Category Archives: Resorts

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!

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!

New Fishing Lures, Lines and Terminal Tackle For 2015

Lures, line, quick attach fishing floats for 2015.
Lures, line, quick attach fishing floats for 2015.

APtravelnews & AP Product News-January 2nd,–Crossville, TN–Recently we had the opportunity to join in as members of SEOPA’s (Southeastern  Outdoor Press Association) 50th Anniversary Conference at Fontana Lakes Resort in North Carolina. During the conference, media types have a chance to visit with various outdoor products manufacturers and view, test and enjoy items, active outdoor sportsmen and women would use in their hunting, fishing and boating life-all kinds of items, from game and fish seasonings, duck and turkey calls, to tree-stands, guns, fishing rods and even hand warmers for those who ice fish, or stay out in the cool and cold of fall and winter.

A little known fact by anglers gleaned from a visit to the Chattanooga Aquarium, probably one of the very finest in the world is that the Tennessee River has more freshwater species than any other body of water in America. I have lived in TN. for 10-years and I have never fished the river OK!, please don’t ask why! Yes, this is going to change, as I am heading for the river today! Stay tuned.

The following fishing items are all I may be using during my forays to the river: Berkley makes a wide variety of baits both soft and hard baits and the new Flicker Minnow Pro in Slick Purple Bengal in size 7, is one I will try first. It dives to from 14-17 feet in depth and I know if G-D is with me, a perch, bass or hopefully a trout is going to commit to a whack at it!  Sebile Action First, provided a neat looking floater called the Squarebill Sunfish. I am fairly confident a sassy bass will strike this on a first cast to the water lilies in a bend in the river. If they don’t bite on the floater, I’ll try their Lipless Sinker with rattles; who knows? Fortunately, these companies make these lures in different sizes and colors and just like my fly fishing excursions with my fly box full of you name it in color and size, my tackle box gives me the arsenal of possibilities that persnickety  fish might like!

From catfish mono line, to crappie and the rest of the gang, new lines appear to be just that, new! I’ve got Gamma Touch Flourocarbon, Stren, Berkley IronSilk in green, and all in weights that will fill my old reels with fresh ammo presentations in abrasive resistant styles. Something I always thought would be a good idea also fell into my bag; “Frog Hair Adjustable Single use EZ-On float indicators from Gamma. No rubber bands, just quick-attach little threads and ready to fish little Bobber’s in several sizes and coloration styles. If I were you, I’d at least check out all this in the big box stores and mom and pops too!

 

 

 

 

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 Another face to face meeting with "Mr. Brown."
Another face to face meeting with “Mr. Brown.