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Wat Mongkolratanaram of Florida (or Wat Tampa as most people call it) is a Theravada Buddhist Temple for religious ceremonies, meditation, and Dhamma (teachings of Buddha) study.  It was established in 1981 and moved to its current location in 1983. The Sunday Market started in 1987 with onl…

Where are you going on your summer vacation?  If your answer isn’t Bricksburg, then you need to change plans!  No passports or airfare needed for those of us in Polk County!  Created in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and LEGO®, the newest expansion features three new rides a…

A home away from home lake lover’s paradise, Cypress Inlet in Winter Haven opened its doors for business in the summer of 2018. Owners Richard and Janet Hicks purchased a franchise with Freedom Boat Club a few months later, covering all aspects of what it means to vacation on The Chain of Lakes.

This year come, “Home for the Holidays” and experience Pinewood Estate transformed.  Inspired by the grandeur of the 1940s, you will find beautifully decorated trees, lots of lights and tinsel.  Step back in time and take a glimpse at how the Buck family might’ve celebrated the holidays.  Yo…

It’s hard to imagine Orlando in the days of hoop skirts and top hats, ladies of the night and wild west justice. Now, though the skyline is staggered with impressive architecture both new and old, lights, music, restaurants, the heartbeat of a city, and I-4 buzzing steadily nearby throughout…

You’re going on vacation, why not send your pets on one too? That’s exactly what Dr. Vargas, owner of Orchid Springs Animal Clinic had in mind when she created World Suites, Polk County’s first-rate doggie hotel. Think the Ritz, but for Rover.

My husband and I decided to take a weekend trip to the beach.  It’s one of the best parts about living in central Florida, right?  Choose your coast, choose a city & go!   We had narrowed it down to Longboat Key on the Gulf side but didn’t know where to stay without going over budget. Wi…

Originally a TECO streetcar repair and storage facility dating from 1910, it was sold to Tampa Armature Works, a phosphate machinery manufacturer in 1960.  Today it’s a 73,000 square foot mixed-use commercial space consisting of the Heights Public Market, multiple event spaces, a co-shared w…

Instead of stressing out about getting the perfect gift for your Valentine, gift them an experience. A sweet Valentine’s getaway isn’t far from home either. Between the restaurants, bars, and shopping that downtown Lakeland offers and the first-class amenities of the Terrace Hotel, you can t…

Solomon’s Castle is one man’s masterpiece, tucked amongst the orange trees and pastures in Ona, Florida. Howard Solomon, who unfortunately passed away in August of 2016, was a true creative with an imagination overflowing into everything he did. 

Around 12 years ago, a group took their interest in a public place to ride ATV’s to Polk County. The county instituted an ATV committee to begin looking for the perfect site, touring 100’s of pieces of property. Eventually Mosaic worked with the county to buy the initial 200 acres of  mined …

Since the late Jurassic period, sea turtles have been roaming the world’s oceans and maintaining the eco-balance of their marine habitat.  Unchanged in physical appearance since they first appeared, the ecothermic reptiles are characterized by a fusiform body (that prevent extremities from b…

Situated on Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island, this quaint little resort is just under 2 hours away.  If you’re looking for a quick getaway or even a long weekend retreat, Silver Surf is a great idea.  

Secluded, peaceful and elegant. Modern architecture. Two of the top golf courses in the country with a third course opening September 29th. A European-style grotto spa with a staff attending to your every need to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit.

Camping–an iconic pastime with roots steeped in cowboy history and Americana tradition. There is nothing like pitching a tent on a cool summer night, campfire ablaze, telling a scary story or two. All nostalgia aside, there are a few things that detract from the experience: mosquitoes, no in…

This year, Weeki Wachee Springs celebrates its 70th anniversary of the very first mermaid show. Named by the Seminoles, Weeki Wachee means “little spring” or “winding river.” The naturally formed spring is so deep, the bottom has yet to be found. Every day, 117 million gallons of 74-degree, …

This past April, Legoland Florida Resort opened the brand new Beach Retreat. Opening less than two years after the the debut of the Hotel, the Beach Retreat more than doubles accommodations for