Northeast Florida

The Riverview Hotel & Spa: One enchanting weekend

The Riverview Hotel & Spa: One enchanting weekend

The charming Riverview Hotel accommodates guests at the gateway to New Smyrna Beach’s arts and entertainment district, a half-mile strip of historic homes, quaint galleries and friendly pubs leading to one of Florida’s most popular beaches.

Video: Exploring Florida’s St. John’s River

Video: Exploring Florida’s St. John’s River

A fascinating look at Florida’s St. Johns River from the air, underwater and along it many branches, illustrating the river’s history, beauty, and the challenges the river faces from humans. A flotilla of sea, air and undersea craft explores the St. John’s from Jacksonville to its source in Indian River County.

St. Augustine: Castillo de San Marcos makes history fascinating

St. Augustine: Castillo de San Marcos makes history fascinating

The don’t-miss experience when visiting St. Augustine is touring the Castillo de San Marcos — the historic Spanish fort.

The Yearling: At restaurant near Ocala, eat like a cracker

The Yearling: At restaurant near Ocala, eat like a cracker

This historic restaurant near Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park at Cross Creek is a great place to eat like a cracker. It offers an old Florida ambiance and menu.

The fort is built of coquina, like Castillo San Marco in St. Augustine.

Fort Matanzas: St. Augustine’s charming free fort

St. Augustine’s Fort Matanzas is a small stone fort on a pristine island. You take a short ferry ride for a ranger-led tour. It’s a fun and free stop, with great scenery too.

Rocking chairs on the porch of the lodge, which has a magnificent view and ocean breeze even on hot days.

Magical Princess Place beckons from northeast Florida

When I visited St. Augustine recently, I discovered Princess Place Preserve, a delightful out-of-the-way historic estate that is a good place to hike, kayak, camp and see wildlife. The 1888 hunting lodge is magnificent — and has a great story of a real princess behind it.

Water has created fanciful swirls in the coquina rocks at the beach

Washington Oaks: Gardens plus unusual beach

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park near St. Augustine has two sides — historic gardens amid ancient live oak trees on one side and a beach with fantastically shaped coquina rocks on the other.

Flagler Beach: Escape to a real Florida beach town

Flagler Beach: Escape to a real Florida beach town

FLAGLER BEACH — This quaint little beachside community is a refreshing change from the high-rise condos and hotels that populate much of Florida’s coast.

Castle Windy Trail at Canaveral National Seashore

Castle Windy Trail at Canaveral National Seashore

The Castle Windy Trail is a shady respite from the often brutal and never-ending sun of Cape Canaveral National Seashore, a tree-shrouded path that takes you through coastal zones of saw palmetto, live oak, sable palm and eastern red cedar.

Road Trip: Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail

Road Trip: Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail

ORMOND BEACH — The Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail is a 30-mile road trip through live-oak canyons, waterfront postcard scenes, abundant wildlife, two state parks and an historic site. Along the way, there’s camping, hiking, biking and paddling opportunities. And don’t forget the winter whale watches!