Southern live oaks are iconic emblems of the South. Scientifically known as Quercus virginiana, these grand trees average 50 feet in height, with thick sweeping branches... | read more |
Jacksonville has 128 cemeteries, according to a City Council study, many long forgotten by time. Here are two profiles of historic family cemeteries in our... | read more |
St. Augustine may host one of the best Christmas light displays in the world, but Steve Marrazzo insists that the First Coast could learn a thing or two about... | read more |
Rustic Revivalism and shabby chic are two design movements that speak to recognizing the beauty in the imperfect. We swung by Rusted: A Vintage Market in San Marco and... | read more |
Joel McEachin, the historic preservationist for the City of Jacksonville stands outside one of the LaVilla shotgun houses. He and his team saved the three... | read more |
From an artesian well that served as a watering hole for carriage horses at the Villa Alexandria Estate and polo horses on their way to the field which is now Holly... | read more |
“They don’t make them like they used to” is a common adage when it comes to houses built from a certain era — and for good reason. Some of the historic homes... | read more |
Heart & Soul
Open in 5 Points since 1976, Edge City has been a style institution for 4 decades. While the neighborhood has changed over time, this boutique has remained a rock solid... | read more |
A large platform where two cannons at the Spanish-American War Fort formerly stood, pointing towards the bluff overlooking the St. Johns River.
The fort looks much... | read more |
I believe in ghosts but am also dubious to so-called hauntings that can be explained by one’s own carelessness in the moment such as leaving keys in a car’s ignition... | read more |
Sandmark House is all about time. There are music boxes to lull the baby to sleep, clocks to wake you up for work and chimes to signal when it’s dinnertime.
“All... | read more |
Peggy Bulger at her home in Fernandina Beach holds a face jug from her private collection of folk art.
They say when someone dies a library burns to the ground.... | read more |
Gerri Betz-Jackson has always had a strong sense of intuition. While a feisty mother of six, real estate developer, philanthropist and political candidate, she made... | read more |
MOMNI Boutique and Alterations is one of the hottest boutiques trending on the First Coast for good reason. The store is the evolution of a custom alterations company... | read more |
Gian Basili gets excited about birds.
We just passed the entrance gate to the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, when he spotted a belted kingfisher. His description of the... | read more |
This four-county journey unearths Northeast and Central Florida’s fascinating geologic assets and gives us the opportunity to experience its breathtaking fragile... | read more |
Above photo: The YIELD design house and manufacturing space on Palmer Street in St. Augustine.
One block from the King Street railroad crossing in St. Augustine, a... | read more |
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Fresh Local Flavor
This cocktail captures the vibe of a crisp fall day in a glass. It celebrates the season with a blend of housemade chai, fresh lemon juice, Giffard Orgeat, Domaine De... | read more |
Don Nicol, owner of TacoLu Baja Mexicana restaurant, stands near where people have reported close encounters with ghosts.
“Alpha O. Paynter has been in the building... | read more |
Imagine St. Augustine in the Flagler-era, when every decadent dining hall was packed with stiff suits, clinking china and stilted table talk. Now imagine just north of... | read more |
Education is essential to core of NaVera Farm’s values, and students and adults alike learn about sustainability through its Farm Life Foundation.
It’s written... | read more |
September is National Bourbon Heritage Month, and what better way to celebrate than with an Old Fashioned? We stopped by HOBNOB at Unity Plaza to try their version of... | read more |
When Europeans first landed in Florida, resigning themselves to the diet that sustained the native cultures for thousands of years was a challenge. “I think a lot... | read more |
When the starter course is all but a memory and the main course is cleared away, dessert will rule eternal. Local Chef Rebecca Reed, of M Restaurant Group and Chef... | read more |
Above photo: Organic farmer and beekeeper Joey Versaggi inspects sprouting produce at his Elkton, Fla. farm.
Late afternoon sun stretches its warm fingers across a... | read more |