Destination Spotlight: Magnificent Tampa

Even if you stay on the beaches 20 miles to the west, you should consider driving into Tampa for a mild taste of metropolis. Tampa is 85 miles southwest of Orlando. Tampa was a sleepy little port when Cuban immigrants founded Ybor City’s cigar industry in the 1880s. A few years later, Henry B. Plant […]

How about some food and wine at Disney’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival?

Each year I look forward to Disney’s celebration of cultures at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.  Stopping eat at each venue to revel in their tasty treats is the highlight for me.  There are about 30 international food and beverage Marketplaces.  Each Marketplace will have an appetizer, an entrée, and a desert option, […]

Road Trippin: Florida’s Forgotten Coast – Just For Relaxing

Leave your watch at home and turn off that phone.  Now you’re ready to get lost,  and surrender to your meandering spirit of exploration. The Forgotten Coast stretches listlessly over 200 miles of mostly undeveloped Gulf of Mexico coastline.  The Forgotten Coast is about 80 miles from Tallahassee,  and just over 300 miles from Orlando.  […]

Destination Spotlight: St. Petersburg, the “Sunshine City” is Always in Season

On the western shore of the bay, St. Petersburg, Florida (“St. Pete” to most locals) stands in contrast to Tampa, much as San Francisco compares to Oakland in California. Whereas Tampa is the area’s business, industrial, and shipping center, St. Pete was conceived and built a century ago primarily for tourists and wintering snowbirds. Here […]

What’s Happening: What Are You Doing in Central Florida this August?

As the summer festivities continue roaring, hope you have time to check out at least one of these events the next month: Aug. 3, 4: ArtWalk, Bradenton. Visit the various galleries, studios, restaurants and other small businesses in the arts district on the first Friday of every month, 6 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, 11 […]

Destination Spotlight: The Florida Keys

A drive from Miami to the Keys is the most breathtaking drive I have ever taken.  On either side, for miles and miles, you see only the blue waters of the Florida Keys.  There are about 400 islands, 150 miles long that make up The Florida Keys. People go to the Florida Keys for the […]

What’s Happening in Central Florida This July?

Now that summer has officially begun, we look forward to the hot, hot days of July in Florida. There is so much to do and see.  What will you be doing this July? If you live in or will be traveling to the Central Florida area, here are just a few ideas to help keep […]