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Fishermen’s Village 30 Shops, Great Seafood, a Quality Resort and Marina=Valhalla!!!

Fishermen's Village has the best candy and chocolate shop, ever! The Village was all dressed up in their holiday lights and "festive" is the word! We loved it!
Fishermen’s Village has the best candy and chocolate shop, ever! The Village was all dressed up in their holiday lights and “festive” is the word! We loved it!

APtravelnews-Dec. 19th,-Bob and Barb writing from Fishermen’s Village, Punta Gorda, FL.–Its really hard to say anything else then; Barb and I really loved this place. So many animated and excited folks-from children to old timers really having a ball, looking at the lighting, meeting Santa, tasting chocolates, buying gifts, visiting a real Military Museum with hero Veterans talking about past wars and their recollections and through it all; friendly shop-keepers and visitors! We ate seafoods, destroyed sumptious desserts, a few cocktails and after dinner libations as well. We stopped to listen to chorals of the season, popped into the Village Fish Market (www.village-fish-market.com) for the aforementioned seafoods such as the ubiquitous shrimp done many ways, crab cakes, scallops, fish dishes, delicious’ too! Our dinner was hosted by owner Sue Randall.

We ended off the evening with a Christmas Canal Cruise through Punta Gorda’s canals with the Kingfisher Fleets excursion boat loaded with all kinds of appetizers-we sure do travel on our stomachs too! www.kingfisherfleet.com  Stay tuned! Much more coming of our trip to Punta Gorda!  Go for some great info: www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com

Scallops and very tasty side dishes we all love! Fabulous meals all around!
Scallops and very tasty side dishes we all love!
Fabulous meals all around!
The Military Museum had wonderful Veterans who we stand with anytime of the year, described the realities of their times in the past war theaters!
The Military Museum had wonderful Veterans who we stand with anytime of the year, described the realities of their times in past war theaters!
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The way it used to be. Local Indians coming in to trade in the “Islands” depicted in this giant mural at Fishermen’s Village! The old mingled nicely with the new!
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The whole town and dozens of waterfront homes seen on a Kingfisher Charter, all decked out in Christmas Lights WOW’d everyone in the Holiday frame of mind!
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Tasting goodies at the Simply Sweet, A Confectionary Cafe’. Homemade fudge, flavored popcorn, a great sweet note that we experienced and will not forget! https.//facebook.com/simplysweetaconfectionarycafe

 

 

 

Punta Gorda, Florida Visit to Holidays on the Harbor Was So Much More!

Waterfront dining is a given in the Keys! Fish, shrimp, FL. lobster (crawfish)  conch salad, pelicans soaring by, a breeze that Keys residents say "life is a breeze in the Keys."
Waterfront dining is a given in Punta Gorda. Fish, shrimp, lobster conch salad, pelicans soaring by, being “easy breezy”  residents say in Punta Gorda and throughout the Islands of  Charlotte Harbor area!

APtravelnews-Bob and Barb “on the Road Again” December 19th, Punta Gorda, FL.—Holidays are celebrated family-style in the wonderfully diverse Southwest Florida communities that comprise Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands. This year we were invited to join in on the festivities, and what a terrific experience it was. We enjoyed moments in the “Twilight Zone” of brilliant lighting, driving us back nostalgically by lighted sleigh and sailboat to a time when we had our family all around us during the Holiday Season, but only interrupted by the vagaries of what the future does to all of us!

Of course when you travel, having a quality, enjoyable, laid back yet fun and youthful atmosphere in and around your accommodations, is tantamount to making everything as perfect as it can be. The rooms, the giant Tiki Bar on the Harbor, the meals and the extremely friendly staff at the Four Points  by Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside  (WWW.fourpointspuntagordaharborside.com) were a precursor to one of the finest adventure weekends Barb and I have experienced in our many visits all around the USA. Stay tuned for more, but go: www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com  for much more information about this spectacular place in time and space!    Again, Stay Tuned, much more of our adventure to come!

The open and modern registration and lobby opens up directly into their cocktail bar and restaurant. The food was great! The beer on tap was too!
The open and modern registration and lobby opens up directly into their cocktail bar and restaurant. The food was great! The beer on tap was too!
Barb relaxing in a quiet room at the Four Points Sheraton Punta Gorda, Harborside
Barb relaxing in a quiet room at the Four Points Sheraton Punta Gorda, Harborside
Holiday time in Punta Gorda, FL.
Holiday time in Punta Gorda, FL.

Key Largo to Key West; The Florida Keys is Truly Americas Accessible by Auto Caribbean

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Los Cayos=(Those Bones) as the Spansih called the Keys Hundreds of years ago!
Los Cayos=(Those Bones) as the Spanish called the Keys Hundreds of years ago!

APtravelnews-December 2, Key Largo, FL.—UPDATED*Key Largo, Florida is the gateway to and through a total of 43-bridges to the main islands (yes, I counted the bridges) making up the Florida Keys available for visit by locals and tourists, alike. When I wrote the Official Travel Guide to the Florida Keys-“43-Bridges To The Florida Keys,” I concentrated on Key Largo, due to its proximity to the mainland and due to the fact that everyone who visited the Keys by auto for the first time would seek out the welcome Center to more easily facilitate and be able to be informed best, on how to take advantage of the myriad of opportunities the Keys have to offer.

When we travel, we always consider the following primary reasons that are most important we would expect when traveling away from home: Excellent accommodations and amenities, great meals, neat places to visit and safety of locations for us and our family. Today, restaurants that serve local sea foods and fish, besides all the usual dishes from the main providers of steaks, chops, Asian, Italian and good old American Apple pie places too, are all available in the Keys and especially in Key Largo for starters, on our way down the US-1, Overseas Highway. This highways is like the string that links a fine set of little islands or Keys like pearls, towards Key West-132-miles further south and the end of the habitable islands that make up the Florida Keys!  Just Google the Florida Keys and watch out; you may get hooked as firmly as I hope my next game fish does!

43 bridge to the Florida Keys now available personalized!My book Forty-Three Bridges is now available personalized for $12.00 free shipping! Go: bobepstein@aol.com 

Waterfront dining is a given in the Keys! Fish, shrimp, FL. lobster (crawfish)  conch salad, pelicans soaring by, a breeze that Keys residents say "life is a breeze in the Keys."
Waterfront dining is a given in the Keys! Fish, shrimp, FL. lobster (crawfish) conch salad, pelicans soaring by, a breeze that Keys residents say “life is a breeze in the Keys.”
Yes, I always release red drum (Red Fish) they taste terrible compared to snook or snapper!
Yes, I always release red drum (Red Fish) they taste terrible compared to snook or snapper!  However, they do fight very well on the shallow water flats!

Sid’s on Main in Canton Located In the Imperial Hotel-“One of the States Best 2-Dollar Hotels.”

Sid's on Main in the newly renovated Imperial Hotel in Canton, NC, Haywood Counties new showpiece in a paper mill town.
Sid’s on Main in the newly renovated Imperial Hotel in Canton, NC, Haywood Counties new showpiece in a paper mill town.

APtravelnews-Canton, N.C. September 19th,Sid Truesdale and his wife Page are the Imperial Hotels Restaurateurs and a great bunch of offerings that they provide. Antiques punctuate the Imperial Hotel, and our dining area featured an early roll top  desk and various other neat early period furniture. For lunch Barb and I enjoyed “Ruben” sandwiches, Crab Cakes, burgers, wonderfully tasty chicken salad, Po-boys, Club sandwiches and a list too long to include here.  Yes, we tried a taste of all of them listed.

The newly and ongoing restoration of this hotel which was first opened as a brick home in 1876, renovated in the 1920’s as the Imperial Hotel that announced to all that it was the “best 2-dollar hotel in N.C.” Today after a current major restoration, the hotel will soon open again and like early times when it catered to the new boom town-needs of a Champion paper mill town, it will offer, besides Sid’s fine establishment that is open now for lunch, dinner, special occasions, banquets and catering,  apartments, hotel rooms, a banquet hall, meeting and party rooms as well as retail space. The Hotel is located at 117 Main St., Canton, NC, phone at Sid’s is: 828-492-0618 www.sidsonmain.com 

A major player in the new renovations of the Imperial Hotel tells writers about the history of this venerable hotel and restaurant.
A major player in the new renovations of the Imperial Hotel tells writers about the history of this venerable hotel and restaurant.