The Beach is the new Gym

There are all sorts of exercise classes at Brohard, Venice, Nokomis and Siesta Key; classes in yoga, tai chi and Nia, and instructors offer private kayaking and paddleboarding lessons. There is even a yoga-paddleboard combo class.

02/06/2015 By bobbilynnh


ON & OFF ||| CRASH COURSE: Essential info for visiting Snook Haven.

Out on the Myakka River, Snook Haven is an Old Florida BBQ joint, fish shack, canoe launch, boat dock and live music venue rolled into one.

02/06/2015 By bobbilynnh


ON & OFF ||| COASTAL CLASSICS: The Medjool Date Palm

The medjool date palm is known as the “true date palm tree” and they're waiting to welcome you to Venice.

02/06/2015 By bobbilynnh


Authentic Florida: Behind the Gates In Ocala

Ocala shouts out “horse capital of the world” but it’s a rare privilege to get “behind the gates” and experience the world of thoroughbreds, stud farms and the Olympic sport of dressage. But you can “get behind the gates” it all if you know how, so join A

02/03/2015 By Robin Draper


Florida Carrot, Orange and Ginger Soup

This flavorful Florida Carrot, Orange & Ginger Soup recipe is ideal for the cooler months and packed with healthy ingredients. You may want to consider doubling this delicious recipe for plenty of leftovers!

01/27/2015 By Robin Draper


Salt Water Cures Everything

"Salt Water cures everything" according to Authentic Florida blogger, Robin Draper or at least that's what her Florida mother always said.

01/13/2015 By Robin Draper


Florida Tomato-Ricotta Tart

Authentic Florida creates a tomato-ricotta tart using fresh Florida tomatoes.

01/06/2015 By Robin Draper


A Day Trip Brooksville, Florida's Green Acres

Historic Brooksville, located in Hernando County is a small town north of Tampa with rolling green acres, rambling hills and plenty to do including a visit to its downtown, Weeki Wachee, Chinsegut Hill and Boyett's Grove.

12/30/2014 By Robin Draper


Authentic Dade City, Where the Kumquat Rules

Authentic Florida travels to Dade City where Florida southern charm combines hospitality, history and a “golden gem” known as the kumquat.

12/23/2014 By Robin Draper


Authentic Florida's Sour Orange Pie

Authentic Florida shares a recipe for a Florida classic, Sour Orange Pie. Perfect for the holidays with intense, citrus flavor you'll love.

12/16/2014 By Robin Draper


Step Back in Time: Four Florida Forts

Authentic Florida takes you on an historical journey visiting four Florida forts.

12/09/2014 By Robin Draper


Authentic Florida Gardening Tips: Dig In

While the rest of the country is preparing for colder weather, we in Florida are fortunate to have a much longer growing season–actually, two seasons, fall and spring.

12/02/2014 By Robin Draper


Authentic Mango Ice Cream

Authentic Florida shares a favorite mango ice cream recipe

11/25/2014 By Robin Draper


Florida Mango Mania Road Trip!

Mangos - rich and exotic - bursting with flavor, and considered the “crown jewel” of Florida’s tropical fruits.

11/18/2014 By Robin Draper


Authentic Florida Fall

Florida's fall is more subtle than most areas of the country and Authentic Florida's Robin Draper provides tips for enjoying the season.

11/11/2014 By Robin Draper


Local Rides

04/24/2014 By Megan McDonald


The Cycling Sage of Venice Florida Introduces Himself

Joe Thro, the Cycling Sage of Venice, Florida introduces his blog on cycling clubs of Venice Florida and surrounding communities.

03/02/2014 By Megan McDonald