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

Frommers’ Top 10 Vacation Destinations

Each year, Frommers' editors, authors and experts from around the world sit down to talk about the best cities, islands, beaches and other vacation destinations for the coming year. They aim for a list that steers clear of too-hot spots or places that are so under......more

The Rhythms of Cape Town

What You’ll Discover The rhythms of Cape Town are as complex and interesting as her multicultural people. Most of all, the Mother City is known for its unique take on jazz and hip hop, although an abundance of music continues to pour out of the city’s......more

Top 5 Luxury Casinos Around the World *** By Tom Shannon

Each year more and more travelers decide to combine their hobbies and their holidays — and venture out to the most beautiful casino destinations in the world. Here’s an overview of some of the finest. The Casino at the Wynn Macao Resort in China is simply magnificent.......more

Eagle Island, Georgia – The Naked Truth

There are no less than seven mirrors gracing the walls of my tiny home. Not due to vanity, but rather, insecurity – and – to create the illusion of space. Eagle Island Lodge has but one mirror. The expansive structure certainly holds its......more

VIDEO: Five Basics of Puerto Rican Music and Dance *** By Mark Chesnut

Puerto Rico is a hotspot for music lovers, thanks to its diverse musical and dance traditions. An excellent place to sample five important aspects in one night is at the Le Lo Lei Festival, a weekly performance, sponsored by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. This VIDEO......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

Riviera Maya and All That Jazz

Every evening was electric. My husband and I were front and center, bare toes buried in the cool sands of Mexico’s shores. There’s an unstoppable energy in the air, not unlike that found walking the streets of Manhattan. Only take that throttle and kick it up......more

Pet Friendly Resorts in Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota has not only earned its moniker as the "Cultural Capital of Florida," it could easily lay claim to the "Canine Capital," as well. This city by the bay on the west Florida coast is replete with pet friendly parks, restaurants and resorts,......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

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

Caribbean Rendezvous

The only sounds are the gentle lapping of waves against our boat, the soft hum of the engine, and the ubiquitous serenade of our seagull companions. The sea breeze sweeps the hair from my face with a cooling mist. Engulfed in the ineffable beauty of the......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

Romantic Anguilla

Once upon a time... Fairytales do come true. And sometimes, twice. Ten years ago, Patrick and I eloped to an obscure Caribbean island known mostly to the rich and famous. We agreed on Anguilla because neither of us had been there, and on Cap Juluca Resort 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

Riviera Maya, Mexico

While local Mariachi bands are a year-round treat in Riviera Maya, the area becomes a sizzling spotlight for jazz luminaries at the annual Riviera Maya Jazz Festival each November. We were among the priviledged journalists permitted to get up close and personal with the likes of......more

Eastern Caribbean Cruise

From denizens of the deep to divas of the media, the IFWTWA Conference at Sea on Holland America's ms Eurodam was a multi-sensory delight. Enlightening workshops and wine tastings at sea punctuated ports of call that included Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon......more

Hot Dog Digs

The hot trend in travel is for resorts to cater to pets as well as their owners, and Sarasota overlooks no "de-tail" while leading the pack. In this pet-friendly paradise, every dog has its day, whether it's uptown, downtown, beachside or bayfront. Here's the scoop on......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

St. Maarten: The Good Life

Sometimes, less is less. And I wanted more. Romance, fine dining, nightlife, shopping, a change of pace and culture. My husband, not so much. He craved quiet time, a sunny beach… and a really great massage, but then, so did I. We both needed to at......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

Getting Personal in the British Virgin Islands

“There’s a spirit among yacht crews – a can-do attitude. If I were stranded in the Sahara desert and could choose 12 people to help get me out, I would pick 12 ‘yachties.’ I don’t know how they would do it, but they would.” ~ Tim......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