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DISCOVERING OLD FLORIDA: A GUIDE TO VINTAGE SOUTH AND CENTRAL FLORIDA

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"A thoughtful addition to the nightstand in your guest room. . .No matter what your interests, chances are you'll find it in this book."                                                       Maggie Gust, Book Remarks

 

"Written with the reader's interests continually in mind. Whether you're an NPR listener or a student road trekker, this guide seems to know what you want to do better than you do--and will take you there, too."

 Carrol B. Fleming, The Sierra Club Guide to          the Caribbean

"A neat little guide which packs a lot into a little package--information-packed and succinct.."

                             Bonnie Gross, editor,                                   www.FloridaRambler.com

 "One of the best little travel guides I've ever seen. I wish I'd written it."

        Mike Miller, Florida Back-roads Travel

 

Profiles on intriguing Floridians and places, such as: 

  • Cyrus Reed Teed who started a little known cult in 1894

  • Useppa, the exclusive, private island, where the military trained for the Bay of Pigs invasion

  • Bertha Palmer, the bejeweled Chicago socialite who brought Brahma bulls to Florida

  • Marian Newhall Horwitz O'Brien, the first female mayor in the south in 1917  

  • Historic Ybor City, the home of cigar production in the US & a quick trip to Cuba 

  • the amateur archaeologist who fought the establishment & excavated Warm Mineral Springs

  • the horticultural visionary whose land is now a Japanese botanical garden

  • the man who turned Key West into a tourist destination and then couldn't return

 

140 vintage postcards and photos including: 

  • 1930s cabins built by the Civilian Conservation Corps to rent 

  • Sexy Trapper Nelson's camp, now a state park

  • the largest paraboloid in the world

  • a house made of Celotex

  • the Art Deco hotel and pool where Esther Williams swam

  • the very first nudist colony in America

  • the island restaurant where Jimmy Buffet first sang (supposedly)

  • Miami's Ancient Spanish Monastery, the oldest building in the new world

  • the highest elevation in Florida

  • charming bed & breakfasts and 1960s motels

   

 

 

Icons provide easy navigation:

  • pet friendly hotels and restaurants

  • cash-only hotels and restaurants

  • handicapped accessible buildings

  • cities, hotels and buildings on the National Register of Historic Places

  • Haunted locations are also duly noted

                                                               FEATURING

St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach, South Pasadena, Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, Oldsmar,  Largo, Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs, Dade City,  Weeki Wachee, Plant City, Gibsonton, Ruskin, Brooksville, Lutz, Bradenton, Ellenton, Parrish, Ona, Duette, Cortez, Palmetto, Terra Ceia, Anna Maria Island, Sarasota, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, Venice, Osprey, Casey Key, North Port, Port Charlotte, Charlotte Harbor, Englewood, Placida, Boca Grande, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, Bonita Beach, Estero, Cape Coral, Sanibel, Captiva, Useppa, Cabbage Key, Pine Island,  Naples, Immokalee, Marco Island, Goodland, Everglades City, Chokoloskee, Ochopee, Key West, Marathon, Islamorada, Key  Largo, Orlando, Maitland, Eatonville,  Winter Park, Winter Garden, Clermont, St. Cloud, Kissimmee, Kenansville, Lakeland, Winter Haven, Lake Wales, Sebring, Lake Placid, Arcadia, Moore Haven, Clewiston,  Homestead, Florida City, Pinecrest, Coral  Gales, Coconut Grove, Miami, Miami Beach, North Miami Beach, Hollywood, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach,  Lighthouse Point, Hillsboro,  Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth,  Jupiter, Hobe Sound, Indiantown, Stuart, Jensen Beach, Okeechobee, Fort Pierce, Vero Beach, Sebastian, Fellsmere, Micco, Grant-Valkaria, Melbourne (Eau Gallie), Rockledge, Indialantic, Melbourne Beach, Merritt Island, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral