Archive for March, 2015

How to Achieve Your Sailboat Dreams with One Low-Priced Home

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Forget driving. You want to sail.

But to get to your sailboat you must drive. That’s no fun.

You’d like to look at your sailboat from your kitchen. But sailboat access homes are out of your price range.

Maybe. Or maybe you’re not looking in the right area. For instance, did you know in the O’Hara area of Port Charlotte you can buy a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom house for $198,000?

Even if you don’t have a sailboat yet, there’s something beautiful about having sailboat potential.canalview

And if you like that waterfront view, you should know you can see the water from your kitchen.

 

 

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Or see the boats go by from your living room…

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And of course, there’s a patio…

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5 Things To Do this Spring Break in Punta Gorda

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

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It’s Spring Break time. College students from all over the country flock to Florida this time of year to party.

Visit other coastal towns and you’ll see spring breakers sucking down jello shots, yelling over hotel balconies, and drinking themselves silly.

When I was 17, I wished the jello shots and frat boys would make their way to my hometown. It sounded exciting then. Twenty+ years later, there’s not a midlife crisis severe enough for me to want to live in a spring break destination.

Instead, I prefer to do spring break Punta Gorda style.

Go Clubbin’

Start your day the Yacht Club or the PG Boat Club for socializing and boating.

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Then, head to the Turtle Club (where you’ll never see anyone funneling a beer) for a nice glass of wine and dinner.

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Serve up Shots to Your Friends

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Go cruisin’.

Head over to the Muscle Car museum or join one of the many local car clubs. And the best part? You’ll never worry about traffic or where to park in Punta Gorda.

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Soak up some rays…on the golf course

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Watch the sunset at the Tiki Bar

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14 Reasons to Love Punta Gorda’s Harborwalk

Monday, March 9th, 2015

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Let me introduce you to one of my favorite places in Punta Gorda: the Harborwalk. If you’ve never been, it’s a 2+ mile trail that takes you along the Harbor and into town.

It’s an amazing trail. I know. I’m an avid runner who likes to take my running shoes on vacation. I’ve run a relay race through the beautiful mountains of Oregon, laced up to run along Lake Baikal in Siberia, and even trekked along the Italian coast.

And you know what? Punta Gorda’s Harborwalk beats them all. While many places have good walking and running trails, few have trails with so much to offer along the same route. The Harborwalk has everything.

1. We’ll start with the obvious. The view is amazing.

While you’re gawking over the view, try to imagine the salty smell of sea air. I wish I could send you the sea breeze straight through your computer. You’d never want anything else again.

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2. No cars allowed. You can bike, run, or walk without worrying about traffic.

Want to tour Charlotte Harbor by bike, but don’t have one? You can borrow one with Team Punta Gorda’s free bike loaner program.
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3. You’ll never worry about having a flat. There’s a fixing station.

(If you don’t know how to fix one, ask around. Harborwalkers tend to be very friendly.)2015-03-01 07.45.17

4. Thirsty? Stop and have a drink at the Tiki bar.

Very few trails, if any others, have Tiki bars. Which is a shame, because I often think while running, “I’d rather be at a Tiki bar, right now.”

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5. If boat drinks don’t fill your belly, hop into Hurricane Charley’s for a meal.

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6. You can get a full workout in at the FREE adult fitness zone.

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7. You’re little friends can expel some of that never-ending kid energy on the playground.

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8. Adults can play too. There’s basketball and tennis.

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9. And of course, pickleball.

(What’s a walk without a pickleball game overlooking the Harbor?)
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10. A quick detour and you’re shopping at Fishermen’s Village!

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11. You might make a new friend.

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12. Or stop for a dog.

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13. Even when the route takes you away from the harbor, it’s still gorgeous.

This is where a lot of trails fail. They suck you in with a small section of beauty. Not our Harborwalk, it starts pretty and stays that way.

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14. You might see a dolphin, but you won’t see any snow.

ALL of these pictures were taken in February and March 2015. That’s right. While my northern friends were using words like, Snowpocalypse and Snowmeggedon, I was running along the trail in short sleeves!

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