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FlowRider®  Double at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

1. Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

 The brand new Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, which just opened its doors officially on October 1, has introduced a special “Taste for the Good Life” package. As part of the offer, guests booking a minimum three-night stay in any coastal-luxe guest room or suite will receive a $50 resort credit per day. The credit can be used towards various resort amenities, including multiple unique bars and restaurants, St. Somewhere Spa services (opening soon), or thebeachfront FlowRider Double (pictured above), a surfing simulator that is sure to entertain guests of all ages. This promotion is valid on stays through December 15, 2015.

*Resort credit cannot be redeemed on parking, resort fee, beach or paddle board rentals, room taxes or any retail purchases, including spa. Unused resort credits are forfeited and will not be applied to room rate, taxes, or fees. No cash value. Offer subject to availability, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

Sonesta Coconut Grove 

2. Sonesta Coconut Grove
Sonesta Coconut Grove is welcoming fall with two special offers, inviting travelers to escape the chill and enjoy a warm, stress-free Miami getaway. Those booking stays now through December 21 will enjoy discounted nightly rates and an ideal location in Coconut Grove’s charming walking village, with a thriving nightlife scene, boutique shops and an array of free outdoor activities.

“We look forward to welcoming both new and returning guests with these special seasonal promotions,” said Curtis Crider, general manager of Sonesta Coconut Grove. “We want visitors to feel at home here and as such, we are pleased to offer one last getaway before the stress of the holidays really sets in.”

Sonesta Coconut Grove’s two special fall offers include:

· Be Thankful – Guests booking a minimum two-night stay from November 20 to 30 will receive 25% off, citing promo code Thank2015.

· Seasonal Savings – Guests booking a minimum one-night stay now through December 21 will receive 20% off, citing promo code Fall2015.*

On November 26, those booking the Be Thankful offer – as well as locals seeking a unique way to celebrate Thanksgiving – can enjoy a modern twist on the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The hotel’s award-winning Panorama Restaurant & Sky Lounge, which boasts breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay, will feature an array of a la carte Thanksgiving menu items, including Free-Range Fresh Roasted Turkey with Sausage and Sage Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy ($29), Butternut Squash Soup ($10) and Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler ($9).

To book one of these special offers or get more information about Sonesta Coconut Grove, or call (305) 529 – 2828. For Thanksgiving restaurant reservations, please call (305) 447-8256. Follow Sonesta Coconut Grove on Facebook at and Twitter @SonestaCGMiami.

Cocktail at Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails

3. Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails, Jacksonville, FL

Posting some of the most-spirited shorthand in Jacksonville, clever mixologists at Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails in Jacksonville, FL have come up with “4.B4.5” handcrafted happy hour pricing, seven days a week. A select group of libations pour for $4 between 3-5 p.m.Regular happy hour pricing applies from 5-7 p.m. and kicks back in Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. closing time. Enjoy $4 craft draft beer (including some local brews), $6 wines by the glass and $5.50 premium wells. Relax with a specially priced, handcrafted martini, sloe gin fizz, daiquiri, cucumber Collins, Midwest mule, Pimm’s Cup, French 76 or Nueva Moda cocktail.

The Gates Hotel

4. The Gates Hotel, Key West 
Key West’s lively lifestyle hotel, The Gates Hotel Key West, invites Floridians looking for the ultimate staycation to experience Hemingway’s “old school Key West” with a year-end Florida Resident rate.
Florida residents can unlock the Keys, enjoy poolside mojitos and festive adventures by booking their stay at The Gates Hotel for 40% off, valid now through December 31, 2015, with rates starting at $119/night.
To experience The Gates Hotel Key West, call 305-320-0930 or visit

The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club

Originally opened on New Year’s Eve in 1925 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the AAA Four Diamond The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club is tucked seamlessly into Florida’s pristine Tampa Bay. Guests looking to stay for a long holiday weekend dine in the epitome of luxury and elegance and experience culinary specialties with five on-site restaurants, play a round of golf on the 14-acre site featuring 18-holes, watch breathtaking sunset finales while sipping Mint Juleps on the Front Porch, or spend a relaxing Sunday morning feasting on an exquisite brunch complete with an extensive Bloody Mary bar.

The Vinoy is welcoming guests with a variety of special offers, inviting travelers to escape to sunny St. Petersburg, Fla.

90th Anniversary Package: Guests enjoy time at the resort for their historic 90th anniversary for $239-$369, citing promotion code ZX0 (valid until 12/30/2015). The package includes:
A standard room for one evening
$90 resort credit per evening, which can be used for golf, spa, food and beverage or tennis
Our Holiday Gift to You: Guests treat themselves to holiday luxury with $50 credit daily, citing promotion code 22H (book by 12/30/2015, valid Thursday to Sunday 1/18/2016).
Orlando World Center Marriott

Orlando World Center Marriott invites travelers looking to wine down or warm up with a “Weekend Winter-vention” escape, with rates starting at $135/night, bookable now through Dec. 31, 2015 for stays Oct. 1, 2015 through March 31,2016. Offering 20 percent savings and a $25 daily resort credit, guests can reclaim their weekends with great rates and added value at this exclusive Orlando resort when using promo code P91.

Whether looking to getaway from the hustle-and-bustle of real world stressors or even make the most of a weekend with good friends, vacationers can soak up the hot Florida sun while daydreaming by the Falls Pool Oasis, enjoying rejuvenating treatments at the full-service spa, wine-and-dining at an array of taste tempting restaurants, beckoning birdies at an 18-hole championship golf course and sliding down thetallest and fastest resort slides in Florida. Catering to every kind of guest, Orlando World Center Marriott gives travelers the perfect excuse to head to the Sunshine State for a weekend of sun and savings this winter.

For more information on Orlando World Center Marriott, call 800.380.7931 or visit


As the site of North America’s first Christmas celebration, Florida’s capital city transforms into a winter wonderland November – December, boasting budget-friendly merriment and cheer under downtown’s twinkling lights. Tallahassee’s “Winter Nights, Holiday Lights” celebration includes:

Commemorate five centuries of holiday tradition at Hernando De Soto’s winter encampment, the site of the first Christmas celebration in 1539. Awe over ancient artifacts from the Spanish explorer’s expedition at the historic Gov. John Martin House.
Enjoy a 40-year tradition at Bradley Country Store’s Fun Day Nov. 21. The free event includes live music, cane grinding, syrup making, pony rides and a petting zoo.
Shop for the perfect holiday gift at the 50th annual Market Days Dec. 5-6 at the North Florida Fairgrounds. The Southeast’s largest holiday shopping tradition presents original works created by 300 juried artists and craftsmen chosen from around the country.
Eat, drink and be merry at Tallahassee’s annual Winter Festival Dec. 5, held in the heart of downtown. Blending a celebration of lights, music and the fine arts, the festival includes free admission, five live entertainment stages, an array of holiday treats from local vendors and the famed Jingle Bell Run.
Stroll through candle-lit gardens and sip apple cider at Camellia Christmas at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park on Dec. 4. For a stroll in a different setting, Dorothy B. Oven Park celebrates the season with 250,000+ twinkling lights, providing a festive Christmas card backdrop.
Travel back in time to the Spanish colonial era at the Winter Solstice Celebration at Mission San Luis Dec. 12-13. Visitors delight in stargazing, drum circles, fine craft shopping and interactive Native American history demonstrations.

Savoring Tallahassee’s holiday spirit that spans five centuries takes time — perfect for a long weekend or winter break destination. For more information, visit

Pizza at Il Desco 
Late-Night Happy Hour

Visit Riverside’s newest destination for modern Italian fare and handcrafted cocktails during late-night happy hour (Thursday-Saturday, 11 p.m. – 2 a.m.), and order from a secret menu of bar bites and beverages. These specials will change nightly. Don’t try to pry the details out of the bartenders or servers, either; if you want to know what’s on the secret menu, you’ll have to come see for yourself!

The CandyApple Cafe’ & Cocktails 

Candy Making Class

Every month, The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails teams up with Sweet Pete’s to offer a decadent Candy & Cocktails class. Admission is just $35 per person and includes two drinks, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and a hands-on candy making class with the experts from Sweet Pete’s. The next event is this Friday, November 20. Book your spot at

Omni Amelia Island Plantation 

Revitalizes the Holidays with Winter of Wellness Retreats
This holiday season, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort departs from the traditional eat, drink, be merry and indulge, offering Winter of Wellness retreats ideal for the active traveler. Designed for those who wish to maintain healthy habits through the holiday season, the Winter of Wellness retreat – bookable now through March, 9 2016 – invites guests to both engage and reward their bodies, with exclusive access to Omni Amelia Island Plantation’s award-winning recreational amenities, healthy dining and a rejuvenating spa treatment.

Winter of Wellness Retreat
Starting at $529/night* • Now – March 9, 2016
Choose one (1) of the following:
One (1) hour personal training session
One (1) hour private tennis lesson
One (1) private golf lesson
Fifty minute Swedish Massage (one (1) per guest)
Dinner at Verandah featuring specialty healthy menu ($50 resort credit per guest)
Healthy welcome amenity