Bartow Florida – A Sleepy Town Making a Comeback
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Bartow Florida – A Sleepy Town Making a Comeback

Located in Polk County, referred to as the “City of Oaks and Azaleas,” Bartow, Florida, is unheard of by most. Like many small towns, the first appearance is the same: the classical main street, a four-way stop, the local courthouse, and the silence of empty storefronts. As you arrive on a Saturday, finding parking on…

Lakeridge Winery Florida – The Best Of Florida’s Wineries
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Lakeridge Winery Florida – The Best Of Florida’s Wineries

Believe it or not, Florida is home to a winery or two!  California moves over; you got nothing on us! My personal favorite is Lakeridge Winery, located in Clermont. It’s my favorite because the grapes are grown here, the existing vineyard is here, and you can tour the vineyard and sample the products. This post…

Titusville Florida’s Private Islands
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Titusville Florida’s Private Islands

A private island in Titusville, Florida? This can’t be right. If you head out onto the Indian River Lagoon – an estuary, you will find a few! And they are like a scene from Robinson Crusoe. I’m willing to bet most boaters don’t think about sandbars or having a private island when you mention Titusville….

Detroit Buildings – Touring The Abandoned Ones
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Detroit Buildings – Touring The Abandoned Ones

Detroit Buildings. What comes to mind? Eminem’s childhood home, the GM Renaissance Center, The Detroit Tigers Stadium? Perhaps it’s all and more. For me, it is the historic and abandoned buildings. The architectural marvels now lay in ruin, covered in graffiti, a shamble of their original glory. We spent a long weekend in Detroit touring…

The Howey Mansion – Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida
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The Howey Mansion – Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida

The Howey Mansion in Florida might not be as well-known as other mansions from the 1900s. It might not be as famous, significant, or opulent, but it has a rich history and a fascinating story, and it’s been renovated to capture the original luster. A massive fan of mansions, palaces, and stately homes, visiting the…

Cape Romano Dome House – Marco Island Florida
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Cape Romano Dome House – Marco Island Florida

The Cape Romano Dome House is not technically on Marco Island, Florida. It is located on the following Island down called Ten Thousand Island and is only accessible via water. The Island belongs to a larger group of Ten Thousand Islands. It was built by Bob Lee, a now-deceased retired oil producer, in 1980. The self-sustaining…

The 10 Best Airboat Rides Near Orlando
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The 10 Best Airboat Rides Near Orlando

Almost everyone who visits Florida asks what Orlando offers other than the theme parks. People are in search of cultural or Floridian things to do. There are hundreds of options, from springs to historical forts and back! But my all-time favorite crowd-pleaser is an airboat ride! And contrary to popular belief, you do not need…

Scalloping in Florida – The Complete Guide & Maps!
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Scalloping in Florida – The Complete Guide & Maps!

Scalloping in Florida is essentially an underwater scavenger hunt for dinner! It’s a Floridian tradition that many enjoy year after year. Florida scalloping is a family-friendly way to spend the day on the water catching juicy edible mollusks on many seafood menus worldwide! There are various types of scallops to be had from different regions….

Vero Beach – Florida’s Tropical Paradise
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Vero Beach – Florida’s Tropical Paradise

Central Florida’s east coast beaches are not known for tropical blue waters. Every magazine and every article will show you tropical blue water. I’ve lived here for over 20 years and done my fair share of east coast beaches. Usually, you don’t see the blue water until you get to West Palm. There are some…