Opal Moments

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?

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.

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.

Design in Detail: Samoset Resort’s New Look

Arts & Culture, Camden/Rockport/Rockland, Family, New England Coast, Opal Moments, Property in Perspective|

Shiplap walls, stunning Midcoast Maine photography from a local artist, decorative wooden paddles – these are just a few of the nautically rich details to look forward to in the recent 178-room refresh at Samoset Resort.

A Modern-Day Great Camp

Lake Placid, New York Adirondacks, Opal Moments, Property in Perspective|

Lake Placid Lodge was recently hailed as a top Adirondack hotel by Architectural Digest. Why? Luxury and service aside, the hotel serves as an amazing reproduction of an Adirondack Great Camp.

Victorian Glamour & Grace

Lake George, New York Adirondacks, Opal Moments, Property in Perspective|

Recently called one of Architectural Digest’s most beautiful hotels in the Adirondacks, The Sagamore Resort has served as a Victorian-era icon on Lake George since 1883 – and not much has changed since.

Property in Perspective: Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina

Bar Harbor, Family, New England Coast, Opal Moments, Property in Perspective|

With their new wall-to-wall renovations, Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina is doubling down on family fun.

7 Must-See Stops in Bradenton’s Village of the Arts

Arts & Culture, Family, Florida Gulf Coast, Food & Drink, Opal Moments, Sarasota/Longboat Key|

Located no more than 10 miles north of Sarasota proper

Sarasota’s Secret Surf Scene

Active, Arts & Culture, Beach, Experiences, Florida Gulf Coast, Opal Moments, Sarasota/Longboat Key|

When it comes to the best surfing in Florida, your mind likely goes to the East Coast stretch of the state. That’s not the case for waterman Juan Rodriguez, who, despite having surf all over the world, has always been partial to the surf scene of Sarasota.