Our first stop to celebrate Florida’s 500 years of tourism was to the Panhandle. Sure, Ponce de Leon arrived on the other coast, but the white sandy beaches of Panama City and Destin are our favorites in the winter months. Even when it is a windy and rainy day! And our newest discovery is Holiday Isle, a community of private homes and resorts set along canals and beachfront. Our vacation rental was a wonderful six bedroom cottage with its own dock, heated pool and hot tub located a short walk from the beach.
Kari Haugeto is the editor and publisher of Away is Home and the founding curator of the USA Today New Media Awards. She made her operatic debut at Lincoln Center at age 7, has trained Naval Academy midshipmen how to Scuba dive, and has more postgraduate degrees than children. She's addicted to spirited arguments (especially ones she can win) and Ariana's adorable cat videos. Contact her at [email protected]. View all posts by Kari Haugeto