A new tour operator based out of Ponte Vedra, Fla. has announced collaboration with Talentino Media. Play Harder Tours (PHT), headed by William Tabone, is offering exciting weekend packages that revolve around two of America’s favorite things: beer and sports. With new partner Talentino Media, founded by Joe and Susanne Talentino, PHT will provide exciting getaways throughout the Southeast and beyond.
“Craft beer is a craft,” Tabone said. And it is for that reason that he focuses his tours on local craft brewers.
Currently planned travel packages include:
- NFL Road Trip to the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Lions at Jacksonville, Nov. 2 – 5, 2012
- NFL Road Trip to the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. NY Jets at Jacksonville, Dec. 7 – 10, 2012
- New Orleans Mardi Gras, Jan. 25 – 28, 2013
- Las Vegas Super Bowl Weekend, Jan. 31 – Feb 4, 2013
- New Orleans French Quarter Festival Apr. 11 – 14, 2013
Other destinations that are still in the planning stages and will be announced soon include Savannah, Tampa, and Atlanta.
Itineraries for the Jacksonville NFL Road Trips include accommodations for three nights in Jacksonville Beach near numerous restaurants and nightlife opportunities. On Friday night guests will have an opportunity to meet other guests at a “Meet & Mingle” welcome dinner that takes place at Joe’s Crab Shack steps away from the Atlantic Ocean. Saturday guests take an interesting and fun guided bus tour to four Jacksonville craft beer breweries. Stops include a free pint of beer and tours of the facilities at Intuition Ale Works, Bold City Brewing Company, Green Room Brewing Company, and Engine 15 Brewing Company. On game day, guests will enjoy a catered tailgate party prior to the game at the Pepsi Tailgate Cabanas with beer included at no additional charge.
Future packages to other cities will include similar itineraries with the focus on fun, food, and beer. Next year Tabone has aspirations to put together tours to beer festivals throughout the nation with festival tickets, brewery dinners, and accommodations. He is even investigating putting together packages to London, Belgium, and Amsterdam next year when the Jaguars play in the U.K.
Talentino Media is a Jacksonville based media and production company founded by Joe and Susanne Talentino, creators of CW17’s weekly television program “I Know Jax,” which features a weekly Happy Hour segment featuring The Beer Guy discussing craft beer. Talentino media also produces Coastal Companion.com, a website for visitors and residents focusing on fun things to do on the coast of South Carolina, Georgia and Northeast Florida. Play Harder Tours is a Ponte Vedra Beach based travel provider with tours centered on craft beer and sporting events. Together the Talentino/PHT collaboration will work to expand the scope of the tours to eventually include food and musical events. Talentino Media will spearhead the online and television promotion of travel packages while Play Harder Tours will be responsible for all coordination, booking, and implementation with the goal of safe responsible travel for people that like to have fun
- Craft beer and football; a match made in heaven (sprbrewcrew.wordpress.com)