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Florida’s Gulf vs. Atlantic Beach Scene

Beach, Clearwater Beach, Delray Beach/Boca Raton, Experiences, Family, Florida East Coast & Keys, Florida Gulf Coast, Hutchinson Island/Jensen Beach, Jupiter/North Palm Beach, Naples, Sarasota/Longboat Key, Treasure Island|

When you think Florida, you think beach and ocean. But the state is home to two very distinct coastlines – the East Coast and the Gulf Coast – offering very different beach experiences for families, surfers, and fisherman. So which coast is the best destination for your vacation?

Alternative Thanksgiving Getaways in Opal Destinations

Active, Arts & Culture, Beach, Camden/Rockport/Rockland, Clearwater Beach, Experiences, Family, Florida East Coast & Keys, Florida Gulf Coast, Food & Drink, Jupiter/North Palm Beach, Key West, Lake George, New England Coast, New York Adirondacks, Opal Moments|

Dreaming of a stress-free Thanksgiving away, where there’s no cooking and no cleaning involved? Here are a few top alternative turkey-day dinners and events in Opal destinations to shape a last-minute stay around.

Best in “Bleisure:” How to Mix Business with Pleasure in Opal Destinations

Clearwater Beach, Florida Gulf Coast, Naples, Opal Moments, Sarasota/Longboat Key, Treasure Island|

“Bleisure” – a new term describing the act of mixing business and leisure travel – is booming. Luckily, these Opal properties are in the trend, too.

Dish in Demand: The Maple Lavender Duck Breast at Artisans

Food & Drink, Lake Placid, New York Adirondacks|

The maple lavender duck breast at Artisans at the Lake

8 Reasons to Visit Opal Destinations This Fall

Active, Arts & Culture, Bar Harbor, Beach, Camden/Rockport/Rockland, Clearwater Beach, Delray Beach/Boca Raton, Experiences, Family, Florida East Coast & Keys, Florida Gulf Coast, Food & Drink, Jupiter/North Palm Beach, Key West, Lake George, Naples, New England Coast, New York Adirondacks, Opal Moments, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Treasure Island|

We dug deep into all Opal destinations in Florida, Maine, and New York to build this list of top fall events and seasonal vacation ideas.

Where to Stay: The Laureate Key West

Active, Arts & Culture, Experiences, Family, Florida East Coast & Keys, Food & Drink, Key West, Opal Moments|

Key West’s newest retreat summons inspiration from the literary icons who have called the island home.

Where to Stay: Belleview Inn

Florida East Coast & Keys, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Where to Stay|

Opening in December of 2018, Belleview Inn is a preserved piece of a Queen Anne-style hotel that was originally built in 1897.

5 Signature Opal Dishes You Must Try

Camden/Rockport/Rockland, Clearwater Beach, Florida East Coast & Keys, Florida Gulf Coast, Food & Drink, Hutchinson Island/Jensen Beach, Lake Placid, New England Coast, New York Adirondacks, Sarasota/Longboat Key, St. Petersburg/Clearwater|

We polled a handful of Opal’s restaurant kitchens to bring you this list of most-ordered dishes – and to get you thinking (and drooling) about your next Opal meal in the process.

Key West’s Classic Landmarks & Their Hidden Counterparts

Active, Arts & Culture, Beach, Experiences, Family, Florida East Coast & Keys, Food & Drink, Key West, Opal Moments|

If you’ve checked every box next to Key West’s most popular landmarks, these similar – but lesser-known – highlights are as worthy of a look.

Choose Your Own Adventure: 4 Best Hikes in Acadia to Suit Your Style

Active, Bar Harbor, Experiences, Family, New England Coast|

How do you like your Acadia National Park hiking experience? Want to feel like Indiana Jones? Or maybe just looking to fill your camera roll with iconic Acadia shots? We’ve got these options and more.