Unique Eats

Historic Florida restaurants: A meal with a story

Historic Florida restaurants: A meal with a story

My idea of a great choice for a place to eat on vacation is a restaurant with a story behind it. Here are seven historic restaurants that fit that criteria — from Prohibition rum-runners to 1980s drug-runners; from authentic 1920s grand hotel to an authentic 1950s diner.

Florida's dramatic sky at Tigertail Beach in Marco Island. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Off-the-beaten path in Marco Island: Go beyond your hotel pool

The beach town of Marco Island is all manicured and modern, but here are four adventures into the wild and authentic Florida that are within a quick drive. You can wade across a lagoon to a wild beach or have lunch in a funky fishing town or stroll on a boardwalk into a beautiful old growth cypress swamp.

Stomp the grapes at this Florida winery Aug. 11, 2018

Stomp the grapes at this Florida winery Aug. 11, 2018

Join 1,000 barefoot people to stomp the grapes at this funky Florida winery. Henscratch Farms Vineyard and Winery makes a great stop on a weekend exploring the rural cow country of Central Florida.

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Wrap up the season with these popular spring seafood festivals

Enjoy your last big seafood fling with festivals in Fernandina Beach, Pompano, Palatka and a few more. But just a few!

2018 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar

2018 Florida Seafood Festival Calendar

Nothing says Florida like a seafood festival. They are fun, authentic, and the seafood is fresh, often from local waters. Our calendar is our most popular feature. (Updated)

Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery has an inviting outdoor area for trying the wines and beers.

A day exploring the Redland: Agriculture and rustic charm thrive near Miami

The historic agricultural area surrounding the Homestead entrance to Everglades National Park offers so many cool experiences — a park where you can see and sample exotic fruits, free tours of a spectacular orchid grower’s estate, a local tropical-fruit winery and famous fruit milkshakes and cinnamon rolls.

Drinks at the Maikai. Photo courtesy Slammie Productions.

Celebrate tiki culture in Fort Lauderdale at Hukilau, June 6-10, 2018

Hukilau is a festival of tiki culture that attracts more than a thousand people to Fort Lauderdale every year to celebrate rum drinks, tiki trinkets and nostalgia for the 1950s. If you don’t attend, you still might want to visit the unique bars and restaurants that attract the tikiphiles.

Marathon Seafood Festival: Fresh stone crabs

Marathon Seafood Festival: March 10-11, 2018

The Marathon Seafood Festival calls itself the Original Marathon Seafood Festival to emphasize it’s the real deal – indigenous and authentic. Marathon is a fishing town, and you don’t get fish any fresher than here, unless you catch it yourself.

Fort Myers Beach shrimp boat by Albert Heaps via Flickr

Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival, March 10-11, 2018

This isn’t frozen shrimp or imported shrimp or farmed shrimp. The huge boiling pots at the Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival are filled with fresh, right-off-the-boat Gulf pink shrimp. Members of the Lions Club have perfected the cooking technique over 50 years of Shrimp Festivals.