July 7, 2015

Dining & Travel

Animal Kingdom

For the past three years, television's "Wild Kingdom'' co-host Jim Fowler has been talking about bringing kangaroos, tigers, rhinos and more to roam free in a wildlife park in northwest Florida. Read more »
Published on 8/1/2006

Upscale Upgrade

With the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples moving successfully toward its fifth birthday, the chain turned its attention to the Ritz-Carlton Naples, the original Ritz in southwest Florida. Read more »
Published on 8/1/2006

Impressive Debut

I seldom review a restaurant in its first days or even weeks of operation, believing it wise to allow time for a few shakedown cruises (and ignoring the counterargument that as long as a restaurant is charging the customer, its performance can be seriousl Read more »
Published on 8/1/2006

Travel Briefs - August 2006

Waldorf-Astoria, Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Hotel, Rosen Shingle Creek; St. Regis Resort; Splendid China; Days Inn Maingate. Read more »
Published on 8/1/2006

Feeding Frenzy

Florida's rapid population growth has made it a breeding ground for franchises in the so-called "fast-casual" dining sector. Read more »
Published on 7/1/2006

The Mini-Jet Era Dawns

If Delray Beach-based DayJet makes good on its plans to begin service among five Florida cities by the end of the year, the company will usher in an era of very light jet travel in the state, Read more »
Published on 7/1/2006

Travel Briefs - July 2006

TheTradeShow, W Fort Lauderdale Hotel, Kennedy Space Center, SeaWorld, Fairfield Resorts. Read more »
Published on 7/1/2006

A Pitch For A New Pitch

The U.S. travel industry needs to take a new approach to the way it markets the country to foreign visitors, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo told an audience at the International Pow Wow at the Orange County Convention Center. Read more »
Published on 7/1/2006

Back In Time

Built in 1888 and renovated in 1999, the Casa Monica Hotel in downtown St. Augustine looks like a castle. It has 138 rooms, the award-winning 95 Cordova restaurant, a sidewalk cafe and a collection of retail boutiques. Read more »
Published on 7/1/2006

Old Key Lime House -- With a Twist

One of the most dramatic and certainly the most historic restaurant rebirths, after the ravages of last year's hurricanes, occurred in little ol' Lantana, where the Old Key Lime House replaced its destroyed roof and dining room with an authentic Seminole Read more »
Published on 7/1/2006

Travel Briefs - June 2006

Travel trends and surveys; resort and attraction updates: Medieval Times, Ocean Walk Resort in Daytona Beach, Crowne Plaza Jacksonville-Riverfront, Doubletree Guest Suites in Naples. Read more »
Published on 6/1/2006

Universal Appeal

Convention planners have been calling for more luxury hotels along International Drive since the Orange County Convention Center expanded in 2003 to become the second biggest in the nation. Read more »
Published on 6/1/2006

Trendsetters - June 2006

Pat Engfer, Hyatt Regency Orlando; Robert Seidler, Seidler Productions; Lee Weeks, Coral Hospitality; Melissa Giles, Soulfrito; Bruce Orosz, ACT Productions; Jack B. Healan Jr., Amelia Island Co.; Elizabeth Wentworth, Broward Alliance. Read more »
Published on 6/1/2006

Comfort Zone

A handful of Florida hotels now offer special programs and amenities for women business travelers. Read more »
Published on 6/1/2006

A Great Wall of Tourists

With China's economy in high gear, its 1.3 billion citizens have begun to amass wealth, and their government has begun to relax travel restrictions. Visit Florida senses a business opportunity. Read more »
Published on 5/1/2006

House Odds

The introduction of Vegas-style slot machines in south Florida is changing the gambling landscape across the state.

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Published on 5/1/2006

Medure's Magic

The remarkable restaurant renaissance in the Jacksonville area started about 15 years ago when Matthew Medure arrived. Read more »
Published on 5/1/2006

Coming up Rosewood

A new resort in Sunny Isles Beach brings the ultraluxury Rosewood brand to Florida. Read more »
Published on 5/1/2006

Room Boom

If you're planning a stay in Miami, be sure to check the credit limit on your credit card. The average daily room rates in Miami-Dade County rose 11.5% to $128.35 in 2005. Read more »
Published on 4/1/2006

Travel Smart and Save Money

For executive recruiter Bill Frank, managing partner of Stanton Chase in Boca Raton, cost-effective travel doesn't mean scrimping on quality. Read more »
Published on 4/1/2006

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