Florida Travel: Horseback Riding on the Beach at Cape San Blas
May27

Florida Travel: Horseback Riding on the Beach at Cape San Blas

There are about a dozen places in the United States where horses are permitted on public beaches and only three locations in Florida with Cape San Blas in Gulf County, Florida, near Port Saint Joe, being one. The other two locations are Amelia Island in the northeast and Hutchinson Island in the southeast. On a lovely May evening, I experienced horseback riding on the beach at Cape San Blas.

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Where to Eat in Cape San Blas: Skully’s Low Country Boil
May26

Where to Eat in Cape San Blas: Skully’s Low Country Boil

Driving Cape San Blas Road toward T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, off to the right I spotted a big black banner hanging on a white and blue building. Sandwiched between a pair of white skull and crossbones, it read “Skully’s Low Country Boil.” Something told me it served really good food and hoped it would be open later in the afternoon. Especially since I was camping and it appeared restaurant options on Cape San Blas are limited.

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Things to do in Gainesville: Visit the University of Florida Bat House and Barns!
May24

Things to do in Gainesville: Visit the University of Florida Bat House and Barns!

Looking for unique things to do in Gainesville, here something for ya – check out the University of Florida bat house and barns! Footballs and baseballs aren’t the only objects soaring through the sky at the University of Florida. Tens of thousands of bats inhabit the campus and their departure from the UF Bat Barns and Bat House each evening is one of Gainesville’s most interesting ecotourism attractions.

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#TravelprAna: Spring Showers Won’t Spoil My Dose of Vitamin Sea
May15

#TravelprAna: Spring Showers Won’t Spoil My Dose of Vitamin Sea

Who heads to the beach on a Monday evening? This gal. It’s so #TravelprAna. And if you live within a stone’s throw to a beach, I highly recommend you take advantage of an evening seaside stroll for a good dose of Vitamin Sea. For some strange reason, the beach has been reserved for the weekends to unwind from the workweek. But I say, carpe diem and dip those toes in the sand.

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Cypress Gardens Continues to Bloom at Legoland Florida Resort
May09

Cypress Gardens Continues to Bloom at Legoland Florida Resort

Legos are one of those timeless toys. Making something out of a pile of plastic bricks sparks creativity and innovation. Like me, I’m sure you have memories of Legos, whether it was building something with a friend, sibling, parent, or child, or stepping on a single brick on the living room floor with your barefoot. Relive all those brick-tastic memories with a visit to LEGOLAND Florida.

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Six Summer Reads to Inspire Exploring Florida
May02

Six Summer Reads to Inspire Exploring Florida

Reading inspires travel. I was reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini in 2005 and I was intrigued to learn more about the modern Afghan culture. At the same time, I received information about a trip to Afghanistan, where much of the novel takes place. Less than a year later, I spent 10 days in Kabul with a humanitarian organization. Eat, Pray, Love, a memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert has ignited travel to Italy, India and Bali, the three countries she visited following her divorce. As there are books to move readers to travel the globe, there are plenty of books to inspire readers to travel throughout Florida. As you plan your summer vacation, consider reading one or all six of these books to find your inspiration.

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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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