Florida Gulf Coast

Which Oktoberfest is Best for You?

Active, Arts & Culture, Bar Harbor, Beach, Experiences, Family, Florida East Coast & Keys, Florida Gulf Coast, Food & Drink, Jupiter/North Palm Beach, Lake George, Lake Placid, New England Coast, New York Adirondacks, St. Petersburg/Clearwater|

Oktoberfest may have originated in Bavaria, but the tradition is alive and well here in the States. Dust off your lederhosen for these five best Oktoberfests near Opal destinations.

Dish in Demand: The Pan-seared Hogfish at Sea-Guini

Florida Gulf Coast, Food & Drink, Opal Moments, St. Petersburg/Clearwater|

Meet the melt-in-your mouth key ingredient that stars in the wildly popular pan-seared hogfish at Opal Sands’s Sea-Guini, plus the recipe for you to take home.

Creative Ways to Beat the Heat in Opal Destinations

Active, Arts & Culture, Bar Harbor, Clearwater Beach, Delray Beach/Boca Raton, Experiences, Family, Florida East Coast & Keys, Florida Gulf Coast, Jupiter/North Palm Beach, Lake Placid, Naples, New England Coast, New York Adirondacks|

As summer wears on, you may want to mix up your days beyond the pool and beach. We highlight alternative ways to keep cool in destinations near Opal Collection hotels.

Top Craft Breweries along Florida’s “Gulp Coast”

Florida Gulf Coast, Food & Drink, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Treasure Island|

Gulf Coast? More like the “Gulp Coast,” thanks to the rise of Florida craft breweries popping up in Clearwater and St. Petersburg. We highlight five of our favorites.

National Picnic Month: Our Top 5 Picnic Spots

Bar Harbor, Camden/Rockport/Rockland, Clearwater Beach, Florida Gulf Coast, Food & Drink, Lake George, Lake Placid, New England Coast, New York Adirondacks|

Grab your red checkered blanket. In honor of July being National Picnic Month, we point you to the best places for a picnic near Opal resorts.

Top Summer Events & What to Have in Tow

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

Looking to live it up during these remaining months of summer? You’ll appreciate this piece on what to pack (albeit, some being more tongue-in-cheek) for these can’t-miss events near Opal destinations.

Ways to Keep Your Workouts Going in Opal Destinations

Active, Camden/Rockport/Rockland, Clearwater Beach, Experiences, Florida East Coast & Keys, Florida Gulf Coast, Jupiter/North Palm Beach, Lake George, Naples, New England Coast, New York Adirondacks, Opal Moments, Sarasota/Longboat Key|

While you could head to the hotel gym, there are always more creative “vacation workouts” that will keep your routine in check, while also getting you out and about in a destination.

An Art-Themed Group Retreat to Clearwater Beach

Active, Arts & Culture, Experiences, Florida Gulf Coast, Food & Drink, Opal Moments, St. Petersburg/Clearwater|

If you and your friends share an avid appreciation for art, then your next group retreat should be to Clearwater Beach where galleries, museums, and street installations are around every corner.

This or That: Maine’s Blueberry Mojito or Florida’s Coconut Daiquiri

Camden/Rockport/Rockland, Clearwater Beach, Florida Gulf Coast, Food & Drink, New England Coast|

We compare two creative cocktails – one served at Opal resorts in the Northeast, and one served at the resorts in Florida – plus their recipes to take home.

Murky Origins: The Truth behind These Opal Destination Names

Active, Arts & Culture, Bar Harbor, Beach, Camden/Rockport/Rockland, Clearwater Beach, Experiences, Florida East Coast & Keys, Florida Gulf Coast, Key West, Naples, New England Coast, Opal Moments, Sarasota/Longboat Key, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Treasure Island|

Did Treasure Island actually ever contain buried treasure? Why was Key West’s original translation “bone island”? We reveal the true origins of these town names in popular Opal destinations.