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Epicurean Hotel Tampa Florida. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel

8 Great Reasons You Should Stay at Epicurean Hotel Tampa Florida

Epicurean Hotel Tampa focuses on curating connoisseur experiences, reflected in their tagline of Awaken Appetites Unknown. The property is inspired by the founder of Bern’s Steakhouse (across the street) which houses one of the world’s largest wine collections (over a half million bottles). We recently stayed at Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, Florida and loved the relaxed luxury vibe. Continuing a McCool […]

16th Avenue Tiled Steps in San Francisco California

16th Avenue Tiled Steps: Things to See in San Francisco

16th Avenue Tiled Steps, Things to See in San Francisco In a prior post, I mentioned receiving tips from Twitter and Facebook friends to visit the San Francisco stairways called Filbert Steps and Greenwich Steps. Another San Francisco attraction which was highly recommended by several people (and websites) is another fantastic public stairway, the 16th Avenue […]

fun ways to see Tampa Florida: Bayshore Boulevard

5 Fun Ways to See Tampa Florida

Tampa really did surprise me. My prior visits to Tampa, mostly during Florida road trips, left me with the impression that Tampa had seen better days. Since Tampa recently received a downtown facelift with another $4 billion renovation project for the future, I wanted to explore the Big Guava (aka Cigar City) myself. Besides, several friends moved to the Tampa […]

Many fun Florida road trip stops are waiting to be explored and discovered. What are your favorites Florida road trip stops?

8 Great Fun Florida Road Trip Stops

Continuing the current theme of Florida Road Trips from a previous article (Road Trip Habits), here are some Florida road trip stops to entertain (and hopefully inform) you. Seeing Florida from smaller roads is much more fun than from the highways. 8 Great Fun Florida Road Trip Stops 1. Cemetery Humor Residents of Key West, locally called The Conch […]

Gainesville sign

Things to Do in Gainesville on a Florida Getaway Vacation

Gainesville Florida is surrounded by magnificent natural areas and is home to Florida’s most popular state school, fostering an artistic, entrepreneurial, and innovation spirit. USA’s third largest university also spearheaded the invention of Gatorade, which as you see, further supports and creates a creative environment. Visit Gainesville recently hosted Julie and I in order to discover […]

things to do in Durham North Carolina. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Fantastic Things to Do in Durham North Carolina: Art, Baseball, Craft Beer, and More

Durham North Carolina inspires visitors and residents alike with a vibrant scene of arts, local cuisine and craft beverages, historic preservation and recognition. It is home to a top university, which adds a youthful vibe, but there are so many other things to do in Durham. Let’s go explore! Durham CVB recently hosted Julie and I […]

Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: Boca Resort

Fabulous Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida

Fabulous Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida Perhaps it goes without saying but most luxury resorts in Florida have a sweet relaxed vibe to them. Many Florida resorts are located along the beach so you can almost roll out of bed and onto the sand. Florida is one of the few places where you can wear […]

positive vibe in St. Croix

8 Great Things To Do in St. Croix

The variety and quality of cuisine really impressed me on my two visits to St. John (still one of my favorite places in the world). When I was invited to a culinary trip to its sister island of St. Croix, I could not say Yes fast enough. St. Croix is one of the three major US Virgin […]

Breckenridge Brewing Colorado

Great Craft Beer Places to Celebrate in USA

The craft beer scene in the United States continues to rapidly grow. NPR reports over 5,300 US breweries currently exist and over 5,200 of them are craft beer places (in 2012 there were only 2,000 breweries). This article lists some great craft beer places around the United States. I include only one per state and some […]