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11 Winter Activities on Amelia Island Florida

A barrier island stretching along the northeast coast of Florida, Amelia Island is the perfect place for a relaxing romantic weekend during the chilly shoulder season. The island, named for Princess Amelia, daughter of George II of Great Britain, has a laid-back vibe, reminiscent of “old Florida.” When we booked our discounted hotel stay at […]

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Chillin’ on a Houseboat in Naples

It seems to be on everyone’s bucket list. Just mention the word “houseboat” and you’re sure to evoke romanticized images of a buoyant home floating in some exotic paradise. The marriage of a water-bound “hotel” to a gorgeous tropical setting can be found right here in the United States. I recently stayed on a magnificent […]

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The Sauce Boss of St. Augustine

Sherry Stoppelbein and her Datil peppers have a long history in St. Augustine.  Both lay claim to a heritage from the Minorcans. Transported in 1788 from the island of Minorca off the coast of Spain to northeast Florida as indentured servants to Scottish speculator Andrew Turnbull, the Minorcans eventually rebelled against the harsh conditions, disease, […]

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Three Hands Fish: Hands Down, the Keys’ Best Seafood Resource

Three Hands Fish: Hands Down, The Keys’ Best Seafood

“Cooking with my grandmother was my alibi,” said Paul Menta. Curly-haired, charismatic, with an easy smile and sporting his beloved Liberty Bell tattoo, Paul is one-third of the dynamic trio behind Key West’s runaway concept Three Hands Fish. Rough and Humble Beginnings During his “misunderstood” youth in Philadelphia, Paul spent a lot of time with […]

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Jacksonville Beach - when you just want to chill

Jacksonville Beach: When You Just Want to Chill

I’m busy, you’re busy, we’re all busy.  So when I decided to take a “chill weekend” to recharge, I decided to try someplace new:  Jacksonville Beach – a relatively small beach community on Florida’s northeast coast.   And we were not disappointed. The Hotel Hands down, the best place to stay is at the utterly […]

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Best ever resorts for baby boomers in the Keys

Best Resorts for Baby Boomers in the Keys

Overflowing with its own blend of bohemian-tropical charm, the Florida Keys are one of the few U.S. destinations that wield a magnetic appeal on the Baby Boomer generation. The Florida Keys is a string of small islands floating in an ideal seaside location between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. With Key West […]

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Best ever resorts for baby boomers in the Keys

Beyond Disney: Take Your Kids to the Florida Keys

Sure, we all love the Disney and Universal theme parks in Orlando, but there’s a world of fun just south of Orlando – a string of small islands in the southern tip of Florida known as the Keys. Forming a barrier between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, the year-round tropical climate from Key […]

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St. Augustine

10 Reasons to Visit St Augustine in November

Proudly laying claim as America’s oldest city, the historical and charming St. Augustine was founded in 1565 and is also considered by many to be America’s most romantic destination. The brick-lined streets are reminiscent of the old town districts of European cities. Horse-drawn carriages carry tourists past grand historical architecture. The pleasant, sometimes humid, subtropical […]

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The Florida Keys: 10 Photos that Prove It’s the #1 U.S. Destination

1. The Famous Sunsets The sunsets on the Florida Keys are legendary for their explosion of colors. Two of the best spots to catch them are at the pier at the Bayside Grille (pictured above) in Key Largo and on Mallory Square dock in Key West. An upscale and intimate way to see a great sunset is to combine […]

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Panama City Beach Helicopter

Panama City Beach Helicopter: 3 Girls, 1 Bird

I can say hands-down that the very best thing I did on my Panama City Beach girlfriend getaway was fly with the girls. And by girls, I don’t mean just me and the other female passenger, Donna. Our “bird” was a Robinson R44 Clipper II, a very popular 4-seater helicopter used by many smaller helicopter tour […]

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