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Florida Heritage Travel, November 2009
October 29, 2009

November 2009 News And Events

Vintage Postcard of the Month

This is a view of the Tampa Bay Hotel taken across the Hillsborough River sometime about 1909. The hotel was famous as the staging point for many soldiers - including Col. Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders - during the Spanish American War.

The hotel still stands as the home of the University of Tampa. The elegant handwriting on the back of the card reminds of us what in many ways was a more cultured time in our history. Learn more at Tampa, Florida.


Florida-Backroads-Travel now has a Florida Road Map by Google and a Florida County Map. The county map page has links to the government websites of each of Florida's 67 counties.

Also new to the website is a page that features Florida's defunct tourist attractions. These Lost Florida Tourist Attractions all had their day in the sun - or shade - and are part of the state's history and heritage.

We have also added monetization methods to many web pages. When you use our site to make a reservation at a featured bed & breakfast, buy a book at Amazon, or click on a Google ad, we make a little money on each transaction.

A feature has been added to many pages that allows visitors to create their own webpage. Each of these web pages will have a unique URL and will be part of the Florida Backroads Travel website.

I hope you will write about your areas of interest. Let me know about your favorite towns, parks, wineries, attractions (including lost attractions) and heritage sites. Set me straight if you find any errors.

You will then have your own web page you can direct friends and family to. Write as many as you want, the more the merrier.

I predict the price of gas will be going up, so I've added a feature that allows you to find the cheapest gas wherever you are in Florida: Florida Day Trip Gas Prices Around Florida

We've added new information about Jimmie Buffett on our website. He is famous as an entertainer, but our website reveals that he is also a talented and famous Florida Author.

In addition to his work as a musician, author and manatee protector, Jimmie has also created a brief video in support of saving Miami Marine Stadium.

I continue to use the Twitter update feature to the home page. To learn more, see my home page at Twitter.


November is one of Florida's nicest months. A few snowbirds have come back, but not so many that the lines are long at the restaurants. The traffic isn't jammed up yet. The weather is starting to be cool and breezy. It's good sleeping weather with the windows open.

Here are some interesting events around Florida for November 2009.


Check the Florida winery nearest you. Many of them have wonderful weekend events that include music and wine tastings. Our site has information on 18 wineries scattered across the state. Check Florida Wineries for the one nearest you.


22nd Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival. November 7-8. 10am-5pm both days. Over 150 artists will exhibit their work, ranging in mediums from photography to jewelry, paintings to sculpture, ceramics, glass, mixed media and more. When you come to the Venice Art Fest you can meet with the artist behind the work, commission a piece of artwork, and learn what goes on in the mind of your favorite artist when they create a new piece. Takes place on West Venice Avenue. More information at 22nd Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival.


Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival. November 6,7,8. This is one of the most highly regarded and popular arts festivals in America. The Festival, a three-day, juried art show, comes to Pensacola’s historic Seville Square the first weekend in November. Each year, it draws more than 200 of the nation’s best painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen, mixed-media artists and others who have been gifted with the ability to turn inspiration into art. More information is available at Great Gulf Coast Art Festival.


University of Florida and Florida State University Football. November 7,21,28. November is a great month for football in Florida. It's actually cool now and then in The Swamp in Gainesville and Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee. The Gators and Seminoles both have home games in November.

The Gators host Vanderbilt on November 7, Florida International University on November 21 and Florida State on November 28.

The Seminoles host Maryland in Tallahassee on November 21 and play the Gators in Gainesville on November 28.

For more about the Gators and Seminoles October games see the link to their schedules at North Central Florida.


Miami Book Fair International. November 8-15. Thousands of readers and writers come every year to this event, an eight-day literary party in November. The Fair, in its 26th year, will open Sunday November 8 with the popular Evenings With ...... series, featuring six nights of readings and discussions with noted authors from the United States and around the world. On Friday, the Street Fair gets under way. The highlight of the Street Fair is the Festival of Authors, with more than 350 authors reading and discussing their work, and 250 publishers and booksellers exhibiting and selling books. The Fair takes place at the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College (located at 300 NE 2nd Avenue). More information at Miami Book Fair.


Festival Of The Masters. November 13-15. The inspiring Festival of the Masters is a complimentary open-air art festival featuring nearly 150 award-winning artists in the Downtown Disney area. Millions of Guests have enjoyed this prestigious art festival since it was first held at Walt Disney World Resort in 1975. Discover why this world-renowned event has become a highly anticipated favorite for artists, collectors and art lovers alike. More information at Festival Of The Masters.


Downtown Festival and Art Show. November 14-15. Celebrating its 28th anniversary in 2009, this show is one of the nation’s premier outdoor fine arts Festivals. The streets of historic downtown Gainesville will be transformed into a celebration of art and creativity from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekend day. An outdoor “street festival,” the art show attracts more than 100,000 people annually to view the works of over 250 of the nation’s most talented artists as they display their original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, unique sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and stunning photography. More information at Gainesville Downtown Art Fest.


The Naples Renaissance Fall Art Festival. November 28-29. This is an annual festival on Thanksgiving weekend. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day on 10th Street South near the Naples Depot. This is an invitational festival for 145 national, regional and local artists who will sell their original watercolors, paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewelry and more.

46th Annual Space Coast Art Festival. Thanksgiving weekend November 28-29. 36 N. Brevard Avenue, Cocoa Beach. This is a juried show of fine arts and fine crafts with hundreds of exhibitors. Plenty of food, lots of performing arts, and a 5K run on Thanksgiving morning. More information at Space Coast Art Festival.

Information on the towns and places hosting these events or nearby them, including lodging, can be found at Florida Towns.

If these events aren't convenient for you, try this link for Additional Florida Events.

In our current slow economy, some events are cancelled on very short notice. I do my best to ensure that our information is correct and current, but I recommend you call before leaving for the event to make sure it's still on.


Athena Restaurant, St. Augustine

Thanks for subscribing to Florida Heritage Travel. We will see you next month with more updates and event information.

Regards, Mike Miller
Chief Backroads Traveler

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