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
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