Architecture Tour of Stunning Alys Beach, Florida

Architecture Tour of Stunning Alys Beach, Florida Renowned for Iconic Architecture, New Urbanism Movement If you’ve never experienced Alys Beach on the Gulf Coast of Northwest Florida’s panhandle in-between Panama City and Destin, I highly recommend it as a must-see while in the vicinity. Renowned…

Destination: Helen Keller Home, Tuscumbia, Alabama

Ivy Green Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller Master Bedroom The famous well pump The plantation’s cottage The cottage’s main room 150 year old gardens, the brown community building and the kitchen The Kitchen and Cook’s Quarters The Kitchen Museum room Ms. Keller’s first Braille typewriter…

Southern Cuisine: Gumbo Fest

Southern Cuisine: Sandestin Gumbo Fest Northwest Florida’s Premier Winter Food Event The heart and soul of Southern culture that brings everyone together is food. Food is love. Food is tradition. Food is celebrated. Gumbo is one of the most beloved foods of the Gulf Coast.…

Weekend Lake Getaway

Oakwood Resort is a gorgeous Midwestern lakefront resort, an hour’s drive from our home, has beautiful spacious rooms and is dog friendly WEEKEND LAKE GETAWAY For us, there’s a long gap from the winter snowbird season until we begin again, so weekend getaways are an…

Find the Best of the Best with Social Media

Fonville Press and Alys Beach, Florida were a 2019 destination thanks to social media Find the Best of the Best with Social Media Impact of Social Media on Snowbird Communities Social media is defined as the specific ability to share opinions, photos, places, events and…

Road Trip Report

Our hosts’ welcoming front porch set the stage for their home which looks like it belongs in a magazine   ROAD TRIP REPORT Road trips and summer are a perfect pair. And it only gets better when visiting snowbird friends in their Northern homes. So…

Countdown to Departure

COUNTDOWN TO DEPARTURE 14 Point Checklist prior to heading South On the way home our third season, we decided to change our transportation to a full sized SUV for maximum cargo space and easier accessibility for our large dog ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Many snowbirds retreat to their…

The Off Season

Summer weekend getaway to Chicago along the River Esplanade   The Off Season Besides daydreaming about their warm climate home, what do snowbirds do during the off season? Embrace Your Primary Home It’s easy to get swept up in your winter home, after all it’s…

Midlife Snowbird Blog

  Coastal colors of the Emerald Coast of Florida, our Southern home Welcome to Midlife Snowbird Many people dream about escaping the frozen winter for life as a snowbird. And they wonder what it’s really like, how to make it happen, where to go and…