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New Year, New Ways to Experience Florida

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Canada Releases | Comments Off on New Year, New Ways to Experience Florida

In 2015 Florida welcomed 106.6 million visitors, and 2016 is already breaking records with 85 million visitors in just the first nine months. Florida is keeping up the pace by introducing upgraded and new attractions, restaurants, hotels and events. From Pandora – The World of AVATAR to eco-friendly foodie experiences to unforgettable hiking trails, Florida’s 2017 line-up promises fun for everyone. Orlando, the theme park capital of the world, will be offering plenty of exciting new attractions that can’t be missed. Pandora – The World of AVATAR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is set to open next year. Inspired by James Cameron’s hit film, Avatar, this largest expansion in the park’s history will feature floating mountains and bioluminescent rainforests. Make a splash at Volcano Bay in Universal Orlando Resort. Set to open summer 2017, Volcano Bay is a new water park that promises innovative, thrilling rides mixed with a highly themed and completely immersive environment. After opening MAKO – Orlando’s longest, fastest, tallest roller coaster – in 2016, SeaWorld has turned its attention to Kraken. Making the old, new, the legendary Kraken roller coaster is transformed into Florida’s only virtual-reality experience. This digitally-enhanced ride will take guests on a deep-sea mission alongside sea creatures, such as the mighty Kraken. LEGOLAND Florida Resort will be opening a new and exciting land in January 2017. NINJAGO World invites kids to sharpen their ninja skills and engage in hands-on activities all throughout the park. Outside of the theme parks, Orlando’s new Multipurpose Soccer Stadium is scheduled to open prior to the 2017 MLS soccer season. This addition to the city will become the new home to the Orlando City Lions and the Orlando Pride soccer teams. The Pensacola area is changing the way its visitors get around with the all new Pensacola Bay Ferry System. Travelling between Downtown Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Fort Pickens, these ferries will allow you to explore each of these locations at your leisure. Opening in the late spring of 2017, the ferries will feature a climate-controlled deck, snack bars, flat screen TVs and a sound system for guest enjoyment. Let your inner foodie rejoice in Panama City Beach for UNwineD: Vines to Steins. This exclusive event will take place March 31 – April and will feature craft beer, premier wine and a gourmet coastal fare experience. Looking to explore? Take on Tallahassee, where city meets nature. Florida’s capital is introducing its “Capital City to the Sea Trail.” This new addition will have over 600 miles of trails through town, stretching all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. These corridors will allow pedestrians and cyclists of all levels to explore the natural beauty of the destination in comfort and safety. In the Lake City area, be sure to check out the location’s first ever craft brewery, Halpatter Brewing Company. Opening its doors in summer 2017, this downtown location will feature a taproom, beer garden and much more. Experience the charm and history of Florida’s Historic Coast at St. Augustine’s Lightner Museum. Their newest exhibit, Dressing Downton, Changing Fashion for Changing Times, features a unique display of authentic Victorian Era costumes and accessories. Dive in and get familiar with the remarkable landscapes at Silver Springs State Park in Ocala. Be sure to check out the new Ross Allen Trail, named in honour of the long-time Silver Springs reptile performer. Divers and fishermen alike will flock to St. Lucie’s newest attraction, the Tug Kathleen, a 70 foot steel tugboat sunk 15 miles from the coast of Fort Pierce. This new artificial reef is predicted to become a popular spot and home for local fish and sea creatures. Indulge your senses in Palm Beach’s new food and drink area, The Warehouse District. This eclectic urban neighborhood is comprised of eight vintage-style buildings that is spearheaded by local food and beverage vendors, artists, fitness...

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Florida Getaways for your Mind, Body and Soul

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Too often we return from a vacation feeling more tired than when we left. We shouldn’t need a vacation from our vacation. Florida offers many wellness options to help travellers prioritize their health, making it the perfect destination to recharge the mind, rejuvenate the body and soothe the soul. For your MIND Put your mind at ease in Florida’s Paradise Coast In a busy world filled with work and deadlines, sleep can be considered a luxurious experience. Essential to overall health and well-being, a good night’s sleep does wonders for the body. The Woodhouse Day Spa in Naples offers a collection of sleep treatments designed to calm the mind and provide much needed rest. Try their newest treatment, “THE SHIRODHARA.”  Shirodhara is an intensely healing and relaxing technique, which uses nutritive soothing oil to help mental tension and mind chatter flow away. Sweet dreams. Feel the healing power of salt in Palm Beach Salt Therapy, also called halotherapy, is a holistic method that recreates the microclimate of a salt cave. This unique healing method can be found at The Salt Suite in Palm Beach. Dry salt aerosol is dispersed into a room where the walls and floor are covered with layers of salt. Not only does salt therapy combat stress and fatigue, but the dry salt aerosol is also a key factor in the relief of symptoms for many health problems including respiratory and skin conditions. Who knew salt could give you so much peace of mind? Be mindful at New Smryna Beach Looking to channel your inner yogi? All Yoga New Smyrna Beach is a yoga studio that offers classes in Bikram Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Power Yoga. Whatever you choose, the studio provides a supportive, therapeutic and welcoming environment through mindful breathing and movement. Classes will help you strengthen your mind, relieve stress anxiety and improve your mood. There’s something to smile about! Find your zen at the Spa in Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Taking care of the mind is just as important as the body. The Spa at Sawgrass is a 25,000-square-foot luxury sanctuary offering facials, massages, and body treatments for men, women and couples. The zen-inspired spa features soothing music, warm lighting and Eastern design elements. After enjoying one of their many wonderful treatments, such as the de-aging tropical body wrap, relax in the spa’s heated outdoor pool and float on. Now that’s zen. For your BODY Experience Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Fountain of Youth Among resort spas in Fort Lauderdale, The Spa at Lago Mar is renowned for its unique blend of contemporary European elegance and commitment to age-old spa traditions. Try their exceptional Anti-Aging Caviar Facial. This opulent anti-aging treatment lavishes skin with pure Caviar and a revolutionary blend of phyto-extracts: Escutox®. Improving wrinkles, elasticity and texture, this luxurious anti-aging mask reduces signs of aging by increasing skin oxygenation and suppleness. Age is just a number. Hit the links or workout the kinks in St. Pete-Clearwater Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor offers the perfect getaway for Canadians who favor golf and a little spa time. Enjoy the serenity of the newly renovated Salamander Spa one day and spend the next on one of the country’s most prestigious golf courses. After a long game, restore your body with one of the spa’s treatments such as “balance ritual.” This treatment releases vitality by using bamboo, providing strength, growth and support. You’ll leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Treat your body to something sweet in Tampa Spa Evangeline is the ultimate Luxury Day Spa in South Tampa. Nestled in the trendy Epicurean Hotel, treat your body to something sweet with “Dulce Delight,” inspired by Chocolate Pi’s Salted Caramel signature dessert. A...

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RV There Yet?

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Canada Releases | Comments Off on RV There Yet?

A Road Map to your Next Florida RV Vacation TALLAHASSEE , FLA – “Oh the places you’ll go” when you drive an RV, you’ll see beaches and lakes, and springs and trees. Dr. Seuss taught us at a young age to explore the world in different ways, and what better way than a vacation on the open road in Florida? Every day in the Sunshine State invites a new RV adventure of different scenery, towns and attractions. Not only do visitors have the flexibility to travel the state, RVing also allows individuals, couples and families alike to enjoy the comfort of staying in their own mobile “hotel room.” Read on to learn more about planning your next Florida RV Vacation. As Dr. Seuss advised, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.” As you take I-65 south to Florida, make your first stop at the top of Florida in the off-the-beaten-path Santa Rosa County. Park your RV and enjoy the pristine white sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. Start your vacation by hiking to Coldwater Creek, where you can spend the night on a private sandbar. Explore unique and natural formations during your next stop at the Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna. Camp in your RV inside the state park and enjoy exclusive tours of the caverns. You can also picnic, fish, hike, canoe and boat in the nearby Chipola River and Blue Hole spring. Next, head south to the coast of the Apalachicola Bay and enjoy five-star amenities at the Coastline RV Resort. Take day trips to local towns such as Carrabelle and Apalachicola. Definitely make it a priority to spend a day at the beach on St. George Island, which is routinely ranked Dr. Beach’s Top 10 Beaches in America. Follow the Gulf of Mexico coastline south to the island of Cedar Key. Park your RV at the Sunset Isle RV Park and Motel and spend a couple of days exploring the 200-year-old fishing and clamming village. Feed your appetite at the local Ada Blue Café with slow-cooked BBQ for dinner and 16 flavors of homemade butter cream fudge for dessert. For a change of scenery, head inland to Ocala and Juniper Springs Campground, one of Florida’s oldest campgrounds, dating to the 1930’s. With a forested canopy providing shade to the campsites and some of Florida’s most popular natural springs, this campground provides the perfect atmosphere to unwind and relax. Put down the smartphones, iPads and disconnect for picnicking, canoeing, snorkeling, hiking, birding, and tremendous wildlife viewing. Take a dip in one of the cool springs that hide beneath the natural flora and fauna of the area. With beaches, caverns, nature and springs, you may think you have seen it all. But visit the Westgate River Ranch Resort as your next stop to add cattle lands and wetlands to your list. Unleash your inner cowboy on the same land where Florida’s first cowboys roamed. Enjoy a championship rodeo, street party, dance hall, roasting marshmallows, a petting farm, horseback riding and dinnertime hay rides. Take a break from your RV and “glamp” for a few days at this resort. Westgate River Ranch is unlike most as it offers Glamping tentsset on raised platforms and include deluxe interiors, screened-in porches with rocking chairs and access to private bathroom facilities. Step it up a notch and stay in one of the all-inclusive Luxe Teepees to enjoy a personal Luxe Concierge, all resort activities, VIP rodeo tickets and seating at the Saturday night Rodeo, a...

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Florida’s Reinvigorated Food Scene

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in Canada Releases | Comments Off on Florida’s Reinvigorated Food Scene

~ Goodbye Fast Food, Hello Farm-to-Table Freshness~ TALLHASSEE, Fla. – Gone are the days when Florida vacations consisted of quick service stops and fast food joints. Today, visitors will find an abundance of delicious dining options that are sure to tantalize the taste buds. Just ask Chef Emeril Lagasse. For years he’s been known for his world famous New Orleans cuisine, but in 2009, he moved to the Sunshine State and fell in love with the Florida food scene. Of course, Lagasse didn’t stop there. In 2012, the Emeril’s Florida TV series launched on the Cooking Channel. The show, now in its fourth season, has featured more than 150 talented chefs and farmers from the Florida Keys to the Florida Panhandle, who have been sifting, simmering and stirring up the kind of food that makes the state worth dining in. Here are just a few noteworthy locations you should eat your way through on your next visit to the Sunshine State. An Amish Paradise For the Midwestern Amish community, Sarasota is the perfect escape when winter hits and these snowbirds bring their culinary skills with them. The Amish culture values self-sufficiency, which is reflected in their cooking style. To try the cuisine yourself, head to Yoder’s Restaurant, a family-owned and-operated dining destination since 1975. At Yoder’s, almost all ingredients are locally grown and organic. Every week, the restaurant fries up more than 2,000 pounds of chicken using a high pressure fryer, which cooks quicker and hotter than other cookers, but keeps the chicken deliciously juicy. When it comes to desserts, they don’t use any preservatives or mixes in their pies, which have been made by Mary Yoder from scratch every morning for the past 14 years. Before that, her mother, Amanda Yoder, came up with the recipes and did the baking herself. She prides herself on the less-is-more approach, with fewer than 10 ingredients being used in their most popular Peanut Butter Cream Pie. Cowboy Country While the West may have most of the bragging rights when it comes to cowboy culture, Florida is not without its own Wild West past. Back in the 1800s, when cattlemen roamed the Central and South Florida range, they had to be fed. But when the ranch owners wouldn’t part with the choicest cuts of meat, cattlemen were left with stringy brisket and other tough cuts that took 10 or more hours to cook. And so began the tradition of barbeque in Florida. Slow-roasted meats were simmered long and low over the fire during the day and were devoured by hungry cowboys at night. This tradition lives on in Central Florida and is celebrated each year at the Lakeland PigFest BBQ competition. In January, the Lakeland PigFest celebrates its 20th anniversary with more than 150 teams from around the United States, and from all over Florida, competing for the coveted Kingsford Grand Champion spot. Laid-Back & Low-Key No one does casual quite like the Florida Keys. While the attire for this island chain might be laid-back, the area’s succulent seafood offers plenty of sophistication. If you’re a do-it-yourself kind of person, there are plenty of opportunities to catch your own assortment of seafood – but since you’re on vacation, leave the cooking to the professionals. Just off the beaten path in Key West you will find Hogfish Bar and Grill, where you can enjoy panoramic waterfront views, outdoor dining and live music on the weekends. This local favorite offers many “straight from the boat to your plate” selections. Additionally, the chef will cook your fresh catch for you. If you want to enjoy...

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