Summer in the City

Cosmopolitan \koz-muh-pol-i-tn\ adj  1: glamorous 2: sophisticated 3: culturally diverse A charismatic city that’s oh-so-chic any time of year, Naples is west coast Florida’s prestigious answer to Palm Beach. Dining venues that delight gourmands, haute couture boutiques, championship golf courses and performing arts that please even the......more

Beach Tails

Sand between our toes, wet noses and wagging tails… oh and lobster tails… these are a few of our favorite things. So there was no doubt in our minds that we would celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary at the beach with our kids. Since they happen......more

There’s No Place Like Here

Roaring waves are a rarity when you live on Florida’s Gulf Coast. But a short drive across the state renders a different reality. Perched on the wide, sandy shores of Riviera Beach in northern Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Resort & Spa offers......more

Summer Fashion in Bloom

At the Gardens Mall in Palm Beach The air is electric – and I’m not referring to the sporadic lightning storms that occur during a typical Florida summer. The brilliant flashes that light up the sky simply serve to bring more heart-pounding excitement to this international stage.......more

Finding Nemo

If you liked Finding Nemo, you’ll love finding Mote. It delivers all the drama and color that captured your imagination in the fun fish tale, but here, it’s real. Colorful reef fish, toothy sharks and sensational sea turtles swim right before your eyes.......more

The Charms of Our Farms

Imagine what it’s like to drink milk fresh from a cow, taste sweet honey from local bees, or sip wine where the grape was grown… or to sink your teeth into a just-picked peach or an ear of corn so juicy and tender that its delicious......more

Celebrate the New Year in America’s Oldest City

Thanks to Vacation Rental Pros for sharing the really cool infographic below about some of the fun things to do in St. Augustine. It's displayed as an image; you can also view (and share!) the live source here: Things to do in St. Augustine. ......more

I Cracked Up the Cat

At Gaylord Palms’ “Shrek the Halls” 2011 Christmas Event Puss ‘n Boots and me…. we’re buds! My hubby treated me to a weekend of revelry at Gaylord Palms resort in Kissimmee, FL for my birthday in December. The resort, normally a feast for the senses any......more

Condé Nast Traveler Votes for Paradise Coast

The readers of Condé Nast Traveler recently heralded Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades as a winning combination, placing three area properties in the Top 100 Reader’s Choice for Mainland U.S. Resorts. Naples’ Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort and its sister, Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, ranked 14th......more

Bradenton has Something to Brag About

Condé Nast Traveler readers voted Longboat Key, Florida, as the No. 2 island in all of North America, for its blend of wild, natural beauty and manicured elegance. Visit Florida reports.......more

Sunset Cruises in Sarasota, Florida

One of the most dramatic ways to experience a Sarasota sunset is aboard a cruise. There are several to choose from, and all afford opportunities to witness the area’s sea life, blazing sunset and opulent waterfront mansions. Whether you prefer a party boat, dinner cruise or......more

Bradenton Beach, Then and Now

On Bradenton Beach at Anna Maria Island, this is a segment of the "Gulf Beaches Story". Watch the entire video of Bradenton Beach at videoofannamariaisland.com with host Lisa Codianne Fowler; produced by Charles Robert Neuf.......more

Bradenton Beach, Then and Now

[youtube width="480" height="385"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyDyixBVWrQ&feature=sub[/youtube] Emmy-award winning producer Charles Robert Neuf presents both the historical and modern day charms of Bradenton Beach. He also provides a glimpse of the Internet's future with his Rich Media Video site, an exceptional way to "travel" online. Check out this excerpted clip.......more

Anna Maria Island

History and Travel on Anna Maria Island, Florida, narrated by Lisa Codianne Fowler. "Video of Anna Maria Island.com" is a Rich Media site exploring the old and the new on Anna Maria Island. The video is produced by Charles Robert Neuf and is part of the......more

Sarasota’s Golf Resorts Entertain Non-Golfers

Gracious greens, softly undulating fairways, tranquil waters… it’s no secret that Sarasota’s resorts boast some of the lushest links in the country. Longboat Key Club and Resort, The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota and The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort offer gorgeous championship courses that challenge golfers from novice......more

Worship On Water… A Different Kind of Trip

The Novelty The inaugural Worship On Water (WOW) departed from Cortez Village, Florida, last Sunday. It was an historical event. Little did I know when I guiltily packed my tiny camera – leaving behind my larger conspicuous one (it is church, after all) – that there would......more

A Horse of a Different Color

They change color, twine their tails together and look more like mythical beasts than fish. Wondrous creatures, seahorses have enchanted children of all ages for centuries. Mote's Seahorse Conservation Laboratory provides the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with these quirky critters. Learn about......more

Sailing Sarasota

Sarasota is a sailor’s delight. Dolphins leap along side starboard and port, and manatees lumber in our tepid waters; exotic birds nest on mangrove islands and scamper along sandy beaches. Our picturesque gulf, bays and inlets are perfect for dropping anchor, and reveal the secrets of......more

In Search of the Silver King

The old salt saying goes, “the bluer the water, the bigger the fish.”  It’s not just a catchy line, and nowhere is it more evident than Southwest Florida. With waters ranging in color from radiant turquoise to royal blue, the mighty tarpon has been migrating here......more

Birds of a Feather

What a hoot, so to speak, to be asked to travel to and write about where best to view Florida’s beautiful birds. Following The Great Florida Birding Trail led me to a series of unforgettable encounters and an eye-opening education. Previously, the only bird watching I......more

Don’t Just See the Circus, BE the Circus!

ANYONE can fly through the air with the greatest of ease at the Tito Gaona Flying Trapeze Academy - I’m uncoordinated, non-athletic, and let’s just say my muscles and cardiovascular system have been on vacation for about a year. Oh, and I just turned 50. But Tito......more

Forgotten Florida

Nestled amid the glitzy high-rises on Longboat Key lies Forgotten Florida; The Sandpiper Inn. An anachronistic single-story resort perched on the Gulf, the intimate enclave is a step back in time… to when innocence prevailed and nature ruled. I have a passion for wildlife, but also for......more

Palm Beach, Florida

The minute you cross the bridge to Palm Beach you know you've entered another world, one of European-styled mansions, spotless palm-lined streets, long sandy beaches, and Worth Avenue. The rich and famous live and play in this exclusive city that oozes wealth, privilege and high-octane glamour......more

St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine is rich in history, and in the late 1800s, "rich" was the operative word. It was a grand time of magnates, marvels and magnificent monuments... theatrical resorts, lavish architecture and conspicuous luxury.......more

Brunch Anyone?

Brunch (brunch) n. [Colloq.] a meal that combines a late breakfast and an early lunch According to Webster’s, “brunch” is a noun, but common usage suggests otherwise and we’ve been brunching for more than a century. Englishman Guy Beringer coined the portmanteau (combination of words) in 1895......more

Fresh, Not Frozen

Every Saturday morning, a farmers' market blooms along Lemon Avenue at Main Street. Colorful umbrellas and tents pop up before 7 a.m., the stands underneath bursting with organic produce, fresh cut flowers, beautiful bromeliads and orchids, homemade cookies and an imaginative array of arts and crafts.......more

Talking Travel

Talking Travel with Roy Lowey is a production of Travel Talk Radio Network at WTMY 1280 AM. It is broadcast live Sundays at 5 p.m., and AVAILABLE 24/7, WORLDWIDE, at www.ttrn.com. Lisa is a frequent guest and occasional co-host on the show.  Click on a segment to......more

Forgotten Florida

Perched amid the glitzy high-rises on Longboat Key lies Forgotten Florida. The Sandpiper Inn is reminiscent of "the good old days" - when the only sounds heard were laughing gulls and lapping waves. You can do as much or as little as you please. We opted......more

Lasting Impressions

Art appreciation may be subjective, but at The Bijou Café, the reviews are always unanimous. For more than 20 years the restaurant has elevated food to fine art status, presenting award-winning fare with universal appeal. In an industry with a national success rate of just 15......more

Nautical and Nice

There may be no better way to work up a healthy appetite than by spending a sunny day cruising our shimmering waters, inhaling the salty sea air and feeling the constant caress of balmy breezes.......more

Beautiful St. Augustine Beachfront Vacation Rentals

Click here for beachfront vacation rental options in scenic and historic St. Augustine. St. Augustine Beachfront Vacation Rentals......more

Radio Daze

WTMY has relocated to a jazzy new space on Main Street in Sarasota, Florida. Gearing up for an exciting season of shows! Home of Florida's largest talk travel radio network, it promises to continue to entertain and inform. Talking Travel with Roy Lowey on WTMY 1280......more