15 Fun “Winter” Holiday Events in Florida

I’ll go ahead and skip the winter weather comparison part of this post. It’s Florida — it’s warm, we know, we know … but Floridians can have winter fun, too, and with just as much holiday gusto! And we don’t have to shovel anything except sand for our beach castles. So, put on your (entirely…

Downtown DeLand is America’s MainStreet™

One stroll through DeLand’s charismatic downtown and you’ll understand why it won the 2017 “America’s Main Streets” contest presented by Independent We Stand™ — a national movement of small business owners who advocate for the “shop local” ethos in communities throughout America. Downtown DeLand stood out as the top finalist among 10 other Main Street…

State27Homes Big List O’ Fall Fun!

Fall events, pumpkin patches, corn mazes & more. Fall or Autumn as some may say, is my favorite time of the year. The 10 degrees that we lose in temperature creates a perfect scenario to spend time outdoors. I connected with our “friends in the know,” REALTORS® of course, to find out what’s going on…

4 Frightful Haunted Attractions in Central Florida for 2017!

Haunt list presented by guest blogger, Johnny Bronto Lipscomb, Founder of HauntScene.com. Hello Haunt Fans! Johnny Bronto here with HauntScene with four of our highest rated local haunted attractions! Now, you might think this list is going to be all about Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort OR Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay,…

Stargazing at Florida’s Only Official Dark Sky Park

Are you still reveling at our 2017 solar eclipse? I’m still in awe of the photographs and stories I’m reading in my newsfeed from all over the country. What an amazing celestial show it was. Speaking of amazing celestial shows, did you know that Florida now has a certified Dark Sky park? Yep, we sure…

Florida Wine Country

When my wife and I decided to visit Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards in Clermont, Florida, we weren’t expecting much in the way of a typical winery experience. Not that we have much experience, but we have been in wine country in other states. When I think of wine country, I think of gently rolling hills…

Disney’s Fort Wilderness and Campgrounds Resort

The campground resorts at Disney’s Fort Wilderness is just one more reason to love Orlando! If you love the outdoors - whether it’s ‘roughing it” in a traditional tent, setting up in your RV or “glamping” in a cabin all the while having the magic and comforts of Disney, then Fort Wilderness should be on…

Florida Local-Owned Butcher Shops & Meat Markets

Did you know that there is a National Barbecue month (it's in May)? I admit that I did not, but that's because the weather most of the year in Florida is fantastic for cookouts  — but we can’t always be the belle of the ball. So, for the sake of American tradition, let’s say barbecue…

Go for the Glow

Experience the wonder of bioluminescence on Florida's Space Coast. When to see it. Seeing bioluminescence up close has been on my bucket list for a long time, and I’m hoping to make it happen before the end of the season this year. Florida’s peak “glowing” season is June through early October when parts of Florida’s…

Ybor City: A Kaleidoscope of Culture, History and Entertainment

Within a few miles of docked cruise ships, a beautiful aquarium and downtown Tampa is a well-known, historic neighborhood named Ybor City (pronounced ‘e-bor’). Perhaps best known for its nightlife and cigar heritage, Ybor is a veritable kaleidoscope of culture, history and entertainment. On any given day, a walk through the neighborhood reveals street cars, roosters, monuments, fascinating…