An island oasis, a day-trip away

Maybe because it’s an island. Or, maybe because it’s close to home, but feels so far away. Or, maybe because Anna Maria Island lulls you with its watery beauty and makes you forget the world outside. Maybe, for all these reasons, this island is an ideal place for a day-trip. For years, Tampa families have escaped to their second homes on the island on weekends just to get away. … [Read more...]

Fort De Soto Park: A recreation destination

The Tampa Bay area has all sorts of places to escape and feel like you’re on vacation without having to drive very far or fly off somewhere. And, when you get company from afar, there’s always someplace wonderful like Fort De Soto Park to take them. Here, all in one place, are a world-class beach, views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, two fishing piers, boat launches, a historic … [Read more...]

Art quilts show off Tampa Bay history

Joanne Rodriguez knew immediately which historical Tampa landmark she wanted to create on her appliqued quilt – the image of the iconic minarets at the University of Tampa. “When I came down to Florida in the 1980s, I just thought they were so beautiful,” said the Wisconsin native. “It’s very Tampa.” Her quilt is one of several on display through June at an art exhibit – “Memories of … [Read more...]