A Grande Retreat

Boca Grande Mixes Celebrity Wealth with Small-Town Charms

Boca Grande is an idyllic Old Florida town.

02/01/2017 By Ilene Denton

Authentic Florida

Cheeseburger in Paradise: Authentic Cabbage Key

Florida’s Cabbage Key, accessible only by boat, is a true authentic Florida getaway. If you are looking for a “real” Florida vacation, near Fort Myers and remote Florida beaches, look no further.

08/18/2015 By Robin Draper

Authentic Florida

It's Florida Lobster Season

If you haven't been down to the Florida Keys to catch your own Florida lobster this season, don't fret--Robin Draper of Authentic Florida shares tips for enjoying it at home.

08/11/2015 By Robin Draper

Authentic Florida

Florida's Coastal Nursery

Florida's coastline is America's No. 1 sea turtles nesting grounds and you can join walks to see them on Florida's east coast.

08/04/2015 By Robin Draper

Authentic Florida

Embracing the Florida Life

Authentic Florida shares some simple and affordable tips on how to enjoy real “Florida” living through travel, cooking, gardening, exercise, reading, art and decorating your home.

07/28/2015 By Robin Draper

Authentic Florida

Grilling Pizzas With Authentic Florida

Grill homemade Florida pizza using fresh ingredients of cheese, tomatoes, peppers, herbs and whatever toppings are available that day at your farmers market or local grocery.

07/21/2015 By Robin Draper

Authentic Florida

Authentic Florida Reads: The Barefoot Mailman

The Barefoot Mailman is an historical, romantic adventure story of a 1880's Florida postal carrier who walked along a 68-mile beach route between Palm Beach and Miami.

07/14/2015 By Robin Draper


An Authentic Florida Bargain for $2: Rainbow Springs State Park

Looking for one of Florida's best bargains? Try Rainbow Springs State Park for swimming, kayaking or tubing down one of Florida’s most beautiful rivers.

07/07/2015 By Robin Draper


Civic Pride Brings Fireworks Again to Venice

Thanks to the Sertoma Club, you'll be able to watch the fireworks in Venice this year.

07/02/2015 By Kim Hackett


Old Florida Charm on the Chassahowitzka

The Chassahowitzka River delivers old Florida charm.

06/30/2015 By Robin Draper


Authentic Florida Sea Grape Jelly

Try Authentic Florida’s delicious and classic Sea Grape Jelly recipe, made from sea grapes that grow along Florida’s coastline.

06/23/2015 By Robin Draper


Authentic Florida Homes

In Florida, our weather creates an opportunity to design and dwell in our unique homes, incorporating “Florida” as we interpret our own authentic personal space.

06/16/2015 By Robin Draper


Authentic Florida's Dry Tortugas

West of the Florida Keys and Key West lay the Dry Tortugas, an exotic combination of a national park, historical fort and a marine sanctuary.

06/09/2015 By Robin Draper


Authentic Florida Lobster Mac and Cheese

Authentic Florida prepares the ultimate comfort food of Mac & Cheese but with Florida lobster, freshly caught from the Florida Keys.

06/03/2015 By Robin Draper


Clyde Butcher

Authentic Florida writer Robin Draper pens an ode to the great Florida black-and-white photographer Clyde Butcher.

05/27/2015 By Robin Draper


Authentic Shrimp and Cabbage Salad

Authentic Florida whips up a simple Shrimp and Cabbage salad.

05/20/2015 By Robin Draper


It's Time to Pick Florida Blueberries!

Now is the time to pick Florida blueberries, but don't wait too long, the season is short.

05/13/2015 By Robin Draper


Fresh Florida Blueberry and Peach Cobbler

It's Florida blueberry season, and Authentic Florida creates a favorite recipe - Florida Blueberry and Peach Cobbler

05/05/2015 By Robin Draper


Florida Orange Pound Cake

Authentic Florida shares a delicious recipe for Orange Pound Cake as the citrus season closes.

04/29/2015 By Robin Draper


Picking Florida Oranges

Authentic Florida shares best places to pick Florida oranges

04/21/2015 By Robin Draper