CHECKING IN: Tarpon Lodge: A Taste of Old Florida & Life Along Pine Island Sound

CHECKING IN: Tarpon Lodge: A Taste of Old Florida & Life Along Pine Island Sound

Looking for a family vacation or romantic getaway reminiscent of Old Florida? We recently spent a few days at Tarpon Lodge, Pine Island, and discovered a part of southwest Florida we'd never seen before. The idyllic islands of Pine Island Sound are filled with interesting history, local culture, and a whole lot of fresh seafood! 

Getting High in the Land of the Incas: How to Prepare for High Altitude and Avoid Altitude Sickness in Peru

Getting High in the Land of the Incas: How to Prepare for High Altitude and Avoid Altitude Sickness in Peru

Peru claims some of the highest elevations in South America and the potential for altitude sickness is very real. At the popular Machu Picchu, elevation may not be the highest, but chances are getting there will take you much higher. Here's our best tips on how to prepare for high altitude and avoid altitude sickness in Peru, so you can save your trip (and maybe even your life)! 

Best Everglades Kayak Tours: Mangrove Kayaking with Rising Tide Explorers

Best Everglades Kayak Tours: Mangrove Kayaking with Rising Tide Explorers

If you're looking to explore the shallow waters of southwest Florida in the Everglades, Rookery Bay, and the 10,000 islands, paddling is a great way to go. Head out on the water with the folks at Rising Tide Explorers, one of the best Everglades kayak tours around. 

Peru Must-See: Tour Arequipa's Monasterio de Santa Catalina

Peru Must-See: Tour Arequipa's Monasterio de Santa Catalina

So you're thinking of ticking Peru off your bucket list? Or maybe you've been to Peru, but missed The White City of Arequipa. Set aside a few days to explore this beautiful colonial city on your Peru vacation, and of course the colorful 16th century Monasterio de Santa Catalina. Photographers, pack your gear!

Traditional Italian Food: 25 Must-Try Regional Foods of Italy For Your Culinary Tour

Traditional Italian Food: 25 Must-Try Regional Foods of Italy For Your Culinary Tour

There’s no greater expression of the history and culture of a place like Italy than the food, and exploring the unique regions through traditional Italian food is the most fun a foodie can have! Here are 25 must-try regional foods of Italy that'll flavor your culinary tour of bella Italia.  

Exploring Florida's River of Grass: Awesome Things to Do in the Everglades

Exploring Florida's River of Grass: Awesome Things to Do in the Everglades

The Florida Everglades is an eco lovers paradise. America's only subtropical wilderness known as the River of Grass is home to rare and endangered animal species and a UNESCO World Heritage site. With roughly 2,000 square miles to explore, there are incredible things to do in the Everglades, one of the most exciting natural destinations in the world. 

Things to Do in Gainesville, FL: (Hint) So Much More Than the Florida Gators!

Things to Do in Gainesville, FL: (Hint) So Much More Than the Florida Gators!

If you think Gainesville, Florida is all about the Florida Gators, think again. There are so many things to do in Gainesville, FL, a creative and diverse university town now known for it's arts, museums, events, and most especially the hand-crafted food, beer, and spirits scenes. Gainesville is a fun and happening place!

Costa Rica Caribbean Coast: Ultimate Guide on What to Do, Where to Stay, and How to Find Pura Vida

Costa Rica Caribbean Coast: Ultimate Guide on What to Do, Where to Stay, and How to Find Pura Vida

The Costa Rica Caribbean coast has a climate and feel that's unique from other parts of the country, and a relaxed island vibe. From Tortuguero National Park and Cahuita National Park to the southern towns of Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo, here's the ultimate guide on what to see and do, where to stay, and finding Pura Vida in Costa Rica.

Top Things To Do in Naples, Florida: The Ultimate Guide To the Paradise Coast

Top Things To Do in Naples, Florida: The Ultimate Guide To the Paradise Coast

Wondering what to do in Naples, the jewel of Florida's Paradise Coast? With its palm tree-lined avenues, world class beaches, and small-town feel, it's a perfect destination for a luxury getaway, romantic escape, or family vacation. Here's your ultimate guide for what to do in Naples, Florida with kids or just the two of you. 

CHECKING IN! Thyme Inn: A Luxury Gem in the Historic Heart of Culpeper, Virginia

CHECKING IN! Thyme Inn: A Luxury Gem in the Historic Heart of Culpeper, Virginia

Thyme Inn, one of the most luxurious hotels in Culpeper, Virginia, is a perfect blend of historic elegance and small town charm. With an ideal location in the heart of the historic downtown, Thyme Inn offers visitors a sumptuous and comfortable stay in one of the most charming small towns of Virginia. 

Tuscany Wine Tours: Tasting Vernaccia Di San Gimignano

Tuscany Wine Tours: Tasting Vernaccia Di San Gimignano

San Gimignano is one of the most popular day trips from Florence, and a winery tour makes for a perfect afternoon. Cappella Sant'Andrea Winery is a producer of organic Vernaccia di San Gimignano, a crisp Italian white wine that's completely unique to the area. Be sure and add it to the list of Tuscany wine tours you take on your next visit to Italy. 

Gainesville Food Tour: A Mouth-Watering Intro to the Best of Gainesville, Florida

Gainesville Food Tour: A Mouth-Watering Intro to the Best of Gainesville, Florida

There's so much brewing in Gainesville, Florida from craft beer and spirits to a burgeoning food scene, so where do you begin to discover it all? Take the Gainesville Food Tour, a fun 3-hour walking food tour that explores the best foods, history, and local culture in this hip university town!

Where to Find the Best Shelling Beach on Sanibel Island, Florida

Where to Find the Best Shelling Beach on Sanibel Island, Florida

Sanibel Island beaches in southwest Florida are teeming with gorgeous seashells, but where can you find the best beaches on Sanibel for shelling? Here's your ultimate guide to Sanibel shelling: the how, when, and where to find the best shells.

One Legend, Two Museums: Taking the Ferrari Tour in Modena and Maranello, Italy

One Legend, Two Museums: Taking the Ferrari Tour in Modena and Maranello, Italy

The name Ferrari is so big in Italy they needed two museums to honor the legendary brand - both the automobile and the man who built it. The Ferrari Museum Maranello and the Museo Enzo Ferrari are part of the Ferrari tour and a required visit for any fan of the Prancing Horse. For a price, you can even drive a Ferrari in Italy, an experience you'll never forget!

Salute! Tasting The Best Italian Wines of Emilia Romagna On a Bologna Wine Tour

Salute! Tasting The Best Italian Wines of Emilia Romagna On a Bologna Wine Tour

One of the best things to do in Bologna Italy for food and wine lovers is taking a Bologna wine tour of the Valsamoggia region and discovering wines completely unique to the region, like organic Pignoletto wine. Can you think of anything better than enjoying the wines of Emilia Romagna - some of the best Italian wines - than right at the source? Salute!

Cinque Terre: Hiking the 5 Lands for an Authentic View of Italy’s Ligurian Coast

Cinque Terre: Hiking the 5 Lands for an Authentic View of Italy’s Ligurian Coast

Want to visit the Cinque Terre away from the heavy crowds? Along the colorful 5 towns of Cinque Terre, hiking is a great way to see a more natural view of the Ligurian coast. The Cinque Terre National Park offers light to moderate trail hiking, endless blue Mediterranean vistas and charming hillside towns in between.

Authentic Venice: Savoring Dinner with Locals at Home

Authentic Venice: Savoring Dinner with Locals at Home

If you really want to get to the heart of a culture, try the food. And what better way to experience the local food culture in Venice, Italy than by dining with locals at home, enjoying Venetian food specialties prepared by them with love!

Authentic Italy: An Off-the-Beaten-Path Venice Walking Tour

Authentic Italy: An Off-the-Beaten-Path Venice Walking Tour

Get off-the-beaten-path in one of the most beautiful and visited cities in the world - Venice, Italy. This self-guided Venice walking tour with downloadable Google map takes you through some of the less crowded sites, markets, and hidden alleys of the City of Bridges and Canals for a glimpse into authentic Venezia! 

Santerasmo: Exploring the Island's Local Food and Wine on a Unique Venice Food Tour

Santerasmo: Exploring the Island's Local Food and Wine on a Unique Venice Food Tour

You can still find authenticity in Venice, Italy - on a unique Venice food tour of the lagoon island of Santerasmo, the “Garden of the Doge”. Spend the day with local food and wine producers, and taste the heritage of Venice in the foods grown on the island. It’s a perfect slow food experience in Venice Italy!

A First Timer's Guide to Costa Rica, The Happiest Country in the World!

A First Timer's Guide to Costa Rica, The Happiest Country in the World!

The Central American country of Costa Rica is an amazing and diverse place, but can be challenging to get around to some of the more remote regions. Here's a breakdown of what to eat, when to go, where to stay, and things to do in Costa Rica especially if this is your first trip. The ultimate first timers guide to Costa Rica, unofficially The Happiest Country in the World!