The Basics of How to Furnish a Vacation Rental Property

The Basics of How to Furnish a Vacation Rental Property Many snowbirds understandably dream of eventually purchasing their own vacation rental property. My husband and I rented for six seasons and it inspired me to write a post entitled, “What to Look for in a…

Cooking Class: Four Festive Hors d’oeuvres

The small bite hors d’oeuvres are beautifully presented, everything is more sparkly and has an element of being that much better. Beef tenderloin blue cheese bites Butternut squash crostini with arugula hummus Parmesan crisps with Prosciutto and orange marmalade preserves COOKING CLASS Four Festive Small…

How to Meet People in Your Snowbird Community

The best place to start meeting people is in your own neighborhood, whether at the pool, community center or walking your dog How to Meet People in Your Snowbird Community Ideas for new and seasoned snowbirds Recently I was contacted by a reader who is…

Autumn Tour of Saugatuck on Lake Michigan’s Eastern Coastline

Autumn Tour of Saugatuck on Lake Michigan’s Eastern Coastline A Nostalgic, Romantic, Artsy Waterfront Vacation Destination When my twin sister first announced she was coming home to the Midwest from Hawaii, she invited me to go on a “mini vacation within a vacation.” We have…

Work From Wherever Snowbirds

Work From Wherever (WFW) Snowbirds How to Choose the Best Rental for Working Remotely In May of 2019, I published a blog post entitled “How to Be a Working Snowbird,” and in 2021 it remains quite relevant. In fact, How to Be a Working Snowbird…

Outdoor Summer Entertaining

Individual charcuterie boards are fun for small outdoor parties OUTDOOR SUMMER ENTERTAINING Tips to Host Your Guests 2021 Style The global pandemic brought an entirely new appreciation for the simple things in life. Time spent outdoors. Good food. Friendships. And the ability to host loved…

How to Find Your Second Home

HOW TO FIND YOUR SOUTHERN SECOND HOME Where to Start, What to Know My husband and I recently purchased our first vacation rental property in Northwest Florida. This did not happen overnight, it was years in the making. Much thought and consideration went into research…

Beach Weddings on Florida’s Emerald Coast

The most beautiful beach weddings are the simplest ones, let the water, sand and sky be your best backdrop BEACH WEDDINGS ON FLORIDA’S EMERALD COAST Coastal destination weddings Take inspiration from nature for your theme, colors I’ve photographed many beach weddings during six seasons of…

Snowbird Destination Trends

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced a re-evaluation of metro vs. smaller populations for snowbirds and Zoombirds [Natchez Street, Seaside Florida] Snowbird Destination Trends Considerations for Snowbirds and Zoombirds What are the latest snowbird destination trends? I was recently interviewed for an article, “Boca Raton, Florida,…

Pros, Cons of Owning Two Homes

One consideration of buying a second home is whether to retain or down size one’s Northern home [Covington Lake, Northeast Indiana] Pros and Cons of Owning Two Homes 15 Point Checklist Before Buying a Second Property Many snowbirds think about owning a vacation home or…