I second Florida but I'm up in Jacksonville, there are oodles of crafters here, I'll even share my stash of caramel truffle coffee with you
Don't forget us crafters in Florida! What we lack in numbers, we make up for in beaches and daquiris!
Anneke's Needleworks in Miami would be a great place: www.annekesneedleworks.com
Florida is a BIG LOOOOOOONG state so, I'm thinking come here when it's cold up there in Boston and stay a while! Have a tour de Florida! That is if you can justify it!
Either start or end your journey with North Florida. Jacksonville on the east if you're going that way out or Pensacola on the West. I say hit Pensacola even though it is a small market because they have been absolutely wiped out by hurricanes for two years in a row now and could use a visit from someone other than FEMA! That's my push for them!
Make a stop in the Tampa Bay area some place in either Tampa, St. Petersburg (my personal fave!), Sarasota which has the Ringling School of Art and Design and museum and is winter home to the circus!
Then you have to stop in Orlando and meet the REAL people of Orlando not just the people you meet while on vacation! I lived there for five years there are some rockin people in Orlando! I'd LOVE to get back there someday!
Then you MUST get to South Florida.....Miami, Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale....heck maybe even the Keys! Key West is chuck full of crazy crafters and believe it or not perdoghi (sp?) stands! Yes, sunshine, eccentric people, rum, and polish food! What could be better I ask you!?!
You can do what the rock bands do and do two appearances in South Florida. There are enough people to handle it. Plus there people down there are AWESOME! It is a GREAT place! So full of Latin and international flavor!
I could be totally selfish and say COME TO TALLAHASSEE!!! I could probably work something out to set you up here: http://www.railroadsquare.com/
I'm on the wait list to get studio space there. Tallahassee has two universities (FSU and FAMU) and a Community College plus it is pretty much, the "big city" in north Florida. Big city being completely relative of course. Visiting Tallahassee in the fall must be coordinated with Florida State Football. Football in the south is not just a sport, it's a religion you know. However, if you are here for the Boston Collage/FSU game you can come along with me and "Team Tailgate" and I'll throw in all you can eat tailgate and decent seats to the game! Not that I'd EVER bribe you to come to Tallahassee or anything..... Florida Planning Tips
Planning tips....unless you cannot avoid it try to avoid planning dates you CANNOT change in August and September. Leave a day or two window at either end of your planed Florida dates if you plan to be here in August or September for rescheduling......for that matter, although not as prevalent, October and November too. I would hate for you to plan to be here then have to evacuate to some place else due to a hurricane. What you don't see on the news is we evacuate A LOT. It is smart to do so and we don't complain because well....it's 72 degrees today and we live in paradise for 90% of the time and most of the country is freezing their buns off and shoveling snow. It is better to be safe than sorry. We just know it is better to leave than get hit. Hurricanes are most prevalent in August through October. It is not something you should be REALLY concerned about but something you should keep in the back of your mind.
Plus, come here NOW when it is cold there and you're sick of the cold or come here in November after the leaves have all fallen and everything has turned grey and you need to Christmas shop and you'll buy everyone on your list awesome Florida tropical things!
If you want/need any state art info please let me know. I work in the capital and can help with that.