Category Archives: Fall in the Florida Keys
We all love the arrival of autumn in the Florida Keys when the air is warm but a mild breeze fills the air and sunshine abounds. Not only is it the season for peaceful, romantic retreats in Marathon, it’s also time to celebrate with family and friends during Thanksgiving in the Florida Keys, which takes place this year on November 26. Tranquility Bay will even offer an amazing Thanksgiving buffet, fit for a conch!
A feast fit for Thanksgiving
With Thanksgiving Day just around the corner, our talented team at Tranquility Bay Resort are starting to turn the heat up in the Butterfly Café kitchen. With a taste bud-tantalizing menu created especially for the holiday, there are turkeys to roast, pumpkin pies to prepare, and cranberry sauces to season with a tropical twist, all ready for you to indulge Keys-style to celebrate Thanksgiving 2015.
Rated Marathon’s number one restaurant according to TripAdvisor, Butterfly Café will set the scene for a Thanksgiving dinner to remember with a covered patio if you fancy devouring your dish outside in the warm, breezy air. There is also the sophisticated dining room complete with a sky-high ceiling which creates an impressive atmosphere among stylish décor, perfect for savoring the flavors of classic Thanksgiving dishes. Details of our delicious buffet are just being fine-tuned and we will share the full menu with you soon, so watch this space!
Give thanks in paradise
Celebrating Thanksgiving on vacation not only means treating yourself to Butterfly Café’s finest food, but also finding every opportunity to relax and unwind under golden sunshine when the rest of the northern hemisphere is wrapping up against the winter chills. With its own private beach, Tranquility Bay offers 2.5 acres of powder-soft white sand beach on which to sprawl out and do nothing, or find your favorite water sports including kayaking, scuba diving or parasailing. When it’s time to refresh, let our friendly staff at the beachside TJ’s Tiki Bar quench your thirst with a tropical island cocktail while you enjoy a leisurely lunch.
Luxury boutique hotel rooms and beach houses
Families and groups of friends looking to celebrate Thanksgiving together will be treated to a choice of two or three-bedroom beach houses, each looking out on spectacular views and just minutes from our private beach. Take your living room outside onto the private terraces and balconies – perfect for celebrating the unforgettable Florida Keys sunsets during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Happy Thanksgiving 2015!
Dial 877 250-8843 to reserve your Thanksgiving retreat at Tranquility Bay Resort or book online.
Arriving at Tranquility Bay Hotel and Resort is a welcome invitation into paradise. Located right in the heart of the Florida Keys in Marathon, Tranquility Bay offers peace, serenity and seclusion alongside adventure, luxury and delectable dining. From the calm, tropical gardens to the refreshing, sparkling swimming pools, everything has been created with relaxation and comfort in mind to ensure your vacation memories last a lifetime.
A luxury room with a view
Tranquility Bay has accommodation options to suit every combination of bookings, whether you’re travelling on your own, with a loved one or as part of a wider group of family and friends. There are Tropical Garden Guestrooms set among a lush secluded oasis, offering spectacular views and quick access to the hotel’s private 2.5 acre white sand beach – the perfect romantic hideaway.
When extra space is needed, the luxury of staying in a two or three-bedroom beach house is simply irresistible. With stunning views across the Gulf of Mexico from your own private porch, you can soak up every sense of paradise from the balmy Florida breeze to the world-renowned golden sunsets. Just make sure you have a frozen key lime daiquiri within arm’s reach to savor the moment!
Delicious Keys-style dining
The refreshing selection of cool drinks won’t be the only taste bud temptations at Tranquility Bay. One mouthful of Keys-style cuisine expertly created by the hotel’s top culinary team at Butterfly Café, and you’ll taste exactly why TripAdvisor has rated this Marathon’s number one restaurant. Dishes are prepared with the freshest, seasonal ingredients, the ambience is perfectly balanced between sophisticated and relaxed, and the Southern hospitality is always welcoming. Be sure not to forget to sample the unrivaled Key Lime Pie. Lunch, snacks and delicious cocktails are also served daily at our beachfront TJ’s Tiki Bar.
Relaxation or fun-packed action
There is no end to the number of ways to maximize your days on vacation at Tranquility Bay Resort. Onsite you can practice your golf skills on the Nicklaus-designed putting green before dipping into one of three swimming pools including a large lagoon-style pool. Or you may prefer to cruise through the calm ocean on board your kayak and later dive beneath the surface to explore the underwater safari. There’s deep sea fishing, flat fishing, jet skiing, and parasailing, all available to enjoy at your leisure while making sure you allow plenty of time to relax on our private beach with a good book and tropical cocktail from TJ’s Tiki Bar.
It’s hard to imagine stepping beyond this exquisite oasis of calm, but when you do there is plenty to keep families entertained in Marathon with wildlife attractions and museums.
Call 855-606-4502 to speak with an onsite vacation planner or book online.
Jumpstarting the annual seven-month stone crab season is a much-anticipated munch-a-thon, the fourth annual Stone Crab Claw Eating Contest for amateur eaters, set for Saturday, Oct. 18.
Staged at Keys Fisheries Market and Marina, located at 35th Street gulfside in Marathon, the lively consumption competition is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Entrants must register and be present by 12 p.m. the day of the event.
Individual entry fee is $50, and two-person teams can register for $100. Contestants must be at least 18 years of age. Interested eaters are encouraged to register early for their bib-wearing spot at the table.
Contestants must crack, clean and eat 25 stone crab claws in the fastest time. Although they are provided with shell crackers, alternatively, entrants can gently smack the shell with the back of a large spoon — an effective method employed by many Keys locals.
In the event of a tie, those competitors must face off in a 10-claw competition to determine the top winner. Prizes are to be awarded to the top three finishers.
Stone crab season runs from Oct. 15 to May 15 and hundreds of thousands of pounds of stone crab claws are steamed, cracked and served at local markets, restaurants and transported around the nation. The Keys are Florida’s top supplier of the succulent crustacean, considered a renewable resource because of the crabs’ ability to re-grow harvested claws.
Event information and registration: www.keysfisheries.com
Call 855-606-4502 to speak with an onsite vacation planner at Tranquility Bay Resort or book online.
Fall in the Florida Keys is truly majestic. With the glow of a brilliant orange sunset, a backdrop of cool palm trees swaying in the breeze, and sparkling Gulf waters—you’ll agree that this is one of the best times to visit Tranquility Bay. For a limited time, you can even save up to 20% on fall stays at Tranquility Bay Resort.
Book now to avoid disappointment and below we’ve even highlighted some of the exciting events taking place this fall.
Fall Events in Marathon and Nearby Key West:
Marathon: September 19 – 22, Marathon International Bonefish Tournament
For more than 50 years, this challenge awards individual and team champions scoring the largest bonefish and permit, the top anglers in fly and grand slam divisions (for the top spin or fly angler who releases the largest bonefish, permit and tarpon “slam”), as well as the tongue-in-cheek “wet pants” champion titles for anglers wading from shore. Contact: Barb 305-304-8682 or email email@example.com.
The Florida Keys: September 19 – 22, 41st Annual Phil Peterson’s Key West Poker Run
It’s an All-American event as motorcycle enthusiasts from around the U.S. travel the Keys’ scenic Overseas Highway – designated Florida’s only All-American Road – from mainland Florida to Key West to raise money for charity. Winner takes all, and can win a new Harley-Davidson Motorcycle or cash. Stops are arranged throughout the Keys with a final celebration in Key West. New this year: Poker Run stops are to be open for riders starting Thursday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 22; more Keys-wide events to be planned for the entire week; cash prize to the person wearing the oldest official Phil Peterson’s Poker Run T-shirt. Contact: 800-545-2561 or 305-235-4023.
Marathon: September 25-29, Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival
Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival. Marathon & the Lower Keys. A celebration of the natural wonders of Florida wildlife takes place at the peak of the fall birding season. The event includes field trips focusing on education and conservation relating to Keys birds and wildlife, nature photography, hikes, kayak excursions and a family-fun environmental fair. Visit www.keysbirdingfest.org or call 305-872-0774.
Key West: October 10 – 13, SoMo Marathon & Half Marathon
Presented by Pat Croce’s Rum Barrel, this event is one of a kind! Imagine running through the southernmost island in the United States while enjoying a break from the ordinary. The Southernmost Marathon & Half promises just that- 26.2 or 13.1 miles of ocean and gulf views, as well as iconic Key West landmarks. A full weekend of events include the race and a Sunday Paddle Board race for the Special Olympics of Monroe County. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marathon: October 19, Third Annual Stone Crab Eating Contest
The much-anticipated opening of Florida’s stone crab season takes place Oct. 15 each year, and the season opening is followed by this tasty test of crab-consuming capacity. How fast can you crack and cleanly consume 25 stone crab claws? Test your munching mettle at this zany contest. Register by 12 p.m., contest starts at 1 p.m., entry fee is $25 per contestant, and individuals must be at least 18 years old to enter. Interested eaters are encouraged to register early. Contact: 305-743-4353 or email email@example.com.
Key West: October 18 – 27, 34th Annual Fantasy Fest
This outrageous 10-day costuming and masking celebration, themed “Superheroes, Villains … and Beyond!” features flamboyant costume competitions including one for pets, promenades, street fairs and a grand parade that stars marching groups, island bands and lavish floats. More than 40 masquerade contests, themed parties, parades and other spectacles are to challenge the creativity of mask and costume designers. Contact: 305-296-1817