One of the many nice things about Florida is that you can meander through the back roads and find wonderful small towns with old Florida charm. I love that laid back, welcoming Florida feel.  Today, we are visiting Dade City, Florida on the Florida’s west coast about 45 minutes north of Tampa (founded in approximately 1884).

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The Blue Door Café & Bakery in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio is an upscale café with European inspired taste and atmosphere. Before I sat down for my much-anticipated breakfast, I had a chance to chat with the Café’s owner Michael Bruno.

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Pier 22 in Bradenton, Florida is a fabulous restaurant on the scenic Manatee River.  This beautiful historic building was built-in 1928.  It has changed venues many times from a freight warehouse to The Chamber of Commerce and even a museum.

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The trees have been tapped and the sap collected.  It’s time to process the sap into golden delicious syrup.  During the month of March, in areas all over Ohio, you can watch the process of making maple syrup.  I visited Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland,Ohio to get a glimpse of this process and of course, taste a few samples.

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In Ashland, Ohio right off Hwy 71 at US 250 is Grandpa’s Cheesebarn & Sweeties Jumbo Chocolates. I’ve been coming here for many years and have enjoyed every trip.  Yes, it is two levels of cheese heaven.

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