Press Release 6-29-16

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Media Contact:
Terri Henson
Explore More, LLC
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Coastal Road Trip from Amelia Island to Key West
Passport to Explore Florida’s Legendary Highway A1A with the First Wine and Spirits Tour

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Almost everyone has heard of the wonders to be discovered on Route 66 and California’s Pacific Coast Highway. Now an adventurous group in Florida presents an East Coast partner for these iconic highways. It is a Passport to Explore Highway A1A, the 600 “miles of smiles” from Amelia Island south to Key West. A series of destinations and activities via a Passport to Explore A1A gives visitors and locals a new way to enjoy and find out more about this road that has inspired artists, outdoor enthusiasts and explorers of every kind. Final touches are being added to the first Wine and Spirits Tour and details will be available on

The effort began in January 2015, followed by a successful crowdfunding campaign completed in April 2016 which permitted developing the first Passport Tour. The theme of this tour was determined by popular vote through social media. The winning theme was wineries and distilleries and the inaugural event has been named the Wine and Spirits Tour. Seven extraordinary destinations are included: Marlin & Barrel Distillery, Fernandina Beach; St. Augustine Distillery, St. Augustine; San Sebastian Winery, St. Augustine; Flagler Beachfront Winery, Flagler Beach; Endless Summer Vineyard & Winery, Ft. Pierce; Schnebly Redland’s Winery, Brewery & Restaurant, Homestead; and Key West First Legal Rum Distillery, Key West.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to kick off our first collaboration with these 7 exceptional artisans and hope fellow explorers will return from these one-of-a-kind tasting experiences with fully-stamped passports, A1A-mazing memories and lots of great stories to tell” said company Chief Expedition Officer Tina Cherpes adding, “that’s what the Passport to Explore A1A is all about; extraordinary collaborations that build epic road trips, unique experiences, and memories that will last a lifetime.”

“St. Augustine Distillery is honored to be a participant in Passport to Explore A1A’s Wine & Spirits Tour,” said Kara Pound, the Distillery’s Director of Communications. “We are passionate about all things Florida and love sharing our story of creating world class spirits using regional agriculture as guests tour our facility, the State’s first commercial ice plant building.”

The company looks forward to building a strong community with fellow explorers and enthusiasts of this iconic route and invites you to join them on Instagram (@ExploreA1A), Twitter (@ExploreA1A), and Facebook (ExploreA1Acom). While the Wine and Spirits Tour highlights only a few communities on and near A1A, the entire route passes through some of the most extraordinary seaside communities on the planet. Some are well-known, others are treasures awaiting discovery by new explorers of A1A.

For information about Passport to Explore A1A, visit Send questions via the contact form on the website, by email to [email protected] or call the Jacksonville Base Camp at (904) 762-5353.

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