Monday, March 15, 2010

JetBoil Helios

I'm so excited, I just received my JetBoil Helios cookware and I'm looking forward to using it for the Americna Cancer Society's Relay for Life, coming up April 9-10, at Ocoee High School. We are excited, we have 48 teams registered for the West Orange County Relay! Our team, the West Orange Kiwanis Club has a tent where we will be offering complimentary spa facials and makeover for a donation to the ACS. Several of our members will be playing cards in between walking the track all night. We have quite a few teens from West Orange High School who will also be joining us for this Celebration!
it looks like my JetBoil Helios (cookware) is great for camping and hiking, is small, making it portable and very lightweight!
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More on this fabulous product soon!
You can also go online to: if you are interested in volunteering or making a donation, or perhaps you are looking for information about Relay for Life or the American Cancer Society and their programs for patients, family and friends.

Friday, March 12, 2010

St. Simons Island - 75th Anniversary

Come celebrate the 75th Diamond Anniversary of The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort onSt. Simons Island. From Sunday, April 11 – April 15, 2020, enjoy a refreshing SPRING TO THE COAST GETAWAY for an amazing rate: $129/nt* for an Ocean Front/Ocean View Guest Room. (a savings of $170/nt).

Experience our newest luxury amenity, The Royal Treatment Cottage that offers 3 massage treatment rooms – Custom Cottage massage, Swedish massage and Sport-Specific massage:

$75 for 60-minute massage treatment (a savings of $20).

Play Golf at our newly-restored award winning King and Prince Golf Course which includes:

$40 greens fee and cart (a savings of $39).

Bonus ‘Getaway’ giveaway:

$75 Resort Credit for dining, massage therapy or golf IF YOU DRIVE 75 MILES OR MORE TO KING AND PRINCE RESORT and stay 2 nights!

Call our Reservations Team at 800-342-0212 to book your SPRING TO THE COAST GETAWAY any nights from April 11 – 15, 2010.

THE KING AND PRINCE HOTEL HISTORY: If walls could talk, The King and Prince, (on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America), shares a rich legacy of its place in American history for 75 years. Originally opened as a private dance club, friends of owners Frank Horn and Morgan Wynn coined its name that befitted its regal atmosphere. This island beach resort has maintained a reputation for elegance and warm hospitality throughout each decade. The King and Prince has been a tranquil island haven for dignitaries, celebrities, discerning families and business travelers since pre WW II until today.

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

201 Arnold Road

St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Spring and summer break in Georgias State Parks

Tight finances don’t mean families have to give up a spring break vacation. Parents who plan ahead can take advantage of affordable accommodations located throughout Georgia’s 48 state parks. Once settled in, they’ll find a mini-resort outside their door, with a range of amenities such as nature trails, playgrounds, fishing docks, ranger programs, disc golf and more.

For about $24 per night, families can pitch a tent under the stars and toast marshmallows by a campfire. All state park campgrounds have bathhouses with hot showers, and some even have laundry facilities. Campers at Stephen C. Foster State Park can rent kayaks or boats to explore well-marked trails in the Okefenokee Swamp, while those at Kolomoki Mounds Historic Park can learn about early Indian civilizations during their hikes.

Seminole State Park cottageWant more comforts? Fully equipped cottages with up to three bedrooms average around $100 to $140 per night, depending on park location. Families can save money by cooking their own meals in the cottage kitchens. Several state parks are on large lakes, such as Seminole and Clarks Hill, so cottages are perfect for families with boats. For great hiking, families can rent cottages at Cloudland Canyon, Hard Labor Creek, Fort Mountain, Vogel and several other state parks.

Finally, those who prefer hotel-style accommodations can still wake up surrounded by beautiful park scenery. Lodges with restaurants can be found at Amicalola Falls, Red Top Mountain and Unicoi in north Georgia, and George T. Bagby and Little Ocmulgee in south Georgia. Lodge rates begin at $69 during the week, and details can be found

Accommodations book quickly during spring break and summer, so reservations should be made in advance. Call 1-800-864-7275 or visit for more details.

Casa Marina Hotel, Jacksonville Beach

The Casa Marina Hotel, at 85, is a grand old lady and still turning heads! Ever since it opened its doors onto the Jacksonville beaches in 1925, when every postcard of the era announced ‘world’s finest beach’, the Casa Marina has remained an alluring landmark of Florida history. There have been many forgotten moments in the vast drama of the 1920’s, but the mystery of the Casa Marina is that she must have seen it all.

Jacksonville Beach was originally known as the town of “Ruby” (circa 1884), named by W.E. Scull, a railroad surveyor with the Jacksonville and Atlantic Railway Company, for his daughter. By 1885, the railroad and depot were completed and ‘Ruby’ was transformed into a tent city as crowds of beachgoers arrived with tents in which to live. By then the town was renamed Pablo Beach, after the San Pablo River, a name it kept for nearly 30 years, before settling in as Jacksonville Beach in 1925.

The Grand Opening of the Casa Marina on Saturday June 6, 1925 was the height of Florida’s first land boom. That same day the town was renamed Jacksonville Beach, while 200 guests dined and danced in the grand ‘salon’. Its construction and Spanish-Mediterranean design brought a ‘first’ to the beach...a fireproof building composed of stucco, concrete, tile and an automatic sprinkler system.

The 1920’s in Jacksonville were Hot! The train terminal opened in 1919 and everybody who was anybody came southward to Florida, from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor to Al Capone. The movie industry boomed in Jacksonville long before Hollywood and the ‘greats’ like Chaplin and Pickford made appearances.

The Casa Marina was two stories tall and had 60 rooms. Jacksonville Beach was the most alluring tourist town in NE Florida: its boardwalk, dance casinos, dining, amusement rides and wide beaches were known throughout America.

During the War Years of World War II, the U.S. government appropriated the Casa Marina for military housing. A succession of owners followed who were passionate about restoring & remodeling the Casa Marina into private residences and an assortment of businesses...tearoom, clothing store, 37-room apartment building and restaurant.

The ‘grand lady’ finally took a well-deserved rest and closed until 1991. By this time, a verandah and 3rd-story penthouse had been added to the original structure. Today, celebrating its 83rd birthday, the Casa Marina Hotel & Restaurant offers 24 stunning bedrooms and parlor suites individually decorated to represent the distinctive and changing eras of its rich history. The Penthouse enjoys its own notoriety, with one of the most stunning views of the Florida coastline.

The Casa Marina brings a feeling of classic glamour to Jacksonville Beach, a sultry blend of history, natural beauty and sophisticated culture. One can still conjure up images of the ‘ghosts’ of the beach, the sounds of families and lovers laughing and a lineup of Model ‘T’ Fords as they enjoyed the best that life could imagine!