Manatees Gather at Three Sisters Springs

One hour north of Tampa, Crystal River is the world’s largest winter refuge for Florida manatees - and also where you can visit the “crown jewel” of all - Three Sisters Springs, a place to see and swim with manatees.

01/20/2015 By Robin Draper


Six Authentic Florida Travel Destinations for 2015

We have turned the calendar to 2015. What will you do to get your year off to a fresh start?

01/12/2015 By Robin Draper


Recipe: Authentic Florida's Sour Orange Pie

Learn how to make this sour orange pie recipe just in time for the holidays using fresh Florida oranges and lemons

12/18/2014 By Robin Draper


Make Your Own Wreath In Less Than An Hour

Create your own DIY magnolia holiday wreath with Authentic Florida as Robin Draper walks you through these easy steps.

12/10/2014 By Robin Draper


A Day Trip Brooksville, Florida's Green Acres

Brooksville is a quaint historic town, north of Tampa where oak canopy roads meander through rolling green hills creating an ideal journey for the authentic Florida traveler.

11/03/2014 By Robin Draper


Authentic Dade City, Where the Kumquat Rules

Welcome to Dade City where Florida southern charm combines hospitality, history and a “golden gem” known as the kumquat.

10/23/2014 By Robin Draper


Authentic Florida Fall

Fall is in the air. In most areas of the country, there is an obvious change of season but in Florida, fall arrives in much more subtle ways.

10/02/2014 By Robin Draper


Step Back in Time: Four Florida Forts

Historical Florida forts provide opportunities to climb over, under and through tunnels, gates, walkways and walls while peering through turrets with sweeping panoramic harbor and beach vistas.

09/16/2014 By Robin Draper


Authentic Mango Ice Cream

Florida mangos are in season and mango ice cream is the perfect dessert to help you cool down. No machine required!

08/08/2014 By Robin Draper


Florida Mango Mania Road Trip!

Mangos - rich and exotic - bursting with flavor, and considered the “crown jewel” of Florida’s tropical fruits

07/16/2014 By Robin Draper


Try an Authentic Florida Staycation

Want to stay close to home? Consider an Authentic Florida staycation....

06/23/2014 By Robin Draper


Florida Tomato-Ricotta Tart

I love Florida tomatoes, especially when they are in season. This super flavorful tart is fast, simple and good with almost any main dish.

06/11/2014 By Robin Draper


Salt Water Cures Everything

My Florida mom had many "mom'isms"

05/27/2014 By Robin Draper


Fresh Florida Blueberry and Peach Cobbler

When fresh Florida blueberries and peaches are in season, this fruit cobbler is as good as it gets - just like grandma would have made.

05/14/2014 By Robin Draper


It's Time to Pick Florida Blueberries!

Now is the perfect time to grab your buckets and pick those precious Florida blueberries

05/05/2014 By Robin Draper


Florida Orange Pound Cake

As the citrus season wraps up, Authentic Florida whips up an old favorite, Orange Pound Cake.

04/27/2014 By Robin Draper


Picking Florida Oranges

The Florida orange season will be coming to a close soon, so it’s time to pick your favorite citrus or visit your local grove

03/26/2014 By Robin Draper


Authentic Florida's Siesta Key

Siesta Key's sugary white sand, temperate Gulf of Mexico and gentle breezes will soothe the savage beast.

03/19/2014 By Robin Draper


Where to Find Florida's Manatees

Now is a good time to see Florida's gentle giants before they scatter to warmer waters

03/12/2014 By Robin Draper