Beers of the Northern Pinellas Trail – Tarpon Springs and Palm Harbor

Beers of the Northern Pinellas Trail – Tarpon Springs and Palm Harbor

Pinellas County, Florida is a popular destination thanks to its beaches. What many who visit the area don’t know about is a well-kept local secret – the Pinellas Trail. Covering 38 miles from north to south, the former railroad tracks have been converted to pavement for pedestrians, in-line skaters and bicyclists to relax and exercise.  In addition to great views and a safe place to exercise, there are 11 craft breweries that dot the 10 miles of trail from Tarpon…

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8 Simple Things Not To Do In Florida

8 Simple Things Not To Do In Florida

Florida is a very large state. From Pensacola Beach (in the upper left hand corner of the state) to Key West (the teeny tiny dot waaay at the bottom of the state) it would take about 12.5 hours to drive. To say that Florida isn’t monolithic is an understatement. In fact it’s so diverse in different areas, there aren’t many rules to how to visit the state. But there are some things that you don’t do when in Florida: Don’t…

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Historical Homes of Tarrytown

Historical Homes of Tarrytown

If you’re in the New York City area and love historical places, be sure to schedule time to visit Tarrytown, NY. A small village on Hudson River Tarrytown is located just north of Sleepy Hollow, home of the Headless Horseman. With a rich history it’s a great place to spend the day while touring the local historical homes.   Historical Homes With such a rich history, there are a variety of homes in Tarrytown that you can take a tour…

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Food, Drinks and History In Ybor City

Food, Drinks and History In Ybor City

Living in the Tampa Bay Area gives me the ability to visit a lot of places. One of my favorite places to take a staycation is Ybor City. Located just outside of downtown Tampa, Ybor City was founded in 1885 by cigar manufacturer  Vicente Martinez-Ybor and was the premier place for cigar making outside of Cuba in the early 20th century. Literally a city inside a city, you can easily see the sites of Ybor in one day if you…

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Blueberry U-Pic Florida Style

Blueberry U-Pic Florida Style

My friend Amber invited my daughter and I to go blueberry picking with her and her two boys this past weekend. I was a little surprised because we live in Florida and I didn’t know that we could pick blueberries here. The winter strawberry capitol is near us but blueberries? Who knew! Amber took us up to Starkey Blueberry Farm in Trinity which is only about 8 miles from where we live. The farm is located in an area that…

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Sarasota – 5 Things You Shouldn’t Miss

Sarasota – 5 Things You Shouldn’t Miss

I was recently selected to receive tickets to have two items appraised on Antiques Roadshow. The show was filming in Sarasota at the Ringling Museum. This was a perfect excuse for an overnight trip – I had never been to Sarasota so I decided to explore the area and make it an overnight trip. I was excited to see what the city had to offer! Located on the west coast of Florida, Sarasota is easily accessible by car or plane….

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Blue Spring State Park

Blue Spring State Park

Blue Spring State Park is a great place to see manatees in the wild. And if you happen to miss the manatees like we did, there’s plenty more wildlife for you to enjoy! 

Mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs

Mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs

I’ve always loved a mermaid. And manatees. Did you know that originally sailors thought that manatees were mermaids? Kind of amusing since manatees weight about 650 lbs : )  I’m not sure why I have a love for both. It could be because I’m a Pisces who loves being near the water. I’m lucky enough to live near a place where I can see mermaids AND manatees – what better place to see my water mates together than at Weeki Wachee…

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5 Things Not To Do On Amtrak

5 Things Not To Do On Amtrak

Riding Amtrak can be a lot of fun, as long as you follow some basic rules that will help everyone have a great trip. 

The Empowerment of Girl Scouts

The Empowerment of Girl Scouts

  It was recently announced that the Boy Scouts will begin accepting girls into their ranks. As soon as it was announced on social media and in the news, the arguments for and against began. Many parents said their daughters were excited because, they claimed, the Girl Scouts were behind the times and didn’t do extensive hiking trips or use power tools. The national Girl Scout association made their voice known that they were the premier group to empower little…

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