being there, makes you happy, surrounded by beautiful decor, and beautiful people. Not to mention, delicious home cooked meals, like Mama use to make! Sweeties, that’s where! Gena and Liz make the atmosphere even more perfect.
Nothing better than a small town! Sweeties cafe is hands down the best place in Dunnellon to grab a bite to eat. Not only is the food wonderful but the staff & owner, Gena Riley, are always so welcoming & kind to everyone.
Sweeties Cafe is the best. Great atmosphere and service. Just a bit of elegance a lot of fun and great food and service. You won’t be disappointed in an afternoon tea or just a quick lunch
When I met Gena Riley , the owner of Sweeties Cafe Dunnellon, she had big plans for her little business. Tea pots and beautiful gowns , quiet music and everywhere a photo op. It’s just lovely for special occasions! The menu is full of original dishes, salads and sandwiches, specialty drinks, and beer and wine! Bring your group for your next celebration!
If you live in Dunnellon or are just passing through, Sweeties is a must stop! The atmosphere is amazing, the food is outstanding and Gena makes everyone feel like family!!!
I love to drive to Dunnellon to shop at Grumbles & have lunch at "SWEETIES." GENA & her staff are so friendly. This place is special-Great for all occasions of the year-Celebrate "HIGH TEA" with your girlfriends or family. Beautiful hats & dresses-Victorian Style. Gena Makes your visit a wonderful memory to cherish. Yummy food, cakes, home made ice cream-YUM, YUM. Music on the porch. TIME FOR A VISIT TO SWEETIES TEA HOUSE.
I love my little town from the beautiful rivers to some pretty good food (Boulevard Bistro, Don Pepe’s and Just a Cupcake). Then you have fun places to visit such as Rainbow Springs State Park and Blue Run Trail. There is something for everyone!
Dunnellon is my Hometown, even though I grew up in Tampa, FL. Our family (me, my husband and our three boys) moved here in 2013, and I have never felt more welcome in a community. The river itself is a blessing to have nearby. Yearly passes to the river are very affordable. The boys and I will often go during the summers after 3pm, and swim at KP Hole. We see fish and wildlife all the time. I would recommend for anyone to come to Dunnellon and enjoy the nature and beauty it has to offer.
this town is awesome... most of the time
I love Sweeties! Several months ago I was very ill, and a friend who lives out of the area called Sweeties and purchased a credit for me to use, I was home bound, called Sweeties and not only did they offer to deliver my order (after hours) but even added my favorite dessert to the order for me. I will forever remember the kindness shown to me, from both my friend, and Sweeties!
Dunnellon is my place to escape. I love spending the day browsing the cute shops then treating myself to a yummy lunch and of course dessert at Sweeties. True Southern charm still exists!
Had my mom's 80 suprize birthday party at Sweetys cafe, not only did they reserve half the place for my guests, they treated my mom like a Queen, Gena and her staff are wonderful, the customer service is the best you will find and i felt like family there. She even helped me with my food allergy. If anyone is in Dunnellon stop by Sweety's for a bite. You wont be disappointed, the food is awesome and so are the people.
We moved ourselves and our business to this amazing area a little less than a year ago. Needless to say, the COVID-19 outbreak has affected us all here but in trying to support my fellow small business owners, my husband and I have tried out GYROS KING! Hands down THE BEST gryos I have ever had as well as their awesome Greek potatoes!!!! They also had my food ready and I never had to get out of the car! Friends, seriously, get an awesome meal from these guys because I so want them staying here in Dunnellon.
My husband and I retired and moved to Dunnellon in 2016 after having "discovered" it in 2008. It is a beautiful, friendly town full of people who care. We have our favorite places to go and, fortunately, two of those are right next to each other: Grumbles House and Sweeties. Grumbles House sells beautiful, healthy plants and all kinds of things you need, or never knew you needed, for your home. Sweeties restaurant is a delightful, Victorian themed "tea house" with delicious food and baked goods. The owners for both businesses are terrific people who are involved in our community. I love that they have combined efforts to produce "Music on the Porch" to provide entertainment, great food, and community bonding. A shout out to another excellent restaurant - Boulevard Bistro - which has delicious food and owners who also give back to the community.
I know our town is growing, but I am happy to know that we still retain our small town values in many ways. If you have not gone, visit the historic train depot on Tuesdays from 9-2. The building has so much character, and the people inside are so dedicated to Dunnellon's history.
I love our local businesses like Ace Hardware where a worker spent 20 minutes with me finding the correct bolt I needed. Or Dunnellon Tire & Auto who go above and beyond for my car repairs and my safety! I LOVE DUNNELLON!
Dunnellon is an amazing small town made up of big dreams and even bigger hearts. The folks at the chamber are a delight to work with and the businesses are all customer/user friendly. The residents make the small town feel really come to life with a smile or a helping hand always extended. I love our Big-Little small town.
Dunnellon will always have a special place in my heart. Beautiful people, places wherein you can enjoy nature, and my favorite, the food choices this place has. And DCBA has done an awesome job helping local businesses flourish. Also, there's a lot of history here, one should visit the Old Train Depot and be awed with the things from the past. I would definitely recommend Dunnellon and experience what it has to offer.
Dunnellon, a place deep in history and natural beauty. Much history has been written about Dunnellon and Rainbow Springs. It's outstanding to explore. For over a century Dunnellon has seen many changes. There are many changes to come. What stands out most to me is the people, the community, the desire to to move forward. Come visit and check it out.