John Rivers, the owner of the wildly popular 4Rivers Smokehouse, knew demand for his slow-smoked barbecue warranted a second location, which he opened in Winter Garden in April...but would the people come?
A recent stay at the Sandpearl Resort, on the shores of Clearwater Beach, reminded me how it feels to unwind. From the moment I walked into my fourth-floor suite and saw that gorgeous view of the lagoon-style pool and Gulf of Mexico beyond...
I recently had a chance to share some favorite places with friends in from out of town. On a postcard sunny day we headed for a drive north on A1A beginning in Delray Beach and meandering all the way to the new clock tower at South Ocean and Worth Avenue (part of a $15.8 million-dollar spruce up). After drooling past all the lux shops on the tony Palm Beach street, we made our way to C’est Si Bon on Sunset Avenue, a gourmet shop that's near the iconic Breakers. There we chose cheeses and delicious salads for our next stop — lunch on Peanut Island.
There's no doubt that the residents of 30A's new-urban beach communities are in love with their hometowns, as are the regular visitors who return to this scenic stretch of northwest Florida. Thanks to the talents of one local, 30A now has a theme song.
One of my favorite places to fall off the grid is the small coastal town of Flagler Beach. Just across the highway sits the Island Cottage Oceanfront Inn. This unpretentious bed and breakfast is just north of Daytona Beach.
Telling stories of how he grew up catching snook, you can’t help but be charmed by the down-to-earth style of Chef Dean James Max. He’s known for his talents in the kitchen at 3030 Ocean at the Marriott Harbor Beach in Fort Lauderdale, among other ventures that have taken him both out of state and to the islands. Now he's migrated north to Singer Island. Yeah!
Since so many of our readers like to stay at bed and breakfasts, I’m always on the lookout for B&Bs with personality. I recently visited the Port d’Hiver, a 1916 home across the street from the Atlantic Ocean in Melbourne.
A recent getaway to the Hilton Bentley on South Beach was absolutely perfect. This is a sophisticated boutique hotel that’s all about its location — 1st and Ocean in the trendy SoFi neighborhood near South Pointe Park.
A recent trip to Miami took me to the Fairmont Turnberry Isle resort tucked in Aventura, a burgeoning urban area where high rises and shopping compete for attention. Yet, in the middle of this well-defined community sits this gorgeous resort, surrounded by a three-mile sidewalk lined with tropical greenery that corrals the resort’s Mediterranean architecture and fairytale-designed golf course.