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.

Sea and sky at Pass-A-Grille. Photo: David Warner

The 10 Best Beaches in Tampa Bay

They’re all on the Gulf, and why not? Have you seen the color of that water?

Neither bridge nor causeway ties Palm Island Resort to the rest of the world. All photos by Cindy Cockburn.

Remote Retreat: Getting away from it all at Palm Island Resort

A recent report claims nearly 1,000 people are moving to Florida every day. What are they craving? Since Florida’s coastline is home to roughly 700 miles of sandy beaches, I think I know the answer: a slice of tropical paradise. For 35 years, Palm Island Resort has been describing their remote and casual destination on […]

My Furry Valentine: Upscale Florida hotels for you and your pet

If you can’t imagine leaving Fido behind when you travel — even when you’re planning a romantic getaway — you’re not alone. According to the 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, 67 percent of U.S. households include pets. That adds up to almost 85 million families, a number likely […]

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The Inn on 5th in downtown Naples: Reserve now for holiday deals

If you’re looking for a luxurious Florida getaway, it seems all roads lead to Naples. Not just to the Ritz- Carlton (see Cindy Cockburn’s story), but to an extraordinary 119-room boutique hotel in the heart of downtown: the Inn on 5th. This AAA Four Diamond, Forbes Four-Star hotel is located in two iconic buildings across […]

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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. […]

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Ahhhhh! A safe place to spa at Orlando’s Four Seasons Resort

Our time at the Spa at Four Seasons, which reopened in July, was more than just a couple of appointments; it was a luxurious escape.

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 […]

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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 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 […]