9 Amazing Fall Escapes For Floridians

This is how Floridians do Fall!

Fall is finally on its way and it’s still not too late to plan your getaway. Check out some of these great deals and special destinations just a short drive from Orlando. Call or click and get packing!

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No Matter Where You Travel In NC

Use These 7 Guidelines As Your Compass

Outdoor NC and Leave No Trace Center For Ethics have partnered to preserve the richer experiences of the NC outdoors. Leave No Trace emphasizes 7 key Principles to minimize visitors’ impact so the outdoors stays stunningly gorgeous and infinitely usable.

PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE
Be prepared and learn about the area(s) you plan to visit. Remember food, water, hand sanitizer, a face covering and the right clothes to protect you from the elements.

STICK TO TRAILS AND OVERNIGHT RIGHT
Walk and ride on designated trails to protect trailside plants, and camp only on existing or designated campsites to avoid damaging vegetation.

TRASH YOUR TRASH
Pack your trash and recyclables out with you and throw them out at home. If adventuring with your pet, plan to pack out its waste as well. Pack it in. Pack it out.

LEAVE IT AS YOU FIND IT
Always leave plants, rocks and historical items as you find them. Also, North Carolina is home to an amazing diversity of indigenous plants. Help keep it that way and avoid picking flowers.

BE CAREFUL WITH FIRE
If you plan an overnight camping trip, please use a stove for cook-ing. If you choose to have a fire, make sure it is permitted in the area you are visiting, and keep it small.

KEEP WILDLIFE WILD
Always observe wildlife from a distance and never approach, feed or follow our animals. Also keep your pets under control; this will protect them, other visitors and wildlife.

SHARE OUR TRAILS
Our trails are everyone’s trails. Be considerate, and cover your nose and mouth when passing others on the trail, and give plenty of space. If you’re sick, please stay at home.

Learn more about how you can help at OutdoorNC.com.


Golden Isles

Top Festivals & Events to Attend in the Golden Isles this Year

Warm weather and beautiful venues create the perfect setting for exciting festivals and events along the Georgia coast this fall. Head to the Golden Isles to delight in coastal lowcountry delicacies at food festivals. Discover unique local wildlife with your children. Watch your favorite golf pros compete at the annual PGA TOUR RSM Classic. Whichever events you choose to attend, a great time is guaranteed!

CoastFest
When: October 2, 2021
Perfect for families with kids of all ages, CoastFest is a beloved annual event featuring exhibits, live entertainment, touch tanks, living history demonstrations and more. Kids will learn about the ecology and history of Coastal Georgia at this free event with hands-on activities focused on natural resources, wildlife, climate science, litter prevention and more.

Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee
When: October 23, 2021
Which Brunswick Stew recipe ranks supreme? Our namesake dish shines during this annual event while local chefs and businesses com-pete to win the coveted Stewmaster title. Savor dozens of stew samples at the Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee as you have the opportunity to choose your favorites for the People’s Choice Award. Live music, kids activities and a car show accompany this annual event.

RSM Classic
When: November 15-21, 2021
Now in its 11th year, the RSM Classic has become a mainstay in the Golden Isles each November. This PGA TOUR event includes four ex-citing days of tournament play, off-the-course activities throughout the community, and an incredible opportunity to watch world-class golf at the Sea Island Golf Club.

Holiday Events
When: Various Dates in November-January
Each year, the holiday season shines brightly in the Golden Isles with many beloved traditions, from spectacular light displays to sumptuous banquets. Enjoy a traditional turkey dinner during Thanksgiving or Christmas, shop for unique, locally crafted gifts made from area artists, and ring in the New Year with dazzling fireworks displays.

Make the most of your trip to St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island, Little St. Simons Island and Brunswick, Georgia this fall and winter when you plan your visit to coincide with one of the many festivals and events.

To learn more and to view a complete calendar of events, visit GoldenIsles.com.


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Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

From the historic Clocktower and bandshell to the fishing pier and boardwalk, the oceanfront has fun and activities for everyone. The Daytona International Speedway and One Daytona complexes offer excitement and luxury shopping and entertainment. Plus, historic Main Street and Beach Street have a variety of boutique shops and restaurants that come alive with the culture of the fresh & new Daytona Beach. Amidst the fun of the city is the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort. As one of the largest resorts in the region, the oceanfront Hilton has a multitude of amenities available. Outdoor amenities include two resort pools with cascading waterfalls, lifesize checkers, beach cruisers and boogie boards.

In-room options include romance offerings like chocolate and champagne and snack packs with cheese, crackers, and fruit. For business needs, two guest business centers complete with Mac and PC computers are available. A newly renovated Spa and Fitness center offer state-of-the-art equipment for all exercise and relaxation needs. Orlando residents can enjoy our oceanfront rooms for less! We offer a Florida Resident’s Rate starting at $99. Learn more at daytonahilton.com/florida.

For details, visit our website: www.daytonahilton.com


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Franklin County

the Florida you remember

Ask anyone who has visited Apalachicola, Carrabelle and St. George Island and you’ll hear “this is the Florida you remember.” This is Franklin County, the heart of Florida’s Forgotten Coast.
Located about an hour south of Tallahassee on Florida’s Northern Gulf Coast, Franklin County is nearly 80% national and state forest – a protected oasis with quiet beaches, wooded trails and scenic paddling sloughs. The string of communities that stretch along the coast are the last vestige of Old Florida – a Florida that doesn’t exist anywhere else anymore.

What to Do Here?

Love water? Rent a kayak or paddleboard to explore the many river sloughs, sandy coves and salt marshes and bay shallows of the area. Fall is great fishing along Florida’s Forgotten Coast – book a charter or take a relaxing sunset tour of Apalachicola’s historic waterfront aboard one of several eco-tour boats.

Wildlife abounds – the area is part of a seasonal fly-over for several migrating birds and butterflies. The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve and Visitor Center in Eastpoint features a wooded boardwalk trail and touch tanks and displays for children to get up close and personal to marine life.

Beach lovers will appreciate that the St. George Island State Park Beach is ranked among the top in the country (#4 in 2021) by Dr. Stephen Leatherman (a.k.a Dr. Beach). This beach park features nine miles of undeveloped shoreline and has some of the region’s finest fall birdwatching opportunities and camping facilities.

The towns of Apalachicola and Carrabelle feature unique boutiques and fine restaurants. The area’s beauty has inspired a thriving artist community and a blossoming of art galleries. The area hosts several other events including the annual Florida Seafood Festival, an Oyster Cook-off and Chili Cookoff on St. George Island. There are accommodations throughout the county to suite every taste.

Historic Lighthouses. Franklin County features two historic lighthouses – one on St. George Island and one along Highway 98 east of Carrabelle. Both are important maritime landmarks with a colorful past.

Florida’s Forgotten Coast is the perfect drive-time getaway to get away from it all this fall. Sign up on Floridasforgottencoast.com/fall for a chance to win a getaway.


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Shephard’s Beach Resort

Shephard’s Beach Resort is Florida’s Premier Entertainment Resort! Located on south Clearwater Beach, it features large balconies with spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico. Recently awarded AAA’s “Best of Housekeeping for 2021,” so you’re assured a clean environment. The Resort’s centerpiece is the Famous Tiki-Beach Bar and Concert Stage, perched over their white sand beach. Enjoy local and international bands performing daily while watching the dramatic sunsets. Dine outside on the large Tiki Deck. Exclusively for the resort guests is the SOAK BAR featuring a wide variety of tropical drinks. Private poolside cabanas are available for your added enjoyment. Don’t just come for the SUN, TROPICAL POOL, WHITE SAND BEACH, WATERSPORTS, MUSIC, TROPICAL DRINKS, and GREAT FOOD; also come for the excellent service and loads of FUN! Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice Winner for 2021!

Call 800.237.8477 or visit Shephards.com

Use Promo Code: HOOKY  for 20% OFF plus free breakfast – Two Night Stay Required with Promo; must arrive on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday


Tradewinds

Paradise, Closer Than You Think.

Florida is synonymous with beautiful beaches, world-class attractions and luxurious lodging – making it a world renowned destination for travelers of all kinds. It’s such common knowledge that the phrase “we live where you vacation” has made its way into many Florida residents’ repertoire. The ultimate location for relaxation happens to exist just 90 minutes west of Orlando. At TradeWinds Island Resorts, Floridians can expect more of everything that makes St. Pete Beach special without the price tag of a long-distance journey. St. Pete Beach consistently makes top travel lists. Right on a sparkling shore complete with warm Gulf waters, sugar-soft sand wider than a football field and stunning sunsets year-round, there are few places in the world that boast a more beautiful setting. Not only listed the #1 Beach in the U.S. by TripAdvisor, it’s considered the Sunset Capital of Florida and also home to a Guinness World Record for the most consecutive days of sunshine. TradeWinds sits on more than 30 acres of this west coast wonder too, setting the scene for a dream vacation.

With special savings for Florida residents, it’s the perfect time for locals to stay in a state of play with incredibly discounted rates. Dive into an aquatic adventure with parasail or jetski rides, paddleboards and more. Enjoy delicious dining options and watch the sun sink beneath the horizon line with your toes in the sand and a frozen drink in hand from beach bars featuring fire tables encircled by plush couches.

Call 800.360.4020 or visit MyOrlandoBeach.com


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Martin County

Craving an uncrowded escape? We don’t blame you. Tucked away along the Atlantic Coast of South Florida, Martin County is a true hidden haven for families to relax and recharge. Boasting more than 22 miles of secluded beaches and 100,000 acres of pristine parks and conservation lands, there’s plenty of space to sprawl out and unwind.

Embrace a slower pace of life, surrounded by natural landscapes, vibrant downtown districts, and countless activities for everyone in the family to enjoy. With a picturesque combination of Old Florida character and coastal charm, Martin County is the perfect road trip destination for a quintessential summer getaway. Best of all, it’s free of crowds and easily accessible – no matter where you’re visiting from. So what are you waiting for?

Start planning your next escape today at www.discovermartin.com!


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Don CeSar

Born at the height of the Great Gatsby Era in 1928 and known as Florida’s iconic Pink Palace®, the fully renovated Don CeSar is the epitome of old world glamour and sophistication. With its majestic presence, spirited food and beverage offerings and unparalleled location on St Pete Beach, it is unlike any other resort in the world. Voted TripAdvisor’s #1 Best Beach in America, the seven miles of sugar-white shoreline make every view equally breathtaking from a lounge chair or your private guestroom balcony. Whether you’re looking to relax poolside, enjoy a dive in movie, rent wave runners, or find your refuge on the beach, The Don has it all. Plan a getaway that you will never forget and take advantage of this exclusive offer by using Promo Code ORLMAG and receive 15% Off and a $50 Resort Credit when you book 2 nights or more.

Book your legendary getaway today by calling 866.372.2885 or visit www.doncesar.com.


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Clearwater Jazz Holiday

The 42nd Clearwater Jazz Holiday is back and thrilled to present, in concert, between October 14 and 17, 2021: Kool & The Gang; Snarky Puppy; Gloria Gaynor; Big Bad Voodoo Daddy; Lettuce; Dustbowl Revival; Eric Marienthal Featuring The Silverman Brothers; Lucy Woodward; JASON MILES PRESENTS TO GROVER WITH LOVE Featuring Jason Miles, Maya Azucena, Marion Meadows, Elan Trotman, Felicia Collins, Richie Goods & Adrian Harpham; SPECIAL EFX ALL-STARS Featuring Chieli Minucci, Elliott Yamin, Eric Marienthal, Lao Tizer, Karen Briggs, Dave Livolsi & Joel Rosenblatt; JOE MARCINEK BAND Featuring Taylor Galbraith, Ashley Galbraith, Tommy Shugart & Chris Sgammato; Gumbi Ortiz & Electric Rendezvous; Lemon City Trio; Gloria West & The Gents “The Last Hurrah”; Ariella; and Clearwater Jazz Holiday / Ruth Eckerd Hall Youth Jazz Band!

As the City of Clearwater builds Clearwater Jazz Holiday’s new Imagine Clearwater home in Coachman Park, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, the City of Clearwater, and the Clearwater Threshers/Phillies Florida are teaming up for a special 42nd annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday presentation at BayCare Ballpark.

CJH will put its one-of-a-kind touch on this unique setting, transforming the stadium into the Bay area’s largest outdoor jazzfest party over four days and nights of exciting live performances. Visitors will also relish in the Clearwater area’s mild fall weather, miles of world-famous Gulf beaches, brilliant sunsets, nearby attractions, accommodations, and dining to suit every taste and budget.

The magic of Clearwater Jazz Holiday emanates from its long-time collaboration with the City of Clearwater, St Petersburg/Clearwater CVB, Ruth Eckerd Hall and now the Clearwater Threshers as well as hundreds of volunteers that orchestrate every chord of this annual celebration that attracts audiences as diverse as its lineups. From smooth and straight-ahead jazz, to rhythm and blues, soul, jam band, folk, Americana, funk, fusion, Latin, and more, thousands of spirits are lifted each year in the unmistakable energy of Clearwater Jazz Holiday.

Tickets On-Sale NOW starting at just $10 in advance. Limited VIP Hospitality tables of 4 or 2 are also available. For more information about the 42nd Clearwater Jazz Holiday, call the Clearwater Jazz Holiday office at (727) 461-5200, or visit us online at ClearwaterJazz.com or facebook.com/ClearwaterJazz. 

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