Touring Historic Longwood, Florida

Touring Historic Longwood, Florida

After the Second Seminole War ended homesteads were granted in 1870 and a community south of Sanford began. Settler Edward Henck of Boston named Longwood after one of his hometown’s most attractive suburbs and in 1876 he founded the first post office and became the first postmaster.

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Explore Historic 'Green Gables' and Melbourne, Florida

Explore Historic 'Green Gables' and Melbourne, Florida

If you haven't ventured south to Melbourne, Florida you need to put it on your day-trip list.  It's about an hour and a half south of Orlando on the Atlantic Coast and I was amazed by what I found there.  First, let's talk about a visit to Green Gables

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Greenwood Cemetery: An Orlando History Lesson

Greenwood Cemetery: An Orlando History Lesson

Greenwood Cemetery is one of the most unique places to visit in Orlando.  It's close to downtown and in a neighborhood full of brick streets and historic residential homes.  The area is loaded with trees and wetlands and the air here is thick and humid.  Bring bug spray and sunscreen.  (I should just add that in my bio since I say it all the time.)

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Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida

Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida

I used to live in Sarasota and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is one of my favorite places to wander.  Named for Marie Selby who lived on the property with her husband, William, for over 50 years.  She loved nature and when she passed in 1971, she left her home and gardens to the community "for the enjoyment of the general public." 

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Daytona Beach Turkey Rod Run: Daytona Beach, Florida

Daytona Beach Turkey Rod Run: Daytona Beach, Florida

I learned how to drive in a Model A Ford.  Back in 1986, my dad was slowly restoring a Model A and it was a just a chassis and engine.  I sat on a couple of tires to work the clutch and steer. Across the street from my childhood home at 117 Hattaway Drive, was an unused golf-course and orange groves that stretched all the way down to Lake Orienta. 

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Five Hours in St. Augustine, Florida

Five Hours in St. Augustine, Florida

First stop of the morning was the the Hotel Ponce de Leon.  We took the tour of this mansion.  Given by Flagler students, every dollar of the tour fee goes back to student tuition and scholarships.  Our tour guide, Blake, knew every spot to point out, every door to approach, and shared secrets even we can't share here.  So much drama in this beautifully designed space. 

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Tiny Tourist: Bok Tower Gardens

Tiny Tourist: Bok Tower Gardens

The minute the sweltering summer heat started to let up, I began planning outdoor adventures for our family.  The fact is, Bok Tower Gardens has been on my list for years.  It always seemed too far and I wasn’t quite sure what was out there.  Rest assured, it’s worth the drive.  

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Exploring Nehrling Gardens

Exploring Nehrling Gardens

Tucked away in Gotha, twenty minutes outside Orlando, you'll feel like you've teleported to some charming Northern city. Nehrling Gardens is a six-acre, botanical, exploration garden that famed German horticulturist Dr. Henry Nehrling began cultivating in 1895. This hidden gem is a pretty big deal since it's a Florida National Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. 

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