Jen Karetnick

Jen Karetnick

Lifestyle journalist, poet, author

I specialize in food/drink, travel, education, parenting, health/medicine, fitness, culture, arts/lit, home/garden, and Florida. Two MFAs; 16 books. The 500 Hidden Secrets of Miami forthcoming 9/17.

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Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts

Like any other visitor in Florida, I always ask for directions at the front desk of whatever hotel I am staying at before I venture to an unfamiliar museum or theater. I’m quite capable of Googling web sites and Mapquesting, but in the end these technologically delivered details mean very...

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The Culture of the Forgotten Coast

I’m drifting in a small, flat boat in the shallows of Apalachicola Bay, looking for flounder to gig (i.e., spear through the head). This is before I learn about the backbreaking labor of raking oysters at Buddy Ward’s 13 Mile Oyster Company, but only after I get far too close...

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The Yearling: Southern Hospitality

Late afternoon sun streams through the Spanish moss hanging down from large trees on this property in Central Florida. It’s late October, and it almost feels like autumn does up north. The heat isn’t too intense, the humidity has gone and the foliage lining the banks of the nearby river...

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Heart of Florida: Scenic Trail of Arts and Culture

The hamlets of north Florida have their own, very specific identities. Ocala is horse country, where rolling green pastures stretch wide; Gainesville is, thanks to the presence of the University of Florida, an orange-and-blue college town. But despite these general and seemingly counterintuitive tags, there’s an artistic and cultural thread...

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Learn and Play at Central Florida’s Children’s Museums

Does building a roller coaster, digging for dinosaur fossils, climbing a giant treehouse or stepping back into pioneer times sound like fun? If so, take a break from the beaches and theme parks and visit one of Central Florida’s children’s museums. While adult museums have a kid-unfriendly “do not touch”...

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Learn and Play at Central Florida’s Children’s Museums

Does building a roller coaster, digging for dinosaur fossils, climbing a giant treehouse or stepping back into pioneer times sound like fun? If so, take a break from the beaches and theme parks and visit one of Central Florida’s children’s museums. While adult museums have a kid-unfriendly “do not touch”...