Recently we had a chance to get back to Siesta Key. In the past it was voted America's #1 Beach. There, we enjoyed our second stay at a little retro place called Captiva. It's one of a group of lodging facilities on Sara Sea Circle, The facility has the feel of a 1960's-style motel...
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 up Longboat Key, when Mrs. Funmeister...
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, we decided to work our way...
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 a former post office. With both...
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. Also known as "Historic Olde...
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 reviews we saw in TripAdvisor enticed...
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 the Best Western Plus Ambassador Suites...
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 Museum of Whimsey, The Ringling Museum,...
We would like to take this opportunity to share some scenes from the Sarasota Farmers' Market. One of our favorite outdoor shopping experiences has been this exposition in Sarasota. It has been a great source of entertainment and goodies to take home. In fact, we have written about it in the past. This time, however, we thought we'd let you...
For some time we had heard about the legendary shelling at Sanibel Island but it was not until recently we packed up the Funmobile and headed out to see what the fuss was all about. Mrs. Funmeister had done the requisite due diligence and found us overnight accommodations at the Castaway Cottages so that we would have a place to...
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