Authentic Florida Sea Grape Jelly

Sea grapes, known for their green and purplish berries grow all along Florida’s coastline. But did you know the grapes can be made into delicious jelly?

10/09/2013 By Robin Draper


Old Florida Charm on the Chassahowitzka

It’s a good thing you don’t have to pronounce the name of this river to love it.

10/02/2013 By Robin Draper


Mr. Chatterbox Takes a Day Trip

History, home cooking, and reform school--the day trip of Mr. Chatterbox's dreams.

10/01/2013 By Bob Plunket


An Authentic Florida Bargain for $2: Rainbow Springs State Park

Looking for one of Florida's best bargains? Try Rainbow Springs State Park for swimming, kayaking or tubing down one of Florida’s most beautiful rivers.

09/18/2013 By Robin Draper


Authentic Florida Reads: The Barefoot Mailman

With a name like The Barefoot Mailman, I just had to read this Authentic Florida book.

09/12/2013 By Robin Draper


Embracing the Authentic Florida Life

As a Florida native, I love to discover the “hidden gems” of my home state. I also like to share basic ideas and “tips” for authentic Florida living

09/02/2013 By Robin Draper


Florida's Coastal Nursery

For almost an hour we watched in amazement while a mother sea turtle dropped nearly 100 ping-pong sized leathery eggs into the cylindrical sandy hole

08/22/2013 By Robin Draper


It's Florida Lobster Season

If you haven't been down to the Florida Keys to catch your own Florida lobster, don't fret--Robin Draper of Authentic Florida shares tips for enjoying it at home.

08/15/2013 By Robin Draper


Cheeseburger in Paradise: Authentic Cabbage Key

Florida’s Cabbage Key, accessible only by boat, is a true authentic Florida getaway. If you are looking for a “real” Florida vacation, near Fort Myers and remote Florida beaches, look no further.

08/08/2013 By Robin Draper


Modern Asian Influences in Fashion, Decor and Travel

Style editor Carol Tisch reports on modern Asian influences in fashion, decor and travel.

08/01/2013 By Carol Tisch


Authentic Florida Blogs for Sarasota Magazine

Florida native Robin Draper is the owner of, a travel and lifestyle website devoted to the simple and delightful pleasures of Florida living.

08/01/2013 By Robin Draper


Exactly What To Do in Sarasota This Summer

We've scouted out some great things to eat, see and do while the snowbirds are gone and the Sarasota is ours.

06/27/2013 By Cooper Levey-Baker


Voyages of a Lifetime

Voyages of a lifetime: The five luxury cruises every Sarasota traveler must take.

03/01/2013 By Megan McDonald