| May 6, 2013
Twice a year, Val and Keith Lupton vacation somewhere along U.S. Highway 192 near Walt Disney World, drawn by the state's famous sunshine and the tourist strip's affordable lodging.
For the past eight years or so, the accommodations chosen by the...
| Apr 23, 2012
| 9:45 AM
Disney this summer will truly become the happiest place on Earth for Starbucks devotees, who will no longer have to suffer caffeine withdrawal when they visit some of the mouse-eared amusement parks.
In June, the first of six Starbucks cafes will open at...
| Feb 10, 2012
Adults ---- going all the way back to Adam and Eve ---- have a soft spot for gardens, with their gifts of flowers and fragrances. Kids, well, maybe not so much generally. But if the garden settings have family--friendly features and activities ---- as...
| Feb 11, 2012
Watching Jimmy Buffett in concert this past weekend, I couldn't help imagining again how deliriously happy the Key West tourism people must be about his long, successful career.
If the city fathers had put together a singer in a laboratory, they couldn't...
| Dec 21, 2011
| 6:54 AM
Gifts wrapped? Check. Cookies baked? Check. Reindeer food ready? Check. Roof cleared for sleigh landing? Check. Bring it, Santa, Florida is ready. While we await Claus & Co., let's dish:
Gingerbread rules. Cinnamon- and nutmeg-scented houses and other...
| Jul 18, 2011
| 5:55 AM
"Troops march on their stomachs," Napoleon Bonaparte once observed. Arguably, travelers do too, and on getaways many gravitate to buffets. Florida, being synonymous with fresh fish and other delicious gifts from the sea, serves up some bountiful seafood...
| Aug 7, 2012
| 8:00 PM
On Thursday, Walt Disney World cast members will donate thousands of school supplies to Central Florida students.
Superintendents from Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake and Polk counties will be on hand as buses from their school districts are loaded...
| Sep 3, 2011
| 7:04 PM
Flight day started with a rendezvous at the Perkins restaurant off of Exit 68 on I-4.
Tom Green, the owner of Painted Horizons Hot Air Balloon Tour, and his crew corralled us near his vehicle so we could launch a PI-BALL.
The PI-Ball is a helium balloon...
| Nov 3, 2011
| 9:33 PM
Former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP veep nominee Sarah Palin was the keynote speaker at the Republican Party of Florida's ‘Victory Dinner' at the Grand Floridian resort at Walt Disney World, Thursday night. Gov. Rick Scott welcomed Palin to the...
| Nov 11, 2011
| 4:40 PM
Next week, acclaimed character actors Paul Sorvino “(Oh God,” “Goodfellas”) and Federico Castelluccio (“The Sopranos”) will come to town to shoot the trailer for the upcoming romantic comedy, “Numba One,”...
| Jan 19, 2012
| 4:33 PM
Just days before the GOP presidential contenders blitz the state for the upcoming Florida primary election, President Barack Obama delighted guests, supporters and VIPs with a visit to Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Thursday. Standing in front of...