Just a Friendly Reminder: The Florida Keys are Open For Business

Just a Friendly Reminder: The Florida Keys are Open For Business

Mike and I drove to the Keys this week to tour wedding venues.

It’s the first time I’d visited since Irma demolished her way through the middle in September of 2017. With the excitement of venue shopping, I didn’t give much thought as to how they were holding up nearly five months later.

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How First-Timers Do St. Augustine, FL: The Oldest City in the Nation

How First-Timers Do St. Augustine, FL: The Oldest City in the Nation

Are you really even American until you visit the first and oldest city in the United States? 

Sorry, New Englanders. Long before Jamestown and Plymouth Rock, there was a small, coastal settlement founded by Spanish admiral, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, in 1565.

The city is St. Augustine. The location is the northeast corner of Florida, just south of Jacksonville.

Like most stories of colonial conquistadors, this one entails a long history of bloody battles between European settlers, the Spanish and Native Americans.

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THE DRY TORTUGAS & A SINISTER FORTRESS IN PARADISE

THE DRY TORTUGAS & A SINISTER FORTRESS IN PARADISE

It’s been 6 months since we first washed up on the shores of Fort Jefferson, right alongside a deserted Cuban refugee raft emblazoned with the words “Vamos Con Dios.”

Translation: We Go With God.

A haunting welcome to a place that couldn’t be more paradoxical. Sinister remnants of a 19th-century military fortress, splattered across a backdrop of paradise - blue skies, turquoise waters and silver flashes of rolling tarpon.

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HOW TO SPEND 9 DAYS IN THE KEYS

HOW TO SPEND 9 DAYS IN THE KEYS

Lobster season is practically the kickoff to the American holiday season. Fanatics migrate to Florida, namely the Keys, from all over the world to dive into the deep blue and hunt some “bugs.”

While planning Mike's big birthday trip this year, we decided to forego the madness and wait until regular lobster season opens on August 6.

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