Almost all of the seafood served at Voyagers Restaurant at Perdido Beach Resort comes from the Gulf of Mexico, which the restaurant overlooks. The restaurant purchases its gulf shrimp, red snapper, and grouper from suppliers who adhere to sustainable fishing practices, too. The rest of the Mediterranean-style menu follows suit, featuring hand-cut aged steak, poultry, and lamb from sustainable domestic farms in addition to local farm-fresh produce. Diners can enjoy their meals while looking out onto the turquoise waters; the views are particularly good at sunset and during rush-hour dolphin traffic.
As breezes drift in from Sandestin Marina on the Choctawhatchee Bay, live blues tunes also permeate the air at Graffiti & The Funky Blues Shack. An eclectic Italian American menu offers dishes such as escargot Milano, which comes sautéed in garlic, olive oil, and fennel seeds. Entrees include gourmet pastas such as chicken parmesan and fettuccine bolognese, as well as familiar fare including wild buffalo meatloaf and cedar planked salmon.
Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown pulls no punches as living-legend Willie Nelson and a posse of hit-making deputies coat eardrums in vibrant layers of pure country topped with authentic honky-tonk. Spearheading the celebration, Willie shares his swollen songbook, impeccable picking, and inimitable voice, crafting melodies that resonate through the antennae of music lovers of every ilk. The event’s aural buffet also features a diverse assortment of breakout jongleurs; artists who may be performing include Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, and Lee Brice.
About 50 miles northeast of Mobile, Atmore teems with small-town charms. Orange brick ramblers line Main Street, imbuing the thoroughfare with residential appeal. At the intersection of Main and Craig Streets, historical buildings mark the location of Atmore Heritage Park. The park bustles with alfresco entertainment year-round, hosting events such as seasonal concert series and southern-cooking celebrations. About 2 miles northeast of the park, locals at the Greater Escambia Council for the Arts deliver dramatic, comedic, and musical performances. In October, guests can aim their gazes at Simply Divided, or, throughout November and December, create thought-souvenirs during A Cab Fare to Remember. About 12 miles north of the hotel, Little River State Forest offers hiking, fishing, and swimming amid 2,100 acres of longleaf pine forests. Boats, pavilions, and cabins are available for daily or hourly rent. About 13 miles east of the hotel, a natural lazy river curls through the Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve, ushering tourists in inner tubes and salmon in water wings over the sparkling waters. Throughout the year, the forest resonates with the sounds of clip-clopping horses, trickling streams, and rustling pines.