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Rejuvenate Your Workout

Posted on: September 20th, 2013 by Leah No Comments

Just like your wardrobe, workout routines can start to feel a little old and bland. And there is nothing worse than dreading it or making it a chore. Rejuvenate your workout by trying something new, getting back into something you love or by adding something shiny and new to your athletic apparel wardrobe.

Stand-up paddleboarding (a.k.a SUP) is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. If you have not yet tried this fun pastime, it’s time to change that. Not only is it a great way to explore the shallow water in the Florida Keys but it also provides a great workout. SUP boards offer a wide platform for stability, excellent for standing or kneeling. If you do fall in, the boards are very easy to climb back on. You could also try a paddleboard yoga class offered throughout the Keys. The classes start with a nice paddle then move into a yoga instructed class and then end with a paddle back to land. Start by renting a board and then try out a class on the board. SUP rentals are available in the following locations: Key Largo Paddle the Florida Keys www.paddlethefloridakeys.com (305) 434-5930, Islamorada – MM88 flkeyssup@gmail.com(305) 753-1150, Islamorada Otherside Board Sports www.othersideboardsports.com (305) 853-9728, Keys Kayak in Marathon www.keyskayakllc.com (305) 743-8880, and SUP Key West www.supkeywest.com (305) 240-1426.

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Want to buy your own paddleboard?  Check out the Bam Bam stand-up paddleboard by Michael Dolsey Design.  Durable, stable and light with a concave deck and wider profile for greater stability. $1,100 Florida Keys Kiteboarding and Stand-up Paddleboarding, 11201 Overseas Highway, Marathon, 305-942-9635 kiteboardingfloridakeys.com

If you’d like to keep your workout on dry land, consider taking up an old hobby you used to enjoy. As kids, most of us grew up on our bikes and used it as our main means of transportation. In the Keys, bikes are an excellent way to get around while also providing some great exercise. The trick to this sport as an adult is to invest in a quality bike that is the right size and style for you. Backcountry Cowboy Outfitters in Islamorada not only has a great selection of bicycles for purchase but also has an abundance of Electra bicycles for rent. Stop in and check out their large inventory and rent one to try it out. I highly recommend investing in a basket for the front of your bike. It’s a great way to store water bottles, wallets, and sunscreen while out cruising the Keys. Backcountry Cowboy Outfitters is located in Islamorada at 82240 Overseas Highway (305) 517-4177. For more information go to www.backcountrycowboy.com.

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Leah Maki with her pink townie from Backcountry Cowboy Outfitters in Islamorada

Just because you’re going to the gym doesn’t mean you should leave your fashion sense at home.

If you’re wearing old ratty t-shirts to work out, you are in desperate need of a new athletic apparel wardrobe. Workout apparel has come a long way. Workout tops for women offer built-in bra support and strategic color blocking for figure flattering effects. As exciting as it can be to put on a new dress, a new outfit for the gym can provide just as much enjoyment. Flex your fashion muscles by buying color coordinating outfits in bright hues. Make sure that whatever you buy, you feel confident in as that can be another incentive to work up a sweat. Islamorada Fitness at 85960 Overseas Highway offers a nice selection of workout apparel that will make you feel as good as you look.

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New workout clothes are great for inspiration – Islamorada Fitness has a great selection of athletic apparel at their gym at 85960 Overseas Highway in Islamorada



Hotel Gift Shops Offer Great Finds

Posted on: September 9th, 2013 by Leah No Comments

Hotel gift shops have come a long way.  Many of these shops no longer merely provide a selection of items one may have accidentally forgotten while packing but instead focus on providing their guests the opportunity to do some actual shopping.  In the Florida Keys, many feature art, fabulous gifts, resort wear, unique jewelry and accessories.  These shops have a lot to offer hotel guests as well as locals.

A few of my favorite hotel gift shops throughout the Keys include Kona Kai Resort’s art gallery and botanical gardens, Cheeca Lodge and Spa’s Signature Store, Island Trendz at Hampton Inn, and the Ocean Key Resort and Spa gift shop.

Kona Kai Resort

Offering a beautiful international fine art gallery featuring pastels by Beth Kaminstein, Dirk Verdoorn’s ships on canvas, paintings by Italian Franco Passalacqua, and Antarctic ice paintings by Xavier Cortada.  Located at 97802 Overseas Highway in Key Largo and open from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.  In addition, tours of their award winning botanical gardens are open to the public.  Their ethnobotanic teaching garden is one of only two frost-free tropical botanic gardens in the southeastern United States.   Garden tours are available Tuesday through Saturday for $25.00 per person, of which $20 is tax deductible.  Advanced reservations are required by calling 305-852-7200.

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Tommy Bahama resort wear available at Cheeca’s Signature Store

Cheeca Lodge and Spa

Cheeca’s Signature Store offers a large variety of men’s clothing by Tommy Bahama that include dress shirts, linen slacks, relaxed shorts, swim trunks and sandals.  In addition, the Signature Store features a great assortment of women’s clothing, resort wear and swimwear by Lily Pulitzer, Debbie Katz and Island Company.   Buy an entire outfit for dinner as well as a casual look for on or off the water for both men and women at this specialty store.    I especially love their fun sun hats, jelly sandals, island decor, and beautiful handmade jewelry.  Located at 81801 Overseas Highway in Islamorada open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday -Thursday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Statement Necklaces and Clutch from Island Trendz at Hampton Inn

Island Trendz at Hampton Inn

Island Trendz boutique is located within the Hampton Inn in Islamorada and features an amazing collection of bold, colorful, and affordable statement jewelry, beautiful women’s cover-ups and dresses, a wide selection of bags and clutches, and ocean-themed house wares.  Pick-up a great dress and statement necklace for dinner or wear it over a swimsuit for day.  Open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sundays. Island Trendz is located at 80001 Overseas Highway in Islamorada.

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Bejeweled sandals and nautical clutches from Ocean Key gift shop

Ocean Key Resort and Spa gift shop

At the very end of Duval you’ll find this great gift shop tucked inside Ocean Key Resort and Spa.  Shoppers will enjoy the ever changing selection of clothing for men, women and children, local artwork, handmade gifts and home accessories.  I especially love the choice of women’s bejeweled sandals, nautical themed clutches, cute gifts, and colorful sunhats in a variety of shapes and sizes.   Ocean Key Resort and Spa is located at Zero Duval Street in Key West open daily from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.