Backcountry tournament to reel in anglers
Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada is gearing up for its second annual All-American Backcountry Tournament, Nov. 8-10. The event is expected to draw anglers from all over the world, who will compete for trophies and prizes for releasing five different tournament species: snook, redfish, bonefish, permit and tarpon.
The entry fee is steep ($2,000), but includes admission to three social events and proceeds go to a good cause — the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, a group committed to conserving and enhancing global fisheries. For registration or more information, call 305-517-4449 or visit www.cheeca.com. For Islamorada visitor information, visit www.fla-keys.com/islamorada.
Celebrating all things bacon
Have you noticed bacon is all the rage these days?
If you can’t get enough of the trend, you’ll want to attend the first Festival of Bacon in Orlando on Oct. 5. Attendees can sample bacon-inspired treats prepared by 30 Central Florida restaurants; all are competing for the “Best of the Bacon.” Admission is $35. For more information about the event, which will take place in Festival Park in Downtown Orlando, call 407-919-9470 or visit www.festivalofbacon.com.
A little something extra for Florida residents
The Hilton Sandestin Golf Resort & Spa in Northwest Florida is spreading a little sunshine to Florida residents by offering a $25 resort credit for guests who book at least two nights before Dec. 21. On the sugar-white sands and emerald-green waters of the Gulf Coast in Destin, the resort boasts 598 accommodations, a spa and fitness center, six on-site restaurants and access to championship golf courses. For reservations, call 800-HHONORS and mention code RPFLRR. For more information about Hilton Sandestin Beach, visit www.HiltonSandestinBeach.com.
Stay and Play golf deal for seniors
If you’re 55 or older, the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in St. Augustine (next to the renowned World Golf Hall of Fame) has a special golf deal for you. The Senior Stay and Play Package gives guests one round of golf on the Slammer & Squire championship golf course, two days admission to the World Golf Hall of Fame museum, a round of golf at the 18-hole real grass championship putting course, and one shot at the 132-yard Island Challenge Hole. Also included in the package are accommodations, a $50 PGA Tour Academy credit voucher, breakfast daily and range balls. Rooms starts at $171 for one golfer (or $239 for two). The offer is good through Jan. 31. The resort provides complimentary shuttle service to historic St. Augustine, Castillo de San Marcos fort, the Fountain of Youth and the St. George Street shopping area.
When booking, use promotional code S9R for one golfer, or FXL for two golfers in a room. For reservations, call 888-740-7020 or 904-940-8000, or visit www.renwgv.com.
2017 rowing championships destined for gulf coast
The International Federation of Rowing Associations reports that Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota County has been chosen to host the Fall 2017 World Rowing Championships.
FISA officials said the park’s close proximity to I-75, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, beaches, shopping and the year-round nice climate were key reasons for selecting the venue. This will be the second time the event will be held in the U.S. (the first was in Indianapolis 30 years ago), and the first time it will be in Florida. More than 2,000 athletes from more than 70 countries and an 40,000 spectators are expected to attend the event. For more information on Sarasota County visit http://visitsarasota.org.
Mary Thurwachter is a West Palm Beach freelance writer and founder/producer of INNsideFlorida.com (www.innsideflorida.com). Email: email@example.com.