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 2017, included popular Florida beaches  — Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach and good ole' Siesta Beach coasting into the number one spot. With spring break upon us our well…

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…

Warm Mineral Springs in North Port

Europeans, Russians, Ukrainians, Scandinavians, and Israelis are all well acquainted with the mental and physical health benefits of soaking in mineral springs. But the habit is not as common for us Americans. And it turns out that we Central Floridians live next door to the largest mineral spring in the world. Welcome to Warm Mineral…

Our Two Favorite Beaches for Snorkeling in Central and Southwest Florida

There are many reasons to go to the beach—to bask in the sun, watch shore birds skitter along the surf, get sporty with jet skis, surf boards, or parasails, make sand castles with your kids, or mosey along the local boardwalk. We Floridians are lucky to have fabulous options all over the state for engaging…

Bringing Back Main Street

It’s happening all over Florida: residents are rediscovering Main Street, preserving historic architecture, returning to walkable neighborhoods, and engaging with their neighbors. Some of our historic cities, like Mount Dora and Bradenton, have managed to preserve this small town feeling on their own, but many others are taking advantage of the concerted efforts of the…