Travel GuidesHave you ever gotten in the car and hit the back roads just to see what’s out there? I have! Hundreds of thousands of miles later (I kid you not, with 225,000 miles on my Jeep since September 2004, all but 10,000 miles in-state), I can report that there are still wonderful pockets of pre-theme park, undeveloped Florida that shouldn’t be missed, from the heartfelt artists colonies in Apalachicola, Cedar Key, Sopchoppy, and Matlacha to the step-back-in-time towns of Fernandina, Micanopy, Chokoluskee, and Arcadia. I’ve always loved old-time Florida, savoring places like St. Augustine and Micanopy, Cedar Key and Pensacola, so it was a delight while researching these guidebooks to discover more treasures within a day trip of home—walking the hills of Mount Dora for the first time, marveling at the antique shops in Sanford, falling in love with the fishing village of Apalachicola, and finding out that Lakeland, once you get past the stuff around its edges, has an incredibly beautiful downtown. And as for Orlando—for all the years I worked and played there, I never saw it through a local’s eyes quite the way I did while researching my first travel guide. I knew about the art scene and the theme parks, but never made the deep connection with its history and architecture before. It just goes to prove that you can be a tourist in your own backyard!
North Florida & the Florida Panhandle: An Explorer’s Guide provides in-depth coverage of an often-overlooked part of Florida … and my favorite place. I’ve always felt that North Florida and [...]
Exploring Florida’s Botanical Wonders is a travel guide to the floral beauty of the one state best known for its flowers, Florida. From Appalachian-style ravines filled with columbine and trillium [...]
Orlando & Central Florida: An Explorer’s Guide, brings you more details on Central Florida’s best genuine experiences, with greatly expanded information on Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Cocoa Beach, and [...]
Newly launched in its second edition with my new co-author Trish Riley taking over coverage of Florida’s southeast coast, where she lived for many years, this guidebook covers the southern [...]