Welcome to my backyard--the Florida Keys! I'm a travel writer, blogger and photographer with a passion for all things Florida, especially the Florida Keys. These islands are so much more than Duval Street and Jimmy Buffet. They are rich in history, culture, cuisine, nature and events--all surrounded by pristine waters teeming with wildlife. Whether you're a local or a visitor, the Conch Republic has many surprises in store. Let me be your guide.
Want to hear the stories behind some of your favorite songs? Check out the inaugural Downtown Key Largo Songfest in the Florida Keyswhere nine seasoned songwriters will perform and tell the tales behind the hit songs they’ve written for the likes of Jimmy Buffet, Randy Travis, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Eric Clapton, Lynryd Skynryd and more. The weekend festival (Oct. 19 to 20) takes place at three tropical venues — Bayside Grille, Sharkey's Pub and Pilot House Restaurant & Glass Bottom Bar — and the Island Time trolley provides complimentary shuttle service between them. You'll want to grab a margarita, settle in waterside and enjoy some cool jazz, blues, rock, country and contemporary pop performances.
Sponsored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the event features some of America's leading lyricists, including Nashville Hall of Fame songwriters Pat Alger and Hugh Prestwood. The festival is free and open to the public.