George's gets facelift
After five years in business, restaurant owners Ann and George Hartley unveiled the newly renovated George's at Alys Beach on March 3. The polished look includes a 1,000-foot kitchen expansion, 40 more seats, an extended covered side patio, new restrooms and updated interiors. But one thing remains an integral part of the space, Ann and George's prized frog collection.
Longtime friends Bess Grasswick and Ricky Fannin of Santa Rosa Beach recently launched their first product in a new line of crafted spirits, CHASTE No. 850, a ready-to-serve rum-based cocktail to celebrate the 850 region. The tropical beverage is now available at more than 25 locations in the Panhandle, including Carousel Supermarket, Walmart Panama City Beach, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge Panama City Beach and WaterColor Inn & Resort.
Hank Williams Jr.
Hank Williams Jr. will perform at Ebro Greyhound Park, just north of Panama City Beach, at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 9. Opening acts will begin playing at 6 p.m. Tickets are now on sale through the Marina Civic Center in Panama City, ranging from $29 to $150 for VIP seating (and prices will go up soon).
One hot Chick
Chicken Salad Chick opens March 4 at 600 Pier Park Drive, as the Auburn, Ala., based fast-casual restaurant expands in cities throughout the Southeast. Customers can choose from 15 original flavors of the Southern classic, chicken salad.
Florida's best places to dine were recognized with Florida Trend's 2013 Golden Spoon awards. All of the annual winners appear in a 15-page special section in the December issue of Florida Trend magazine. Capt. Anderson's Restaurant is in the Hall of Fame for fresh seafood, steaks, she-crab soup and wine and Firefly received its third Golden Spoon for its urbane dining with "lots of fish, local oysters and serious sushi, plus a chef who dares eggplant pancakes and boar shanks."
The 16th annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival returns to Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheatre in Pier Park on April 23-27. The lineup will include Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Richard Elliot, Mindi Abair, Will Downing, Jonathan Butler, Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Brian Simpson, Chieli Minucci and Special EFX, Chuck Loeb, Kim Waters, Nick Colionne, Eric Darius, The Family Stone, Phil Perry, Jeff Lorber, Cindy Bradley, Vincent Ingala, Alex Bugnon, Maysa, Everette Harp, Jonathan Fritzen, Nicholas Cole, Lin Rountree, Julian Vaughn, Lebron, Michael J. Thomas, Jones and Company. For tickets, visit SeabreezeJazzFestival.com or call 800-595-4849.
Tickets are on sale for Bill Cosby's appearance at the Panama City Marina Civic Center on March 15.
Sterling Resorts has been named to the Expedia Insiders' Select List for 2013, an annual ranking of best-reviewed hotels as determined by the world's leading full-service online travel agency. The Insiders' Select List recognizes the top-ranked hotels available in the Expedia global marketplace, as judged by more than 1 million annual guest reviews.
USA TODAY lists Panama City Beach as one of the best places to watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico.
World's Most Beautiful
Panama City Beach ranks 51 on CNN's list of World's 100 best beaches for its "emerald waters, blinding white sand, colorful reefs, fishing and hard-core people-watching." Highlights also include dive spots and Goofy Golf.
Crow Photos to Grace Pearl
Rosemary Beach-based photographer Tommy Crow's fine art photography collection will be showcased at The Pearl on Rosemary Beach, North Florida's newest luxury hotel. Many of the images were created specifically for The Pearl, and Crow has worked with Atlanta videographer Nate Dorn to extend his creative vision with art films playing throughout the hotel.
Best Beach on Earth?
The readers of Travel+Leisure magazine voted Seaside one of the best beaches on the planet, ranking the original "new urbanist" community on Scenic 30A as No. 1 for families.