Arts & Culture

4 Landmarks to Live Up Key West’s Literary Past

Active, Arts & Culture, Destination Guides, Experiences, Family, Florida East Coast & Keys, Food & Drink|

The history of Key West has been marked by the comings and goings of many literary greats, from Ernest Hemingway to Judy Blume. Here’s how you can walk in their footsteps…beyond just a visit to the oh-so-obvious Hemingway House on Whitehead Street.

Your Best Key West Fest

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For such a small island – sizing in at just 8 square miles – Key West sure knows how to go big when it comes to parties. That’s perhaps best demonstrated in the never-ending merry-go-round of eclectic annual festivals that call this southernmost outpost home. Here’s a look at the upcoming conch-blowing contests, Hemingway look-alikes, and mind-blowing masquerades to frame a future visit around.

Inside Sarasota’s Wood Street Studio

Arts & Culture, Experiences, Florida Gulf Coast, Sarasota/Longboat Key|

Across the country, more and more woodworkers are jumping on the urban lumber bandwagon by breathing new life into old wood destined for the dump. But only in Sarasota will you find an abundance of rare tree species and a man, named Dale Reike, who transforms it into stunning pieces that tell a unique story about this southwestern spot on the gulf.

Street Smart: SW Flagler Avenue in Stuart, Florida

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Wondering what to do in Stuart, Florida? Start on SW Flagler Avenue – we’ll take it from there.

Behind the Brushstrokes: Belleview Inn’s “Queen on the Gulf” Still Life

Arts & Culture, Clearwater Beach, Experiences, Florida Gulf Coast, Opal Moments|

There are some 50-odd items and artifacts packed into this 72- by 60-inch still life hanging in the lobby of Belleview Inn by master Florida artist Christopher Still that pay homage to the inn’s illustrious history. While we can’t cover all of them in this one blog post, here are a special few to pay attention to.

This or That: Delray Beach vs. Boca Raton

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Delray Beach and Boca Raton, though located less than 10 miles from each other, offer distinctly different vibes. We compare the two for guests staying right in the middle of it all – at Delray Sands Resort.

Your Guide to John’s Pass in St. Pete

Active, Arts & Culture, Beach, Experiences, Family, Food & Drink, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Treasure Island|

With over 100 merchants, St. John’s Pass is a former-fishing-village-turned-top-tourist-attraction. Here is a rundown of the best boardwalk spots you can’t miss during your trip to St. Petersburg.

Places of the Past: Belleview Inn’s Nods to the Gilded Age

Arts & Culture, Florida Gulf Coast, Opal Moments, Property in Perspective, St. Petersburg/Clearwater|

While Belleview Inn is obviously not the same as it was when it was first built in 1897, there is still a head-spinning amount of preserved portions and unique nods to the past scattered throughout. You just need to know where to look.

A Photographer’s Guide to Seeing the Best of Bar Harbor

Arts & Culture, Bar Harbor, Experiences, New England Coast|

Maine-native and photography-guru, Greg Hartford offers up some of his favorite places to wile away a day in Bar Harbor and beyond.

Design in Detail: Samoset Resort’s New Look

Arts & Culture, Camden/Rockport/Rockland, Family, New England Coast, Opal Moments, Property in Perspective|

Shiplap walls, stunning Midcoast Maine photography from a local artist, decorative wooden paddles – these are just a few of the nautically rich details to look forward to in the recent 178-room refresh at Samoset Resort.