Every ounce of me is meant to be a country gal. I can certainly hold my own in major cities as New York, London, Paris, and Bangkok, but even then, I’m seeking the most authentic, off-beat experiences. People who follow my adventures through Florida often ask, how do I find them? One source is the Florida Agritourism Association.
Oh, how I love jumping into an adventure. In October, I drove up to South Carolina and followed some memorable pathways with my favorite travel companion by my side. My dog Radcliff. One of my stops was Congaree National Park.
A recent conference allowed me to discover South Carolina and visit the amazing Pearl Fryar Topiary Garde, a true yard of dreams. “If you build it they will come,” is a whisper out of an Iowa cornfield in the fictional movie Field of Dreams. I am not sure if he was inspired by a whisper but in Bishopville, S.C., Mr. Pearl Fryar built a home with a stunning topiary yard in a former corn field.
This will sound odd, but the Sarasota National Cemetery in Southwest Florida is a tourist attraction and I state that with the utmost respect. I visit a few times a year to find peace, clarity, and patriotism, and I imagine others visit with similar purposes.
Yumola! I had the experience of traveling through Ohio and literally rolling through the Butler County Donut Trail. Founded in 2016, the Butler County Donut Trail is 80-miles with 12 participating donut shops serving up sweet deliciousness.
Have spirits on the mind? Perhaps a visit to either Fort Myers, Key West, Monticello, Punta Gorda, or Ybor City is in order. Here are five ghost walking tours in Florida and most can be enjoyed year-round.
Florida is home to a variety of wildlife such as American crocodiles, Florida panthers, and Florida black bears. There are also several exotic safaris to visit and you don’t need a passport.
Y’all know I’m all about bragging rights and when I was home in August, my sister and I went zip lining off Buffalo’s grain elevators at Buffalo RiverWorks and it was freaking exhilarating!
Want to know a secret to the best way to experience Germany’s Christmas markets? I’ll tell ya. It’s a cruise with Viking River Cruises.
Touring Germany’s Christmas markets is a dream for many, including me, and I had the opportunity to explore them the best way possible, as a guest on a Viking River Cruise along the Main River from Frankfurt to Nuremberg, called the Heart of Germany. Even better, I shared the magical, holiday experience with my youngest sister and created memories that we’ll always cherish.
Are mermaids only found in fantasies or do they exist? About an hour’s drive north of Tampa is the city of Weeki Wachee and home to Weeki Wachee Springs where mermaids gracefully perform and delight visitors. The city was incorporated in 1966 and as of the 2010 census, the population is 12 residents. Robyn Anderson, the Weeki Wachee’s mayor, is a former mermaid and the municipality calls itself “the only city of live mermaids.”
If you’re like me, you enjoy helping others. Almost two years ago, CityPASS helped me do something special with someone special at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. For more than nine years I have blogged as Solo Travel Girl, encouraging others to travel alone, not lonely. I have also lived life single for well over a decade and while I have enjoyed my solo life, it is time to find the perfect partner to share in what is left of my journey on this planet. Sure, for the last two years I have had my trusty canine to share on several road trips but I am hoping to find my soulmate to share in life’s adventures and importantly, fill the duty of Instagram boyfriend.
Ahoy, me hearties! Ever since learning September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, a silly holiday invented in 1995 by two guys from Oregon, I always think of September as “Pirate Month.” In celebration, I’ve compiled some of the fun places in Florida to embrace your inner pirate.
There’s no doubt much of Southwest Florida has its roots in the Midwest. Look around during the winter, heck, even year-round, and you’ll see plenty of license plates from states as Ohio, Wisconsin, and Indiana. Toledo Blade which runs through North Port into Charlotte County is named after The Blade, or the Toledo Blade, the daily newspaper of Toledo, Ohio.
“Radcliff. We’re going to Silver Springs State Park and monkeys are going to hop on your back and ride you like a horse! Are you excited?” I said to my dog while driving to Ocala, Fla. I cannot speak for all single female dog owners but there are a few of us who speak to our canines as if they are our soulmates. His response was similar to that of the previous men in my life, a blank stare with his chocolate-brown eyes and silence.
Where’s the best place to have a mooo-velous time in Florida? Dakin Dairy Farms in Myakka City! When a cup of creamy, chocolate milk spills, is it okay to cry? During a tour of Dakin Dairy Farms in Myakka City, it’s just what I wanted to do after knocking over my complimentary cup of chocolate milk while trying to snap the perfect photo for Instagram. Granted, it was about an ounce but it was mighty delicious.