Destination Guides

Inside Sarasota’s Wood Street Studio

Arts & Culture, Experiences, Florida Gulf Coast, Sarasota/Longboat Key|

Across the country, more and more woodworkers are jumping on the urban lumber bandwagon by breathing new life into old wood destined for the dump. But only in Sarasota will you find an abundance of rare tree species and a man, named Dale Reike, who transforms it into stunning pieces that tell a unique story about this southwestern spot on the gulf.

5 Summer Sundowner Cocktails to Sip On

Bar Harbor, Camden/Rockport/Rockland, Clearwater Beach, Florida East Coast & Keys, Florida Gulf Coast, Food & Drink, Key West, Lake George, Lake Placid, New England Coast, New York Adirondacks, Opal Moments|

The days are cooling, the sun is setting earlier. Summer is taking its last gasps as we speak. So what better way to say farewell to the season than over a poolside sundowner cocktail at these various Opal properties?

5 Nature Preserves & Parks in Jensen Beach to Suit Your Style

Active, Beach, Experiences, Family, Florida East Coast & Keys, Hutchinson Island/Jensen Beach|

Are you big into birding? Or perhaps have the kids

Exploring Jupiter on Two Wheels

Active, Beach, Experiences, Family, Florida East Coast & Keys, Jupiter/North Palm Beach|

Bicycling can allow you to experience a destination in a richer way than if you’re confined to a car. And thanks to Jupiter’s wide bike lanes, it’s easy to pedal to many points of interest, straight from the hotel.

Street Smart: SW Flagler Avenue in Stuart, Florida

Active, Arts & Culture, Experiences, Family, Florida East Coast & Keys, Food & Drink, Hutchinson Island/Jensen Beach, Street Smart|

Wondering what to do in Stuart, Florida? Start on SW Flagler Avenue – we’ll take it from there.

Day On, Day Off: Opal Sands Resort & Clearwater Beach

Active, Beach, Clearwater Beach, Day On, Day Off, Experiences, Florida Gulf Coast, Food & Drink, Opal Moments|

There is no shortage of great things to do on your visit to Clearwater Beach, Florida. Here, we break down how to spend a day exclusively on-property at Opal Sands Resort, and another entirely spent exploring the sights and sands around Clearwater.

Behind the Brushstrokes: Belleview Inn’s “Queen on the Gulf” Still Life

Arts & Culture, Clearwater Beach, Experiences, Florida Gulf Coast, Opal Moments|

There are some 50-odd items and artifacts packed into this 72- by 60-inch still life hanging in the lobby of Belleview Inn by master Florida artist Christopher Still that pay homage to the inn’s illustrious history. While we can’t cover all of them in this one blog post, here are a special few to pay attention to.

This or That: Delray Beach vs. Boca Raton

Active, Arts & Culture, Beach, Delray Beach/Boca Raton, Family, Florida East Coast & Keys, Food & Drink, This or That|

Delray Beach and Boca Raton, though located less than 10 miles from each other, offer distinctly different vibes. We compare the two for guests staying right in the middle of it all – at Delray Sands Resort.

Your Guide to John’s Pass in St. Pete

Active, Arts & Culture, Beach, Experiences, Family, Food & Drink, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Treasure Island|

With over 100 merchants, St. John’s Pass is a former-fishing-village-turned-top-tourist-attraction. Here is a rundown of the best boardwalk spots you can’t miss during your trip to St. Petersburg.

Places of the Past: Belleview Inn’s Nods to the Gilded Age

Arts & Culture, Florida Gulf Coast, Opal Moments, Property in Perspective, St. Petersburg/Clearwater|

While Belleview Inn is obviously not the same as it was when it was first built in 1897, there is still a head-spinning amount of preserved portions and unique nods to the past scattered throughout. You just need to know where to look.