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ALLEGIANT'S GUIDE TO THE BEST DESTINATIONS UNDER THE SUN DECEMBER 2019 - JANUARY 2020

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FUN FOR ALL SEASONS

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6-SPIES IN DISGUISE COVER Super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is…not. But when events take an unexpected turn, this unlikely duo is forced to team up for the ultimate mission that will require an almost impossible disguise — transforming Lance into the brave, fierce, majestic… pigeon. Walter and Lance suddenly have to work as a team, or the whole world is in peril. Blue Sky Studios’ “Spies in Disguise,” an animated spy comedy adventure, stars Will Smith, Tom Holland, Rashida Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Reba McEntire, Rachel Brosnahan, Karen Gillan, DJ Khaled and Masi Oka and is directed by Troy Quane and Nick Bruno.

Cover and lead Table of Contents photos courtesy of Blue Sky Studios

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The holidays are always an amazing time to travel. Whether visiting family or friends, taking the kids to visit their favorite theme park in Orlando or looking to relax under the sun, we’re proud to play a role in making these trips possible.

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We recently announced five new routes, including two to the Gulf Coast and three to Nashville. These new flights will offer even more travelers across the country access to Allegiant’s ultra-low fares and nonstop flights. Let Sunseeker be your guide to the latest in local deals and tips on the hottest spots to visit in our destinations. Check out which beach bars we recommend in St. Pete Beach on page 33. With its perfect weather during December and January, see which outdoor activities near Orlando/Sanford are most popular on page 38. Learn why Nashville is a magical experience for the entire family this holiday season on page 50. Finally, read about which iconic seasonal festivities you won’t want to miss while visiting New York City on page 48. As always, we hope you take advantage of the convenience and great deals we offer on our nonstop flights, hotels, car rentals and more to make your trip a great one. Thanks again for choosing Allegiant and have a great vacation.

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The smooth, suave and debonair Lance Sterling (Will Smith)

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LICENSE TO LAUGH

S p i e s I n D i s g u i s e Co - D i r ec to r s Turn the Spy Genre On Its Head By Christopher Lewis

Directors Nick Bruno and Troy Quane partner up to direct the latest feature from Disney and Blue Sky Studios, "Spies in Disguise." The film features an all-star cast as super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) team up to save the world. Sunseeker sat with both directors to discuss the upcoming film. What was the inspiration for this movie? How did this all start? Nick Bruno (NB): This is an opportunity to give kids what will probably be their very first spy movie, and where, in a world where violence and action is king, we thought this is an awesome opportunity to show kids that there’s another way to approach dealing with people. When it started, Troy was out in California, and I was in New York, working on "The Peanuts movie." We had both read the script. We’d never met

Super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith)

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each other, we’d never worked together. But I think we both had the same reaction to the script — where, when we read it, we said, "This might be one of the dumbest ideas ever." Troy Quane (TQ): "We have to do it. We have to do it." NB: Because it’s so unique, it’s silly, but within that movie, we felt that there was a good message. What does this movie mean to you? NB: We feel a tremendous responsibility with delivering what might be a kid’s first spy movie. And, it’s been so passionate for us to not just have fun with all the things that come with making a spy movie, but at the same time, delivering a message that you think can possibly make the world a better place.


TQ: I think epic, I think exciting, I think global. But then, I also say heartfelt and endearing and hopefully aspirational. And, I think that juxtaposition is what we were always after, that you have this really intimate, heartfelt story inside this gigantic big action set piece. And, hopefully that comes through. And we’ll never look at pigeons the same way again right? NB: Yeah. You know, one of the things that you learn and discover is just how amazing pigeons really are. They’re in every city around the world. Nobody even knows that they’re there. So they’re hiding in plain sight. Pigeons can see in 360 degrees, which means that at any given time, they could see your face and their butt. You can’t sneak up on them. TQ: Right. They’re one of the fastest birds in the world — only the peregrine falcon is faster. But because they’re so fast, they see at a faster rate of speed than we do, so everything to them feels slow motion, so we would always refer to it as Pigeon Bullet Time.

seen, but when you think of it, you’re like, “Man, that’s actually genius.” So, it was a turning point. NB: That’s also where we came up with the “Let’s get weird.” Because it’s not just a mantra in the movie. It’s a mantra for making the movie. At first, it seems a little weird, but there’s some real good grounding behind it all. So let’s get weird! "Spies in Disguise" opens nationwide Dec. 25.

Lance as the brave, fierce, magestic... pigeon

Photos courtesy of Blue Sky Studios

NB: Mm hmm. TQ: They see UV light. So, they see bands of light that we can’t see with the human eye… When we first read the script, it was just a joke. We turn the world’s greatest spy into a pigeon. And we started going, "This is the genius that is Walter." At the surface, it seems like a joke, but really what he’s saying is, this is the best cover for a spy. No one knows you’re there. You’ve got all these built-in gadgets. It’s actually genius, right? And that became really the approach for all of Walter’s other gadgets. At first glance, they seem like the dumbest thing you’d ever

Scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland)

The pigeon flock

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FORT MYERS PUNTA GORDA ENGLEWOOD BEACH

Photo of boat courtesy of PureFlorida.com; pickleball courtesy of PicklePlex of Punta Gorda at Florida South Western State College; festival courtesy of Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce; bacon by Deborah Owen

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PUNTA GORDA CHRISTMAS LIGHT CANAL CRUISES A tradition for more than 30 years, Kingfisher Fleet hosts the Punta Gorda Christmas Light Canal Cruises. From Dec. 1-31, Kingfisher Fleet sails along the residential canals of Punta Gorda, which shows off its festive best with holiday lights, displays and decorations proudly displayed on homes, boats, seawalls and docks. kingfisherfleet.com/christmaslight-canal-cruise

PUNTA GORDA ANNUAL SULLIVAN STREET CRAFT FESTIVAL All things crafts takes over charming Downtown Punta Gorda at the annual Sullivan Street Craft Festival. Handmade arts and crafts made by top national artisans are on sale Jan. 18 and 19, including jewelry, ceramics, wood carvings, fine art, photography and more. artfestival.com/ festivals/Punta-gorda-sullivan-street-craftfestival

PICKLEBALL GLOBAL WORLD PICKLEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP The top 16 ranked pickleball players in multiple categories compete in the World PickleBall Championship in Punta Gorda on Dec. 27-30. Exciting categories include men’s and women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles. More than 500 players are expected to compete in the pro divisions for a $100,000 prize purse. pickleball.global

BACON JAM Local restaurants show off their most creative bacon-based dishes at Bacon Jam, presented by 96 K-Rock and held at Centennial Park in Downtown Fort Myers on Jan. 18. Bacon lovers can rock out with live music from local bands playing all day long, while kids will enjoy the complimentary children’s area. bscevent.com/ baconjam

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Starfish and dolphins and squishy things, oh my. You never know what friends you’ll make at Palm Island Resort, where wildlife is plentiful and always on display. Come say hi, won’t you?

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Cesar’s Tacos is a Port Charlotte staple

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FOOD TRUCKIN’ THE BEST MEALS ON WHEELS A RO U N D P U N TA G O R DA By Chelle Koster Walton

While beachside dining at fancy resorts may sound like a true Floridian vacation, locals know that the Punta Gorda and Fort Myers area is food truck territory. Even those passing through have the opportunity to sample the city fare, as the Punta Gorda Airport hosts food trucks every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. It’s worth the time tracking down where they will show up on any given day. CESAR’S TACOS One of the longest standing and most popular in Port Charlotte, Cesar’s Tacos usually parks at the Lucky Marathon gas station on a regular weekly rotation. Besides its 10 varieties of tacos at $2 a pop ($3 for shrimp or fish), it also sells quesadillas, burritos, occasional specials and Mexican soda in tropical fruit flavors. Tacos taste authentically south of the border, with options from pastor (marinated pork) to tripe. facebook.com/cesarstacoss

Photos by Chelle Koster Walton

THREE LITTLE BIRDS BREAKFAST TRUCK Filling an important kick-off-the-day niche, Three Little Birds frequents farmers markets in the Fort Myers area, but also makes the rounds to medical offices, where staff and the public alike can walk up to the window. Its signature Little Bird dish sandwich features an over-

Start the day with Three Little Birds Breakfast Truck

easy egg between fresh buttermilk biscuits and topped with a luscious sausage gravy and shredded cheddar. For the health conscious, there are vegetarian options and yogurt with granola. facebook.com/ThreeLittleBirdsTruck THE NOSH TRUCK The Nosh Truck was one of the region’s first food trucks. It is a regular at farmers markets, where its Asian predilection consorts with Cuban, Mexican and American influences. Fans line up for its gourmet-level Vietnamese Bahn Mi Chicken Sandwich, Korean BBQ Pork Tacos and Pad Thai Burger. With its whimsical, colorful mural of fresh veggies and sandwiches, it can’t be missed. facebook.com/ The-Nosh-Truck-158663804163407 YUPPIE BOWLS This tiny, turquoise trailer has recently emerged on the scene to balance typically heavy comfort food with healthy build-your-own-bowl combos. Guests can pick from eight fruits, seven sauces and seven toppings. The combinations are varied and delicious, allowing guests to combine bananas with Nutella, coconut nectar and granola (gluten-free available), or blackberries with white chocolate sauce, shredded coconut and chia seeds. facebook. com/Yuppie-bowls-1892515031054630

The Nosh Truck draws Fort Myers professionals weekly at the downtown farmers market

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The Jamaican Jerk Bloody Mary at Farlow’s on the Water

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BLOODY DELICIOUS W H E R E TO S AVO R SO M E O F P U N TA G O R DA / E N G L E WO O D B E AC H ’ S B E S T B L O O DY M A RY S

Photo of Jamaican Jerk Bloody Mary by Cheyenne Alford Photography; Build-your-own Bloody Mary courtesy of Hurricane Charley’s Raw Bar & Grill

By Heather Turk

Not all Bloody Marys are created equal — at least not in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, where several local restaurants are known for their flavorful takes on the beloved cocktail. FARLOW’S ON THE WATER The food isn’t the only thing with a tropical influence at this popular Englewood restaurant. Its Jamaican Jerk Bloody Mary pairs perfectly with several of its Caribbean dishes made with a Southern twist — particularly the Kentucky Fried Green Tomatoes. A unique blend of Absolut Lime and Peppar vodkas combined with an organic Bloody Mary mix, the drink comes served in a hurricane glass rimmed with the restaurant’s Jamaican Jerk seasoning

Build-your-own Bloody Mary at Hurricane Charley’s

for $10.50. Patrons can enjoy their cocktail on the restaurant’s 190-seat patio and listen to steel drum players and other trop-rock artists perform every Wednesday through Sunday evening. farlowsonthewater.com HURRICANE CHARLEY’S RAW BAR & GRILL Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., this relaxed Punta Gorda restaurant adjacent to PG Waterfront Hotel and Suites offers a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Visitors can order either a Standard Bloody Mary for $6 or a Deluxe Bloody Mary topped with a strip of bacon, two jumbo shrimp and a snow crab claw for $11 and add a variety of mixers and garnishes to their 16-ounce drink. For an extra $2, they can even upgrade the vodka from well vodka. Guests can then sip their creation on the restaurant’s 200-seat patio, which not only boasts breathtaking views of Charlotte Harbor, but also features musicians playing everything from country to trop-rock music from 1-5 p.m. hurricanecharleys.com VILLAGE BREWHOUSE Although best known for having 20 beers on tap, this waterfront restaurant in Fishermen’s Village makes one of the tastiest Bloody Marys in Punta Gorda. The Brewhouse Bloody Mary is made with Pinnacle Vodka and the restaurant’s own Bloody Mary mix, which has some hot sauce in it to give the drink a little kick of spice. Typically priced at $6, the cocktail is available all day every Sunday for only $5. Sundays are actually a great time to visit the sports bar, as not only does it have the NFL Sunday Ticket so football fans can watch the latest games on one of 34 big screen TVs, but guests sitting on its 150-seat patio can also hear live music coming from Fishermen’s Village’s Center Court. thevillagebrewhouse.com

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Fishermen’s Village’s Festival of Lights celebration is a holiday favorite

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A REAL CATCH

F I S H E R M E N ’S V I L L AG E : A S TA P L E O F P U N TA G O R DA FO R N E A R LY 4 0 Y E A R S By Heather Turk

Photo of Christmas trees and sunset courtesy of Fishermen’s Village; boats courtesy of King Fisher Fleet

Allegiant passengers traveling to Punta Gorda/ Englewood Beach will quickly discover that no trip to the area is complete without visiting Fishermen’s Village. Located on Charlotte Harbor, Fishermen’s Village stands on the site of the former Maud Street City Dock, which at one time had as many as seven different companies operating packing houses that were integral to the area’s fishing industry. Since 1980, however, the land has been repurposed as one of Punta Gorda’s premier shopping and dining destinations. Home to 30 independently owned shops and boutiques, the open-air promenade is the perfect place to purchase a variety of unique gifts and quality fashion pieces to bring back home. Shoppers will find everything from handmade art by local artists at Dragonfly to eye-catching costume jewelry at DanaTyler. When it’s time for a shopping break, idyllic views with a side of delicious food are offered at five waterfront restaurants, including Fishermen’s Village’s newest addition, The Pier. The contemporary restaurant offers a menu of inspired cuisine that marries Florida fare with the traditional flavors and cooking techniques of Hawaii, the Pacific Islands and the Pacific Rim. Delicious hearty selections like kalua pulled pork are balanced out by fresh and light options like lettuce wraps or sushi. For those who want to get out on the water, Fishermen’s Village has its own marina that offers everything from kayak rentals to sightseeing cruises. During the month of December, guests can even book a one-hour tour of Punta Gorda’s residential canals to view the holiday lights with King Fisher Fleet’s Christmas Light Canal Cruise. Tours leave nightly at 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m.

Visitors can check out more than 1 million festive lights and decorations at Fishermen’s Village, too, during its annual Festival of Lights celebration through Dec. 31. The event is one of many special events Fishermen’s Village hosts throughout the year including fireworks during Fishermen’s Village’s New Year’s Eve Celebration on Dec. 31 and free music in its Center Court on select days of the week. With so much to see and do, visitors may have a hard time leaving Fishermen’s Village. Soon, however, they won’t have to, as Fishermen’s Village Resort will be reopening after being closed since Hurricane Irma in 2017. The resort’s newly remodeled villas will include spacious kitchen, living and dining areas, making Fishermen’s Village Punta Gorda’s ultimate place to stay and play! fishville.com

Fishermen’s Village offers a truly picturesque shopping and dining experience

See holiday lights like never before on a Christmas Light Canal Cruise

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The view of the beach from PierSide Grill’s 150-seat patio

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A FEAST FOR THE SENSES WAT E R F RO N T D I N I N G O N FO RT M Y E R S B E AC H By Heather Turk

Foodies visiting Fort Myers Beach will discover a restaurant scene that serves up so much more than just flavorful fare. The relaxed Southwest Florida destination is home to several waterfront restaurants that let guests feast upon striking views with their mouthwatering meal.

The succulent Prime Rib at Charley’s Boat House Grill

Matanzas on the Bay has a 110-seat waterfront patio

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MATANZAS ON THE BAY Nestled along the back bay of Fort Myers Beach, this upscale-casual restaurant has been delighting diners with its fresh seafood and idyllic scenery for 35 years. Guests can not only soak up views of Matanzas Pass from inside the restaurant or out on its waterfront patio, but also head upstairs to Petey’s Upper Deck for an aerial view of the sailboats moored nearby. Serving lunch and dinner, the restaurant features such must-try selections as the Bacon-Wrapped Scallops glazed in a sweet Caribbean sauce, the rum-dipped Drunken Coconut Shrimp and the Key Lime Pie with an Oreo crust. Diners can also enjoy live music daily. matanzasonthebay.com PIERSIDE GRILL AND FAMOUS BLOWFISH BAR Located in Fort Myers Beach’s Times Square, this family favorite is known for its amazing sunset views and having live music daily. Guests can take in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico scenery from inside the restaurant as well as out on its patio while being steps away from the sugarwhite sand. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant has something for everyone to relish, from tender, fall-off-the-bone Danish Baby Back Ribs (available for dinner only) to savory seafood platters. No meal is complete without an order of The Original World Famous Beach Bread topped with garlic butter, bleu, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, a hint of onion, vine-ripe tomato and chopped green olives. piersidegrill.com

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Photo of beach view courtesy of PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar; Prime Rib courtesy of Charley’s Boat House Grill & Wine Bar; waterfront patio courtesy of Matanzas on the Bay

CHARLEY’S BOAT HOUSE GRILL & WINE BAR A mainstay for 45 years, this recently renovated Old Florida-style restaurant now boasts a brandnew wine bar with an extensive list of more than 120 bottles, an expanded all-day happy hour and a variety of new menu options. Known for its fresh seafood, succulent cuts of Braveheart Black Angus Beef, 55-item salad bar (included with every dinner entrée) and tranquil views leading to Estero Bay, the canal-side restaurant is located in a converted boathouse. Guests

who dine overlooking the water often see fish and birds in addition to lush mangroves while enjoying such impeccably prepared items as the Seafood Pasta or the slow-roasted Prime Rib for dinner. Visitors can also take advantage of the new extended dining hours and order lunch! boathousegrill.net


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A TIMELESS DESTINATION H I S TO R I C D OW N TOW N S A R A SOTA I S S U R E TO C H A R M V I S I TO R S By Heather Turk

Photo of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens by Michael Klauber; Sarasota Architectural Salvage courtesy of Sarasota Architectural Salvage

While its beaches aren’t to be missed, no trip to the Gulf Coast is complete without visiting historic downtown Sarasota. “Sarasota’s best restaurants are all within an eight-block radius,” said John Moran, operations manager for the Downtown Improvement District, which has been working since 2008 to make downtown Sarasota an even more popular destination than it already is by improving its streets and landscape. “It’s a foodie’s paradise with plenty of alfresco dining. Shopping, art galleries, world-famous opera, live theater — everything is here.” Sarasota even boasts nearly 90 relics on the National Register of Historic Places. Locals are still living in these beautiful buildings built in the early 1900s, not to mention partying the night away at The Gator Club since 1912. Just like Sarasota, Sarasota Architectural Salvage is a curious mélange of the old and new. The 10,000-square-foot treasure trove sells everything from reclaimed lumber and barnwood to vintage collectibles. Shoppers never know what they’ll find, from glass film negatives dating back to the late 1800s to modern items made from reclaimed materials. The store hosts several seasonal events that benefit local charities, too, where shoppers can enjoy food, beverages, music and other festivities. sarasotasalvage.com Downtown Sarasota hosts numerous special events throughout the year, like the Sarasota Farmers Market. Held every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., the weekly event is the perfect place for visitors to purchase an assortment of locally grown and handmade goods. More than 70 vendors are typically on site, selling everything from handcrafted jewelry to scratch-

Sarasota Architectural Salvage

Lights in Bloom at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

made scones. sarasotafarmersmarket.org For those visiting during the holidays, be sure to stop by the breathtaking 15-acre Marie Selby Botanical Gardens for its Lights in Bloom event happening select nights Dec. 14, 2019, through Jan. 6, 2020. Guests will see more than 2 million lights illuminating the living museum, which showcases an array of tropical plants along Sarasota Bay. selby.org All of that activity got you tired? Time to go back to your hotel. Maybe you’re staying at the snazzy Aloft or at Art Ovation, the latter of which has a rooftop pool and a lobby showcasing art near a live jazz band. There are so many great options covering nearly every taste and style. With so much to experience, Allegiant passengers may not even make it to the beach!


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TAMPA • ST. PETE CLEARWATER

Photo of Enchant Christmas courtesy of Enchant Christmas; Winter Village and ship courtesy of Visit Tampa Bay; kites courtesy of VisitStPeteClearwater.com

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ENCHANT CHRISTMAS Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg hosts Enchant Christmas on select dates Nov. 22-Dec. 29, a large-scale, immersive holiday light experience boasting “the world’s largest Christmas light maze and market.” The event includes larger-thanlife light sculptures, an ice-skating trail and a Christmas Market with 40 local artisans. stpete.enchantchristmas.com

TREASURE ISLAND KITE FESTIVAL AND COMPETITION Kite flyers from all over the U.S. show off their best skills during the Treasure Island Kite Festival along Treasure Island Beach. Not only will the skies be filled with beautiful kites flown by experts, but visitors can learn how to fly their own kites during this free two-day event on Jan. 18 and 19. facebook. com/biggestbeachkite

WINTER VILLAGE From Nov. 22-Jan 5, Downtown Village transforms into the Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park presented by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Located along the Tampa Riverwalk, the Winter Village celebrates the holidays with fun for the entire family. Visitors can skate at Downtown Tampa’s only outdoor ice rink, and find the perfect gift at The Shops at Winter Village featuring 10 local boutiques. wintervillagetampa.com

SEMINOLE HARD ROCK GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST The annual Gasparilla Invasion presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla kicks off the Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest with the annual re-enactment of Tampa’s historic pirate invasion, complete with a Gasparilla Flotilla and swashbuckling pirates. It is followed by the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates, featuring more than 103 floats, five marching bands and plenty of pirates. The festivities run Jan. 25-26. gasparillapiratefest.com

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Veg Out Tacos at Badfins Food + Brew

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Having fun out in the soft sands of Clearwater Beach can often lead to an appetite, but it can be difficult to leave the paradisiac beaches, even if it is for a delicious meal. Thankfully, the area is known for its tacos, which are always made quick, are very filling and make a delicious snack or meal.

Succulent Grouper Taco at Shephard’s Tiki Bar

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BADFINS FOOD + BREW Relatively new to Clearwater Beach yet racking up rave reviews is this up-tempo restaurant where seafood and Mexican dishes are the specialty. Along with 34 craft beers on tap, handcrafted cocktails and live music performances, Badfins has five unique taco meals. Meat lovers can’t go wrong with the two-fisted Oink Oink Baby, which comes stuffed with pulled pork and slathered with lime slaw and Pico de Gallo. The Veg Out offers vegetarians a taco respite with seasoned portobello mushrooms, cilantro lime slaw and homemade southwest salsa. badfins.com TACO BUS An ultra-casual, fast-food eatery on the lower level of Edge Hotel, Taco Bus specializes in very affordable and very tasty tacos. The brightly-lit interior, including an order area inside a big yellow bus, offers spacious seating at tables and booths. The menu features hard corn, soft corn or flour tortillas and more than a dozen varieties of fillings, headlined by a zesty marinated shredded pork in achiote, made from a 2000-year-old Mayan recipe. Vegans will savor the butternut squash, which comes grilled with sweet red peppers, tomatoes and onions. Taco-bus.com 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

Photo of Frenchy's Veg Out Tacos courtesy of Joe Franzese Photography; Grouper Taco by Alan Mock/Resort Magazines, LLC; pork taco courtesy of Taco Bus Franchise Group

TIKI BEACH BAR Ranking among the most popular spots on Clearwater Beach is Shephard’s Beach Resort, a multiplex of beachfront lodging,

entertainment and dining venues. Beach enthusiasts should head for the Tiki Beach Bar, where waterfront views of Clearwater Pass make a relaxing backdrop to food, drink and fun. When it comes to tacos, Shephard’s has pulled short rib, baja shrimp, mahi and the Floridian favorite, grouper, all served with house-fried potato chips and delicious accompaniments. They’re best served with a cold craft beer and a vibrant sunset. shephards.com


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All five Frenchy’s serve stone crab in season when available

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GOT CLAWS? S U CC U L E N T S TO N E C R A B O N C L E A R WAT E R B E AC H By Heather Turk

Photo of Frenchy's crab courtesy of Frenchy’s Restaurants; Cooters' platter by Wayne Cathel/Belleair Images; Palm Pavilion crab courtesy of Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar

There is no better time to visit Clearwater Beach than stone crab season. From now until May 15, guests can indulge in fresh Florida stone crab at several local restaurants while supplies last. Since Mother Nature is in charge of how many stone crab claws can be harvested each season, guests are encouraged to reach out to participating restaurants to make sure the seasonal favorite is available before visiting. COOTERS Known for its locally sourced stone crab that’s delivered fresh daily when available, this family-friendly restaurant and bar is one of the city’s most popular places to relish never frozen Florida stone crab claws by the pound. Various sizes are usually offered, and prices fluctuate based on the market price. The claws can be ordered hot with drawn butter or cold with Cooters’ special homemade sauce, and they come served semi-cracked with mallets and crab forks. For serious crab lovers, guests can also dig in to Cooters’ Crab Feast Platter, which comes loaded with enough varieties of crab — including stone crab — to satisfy two to four people. cooters.com FRENCHY’S This family of local seafood restaurants receives all of its stone crab from its own processing plant in Palm Harbor. Catches are cooked the same day they are harvested, then delivered fresh, never frozen, to Frenchy’s five restaurants, as well as its three Clear Sky branded restaurants. Medium, large and jumbo-sized claws are typically available, with prices varying by the pound based on availability and demand. Guests can enjoy the stone crab claws either chilled with a stone crab mustard sauce on the side or steamed with drawn butter based on their preference. For those who can’t get enough of the delicious D e s t i n at i o n ▪

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dish, fresh stone crab claws can be ordered online at frenchysstonecrab.com for next-day delivery to savor once they get back home! frenchysonline.com PALM PAVILION BEACHSIDE GRILL & BAR Florida’s oldest operating beach pavilion usually gets fresh stone crab claws delivered daily on the weekends. The claws are then served chilled by the pound, with medium and large crab claws typically available. In the past, four large crab claws or six medium crab claws were equal to a pound. Price is driven by supply, and claws come served with the restaurant’s signature stone crab mustard sauce. palmpavilion.com

Cooters’ Crab Feast Platter features multiple types of crab

Feast upon stone crab and waterfront views at Palm Pavilion

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Diver on site at Circle of Heroes

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CIRCLE OF HEROES MEMORIAL A N E W A N D E XC I T I N G D I V E S I T E H A S O P E N E D O F F C L E A R WAT E R B E AC H By Nancy Foster

A unique diving experience, located 10 miles off the shores of Clearwater Beach, can be credited to the vision of Dr. Heyward Mathews, a renowned professor of oceanography and scuba diving instructor. Dr. Mathews envisaged an underwater memorial to honor those who served, and with the assistance of his nephew, former Florida U. S. Representative David Jolly years of fundraising and dedicated volunteers, the Circle of Heroes Memorial at Veteran’s Reef opened on August 15, 2019. The first phase of the project consists of 12, 6 foot concrete statues erected in a 100 foot circle around a pentagon-shaped monument emblazoned on each side with bronze emblems of the U.S. Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines and Air Force. The statues, each requiring two to three months to design and fabricate, depict

military men and women in the branches they served. They were barged in from Sand Key on the south side of Clearwater Beach, lowered into 40 foot waters and anchored by 2000-pound bases. Circle of Heroes Memorial is also being used as a therapeutic dive site for veterans with physical and mental injuries. In addition to the memorial itself, which is due to double to 24 statues by the end of 2020, many divers find the reef a photographic wonder. It is already attracting marine life such as grouper, sharks, flounder, amberjack and cobia. Visitors who wish to dive the site can sign on through area dive shops or through local dive charter companies. Proof of certification as an Open Water or Scuba Diver is required, but for unlicensed enthusiasts, some companies offer a 3-day course to become certified.

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The 2 Shea Fishing and Diving Charter operation based near Clearwater has a crew of eight captains, four who are retired military. They offer pick-up/drop-off at Clearwater Beach Marina and operate six-passenger 35’ and 42’ show dive boats. 2sheacharters.com 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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Narcosis Scuba is a full-service dive shop that runs a Sportcraft out of Tarpon Springs, just north of Clearwater. They offer certification courses and use top of the line equipment and gear. Circle of Heroes has a special appeal for owner Joyce Hannock, who has been running diving trips since 1987. Her son’s name is mounted on the Afghanistan statue, and her father’s name appears on the Vietnam statue. narcosisscuba.com


Jariah Higgins often performs alternating Wednesday afternoons at Palm Pavilion

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As if the turquoise water and sugar-white sand wasn’t entertaining enough to gaze at, Clearwater Beach has several restaurants and bars that offer live entertainment for guests to enjoy.

Savor craft brews and live music nightly at Surfside Taphouse

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SURFSIDE TAPHOUSE A great place to kick back with a craft beer and chill, this popular bar and restaurant near Pier 60 never charges a cover to enjoy its nightly live entertainment. Guests can listen to solo musicians play cover songs every night from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., all while drinking beers from Florida breweries like 3 Daughters Brewing and Tampa Bay Brewing Co. Regardless of who is performing, patrons can expect to hear an assortment of music genres based on the crowd’s interests. surfsidetaphouse.com TIKI BEACH BAR & GRILL AT SHEPHARD’S BEACH RESORT Located on a private stretch of white sand beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, this tropical oasis has its own concert stage that features live entertainment every afternoon and evening. Guests can enjoy everything from reggae to rock music by great local bands and national acts while indulging in cool cocktails and casual Florida beach bites. Most of the time there is no cover charge, unless there is a special concert or holiday event. For guests who want to keep dancing until the wee hours of the morning, Shephard’s Gulf-front nightclub, the Wave, hosts some of the hottest local and nationally known DJs. The club is open Friday through Sunday from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.; cover charge varies. shephards.com/entertainment 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

Photo of Jariah Higgins courtesy of Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar; Surfside Taphouse courtesy of Surfside Taphouse; Tiki Beach Bar & Grill courtesy of Shephard’s Beach Resort

PALM PAVILION BEACHSIDE GRILL & BAR Since the late 1990s, Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar has hosted free live entertainment on its deck overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Patrons can not only hear the music while dining alfresco, but also while drinking at the bar. Music is featured in the afternoon and evening, with solo performers typically playing on the weekdays and larger acts performing

on Friday and Saturday nights. Although the lineup varies, frequent performers include Colt Clark on Monday evenings, who performs everything from blues to rock music, and local favorite Jariah Higgins on alternating Wednesday afternoons playing contemporary hits and classics. Guests can even enjoy the entertainment in inclement weather, as the restaurant recently installed a permanent roof over its open-air deck. palmpavilion.com


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Several of Twin Brooks’ fairways play around a pond

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Golfers traveling to St. Pete hoping to enjoy a game or two have come to the right place. The city operates three public golf courses known for delivering an enjoyable, aesthetically pleasing golf experience at a fair and costeffective price. Families can even take advantage of The First Tee of St. Petersburg program at all three City of St. Petersburg Municipal Golf Courses, which offers young golfers ages 6 to 16 lessons with PGA Golf Professionals.

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CYPRESS LINKS GOLF COURSE Having opened in 1997, this 9-hole, par-3 course is the youngest City of St. Petersburg Municipal Golf Course. Great for those wanting to play a shorter course, the fun and sporty layout was designed to challenge golfers of all playing levels and abilities. Players will find holes with lengths ranging from 105 to 187 yards. The shorter playing time and affordable fees make the course ideal for family outings. golfstpete.com/cypresslinks MANGROVE BAY GOLF COURSE Since opening in 1978, this 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course has been one of the state’s most popular places to play a game. In 2017, it completed a renovation project that included re-grassing all of its USGA modified

Cypress Links is located at the entrance to Mangrove Bay

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Platinum Paspalum greens and repaving all of the golf cart paths on the course. Home to one of the best practice facilities in the Tampa Bay area, the course boasts three large practice greens as well as a grass tee driving range. Golf instruction is available by a PGA Golf Professional, and several popular events are held throughout the year, including the St. Nick Open Golf Tournament on Dec. 21. golfstpete. com/mangrovebay TWIN BROOKS GOLF COURSE The city’s oldest golf course, Twin Brooks near the South Pinellas beaches, opened for play in 1957. It was purchased by the city in 1974 and eventually converted in 2015 from an 18-hole, par-3 course with a driving range to a 9-hole, par-3 course with a 3-hole practice course, three large practice greens and a driving range with 18 covered hitting stalls. As part of the renovation, all of the holes were changed from their original routing, and all-new greens and tees were installed. Water comes into play on six holes, and several of the fairways boast beautiful trees. Aside from being a great course to sharpen your short game on, the picturesque course is ideal for newer golfers, juniors, seniors and families. Individual and group PGA instruction are available, too. golfstpete.com/twinbrooks

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Known for sunny skies and soft white sands, award-winning St. Pete Beach has plenty of places to hang out, sip a cold one and munch on casual fare. BONGO’S BEACH BAR & GRILLE Directly on the beach at Grand Plaza Hotel lies Bongo’s Beach Bar & Grille, a colorful, Key West style hangout with beach bar seating or tables and chairs where guests’ toes can wiggle directly in the soft sands while they sip on icy delectables like Raspberry Peach Sangria or frozen Mango Madness. Light bites include the famous Gator Quesadillas, Cuban Nachos or Hangover Burgers, and a happy hour menu is available. grandplazaflorida.com THE TOASTED MONKEY The Toasted Monkey, located at the rear of the Howard Johnson Hotel, attracts visitors with its relaxing setting, super-friendly waitstaff and definite beach vibe. The open-air Tiki-

Toasted Monkey on St. Pete Beach

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Hut styled pavilion features plenty of seating plus an adjacent deck for live entertainment. Delectable concoctions like the colorful Malibu Monkey Business Bucket made with Malibu coconut, mango and pineapple liqueur topped with pineapple, mango and cranberry juices, pair perfectly with tasty appetizers to make guests linger until the sun goes down. thetoastedmonkey.com CABANA BEACH BAR At the Alden Suites, this ultra-casual walk-up offers stellar views of the beach (and sunset) and lays claim to some of the most awesome Rum Runners on St. Pete Beach. Cabana Beach Bar is accomodating with comfortable deck seating, a covered bar and shaded umbrella beach seating. From noon to sunset, the nearby Alden Oasis Food Truck offers casual fair like the succulent Lobster Roll, Loaded Nachos and traditional Cuban Sandwiches. aldenbeachresort.com

Tropical Drinks at Cabana Bar

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La Segunda Bakery makes all of its bread by hand

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Celebrating 105 years on Jan. 15, 2020, the family-owned Cuban-American La Segunda Bakery prides itself on upholding the same handmade traditions its founder, Juan Moré, set forth in the early 1900s. This includes placing a freshly cut palmetto leaf across the top of each loaf of Cuban bread to create the signature split down the middle that locks in the moisture. One of only a few bakeries to still uphold this labor-intensive tradition, it’s not surprising that La Segunda Bakery is the world’s largest producer of authentic Cuban bread. Its master bakers, some of whom have been with the company for more than two

La Segunda Bakery’s Guava Turnovers are baked to perfection

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While many people come to La Segunda Bakery to enjoy the traditional Cuban bread recipe Moré discovered while fighting in the Spanish-American War in Cuba, that’s not the only item guests can relish. La Segunda Bakery offers an extensive selection of bakery and café favorites, so guests can savor everything from cookies and pastries to sandwiches and salads. Naturally, some of its bestselling dishes incorporate its Cuban bread, like its Cuban Sandwich made with mojo-marinated pork, smoked ham, Genoa salami, Swiss cheese, pickles and a special sauce, but there are several other items guests frequent the bakery for, as well. La Segunda Bakery’s pastry bakers go through 25 pounds of guava each day to make its delicious Guava and Guava & Cheese turnovers! Other flavorful items include empanadas, flan and the Cuban Cobb salad made with shredded lettuce, pork, ham, salami, Swiss cheese, honey mustard and house-made croutons. In 2018, La Segunda Bakery expanded its operations by opening a second location in South Tampa. In addition to serving the same handcrafted fare the original location is famous for, the new location offers a barista and — for the first time ever — seating, so guests can enjoy their selections on site. Visitors can still pop in the flagship Ybor City location, too, to get some tasty treats to go. lasegundabakery.com 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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Inside La Segunda Bakery’s South Tampa location

decades, produce more than 18,000 loaves a day that are shipped everywhere from New York to Alaska. That’s quite a difference from when the bakery first began delivering bread to nearby casitas using a horse and buggy!


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HOLIDAYS AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS From Nov. 16-Jan. 5, Universal Orlando Resort decks the park in festive cheer for Holidays at Universal Studios. The event features a parade throughout the park, the live Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular, and special holiday treats, drinks and shows, including a projection of festive fun during The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. universalorlando.com/web/en/ us/things-to-do/events/holidays-at-universal

EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Art exhibitions, hands-on workshops and the chance to paint with a Disney artist are part of the activities on hand for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts in Walt Disney World from Jan 17-Feb. 24. Other events include the Disney on Broadway Concert Series with daily shows. disneyworld. disney.go.com/events-tours/epcot/epcotinternational-festival-of-the-arts

THE HOLIDAYS AT DISNEY SPRINGS The ultimate place to have fun finding holiday gifts, The Holidays at Disney Springs offers plenty of themed shopping, seasonal treats and dining from Nov. 8-Jan. 5. Families can visit Santa Claus for photos and last-minute gift wishes, or visit The Christmas Tree Trail for seasonal music, falling snow and themed trees. disneyworld.disney.go.com/en_CA/eventstours/holidays-at-disney-springs

NFL 2020 PRO BOWL PRESENTED BY VERIZON On Jan. 26, the NFL 2020 Pro Bowl returns for its fourth year in Orlando at Camping World Stadium. The AFC vs NFC game features 88 top NFL players, 44 from each conference, as determined by votes from fans, players and coaches. Fans can see their favorite players on the Pro Bowl Red Carpet. “Kid Zone” activities and post-game fireworks are part of the excitement. nfl.com/probowl

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The striking dining room at Todd English’s bluezoo

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Orlando has long been known for its many thrilling theme parks, but the Central Florida destination is starting to garner some recognition for its rising culinary scene, too, thanks to several celebrity chef restaurants in town — many of which can be found at the Walt Disney World Resort. JAELO One of Orlando’s newest celebrity chef eateries, this acclaimed tapas restaurant from chef José Andrés opened its fifth and largest location at Disney Springs in March 2019. Showcasing the rich regional diversity of traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine, the menu at Jaelo features authentic paellas cooked over a wood-fired paella pit, Spanish specialties like Ibérico pork and signature dishes like the Croquetas de Pollo (traditional Spanish chicken fritters) and Gambas al Ajillo (shrimp sautéed with garlic) for lunch and dinner. Guests can even feast upon striking views of Lake Buena Vista from the restaurant’s covered back patio. jaleo. com/location/jaleo-disney-springs TODD ENGLISH’S BLUEZOO Offering a menu of coastal cuisines from around the world, this striking restaurant from chef Todd English changes its menu seasonally in order to showcase the freshest seafood and ingredients. Located inside the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, the restaurant is open nightly for dinner and offers complimentary valet parking for its guests. Although a children’s menu is available, adults hoping to enjoy a romantic dinner without the kids can utilize two hours of complimentary child care at the resort’s Camp Dolphin (one child admitted for each adult entrée purchased). While the Two-Pound Maine “Cantonese” Lobster, fried and tossed in a sticky soy glaze, is perfect for sharing with a significant other, the Miso Glazed 36 ▪ dining

Mero — Hawaiian sea bass with shitake-ginger rice, black garlic and sticky soy — is not to be missed! swandolphinrestaurants.com/bluezoo WOLFGANG PUCK BAR & GRILL Highlighting some of chef Wolfgang Puck’s innovative takes on comfort food classics in addition to his signature Mediterraneaninfluenced cuisine for lunch and dinner, this rustic restaurant at Disney Springs is a big hit with families. Diners can savor an assortment of gourmet pizzas, pastas and entrées, with the Italian Sausage Pizza, Rigatoni Bolognese and 32-ounce Porterhouse Steak for Two being popular selections. The eatery also boasts a great cocktail program, which Puck told Sunseeker comes in handy after a long day of waiting in lines at the parks! The desserts are phenomenal as well, with the Cheesecake “Spanish Style” served with a salted caramel sauce being one of Puck’s personal favorites. wolfgangpuck.com/ dining/orlando-bar-grill

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The Rigatoni Bolognese at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

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CRUISE LAKE MONROE ON A PONTOON BOAT Historic Downtown Sanford Tours & Experiences allows guests to rent a 22foot pontoon boat and launch out of Monroe Harbour Marina for a half-day, full-day or sunset cruise. The sunset cruise also has the option to add on four craft beer flights at Celery City Craft in downtown Sanford following the excursion. sanfordfun.com/boat-rentals PLAY A GAME OF SHUFFLEBOARD Visitors are welcome to play a game of shuffleboard for free on the Sanford Civic Center’s shuffleboard courts every Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If the courts are closed, access can be requested at the Sanford Senior Center. Shuffleboard fans can also compete in The Sanford Shuffle Club’s monthly tournaments for just $5. Open to players of all ages and skill levels, each singleelimination tournament takes place on the third

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Friday of every month starting at 7 p.m. Players compete to not only win a trophy, but also a $25 bar tab from The Sullivan to use later that night. facebook.com/thesanfordshuffle RENT A GOLF CART AND DRIVE AROUND DOWNTOWN Considering downtown Sanford is a golf cart friendly community, there’s arguably no better way to see the sights than to rent a golf cart from Sanford Golf Cart Rentals. Rentals start at $40 an hour, with a half-day experience also available for $185 that includes a four-hour rental, a pamphlet that has facts on the area as well as a map showcasing 24 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, two appetizers at The Tennessee Truffle, two $5 vouchers for desserts at Wondermade and a $10 spending voucher for Magpies Modern General Store. sanfordfun.com/golf-cart-rentals SEE SEMINOLE COUNTY FROM ABOVE WITH SEMINOLE AERIAL ADVENTURES This family favorite at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens lets guests 54-inches and taller zoom from tree to tree using a variety of unique systems like rope bridges, zip lines and suspended disks. Two courses are available, plus there’s a kids’ course for young thrillseekers 36- to 60-inches tall. centralfloridazoo. org/attractions/saa

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The 33rd Annual Destin Boat Parade celebrates the season Dec. 8 by lighting up Destin Harbor. Boats are decorated with holiday lights and dĂŠcor for the parade, beginning at Boshamps and running along Destin Harbor, past AJs and HarborWalk Village, and toward the Destin Bridge and Norriego Point. The night ends with a fireworks display. emeraldgrande. com/events-3

Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from Dec. 4-21, The Village of Baytowne Wharf at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort puts on 12 Nights of Lights. Three shows on the Village tree take place at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday nights also include a special holiday edition with choreographed light show and visits with Santa. baytownewharf.com

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More than 200 participants will ring in the New Year on January 1 by diving into the Gulf of Mexico at the annual Pelican Plunge at The Boardwalk in Okaloosa Island. Boardwalk restaurants host pre- and post-plunge parties and all-day specials for plungers and spectators alike. theboardwalkoi.com/pelicanplunge#

The largest visitor trade show in the area, Winter Guest Fest presented by ResortQuest By Wyndham Vacation Rentals takes place at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island on Jan. 16. There are great samples, freebies, coupons, information, services and prizes. fwbchamber. org/events/details/resortquest-presents-thewinter-guest-fest-7481

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ROOFTOPPING ALONG THE GULF E L E VAT E D E M E R A L D COA S T B A R S By Chelle Koster Walton

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Rooftop bars give new perspective to the cocktail-hopping scene. Their growing popularity across the nation is nothing new along Florida’s Emerald Coast, where elevated perches result in glorious water views. AJ’S SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR DESTIN HARBOR This is the original AJ’s location, which now has four locations along the Emerald Coast, all of which generate a lively, salty atmosphere. Its shanty fish-house stance along Destin Harbor rewards customers with views of the famed local fishing fleet coming in with their catches at day’s end, followed by the sun’s dramatic farewell nod. Three stories up, the Top Deck and its tiki bar entertain the party crowd, along with diners and music-lovers. Live entertainers perform seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., as everyone relishes fish off the docks, a battery of adult beverages and the sparkle of seaside revelry. ajsdestin.com MCGUIRE’S IRISH PUB OF DESTIN It need not be St. Paddy’s Day to find a “top of the evening” party on McGuire’s Sunset Deck. It, too, looks out over the gleaming

white-sand jetties of Destin Harbor. The staff throws open the glass garage doors when the weather turns warm to catch the sea breezes. The deck hosts live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, when the shenanigans roll on until 2 p.m. Upstairs serves the same award-winning menu of steaks, burgers, seafood and traditional Irish fare as found downstairs. Of course, the beer flows freely, but McGuire’s also has a reputation for its martinis and deadly Irish Wake specialty cocktail. mcguiresirishpub. com/destin BUD & ALLEY’S WATERFRONT RESTAURANTS, SEASIDE Open day-long for dining, drinking or just staring transfixed at gently lapping Gulf waters, the Rooftop Bar at Bud & Alley’s becomes the town’s hot spot at sunset, when the bell rings for the day’s-end toast. Get ready for a selfie with a cucumber lime martini or blood orange margarita (to match the sunset) in hand. Stay for dinner: The crab cakes and grilled gulf fish of the day are signature. budandalleys.com

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Asheville is a spectacular mountain destination any time of year, but during the holidays it becomes almost magical with winter landscapes dressed in glistening lights and holiday blooms, smells of gingerbread and hot chocolate, and warm fires to cozy up to.

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THE BILTMORE ESTATE During the holidays, America’s largest home sparkles with 30,000 lights and more than 100 hand-decorated Christmas trees across the estate, including the 35-foot Fraser in the Banquet Hall. “Candlelight Christmas Evenings“ gives guests an opportunity to experience Christmas at the estate much the same way the Vanderbilts did on Christmas Eve 1895, when Biltmore welcomed its first guests. The celebration continues across the estate, including colorful holiday blooms in the Conservatory; commemorative Christmas wine and wine tasting at the Winery; special menus in restaurants and Antler Hill Village's must-see evening illumination display. biltmore.com/events/christmas-at-biltmoredaytime-celebration-1 THE 27th NATIONAL GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION The National Gingerbread House Competition, which takes place at the Omni Grove Park Inn, is a favorite Asheville holiday tradition that has taken place for nearly 30 years. From whimsical to elaborate, there are gingerbread houses of every size, shape, complexity and theme which compete for more than $25,000 in prizes. After checking out the display, guests can grab a giant rocking chair in front of one of the two massive 12-foot log fireplaces in the Great Hall and warm up with hot chocolate or a special holiday cocktail. omnihotels.com/hotels/ D e s t i n at i o n ▪

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“CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR” AT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL A holiday favorite since 1933, the joyous production not only features magnificent dance numbers, but also stunning costumes and immersive technology and visual effects that bring to life the magic of Christmas. Whether they’re watching the Radio City Rockettes’ 36-person Wooden Solider Fall or their iconic kick line, audiences will be in awe of the dancers’ legendary precision and grace. Performances run daily through Jan. 5, 2020, with a variety of special experiences also available — including the opportunity to dance with a Rockette! rockettes.com/christmas ROCKEFELLER CENTER TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY On Dec. 4, America’s most famous Christmas tree will be lit for the first time this holiday season. Thousands crowd the sidewalks every year for the nighttime event, which has been a holiday tradition for 87 years. For those who can’t make it to the ceremony, the tree will remain lit and on display through early 2020, including on Christmas when it will shine for 24 hours. A trip to the tree can also easily be combined with another holiday 4 8 ▪ e n t e rta i n m e n t

favorite: ice skating at the Rink at Rockefeller Center. rockefellercenter.com/holidays NEW YEAR’S EVE TIMES SQUARE BALL DROP Even if Barbara Walters isn’t there to say “This is 2020,” there’s no cooler place to ring in the New Year than Times Square. Millions watch the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball drop every year on TV, but to be there to watch it descend in person is an experience partygoers will never forget. The ball is on display year-round, so guests can always take a photograph and pretend like they took it on Dec. 31. timessquarenyc. org/times-square-new-years-eve

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Next to the North Pole, there’s arguably no better place to be during the holidays than New York City. The Big Apple is synonymous with holiday cheer thanks to several festive events and attractions it hosts each year. It’s no wonder 7 million people are expected to visit this holiday season! With so much to see and do, Allegiant passengers might find themselves traveling to New York City to celebrate the holidays every year.


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From country music-themed holiday events to GLOW Nashville’s spectacular lights and the largest lantern festival in the country, Nashville is the place to be for the holidays.

GENERAL JACKSON CHRISTMAS CRUISES Tennessee-style, down-home pickers, fiddlers and singers perform Christmas favorites by Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Elvis Presley, Rascal Flatts and more while cruising along the sparkling Cumberland River aboard General Jackson Christmas

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ZOOLUMINATION: CHINESE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Featuring over 500 custom-made silk lanterns, Zoolumination at the Nashville Zoo is the largest lantern show in the country. The event, running Nov. 15-Feb. 2, features elaborate displays with favorite zoo animals, holidaythemed scenes and a 200-foot-long dragon. There’s also a life-size Santa’s village, multiple two-story buildings made entirely of lanterns, a train, light displays and music. visitmusiccity. com/media/press-release/2019/nashvillezoolumination-lantern-festival GLOW NASHVILLE One of the newest holiday attractions in the Southeast is GLOW Nashville on Nov. 22-Dec. 31. Located at First Tennessee Park, it features one of the country’s tallest Christmas trees, millions of lights adorning larger-than-life sculptures, ice skating and snow tubing, a life-size Santa’s Workshop and several immersive experiences for all ages. glowholiday.com ChEEKWOOD ESTATE & GARDENS From Nov. 23-Jan. 5, the Cheekwood Estate & Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland each evening from 5 to 10 p.m. Guests can walk the mile-long illuminated path, meet Santa and two of his live reindeer, listen to Christmas carolers and warm up while roasting marshmallows at the S'mores Pit. cheekwood.org/calendar/holiday-lights d e s t i n at i o n ▪ n a s h v i l l e , t n

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A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS AT GAYLORD OPRYLAND RESORT A veritable winter wonderland opens to the public for nearly two months with more than 3 million lights throughout the property and 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures. There’s entertainment for the entire family including "ICE! A Christmas Story," "Rockin’ Christmas on Ice," "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer: The Musical," ice skating, tubing, gingerbread decorating and carriage rides from Nov. 8–Jan.1. christmas.gaylordopryland.com

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A trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico is one of many contradictions. It’s a trip to the past, and it’s not. It’s a trip to another world, and it’s not. It’s a lively and energetic city, but it’s also a relaxing one. San Juan is all of those things, and the beauty of visiting this jewel of the Caribbean are all the different experiences one can have.

with its perfect tropical weather. On the resort, you’ll also find a newly renovated pool with full food and drink service. A fitness center and game room, offering an assortment of video games, pool table and ping pong table, are available for guests. And you’ll be welcomed by a gorgeous lobby decorated by the works of local artists, which is updated every few months.

Explore Old Town San Juan and its 16th century walled fortress, and it’s a unique glimpse into our nation’s colonial past. Wander down the streets of its vibrant neighborhoods and experience one of the best restaurant and bar scenes in the region. And stay at one of the two resorts we recommend below to relax or play in paradise by the purest beaches and bluest waters.

La Concha, a Renaissance Resort This Puerto Rico icon of a resort describes itself as the quintessential beachfront playground, epitomizing the “Latino Chic” lifestyle. Located in the heart of the trendy Condado district, it’s centrally located to a sophisticated scene a restaurants, bars and nightclubs. But onsite, you’ll also discover a 24/7 casino, eight restaurants and bars, and Fifty Eight, one of the hottest new nightclubs where you can dance till dawn. You’ll also find a luxurious full-service spa, providing rejuvenating indoor/ outdoor treatments for singles, couples and even groups, as well as a fitness center, which offers morning group exercise classes. There is also a multi-level, infinity-edged outdoor oasis with pools, cabanas and waterfalls. Last but not least, La Concha is right on the ocean, offering access to all types of activities from snorkeling and scuba diving to sea kayaking, surfing and windsurfing.

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For his wish trip to Walt Disney World®, MakeA-Wish® kid Stephen “S.J.” Awwad, 5, had one tiny request: Could he also hand out snacks to his fellow passengers during the flight to Florida? Yes, he could, Allegiant representatives said. When S.J.’s flight departed Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids in October, bound for Orlando, that’s exactly what he did. In a grand send-off, with airport officials and Make-A-Wish Michigan representatives seeing him off, S.J. was named an honorary Allegiant flight attendant. A crew member presented S.J. with a kid-sized uniform, complete with orange tie, yellow shirt and blue sweater vest. He also received his very own customized wings pin with his nickname and the words “flight attendant” etched in the metal.

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Excitedly following his new team members onto the plane, S.J. first stopped to visit the pilots in the flight deck and learn all about how they fly the plane. Next, it was time to welcome passengers on board. S.J. stood at the boarding door and shook the hand of every passenger, with a big smile and the greeting, “have a nice flight!” About 30 minutes into the flight, at cruising altitude, the captain gave flight attendants clearance to move about the cabin, and it was time for SJ’s dream to come true.

S.J.’s wish was to spend a week with his family at Disney World. Handing out snacks during the flight was a “wish enhancement,” just a little extra something that Allegiant was thrilled to be a part of,” said Hilarie Grey, the airline’s managing director of corporate communications, who oversees Allegiant’s corporate giving initiatives. Since 2012, Allegiant has partnered with MakeA-Wish, helping to fulfill the wishes of more than 1,800 children. We are currently a Wish Champion, recognized for making $1 million in annual contributions and the only domestic carrier to feature an aircraft with a Make-AWish themed livery. “Many of the kids we fly to their wish destinations are traveling to Florida,” Grey said. “but his is the first time a Wish kid has asked to serve snacks to passengers in flight. We found out from MakeA-Wish that S.J. loves anything to do with flying, so we not only wanted to say ‘yes,’ but aimed to make the experience extra special.” A special thank you to Disney for their donation of theme park tickets and other perks for each of the wish families, including SJ and his family, as part of their 39-year relationship with MakeA-Wish.

He met the rest of his flight crew at the front of the plane and began his march down the aisle handing (sometimes tossing) out pretzels to all passengers – many of them stating that he was the best flight attendant they had ever met. “This whole experience has just been a beautiful distraction from our reality, because its distracted us and given us the opportunity to think about fun things, and exciting things instead of appointments,” stated wish mom, Danielle.

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$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

AIRBUS A320

Number of Aircraft: 38 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: 55 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.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

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.

SMOKING

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*

Pacemaker

Hearing Aid

Camera (digital/film/video)

Tablet

Handheld Game

Smartphone (in Airplane Mode)

E-reader

Wireless Mouse, Keyboard or Other Accessory

CD Player

Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Media Player

*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

Laptop/Tablet

DVD Player

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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Remote Control Toys

TV

Two-Way Radios or Transmitters


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