Wekiva Falls: Nature in Orlando’s North

Where is a great weekend getaway in Florida? We were looking for something fun and different to do but only had a weekend to do it so we thought of WHAT we wanted to do and went from there.  A friend had visited Cactus Jack's Trail Rides at Rock Springs Run Trail in Sorrento, Florida … Continue reading Wekiva Falls: Nature in Orlando’s North

The Best Beach Camping in the Florida Keys

Long Key State Park There are three state parks in the Florida Keys that offer camping options: John Pennekamp State Park, Long Key State Park and Bahia Honda State Park.   Long Key is in the middle of the other two options and is located not too far south of Islamorada.  I've written about John Pennekamp State … Continue reading The Best Beach Camping in the Florida Keys

A new way to get to Latin America from Tampa-St. Petersburg

COPA Airlines opens Latin America to Tampa Bay I recently had the pleasure of attending a kick off lunch honoring the CEO of COPA Airlines and celebrating the new route of Panama-Tampa.   It was one of those rare moments in the Tampa Bay area where I really felt like I was part of a … Continue reading A new way to get to Latin America from Tampa-St. Petersburg

Exploring the Central Arts District in St. Petersburg, Florida

Discovering the Central Arts District A lot of travelers now want to get "off the beaten path" and in St. Petersburg, the beaten path tends to be along the beautiful waterfront of Beach Drive and includes the incredible Renaissance Vinoy Resort, Chihuly Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of History, Salvador Dali Museum, Mahaffey Theatre … Continue reading Exploring the Central Arts District in St. Petersburg, Florida

Space Shuttle Atlantis and more at Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center - Titusville, Florida Okay, the last time I truly visited Kennedy Space Center was in the 1970s. And in the most recent years, I had been there for a meeting or two but it was always in and out and for business. This time, I was going as an adult and we … Continue reading Space Shuttle Atlantis and more at Kennedy Space Center

Snorkeling at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park We drove down to Key Largo from where we were staying in Fort Lauderdale with the specific intent to go snorkeling.  We hadn't checked out precisely where to go and while we stopped at the Visitors Center just as you approach Key Largo we saw a brochure about a … Continue reading Snorkeling at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

How St. Petersburg became the cultural center of the west coast of Florida – Part 4

The Product and Who Was Promoting It As previously mentioned, the product has been a mix of cultural facilities: visual and performing, antiques shops and malls, bookstores, unique neighborhoods, city parks along the waterfront and the events that took place there, along with art galleries and restaurants. The opening of the then Stouffer Vinoy Resort … Continue reading How St. Petersburg became the cultural center of the west coast of Florida – Part 4