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76 CONTENTS 13 FUN FACTS An Emerald Coast profile, by the numbers.

14 RESORT MAP Orienting you to Hilton Sandestin Beach — and what lies beyond.

18 AT YOUR SERVICE Our

concierge staff is ready to help turn your wishes into fond memories.

20 EMPLOYEE FEATURE Our staff members share some of their favorite on-the-job anecdotes.

Renew Yourself 28 CUSTOM LUXURY Whether it’s a spa visit or a

workout, your road to self care starts here.

32 CLUBS AND RACQUETS Tee off on scenic fairways or rush the net on the clay courts.

35 KIDS FIRST Kids Krew puts youngsters front and center with a bevy of activities.

Dining For Everyone 40 YOUR MENU With options aplenty, you’ll always find something to fill your plate.

42 RESORT DINING We

offer fine dining, quick bites and everything in between.

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Family Fun for Everyone

56 TASTES OF THE TOWN Our

dining guide makes meal planning easy.

Beyond the Beach 60 WALTON FAMILY FUN Explore what makes Walton County a unique treasure.

66 EVENT CALENDAR Plan a

day or a night out with festivals, concerts and much more.

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70 SHOPPING GUIDE Grab your

shopping shoes and pursue one-of-a-kind finds.

Coming Together 78 BEACH WEDDINGS Our

favorite florist shares what it’s like to help guests design their special day.

80 A GROUP EFFORT Our

commitment to service is what keeps businesses and reunions returning year after year.

84 MEETING AND FACILITIES GUIDE We’re equipped to accommodate conferences, grand and small.

86 A GUEST’S REFLECTION

Entertaining a large and diverse family has never been easier.

88 SOCIAL AWARENESS Share your visit to our resort on your favorite social media platform.

90 LAST WORD The family

experience at Hilton Sandestin Beach is an unbeatable draw.

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EXPERIENCE Upscale shopping, sophisticated dining options and South Walton’s premier events and entertainment await you along the Boulevard.

DINE

SHOP

Another Broken Egg Café

Altar’d State

The Bistro

Anthropologie

(Located in Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard)

Black Bear Bread Co. (Opening early 2020 at Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard)

Billabong Bluemercury Hemline J. Ji l l

Cantina Laredo Modern Mexican

J.McLaughlin

The Craft Bar

The Jewel

Emeril’s Coastal Italian

Kittenish by Jessie James Decker

everkrisp Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria

(Now Open)

Lilly Pulitzer lululemon (Now Open) Ophelia Swimwear Orvis

Kilwins PF Chang’s China Bistro Starbucks Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar Vin’tij Food & Wine

Peter Millar Pottery Barn Tommy Bahama Vineyard Vines Williams Sonoma

The Wine Bar

Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard

Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard

Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard

Grand Fitness

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VICE PRESIDENT/ CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT McKenzie Burleigh

WELCOME WELCOME TO THE INCREDIBLE Emerald Coast of Florida and our award-winning Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, nestled in beautiful South Walton. Hilton Sandestin Beach has enjoyed being a part of generations of families’ memories and annual traditions since opening our doors 36 years ago. South Walton offers visitors year-round events and encounters rich in history, arts and culture. These experiences are perfect for families, couples, groups or the individual traveler looking for that unique adventure in paradise. While the summer months are still the most active of the year, new festivals and events that feature culinary creations, wine and spirits, art and entertainment now provide a wide variety of activities for visitors year-round. With more than 300 great shopping options, 200 restaurants, local attractions, four state parks, a state forest and 15 rare coastal dune lakes, outdoor activities are available annually. A must-see while here is The Underwater Museum of Art, the first underwater sculpture garden of its kind in the United States. Throughout the fall, spectacular sunsets and balmy weather offer a kind of beauty in nature not seen during the summer months — though summer has its own incredible beauty too! If you have never been to South Walton and Hilton Sandestin Beach during the spring, fall or winter, there could never be a better time to add it to your bucket list of new memories. Each season has its own unique personality. We invite you to experience our destination in a whole new way — year-round! Thank you again for choosing to stay with us. Should you need anything during your visit, know that we are all here to make your stay most memorable.

DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY Daniel Vitter CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jennifer Ekrut SENIOR PUBLICATION DESIGNER Shruti Shah ADVERTISING DESIGNER Sierra Thomas CUSTOM PUBLISHING MANAGER Sara Goldfarb MANAGING EDITOR Jeff Price AD SERVICES COORDINATORS Tracy Mulligan, Lisa Sostre CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Hannah Burke, Rebecca Padgett, Zandra Wolfgram CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Larry Davidson, Scott Holstein, Miles Partnership, Modus Photography, Kansas Pitts Photography & Design Studio, Maggie Weaver, Forever Young Images MARKETING AND SALES ASSISTANT Mackenzie Little SALES EXECUTIVES Julie Dorr, Darla Harrison, Rhonda Lynn Murray, Dan Parker twitter.com/hiltonsandestin facebook.com/hiltonsandestinbeach instagram.com/hiltonsandestin youtube.com/hiltonsandestinbeach pinterest.com/hiltonsandestin #HiltonSandestin facebook.com/seagars facebook.com/serenitybytheseaspa facebook.com/barefootsonthebeach

GARY BRIELMAYER General Manager, 22 years of service

PUBLICATION DESIGN, PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT Rowland Publishing, Inc. President/Publisher Brian E. Rowland rowlandpublishing.com HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM

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hen you enter the doors of Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, we treat your arrival like a “Welcome Home” event. You might be visiting for a short time, but there’s no time we won’t be eager to assist you in creating your perfect getaway. Whether it’s your first time, your 50th time, a birthday, a wedding day or your favorite Friday, Hilton Sandestin Beach is eager to help you make unforgettable memories.

Throughout this publication, you’ll read about some of those memories that make our piece of paradise so very special to us and our guests — and we are excited to help you write your own story. So drop by the pool, spend a day at the spa, grab a beach towel, take the kids to our ice cream parlor or find your own adventure. Generations of families have stepped through these doors, and when you enter, your family becomes a part of our family. So welcome to our place. You’ve been expected.

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AREA FUN FACTS South Walton, found along the Emerald Coast of Florida and home of Hilton Sandestin Beach, is widely considered one of the top vacation destinations in the world. Take a look at these fun facts, and you’ll understand why.

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Special events and festivals are held annually on the Emerald Coast.

40%

of the land in South Walton is protected in 4 state parks and 1 state forest.

Safe and sound …

WHETHER YOU’VE COME HERE FOR WORK OR FOR PLAY, WE WANT YOU TO ENJOY YOURSELF. HERE ARE A FEW HOUSEKEEPING SUGGESTIONS TO ENSURE THE BEST POSSIBLE EXPERIENCE AT YOUR BEACHFRONT HOME AWAY FROM HOME:

 No glass on the deck, pool or beaches.

 No coolers on the deck/pool areas.

 Please wear proper

sea turtle

attire inside the hotel.

NESTS MARKED

 Please be aware of

in 2019 by South Walton turtle patrols.

the daily beach flags for safe swimming.

Nesting season runs from May to October.

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species of edible gamefish are found in the Gulf and local waters.

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rare coastal dune lakes are found in South Walton, the largest concentration in the world.

WATER CLOSED TO PUBLIC

HIGH HAZARD

MEDIUM HAZARD

LOW HAZARD

MARINE PEST PRESENT

200 75degrees

miles of hiking and biking trails in Walton County.

is the average annual temperature.

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MAGGIE WEAVER

Feeling overwhelmed? Our concierge service is here to point you in the right direction, whether you need a restaurant suggestion, the hottest shopping locale or what’s new around the resort.

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WITH A SMILE For Concierge Darrel Smith, Serving Others is as ‘Effortless as Breathing’

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f you feel at home at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, it just may be because Darrel Smith is at home here, too — quite literally. Turns out, this lead concierge lives in a condominium on the resort property. So, to say he is familiar with all the area offers is something you can count on. “Yes, this is my backyard,” Smith boasts flashing a mega-watt smile. You can count on Smith’s warm smile, which accompanies the exceptional service he ably delivers to guests and

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co-workers. But, he admits, he shares his smile with everyone he engages with and even cracks a smile before making telephone calls. “It’s just effortless for me,” Smith says with yet another smile. “If you find something you have a passion for, you are just lucky.” Hilton Sandestin Beach guests are lucky as well, because no one is more delighted to do what they do than Smith. “I’m a natural people person and enjoy getting people to smile — that puts me in a happy place.”

TRIED & TRUE A seasoned 35-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Smith was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and raised in Northern California. His passion for service has taken him to Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the Ritz Carlton in Atlanta, a private boutique hotel in San Francisco, plus Hawaii and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, among others. As a self-professed globetrotter and foodie, Smith doesn’t make any suggestions lightly, because he knows guests rely on him to provide the best options. “I don’t recommend a company I don’t know or a restaurant I have not visited,” he says. His word is his bond, so Smith does his research and keeps up with the market. It’s a point of pride for Smith to personally know the people who are delivering the goods and services he recommends. “If I am recommending a fishing charter, I want to get to know not only the fisherman, but his wife, too, so I can fully understand who they are and the experience our guests will have.”


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One of Smith’s many talents can’t be taught or learned in school. “I read people well,” he says. “It’s a gift, and I really enjoy that part.”

INSIDER TRADING The most common question Smith gets is for food and restaurants. Having seven dining options on-site at Hilton Sandestin Beach makes Smith’s job easy. If the guest is seeking an exceptional dining experience, Smith is proud to suggest Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, located on the lower lobby level of the Emerald Tower. Smith’s personal favorites from the fine dining restaurant, the Dover sole and the filet mignon. “A table-side service makes for quite a memorable dining experience,” he says. “There is great value in seeing the dish come together before your eyes. A traditional Caesar salad made before me never gets old, and bananas Foster, well” … he stops and simply ends that thought with a wry smile. With a full-service resort property at their beck and call, Smith’s guests don’t have to go far to enjoy amazing amenities. “It’s a resort you can enjoy without having to leave,” he says. Smith has a bounty of “insider” knowledge. For example, staying on property on Saturday is suggested, because of heavy traffic around town. Beyond that special dining experience at Seagar’s, if you are looking for al fresco dining, consider Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill, which you can enjoy seasonally without leaving the pool deck. If you don’t want to change out of your swimsuit, you might opt for a graband-go deli sandwich from Picnix just off the pool deck. If you choose to go shopping at Silver Sands Premium Outlets, the resort’s shuttle will happily ferry you free of charge.

GOING BEYOND Beyond being an encyclopedia for local activities and amenities, Smith comes to the rescue in many other ways. There was the anxious mother of the bride whose luggage didn’t arrive. So he supplied her with a list of local designer boutiques and personally travelled with her to get a dress for the wedding. There are special circumstances. Like the son and daughter who recently reached out to explain that their parents were both battling a terminal disease. Smith ensured that they were booked in a suite with floor-to-ceiling windows that would provide a great view, in addition to making a reservation so they could enjoy a quiet dinner. Over his 14-year tenure, Smith has gotten to know many of the guests. He has helped arrange several marriage proposals on the beach — complete with hidden photographers. “They get married at the hotel, then they return to visit with their family — it’s so wonderful to see the legacy of their lives unfold and to have been able to play a small part in it” he says. Of all the guests Smith serves, he admits he has his favorites. “I love the kids,” he says, blue eyes twinkling. “When a toddler comes in and sees the indoor swimming pool, they are so wowed. And then when you tell them there are three pools, it just blows their little minds, and the look on their face is priceless!” Smith’s sage advice is priceless, too. He knows not everyone is as comfortable talking to a stranger as he is. But he hopes guests do take his suggestion to come talk to him and the rest of our concierge team. “We’re your own personal Alexa, use us to ask questions as you would at home” he invites, yes, with a smile.

• “My favorite part about working as a concierge is helping guests discover new and exciting things to do along the Emerald Coast. There is so much to do and see in this area that for a first time visitor it can be a bit intimidating to figure out where to go first. One of my favorite memories from this summer was helping a guest find the perfect restaurant for their wedding rehearsal dinner. They came back the next day to inform me of how much they enjoyed their evening. It felt great to have played a part in helping to make their special weekend memorable.” Moses McKnight, Concierge

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SERVING UP MEMORIES Hilton Sandestin Beach Employees Share How They Make Your Stay Unforgettable BY REBECCA PADGETT

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ith miles of soft sand, gently rolling Gulf waves and breathtaking sherbet- hued sunsets, there’s no denying Emerald Coast beaches evoke a sense of inner peace and sheer happiness. When the sun has set, salt and sand encase your skin and the last sandcastle of the day has been built, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa hopes your footprints in the sand lead to their doors, welcoming you in for continued joy, relaxation and memories. Once inside Hilton Sandestin Beach, you feel it, the familial embrace of someone who is excited to see you. Whether you are a first time visitor or following generations of lifelong family guests, the employees of Hilton Sandestin Beach strive to be a source of your memory making. From the front desk to your restaurant server to the department managers, each service offered by the hotel is carefully catered with a guest’s enjoyment in mind. It’s the small gestures — remembering your breakfast order, bringing extra towels, knowing your special dates — that make Hilton Sandestin Beach an inviting atmosphere. All this results in long-lasting memories that we hope will keep you coming back, whether its yearly family vacations, your honeymoon or just the place you most want to be. Hilton Sandestin Beach employees serve in order to help you create some of your fondest memories, and you, in turn, provide them with their most cherished moments.

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SERGIY TODOROV

SANDCASTLES SERVER

I worked at Hilton Sandestin Beach from 2005–08 and returned here for a job in the summer of 2018. I was amazed how many of the employees were still working here, and how much it felt like I was coming home. It wasn’t long before I started recognizing guests of the hotel who I’d met 10 years ago. It’s incredible how much of a timeless and family-like atmosphere exists here, between both employees and the guests we serve.


AMANDA MERRITT ACCOUNTING

MALISA SAULTERS

Working in the accounting office, most of my interactions with guests are over the phone. One of my fondest memories was last summer when a family had just departed before realizing they still had a couple of questions regarding their final bill. I was able to assist with their questions while they were driving home, to help clarify the charges. Over the car’s speaker, I could hear the family’s excitement in their voices (especially the kids) as they relived their past week with us. The family explained how beautiful our property was and how they could not have had a better vacation anywhere else. They were so grateful for the hospitality and customer service they received. They stated this was their first time here and decided the Hilton Sandestin Beach would be their annual summer vacation spot. They thanked us for the prompt assistance they received from the moment they walked through the doors all the way to the help they received after they had departed. Moments like these are what being in the hospitality industry is all about.

HOUSEKEEPING

My favorite Hilton Sandestin Beach memory is when I helped a little boy locate his parents after the elevator he was on closed before his parents could get on. He was crying and upset, so I immediately went into “mommy mode” to calm him down. I assured him that everything would be OK as we searched for his parents, whom we located in the lobby. That made me so happy.

LUIS GARCIA

SPA FRONT DESK SUPERVISOR

I remember one day answering a call from a woman looking to book services at Serenity by the sea Spa. She wasn’t sure of what she was hoping to book, and was very inquisitive regarding details of the services, what order she should book them in, and general scheduling. I was more than happy to discuss her plans for the day and ensure her services would allow enough time for her to enjoy our Spa. After some time, she noticed that we had been on the phone for over 20 minutes. She went on to thank me for being so patient with her. She was very grateful that we were so accommodating, and once she arrived for her services, she asked to speak with our director so she could reiterate her sentiments. We see many guests at our Spa, and they come from all over the country and the world. Going that extra mile for our guests is a standard for us, and it is always heartwarming when you know you’ve made a positive impact on someone’s day.

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EMILY ROECKLE

HUMAN RESOURCES

I’ve had many great interactions while working at Hilton Sandestin Beach, but one in particular is by far a favorite. Football is a great passion for me, and one of the groups we were lucky enough to have come to our property was the Southeastern Conference. Coaches and players I’m very familiar with were staying with us, and I was privileged to interact with some of them throughout my workdays. I was happy to help them whenever I was asked because it’s not something everyone gets to experience during their work day. That memory will definitely remain with me.

DENISE VALERIO

COFFEE SHOP/PICNIX SUPERVISOR

I’ll always remember the Meffert Family. I met them in early August on a Monday night while working in Picnix. This family of six from Texas, came in shortly before 7 p.m. and were planning to do a movie and pizza night in their room. Picnix offers Pizza Hut personal pan pizzas, but they were actually looking for a larger size, so I directed them to Sandcastles and In-Room Dining. The next night I was closing in the Coffee Shop when the Mefferts came in, and one of their children recognized me right away. They all got ice cream cones and were happy to find out that a single serving was actually two scoops. When they returned to the Coffee Shop for more ice cream and café mochas Wednesday night, Mr. Meffert asked that I explain our unique serving terminology, that a single serving equals two scoops. “See, I told you!” he said to his wife. Explaining they had some discussion about this the night before and I had settled it in his favor. Later that night, the missus returned with one of her children to make sure she had my name correct. I was appreciative thinking she would mention my service in a review, and I jumped up and down when I received the notification from my supervisor. On Friday night, while I was working in Picnix, they went out of their way to see me as they returned from the beach. The Mefferts made my first season working at the Hilton Sandestin Beach very memorable, and I look forward to running into them next year. 22 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2020

My most memorable guest experience took place when I was working as a front desk agent. I had a guest check in that had a miserable trip down. She not only got a flat tire, but also didn’t have a spare to put on. She had to wait hours for a tow truck to come and fix it. When she was finally able to get to our property, she was exhausted and extremely upset to say the least. I was able to upgrade her to one of our suites, which absolutely made her day and her stay. We stay in contact to this day, and when she’s in the area, she always stays with us at Hilton Sandestin Beach. Being at the front desk truly allows you to make a guests stay a memorable one.


BRANDI HARRIS

RAMOAN HOGANS

BANQUET SET UP

I had an interesting interaction with a guest this summer that really stuck with me. The woman stopped me in Sandcastles one morning and said she had been here a week, and every day at 2 p.m., she would watch the guys in the blue and yellow shirts set up tables and chairs for the special events taking place. She told me she noticed we were very organized, and that she appreciated how hard my crew works. It was nice to hear her kind words and share those with my teammates.

SPA FRONT DESK SUPERVISOR

My most memorable moment here at Serenity by the sea Spa was when I was able to help accommodate a guest who was experiencing some pain. Ms. Reeves needed an 80-minute massage, and we were fully booked for the day. I asked her if she wanted to book an appointment for the following day. Ms. Reeves replied, “I am leaving tomorrow. I really need one today because my back is hurting so badly! I desperately need one. I’m in tears.” I spoke with one of our massage therapists to see if she was able to stay late to perform an 80-minute massage, and she said absolutely. When I told Ms. Reeves the great news, she was over the moon happy. She explained she had the best spa experience and was grateful that I went out of my way to accommodate her. I will never forget this memorable moment and the impact I had on this guest. HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM

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hink of our resort amenities as your very own refresher course, and you are the subject. Our staff is eager to pamper as they make sure you spend every moment in luxury enjoying the experience of a lifetime. Serenity by the sea Spa will be the calming influence on your getaway as you relax with award-winning services, including facials, massages, pedicures and body treatments for ladies and gentlemen. Renew body and spirit in our saunas and

steam rooms, then cap it off with a visit to our full-service salon. Relax your mind and let us handle the kids in our seasonal Kids Krew program, which lets them experience an abundance of activities in a supervised setting, both during the day and at night. If a more active setting is preferred, visit one of the resort’s four championship golf courses, 15 tennis courts or head down to our 24-hour, state-of-the-art fitness center. Whatever you decide, let your worries fade as we do the heavy lifting.

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TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS ♦ Due to high demand, we suggest making reservations in advance.

FIND YOUR SERENITY

♦ Robes and slippers are provided, but remember to bring your swimsuit and fitness attire.

Make Your Spa Visit a Lifestyle BY ZANDRA WOLFGRAM

♦ After a treatment, hydrate with our complimentary fruit-infused water located in the lounge.

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♦ Quarterly spa events are a great way to learn about and test out new products and services.

Treat yourself to a massage, or make a day of it. Live your best life with a full spa visit that features manicures, pedicures, facials, soaks, cold plunge showers and a stay in the sauna.

MILES PARTNERSHIP

hanelle Lucas has worked with Hilton brand hotels for 16 years, including her current job as director of spa services for Serenity by the sea Spa. But she has another unofficial title. “They call us ‘day makers,’ because we like to make people’s days,” says Lucas. A 14,500-square-foot, sea-inspired facility, Serenity lives up to its name, not only because of the beautiful surroundings, but also because of the passionate and caring wellness team led by Lucas. “I believe if you take care of your employees, they’ll take care of the guests,” says Lucas. With upwards of 150 reservations a day, Serenity is one of the most popular spas on the Gulf Coast. “People come in because they are looking for an escape, have sore muscles in need of care, or just to relax and unwind,” Lucas says, “and then you see them come out completely transformed. It makes it all worthwhile when you get to leave each evening feeling like you’ve made a difference.” And by people, Lucas means everyone. “We see entire families: mom, dad, brothers and sisters,” Lucas says. “They are taking spa-cations. That’s what’s trending — people coming to the property for the sole purpose of a spa retreat.” By making appointments and spreading them out all week, Lucas says spa goers can take full advantage of all of Serenity’s amenities — such as the relaxation lounges, whirlpools, steam rooms, saunas and fitness center. “I see our guests really embracing the spa as a lifestyle,” she says. “It’s not just about one service anymore.” And Serenity isn’t just for the grownups. Here, little ones are guests of honor. With customized treatments designed with kids in mind, such as the Sherbet Splash Pedicure and Swirls & Curls salon service, kids as young as 5, when accompanied by an adult, can indulge in “me time.” Teens are also coming in for skin care focused services. Those under 18 are welcome to schedule massages as long as an adult accompanies them. And the gentlemen are not letting women have all the fun. “Self-care is big now with men, too,” Lucas says. They are “going wild” for the beard treatment and skincare line Organic Male. So much so that Lucas placed a four-step grooming bar


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Discover the best version of yourself during your visit to Hilton Sandestin Beach, whether that means pampering or a workout.

Spa Director Shanelle Lucas

in the men’s lounge. “When gentlemen come in asking for moisturizer, you know it’s a good product,” she says. This spirited spa director keeps an eye on the latest spa products and trends by attending global industry conferences. “I love learning new techniques and bringing back new ideas for our guests and members to enjoy,” Lucas says. One of the latest crazes is CBD (cannabidiol) oil, which is used to ease inflammation and help with pain. Metals also are trending. The spa’s 24-carat gold body wrap is said to boost collagen and restore elasticity in skin. Ask our team member how you too can “dabble in 30 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2020

gold” when adding a mini golden facial to any treatment. Another “haute” trend is literally making things hotter. “Heat therapy is big,” Lucas says. Hot stones, heated oils, heated neck wraps, warm mud masks and other heating elements are in demand. “Heat relaxes the muscles so the treatment can permeate completely, which intensifies the experience,” she explains. Lucas listens to feedback from spa guests and members alike, and sometimes it results in a new offering or service. Eldoa yoga, a technique that helps strengthen the spine, is a class that was inspired by a spa member. It’s perfect for people that sit for long durations, the elderly with sciatic issues, or golfers looking to improve their swing. Once a limited-time special, the Moroccan body melt is now featured on the spa service menu after a flood of positive guest feedback. Another signature service, the HydraFacial, is in such high demand that Lucas has added a fourth treatment station. If you want more from your HydraFacial, you can opt for the deluxe or the platinum version, which Lucas describes as a “90-minute ultimate facial experience,” complete with a serum booster, customized mask and LED light therapy to reduce signs of aging. “I love what I do,” Lucas says. “People feed off energy, and Serenity by the sea Spa has positive energy … for everyone.”

OUR MEMORIES • “A family came to me with an issue — they purchased a skimboard for their son, and he was unsure of how to use it. The father was in a meeting, and the mother had never used one before. They asked me to demonstrate, and I ended up teaching the son how to skim! The family was very thankful and has kept in touch with me ever since. Now it is a joy to see them year after year when they visit.” Ian Mackenzie, Beach Attendant


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SETTING YOUR COURSE Immaculate Links and State-Of-The-Art Clay Await Golfers and Tennis Players

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air weather, sublime settings and top-flight courses and courts make the Emerald Coast a paradise for golfers and tennis players. See for yourself why experts at Florida Golf News, Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, Golfweek and Florida Golf News rave about the four championship golf courses that Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa guests have access to through the Sandestin Resort. If you swing better with a racquet than a club, the resort

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has you covered with 15 tennis courts — 12 of them being HydroGrid clay. The tennis center, set amid beautiful landscaping, includes private tennis courts, a renowned Pro Shop, a shingled clubhouse with decks, private lessons with certified staff, group clinics, children’s tennis activities and six pickleball courts. A free shuttle runs between the tennis center and the resort. To reserve a court, rent equipment or check on the latest tennis happenings, call (850) 267-7060 or speak with our onsite concierge team.


THE LINKS GOLF CLUB The Links course, the resort’s original course, has been welcoming and challenging golfers for more than four decades. Designed by renowned architect Tom Jackson, The Links treats golfers to breathtaking views of Choctawhatchee Bay and Baytowne Marina. Not only do the coastal breezes help tame the Florida sun, but they also offer a good challenge on this true links-style course that has five water-front holes. The Links course has four sets of tees to choose from and challenges golfers of any skill level. Take a swing on a course that’s been named one of the “Top 100 Courses in Florida” by Florida Golf News.

BURNT PINE GOLF CLUB Burnt Pine, designed by Rees Jones, brother of designer Robert Trent Jones Jr., offers golfers a one-of-a-kind experience throughout its expansive 7,000 yards, which include rolling fairways and strategically placed bunkers. The front nine at Burnt Pine takes players through pine forests and wetlands, while the back nine spotlights charming views of Choctawhatchee Bay. Golf Magazine has called Burnt Pine the “Crown Jewel of Florida Golf.” Seasonal and limited tee times are available.

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The Emerald Coast is a true sports paradise for golf and tennis enthusiasts. Hilton Sandestin Beach is close to 15 tennis courts, including 12 clay courts. The area also provides easy access to four top golf courses, a ll a short “drive” away.

It’s not every day you get to play on a course where the pros sank birdies. The Raven Golf Club, twice a stop on the PGA Champions Tour, affords you that luxury. Some of the country’s best amateur golfers played Raven as part of the Division III National Championship in 2013. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., brother of Rees Jones, this course is just what the doctor ordered if you want to work every club in your bag. It meanders through wetlands, marshes and pine trees throughout Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Golf Week named Raven one of the “Best Courses You Can Play” on four occasions.

BAYTOWNE GOLF CLUB Accolades galore have been written about the course at Baytowne Golf Club, and they are well-deserved. This unique course has earned a 4.5-star rating from Golf Digest and features a variety of elevation changes, which is uncommon for courses in this region. Designed by Tom Jackson, this is the only golf course along Florida’s Gulf Coast that stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to Choctawhatchee Bay. Baytowne Golf was home to the 2013 NCAA Division III National Championship. The course’s five tee locations offer a challenge no matter the skill level or handicap.

DUNES PUTTING COURSE Enjoy the beachside Dunes Putting Course, day or night, for fun with the family or to brush up on your putting skills.

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Movies, costume parties and tons of beach fun await youngsters during their stay at Kids Krew.

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t’s all fun and games for adults and children visiting Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, where everyone’s a kid at heart. As the area’s largest fullservice resort hotel fronting the Gulf Coast’s famous sugar-white sand beaches, Hilton Sandestin Beach is a virtual family-friendly playground with endless ways to maximize fun in the sun. As director of recreation Tiffany Howell says, “If you can’t relax at the beach, we have an issue.” But with an array of activities and programs to choose from every day of your stay, the only issue is deciding which fun activity to do first. “Kids are always king here,” says recreation manager Caidan Cryar. Not sure where to start mapping out your time? With 17 years of experience running the resort’s recreation program,

Howell has plenty of helpful suggestions for your visit to the Sunshine State, beginning simply with … “get outside and play!” For children ages 5 to 12, Hilton Sandestin Beach’s seasonal Kids Krew program provides an exciting daily schedule of energetic and creative activities under the watchful eyes of the resort’s 20-member recreation staff. From 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., kids rule the roost, whether it’s a Wild West Showdown with pony express races to mateys “walking the plank” during Pirate Pandemonium, “These kids love taking over during our themed parties,” Cryar says. “The main rule is to have as much fun as possible.” The program includes lunch and a Kids Krew keepsake T-shirt. When kids want to keep being kids, but mom and dad are looking to reconnect on their own, Kids Night Out gives everyone the best HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM

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Kids will discover their own version of summer camp with mornings, afternoons and nights devoted to them at Kids Krew. And parents will appreciate some time to themselves.

of all worlds. Parents can enjoy some oneon-one time while their children enjoy dinner, a souvenir T-shirt and their own party activities. Some other highlights include mask-making during the notso-scary Monster Mondays, Rumble in the Jungle Thursdays complete with an animal parade, and — perhaps the most popular — Under the Sea Fridays filled with nautical games and a crab-hunting excursion on the beach. “We have a ball with group events featuring themes like Casino Night, Carnival, Toy Story, Super Heroes

— we even brought in Build a Bear creation station so kids could make their very own plush toys,” Howell says. “We really get into the themes and wear costumes, it’s a lot of fun for everyone.” This year, families can look forward to the Kids Krew Fourth of July fair, free to hotel guests. As Kids Krew’s biggest bash of the year, this extravaganza boasts a kickball tournament on the beach, stiltwalking balloon artists and traditional carnival games, before an al fresco feast and patriotic glow-stick pool party capped with a booming fireworks finale.

But before you set out, Howell suggests a pit stop at the Beach Hut to gear up. “We have everything you need for a day of fun in the sun, including complimentary beach towels for use during your stay,” she says. With three sparkling swimming pools, two whirlpools and a kiddie pool, plus eight private poolside cabanas, it’s easy to relax, unwind and feel like the VIP that you are. “When we see big smiles on those little faces, we know we’ve succeeded,” Cryar says.

OUR MEMORIES • “I had the pleasure of meeting the sweetest little boy in our Kids Krew program this past year. He was visually impaired and had never truly been able to attend a program like ours before. He was unsure at first but quickly became the life of our program that day. It was special to see children of all different ages band together to make his time here at Hilton Sandestin Beach more than memorable for him. It is a memory I will always cherish.” Caidan Cryar, Recreation Manager 36 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2020


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hether it’s a quiet dinner for two, a decadent treat for yourself or a family night out with your favorite meal, nothing quite hits the spot like dining out. And Hilton Sandestin Beach has a menu that caters to everyone’s taste. No matter the time of day, Sandcastles has you covered when you need a meal, from a breakfast buffet to a light lunch to a coastal cuisine dinner. For kids, a large children’s menu has something for most finicky eaters. When you’re out on the deck or in the sand and craving a quick bite, Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill is your one-stop shop for raw oysters or peeland-eat shrimp. For family-friendly fare or a snack on your way to the surf, Picnix Poolside Market has personal pizzas, hearthealthy wraps or your favorite cold treat. As evening takes hold, Hadashi Sushi Bar has a collection of nigiri, sashimi and specialty rolls to tempt any palate, including options perfect for our young guests. If a more intimate setting beckons, be sure to highlight your stay with a visit to Seagar’s, the resort’s AAA Four-Diamond steakhouse. Enjoy indulgent Prime USDA steaks and delicious seafood dishes that deliver only the best to your table. From family dining to fine dining, Hilton Sandestin Beach has your menu.

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From fine wine at Seagar’s to ice cream from Picnix, Hilton Sandestin Beach’s menu variety has something for everyone.

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hat kind of traveler are you? From the active adventurer to the casual beachgoer, there are always different palates to please. But whether you’re yearning for an epicurean feast or hungry for some simple poolside pub fare, Hilton Sandestin Beach has seven sensational on-site dining options to satisfy what you crave. Each morning at 7 a.m., Sandcastles rises with the sun, serving both buffet style and a la carte breakfast options. Start your morning off right with a full buffet brimming with fresh fruit, steelcut oats and cereal, made-to-order omelets, waffles, breakfast meats, hash browns and more. Prefer to sleep in? No worries, Sandcastles also dishes up coastal cuisine for lunch and dinner. Eager to hit the beach? Grab a bite to go from The Coffee Shop, featuring an assortment of decadent homemade baked goods and treats, courtesy of our talented in-house pastry chef Yascha Becker. Pair it with a cup of your favorite Starbucks brew, and you’ll be good to go — literally. A few hours of fun in the sun might make you peckish, but you won’t have to stray far from the sand


for a midday meal. Beginning at 11 a.m. Barefoot’s Beachside Bar and Grill serves handheld fare, savory shareables and light bites, seasonally. As the name suggests, no shoes are required. “Barefoot’s is right on the deck overlooking the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico,” says Angelina Covington, a 30-plus-year veteran of food and beverage operations. “A lot of people come right off the beach to enjoy our refreshing piña coladas and rum jungles. Our delicious coastal-inspired menu pairs perfectly with the spectacular view.” Like The Coffee Shop, Picnix Poolside Market is the perfect place to fill up empty bellies — especially little ones. Featuring children’s classics such as creamy mac ‘n’ cheese, heart-healthy wraps and personal Pizza Hut pan pizzas, even finicky eaters are sure to get their fill here. For those who pine for fresh-from-thesea flavors, head to Hadashi Sushi Bar. With authentic Japanese cuisine, handrolled stunning sushi creations, sashimi,

nigiri and a full-service bar, the only thing missing is your sense of adventure. For those with something to celebrate, Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood is the pinnacle of fine dining. Offering seasonal menus of artisanal appetizers, choice cuts of prime beef and the freshest seafood available, Seagar’s offers an upscale atmosphere suitable for popping the question, toasting your anniversary or impressing clients. Feeling comfortable? Hilton Sandestin Beach’s in-room dining service is the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing or romantic night in. Though most options are from Sandcastles’ delicious dinner menu, select dishes from Seagar’s and Hadashi Sushi Bar are also available seasonally. No matter what type of traveler you are, as executive chef Dan Vargo says, “We have variation, so you can enjoy great dining experiences throughout your entire stay … we choose to be in the hospitality industry, because we enjoy being here to serve.” Bon appetit!

OUR MEMORIES • “I’ve been at the Hilton for most of my life. I have so many memories I can share, but what has made the biggest impact over my tenure here are the many different people I have met. I treat our guests as I would want to be treated, and I am grateful for the reactions and kind words that I receive in return. There have been hugs and friendships that will last a long time to come.” Bridget Hoffman, Banquet Bartender

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Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood Dover sole, Steak Diane, Caesar salad, Banana Fosters and Cherries Jubilee are among the delicious dishes that are prepared with flair and flame at your table. Seagar’s keeps an emphasis on organic produce and seasonal food to compliment its world-class standards for fine dining excellence. Seagar’s chefs love to work hand-in-hand with local farmers and purveyors — such as Arrowhead Beef in Chipley, Florida — to keep Seagar’s menu dynamic and true to the local region. With the bounty of the Gulf of Mexico at the resort’s doorstep, seafood takes its rightful place on the menu. Indulge in local Gulf options such as seared snapper and pan-roasted grouper, or expand your range and your palette with Maine lobster, South African cold-water lobster tails or Alaskan king crab. The Dover Sole — recently featured on the Cooking Channel’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” — is one of the most popular seafood dishes on the menu.

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o doubt about it, Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood is a classic American steakhouse — to its marrow — featuring classic food prepared with the best of locally sourced seasonal ingredients and a level of service unmatched in the region. Which is why AAA has declared the Seagar’s experience dining at its finest, giving it a FourDiamond rating since 2000. When you visit Seagar’s, allow plenty of time. Sit back, listen to the live pianist and order a bottle of wine. With 600 labels in the wine cellar, you’re sure to find one to pair beautifully with whatever you eat. It’s your chance to take your time to savor a superb meal in an atmosphere of luxurious indulgence. Menus are designed to take advantage of fresh, seasonal ingredients, and every aspect of a Seagar’s meal is given attention to detail that many restaurants might consider too time- and labor-intensive. The famous

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magine shaded seating on a sweeping outdoor deck with an “invisible” railing that affords unobstructed, expansive views of the emerald surf and sugar-white sand … listen and you can hear the lyrical beat of waves lapping ashore and smell the salty sea air. This season’s refreshing menu at Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill is the perfect compliment to the postcard perfect views surrounding the restaurant. Jerk chicken, plantains, plenty of fruit-filled salads will join burgers, wraps and sandwiches on the menu. Seek out updated classics such as the Mango Fandango salad, which now features mixed greens, mango, red onion, curry mayo and candied pecans. You’ll still find popular seafood choices such as peel-and-eat shrimp, snow crab clusters and oysters on the half shell, but some dishes — such

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as build-your-own tacos — will be prepared with a tropical twist: think pico de gallo with mango. After playing poolside and basking on the beach, Barefoot’s bar and The Sand Bar, open seasonally, are perfect places to cool off with your favorite brew, wine, specialty cocktail or frozen beverage. And when the temperatures lower in fall, you can look forward to snuggling up with an after-dinner drink next to the fire pit on the deck before the restaurant closes for the winter. But you do not need to stir yourself from your relaxing lounge chair, because Barefoot’s will come to you. Use your smart device to visit the seasonally available BarefootsOnline. com; there you can place your order for food and drinks and a “sand kicker” will deliver it to you on the beach or to your poolside perch.

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andcastles Restaurant and Lounge, conveniently located directly off the resort lobby, is perfectly named as its menu is going “coastal.” Highlighting the freshest local seafood that guests travel to Northwest Florida to enjoy, Sandcastles embraces the flavors of an old Florida fish house. The menu will feature a variety of fresh fish from both the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. Growing the focus on seafood, the menu will include duo appetizer plates with Gulf shrimp, oysters from Apalachicola or Louisiana seafood gumbo. For dinner, expect a wider variety of seafood entrees such as bacon-wrapped swordfish or a Gulf coast take on fish and chips that features grouper, thickcut fries and a malt vinegar aioli. Need

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a sushi fix? You can also order items from the Hadashi Sushi Bar menu. Not a seafood fan? No worries, land lovers can enjoy steak dishes in addition to the Sandcastles Lounge fare. Not only is there a variety of fish and shellfish available on the menu, but Sandcastles is also excited to embrace the trend of health conscious dining. Diners are welcome to share their preferences, whether they be vegetarian, gluten-free or have any other health and food allergy issues. Beyond dinner, this bright, open and airy eatery is the one restaurant at Hilton Sandestin Beach where guests can go for al a carte breakfast, a gourmet breakfast buffet, lunch and late-night snacks in the Lounge. Sandcastles also has a children’s

menu that’s more extensive than most. It features breakfast, lunch and dinner items as well as snacks and desserts. The breakfast buffet is popular with guests of every age and includes an omelet station, waffles, breakfast potatoes, sausage, bacon, seasonal fruits, cereals, yogurts, breakfast pastries freshly baked by our pastry chef, coffee, tea or juice. The a la carte breakfast menu contains steak and eggs, Frangelico French toast, and several variations of eggs benedict. Lunch options include gourmet salads, sandwiches, wraps and soups. The relaxing Sandcastles Lounge, located across from the restaurant, offers a great wine list, specialty martinis and a sampling of snacks and items from Sandcastles’ lunch and dinner menus.


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obbies typically are a place for lounging and lingering. When you want to relax with family and friends, head to Hadashi Sushi Bar located in the lobby. Traditionally trained chefs serve up beautiful, hand-rolled sushi, sashimi, nigiri and other Japanese creations with freshfrom-the-sea flavor. Choose from two-dozen specially prepared sushi rolls including classic favorites like California rolls and Spicy Tuna rolls. Looking for something more exotic? Try the Dragon Skin roll with cucumber, eel, avocado, lump crab and eel sauce or the Volcano Roll baked with lump crab meat,

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green onion, cucumber, avocado, crab salad, tempura crunch and a splash of Sriracha. The assorted sashimi plate — featuring ahi tuna, salmon, yellowtail, escolar and white fish — allows you to sample a little of everything. Toast the end of another perfect day at the beach with a shot of heated sake or an ice-cold glass of Sapporo® imported Japanese craft beer or something else from the fullservice bar. Whether you want to get comfortable on the lounge area sofas to take in a game on the large-screen TV or land a large dining table that will seat the entire family, you will have a good time at Hadashi.

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hen you are vacationing at the beach, you want to spend as much time as possible with your toes in the sand. Kids can’t help it; they want to have as much fun as possible during a sunny day at the beach. There’s just no time to de-suit and de-sand, dress, go to a restaurant, order and wait forever to eat lunch when the pool and sand are beckoning you to return. Luckily, Picnix Poolside Market has a way for everyone to refuel before they head back to the beach. Located just off the resort lobby, Picnix has everything you need for a day of fun in the sun. Choose from a menu of “grab and go” options with an emphasis on the foods kids love — chicken fingers, mac and cheese, Pizza Hut personal pan pizzas, jumbo pretzels and foot-long corndogs. For more refined tastes, there are salads, wraps, fruit smoothies and gourmet build-your-own hot and cold deli sandwiches. What’s a day at the beach without ice cream? If you need a cool treat, Picnix boasts 16 varieties of Edy’s® ice cream ready to be hand-dipped into a cup, cone or waffle cone as well as soft-serve frozen yogurt. The only thing you need to remember is to grab plenty of napkins!

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egin another beautiful day at the beach with a nice hot cup of freshly brewed Starbucks® coffee. Located in the main lobby, The Coffee Shop offers a full menu of Starbucks beverages to start the day or as an afternoon pick-me-up. And after you’ve been lured in by the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, you’ll find an array of hot, fresh breakfast options, including a croissant filled with soft scrambled eggs, cheese and your choice of breakfast meat. Also on the menu are four varieties of

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bagels — served sandwich style or with cream cheese. Looking for something healthy? Belly up to the gourmet oatmeal bar that features a variety of toppings, including housemade granola. Award-winning pastry Chef Yascha Becker and his talented team spend the early hours of the day whipping up the perfect pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth. The delectable display includes pastries, bear claws, chocolate-filled croissants, cinnamon rolls and seasonally

flavored muffins. Hungry for fresh-baked cookies? It’s a tough choice between peanut butter, chocolate chip, sugar, oatmeal raisin and white chocolate macadamia. There are also convenient grab-and-go items, including single-serving protein shakes, Greek yogurt, fruit, energy bars and a variety of bottled beverages. When it’s time for a treat, you’ll find Edy’s® handdipped ice cream and softserve frozen yogurt. Or opt for a brownie sundae or ice cream cookie sandwich.


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f you want to savor a few more minutes luxuriating in the comfort of your Hilton Serenity Bed before heading out for a day of meetings, you can. If rain has created a change of plans for your day of fun in the sun, that’s OK. If you simply want to have an intimate, romantic dinner for just the two of you, please, be our guest … and dial extension 44. Hilton Sandestin Beach’s in-room dining team is at your service with just a phone call. Much of the menu is tied to Sandcastles’ offerings, but there are options from Seagar’s menu, sushi and rolls from Hadashi Sushi Bar, as well as a few items from the raw bar. Room service is the perfect option when you get back to your room after a long day and are eager to take some time to rest and relax. In-room dining is a popular choice at the resort, and with so much to choose from, it has become as a seventh on-site dining option. Open 6 a.m. until 11 p.m., choose breakfast in bed or a quiet dinner on your balcony. We recommend advanced ordering to ensure the availability of your selection.

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1. BAREFOOT’S BEACHSIDE BAR & GRILL No shirt? No shoes? No problem! If you’re enjoying the beach or pool, this is the perfect place to come as you are for a casual lunch, dinner or frosty libation on a sunny day. Hilton Sandestin Beach, (850) 267-9500 Ext. 3035. (Open Seasonally) $

2. GRIMALDI’S COAL BRICK-OVEN PIZZERIA From its red-and-white checked tablecloths to its list of red and white wines, Grimaldi’s is every bit the Little Italy pizzeria. Start your meal with bruschetta or another of the restaurant’s delicious appetizers, move on to one of the chef’s specialty pizzas or a calzone and then finish it all off with a glass of cabernet and a slice of tiramisu. Open Sun–Thur: 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Fri–Sat, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. 780 Grand Boulevard, Ste. 100, Miramar Beach. (850) 837-3095. grimaldispizzeria.com. $$

3. PICNIX POOLSIDE MARKET Picnix is located between Hilton Sandestin Beach’s two outdoor pools and features an assortment of chef-prepared breakfast sandwiches, deli sandwiches and wraps, as well as Pizza Hut™ items, fried chicken, Edy’sTM ice cream treats, soft serve yogurt and much more. (850) 267-9500. Ext. 3179. (Open Seasonally) $

4. PIZZA BY THE SEA Grab a slice at our new location in the Market Shops along U.S. 98 on Miramar Beach. Voted the hottest spot for pizza and the most kid-friendly restaurant along 30A. In addition to our traditional fare and fresh toppings, we also feature glutenfree pizza. Highway 98 and Sandestin Blvd. (850) 650-0015. $$

5. SANDCASTLES RESTAURANT Located within Hilton Sandestin Beach, Sandcastles is known for its lavish breakfast buffets. Serving coastal cuisine, Sandcastles is also open daily for lunch and dinner. Open daily 7–11 a.m. for 56 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2020

breakfast, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. for lunch and 5–9 p.m. (850) 267-9500 Ext. 43. $$

6. SUNSET BAY CAFE Overlooking Choctawhatchee Bay, Sunset Bay Cafe is a family owned and operated restaurant serving the finest in locally sourced ingredients, including fresh produce and seafood delivered daily from the docks in Destin. Open daily for breakfast and lunch 7 a.m.–2 p.m. 158 Sandestin Blvd N. in the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. (850) 267-7108. SunsetBayCafeSandestin.com $$

7. SURF HUT Cowabunga y’all! This Gulf-front, family friendly “shack” has plenty of casual seafood favorites on the menu, as well as shish kabobs, ribs and sandwiches. And if your thirst’s up when the surf’s up, the restaurant also features an extensive menu of frozen drinks and other libations. 551 Scenic Gulf Drive, Destin. (850) 460-7750. surfhutdestin.com. $$

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8. HADASHI SUSHI BAR Choose your favorite sushi, sashimi and maki rolls, or create a combination of the Gulf’s bounty that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate. In the lobby of Hilton Sandestin Beach. (850) 267-9500 Ext. 3030. Open Mon–Sat, 5–10 p.m. $$

9. OSAKA DESTIN Located in the heart of Destin on Emerald Coast Parkway, we feature over 18 hibachi tables and an expansive sushi and bar area. We are family-friendly and able to accommodate large groups on vacation, but we are also a destination for wedding rehearsal dinners and receptions. Get ready to enjoy our fresh sushi as our seafood is brought into the restaurant daily from just minutes away at the Destin Harbor. 34745 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin. (850) 650-4688. $$

Sun.–Thur. 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 11:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m. 435 Grand Blvd., Miramar Beach. (850) 608-7040. $$

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11. CAPT. DAVE’S ON THE GULF Capt. Dave’s serves up fried, grilled and broiled fish, shellfish, steaks and chicken, with seasonal specialties. Full bar. Open 4 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. 3796 Scenic Hwy. 98, Destin. (850) 837-2627. $$

12. SHUNK GULLEY OYSTER BAR Named for the nearby historical fishing reef, Shunk Gulley is a casual seafood bar featuring fresh Gulf fare and Southern classics. Open daily 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. 1875 S. Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach. (850) 622-2733. ShunkGulley.com $$

13. SLICK LIPS Derived from the nickname given to Amberjack, the game fish with no teeth, Slick Lips is a family-friendly seafood and oyster house featuring fresh local Gulf seafood and 1855 Certified Angus Steaks. Sun.–Thur. 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. The Village At Baytowne Wharf. (850) 347-5060. SlickLipsSeafood.com $$

14. THE CRAB TRAP Take your pick — there are three waterfront Crab Trap locations and all are family friendly. Of course, you’ll find the freshest fish and daily specials, as well as specialties such as award-winning gumbo,

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she crab soup and hot crab dip. 3500 Scenic Hwy. 98 E., Destin, (850) 654-2722; 1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach, (850) 301-0959; 16495 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola, (850) 492-8888. $$

Destin’s most awarded restaurant, we are all about sensational food, attentive service and breathtaking harbor views from our candlelit dining rooms. Relax and enjoy our extensive wine collection with over 100 wines. We feature Creole and American cuisine, including fresh daily seafood, USDA prime steaks, pastas, sushi and wood-fired pizzas. Open daily 5–10 p.m. 404 E. Hwy 98, Destin. (850) 837-7960. $$$

15. THE OCEAN CLUB A tradition since 1989, the Ocean Club offers Gulf seafood and steaks in a fine dining atmosphere. It’s also known for its extensive wine list, live entertainment and a two-for-one early dining menu. Open for dinner daily at 5 p.m. 8955 U.S. Hwy. 98 W., Miramar Beach. (850) 267-3666. $$$

19. MARLIN GRILL Dine al fresco in the heart of The Village of Baytowne Wharf at the conveniently located and impressively designed Marlin Grill. Indulge in expertly prepared steaks, seafood and spirits. Open daily 5–10:15 p.m. for dinner. 9100 Baytowne Wharf Blvd., Suite B2, Destin. (850) 351-1990. $$$

16. VIN’TIJ FOOD & WINE Serving fresh and local food for diverse diet types, including vegan and gluten sensitive. Open daily 11 a.m.–3 p.m., 5–9 p.m.. 500 Grand Blvd., Suite 100, Miramar Beach. (850) 650-9820. $$

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A full service fine dining restaurant, Bijoux features coastal French cuisin with a New Orleans flair, including fresh Gulf seafood, prime steaks and an extensive award-winning wine list. Open for dinner, Sun.–Thur. 5–9 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 5-10 p.m. The Market Shops of Sandestin, Miramar Beach. BijouxDestin.com $$$

Located at Hilton Sandestin Beach, Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood is Northwest Florida’s only AAA Four Diamond-rated steakhouse. Experience fine dining at Seagar’s, featuring an open theatre kitchen, tableside preparations

and a wine list with over 600 labels. Open for dinner at 6:00 p.m. Bar opens at 5:30 p.m. Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. (850) 622-1500. $$$

21. THE BACK PORCH SEAFOOD & OYSTER HOUSE Established in 1974, the Back Porch has long been known as one of the best seafood restaurants on the Gulf coast. With daily deliveries of seafood, your meal is sure to be both fresh and delicious. Open daily from 11 a.m. Two locations. Destin: 1740 Scenic Hwy. 98, (850) 837-2022; Panama City Beach: 16220 Front Beach Road, Pier Park, (850) 233-1750. theback-porch.com. $$$

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22. SUNQUEST CRUISES Enjoy live performances, dancing and a delicious three-course meal aboard the area’s only fine dining entertainment yacht. 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway W., Miramar Beach. $82 per person ages 11+, $38 for children ages 3–10 and $20 for infants ages 0–2 (no meal). (850) 650-2519. sunquestcruises.com. $$$

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hile the resort presents a trove of ways to relax and enjoy yourself, we also encourage you to get out and discover the sites that make Walton County so special. Whether you’re looking to explore the natural environment or indulge in a little retail therapy, here are some of our must-visit attractions.

Talents, such as Nashville Songwriter Hall of Famer Jeffrey Steele, delight crowds at the annual 30A Songwriters Festival.

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In 2015, eco tourists and locals alike went crazy for the new artificial reef that debuted in Grayton Beach. This man-made structure was coined Turtle Reef, as it is shaped like a sea turtle when viewed from above. As of late last summer, three other reefs taking the forms of a dolphin, a sea horse and a cobia had made their homes in the waters off Scenic A visit to Eden Highway 30A. Like natural Gardens will transport reefs, these habitats you back in time as you attracted the attention enjoy picnics, fishing or of sundry marine a guided tour across the pristine creatures that now live grounds. and flourish in the newfound shelters. Families are invited to snorkel and observe a colorful in Freeport, just a short array of fish, marine plants and rare drive from the resort. The sea turtles as they weave through center, named for the worldthe towers of the reef. Conduct an renowned biologist, explores underwater photo safari to capture the region’s rich biodiversity by way the brilliance of the environment, of trails, expert staff, interactive skin-dive or stay at the surface and exhibits and displays. The Biophilia fish from a kayak. SWARAreefs.org Center hosts events for the benefit of conservation efforts that are open BIOPHILIA CENTER to the public upon registration. Though the emerald-green waters Check the center’s website for of our beaches may get the most public hours and get ready to attention, visitors should know embark on an enriching adventure. that Walton County is a natural

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wonderland upland, too. Fascinate your family with a visit to the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, nestled in an enchanting longleaf pine forest

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EDEN GARDENS

When you meander in Eden Gardens State Park, you travel back in time. The first thing you see is an alabaster mansion known as the Wesley House. Dating to 1897, the plantation-style house is now inhabited by antiques and vintage furnishings that provide snapshots of a bygone age. Take a guided tour or feel free to roam the grounds. Weeping willows and oaks overhang impressive, green acreage ideal for picturesque picnics on the grounds or under the pavilions and for outdoor recreation. At one end of the property is Tucker Bayou, where anglers can spend the day casting from the docks. The gardens present a vibrant collection of flowers and shrubbery year-round. Hiking trails

lead visitors into the natural areas beyond the ornamental gardens. FloridaStateParks.org/parks-and-trails/ eden-gardens-state-park

UNDERWATER MUSEUM OF ART

Bringing together two of Florida’s most beloved attractions — the arts and the Gulf of Mexico — the UMA is the first underwater permanent sculpture exhibit in the U.S. The UMA is the first presentation of the Cultural Arts Alliance’s Art In Public Spaces Program and supports South Walton Artificial Reef Association’s mission of creating marine habitats and expanding fishery populations. The UMA is located in approximately 60 feet of water and at a distance of .7 miles from shore. Visitors traveling by car can access the museum via Grayton Beach State Park. Emerald Coast Scuba in Destin can schedule private charters. UMAFL.org

MORRISON SPRINGS

Morrison Springs County Park in Ponce de Leon encompasses 161 acres of preserved woodland. Trekking along in the shade of cypress and oak trees, you wind up at one of the area’s most striking natural springs. Submerged in the crystal-blue waters of the spring, which is about 250 feet in diameter, are several underwater HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM

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TOPSAIL HILL PRESERVE

A local favorite destination, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park has it all. Its 3.2 miles of beach, tall sand dunes and rare coastal dune lakes furnish endless activities to suit your family’s taste. Take a guided hike or navigate yourself through beachside byways, wetlands and pine forests that are optimal for spotting birds wading and on the wing. Select trails are sites for caches if you’re a family of geocachers, so come prepared for an exhilarating treasure hunt. If walking’s not your style, bike along paved paths to Campbell Lake or catch a ride on the tram to the beach. There, you can 62 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2020

sunbathe, search for shells, swim or rent kayaks to paddle for the day. While you’re free to cast your line there, three coastal dune lakes are supreme spots for freshwater fishing. The park has full amenities including picnic pavilions, shower stations and conveniently located restrooms. FloridaStateParks.org/Park/Topsail-Hill

CREATE THE SHARD SHOP

There are plenty of souvenirs available for purchase, but why not create something of your own to take home? Create something beautiful to commemorate your trip at the Shard Shop, a one-of-akind studio that supplies guests with all the supplies necessary to make gorgeous works of glass. Here’s how it works: Each member of your family is given a blank canvas upon arrival. Draw out your design, and then fill it using pieces from an enormous collection of glass, shells and other objects that sparkle or shimmer. Experienced teachers guide each participant and provide a safe method of creating standout art. Whether you create a beach scene or

outline your favorite quote, your finished piece will be durable and will shine in your home. This is made possible by professionals who reinforce your design with resin overnight, preparing your finished piece for departure by the next day — almost as great as though 2014 South Walton Artist of the Year Mary Hong helped you make it herself! The shop has locations in Destin, Grayton Beach and seasonally at The Village of Baytowne Wharf (March–December). ShardShop.com

EMERALD COAST THEATRE COMPANY

The Emerald Coast Theatre Company brings professional theater to Grand Boulevard. A nonprofit theater company founded in 2012, the professional theatre’s efforts are focused on thoughtful productions, theatre for young audiences, festivals and collaborations. Each season brings unique cultural experiences for theater lovers on the Emerald Coast. Educational outreach includes afterschool and homeschooling programs, touring and stages productions, summer camps, workshops and classes. EmeraldCoastTheatre.org

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cave systems, cementing its status as one of Florida’s finest dive sites. If your family doesn’t want to take that deep plunge, shallower depths serve ideally for swimming and kayaking. Snorkelers have the opportunity to encounter various species of bass, sunfish and carp, as well as underwater flora that thrive in this hidden paradise. Picnic areas, docks, trails and observatories supply all the necessary amenities for a perfect day.


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THE BLUE GIRAFFE

The Blue Giraffe studio and gallery is a charming establishment that captures the beauty of its location on 30A on canvas. Owned by the motherdaughter duo of Debbie Taylor and Christi Sheffield, you can feel the love emanating from the art that adorns the space’s walls. Memorabilia from local artists is available for purchase, but your family members may choose to spend the day crafting their own pieces. The Blue Giraffe knows art takes many forms, and that’s why they offer classes that specialize in multiple areas of creativity. Choose from three different paint classes, create silk scarves or even make the old into new as you create sculptures with upcycled items. Art also takes the form of the written word, so expand your imagination as you participate in creative writing and journaling classes with experienced authors. If you’re looking for a good read to take with you to the beach, stop by the shop’s nook of books for a curated collection of bestsellers, children’s tales and cookbooks featuring local cuisine. BlueGiraffe30a.com

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Also conveniently located near the resort is Grand Boulevard, one of Sandestin’s premier entertainment venues. In addition to high-end shops such as Tommy Bahama, Vineyard Vines, Anthropologie and Lilly Pulitzer, this outdoor center is home to delicious eateries of all styles. Cantina Laredo serves up authentic Mexican dishes and signature margaritas deemed the Best of the Emerald Coast. If you’re in the mood to see a rising star, there is also Emeril’s Coastal Italian, celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s debut restaurant in Northwest Florida. Top it off with some homemade ice cream or fudge from Kilwin’s, and snag some gourmet candy, too! If your beach day gets rained out, Grand Boulevard is also the site of the Boulevard 10 Cinema. This luxurious movie theater provides dining options if you choose to see a movie in their Ovation Dining Room, as well as a colossal “Big-D” auditorium for the ultimate 3D viewing experience.

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Silver Sands is another shopping stop for the resort’s complimentary shuttle and the place to go for premium deals on designer goods. With renowned brands such as Coach, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Nike and Saks Fifth Avenue, it feels as if you’ve stepped into New York’s premier shopping district. That is, until you take in the palm trees and sea breeze as you wander through this al fresco center. Plenty of stores like Nautica, Sperry and

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) promotes the arts in our area. Founded in 1989, the CAA has nurtured cultural pursuits in our community by bringing in festivals, children’s educational programs and countless instances of funding for fine arts events. The headquarters of the CAA is the Bayou Arts Center, located in scenic Hogtown Bayou of Santa Rosa Beach, presenting more than 200 familyfriendly art classes. Learn to paint with the beach-themed hues of pastels, bold acrylics and whimsical watercolors. If you’d like to try your hand at sculpting, ceramics and pottery classes are at your disposal. While the Discover this center exhibits its own art, area’s top-flight shopping options you are highly encouraged with a stroll down to visit the galleries of Grand Boulevard or its partners, such as the a visit to the Silver Foster Gallery in Sandestin. Sands Premium Depending on which time you’re Outlets. visiting, you’ll want to check out the talents of CAA-sponsored events such as the 30A Songwriters Festival, Art Week and the Flutterby Festival. CulturalArtsAlliance.com

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Solstice Sunglasses keep the beach vibe alive and provide an ideal collection of gear for your vacation. Gap Kids, Oshkosh B’Gosh and the Disney Outlet supply fun fashion and toys for the little ones, and entertainment is endless at the outlet’s outdoor playground. Once you’re all shopped out, Carrabba’s, Ciao Bella Italian Bistro and Mrs. Fields Cookies are perfect pit stops where you can refuel.

THE VILLAGE OF BAYTOWNE WHARF

At The Village of Baytowne Wharf, there’s a little something for everybody. The best part? This full-service marina and shopping destination is a 2-minute shuttle ride across the street from the resort. For some quality time with the family, an extensive selection of charter boats are available for light tackle fishing or scenic cruises across Choctawhatchee Bay. Athletic families may opt to rent WaveRunners or paddleboards for some wet ’n’ wild fun. After you’ve worked up an appetite, the Village serves up some of Walton County’s numerous award-winning restaurants, including The Marlin Grill, Another Broken Egg Café, Poppy’s Crazy Lobster and Slick Lips Seafood & Oyster House. For children, the Village provides a spacious playground, zipline, rope course, trailside treehouse and Blast Arcade and Laser Maze. After you’ve spent time finding one-of-a-kind garments at exclusive boutiques, catch a concert at the Village’s center stage, or stop by The Village Door or Hammerhead’s on the dock for more live music and dancing.


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30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL →

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Voted one of the Best Southern Festivals by USA Today, this event warms winter by showcasing more than 175 local, regional and national singer/ songwriters at venues across South Walton.

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SANDESTIN GUMBO FESTIVAL Find your favorite gumbo at the annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival, an event sure to warm your soul. Stroll through Baytowne Wharf while listening to live musical entertainment.

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family night (or day) out on the town is the perfect chance to start a new tradition when you visit Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. South Walton on Florida’s Emerald Coast is packed with a bevy of family-friendly events, festivals and holiday celebrations packed with spectacular food, one-of-a-kind art, live music and dazzling theater. Warm up the winter by revisiting some of your favorites dishes at the annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival, a favorite for guests and locals for three decades. As the weather warms up, venture outdoors to the Artsquest Fine Arts Festival or light up your night — and your visit — with a stop by Digital Graffiti, a dazzling showcase as original artwork is cast onto the walls of Alys Beach. Many of these annual events are hosted a free shuttle ride away at The Village of Baytowne Wharf, and other are just minutes away from the resort. So gather your family, mark your calendar and we’ll see you there.

Distinguished vintners and culinary experts descend on Alys Beach for this four-day showcase that includes wine seminars, bonfires, brunch options and croquet tournaments.

March

SEASIDE HALF MARATHON & 5K Whether you come as a racer or spectator, you’ll enjoy this fun-filled event that raises funds for the Seaside School.

April

SANDESTIN WINE FESTIVAL Uncork some fun at the 34th annual Sandestin Wine Festival. Savor wines and fine food while enjoying live music and a picture-perfect atmosphere at The Village of Baytowne Wharf.

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Digital Graffiti features nearly 200 artists from 13 states showcasing art in many media, from paintings to metal sculpture. Plus watch Plein Air artists at work, browse art by emerging and student artists, and get hands-on in the interactive Kids ArtStop station.

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HARVEST WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

Sandestin to wine, dine, educate and entertain guests as part of a four-day celebration.

November

BAYTOWNE ON ICE Make memories with a visit to the iceskating rink at The Village at Baytowne Wharf, open November through February. The first hour of each day is a reserved “Kids Skate,” for children ages 12 and under.

May

ARTSQUEST FINE ARTS FESTIVAL This popular event held over Mother’s Day weekend is produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance and features more than 150 artists, live music, local food and fun throughout Grand Boulevard at Sandestin.

SPARKLING WINE & HOLIDAY LIGHTS Kick off the holiday season with this annual sparkling wine and champagne event at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Guests also enjoy live music, the first tree-lighting of the season, and the Village’s choreographed light show “12 Nights of Lights.”

DIGITAL GRAFFITI Innovative artists from around the globe use the latest technologies to project their original artwork onto the stunning alabaster architecture, walls and bridges throughout Alys Beach as part of a juried art competition.

OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s familyfriendly outdoor summer concert series features a variety of music for all ages. Local and regional touring artists perform Motown, R&B, dance music and rock ‘n’ roll, at the Cultural Arts Village in Destin.

September

SANDESTIN TRIATHLON Come to the beach to cheer on athletes as they endure a half-mile Gulf of Mexico swim, a 20-mile bike ride along the coast and a 4-mile run through Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort’s beach and bayside community.

October

BAYTOWNE BEER FESTIVAL Time to roll out the barrel and discover unique suds and ales. The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin hosts the 68 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2020

Sip and savor some of the world’s finest wine and culinary selections at this threeday affair. Events include a celebrity winemaker dinner and an al fresco reserve tasting that features a library of rare vintages. The main grand tasting includes local restaurants, celebrity chefs and tasting stations featuring over 400 wines from around the world. Craft beer and spirits tents and VIP tickets also available.

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival 13th annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival. American specialty beers from around the nation will be available for participants to sample and savor.

BEST OF THE EMERALD COAST The best of the best businesses from throughout the region, as determined by an Emerald Coast Magazine reader poll, will gather at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin to showcase their award-winning food, drinks, products and services.

DESTIN SEAFOOD FESTIVAL The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village celebrates its heritage with the 42nd annual Destin Seafood Festival that attracts thousands who enjoy fresh seafood and live entertainment all along the Destin Harbor.

FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s familyfriendly, two-day signature event in Destin

TELLURIDE MOUNTAINFILM FESTIVAL This three-day outdoor film festival in WaterColor showcases a selection of films from the International Film Festival that tie in with the MountainFilm mission of exploring cultures, preserving environments and promoting adventure.

December

DESTIN BOAT PARADE Gather on the Destin Harbor for live music, children’s arts and crafts, hot chocolate and a visit from jolly ol’ St. Nick during the Destin Boat Parade, followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the harbor.

BAYTOWNE COUNTDOWN The skies above The Village of Baytowne Wharf will come alive during the annual Baytowne Countdown celebration on New Year’s Eve. A family-friendly evening, including fireworks, will be held from 6–8 p.m. Learn more about South Walton events at VisitSouthWalton.com/events.


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SHOPPING GUIDE Find Your Favorite Shopping Spots Nearby

Enjoy shopping, dining, entertainment and more in this open-air lifestyle center that features more than 75 stores and restaurants. It’s a great place to take the family, with pop-jet fountains and a playground for the kids. Corner of Mid-Bay Bridge and Hwy. 98, Destin. (850) 337-8700

Save 25–65% off every day at stores including Coach, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and Vera Bradley. Open Monday– Saturday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Call for seasonal and special holiday hours. 10562 Emerald Coast Parkway, Miramar Beach. (850) 654-9771

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Grand Boulevard is shopping at its finest in a beautifully designed and landscaped environment where you can enjoy leisurely walks to shops and restaurants, while appreciating the Town Center atmosphere. 600 Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach. (850) 654-5929

From cool cotton nightgowns to luxurious honeymoon attire, Sirens at the Beach provides a vast variety of fine lingerie from quality designers across the globe. Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. 9375 Emerald Coast Parkway, Miramar Beach. (850) 837-2441

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When the occasion — or the recipient — is very special, it’s time for a visit to the elegant showrooms of McCaskill and Company, featuring an array of upscale, high-end jewelry lines. Open 10 a.m.– 5:30 p.m., Mon–Sat. 13390 Hwy. 98 W., Destin. (850) 650-2262

Don’t leave the seaside without a glamorous new gem or unique gift from Shimmering Seas. A stunning array of exotic and timeless jewelry from popular designers awaits you. 30Avenue, 12805 U.S. Highway 98 E., Suite M101, Inlet Beach; 820 S. Pier Park Drive, Panama City. (850) 234-6200

7. THE MARKET SHOPS This upscale, neighborhood-style shopping, dining and entertainment center is conveniently located at the entrance to the Sandestin Resort. After going through a complete renovation in the spring of 2014, The Market Shops is home to unique retailers, specialty boutiques and an array of eateries from casual to fine dining. The East Lawn and Courtyard feature live music and local events including wine walkabouts, farmer’s markets, concerts and more. 9375 Emerald Coast Parkway, Miramar Beach. For store hours and an events schedule, visit themarketshops.com.

8. THE VILLAGE OF BAYTOWNE WHARF At the Village, located on Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, you’ll find boutique shopping, casual to fine dining, numerous festivals and events along with exciting nightlife. Open Mon–Thur, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Fri and Sat, 10 a.m.–9 p.m., and Sun, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway W., Miramar Beach. (850) 267-8000­­

4. SILVER SANDS PREMIUM OUTLETS This beautiful outdoor center is a shopper’s paradise featuring 110 designer and name-brand outlet stores, covered sidewalks, lush landscaping and an assortment of delectable dining options.

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SRE • REAL ESTATE SALES DISCOVERY CENTER Sandestin Real Estate Sales 1 represents those interested in owning or selling in Destin, Sandestin, South Walton and 30A. Let the local experts on the SRE team help you make your dream a reality. SRE Discovery Center is also home to Commercial and Residential Leasing and Sandestin Vacation Rental Management. (850) 267-8100, SandestinRealEstate.com

ROCK MORTGAGE Wonderful people with extensive 3 mortgage experience have come together to create Rock Mortgage, a division of Bank of Little Rock Mortgage. We allow originators to take care of their customers with market-leading rates and closing costs and the most efficient closing timeframes. Our team is not just here to make loans but to make a difference in people’s lives. (850) 460-7950, TheMortgageTeam.com

BAYTOWNE WHARF NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION The Baytowne Wharf Neighborhood Association manages the 28-acre Village at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Contributing to visitors’ unique experiences at Sandestin, BWNA engages an active event marketing strategy, producing more than 150 events each year. These events, along with several venues and areas on our property, provide corporate partners with exceptional sponsorship opportunities! (850) 267-8180, BaytowneWharf.com

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ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE A charming French country 4 café offering award-winning breakfast, brunch and lunch (7 a.m.– 2 p.m.). Voted Best Bloody Marys in town and the Best Breakfast on the Emerald Coast for 15 years running! We’re always inspiring Eggs to Excellence! (850) 622-2050, AnotherBrokenEgg.com

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MARLIN GRILL

THE VILLAGE OF BAYT

The Village of Baytowne This seafood restaurant offers 13 casual, upscale fine dining for dinner only. Specializing in the freshest catch-of-the-day specials, seafood and grilled steaks. Large groups are welcome. (850) 351-1990, MarlinGrill.com

RUM RUNNERS TROPICAL ISLAND GRILL & DUELING PIANO BAR

Experience casual dining with a full-service bar that features live entertainment nightly and the World Famous Dueling Piano Show. Mon–Sun 11 a.m.–2 a.m. (850) 351-1817, RumRunners.com

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FAT TUESDAY’S DAIQUIRI BAR

Enjoy frozen concoctions, each blended, chilled and served to cool the summer heat. Also enjoy snacks to munch on while you catch the big game on TV. (850) 351-1809, Fat-Tuesday.com

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SEASIDE SWEETERIES Come enjoy our authentic gelato, 18 gourmet espresso drinks, decadent desserts and more, with relaxing lakeside seating. SeasideSweeteries.com

SLICK LIPS SEAFOOD & OYSTER HOUSE Derived from the nickname given to 19 Amberjack who don't have any teeth, Slick Lips is a family-friendly seafood and oyster house nestled in the picturesque Baytowne Wharf. With a concentration on fresh ingredients, locally caught fish and an assortment of fresh oysters, prepare to be hooked on this prime dining spot. (850) 347-5060, SlickLipsSeafood.com

HARTELL’S VILLAGE DINER A classic ‘50’s diner that features 21 a full-service menu, including lunch, dinner, dessert and late-night treats. To-go orders are available. (850) 654-9453, facebook.com/Hartells

POPPY’S CRAZY LOBSTER We invite you to enjoy fresh local seafood along with some of our Creole & Cajun favorites while overlooking the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay. (850) 351-1996, CrazyLobsterDestin.com.

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LATITUDE 25 Upscale retail store specializing in 7 high-end resort and outerwear for all seasons. (305) 747-7776

BAREFOOT PRINCESS Barefoot Princess offers a large selection of Lilly Pulitzer apparel, shoes and accessories for ladies and children. The store was voted “Best in Destin” by Destin Magazine in 2014-2017. (850) 351-1806, facebook.com/ BarefootPrincessBaytowne

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ISLAND CLOTHIERS Carrying the latest in men’s and women’s apparel, jewelry and footwear, Island Clothiers is the Emerald Coast’s best shopping destination for men and women. From resort casual to a glitzy night on the town, Island Clothiers offers the perfect outfit for any occasion. Southern charm, trendy or classic for people of all ages. Voted “Best in Destin” for Men’s Apparel in 2014-2019. (850) 351-1806, ShopSandestin.com

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HPO | HIGH PERFORMANCE OFFSHORE Catch the latest in footwear, 15 sunglasses and fishing gear before hitting the water! HPO features highperformance offshore gear for the avid fisherman including Rogue Offshore, Deep Ocean and Hook & Tackle brands and more. Shop our complete line of clothing and accessories for men, women and children! (850) 424-5052


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ROCKWELL THARP LADIES BOUTIQUE Rockwell Tharp owners and designers Kristi Rockwell and Cameron Tharp showcase their unique, cutting-edge boots, shoes, belts, handbags and ladies apparel. Rockwell Tharp has been featured on NBC's Today show and was honored with the Southeastern Shoe of the Year and the Southwestern Designers of the Year awards. Experience shopping with Rockwell Tharp, where their passions help you color the world into a brighter place! (808) 268-6131 or (850) 837-1242, RockwellTharp.com

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Salt Life have one thing in commonBike — the Rentals ocean, the gulf and all it has to offer! Beach-goers wear the Salt Life brand of board shorts, apparel and proudly display our stickers. (850) 608-6080

PARADISE FOUND Looking for the perfect souvenir from your beach vacation? Paradise Found has got you covered with fun beach trinkets, novelty T-shirts and apparel to meet your needs! (850) 837-3200

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PARADISE FOUND KIDS Let your kids take home a little of their beach vacation. Shop Paradise Found Kids for beach trinkets, novelty T-shirts and apparel to meet your needs! (850) 837-3200

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BAYTOWNE CAROUSEL Experience the ride that brightens every child’s smile. From racecars and dragons to zebras and reindeer, let your child’s adventurous side come alive. (850) 267-6550

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TOWER CLIMB Towering nearly 40 feet in the air, this adventure will test your strength and strategic skills. Chart your course all the way to the top with your friends and family cheering you on! This rock wall is suitable for kids of all ages. (850) 428-2736, BaytowneAdventureZone.com

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HAMMERHEAD’S BAR & GRILLE

ROBERTO’S ITALIAN PIZZERIA & SPORTS BAR

Come enjoy this dockside bar and grille serving fried baskets, steamed seafood and burgers alongside ice-cold beers and cocktails. Relax overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay with live music in a family/pet-friendly ambiance. Open daily from 11 a.m. – until the fun stops. (850) 351-1997, HammerHeadsBarandGrille.com

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Our family-friendly restaurant features live entertainment, freshly smoked meats, homemade BBQ sauces as well as your favorite seafood. Our live music dance club originally from Bourbon Street has won Best of the Emerald Coast, Best in Destin and finest on the Emerald Coast Awards. Whether dining or dancing, enjoy our gorgeous new shaded dockside bar with beautiful views of the Baytowne 29 Marina, Choctawhatchee Bay and amazing sunsets. (850) 502-4590, TheVillageDoor.com

Indulge in a variety of 24 everchanging rich ice cream flavors. We feature the best shakes and sundaes in the business, like the always popular Grasshopper shake and Brownie 27 Sundae. Also enjoy a selection of eclectic and scrumptious desserts, and 28 26 be sure to check out while you’re visiting, the u“Udder Side.” (850) elo 24 837-2288, T p ard facebook.com/Moo–La–La rty Cou 13 23 22 21 20 TONY LARUE’S SNOWBALLS

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We offer a wide range of jewelry from local artists, including leather and12 pearls from Gemesis Expressions, 9 Tyler candles, Thymes fragrances, Main Soap 11 Rocks, Mariana fine jewelry from Israel, 8 Entrance 10 paintings from local artists and so much more. See you there! (850) 499-1143, am facebook.com/gemesisexpressions S

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Serving the best gourmet pizzas, 35 pastas, calzones, strombolis, salads, wings and more. This casual, family-friendly pizzeria has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, full bar, big screen TVs and great drink specials. Whether it’s to catch the big game or bring in family and friends for a pizza party, this is the place. Open daily from 11 a.m. – until the fun stops. (850) 351-1998, RobertosItalianPizzeria.com

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Shop an extensive selection of doll clothing, footwear and accessories for American Girl and Bitty Babies priced 35-50% less than American Girl lines. Dolls & Friends also carries reasonably priced 18" dolls that make great friends for your American Girl dolls. (850) 837-4402, DollClothesFactory.com

Challenging fun for the entire family awaits at Baytowne Adventure Zone! Experience a ride across the lagoon on the Baytowne Zipline or test your balance on the new Stairway to Heaven! For the thrill seekers in your group, there is the SkyTrail Ropes Course and little ones can check out the SkyTykes Ropes Course made just them! The EuroBungy is a good place to “flip out” while the 40’ Tower Climb tests your strength and strategic skills! There’s also fun entertainment for all ages at the Golf Challenge or Baytowne Tug Company! (850) 428-2736, BaytowneAdventureZone.com

Welcome to the experience your family will never forget! Explore the Choctawhatchee Bay and Jolee Island from a stand-up paddleboard! YOLO Board Adventures offers rentals, lessons and kids camps! Rent by the hour, by the day, for yourself or the whole group! (850) 267-7877, YoloBoard.com

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ARTFUL SOAP CO. Offering locally handmade 100 percent natural skin care products including: bar soaps, liquid soaps and shampoos, body scrub, lip balms, bath bombs, sunburn spray, bath accessories, natural sea sponges and gift baskets. (919) 478-3666, ArtfulSoap.com

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BLAST ARCADE AND LASER MAZE Sandestin’s No. 1 spot for kid and family entertainment. Blast features over 50 redemption and video games. Come test your speed and agility in our Laser Maze. Win tickets and apply toward great prizes. Blast is also a great location for your one stop, no-stress party headquarters! (850) 654-3333, 27 BlastFunAndGames.com

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SPITFIRE MERCANTILE Bait, tackle and gift shop. This shop features rod rentals, live bait, 35 33 souvenirs and charters. Scott Cunningham, legendary marine broker, on location. (850) 267-4396, SpitfireMercantile.com

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hether for business or celebration, gatherings are an important part of our life. Any occasion imaginable can bring you and others to the beach, and Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is prepared to help with every detail under the sun. If your wedding needs that timeless beachfront touch, Hilton Sandestin Beach’s wedding and special events managers can help you with planning tips,

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logistics, venue options, catering details and special packages. Plan your future and celebrate with loved ones as we do the heavy lifting on your special day. If business is on the docket for your trip to the Gulf coast, Hilton Sandestin Beach has an expansive selection of meeting spaces perfect for your group, large or small. Let us handle the details as you gather and get down to business. Bring family with you and spend the weekend soaking up the sun after business is concluded. The beach is better shared, and we’re here to help.


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A BLOSSOMING PARTNERSHIP It’s a Perfect Day Wedding Florist Celebrates 15 years of Partnership BY ZANDRA WOLFGRAM

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atty Bilbo didn’t catch a bridal bouquet at a wedding, but her foray into the florist industry was about as serendipitous. When her husband, Stoney, retired from the U.S. Air Force and they relocated to the Emerald Coast, working as a florist was something flexible she could do while raising three children. It takes a special kind of family to own and operate a business together, and Patty has that with It’s a Perfect Day Wedding Florist, which she established in Freeport in 2003. “There’s really no boss; we’re all partners and we work well as a team. Being military, you learn to depend on each other,” Patty says. Everyone has a key role in the Bilbo family business. Her 37-year-old daughter, Amber, is her right hand. Amber’s husband, Jerrold, is a woodworker and makes custom sand kits for unity ceremonies, among other things. Dad (Stoney) officiates. Brother Paul helps with building arbors and designing flowers. In 2005, Patty designed florals for the sister of a bride whose wedding was held at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. The resort team was duly impressed, and It’s a Perfect Day became a preferred vendor following that. During the ensuing 15 years, Patty’s business blossomed. Not only does It’s a Perfect Day deliver beautiful wedding flowers for Hilton Sandestin Beach brides, but it also provides florals for large group events, special events, employee appreciation, lifestyle photo shoots, resort VIP guests and more. “We work seamlessly as a team,” Patty says. “The hotel’s banquet set-up team, their 78 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2020

wedding crew, the banquet staff — everyone at the Hilton Sandestin Beach is absolutely wonderful. We count on them, and they know they can count on us.” On wedding days, Patty and Amber are admittedly in a floral flurry, but being on a first-name basis with everyone from the concierge to the valet is part of what makes a Hilton Sandestin Beach wedding come off without a hitch. “There is a mutual respect,” says Patty. “We are treated as though we are an extension of the staff, not just a vendor.” Though this florist insists “nothing is the same” about any of the year-round destination weddings she designs and “every single bride is different,” the one constant is Patty’s simple approach. She reviews her bride’s Pinterest page to get a feel for their vision and then shares It’s a Perfect Day’s Facebook page, where the bride can browse the 5,000 images of their work. Patty asks the bride to choose 10 final photo favorites. “Inevitably, I can see the patterns emerge in what a bride is looking for,” Patty shares. “We start with the color theme, and pretty much everything goes from there.” Last year, Amber designed 700 bridal bouquets. Beyond bouquets, they also design wearable flowers, flower girl baskets, centerpieces, décor, cake flowers; offer beach set up and rentals of everything from arbors to vases. But as much as Patty knows, this “flower girl” says there is always more to discover. “I still learn something new every day, and there’s always new ways to do things,” she says.

Bridal Tips from the Experts Do’s ♦B  e flexible, some flowers may not be in season. ♦C  reate a Pinterest board of your vision. ♦T  rust the professionals … your florist, DJ or baker.

Don’ts ♦S  top putting Sprite in water, just cut the stems and place in clean vases with clean water. ♦D  on’t try to reuse your flowers from an outdoor beach ceremony. ♦D  on’t stress the little things. No one knows what went wrong except you, so enjoy your day!


Your special day is all in a day’s work for Patty Bilbo and It’s a Perfect Day Wedding Florist.

TRICIA ZIMMERMAN Worthington, Ohio

We are from a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, where we both work as third shift inner city police officers. I knew I wanted to get married near Destin because my fiancé and I vacation there, and the beauty is indescribable. My best friend lives in Destin, and when I was trying to find a place, she suggested the Hilton Sandestin. We stopped by the property, and the minute I walked into the lobby, I felt this amazing vibe. By the time I walked outside to the pool I was in love. There was no other place that I wanted to even entertain after that. My fiancé and I came down in August 2019 for our wedding tasting and stayed at the resort. We loved everything about it and it just further solidified why I chose the Hilton Sandestin.

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A GROUP EFFORT Let Us Work With You to Plan Your Ideal Group Meeting

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he Mississippi Trucking Association knows a good thing when it comes along. For the past 17 years, they have chosen to hold the company’s annual convention at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa because of the high quality of service, staff dependability — and an overall good time had by all. “We have been coming to Hilton Sandestin Beach since 1986 and are booked again for 2020,” said Mary John Biedenharn, office administrator for the Mississippi Trucking Association. “Why would we go anywhere else when they continue to do everything right?”

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The Mississippi Trucking Association has been holding its annual convention at Hilton Sandestin Beach for nearly two decades.

working with clients and guests from all over the world. I help bring their vision for conferences, meetings and events to life, and I strive to ensure my clients and their guests leave our hotel with lifelong memories. I want to them to say, “This was the best event we’ve ever attended or hosted.” It warms my heart when I hear those words; particularly when the person spends countless months planning what is often their biggest conference of the year. One of the best parts of my job is getting to work with returning groups. Some of my clients have been coming here for 25 years, so it’s easy to become friends with each other. Seeing a name pop up on my phone or an email from them often brings a smile to my face because we have such a great time working together.

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Whether for business or pleasure, our various meeting spaces can meet your demands and exceed expectations.

Biedenharn credits Hilton Sandestin Beach for having the space and the staff to accommodate the company’s 400-plus attendees for four days full of activities. Being a familycentric conference, having plenty of spacious and comfortable rooms alongside a variety of desirable amenities is key. “While our convention is about business, it’s also very fun and family-oriented,” said Biedenharn. “Our attendees love it because during the day they attend informative meetings, then in the evening, it’s like a vacation with their families because everyone loves being on the beach.” During the convention, Hilton Sandestin Beach’s professional staff takes care of guest room reservations, meeting coordination, catering needs, audio/visual services, entertainment coordination, set-up, takedown and everything in between. If a weather worry arises, the staff is consistently checking the radars in order to advise their guests on the best way to rearrange event sched82 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2020

ules. The staff is also on hand to help arrange spa services for the guests, in addition to executing the annual MTA family pool party. “Jon Lovett, director of events, does a fabulous job in training his staff to be polished and ready to go above and beyond to meet any need,” said Biedenharn. “They expertly handle every facet of making an event occur flawlessly, which makes us feel at ease and able to fully enjoy the convention.” As soon as the convention is complete, Biedenharn is back in touch with the staff planning for the next year. Where every convention is a highly anticipated event, the staff constantly strives to make changes for the better, ensuring each year exceeds the last. “We have had other places call and want to host us, but Hilton Sandestin Beach is already the best fit for us,” said Biedenharn. “We want our convention to be the best it can be, and the spacious facility, professional staff and beautiful beach ensure just that.”

WANDA WOODS

POWERSOUTH ENERGY COOPERATIVE PowerSouth Energy Cooperative has a long standing relationship with Hilton Sandestin Beach. As an Events Planner with PowerSouth, I’ve had the pleasure of working with the Hilton staff since for almost 20 years. We average three-to-four meetings a year at their hotel. What keeps us coming back? The staff. The Hilton Sandestin Beach facilities are great, but there are great facilities everywhere. Having a staff that is accommodating, professional, friendly and knowledgeable is key. I love that they remember the little things and special nuances about each meeting. This is no small feat considering the number of meetings that are held on property each year. When you are treated like your meeting is their No. 1 priority as several meetings are taking place, that means a lot. They are accessible and stop by numerous times each day to make sure all our needs are being met. That’s customer service, and it’s the Hilton Sandestin Beach way of doing business!


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MEETINGS AND FACILITIES GUIDE Conference And Event Rooms Capacity Chart Location

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50

14

105

65

36

42

150

80

Foyer

Entry Level

8,762

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

550

N/A

Coastal Ballroom

Entry Level

Ballroom

7,500

131

58

16

840

480

N/A

N/A

750

600

Coastal A

Entry Level

Ballroom

2,505

432

58

16

330

180

52

54

300

200

Coastal B

Entry Level

Ballroom

2,505

432

58

16

330

180

52

54

300

200

Coastal C

Entry Level

Ballroom

2,505

432

58

16

330

180

52

54

300

200

Foyer

Entry Level

4,800

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

600

N/A

Heron

Lower Level

Conference Room

840

35

24

9

100

56

34

36

80

60

Theatre

Lower Level

Conference Room

1,260

35

36

10

106

106

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Pelican

Lower Level

Conference Room

902

41

22

9

100

56

34

36

80

60

Sandpiper Ballroom

Lower Level

Ballroom

4,064

127

32

9

300

180

N/A

N/A

350

210

Sandpiper A

Lower Level

Ballroom

896

25

32

9

50

35

20

21

75

40

Sandpiper B

Lower Level

Ballroom

896

28

32

9

50

35

20

21

75

40

Sandpiper C

Lower Level

Ballroom

896

28

32

9

50

35

20

21

75

40

Sandpiper D

Lower Level

Ballroom

1,376

43

32

9

150

70

34

36

125

90

Outdoor Deck

Outdoor

Deck

20,000

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2,500

1,100

Sunset Desk

Outdoor

Deck

5,500

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

500

350

Sunrise Deck

Outdoor

Deck

4,600

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

325

240

Barefoot’s Desk

Outdoor

Deck

8,000

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

800

500

Pool Veranda

Outdoor

Deck

1,000

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Beach

Outdoor

Outdoor Space

60,000

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Any

Any

Name

Foyer

Foyer

Foyer

Conference U-Shape Reception Banquet

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FAMILY VACATION VICTORY Hilton Sandestin Beach caters to families big and small JENNY REIMOLD FAMILY

Having spent most of my life living on the beaches of Florida, there aren’t too many corners of the state that I have not seen. In journeying to the Florida Panhandle from our new home in Nashville, I expected to view the same white sand and emerald green waters I had become accustomed to … yet I was completely blown away by the clear blue water and white sand beach behind the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. I knew the Destin area was famed for its family atmosphere and white sand beaches, but spending a weekend at the Hilton Sandestin Beach was a unique and special experience that I had to share. As the mother of seven, it is often a challenge finding a vacation destination that appeases my active teens but still is engaging for five children under 9 years of age. Hilton Sandestin Beach did not disappoint as kayaks were available for my older children, while my younger kids took advantage of the beachside, enclosed toddler pool and clear Gulf waters. As a bonus to parents who may need a break from parenting, the Kids Krew activity center offers day and evening childcare with a variety of creative and educational activities. This program is available in spring and summer and offers parents a much-needed day or night out alone while their kids are safely cared for in the comfort of the resort. Another feature unique to this resort is the Emerald Tower’s standard nautical bunk bed available in every room. When traveling with a large group, we often struggle to fit our family into one room and typically are burdened with purchasing two rooms to fit our children. Our room easily fit all five children with room to spare. There were no children fighting to climb into bed with mom and dad; they were excited to have their own sleeping arrangement perfectly designed for them. In addition to spending our day at the beach, we ventured out to the nearby outlets and Baytowne Wharf, a beautiful area with a variety of boutiques, restaurants, galleries and nightlife — plus an amazing schedule of outdoor festivals and special events for the entire family. We spent two hours 86 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2020

on their beautiful, ocean-themed, wooden playground, went ice skating at their small rink and enjoyed an outdoor Mexican lunch. There is also zip lining, an aerial park and remote control boats for children. And all of this is a short shuttle ride away. As a frequent traveler and mother to seven, I cannot recommend this resort enough. We have rented a home in the 30A area before, but this was a much more enjoyable experience for our family. My children were constantly entertained, and there were enough adult activities to keep our family wanting more. From freshly made beds with a sunset view to custom omelets before a day at the beach, this resort has it all. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway this winter or are searching for your perfect spring break destination, trust this mother’s review of the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. To see more of the Reimold family, Jenny’s HGTV featured designs and a family with a heart for adoption and foster care, visit @jennyreimold on Instagram.


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CHERYL AND RICK BAKER

My husband and I spent our 25th wedding anniversary at the Hilton Sandestin, and we had a beautiful room overlooking the beach. As we were getting ready to go celebrate our special day, we walked out onto the balcony and saw a wedding taking place on the beach. It was so beautiful and romantic, we forgot all about our dinner and just watched the wedding festivities as the sun set over the water. It brought back such wonderful memories of our own wedding many years ago. This anniversary was one we would never forget. Our stay was magical, and we felt very blessed. Thanks, Hilton Sandestin, for the best anniversary ever!

SONDRA MULDREW

There were so many great memories that made this trip, but my ultimate favorite was when my husband proposed to me again in the hotel bar with guests all around. I never got a real first proposal, so he wanted to make it special with a new ring — and with our daughter there this time — in the place that we refer to as paradise. This was also the same hotel we stayed at when I was pregnant with our daughter. It was such a magical trip, and this was icing on the cake!

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SHARING PARADISE When your backdrop is the Gulf of Mexico’s emerald green waters and sugar-white sand, you will often turn to your camera or smartphone. Views from Hilton Sandestin Beach are commonly shared on social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Can you blame anyone for sharing our beauty?

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HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH Where the South meets the Sea

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Family time is a generational experience at Hilton Sandestin Beach.

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hat is it about Hilton Sandestin Beach that brings families back to our shores for over 35 years? Maybe it’s our kid-friendly accommodations and Kids Krew activities. Or is it the variety of treats for mom and dad at Serenity by the sea Spa and Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, not to mention our stretch of sugar-white sand coupled with water sports?

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The amenities are amazing — don’t get us wrong — but we’d argue it’s something else entirely. Families are drawn to the Southern hospitality of Hilton Sandestin Beach with a dedicated team aiming to create lasting family memories for you and yours. Guests make family memories whether they venture to Hilton Sandestin Beach for a traditional leisure vacation or something else entirely. For many attending conferences and events here throughout the year, bringing

their family along to enjoy the resort is a tradition. Work and play go hand in hand at our property; with everything in one place, meeting attendees can feel confident their family is well taken care of throughout the day. It’s not a coincidence. The family experience is ingrained in our culture from the top down. In fact, many of Hilton Sandestin Beach’s team members are family and have passed the hospitality culture on to their children who now work with us. We want this place to be just as special to you and yours as it has always been to our staff. We spend holidays together, we laugh and cry together, and like any family, ours has grown over the years. Families who return to our resort time and time again have become an extension of our own. Our staff has seen many children grow up through the years, returning to the resort each year a few inches taller and ready to explore another part of the resort. We’re honored to be the place for some of the biggest moments in many family’s lives, be it engagements, wedding days or babymoons. We have the privilege of being part of these special moments in the lives of our extended family. We are truly honored, and we thank you for that. They say it’s not where you go but the people you meet along the way, the ones that treat your family like their own, remember your name and provide a warm and welcoming experience throughout your stay. We’re delighted to share our slice of the South with you at Hilton Sandestin Beach and look forward to welcoming you and your family back time and time again.


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