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Review of the Hyatt Place Downtown St. Petersburg

In January 2018, I had occasion to stay overnight in the Tampa Bay Area. What better excuse to check out revitalized downtown St. Pete and its plethora of craft beer, right? From past research, I knew that we could theoretically stay at the Hyatt Place Downtown St. Petersburg for only 5000 Hyatt reward points. But would […]

Brewery Review: Veza Sur Brewing Co. in Miami, Florida

I grew up in Miami and stayed there through my late-20’s. And my parents still live in Coral Gables, so I visit the city pretty often. On my most recent trip, I had a chance to check out one of the newest breweries, Veza Sur. I’ll get it out of the way up front…  Veza […]

Brewery Review: J. Wakefield in Miami, Florida

On Christmas Eve, after photographing Wynwood’s iconic street art for a couple hours, I headed over to J. Wakefield brewing, one of four breweries in the Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. J Wakefield has a small parking lot and if it’s full, there is the ubiquitous PayByPhone street parking available for $1.50 per hour. Everything is so close that […]

Valley Of Fire State Park, Nevada

In December 2017, we concluded our roadtrip of the southwest in Las Vegas. Having visited Las Vegas many times before, we were looking for something different to fill our one remaining day before flying home and Valley of Fire State Park fit the bill perfecty. Valley of Fire is located in the Mojave Desert, about […]

Wynwood And Its Famous Walls

In December 2017, I spent an afternoon taking in the Wynwood Walls, located in the vibrant Wynwood neighborhood of Miami. Besides art, this is also a key craft beer destination, boasting four breweries within walking distance of each other. I will be reviewing some of those venues separately, but before the drinking commenced, we first […]

Roaming The Southwest Day 6: Page AZ, Glen Canyon Dam, and Horseshoe Bend

After one final breakfast at Maswick food court, we set out for our next destination: Page, Arizona and its famous Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Slot Canyons. But first, there was some still some exploring to do in the eastern reaches of the Grand Canyon. Click any photo for larger version. Yavapai Point First up was […]

Roaming the Southwest Day 5: Grand Canyon South Rim, Laundry, and Pizza!

This morning at the Grand Canyon South Rim, we awoke to find that the rental car’s leaky tire was now totally flat. But before dealing with that, we hit up Maswik Food Court for some breakfast. They have cooked to order eggs, omelets, breakfast burritos, etc. and everything is priced about $7 to $9 which […]

Brewery Review: Palm City Brewing in Fort Myers, Florida

In December 2017, I visited Palm City Brewing in my hometown of Fort Myers, Florida. I had been to Palm City Brewing once before during their “soft opening” several months ago and was definitely impressed. But between travel and everyday life getting in the way, I recently realized that I was way overdue for another visit […]