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Hunsader Farms & Fiorelli Winery

The spring weather put us in the mood to get out of the house a bit. We decided to take an impromptu road trip down the coast. The first stop was Hunsader Farms in Manatee County about an hour south of Tampa. The farm/campground/petting zoo/produce market has a massive field of sunflowers that are “pick […]

Your Guide to Staying At Home

We were scrolling twitter the other day and came across this most clever take on the Covid-19 Quarantine life. The people behind the Frommers guide books, books we recommend as a solid choice for planning a trip to just about anywhere, pushed this parody of themselves to Twitter. You’ve got to feel for anyone in […]

The Perfect Lunch Break

We were told when we moved in that the canal that runs along the border of our apartment complex occasionally has manatees swimming and feeding on the bottom grass. I was starting to doubt that considering the canal gets very low at low tide. I was pleasantly surprised to stumble across some on my lunchtime […]

Home Wuk -The Virtual Carnival in the Caribbean

You knew in your island soul that social distancing couldn’t stop the Carnival Virgin Islands on St. Thomas. The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism’s Division of Festivals has launched the “Home Wuk” on line social gathering to create a sense of community and give islanders and us a virtual Carnival experience.  The carnival season […]

Welp… what next?

If you are like a lot of us you’ve suddenly found yourself with more time on your hands. I was about to start a one-week spring break from teaching high school when the state decided to extend it to two. I doubt you need me to explain why… coronavirus. We were told to prepare to […]

Spa Day

In 1539, Hernando Desoto reached the shores of Old Tampa Bay and discovered the natural springs, later named “Espiritu Santo Springs,” believing he had found the legendary “Fountain of Youth” missed by Ponce De Leon. In 1926 Safety Harbor Sanatorium & Hotel opened and proclaimed that “To visit the Sanatorium is to bestow upon yourself […]

Birdland

We know its spring (or at least its getting close) when the boys of summer start stretching their legs in the warm winter sun of Florida. I grew up in Maryland when we only had one baseball team and that was the Baltimore Orioles. The first professional baseball game I ever attended was at the […]

MIAMILAND?

MIAMILAND!  may market itself as the largest theme park in Florida, but that’s not quite it. The new creative branding initiative in the hopes to attract visitors to more than just is vibrant downtown and top-notch beaches. The MIAMILAND! campaign is there to remind us that not too far from downtown you can immerse yourself […]

ROYAL CARIBBEAN DEBUTS COCO BEACH CLUB

The Coco Beach Club is the result of a $250 million transformation of the small cay in the Berry Island chain in the Bahamas. The beach club built for the exclusive use of Royal Caribbean guests touts the first floating cabanas in the Bahamas. The resort also includes an oceanfront infinity pool, beach cabanas, a […]

CARPHA and the Coronavirus

Well, it seems that everyone and we mean everyone is concerned about the spread of the coronavirus. The island nations of the Carribean are no exceptions.  A recent press release from the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) lays out their plans to keep the island paradises and […]