Living in Florida means living in the world’s top tourism destination and traveling to Orlando is a breeze. Oftentimes I need to remind myself how fortunate I am living so close to attractions others take years of planning before visiting. I’m always reminded how lucky I am when friends visit.Read More
Traveler’s Guide to Fort Myers and Sanibel, Florida, from Lonely Planet Makes Vacation Planning Easy
While most of the country is pushing 100-something degrees this summer, the great Sunshine State of Florida has been feeling cool with highs temps in the 80s and 90s. Over on the coast, such as in Southwest Florida, enjoy the tropical breezes off the Gulf of Mexico which makes it feel a little cooler than in Florida’s interior.Read More
Immediately stepping into the Lovegrove Gallery and Gardens in Matlacha, Florida, my mind was on sensory overload. Vibrant colors in hues of green, blue and pink were everywhere.
Inside the gallery of Leoma Lovegrove, paintings display her whimsy with artwork influenced by everything from The Beatles to 9/11. Without a doubt, the splendor of Southwest Florida, and specifically historic Matlacha, is the biggest influence on her eccentric creations.Read More
On a recent Saturday night I did what most single gals do, I hit the bar. However, rather than drinking I was behind the bar learning how to properly shake, roll and muddle drinks during a 90-minute class at the National Bartenders and Casino School in Fort Myers, Fla.Read More
“Would you like a grilled cricket?” the young woman said while holding a bag of chilled mealworms.
I attended ECHO Farm Day at Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization in North Fort Myers, Fla., yesterday. Founded back in the 1970s, it’s a global Christian organization believing in equipping people with agricultural skills and resources to reduce hunger. [Yes, "teach a man" to fish concept.]
They achieve this through education and training, innovative options and networking. The Global Farm is a location to experiment and determine what will work best in a specific part of the world. The organization does not have missionaries working within the global community but works with missionaries throughout the world.
Although ECHO offers guided farm tours, Farm Day was an opportunity for visitors to wander the farm on their own and explore areas otherwise not accessible during guided tours. The day included tours, demonstrations and tastings, including grilled crickets and mealworms.Read More