Off the Beaten Path from Sarasota: DeSoto County, FL

By Gary McKechnie When you enter DeSoto County on Highway 70 in the city of Desoto, the last traces of development have long disappeared. Coastal cities and oceanfront high-rises are behind you and now, for mile after mile, you’ll see green pastures that reach from horizon to horizon. It’s a sign…

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Things to Do Near Arcadia, FL

Looking for things to do near Arcadia? Nature awaits on this driving tour through Arcadia, Sebring, Okeechobee, and Lake Placid. Heritage Highlights In the rodeo town of Arcadia, buy yourself a pair of cowboy boots and mosey around town to look at the circa 1880 buildings and antique shops…

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Coolest Block in Arcadia, Fla., Where Everything Old is New Again

By Janet K. Keeler There are two kinds of people who come to the monthly Arcadia Antiques Fair in Arcadia, Fla. The street fair attracts those on a mission to add to their collections, and the accidental pickers who meander the lanes of dealers, waiting for something to jump out and scream, “Buy…

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Arcadia, FL: Antiques & Wildlife

By Emily Nipps Arcadia deserves a round of applause for its tough resilience alone, having survived droughts and floods that have wiped out whole farms, a turn-of-the century fire that toppled the business district, a 2004 hurricane that toppled everything. Now, it's the famous selection of…

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The Peace River, Arcadia: Journey to Florida's Heartland

By Thomas Becnel If you prefer country lanes to overcrowded highways, visit the Peace River in Arcadia. George Buonocore was the manager at his family's upscale art gallery in Naples, but nobody would have guessed that when he arrived at the Canoe Safari outfitters in Arcadia. He pulled up in a…

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