Hotels/Resorts and Restaurants 2017


Halpatter Brewing Company – Lake City – 2017. Halpatter Brewing Company will be opening its doors spring/summer of 2017, as Columbia County’s first craft brewery. Halpatter Brewing Company is named after one of the original Indian settlers, Chief Halpatter, that founded the town of Alligator; present day Lake City.  Their location in downtown Lake City will include a tap room, beer garden and much more! Halpatter Brewing is looking forward to pursuing their passion of brewing great beer and seeking opportunities to positively impact their neighbors and visitors alike.

Holiday Inn Express Pensacola Downtown – Pensacola – Spring 2017. Pensacola’s downtown core will soon have its first new hotel in more than three decades, the Holiday Inn Express Pensacola Downtown. The new 106-room, five-story hotel will be within walking distance of a brand-new ferry service that will carry passengers between the city and Pensacola Beach.

Sheraton Bay Point – Panama City Beach – 2017. Opening under a new flag after a $30 million renovation, the Sheraton Bay Point Resort features luxurious accommodations, reinvented restaurants, and updated meeting spaces as well as favorites such as the on-site Serenity Spa and 36 holes of championship golf, including the only Nicklaus Design course in Northwest Florida.

Gulf-front Hampton Inn & Suites – Panama City Beach – Summer 2017. The newly constructed Gulf-front Hampton Inn & Suites with 182 rooms will open in Summer 2017 with the beach as its backyard, and situated within walking distance to the popular Pier Park shopping and lifestyle center.

Holiday Inn Express – Panama City Beach – Spring 2017. The new 156-room Holiday Inn Express on Front Beach Road will open in Spring 2017, offering guests breathtaking views and direct access to the beautiful white sand beaches of Panama City Beach.

The Pointe – South Walton – January 2017. The Pointe is a stunning, luxury resort offering highly sought-after amenities, including an expansive 61,000+ gallon resort-style pool with a hot tub and cabanas, lounge area, fitness center, and rooftop lounge featuring panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico and Scenic Highway 30A.

Emeril’s Coastal Italian – Sandestin – Late Spring 2017.  Award-winning restaurateur, cookbook author and television star Chef Emeril Lagasse has announced his newest restaurant, Emeril’s Coastal Italian, opening in Grand Boulevard in late Spring 2017. Combining the rich and diverse tradition of Italian cuisine with the bountiful variety of nearby fresh Gulf seafood and local ingredients, the concept of Emeril’s Coastal Italian was personally developed by Chef Emeril. Emeril’s Coastal Italian is located at 435 Grand Boulevard, Suite 104, next door to the Boulevard 10 Cinema.



Beach House Restaurant – Bradenton Beach – 2017. The Chiles Restaurant Group is proud to announce the completion of the Beach House Restaurant’s new outdoor bar and waterfront deck. This is the final phase of a 4-phase project that has taken nearly four years to complete.

LEGOLAND Beach Retreat – Orlando – 2017. LEGOLAND Florida Resort is expanding their overnight offerings with a new LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, coming mid-2017. The new accommodations will include 83 single-story duplexes, a themed pool, sandy play area and new restaurant. Conveniently located adjacent to the theme park, the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat invites guests to relax beneath brightly-colored bungalows or dine below the new LEGO lighthouse, which will feature a buffet restaurant, pool bar and a beach-themed space for kids.

The Delaney Hotel – Orlando – Spring 2017. The Delaney Hotel will be a 54-room boutique hotel in SoDo, expected to be open by late spring 2017. It will offer unique high-tech conveniences for guests, from remote check-in, to digital tablet-based concierge services in every room, smart phone room keys and smart TVs.

Margaritaville Resort Orlando – Kissimmee – 2017. Margaritaville Resort Orlando is expected to open in late 2017. The waterfront destination resort will offer 187 rooms, 1,000 Margaritaville-themed vacation homes and 300 timeshare units. A new dining and entertainment district is also planned to accommodate guests, along with a 12-acre water park, a wellness center, miles of fitness trails and a destination water taxi system.

The Polite Pig – Orlando – Spring 2017. The Polite Pig, sister restaurant of The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park, is set to open in Disney Springs in spring 2017. Led by local celebrity chefs James and Julie Petrakis, The Polite Pig will feature a variety of wood-fired, smoked and grilled items as well as introduce an innovative beverage program that serves all drinks on tap, including Cask & Larder beer, wine and cocktails.

The Edison – Orlando – 2017. The Edison, similar to its sister location in Los Angeles, will open its doors this spring at Disney Springs. Themed around a 1920s-era electric company with live entertainment, classic American food and craft cocktails, the industrial gothic space will have 35-foot ceilings and an atmospheric decor.

Wyndham Grand Resort – Clearwater – January 2017. When it opens in January, the high-end Wyndham Grand will be the biggest hotel/resort on Clearwater Beach: 343 luxuriously appointed guest rooms;
spectacular waterfront vistas; waterside bar and restaurant; 22,000-square feet of flexible meeting space, including the area’s largest ballroom.

Fenway Hotel – Dunedin – 2017. The 1920’s-era building, a Dunedin icon, returns to its original role as a hotel. Developer Mainsail Lodging is transforming the Mediterranean-style, waterfront building into a member of the Marriott International Autograph Collection. The reincarnated Fenway, which will feature a strong historical influence, is on pace to open in 2017.

Hyatt Place – Downtown St. Pete – 2017. In late July, the hotel had begun fourth-floor construction on its way to 14 stories. The 175-room hotel is part of a larger mixed-use development—located in the very heart of the city’s urban core—called One St. Petersburg, which includes a 41-story condominium tower (the tallest in St. Pete) and extensive retail.

Allure Suites Hotel: Beachfront Resort – St. Pete Beach – 2017. Local owners are renovating and rebranding Plaza Beach Hotel into an independent condo-hotel, expanding from 39 to 66 units. This product will consist mostly of two-bedroom suites, as well as some one-bedroom units.

AC Hotel by Marriott – Tampa – December 2017.  European visitors will find a familiar name — AC Hotel by Marriott — among Tampa Bay’s hotels. This 175-room property appeals to the chic traveler in search of design innovation. The property is currently under construction with a planned opening date of December 2017.

The Heights Market Food Hall – Tampa – 2017.  The Heights Market will feature an open floor plan with communal seating surrounded by restaurants featuring Tampa chefs and restaurateurs. This industrial market environment will offer a mix of prepared foods, meats and cheeses, produce, beer, wine, specialty cocktails, fresh flowers and desserts. In addition, The Heights Market includes an interactive kitchen that hosts educational cooking classes and pop-up dinners in collaboration with the Heights Market tenants.

Marriott SpringHill Suites  – New Smyrna Beach – June 2017. The hotel will be in an unbeatable location on the beach end of the town’s main street, Flagler Avenue. The beachfront hotel is a new-build, but has been designed to blend in with the town’s wooden frame architecture. There will be an outdoor pool and patio area, spacious suites, comfortable lobby, on-site dining and a bar, free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, free breakfast and covered parking.

River Deck New Smyrna Beach  – In addition to a new hotel joining the community, new restaurants will be making New Smyrna Beach their home as well. The Ocean Deck family will open the new ‘River Deck New Smyrna Beach’ in spring 2017, in a pristine location on Riverside Drive overlooking the Indian River, which is rich in marine, bird and wildlife. The restaurant will have a tropical theme, with a sandy beach and tiki bar. Set to be a destination restaurant, the range of dishes on offer will include favorites like fresh seafood, grilled chicken, steaks and burgers inspired by the flavors of the Caribbean. River Deck New Smyrna Beach is set to be the place to be for a cocktail, watching the river dolphins play in the Intracoastal Waterway.

Florida Roadhouse – Edgewater – Early 2017. Florida Roadhouse will be a new addition to the restaurant scene in Edgewater, New Smyrna Beach’s neighboring community. Roadhouse’s signature steaks, fresh seafood, burgers, sandwiches and salads will be served in an old Florida atmosphere.

Half Wall Beer House – New Smyrna Beach – Summer 2017.  The Half Wall Beer House will be opening a new brewery on State Road 44, New Smyrna Beach. This will be the second site in the beach town for the small Half Wall Beer House chain, but the new opening will also brew and serve their own craft beer on the premises, alongside up to 100 other beers on tap.

Island Grove Wine Company at Formosa Gardens – Kissimmee – Spring 2017. Island Grove Wine Company at Formosa Gardens is expected to open spring of 2017. Surrounded by lush botanical gardens, the sustainable winery and microbrewery will feature a bistro, winery tours, tastings, over 3,000 sq. feet of meeting space for corporate meetings, weddings and events and a theater room that can accommodate up to 30 people. The botanical garden will grow organic fruits and vegetables, while maintaining sustainable agricultural practices that include biodynamic practices, permaculture and hydroponics.

The Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate – Kissimmee – 2017. This resort will break ground in 2017 for an extensive $40 million expansion project. The significant redevelopment includes: 23,000 square feet of additional pool deck and recreational space, installation of Kissimmee’s only resort wave pool, a new 93-room property villa building and a redesign of Trevi’s Restaurant that will include an outdoor garden terrace and bar. The expansion will also include the addition of 100,000 square feet of expanded event lawn and conference center space, further establishing the resort as an all-in-one luxury reprieve for guests.

Epicurean Hotel – Tampa – 2017. Located in the trendy Hyde Park historic district of South Tampa, the food-focused Epicurean Hotel has announced a variety of updates to the popular rooftop lounge, EDGE Social Drinkery. Upgrades include the addition of a 60-inch television, computerized ambient lighting, new artwork and refreshed seating areas. Food and beverage options are being expanded as well, with new wine, beer and cocktail lists, and updated menus. Specially commissioned by Bern’s Steak House and the Epicurean Hotel, the artist Dalek will supply new artwork for EDGE. Wine and beer offerings at EDGE are being nearly doubled and will include local craft options. For information or reservations, call (855) U-AWAKEN (829-2536) or visit

Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – Orlando – 2017.  The newly renovated launched a promotion where guests can enjoy daily breakfast, premium wi-fi, and 5 percent off stays through December 2017. The hotel is minutes from Walt Disney World and features a newly debuted recreation area with lazy river, cabanas with board games, retro-themed candy shop and more. Best resort perk is that kids can watch firework shows directly from their rooms. Starting room rates at $141.



Zota Beach Resort – Bradenton –  2017.  The area’s newest luxury beach resort, formerly the “Hilton Longboat Key”, is set to open in early 2017. The $24 million property offers a secluded beachfront setting, stylish pool area, restaurant and chic wine bar, over 2,500 square feet of event space and 187 guest rooms and suites. Zota room rates will range from a minimum of $269 a night to a maximum of $539.

Hotel Key West – Stock Island – 2017. A new boutique Hotel Key West at the 220-slip Stock Island Marina is to open in early 2017, with 100 waterview rooms and suites and over-sized private terraces. First-floor rooms are to have private outdoor showers, with luxury suites offering soaking tubs and large balconies. Architecture is reminiscent of a classic wharf building. Rooms are to offer large flat-screen TVs, luxurious bedding and artisanal bath and body essentials. The property is managed by Hostmark Hospitality Group of Schaumburg, Illinois, and under development alongside the Stock Island Marina Village, the district that resort executives have dubbed the “Brooklyn of Key West” because of its transformation. The Hotel Key West is located at 7001 Shrimp Road.

Boca Raton Mandarin Oriental – Boca Raton – 2017. The Boca Raton Mandarin Oriental is set to debut in downtown Boca Raton in late 2017. The 158-room property will include two adjacent towers that will form part of an upscale mixed-use development featuring 65,000 square feet of luxury lifestyle retail, as well as a world-class private club, which will offer social, fitness, spa and championship golf amenities. The property will also offer extensive banqueting and meeting space, including an expansive 4,500 square-foot ballroom and a variety of adaptable conference rooms.

1000 North – Jupiter – 2017. The Jupiter waterfront will welcome 1000 North, a new restaurant partly-owned by NBA star Michael Jordan, in 2017. The first floor of the 340-seat restaurant, which also will have an indoor and outdoor bar, will be open to the public, while the 1,500-square-foot second floor will be dedicated to members and their guests only. The second floor will have a 450-square-foot outdoor patio for food and beverages.

Delray Beach Marketplace – Delray Beach – 2016/2017. The Delray Beach Marketplace will add four new restaurants in late 2016 and early 2017. These include Hoffman’s Chocolates, a popular chocolate chain based in Greenacres; Lucille’s Bad to the Bone BBQ, which also has locations in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach; Batch Gastropub, a Miami eatery opening its second location; and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, a California-based brand with several locations nationwide.

Steam Horse Brewing – West Palm Beach – 2017. West Palm Beach will soon welcome its first-ever brewery. Set to open in West Palm Beaches’ new Warehouse District in early 2017, Steam Horse Brewing promises a wide variety of flavors that can be enjoyed from its 6,000 square-foot brewery and tasting room. Steam Horse will join The Palm Beaches’ booming craft beer scene, which includes native breweries such as Funky Buddha and Barrel of Monks in Boca Raton, Saltwater in Delray Beach, Due South, Copperpoint and Devour in Boynton Beach, plus Tequesta Brewing in Tequesta and Twisted Trunk in the Gardens.

Oceans Edge Key West Hotel & Marina – Key West – December 2016. The 20-acre Oceans Edge Key West Hotel & Marina is scheduled to open in mid-December with 175 suites and rooms and six pools. Spacious units range from 382 to 575 square feet. An on-site marina has 111 wet and 52 dry slips.

Dinner at Atlantikós – Miami – February 2017. Savor the sensory pleasures of Santorini with an exquisite four-course romantic dinner at Atlantikós at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort.  Executive Chef Anastasios ‘Tasos’ Chasekioglou curated menu includes Butter Poached Lobster, Braised Short Ribs, Grilled Mediterranean Seabass, and decadent desserts by Antonio Bachour and our talented pastry team.

Heart to Heart Package at Remède Spa – Miami – through February 2017. The St. Regis Bal Harbour is a peerless haven of oceanfront elegance, quiet unwavering taste, anticipatory service and seductive amenities. On Valentine’s Day, couples are invited to enjoy a 90-minute couples body exfoliation and massage. The experience ends with a sparkling glass of champagne and strawberries, while couples relax side-by-side at the Spa coed relaxation room.

Love Birds High Tea at La Gourmandise – Miami – February 2017. Love Birds can indulge on Valentine’s Day with a signature tea for two experience at La Gourmandise at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort. Spoil your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day with a romantic Tea-for-Two by our talented pastry team and Antonio Bachour’s marvelous sugary confections. Start the high tea experience with a glass of Champagne or a tea-infused mocktail, followed by a delightful assortment of sweet and savory delicacies paired with a tea selection from our extensive tea list.

Oceanfront Day Villa Private Dining Experience – Miami – February 2017. Go beyond expectation and celebrate Valentine’s Day with a five-course private butler-served dinner overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at the St. Regis Bal Harbour. The experience begins with a bottle of vintage Champagne, followed by an exquisite five-course dinner led by Executive Chef Franck Steigerwald.  The romance continues with a custom heart-shaped dessert cake just for two.  The luxurious Oceanfront Day Villa is yours to enjoy throughout the evening, and includes a private indoor lounge and outdoor dining terrace.

Dolphin Point Villas — Key Largo, June 2017. In Key Largo, Dolphin Point Villas, at mile marker 102 bayside, is soon to accommodate groups up to 62 and events of up to 100 guests. Slated to open June 1, the new resort includes six stand-alone villa homes and is adjacent to Dolphins Plus, where guests can swim with dolphins. Five villa homes offer accommodations that range from one to three bedrooms. A sixth, the Nautilus House estate, sleeps up to 16, with five bedrooms and five baths, a private pool and large wrap-around porch. Dolphin Point Villas is located at 101910 Overseas Highway. Visit or call 305-451-0315.

SkipJack Resort & Marina — Marathon, 2017. In Marathon, the new SkipJack Resort & Marina, the former Sombrero Resort & Marina, has opened with a $6 million renovation, refurbished rooms and new landscaping. Skipjack offers 60 deluxe suites, accommodating up to four people in one-bedroom king rooms with sleeper sofa and kitchenette, and a heated pool and 54-slip marina. Boot Key Bar & Grill and a separate poolside bar are on-site. Vessels up to 60 feet can be accommodated with 30- and 60-amp electrical power, fresh water and pump-out facilities. Skipjack Resort & Marina is located at 19 Sombrero Blvd. in Marathon. For additional details, visit or call 305-289-7662.

The Perry Hotel Key West — Stock Island Marina, 2017. On Stock Island, the key directly adjacent to Key West, the 100-room The Perry Hotel Key West at Stock Island Marina is to open soon. The new $38 million hotel has one of the Keys’ largest deep-water marinas with 220 slips accommodating vessels up to 300 feet long. Located at the 42-acre Stock Island Marina Village, overlooking Safe Harbor and a 220-slip marina, the resort village is to include an on-site distillery, artist galleries, an organic community garden and a dog park. Executive chef is Ryan Fredstrom, who oversees two “boat to table” restaurants: Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen and Bar and The Salty Oyster Bar and Grill. Fredstrom honed his cooking skills at Four Seasons in Washington, D.C., and Yardbird Southern Table & Bar in Miami Beach. The Perry Hotel Key West is located at 7001 Shrimp Road. For more information, visit or call 305-296-1717.

H20 Suites — Key West, 2017. Key West’s new adults-only contemporary H2O Suites, with 22 one-bedroom suites and individual pools at 11 of the suites, has opened with 24-hour concierge service. The suites have private balconies or patios, plus living area and wet bar, spa-inspired baths with rainfall showers and Italian marble, king beds and two flat screen TVs. Guests are welcomed with complimentary champagne and Chambord on arrival. The property’s rooftop pool serves mimosas and bloody marys, wine and assorted tapas. Nightly turndown service includes frozen Dove ice cream bars, muffins and chocolates. A fitness center features state-of-the-art cardio, resistance and fitness equipment and free weights. H20Suites, owned and operated by Maryland-based Meisel Holdings, is located at 1212 Simonton St. Visit or call 305-296-3432.

Margaritaville Resort & Marina — Key West, 2017. The 178-room Key West Resort & Marina has joined the Margaritaville hotel collection, officially becoming the Margaritaville Resort & Marina, Key West. Known for its scenic waterfront location, the property is just steps from the island’s landmark Mallory Square and a block from legendary Duval Street. The resort features oversized rooms and suites, 6,000 square feet of meeting and event space and a full-service marina with watersports and activities. Anticipated upgrades include refreshed rooms and renovated suites, live entertainment, Margaritaville-inspired guest amenities and new signature travel packages. Margaritaville — inspired by the hit song and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and author Jimmy Buffett, a former Key West resident whose music is spiced with references to the island — is a global lifestyle brand with destination resorts and hotels across the southeast U.S. and Caribbean. Margaritaville Resort & Marina is located at 245 Front St. Visit or call 305-294-4000 or 855-366-8045.

Mangoes — Key West, 2017. Key West’s recently reopened restaurant Mangoes, located at the corner of Duval and Angela streets in the heart of Old Town, now offers private dining and meeting space for parties, weddings and groups of up to 300 guests. An upstairs banquet room can accommodate 150 with a full-service bar, TV, private restrooms, a stage and vintage booth seating. A downstairs dining room offers capacity for 50 and overflow into the Starlight Lounge, adjacent to an outdoor full-service bar. The full restaurant can be reserved for a private party with a capacity of 300. Mangoes is located at 700 Duval St. Contact or call 305-294-8002.

Mainsail Beach Inn – Anna Maria Island, 2017. Overlooking the stunning turquoise waters of Anna Maria Island, Mainsail Beach Inn recently completed a face lift with lush new landscaping, fresh exterior paint and upgraded pool furniture. Mainsail Beach Inn will also enhance the feel and look of the property by adding new furnishings to units this May. Construction has begun on two additional units, bringing the total number of boutique two- and three-bedroom residences to 14. Beach Inn also recently launched a new website that allows users to browse the property, explore things to do in the area, and seamlessly book their next trip with just a few clicks. For more information, call (888) 849-2642 or visit

Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club – Anna Maria Island, May 2017.  Mainsail Lodging and Development’s newest property – Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club, slated to open May 2017 on Anna Maria Island — will feature 37 stylish, two-bedroom suites with gourmet kitchens, a 50-slip marina offering a variety of water activities, a signature restaurant and bar, and a resort-style swimming pool with oversized sun deck extending into the marina. To learn more about Waterline, visit

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa – Fort Lauderdale – 2017. The newly renovated , set on South Florida’s largest stretch of private beach, features a luxury spa, romantic Barefoot Dining and hotel dog as a mascot to greet guests. Guests looking for a sophisticated vacation can enjoy staycation savings via the Couple’s Getaway Package, complete with complimentary breakfast for two, valet parking, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries upon arrival, and a late checkout. Promo Code is LVU and available until December 2017. Starting room rates at $369.

Hotel Sarasota – Sarasota – late 2017. Hotel Sarasota, also in downtown Sarasota, is a boutique hotel slated to open in late 2017.

Embassy Suites – Sarasota – late 2017. Embassy Suites is slated to have 180 rooms and 18 stories in the heart of downtown and opening in late 2017.