Month: 10 months ago

Exploring Natural Beauty at Deleon Springs S.P.

This summer has flown by. But I couldn’t let it pass without taking a trip to one of my favorite places in Florida, DeLeon Springs State Park. Arriving early in the day is essential. Crowds steadily build throughout the morning, mainly to secure a t...

The Story of the Coppertone Girl

One of the most iconic pieces of advertising that came out of the 1950s was the Coppertone Girl. She was born when the suntan lotion company needed to rebrand itself. Since hitting the market in the years following World War II, Coppertone had used ...

Ice Cold Sunshine: Inside the Coca-Cola Store at Disney Springs

Coca-Cola will never go out of style. The world's most famous soda brand is bigger than ever at Disney Springs in Orlando where the company recently opened a new megastore. The three-story building's design draws on influences from a 1920s bottling ...

Orlando’s “Lovely” Place to Shop

One of Orlando’s most eclectic shopping experiences can be found in a small strip mall on Corrine Drive in Audubon Park. The brainchild of former marketing strategist Kimberly Hellstrom, The Lovely Boutique Market gives local artisans and vintage co...

Historic Manor House Reborn as Boutique Hotel

In addition to being the capital of Texas, the city of Austin is a cultural hub drawing millions of visitors each year to its diverse music and film festivals, locally-owned shopping boutiques and world-renowned restaurants. It's also home to an orn...

Repairing Florida’s Last Working Tall Ship

The year 1939 saw the opening of the New York World's Fair, the release of Gone With the Wind and the beginning of World War II. 1939 was also the year this beauty was launched. It's the schooner Western Union, the last surviving authentic working ...

A Secluded Mayan Oasis

What is today known as the Maitland Art and History Center was built by early 20th century visionary and architect J. Andre Smith in 1937 as an artist colony. Dedicated to experimental art, creatives from around the world, including big names like Ra...

5 Fun Places to Visit in Downtown Orlando

It’s no secret Orlando sometimes gets an undeserved reputation for being all about the Mouse House, Shamu and Harry Potter. The general thinking is there’s not much to do in downtown Orlando. But the City Beautiful is a nice place to spend a few hour...

Fueled Up & Ready to Go

Bus terminal, gas station, and now, barbecue joint. The little building at the corner of South Park Avenue and West 2nd Street in downtown Sanford has served many purposes over the years. Until recently, it sat empty for what seems like forever. Af...