Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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March 29, 2017

Out+About

NEW ORLEANS: BEYOND BOURBON STREET

NEW ORLEANS: BEYOND BOURBON STREET

Story: Mary Ann DeSantis Photos: Tony & Mary Ann DeSantis When the sun rises in New Orleans, the Crescent City reveals quiet paths that many tourists don’t take time to explore. The Garden District, home to writers, musicians, and other celebrities, is a relaxing escape from the round-the-clock partying of the French Quarter. Some cities are legendary. New Orleans, Louisiana, is one of those places. People…
Ashland: the estate where a presidential loser won

Ashland: the estate where a presidential loser won

If you love history—especially when it comes to presidential politics—you should add the beautiful Ashland Estate to your travel itinerary. The Kentucky home of three-time presidential candidate Henry Clay is a place where visitors discover that losing wasn’t the end of his illustrious career.  Story:  Mary Ann Desantis   Much like Hillary Clinton retreated to her Dutch Colonial Style home in Chappaqua, New York, in…
FINDING PURA VIDA IN COSTA RICA

FINDING PURA VIDA IN COSTA RICA

STORY: MARY ANN DESANTIS PHOTOS: GERALD BAUM, MARY ANN DESANTIS, & COSTA RICA TOURISM BOARD Mother Nature smiled on Costa Rica, the Central American country where many Floridians are finding the call of the wild hard to resist. Lush, green rainforests, scenic ocean views, and unspoiled environments bring a new understanding to living a pure life. No alarm clocks were needed in Costa Rica; after…
Tampa Sparkles for Holidays

Tampa Sparkles for Holidays

STORY: Mary Ann DeSantis The visiting children and grandchildren may be somewhat bored with Mickey and friends when they visit. Forget the Turnpike and head south on I-75 to Tampa where the holiday lights illuminate fun for all ages. After the holiday gifts have been unwrapped and tummies are filled to capacity, you’ll probably ask your visiting friends and family what they would like to…
Family-Friendly Holiday Retreats

Family-Friendly Holiday Retreats

PHOTOS: Mary Ann DeSantis+provided Do you go north or south for the holidays—as in south to the Florida Keys or north to the Florida Panhandle? Either direction is within a half-day’s drive of Central Florida, and you will find family friendly options where everyone from children to grandchildren and maybe even an aunt or uncle will have fun. Your entire family wants to get together…
OUT+ABOUT: ‘Conched’ Out

OUT+ABOUT: ‘Conched’ Out

The picture-perfect Turks and Caicos Islands in the British West Indies offer not only the world’s best beaches but also adventures, explorations, relaxation, and—of course—lots of conch cuisine. PHOTOS: Mary Ann DeSantis+Ocean Club Resorts “This will be your screen-saver shot,” my guide Michael Williams announced as we trekked up a rocky path, known as the King’s Road, on North Caicos, the second largest and lushest…
OUT+ABOUT: Scalloping Season Underway

OUT+ABOUT: Scalloping Season Underway

It’s hard to miss the flotilla of boats on the Gulf waters on Florida’s northwest coast this month. After all, scalloping season is in full swing, and vessels of all sizes—from kayaks to fishing boats and pontoons—are filled with people trying to catch the fast-swimming bay scallops (Argopecten irradians), a delicious delicacy for seafood lovers. “Scalloping is an activity the entire family can participate in…
AN OUT+ABOUT DAYCATION: Take A Pokémon Break

AN OUT+ABOUT DAYCATION: Take A Pokémon Break

Looking for a real-life adventure before the kids head back to school? Amelia Island in northeast Florida, is encouraging fans to visit August 5 – 7 for a family friendly “PokéBreak.” Visitors can start their PokéBreak weekend on Friday with Sounds on Centre, an outdoor evening performance in downtown Fernandina Beach on the island; a Ghost Tour of Amelia Island, leading guests in the footsteps…
OUT+ABOUT: From Kitty Hawk to Mars

OUT+ABOUT: From Kitty Hawk to Mars

PHOTOS: MARY ANN DESANTIS + outerbanks.org The impossible happened on the sand dunes surrounding Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, when Orville and Wilbur Wright altered the world of transportation with their first manned flight, one that lasted a mere 12 seconds. The wind in North Carolina’s Outer Banks can be relentless, especially when trying to cross a parking lot with an umbrella. I know because my…
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