Living in Paradise

Hi Beach Bunnies,

It’s hard to believe that Spring Break is just around the corner. We could probably all agree that there’s nothing better than a warm weather spring break getaway with your best buds, exploring a new tropical island or beach town anywhere south of the border. I’ve had some pretty memorable adventures, driving 15 hours down from still-snowy Pennsylvania to the college kid party town Panama City Beach, another holiday spent sailing around the Out Islands of the Bahamas making daily stops at local outposts and spotting Russell Crow at one native nightlife hotspot, and another unforgettable trip riding in an old Eurovan from Oregon to San Diego, making stops in Pismo Beach, Carmel, Monterey, the WiSpa, then spending Easter reading from the Dao in dreamy Balboa Park, practicing yoga, getting a Thai massage and then eating some amazing Vietnamese food in the evening. No chocolate bunnies on that vacation 😉


Oceanside, CA

Oceanside, CA


Despite my almost instinctual desire to ‘fly south’ when the cold weather has taken its toll, I can now lay claim to the fact that I live in paradise. Pinch. I live where I would normally wish to go! So what now? I suppose I could pack a bag and traverse to another locale that I’ve always wanted to visit, but right now is the time of year that Florida is meant to be enjoyed aka we only have a few more months before the humidity really kicks up and storm season is upon us again (that’s when I most want to get away, hehe). So I think this year I’ll make a staycation out of it and enjoy all the loveliness that the local scene has to offer. My niece and nephew are coming down in a few weeks so I might take them to Gatorland or for an airboat ride at Lake Jesup. The Strawberry Festival in Plant City is coming up very soon and there’s always the very beautiful Lakeridge Winery in Clermont to enjoy. Of course there’s also a ton of gorgeous natural springs I still haven’t been to. And so many fun theme parks and beaches just a stone’s throw away. Spring Break, let’s get local!


Lakeridge Winery

Lakeridge Winery in Clermont, Florida


Florida Vineyard

Florida Vineyard – Try their Southern Red, it’s amazing!


Wine Country

Who knew Central Florida has rolling hills and wine country?!


Where will your 2017 Spring Break travels take you?



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