Fish Heads, the Beloved Pool Bar Famous for Fresh Tacos, Delightful Drinks and Beachfront Fun, Reopens at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Pensacola Beach

The island’s go-to destination for delicious food and drinks, unbeatable views from an open-air deck 32 feet above the sand, and a come-as-you-are vibe is back and better than ever. 

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. Fish Heads, the popular pool bar that attracted locals and visitors alike, has reopened at the new Fairfield Inn & Suites Pensacola Beach (, a collaboration between Innisfree Hotels and RREAF Holdings. The casual Fish Heads restaurant features 119 indoor and outdoor seats, plus ordering is available around the pool area. An open-air deck 32 feet above the sand offers an unobstructed view of the Gulf, while a dune walkover leads guests directly to the beach for a post-meal stroll. 

Back on the menu are Fish Heads’ famous tacos, served two to an order on corn-flour tortillas with flash-fried chips and salsa. Try the customer favorite Fresh Catch fish taco, prepared grilled, blackened, or fried, or opt for Margarita Shrimp, BBQ Chicken, or Carne Asada tacos. Crowd-pleasing appetizers like Nachos, Peel-and-Eat Shrimp, and Grouper Fingers have also returned to Fish Heads’ menu. The Farm Burger has been updated with an over-easy egg and bacon jam, and a new Slaw Dog that features Fish Heads’ house-made coleslaw is sure to be a hit. 

Fish Heads’ cocktails are some of the best on the beach. The Fish Heads Bucket will wow guests with its five different types of rum (mango, pineapple, banana, passion fruit, and coconut) with orange juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, and lime juice, all topped with grenadine and Sprite. Frozen Margaritas, Daiquiris, Piña Coladas, and Bushwackers help keep guests cool on hot summer days, not to mention signature cocktails like the 11 Mile Island and the Stress Reliever. 

“When we began to build the new Fairfield Inn & Suites Pensacola Beach, we heard an outpouring of love for Fish Heads from so many in the community that we knew we had to bring it back even better than before,” said Ted Ent, President and CEO of Innisfree Hotels. “People have really missed it, both local residents and visitors, and we are very proud to make Fish Heads part of the Pensacola Beach community again.” 

The reopening of Fish Heads has included hiring 20 full-time and eight part-time employees. Overseeing kitchen operations are Derrick Crandall, Director of Food and Beverage for Fairfield Inn & Suites Pensacola Beach, and Dustin Weaver, Food and Beverage Supervisor for the property. Both of the experienced culinary leaders have worked their way up from dishwasher and busboy to running and managing professional kitchens, and they are eager to show Fish Heads’ guests fun and delicious food experiences.  

“Now that summer has officially commenced, guests will be able to enjoy the outstanding food and drinks at Fish Heads all while relaxing in the pool,” said Mitch Provosty, Chief Financial Officer of RREAF Holdings. “The reopening marks an exciting milestone for the season, and we’re looking forward to providing best-in-class service. We also hired additional staff members to oversee and run the restaurant, bringing economic opportunities to local residents.”
Fish Heads, located at 16 Via de Luna Dr., is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and welcomes walk-ins. For more information, visit or call 850-934-3300. Guests are encouraged to share their Fish Heads experiences on social media with the hashtag #IMAFISHHEAD.

The All-New Fairfield Inn & Suites Pensacola Beach Opens, Marking a Final Triumph in the Island’s Recovery from Hurricane Sally

The 209-room beachfront property is ideal for leisure, business, and family travelers, offering the Gulf Coast’s largest lazy river, modern and spacious fitness center, fast wifi, central AC, complimentary breakfast, delicious on-site dining, and much more. 

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. — Soaring 11 stories into the Island’s clear blue skies, the all-new Fairfield Inn & Suites Pensacola Beach ( officially opens today. 

The 209-room, $75 million beachfront property — a collaboration between Gulf Breeze-based Innisfree Hotels ( and Dallas-based RREAF Holdings ( — stands on the site of the former Best Western Beachside Resort, a beloved Pensacola Beach hotel that was razed after sustaining severe damage from Hurricane Sally in 2020. Rebuilding the space as a brand-new Fairfield Inn & Suites has allowed the Partners to create a safe, modern, fun, and inviting property that is perfect for vacationers, families, and business travelers.

“In many ways, this milestone opening of the Fairfield Inn & Suites Pensacola Beach marks the final piece of the Island’s recovery from Hurricane Sally,” said Ted Ent, President and CEO of Innisfree Hotels. “We’re proud to once again provide the community with a new, robust hotel that has incredible accommodations and amenities to attract locals and visitors for many years to come.” 

Among the new Fairfield Inn & Suites Pensacola Beach’s highlights: 

  • The Gulf Coast’s Largest Lazy River: At 315 feet long and holding 60,000 gallons of water, the lazy river meanders past three waterfalls, a skyline of palm trees, a hot tub, and a zero-entry pool, giving rafters a long, memorable ride. Other water features include an adult pool, two hot tubs, and direct access to the crystal-white sands and pristine waters of Pensacola Beach. 
  • Fun and Delicious Food & Beverage Outlets: Fish Heads, the popular pool bar and grill with unbeatable views of the Gulf of Mexico from an open-air deck, has reopened on-site, offering its famous fish tacos, flat-grilled cheeseburgers, ice-cold tropical cocktails, and more. The property also boasts a beautiful elevated lobby bar that overlooks the Gulf. And, of course, the famous Fairfield full, hot breakfast is always complimentary for guests. 
  • State-of-the-Art Fitness Center: A spacious 800-square-foot modern facility with floor-to-ceiling windows that provide breathtaking views of the Santa Rosa Sound with workout equipment from top performance brands.   
  • Modern Upgrades for Comfort and Convenience: High-speed wifi is available throughout the property, and central AC provides quiet, efficient, and healthy air circulation in guest rooms and public areas. Gulf-facing rooms feature oversize furnished balconies. A comprehensive recycling and sustainability program is on par with Innisfree’s and RREAF’s rigorous environmental standards.
  • Other Attractions: Pensacola Beach is the Gulf Coast’s only true beach-to-bay Island experience. There is plenty to see and do within walking distance, including great, award-winning restaurants like Salt, Sal de Mar, Riptides Grill and Tiki Bar, Red Fish Blue Fish (pet-friendly!), and Water Pig BBQ. Also, a free trolley stops at the hotel and will take guests anywhere on Pensacola Beach. 

“Having been here for the Best Western days and now being part of this Fairfield Inn & Suites project, it is truly rewarding to introduce our community to this amazing new property,” said Seth Fagan, General Manager of Fairfield Inn & Suites Pensacola Beach, adding that the hotel created about 200 local jobs. “From the lazy river to the fitness center to Fish Heads to the guest rooms, there is not one detail we overlooked, and we cannot wait for locals and visitors to experience it all for themselves.”  

“Our collaboration with Innisfree Hotels brings together our collective strengths in both commercial real estate and hospitality to create a remarkable experience for guests,” said Mitch Provosty, Chief Financial Officer of RREAF Holdings. Provosty also noted, “Through this partnership, we are not only offering something new and exciting for residents directly in the area, but are also helping to attract outside business to Pensacola Beach, creating a steady opportunity for financial and community growth.”
The hotel is located at 16 Via de Luna Dr., Pensacola Beach. For more information and to book a stay, visit or call 850-932-1889.

Salt, a New Upscale-Casual Restaurant Inspired by Coastal Mediterranean Cuisine, Debuts at Innisfree Hotels’ Hilton Pensacola Beach

The 179-seat restaurant, which features custom local art and organic design elements, is open daily for breakfast, lunch & dinner with dishes made from scratch with the freshest ingredients. 

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. — Innisfree Hotels (, the premier hotel owner-operator along the Gulf Coast, announces that its new upscale-casual restaurant Salt at the Hilton Pensacola Beach ( opened to the public on May 16.

Guests can expect an elevated, fine-dining experience at Salt, whether they’re catching up with friends over an al fresco lunch on the restaurant’s patio or celebrating a special occasion in the restaurant’s welcoming dining room. 

“We’re proud to bring a true dining destination to Pensacola Beach with Salt,” said Ted Ent, President and CEO of Innisfree Hotels. “From the moment you step in, you feel transported to a world of warmth and relaxation. Our team has truly thought of everything, from special design touches to attention to detail on every dish and drink, so guests can create long-lasting memories with us.”

Salt’s talented team of experienced culinary experts includes Innisfree Hotels’ Corporate Food and Beverage Director Manuel Rodriguez, who credits his coastal upbringing as inspiration for the way Salt merges Mediterranean flavors with local ingredients from the Gulf. Along with Italian-trained chef Humberto Mendez and a highly skilled kitchen crew, Salt is crafting dishes that have already been delighting diners, like: 

  • Traditional Mediterranean dips like hummus, baba ghanoush, tzatziki and “crazy feta” are stone oven baked with fresh garlic and served with grilled pita and extra virgin olive oil. 
  • Crab cake appetizer with authentic Chesapeake blue crab, remoulade sauce, and a touch of beurre blanc. 
  • Signature Salt burger hand-crafted from 1855 Black Angus beef, known for its unparalleled quality and flavor. 
  • Arroz a la marinera features copious amounts of local Gulf shrimp, calamari, mussels and scallops cooked in a rich seafood broth and served with rice that’s been threaded with saffron and infused with sherry.
  • Roasted Duroc pork chop, grilled filet mignon, cowboy steak and a Tomahawk steak meant to share are impressive non-seafood entrees.

In addition to delicious food offerings, Salt has a craft cocktail menu with signature drinks like Salt of the Earth (Maestro Dobel tequila, Cointreau, sumac and beet), Three Card Monte (Amaro Montenegro, Old Grand-Dad Bonded and housemade fig bitters), and Barbados Slim (falernum, pineapple, orange and orgeat) that are part of Salt’s full culinary experience.

Salt was designed with coastal inspiration of comfort and relaxation, focusing on natural materials, rich and vibrant colors, and striking lighting. Pecky cypress, a native Florida wood featuring natural holes and indentations, brings an organic feel throughout the restaurant. While dining, guests are surrounded by stunning works of art, curated by Luna Fine Arts Gallery and part of the Innisfree Private Art Collection, that have been specially commissioned from local artists and specifically designed for Salt. The artwork ranges from pencil drawings, paintings, sculptures and ceramics that add to the restaurant’s marriage of global and local.Salt is open daily for breakfast (7-11 a.m.), lunch and dinner (11 a.m.-10 p.m.), with the bar open until 11 p.m. For reservations and more information, visit or call 850-343-6791.

Piazza Pizza Is Now Open in the Hampton Inn Pensacola Beach, Answering the Island’s Call for Fast and Delicious Local Pizza Delivery Options

The restaurant’s New York-style pies are made fresh with homemade dough and sauce, all-natural ingredients, and the best-quality mozzarella pizza cheese.   

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. Piazza Pizza ( has officially opened inside the Hampton Inn Pensacola Beach, giving visitors and locals the option of fresh, fast, and delicious pizza delivery anywhere on the island. 

Currently open 11 a.m to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, with extended hours coming soon, Piazza Pizza serves made-from-scratch New York-style pies that are big on flavor and easy on the wallet. All pizzas are 14-inches round and start with Piazza Pizza’s housemade dough and old-style red sauce. 

Layers of all-natural ingredients like thin-sliced pepperoni, fresh-torn basil, Saputo Gold whole-milk mozzarella, oven-roasted chicken, and Florida tomatoes top the pies before they’re delivered piping hot to your door. Customers have been loving Piazza Pizza’s specialty pies like the Spicy Hawaiian: sweet pineapple and spicy jalapeño coupled with crumbled bacon and a touch of cream cheese. 

“It’s one of those pizza combinations that surprises people when they see it, but then it delights their taste buds and they can’t get enough,” said Piazza Pizza Chef Jim Carruth, a Pensacola native whose kitchen experience includes Jackson’s Steakhouse in Pensacola, Portofino Resort on Pensacola Beach, and the world-renowned Commander’s Palace in New Orleans. “We created each pizza we serve with our guests’ tastes in mind, and we’re proud of all of them. Our pies are the freshest, best-tasting pizzas you’ll taste this summer and all year long.”  

Price points are family-friendly, making it convenient to order a few pizzas to share on the beach or by the pool, in their hotel room (Hampton Inn guest phones provide one-touch dialing to Piazza Pizza for direct-to-room delivery), or anywhere around town. The restaurant offers a 20% discount for all first responders. 

While Piazza Pizza is open for pick-up and delivery only at this time, an on-site dine-in option will be available once Gilligan’s Tiki Bar reopens at the Hampton Inn. A Grand Opening event for Piazza Pizza is coming this summer. 
Piazza Pizza is located at 2 Via De Luna Drive inside the Hampton Inn Pensacola Beach. For more information or to place an order, visit or call 850-565-1980. You can also follow the restaurant on Facebook and Instagram

Water Pig BBQ Reopens in Pensacola Beach, Just in Time to Feed Spring and Summer Visitors and Locals

The popular waterfront restaurant from Innisfree Hotels is back, serving championship barbecue, drinks, and to-go catering with longtime pitmaster Spencer Capps at the smoker.  

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. Water Pig BBQ (, Pensacola Beach’s premier beachfront barbecue restaurant, has officially reopened for the season, as of March 1. Located right on the water at 5 Via de Luna, Water Pig BBQ is the only barbecue joint in town where you can eat with your toes in the sand, seven days a week. 

Back on the menu are Water Pig BBQ’s mouthwatering, house-smoked barbecue delicacies, like brisket, pulled pork, chicken, award-winning ribs, turkey, sausage, and more. All of Water Pig BBQ’s meats are smoked daily for up to 16 hours in the restaurant’s twin 1,000-lb capacity pits over locally sourced oak.

Those pits are overseen by veteran pitmaster Spencer Capps, a Pensacola native and University of West Florida graduate with more than 15 years’ experience running professional barbecue operations. While he’s a fan of everything on Water Pig BBQ’s menu, Capps says he most loves cooking and serving the restaurant’s signature St. Louis-style ribs, an all-time guest favorite.  

“I grew up riding a longboard with my friends at this very beach where Water Pig BBQ is,” says Capps. “Fast-forward to today, and now I get to do what I love — smoking meats — in a place that I love. Life really does come full circle.”

Besides its popular barbecue, Water Pig BBQ also offers an array of salads, sides, and sandwiches, as well as beer, wine, cocktails, and a full bar. Meats by the pound and other catering items are available to-go. Live entertainment is available most nights, with a full schedule coming soon.   

“We’re so excited to welcome guests back for another delicious season at Water Pig BBQ,” said Ted Ent, President and CEO of Innisfree Hotels, which owns and operates Water Pig BBQ. “With Chef Capps in the kitchen, we know our excellent food is going to go to another level of barbecue greatness.” 
For more information on Water Pig BBQ, visit or call 850-565-4863. You can also follow the restaurant on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Luna Fine Art Gallery at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Unveils ‘A Way of Seeing,’ an Exhibit of Artwork Created Specifically for Blind and Visually Impaired People

The show, which features works designed to be touched, was produced in partnership with Independence for the Blind of West Florida and runs through March 12. 

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. — Innisfree Hotels’ Luna Fine Art Gallery proudly announces a new exhibit specifically designed for blind and visually impaired people, open now through March 12 at the gallery, located inside the spectacular Hilton Pensacola Beach

“A Way of Seeing” is produced in partnership with Independence for the Blind of West Florida — a project two years in the making — and features artwork designed to be touched, created by an impressive lineup of local artists: Blythe Marshall, Jennifer Fleming, Mary Anne Staples, Nikki Strahota, Joan Overton, Katie Thompson, Maria Hoch, and Patricia O’Neal.   

Hoch’s piece, titled “Shape Shifters,” is made up of movable parts for all art lovers to create their own design. The artwork will be donated to Independence for the Blind for display in their building after the exhibit at Luna Fine Art Gallery.

“I have a friend who has recently been diagnosed with macular degeneration, an age-related eye disease,” Hoch said. “Someone who is visually impaired still has a framework to allow an appreciation for art. In ‘Shape Shifters,’ I utilized the concepts of high contrast, tactile sensory, and interactive participation. I wanted to invite the viewer into how art is made.”

Independence for the Blind provides services — at no cost to its clients — that teach people with visual impairment to become and remain independent: cooking, cleaning, hygiene, public transportation, working, shopping, and the list goes on. Several clients in Independence for the Blind’s transition program — teenage students who are preparing for college, trade school, jobs, and independent living — met with the exhibit’s artists before they created their pieces and recently experienced the artworks in the gallery. 

“As opposed to your typical museum or gallery setting, our clients were able to get up close to the works and even touch most of them,” said Raven Holloway, Executive Director of Independence for the Blind of West Florida. “It allowed them to relate and appreciate the artwork as fully sighted individuals do. Experiences like this, in everyday life, one might not appreciate the intentional effort put forth by these artists, but the visually impaired community here has thoroughly enjoyed it.” 

The gallery, located at 12 Via De Luna Drive, will rotate in some new pieces throughout the exhibit and a fundraiser will be hosted for Independence for the Blind on March 11. Several pieces of artwork from the exhibit will be donated to Independence for the Blind’s school-age clients after the exhibit. 

“Our goal in creating Luna Fina Art Gallery within Innisfree’s Hilton Pensacola Beach was to connect communities through the arts,” said Ted Ent, President and CEO of Innisfree Hotels. “This exhibit is a perfect example of showcasing and celebrating the diversity in our community through art.”Visit for more information.

Innisfree Hotels Completes Acquisition of Comfort Suites Fernandina Beach at Amelia Island

The 50-room, all-suites hotel is the sixth Innisfree property on Amelia Island, a leading 

U.S. beachfront destination with a quintessential Old Florida feel.  

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — Innisfree Hotels (, the premier hotel owner-operator along the Gulf Coast, announces that it has acquired the Comfort Suites Fernandina Beach at Amelia Island in a deal that closed Oct. 13. It is Innisfree’s sixth property on Amelia Island, highlighting the company’s commitment to providing clean, safe, and enjoyable stays in this top U.S. destination. 

“Amelia Island is a vibrant yet relaxing destination — and Fernandina Beach a perfectly walkable Old Florida town — with quaint shops and restaurants,” said Ted Ent, President and CEO of Innisfree Hotels. “Innisfree has been curating properties in this area that will provide outstanding accommodations and hospitality to the many different kinds of travelers who visit.” 

Comfort Suites, which joins Seaside Amelia Inn, the dual Courtyard by Marriott and SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Ocean Coast Hotel, and Amelia Hotel as Innisfree properties on the island, is a 50-room, all-suites hotel that is immediately adjacent to the beach and the entrance to Fort Clinch State Park. Comfort Suites is ideally situated near historic downtown Fernandina Beach as well as favorite local restaurants and other top attractions. A hot breakfast buffet is included free each morning for Comfort Suites guests.  

“Like all of our properties at Innisfree Hotels, the Comfort Suites is dedicated to customer satisfaction,” Ent said. “We always provide excellent service along with clean and safe rooms in an environment that makes our guests feel welcome and worry-free.”    
To learn more about Innisfree Hotels, including career opportunities, visit

Innisfree Hotels Wins Silver in 12th Annual Best in Biz Awards

The Gulf Coast’s premier hotel owner-operator ranked in the Company of the Year, 

U.S. South category in the 2022 Best in Biz Awards. 

GULF BREEZE, Fla.Innisfree Hotels ( has been named a silver winner in the Company of the Year, U.S. South category of the 2022 Best in Biz Awards, the only independent business awards program judged each year by prominent editors and reporters from top-tier publications in North America.

Innisfree Hotels expertly develops and manages dozens of hotels in partnership with many of the world’s most-recognized hospitality brands. Today, the company owns or manages more than 24 hotel properties — about 3,500 rooms — and employs approximately 2,000 people. Innisfree is the largest beachfront hotel owner-operator on the Gulf Coast. As a triple-bottom-line company, Innisfree measures success not only in prosperity but also through its impact on people and the planet.

The 12th annual Best in Biz Awards program saw fierce competition among more than 700 entries from public and private companies of all sizes and representing all industries and regions in the U.S. and Canada, ranging from some of the most iconic global brands to the most innovative start-ups and resilient local companies. This year’s judges highlighted the winning companies’ visionary leadership, innovative strides in the use of new technologies, laudable employee diversity and inclusion programs and workplace best practices, and many winners’ continued community involvement and monetary and time investments in their environment and corporate social responsibility programs.

“We’re incredibly honored to be recognized as a Company of the Year by the prestigious Best in Biz Awards,” said Ted Ent, President and CEO of Innisfree Hotels. “Innisfree Hotels has always been focused on people — our guests and our employees — as they are the reason we show up every day and the ones who drive our business forward. We are grateful to them for this achievement.” 

Since the program’s inception in 2011, winners in Best in Biz Awards have been determined based on scoring from independent judging panels assembled each year from some of the most respected national and local newspapers, TV and radio outlets, and business, consumer, technology and trade publications in North America. Thanks to the impressive diversity of represented outlets and the unparalleled experience and expertise of the editors and reporters serving as judges, Best in Biz Awards judging panels are uniquely suited to objectively determine the best of the best from among the hundreds of competitive entries. The 2022 judging panel included, among others, writers from AdWeek, Computerworld, Forbes, The Globe & Mail, Inc., The Oregonian and Portland Tribune.

“This year’s contestants for Best in Biz Awards all showed a remarkable commitment to the support and development of their employees,” said Best in Biz Awards judge Michael Nietzel of Forbes. “From educational benefits to personal wellness, career advancement to community building, these companies are showing the way for how to create a vital and productive workplace.”

Best in Biz Awards 2022 honors were conferred in 100 different categories, including Company of the Year, Fastest-Growing Company, Most Innovative Company, Best Place to Work, Customer Service Department, Executive of the Year, Marketing Executive, Most Innovative Service, Enterprise Product, Best New Product, App, CSR Program, Environmental Program, Website and Film/Video of the Year. For a full list of gold, silver and bronze winners in Best in Biz Awards 2022, visit:


For more than three decades, Innisfree Hotels has expertly developed and managed dozens of hotels in partnership with many of the world’s most-recognized hospitality brands. Today, the company owns or manages more than 24 hotel properties — about 3,500 rooms — and employs approximately 2,000 people. Innisfree is the largest beachfront hotel owner-operator on the Gulf Coast. As a triple-bottom-line company, Innisfree measures success not only in profits but also through its impact on people and the planet. Innisfree, which has about $800 million of assets under management and $175 million in annual hotel revenue, was named one of Hotel Business’ top management companies and top owners & developers in 2022. For more information, visit  


Since 2011, Best in Biz Awards has been the only independent business awards program judged by a who’s who of prominent reporters and editors from top-tier publications from North America and around the world. Over the years, judges in the prestigious awards program have ranged from Associated Press to the Wall Street Journal and winners have spanned the spectrum, from blue-chip companies that form the bedrock of the global economy to some of the world’s most innovative start-ups and nimble local companies. Each year, Best in Biz Awards honors are conferred in two separate programs: North America and International, and in 100 categories, including company, team, executive, product, and CSR, media, PR and other categories. For more information, visit


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Innisfree Hotels Names Bethanne Edwards New Director of Sustainability

A proven leader in the environmental space, Edwards will drive Innisfree Hotels’ 

increased focus on sustainability in 2023 and beyond.  

GULF BREEZE, Fla. — Innisfree Hotels ( is pleased to announce that environmental expert Bethanne Edwards has joined the company in a new role as Director of Sustainability. 

The position is part of Innisfree Hotels’ focused commitment to sustainability in 2023 and beyond. The company’s “triple bottom line” approach to business — considering People, Planet, and Prosperity with each decision and striving to strike a balance between all three — makes sustainability a key factor in supporting the communities that Innisfree serves. 

Edwards says her initial attention will go toward reducing the company’s carbon footprint — including efficient energy and water use and minimizing waste — as well as engaging employees, guests, and local communities through environmental awareness initiatives. Innisfree Hotel’s portfolio of beach and seaside properties is part of what attracted Edwards to the company. 

“I feel a deep connection to nature and feel most at home when I’m at the beach,” she says. “In this role, I hope to help protect our beaches and leave a positive impact on the planet so that current and future generations can continue to experience the beauty it has to offer.” 

Added Ted Ent, President and CEO of Innisfree Hotels: “We’re delighted that someone as deeply invested and genuinely passionate about the environment as Bethanne would join us in this incredibly important role. We very much look forward to seeing the impact she will have on our properties and their local communities.”

Edwards earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Texas Christian University. She worked in environmental roles for major companies before starting an independent environmental consulting business of her own in 2016. Based in Pensacola, she volunteers with local community group 850eco, the Pensacola and Perdido Bay Estuary Program, and Earth Day Pensacola. 

To learn more about Innisfree Hotels and its triple bottom line, visit

Innisfree Hotels Go Pet-Friendly Across Many of Their Properties 

About half of the hotels in Innisfree’s portfolio are now proudly welcoming pets, making it more convenient than ever for travelers to bring their four-legged companions along for the trip. 

GULF BREEZE, Fla. — Innisfree Hotels (, the Gulf Coast’s largest owner-operator of beachfront hotels, has achieved a paw-some milestone: Half of the properties in its portfolio are officially pet-friendly, so travelers can bring their furry friends! 

Traveling with pets skyrocketed in popularity during the Covid pandemic, and Innisfree Hotels responded with hospitality by making accommodations for four-legged companions at nearly a dozen of its hotels. Many of Innisfree Hotels’ properties are located in communities that are increasingly pet-friendly, such as Pensacola Beach, which now has multiple hotels that accept pets in addition to beautifully maintained dog parks, dog beaches, and other amenities. 

“Hospitality at Innisfree Hotels extends to all members of our guests’ families, including beloved dogs and cats,” said Ted Ent, President and CEO of Innisfree Hotels. “By making accommodations for travelers with pets, we hope to ensure that all of our guests — those with and without pets — continue to have exceptional stays with us that are comfortable, clean, and friendly.”

A list of Innisfree Hotels that are currently pet-friendly. Many have size/weight requirements, limits on the number and type of pets, and non-refundable fees; visit the websites or call ahead for details:

Beachside Hotel Cocoa Beach, 3901 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, Fla.