ALLEGIANT'S GUIDE TO THE BEST DESTINATIONS UNDER THE SUN OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2019
at Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach IN THE AUTUMN SUN
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8 outsiders welcome COVER Seeing the native wildlife found throughout Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is just a part of why residents say “Our Best Side is Outside.” The area is also home to gorgeous beaches, winding nature trails, countless water activities and some of Florida’s best outside adventures. Tucked away off the beaten path, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach offers a Florida vacation that’s different than everywhere else. outsiderswelcome.com
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FORT MYERS PUNTA GORDA/ ENGLEWOOD BEACH
Photo of powerboat by Pete Boden; eco-festival courtesy of "Ding" Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge; sailboats courtesy of Hobie; holiday lights courtesy of Fishermen's Village
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ROAR OFFSHORE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Over 60,000 spectators are expected to visit Fort Myers Beach from Oct. 10-12, to see Roar Offshore National Championship. The Offshore Powerboat Association’s National Championship is one of the largest powerboat racing prize purses in the U.S. The four-day event includes live entertainment, parties and boat parade in addition to the racing and awards ceremony. roaroffshore.com
22ND HOBIE 16 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Returning to the U.S. after 35 years, the Hobie 16 World Championships comes to South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island Nov. 1-16. More than 600 athletes and over 300 teams sail on 60 new Hobie Cat racing catamaran sailboats. Sailors from 30 countries are expected to attend. hobieworlds.com
31ST ANNUAL “DING” DARLING DAY On Oct. 20, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island celebrates “Ding” Darling Day, an eco-festival held on the birthday of its namesake, Pulitzer Prizewinning cartoonist Jay N. “Ding” Darling. Free activities include refuge tram tours, live wildlife presentations, archery and stand up paddleboarding clinics, wildlife yoga, crafts and more. dingdarlingdays.com
LIGHTING OF THE VILLAGE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION Kick-off the holiday season on Nov. 16 with one million lights and traditional holiday-themed decorations at Fishermen’s Village's Lighting of the Village in Punta Gorda. A parade starts the fun, which continues with live holiday music and entertainment. fishville.com/event/ holiday-lighting-village-celebration
Read on for Sunseeker's suggestions on how to enjoy your Fort myers/punta gorda vacation. A l l e g i a n t D e s t i n at i o n s
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OUTSIDERS WELCOME P U N TA G O R DA / E N G L E WO O D B E AC H P ROV I D E S T H E U LT I M AT E O U T S I D E VAC AT I O N By Chip Futch
Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is proud of its outdoors and the wildlife that call it home. Locals and visitors agree when they say “Our Best Side is Outside.” But, a vacation on the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast means more than getting outside and enjoying the natural splendor of the area. It’s about taking a vacation that’s outside the norm and off the beaten path. This is a destination for people who enjoy being outside while stepping outside the boundaries of a typical vacation. This is a place for Outsiders, and in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, they say, “Outsiders Welcome.” Not only is Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach inviting outsiders from around the world to try a vacation centered around relaxing, outside
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activities, but it’s also home to locals that embody everything it means to be an Outsider. While they all might have their own favorite outdoor activities, some preferring the quiet shade of the forest to the bright sun of the beach, they all share a common passion for nature and unique experiences. The area’s waterways are some of the best in the world. Whether it’s along the shore, on a lake, on a river, in the Gulf or exploring the Blueway Trails, water activities range from the laid-back and peaceful to the thrilling and highspeed. One of the best ways to enjoy the area’s waters is with a paddle in hand, and few know this better than Paige Bakhaus of Hooked on SUP. Believed to be one of the first people to bring paddleboarding to Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, Paige is one of the area’s favorite Outsiders, and provides tours of the local waterways by stand-up paddleboard or kayak. She loves the untouched beauty of the area’s natural environment, and educates those she takes on tours about the local wildlife and ecosystems. Getting out to the beach, lounging on the sand, playing in the glistening waves, and soaking up the Florida sun is a must for any visitor (or local for that matter), and The Beach Guy of Englewood Beach is the Outsider who makes
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Water activities the whole family will love
Golf at top rated courses like Riverwood Golf and Country Club
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a living making it happen. While his real name is Mark Timchulla, most visitors know him as the Beach Guy, providing chairs and umbrellas for rent and friendly smiles for free. Over the years, he’s become a sort of local legend, and now visitors from around the world stop by the sand just to say “hi” to the Beach Guy. Not everything outside in Punta Gorda/ Englewood Beach is on the water. There’s plenty to see, do, and explore on dry land. Outsiders will love the winding nature trails and guided tours found throughout the area. Babcock Ranch Eco Tours offers a great way to experience a pristinely preserved slice of natural Florida. Outsider and tour guide Terry Covert takes guests on buggy tours (converted school buses) along tree-lined trails, and informs them about the natural environment, native wildlife and rich history of the area. The Peace River Wildlife Center offers guests the chance to see native animals up-close as they are cared for by a highly trained and attentive staff. These are only some of the Outsiders that call this destination home. If you would rather spend your days outside, and you’re looking for a vacation that’s different from other Florida destinations, then you might be an Outsider. So, take a vacation in a place that’s perfect for Outsiders, that’s off the beaten path, but never out of the way. outsiderswelcome.com D e s t i n at i o n ▪
World class fishing in Charlotte Harbor and surrounding waters
Experience a serene beach scene with the whole family at beaches like Don Pedro Island State Park, accessible only by private boat or water taxi
Take a stroll through art and nature at Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Garden
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Paige Bakhaus OWNER, HOOKED ON SUP PADDLEBOARD PIONEER OUTSIDER
As one of the first people to bring paddleboarding to the area, Paige doesn’t do things like everyone else. And you don’t want a vacation like everyone else. You want relaxing beaches mixed with exciting adventures on and off the water. You’re an Outsider. And with the local PGD airport offering nonstop flights to more than 40 destinations, it’s no wonder we say, Outsiders Welcome.
Explore Punta Gorda by foot with SW Florida Walking Tours
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Allegiant passengers flying into Punta Gorda Airport will discover that there’s no better way to get a taste of what the area has to offer than by booking a guided tour with SW Florida Walking Tours.
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Originally founded in 2015, the company was purchased in January of 2018 by Eve Alexander — aka Tour Guide Evie — who has since expanded the tour offerings beyond the popular Long Lunch Tour. Guests can now book several affordable tours from October through April, including a Big Breakfast Tour, an Afternoon Appetizers Tour, a History of Punta Gorda Walking Tour and a Ghost Stories of Punta Gorda Tour, perfect for the Halloween season. Alexander prides herself on taking guests off the beaten path to showcase restaurants and businesses they might not realize exist while still customizing each tour to participants’ needs, whether a guest has dietary restrictions or a group needs to start a tour at a different time than usual.
talk a bit about Punta Gorda’s past. Depending on how much time a group has, they might even visit some local attractions, like the Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida. Visitors can see even more of the city on the 3-mile History of Punta Gorda Walking Tour, including a house that was central to the plot of the episode of “Route 66” that was filmed in Punta Gorda in 1963. While guests on the tour will stop in front of a haunted home that was sold in 2015 “with ghost included” for $1.2 million, those on the Ghost Stories of Punta Gorda Tour will hear even more spooky tales while walking through History Park and learning about its historic buildings. Regardless of which tour visitors choose, participants are in for an unforgettable adventure! swfloridawalkingtours.com
While the restaurants guests dine at on the culinary tours may vary, Alexander knows that many visitors come to Punta Gorda in the fall and winter to escape the cold weather back home. That’s why, weather permitting, one stop always includes an alfresco dining option, like the Wyvern Hotel’s rooftop restaurant, Perch 360. Guests are also guaranteed to sample some international cuisine during their tour, with savory selections that may include Belgian specialties like salmon dip at The Belgian Monk or authentic English bangers from The IceHouse Pub. As guests walk from one restaurant to another, Alexander and her knowledgeable staff will point out any historical landmarks along the way and
Eve Alexander, SW Florida Walking Tours’ owner/primary tour guide
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A scrumptious sundae from Square Scoops Coffee & Creamery
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A TOWN WITH TASTE THE MANY FRESH FLAVORS OF BABCOCK RANCH
Photos courtesy of Babcock Ranch
By Heather Turk
The first solar-powered town in the country is quickly becoming one of Southwest Florida’s most popular dining destinations.
such as The Battery: a blend of orange, carrot and apple juices with fresh ginger. Organic wheatgrass shots are available, too.
Since it began opening in phases in 2017, Babcock Ranch has been serving those who were hungry for something new in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach by offering an array of delectable dining and drinking options made from as many local ingredients as possible. In fact, 70 percent of the menu at its lakefront restaurant, Table & Tap, incorporates locally sourced ingredients or items grown in the town’s community garden. Guests can actually visit the 2.5-acre garden, located just 3 miles up the street from Table & Tap, to see what’s in season. The popular farm-to-table restaurant is in the process of revising its mouthwatering menu, too, adding more Gulf-caught seafood like grouper and pompano. Guests can still enjoy a variety of items smoked on site, as well, for lunch and dinner, plus favorites like the fried goat cheese served with Babcock Ranch’s own honey.
Many of the items produced in the 18,000acre town are also served and sold at Babcock Ranch’s market and café, Slater’s Goods & Provisions. A popular spot to enjoy all-day breakfast as well as a variety of sandwiches, small-batch soups, flatbreads and salads, Slater’s sells an assortment of goods that guests can bring back home to make their own farm-fresh meal, like flavored honey, eggs and produce. Special events are occasionally held on site, too, including tastings spotlighting local breweries and distilleries.
Guests can enjoy some of Babcock Ranch’s fresh produce at ReCharge Juice Co., as well. The all-natural juice bar offers an array of highly nutritious raw fruit and vegetable juices
With so many fresh food and beverage options, it’s easy to understand why this sustainable town has become such a social hub for foodies. babcockranch.com/lifestyle/dining
Shop and dine at Slater’s Goods & Provisions
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For those with a sweet tooth, Babcock Ranch even has its own ice cream shop, Square Scoops Coffee & Creamery. Offering 16 flavors from The Ice Cream Club in Boynton Beach, Florida, including a flavor of the month that guests vote on, this sweet spot is particularly popular on Tuesdays when it offers $2 double scoops.
Dine alfresco under an oak tree at Table & Tap
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Mangoes growing in front of Edison’s main house
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AN ATTRACTION FOR ALL SEASONS STEP BACK IN TIME AT THE iconic EDISON AND FORD WINTER ESTATES By Heather Turk
The first day of winter may not be until Dec. 21, but the winter estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford are open year round in beautiful Southwest Florida.
Photos courtesy of the Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Set on more than 20 acres of botanical gardens, the Edison and Ford Winter Estates is one of the most visited historic home sites in America. Guests can not only see the winter homes of the two celebrated innovators, but also Edison’s guest house, Edison’s caretaker’s house, Edison’s study and Ford’s caretaker’s cottage. Nearly all of the furnishings in Edison’s main house and guest house are original to the Edison family, who enjoyed the winter retreat for six decades before Edison’s widow, Mina, deeded the estate to the City of Fort Myers in 1947.
Edison’s 1916 Model T was a birthday present from Ford
The Moonlight Garden is the largest formal garden on property
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Additionally, the property is home to the only site in Florida designated a National Historic Chemical Landmark: the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory. Inside, visitors will find all of Edison, Ford and Harvey Firestone’s original equipment and machinery right where they left it. Outside, they’ll find thousands of plants and trees from around the world, many of which Edison used in his quest to find a natural source of rubber — the main reason the laboratory was built in 1928. There’s even a 15,000-square-foot museum on site that houses various artifacts, including many of the 1,093 patents Edison invented. Guests will see numerous phonographs — Edison’s favorite invention — including one with his bite marks in the frame (Edison was hearing impaired and would bite into the wood to feel the vibrations). Several classic cars reside at the museum, too, including Edison’s personal vehicle, a 1916 Model T. The property welcomes new exhibits and special events throughout the year as well, like the “Tesla and Edison” exhibit that’s opening on Oct. 4. Additionally, the popular Rhythm on the River concert series returns on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. with a performance by the Journey tribute band, Faithfully. During the holidays, at the annual Holiday Nights event Nov. 29 through Dec. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m., guests can see all of the homes and gardens decorated with thousands of lights. There’s a new living exhibit on the Ford grounds that shouldn’t be missed either, as 50 young citrus trees were recently planted to recreate Ford’s classic fruit grove. edisonford.org
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The Great House, Shangri-La Springs’ main historic building
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A RETREAT ROOTED IN WELLNESS D I S COV E R T H E B E AU T Y A N D S E R E N I T Y OF SHANGRI-LA SPRINGS By Heather Turk
Having hosted such notable guests as Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Thomas Edison, the historic Shangri-La Springs in Bonita Springs should be at the top of every Allegiant passenger’s mustsee list when visiting Southwest Florida. Home to the spring from which the city gets its name, the 8.5-acre property was built in 1921 and has a variety of attractions for visitors to relish. Guided tours are available for a nominal fee, where guests can learn about the property and visit its organic garden, which features more than 300 varieties of fruits, vegetables, medicinal plants and herbs. The property’s botanical garden, also on the tour, boasts more than 40 species of trees — including the largest Mysore Fig tree in Florida.
Enjoy a taste of Bonita Springs at Harvest & Wisdom
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Given that the mystical property has long been famous for its invigorating powers, it should come as no surprise that Shangri-La Springs also has a spa offering an array of organic treatments. The 90-minute Raindrop Technique Aromatherapy service incorporates a variety of massage techniques and therapeutic-grade essential oils dispensed in rain-like drops above the body to assist with the body’s natural healing process. In addition to wellness classes and workshops, Shangri-La Springs hosts several special events throughout the year, like Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida’s 12th Annual World Wine Tour. Taking place on Nov. 2 from 4:30 to 7 p.m., the fundraiser lets guests sample 20 international and domestic wines paired with appetizers from local participating restaurants. VIP ticket holders can even enjoy samplings of ShangriLa Springs’ organic wine and beer. Visitors will soon be able to stay overnight once again, too, as Shangri-La Springs is undergoing interior renovations to become a full-service, 21-room boutique hotel in 2020, and will open six of the rooms this fall. The refreshed rooms will feature furnishings purchased from four monasteries in Tibet and Thailand, as well as organic bedding and bath products, further cementing the property’s status as the area’s ultimate wellness retreat. shangrilasprings.com
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Photo of The Great House courtesy of Shangri-La Springs; dish by Michael Owen
Some of the items from Shangri-La Springs’ organic garden are even available at its new farm-to-table restaurant, Harvest & Wisdom. Open for lunch, the 86-seat restaurant showcases seasonal ingredients picked fresh
from the nearly 5-acre, no-till garden as well as grass-fed, pasture-raised proteins delivered from nearby Circle C Farm.
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The delicious whole hogfish prepared by Farlow’s on the Water
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THE FRESHEST FISH P U N TA G O R DA R E S TAU R A N T S T H AT W I L L CO O K YO U R C ATC H
Photo of hogfisjh courtesy of Heidemariephoto.com; seafood courtesy of Lock-N-Key Restaurant; sheepshead courtesy of of King Fisher Fleet
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Fresh seafood straight from the Gulf of Mexico is part of the experience when you visit the coastal community of Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, known as the “Tarpon Fishing Capital of the World.” Local fishing charter companies, such as King Fisher Fleet at Fishermen’s Village Marina in Punta Gorda and Silver Lining Charters out of Placida, can help you find your best catch and then clean and fillet it, making it ready for local chefs to transform it into expertly prepared gulf-to-table cuisine.
One of the many seafood delights at Lock-N-Key Restaurant
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FARLOW’S ON THE WATER It’s a taste of the Caribbean and the South with owner Keith Farlow, who grew up in St. Croix, USVI, and his wife Laurie at this waterfront restaurant in Englewood. For those who have had a particularly lucky day out on the boat, the restaurant can prepare your catch several ways. Presented on a large platter to share with friends or family, you can choose the house blackening seasoning, grilled with a Mahi and pineapple tropical chutney or fried to perfection. If it’s a smaller catch, the fish can be prepared specifically as requested. All customer catches are served with a choice of two side dishes and a house salad. Select nights feature live entertainment that adds to the atmosphere. farlowsonthewater.com LOCK 'N KEY RESTAURANT Located right across the street from Englewood Beach, the family-owned Lock 'N Key Restaurant welcomes guests to its casual beach spot. The chef is at the ready to turn your catch into something delicious. If you prefer to order off the menu, pick your seafood and your style of preparation: fried, tempura fried, chargrilled, blackened or sautéed. Live music on the patio is offered several nights a week to create the ideal evening of relaxation. lockandkeyrestaurant.com VILLAGE FISH MARKET & RESTAURANT Bring your fresh catch in and it will be made-to-order at this restaurant located in Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda. It’s easily accessible from King Fisher Fleet so you can quickly go from boat to table. The restaurant offers New England and Florida specialties on the menu. You’ll also savor great views while enjoying your meal. villagefish-market.com dining ▪ 19
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CLEARWATER BEACH CHALK FESTIVAL More than 40 local and regional chalk artists turn the sidewalks of Beach Walk on South Clearwater Beach into works of art. In addition to being able to watch the chalk masters at work, Clearwater Beach Chalk Festival includes a kid’s zone, arts and crafts vendors and live music from Oct. 1820. clearwaterbeachchalkwalk.com
ST. PETE RUN FESTIVAL Visitors of all ages can participate in runs, with events for kids, beginners and seasoned runners including a 5K, 10K and the 3 Daughters St. Pete Half Marathon at St. Pete Run Festival. The event takes place from Nov. 15-17 and includes food, music and craft beer as a reward for the hard work. stpeterunfest.org
SHINE ST. PETERSBURG MURAL FESTIVAL Once again, Shine St. Petersburg Mural Festival returns Oct. 18-26, bringing attention to St. Petersburg’s murals, created by local, national and international artists. These treasures can be found in public spaces, including large walls and street intersections. shineonstpete.com
SUNCOAST JAZZ FESTIVAL The Suncoast Jazz Festival invites professional musicians from across the U.S. and Canada and aspiring local musicians to take to the stage. Enjoy music day and night in Clearwater Beach Nov. 22-24 with five indoor venues, free parking and a complimentary shuttle between hotels and venues. suncoastjazzfestival.com
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Fall is a perfect time to visit award-winning Clearwater Beach. The weather is mild, rates are affordable and the crowds have lessened.
luxury can grab a restorative massage, mani or pedi at a beachfront resort or just laze for hours by a tranquil turquoise pool.
The central hub of the beach is undoubtedly Pier 60, adjacent to acres of soft, sugar sands set against gentle Gulf of Mexico waves. Each evening, a free sunset celebration features live entertainment, street musicians, buskers and artisans and runs until the magical moment when the sky turns vibrant and the sun gradually slips into the sea.
Getting around Clearwater Beach is easy; in fact, many Allegiant passengers choose to Uber over from St. Pete/Clearwater International Airport. Once they've arrived, the Clearwater Jolley Trolley whisks visitors around the streets for a nominal fee, while the Clearwater Ferry offers transport from the beach to nationally-known Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Surrey rides, bike rentals and scooters offer more active options.
Across from the public beach is Clearwater Municipal Marina, where dozens of waterbased activities will entice visitors out onto the calm tropical waters of the Gulf. There are plenty of options to choose from, including deep-sea fishing charters, dolphin-watch cruises, dining and dancing cruises, personal watercraft rentals and even the popular Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise.
A five-minute drive to downtown Clearwater leads to specialty shops, dining outlets and a historic theater, and there's always a festival, farmer's market or event, including the upcoming Clearwater Jazz Holiday from October 17-20. beachchamber.com
Foodies will delight in freshly-caught seafood, and local favorites like the iconic grouper sandwich. Considered by many as the beach's own version of the hamburger, plenty of local establishments sell them, from beach walk-ups and shaded tiki bars to casual sitdowns and gourmet restaurants. Numerous watering holes, both casual and trendy, offer beverages to wash down the delicacies with icy cold craft beer and beach-themed tropical cocktails. Accommodations range from beach resorts, chain properties, and boutique motels, all within walking distance of the action. Fans of D e s t i n at i o n â&#x2013;Ş
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eyed dolphin spotters will alert passengers to any sightings as guests roam the decks and unwind over signature cocktails and up-tempo music. This Certified OceanFriendly business incorporates practices that are environmentally-conscious including an onboard ban of plastic water bottles and straws. For those sailing at sunset, a complimentary champagne toast is offered to adults. thetropicsboattours.com
LITTLE TOOT DOLPHIN ADVENTURE This mighty little tug has been running tours for twenty years and is definitely a tourist favorite. The vessel sits low in the water, allowing a sizable wake to be kicked up that entices dolphins to jump and play. Onboard features include a snack bar with beer, wine, water and soft drinks. littletoot.us MEGA BITE DOLPHIN TOUR BOAT A scary set of jaws marks the exterior on this colorful 30-passenger, 40-foot marine boat. Guests who sail into intercoastal waterways aboard Mega Bite should be on the lookout for dolphins who play in the mega wake left behind. The narrated tour highlights local marine life, seabirds and celebrity coastal homes. Guests are even invited to bring their own choice of beverage (no glass allowed,) and the boat’s staff will supply the ice. clearwatersharkboat.com THE TROPICS BOAT TOURS Hop aboard this 129-passenger, doubledecker catamaran, and head out to the Gulf through Clearwater Pass as tour guides point out the area’s flora and fauna. Keen2 4 ▪ r ec r e at i o n
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Across from the public beach district at Clearwater Municipal Marina, numerous family-friendly dolphin-watch cruises run 90- to 120-minute sailing trips several times during the afternoons. Many also offer sunset cruises, and most guarantee dolphin sightings or the next ride is free. All are Coast Guard inspected and helmed by seasoned captains who take pride in knowing where the dolphins hang out.
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On October 15, an annual ritual begins. Area restaurants gear up for thousands of hungry patrons, who arrive ready to gorge on platters filled with a luscious crustacean that, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, can only be legally harvested only from October 15 to May 15. COOTERS CRAB FEST Shady tents sprawl across the parking area of Cooters Restaurant & Bar to provide seating for the throngs of hungry people who come for this memorable crab lover's feast, now in its 26th year, from October 24-27. The main attraction is mounds of fresh (never frozen,) semi-cracked Florida stone crab served with mallets and crab forks. Also featured are Luscious stone crab at Palm Pavilion Stone Crab Weekend
King crab, Snow crab and Dungeness crab, all served hot with melted butter. Their Cooters' Crab Feast Platter allows picky patrons a chance to sample all the tasty varieties. Daily live music is accompanied with daily drink specials. cooters.com FRENCHY'S 35th ANNUAL STONE CRAB WEEKEND In 1984, Michael "Frenchy" Preston launched the first stone crab block party at his already-famous Frenchy's Original Café. Frenchy wanted the public to enjoy freshoff-the-boat stone crab at cost, and his reckoning was correct. His storied event now attracts thousands of people who come hungry on October 25-27 for stone crab and fabulous drink specials. Throw in raffles to support local charities and live music, and the three days of eating goodness become, as Frenchy says, absolutely "crabulous." stonecrabweekend.com PALM PAVILION STONE CRAB WEEKEND Beach and Gulf views are combined with a lively atmosphere for the Palm Pavillion Stone Crab Weekend at Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar on the north end of the beach. Guests are in for three days of fun from October 25-27 at this up-tempo, beach casual festival, now in its fifth year. As the on-deck bands blast out hits, guests can gobble down medium and large stone crab claws served with their own special mustard sauce. Local Big Storm Brewery's seasonal Oktoberfest craft beer is available to wash down the fishy feast, as is a view of the brilliant sunset. palmpavilion.com
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Boyd Hill Nature Preserve’s trails travel through several different ecosystems
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Allegiant passengers visiting St. Pete in October and November will likely want to enjoy the warm weather as much as they can — especially if they’re flying in from someplace that’s getting cold — as temperatures are still in the high 70s. Luckily, the city has a diverse range of outdoor attractions for guests to enjoy. BOYD HILL NATURE PRESERVE This 245-acre nature preserve is rich with biodiversity. Guests can get a wildlife checklist from the front desk and head out on approximately 6 miles of trails to see what they’ll find. With fall migration in full swing, the preserve is also the perfect place to go birdwatching. At the end of October, great horned owls can often be heard, and in November, wintering species like yellow-
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CLAM BAYOU NATURE PRESERVE Another great spot to go birdwatching, this 80-acre nature preserve has several trails visitors often see great blue herons, turkey vultures and ospreys on, as well as cool insects like dragonflies and butterflies. It’s a popular destination for kayakers and paddlers, too. For those traveling with kids, there’s a community playground nearby to keep them entertained with play equipment and slides. stpeteparksrec.org/clambayou FRED MARQUIS PINELLAS TRAIL Created along an abandoned railroad corridor, this linear park and recreation trail extends more than 38 miles from St. Pete to Tarpon Springs. Guests can rent a bike through Coast Bike Share and pedal past several parks, or use access points along the trail to visit nearby towns and check out the sights. visitstpeteclearwater. com/profile/fred-marquis-pinellas-trail/842 NORTH SHORE PARK Boasting 33.2 acres, this public park has its own aquatic complex on the waterfront with a 50-meter pool, a 25-meter training pool and a play pool with a giant flume slide and splash pad. There’s also a dog park, beach, playground with climbing equipment and slide, and sports complex with tennis courts, fitness trails, beach volleyball courts and a lighted softball field. stpeteparksrec.org/northshorepark d e s t i n at i o n ▪ ta m pa / s t . p e t e / c l e a r wat e r
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rumped warblers begin to arrive. A free, guided bird walk is held on the first Saturday of every month at 8 a.m., and there’s an aviary on site that houses permanently injured birds of prey. Visitors can also rent a canoe or kayak at the preserve, enjoy a picnic or play on one of two playgrounds that feature everything from a balance beam to a ropes obstacle course. stpeteparksrec.org/ boydhillpreserve
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No trip to St. Pete is complete without visiting Central Avenue. A local favorite, the funky street is home to a wide variety of businesses, from retro shops to some of St. Pete’s newest museums. It even features several cool culinary concepts foodies are sure to love. THE CIDER PRESS CAFÉ This 2,000-square-foot, plant-based café is changing people’s misconceptions that all vegan and vegetarian food is bland. In fact, its Kale-Lemon Me Softly Burger — a vegan burger blended with mushrooms and garlic topped with tangy lemon aioli, charred smoked sea salt kale, red onions and cheez — was voted one of the Top 10 patties in James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Blended Burger Project, competing against meat-based burgers across the country. Guests can dine inside of the restaurant or out on its 34-seat patio while savoring its award-winning vegan comfort food for lunch, dinner or Saturday/Sunday brunch. ciderpresscafe.com HASLAM’S BOOK STORE A staple of St. Pete since 1933, when its original owners, John and Mary Haslam, rented books for 2 cents a day, this family-owned bookstore is the largest independently-owned, new and used bookstore in Florida. Since moving to its current location on Central Avenue in 1964, the bookstore has expanded to 16,000 square feet with another 14,000 square feet closed off to the public for administrative purposes and storage. Boasting more than 150,000 titles across a broad range of subjects, it offers everything from children’s books to books on art, religion, history, metaphysics and the D e s t i n at i o n ▪
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military. Several glass cases filled with rare and collectible books are scattered throughout the space, too. haslams.com IMAGINE MUSEUM Dedicated to Contemporary American Studio Glass, this museum houses more than 500 pieces representing more than 55 artists who have been integral to the development of the medium as a fine art form over the past 55 years. Current exhibitions include one on Karen LaMonte that examines her two newest series, “Floating World” and “Nocturnes,” through 32 sculptures in various media. Anthony James’ acclaimed titanium, LED light and transparent mirror piece “Icosahedron” is also currently on display. In addition to self-guided tours, visitors can go on a guided tour with a Museum Experience Associate every Tuesday through Sunday at 3 p.m., as well as Saturdays at noon. imaginemuseum.com
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Dine in Oxford Exchange’s beautiful glassed-in conservatory
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No vacation is truly complete without savoring some of the local flavors a city is known for, especially when visiting a delectable destination like Tampa. OXFORD EXCHANGE Guests can dine in a glassed-in conservatory at this contemporary American restaurant, which regularly attracts professional athletes to its tables to savor its selection of hearty salads and healthy proteins. Serving breakfast, lunch and “lite” afternoon fare on weekdays, as well as brunch on Saturday and Sunday, the restaurant showcases locally-sourced sourdough bread and select dessert-type breads from Tampa’s own Gulf Coast Sourdough. Must-try menu
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selections include the cinnamon swirl sourdough French toast, the fried avocado wedges and the chicken burger topped with avocado, jalapeños, tomatoes, feta and a cumin aioli. Afternoon tea is also available Friday through Sunday. oxfordexchange.com/pages/the-restaurant ROOSTER & THE TILL Experience new combinations of textures and tastes that will excite your mind as much as your mouth at Rooster & The Till. This modern American restaurant showcases an alwaysevolving dinner menu by James Beard Award semifinalist Ferrell Alvarez, primarily sourced from nearby farms and gardens. Guests can treat their taste buds to a multi-course chef’s tasting menu or order items à la carte, with flavorful favorites that include the housemade gnocchi with short ribs, the Pork Belly and the Gulf-caught Crispy Cobia Collar. A pop-up brunch is hosted once a quarter, too. roosterandthetill.com ULELE Located in the former Water Works building No. 3, which in its heyday provided water for Tampa Heights, Ybor City and the northern parts of downtown Tampa, Ulele is a restaurant and brewery that draws inspiration from the area’s native ingredients and rich history. Guests can feast upon views of the Hillsborough River while dining on a menu that features an array of fresh Gulf seafood and native Florida proteins for lunch or dinner — like the Florida pompano or the Native Chili made with alligator, wild boar, venison, duck, ground chuck, cranberry beans and chile spices — and sipping a selection of award-winning beers brewed on site. Even the ice cream is made in house, like the Candied Bacon Maple Ice Cream served with a Knob Creek crème anglaise. ulele.com dining ▪ 33
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It’s an '80s theme featuring favorite film screams and cult classics from the decade for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Orlando. Delight in the fright with 10 haunted mazes, including a “Stranger Things” haunted house, plus five scare zones and live entertainment on select nights Sep. 6-Nov. 2. orlando.halloweenhorrornights.com
On Oct. 12-13, more than 40,000 attendees venture to Central Park along historic Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park to enjoy juried art from Florida artists, children’s activities and live entertainment at the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival. There will also be merchandise, food and drink available for purchase and a beer garden. winterpark.org/autumn-art-festival
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The biggest names in Electronic Dance Music head to Florida November 3-5 for Electric Daisy Carnival Orlando. Steve Aoki, Diplo and Deadmau5 are just a few of the artists that will perform on and amidst towering electric artwork and carnival rides. orlando. electricdaisycarnival.com
More than 3,000 are expected at Orlando Beer Festival in Orlando’s Festival Park to sample craft and premium beers from local and international breweries. Live music, interactive games, wine tasting and food round out the 21+ event, taking place on Nov. 16. orlandobeerfestival.com
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Guests visiting Walt Disney World this fall can experience classic Disney favorites such as the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and the family-friendly Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. But, new adventures also await visitors including the NBA Experience, the Disney Skyliner and Epcot’s new fireworks show, Epcot Forever.
44,000-square-feet of basketball action, located in Disney Springs, is a one-of-a-kind attraction featuring 13 unique interactive and hands-on experiences. Guests can participate in activities such as a replicated NBA Combine challenge, ball-handling skills with an interactive trainer, trivia game challenges and view two 180-degree cinematic presentations.
EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL Disney’s longest-running celebration of cuisine, wine and music will entertain guests for a record 87 days this year, running from August 29 to November 23. During the event, 30-plus Global Marketplaces will offer chef-inspired international dishes, culinary demonstrations, beverage seminars and Eat to the Beat concerts with three shows each night featuring a variety of music. Also new at Epcot beginning October 1 is the Epcot Forever fireworks display with lasers and choreographed special effects.
DISNEY SKYLINER This new, state-of-the-art gondola system will take guests across the sky in custom cabins, some of which incorporate iconic Disney characters into their exterior designs to give the appearance that a Disney pal is riding along with guests. The Skyliner will connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to four resort hotels — Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and the 15th Disney Vacation Club property, Disney’s Rivera Resort (open mid-December). wdwmagic.com
MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY The spirit of the season is perfectly captured at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with spooky decor, lightning, music and new Halloween-themed fireworks. Held for a record 36 nights this year at the Magic Kingdom, the event runs from August 16 to November 1. Returning favorites include Mickey’s “Boo to You Parade,” the “Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular” and trick-or-treating throughout the park. Also returning to this year’s party will be special attraction experiences for Mad Tea Party, Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain. NBA EXPERIENCE When guests step into this re-creation of a modern NBA arena, they’ll feel what it’s like to be a basketball superstar. This new D e s t i n at i o n ▪
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Take in Sanford’s scenic side on horseback with Hidden Palms
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Beki Herrbach spent most of her life around horses, whether she was working at a boarding stable or riding in Orlando’s now-closed “Arabian Nights” dinner show. However, when she finally purchased a 5-acre ranch in Sanford with her husband, fulfilling her lifelong dream of having enough land to keep her own horses on, she had no idea that it would lead to them opening their own business. “Our street dead ends into the Lake Jesup Conservation Area, which has trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding,” Herrbach said. “After about six months of riding out there by myself, I said, ‘There is something special about this place. It reminds me of old Florida, and it’s too beautiful not to share.’” Thus, Hidden Palms Ranch & Trail Rides was born in March 2017. Offering guided trail rides through the Lake Jesup Conservation Area, Hidden Palms specializes in horseback riding tours that are both safe and personable. Each ride is capped at just five riders, with private rides for two also available. “We want you to feel like you are coming out and riding with a friend,” Herrbach said. “We take time with you before and after your ride, getting to know the horses, making sure you are comfortable and even feeding the horses treats.”
like this. The trails we ride on are absolutely gorgeous, as they’re a mixture of old oak hammocks, wooded trails and open fields by Lake Jesup. We often see bald eagles, ospreys and hawks and on occasion, have come across wild turkeys and white-tailed deer.” All seven of Hidden Palms’ horses are safe for beginners to ride, so riders of all skill levels are welcome. For the safety of the animals, riders must be at least 10 years of age and weigh less than 230 pounds. For younger horse enthusiasts who want to spend some quality time learning about horses and riding one, hourlong, one-on-one Horse Experiences are also available for guests ages 5 and older. hiddenpalmsranch.com Hidden Palms’ friendly horses are ideal for beginner riders
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The knowledgeable staff also takes photos of guests during the ride so they can share them with friends and family back home. “I love it when people who are here on vacation come out for a ride,” Herrbach said. “So many people who visit Florida think it’s all about Disney and the other theme parks. They often tell me that they had no idea Florida has places 3 8 ▪ at t r ac t i o n s
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The Destin Fishing Rodeo invites anglers to fish aboard a registered charter or private boat for free and participate in the daily weigh-in of their big catch. More than 30,000 fishermen compete for over $100,000 in cash and prizes from Oct. 1-31. destinfishingrodeo.org
The 41st Destin Seafood Festival at Destin Harbor features fresh-caught local seafood from area restaurants and live music. The festival runs from Oct. 4-6 and offers multiple Kids Fun Zones with pony rides, petting zoo, inflatables, games, a rock climbing wall and zipline. destinseafoodfestival.com
BLUES, BREWS & BBQ FESTIVAL
It’s the 12th year of combining the fun of barbecue, craft brews and live rhythm and blues at HarborWalk Village’s annual Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival. Sample local brews, wings, pulled pork, tacos and more as local chefs compete for the title of “Best BBQ on the Emerald Coast” on Nov. 2. emeraldgrande.com/events-3
From Nov. 8-10, the beer, bourbon and food festival #DestinCrafted at The Henderson Beach Resort in Destin offers attendees smallbatch beer and bourbon samples as well as food. Live music and games make it an event to remember. All proceeds benefit Children in Crisis. destincrafted.com
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Melt away muscle tension in Salamander Spa’s heated whirlpool tub
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LIVING LIFE FOR YOU E m e r a l d coa s t E X P E R I E N C E S WO RT H D I S CO N N EC T I N G FO R By Heather Turk
Thanks to social media, people have become so preoccupied with sharing photographs of all the exciting things they’re doing while they’re on vacation that they actually forget to live in the moment. Luckily, there are several attractions along the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast — particularly in the coastal cities of Destin and Fort Walton Beach — that are best enjoyed with minimal smartphone usage.
HOT YOGA OM This hot yoga studio in downtown Fort Walton Beach was designed with a healing twist. Offering a variety of classes with temperatures ranging from 85 to 107 degrees, the rustic studio prides itself on its deep heat and dry air thanks to state-of-the-art, far-infrared panels that send heat up to 4 inches into the body and a dehumidifier that holds the room’s humidity at 30 percent. For a more traditional yoga experience, the studio’s cooler big sister, Dragonfly Yoga, is located just a few doors 4 0 ▪ r ec r e at i o n
SALAMANDER SPA Visitors can’t help but leave this 10,000-squarefoot retreat inside The Henderson resort in Destin feeling recharged, as it not only offers an extensive menu of spa and salon services featuring everything from massages to floatation therapy treatments, but also boasts an array of soothing amenities. In addition to experiential shower, whirlpool tub and sun-lit relaxation spaces, there’s a co-ed Himalayan salt suite guests can relax in before or after their service to combat a variety of respiratory and skin conditions. Also offered are four 80-minute multisensory Wellness Rituals, like the Grounding Ritual, which uses a combination of Tibetan singing bowls, body butter and aromatherapy oils to help revitalize one’s mind, body and soul. hendersonbeachresort.com/spa
5th Day offers a variety of fishing charters in Destin
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5TH DAY Step aboard this 40-foot vessel and set sail with Destin’s only female fishing charter boat captain! Anglers can book a variety of trips from half day to full day, near shore to deep sea, and see what they’ll catch. The area is known for being home to more than 20 species of fish, including snapper and amberjack, and sees a great push of pelagic species like tuna and sailfish in October. The Destin Fishing Rodeo takes place in October, too, and the cost to enter the tournament is covered for each guest who books a charter during the month so that their catches are eligible to win a variety of prizes. harborwalkfishingcharters. com/captain-brandy-a-destin-fishing-chartercaptain/5th-day-boat
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THE BEST FALL VIEWS N O RT H C A RO L I N A ’ S M O U N TA I N S O F F E R UNIQUE EXPERIENCES By Sandra Chambers
Photo of zipline courtesy of Navitat.com; river courtesy of of VisitAsheville.com; lookout courtesy of Point Lookout Vineyards
For leaf peepers, North Carolina can’t be topped, with one of the longest and most diverse fall color seasons in the world. Whether exploring by car, on foot, or in the air, the area offers several adventurous ways to see the color. IN THE AIR Asheville Hot Air Balloons lets guests take in spectacular fall foliage on a sunrise hot air balloon ride. Floating at an altitude ranging between 500 and 2,000 feet above Asheville, the ride provides an unprecedented view of the changing leaves of Pisgah National Forest. ashevillehotairballoons.com Zipline tours, like Navitat’s Mountaintop Tour in the Blue Ridge Mountains, suspend adventurers over the changing canopies, as they reach speeds of 65 mph and a height of 350 feet above the forest base — 50 feet higher than the Statue of Liberty! navitat.com/asheville-nc ON FOOT The mountains offer a wide variety of hiking trails, such as Graveyard Falls, located south of Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway. In addition to the gorgeous red and golden foliage, the trail
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leads to beautiful waterfalls, making the trail more romantic than its misnomer suggests. For guided excursions, Asheville Hiking Tours’ Waterfalls and Blue Ridge Parkway Tour transports guests directly to the trails and leads them to three unique waterfalls in the area. The tour is about two hours of exploring scenic Pisgah National Forest, as guides stop to identify plants and wildlife along the way. ashevillehikingtours.com AT EASE Guests can sip wine while enjoying a 30-mile panoramic view of mountains, vineyards and farmland atop Point Lookout Mountain near Hendersonville. Point Lookout Vineyards, located 3000-feet above sea level, offers a tasting room, outdoor seating, live music and food trucks on weekends. pointlookoutvineyards.com Families will love to pick apples, eat cider donuts and enjoy the fall color at Justus Orchard, one of the region’s dozens of orchards. Also home to a pumpkin patch and delicious bakery, it’s the perfect place to celebrate the season. justusorchard.com
Point Lookout Vineyards
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Robert Moog modified the synthesizer, making it easier for musicians to use
THE MOOGSEUM A S H E V I L L E ’ S N E W M U S E U M C E L E B R AT E S THE MOOG SYNTHESIZER By Teresa Bitler
You can listen to almost any genre of music in Asheville, from bluegrass to rock ‘n’ roll, but what you hear coming from the stage today might have been very different if it weren’t for Robert Moog, who designed the first commercial synthesizer in the mid-1960s. Later in life, Moog would move his family and his company, Moog Music, to Asheville. With the opening of the new Moogseum by the non-profit Bob Moog Foundation on what would have been his 85th birthday in May 2019, you can learn about the science of the Moog synthesizer and its influence on music. Moog would be the first to admit he did not invent the synthesizer; he reduced its size, added a keyboard and made it more practical for musicians to use. However, because his version offered such a wide range of new, electronically-generated sounds, musicians quickly embraced it.
FACTORY TOUR While not affiliated with the Bob Moog Foundation or the Moogseum, the nearby Moog Music Factory and Store offers free daily tours Monday through Friday. On the tour, you’ll hear the history of the Moog synthesizer, then step into the factory where more than 80 employees produce 40 different products. After your tour, you can play the synthesizers and Theremins on display in the store and purchase t-shirts, coffee mugs and other souvenirs to bring home. moogmusic.com
The Moogseum is located in downtown Asheville
The Moogseum tells this story through an interactive timeline of Moog’s life and delves into the science behind sound synthesis. On a visit, you can learn how electricity turns into sound when it goes through a circuit, explore the worlds of Theremins and effect pedals, and review archival materials through touchscreen kiosks. Kids can create their own circuit board in the Young Inventors Lab while parents check out 4 6 ▪ r ec r e at i o n
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The Doors were the first band to feature a Moog synthesizer on their album, followed by The Beatles, the Beach Boys and The Monkees. With the debut of the more compact Mini-Moog in January 1970, even more bands adopted it. Moog synthesizers continue to be popular today, and each one is made by hand in Asheville.
rotating exhibits highlighting new musical instrument innovations and traveling exhibits from other museums. moogseum.org
The bright lights of Beale Street
MEMPHIS ESCAPE D I S COV E R M U S I C , H I S TO RY A N D M O R E By Teresa Bitler
Photos of Beale Street and Graceland by Teresa Bitler; mic courtesy of David Meany / Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau
Memphis may be the birthplace of blues and rock ‘n’ roll, but there’s more to this city than the live music wafting from venues on Beale Street. There are attractions that make Memphis, which celebrates its bicentennial this year, one destination you won’t want to miss. GRACELAND Rock ‘n’ roll fans travel the globe to see Graceland, Elvis Presley’s Memphis home. Plan to spend at least an hour with headphones and a touchscreen iPad in hand, touring the mansion and grounds. Then, head to the entertainment complex to see his automobile collection, private jets, movie posters, jumpsuits and other exhibits. graceland.com Can’t get enough Elvis? See where he got his start recording hits like “That’s All Right” at Sun Studios. Daily shuttles leave Graceland on the hour beginning at 10 a.m. and take you to the studio and Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum before returning to Graceland. sunstudio.com MEMPHIS ROCK ‘N’ SOUL If you’re already riding the shuttle from Graceland, don’t miss the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. Created by the Smithsonian Institution, it traces the history of rock ‘n’ roll and soul music from workers singing in the fields to the greats who influence what you hear on the radio today.
Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home in Memphis
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A state-of-the-art headphone system allows you to hear more than 300 minutes of additional information, including artist interviews, as well as listen to songs associated with the displays you’re seeing. memphisrocknsoul.org NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM Built around the former Lorraine Motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, the National Civil Rights Museum covers slavery, the doctrine of separate but equal, the civil rights movement and beyond. It ends in the room where King was staying when he was assassinated. After visiting the museum’s main building, cross the street to the boarding house where James Earl Ray allegedly fired the fatal shot. Displays here detail the criminal investigation without taking sides on Ray’s guilt or innocence. civilrightsmuseum.org THE PEABODY MEMPHIS Elvis Presley attended his prom in the ballroom and Neil Diamond wrote “Sweet Caroline” in the lobby of this historic hotel, but most people come to see its ducks parade from the elevator to the lobby fountain every day at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Get there early for a good view; anywhere from 100 to 1,500 people attend each parade. peabodymemphis.com
Elvis Presley’s mic at Sun Studios
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Moon River Brewing Company
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Savannah’s history is intertwined with tales of haunted cemeteries, houses, hotels, restaurants and pubs, and fall is the perfect time to visit this ghostly city. CHECK IN TO HAUNTED HOTELS Check into the Marshall House, Savannah’s oldest hotel (1851) and named one of the most haunted establishments in the United States by USA Today. The four-story building has served as a hospital for Civil War soldiers as well as victims of yellow fever. There are consistent reports of loud noises, water faucets turning on and off, and objects moving on their own. marshallhouse.com
DINE WITH GHOSTS The Pirates’ House has served guests since 1753, making it one of the oldest restaurants and taverns in Savannah. Enjoy a fun dinner with roaming pirates and shady stories. It is said that pirates used to kidnap unsuspecting patrons and, using the underground tunnels beneath the restaurant leading to the Savannah River, would force them onto ships for a life of servitude. thepirateshouse.com
EXPLORE ON A HAUNTED TOURS A plethora of year-round ghost tours is offered in Savannah. Old Town Trolley Tours' Ghosts & Gravestones tour transports guests through the historic district with tales of Savannah’s darker side. trolleytours.com/savannah Savannah’s Haunted Pub Crawl, a 2-hour walking tour, introduces visitors to some of the most haunted taverns and public houses, with or without libations. ghostcitytours.com/ savannah/ghost-tours/haunted-pub-crawl For the brave at heart, Hearse Ghost Tours offers a unique tour in a funeral hearse that was actually in service for over 15 years, transporting thousands of bodies to their final resting place. The hearse holds nine passengers for a tour of the historic and macabre in Savannah's oldest districts. hearseghosttours.com Old Town Trolley Tours' Ghosts & Gravestones tour
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Photo of brewery courtesy of Moon River Brewing Company; trolley courtesy of Old Town Trolley Tours
The 17Hundred90 Inn & Restaurant is another option for an eerie stay. Tales of a lovelorn girl’s suicide from the balcony in Room 204 forced the hotel to require guests staying in the room to sign a waiver. For those brave enough to stay there now, the waiver is no longer required. 1790restaurant.com
sliding off tables and shadowy figures roaming through the building. All after hours, of course. moonriverbrewing.com
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SOARING IN PINK By Kerry McGee
In October, America is powered by pink to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To raise awareness, company logos turn pink, communities host local walks and races, limited edition pink items are sold around the country to support breast cancer research, and even some of our favorite athletes sport pink shoelaces, gloves and hats. Did you know that 1 in 8 U.S. women develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime? While there is no known cure, proper care and early detection are helping women beat breast cancer on a daily basis, and that’s why we are committed to supporting and raising awareness to this significant cause. To show our pink spirit in the air, you’ll see our crews wearing pink scarves, polos, belts and ties.
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“Allegiant is proud to partner with National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) on their mission to provide, help, and inspire hope
to those impacted by breast cancer through early detection and education,” said Jay Lee, Allegiant’s director of inflight training, standards and compliance. “Our team members across the country purchased pink apparel to wear in October to support NBCF, and the sale of special pink drinks onboard allows our customers to get involved in this worthwhile cause.” In addition to purchasing Minute Maid Pink Lemonade and Jose Cuervo Pink Lemonade Margaritas, customers have the option to add a $1, $2 or $5 donation to their onboard order through the I Give Hope program, benefiting NBCF. “As a proud partner of the NBCF since 2013, Allegiant has donated well over $100,000 in support of their bold mission. The funds help provide free mammograms and educational resources to thousands of people nationwide.”
Allegiant crew shows its support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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ESCAPE TO PARADISE at M a r g a r i tav i l l e R e so rt s By Christopher Lewis
Paradise isn’t just a destination — it’s also a state of mind. Vacations mean a time to kick your feet up without a care in the world to enjoy a gorgeous sunset with a cold drink in your hand. It should be a time to relax, where you don’t have to sweat the small stuff. This is the type of “no-worries” tropical vibe you’ll experience at fantastic Florida resorts. The good news: No passport required.
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Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Located on the famous Hollywood Beach Broadwalk in Hollywood, Florida, this AAA Four Diamond-rated resort sits right on the ocean and is the perfect setting to escape the everyday. Its tropical décor and vibe is what you would expect from Margaritaville, with amenities that will appeal to those looking to just relax as well as those looking for more excitement. For those who want to just chill, you’ll discover a full-service spa with eleven treatment rooms, including two designed specifically for couples, along with steam rooms, scrub room and rainfall showers. There is also a variety of massage treatments to choose from, including hot stone, deep tissue, aromatherapy and Swedish. There is a state-of-the-art fitness center and shopping outlets. Adventure seekers can take a ride on the resort’s beachside FlowRider® Double, a surf simulator that generates the perfect wave, or embark on a guided paddleboard tour along
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the Intracoastal Waterway. The resort also offers eight diverse bar and restaurant concepts from casual to upscale. Choose between a signature Cheeseburger in Paradise® at Margaritaville Restaurant or a spear-caught fish entrée at the award-winning JWB Prime Steak and Seafood. Margaritaville Resort Orlando Opening in January of this year, the resort transports you to paradise as soon as you walk into the main lobby with floor-to-ceiling views of the lagoon pool, the sounds of the tropics and a welcome cocktail. Accommodations include the option of booking guest rooms with a view of the pool, an exclusive suite or a vacation cottage. On its grounds, you’ll find a lush oasis of palm trees, lagoon-style pools and a beach. Their signature St. Somewhere Spa offers a variety of treatments and massages. Orlando is the Theme Park Capital of the World, so on-site is the city’s most immersive and technologically advanced water park, Island H2O Live! The park offers several drop slides, a lazy river, wave pool and a children’s area. Within walking distance is Sunset Walk, providing a variety of restaurants, shopping and other entertainment. But you’ll also find four distinctive on-site dining options, from the upscale experience of Euphoria to grab-and-go sandwiches at Provisions to a cheeseburger at the Salty Rim Bar & Grill.
The reception area of Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort
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Allegiant’s chairman and CEO, Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr. with Kylee Aberle (left), Reece Wagner (second from right) and Seth Ouellette (right) of Fargo’s Cass County Career & Technical Education Center
A DAY TO REMEMBER when scholarship winners visit a l l e g i a n t h e a d q ua rt e r s By Andrew Porrello
In an effort to address a growing demand for aviation professionals in the coming years, we at Allegiant have set our sights on inspiring and preparing the next generation of young aviators through scholarships, mentorships and unique STEM-related opportunities. This year, Allegiant awarded its first-ever Careers in Aviation scholarships to five graduating high school seniors who plan to pursue further education in the aeronautical sciences. Industry experts project a worldwide demand for more than 800,000 pilots and 720,000 maintenance technicians over the next 20 years. In North America alone, more than 200,000 pilots and 180,000 maintenance technicians will be needed as the aviation career field enjoys unparalleled growth. The scholarships are designed to open the door for diverse groups who are often underrepresented in STEM industries. The money can be used by students to fund an aviation program at a college, university or professional school.
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Three of the scholarship recipients — from the aviation program at the Cass County Career & Technical Education Center in Fargo, North Dakota — were treated to a day full of activities at Allegiant’s headquarters in Las Vegas. The event gave them a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run an airline. Throughout the day, students toured Allegiant’s operations control center, inflight training center and even had the chance to take their spot in the captain’s seat and fly our state-of-the-art Airbus simulator. They also engaged with various leaders from multiple Allegiant departments. Among the group of leaders was Tracy Tulle, the first-ever aviation professional to manage flight operations and inflight services under one umbrella, Michael Wuerger, who oversees all aspects of Allegiant’s day-to-day operation
and is a certified pilot himself, and Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., Allegiant chairman and CEO. The group shared anecdotes from their experience in the industry, learned more about the students’ interests and career aspirations and answered questions about what it’s like to work in the industry. Check out what the three students had to say about their experience at Allegiant headquarters and Allegiant’s inflight training center: “It’s been real cool in Las Vegas, I wasn’t expecting any of this for the Allegiant headquarters. They have a lot of good stuff here.” – Reece Wagner, aspiring air traffic controller “I honestly didn’t know there were this many careers in aviation. I knew there was more than the pilot but not quite this many. I still know I want to do something in aviation, [maybe] management.” – Kylee Aberle “Seeing Allegiant’s headquarters and training center has let me know that this isn’t just some pipe dream that I have.” – Seth Ouellette, aspiring commercial pilot We know that providing experiences like these are essential to ensuring the health of our industry. If you are aware of any aviation specific programs that could benefit from Allegiant’s support, please email corporate.giving@ allegiantair.com.
Seth Ouellette of Fargo’s Cass County Career & Technical Education Center in one of Allegiant’s Airbus simulators
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Alexandra McLendon (customer relations manager, Las Vegas headquarters) has taken her love of traveling to a whole new level — visiting 30 countries by her 30th birthday! If she’s not hard at work or on a plane headed to her next destination, you can find her doing extensive research and creating travel guides for the places she’s planning to visit. I sat down with Alexandra to chat about her recent adventures and passion for her job:
How long have you been with Allegiant? I joined the team six years ago as a customer service representative in customer care. I worked as a team lead and supervisor before starting my current position, manager of customer relations. I oversee a team of representatives responsible for handling all incoming emails from customers, as well as being available for our live chat feature on the website. As someone who travels often, it’s rewarding being able to help thousands of people make their vacations a reality.
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Visiting 30 countries in a lifetime, let alone by age 30, is a hefty goal. What inspired you to make this happen? It is! I spent two years teaching in Japan, and as I headed back to the states, I took a trip to
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Cambodia. I was on a tour and met a man who mentioned he was visiting 30 countries by his 30th birthday. I asked him more about his goal and left feeling inspired and encouraged that I could do the same thing. I wish I could tell him "thank you!"
Wow! If he only knew! So, has the goal been accomplished? I’ve met so many people and have remained connected via social media, but unfortunately, I never got his contact information. Yes! I celebrated my 30th birthday this past June in Spain — country number 30! Congratulations! I’m sure working in aviation helps — has Allegiant been supportive? In every way! From the travel benefits, flexibility and a supportive culture, I truly couldn’t have done it without Allegiant. The best part is the incredible friendships that I’ve built with my coworkers who love to travel too. There were so many people cheering me on! I’m sure it helps having travel buddies. What was your favorite trip? It makes for great memories, but I’ve also traveled quite a bit on my own. I’ve learned a lot along the way, not just about other countries and cultures, but about myself. I went to London for my birthday a few years ago, and the entire experience was amazing. The flights were smooth, the free museums were a plus, and I loved the people and the food. Are you taking a break from traveling or do you more plans? Nothing as intense as my last goal — but I have so much more of the world to see! I plan to visit Switzerland later this year, but my goal now is to focus on visiting different cities in the United States, especially on our growing Allegiant network. Sunseeker ▪ 57
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$4 S P EC I A LT Y
Pinot Grigio Merlot
Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee
Sales of Trinity Oaks wine help plant trees. Over 80 million trees planted since 1989.
BEER Bud Light Michelob ULTRA Stella Artois
$7 m i x e d d r i n ks Bacardi Rum Tanqueray Gin Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Tito’s Handmade Vodka
$2 B e v e r ag e s Coke Diet Coke Sprite Dasani Bottled Water Minute Maid Cranapple Juice Minute Maid Orange Juice Mr. & Mrs. T Bloody Mary Mix Seagram’s Ginger Ale Seagram’s Sparkling Seltzer Water Seagram’s Tonic Water Allegiant gladly accepts most major credit and debit cards. Allegiant does not accept cash, check or money orders in-flight or at any airport location. We are pleased to serve alcoholic beverages to customers over the age of 21 and encourage responsible consumption. Only alcohol provided by flight attendants may be consumed onboard. Brand selection and products may vary based upon availability.
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ALLEGIANT AIRCRAFT AIRBUS A319
Number of Aircraft: 37 Cruising Speed: 514 mph Range: 4,315 miles Maximum Take-Off Weight: 166,000 pounds Maximum Passengers: 156 Total Length: 111 feet Wingspan: 112 feet Pilots: 2 Flight Attendants: 4
Number of Aircraft: 54 Cruising Speed: 561 mph Range: 3,797 miles Maximum Take-Off Weight: 172,000 pounds Maximum Passengers: 186 Total Length: 123 feet Wingspan: 112 feet Pilots: 2 Flight Attendants: 4
TRAVELER INFORMATION SAFETY FIRST
Customer safety is Allegiant ®’s first concern. Please be advised that interference with the duties of crew members, including flight attendants, is a violation of federal laws. Our crews are thoroughly trained in all safety procedures. To ensure your own safety, we hope you take a moment to review the safety information card located in the seat pocket in front of you. Be aware of the following:
• Location of the nearest emergency exit • Location of your emergency oxygen mask, if needed • Correct procedure for exiting the cabin in an emergency SEAT BELTS
Seat belts must be fastened ANY TIME the seat belt sign is on, during taxi, takeoff and landing. Once the seat belt sign is turned off, you may walk around the cabin. Due to unexpected turbulence, it is strongly recommended that you keep your seat belt fastened any time while in your seat. Allegiant’s exit seating policy does not allow the use of seat belt extensions in the exit seats due to tripping hazards.
Unlabeled seats or seats manufactured before Jan. 1, 1981, are not acceptable. Child restraint seats are to be placed into a window seat and secured with an aircraft seat belt.
PHOTOS & VIDEOS ONBOARD
The use of small cameras or mobile devices for photography and video is permitted onboard provided you keep the purpose of your photography and video to capturing personal events. Photographing or recording other customers or airline personnel without their express consent is prohibited. Airline personnel reserve the right to prohibit photos and videos onboard the aircraft if it becomes a disturbance to them or other passengers.
Allegiant is forbidden to serve alcoholic beverages to anyone who appears to be intoxicated or who has not yet reached the age of 21. It is a violation of federal regulations to drink alcoholic beverages during a flight unless they have been served by Allegiant personnel.
CHILD RESTRAINT SEATS
Federal Aviation Administration requires that all child restraint seats used on planes meet federal safety standards. Acceptable seats bear proper labeling
“THIS RESTRAINT IS CERTIFIED FOR USE IN MOTOR VEHICLES AND AIRCRAFT" from the manufacturer.
Smoking, the use of other tobacco products, e-cigarettes and other similar smoking devices are not permitted on any Allegiant flight. Federal law imposes fines of $1,000 for smoking and up to $2,000 for any attempt to disable an aircraft smoke detector.
PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES ALWAYS PERMITTED*
Smartphone (in Airplane Mode)
Wireless Mouse, Keyboard or Other Accessory
*Restrictions may apply when operating outside of U.S. Airspace. NOTE: Portable electronic device use on the ground, during takeoff and during landing should be limited to small, lightweight devices less than 2 lbs. These devices should be able to be easily secured in a seat back and not impede emergency access to the aisle.
PERMITTED AT GATE & IN FLIGHT
Using cellular network services (voice or data) to make or receive calls during the flight is not permitted by U.S. and International regulatory authorities. If you have other questions about the use of other portable electronic devices not shown here, ask your flight attendant.
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Personal Air Purifiers
Remote Control Toys
Two-Way Radios or Transmitters
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