Florida

Port D’Hiver, a local treasure of Melbourne Beach

With the help of local Melbourne Beach artisans and tradesmen, the couple spent the next few years returning the residence as closely as possible to Walter Brown’s 1920’s home. Port d’Hiver (Port of Winter) officially opened in 2007.

A retreat that is both comfortable and elegant, the B&B offers ten bright, spacious accommodations each uniquely decorated with a tropical Key West/British Colonial flair. The Sunrise room in the north cabana offers fabulous ocean views and a mahogany four poster bed along with a private balcony for cocktails or just relaxing with a good book. Handcrafted Peter Reed British linens made from the finest Egyptian cotton percale add to the luxurious experience.

Pensacola’s Lighthouse—View from the Top

Looming over the historic city of Pensacola, Florida, the 150-foot Pensacola Lighthouse and its adjacent Museum offers a view into Pensacola’s past which has been known to turn spooky.

Cape Canaveral Offers Strange Mix of Space Exploration and Natural Beauty

Elon Musk brings new meaning to the word irrepressible. In early February the CEO and founder of SpaceX traveled from […]

Spotting the Rarest Whale on Earth

Each year from December through March a remarkable event takes place. North Atlantic right whales migrate to the warm, calm coastal waters of the southeast Atlantic coast to give birth and nurse their calves. Then in the spring they head back north to feeding grounds in the Bay of Fundy between Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.

Melbourne Beach: A Space Coast Gem

It is one of America’s magical roadways. A north/south route, Highway A1A sprawls out in sections along Florida’s entire Atlantic coast. Cruising along A1A in Central Florida we pulled into the towns of Melbourne Beach and Indiatlantic located on the barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean. Relaxed and unhurried, the twin sister towns offer unspoiled beaches with sparkling blue-green waters and large dunes blanketed with sea oats and native wildflowers.

Kicking Back on Anna Maria Island

Tucked along the teal-colored Gulf of Mexico, Anna Maria Island sits on a tiny spindle of land at the mouth of Tampa Bay. There is no grand dame hotel, no sprawling wildlife preserve, no historic waterfront. The island is dominated by palm trees and low-slung Crayola-colored beach cottages and scores of renovated old-timey motels.

St. Petersburg’s Chihuly Collection Sparkles

One of the most spectacular arts destinations in St. Petersburg, Florida, is the Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean Arts […]

St. Petersburg’s Renaissance

Talk about an extreme makeover. Once taunted for its green benches, bingo nights and sluggish snowbirds, today St. Petersburg, Fla. […]

Bedazzled by Bern’s

It’s a rococo temple of red meat and red wine. Come hungry. Located in the So-Ho section of Tampa, Bern’s […]

Laid-back Luxury at Don CeSar

When Thomas Rowe unveiled plans for his masterpiece in 1926, it was considered an architectural marvel. A flamingo-pink grand hotel […]

Crystal River: Home to Manatee Swimming Hole

They are gentle giants. Known for whiskery faces and large, seal-like bodies that taper down to powerful flat tails, Florida’s largest herd of endangered manatees makes their annual migration to the Crystal River in November. The good-natured mammals can survive comfortably during the winter months in the natural warm springs that originate here and flow into the Gulf of Mexico.

Festive Ft. Lauderdale

With 300 miles of navigable sparkling waterways that snake through the town, Fort Lauderdale is celebrated as the “Venice of America.” The stunning destination has more registered mega yachts (42,000) than any place on earth. It also boasts more than 100 marinas and boatyards as well as 165 miles of those scenic canals.

Marvelous Marco Island

Paddling through a maze of tiny islands and mangrove-lined estuaries, kayakers might spy bottle nosed dolphins, manatees, sea otters, brown […]

Stepping Back in Time at the Rod & Gun Club-Everglades City, FL

Royal palms and tin rooftops vie for the town’s tallest point. Fishing rods poke from open windows of cottages and […]

Port St. Joe: Small Town Gulf Charm

It was the site of the drafting of the first Florida constitution in 1839.  Located on the shores of St. […]

Taking a Dive in Tarpon Springs

They searched the sea for treasure. But the treasure wasn’t gold or jewels. When divers from the Aegean Sea turned […]

Book Review: The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World Planner

Okay, I have to admit, I was a little skeptical when I received a copy of this book to review.  […]

Sandestin’s Wine Festival Uncorks Spring

Northwest Florida’s  Emerald Coast, home to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, is also home to a five-star spring wine event […]

A Florida Beach Town with Character, Rosemary Beach, Florida

Nestled between Panama City Beach and Destin, Rosemary Beach has its own character and flair that sets it apart from […]

Grayton Beach-Natural Florida

At the very end of County Road 283 lies a slice of the Florida Panhandle where time seems to have […]

Deer Lake State Park Near Rosemary Beach, Florida

The Northwest coast of Florida is best known for its white sand beaches and Spring Break party destinations. But just […]

Dining in Rosemary Beach, Florida

For such a small community, Rosemary Beach, Florida has some of the best restaurants in the area. From casual to […]

Shopping in Rosemary Beach, Florida

Nestled between Panama City Beach and Destin, this Florida beach town has its own character and flair. There are no […]

Daytona Beach, Florida… Without the Beach

Daytona, Beach—This spring break mecca and birthplace of car racing has more going for it than its 23 miles of […]