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 Water Street. Goodbye, 2020, and Hello, 2021. The new hotel is an inspiration, opening just in time to welcome fans as the designated Super Bowl […]


Puttin’ on the Ritz(es): The Ritz-Carltons in Naples and Sarasota want to pamper you

Hello holidays and cheers to 2021! Time to pack the car, put the top down and head south for a stress-free COVID recovery getaway. Ritz-Carlton may have properties in 30 countries, but, lucky for us, two of their resorts are just a short drive away on Florida’s west coast.  First stop: Sarasota. Second stop: Naples. […]

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 out. Road trips are in. So off I go across the state to jump in the Atlantic, overlook the sea at sunrise, enjoy gourmet options in lavish surroundings […]

A couple begins their hassle-free escape. Photo: James Flynn.

Paradise Without a Passport: A quick getaway to The Resort at Longboat Key Club

Editor’s Note: The new dRTB series, “Paradise Without a Passport,” offers recommendations for in-state (and just out-of-state) travel destinations ideal for the present moment. Why does everything I own remind me of a vacation? I fold a French red bikini and think of sizzling St. Tropez. I’m hanging up an aqua blue strapless dress and […]

Roger Dow, president of the U.S. Travel Association.

UPDATE: The president of the U.S. Travel Association, Roger Dow, on the document he sent the White House

EDITOR’S NOTE: In April, Cindy Cockburn reported that her neighbor in St. Pete’s Old Northeast neighborhood, Roger Dow, had just been asked to join President Trump’s Recovery Task Force. Dow is president of the national, non-profit U.S. Travel Association and had visited the White House in March to discuss the catastrophic economic impact of COVID-19 on the […]