Fall Getaway Guide for Orlando Residents

Fall is finally on its way and it's 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 ready for a great trip!

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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. 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. Dance the night away in the Wave Night, the area’s only beachside club. 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. So don’t just come for the SUN, TROPICAL POOL, WHITE SAND BEACH, WATERSPORTS, MUSIC, DANCING, TROPICAL DRINKS, GREAT FOOD, and AWESOME ROOMS; also come for the excellent service and loads of FUN! Mention the code “BALL” when booking to receive breakfast for 1-4 people.

Call 800.237.8477 or visit Shephards.com Use Promo Code: BALL – Promo includes Breakfast for 1-4 guests. 1 Free Beach Ball. 2-night min. Valid until 12-21-23.

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October 19th – October 22nd

The Clearwater Jazz Holiday is a four-day and four-night, world-class, live, music festival, enjoyed by thousands of fans taking place the third week of every October and now in its 44th year. The music festival has evolved from a series of concerts on the back of a flatbed truck and at venues around Clearwater into an annual, international, music festival that draws tens of thousands of visitors each year to beautiful Coachman Park in Clearwater, against the backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico, warm breezes, brilliant sunsets, and one of the world’s greatest beaches. The festival features a combination of legendary and relevant musical artists and a gathering of an amazingly diverse fan base.

Over its 43-year history, a long and impressive list of legendary jazz talents have made stops in Clearwater such as Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Mann, Dave Brubeck, Tito Puente, Stephan Grappelli, Stan Getz, and the Count Basie Orchestra. The Jazz Holiday’s modern-day, diverse line-up covers a wide array of musical styles: straight ahead and smooth jazz, swing, blues, jamband, rock, folk, Americana, funk, and Zydeco and showcases a new generation of artists, emerging stars, and classic legends including Tony Bennett, Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago, Bonnie Raitt, Trombone Shorty, The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Gov’t Mule, Esperanza Spalding, Marcus Roberts, Mindi Abair, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Soulive, Christian McBride, Bela Fleck, Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Spirit Family Reunion, Amos Lee, Lake Street Dive, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Buddy Guy, Gladys Knight, Commodores, Kool & The Gang, UB40, Grace Potter, Sheryl Crow, Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins and the list goes on and on…. 43 years has shaped a unique magical and magnetic destination experience built on incredible community support.

The true magic stems from those who built, shaped and implemented the experience, many of which share a multi-generational bond with it. The festival is organized and supported by the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation. The Foundation’s dedicated and engaged Board of Directors is composed of community leaders, who oversee production of the festival and various innovative education and outreach initiatives.

The Foundation also orchestrates the popular Jazz Force committee of lead volunteers who work tirelessly to operationally implement the four-day celebration every October and manage hundreds of services needed to accommodate thousands of visitors. The Foundation’s wonderful family of corporate and strategic partners and its popular High Note Society membership help to sustain and grow this timeless tradition. Clearwater Jazz Holiday programs are also funded in part by grants from the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts & Culture and the Pinellas County Commission through the Cultural Development Grants Program of the Cultural Affairs Department.

For more information about the 44th Clearwater Jazz Holiday, please call (727) 461-5200, or visit us online at ClearwaterJazz.com or facebook.com/ClearwaterJazz. 

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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, life-size 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 Fitness Center offers 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 $129. Learn more at daytonahilton.com/florida

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

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5 Can’t-Miss Cultural Gems in The Palm Beaches

There’s no denying Florida is a hub for thrilling adventures, inspiring experiences, and most of all, tourism. For those seeking a tranquil weekend immersed in arts and culture, check out these five distinct destinations which promise to be unforgettable.

1. Norton Museum of Art A true cultural treasure, located in West Palm Beach, the Norton Museum of Art boasts an extensive collection of 8,200 works. Journey through a world of art exploring American, European, Chinese, and contemporary pieces in captivating exhibitions.

2. Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens Step into the only Japanese history museum in Florida, the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach, where Japanese art, traditions, and history are preserved through stunning gardens, rotating exhibits, tea ceremonies, and cultural festivals.

3. Henry Morrison Flagler Museum Explore the Gilded Age mansion, Whitehall, located in Palm Beach, and be transported back to a time of lavishness and luxury. Explore the preserved rooms, ornate furnishings, and lush gardens surrounding the estate to lean into the fascinating history of one of Florida’s founding fathers.

4. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum Climb 105 steps to the historic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum and experience panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Loxahatchee River. Learn about the area’s rich maritime history and local wildlife through interactive exhibits.

5. Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens Tucked away in West Palm Beach, the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is an oasis for art lovers. Dedicated to the renowned sculptor, Ann Weaver Norton, the garden showcases her most impressive pieces set amidst lush flora and fauna. When you’re looking to escape the crowds, discover a world of arts and culture in The Palm Beaches.

For more information visit palmbeachesculture.com

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Martin County

Dreaming of an easy, breezy getaway? Escape the crowds in Martin County, one of South Florida’s best-kept secrets. Conveniently located on Florida’s East Coast, Martin County is a real gem that celebrates small-town life and that hard-to-find “Old Florida” feel. Boasting beautiful natural landscapes from ocean, to river, to lake and everything in between! Building restrictions have limited structures to four stories, preserving breathtaking views.

Here in Martin County, we know a thing or two about natural beauty. Our waves and warm waters are beloved by surfers, and our golden sand beaches are perfect for sun-seekers and snapshots. Martin County is especially inviting during the fall months, so make plans to explore the outdoors and experience our iconic autumnal events.

Come experience our latest development: Explore Natural Martin. This comprehensive ecotourism program offers a variety of free guided eco-tours all year long! Martin County, with its 22 miles
of beautiful beaches, over 100,000 acres of parks and conservation lands and the ecologically-diverse Indian River Lagoon, has no shortage of natural lands to learn about and explore. With stewardship at the heart of this program, Explore Natural Martin has officially partnered with Leave No Trace, the internationally known non-profit dedicated to promoting responsible outdoor recreation. Come join us!

To learn more and to sign up for up for upcoming events, please visit ExploreNaturalMartin.com

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Travel to North Carolina, where you’ll experience firsts that turn into moments you’ll never forget.

Ride through valleys that take you to greater heights. Sample unique flavors worth savoring. Catch your first wave that breaks and connects. Whether you plan to try a new trail, experience art in a different way or splash through pristine waters, the adventures you’ll find throughout our mountains, cities and coast will hold a special place in your heart. And you can visit them whenever you like.

North Carolina’s mountains are well known for attractions like the Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest and Appalachian Trail. But this western region offers so much more to explore, from the land of the waterfalls and one of the oldest rivers on the continent to farm-fresh foods and some of the country’s best craft beer.

The central region of North Carolina is home to our largest cities, including Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro and Durham. These spots offer everything you’d expect in an urban escape, blended with heart and character you’ll only find here. From bustling big cities to quaint small towns, you’ll enjoy wineries, breweries, art, golf, pottery, local cuisine, natural attractions and more.

With 300 miles of barrier-island beaches as well as serene inner coastal destinations, a visit to North Carolina’s coast has its own unique vibe with a variety of things to do. Choosing your favorite
backdrop and activity might take you camping on the beach, paddleboarding along the sound or reeling in the catch of the day pier fishing.

When you try something you’ve never tried before, you feel something you’ve never felt before. Because you want firsts that last and here, they do. Pack your beginner’s spirit and stop by visitnc.com where you’ll find several short films. Each one is based on a true vacation to help get you inspired to plan your next trip to North Carolina.

Plan your trip at visitnc.com

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