Florida Keys – Square Grouper and My New Joint (and a GIVEAWAY!)

If you're heading to the Florida Keys - any one of them - you must make time for at least one meal at either Square Grouper Bar and Grill or My New Joint Lounge on Cudjoe Key. Friends had raved about Square Grouper, at length, and it was the intended dinner destination after our first full day in ...

Florida Keys – Cudjoe Key and Key West

Although the most well-known of the Florida Keys is Key West, there are many (many) more islands that string off the southern tip of Florida. A recent trip involved stops at several different keys and accommodations on Cudjoe Key (just 20 miles north of Key West). We stayed in a rental home called Gregily Key. Newly renovated and redecorated, ...

Key West – Butterfly & Nature Conservatory

On the second full day in Key West, Florida, we visited the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. Located directly on the main drag (Duval Street), the facade of the Conservatory is deceptive. Appearing like many of the historic homes on the island, the front of the building features two story columns and a second-story porch. ...

Key West – Hemingway in Heaven

Our first day trip into Key West began with an obligatory visit to the Southernmost Point of the United States. The giant "buoy" is concrete and anchored into the ground at the corners of South and Whitehead Streets. In an often overlooked technicality, there are a couple geographical spots further south than the iconic buoy, but they are ...

Florida Keys – Photo Preview

Allow me to whet your appetite for future Key posts with these teaser pictures. Welcome to the Florida Keys! From fantastical fountains on private estates... ...to unlimited public seas for swimming, snorkeling, cruising and kayaking. The Keys are full of historic architecture, nautical novelties and nature side by side in harmony... ...and unique displays of art everywhere you turn. When you're traveling a string ...

Girls Weekend – St Pete Beach Staycation

This past weekend I was lucky enough to attend a Girls Weekend on the beach with a few of my closest friends. Although technically a Staycation, it still felt like a vacation. And sometimes that's difficult when you already live in a place that most people think of as a vacation destination. There's a possibility that ...

Asheville, NC – Biltmore House and Gardens

One of the most well-known points of interest in Asheville, North Carolina is the Biltmore Estate. George Vanderbilt's country home, intended as an escape from every day life for his family and friends, entered construction in 1889. Opened (officially) in 1895, the Biltmore Home has over four acres of floor space and 250 rooms. While generously designed ...