The Luminary Hotel: One of the many electrifying reasons to visit historic Fort Myers

The name of the hotel comes from the word for “ a person who inspires or influences others, especially one prominent in a particular sphere.” The Luminary makes a point of showcasing the innovations of pioneers who lived in the area — like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.

The Castle Hill Inn, Newport, RI. Photo: Rod Millington.

Newport News: The festivals are back and summer breezes beckon

The jazz and folk festivals return this summer to this charming Colonial-era port.

A rendering of a residence at The Tampa EDITION.

The Tampa EDITION: A sneak peek at Water Street’s “crown jewel”

In the market for a 5,000-sq-ft, 4-bedroom home in the sky, at the heart of Downtown Tampa’s newest neighborhood? That’s just one of the possibilities at The Tampa EDITION, a […]

Super Splendor: Inside the new JW Marriott Tampa Water Street, the designated Super Bowl hotel

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor was grinning, thrilled to stand outside in the heart of downtown under a bright blue winter sky and help open the luxurious new JW Marriott Tampa […]

The Midtown Tampa Miracle

The densely trafficked junction of Interstate 275 and Dale Mabry Highway has long had just one distinction — it’s the midway point between downtown Tampa and Westshore. The lackluster landscape […]

The Ocean Alexander 36L at MarineMax.

Four spectacularly over-the-top gift ideas

Choose from a yacht, a mobile winery, the entire floor of a luxury hotel, and a portrait like no other.

The Breakers from the air. Photo: Mike Dupre.

Paradise Without a Passport: Escape to The Breakers

After months of pandemic lockdown, I needed a getaway to soothe my soul. NOW. The Wall Street Journal headline tells me I’m not alone: “Vacationers venturing out – but not too far.” Airlines are […]

Feel like lounging by the pool? Photo: Four Seasons Resort Orlando

A luxury oasis just an hour away: Four Seasons Resort Orlando

The Four Seasons is a brand synonymous with luxury, and just an hour away from Tampa Bay the Four Seasons Resort Orlando is an oasis from the real world. Nestled […]

A view of the gulf.

To the beaches! An escape to TradeWinds Island Resorts in St. Pete Beach

With only a few weeks left of summer break and the uncertainty of the new school year looming, I felt the ocean calling my name.  As a beach girl, my […]

The author and her son at the Marriott Water Street.

Close But Far Apart: A socially distanced getaway at Tampa's Marriott Water Street

This past Father’s Day, I had to get away for the day with my son. We were both without dads; his father (my husband) died six years ago, and my own […]