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Welcome

TO RESORT COLLECTION IN PANAMA CITY BEACH!

11 Welcome to Panama City Beach! 12 Panama City Beach Activities

and Attractions

16 Panama City Beach Events Calendar 21 Where to Dine in Panama City Beach 28 Make a Splash at the Adventure Zone! 30 Call Panama City Beach Your Home 32 Experience Fine Dining and Sushi

at Firefly

34 Country on the Coast: Pepsi Gulf

Coast Jam

43 Gulf World Marine Park 44 Hombre Golf Club Unveils Newly

Renovated Clubhouse

49 Luke Bryan Takes the Stage One

Last Time

50 Marry Me at the Beach 55 Miracle Strip at Pier Park 56 Island Rhythm: Enjoy Casual Dining

at Montego Bay

58 Ring In the New Year at the Beach 60 Discover the Great Outdoors 64 Race to the Finish: The Panama City

Beach Marathon

66 Panama City Beach Seafood and

Music Festival 2014

77 Shipwreck Island Waterpark 79 Goin’ to the Beach Has Never ON THE COVER We can’t think of a better place to read your Treasures magazine than on the white-sand beach right outside your resort! Pull up a beach chair and check out this issue for everything Panama City Beach has to offer—from phenomenal concerts like Gulf Coast Jam featuring stars such as Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton, to the best restaurants, family activities, year-round events, and, of course, the world’s most beautiful beaches!

Been Better: Your Guide to Resort Collection’s Beach Properties

90 Who We Are: Resort Collection

Corporate Overview

92 Resort Collection Expands and Rebrands

Real Estate Sector

95 You Can Judge a Condo by Its Cover 96 Cruise Down to Thunder Beach

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Publisher Lisa Burwell Editor-in-Chief Gerald Burwell VP of Creative Services Bob Brown

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Welcome to Panama City Beach! 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 an increase in the number of our properties since we welcomed Laketown Wharf into the Resort Collection family earlier this year. 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 pristine white sands, crystal clear waters, exciting adventures, singular events, and unique attractions that Panama City Beach has to offer. 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 you’re here for a family vacation, a honeymoon escape, or a business retreat, our goal is to provide you with the complete resort experience and leave you with just one desire—to return as soon

as possible! So, be sure to check out all of our resorts highlighted in these pages for your next trip to the Emerald Coast. There’s always something exciting going on in PCB, from the annual New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop at Pier Park to numerous concerts, 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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Panama City Beach

EVENTS CALENDAR Your Guide to a YEAR OF FUN in the Sun

Seabreeze Jazz Festival

Gulf Coast Triathlon

APRIL 22–26 at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater

MAY 9 at Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort

Named one of the top ten jazz festivals in the country by JAZZIZ Magazine and nominated as “Best Jazz Festival” at the Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards, the Seabreeze Jazz Festival combines the top national smooth jazz artists with a full weekend of fun, sun, great beaches, and good times. The event now attracts over twenty thousand fans from the United States, Canada, and Europe for the ultimate performance-packed weekend. seabreezejazzfestival.com

Join us for an incredible Mothers’ Day weekend for this longcourse triathlon features a swim in the Gulf of Mexico, a bike throughout Bay County, and a run through Panama City Beach— and is the best beach party in the sport! A Sprint Triathlon, 5K, and Kid’s Beach Olympics has been added to this year’s lineup! www.gulfcoasttri.com

Thunder Beach Spring Motorcycle Rally APRIL 29–MAY 3 For the motorcycle enthusiast, this weeklong event has live music, bike parades, and more. Multiple vendors and locations throughout Panama City Beach welcome bikers from around the country to salute all things “hog”! thunderbeachproductions.com

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Pier Park Summer Concert Series MEMORIAL DAY–LABOR DAY at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater Every Thursday evening, hundreds of people bring their cozy lawn chairs to sit back, relax, and be entertained by talented musical artists from all genres. If you really want to settle in, arrive a little early and bring a cooler with snacks and your favorite beverage to enhance the experience. All ages are welcome!


Cool Summer 5K Series

Pirates of the High Seas Festival

WEDNESDAYS FROM JUNE 17–AUGUST 12 at St. Andrews State Park

OCTOBER 9–11 at Pier Park

The annual Cool Summer 5K Series is a celebration of summertime, a season that we work hard for the rest of the year as we anticipate spending time with our loved ones and creating precious memories. The Cool Summer 5K Series is a run/walk course through beautiful St. Andrews State Park, one of Panama City Beach’s most beloved destinations. The Cool Summer 5Ks take place at 7:30 a.m. every Wednesday morning beginning June 17 and going through August 12 (excluding Wednesday, July 1).

Columbus Day weekend will bring waves of fun-filled adventures to Panama City Beach with the annual Pirates of the High Seas Fest. This free festival is sure to take pirate fun to a whole new level. Bring the whole family to experience a scavenger hunt, pirate invasions, a kids’ parade and main parade, live music, fireworks, and so much more. This is a weekend in Panama City Beach you won’t want to miss! visitpanamacitybeach.com/things-to-do/ pirates-of-the-high-seas-fest

Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam

Thunder Beach Fall Motorcycle Rally

SEPTEMBER 4–6 at Frank Brown Park / Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort

OCTOBER 21–25

Featuring some of country music’s biggest stars, Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam made a splash with its first festival in 2013, and it hasn’t stopped rolling since. With headliners Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, and Lady Antebellum, this Labor Day weekend promises another great festival! gulfcoastjam.com

26th Annual Lobster Festival and Tournament SEPTEMBER 14–20 at Schooners, the Last Local Beach Club This event succeeds in attracting thousands of divers and sand sculptors to the biggest lobster festival in Florida. Fresh lobster is prepared every mouthwatering way your taste buds can imagine. schooners.com/events/lobsterfestival

Chasin’ the Sun Music Festival SEPTEMBER 25–26 at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater One of Panama City Beach’s newest musical events, Chasin’ the Sun 2015 will feature country music star Alan Jackson as the headliner. visitpanamacitybeach.com/chasinthesun

For the motorcycle enthusiast, this weeklong event has live music, bike parades, and more. Multiple vendors and locations throughout Panama City Beach welcome bikers from around the country to salute all things “hog”! thunderbeachproductions.com

Ironman Florida Triathlon NOVEMBER 7 Ironman Florida, one of the most well-known races on the Ironman circuit, features a relatively flat course that makes for a great chance to achieve a personal best.The triathlon takes advantage of the spectacular beaches in a 2.4-mile swim / 112-mile bike ride / 26.2-mile run competition. ironmanflorida.com

Panama City Beach Marathon DECEMBER 5 at Pier Park On Saturday, December 6, 2014, the final Run for the Redfish Half Marathon and 5K was held, and the decision was made to create the Panama City Beach Marathon. This is the first and only 26.2-mile race to come to Bay County, so the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce and Road Race Consultants are proud to be organizers of this inaugural event, which also includes a half marathon and 5K. Registration is open now. active.com/panama-city-beach-fl/running/ distance-running-races/panama-city-beach-marathon-2015

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New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop

Spring Break

DECEMBER 31 at Pier Park

MARCH 2016

This yearly Panama City Beach tradition takes place in the heart of the city at Pier Park outdoor entertainment center and culminates with a glowing eight-hundred-pound beach ball descending to celebrate the start of the New Year. Earlier in the evening there is a family ball drop, live music, kids’ activities, and a fireworks display over the beach. Spend your Happy New Year at Resort Collection! visitpanamacitybeach.com/things-to-do/beach-ball-drop

Mardi Gras and Music Festival FEBRUARY 2016 Combine the excitement of an authentic Mardi Gras celebration with spectacular views of emerald water and sugary sand, and you’re in for a real treat! In conjunction with the Krewe of Dominique Youx’s great Mardi Gras at the Beach parade, the festival is always held the weekend before Fat Tuesday at venues throughout PCB and features entertainment for the whole family. visitpanamacitybeach.com/things-to-do/mardi-gras

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Panama City Beach is spring break central, and students from all over the country come to party down on its white-sand beaches. Join in the fun with spring break specials from Resort Collection; properties are all located close to the action at Spinnaker Beach Club, Club La Vela, and more. Come for the beach, stay for the awesome parties and concerts!


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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 palate! EDGIE’S CORNER MARKET

SPLASH BAR

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!

Take a seat at this poolside hot spot and enjoy your choice of boat drinks, sandwiches, and other island favorites, all while spending time chatting and laughing with friends and family.

Located at Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort

Located at Laketown Wharf Resort

H20 BAR AND GRILL

THE SUMMIT MARKET SHOP

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.

The market has an array of sundries, as well as a full menu of salads, wraps, sandwiches, gourmet coffee, and ice cream. Beer, tobacco, and liquor are also available. Whether you need ice to pack your cooler or a late-night snack, you’ll find what you need at the Summit Market Shop.

Located at Majestic Beach Resort (850) 563-1000

Located at Summit Beach Resort

THE HANGOUT

SUNSHINE BAR & GRILL

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.

After a day on the shore, relax with cold beverages and delicious fare served poolside at the Sunshine Bar & Grill, located adjacent to Laketown’s main pool area.

Located at Long Beach Resort (850) 233-4544

Located at Laketown Wharf Resort

MAJESTIC MARKET Offering guests everything from gourmet lunches to Starbucks coffee. Whether you’re craving a homemade pastry or in search of a quick snack, our intimate market has what you’re looking for. Open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Located at Majestic Beach Resort

LAKETOWN MARKET + BISTRO Conveniently located at Laketown Wharf Resort, this is your one-stop shop for snacks, drinks, and supplies you might need for spending a day hanging on the white-sand beaches or by the pool! Located at Laketown Wharf Resort

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

PARADISE PIZZA For casual dining or takeout, Paradise Pizza has you covered! Pizzas, subs, wings, salads, and more are right at your fingertips. Get it to-go for a perfect family game night or eat on the deck and take in the view!

FIREFLY 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 multiple times. Also featured on Urbanspoon’s 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

MONTEGO BAY SEAFOOD HOUSE AND OYSTER BAR 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. Located in The Shoppes at Edgewater 473 Richard Jackson Blvd., Panama City Beach (850) 233-6033 • montegobaypcb.com

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ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE

CAPT. JACK’S FAMILY SEAFOOD BUFFET

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!

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!

11535 Hutchison Blvd., Panama City Beach (850) 249-2007 • anotherbrokenegg.com

8208 Thomas Dr., Panama City Beach (850) 236-8555 • captjackspcbeach.com

BEEF ‘O’BRADY’S

DAVE AND BUSTER’S

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

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.

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 in Pier Park, the Panama City Beach fun never has to stop! 600 Pier Park Dr., Panama City Beach • daveandbusters.com

DEE’S HANG-OUT 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.

12628 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach (850) 234-6457 • bishopsbuffetpcbeach.com

10440 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach (850) 249-4264 • deeshangout.com

BONEFISH GRILL

FIRST WATCH DAYTIME CAFÉ

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.

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.

11535 Hutchison Blvd., Panama City Beach or 641 W. 23rd St., Panama City (850) 249-0428 (PCB), (850) 747-9331 (PC) • bonefishgrill.com

11160 Panama City Beach Pkwy., Panama City Beach (850) 234-5700 • firstwatch.com

BOON DOCKS

HAMMERHEAD FRED’S BAR AND GRILL

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!

Dine inside or out on fresh seafood, Apalachicola oysters, and some of the best drinks around in this rustic, casual hangout. Check out the allnew Fred’s Hangout pavilion featuring live entertainment nightly. When you’re hungry, head to Fred’s! Open for lunch, dinner, and late night.

14854 Bay View Circle, Panama City Beach 230-0005 • boondocksfl.com

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 long-standing 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 24 | resor tcollection.com

8752 Thomas Dr., Panama City Beach (850) 233-3907 • hammerheadfreds.com

HARPOON HARRY’S WATERFRONT RESTAURANT AND BEACH 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! 12627 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach (850) 234-6060 • harpoonharry.com


HOOK’D PIER BAR AND GRILL

RUNAWAY ISLAND BEACH 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!

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!

16201 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach (850) 233-8232 • hookedpierbar.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 entertainment includes traditional German music and local artists. 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 • margaritavillepanamacitybeach.com

MARINA CANTINA 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! 5550 North Lagoon Dr., Panama City Beach (850) 249-5500 • marinacantinapcb.com

PINEAPPLE WILLY’S 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. 9875 S. Thomas Dr., Panama City Beach (850) 235-0928 • pineapplewillys.com

14521 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach (850) 233-3907 • runawayislandpcb.com

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

SCHOONERS 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! 5121 Gulf Dr., Panama City Beach (850) 235-3555 • schooners.com

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

SWEET BASIL’S BISTRO It all starts with a pleasing mix of traditional and contemporary recipes served in the relaxed, inviting atmosphere of a classic European bistro. That is Sweet Basil’s approach to casual dining. Known for delicious pizzas and calzones, Sweet Basil’s Bistro offers traditional Sicilian and northern Italian delights side by side with exciting seafood and pasta dishes. Delivery and catering are also available. 11208 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach (850) 234-2855 • sweet-basils.net

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TRIPLE J STEAKS AND SEAFOOD

THE WICKED WHEEL BAR AND GRILL

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.

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.

2218 Thomas Dr., Panama City Beach 233-9514 • triplejsteakhouse.com

10025 Hutchinson Blvd., Panama City Beach 588-7947 • thewickedwheel.com

UNCLE ERNIE’S BAYFRONT GRILL AND BREW HOUSE Experience fresh seafood, homemade beers, live music, and some of Bay County’s most beautiful sunsets at Uncle Ernie’s! The restaurant is located right on the water in Historic St. Andrews and is always a beautiful spot to catch the sunset, relax, and laugh with friends. Closed Mondays. 1151 Bayview Avenue, Panama City (850) 763-8427 • uncleerniesbayfrontgrill.com

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. Room key must be presented to vendor when purchasing to receive on-property discounts.

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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.

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 par ticipate 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.

New in 2015!

Adventure Zone is coming to Laketown Wharf Resort! Call for more information and the summer activities schedule. (866) 695-8734

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PANAMA CITY BEACH your home Experience Luxury Apartment Life at Edgewater Crossings

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acationing in sunny Panama City Beach is fun for everyone—but what do you do when you want to make the permanent switch to coastal life? Edgewater Crossings offers incredible apartments with luxury amenities to fit any lifestyle. Families, roommates, or individuals will find long-term rentals with modern appliances, spacious floor plans with up to three bedrooms, and all the community perks just waiting to be discovered—all at incredible monthly rates! Conveniently located less than a mile from white-sand beaches and the shining Gulf of Mexico, Edgewater Crossings sits near shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities in the heart of PCB. Enjoy a round of golf at Hombre Golf Club or take the kids for a fun day of exploring at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and WonderWorks, a hands-on edutainment attraction. Date night at Firefly is a must for

couples, and Montego Bay Seafood House and Oyster Bar offers casual dining with island flair; both are located nearby in The Shoppes at Edgewater. With stylish, well-appointed apartments and a range of recreational amenities, Edgewater Crossings is sure to fulfill almost any list of musthaves. The lifestyle at Edgewater Crossings comes with a stunning lagoon pool and hot tub, a poolside entertainment area with fireplace, a state-of-the-ar t fitness center, a friendly on-site staff, and year-round community events, such as mixers and barbecues. T

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Experience Fine Dining and Sushi at

FIREFLY Firefly, 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, whether for a romantic dinner under the grand old oak tree in the dining room or an evening of catching up with friends over drinks in the 535 Library Lounge. Guests will feel right at home while enjoying a five-star meal and great company.

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“We enjoy bringing something different to the Firefly family. Sushi continues to grow in popularity, and we see more and more of our guests heading down the healthier path and choosing this alternative.” Award–winning fresh Gulf seafood, steaks, artisan pizzas, and signature cocktails are what make 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, and Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Award from 2010 through 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 of that year 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, with some of the area’s most delicious sushi creations and a more youthful, trendier vibe than the main dining room. 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 added four new private rooms to accommodate groups of eight to thirty. These rooms have full audiovisual capabilities and are perfect for meetings or parties. With the additional space, the restaurant is able to offer more wine dinners, cocktail parties, and cooking classes.

To reserve a table at Firefly or receive more information, please call (850) 249-FFLY (3359) or visit www.fireflypcb.com.

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD – Photo by James White


PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOE CLOUTIER

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It was a record Labor Day weekend in Panama City Beach, Florida, for the 2014 Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam. And by record, I mean in attendance, sweat, and cheers! Over eighteen thousand people filled Frank Brown Park to hear their favorite country music artists and to discover some new ones. During the day on Friday, August 29, John Michael Montgomery, Trick Pony, Blackjack Billy, and the Pepsi Southern Original contestants performed beachside at the M.B. Miller County Pier. From late afternoon until midnight, the entertainment was centered at Frank Brown Park, a few blocks north. I let the out-of-towners enjoy the beachside venue while my husband, Joe, and I focused on the main stage at Frank Brown Park. There are many stories that could be told about the festival. In fact, I could write a country song about a hot summer night, a sliver of a moon, drinking, flip-flops, cowboy boots, tank tops, sundresses, guitar strumming, slow dancing, and a catfight that was over before one 36 | resor tcollection.com

song ended and forgotten about by the time the next song started. I think I’ll send this idea to Blake Shelton. But I’m getting ahead of myself, so back to the music.

The musicians on the main stage Friday included Andrew Salgado, Jon Pardi, Love and Theft, Randy Houser, and the lovely and talented Carrie Underwood. On Saturday, Laura Bell Bundy, Casey James, Lonestar, Big and Rich, and Dierks Bentley performed, while the final day, Sunday, featured Kirstie Lovelady, Neal McCoy, Cassadee Pope, and the weekend’s finale, Blake Shelton. Though country music is evolving and blending with other styles these days, there is still a strong traditional core. All bases were covered at Gulf Coast Jam—we heard just plain country, country blues, country rock, country rap (yes, that’s right), and even country reggae. If you can’t find something country to love here, well then, you ain’t country! The openers had the toughest schedule in the sweltering afternoon sun, but they brought their energy and were troopers. Many fans came early and camped out in their chairs to hear a full day and night of music.


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Here are some of the highlights and surprises: Kirstie Lovelady, who inspired me to buy her CD right after her set, took the crowd to church with a song titled “Meet Jesus.” American Idol finalist Casey James debuted new music from his second album, which is due to be released this fall. “Fuel” is a very catchy tune and hopefully his next hit single. “Crying on a Suitcase,” his biggest hit to date, got the crowd singing along, as did “Let’s Don’t Call It a Night,” which elicited several screams from the ladies. “Bulletproof,” a driving country rock cut, got even the men to head bop along. The line to buy James’s merchandise was a mile long and filled mostly with ladies waiting for a chance to meet him and get his autograph. He patiently signed every request, putting smiles on the faces of many and consequently blowing up social media sites. Casey released his single “Fall Apart” at the end of September. Neal McCoy, whom I hadn’t heard of (yes, I was schooled), captured my heart not only with his rollicking “Hillbilly Rap” but also with his love of performing for the military and his sign-off: “One nation under God!”

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Big and Rich, Cowboy Troy, and DJ Sinister’s set was the most fun I have had in a long time! They brought the hype, the moves, and the crazy and kept the crowd on their feet. Cowboy Troy and DJ Sinister had a dance-off to “Drink Drank Drunk,” which whipped the crowd into a frenzy and primed the stage for Dierks Bentley. The ladies were waiting for Dierks—and he didn’t disappoint. He had the most crowd interaction, pulling several fans on stage, taking selfies with them, drinking with them, and having fun. Of all the performers, he seemed to enjoy himself the most, and he gave the crowd what they wanted: a good time! “I Hold On” and “What Was I Thinkin’” were favorites, but “Drunk on a Plane” brought down the house. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Lonestar singing “Another Brick in the Wall.” Surprisingly, I loved it! Blake Shelton’s promo, which was repeated several times, said they would be filming and if you didn’t want to be filmed, you should leave. No one left that I could see—but really, who would have wanted to? Blake brought out the largest crowd and he thanked everyone. His set was resor tcollection.com | 37


d n a b e h t n e h w t i I lost ” e s o o l t o o F “ g n i y started pla g n i c n a d e h t d e t r a and st ot n d i d I — a e r a in our d. stop until it ende

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long and worth every second in the sardine-packed media area. It was the only set where no one left his or her spot. If the people surrounding you danced, you did too. If they reached up into the air to snap a photo, you went airborne as well. Blake had every single person in the palm of his hand. He trotted out old favorites from before he was “famous”: “Ol’ Red,” which I have loved for a long time; his first hit, “Austin,” which he performed acoustically; and his newer hits, including “Hillbilly Bone,” “Honey Bee,” and the brand-new “Neon Light,” which was filmed by his crew. I lost it when the band started playing “Footloose” and started the dancing in our area—I did not stop until it ended. I’m saving Carrie Underwood for last, even though she performed on the first night. This was my second time seeing Carrie, so I knew a little bit of what to expect. I had seen her in Pensacola at the Civic Center during her Play On tour. I was in awe then as her voice filled the entire arena and she moved grown men to cry when she sang “How Great Thou Art.” I couldn’t wait to see and hear her perform under the stars at Frank Brown Park. “Somethin’ Bad,” her latest hit with Miranda Lambert, started playing and the heat was turned up a notch! As Carrie hit the stage, families gathered their kids and hoisted them up on their shoulders to see the reigning Queen of Country Music. She sang all of her chart-toppers, 38 | resor tcollection.com

including “Jesus, Take the Wheel” (her first big hit single from her debut album, Some Hearts), “Blown Away,” “Good Girl,” “See You Again,” and many other beloved songs. She closed with “Paradise City” and “Before He Cheats.” My favorite song of the night was “One Way Ticket,” which has a reggae flair. Carrie called out Panama City Beach during this song about flip-flops and heading to our heaven, the beach! Carrie is known not only as a vocal powerhouse but also as a trendsetter in country music for her outfits, both on stage and off. It was noteworthy to me that she was wearing a loose-fitting, draped-in-the-front, sleeveless blouse on one of the hottest nights in Panama City Beach. She usually does several outfit changes during shows, but she stayed in the same outfit for the entire set. At the time, I attributed this to the heat, which made sense. Her loose blouse was paired with cute denim shorts and cowboy boots. But the reason for staying in the same outfit and the need for a flowing blouse came out during her announcement on Labor Day. There was a collective whoop of joy across the music universe when Carrie broke the news through Twitter that she and her husband, Mike Fisher, are expecting their first child. Congrats to Carrie and Mike! Another note of congratulations goes to Carrie as she released a new song, “Something in the Water,” on September 29. This song is another testament to her faith and has already made it to number one on iTunes.


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I can tell you right now that next year is going to be even bigger! RENDY LOVELADY FESTIVAL ORGANIZER

RANDY HOUSER BAND Photo by Bill Weckel

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A new album is scheduled for release in December, just in time for the holiday season. Next year’s concerts have a lot to live up to—this Gulf Coast Jam has set the bar very high! I asked Rendy Lovelady, festival organizer, if he could summarize his thoughts on 2014 and he said, “Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam 2014 was more than I imagined! There was a moment I had Friday night right before Carrie Underwood went on stage. Her preshow music kicked in and that’s when all the emotions hit me and I knew this was it—the moment I had been waiting for. The energy was so high, it literally gave me goose bumps, and that moment is why I do this event; it sums up 2014 perfectly.” Meetings have already started for Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam 2015, according to Rendy. “This past year we brought Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, and Blake Shelton, but I can tell you right now that next year is going to be even bigger! I am currently working on booking the artists for 2015 and the lineup announcement should be coming sometime in March,” he says. “You don’t want to miss this, so keep an eye out for presales to get your tickets at a discounted price.” Presales will be available November 28 through December 1 on www.gulfcoastjam.com.

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Why don’t you take Carrie’s advice and get that “One Way Ticket” to heaven in Panama City Beach? After experiencing Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam 2014, I bet there are several thousand more who won’t want to miss out on our paradise and some of the greatest music around. See you Labor Day weekend 2015!

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Six Ways to Save at Hombre Golf Club This year, Hombre Golf Club is excited to offer our guests Six Ways to Save. Come play where the pros play and experience all 27 holes of the premier golf course in Panama City Beach. With a variety of unlimited and per round package options, we have a pricing plan that will be custom fit to your golfing needs. Play passes are limited, so call the Hombre Golf Shop at (850) 234-3673 to secure your preferred pricing today!

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SHOWS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: FEEDINGS Learn about the feeding and habitats of many animals in the exhibit: sea turtles, nurse sharks, blacktip sharks, stingrays, and different fish.

SCUBA DEMONSTRATION Gulf World’s large saltwater aquarium is filled with an array of fish and stingrays—and even an elusive moray eel. Gulf World’s performers and scuba divers teach you about life on the ocean floor.

REPTILE SHOW The reptile show will delight creepy-crawly enthusiasts while teaching everyone about often-misunderstood reptiles such as snakes, alligators, and lizards.

FEATHERS AND FURRY FRIENDS SHOW While steel drums set the tone, everyone will be entertained and on their toes as the show takes flight. The adventure begins with talking birds and birds soaring overhead.

SEA LION AND ROUGH-TOOTHED DOLPHIN SHOW California sea lions and rough-toothed dolphins are eager to entertain and amaze guests while working together in this multispecies extravaganza. Fall in love with these gentle giants and watch closely for an appearance by an African black-footed penguin!

BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN SHOW

Staying at one of Resort Collection’s beachfront properties not only centers your vacation for optimum access to the shimmering Gulf of Mexico but also ensures your stay will include luxury accommodations and leisurely, fun-filled days in the sun. When it’s time to take a break from sand castles and sunbathing, Panama City Beach offers an array of activities to captivate both young and old for a few hours or for the whole day. Gulf World Marine Park is one destination not to be missed during your stay. Conveniently located on Front Beach Road in Panama City Beach, its interactive exhibits and live shows promise a day filled with wonder. Gulf World has been delighting tourists since 1969, continually updating and transforming exhibits. Trainers and animal care staff are on hand to educate you on every animal, and shows are conveniently scheduled throughout the day so you can plan your visit. GULF WORLD MARINE PARK 15412 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach • (850) 234-5271

The highlight of any visit to Gulf World is the incredible dolphin show. Performing a dazzling array of flips, leaps, and twists, Gulf World’s trainers demonstrate the dolphins’ tenderness and grace by diving right in to swim alongside them. This show is a must-see during any visit to the park!

SWIM WITH A DOLPHIN Gulf World Marine Park is one of the few places in the nation where visitors have the opportunity to swim with a dolphin. Guests can experience the power and playfulness of this amazing mammal in waist- to chest-deep water. An all-day admission to Gulf World Marine Park is included with the price of a “Swim with a Dolphin” encounter.

For more detailed information on all the amazing activities at Gulf World Marine Park, please visit gulfworldmarinepark.com. • All presentations and exhibits (except “Swim with a Dolphin”) are included in one all-day price. • Free parking is available. • Resort Collection guests receive $4.00 off adult general admission; present your Resort Collection Rewards card at the time of purchase to get your discount. resor tcollection.com | 43


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Unveils Newly Renovated Clubhouse Hombre Golf Club, Resort Collection’s signature twenty-sevenhole championship golf course in Panama City Beach, has fully reopened its clubhouse after undergoing extensive renovations over the winter 2014–2015 season.

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In addition to greatly improving the flow and aesthetics of the clubhouse, the renovations allow Hombre to accommodate larger tournaments, bringing more players to the Panama City Beach area from across the country.

Upon entering the clubhouse, members and visitors are greeted with a sevenfoot-high, eleven-foot-wide glass etching of Ben Hogan’s famous 1-iron shot from the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion. The piece was commissioned by Hombre Golf Club’s owner and course designer, Wes Burnham, and was created by the late ar tist Josef Meier of Panama City Beach in 1989. Following its creation, the piece was shipped to Hogan’s home in For t Wor th and signed by him with an etching pen in 1990. Par-Con, Inc., the general contractor for the project, worked in collaboration with Bowers Construction and the Resor t Collection team. In addition to greatly improving the flow and aesthetics of the clubhouse, the renovations allow Hombre to accommodate larger tournaments, bringing more players

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to the Panama City Beach area from across the country. Hombre has long been known for hosting the annual PGA Tour Qualifying School and has been played by distinguished golfers such as Michael Campbell, Zach Johnson, Frank Lickliter, Scott McCarron, Gary Nicklaus, Boo Weekley, and Mike Weir, to name a few. The course is also home to the Academy at Hombre Golf Club, which offers classes, camps, and private instruction with golf professionals under the direction of Adam Brack.

Come play where the pros play! For more information about Hombre Golf Club, or to book a tee time, please visit HombreGolfClub.com


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

850.230.0005

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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.


Photo by David Demarest

LUKE BRYAN TAKES THE STAGE ONE LAST TIME The year 2015 marked the end of an era for Panama City Beach spring break celebrations. Country music star Luke Bryan’s final spring break concerts took place at Spinnaker Beach Club on March 11 and 12, ending a seven-year tradition. An estimated two hundred thousand fans flocked to the club and the surrounding white-sand beaches over the course of two days to see and hear these free performances. The Gulf Coast has long been considered a second home for the popular musician, who owns a house nearby on Scenic Highway 30-A and has family along the Emerald Coast. In 2013, Bryan’s music video for “Just a Sip” featured footage from his spring break concert that year, and the video for “Roller Coaster” was filmed at locations throughout Panama City Beach and surrounding areas.

Bryan’s last album, Spring Break … Checkin’ Out, features eleven songs specially selected to bring to mind spring break beach fun, good times with friends, and summer romance. His tradition of hosting free spring break concerts at Spinnaker Beach Club beside the Summit Beach Resort has long brought in fans from around the country. Spinnaker continues to be a popular concert venue and, along with others in town, promises to keep featuring prominent musicians and DJs not only during spring break but year-round as well. There is always something fun going on in Panama City Beach, and though Luke Bryan may be saying farewell to spring break, visitors and locals alike can count on big-name artists and exciting events to come, such as the country star–laden Gulf Coast Jam during Labor Day weekend!

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Resort Collection is proud to provide wedding accommodations along some of the world’s most beautiful white-sand beaches.


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lan 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 pictureperfect backdrop for saying your vows. With a range of options to fit every couple, it’s no wonder Resort Collection was chosen as a 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 enjoy special 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.

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 culinary team. resor tcollection.com | 51


The white sands of Panama City Beach are 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.

Visit resortcollection.com/events/weddings and bring your wedding to the magical white sands of Panama City Beach!

CONTACT US Your first step to booking your wedding with Resort Collection is to make an appointment with our professional wedding planners. Please call us at (850) 235-4977 or e-mail weddings@resortcollection.com 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.

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Enjoy 20% off your next stay when you BOOK NOW on the resort!* Book at any of our ten Panama City Beach resorts using promo code RETURNRC and receive 20% off along with these great perks: Âť FREE round of golf at Hombre Golf Club with each stay Âť FREE Resort Collection Rewards Card

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GOOD OLD-FASHIONED FUN Miracle Strip at Pier Park PHOTOGRAPHY BY MEL ANIE RESCH Miracle Strip at Pier Park is located in the center of Pier Park, Panama City Beach’s largest and most exciting entertainment hub, where you will find every sort of entertainment pursuit, from restaurants, nightlife, and the Grand Theatre 16 to, of course, unrivaled shopping. With such a central location, Miracle Strip at Pier Park is a welcome retreat after a busy day or as an exciting adventure on its own. Miracle Strip at Pier Park takes its cues from yesteryear while continually updating and introducing new rides and activities. Beautifully restored rides from the old Miracle Strip Amusement Park, which opened in 1963 and closed in 2004, were brought back to their former glory and are now being enjoyed by the younger generation and revisited by older ones. The Carousel, the Balloon Race, and the Red Baron ride are from the original park; the Big Eli Ferris wheel, while not the actual structure used in the early days, is the same model as the original. All blend seamlessly into the scenic landscaping, just north of the shimmering Gulf of Mexico. In a further nod to nostalgia, the rides span the decades. There is a 1937 Jolly Caterpillar for the little ones, a 1952

Allan Herschell Red Baron, a 1991 Sellner Tilt-a-Whirl, and everything in between. And, of course, there are the adrenaline-pumping attractions that kids today are always ready to try: the zip line, the bungee jump, the rock climbing wall, and the Spider Climb. A giant slide presents a great opportunity to race with friends. Bumper boats and batting cages round out the fun for everyone. At night, the park becomes a flashing neon oasis and features some of your favorite carnival rides and treats. Don’t forget to stop by the Butterfly Pavilion, which opened in 2010. This interactive exhibit provides 2,500 square feet of natural habitat filled with hundreds of butterflies of many different species. The complete life cycle can be observed, from egg through caterpillar and pupa to emerging butterfly. Be sure to present your Resort Collection Rewards card to get a free ride ticket when you buy two tickets at regular price!

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Since its doors first opened in 1999, Montego Bay Seafood House and Oyster Bar has been a favorite of vacationers and locals alike. The Caribbean-themed “surf and turf” eatery serves fresh Gulf seafood, mouthwatering steaks, barbecued ribs, fresh raw oysters, delicious gumbo, and many more specialty dishes—all with a decidedly Southern twist. Good value, generous portions, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere are the reasons many tourists make Montego Bay a regular stop when they return to Panama City Beach each year.

Take a short walk over from Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort for some of the best oysters in town and a cold brew to wash them down. Montego Bay offers great weekday happy hour specials that are perfect for helping you relax and refuel after a long day at the beach. The laid-back, family-friendly vibe highlights an island-style culture you’ll love to indulge in when you’re in town.

Present your Resort Collection room key for 20 percent off your check at Montego Bay Seafood House and Oyster Bar!* Open daily for lunch, dinner, and cocktails. Located in The Shoppes at Edgewater 473 Richard Jackson Boulevard, Panama City Beach (850) 233-6033 montegobaypcb.com *

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There’s no better way to start the year than with a trip to Panama City Beach, and the New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop at Pier Park is an annual tradition that makes ringing in a new year an exciting event for the whole family. Every year, in conjunction with Visit Panama City Beach and local resorts, Pier Park assures a New Year’s Eve party unlike any other, with family fun, live music, shopping and dining specials, contests, and more. The celebration of 2015 featured the Celebrity Allstar Band, the Barry Fish Band, and DJ Alex Angelo. Families gathered in the heart of Pier Park for the eight o’clock beach ball drop—over ten thousand inflated beach balls falling from the sky—and a dazzling fireworks display! Midnight brought in 2015 as an eighthundred-pound illuminated beach ball slowly descended from a height of more than a hundred feet above the crowd, reminiscent of the famous Times Square ball drop in New York—but with coastal flair! This symbolic occasion was followed by more fireworks and fun for all, with an estimated fifty

thousand people gathering to experience the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration on the Emerald Coast. During the day on December 31 and into the night, Pier Park provided great shopping and dining options with the entire property open until ten o’clock and select stores along Pier Park’s Boardwalk remaining open even later. Popular dining options such as Dave and Buster’s, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, the Back Porch Seafood and Oyster House, and Rum Runners Tropical Island Grill also stayed open late for visitors to enjoy. Plans are under way for Pier Park’s next New Year’s Eve celebration—December 31, 2015—which promises to be another unforgettable event. Don’t miss it!

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erulean 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.

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 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.

Getting out and experiencing the sights, sounds, and scents of nature will get your heart 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 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!

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PANAMA CITY BEACH CONSERVATION PARK

CAMP HELEN STATE 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.

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.

http://www.pcbgov.com/departments-services/ parks-recreation-department/conservation-park

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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 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. www.canoeeconfinacreek.net

FRANK BROWN PARK 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

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Race to the Finish Run for the Redfish Is Now the Panama City Beach Marathon!

The most popular running event in Panama City Beach, Run for the Redfish Half Marathon and 5K, is turning its game up a notch for 2015. The new challenge will go by a new name—the Panama City Beach Marathon. This December 5 racing event will include a full marathon, a half marathon, and a 5K for runners to enjoy.

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The flat, scenic course by the Gulf of Mexico offers an incentive for runners from all over the country to enjoy all that Panama City Beach has to offer. Since 2009, Run for the Redfish has been attracting locals and visitors alike to the flat, beachside course that begins at Pier Park outdoor shopping center. Now, thanks to popular demand from runners and a growing interest from the community, the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce and Road Race Consultants are proud to sponsor the full marathon event. “We are excited at the rate Run for the Redfish has evolved,” says Panama City Beach Chamber President and CEO Lance Allison. “This growth aligns us with the Panama City Beach CVB in their efforts to attract more visitors during the shoulder season. Marathon runners are serious about their sport and typically have the financial means to have a significant impact on our members’ businesses.” The flat, scenic course by the Gulf of Mexico offers an incentive for runners from all over the country to enjoy all that Panama City Beach has to offer. The inaugural Panama City Beach Marathon course is certified and is also a Boston Marathon qualifying race. The new partnership between the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce and Road Race Consultants is a tremendous opportunity for both organizations. “The Panama City Beach Marathon will showcase our beautiful coast and bring communities together,” co-race director Amy Mann says. “The marathon will attract runners from across the nation and allow them to challenge themselves and compete in a very desirable coastal destination.” Road Race Consultants also organized the successful Spring Break 5K and Cool Summer 5K Series races, which will continue throughout 2015 and 2016. These fun runs, as well as bigger events like the PCB Marathon, benefit locals and business owners as well as tourists. “As a runner in Bay County, I continually rediscover my home,” says Mann. “I witness breathtaking sunrises and savor each footstep through gorgeous state parks and quaint neighborhoods. Many mornings I stop my wristwatch and marvel at a Gulf or Bay view. I can easily imagine a marathon showcasing this scenery I’ve memorized yet never tire of. Given that many Bay County runners feel as I do—and have completed more national races than I have—the perfect context exists to grow the sport of road races here.” Registration is now open for the inaugural PCB Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K at Active.com. Registrants may enter as individuals or take advantage of team rates. Resort Collection properties will offer exclusive specials to those who book their stay during the PCB Marathon, so be sure to check out the “Specials” page at ResortCollection.com. Happy trails!

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Rock ’n’ Roll A Little Bit

Panama City Beach Seafood and Music Festival 2014 BY JORDAN STAGGS PHOTOGRAPHY BY NIKKI HEDRICK

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he salty breeze held a trace of fall chill but the stage was red hot as music lovers and foodies from far and wide converged upon beautiful Panama City Beach, Florida, for the annual Seafood and Music Festival held at Aaron Bessant Park October 17 and 18, 2014. Each year the festival has stepped up its game, bringing both locals and visitors to the coast for award-winning national musical acts, fresh Gulf seafood, and what are known as some of the world’s most beautiful white-sand beaches. The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Visit Panama City Beach, and Visit Florida presented this year’s festival, and it saw great success. “I was very pleased with our staff and the countless hours they put in both leading up to the event and for the event itself,” said Lance Allison, president and CEO of the PCB Chamber. “It’s amazing that seven dedicated professionals managed over three hundred volunteers, ten food vendors, and twenty-seven retail vendors.” The delicious aroma from the tents of favorite Panama City Beach restaurants wafted through the crowd as they lined up for a selection of culinary creations featuring everything under the sea such as grouper tacos, she-crab soup, ceviche, shrimp boil, gumbo, and fried seafood baskets, as well as fair favorites like funnel cakes and the unique wine ice cream from Wine Not Florida. Other participating vendors this year were Firefly restaurant, Cabin Creek Catering, Fishale Taphouse and Grill, Hammerhead Fred’s, Marina Cantina, Sharky’s Beachfront Restaurant, Shipwreck Island, Fahrenheit Grill and Lounge, Race City, and Smok’n Butts Barbecue, with libations provided by MillerCoors and Jack Daniel’s. Across Aaron Bessant Park, the grand stage cast a glow on the crowd as they gathered to hear national music acts throughout the weekend.

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Fall in Love with Luxury Apartment Living It’s Everything You Want

Located next to Hombre Golf Club and only minutes from the beach, the new Edgewater Crossings community brings luxury apartment living to Panama City Beach. Contact a leasing agent today to learn about our special incentives for Treasures magazine readers.

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HAS NEVER BEEN BETTER! 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 fun-filled Laketown Wharf 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.”

Our properties boast over 1,200 full-service Gulf-front suites and golf villas, more than 90,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, incredible white-sand beaches, award-winning fine dining at Firefly, six Plexicushion tennis courts, an outdoor basketball court, and twenty-six luxurious pools. We also offer an executive nine-hole golf course, miniature golf, and twenty-seven holes of championship golf at the Hombre Golf Club on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. For over twenty years, Resor t Collection has set the standard for integrity, quality, and ser vice in management and marketing ser vices for resor ts, conference centers, conference hotels, and golf clubs on Panama City Beach. We continue to f ind ways to enhance ser vice by maintaining creativity, using innovative ideas, and incorporating cutting-edge technology; these are just a few of the ways we continue to lead the industr y. 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. At Resor t Collection, we appreciate the confidence and loyalty that our customers have shown; they have chosen to include our family of proper ties and staff as par t of theirs. T Thank you! resor tcollection.com | 79


Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort Amenities

• 110 acres along some of the world’s most beautiful beaches • Preferred access and rates to Hombre Golf Club and a nine-hole executive golf course • On-property dining at Ocean’s Bar and Grill, Paradise Pizza, and Edgie’s Corner Market • Kids’ Adventure Zone, open seasonally, including Sky Trail® ropes course and activities scheduled for all ages

• Full-service market featuring Starbucks® • Free wireless Internet • Six Plexicushion tennis courts • Basketball court • Fitness center and massage services • Eleven outdoor pools, including the resort’s famous 11,500-square-foot Lagoon Pool with cascading waterfalls and surrounding hot tubs, 45,000 square feet of deck space, and children’s Splash Pad

For reservations or more information, please call 855.874.8686. www.edgewaterbeachresort.com 11212 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, Florida 32407 80 | resor tcollection.com

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, and enjoy being near all that PCB has to offer. With eleven pools scattered about the property, spacious units with private balconies overlooking the world’s most beautiful beaches or our par 3 golf course, and with the addition of 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 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.


Laketown Wharf Resort The newest member of the Resort Collection family, Laketown Wharf Resort offers guests unparalleled amenities: five unique pools, 52,000 square feet of lakefront boardwalk, a fully equipped fitness center, covered parking, miniature golf, an on-site market/bistro, on-site dining options, and flexible meeting spaces for conferences, weddings, and other group functions. As the largest resort with some of the best values in Panama City Beach and amazing Gulf views, Laketown Wharf Resort is a prime location for a fun-filled getaway!

Amenities

• Welcome Center

• Preferred access and rates to Hombre Golf Club and a nine-hole executive golf course

• “Dancing” fountain and light displays nightly on the lake • Fitness center

• Five resort-style pools

• Over 52,000 square feet of lakefront boardwalk

• Private beach access

• Splash Pool Bar & Grill

• Steps from the white-sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico

• Laketown Market + Bistro

• Pristine freshwater lake • Miniature golf

• Kids’ Adventure Zone (seasonal) • 24-hour on-site security • Free parking in covered garages

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Majestic Beach Resort Amenities

• 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

For reservations or more information, please call 855.494.3364. www.majesticbeachresort.com 10901 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, Florida 32407

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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!


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 features stores, restaurants, nightlife, a movie theatre, carnival rides, and children’s play areas. Come join in the fun at Emerald Beach Resort!

Amenities

• 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 three-bedroom 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 Amenities

• 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 three-bedroom suites • Complete kitchens

• Within walking distance of shops and dining

For reservations or more information, please call 888.722.3224. www.lbresort.com 10511 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, Florida 32407

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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.


En Soleil Resort Luxury seekers, look no further than En Soleil. 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 every 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.

Amenities

• 450 feet of pristine beach frontage • Preferred access and rates to Hombre Golf Club

• 6,500 square feet of exclusively designed pools

• Condos ranging from two- and three-bedroom floor plans to penthouses, all facing the Gulf of Mexico

• Two hot tubs

• Underground parking and secured gates

• Two waterfall features and two circular waterfall fountains • Fitness center

For reservations or more information, please call 855. 233.4001. www.ensoleilrentals.com 7509 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, Florida 32408

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Summit Beach Resort Amenities

• 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

• Poolside Tiki Bar

• Game room

• Free wireless Internet

• Beach chair rentals

• Two kiddie pools

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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 Resort as one of the best values around! The Summit is one of the largest Gulf-front resorts 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.


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 comfor table Gulf-front balcony. Join us at Grandview East Resor t and make your beach vacation absolutely perfect.

Amenities

• Heated Gulf-front pool and expansive deck

• Modern, open floor plans

• 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

• Jacuzzi tubs in all suites

• Spacious Gulf-front suites

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Sunbird Beach Resort Amenities

• 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

For reservations or more information, please call 877.684.8018. www.sunbirdbeachresort.com 9850 South Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408 88 | resor tcollection.com

Sunbird Beach Resor t overlooks the “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches” and is conveniently located within strolling distance of Panama City Beach’s best dining, shopping, and enter tainment attractions. If an inviting tropical paradise surrounded by sugarwhite beaches and breathtaking emerald waters is what you desire, Sunbird’s family-friendly condominiums are the perfect choice. Situated just steps away from the gorgeous shores of the Gulf of Mexico, Sunbird’s vacation rentals offer beachfront accommodations with endless opportunities for a delightful escape. For an unforgettable Panama City Beach getaway, look no further than Sunbird Beach Resort.


Shores of Panama At the Shores of Panama, where emerald waters shimmer alongside dazzling white-sand beaches, time is forgotten. While drinking in the spectacular beauty of the Gulf of Mexico, family and friends gather poolside, picnic on the beach, dive into the pleasures of the water, and unwind without a care. With twenty-three stories of new luxury Gulf-front condominiums, the Shores of Panama rises above and beyond as the ultimate beach destination with amenities that capture the spirit of the Emerald Coast.

Amenities

• Gulf-side lagoon pool

• On-resort check-in desk

• Gulf-side hot tub

• Fitness center and spa

• Heated indoor pool and hot tub

• Preferred access and rates at Hombre Golf Club

• Two tiki bars* • On-beach activities and rentals

You deser ve a memorable beach escape, and the Shores of Panama grants Florida vacation getaways that delight and surpass expectations. Choose your home away from home—a stylish, luxury condominium rental in a studio, one-, two-, or three-bedroom unit. Reserve your spot at this beachfront vacation resor t by selecting the accommodations that best suit your needs.

• Free wireless Internet • Covered on-resort parking

• Meetings and event facilities • Kids’ Club* Seasonal availability

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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, the application of sophisticated marketing techniques, and the creation of a flexible and scalable infrastructure, Resort Collection has evolved to become 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 memorable Shores of Panama, the beautiful Sunbird Beach Resort, the fun-filled Laketown Wharf 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 90 | 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

Resort Collection Design Group

Design Group

A well-maintained, up-to-date, and tastefully decorated vacation rental property not only keeps guests happy and returning each season but also allows owners to command higher market rates. Resort Collection Design Group provides condominium owners with a comprehensive solution for both creating an attractive, functional, and comfortable space and maintaining that investment in top condition. Resort Collection Design Group leverages its understanding of the hospitality industry, years of experience working closely with condominium owners, and strong relationships with the area’s best licensed contractors and ASID interior designers to expertly plan and manage design projects ranging from kitchen and bathroom updates to room makeovers and complete renovations. Call (800) 331-6338 for more information.

Resort Collection Real Estate Group 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 (800) 327-8686.

Resort Collection is proud to be a member of these esteemed hospitality organizations:

Onsite Property Management Association TheOPMA.org

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association FRLA.org

VISIT FLORIDA VisitFlorida.com

Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau VisitPanamaCityBeach.com

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Expands and Rebrands Real Estate Sector Edgewater Beach Realty Is Now RC Real Estate Group

Edgewater Beach Realty, a full-service real estate company operating for over thirty years under the corporate umbrella of Resort Collection in Panama City Beach, Florida, expanded its horizons—and its geographic reach—in 2014 as it became RC Real Estate Group. The name change was punctuated by a change in the company’s logo, website, signage, and overall branding as it seeks a fresh start on helping the people of Northwest Florida with all their real estate needs. “Historically, we’ve always been well known for working with our on-site Resort Collection properties such as Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort,” says Ric Holt, managing broker for RC Real Estate Group. “We changed the name so it’s more universal. We don’t want to be geographically specific because our services reach beyond just Edgewater and Panama City Beach.” The rebranding coincided 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. 92 | resor tcollection.com

“As Resort Collection moves into a growth platform, we look to expand many of our services and offerings,” explains Resort Collection’s vice president of business development, Paul Wohlford. “We have the capacity for careful and controlled growth for many years to come, and the real estate sector is an important part of that.” The company worked with Cornerstone Marketing and Advertising, Inc., also known as The Idea Boutique, to create the new look and feel of the RC Real Estate Group brand. The new logo reflects the overall Resort Collection brand and is sleeker, more businesslike, and all-encompassing. Moreover, doing away with the palm trees of the previous Edgewater Beach Realty logo discourages RC Real Estate Group being labeled strictly as an on-site beach condo realtor.


“As Resort Collection moves into a growth platform, we look to expand many of our services and offerings.” “We have a reputation for being condo-specific,” Holt continues. “People will mention to me that they just bought a house or leased a property and I’ll ask why they didn’t work through us, and they say ‘I didn’t know you did that!’ Of course, we’re still the go-to experts on real estate sales for Edgewater, as well as for Resort Collection’s other properties, but our territory extends well beyond the boundaries of these resorts. We conduct real estate transactions on properties from St. George Island to Navarre.” The company also debuted its new website, RCRealEstateGroup.com. RC Real Estate Group looks forward to exploring new opportunities in all sectors of the industry.

Ric Holt, Broker RC Real Estate Group Edgewater Beach Realty

For more information on real estate opportunities at RC Real Estate Group, call (800) 327-8686. To learn more about Resort Collection and its many subsidiaries, visit ResortCollectionCorporate.com.

“Our goal is for the new branding to show who we are and where we’re going—not where we’ve been,” Holt says.

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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 and are experts on both commercial and residential real estate. Although the name is new, the brokerage has been satisfying the real estate needs of thousands of clients for over thirty years.

For information on real estate opportunities at RC Real Estate Group, call 800.327.8686

800.327.8686 RC REAL ESTATE GROUP.COM


YOU CAN JUDGE A CONDO BY ITS COVER Introducing R ESORT COLLECTION DESIGN GROUP

A well-maintained, up-to-date, and tastefully decorated vacation rental property not only keeps guests happy and returning each season but also allows owners to command higher market rates. Resort Collection Design Group provides condominium owners with a comprehensive solution for both creating an attractive, functional, and comfortable space and maintaining that investment in top condition. Resort Collection Design Group leverages its understanding of the hospitality industry, years of experience working closely with condominium owners, and strong relationships with the area’s best licensed contractors and ASID interior designers to expertly plan and manage design projects ranging from kitchen and bathroom updates to room makeovers and complete renovations. “Our team assesses the unit, presents the client with creative options— assisting in the selection of colors, finishes, furnishings, and fixtures—and presents the client with a detailed scope of work and a proposal,” says Jill Burnham, founder and director of Resort Collection Design Group. “On approval, our team then manages all aspects of the project: hiring subcontractors; scheduling construction, deliveries, and installations; and coordinating and completing the interior decoration.” Resor t Collection Design Group provides these services to all condominium owners par ticipating in the Resor t Collection rental management program. One condo owner who has taken advantage of the professional design services is Elizabeth Carroll, whose Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort unit was admittedly outdated. “Years of vacation rentals had taken their toll and all of the decorating that looked great back in the ’90s felt passé,” Carroll says. “RC Design Group stepped in and turned what could have been an unmanageable project for someone living out-of-state into a hassle-free experience—and at a price that was very fair. We’re now booking far more room nights, and the return on our investment has been substantial!” Resort Collection Design Group can help take homeowners’ investments to the next level and make guests feel comfortable and impressed with their choice in vacation rental. Contact 800.331.6338 for more information. T resor tcollection.com | 95


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Thunder Beach’s biannual motorcycle rallies are known as the most biker-friendly free rallies in the country, and they take place right in the heart of all the excitement in Panama City Beach! Bring your hog and cruise along Front Beach Road past white-sand beaches, emerald waters, and all the dining and entertainment you could ever wish for. Local businesses such as Harley-Davidson of Panama City Beach, the Wicked Wheel Bar and Grill, and many more have partnered with Thunder Beach to bring exclusive concerts, car and bike shows, and other events specially catered to bikers. Dates for the 2015 Thunder Beach rallies have been set, and it’s time to start planning your trip! The Spring Rally will be April 29–May 3, and the Fall Rally takes place October 21–25. Participating venues include The Shoppes at Edgewater, Club La Vela, Frank Brown Park, Hammerhead Fred’s, Harley-Davidson of Panama City Beach, Sharky’s Beachfront Restaurant and Tiki Bar, Wicked Wheel Bar and Grill, and Boardwalk Beach Resort. All venues offer free parking, Thunder Beach merchandise and information, and vendor displays with a variety of products and services guaranteed to rev your engine! With our exclusive rally discounts, Resort Collection is the place to be for Thunder Beach! Visit ResortCollection.com/specials to see participating resorts and special rates, or call (855) 512-3843.

Learn more about Thunder Beach events at www.thunderbeachproductions.com.

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