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Mileage Birmingham, AL 270 miles Atlanta, GA 280 miles Nashville, TN 477 miles Chicago, IL 948 miles Baltimore, MA 990 miles Toronto, ON, Canada 1223 miles
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11 Welcome to Panama City Beach! 12 Singer/Songwriter Abigail Rose 15 Goin’ to the Beach!® 17 Where to Dine in Panama City Beach 25 Experience Fine Dining and Sushi at Firefly 27 Play Where the Pros Play at Hombre Golf Club 29 Make a Splash at the Adventure Zone! 30 Activities and Attractions Guide 33 Goin’ to the Beach Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This! Your Guide to Resort Collection’s Beach Properties 50 A Jammin’ Labor Day Weekend Lineup 52 Discover What’s New at Pier Park 54 The Great Outdoors 59 RC Real Estate Group Expands Its Horizons 60 Seafood, Soul, and Rock ’n’ Roll 64 Marry Me at the Beach 68 Resort Collection Corporate Overview ON THE COVER The lovely and talented Nashville singer/songwriter Abigail Rose ventured south to Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort in Panama City Beach for the Treasures 2014 cover shoot. Captured on the sugary white sands by photographer Romona Robbins, Abigail embodied the bohemian spirit of the beach. Passersby along the shore were captivated as Abigail strummed her guitar and sang a few bars of “Goin’ to the Beach,” the jingle she wrote and recorded for Resort Collection.
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Publisher Lisa Burwell Editor-in-Chief Gerald Burwell VP of Creative Services Bob Brown Graphic Designer Troy Ruprecht Graphic Designer Tracey Thomas Public Relations and Social Media Manager Jordan Staggs Video Producer Benjamin Rosenau Videographer Tim Dutrow Copy Editor Margaret Stevenson Web/Project Manager Bill Weckel
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On behalf of the entire staff at Resort Collection, I warmly welcome you to Panama City Beach and our properties. Over the past year, we have seen tremendous growth in the number of guests staying at our resorts and discovering—or rediscovering—all that Northwest Florida has to offer. Treasures magazine is your go-to source for all things Panama City Beach and your complete guide to our resorts. This complimentary issue is filled with wonderful suggestions on how you can make the most of your vacation as you step outside and enjoy the white sands, pristine waters, adventures, events, and attractions in Panama City Beach. Browse Treasures for tips on where to golf, shop, eat, and play—we have included a little bit of everything for you to try while staying in any of our resort locations. Whether your trip is a family vacation, a honeymoon escape, or a business retreat, be sure to check out all of our resorts highlighted in these pages for your return trip to the Emerald Coast. Our goal is to provide you with the complete resort experience, leaving you with only one desire—to return as soon as possible!
Any time of year is an exciting time to be in PCB, from the annual New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop at Pier Park to numerous concerts and festivals, fishing tournaments, athletic events, and so much more. With near-perfect weather year-round, a trip to Panama City Beach is always a good idea, and our properties are sure to have what you’re looking for in a perfect beach getaway. Thank you for choosing Resort Collection!
Mike Stange COO, Resort Collection
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Flying South Songwriter Abigail Rose Is “Goin’ to the Beach!”
Photography courtesy of Abigail Rose Music
When Abigail Rose received her first guitar for her eleventh birthday, she was hooked on writing and performing music. “It came very naturally to me,” the Nashville native says. “I always loved to talk and to entertain and make people laugh. It grew into the dream I wanted my whole life.” Since then, she has taken the music industry head-on by connecting with other songwriters, perfecting her musical and vocal skills, and performing at events around the country, including the Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival in 2012 and 2013. It was at the 2012 event that Resort Collection team members and local friends became enamored with Abigail Rose’s sweet voice and fun-loving stage presence. She has also played during the nearby 30A Songwriters Festival and at Farm Fest in North Carolina, the Georgia Throwdown, and the CMA Music Festival. This seventeen-year-old songbird is working with some of Nashville’s best producers and songwriters to advance her career, and she continues to rise within the country music world. Resort Collection is proud to have worked with her on its new official song, “Goin’ to the Beach!” “Being a songwriter, you have to be observant,” Abigail says. “I’m inspired by all kinds of things for my music: relationships, love, my friends, my family and their stories, and just life in general.”
Abigail got together with two of her fellow writers in Nashville, Daniel Crane and Robert Counts, to create the new “Goin’ to the Beach!” song. “They’re both great songwriters and Daniel grew up near the beach, so I thought it would be fun to get that perspective,” Abigail explains. “When we were writing this song, it definitely made me want to go to the beach, especially since it was only sixteen degrees in Nashville the day we wrote it! Hopefully it will do that for others, too.” Her favorite part of writing and performing, Abigail confides, is inspiring other people with her music the way she has been inspired by artists such as Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, and Grace Potter. “I just want to make people smile and enjoy good music,” she says. “When you have a person tell you that a song meant something to them, it’s the best feeling in the world.”
To learn more about Abigail Rose, visit www.abigailrosemusic.com, follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@theabigailrose), and find her performances on YouTube (AbigailRoseMusic). Her five-song EP, See Me Now, is available for download on iTunes. resor tcollection.com | 13
BOON DOCKS r e s t a u r a n t Home of the unforgettable Fried Pickles and home of the freshest Seafood you’ll find.
Locals’ Choice Selected by Coastal Living in Top 25 for 2007 and 2009 Named Southern Living’s Favorite Seafood Dive in 2004
14854 Bay View Circle, Panama City Beach, FL Located under the mighty oaks on the Intercoastal Waterway just 5 minutes from the Beaches in West Bay.
The power of branding! With a brand message like “Goin’ to the Beach!®,” you had better be sure you can deliver on your brand promise. Millions of visitors flock to the sugar-white sands and turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico—more specifically, to Panama City Beach, Florida—every year. The area is known to have some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, and by echoing the sentiments of its guests, Resort Collection is able to enhance its brand equity and succinctly capitalize on the main reason people come—to have some fun in the sun! What do people say when they’re asked what they’re doing this summer? “We’re goin’ to the beach!” That sense of fun and anticipation is what Resort Collection wants to show. People get excited when they tell others about their plans, start packing their bags, load the kids into the car.... The beach is waiting, and anything is possible! That’s what the “Goin’ to the Beach!” slogan is all about. With our recent “Goin’ to the Beach TV” Web series and new “Goin’ to the Beach!” jingle by Nashville singer-songwriter Abigail Rose, Resort Collection is bringing the beach to its fans all over the country and even the world! Check out both at YouTube.com/ResortsPCBeach.
The informal use of the word goin’ is intentional, showing Panama City Beach as a vacation destination with a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere. It also plays on the Southern colloquial way of saying “Goin’ to the beach.” Most people do actually say they’re “goin’” to the beach rather than “going” to the beach—and this too sets the branding apart. The culture and experience found at Resort Collection are built around good value, family, the beach, good times, and a casual, relaxed vacation. The beach itself is five-star, and that is what people are looking for when they arrive. It’s about spending quality time with family and friends, reconnecting, and having a great time. It’s about soaking up as much fun in the sun as you can, playing by the pool, getting a tan, and having volleyball games in the spring and summer and tag football games in the fall.... It’s about sand between your toes, ice cream, hot dogs, margaritas, and pink lemonade. It’s about getting buried in the sand and making sand castles with your siblings, kids, or grandkids. It’s about memories that will last a lifetime. It’s about catching sand crabs by moonlight and fishing during the day, body surfing and catching as many waves as you can—then doing it all again the next day! It’s about casting your worries aside—and Goin’ to the Beach!
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Bud and Alley’s
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
Capt. Anderson’s Restaurant and Waterfront Market
Montego Bay Seafood House and Oyster Bar
Ocean’s Bar and Grill
Edgie’s Corner Market
Capt. Jack’s Family Seafood Buffet
Dave and Buster’s
The Summit Market Shop
First Watch Daytime Café
Runaway Island Beach Bar and Grill
Another Broken Egg Cafe
Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Saltwater Grill and Piano Bar
Hammerhead Fred’s Bar and Grill
Bishop’s Family Buffet
Shane’s Rib Shack
Harpoon Harry’s Waterfront Restaurant and Beach Bar
Triple J Steaks and Seafood
Hook’d Pier Bar and Grill
The Wicked Wheel Bar and Grill
Hofbräu Beer Garden
From the freshest Gulf of Mexico seafood to fine dining and classic American favorites, Panama City Beach offers visitors an array of dining options that is sure to please any 77 palate!
H20 BAR AND GRILL
Guests staying at Majestic can enjoy casual dining for lunch and dinner, a poolside bar, and Gulf-front seating for some spectacular sunsets at H20. Open seasonally. Located at Majestic Beach Resort (850) 563-1000
THE SUMMIT MARKET SHOP
The market has an endless array of sundries, as well as a full menu of salads, wraps, sandwiches, gourmet coffee, ice cream, and other snacks. Beer, tobacco, and liquor are also available for purchase. Whether you need ice to pack your cooler for the beach or a snack after a long night of dancing, you’ll find everything you need at the Summit Market Shop. Located at Summit Beach Resort
Poolside dining doesn’t get any better than the Hangout, open seasonally for Long Beach Resort guests and serving a variety of snacks, light fare, and beverages. Located at Long Beach Resort (850) 233-4544 3
OCEAN’S BAR AND GRILL
Edgewater guests are invited to join Ocean’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Located just off the Edgewater Lagoon Pool deck with live music and tiki bar seasonally, Ocean’s provides Gulf-side dining with gourmet dishes and refreshing drinks that are sure to please. Located at Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort 4
EDGIE’S CORNER MARKET
Featuring Starbucks brewed coffee and sixteen flavors of delicious ice cream, Edgie’s is the perfect quick stop to enjoy a morning cup of joe or to cool off after a long day on the beach! Located at Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort 5
Offering guests everything from gourmet lunches to Starbucks coffee on the go. Whether you’re craving a homemade pastry or are simply in search of a quick snack, our intimate market has exactly what you’re looking for. Open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., this market features something for every time of day and more. Located at Majestic Beach Resort
Chef Paul Stellato and Firefly owner Dave Trepanier have created a dining destination with an elegant ambience and a menu to satisfy every palate, perfect for lovers of fresh seafood, signature cocktails, and good conversation. Winner of the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence, Best of the Bay award, and Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Award for 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Also featured on Urbanspoon’s 2012 list of “America’s Most Popular High-End Restaurants.” Located in the Shoppes at Edgewater 535 Richard Jackson Blvd., Panama City Beach (850) 249-FFLY (3359) • fireflypcb.com 8
ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE
With a cozy atmosphere reminiscent of the French countryside and a menu stacked with delectable omelets, crisp salads, and tasty sandwiches, Another Broken Egg offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Perfect for Sunday brunch or a quick bite on the way to the beach! 11535 Hutchison Blvd., Panama City Beach (850) 249-2007 • anotherbrokenegg.com 9
A favorite sports bar among locals and tourists, this family-friendly hot spot has been serving traditional pub fare and fun times since 1985. Grab some wings, a sandwich, a salad, or just a good brew and enjoy the big game. 13800 Panama City Beach Pkwy., #110-111, Panama City Beach (850) 249-1551 • beefobradys.com
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BISHOP’S FAMILY BUFFET
Get the best for less at Bishop’s Family Buffet, where crab legs are king! Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day! Come enjoy #1 crab legs, shrimp, fried oysters, scallops, the fish of the day, and a huge salad bar. Great food and a great atmosphere for the whole family. 12628 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach (850) 234-6457 • bishopsbuffetpcbeach.com
No. 1 snow crab legs are the favorite at Capt. Jack’s dinner buffet every night! Children 3 and under eat free at this family buffet with an enormous selection for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Great food and great values! 8208 Thomas Dr., Panama City Beach (850) 236-8555 • captjackspcbeach.com 17
Inspired by and infused with a love of coastal living in everything from the menu to the decor, Boatyard invites you to hang out, kick back, and unwind. Boatyard is back and better than ever in its new Grand Lagoon location at Treasure Island Marina in summer 2014. Taste the best of the Gulf Coast and island-inspired dishes from chefs and restaurants of Key West. Live music, wine tastings, special events, and a view of the harbor make Boatyard a must-go. boatyardclub.com 12
Learn to love and enjoy fish to the fullest from the experts at Bonefish Grill! With service dedicated to finding the best dishes to your taste, and an expansive range of menu options from surf to turf and beyond, Bonefish is the place to be for good food and fun. 11535 Hutchison Blvd., Panama City Beach or 641 W. 23rd St., Panama City (850) 249-0428 (PCB), (850) 747-9331 (PC) • bonefishgrill.com 13
Located under the mighty oaks on the Intracoastal Waterway just five minutes from the beaches in West Bay, Boon Docks offers a delicious array of local and regional seafood. They use a special blend of spices and a unique breading recipe that will bring you back for more! Relax on the docks while you wait at Fish Tales bar or look out over the water and watch the barges go by. You could spot the occasional dolphin, an alligator or two, or the Boon Docks mascots, the ducks and geese, who come in for their favorite—hushpuppies! 14854 Bay View Circle, Panama City Beach (850) 230-0005 • boondocksfl.com 14
BUD AND ALLEY’S
Founded in 1986 and named for a dog and cat, Bud and Alley’s has been a revered gathering place by loyal patrons for great food, great fun and Seaside, Florida’s finest sunsets for over twenty-five years. Now they’re bringing their great vibes to Panama City Beach with a new location beside Capt. Anderson’s Marina. 5323 North Lagoon Dr., Panama City • budandalleys.com 15 CAPT. ANDERSON’S RESTAURANT AND WATERFRONT SEAFOOD MARKET
For over forty years, Capt. Anderson’s has been well known for its fresh local seafood and warm, family atmosphere. Mouthwatering dishes and a longstanding tradition as a PCB favorite have earned this restaurant a spot in Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Hall of Fame. Come see what you’ve been missing! 5551 North Lagoon Dr., Panama City Beach (850) 234-2225 • captanderson.com 20 | resor tcollection.com
CAPT. JACK’S FAMILY SEAFOOD BUFFET
DAVE AND BUSTER’S
The most fun you can have under one roof! Dave and Buster’s is the one and only place you can enjoy great food and drinks, play hundreds of awesome arcade games, and watch your favorite teams on TV. With a brand-new location coming to Pier Park in spring 2014, the Panama City Beach fun never has to stop! 600 Pier Park Dr., Panama City Beach • daveandbusters.com 18
Come hang out at Dee’s for a casual and delicious lunch or dinner. With Cajun and Creole-inspired dishes such as po’boys and jambalaya, as well as oysters, shrimp, and the best fresh catches, Dee’s is a great spot for plate lunches and happy hour specials. 10440 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach (850) 249-4264 • deeshangout.com 19
FIRST WATCH DAYTIME CAFÉ
Begin each morning with freshly sliced fruits and vegetables, muffins hot from the oven, and made-from-scratch French toast. Everything at First Watch is made to order and freshness is never compromised. Enjoy a pot of Sunrise Select Premium Blend® coffee, complimentary newspapers, and free Wi-Fi Internet access every day. 11160 Panama City Beach Pkwy., Panama City Beach (850) 234-5700 • firstwatch.com 20
FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES
The family-owned Five Guys serves up fresh burgers and delicious fries that will keep you coming back for more! Made-to-order burgers and a variety of topping choices are the favorite, while hot dogs and sandwiches also round out the menu. 700 Pier Park Dr., Suite 100, Panama City Beach (850) 233-3890 • fiveguys.com 21
HAMMERHEAD FRED’S BAR AND GRILL
Dine inside or out on fresh seafood, Apalachicola oysters, and some of the best drinks around in this rustic, casual hangout. Check out the all-new Fred’s Hangout pavilion featuring live enter tainment nightly. When you’re hungry, head to Fred’s! Open for lunch, dinner, and late night. 8752 Thomas Dr., Panama City Beach (850) 233-3907 • hammerheadfreds.com
HARPOON HARRY’S WATERFRONT RESTAURANT AND BEACH BAR
MONTEGO BAY SEAFOOD HOUSE AND OYSTER BAR
All new in 2014, completely renovated and now more than double the size with the same chillin’, laid-back attitude. Enjoy the nautical vibe of this tropical escape from the ordinary, while you dine inside or outside right on the Gulf of Mexico. Live music on the tiki deck in season. Sports lovers unite—come catch the game on one of over a dozen flat screens. Families love it here! Open for lunch, dinner, and after-dark fun. Come casual and ready to eat, drink, and be Harry!
When you find yourself craving raw oysters or a great seafood platter, treat yourself to one of Panama City Beach’s favorites! You just gotta have the gumbo! The menu includes a variety of appetizers, generous salads, grilled and fried fresh seafood, juicy ribs and burgers, perfectly seasoned chicken, USDA Choice steaks, oysters, and a menu just for the kids. Take a trip to the Caribbean without ever leaving Panama City Beach! Open for lunch, dinner, and cocktails.
12627 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach (850) 234-6060 • harpoonharry.com
473 Richard Jackson Blvd. (Shoppes at Edgewater). (850) 233-6033 • montegobaypcb.com
HOOK’D PIER BAR AND GRILL
Enjoy Gulf-front dining and the perfect sunset view at the Russell-Fields Pier across from all the excitement and entertainment of Pier Park. The grouper sandwich and fried pickles are a must-try, so come and get Hook’d in Panama City Beach! 16201 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach (850) 233-8232 • hookedpierbar.com 24
17140 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach (850) 249-7437 • panamapizzeria.com
HOFBRÄU BEER GARDEN
Celebrate your beach vacation the German way at this authentic beer house, featuring a beer hall, beer garden, and café. Located conveniently in Pier Park, Hofbräu offers genuine Bavarian cuisine, American favorites, and the world-famous beers of the Royal Brewery in Munich. Live enter tainment includes traditional German music and local ar tists. 701 Pier Park Dr., Suite 155, Panama City Beach (850) 235-4632 • hofbraupcb.com
JIMMY BUFFETT’S MARGARITAVILLE
You don’t have to be a Parrot Head to love the great food and tropical atmosphere at Margaritaville! Featuring indoor and outdoor seating—including Gulf views on the spacious deck—a tiki bar, and live entertainment, this is coastal cuisine and party central at its finest. Come have a “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” a frosty beverage, and a good time at Margaritaville! 16230 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach (850) 235-7870 • margaritavillepcb.com 26
9875 S. Thomas Dr., Panama City Beach (850) 235-0928 • pineapplewillys.com
5550 North Lagoon Dr., Panama City Beach (850) 249-5500 • marinacantinapcb.com
RUNAWAY ISLAND BEACH BAR AND GRILL
When you’re ready to live the island life, you’re ready to run away! The new Runaway Island Beachfront Bar and Grill is nestled among the rolling dunes and the emerald-green waters of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Chef Chris has created a menu featuring classic items and fresh local seafood with a twist. Enjoy island-inspired food and drink with old friends and new ones for lunch or dinner. The daily sunset celebration is fun for the whole family, and late night is full of live music and dancing. Life is short, run away often! 14521 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach (850) 233-3907 • runawayislandpcb.com
For real Mexican cuisine and killer margaritas, make a trip out to Marina Cantina. Enjoy a breathtaking view of Capt. Anderson’s Marina while dining on fresh and authentic south-of-the-border favorites such as tacos, fajitas, and fresh seafood dishes. With an extensive bar menu including signature margaritas, wines, beers, and tequila flights, make your night a fiesta at Marina Cantina!
Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico in what was once the Pier 99 lounge, Pineapple Willy’s is a favorite for lunch and dinner. Be sure to try the world-famous Jack Daniel’s BBQ Ribs, and visit Willy’s Pier Bar for the signature drinks and Fat Tuesday Frozen Daiquiris.
Pizza is the passion at this Italian-style bistro. With a variety of menu options from appetizers to pizzas, pastas, salads, and desserts, there’s something for everyone at Panama Pizzeria. Let the catering team handle your next party or event, or just stop by for a great meal with family and friends. Available for delivery.
SALTWATER GRILL AND PIANO BAR
Voted the beach’s best steak! At Saltwater Grill, you choose your own lobster and we’ll prepare it fresh. Our friendly staff invites you to come as you are and experience casual dining at its best. Whether you choose the Café dining room or the more intimate Mermaid Room, you will be mesmerized by the panoramic view of our newly designed 25,000-gallon tropical saltwater aquarium. After dinner, order a drink or two and have some fun at the beach’s only piano bar, featuring Michael Rorah. Early bird specials for $14.99 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. every day. Happy Hour drink specials and $5.00 select appetizers at the bar only from 4 to 6:30 p.m. 11040 Hutchison Blvd., Panama City Beach (850) 230-2739 • saltwatergrillpcb.com
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They call Schooners “The Last Local Beach Club” and it really is the last of the old open-air hangouts left on the Gulf Coast. Open from 11 a.m. until the wee hours of the morning, Schooners offers up spectacular food, live entertainment, and breathtaking sunsets. So, come on out and count down with the crowds—“10, 9, 8...”—as the sun sets and the old cannon roars, signaling the end of a beautiful day and the start of a fun-filled night!
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SHANE’S RIB SHACK
From barbecued ribs and wings with all the fixings to delicious burgers, chicken tenders, old-fashioned sides, and the best sweet tea you’ve ever tasted, Shane’s is a PCB favorite no one should miss. Great for families and large groups, Shane’s also has party platters available for all to enjoy. 10100 Hutchison Blvd., Panama City Beach (850) 249-8111 • shanesribshack.com 34
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TRIPLE J STEAKS AND SEAFOOD
For over ten years, Triple J has been providing families and diners from around the country with a full array of delicious selections including fresh Florida seafood, grilled pork and chicken, and the ever-popular mile-high burgers and sandwiches. In addition to the expansive dinner menu, the home-style lunch menu at Triple J is extremely popular and has been a favorite with the local business community for years. 2218 Thomas Dr., Panama City Beach (850) 233-9514 • triplejsteakhouse.com 35
THE WICKED WHEEL BAR AND GRILL
The Wicked Wheel is a “custom concept” themed bar and restaurant that was created for all ages to enjoy with one thing in mind—to share a love for classic cars, custom bikes, and all things cool. Along with the unique decor and classic Southern comfort menu, which includes the perfectly seasoned “secret recipe” fried chicken, this one-of-a-kind location is sure to become a favorite Panama City Beach landmark. 10025 Hutchinson Blvd., Panama City Beach (850) 588-7947 • thewickedwheel.com
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Discounts are available with a Resort Collection Rewards Card. To view all Resort Collection Rewards Card discounts for dining and activities in Panama City Beach, visit resortcollection.com/specials. Restrictions: Specific restrictions by each participating vendor may apply. Please show your Resort Collection Rewards Card to vendor when purchasing to receive discount. Room key must also be presented for onproperty discounts.
EXPERIENCE FINE DINING AND SUSHI AT FIREFLY
Firefly Restaurant, located in the Shoppes at Edgewater in Panama City Beach, has been serving up some of the area’s most mouthwatering fine dining selections for years. Owner Dave Trepanier and Executive Chef Paul Stellato strive to create a dining experience for their patrons unlike any other on the beach. “Casual elegance” is the theme, from a romantic dinner under the lights by the Big Tree in the dining room to an evening of catching up with friends over drinks in the Library. Guests will feel right at home while enjoying a five-star meal and great company. Award–winning fresh Gulf seafood, steaks, artisan pizzas, and signature cocktails are what have made Firefly one of the area’s top dining destinations. Firefly is the proud recipient of the Best of the Bay Award, Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Award from 2010–2013, and is featured on Urbanspoon’s list of “America’s Most Popular High-End Restaurants.” In 2012, Executive Chef Paul Stellato was one of eight Gulf Coast chefs chosen to represent the area and cook for Team USA at the Summer Olympics in London. Firefly was thrilled to announce the newest addition to the restaurant in 2013. To further expand on their award-winning culinary offerings, Firefly
opened a brand-new sushi bar in April and now has more private dining options and additional seating for guests. “We enjoy bringing something different to the Firefly family,” Dave said. “Sushi continues to grow in popularity, and we see more and more of our guests heading down the healthier path and choosing this alternative. The sushi bar offers a different dining experience to our guests and a hip scene where people can gather after the main dining room is closed.” The sushi bar also brings a different vibe to Firefly’s atmosphere. “The music in the sushi bar will be a little more current and youthful,” Dave says. “Everything from country favorites—Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, and Zac Brown—to classic and hard rock acts like Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, and Van Halen. The sushi bar stays open until 11:00 p.m. during the summer so people can enjoy an alternative to the usual bar scene.” Along with the new seating in the sushi bar area, Firefly has added four new private rooms to accommodate groups of eight to thirty. These rooms have full audio/visual capabilities and are perfect for meetings or parties. With so much additional space at Firefly, the restaurant will be able to offer more wine dinners, cocktail parties, and cooking classes.
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FISHING! 2 BOATS SERVING YOU
Come join us on a fishing experience that you will never forget. We offer 4hr, 6hr, 12hr & overnight fishing trips. Our crew is friendly, professional, & very experienced in the waters of this area. Look no further as we offer 2 of the most productive boats of the Gulf Coast. Whether it’s trolling, bottom fishing, shark fishing, or targeting a species....we know where the fish are!
7 passengers) “Reel Pleasure” (Up to 1 Capt. Bruce
Capt. Dave “Reel Addiction” ( U
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Clean Restrooms • Cold A/C • Breakfast & Coffee served • Coolers & Ice provided All trips include bait, tackle, rod, reel & license For information or to book a trip, please call
Located at Treasure Island Marina • 3605 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408
Make a Splash at the Adventure Zone! Photography by Marcus Walton The Adventure Zone at Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort takes fun to a whole new level. Kids and adults alike are able to experience exciting events and activities right at the resort. From the fun-filled Splash Pad and the Sky Trail ropes course to scuba diving and surfing lessons, the Adventure Zone has something for everyone. And in 2014, the Adventure Zone is introducing more excitement and fun for the whole family to enjoy! If you’re ready to bring out your inner Indiana Jones, then the four-pole Sky Trail adventure course is the challenge for you. This twenty-onefoot-tall obstacle course will test your skills at heights of twelve feet and more above the ground while you are secured by a full-body harness and safety lanyard that attaches to the tracking system above. Built by the leading manufacturer Ropes Courses Inc., this attraction is fun for children and adults forty-eight inches or taller who enjoy a great adventure! Children forty-two to forty-eight inches tall may participate if accompanied by an adult. As for the little ones, the spacious 1,400-square-foot Splash Pad located in the Lagoon Pool area will have them jumping for joy. This play area boasts more than twelve fountain and water activity features. Children will enjoy dodging through the geysers, while parents keep an eye on the fun from the surrounding pool deck.
Don’t forget to grab your Adventure Zone Compass as you seek out all the fun and excitement to be had. This guide will point you to kids’ events and activities, as well as give you a schedule of weekly events to participate in. The Discover Scuba class will let you experience diving with real scuba equipment in the Lagoon Pool as you learn what it takes to explore the underwater world. Mr. Surf’s Beach Adventures will have you “hanging ten” as you grab some boards and learn how to ride the waves by our beautiful white-sand beaches. Adults can join in on the fun, too, with water aerobics, sunrise yoga, Zumba, golf clinics at Hombre Golf Club, tennis clinics at The Club at Edgewater, drink specials, and so much more! Adventure Zone activities are free for all Edgewater guests who rent through Resort Collection; daily and weekly passes are available for guests not renting through Resort Collection. From kids’ games and activities to fun family events, the Adventure Zone is your destination for fun in the sun.
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Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This!
Resort Collection invites sun worshippers to visit America’s favorite beach destination, Panama City Beach, and stay at one of its many properties, which include the family-friendly Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort, the magnificent Majestic Beach Resort, the luxuriously appointed Emerald Beach Resort, the relaxing Long Beach Resort, the contemporary Grandview East Resort, the exciting Summit Beach Resort, the beautiful Sunbird Beach Resort, and the exclusive En Soleil—all located on the “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches.”
for resor ts, conference centers, conference hotels, and golf clubs on Panama City Beach. We continue to find ways to enhance service: by maintaining creativity, using innovative ideas, and incorporating cutting-edge technology; these are just a few of the ways we continue to lead the industry. Our strong relationships with Internet leaders allow us to achieve prime market positioning. Daily maintenance and management of these systems enable us to build and increase occupancy throughout the year—even during the traditionally slower periods. Creative promotions and marketing campaigns help to increase exposure and maintain a robust presence through brand recognition, which in turn increases occupancy levels and average daily rates for all of our proper ties.
Our properties boast almost a thousand full-service Gulf-front suites and golf villas, 90,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, the world’s most beautiful beaches, award-winning fine dining at Firefly, six Plexicushion tennis courts, an outdoor basketball court, and twenty-one luxurious pools. We also offer an executive nine-hole golf course and twenty-seven holes of championship golf at the Hombre Golf Club on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast.
At Resort Collection, we appreciate the confidence and loyalty that our customers have shown; they have chosen to include our family of properties and staff as part of theirs.
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Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort is the only full-service resort on Panama City Beach. Luxurious amenities such as the vast lagoon pool, Ocean’s Bar and Grill beachfront restaurant, The Shoppes at Edgewater, and more will provide enjoyment for every minute of your stay. During your stay at the resort, take in the gorgeous views and sunsets from your balcony, and enjoy being near all that Panama City Beach has to offer. With eleven pools scattered about the property, spacious units with private balconies overlooking the Gulf, and the Adventure Zone and seasonal activities for kids, Edgewater is a great getaway for the whole family. Mom and Dad can relax or enjoy a round of golf while the kids can participate in activities such as tie-dyeing T-shirts, ice cream socials, and kite-flying lessons on the beach! Known worldwide for its golf courses and amenities, Edgewater is also one of the best resorts for getting down to business. Not only is the resort a winner of five Gold Tee awards from Meetings & Conventions magazine, but Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort also boasts a 32,700-square-foot meeting and conference center with flexible spaces and theater-style seating for up to two thousand attendees.
• 110 acres along some of the world’s most beautiful beaches
• Free wireless Internet
• Preferred access and rates to Hombre Golf Club and a ninehole executive golf course
• Basketball court
• On-property restaurant, eateries, and private beach bar
• Eleven outdoor pools, including the resort’s famous 11,500-squarefoot lagoon pool with cascading waterfalls and surrounding hot tubs, 45,000 square feet of deck space, and children’s Splash Pad
• Kids’ Adventure Zone from May 23 to August 10, including Sky Trail® ropes course and activities schedule for all ages
• Six Plexicushion tennis courts • Fitness center and massage services
• Full-service market featuring Starbucks®
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Majestic Beach Resort With over 650 feet of beachfront property overlooking crystalline sands by the Gulf of Mexico, Majestic Beach Resort truly is a wondrous place. Accommodations range from studio to three-bedroom condos, making it the perfect place for any type of getaway, from honeymoon to family reunion. Spend your vacation surrounded by palm trees and listening to the sound of the waves crashing upon white sands at this intimate Gulf-side retreat. Enjoy a relaxing swim in one of Majestic’s outdoor or indoor pools, pack a picnic and spend some time on the beach with your loved ones, or tee up at Hombre Golf Club with preferred guest rates from Resort Collection. No matter what you like to do when you go to the beach, Majestic has what you’re looking for!
• The Majestic Theatre • The Majestic Market featuring Starbucks®
• Conference center/meeting space for up to four hundred attendees • Free wireless Internet
• H20 Bar and Grill
• Fitness center and massage services
• Preferred access and rates to Hombre Golf Club
• Tennis courts
• Beach services and rentals
• Two outdoor pools and two heated indoor pools
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Emerald Beach Resort The beach has never felt more like home than at Emerald Beach Resort. Each carefully crafted one-, two-, and three-bedroom suite was designed with families and comfort in mind. Each unit has all the luxuries of home, including a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and inviting decor that you will love coming home to after a long day of fun on the beach. With spacious floor plans and sweeping views of the Gulf, families of all sizes and with all kinds of interests will make memories here to last a lifetime. Emerald Beach Resort is within walking distance of many of Panama City Beach’s exciting attractions including Pier Park, an outdoor shopping and entertainment mecca that includes stores, restaurants, nightlife, a movie theatre, carnival rides, and children’s play areas. Come join in the fun at Emerald Beach Resort!
• Expansive floor plans and an extravagant ambience
• Lagoon pool with kids’ water feature
• Preferred access and rates to Hombre Golf Club
• Beachside pool with tiki bar
• Spectacular beachfront views • Convenience of a washer, a dryer, and a full-sized kitchen • One-, two-, and threebedroom suites
• Fitness center • Light fare at scenic Skybar and Starbucks® • Within walking distance of Pier Park and Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater
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Long Beach Resort Relaxation is key at Long Beach Resort. Sip on a cool drink while basking in the Florida rays alongside one of three lagoon pools, and enjoy the sound of the waves crashing on silver sands by night from oversized balconies. Enjoy poolside dining at the Hangout tiki bar while chatting and catching up with friends and loved ones, or bring along a good book and soak up the warm rays on the beach. No matter what, total relaxation is a sure thing. Long Beach is a palm-fringed oasis tucked away from the busy shops and streets of Panama City Beach, but only moments away from the excitement if you’re seeking a night on the town or some shopping. End the day with a soothing dip in one of Long Beach’s whirlpool spas, and discover what it means to be truly at ease.
• Three tropical lagoon pools
• Spacious living rooms
• Preferred access and rates to Hombre Golf Club
• Every bedroom, dining room, and living room at Long Beach Resort overlooks the Gulf, with sweeping balconies that bring guests front and center for some of Florida’s most breathtaking sunsets.
• Poolside dining at the Hangout tiki bar • One-, two-, and threebedroom suites • Complete kitchens
• Within walking distance of shops and dining
For reservations or more information, please call 855.246.9980. www.lbresort.com 10511 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, Florida 32407 resor tcollection.com | 41
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En Soleil Beach Resort Luxury seekers, look no further than En Soleil Beach Resort. Each of this exclusive property’s two- and three-bedroom units and penthouses faces the dazzling turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Modern appliances, spacious floor plans, and oversized balconies ensure that each guest experiences the ultimate in comfort and style when staying at En Soleil. Families, honeymooners, and snowbirds alike will love the exclusivity and comfort offered at En Soleil. Make this gated resort your home away from home and enjoy luxuries such as an underground parking garage, on-site check-in, over 6,500 square feet of pristine pools, and, of course, breathtaking views that will entice you to stay forever.
• 450 feet of pristine beach frontage • Preferred access and rates to Hombre Golf Club • Condos ranging from two- and three-bedroom floor plans to penthouses, all facing the Gulf of Mexico
• 6,500 square feet of exclusively designed pools • Two hot tubs • Two waterfall features and two circular waterfall fountains • Fitness center
• Underground parking and secured gates
For reservations or more information, please call 855.246.9980. www.ensoleilrentals.com 7509 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, Florida 32408
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Summit Beach Resort The ultimate Panama City Beach adventure is at Summit Beach Resort. With 137 condos overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, this resort has everything you need for a beach vacation full of fun and excitement. Great rooms and private balconies make it perfect for large travel groups such as sports teams, family reunions, and more! From tennis courts and preferred access at Hombre Golf Club to a game room, fitness center, restaurant, and tiki bar, activities abound at Summit Beach Resort. You can enjoy a day of beach activities and come back to a refreshing drink at the Tiki Bar, or relax with friends in one of the Summit’s hot tubs or whirlpools. Great rates highlight Summit Beach Resor t as one of the best values around! The Summit is one of the largest Gulf-front resor ts on Panama City Beach and offers two swimming pools, hot tubs, fitness centers, and much more for the perfect vacation along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.
• Two large outdoor pools
• Tennis courts
• Preferred access and rates to Hombre Golf Club
• Hot tubs, whirlpools, and saunas
• Sweeping Gulf views from every unit
• Summit Market Shop
• Fitness center • Game room
• Beach chair rentals • Poolside Tiki Bar • Free wireless Internet
• Two kiddie pools
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Grandview East Resort Grandview East Resor t sits center stage upon one of the “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches” and is nestled among Panama City Beach’s best dining, shopping, and enter tainment oppor tunities. When you’re yearning for the white-sand beaches and sparkling emerald waters of Panama City Beach, Grandview’s condominiums will satisfy like no other. Your vacation rental at Grandview is spacious, offering you more than 1,400 square feet of Gulf-front luxury and relaxation. After a fun and relaxing day on our private white-sand beach, take a dip in our heated pool or your condo’s private Jacuzzi tub, and then watch the sun set from your comfortable Gulf-front balcony. Join us at Grandview Beach Resort and make your beach vacation absolutely perfect.
• Modern, open floor plans
• Heated Gulf-front pool and expansive deck
• Jacuzzi tubs in all suites
• Preferred access and rates to Hombre Golf Club
• Full kitchens with granite countertops
• Professional fitness facility
• Large balconies with spectacular Gulf views
• Complimentary beach service • Spacious Gulf-front suites
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Sunbird Beach Resort Sunbird Beach Resort overlooks the “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches” and is conveniently located within strolling distance of Panama City Beach’s best dining, shopping, and entertainment attractions. If an inviting tropical paradise surrounded by sugar-white beaches and breathtaking emerald waters is what you desire, Sunbird’s familyfriendly condominiums in Panama City Beach are the perfect choice. Situated just steps away from the gorgeous shores of the Gulf of Mexico, Sunbird’s vacation rentals offer comfy beachfront accommodations with endless opportunities for a delightful beach escape. After a fun, carefree day spent enjoying our pristine private beach, take a refreshing dip in one of our three Gulf-front pools (including a heated one), and then play a game of tennis, racquetball, or shuffleboard while the kids enjoy the on-site arcade. Afterward, retreat to your private balcony and soak up the fresh sea air and cool breezes. For an unforgettable Panama City Beach getaway, look no further than Sunbird Beach Resort.
• Three Gulf-front pools, one heated
• Gated facility
• Expansive pool deck
• Laundry facilities on-site
• Outdoor grills
• Full kitchens with appliances
• Racquetball, shuffleboard, and tennis courts
• Private balconies with endless views
• Preferred access and rates at Hombre Golf Club
• Cable TV and HBO
• Spacious Gulf-front suites
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takes place during a holiday weekend. Toby Keith’s finale performance at the 2013 festival drew over thirteen thousand attendees. Lovelady promised, and boy did Gulf Coast Jam deliver. Hold on to your Stetsons; here’s the 2014 headliner lineup: On Friday, August 29, one of the world’s biggest country crossover stars will take the stage. On Friday, August 29, six-time Grammy winner, American Idol winner, and global sensation Carrie Underwood will grace the stage on what promises to be a night to remember. Saturday, August 30, Dierks Bentley—a Nashville favorite with ten number-one hits under his belt—will be performing. Then on Sunday, August 31, Grammy nominee, CMA Entertainer of the Year, and The Voice coach Blake Shelton is sure to deliver a gangbuster grand finale. Dan Rowe echoed Lovelady’s gung ho sentiments. “The Gulf Coast Jam will bring the biggest stars in country music to Panama City Beach for Labor Day Weekend to help kick off our busy lineup of fall events,” Rowe says. “Nashville’s stars have been coming to the area for decades for vacation. Now, we’re putting them to work while they’re here—and giving everyone a chance to enjoy great music and a great beach.” While organizers are awaiting final confirmation on the dozens of performers and sponsors before officially announcing this year’s full lineup, festivalgoers can be assured that they will experience the same stellar stage
production and first-class sponsor tents and refreshment venues as before. “We are dialoguing with several national sponsors for this year’s festival, including Ford and major credit card companies,” Trepanier reveals. Besides bringing megawatt country music stars to Panama City Beach, the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam also gives back to its community in a big way. Last year the festival raised $20,000 in donations, which were shared among Habitat for Humanity, Arnold High School, Naval Support Activity Panama City, Miracle Strip Junior Woman’s Club, and the VFW. Revenue was also generated for local hospitality-driven businesses such as short-term condo rentals, hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions, retail shops, and grocery stores, just to name a few. With an anticipated increase in 2014’s attendance, the Panama City Beach community is bound to benefit even more this year.
Ticket sales, accommodations packages with tickets from Resort Collection, and the final lineup will be available online in spring 2014. More information on the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam can be found at gulfcoastjam.com, on facebook.com/GulfCoastJam, and through Twitter (@GulfCoastJam). resor tcollection.com | 51
Whether you’re visiting Panama City Beach for the first time or you are a local, Pier Park is a must-see destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment. The sprawling complex stretches from Front Beach Road north to Highway 98 and encompasses a wide variety of retail options: department stores such as Dillard’s and Target; specialty clothing shops such as Ron Jon Surf Shop and Forever 21; and a smattering of locally owned specialty stores such as Candymaker and French Charmed are all available for your shopping pleasure. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, Pier Park’s choices are plentiful. Snackaholics can graze for hours on favorites such as flavored popcorn, sushi, Italian ice, pralines, pizza, coffee, and ice cream. For fresh seafood and a view overlooking the Gulf, snag a table at Pompano Joe’s, the Back Porch, or Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. Be sure to check out the shopping center’s newest stores and eateries opening in spring 2014, including Charlotte Russe, Pink Narcissus – a Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store, French Fry Heaven, the Pita Pit, and Chicken Salad Chick. The newly built Pier Park North shopping center offers favorites such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Pier 1 Imports, and Petsmart. If you want a fun night on the town—or if you are desperate to entertain the kids on a rainy day—Pier Park has numerous entertainment options. Some suggestions are the Grand Theatre 16 and IMAX (be sure to check out their new Reel Rewards program for deals!), Emerald Coast Mirror Maze & Laser Craze, Dave & Buster’s, which also opens in spring 2014, Nashville’s legendary Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, the Hofbräu Beer Garden, or the dueling piano bar at Rum Runners Tropical Grill. The fun and festivities don’t stop there—Pier Park offers an exciting lineup of outdoor events throughout the year. World-famous musicians often perform in the state-of-the-art amphitheater at Aaron Bessant Park, which borders Pier Park’s western side and is one of Panama City Beach’s newest and most manicured parks. Aaron Bessant Park also has a veterans memorial, three walking trails, and is dog friendly (owners must keep pets on leashes and clean up after them). 52 | resor tcollection.com
Below are some highlights of Pier Park’s 2014 Calendar of Events. Visit simon.com/mall/pier-park or call (850) 236-9974 with inquiries. JUNE 11– AUGUST 6, 2014
Panama City Beach Cool Summers 5K Series Get your run on at Pier Park with fellow fitness-loving vacationers and locals. With prizes for the winners, T-shirts, and more, don’t miss out on this fun and healthy summer activity! Races take place each Wednesday beginning at 9:00 a.m., with a special race day on July 4. Call (850) 890-4775 for more information or register online at Active.com. APRIL 24 –27, 2014
Seabreeze Jazz Festival Named one of the top 10 jazz fests in the country, the four-day event presents live performances by some of the biggest names in jazz, including Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, Richard Elliot, Mindi Abair, the Family Stone, and many more. seabreezejazzfestival.com OCTOBER 10 –11, 2014
Pirates of the High Seas Festival This Columbus Day weekend, enjoy this swashbuckling free festival with parades, sword-swinging showdowns, a beach ball drop, and fantastic fireworks displays. OCTOBER 31, 2014
Mall-O-Ween (6:00–8:00 p.m.) Annual trick-or-treating with the merchants throughout the shopping center. Great fun for kids of all ages!
FEBRUARY 11–12 , 2015
38th Annual Panama City Beach Seafood & Music Festival
Mardi Gras Celebration
Dates to be announced. This three-day event features fishing tournaments, kids’ activities (held at Capt. Anderson’s Marina), renowned musical acts, and the area’s most delicious seafood.
Panama City Beach’s free, family-friendly two-day Mardi Gras festival includes a krewe parade, the Kidz Zone, street performers, live entertainment, float christenings, and a second line parade to the finale concert at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
pcbseafoodfestival.com NOVEMBER 3 – 8, 2014
Emerald Coast Cruizin’ at Aaron Bessant Park The South’s Best Blast from the Past! This family-friendly, fun event will feature thousands of classic cars, hot rods, and custom cars and trucks. DECEMBER 31, 2014
New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop (5:30 p.m.–Midnight) This free New Year’s Eve extravaganza is fun for the whole family with face painting, costumed characters, and exclusive giveaways. Live music, bubbly, and two beach ball drops (at 8:30 p.m. and midnight) ensure no one will be left out of the celebration!
On the flip side, Pier Park’s eastern side is also getting a brand-new park! Miracle Strip at Pier Park, which originally opened with one carousel in 2010, has moved to a larger lot and is scheduled to reopen in April 2014. The new fourteen-acre park is located only a stone’s throw from its former site and will feature nine extra carnival rides, a new water playground, and additional games. The park’s food offerings have also been upgraded and will include gourmet burgers, exotic tacos from Gourmet by the Bay, fresh seafood, Greek fare from Gyro King, Three Brothers Pizza, gourmet French crepes, Brown Cow Ice Cream, and more! ms-pp.com. resor tcollection.com | 53
U T O D O T O A E R R S G Econfina Creek
Photography by Romona Robbins
Cerulean skies, emerald waters, verdant landscapes, and warmth from the amber sun create a coastal masterpiece deserving of respect, and it is out of respect for what nature conceived that ecotourism was born. Long before buzzwords such as ecotravel and responsible tourism were trending around the globe, natives of Panama City Beach deferred to their natural surroundings with a sense of awe and admiration. Perhaps it was dependence on the land and water for food that instilled a great desire in the locals to preserve and nurture this life-sustaining environment that is a living testament to the wonder of nature. While enjoying the unsurpassed beauty of Northwest Florida, if you make a conscious effort to minimize negative effects on the environment and try to have a positive impact on the local culture, you can call yourself a true ecotourist. Getting out and experiencing the sights, sounds, and scents of nature will get your hear t pumping, send your imagination reeling, and set the tone for a perfect getaway. Fishing, hiking, biking, nature photography, swimming, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, boating, and bird-watching are just some of the many activities ecotourists can enjoy in Panama City Beach. And, of course, the beaches are rated 54 | resor tcollection.com
among the top in the nation, allowing for a truly unique experience. This area has something for everyone, from the casual observer to the adrenaline junkie—you will find what you need to make our place your place in the sun!
Panama City Beach Conservation Park In the Panama City Beach Conservation Park, you’ll find twelve looping trails ranging in length from around a half mile to eleven miles that are set aside for walking, biking, wildlife viewing, and bird-watching. Each trail has a unique appeal: some feature boardwalks over the water, which integrate the idyllic dune formation with the forest’s natural topography. The park’s goal is to protect the area’s special environment, ensuring that some of the most beautiful parts of Florida will remain intact for generations to come. www.pcbgov.com/conservation-park.htm
St. Andrews State Park Located in the heart of Panama City Beach, St. Andrews boasts a nationally ranked beach along with an unlimited list of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you’re interested in sunbathing on the beach, snorkeling along the jetties, canoeing and kayaking in the bay or Gulf, or hiking through the forest, there’s something for everyone. Fishing from the pier or the jetties is popular, and a boat ramp provides
St. Andrews State Park
Panama City Beach Conservation Park
Camp Helen State Park
access to St. Andrew Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Great for camping, St. Andrews offers 176 sites complete with electricity, water, picnic tables, and grills. Nature trails wind through richly diverse coastal plant communities, providing an excellent opportunity for bird-watching. Ferries and pontoon boat rentals are available to take visitors to and from pristine Shell Island. The seven-hundred-acre island is home to deer, turtles, pelicans, sandpipers, gulls, and piping and snowy plovers.
Florida’s most spectacular canoe trails, which showcases lush vegetation, unique honeycomb limestone banks, and six major spring areas with crystal clear water that is perfect for swimming. Situated about thirty-five miles north of Panama City Beach, Econfina Creek makes a great day trip for the whole family.
Frank Brown Park
Camp Helen State Park Camp Helen is rich in history and is a hidden gem on the western border of Panama City Beach. It sits between the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Powell, one of the largest coastal dune lakes in Florida. Natural areas range from coastal dunes and salt marshes along the Gulf to freshwater wetlands and scrub oak forests along the lake. Fishing areas are available for both freshwater and saltwater enthusiasts. Other activities include swimming, beachcombing, and hiking.
The playgrounds, picnic areas, saltwater fishing pier, freshwater fishing lake, greenways, dog park, and “Gayle’s Trails” running/walking paths at Frank Brown Park are open to the public year-round. Tennis, baseball, softball, soccer, and basketball facilities, as well as the state-of-the-art aquatic center and Splash Park, offer fitness options for everyone, while the festival grounds and community centers at Frank Brown Park host special events, meetings, and classes throughout the year. www.panamacitybeachparksandrecreation.com
Econfina Creek Sometimes it’s nice to just relax and float downstream. Take advantage of canoe and kayak rentals, and spend the day drifting down one of
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RC Real Estate Group Expands Its Horizons For the past few years, with interest rates still hovering at recordlow percentages, the country’s real estate market has been steadily rebounding. As home sales in most areas of the country have been inching higher, the inventory of available houses has gradually been decreasing. Real estate activity in Florida’s Panhandle has experienced a similar trend. In tourist-driven areas, such as Panama City Beach, that have secondary real estate markets with vacation homes and investment properties, realtors have been seeing even higher percentages, especially regarding waterfront properties. When it comes to maneuvering the waters of the area’s real estate market, you definitely want a seasoned captain and crew at the helm—a team that can charter the best course, keep a watchful eye out for changes on the horizon, and deliver you safely and soundly to shore. The team at RC Real Estate Group, formerly Edgewater Beach Realty, is located in the heart of Panama City Beach at Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort and is just the team you’re looking for. Although the name is new, the brokerage has been satisfying the real estate needs of thousands of clients for over thirty years. According to broker Ric Holt, who has been in the real estate industry for thirty years, “We decided to rename the agency due in part to the common misconception that our brokerage only handles real estate within the confines of Edgewater Beach Resort. Of course, we’re still the go-to experts on real estate sales for Edgewater, as well as for Resort Collection’s other eight properties, but our territory extends well beyond the boundaries of these resorts. We conduct real estate transactions on properties as far east as Mexico Beach and as far west as Destin.” The rebranding also coincides with the agency’s objective to gradually expand its areas of expertise, enabling it to better serve its clients. Like its predecessor, RC Real Estate Group is a full-service real estate company that specializes not only in residential sales of single-family homes,
condominiums, and homesites, but also in commercial sales, leasing, and property management. “As the local real estate market continues to gain strength and momentum, RC Real Estate Group will steadily broaden its scope in areas where sound opportunities present themselves,” Holt explains. “Our growth approach has been—and will continue to be—one that is careful and calculated. We’re a company with the mind-set of a marathoner rather than a sprinter.” What sets RC Real Estate Group apart from every other realtor in the area? Besides being experts on both commercial and residential real estate, Holt says that everyone on his team of nearly twenty realtors is first and foremost a marketing specialist. “Each team member possesses an innate ability to determine the buyer’s profile and then customizes a specific marketing strategy to attract that particular customer,” Holt elaborates. “Unlike many realtors who get listings and do blanket advertising to the masses or by zip codes, we net it down to a much more specific buyer profile.” Holt also says that local ownership of the company has had a very positive impact on the success of RC Real Estate Group and members of his team personally—and, in turn, on their clients. “The owners aren’t a big corporate conglomerate living thousands of miles away; they are a small group of very good people. Relationships are very important to them—it’s not just about the money. While profit is important for any business, they truly care about our clients and our team,” Holt says. “They give me great latitude to do what I think is right. I really like working for a company with a conscience, Ric Holt, Broker where a handshake is still as good as your word. It RC Real Estate Group Edgewater Beach Realty motivates me and my team to work even harder.”
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Rock ’n’ Roll Photography by Nikki Hedrick
Like a fine wine, the annual Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival just gets better with age—thirty-seven years and counting, to be exact. On a beautiful harvest moon weekend in October 2013, the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, and the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau once again teamed up with local restaurateurs, businesses, charities, and volunteers to present the Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival. Record crowds flocked to the main event at the newly built state-of-the-art Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater to celebrate the area’s legendary seafood and coastal lifestyle, not to mention to hear a few rock ’n’ roll legends. “It was a wonderful event that really showcased the new Aaron Bessant Park, which opened last spring,” says Dan Rowe, president and CEO of the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau. The festival kicked off on a Thursday evening with the annual UNwineD event, held at Aaron Bessant Park. The evening’s crisp 60 | resor tcollection.com
fall air was filled with the sounds of popping corks and lively tunes performed by charismatic singer/guitarist Sean Flood of the Panhandlers, a popular local band. Over two hundred attendees mingled, toasted, and tasted a selection of award-winning wines, craft beers, and delicious tapas and desser ts prepared by area chefs. Par ticipating restaurants for the evening included Fishale Taphouse and Grill, Sharky’s Beachfront Restaurant, Runaway Bay Caribbean Grill, Firefly, and Hammerhead Fred’s. On Friday and Saturday, the above restaurants featured boatloads of fresh assor ted seafood prepared every way imaginable. Adventurous eaters lined up for shark on a stick, Hawaiian-style ahi tuna poke, deep-fried frog legs, and alligator. Smok ‘n’ Butts BBQ and Shipwreck Island Catering Company rounded out the something-for-everyone festival menu. Spor ts fans flocked to the adjacent Coors Light Mobile Spor ts Bar, which debuted at last year’s festival with a sleek, wraparound bar and four teen flat-screen TVs, so they could catch all the action on the field and in the park. Look for this popular par ty “hot spot” to be a familiar site at future festivals. On Saturday morning, the reel festival action began at Capt. Anderson’s Marina, which sponsored a plethora of waterfront activities and competitions with proceeds benefiting three local children’s charities. All ages participated in the deep-sea and bay fishing tournaments: Capt.
Anderson’s had made it their lofty mission to get every fishing pole (and spear) in Bay County in the water. Their zealous efforts paid off—nearly two hundred lionfish were hauled in during the Second Annual Lionfish “Lion Tamer” Dive Tournament. Congratulations to last year’s winner, thirteen-year-old Courtney Galbreath of the Diver’s Den team, who brought in a whopping total of twenty-three lionfish! Capt. Anderson’s Marina furthered its efforts to inform the public about the destructive yet delicious lionfish and held free cooking demonstrations and tastings by Captain Ron featuring this emerging seafood delicacy. Just as the sun star ted setting at Aaron Bessant Park, the stars came out to play. The stellar lineup of musical talent brought festivalgoers in record numbers. VIP tickets, which included special perks such as preferred parking, stage-front seating, complimentary drinks, and access to stage-side seating, had sold out weeks in advance, and more than eleven thousand festival admission tickets were sold throughout the weekend. “I think the festival accomplished two goals,” says Lance Allison, president and CEO of the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce. “It brought people into town and at the same time provided locals with great enter tainment. It also far exceeded the expectations we had for this year: attendance was double what I was going to consider a success. We’re ecstatic about the turnout.”
Friday’s festival rocked out to Nashville singer/songwriter Abigail Rose, popular New Orleans rockers Better Than Ezra, and headliner Collective Soul. Saturday’s sizzling roster drew even bigger crowds with Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project, the Andy Velo Band, and classic rock ’n’ roll favorites Loverboy and Foreigner. “The success of last year’s festival highlights is why the tourist development council invested its first BP marketing suppor t funds into the park after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill,” Rowe says. “It is a lasting legacy. Having such a nice performance venue will allow us to create tourism oppor tunities, like the seafood festival and other big concer ts, for a lifetime.”
With excitement still lingering from last year’s event, plans are currently under way for the 2014 Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival. Details regarding festival dates, the calendar of events, advance tickets, and condo/ticket packages will be forthcoming. For more information, visit pcbseafoodfestival.com. resor tcollection.com | 61
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BEACH Resort Collection is proud to provide wedding accommodations along some of the world’s most beautiful white-sand beaches. Plan your perfect rehearsal dinner, enchanting ceremony by the Gulf of Mexico, and dream reception at any of our beachside, poolside, or indoor venues. Let our experienced staff help make your wedding dreams come true as we work closely with you to ensure your wedding is as special and unique as you are. Saying “I do” in beautiful Panama City Beach, Florida, has never been more romantic than at our beachfront resorts. Whether you want your ceremony to take place indoors or outdoors, on the beach at sunset or at Hombre Golf Club, our professionals will help you choose the picture-perfect backdrop for saying your vows. With a range of options to fit every couple, it’s no wonder Resort Collection was chosen as a 2013 Best of Weddings pick by readers of The Knot magazine! It’s time to celebrate! Enjoy a full banquet dinner or a casual buffet with your closest family and friends as you revel in the afterglow of your wedding vows. Dance the night away and capture every moment with the people you love. Our experienced staff will provide attentive yet discreet service, as well as music, bartending, and cake cutting. Our newlyweds and wedding parties can enjoy 10 percent off published room rates when booking a wedding with Resort Collection. Bask in the Florida sun at the pool or on the beach, watch the sun go down from your private Gulf-side balcony, and enjoy all the amenities available to Resort Collection guests when you stay and celebrate with us! Stay for your honeymoon and enjoy a sunset toast on your suite’s balcony, relax in the whirlpool, refresh yourselves with a couple’s massage, or join in resort activities with other newlyweds! When you stay with Resort Collection, your dream honeymoon getaway becomes a reality. The Resort Collection will provide all your food and beverage needs for your big day. Plated dinner and buffet options are available for your rehearsal dinner and reception, as are bar services and wedding cakes. Celebrate in style and enjoy every moment of your wedding day with delicious fare prepared by our award-winning chef.
The white sand of Panama City Beach is magical. From a small, intimate exchange of vows to the grandest ceremony with hundreds of guests, bringing family, friends, and loved ones together transforms a special day into an enchanted one. An event becomes an experience, and a trip becomes an adventure. It’s now easier than ever to plan a magical beach wedding—just visit marrymeatthebeach.com! Our new beach wedding planning website is a one-stop resource for brides-to-be and wedding planners, offering information on a complete range of accommodations, venues, rentals, and service providers. From caterers and photographers to music and limousine services, marrymeatthebeach.com provides referrals to experienced and trusted local vendors. If inspiration is what you’re looking for, look no further. The site features beach-themed design, fashion, decorating, and activity ideas and tips that will make any wedding—small or large—a unique and memorable occasion. Visit marrymeatthebeach.com and bring your wedding to the magical white sands of Panama City Beach.
Your first step to booking your wedding with Resort Collection is to make an appointment with our catering sales manager. Please call us at (800) 331-6338 to schedule a meeting. Appointments can be made Tuesday–Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Make an appointment to view the property and our wedding sites when you meet with the catering sales manager and discuss all the details necessary to make your special day flawless. resor tcollection.com | 65
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Who We Are Resort Collection’s success can be attributed to an expert insight into the hospitality, destination travel, real estate, and property management industries. With counsel from a select team of industry veterans and pioneers, Resort Collection has charted a course of careful and calculated growth, expanding services across a range of allied industries. Through the adoption of technology, application of sophisticated marketing techniques, and creation of a flexible and scalable infrastructure, The Resort Collection of Panama City Beach has evolved to become Resort Collection, a trusted industry leader and the choice of owners and investors throughout North America. ResortCollectionCorporate.com
Our Brands and Services Resort Collection Beach Properties Resort Collection invites sun worshippers to visit America’s favorite beach destination, Panama City Beach, and stay at one of its many properties, which include the family-friendly Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort, the magnificent Majestic Beach Resort, the luxuriously appointed Emerald Beach Resort, the relaxing Long Beach Resort, the contemporary Grandview East Resort, the exciting Summit Beach Resort, the beautiful Sunbird Beach Resort, and the exclusive En Soleil—all located on the “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches.” ResortCollection.com
Resort Collection Travel Are you dreaming of a romantic second honeymoon in Hawaii, or are you in need of a whirlwind weekend in the Big Apple with your BFFs? Whether you’re planning a personal getaway or a group outing, seeking an economical stay or a well-deserved splurge, Resort Collection Travel lets you compare and then book your perfect choice online. When it comes to great rates on accommodations from Dallas to Dublin, Aspen to Auckland, Boston to Bora Bora—and nearly everywhere in between—Resort Collection Travel has you covered. ResortCollectionTravel.com
Resort Collection Vacation Rentals With over nine hundred individually owned vacation rental units, Resort Collection continues to experience careful and controlled growth due to a thorough knowledge of the vacation rental industry, a careful selection of only the most desirable properties, and a genuine concern for the best interests of its owners. In addition to providing a variety of rental management options for owners, Resort Collection Vacation Rentals helps guests find the perfect accommodations to suit their needs at their favorite Panama City Beach resorts such as Seychelles, Splash, Calypso, and Boardwalk Beach Resort. Whether vacationers are seeking a relaxing couple’s getaway or a family beach trip full of fun and excitement, Resort Collection Vacation Rentals has properties to suit everyone. RCVacationRentals.com 68 | resor tcollection.com
Resort Collection Hospitality Management This full-service hospitality management and consulting team has been giving owners the highest level of year-round revenue while maintaining their properties in top condition for over twenty years. When developing a new hotel or resort, establishing a new hospitality or leisure business or brand, or acquiring and refurbishing an existing property, it is important that effective and well-considered long term decisions are made from the outset. From guest comfort to activities, from financial planning to the hiring of staff, Resort Collection’s seasoned professionals will work with your team to ensure that the vision becomes a reality. Call (800) 331-6338 for more information.
Resort Collection Association Management The Resort Collection Association Management Team (RCAM) offers professional property management services for a variety of properties. Designated by the Community Associations Institute as an Accredited Association Management Company, RCAM has been serving communities for twenty years, offering proven management programs for multiple associations, local market knowledge, and the expertise expected from an industry leader. RCAM’s professional accounting team delivers financial stability and security to its clients, including expense tracking, cash flow control, budget and reserves management, and collections strategies. The team provides proven programs that will lower operating costs while adding stability, value, and a harmonious environment to each community it serves. ResortCollection.com/company/association-management.php
When it comes to maneuvering the often-choppy waters of the area’s real estate market, you definitely want a seasoned captain and crew at the helm. The team at RC Real Estate Group, formerly Edgewater Beach Realty, is just the team you’re looking for. Although the name is new, the brokerage has been satisfying the real estate needs of thousands of clients for over thirty years. RC Real Estate Group is a full-service real estate company that specializes not only in residential sales of single-family homes, condominiums, and homesites, but also in commercial sales, leasing, and property management. For more information on real estate opportunities at RC Real Estate Group, call (850) 249-6100.
Resort Collection is proud to be a member of these esteemed hospitality organizations:
Onsite Property Management Association TheOPMA.org
VISIT FLORIDA VisitFlorida.com
Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association FRLA.org
Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau VisitPanamaCityBeach.com
Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce PCBeach.org
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Laser Body Sculpting with Smartlipo TriPlex Losing Inches and Contouring Your Body by Design
By Dr. Kimberly Moskowitz | Photography provided by Cosmetic Vein & Laser Center
“I eat mostly organic, I watch my caloric intake, I exercise three or four days a week, and I just have to believe there’s a difference between growing old gracefully and ‘giving up’ on myself.”
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In today’s society, people live at a frenetic pace, having little time to take care of themselves. When we’ve maxed ourselves out with work, kids, diet, and exercise, many of us still look in the mirror and sigh, thinking, “If I could only get rid of my love handles, ab flab, sagging arms, neck wattle, thunder thighs—” Just fill in the blank with the body part that frustrates you most. I saw a forty-nine-year-old patient once for her bulging thighs, heavy waist, and baggy upper arms. She perfectly described what I hear every day: “I eat mostly organic, I watch my caloric intake, I exercise three or four days a week, and I just have to believe there’s a difference between growing old gracefully and ‘giving up’ on myself.” Smartlipo TriPlex was designed for this type of person—the man or woman who works reasonably hard at being and staying healthy but is not willing to just ‘give up’ on feeling good about herself (or himself).
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People are genetically gifted with a body type that takes shape sometime around adolescence. It morphs again (in women) after childbirth and continues to change with the inevitable downward pull of gravity and aging. For many, these body dysmorphisms are subtle or have little impact on self-esteem and overall well-being. If you are one of these people, consider yourself blessed. Most women and some men, however, have at least one thing that keeps them uneasy in a bathing suit or
from feeling content with their physique. Because of this, cellulite and body contouring are hot topics, and Smartlipo has become a fat-melting fantasy.
In an hour or two, under local anesthesia and using a tiny laser fiber, Smartlipo destroys unwanted fat cells while smoothing out cellulite and tightening overlying skin. The liquefied excess is gently suctioned out of the area to create a new shape with soft, natural contours that redefine your waistline, your thighs, your arms, your jawline—and your life. The results are permanent because the fat cells are taken away and the body never regenerates them. Understanding how your body creates and distributes fat and cellulite is essential to understanding why Smartlipo TriPlex is today’s most amazing body contouring miracle. Up until puberty, your body makes new fat cells that are genetically programmed to accumulate in certain areas. In some people, it distributes in the thighs; in others, it goes to the abdomen or neck. When you gain or lose weight, you notice it predominantly in those areas. At the end of puberty, that “fat making” machine shuts off and the number of fat cells (adipocytes) in your body remains the same for the rest of your life. From then on, fat cells don’t come and go; they just get bigger or smaller. The distribution and proportion will never change unless you physically remove cells from that area. Laser liposuction is designed to redistribute fat and reshape the body with slimmer and more appealing curves. Downtime is minimal and most patients return to work in a few days with only mild bruising and soreness that lasts about a week.Volume reduction and contouring results are seen immediately, and skin tightening is seen in about two or three weeks.
What makes laser liposuction better than other “fat removal” devices? Traditional liposuction forcefully breaks up pockets of tough fat that are then sucked out through a large metal tube. Neither traditional liposuction nor fat-freezing devices address the structure of cellulite; thus, both can leave behind loose, saggy skin, making cellulite look even worse. The Smartlipo TriPlex and Cellulaze systems harness three specific laser wavelengths to safely liquefy fat deposits, seal blood vessels during the procedure, and stimulate collagen to tighten and lift overlying skin. Smartlipo TriPlex has an unmatched safety profile, causing minimal swelling and bruising. Slow, gentle, and accurate movements are used to break up cellulite and permanently remove unwanted pockets of fat, resulting in firmer, tighter, and smoother skin not seen with other fat-reducing devices. If you gain or lose weight, you will continue to maintain this new ideal shape and proportion.
It is important to know that choosing laser liposuction doesn’t mean “giving in,” and it doesn’t mean “giving up” a healthy diet and regular exercise. Most of life’s important answers come from surrendering to the peace that comes with knowing how to create balance—an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain steady.
Sometimes we must realize that things do not always balance by themselves. Our bodies, like all things, are imperfect, and sometimes we can create balance with strong will, diet, and exercise, but sometimes we need a laser fiber and Smartlipo TriPlex to help us navigate the curves.
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The WORLD is your oyster, so where would you like to go? Paris is always a good idea as you say hello to the City of Light! Or, are you dreaming of a romantic second honeymoon in Hawaii with balmy, plumeriascented breezes and lush waterfalls? Or, are you in need of a whirlwind weekend to the Big Apple with your BFFs for great shopping, Broadway plays, and cosmopolitans? The only difficult part of booking a hotel stay with Resort Collection Travel is deciding where in the world you’d like to go!
Whether you’re planning a personal getaway or a group outing, seeking an economical stay or a well-deserved splurge, Resort Collection Travel lets you compare and then book your perfect choice online. When it comes to great rates on accommodations from Dallas to Dublin, Aspen to Auckland, Boston to Bora Bora—and nearly everywhere in between—Resort Collection Travel has you covered!
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