Matlacha, just south of Fort Myers on Pine Island, has been known for years as a great fishing location. The the Gulf of Mexico, the Caloosahatchee River, Pine Island Sound and Charlotte Harbo all meet in and around the tiny sound.    The pass is dotted with islands and bordered by bayous, bays and coves. Numerous tidal creeks drain...
  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...
A real destination vacation can be had Cocoa Beach without breaking the bank. We at like to find the unique - and discovered what has been described as its "best kept secret" there in the form of The Beach Place Guest Houses. Tucked in just off Atlantic Avenue, it is a small complex of unique accommodations, perched on the...
It's Two Towns in One Generally when we travel, we head out to some kind of festival or special event. Most recently it was the inaugural Opa Palooza in Tarpon Springs. But as we traversed both the downtown areas and the world-famous sponge docks, it became glaringly apparent that the best parts of a visit are there year 'round. Make no...
  When you say the word Vidalia, only one thing comes to mind  - sweet onions.  They only are available from a small area in southeastern Georgia and only during a certain time of the year.     That time is now.     While there is no official review, those at Onion Central report this season's warm winter brought an early crop...
   When it comes to overnighters it does not take much to keep Adventure Wife and me entertained. For instance, a 90 minute trip to Sarasota for their weekly farmer's market can make for quite a fun time.    In the past, we have just set the alarm and headed out before sunrise in an effort to be at the...
   As we tour Florida in search of the fun and unique, we discovered that it did not necessarily involve riding a couple of hours in the car (not that that's a bad thing).  We recently went just across the border to Polk County and visited Bok Tower Gardens for a "pizzatastic" Fresh Bites presentation. It was the second...
Wewahitchke, Florida.  Have you ever heard of this town? Can you even pronounce it?  When my wife and I decided to stop waiting for "when,"  we began looking for places and things to enjoy "now" despite a small budget and a limited amount of time.    One of our initial forays has been to Florida's Tupelo Honey Festival.    Since...




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