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Pigeon Key Art Festival set for the weekend of Feb. 23-24

Fine artists and craftspeople from around the country are to spotlight their wares at the Pigeon Key Art Festival, set for the weekend of Feb. 23-24 at Marathon Airport, mile marker 54. The annual creative festival is set to transform the airport terminal and front access road into a tropically themed oasis of artwork, pottery, paintings, glass, sculpture, photography, jewelry and more. Each year artists demonstrate their skills during the show, giving attendees a glimpse of the techniques behind their original creations.

Now in its 19th year, the event is named for Pigeon Key, a small island beneath the Old Seven Mile Bridge that housed workers constructing the Over-Sea Railroad in the early 1900s and remains a Florida Keys cultural landmark today.

The festival features entertainment by Keys-based musicians including The Doerfels, Misery Loves Company, Brian Roberts & Rob DiStasi, Dave Feder, John Bartus, GearlJam and The Moondogs.

Other attractions include food and beverage booths serving local delicacies and sweet treats, an activity booth for children and the return of the Wyland Foundation to paint an official festival canvas with kids. A traditional Sunday art raffle concludes the weekend. Raffle tickets are to be available through 1 p.m. Sunday for a chance to win one of more than 100 pieces of artwork.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 per person for adults, $4 for students and free for children under 12. Parking is free at the Marathon Airport and festival patrons can retain their ticket stubs and redeem them for a free ferry trip to Pigeon Key within one year of their show admission.

Proceeds from the event are to benefit the Pigeon Key Foundation. In addition, featured Islamorada artist Michelle Nicole Lowe is to paint a commemorative original art piece for the foundation that will be available at the show.  Event information: or 305-509-2559

To book a two or three-bedroom beach house at Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort, call (855) 606-4502 while rooms last or visit!

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Marathon Seafood Festival and Florida Keys Resort Offer Food and Fun

Tranquility Bay Resort

Marathon’s sumptuous signature food fair, the Original Marathon Seafood Festival, is set for Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10, serving up an ocean-lover’s feast of indigenous seafood including fish, shrimp, lobster and stone crabs. After a day of fun, Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort offers a nearby rest stop for families and friends traveling to the event, with spacious Florida Keys beach houses right on the Gulf of Mexico.

About the Original Marathon Seafood Festival

Each year, tens of thousands of seafood fans descend on the popular Middle Keys venue at Marathon Community Park, mile marker 49 oceanside. The menu includes mahi-mahi, smoked fish and conch served three ways: ceviche style, “cracked” or in fritters fried to golden perfection.

Foods are prepared according to secret recipes and Keys chefs offer up their best interpretations of conch chowders, side salads and local fish for bragging rights at the annual munch-a-thon. Attendees should save room for dessert at the festival’s sweets booth, with fresh Key lime pies, baked goods, cakes, cool smoothies and icy treats.

Family Activities

The family-focused weekend attraction is a fundraiser for local scholarship programs, but at its core it celebrates the area’s commercial fishing heritage. Children’s games and more than 200 vendor booths dot the park. Attractions include a variety of wares created by artists and craftspeople, nautical items, tropically themed clothing and apparel, plants and flowers, boats and water sports paraphernalia.


Popular Keys entertainers are to perform, as is headliner and country music favorite Amber Leigh. Leigh is scheduled to take the stage Sunday immediately following a 1 p.m. national anthem and military salute that includes a flyover of two F-18 fighter jets from Boca Chica Naval Air Station Key West.

Hours and Information

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 per adult and free for children under 12 when accompanied by a paying adult. Event information:

Book your Marathon Seafoood Festival Hotel Stay

To book a room at Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort during the event, please call (855) 606-4502 or visit Space is limited in March so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Sombrero Beach Run Hotel: Tranquility Bay Resort Offers Sun and Fun for Runners

Tranquility Bay Resort- Sombrero Beach Run

Attracted by a weekend filled with sunshine and fun, more than 700 runners and walkers from across the globe are expected to join the seventh annual Sombrero Beach Run set for Saturday, March 2 in Marathon, Florida. Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort provides the perfect location for event goers and spacious three-bedroom Marathon accommodations which are great for sharing with friends.

Runners from 20 U.S. states as well as international participants from Canada and Europe already have registered for the event. Proceeds benefit Keys Area Interdenominational Resources, a Marathon-based nonprofit organization that provides food and emergency services to Keys families in need.

The 2013 weekend workout begins Friday, March 1, with a 5-6:30 p.m. registration kick-off party located at Sombrero Beach at the end of Sombrero Beach Road, mile marker (MM) 50. Food, drinks and entertainment will be available. Walkers and runners also can register on site at 7 a.m. Saturday, March 2.

The 15k combined challenge and 10k run start at 8 a.m. Individual 5k runners and walkers are to begin at 9:15 a.m.

Attractions on race day include food, beverages, raffle prizes, music and fun in addition to a full slate of community and Keyswide events for attendees to enjoy all weekend. They include a Middle Keys bicycle tour Sunday, March 3, from Marathon’s famous Seven Mile Bridge to Bahia Honda State Park.

Registration for the 15k event is $35 per person in advance or $40 on race day. Students age 18 and under and U.S. military personnel can enter for $15. For 10k and 5k participants, pre-registration is $25 and race-day cost is $30. Students age 18 and under can enter for $10.

Cash awards await the overall male and female winners of each of the 15k, 10k, 5k run and 5k walk, as do other awards for second-place overall winners including a sunset cruise for four, aerial tours, snorkel or dive trips, dolphin swims or parasail rides. An awards ceremony on the beach follows the race with food, drinks and music.

Event information: or 305-289-9868.

To book a room at Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort during the Sombrero Beach Run, visit or call (855) 606-4502.

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December Specials are now available!


We know the holidays can be a stressful time, so we’re making it easy on you: call our reservations department today to book your trip to our gorgeous Florida Keys hotel and we’ll give you prices so great, even Santa couldn’t beat them.

With our stunning, fully-outfitted beach houses starting at just $249 a night, you can celebrate the holidays in style. We think having a white Christmas should mean dipping your toes into the powdery white sand while sipping a tropical drink at our tiki bar.

Check out our December Specials page here: or call our reservations department to speak to one of our agents today, at: (855) 606-4502


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Fishing Report

Now that the wildness of mini lobster season is finally over, we’ll go back to regular fishing for a couple of weeks before the season opens in full.  Tuna are being consistently caught out on the hump, but not in the numbers that we saw a few weeks ago.  Tarpon are also still somewhat available, but again the numbers are a bit patchy compared to their prime season.  The best fishing right now is probably for snapper and the smaller grouper– look near the reef, in holes in florida bay or by bridges.  We have had reports of good numbers from Bahia Honda and some small bridges, and some fantastic days from fishermen at the Seven Mile Bridge. Weather is still expected to be patchy as the summer continues, so stay alert when booking a charter and be aware of refund or rebooking policies ahead of time. And as always, don’t forget to bring sunblock! Summer weather will be at its hottest this month and August, so protect yourself and those you love to insure everyone has a great time out on the water.

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Mark your calendars: 26th Annual Father’s Day Dolphin Derby is this week!

Now only four days away, this immensely popular one-day fishing tournament includes up to $10,000 awarded for first place, with many other prizes and cash awards. In addition to celebrating dad’s favorite holiday, the tournament benefits local fundraising and support groups– a great all-around reason to apply. Cash prizes grow with every new boat entry, so get registered fast! Up to six anglers per boat can fish. Registrations must be in by June 15 at the captain’s meeting kickoff event. To learn more, contact Jack Carlson at 305-289-0199
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Weather report

It’s shaping up to  be a hot one here in Marathon, Florida, with weekly temperatures expected to rocket upwards to almost 90 degrees on Wednesday before tapering off around 84 degrees for the rest of the week and weekend. Humidity is expected to stay relatively high, hovering between 60% and 70%, with a UV index of 10. That means high SPFs and lots of water, everyone! It’s certainly going to be a great week and weekend to get out on the water and try your hand at fishing with some of Marathon’s famous charters– check with the front desk for suggestions on which boat best fits your needs.

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Leon Shell Memorial Fishing Tournament

The sailfishing season in the middle keys has started to get hot, just in time for one of the best local tournaments in the area.  The Leon Shell Memorial fishing tournament is considered a great opportunity for fans of sail fishing in the middle keys.  Running from March 2nd until the 4th, the tournament has a grand prize of over $20,000 dollars, and secondary prizes for top performing boats and anglers.  For mor information check out the official website here.

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Today’s Weather at Tranquility Bay

It is 61°F right now at Tranquility Bay, but is expected to reach 70°F by midday. The unusually cold weather we have been having looks like it is about to depart, starting tomorrow we will be back into the mid 70′s.  There is a 13mph wind from the northeast right now, although that is also supposed to die down later in the day.  This week should be a steller time to go fishing, as the water warms up predator species increase activity, and after this cold snap they should be hungry.  Sunset tonight is at 6:20, and the moon is 62% waning gibbous, so there will be plenty of light for night fishing.

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Pigeon Key Arts Festival

Coming up in two weeks is the Pigeon Key Arts Festival, the “Big art show for a tiny Island” will feature pottery, sculpture, paintings, glass work, jewelry, live music, children’s events, and local food.  Check out the poster below or click here for more info.

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