It’s Always 5 o’clock at Margaritaville!

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a taste of the island life at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville in Panama City Beach, Florida. Conveniently located the Pier Park shopping center in the heart of PCB, this Gulfside restaurant, bar, and entertainment destination makes a perfect outing for everyone from families, friends, couples, and, of course, Parrotheads!

Margaritaville Panama City Beach recently expanded its menu, refreshing the coastal-inspired offerings with over fifteen new items that are sure to have your taste buds feeling like they’re on vacation, even if you’re a local! The fun, island-inspired atmosphere includes décor ranging from a table inside a pontoon boat, a Clipper plane soaring overhead to its own private island, and smooth island sounds from Jimmy and other favorites such as the Beatles, James Taylor, The Eagles, and many many more. (You can listen to Radio Margaritaville 24/7 on Sirius XM satellite radio!)

Be sure to split an appetizer (or two, or three!) with your friends, such as the brand-new “Drunken” Shrimp Skillet: shrimp sautéed in tequila key lime butter, roasted garlic and peppers with a mini baguette for dipping—yum! The Asiago Crab Dip, filled with lump crabmeat and served with grilled crostini is another new option that’s sure to become an old favorite.

Asiago Crab Dip, Key West Quesadillas, and Drunken Shrimp Skillet – Photo by Michael St. John

The Bites section of the menu features small plates that are perfect for sharing with the whole table, like the Maryland-Style Crab Cake Slider, topped with shredded lettuce and jalapeño tartar sauce; a Grilled Shrimp Skewer, seasoned with a jerk glaze; and Beach Tacos with Carne Asada (Steak), Pork Carnitas, or Chicken Tinga.

Of course, Margaritaville staples such as the Cheeseburger in Paradise and Crispy Coconut Shrimp are still on the menu, but even they have gotten an upgrade that’ll knock those Hawaiian-print socks right off you. Share with your buds while listening to some jams on the outdoor deck. Margaritaville PCB features live music every night on the patio with a Gulf view that’s perfect for watching the sunset.

View the Margaritaville PCB Calendar of Events here.

Enjoy a full range of beers, wines, and boat drinks! – Photo by Michael St. John

Fins up! You didn’t think we’d forget about the boat drinks, did you? Grab a Landshark Lager and talk about your day on the beach, or if you’re up for something fruity—maybe even frozen?—the new Margaritas and Boat Drinks menu offers too many new cocktails, tequilas, margaritas and boat drinks to list! A few highlights include:

  • Blueberry Pomegranate Margarita: Margaritaville Silver Tequila, Cointreau® Orange Liqueur, blueberry pomegranate purée
  • Planter’s Punch: Appleton Rum VX, Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum, freshly blended sweet and sour, pineapple juice, pomegranate and a dash of bitters.
  • The Watermelon Agave Fresca: with Margaritaville Silver Tequila, watermelon puree and the proprietary lime agave blend with a splash of soda
  • And an abundant collection of Tequilas served as shots with sangrita, the tomato based chaser made in house

Last but not least, don’t skip dessert! The classic Key Lime Pie and Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding are enough to give you a sugar high, but for large groups and special occasions—or anytime, really!—go for the Chocolate Hurricane: vanilla bean ice cream served with brownies, Kit Kat and Heath bars, pirouette and mini shortbread cookies, sliced bananas, whipped cream, and chopped macadamia nuts, swirled tableside with chocolate and caramel sauces. You might need an evacuation plan to get out of your seat!

The Chocolate Hurricane – Photo by Troy Ruprecht

The Chocolate Hurricane – Photo by Troy Ruprecht

In addition to tropical favorites, burgers, desserts, and to-die-for drinks, Margaritaville offers a full array of vegetarian, gluten-free, and kids’ menu options!

View the whole menu online here.

 

Cheeseburger in Paradise

The Famous Cheeseburger in Paradise – Photo by Michael St. John

Stop by and say hi to the laid-back, friendly team at Margaritaville, and don’t forget to stop by the Gift Shop on your way out! They have all your Margaritaville gear from clothing, flip-flops, Tervis products, coffee mugs, hats, and jewelry, as well as Jimmy Buffett music and more! If you weren’t a Parrothead when you came in, you might just be a convert by the time you leave.

The Panama City Beach restaurant located in Pier Park at 16230 Front Beach Road is open daily from 11 a.m.–11 p.m. For more information regarding the Panama City Beach location, please visit www.margaritavillepanamacitybeach.com or call 702.733.3302. For all existing and future locations visit www.margaritaville.com.

Follow up your dinner with a movie at The Grand 16 Pier Park and ask about their all-new Reel Rewards program for 10% back on every dollar you spend at the movies, free concessions upgrades, a $5 credit on your birthday, and free small popcorn and drink coupon when you sign up! Visit www.myreelrewards.com to learn more.

 

Win a Trip to Emerald Beach Resort!

Resort Collection™ is excited to announce that its Facebook page, The Resort Collection of Panama City Beach, has reached over 100,000 likes! This momentous occasion comes as the result of a collaborative effort between Resort Collection and Cornerstone Marketing & Advertising, Inc. – The Idea Boutique® of Grayton Beach, Fla.

To give thanks to its loyal fanbase on Facebook, Resort Collection is holding a vacation giveaway! A lucky Facebook fan will win a free stay at Emerald Beach Resort, one of the company’s nine esteemed beachfront properties located on the sugar-white sands of the Gulf of Mexico. The contest is currently open for entries.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER NOW!

Terms and conditions are available on the page, and the contest will close on April 11, 2014.

“Resort Collection is pleased that, through a proprietary strategy created in-house at The Idea Boutique, we have increased our Facebook following by over 50,000 likes in the last year,” said Paul Wohlford, vice president of business development for Resort Collection. “We will continue to bring information, photos of the beach, specials and contests to our Facebook fans, and we hope to see the number of fans continue to grow.”

To get the latest news from Panama City Beach, photos of some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and surrounding attractions, and the scoop on events and entertainment in our area, visit Facebook.com/TheResortCollection and like the page today!

 

Spring Break Guide 2014

It’s been a long, cold couple of months since the holidays and we know you can’t wait to cut loose and have some serious fun at “Spring Break Party Central,” AKA world famous Panama City Beach! Once you arrive in town, the most difficult part of your trip is likely to be deciding what to do, where to go, and who has the coolest parties. There’s literally a gazillion choices of fun things to do—riding wave runners, hitting the beach, checking out the newest “hot spots” or just hanging out with your friends.

Here are some of our Spring Break 2014 Top Picks!

2014 Spring Break 5K Race Series

Spring Break 5K Series: March 5, 12, 19, & 26 and April 2 at noon at Frank Brown Park – Kick start your day with a breath of fresh air and a little friendly competition among like-minded outdoor enthusiasts.  Visitors and walkers welcome to join in on the fun. Day of race registration starts at 10:30am at Frank Brown Park (located north of Back Beach Rd), $20 per person. T-shirts and prizes awarded. Call 850.890.4775 or visit www.5kspringbreak.com to register or for more details.

Rainy Day Fun – We understand it’s all about catching the rays and enjoying our  sugar-white beaches, but let’s face it, “rain happens.” Don’t let our tropical weather put a damper on your trip, because PCB has plenty to do even when the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Foam Music Fest: March 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 12-5 pm at Club La Vela – The country’s largest night club with 48 bars, 11 themed rooms and capacity up to 6,000, hosts Panama City Beach’s only daytime foam party held every Hump Day in March. Cover includes: free party cup, beer, jungle juice and pizza.  Admission: $25 advance.  For more info., visit www.clublavela.com

 

Spring Break at Summit Beach Resort

Pier Park: Shopping, Dining & Entertainment, Open daily – Shopaholics can engage in some killer retail therapy with 100+ national stores and local merchants from which to choose, such as: Ron Jon’s Surf Shop, Paradise Found and Runway Collection.

And if you’re looking for quick, inexpensive grub or something a little nicer, Pier Park’s snacks and eatery options run the gamut as do their bars and nightclubs.  Look for Dave & Buster’s to be opening soon! For a list of all Pier Park merchants, visit www.simon.com/mall/pierpark.

Movie lovers, you’ll also in the right spot to check out The Grand 16’s latest blockbuster flicks and ask about their new Reel Rewards card program. Receive great perks and your first popcorn and soda are on the house! For more info and show times, call 888.943.4567 or visit www.thegrandtheatre.com.

Stay connected and share with your friends the latest Spring Break updates and happenings by visiting Panama City Beach’s official Spring Break website, www.pcbeachspringbreak.com,  https://www.facebook.com/pcbeachspringbreak and twitter.com/springbreakpcb.

No matter where you decide to go or what you end up doing, we want you to have much deserved spring break! Remember to play it safe and party responsibly—so that you can come see us again next year, or even sooner!

Onsite Property Management Association to Educate Industry Professionals

The Onsite Property Management Association, Inc. is pleased to announce the formation of a new 501(c)(6) nonprofit association, the Onsite Property Management Association (OPMA). OPMA will specifically promote education and advocacy for on-site property management companies.

“OPMA’s mission lies in promoting the value of the rental experience through on-site rental property management companies versus rental management companies and individual owners who lack an on-property presence,” said Paul Wohlford, president of OPMA.

“In the age of internet-based travel, rarely does a day go by where we don’t see a news report about a consumer who has lost their hard-earned savings after booking a vacation rental through a fraudulent classifieds listing or who arrived to find that their accommodations didn’t match what was promised to them,” Wohlford said. “There are so many on-site companies out there operating ethically and providing their guests with great experiences, and we feel the time is right to join forces with them to advocate for our industry and our guests. It’s time to make a stand against the practices that harm all of us.”

With support from the National Restaurant Association, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and several noted Chambers of Commerce, OPMA has already attracted interest from industry veterans and innovators.

“We’re here to encourage and facilitate cooperation and the exchange of ideas between like-minded industry professionals,” Wohlford said. “We operate on the premise that what’s good for one of us is good for all of us, and we’re taking that one step further by inviting key industry suppliers and services to join as OPMA partners. This gives our members access to fully vetted and trusted supply channels and gives our partners inside access to the businesses who use their goods and services. Everyone wins, including, ultimately, the guests.”

OPMA’s membership criteria ensure that all members are similar in company structure and vision and that they have a physical management presence on the properties they represent. OPMA has assembled a founding board of directors comprised of lodging professionals who will bring their collective experience to the forefront, ensuring that all members and partners have access to the latest industry strategies, trends and information.

The ultimate goal of OPMA is to increase consumer confidence by providing and promoting standards for the lodging industry through both voluntary adoption and through legislative advocacy. These standards are a means of quality control and result in increased profits by way of repeat business, cultivation of guest loyalty and elevation of the guest’s experience.

“We believe participation and membership in OPMA is essential for the advancement and safeguarding of our industry,” Wohlford said. “OPMA will set the standard for superior owner and guest satisfaction.”

About OPMA

Founded in March 2013 as a 501(c)(6) nonprofit, the Onsite Property Management Association (OPMA) is spearheading an effort to support the advancement of on-site property management companies. By providing education and advocacy, OPMA will promote the value of the rental experience through on-site property management companies versus off-site management companies or individuals. By leveraging the collective experiences of industry veterans, this network of mutual support will elevate industry standards to ensure superior guest and homeowner experiences. The association is committed to providing a clear and cooperative message and to championing the growth and success of the industry. To learn more about the Onsite Property Management Association, visit www.theOPMA.org or call (877) 870-6510.

 

Luke Bryan Returns to PCB Spring Break March 11 & 12!

On Tuesday, March 11 and Wednesday, March 122014, country-pop singer and songwriter Luke Bryan will be coming to world famous Panama City Beach to do more than “Drink a Beer.” Yes, he will be returning to Spring Break’s party central at the Spinnaker Beach Club (right next door to the Summit Beach Resort!), to perform two free concerts. This will be the fifth consecutive year that Luke Bryan will be packing Panama City’s sugar-white beaches with thousands of partying fans during PCB’s legendary Spring Break.

Approximate show times for Bryan’s free concerts are 4:00 p.m., but this year’s crowds are expected to be the biggest yet, so it’s recommended that you arrive well in advance. Last year’s performances drew combined crowds of 120,000. And, if the recent hype that’s been burning up Twitter and Facebook is any indication on this year’s attendance, you should show up really early to ensure a good spot!

 

Bryan was awarded “Entertainer of the Year” in 2013 by the Academy of Country Music Awards and has had numerous hit singles, including: “Drink a Beer,” “Crash My Party,” “That’s My Kind of Night” and “Country Girl” (Shake It for Me). Look for the Georgia Southern University Alum to also drop his latest Spring Break EP on March 11, titled “Like We Ain’t Ever.” For more information about Bryan’s 2014 spring break concerts, visit spinnakerbeachclub.com.

The 2014 lineup of Spring Break concerts at Spinnaker also includes Blackjack Billy, Casey Jamerson, Jamie Davis, Cole Swindell, Jon Pardi, and more! Book your stay with Resort Collection today and come party with us!