Ruth Baucom

7 Reasons to Visit Edison & Ford Winter Estates

If you are even the slightest bit nerdy about inventions, mechanics, botany, antiques or architecture, then you’ll be fascinated by Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Before I made the trip to the Ft. Myers residence with visiting family, I had no idea that Thomas Edison and Henry Ford were friends, let alone Florida neighbors. Here are seven reasons why you should carve out 4 hours of your day for the homes, gardens, laboratory and museum when you’re in The City of Palms.

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Ruth Baucom

The Ultimate Guide to Finding Shark Teeth on Florida’s Gulf Coast

One of my first dates with my now husband consisted of hopping on the back of a motorcycle for a terrifying ride (not my thing) to a beach to look for shark teeth. Shelling has always been a pastime of mine but I had only found one shark tooth in all my years growing up in Florida. I approached this outing with skepticism and a tinge of excitement.

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Florida: Miami, 5 days / 4 nights Rockaholica Cruise on Carnival Ectasy

Miami, Key West, Cozumel – PARTY LIKE A ROCK STAR! Rock fans 21 and up will enjoy five days and four nights of up to forty shows featuring various performances throughout this unique Carnival rock festival cruise!

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Alyssa Villarreal

Florida: Daytona Beach, 8 days / 7 nights Americano Beach Resort

Daytona Beach, Florida – Welcome to Daytona Beach! This truly famous beach setting lets you feel the sand between your toes and hear the sounds of speeding race car tires. Daytona Beach is unique for its famous attractions and sunny activities. Spend a week here at the Americano Beach Resort and see 23 miles of beautiful sandy beaches for yourself!

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Alyssa Villarreal

Florida: Sarasota, 2 days / 1 night Holiday Inn Lido Beach

Sarasota, Florida – Home to the No. 1 beach in America, Sarasota is the ultimate sun vacation for fun, sand and waves. Located in Southwest Florida’s Suncoast, Sarasota is a paradise destination for five-star resorts, world-class shopping and fabulous year-round weather. Spend the night at the Holiday Inn Lido Beach’s beachside hotel, just steps away from the white sands of Lido Key Beach. If you’re searching for paradise on Earth, you just found it.

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Alyssa Villarreal

Florida: Orlando, 8 days / 7 nights Wyndham Cypress Palms

Orlando, Florida
Orlando, Florida – Orlando offers unique experiences for every visitor to ensure an unforgettable vacation. Whether it’s a trip for families, couples, single travelers or friends, you’ll find so many things to do here! Go for an adrenaline rush on a roller coaster, peer into the mouth of an alligator or relax with an aromatherapy massage – this theme-park paradise thrives with endless entertainment. Enjoy a week stay at the Wyndham Cypress Palms and fall in love with this family-friendly destination.

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Alyssa Villarreal

Best Beaches of the Sunshine State

While residents up north experience some inclement freezing weather, there’s always some Floridian walking outside in a tank-top and flip flops. Yes, we know, Florida has it better – weather wise. Luckily for you, we like to share our blissful paradise with the snow birds. It’s only fair; Lord knows we can’t handle anything more than sweater weather.

Instead of shoveling snow and shivering indoors by the fire, pack your towel and flip-flops and get ready to sunbathe on these amazing beaches on our must-see list.

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Alyssa Villarreal

Florida: Orlando, 2 days / 1 night Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club

Orlando, Florida
Orlando, Florida – Rich in fun and thrills, Orlando welcomes more visitors than any other destination in the states! Home to Walt Disney World, SeaWorld and the action-packed Universal Studios Orlando, this family-friendly vacation spot hosts a large degree of quality fun and entertainment. Enjoy your stay at Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club with lavish accommodations at an excellent rate!

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Alyssa Villarreal

Florida: Port Charlotte, 8 days / 7 nights Harbor Pointe Condominiums

Port Charlotte, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida – Located on the quiet Charlotte Harbor of Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast is Harbor Pointe Condominiums. With its un-crowded, old-Florida feel, Harbor Pointe is located at the heart of Port Charlotte, just minutes away from the local beach, a popular spot for pier fishing and having picnics. This great location also has access to the local parks, family friendly restaurants, top rated golf courses and an array of shopping plazas, including the Fisherman’s Village. For the more active traveler, Harbor Pointe is located near scenic trails for hiking and Peace River for kayaking. Located about an hour away are the beautiful white sand beaches and exotic wildlife sanctuaries of Sanibel Island, a shell collector’s paradise.

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USA Indian Rocks Beach, FL: 2 days/1 night Holiday Inn & Suites Harbourside

 

USA Indian Rocks Beach, FL: 2 days/1 night Holiday Inn & Suites Harbourside

Indian Rocks Beach, Florida – If you’re stuck singing “The sun will come out tomorrow,” then come to the Holiday Inn & Suites Harbourside in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. You’ll be singing “Kisses of the Sun” as you lounge by the water, soak up some rays and build sand castles.

Centrally located between Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach, Holiday Inn & Suites Harbourside awaits you. This Key West style resort has accommodations ranging from a cozy islander guest room to a 1,200-square-foot loft villa. Enjoy free internet and free parking.

If you need a break from the sea, the Holiday Inn Harbourside has two swimming pools. The first, a giant sized fun pool with a pirate ship, and the second, a private walled garden pool with a Jacuzzi. If you are in the mood for some exercise, the hotel has tennis and volleyball courts, a game room, a fitness room, a children’s play area and even an 18-hole mini golf course to keep you entertained! If that’s not enough to keep you busy, how about sailing, fishing, booking a charter or renting a slip?

The city of Indian Rocks Beach has miles of pristine beach, numerous parks and many recreational facilities. Chief Chic-A-Si Park has a bocce ball court, Kolb Park houses and an IRB Skate facility.

Whether you are looking for quality time with your family or alone time with your love, you will end up leaving with a smile.

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