Let It Grow: Disney World Bigger, Better Than Ever

Seven Dwarf characters made out of Legos at Downtown Disney

Seven Dwarf characters made out of Legos at Downtown Disney

Looking out the 11th floor window of our room at the Dolphin Hotel in the Walt Disney World Resort, I pointed to the minuscule Cinderella’s Castle and Space Mountain ride in the distance, uttering the same awestruck “Whoaaa” that my brother, sister, and I had exclaimed the first time our parents drove the family down from New Jersey during winter vacation. Now, more than 35 years since a handful of visits in my early teens, I was standing at the window with three kids of my own between the ages of 7 and 11—their “first time in forever!” trip to the Magic Kingdom.

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Delray Beach, Florida: A Most Entertaining Village by the Sea

The iconic Pineapple Grove arch is the gateway to one of Delray Beach’s most popular neighborhoods

The iconic Pineapple Grove arch is the gateway to one of Delray Beach’s most popular neighborhoods

A blend of small town charm and Florida’s famous sunshine, Delray Beach has made waves in recent years for its budding reputation as a resort destination, winning awards including one of America’s Happiest Seaside Towns and Rand McNalley’s Most Fun Small Town in the USA. This self-proclaimed “village by the sea” on Southern Florida’s Atlantic coast has grown exponentially in the past decade and at present lingers in perfect balance between hidden gem and tourist-driven destination.

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Vibrant and Historical Thompson Hotel Comes to Miami Beach

Palm trees line the Thompson Miami Beach signage and central tower

Palm trees line the Thompson Miami Beach signage and central tower

In 1940, the tallest building in Miami Beach was the 18-floor Lord Tarleton Hotel on Collins Avenue between 40th and 41st streets. Fifteen years later, Miami Beach architect Melvin Grossman added a second, eight-story tower, and the property began its run as a kosher hotel called the Crown. A renovation and restoration in 2003 saw the addition of a third tower and a conversion into 174 apartment units, still operating under the Crown name.

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Giving Florida-Grown Wine a Try at Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards

The vineyards at Lakeridge Winery in Clermont, Florida

The vineyards at Lakeridge Winery in Clermont, Florida

As part of an informal wine club with a group of friends, I was recently tasked with finding a bottle of wine from a winery in North America—from anywhere except for California. While a stop at BevMo or Cost Plus World Market could easily complete this homework, I had an upcoming trip to Orlando, Florida planned and decided to use that to my advantage.

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