Thursday, September 1, 2011


(does not include Fort Lauderdale, Miami or Palm Beach County)

Fairbanks House – 227 South 7th Street; 904-277-0500;; historic home with lovely pool.
Ritz-Carlton – 4750 Amelia Island Parkway; 904-277-1100 or 800-542-8680;
Jack & Diane’s – 708 Centre Street (Fernandina Beach); 904-321-1444; great breakfasts (try Auntie Joon).
Sights & Sites
Fernandina Beach Historic District – Ash by Broome by North 3rd & Escambia by 6th by 7th & Date Streets;; US historic district encompassing approximately 2.5K acres; approximately 300 buildings.
Fort Clinch State Park – 2601 Atlantic Avenue; 904-277-7274;

BROWARD COUNTY (does not include Fort Lauderdale; includes Coral Springs & Lighthouse Point)
Cap’s Place – 2765 Northeast 28th Court (Broward County); 954-941-0418;; Florida’s oldest restaurant with roots as 1920s casino and rum-running speakeasy; sits on island off Lighthouse Point and reached by restaurant’s private launch; originally, wooden shacks attached to old barge; famous guests include Al Capone, Mariah Carey, Winston Churchill, Errol Flynn, George Harrison, Susan Hayward, Meyer Lansky, Joe Namath, Rockefellers, Franklin Roosevelt, Casey Stengel, Gloria Swanson, Temptations, Vanderbilts, an “Norm” from Cheers; seafood.
Sights & Sites
Coral Springs Museum of Art – 2855 Coral Springs Drive (Coral Springs); 954-340-5000;

Sights & Sites
DuPuis Management Area – 23500 Southwest Kanner Highway (approximately 3 miles east of Lake Okeechobee); 561-924-5310;; interpretive center and trail.

JACKSONVILLE (includes Atlantic Beach & Cocoa Beach)
Atlantic Beach.
Cocoa Beach.
Jacksonville Beach.
Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park.
Mickler’s Landing & Beach.
Neptune Beach.

Sights & Sites
Sebastian Inlet State Park – 9700 South Highway A1A; 321-984-4852;; isolated, little-frequented, barrier island beach; lovely.

Lakeside Inn – 100 North Alexander Street; 352-383-4101;; National Historic Register location.
Renninger’s Antiques – 20651 US Highway 441; 352-383-8393;; famous "extravaganzas" occur several times yearly; check website.

OSCEOLA COUNTY (includes Kissimmee, Lake Wales & St. Cloud)
Sights & Sites
Lake Kissimmee State Park – 14248 Camp Mack Road (Lake Wales); 863-696-1112;
Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve – 2700 Scrub Jay Trail (Kissimmee); 407-935-0002;; 12K acre preserve at Everglades’ headwaters; boardwalk and hiking trails.
Sights & Sites
Prairie Lakes Unit, Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area – SR 523, Canoe Creek Road (25 miles south of St. Cloud); 352-732-1225;; dry prairie habitat; bald eagles nest here.

Bars & Nightclubs
Cuban Corner Cigar Co. – 1 King Street, #103; 904-429-7521;; cigar bar that serves beer and wine.
Florida Cracker Café – 81 St. George Street; 904-829-0397;; try Oyster Po’ Boy and/or tomato-based Minorcan Clam Chowder.
Le Herencia Cafe – 4 Aviles Street; 904-829-9487;; Cuban; open all day.
Savannah Sweets – 81a St. George Street; 904-825-0711;; white-chocolate peanut butter sandwich.
Sights & Sites
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument – 1 South Castillo Drive; 904-829-6506;; only 17th Century fort in US.

VOLUSIA COUNTY (includes Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach & Port Orange)
Shores Resort & Spa – 2637 South Atlantic Avenue (Daytona Beach); 386-767-7350 or 866-396-2217;
DJ’s Deck – 79 Dunlawton Avenue (Port Orange); 386-760-2277;; classic seafood and raw bar; order at window and pick up when ready.
JB’s Fish Camp – 859 Pompano Avenue (New Smyrna Beach); 386-427-5747;; crab; atmosphere is pure fish shack; outdoor deck overlooks Halifax River bays and islands.

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