Back in September we did a piece on Florida bourbons in honor of "Bourbon Heritage Month." Little did we know it would lead to one of the great Christmas presents of our adult life.    There are three bourbon distilleries here in Florida, including the Timber Creek Distillery in Crestview - up in the panhandle.  We were stunned when...
   In our travels we have visited lots of locales - but we've never actually been on any kind of organized tour.    Oh, we have taken a lot of trips around the Sunshine State.  But our favorite destinations have been smaller, funky and interesting towns that we've explored on our own. Matlacha for instance, is tiny but there is...
  Have you ever been Glamping? Do you even know what it is? The word actually is a contraction of "glamour" and "camping." It describes a style of outdoor accommodations with amenities and, in some cases, resort-style services not usually associated with "traditional" camping as we know it.   It's a lot more than hiking to a destination, pitching a...
   Officials of the American Automobile Associations say a new study shows that American workers took an average of 17.2 days of vacation last year. According to new research from Project: Time Off that shows a half-day increase from 2016. This marks the highest level for American vacation usage since 2010  when we took an average of 17.5 days...
   Recently picked as one of the world's Top 5 Motorsports events, the Sebring International Raceway now has another upcoming feather in their cap.    The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) has announced Sebring will host not one, but two, world-class endurance sports car events in 2019. The March 15-16 weekend - the year after next is slated to feature IMSA’s...
  As I was growing up, our idea of going on vacation was to blast as hard as we could to get to our destination, in an effort to spend as much time there as possible, then get in the turnpike and blast home in time to be back at work or school.     However, as I have gotten...
Listed as one of the 11 most Unconventional Conventions by SyFy Wire, the 19th Annual Klingon Feast hits Daytona Beach this weekend - and for the fans of the badboys (and girls) of Star Trek, this is their time to shine. The Feast  is a weekend event planned, produced  and presented by fans for fans. No guest stars – just Klingons with...
To be honest, we've never been big on taking guided tours as we wend our way through the Sunshine State. However, recently we have become aware of a group in central Florida that might change our minds.   Ingeniously dubbed "Mosquito County Tours," it's the brainchild of Mandy Longo.   About a decade ago, she began taking walking tours hosted by...
Winter at the beach has a lot to offer, and officials at the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission remind folks it's a perfect time for collecting shells. Shells are Fun and Useful As a former island dweller, seashells have become an integral part of my home ...
***ATTENTION ***'    Like many other events in Highlands County, officials of the North American Society of Grass Racers and Sod Slingers have postponed the opener of the 2017-18 racing season at the Avon Park MowerPlex. "It really is a shame,:" said NASGRASS President Wes Pyburn. "But the safety of our racers and our fans are most important to us." Pyburn said...

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