Pensacola, Florida
Sunday May 20th 2018


My Pensacola—Rachael Gillette

Day Job: Director, Pensacola Young Professionals
Pensacola Resident Since 2002

My Pensacola is all about loving the fact that there are so many days with blue skies and sunshine, sailing is on the doorstep, the beautiful white beach is 15 minutes away, and 5 p.m. traffic lasts five minutes. It’s not possible to be bored with so much to do, you just have to get out there and look for it and if you can’t find it then you need to call us at Pensacola Young Professionals!

Good Eats
My husband and I really enjoy cooking and we usually make our own pizza, but it is hard not to be tempted by the yummy flatbreads at Jaco’s. We will often get on our bikes and cycle down there on a Sunday to enjoy the view, the delicious brunch, and the great price on champagne!
If I’m in the mood for Mexican then it’s got to be Cactus Flower because the quesadilla is so fresh and huge. It will feed you for dinner and lunch. Another favorite of mine is New Yorker Deli. The salad plates and sandwiches are so good. Jackson’s is difficult to beat for a special occasion and I do love the atmosphere and variety at Global Grill, especially the lobster tails.
Oh and if I need a little cupcake treat, oh yes, it’s going to be Oh Snap!

Retail Therapy
I have to admit I do have a slight shopping addiction and working downtown feeds it! It’s hard to walk past Indigeaux Boutique without just a sneaky peak, even though I know it’s naughty. Duh is like a treasure trove for all things home and garden, and for things that glitter I love Susan Campbell Jewelry.
Joe Patti’s is the place to go for seafood, but their deli and specialty goods are great too! For a nice bottle of wine or champagne, Charlotte at Aragon Wine Market it the person to go to.

My passion is sailing! My favorite thing of all is to go to Pensacola Yacht Club and get out on our boat. I’ve sailed all over the world and our bay is still one of my favorites. Plus, you can’t beat the lemon drop martinis and Bushwackers that Stephanie makes at PYC!
If I can’t get out on a boat, then I’m walking or cycling around my neighborhood in East Hill with my husband. If I need to feel calm in my soul, then it’s a trip to Pensacola Beach to find a quiet stretch of beach and look at the ocean. We really are so fortunate to have such an amazing seashore on our doorstep.

Pensacola is buzzing now! There are so many choices and so many places to go.
The Fish House Deck is great (and of course you can always get amazing food if you are hungry while you listen to the music.)
5 1/2 Bar is very nice, plus you can move on to Vinyl and check out a band. The selection of wine and champagne at the Wine Bar is amazing.
If it’s a Friday night, we can often be seen at Pensacola Yacht Club. There is a great welcome from the staff and everyone knows your name, so that’s always a fun time.

I love Gallery Night! I am so happy it’s every month; it really brings downtown alive. Pensacola Museum of Art’s Culture Club is fun and the Pensacola Opera has launched their Encore Club this year and has held some great events.

Never Miss Events
Blue Angels Weekend at Pensacola Beach is a must-do. My husband and I take the boat over to Little Sabine and enjoy the show from there. I also enjoy 4th of July Downtown Fireworks. Both events are fantastic and uniquely American.
An important date for me is Pensacola Young Professionals’ Annual Dinner. It’s the time of year that we celebrate the great job our leaders have done, thank all our wonderful sponsors, and hand over to the eager new team ready for next year.
I can’t wait for 2012 baseball season and the opening of the new Community Maritime Park. It’s been a long time coming, and there were some who said it would never happen. Well Blue Wahoo to you!