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With Fishing, Fast Cars, Boating, Daytona Beach is Ideal Venue for Father’s Day Weekend

June 7, 2013

Daytona Beach, on Florida’s East Coast, is rolling out the red-carpet for Dads on Father’s Day weekend. Its 23-mile shoreline is a haven for water sports like surfing, paddle boarding, boating, jet skiing and deep-sea fishing. The action on land is just as exciting, with options to watch the P1 SuperStock powerboat racing competition, tour the Daytona International Speedway, play a round of golf or enjoy a game of tennis.

Father’s Day weekend gets started in Daytona Beach with the two-day P1 SuperStock powerboat racing series June 15-16.  Dad and the family can watch this “Grand Prix of the Sea” spectacle as powerboats and jet skis race along a course close to the shore with tight, fast turns in a free stunt show for the public.  For an up-close view, visitors are welcome to visit the teams in the SuperStock pits at the Inlet Harbor Marina.

With adrenaline levels pumping high, Dad can head over to the Daytona International Speedway, home to NASCAR’s most famous race, for a look at how racing grew to serve as an icon of the area.  Though early stock car races in Daytona utilized the beach and nearby highways, it wasn’t until 1959 that the inaugural Daytona 500 sparked a permanent need for speed.  Daily tours of the Speedway are available, or the more adventurous man can get in the driver’s seat through the Richard Petty Driving Experience and take a lap around the track.

To unwind from a day on the track take dad for a day on the golf course.  Daytona Beach is lined with championship greens that are open to the public and claims the LPGA International golf course – the home course of the LPGA Tour since 1994.  LPGA International is not just for the ladies; it hosts two world-class courses for players of all skill levels.  Other notable clubs include the Daytona Beach Golf Club, which has been in existence since 1921, the Halifax Plantation Golf Club and Indigo Lakes Golf Club.

Another spot for recreation is the outdoor Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.  Dad can play with family or friends on one of 24 clay hydro-courts.  A rented ball machine could give dad just the time he needs to himself to practice his backhand; otherwise, highly trained staff can provide a private lesson to give dad that extra edge.

If dad wants to get his sea legs, a number of charter boats depart daily for deep-sea fishing excursions or relaxing flats fishing on calmer waters.  Jet Ski and kayak rentals are also available to take dad out on the water, whether he prefers park creeks, rivers or the wide open ocean.

After a long day in the sun, dad and the family can head down to some local hot spots to chow down.  Our Deck Down Under restaurant provides fresh-caught fare at its location under the Port Orange bridge for a unique atmosphere of casual dining on the water.  Seafood is the tradition at this spot, but burgers and American options can please the whole family.  No sampling of seafood in Daytona Beach is complete without trying fresh oysters, and the Oyster Pub is a guys’ retreat in Daytona featuring sports games on more than 45 televisions.  This local favorite will let dad unwind from a day of fun and cater to his want for another round … of oysters.   For a more romantic dinner, there are dozens of other fine dining experiences for dad and mom to enjoy an evening out, while the kids check out the amusements and midway games along Daytona Beach’s famous boardwalk.

Daytona Beach and its surrounding area is located along a beautiful 23-mile stretch of Florida’s East Coast.  Named one of TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Beach Destinations in the U.S. in 2012, the world-famous Daytona Beach invites visitors to swim, surf and fish in warmer waters while basking under sunnier skies.  The destination is home to the Daytona International Speedway which hosts the Daytona 500, the Rolex 24 and many other events, and is also the home base of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and the Florida section of the United States Tennis Association.  With more than 15,000 beds, Daytona Beach features lodging for all lifestyles and budgets, and has earned the reputation of the Festival Capital of Florida with some of the largest events and festivals held each year.  The casual and fun atmosphere of Daytona Beach is perfect for families making long-lasting memories while seizing the day … or better yet, seizing the Daytona.  Learn more at

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Blue Moon Expeditions Offers World Class Florida Backcountry Fishing

February 14, 2013

A wonderful way to have a wilderness fishing vacation for a couple of days or a week is to escape to the Flamingo, Ten Thousand Islands area of the Florida Everglades. This isolated tip of the Florida Peninsula is one of the truly uncharted wilderness areas left in the country, a primeval place that time forgot and man has not yet paved over.

There are no roads; only the 99 mile long Wilderness Waterway, plus countless other miles of bays, bends, creeks, coves and inlets that have exotic names like Lostman’s River, Alligator Bay, Shark Point, Graveyard Creek and Gunboat Island. This strange world of half land, half water is still the home of the alligator, and the crocodile, the almost extinct Florida Panther, deer, feral hogs and raccoons with birds in unimaginable numbers and denizens large and small, innocent and threatening. But most of all, it is the home of some of the finest fishing in the world; of line- busting snook, redfish, trout and giant tarpon in quantities to boggle the eye and the imagination.

Blue Moon Expeditions organizes this wilderness adventure via a trip aboard The Floating, Luxury Lodge, La Casa Marquesas.

Contact Blue Moon Expeditions,Myrtle Beach, SC, by email at or call 1-800-518-9124 or 1-305-849-8254,

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Sports fishermen can ‘Fish with Bill Dennis’ on Arkansas with Doubletree Little Rock package

October 1, 2011

Big mouth bass are no match when Doubletree Little Rock hotel guests come alongside top-rated sport fisherman Bill Dennis for a trip on the famed waters of Arkansas. Cast the nets wide for scooping up sport fish that are stocked to the gills in backwater pools, along the Arkansas River and in Maumelle Lake in Little Rock. Bass, crappie, catfish, and bream will make this ultimate fishing vacation package from Little Rock Doubletree Hotel one for the record books. Toss in a few of your best fishing buddies and the story just gets better.

“There won’t be any need for a story about the one that got away when sports fishermen come out to fish with Bill Dennis” commented Steve Holcomb, Doubletree Little Rock’s General Manager, “Guests get not only private guides to the best fishing spots in the region, they get the experience of a lifetime! We are for ‘reel’ when we say this is the right place for the best time at the Doubletree.”

For a limited time, Doubletree Little Rock hotel guests can ready their rod and reels, bring out their best lures, and join famed fisherman Bill Dennis for some of the best fishing around. The Arkansas River hosts the BASSMASTERS® and Arkansas Big Bass Classics for a reason – the fishing is spectacular, and the views are amazing.

The “Fishing with Bill” package starts at $350 per person, . prices range depending on the location.. Arkansas River, Greers Ferry, Ouachita River, White River, or Maumelle There are several packages available for half day or full day.

The Doubletree always offers luxurious accommodations and first-rate customer service for more down to earth experiences, too – check out the Garden Tour package with Doubletree’s own national garden hero, Chris, with a guided tour of his home garden complete with dining and hotel amenities to make your weekend blossom.

The Hotel is also near the Clinton Presidential Library, the convention center, The Old Statehouse Museum, Julius Breckling Riverfront Park, the University of Arkansas Medical Center,  Robinson Center Music Hall, Hot Springs National Park and Verizon Arena

Doubletree Hotel Little Rock, 424 West Markham, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201, 501-372-4371,

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