Wine room as private getaway. All photos courtesy Cave A' Vin.

Home Design 2020: Reinventing the wine cellar

According to a recent article in Forbes, wine cellars are becoming more and more integrated into the home —often as showpiece rooms that can double as living and entertaining spaces. Is this trend taking hold in Tampa Bay? According to Paul Wiezorek, co-owner of Cave a’ Vin, the answer is yes. A licensed contractor and custom home builder, Wiezorek says that […]

The 18th hole at Reunion's Arnold Palmer course, one of three designed by golf legends.

Play, stay, even study: A family golf-cation at Reunion Resort

My son Zack started playing golf over a year ago, but this summer after five weeks of golf camp and lessons from a pro, it was official: He’d caught the golf bug. From then on he wanted to spend more time on the course and the driving range. Reunion Resort in Orlando offered just that. Only […]

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 on 26 lushly landscaped acres, the AAA Five Diamond resort offers innumerable ways to escape. There are activities to fit everyone’s desires. You can spend […]

Olivia sommelier Tyler Wolff. Photos by Tracey Serebin.

A trans-Atlantic wine experience at Olivia

Chef Chris Ponte’s Olivia Restaurant in South Tampa has extraordinary food, which is no surprise considering his culinary pedigree. But it turns out that the wine list is equally interesting. Olivia’s list is a two-sided affair —one side for Italian wines, the other for American. Each is broken down into sparkling, whites and reds. The […]

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 soul was craving the ocean, the sound of the waves hitting the beach and the sight of seagulls running along the shore and pelicans gliding […]

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 father passed in December. With the new mandatory mask requirements and a surge in coronavirus cases, I just wanted to get outside, enjoy the day and hang […]

Crisis Management Plan on an office desk and papers.

Riding the Waves: How Tucker/Hall advises clients in a time of crisis

Tucker/Hall, the national PR and communications consulting firm based in Tampa, usually works with its clients on just one aspect of their business: strategy, crisis or planning. With the pandemic, says COO Darren Richards, companies are seeking counsel on all three. Tucker/Hall began reaching out to its clients about COVID-19 in February when the virus first began […]

Ready to help you fly right at Sheltair.

Busy Skies: Sheltair sees private aviation taking off again

It appears that Tampa is flying again. So it seemed earlier this month when I spoke with Clayton Lackey of Sheltair Aviation, the private hangar at Tampa International Airport. When the country shut down in April, the company saw its revenue drop by 75 percent due to the reduction in fuel sales. Then in May he saw […]

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A Freedom Boat Club Hurricane Deckboat in Fort Myers.

Hassle-free boating with Freedom Boat Club

With the gorgeous but hot-hot-hot weather we’ve been having of late, plus the need to social-distance, being out in the bay on a boat seems like the ideal outdoor activity. Boat dealers are reputedly extremely busy for those very reasons. But what if you don’t have a place to dock a boat, a vehicle to tow […]

Ready to serve at Whiskey Cake.

Stronger Than Before: These restaurants and bars are re-opening with success

When restaurants first re-opened this spring, it was odd to see their bars devoid of barstools — or of people, since restrictions didn’t yet allow bar seating. But that changed earlier this month when Governor DeSantis gave the go-ahead for bars to open, making bar owners and patrons very happy. On the first Friday night of […]