6 reasons to splurge for an onsite resort at Universal Studios Florida

During her first visit to Universal Studios Florida, my daughter was just a wee bit too short to ride the newly opened Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. I promised her that one day I’d take her back. I planned to fulfill that promise this summer since I had some available time.  However, I didn’t realize […]

Agenda: 5 Days in Key West

Something about Key West just keeps calling me back.  It could be the “come as you are” casual attitude.  It could be the eclectic, funky, quirky vibe.  Perhaps it’s the charming, colorful homes surrounded by tropical gardens.  There is an ineffable feeling the moment you glimpse the colorful buildings from your window seat. Since most […]

St.George Island, FL

Island Monday:  St. George Island, Florida Happy Island Monday!  Today we’re taking a quick trip to St. George Island, a 22 mile long barrier island off the Northwest Florida coast near Tallahassee with quiet beaches and fresh oysters. Stay:  Serendipity As soon as I saw the bright red chairs overlooking the pristine gulf beaches, I […]

WaterColor Inn and Resort on Florida’s Gulf Coast

There’s a reason why the Gulf Coast of Florida is known as the Emerald Coast. This will become very clear the second you lay your eyes on the crystal clear turquoise water and sparkly white sand.  But the stunning beaches are only one of many reasons why the WaterColor Inn and Resort near Santa Rosa Beach, […]

Top 5 places for an afternoon libation in Key West

There is nothing that says, “I’m on vacation” quite like the decadence of settling in for relaxing mid-day cocktails.   These lovely spots are my favorites for whiling away a long afternoon in Key West… #5… The After Deck at Louie’s Backyard You’d be hard pressed to find a more “waterfront” spot than this.  The After […]

Awesome Vacation Rental: Key West’s Pineapple Cottage

There are so many wonderful options for lodging in Key West.  But for a truly private tropical retreat, Pineapple Cottage is a great way to go. Located on Southard Street near Simonton Street, it is an odd combination of far enough off Duval Street, yet close enough at the same time.  A practically perfect location, […]