State27Homes Spotlight: Nokomis part 2

The State27Homes blogging team recently spent a day exploring Nokomis in southwest Florida, and we’re excited to share some highlights from our trip. You can read part 1 here where we covered Nokomis beach, drum circles and more! Art in Nokomis If you’re looking to support the local art scene in Nokomis, a visit to…

State27Homes Spotlight: Nokomis

The State27Homes blogging team recently spent a day exploring Nokomis in southwest Florida, and we’re excited to share some highlights from our trip. Nokomis Part 1: Organic cafes, drum circles, citrus and more. To get your bearings, Nokomis is 20 miles south of Sarasota and is home to about 3000 residents, with exclusive Casey Key…

It’s Time for Florida Blueberries

Florida's berries are harvested before other locations around the country. The season gives Florida farmers an advantage by limiting their competition. – Florida Blueberry Growers Association This past weekend I spotted a sign announcing my local blueberry U-Pick farm, Tom West Blueberries, is now open for picking. What’s really cool about the U-picking at Tom…

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Weekend plans: how about a Sunday drive through Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive? The 11-mile wildlife drive opened in May 2015 and winds through the Lake Apopka North Shore property. This lush place offers ample wildlife viewing and quiet spots perfect for watching storms roll in or simply catching your breath for a while. Too hot…

Gourmet Ice Cream Tour from Siesta Key to DeLand

We Floridians are lucky we don’t have to contend with the snow, icy temperatures, and freezing conditions that befall much of the country in wintertime. Here, it’s always warm enough to sit outdoors, and it’s (almost) always beach weather. That means one thing: It’s never too cold to eat ice cream! Whether you are on…

Low-key Florida Beaches to Visit During Spring Break

State27Homes bloggers, Natashia and Laura, serve up a list of low-key Florida beaches for spring break. Trip Advisor's Top 25 best beaches in the U.S. for 2016, included popular Florida beaches  — Siesta Key, St. Pete Beach and good ole' Clearwater Beach coasting into the number one spot. With spring break upon us our well…

State27Homes Spotlight: Bradenton

Bradenton offers big-city amenities without big-city stress. I’ve driven through Bradenton many times on my way to Anna Maria Island without stopping. And I always think, I’m going to plan a day to explore Bradenton, too. So finally I did. And I was blown away with the amount of things to do there for a…

14 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Central Florida

Skip the drugstore chocolates, aim for awesome this Valentine’s holiday. Check out 14 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day that will make you love living in Central Florida even more. Feb. 10-20 Festivals and Fairs Why do fairs and festivals feel so date-ish? I don’t know — maybe it’s the lights and the laughter … and…

Cortez: A Traditional Fishing Village on the Gulf Coast

For those of us who like to explore off-the-beaten-track treasures and small authentic outposts of “old Florida,” a visit to Cortez, on Sarasota Bay in Manatee County, is a step back in time. It’s only an hour from Sarasota and a quick jaunt from Bradenton, and it’s definitely worth the trip! Founded in 1880, Cortez…

Where to get your Laugh on: Improv Troupes from St. Pete to Orlando

They say laughter is the best medicine. In fact science bears out that laughing actually does relieve stress and boost your mood. And what’s a better way to tickle your funny bone than spending a night at a comedy club? Here in Florida we have some of the most talented improv troupes around. Can you…