Located in a prime corner spot in the new B Ocean Fort Lauderdale hotel, even if you aren’t staying the night here, you’ll feel a bit like you’re on vacation. I know I did. Cleverly named, SAIA is an acronym for Sunrise Boulevard and AIA...
We all need to treat ourselves once in a while, and a four-course fine-dining experience is a great way to indulge our inner foodie. Azure, at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores, hosts a wine-paired dinner on the third Thursday of every month, and at $45 per person...
Every town has its share of chefs that make the A-list with foodies. A few weeks ago I had the privilege of sampling tasty dishes prepared by the Jacksonville five (pardon the pun) — Ted Peters and Nancy Slatsky of Azuréa, Tom Gray of Bistro Aix, Matthew Medure of Matthew’s and Brian Siebenschuh of Orsay. The gathering, a benefit dinner for the Friends of the James Beard Foundation, had the chefs cooking and laughing it up in the kitchen as a camera projected the behind-the-scenes action on screens in the dining room at One Ocean Resort Hotel and Spa in Atlantic Beach.
If I told you I recently toured the brand-new Royal Suite at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, you might respond “big deal.” Well that’s right, it is a big deal, all 4,293 square feet of the luxurious 12th-floor space overlooking the pools and golf course. It actually ranks as Central Florida’s largest luxury suite and the biggest in the entire collection of Ritz-Carlton hotels in the U.S.
On a recent trip to Northwest Florida and the Beaches of South Walton, I had a chance to visit the famed scenic 30-A, the 19-mile stretch along the coastline that my colleagues at FT+L traveled and loved.
The Orlando area transforms into a mecca for film buffs as the The Florida Film Festival launches on to the scene through Sunday, April 17. The 20th incarnation of the cinematic celebration will screen 160 independent films originating from 25 different countries.
On a recent getaway to the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, I awoke to a sparkling sunrise overlooking the Atlantic. I enjoyed a buttery croissant and latte in the Club Level Lounge and then headed off to the spa for my oxygen facial. This is the life!
This is my 12th year covering the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. As the park kicks off its 18th festival (March 2-May 15), I salute Disney’s horticulturists, who manage to come up with new ideas (the Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden with Tink and friends as topiaries is adorable) and spruce up the old ones (last year’s Minnie’s Butterfly Garden has doubled in size and morphed into what is now called Bambi’s Butterfly House).
This Saturday, for one night only, the Orlando Ballet will be tearing up the stage for the second year running in "Bailamos!" This Latino meets high-art performance will have the company's sexiest dancers literally throwing themselves into the dynamic salsa and tango moves that made for such an unforgettable show last year.