Hit the Road for Two Drink-cation Opportunities

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If you ask Nashvillians about their favorite places to vacation, I'd bet that Panama City Beach, Fla., and New York City would make many of their Top 5 lists. So if the travel bug is biting you, consider these two events that have come across my email transom of late: the UNwineD Festival in PCB, and the upcoming New York installment of WhiskyFest.

The five-day UNwineD fest is more than just a wine event, including live music, coastal cuisine, an art fair and even an offshore fishing tournament. It will run Oct. 24-28 with the main location being the Grand Lagoon Marina between two of Panama City Beach's stalwart restaurants, the Boatyard and Captain Anderson's.

The musical headliners are the LoCash Cowboys, who will play the evening of Friday, Oct. 26. The Jeffrey Steele Band will entertain on Saturday evening, Oct. 27. Here are the food and drink details:

On the Festival site, the Luxury Lounge will be the scene for local seafood, not to mention three full bars, from the area’s most desirable restaurants.

Entrance to the festival is free. Festival attendees will enjoy food and retail vendors, children’s activities, community performances, and BMI music entertainment. Admission into the Luxury Lounge is $10 per night, where a premier showcase of seafood dishes and drinks are available for purchase, and various demonstrations will be shown.

Other events include Raise Your Spirits, a ticketed VIP wine dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Captain Anderson’s Restaurant which will benefit the Beach Chamber Education Fund and the FRLA Educational Foundation Bay County ProStart Schools; and a ticketed VIP BMI Songwriter Harbor Cruise aboard the Lady Anderson Dinner Cruise Ship on Thursday, Oct. 25.

For even more info, check out visitpanamacitybeach.com.

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If you'd rather head north that weekend to watch the leaves change and drink whiskey (instead of south for the wine and the waves), then New York City is your destination.

WhiskyFest New York will feature pourings from more than 300 whiskeys led by Whisky Advocate writers, master distillers and master blenders. The event will be held at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square Oct. 26-27, and VIP tickets have already sold out.

Every previous WhiskeyFest New York has been a sellout, so if you're interested buy your tix online ASAP. Pack a suitcase and your stunt liver.

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