We are not seafood lovers, so to tell me we would end up at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar would have been amazing in itself. But it turned out to be one of the greatest dining experiences we have had in our sojourn around Florida It started as a drive...
Over the course of our travels, we've found the beaches of the Suncoast are difficult to beat. From Fort Myers to Sarasota there's a nearly continuous stretch of white sand and blue water. The beaches are teeming with shells, sharks teeth, fun and sun. On a recent trip,...
As many of you know, Mrs Funmeister is a vegetabletarian. Naturally, this then figures in when we pick restaurants. On our trip to Venice, we discovered The Cafe Evergreen. Based on rave reviews on TripAdvisor we decided to try it. The restaurant actually is located in Nokomis, inside...
As we have traveled through Florida we have come up on some wonderful historic downtown areas. We've visited Melbourne, Punta Gorda and Bartow to name a few. Located just off the Tamiami Trail south of Venice, the shopping area along Dearborn Street in Englewood is every bit as enchanting. ...
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We stumbled on The Mango Bistro quite by accident and it was a lucky find. On Dearborn Street in Englewood, it is at the gateway to the little downtown area. When we found it, we had been in search of a farmer's market which apparently ended in May. The...
We have stayed at a couple of Best Western Motels in the past. There even were a couple of former Best Westerns that had been converted under the Baymont flag. For the most part they were OK, but in the long run were not that great. Our stay at...
It has been there on South Orange Avenue in Sarasota for the past seven years - but this was our first time dining at Fresh Start. I must tell you it's a hidden gem. We love Sarasota and generally go for the Saturday farmer's market. But there's also the...
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  While traveling along Bayshore Avenue in Sarasota, it is virtually impossible to miss the 26-foot tall statue of a sailor kissing a nurse at the end of World War II. Entitled "Unconditional Surrender" it is one of a series of such pieces done by J. Seward Johnson II.    As Americana - it is a true Florida Fun Travel...
  During the winter months, a trip to Siesta Key can be a bit of a pricey affair. But in the off season, it can be a nice little trip. Especially if you don't mind being back from the beach a bit and traveling in for your Gulf Experience. Unless you have booked a beachside resort, condo or hotel room,...

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