Share the love for the kids home tour

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The 3rd Annual Benefit for Cooper Street Kids (After-school program in Punta Gorda, FL) took place last weekend. I enjoyed the Home Tour put together by  various clubs and groups of the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association; all proceeds will benefit the After-school program. The home tour was a resounding success, and was well attended by community members and sponsors.

One of the homes on the tour - Key West style

As I told you before, it appears the supply of things to do in our neck of the woods is suddenly unending. I remember saying to anyone who would listen (mostly my hubby) back when we first moved to Florida: “What were we thinking?”, since at the time the sidewalks in town rolled-up by 9 p.m, earlier during weekdays. This was 20 years ago, and there really was nothing to do. For a city-dweller from Brooklyn, such as myself, this was torture.

Beautiful landscaping seen on tour

My solution? Miami is 3-hours south–it seemed appropriate at the time and still does today, to head out-of-town whenever our small town starts to make me feel claustrophobic. These days destinations vary but still, I am a city girl at heart and I crave arts and culture, great dining experiences and more; so whenever I get the urge to wander, I go looking for my fix.

Loved this table setting

Things have changed. I now marvel at the number of things to do, there are even new restaurants (non-chain) popping up here and there–sometimes there are so many things going on at the same time, it is hard to choose. I love having this dilemma; and yes, there is always Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Sarasota, Fort Myers, Naples, FL within reach, you get my point. One of the advantages of our location on the Gulf of Mexico is that all these cities are within an hour to three-hour car ride. Aah…the Florida life!

Dining outdoors never looked so good!

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  1. Yup…I’m city born and bred (Boston) and when my mother moved to Vero 18 years ago, there was VERY little to do….I’d bring my (then) young kids to visit her during summers and school vacation weeks, but apart from the beach there was little in the way of entertainment!
    Two years ago, my daughter (21yrs old then) and I relocated here on somewhat of a whim.. The economy had tanked badly in Massachusetts and we were having a tough time with skyrocketing heating bills and jobs that weren’t keeping up. I’m not joking when I say we were visiting my mother in march ’09, lamenting going home, looked at each other and said, “let’s move here” Two days later we flew back to MA and got things in motion to head south for good. My daughter preceded me to enroll in the local college and I arrived just before Christmas 2009.
    We’ve never looked back and we’ve never been busier! There’s SO much more happening in FL today vs 20yrs ago, much of it ivery inexpensive. if not entirely free! Compared to Boston, rents are far cheaper as is car insurance, utilities, etc. What’s not to love! 😉
    (Sorry this got so long but your post really resonated with me!)

    1. Hey, I understand. (LOL)
      When we decided to move south, the snow storms were the deciding factor and final straw. I am glad we made the move. You cannot beat the weather, and the beaches all along the coast.

      And you are right, it is relatively inexpensive to entertain yourself here; especially during season. This past weekend for instance, on St Paddy’s day, we had a couple of bands playing music in the park; one played traditional Irish music while the other one played Rock. Free concert on the park and the weather was beautiful, a nice cool evening–no complains. I actually like all this activity–it keeps me busy and I get topics for my blog. Win-win.

    1. That is one of the beauties of this area, homes can be especially attractive and offer all the comfort you need or want. Ah, the desire for a big city is still within me, but it is made easier because I travel to them often enough. LOL

  2. What a great benefit! And good to hear it’s growing where you are so there is always something to do, and you don’t HAVE to take the 3 hour drive if you don’t want to.
    That first picture….I think that might be my idea of heaven.

    1. It was a fun way to spend a few hours on a Saturday afternon; as soon as I saw that chair on the pool I was like “oh, I am so feeling it” LOL. The owners of that house had the best idea ever!

  3. Love the pictures and sure looks like a nice place to live and like you mentioned you can drive a short distance to many things. The town I live in is around 30,000 so not big but not tiny either.

    1. Thanks, it is a really nice place, quiet most of the time. Our population is around 175,000 now, when we first moved here 20 years ago it was barely reaching 100,000. It has grown a lot!

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