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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.

Update: November 28th-Click-It Hot Use It Cold Too! A Simple, Quite Possibly Life-Saving Product For This Time of Year!

Barb and Dennis man the Click-It booth in Sevierville, TN.
Barb and Dennis man the Click-It booth in Sevierville, TN.

APtravelnews-November 28th, UPDATE* PSL, FL—Barb and I left our TN. farm again after spending several days at International Gift Exposition in Sevierville, TN.  This time for our home in FL. While in TN, we were there assisting with wholesale sales and demonstrations of a really useful, simple and heartwarming (as well as the rest of your body from head to toe) rendition of hand warmers, to back and shoulder size warmers, of Click-It Hot Use it Cold soft, reusable units. When we see something truly worthy of our time and efforts, we like to get involved. We were amazed at the hand warmers that are activated by clicking a little metal concave coin with ridges, and watching and feeling the heat surging within seconds, and so were those who we demonstrated  them to.

Take a look at Click-It Hot Use It Cold at:

WWW. Clickithot.com

TIN FISH , TODAY A NATIONAL RESTAURANT GROUP TRULY SHINES AT OFFERING FRESH SEA FOODS!

 

 

Lake Okeechobee residents are making daily and nightly pilgrimages for their great seafood fare!
Lake Okeechobee residents are making daily and nightly pilgrimages for their great seafood fare!

APtravelnews-November 19th, Bob & Barb at Lake Okeechobee, FL.-Great fish and seafood restaurants are hard to find all across America, for sure there are a few in each state and city, but compared to burgers, chicken houses,  Chinese and Japanese Sushi places, sub shops and cafés, they are far and few between.  Well, here comes The Tin Fish and today from California through the Midwest to Florida there are excellent foods of the sea available at quite moderate prices, but offering top of the line foods. Probably no where else can you order special salmon, Whitefish, Cod Tacos, grilled shrimp, Lobster Bisque and so many other dishes for so little “green backs.”

Open and bright, Tin Fish Restaurants are a model of consistently offering fresh and tasty offerings.
Open and bright, Tin Fish Restaurants are a model of consistently offering fresh and tasty offerings.

Their newest location is in Sarasota, Florida and after opening up last year in Lake Okeechobee area, the restaurant has wooed locals and tourists alike and drew Barbara and I for a visit yesterday. Barb much enjoyed her order of corn & shrimp chowder that I also tried as she tried my fresh clam chowder. Good is not the word for them. Great is a better word! My luncheon platter included grilled, firm and tasty shrimp and a filet of Mahi Mahi as this deep ocean fish is called in Hawaii and Dolphin Fish as it is called in the Florida Keys! A special blend “spicy (but not too) cole slaw complimented my dish as it did Barbs Salmon plate. Promise there were no leftovers and we were very well satisfied with the taste and freshness of our “foods from the sea.” We did try a special dessert well worth the wait after dinner as a topper-off of our meals. Cinnamon Ice Cream and Carrot Cake-Wowser!!

Lake Okeechobee themed Tin Fish offers spectacular salmon dishes and offers Jalapeno corn bread too!
Lake Okeechobee themed Tin Fish offers spectacular salmon dishes and offers Jalapeno corn bread too!

Check out Tin Fish on the Web for a full menu spread and locations across the USA that you can happily indulge in great cuisine for yourself:  www.thetinfishrestaurants.com

And if you want information on getting in on the ground floor of their franchise opportunities, get in touch with Joe at 619-708-1134

Salmon with homemade slaw and fixin's!
Salmon with homemade slaw and fixin’s!