Florida Travel: Do You Call it Soda or Pop? Either Way, Sip it in Sebring
Apr17

Florida Travel: Do You Call it Soda or Pop? Either Way, Sip it in Sebring

Do you call it soda or pop? Either way, sip it in Sebring. My eyes lit up like a Christmas tree when I learned there was a shop designated to soda pop in Sebring. For months I had the inaugural Sebring Soda Festival on my calendar and even told visiting friends and family who planned last-minute Florida trips I could not meet with them because I had plans to see how high I could get my blood sugar by sampling some of the 200 sodas available during the festival. TWO HUNDRED SODAS.

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Circle the Center With New Travel Guidebook About Florida’s Labyrinth
Apr11

Circle the Center With New Travel Guidebook About Florida’s Labyrinth

Those who love Florida and venturing off-the-beaten path will be thrilled with the new travel guidebook by award-winning author Lucy Tobias. Titled Circle the Center: Labyrinths in Florida, Lucy traveled throughout Florida and either walked or contacted more than 130 labyrinths and selected 95 for the book. She walked most solo but sometimes her adorable corgi Obi joined her.

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Florida Travel: Vacation in Fort Myers & Sanibel Like a Pro
Mar22

Florida Travel: Vacation in Fort Myers & Sanibel Like a Pro

Sometimes, the best kept secrets are right under our noses. I have lived in Florida for more than 20 years and have explored this state from top to bottom from Pensacola to Dry Tortugas and everywhere in between. Yet, every day I am learning something new about the Sunshine State. I’m guessing there are thousands of lesser known gems and secrets waiting to be experienced. Knowing who to ask and how to find these treasures is the...

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Outdoorswoman Journal: Southwest Florida Fishing Resources for Female Anglers
Mar19

Outdoorswoman Journal: Southwest Florida Fishing Resources for Female Anglers

Share what you know and living in Southwest Florida, here are a few fishing resources to help female anglers gain confidence and get out on the water to catch the big one. Or at least, reel in their first catch. My earliest memory of wetting a line was with my grandfather during one of many family spring break trips to Sarasota, Fla. Maybe it’s so memorable because of this image I have (see below). I fondly remember boating with...

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Goats. Yoga. Beer. Yup. Together They are a Thing with Goat Yoga Tampa
Mar01

Goats. Yoga. Beer. Yup. Together They are a Thing with Goat Yoga Tampa

My goat yoga experience was like my in-home Pilates workouts. At home, when I lay down to begin the workout, my 45-pound dog jumps on my stomach thinking it is playtime. Similarly, during goat yoga, while on my back about to begin a magical yoga pose, a 40-pound goat jumped on my stomach. The difference is, the goat knew when playtime was over and let me carry on with the workout.

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Florida Travel: Riding Lessons and Trail Rides at Horsing Around Ranch in Lake Suzy
Feb25

Florida Travel: Riding Lessons and Trail Rides at Horsing Around Ranch in Lake Suzy

Like many girls growing up, I loved horses and dreamt of having one and riding it through the fields and woods of my Western New York backyard. We had a barn where my dad and siblings kept a horse but my siblings and I ended up with goats and chickens instead. As a nearly-50-year-old adult, I still get all the feels when around horses and couldn’t wait to say, “giddy up,” I found out my former gym trainer opened a...

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Florida Freshwater Fishing: Landing My First Largemouth Bass
Feb19

Florida Freshwater Fishing: Landing My First Largemouth Bass

Fog was heavy and created an eerily beautiful landscape in the Babcock/Webb Wildlife Management Area. Navigating my car through the campground, the landscape of slash pine trees and saw palmettos looked as though it was strewn with cotton and a light layer floated above Webb Lake. I worried I would miss the boat ramp where I was meeting my guide for a morning trip. I pulled in as my Southwest Florida freshwater fishing guide, Debbie...

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Discover Florida’s Downtowns with Free Smartphone App
Feb15

Discover Florida’s Downtowns with Free Smartphone App

Florida boasts a rich history and a free smartphone application published by the Florida Humanities Council shares some of the Sunshine State’s most intriguing stories. Called Florida Stories, users can download the free app to explore more than a dozen downtowns through self-guided audio walking tours.

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Pet-Friendly Florida: Fish, Food and Fun in Daytona Beach with a Dog
Jan20

Pet-Friendly Florida: Fish, Food and Fun in Daytona Beach with a Dog

Beach. Spring break. NASCAR. Bike Week. These are some of the things I associate with Daytona Beach and never would have thought this popular Florida East Coast destination is dog-friendly. Boy, was I wrong!

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Florida Travel: What to Do in Punta Gorda & Englewood Beach in 2018
Jan01

Florida Travel: What to Do in Punta Gorda & Englewood Beach in 2018

‘Tis the time of year for my annual month-by-month listing of what to do in the Southwest Florida community of Punta Gorda and Englewood Beach (basically Charlotte County) in the New Year. As usual, most activities can be enjoyed anytime of the year. And, I hope you try something that pushes your personal boundaries in the New Year because that’s how you learn, grow and maybe find your new passion.

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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 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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U.S. Military Heroes Receive Free Admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Veterans Day Weekend 2017
Nov08

U.S. Military Heroes Receive Free Admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Veterans Day Weekend 2017

Hard to believe, but a year ago, after my trip to Gulf Shores, Alabama, for the World Food Championships, I was at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex celebrating the opening of the Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame ®. I’ve certainly had quite the year and time certainly flies!

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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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