Pet-Friendly Florida: I Stayed at a Red Roof PLUS+ Hotel and Cannot Believe the Experience I Had
Dec08

Pet-Friendly Florida: I Stayed at a Red Roof PLUS+ Hotel and Cannot Believe the Experience I Had

Recently, I stayed at a Red Roof PLUS+ hotel and cannot believe the experience I had with my dog. Yes, I admit I am a bit jaded when it comes to hotels. When I was younger, I stayed in ratty roadside motels that were a little suspect. As I grew in my career and travel blogging, I have since stayed in a range of accommodations that can be described as simple to stately and plain to posh. 

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Florida Everglades Open for Business After Hurricane Irma
Dec04

Florida Everglades Open for Business After Hurricane Irma

My eyes watered with sadness as I drove through Everglades City on my way to Chokoloskee and spied the piles of debris sitting by the road, eyed blue tarps, and saw some closed businesses with obvious damage. These manmade hills were made of toilets, bedding, and a mish-mash of what were once personal effects and home fixtures damaged by the storm’s fury waiting to be hauled away, more than two months following the storm. It was a sad scene to absorb.

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Solo Travel Girl’s 2017 Christmas Gift Guide for Travelers
Nov21

Solo Travel Girl’s 2017 Christmas Gift Guide for Travelers

Need a little help in finding Christmas gifts for travelers on your list? Experiences are at the top of my list but here are some of my 2017 tangible finds.

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Solo Travel Girl’s Tips for a Tasty Clearwater Beach Uncorked, 2017 Edition
Nov19

Solo Travel Girl’s Tips for a Tasty Clearwater Beach Uncorked, 2017 Edition

Come hither, my fellow foodies. Having attended this food and wine festival over the years, I’m dishing out Solo Travel Girl’s Tips for a tasty Clearwater Beach Uncorked, 2017 edition. Now celebrating its sixth year, this Florida favorite foodie festival is taking place Dec. 2 & 3, 2017. Going prepared will help you make the most of the mouthwatering experience. #CLBU17

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Punta Gorda Restaurants Serve Palate Pleasures Nov. 1 – 12, 2017
Oct29

Punta Gorda Restaurants Serve Palate Pleasures Nov. 1 – 12, 2017

Fifteen Punta Gorda restaurants have come together to serve innovative entrees during Punta Gorda Palate Pleasures Restaurant Week Nov. 1 – 12, 2017.

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Florida Travel: Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens in Punta Gorda
Oct25

Florida Travel: Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens in Punta Gorda

More than a decade in the making and a gift of Roger and Linda Tetraul and the Roger and Linda Tetrault Family Foundation, the Peace River Botanical & Sculpture Gardens has made its public debut.

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Gulf Shrimp, Crabs and Oysters, Oh My! Learning the Business of Alabama Seafood
Oct10

Gulf Shrimp, Crabs and Oysters, Oh My! Learning the Business of Alabama Seafood

On a fall day, I spent a day in Bayou la Batre, located less than a 2-hour drive west from Gulf Shores, learning about Alabama’s seafood industry and the importance of wild-caught Gulf seafood.

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Pawtastic Fun on One of St. Augustine’s Dog-Friendly Beaches and Beyond
Oct01

Pawtastic Fun on One of St. Augustine’s Dog-Friendly Beaches and Beyond

As cliché as it is, I enjoy long walks on… dog-friendly beaches. And just my luck! Earlier this summer my traveling companion’s paws and my feet walked atop the sand of the gorgeous beach at 30 Degrees 8 Minutes North Latitude in Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve) near St. Augustine, Florida.

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Restaurant Week Features Best Eats in Englewood, Florida
Sep24

Restaurant Week Features Best Eats in Englewood, Florida

Englewood, Florida’s restaurant week called Let’s Eat! – Englewood Restaurant Wee, serves up a culinary adventure without breaking the bank.

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That Time I Took My Dog Fishing in Daytona Beach
Aug28

That Time I Took My Dog Fishing in Daytona Beach

Radcliff waddled along Adventure Yacht Harbor’s boat dock at and looked like a walking hotdog. Strapped around him was an oversized, bulky orange life jacket probably too big for him. In fairness, this is the first time I’ve found and purchased a life jacket for a dog. The hunter-orange nautical gear was snug yet provided him with mobility to walk and jump aboard Capt. Rachael Reynolds’ boat for a dog-friendly fishing trip in Daytona Beach. Well, specifically in Wilbur by the Sea but really is Port Orange.

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Brownie the Town Dog Inspires Dog-Friendly Daytona Beach
Aug22

Brownie the Town Dog Inspires Dog-Friendly Daytona Beach

At the canine-chic shop called Brownie’s Dog Boutique, I learned about its namesake, Brownie the Town Dog, and met a couple looking to keep Brownie’s legacy alive while enhancing dog-friendly Daytona Beach.

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Will the Great American Eclipse Be the Biggest Travel Day in U.S. History?
Aug16

Will the Great American Eclipse Be the Biggest Travel Day in U.S. History?

Where will you be on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017? It’s the day of the Great American Eclipse and it may be the biggest travel day in United States history. The 60 to 70-mile path of totality will sweep down from Oregon to South Carolina, meaning most people wanting to be in complete darkness for the two minutes when the moon moves between the sun and Earth will need to travel to view it.

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How I Found and Gave My Parents the Perfect 50th Anniversary Gift
Aug06

How I Found and Gave My Parents the Perfect 50th Anniversary Gift

Finding the perfect 50th anniversary gift for my parents was difficult, but once I found it, it was so easy to execute and Casey Kasem would agree it was a hit. The gift encapsulated my gratitude and appreciation for all they’ve done for my siblings and me and to this day, they continue to give. Before I share what this chart-topping gift is, let me briefly give you a glimpse into my childhood.

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Oyster Farming: Alabama’s Newest Seafood Revolution
Jul25

Oyster Farming: Alabama’s Newest Seafood Revolution

I attended the 2016 World Food Championships Blogger Summit in Orange Beach, Ala., and learned about Alabama seafood and specifically, oyster farming in a world post-BP oil spill world. I also toured a working oyster farm!

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Where Are the Best Fish Tacos in Southwest Florida? 2017 Winner Announced!
Jul20

Where Are the Best Fish Tacos in Southwest Florida? 2017 Winner Announced!

Where are the best fish tacos in Southwest Florida? Friends know I am obsessed with fish tacos. When I heard Coastal Locals and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Southwest Florida Chapter were holding a competition to find the best fish tacos in the area, I volunteered my certified food judging skills to participate.

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