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 combination five-star hotel and deluxe condo residence that is shaping up to be the crown jewel of Water Street, inspired by visionary hotelier Ian Schrager […]

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 […]

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 surrounding the intersection never possessed an identity of its own. Two years ago, that began to change. Ground was broken on a project occupying one […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Sprouting Project at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.

Ahhhh, Amelia! Family fun and farm-to-table fare at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is the place to go. Pack up the car and take a leisurely drive across the state, as I did, or go the jet-set route: Hop in your plane and land at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport, […]

L to R: Lee Grossbard, chief operating officer of Clearview Hotel Capital, LLC, with RenTampa General Manager Jim Bartholomay, Karen Bartholomay and Chris Bartholomay, sales consultant for Signature Luxury Wine & Spirits.

Renaissance International Plaza Hotel: Happy 15th Birthday!

On Wednesday August 14, the Renaissance International Plaza Hotel celebrated its 15th anniversary by showcasing its newly renovated meeting spaces and updated food and cocktail selections. Over the last several months the Renaissance has been going through a makeover — not just meeting spaces, but ballroom, banquet hall, conference rooms and common areas, too. It was […]