Florida

Apalachacola Working Waterfront
Chronological / Destinations / Florida / United States

Forgotten Natural Florida

I am eye to eye with a bald eagle again. They seem to be everywhere in Franklin County, Florida. Forgetting how close this is to popular tourist destinations is easy, since just south of Tallahassee and east of Panama City lurks the environmentally serene and ecologically rich county bearing Benjamin […]

The Casa
Chefs of Distinction / Chronological / Destinations / Florida / Food / United States

Historical Luxury in the Heart of the Oldest City

I’ll put St. Augustine up against any other U.S. city in terms of charm. Sure, as America’s oldest city, it’s bustling with historical ambiance and attractions, but it also has a certain je ne sais quoi that adds a level of quaintness I don’t find in other cities.

Courtesy Hard Rock Cafe International
Destinations / Florida / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Amps Up VIP Program

As of May 2014, ten years will have passed since the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opened in Hollywood, Florida. Now with a 96% year-round occupancy rate, an AAA Four-Diamond rating and an array of accolades, this destination is at the top of its game. Located in the Seminole […]

Hilton Beach Resort Fort Lauderdale Courtesy Hilton Hotels & Resorts
Destinations / Florida / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort Exemplifies Eco-Luxe Lodging

Many hotels are making strides to go green with eco-friendly practices, but one has been a pioneer on the hospitality “green scene” — the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. Having commenced its earth-friendly program in 2007, this property is well ahead of other hotels and resorts that are just dipping […]

Villa Vizcaya: Don’t Miss this Tropical Downton Abbey
Destinations / Florida / United States

Villa Vizcaya: Don’t Miss this Tropical Downton Abbey

Like the grand estates of England, most of the historic baronial manors of America have succumbed to the times and the tax man. However, the evolution has made these grand houses accessible to those of us who could not otherwise presume to personally visualize their grandeur. Such is the circumstance […]

Cruising with an Inspiration Named Julia
California / Central & South America / Cruises / Florida

Cruising with an Inspiration Named Julia

On a recent Panama Canal cruise on the Holland America ms Amsterdam, we met a most extraordinary passenger with a remarkable past. Her name is Julia.  We do not usually write about fellow travelers, but Julia is exceptional for several reasons that stirred our interest and imagination. Julia’s most noteworthy […]

Exploring the Luxurious Naples Bay Resort
Destinations / Florida / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Exploring the Luxurious Naples Bay Resort

Some luxury hotels like to be considered “destination resorts,” but few actually fit the bill. The elegant Naples Bay Resort in Florida is the exception that proves the rule – it is a self-contained destination of choice for upscale vacationers. Situated in Naples, on Florida’s Paradise Southwest Gulf Coast, the […]

Green Tampa
Chronological / Destinations / Florida / United States

Green Tampa

Staring eye to eye with wild dolphins, alligators and manatees the same week as riding a rollercoaster reminded me to not take Tampa for granted. Vacationing in tropical destinations in the summer may seem counter-intuitive but I am known to march to a different drummer. For easily bored families who […]

Beach at Cheeca Lodge and Spa © Judy Bayliff
Chronological / Destinations / Florida / Food / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Cheeca Lodge and Spa: The Jewel of Islamorada

The Cheeca Lodge and Spa has welcomed guests to the sunny isle of Islamorada in the Florida Keys since 1946. Through the years, it has earned a reputation as a world-class oceanfront resort with breathtaking views and extraordinary luxury amenities and service. Here’s what we discovered. We were about one […]

Credit Turnberry Isle Miami
Chronological / Destinations / Florida / United States

Beguiled by Turnberry Isle Miami

In the lush and luxurious North Miami Beach Aventura neighborhood sits the award-winning, AAA Four Diamond-rated Turnberry Isle Miami. This quiet beach, golf, tennis and spa retreat sprawls over 300 perfectly manicured tropical acres replete with 100 varieties of plants and 50 bird species. Immediately upon setting foot here, I […]