Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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September 19, 2017

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Hamilton’s Philadelphia is hot! 

Hamilton’s Philadelphia is hot! 

‘Hamilton: An American Musical’ is coming to Florida in 2018, and tickets will be so hot you may have a better chance of learning about this controversial Founding Father on a walking tour of Philadelphia. Most people know Alexander Hamilton only as the Founding Father whose face is pictured on a $10 bill, but his contributions to the birth of our nation and to the…
Unplugging in the Colorado Rockies

Unplugging in the Colorado Rockies

Taking a break from the digital world can be more difficult than we think, but a few days at a ‘wilderness retreat’ can be salve for the soul and a rediscovery of what’s really important. This story originally was to be a recount of a luxurious few days at The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, but something more valuable happened in Colorado: I rediscovered how…
It’s A Man’s World

It’s A Man’s World

Looking for a summer road trip that will appeal to your guy? The Booth Western Art Museum and Old Car City USA in north Georgia are the kinds of places where big boys can reminisce about their toys.  The last place I expected to find a world-class western art museum was Cartersville, Georgia, a small city about 45 miles north of Atlanta on Interstate 75.…
The hills are alive with music, art, and literature

The hills are alive with music, art, and literature

Exploring the Berkshires In the Berkshires of Massachusetts, travelers can find picturesque towns and scenes straight out of a Rockwell painting. Story & Photos: Gary McKechnie There’s something homelike and comforting about the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. As you explore these hills, drive beside glistening lakes, and stroll through postcard-perfect villages, you may feel as if you’ve stepped into a Norman Rockwell canvas. In a…
Riding the Emerald Coast

Riding the Emerald Coast

Story & Photos: Gary McKechnie South Florida makes you assume every mile of oceanfront is cloaked behind a wall of condos, but the Emerald Coast changes the story. Nature seduces motorcyclists, and few Florida journeys are as seductive as a brief, but engaging, ride along the Gulf of Mexico between Pensacola and Apalachicola. From the Florida/Alabama border, the road east alternates between white sands and…
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…
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