The tropical lifestyle is all about warm weather, palm trees, sand, beaches, sea shells, steel drums, reggae music, Jimmy Buffett music, Aloha shirts, hammocks, cold drinks, beautiful sunsets……..and we could go on. But nothing brings to mind the tropical lifestyle more immediately than the Tiki God! Hawaiian mythology brought about these wooden and stone carvings depicting the four major and various other minor Tiki Gods that some Hawaiians still worship today. Take Pele who is known the world over as the Tiki God who brought the water to Hawaii and caused the lava to flow.To this day many Hawaiians believe it angers Pele and is bad luck to remove Lava rocks from the Islands.
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It’s that time of year when romance is in the air and Valentines Day is right around the corner. Every year we take time from our long weekend life to try to make this day more than just a Hallmark holiday.Millions are spent on cards, chocolate, flowers, and stuffed animals trying to out do the year before. If you are into the tropical lifestyle and so is your partner there are a lot of other “close to home” and long distance getaways that can be romantic as well to celebrate Valentines day. Here are a couple of ideas we have come up with to help you.
The long weekend lifestyle wouldn’t be complete without tropical eats. No matter where you are, the flavors of the tropics are usually not far away. This time around we will introduce you to some of the best and easiest to find tropical hangouts that are national chains and can be found almost anywhere your travels may take you.
I love the holidays here in the tropics. South West Florida offers some of the best weather from the months of November to about March every year. Warm dry temperatures bring people from all over to enjoy our “winters” during those months and for good reason. With daytime temperatures averaging in the mid 70′d and nighttime temperatures around the low 60′s it is easy to stay out all day and night and enjoy the Florida beaches and wildlife and nightlife.
Welcome back to the long weekend life snowbirds! It is time to make that annual pilgrimage to your vacation home in the south and enjoy the warm weather, sand, ocean, and relaxing lifestyle it offers. Many of you have been making the trip for years and have the packing down to a science.But we are here to help with the new trends and what to wear while your here so you don’t stand out as a tourist while you are here.
This may be especially helpful if you are coming from over seas to stay for a while. we see a number of families from Germany, the Netherlands and other areas over seas that have read things about visiting Florida and have maybe gotten some bad advice. we will try to clear things up for you here and now.
There is nothing like bringing home the taste of the islands to help remind you of that special vacation where you had your toes in the sand or heard the sound of the ocean just outside the door of your hotel suite. You could relax on the patio nd sip your coffee under a palm tree and listen to the crashing waves and feel the breeze rustling through the palms tress…….ahhhhh. But now you are back home and the leaves need raked or the driveway needs the snow cleared and you wish you could just get that moment back.
The term is throw around a lot when it comes to Jimmy Buffett fans. But where did it come from and how did it start? The truth to the story may not be as exciting as actually being one and participating. The term “Parrothead” was coined at a concert in Cincinnati when Jimmy was commenting on all the various forms of dress the fans had showed up in. The typical aloha shirts, fin hats, parrot hats and hula skirts, etc. he looked out at the crowd and mentioned it is great having fans like the Grateful Dead who were so dedicated to the music and lifestyle. Timothy B. Schmidt who was in Jimmy’s band the Coral Reefers at the time them mentioned maybe they should be called “Parrotheads” and the term stuck. Since then the term has evolved some.
The legend of the Hawiian shirt starts with it not even being called a Hawiian shirt ironically. Originally called the Aloha shirt and created in the 1930’s in Waikki the first versions were created out of leftover kimono cloth. The local newspaper caught onto the fad and coined the term Aloha shirt. Ellery Chun the creator of the shirts immediately trademarked the name and ran advertisements for them in 1935.
With summer here and four kids at home it is always a good time to find something to keep them occupied and have some fun as a family while living our long weekend life. If we want to be able to relax and enjoy our time together activity is imperative for the kids so they are not “bored”.
“Staycations”, are they worth it or not? First let’s define a “staycation” as it is a relatively new term being thrown around because of the economy. A “staycation” is a vacation of sorts only you find new things to do and see in the area around your hometown. It could be an overnight trip or a one tank trip but for the most part a “staycation” is exactly how it sounds.