As group editor for WhereTraveler publications in Orlando, Daytona Beach, Tampa and Southwest Florida, Brooke’s greatest passion is travel, and you’ll frequently find her hitting the road with her husband and two children. While weekends are often spent exploring day destinations in all corners of the Sunshine State, she loves to travel further afield whenever possible. When she's not checking out the latest local hot spots and hidden gems, you're likely to find her in front of her laptop, coffee in hand, writing to her heart's content.
Brooke’s take on Orlando:
Central Florida has it all: world-class attractions, stunning natural beauty, a thriving arts community and a delicious culinary scene. I love tapping into my inner child with a host of characters, from Mickey to Harry Potter. Need to cool off? Incredible water parks, where you can ride the rapids and even take surfing lessons are just as awesome as any beach! Dazzling natural springs offer a glimpse into water that’s so clear, you’ll swear it isn’t real. While away the day in splendid contemplation at Morse Museum of Art, or take in a show at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. And when you’re hungry, explore the incredibly diverse food scene, from authentic Vietnamese to-tried-and-true Southern classics, and everything in between. With mild temperatures year around, there’s never a bad time to visit.
Brooke’s most memorable travel experience:
Ireland. The country is mysterious and magical, with some of the most friendly and welcoming people that I have ever met. Exploring both Dublin and the Sunny Southeast, I was enthralled by everything I saw, from buildings dating back more than 1,000 years, to sweeping vistas that took my breath away. And the food! There is nothing like a fresh catch from the Irish Sea, or eating juicy, just-picked Wexford strawberries. I can’t wait to return and explore more of this fascinating place.
Brooke’s last notable trip:
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. My family and I spent a lazy day on Magens Bay during a cruise recently. There’s no better way to bond with your kiddos than snorkeling from the shore and watching sea turtles munch on sea grass beneath you.
The place she always returns to visit:
Ponce Inlet. Our family vacationed in this sleepy coastal spot long before we moved to Florida, and it’s still my happy place, where I go to unwind and recharge. Wide, sandy beaches and clear water against the backdrop of a perfectly preserved lighthouse is a little slice of heaven for me.