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Florida Beaches Spring Travel Deal: Great Events Plus Free Gas for Perdido Key Travelers!

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 04/15/2014 at 11:56AM

Get a $50 Gas Card When You Visit Perdido Key, Florida!

Perdido Key, which is ideally located between Pensacola, Fla., and Orange Beach, Ala. is home to sugar-white beaches, turquoise water, great restaurants and top-rated events that provide the perfect spring beach getaway for the entire family. Book now and Perdido Key Visitors Center will give you a free $50 gas card when you stay at least four nights before May 31. Many area resorts offer their own specials as well, from discounts to free days. Visitors can take advantage of the final days of low, off-season rates.

Perdido Key Visitors Center will reward travelers with a $50 gas card for staying a minimum of four nights in Perdido Key accommodations between now and May 31. Registration for the promotion is going on now through April 25, or until all cards are gone. For a full list of rules and regulations visit www.visitperdido.com/you-play.

You’ll find plenty of fun activities in addition to pristine beaches, nature trails and Gulf Coast cuisine. The Blue Wahoos play minor league baseball at a waterfront stadium in downtown Pensacola, and Pensacola Naval Air Station is just a few miles from Perdido Key. There, you can watch the Blue Angels flight demonstration team practice their maneuvers and then tour the National Naval Aviation Museum, the world’s largest Naval Aviation museum and one of the most-visited museums in the state of Florida.

Fun, FREE things to do while you’re here:

Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team
When: Air show practices at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays when the team is not away (weather permitting)
Where: Sherman Field, Pensacola Naval Air Station
Info

Gulf Islands National Seashore Free Park Admission Days
When: April 19-20
Where: Johnson Beach, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Johnson Beach Road
Info

Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party
When: April 25-27
Where: Flora-Bama, 17401 Perdido Key Drive
Cost: Free to watch; small charge to toss a mullet (proceeds go to charity)
Info

Pensacola Crawfish Festival
When: May 2-4
Where: Bartram Memorial Park, downtown Pensacola
Info

Remembrance of Korean War hero Rosamond Johnson
When: May 3
Where: Johnson Beach, named after Rosamond Johnson, a 17-year-old African-American who was killed in the Korean conflict after he rescued two fellow soldiers and tried to save a third. Cost: Event is open to the public and park entrance fee is waived for attendees.
Info

12th Annual Art in the Park
When: May 17-18
Where: Seville Square, downtown Pensacola
Info


Topics: Events and Festivals, Deals and Discounts, Dining, Parks and Nature


Flora-Bama's Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 04/08/2014 at 11:49AM

Perdido Key Mullet Toss

April won't be complete until we have crowds of people cheerfully throwing fish across the Alabama-Florida state line on the last full weekend of the month.

The 2014 interstate mullet toss will take place April 25-27 at the Flora-Bama Lounge, the beachfront bar that uses fishy fun each year to raise more than $20,000 per year for charity, award prizes to fish-flingers and to hold "the Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party."

It's a great way to get beach season underway; thousands of people make the Mullet Toss one of their must-attend events each year because there's so much fun to be had at the rambling bar just feet from the Gulf of Mexico.

The mullet toss begins at noon on Friday and 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. There are more than a dozen categories for contestants, including men, women, children and physically challenged people.

In addition, there will be beach games, live music from local performers, bikini contests and great food.

Before you plan your trip, check out www.VisitPerdido.com/you-play to see how you can get free gas for your trip. Register, then book four nights at a participating Perdido Key vacation property and get a $50 gas card. Learn more today!

For more about the Mullet Toss, please visit www.FloraBama.com.


Topics: Events and Festivals


Snowbird collects $1 million prize on Perdido Key

Posted By Ideaworks on 03/26/2014 at 12:32PM

Perdido Key Lottery Winner
Gary Shepherd of Owosso and his wife are shown in this courtesy photo from the Florida Lottery.

Sometimes snowbirds go home from Perdido Key with more than sand in their shoes.

Gary Shepherd, 62, of Owosso, Mich., recently claimed a $1 million MEGA MILLIONS prize from the Florida Lottery drawing held on March 18. Now there’s an amount that will make a trip extra memorable.

Shepherd bought his winning ticket at the Publix grocery store at 13390 Perdido Key Drive.


Topics: Deals and Discounts


Blue Angels will begin practices over Perdido Key area March 26

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 03/25/2014 at 01:23PM

Blue Angels
Photo by Emerald Coast Images

Now you can sleep in and still easily see the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, as they practice their amazing aerial maneuvers over the Perdido Key area.

The practice times have been moved to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Sherman Field at Pensacola Naval Air Station. The practices are free and open to the public.

The Blues used to start practices much earlier, but the time has been moved to 11:30 a.m. because it more closely matches the time of many air shows they perform each year. It also will help reduce traffic aboard the base during the busy morning commute for civilian workers and military personnel.

The Blues have been at their winter home in California, but are slated to begin practices in Pensacola on March 26.

The Blue Angel pilots will continue their tradition of meeting the public after Wednesday practices. They will sign autographs and talk with people at the nearby National Naval Aviation Museum. A seating area behind the museum also offers a good vantage for seeing the team practice.

For more information about practices and shows in 2014, see www.blueangels.navy.mil/show/


Topics: Events and Festivals


Enjoy wine and art at VIP event April 4, free event April 5

Posted By Ideaworks on 03/24/2014 at 12:51AM

Perdido Key Wine & Art Festival 2014

Bring your appetite April 4 when top restaurants serve signature dishes at a VIP event at the Perdido Key Wine & Art Festival at the new Visitor Information Center, 15500 Perdido Key Drive.

The restaurants include Flora-Bama Yacht Club, The Jellyfish Bar, The Sports Bar of Perdido, The Oar House and Voyagers Restaurant. Each dish will be paired with a delicious wine.

The VIP event will be held 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; cost is $25 each, $45 per couple. Musician Pat McCann will perform; he plays a diverse mix of Brazilian jazz, New-Age-Classical, porch pickin,’ and funky fusion.

The event includes numerous artists and crafts vendors. The featured artist is Margaret Biggs, whose work is shown from Carmel, Calif., to Gulf Shores, Ala.

Admission is free April 5, when the festival’s hours are noon to 8 p.m. and people can enjoy food and live music. For $15 you will receive a souvenir glass and tickets to taste five wines.   

White wines for April 5 will include PQ Chardonnay, Campus Oaks Peach Sparkling, 99 Vines Moscato, Fruit and Vine Pear Pinot Grigio, and Giani Sweet Chardonnay. The list of red wines: Howling Moon Pinot Noir, Ramsay Cabernet, Campus Oaks Old Vine Syrah, Arabella Merlot, and Los Acequias Malbec. Prices range from $10 to $18 per bottle.

For tickets, please visit www.PerdidoWineandArts.com.


Topics: Events and Festivals, Dining


See Cirque du Soleil perform with Varekai March 19-23

Posted By Ideaworks on 03/18/2014 at 02:14PM

Cirque du Soleil present with Varekai in Pensacola

Cirque du Soleil is bringing its newest arena show, Varekai, to the Pensacola Bay Center! Become immersed in a spell-binding acrobatic adventure, filled with fantastical creatures that fly through the air, dance on stilts and not only juggle fire, but humans as well. And, as with all Cirque shows, clowns and other performers will keep everyone smiling, too.

Varekai will wow the audience when brightly-hued creatures find their lives disrupted by a man, Icarus, who suddenly falls from the sky into a glittering forest where he embarks on an eye-opening journey. Through Icarus’s excursion, a multitude of creatures emerge from the forest to perform a diverse range of intricately choreographed and physically demanding acts aimed to astound the audience.

Created and directed by Quebec’s very own Dominic Champagne, an award-winning artist and director of both Cirque’s Zumanity and the Beatles-inspired Love, Varekai echoes Cirque’s version of a modern circus.

The critically-acclaimed production features an International cast of 50 performers and musicians that have brought wonder and delight to over 8 million people worldwide since it first premiered in Montreal in 2002. Since then, Varekai has visited more than 72 cities in 20 different countries around the world.

Now it’s your turn to see Varekai perform one of seven shows, March 19 – 23 at the Pensacola Bay Centeronly the second time a Cirque du Soleil show has visited this city. Tickets are available at www.cirquedusoleil.com/varekai or by calling 1-800-745-3000.


Topics: Events and Festivals


Get your seafood fix when you visit Perdido Key this Spring

Posted By Ideaworks on 03/14/2014 at 11:05PM

Perdido Key Dining

The end of Mardi Gras brings the beginning of Lent, and in Perdido Key that means less meat and more fresh Gulf seafood! Here are seven great places to get seafood when you visit Perdido Key, Florida.

    1. If you’re looking for a Gulf specialty, try a dozen raw oysters on the half shell at The Oyster Bar Restaurant & Marina. For best results, put them on crackers and smother with lemon juice and Louisiana hot sauce—don’t be surprised if you eat the whole dozen yourself.

    2. Love a good sandwich? Have it Southern style with fresh blackened grouper topped with remoulade sauce at Café Palm Breeze.

    3. If you aren’t afraid of sushi, head over to The Jellyfish for 2-for-1 sushi on Monday nights and try the Bam Roll filled with shrimp, cream cheese, smoked salmon, eel and jellyfish sauce or the Ocean Roll made with scallops, shrimp, krabstix and topped with spicy sauce and tuna—the two rolls make a great pair.

    4. For those of you who brought your furry friend on vacation, head to pet friendly Sunset Grille at Holiday Harbor and sit back, relax and enjoy fish tacos while watching the sun set.

    5. Love award winning food? The Year of Alabama Food  named Cosmo’s banana leaf wrapped fish as one of “the top 100 dishes to eat before you die.” This delight is just one of many masterpieces created at this hot spot.

    6. If you’ve got a hankering for some fried green tomatoes and a little bit of seafood, then Fisherman’s Corner is the place for you. Their fried green tomatoes come with freshly sliced mozzarella between each slice and topped with a crawfish Creole sauce—a treat you can only find in the South!

    7. Are you a pizza lover? Cobalt has just the pizza for you—the Bayou Pizza is covered in layers of bay shrimp, Louisiana crawfish & house made tasso—and it’s finger-licking good, too!

No matter where you dine while on the Key, you’ll be sure to come across an array of scrumptiously fresh Gulf seafood. For full list of restaurants, please visit www.VisitPerdido.com/dining.


Topics: Dining


Stay four nights and we’ll help pay for your ride

Posted By Ideaworks on 03/05/2014 at 07:29PM

Perdido Key Gas Card Giveaway

 

This spring has all the makings of a memorable getaway on Perdido Key: miles of open beach, great restaurants, and activities ranging from sampling food and wine at a wine and arts festival to an opportunity to fling fish from one state into another.

Register by March 25 and Perdido Key Visitors Center will give you a $50 gas card when you stay at least four nights between now and April 30. In addition, many Perdido Key resorts offer their own discounts, too. Get $50 off your stay when you book at Purple Parrot Resort using promo code "BLGT14" through April, or stay six nights at Eden Condominiums and get the 7th night free. Register now: www.VisitPerdido.com/you-play.

Admire local art and sample a range of wine at Perdido Key Wine & Art Festival April 4-5.

Or join the fun-seekers at the 30th Annual Interstate Mullet Toss at the Flora-Bama Lounge April 25-27, when people will throw mullet across the Alabama-Florida state line, a unique ritual that draws thousands of fun-seekers and helps raise money for charity.

By the way, average temperatures on Perdido Key range from 70 degrees to 51 degrees in March and 76 degrees to 58 degrees in April. Leave your heavy coat at home.

Details: 850-492-4660.


Topics: Events and Festivals, Deals and Discounts


Cajun Cook-off winners claim culinary bragging rights—and cash

Posted By Ideaworks on 03/05/2014 at 10:34AM

2014 Perdido Key Mardi Gras

 

Local restaurants and amateur chefs won the taste buds of judges and the public and split cash prizes at the 2014 Cajun Cook-off that was part of the Mardi Gras celebration at Perdido Key on March 1. Winners in professional and amateur categories each shared $500 in award money with second-place and third-place finishers.

JUDGE'S CHOICE

Restaurant Division

1st Happy Harbor

2nd Fisherman’s Corner

3rd Triggers

Backyard Chefs

1st Main Street

2nd Kilted Kookers

3rd Krewe da Gator Girls

 

PEOPLE'S CHOICE

Restaurant Division

1st Fisherman’s Corner

2nd FloraBama Yacht Club

3rd Crab Trap

Backyard Chefs

1st Krewe da Gator Girls

2nd Roux-Ga-Roux

3rd Main Street

 

TEAM SPIRIT

Restaurant Division

Crab Trap

Backyard Chefs

Rouxologists

 

Check back soon at www.VisitPerdido.com/mardi-gras for 2015 festival updates.


Topics: Events and Festivals


Snowbirds, please ‘roost’ Thursday, enjoy food, fun, savings

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 03/04/2014 at 09:45PM

Perdido Key Snowbirds

Winter visitors can count on fun Thursday (March 6) at a “snowbird roost” that will showcase many area attractions, including food, fun, entertainment and discounts.

Doors open at 11 a.m. at the “roost” at the Perdido Bay Community Center, 13660 Innerarity Point Road. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets—$4—must be bought in advance at the new Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce office at 15500 Perdido Key Drive.

Details: (800) 328-0107 or (850) 492-4660.


Topics: Events and Festivals





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