Florida Gulf Coast

New for 2020: Edgewater Beach Hotel & Naples, Florida

Active, Arts & Culture, Beach, Experiences, Florida Gulf Coast, Food & Drink, Naples, Opal Moments, Uncategorized|

Haven’t been to Naples, Florida, in a while? Here’s what you’ve been missing, from a score of new health and wellness programs at Edgewater Beach Hotel to a sleek, new, and custom-built catamaran offering daily public cruises through Naples Bay, Port Royal, and the Gulf of Mexico in style.

Top Things to Do in Naples, Florida, in February & March

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Only during the months of February and March in Naples will you find the best shelling along the coast, the sweetest stone crab, and hundreds of migratory bird species flying overhead.

New Year’s Resolutions You Can Accomplish…by Vacationing

Across Opal, Active, Beach, Camden/Rockport/Rockland, Clearwater Beach, Delray Beach/Boca Raton, Experiences, Family, Florida East Coast & Keys, Florida Gulf Coast, Food & Drink, Hutchinson Island/Jensen Beach, Jupiter/North Palm Beach, Key West, Lake George, Lake Placid, New England Coast, New York Adirondacks, Opal Moments, Sarasota/Longboat Key, St. Petersburg/Clearwater|

Exercise more, learn a new skill, travel more. If these sound like your kind of New Year’s resolution ideas, then we’ve got the perfect ways you can actually accomplish them – while taking a vacation, to boot.

Condé Nast–Confirmed: 11 Opal Properties Recognized in 2019’s Readers’ Choice Awards

Across Opal, Active, Bar Harbor, Beach, Camden/Rockport/Rockland, Clearwater Beach, Experiences, Family, Florida East Coast & Keys, Florida Gulf Coast, Food & Drink, Key West, Lake George, Lake Placid, Naples, Opal Moments, Sarasota/Longboat Key|

The people have spoken. Eleven Opal Collection properties were awarded

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.

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

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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.

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.

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?