Savoring the Seasons

with Helen Benefield Billings

The holiday season is upon us!! Spending precious time and making memories with special friends, family and co-workers is hopefully on everyone’s “to do” list, especially this year.

When a previously postponed Jimmy Buffett concert was confirmed for December 7th in Jacksonville, Florida, we decided to hit the road for a quick adventure to kick up our heels a bit with fun friends. On the agenda: an overnight at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, cocktails and appetizers at Bar 12-21 at Morton’s The Steakhouse, which is conveniently located at the hotel, followed by an exhilarating pedicab ride over to VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena for the long-awaited Buffett gig, Life On The Flip Side.

The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville has been recently renovated and offers glorious views of the St. Johns River with beautifully appointed, modern rooms. First impressions are always important, and we received a warm and hospitable welcome that included a complimentary margarita. The hotel was completely decked out for the holidays and for the hordes of Buffett fans, all checking in seemingly at the same time.

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville


Hyatt Regency Jacksonville

Morton’s offers an awesome mixology menu that includes a memorable array of custom cocktails, martinis and, of course, Champagne and wines. The ambiance and vibe at Bar 12-21 were upscale cozy and refined in the main bar area and enclosed adjacent patio. The featured holiday cocktail, aptly named the Sparkling Holly, is available through New Year’s Eve and is a tasty showstopper. Bright and bubbly, it is served in a sexy coupe glass with a creative berry garnish.

Post-concert libations and snacks were enjoyed back at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville’s Tavern Bar, which recently reopened featuring an all-new menu that focuses on handcrafted cocktails and delicious food options, including flatbread pizzas, burgers and wings.

BAR 12-21 at Morton’s Steakhouse

Sparkling Holly —

A blend of Combier Crème De Cassis and cranberry syrup topped with Decoy Brut Cuvée Sparkling Wine