I was driving home from work; the same route I’d driven uneventfully for almost 15 years. It’s a six-lane road, mainly businesses, and busy this time of day. I... | read more |
As a marine mammal biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Allison Perna says “There is no such thing as a normal day.” Perna... | read more |
“My kids got kicked out of the Ritz Carlton. I dropped them off to fish in the ponds there,” says world renowned survivalist Gary Humphrey. “There is great bass in... | read more |
In 2009, Lisa Kelly was selected to sing the title song for Disney’s movie “Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure.” The song was titled “If You Believe.” The title... | read more |
“This city is ripe for an epic fairy tale,” Sherry Carter Garbarini once said to writer and river advocate Jim Alabiso. His response? All the Angels Come, the online... | read more |
While long-time locals may feel like they’ve been there, done that, when it comes to Fernandina Beach and St. Augustine, these two coastal towns whisper centuries of... | read more |
Colorful, plump and exotic, succulent plants conjure images of a prehistoric paradise ruled by dragonflies and humming birds.
They can open like a lotus blossom,... | read more |
Carefully curated by owner Rona Brinlee, The BookMark in Neptune Beach is a gem of an independent bookstore. We asked her to select a collection of items that would be... | read more |
Marissa Napoli doesn’t own a Kindle. “I’ve always loved to read and I’ve always loved books. I’m definitely not a Kindle girl … I’ve gotta have a book.”... | read more |
The Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail, farms with meandering fences and wide open spaces dotted with cows and horses and Camp Milton Preserve are just a few of our... | read more |
High on the dunes of Crescent Beach, just north of State Road 206, is a rambling white cottage with a legacy scripted on its walls. Stories of literary heroes were... | read more |
Heart & Soul
Touring Lake Dwellers cottage, you feel like owner Stetson Kennedy has just gone off to run an errand and will be right back. It’s just as he left it, except not quite... | read more |
Amelia Island is brimming with stories, and writers for that matter too. One of Florida’s most fascinating historic destinations, there are many wonderful books on... | read more |
The eastern shoreline gets a lot of love, thanks to its mix of touristy beaches, local shops and coastline sanctuaries — and rightfully so. But this half circle around... | read more |
Known as the “Soap Lady” of Ponte Vedra Beach, Mary Vastola-Yannello makes about 350 bars a week.
There’s the soap with goat’s milk and lavender that’s... | read more |
When she was a little girl Carol McElroy always wanted a horse, but her family couldn’t afford one. So like many little girls with that same dream, she forgot all... | read more |
When Nikolai and Rachel Vitti made the decision to move to Jacksonville, they anticipated it would be a good fit, but accepting the role of Superintendent of Duval... | read more |
Boating is a wet, sunny endeavor. It is vital to be prepared for a day on the water. We asked our friends at Red Otter Outfitters in Fernandina Beach to share some of... | read more |
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Fresh Local Flavor
The St. Augustine Distillery never ceases to amaze with its ingenuity when it comes to making incredible spirits. Their latest: sweet white and sweet red vermouth barrel... | read more |
There is nothing like cooking out of a cookbook from more than a hundred years ago to remind the modern cook that we have lost the kitchen knowledge, once passed down... | read more |
Both born and raised on the First Coast, Chef Waylon Rivers, of Black Sheep Restaurant, and Chef Michael McKinney, of Restaurant Orsay, know a good tailgate.
They... | read more |
Nestled between St. Johns County’s farmland and the burgeoning residential area, Terk’s Acres is a 20-acre homestead and goat farm where Sharon TerKeurst’s flock... | read more |