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Showing posts with label Florida. Show all posts

October 8, 2018

Tour of Florida - Discover The Historic Coast

Our recent attendance at the 2018 Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism was inspiring, to say the very least. Based on the information we gathered at the event, we have selected a few highlighted locations to spotlight on a virtual "tour" of Florida. These articles will be released in a series - each featuring a different location. For more information on the destinations we're featuring, please click here. For now, please enjoy our previous features on Amelia Island and Bradenton/Gulf Islands. Please note - information contained in this feature is not based on firsthand experience, but from promotional materials put out by representatives of the featured location at the 2018 Governor's Conference. 


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Promising “Culture Around Every Corner”, Florida’s Historic Coast is represented by St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and 42 miles of Atlantic Beaches in St. Johns County - nestled midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville. Among the area's many claims to fame, it is the first continuously occupied European settlement, a military outpost, the first port, a key Civil Rights location, a beach resort area, and generally a hub of "arts, culture and heritage". For more than 450 years, Florida's Historic Coast has been widely acknowledged as a valuable and worthy destination appealing to an array of interests and vacation styles. Some of the region's recent acknowledgements include: USA Today 10 Best - Top 10 Attractions in Florida (January 2018), US News & World Report - Top 50 Most Romantic Places in the World  (December 2017), AARP - Nights of Lights #1, 10 Top Holiday Light Displays in the US  (December 2017), Jetsetter Magazine - 9 Cutest Small Towns in America (May 2017), Money Magazine – number 1 Best in Travel for destinations that deliver the most value for your dollar (March 2017),  and TripAdvisor - St. Augustine Beach a Top 10 U.S. Beach three years in a row (2015-2017).

September 23, 2018

Tour of Florida - Discover Amelia Island

Our recent attendance at the 2018 Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism was inspiring, to say the very least. Based on the information we gathered at the event, we have selected a few highlighted locations to spotlight on a virtual "tour" of Florida. These articles will be released in a series - each featuring a different location. For more information on the destinations we're featuring, please click here. For now, please enjoy our very first feature on Amelia Island. Please note - information contained in this feature is not based on firsthand experience, but from promotional materials put out by representatives of the featured location at the 2018 Governor's Conference. 


-OVERVIEW-

Amelia is 13 miles long and two miles wide, with preserved park lands at its northern and southern tipsmaking up nearly 10% of the entire island... Amelia Island is edged with natural Appalachian quartz beaches and framed by sand dunes as high as 40 feet. Amelia Island is consistently ranked among the best of the best, including: one of the Top Beaches in Florida (USA Today, 2017), the No. 4 Happiest Seaside Town (Coastal Living, 2017), one of the South’s Best Small Towns (Southern Living, 2016), and seven consecutive years among the Top 10 U.S. Islands (Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards). 

September 18, 2018

A Tour of Florida From the 2018 Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism

Perhaps this won't qualify as our meatiest post ever, but it stands solid as a worthy snippet to use as a sort of announcement and "teaser" if you will.

Last week, we attended the 2018 Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism at the Omni Resort. Although we were only able to make it for one day of the three-day event, there was a remarkable amount of knowledge and connection to be made in that brief visit!

The Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism featured a fantastic array of speakers and educational tracks of great value to members of the hospitality and tourism industry - most notably, in marketing and customer outreach. We explored the changing profile of today's Florida traveler, the incoming generation of travelers, evolving trends, emerging businesses, and much more. Perhaps most importantly, we explored our beautiful state from a centralized gathering of like-minded people who all have a vested interest in continuing to perfect our travel game overall.

This was our first time attending the Governor's Conference, and we were so impressed and inspired by the knowledge we gained at the event that we decided to share some fun with you! For quite a while now, we've been expanding our reach to report news from other popular destinations, and lesser-known spots as well. From time to time, we even venture out for firsthand feature reports from locations "Beyond Orlando" (as we call this segment of coverage). Thanks to some handy new info we gathered at the Governor's Conference, we've selected a few of the locations that really caught our attention, and we're going to explore them a bit more. While this little mini-project is still in the planning stages, we do want to share the list of locations with you now.

DRUM ROLL, PLEASE..........



Stay tuned for more details on our developing "Tour of Florida" - which could certainly grow to include other locations in the future. If you happen to be located in or near one of our current featured spots, we would love to talk to you as an expert consultant as well. Email dawn@comeseeorlando.com with your location in the subject line, and let's chat today!

  




July 17, 2018

FLORIDA - RECIPE CONTEST+COOKING DEMOS w/ Star Chef Allen - Using the "Golden Fruit" at First Ever Mango Festival in South Beach

WHO: South Beach Mango Festival

WHAT: THE FIRST ANNUAL MANGO FESTIVAL HELD IN MIAMI BEACH-  a community event, which will offer participants the opportunity to enjoy the work of a range of talented chefs and mango experts, culinary delights and various family activities, allinspired by the versatile and delicious mango. The event will also be featuring avocados, dragon fruit, coconut, and many other natively-grown fruits.

WHERE: LUMMUS PARK @ 1200 OCEAN DRIVE

WHEN: SUNDAY, AUGUST 5TH, 2018
FROM 11AM-7PM

MORE INFO:  FEATURING:
- Kids Cooking Class
- “Best Baked Mango” Recipe Contest Judging
- Kids Mango eating contest
- Amazing Mango cooking Class
- Healthy Mango Juicing & Smoothies
- Mixology Competition
- Mango Dancers
- Kids Bounce House
- Live music

June 23, 2018

FLORIDA - Daytona Lagoon, Volusia Flagler Family YMCA and Urban Surf 4 Kids Unite to Bring Swim Safety Awareness to Local Community


Local Organizations take part in global World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ Event

Daytona Beach, June 21, 2018 – Today, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world united for the ninth annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) to raise awareness for swim safety. In Daytona Beach, Daytona Lagoon, Urban Surf and the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA teamed up to host the global event and bring critical swimming lessons to 50 underserviced kids in the local community.

The Volusia Flagler Family YMCA taught a free, 30-minute swim lesson to the kids, ages 5 to 15 in Daytona Lagoon’s wave pool. Urban Surf 4 Kids followed the swim lesson with an exciting surfing demonstration.

“Daytona Lagoon is honored to partner with the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA and Urban Surf 4 Kids to bring the World’s Largest Swim Lesson’s critical swim safety message to our local community,” said Tyler Currie, General Manager for Daytona Lagoon. “Drowning is a preventable tragedy and we must all work together to ensure every child and parent has access to lifesaving water safety resources.”

June 8, 2018

FLORIDA - THE GALLERIA AT FORT LAUDERDALE ANNOUNCES THE FIRST-IN-FLORIDA SEAQUEST TO ITS POPULAR SHOPPING AND DINING DESTINATION


New Interactive Family Attraction Slated to Open During Late 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (June 6, 2018) – The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, recognized as Fort Lauderdale’s premier shopping destination, has announced SeaQuest Fort Lauderdale will open during late 2018 as one of the newest additions to its popular mix of retail and dining offerings. The hands-on global sea life education and entertainment experience for all ages will reside in a 23,000-square-foot home at the east end of The Galleria near H & M and the soon to open Powerhouse Gym.

“The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale is thrilled to announce the addition of SeaQuest Fort Lauderdale which will add another dimension to our collection of nationally recognized retailers and top-notch restaurants,” said Mark Trouba, general manager at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale. “This first-in-Florida interactive journey through exhibits that highlight global wildlife will be fittingly located at The Galleria which has a loyal following of local shoppers and welcomes visitors from around the world.”

June 2, 2018

FLORIDA - Hemingway Days to Celebrate Literary Legend July 17-22 in Key West


KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Ernest Hemingway fans can celebrate the late author’s literary accomplishments and colorful Key West lifestyle Tuesday through Sunday, July 17-22. The 38th annual Hemingway Days festivities salute the legacy of the Nobel Prize winner who lived and wrote on the island for most of the 1930s. 

Events include the famed Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest, prose and poetry readings, the tongue-in-cheek “Running of the Bulls,” symposium presentations and a film evening, a look-alike “party” on Hemingway’s July 21 birthday, running and paddleboarding challenges, a lively street fair and a high-stakes three-day marlin tournament recalling his passion for Florida Keys angling.

May 15, 2018

FLORIDA - Mystery Fest Key West to Celebrate Crime Writers June 22-24

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — No sleuthing skills are needed to understand why missing Mystery Fest Key West, set for Friday through Sunday, June 22-24, would be downright criminal. Readers and writers seeking clues about crafting and enjoying mystery fiction can meet, interact with and learn from some of America’s most notable authors during the fifth annual Mystery Fest Key West.

Among the starring “suspects” are keynote speaker Ace Atkins, a prolific crime novelist chosen by the Robert B. Parker estate to continue Parker’s iconic “Spenser” series; editor, publisher and Mysterious Bookshop proprietor Otto Penzler, a world-renowned authority on mystery fiction; and famed multigenre author Heather Graham, who has penned more than 100 volumes including the acclaimed “Krewe of Hunters” novels.

Other presenters include forensic scientist and top-selling author Lisa Black; Diane A.S. Stuckart, who created the Leonardo da Vinci historical mysteries; cozy mystery writer Nancy J. Cohen; and Charles Todd, co-author of the award-winning Inspector Ian Rutledge series. Law enforcement experts are to offer insights as well.  

The festival’s dastardly doings are headquartered at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Grand Key, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd. Attractions include writing workshops, panel discussions, book signings, receptions and gatherings where mystery buffs can mingle with the genre’s leading lights. 

April 12, 2018

FLORIDA - FIFTH GRADERS NATIONWIDE TO RECEIVE FREE ADMISSION TO NASA’S KENNEDY SPACE CENTER VISITOR COMPLEX

Explore a Universe of Fun for Free through December 31, 2018

 CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (April 11, 2018) – KENNEDY SPACE CENTER –  Fifth graders nationwide have just landed a free trip to space. For the second consecutive year, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is offering a front row seat to NASA’s future of space exploration with an invitation for a full-day of adventure and fun for FREE!

Current and incoming fifth graders (for fall 2018*) who visit with a full-admission-paying-adult**, will receive free, one-day admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The ticket is available via the following link:https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/info/tickets#SpecialOffers. The ticket can be printed and then presented at any ticket window, along with one of the following as proof of age: a fourth- or fifth-grade report card, a passport or birth certificate. The offer will run through December 31, 2018.

March 24, 2018

FLORIDA - KeysCaribbean Resorts Offer Special Discounts for a Spring Escape to the Florida Keys

Indigo Reef Resort Villas & Marina in Marathon

KEY LARGO, Fla. (March 23, 2018) – The Florida Keys offer many events to be found only in the beautiful tropical islands off Florida’s southern tip during the month of April. KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas & Marinas salutes four such events by featuring special offers to enjoy an upscale resort vacation experience in the Florida Keys this April.

KeysCaribbean’s special discounts include "The Longer You Stay in Paradise, The More You Save,” which offers a lower nightly rate for each additional day booked, and guests can receive generous rates of up to 50 percent off, or complimentary night stays at all KeysCaribbean luxury Florida Keys resorts all season. There is also an advance booking special that requires no deposit until two weeks prior to arrival date, plus a 100 percent cancellation guarantee.

March 22, 2018

FLORIDA - Mission Inn Resort & Club Offers Skill-Special Summer Camps For Junior Golfers, Tennis Players, Families


HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. (March 21, 2018) – Calling all young golfers, tennis players, and their families to Mission Inn Resort & Club for a slate of specialized summer learning experiences. These summer “camps” will all be held at the resort, which is only 35 minutes from Orlando.
For junior golfers, Mission Inn Resort hosts two different camps with regular sessions:
  • June 3-Aug. 5 - The Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy teaches young golfers how to “Train Like A Champion.” The Academy is already the training home for three of the LPGA Tour’s top six players – Lydia Ko, Ariya Jutanugarn, and Shanshan Feng— plus the PGA Tour’s Morgan Hoffmann. The Academy offers single-week camps, multiple-week packages, and a two-week camp that includes competitive play. Boarding and non-boarding options are available. For more: call (352) 484-0787 or visit ggga.com/programs/summer-camp.
  • June 10-Aug 12 - The Bishops Gate Golf Academy builds unique programs for individuals based on their goals, aspirations, strengths, tournament schedule, and areas of improvement. Bishops utilizes its own coaching model, which consists of a highly experienced senior coach overseeing a group of coaches and students. The program includes all aspects of student development assessing needs to monitoring progress throughout the year. For more, call (855) 378-8177 or visit https://www.bgga.com/summer-camp/.

March 7, 2018

FLORIDA - Monster Energy Fort Rock Producers Danny Wimmer Presents & AEG Presents As Well As Music Artists Corey Taylor & Halestorm, And Rock ‘N’ Roll Veteran Michael Lang...


Support Initiatives For School Safety In Solidarity With
Stoneman Douglas High School Students And Others Across The Country

Festival Offers 50% Off Weekend Tickets Promotion To Those Who
Sign Student Petition

South Florida’s Biggest Rock Experience
To Feature Performances From
Ozzy Osbourne, Godsmack,
Five Finger Death Punch, Stone Sour, Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin & More

Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29, 2018
At The Festival’s New Home In Greater Fort Lauderdale
At Markham Park In Sunrise, FL

Following the tragic February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida, Monster Energy Fort Rock festival producers Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Presents--along with Corey Taylor, Halestorm and various other music artists performing at the April 28 & 29festival at Markham Park in Sunrise, FL--are showing their support for the students and advocating for school safety.

FLORIDA - PGA National Resort & Spa Offers Exceptional Spring Golf Getaways


Tackle The Bear Trap Like PGA TOUR Pros in the Honda Classic
 
(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) – PGA National Resort & Spa – South Florida’s world-class golf, vacation and spa destination – announces two exceptional golf packages for spring getaways following the wildly successful Honda Classic recently played on its Champion Course.
 
Propelled by the return of local resident Tiger Woods, and the drama of the world’s best players taking on The Champion Course’s famous three-hole Bear Trap (Nos. 15 – 17), the 2018 Honda Classic shattered its attendance record by attracting 224,642 spectators during a week of perfect South Florida weather. Additionally, CBS posted the highest viewership and ratings for the tournament in five years as Justin Thomas won the event in a dramatic playoff.

March 6, 2018

FLORIDA - Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville Festival Experiences Announced

Florida’s Biggest Rock Experience Set For
April 27 – 29 At Metropolitan Park In Jacksonville, FL

With Ozzy Osbourne, Foo Fighters,
Avenged Sevenfold, Queens Of The Stone Age,
Along With Billy Idol, Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack, Stone Sour & More

General Tickets, VIP Packages, Hotel & Camping Options On Sale Now


The lineup of festival experiences has been announced for the eighth annual Monster Energy Welcome To RockvilleFriday, April 27, Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, FL.

Florida’s Biggest Rock Experience grows to three days in 2018 with Foo FightersOzzy Osbourne, Avenged SevenfoldQueens of the Stone Age, Billy Idol, Godsmack, Stone Sour, and Five Finger Death Punch leading an incredible talent lineup not seen at any other U.S. rock festival.

FLORIDA - Fifth Annual 'Fish to Fork' Culinary Weekend Returns to Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort


Event at luxury Amelia Island resort features returning competitors from year's past for unique culinary competition

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla., March 6, 2018 - Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort presents the fifth annual "Fish to Fork" culinary weekend May 17-20, 2018. Executive Chef Daven Wardynski and the culinary staff at the resort will once again welcome visitors to their coastal oasis for this one of a kind "dock-to-dish" experience.

Alongside breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, guests will be treated to a premiere "foodie" experience that challenges chefs to showcase their unique skillsets. The Main Event on Saturday, May 19 from 6-10 p.m. includes an Individual and Group Challenge, where chefs will showcase the versatility of some of the island's native ingredients.

February 8, 2018

FLORIDA - ‘Sun and Fun’ Highlight the Sombrero Beach Run Weekend March 2-4

MARATHON, Florida Keys — Florida Keys sunshine, athletic action and family fun attract hundreds of avid runners and walkers from the U.S., Canada and Europe for the annual Sombrero Beach Run weekend, set for Friday through Sunday, March 2-4.

In recognition of the outdoor run/walk’s popularity and to encourage families to participate in the healthful weekend together, organizers are offering specially priced online registration fees. 

Until 11:59 p.m. (ET) Friday, March 2, registration for the combined 15k is $30 per adult age 18 and over. Students 17 and under and U.S. military personnel can enter for $15. For each of the 10k and 5k events, registration is only $20 per adult age 18 and up and $10 for students.

After midnight March 3, the 15k entry fees increase to $35 per adult, and 10k and 5k entry fees increase to $25 per adult. Student fees remain the same.

The first 500 pre-registered participants are to receive a custom logo T-shirt and neck wallet.

January 22, 2018

FLORIDA - DEANA MARTIN KICKS OFF 2018 PERFORMANCES VALENTINE’S WEEK AT THE COLONY HOTEL IN PALM BEACH, FLORIDA

“It’s no wonder she is hailed as an important voice in the annals of popular music. As an all-around entertainer, Deana Martin is without equal.” – AXS’s Allen Foster

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – The legend continues as Deana Martin takes her audience on a contemporary and exciting musical journey through the Great American Songbook and the legendary superstars of the twentieth century. In this electrifying musical revue, Deana Martin sings hot new arrangements of enduring hits popularized by Peggy Lee, Bobby Darin, Dinah Washington, Nat King Cole and others, including her iconic father Dean Martin and “Uncle” Frank Sinatra and “Uncle” Sammy Davis Jr.
 

January 21, 2018

FLORIDA - U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® to Welcome Dr. Thomas D. Jones and Captain Scott D. Altman

Space Shuttle Astronauts to be Inducted
at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in April 2018 

CAPE CANAVERAL (January 18, 2017) – KENNEDY SPACE CENTER  Veteran astronauts Dr. Thomas D. Jones and Capt. Scott D. Altman, who have both demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in furthering NASA’s mission of exploration and discovery, have been selected to receive one of the highest honors in their industry. This April, they will be inducted into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame® to become two of only 95 individuals to ever receive this esteemed honor. The announcement was released in a video from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, and made by Curt Brown, board chairman of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, which oversees the selection process.

January 17, 2018

FLORIDA - PGA National Resort and Spa Offers ‘Sunsational’ Golf and Spa Getaways


Opportunity to Play Newly Renovated Palmer Course 
Headlines ‘Gold Golf’ Stay-and-Play Package 

 
(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.)  
PGA National Resort and Spa – South Florida’s world-class golf, vacation and spa destination – announces a trio of exceptional packages ideal for fun and relaxing getaways this winter and spring.
 
Resort guests can now take full advantage of the newly transformed Palmer Course after undergoing a recent comprehensive renovation. Through April 30, players can experience The Palmer through the popular 
Gold Golf stay-and-play offer starting at $319 (per person, per night, double occupancy). Additionally, nightly luxury accommodations are included with private balcony or terrace, full breakfast daily in the Palm Terrace, one round per day as well as unlimited range balls and complimentary bag storage.

January 15, 2018

FLORIDA - Oceanfront Romance is in the Air at Atlantic Hotel and Spa, with Distinctive Couples Valentine’s Day Packages, Starting at Only $120


Gourmet Picnic Dinner on the Beach, Oceanfront Dinner at Coastal, and Three Spa Atlantic Packages

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Jan 12, 2018 — Beckoning with romantic ocean views, exquisite cuisine and a sea-and-citrus-inspired day spa, the Atlantic Hotel & Spa, located on beautiful Fort Lauderdale Beach, is enticing couples with unique Valentine’s Day packages. Starting at only $120, the alluring offerings include a Gourmet Picnic Dinner on the Beach, Oceanfront Dinner at Coastal, and three Spa Atlantic packages. All packages are available from February 11 to February 18. No overnight stay required.