Riding the Waves in Englewood, Florida
Mar16

Riding the Waves in Englewood, Florida

These speedy little gems are offered by Riding the Waves located at Skip’s Marina on Placida Road in Englewood where guided tours are offered.

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Where to See Manatees in Florida’s Gulf Coast
Jan16

Where to See Manatees in Florida’s Gulf Coast

Cooler weather means the lovable sea cows are congregating in warmer waters. Planning a vacation to the Sunshine State’s Gulf Coast? From Homasassa Springs to Fort Myers, here are some of my favorite places on where to see manatees in Florida’s Gulf Coast, both in their native habitat and in captivity.

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Florida Travel: What to Do in Punta Gorda & Englewood Beach in 2017
Dec29

Florida Travel: What to Do in Punta Gorda & Englewood Beach in 2017

Happy 2017! ‘Tis the time of year for my annual month-by-month listing of things you must try in the Punta Gorda & Englewood Beach, Florida area during the New Year. Of course, you can enjoy many of these activities throughout the year.

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Pet-Friendly Florida: Flagler Beach
Nov23

Pet-Friendly Florida: Flagler Beach

A dog beach, pet-friendly dining and activities had Radcliff’s tail wagging during our visit to Flagler Beach, Florida. This was our first, of what I hope, of many road trips.

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Coincidence or Something Bigger? Paying Respects at the Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida in Punta Gorda
Nov05

Coincidence or Something Bigger? Paying Respects at the Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida in Punta Gorda

I had a random encounter at the Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida in Punta Gorda that has me wondering whether it was coincidence or something bigger.

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Florida International Air Show to Soar Above Punta Gorda Oct. 21 – 23
Sep18

Florida International Air Show to Soar Above Punta Gorda Oct. 21 – 23

Rejoice! The Florida International Air Show will return to the Punta Gorda Airport Oct. 21 – 23, 2016, and I recently met with air show officials who are bursting with excitement with this year’s event. Everyone I heard from said this will be the best in the show’s 35 years. Highlights include three days of activities with a twilight spectacular on Friday night kicking the aviation event off. Expect an abundance of static...

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Solo Travel in Florida: Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort
Jul22

Solo Travel in Florida: Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort

It’s no secret I’m all about learning new things and last month on Women’s Golf Day (June 7, #WomensGolfDay)I headed to one of the best vacation spots in Florida, Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, to learn basic techniques during a golf clinic. This Tampa Bay resort was one of hundreds of golf courses around the world commemorating the day with special events and clinics.

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Book Dream Vacations During 2016 CyberSummer
Jun17

Book Dream Vacations During 2016 CyberSummer

You’ve been itching for those dream vacations and now is the time to book THEM. Yeah, that’s right, I’m encouraging you to plan for multiple getaways and the CyberSummer event is a terrific place to begin your planning.

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A Taste of Austria at Tina’s Cafe & Bakery Vienna in Punta Gorda, Fla.
May28

A Taste of Austria at Tina’s Cafe & Bakery Vienna in Punta Gorda, Fla.

On a recent Friday night, I sat in a cozy Punta Gorda cafe with about a dozen others and all of us had at least one thing in common, an interest in wine. Together, we journeyed to Austria with Bernhard Weidinger as our guide but passports were not needed. All what was required was a thirst for adventure.

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Memorial Day Weekend by Boat. Best Way to Kick Off the Summer!
May26

Memorial Day Weekend by Boat. Best Way to Kick Off the Summer!

How do I describe my backyard? Water, water everywhere! Living in Southwest Florida, I’m a hop, skip and a jump to Charlotte Harbor, Florida’s second largest estuary, and Gulf of Mexico. The best way to enjoy this area is on a boat.

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Outdoorswoman Journal: Learning Fly Casting in Port Charlotte, Florida
May23

Outdoorswoman Journal: Learning Fly Casting in Port Charlotte, Florida

Can you learn fly casting in Port Charlotte? Yup, as well as in Englewood and Placida areas. My backyard of Southwest Florida is home to world-class fishing and honestly, I don’t take advantage of it enough. It’s not that I don’t have the time, it’s that I fear I don’t have the knowledge. When I was married and lived in the Everglades I fished quite often, which was made easier by having a boat and being...

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Florida Travel: Tubing the Ichetucknee River
May19

Florida Travel: Tubing the Ichetucknee River

“My mother used to own part of this river,” the man floating on a blue, inflatable raft said to me as we drifted down Ichetucknee River in Ichetucknee Springs State Park last August. With his wife sitting shotgun,he added, “We come back at least once a year to float the river.”

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My Easter Visitor
Mar28

My Easter Visitor

Easter morning, one of my two cats was sitting in the window chattering so loud I could hear him while sitting in the next room over.

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Fulfill the Dream at Bert’s Black Widow Harley-Davidson in Port Charlotte, Florida
Mar22

Fulfill the Dream at Bert’s Black Widow Harley-Davidson in Port Charlotte, Florida

On a recent Saturday I visited Bert’s Black Widow Harley-Davidson® in Port Charlotte to see what exactly the motorized bike experience is about. What my naive self learned was being a Harley-Davidson rider isn’t about owning a piece of thrusting horsepower you put between your legs, it’s about living a dream and being part of a community.

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Here Fishy, Fishy. Juvenile Tarpon Monitoring at Wildflower Preserve
Feb29

Here Fishy, Fishy. Juvenile Tarpon Monitoring at Wildflower Preserve

When I set my alarm for 5:30 on a Saturday morning, it means one of three things. It’s set for a work function, travel, or something really fun to do on my day off. That something fun to do was participating in the juvenile tarpon monitoring program at Wildflower Preserve in Englewood, Fla., with Lemon Bay Conservancy and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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