Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife on Jekyll Island

Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife on Jekyll Island
Schedule of Events –*Schedule of events and talent subject to change
Friday, April 22: “W3 Master Class Pours”: 3 – 6:45 pm The Westin Jekyll Island
3 – 3:45 pm – “Woodford Reserve Distillers Select” with the Woodford Reserve Taste Masters; 4 – 4:45 pm – “White Asparagus & Wines”, Michael McNeill, Master Sommelier, The Winebow Group; 5 – 5:45 pm – “A Showcase of Master Southern Distillers”; 6 – 6:45 pm – “Whiskey vs. Whisky” with Eric Crane, Advanced Sommelier, Empire Distributors. $35 per person, per class or $95 Master Class Pass Pours Discount for all four classes. Limited ticket availability.
Friday, April 22: “Whiskey Inspired”: 7 – 10 pm The Westin Jekyll Island – The Reserve Restaurant and Oceanfront Lawn
Enjoy whiskeys, wines and beers, along with a showcase of whiskey inspired classic cocktails and culinary delights. All tastings will be whiskey inspired – from savory to decadent sweets! Some of the South’s leading, award-winning celebrity chefs and renowned Golden Isles and Lowcountry superstars will be showcasing their special recipes. The beautiful, Westin Jekyll Island provides the perfect backdrop for an al fresco evening, oceanfront under the stars with music. A very special live and silent auction will also take place benefiting the Jekyll Island Foundation. $75 per person through April 1, 2016; $85 per person after April 1, 2016, includes souvenir tasting glass with culinary and beverage tastings. Limited ticket availability.
Saturday, April 23: “Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife – W3”: 1 – 4:30 pm Jekyll Island Beach Village
The main event takes place in the Beach Village with all the “W’s” and more. An afternoon of exceptional beverage and culinary tastings from some of the South’s leading chefs and coastal favorites, great music and an opportunity to experience Jekyll Island’s native wildlife up close, from turtles to alligators! Celebrity cookbook author signings, wildlife demonstrations, chef cooking demonstrations and great whiskey, wine and beer panel discussions/tastings will take place on several stages:
Atlanta Magazine Stage – Four demos/seminars: 1:15, 2:00, 3:00, and 3:45
Jacksonville Magazine Stage – Three demos/seminars: 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30
“Wings & Q Alley” – featuring some of the South’s most legendary Pitmasters. $49 per person through March 1, 2016; $59 per person through April 1, 2016; $65 per person after April 1, 2016. Ticket price includes souvenir glass, culinary and beverage tastings. Limited ticket availability. VIP Lounge Westin Rooftop Ticket: $95 per person through April 1, 2016; $125 per person after April 1, 2016. VIP Ticket (Westin’s Rooftop Area & The Reserve Restaurant) overlooking the Beach Village Green, souvenir glass, catered with private bar and some premium pour tastings. Limited ticket availability.
Sunday, April 24: “W 3 Sunday Brunch”: 12:30– 3:30 pm The Westin Jekyll Island, The Reserve restaurant
The grand finale brunch will be the Westin’s culinary team showcase – souvenir glass with unlimited tastings of Champagne, classic cocktails, Bloody Mary Bar, culinary delights and more – legendary finale with a laid-back beach vibe. $49 per person through April 1, 2016; $59 per person after April 1, 2016.
ALL-ACCESS WEEKEND PASS – BEST SAVINGS! Special, All Access Pass Advance Discount – $285 per person or $500 for two tickets, through April 1, 2016! Advance Discount Ticket (includes Friday “W3 Master Class Pours”, Friday, “Whiskey Inspired”, Saturday, VIP Westin Rooftop Ticket, for “Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife – W3” and W3 Sunday Brunch). Regular price $365.
About Jekyll Island – the Public Treasure on Georgia’s Coast
Jekyll Island’s exquisite natural beauty has long drawn guests to its barrier shores. Surrounded by picturesque marshes and breathtaking oceanfront, Georgia’s smallest barrier island is a peaceful coastal habitat. The island has a vibrant history, originally inhabited by the Guale (Wah-li) Indians, Jekyll Island was explored by the Spanish and first settled by the English. At the turn of the century, those who represented 1/6 of the world’s wealth made the Jekyll Island Club their exclusive retreat. Recognizing that the island’s natural beauty and vibrant history set it apart from any other coastal destination, the Governor and the Georgia state legislature purchased the island from the Jekyll Island Club in 1947 and established the island as a State Park. From a modern, oceanfront convention center and brand new, Westin Jekyll Island hotel, to the world-renown Georgia Sea Turtle Center, local shops, and a new beachfront promenade (all redeveloped within their original footprints), Jekyll Island has spent nearly a decade revitalizing the island’s amenities to offer distinctive experiences for all to enjoy.
About The Westin Jekyll Island
The Westin Jekyll Island The Westin Jekyll Island is Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ newest hotel in the Southeast, set along the beautiful Georgia coastline, offering direct beach access and breathtaking ocean views. The hotel is located in the new Jekyll Island Beach Village, which includes an oceanfront promenade, village green, restaurants, upscale boutiques, Great Dunes Park and the 128,000-square-foot Jekyll Island Convention Center. Guests will enjoy exploring the area’s top nearby attractions including, numerous golf courses, 10 miles of barrier island beaches, historic district, Water Park, bike paths and outdoor natural recreation such as marsh eco-tours, horseback riding, dolphin watching, and kayaking. Whatever your passion, find it on Jekyll.

Friday, July 31, 2015

A perfect date night in St. Augustine

There is not a more romantic city than St. Augustine, Fl. If cupid were to be born, it would be in St. Augustine. You are surrounded by romantic places laced in history that offer many options to spend time with your loved one. In fact, you will run out of time before you run out of things to do.

Start with a sunset walk on the beach

There is no better place to start your date night than Vilano Beach sunset watching. As the sun goes down, the spirits of the people rise to create stunning sunsets. Dance with your loved one to the live music coming from the locals. Sample arts and crafts from the local vendors and choose the perfect gift for your date.

Kiss under a love tree

Now that you are off to start your funfilled romantic night, do not let the exuberance of the young night die before visiting one of the love trees in St. Augustine. These love trees are literally inseparable. Wrapped together in beauty, local legend goes that a kiss underneath one of them is a guarantee that your love will last forever. I would recommend the love tree between Upchurch Law Offices and Prosperity Bank. If you have time on your hands, hunt all the seven love trees in St. Augustine and kiss in all of them. Seven is the charm and by the seventh tree, you will be one of the happiest couples in the world.

Eat a romantic dinner

Your next stop should be Harry's Restaurant on the bayfront for a quiet dinner. Choose a spot where you have the view of the cerulean blue Matanzas Inlet. If you are lucky, you will have the opportunity to see the 72-foot Schooner Freedom ship set sail from City Marina.

A romantic carriage ride through downtown

Spice up the date with a carriage ride through the city. While a carriage ride sounds cliche, it never loses its romantic touch.

A walk down St. George Street

With a full stomach and the romantic juices flowing, you are now ready to take a moonlit walk down St. George St. A bevy of historic buildings and unique shops can keep you interest and open up some great conversation. You may also learn a little history in the process.

A glass of wine and some music at the winery

There is no better way to end a romantic night than with a glass of wine and relaxing to some great music. Visit San Sebastian Winery for the best tasting wine you have ever experienced. If your date does not know how to select wine, this is the best place for you to show off your wine tasting mastery. At the winery, you are shown all the interesting steps of selecting a San Sebastian wine.

Just visiting for the night? Try a romantic stay at Casa Monica

Stay a night at the luxurious Casa Monica Hotel where you enjoy the comfort of being in the same room with James Voleman from Walt Disney's gallery. Even if you may not want to eat, visit the 1873 Old City House Restaurant to be at the center of yet another historic moment. After more than a hundred years of existence, the hotel still manages to cook delicious cuisines which have kept their customers wanting more. Get a quick nightcap before relaxing in your luxurious accomodations.
As your night comes to an end, you can now relax as you soak yourself in the lifelong memories of a fantastic date in St. Augustine.
Staff | St. Augustine Buzz