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Footprints HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH MAGAZINE {2021 EDITION}

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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. (Now Open)

Billabong Bluemercury Hemline

Cantina Laredo Modern Mexican

J. Ji l l

The Craft Bar

J.McLaughlin

Emeril’s Coastal

The Jewel

everkrisp

Kittenish by Jessie James Decker

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Lilly Pulitzer

Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria

lululemon (Now Open)

Kilwins

Orvis

PF Chang’s China Bistro

Peter Millar

Starbucks

Pottery Barn

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar

Southern Tide (Now Open)

Vin’tij Food & Wine

Sunset Shoes (Now Open)

The Wine Bar

Tommy Bahama

Ophelia Swimwear

Vineyard Vines Williams Sonoma

Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard

Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard

Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard

Grand Fitness Emerald Coast Theatre Company

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

16 COVID-19 We put guest

safety first, so here’s what you need to know about our protective measures.

20 AT YOUR SERVICE Our

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

22 EMPLOYEE FEATURE Our

staff members share some of their favorite memories and 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.

34 CLUBS AND RACQUETS

Tee off on scenic fairways or rush the net on our clay courts.

37 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.

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.

70 SHOPPING GUIDE Grab your shopping shoes and pursue one-of-akind finds.

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Coast profile, by the numbers.

dining guide makes meal planning easy.

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Coming Together 78 WEDDINGS Let the

resort help with the details of planning your special day.

82 GROUPS Meetings or

meet-ups, the beach is the best place to get together.

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

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13 FUN FACTS An Emerald

58 TASTES OF THE TOWN Our

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86 A GUEST’S REFLECTION Trips

to Hilton Sandestin Beach are a generational affair.

88 SOCIAL AWARENESS Share

your visit to our resort on your favorite social media platform.

90 LAST WORD For one family, Hilton Sandestin Beach is both respite and homeaway-from-home.

MOON CREEK STUDIOS

Family Fun for Everyone

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VICE PRESIDENT/ CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT McKenzie Burleigh DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY Daniel Vitter

BECAUSE OF YOU, EVERY DAY IS DIFFERENT

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jennifer Ekrut SENIOR PUBLICATION DESIGNER Shruti Shah ADVERTISING DESIGNER Sierra Thomas

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GARY BRIELMAYER General Manager, 23 years of service

CUSTOM PUBLISHING MANAGER Sara Goldfarb MANAGING EDITOR Jeff Price AD SERVICES COORDINATOR Tracy Mulligan ADMINISTRATIVE & CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST Renee Johnson CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Hannah Burke, Rosanne Dunkleberger, Emily Kirby, Zandra Wolfgram

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t is my distinct honor to welcome you to the awardwinning Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, where, because of you, every day is different … and new. This year, the hotel celebrates 37 years. But that’s just the start. Here at Hilton Sandestin Beach, we don’t need much cause for celebration, because — let’s face it — we live, work and play in paradise. From our pristine beaches and fantastic fishing to exquisite cuisine and familyfriendly attractions, we have all the makings of a deeply desirable resort destination here in South Walton. I say — be adventurous and try it all. You and I already have much in common, we both love to travel. My father’s career as a chef took us around the world, so I was raised in hotels and resorts. I love the world of hospitality and am thrilled to mark 23 years at Hilton Sandestin Beach this year. Having spent my entire career serving others, I cannot think of anything I like to do more. But I cannot take credit for the stellar Southern hospitality we offer here at Hilton Sandestin Beach. I am fortunate enough to surround myself with the industry’s best. Our Hilton team is 500 members strong, and each are filled with a servant’s heart. My job is to empower them to be creative in what they do while delivering unparalleled service to you with a smile. We all arrive eager to meet the challenges of the day. And the goal for us is to exceed your expectations. If we miss the mark, we hope you tell us so we can make it right. More than anything, I hope you relax and take time to fully enjoy the many amenities and services we offer. Whether you are here for business or pleasure, we thank you for choosing to spend your vacation with us. We look forward to seeing you.

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Micheal Allen Photography, Michael Booini, Matt Burke, Moon Creek Studios, Larry Davidson, Trace Ingham, Olimb Photography, Mills Photography, Modus Photography, Shelly Swanger, The Workmans SALES MANAGER, WESTERN DIVISION Rhonda Lynn Murray SALES EXECUTIVES Julie Dorr, Darla Harrison, 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

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

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And Hilton Sandestin Beach is always pledged with making every person that walks through our doors feel safe and embraced — like family. Throughout this publication, you’ll read about some of the memories that have been made here — by guests, by our staff and by those we are honored to work within our community. They each have a story to tell, and we hope that after you visit, you’ll have an experience to cherish too. So get a room, grab a table or drop by the spa, the pool or the beach, and we’ll help you write your own story.

MICHAEL BOOINI

t’s no mistake that families and long-time visitors grow along with us. We hope that Hilton Sandestin Beach’s state-of-the-art amenities, world-class restaurants and friendly knowledgeable staff engender a sense of home that you always want to return to. We’ve seen newlyweds turn into grandparents and newborns grow into spring visitors. No matter which stop you’re at on your journey, we’ll be sure to have a room ready. These days, a return to normality is a welcome sight.

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Shop • Dine • Play Voted “Best Place to Be Seen on the Emerald Coast” “Best Local Attraction” and “Best Girls Night Out”

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AREA FUN FACTS South Walton, nestled along the Emerald Coast of Florida and home to 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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300 +

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 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 2020 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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PUTTING OUR GUEST’S SAFETY FIRST The safety and wellbeing of our guests and team members is of paramount importance as we navigate this global health crisis. We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure your visit at Hilton Sandestin Beach is most enjoyable. Along with guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Hilton Hotels & Resorts, we’ve made the following adjustments to our day-to-day procedures. Please visit our website at HiltonSandestinBeach.com for the most up-to-date information related to our COVID-19 policies.

By visiting Hilton Sandestin Beach and its affiliate outlets, Serenity by the sea Spa and Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

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Sanitizing, Social Distancing and More!

◆A  s part of the Hilton

Hotels & Resorts CleanStay program, all guest rooms are cleaned and disinfected using commercial-grade cleaning solutions and products between guest stays. ◆ E levator capacity has been reduced, and hand sanitizer is located within each individual elevator car. Hand sanitizer can be found throughout our main public spaces along with Lysol wipe dispensers in the lobby. ◆A  ll surfaces within our restaurants are cleaned and disinfected with commercialgrade products in between each guest experience. ◆O  utdoor deck seating has been reduced in number and spaced out according to social distancing standards. For your safety, we ask that you refrain from moving the deck furniture.

◆O  ur private beach is open to

Hilton Sandestin Beach guests and Serenity by the sea Spa members, and we encourage social distancing between beach-goers. ◆A  t Serenity by the sea Spa, masks should be worn in the spa at all times, with the exception of the fitness center, showers, the sauna, the steam room and whirlpools — also during a facial and when the client is face down in a massage.

Be a Team Player — Wear Your Mask All guests visiting Hilton Sandestin Beach must wear a face covering while indoors. This includes, but is not limited to, the main lobby area, elevator landings, elevator cars, in restaurants prior to being seated, in the spa prior to receiving a service, and any indoor public space that does not allow for social distancing. To ensure the safety of our team members and our guests all indoor staff will be equipped with masks. Complimentary facemasks are available at the front desk.


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Celebrations Encouraged

Two decades of serving the freshest local seafood, mouthwatering steaks, ice cold cocktails & unforgettable memories.

Private Dining Available | Large Groups Welcome Open Nightly at 5 pm for Dinner Reservations Suggested

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Need an expert opinion? Our concierge staff is here to help you find whatever you need to make that perfect memory.

MY HAPPY PLACE For Concierge Darrel Smith, serving others is as ‘effortless as breathing’ BY ZANDRA WOLFGRAM

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f you find something you have a passion for, you are just lucky. Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa guests are lucky, because no one is more delighted to do what they do than Darrel Smith, the lead concierge. “I enjoy getting people to smile — that puts me in a happy place.” As a self-professed “globetrotter” and “foodie,” this 35-year veteran of the hospitality industry doesn’t make any suggestion lightly; he knows guests rely on him to make the best choices. “I don’t recommend a company I don’t know or a restaurant I have not visited,” he says. And figuring out just what that

experience is for each guest, is what this seasoned concierge lives for. “That’s what’s fun,” he says. “Getting into a conversation and finding out what they really want.” One of Smith’s many talents, can’t be taught or learned in school. “Its about reading people well,” he says. “I really enjoy that part. You guide them in a way that gets the entire family excited about being here.” Smith loves to arm guests with all that the hotel offers so they are able to fully enjoy their stay. “We truly do have something for every traveler, right here at the hotel,” he says, “what’s more, you can experience plenty without ever having to leave the property.”


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are restrooms on the lobby level. They’re conveniently located near the indoor swimming pool and pool deck access area. ◆ T he Connectivity Center is the perfect place to stay connected. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, access to both PCs and Mac computers, plus an ATM. ◆ S taying on property on Saturdays is highly suggested, because there is likely heavy traffic around the area then. ◆ S eeking an exceptional dining experience? Our team is proud to suggest our onsite fine dining restaurant, Seagar’s Prime Steak & Seafood. Some guest favorites include the Dover Sole and the Filet Mignon. ◆C  raving an al fresco dinner? Consider Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill, which you can enjoy without leaving the pool deck. Barefoot’s is open seasonally — all restaurant hours of operation can be found by visiting hiltonsandestinbeach.com. ◆ I f you don’t want to change out of your swimsuit, you might opt for a “grab and go” option from Picnix Poolside Market, located just off the pool deck.

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arrel Smith has a bounty of “insider” knowledge. For example, speaking with a concierge prior to your visit allows you to plan the details of your trip before you arrive. But if you forget to call, no worries, a member of the concierge team is always available on location, via telephone and email.

◆ T raveling with little ones? The resort

has 400 rooms equipped with bunk beds and offers complimentary “pack and play” set ups, cribs and will even arrange a recliner if mom needs one. ◆ E ach guest room comes equipped with a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker, so you can keep your favorite food and beverages chilled or easily warmed up. ◆ I nflate your kids’ floaties and pool toys for free at the Pool Hut. ◆ F eel like casting off? The surrounding resort has several stocked “catch-and-release” fishing holes, ponds and lakes. ◆N  o need to throw in the towel. Grab a complimentary beach towel daily, available at the Pool Hut located just off the indoor pool area. ◆ P ontoon boats, jet skis and water bikes are available for rent at the Baytowne Marina. Take the complimentary resort tram over to the Baytowne area — picking up down by the Spa Tower entrance. ◆ J olee Island welcomes play-“mates” to scale its wooden pirate ship. Venture down the Gordon Davis Nature Trail to discover a hidden fort-style wooden playground tucked under a canopy of trees.

• Having been in the industry for more than 30 years, I’ve worked for many different hotels. I can honestly say this has, by far, been the best experience of my career. Visiting Hilton Sandestin Beach can only be described as coming home to family. The staff is committed to the property, to each other, and to giving our customers the best experience possible. More than anything as a customer, Hilton Sandestin Beach caters to your needs by anticipating them before you even arrive. They put a lot of time and effort into the upkeep and maintenance of the property while also ensuring customer feedback is taken into account to promise the best stay possible. It’s unlike any other resort. It provides experiences of a lifetime to vacationers and groups alike. I think that is truly a testament to the commitment of everyone involved — to be the best full service resort that we can be!

Terri Marsh Regional Sales Manager of Hilton Sandestin Beach

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UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS Experience Hilton Sandestin Beach through the eyes of our team members

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iles of sugarwhite sand. Sunshine that warms the soul. Emerald waves softly crashing at your feet. Picturesque sunsets painting the horizon. These are the reasons people visit Hilton Sandestin Beach year in and year out. But there are many beaches and many more resorts; what truly separates us from the rest are the people. That’s our people. Our staff who make this place special. The people who visit and the memories they make are the cornerstones of the Hilton Sandestin Beach experience. From the front desk to your restaurant server, each service offered by the hotel is carefully curated with your 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 longlasting memories that we hope will keep you coming back, making memories that will last a lifetime and beyond.

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No matter the request, our staff is eager to help you realize your dream visit.


BEN RODRIGUEZ GENERAL MANAGER, SANDCASTLES RESTAURANT

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During the summer months, you can imagine just how busy the breakfast shift becomes, and usually there is a wait for seating. It was in the middle of one of these busy mornings that I had the pleasure of meeting a very upbeat and excited guest named Cindy. Cindy was visiting with two of her friends on a “girl’s weekend getaway.” I had the opportunity to talk with her about her plans for the weekend (which of course included sun, fun and spa treatments) and through the course of our conversation, she politely informed me she would be referred to as “Princess Cindy” for the rest of her stay. The next morning there was a wait to be seated in the restaurant. When Cindy approached the host stand to put her party’s name on our wait list, I greeted her with “Good morning, Miss Cindy.” She couldn’t believe I had remembered her name from the day before. Not only had I remembered her name, I made sure to put her on the wait list as “Princess, party of three.” When it came time to seat her, our staff announced “Princess party of three” for all the other guests to hear. She was so excited and entered the restaurant in a true, royal fashion. Also unbeknownst to her was the crown we had made (out of a coffee filter) with festive lettering that proclaimed “Princess Cindy” on it. We presented the crown to the guest and placed it on her head. She proudly wore the crown through her entire breakfast, smiling from ear to ear. It was truly a fun way to honor and share in her fabulous weekend getaway. Cindy has since become a return guest, and I have the pleasure of serving her and her family during each visit.

SUZETTE SHAW

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BANQUETS/FOOD & BEVERAGE Working in banquets, I get the chance to be a part of many events both on an intimate and large scale. The weddings we host here at Hilton Sandestin Beach are among my favorite moments at work. Being a small part of the most special day for these couples is the best feeling in the world. I really enjoy the multicultural weddings that take place here — there is so much that goes into putting them together; they become a full weekend of festivities. From the music to the beautiful place settings, colorful garments and detailed decorations, the attention to every intricate detail shines through. The most memorable and fulfilling role is working in banquets and being a part of these unforgettable moments.

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stayed at the Hilton Sandestin Beach recently for a ladies retreat and wanted to take my mother to the beach. She hasn’t been able to go to the beach in well over 30 years due to multiple sclerosis. I asked for a beach wheelchair, and CHRIS HERNANDEZ from beach services not only brought the wheelchair to us, he also wheeled Mom down to the beach, helped her stand in the water, and put her hand in the water so she could splash some on her face. He stayed with us for about 30 minutes to make sure Mom was safe — even catching her once when she started to fall. Chris helped make my mom’s dream of going back to the beach come true. He wouldn’t accept a tip, saying he didn’t usually get to be a part of making someone’s dream come true — and that was enough for him. Looking back at the pictures I took, it appears that Chris, a perfect stranger to us, enjoyed this trip to the beach as much as my mom, sister and I did. I will treasure that day forever! BY EMILY KIRBY HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM

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CLAUDIA HOWELL-PHILLIPS MASSAGE SUPERVISOR, SERENITY BY THE SEA SPA

I have met so many guests over the course of my 17-year career in massage services, but my favorites are the ones that return year after year to Hilton Sandestin Beach. There is a specific group that comes each year; they play hard, have few regrets and take just a little bit longer to recover. But they have become like friends to us — their kindness and sincerity drives me to want to go above and beyond for them during their visit. I am so thankful to everyone that continues to join us here at Serenity and Hilton Sandestin Beach, making every moment count.

CRYSTAL FLORES, PICNIX POOLSIDE MARKET My favorite thing about working at Hilton Sandestin Beach is meeting families that become like friends to you. One summer while I was bartending at The Sandbar, a family of maybe six or seven came down from the pool deck and sat at the bar. It was their first day on property, and they were so friendly, laughing, smiling and ready to have a good time. Their happiness was infectious, and we thoroughly enjoyed our day, so much so that they stayed until the bar closed at sunset. The next morning, I went to open The Sandbar, and again they came down from the pool deck and promptly took their seats around the bar top. They were such a fun family. Eventually, I realized they had spent their entire week with me down at The Sandbar. It was such a good feeling to know that they enjoyed my service and hospitality enough to spend their entire visit at The Sandbar instead of in our other food and beverage outlets. I can’t wait to welcome them back again next summer.

KATIE WALLACE

Each year, I look forward to what we call the “100 Days of Summer” from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It’s during this time of year that I get to see many of our return guests — those that have become like friends over the years and those that continue to return with their growing families. Being a part of the Hilton Sandestin Beach family for over five years, I have had the pleasure of meeting lots of guests and hearing their stories. I love that I get to be at Barefoot’s each summer to continue being a part of creating memories with my favorite guests. 24 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2021

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BAREFOOT’S BEACHSIDE BAR & GRILL


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GABRIELLE GRIMALDI

ALEX LOVETT, BEACH SERVICES This is my fifth summer working beach services at Hilton Sandestin Beach, but I’ve grown up knowing and loving this hotel. My father has worked here for over 20 years and is currently the Director of Events. During the summertime, there are a few groups that my dad works closely with that also do special beach sets during their stay. After the group meets, they come down to the beach, and we have the pleasure of ensuring they have the best beach day possible. It’s always great to see these guests year after year, and it’s a special experience to be able to work closely with my dad as well. 26 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2021

As a PBX phone operator, I speak with many guests throughout the day, quickly responding to their immediate needs. There are the occasional instances where I have the opportunity to speak with a guest for longer than just a few moments. Usually this occurs before they arrive, when they have several questions about their upcoming stay. My favorite part about these conversations is being able to share knowledge about the local area, or when I can offer ideas about the best time of year they should plan to visit. For instance, if a guest asks about the best time of year to watch a sunset, I like to tell them October or November are ideal as the area is quieter, the water is still fairly warm, and the sun sets directly over the Gulf. Other times they might ask me about the night-life scene, and I always recommend Rum Runners in The Village of Baytowne Wharf. The dueling pianos are an absolute favorite of many that visit the area, and the food and drinks are great as well.

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s it possible to be perfectly relaxed and still be the center of attention? If so, the pampering and luxury you’ll receive at Hilton Sandestin Beach will make you a believer. Whether you need to be catered to or refreshed, our staff is ready to help you find a bit of R&R during your visit. Kick back a little and let us handle the kids in our seasonal Kids Krew program, which offers fun activities and events sure to excite the youngsters — and open up your free time.

Serenity by the sea Spa’s award-winning services will have you feeling like a new person, whether it’s manicures and pedicures, or skin care and spa days, your self care is at the top of our to-do list. Therapy is never a one-size-fits-all proposition, so don’t hesitate to schedule some time in the lounge, the whirlpool spa, the steam room or sauna. For those in need of a little more physical therapy, our fitness center, four championship golf courses and 15 tennis courts are ready to keep you engaged.

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SERENITY BY THE SEA Bringing the best the beach offers to you BY ZANDRA WOLFGRAM 30 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2021

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or 37 years, Hilton Sandestin’s beaches have beckoned waterlovers near and far like a siren’s song. We come to dig our toes into the sugar-white sand, hear the rise and fall of the waves, breathe in the salty air, refresh in the crystal-clear waters and bask under the radiant Florida sun. The sea is such an incredible elixir for all that ails us, we wish it could be bottled so we could buy it. Well, thanks to Serenity by the sea Spa, essentially you can.


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Let your worries fade away as the experts at Serenity by the sea Spa work their magic.

Always on the lookout for new health trends, Director of Spa Services Shanelle Lucas, was excited to discover a new therapeutic all organic seaweed-based treatment line in Voya Skincare. The line was inspired by the 300-year-old tradition of spa baths, an old-world indigenous therapy treatment in Ireland. “Seaweed naturally absorbs its nourishment from the sea. As a result, it contains countless minerals, vitamins and beneficial ingredients in high concentrations,” Lucas explains. “And the

fact that Voya products contain extracts of wild seaweed, which is sustainably hand-harvested, is a big plus.” Being a beachfront spa, adding a seaweed-infused skincare treatment just made sense. You can experience the all organic Voya line in nearly every Serenity spa service, from an add-on enhancement to a nail treatment to an 80-minute Seaweed Leaf Wrap. This therapeutic ritual involves exfoliation, massage and a scalp treatment; it softens the skin from head to toe by using organic seaweed leaves to scrub and wrap your body. As phenomenal as it is, Voya Skincare is not the only reason why this 14,500-square-foot, sea-inspired facility lives up to its name. With its attentive wellness team led by Lucas, it delivers award-winning spa treatments, salon services and houses a state-of-the-art fitness center. “People should focus on health and fitness this year,” Lucas says. “They need spas now more than ever, and Serenity is here for everyone.” And when she says everyone, she means it. Here, little ones are guests of honor. With customized treatments designed with kids in mind, such as Sherbet Splash Pedicure and Swirls & Curls, kids as young as 5 years-old can indulge in a little “me time.”

SURE TIPS FROM SHANELLE ♦ Due to high demand, we suggest making reservations in advance. ♦ Robes and slippers are provided, but remember your swimsuit and fitness attire. ♦ Quarterly spa events are a great way to learn about and test out new products and services. ♦ Ask about our membership levels, with complimentary spa treatments included.

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Men need their own care, and the Grooming Bar can help them find their groove.

Teens are also coming in for skincare focused services. (Minors are welcome to schedule massages as long as an adult accompanies them.) Self-care is important for men, too. According to Lucas, they are “going wild” for beard treatment and skincare line, Organic Male. Gentlemen can sample it at the four-step Grooming Bar in the men’s lounge. By making appointments in advance and spreading them out all week, Lucas explains that spa goers can take full advantage of using all of Serenity’s amenities — private lounge, whirlpool spa, steam room, sauna and fitness center. “More than ever, people want to get away to relax and renew themselves,” she says. “They need some ‘me time’ for their mental health.”

SPA TRENDS TO TRY ◆ Yes, the 80-minute Moroccan Body

Melt is as indulgent as it sounds — an invigorating orange peel Moroccan Oil Body Buff exfoliant infused with Argan oils, a massage using heated river stones and the Moroccan Oil Body Soufflé for intense hydration, then capped with a luxurious scalp treatment and hydrating hair mask.

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The spa’s 24-carat Gold Body Wrap is said to boost collagen and restore elasticity in skin. You can “dabble in gold” by adding a mini Gold facial to any treatment.

neck wraps, warm mud masks and other warming elements are in high demand. Heat relaxes the muscles so the treatment can penetrate, which intensifies the experience.

helps strengthen the spine. It’s perfect for people sitting for long durations or the elderly with sciatic issues. It’s even used by golfers looking to improve their swing.

HydraFacial, opt for the platinum version — a 90-minute ultimate facial experience complete with a serum booster, customized mask and LED light therapy to reduce signs of aging.


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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 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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Make sure to pack your clubs or racquets so you can enjoy all that the resort has to offer.

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.

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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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ecret Agent Night, Pajama Party, Minions, Jurassic World, Luau Party, Carnival Time, Fiesta Party and Disney Night. Are these included on your vacation list of things to do? If not, bring your little travelers to Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, where fun is the first order of business for kids. Not sure where to start to chart your course to fun? With 18 years’ experience running the resort’s recreation program, director of recreation Tiffany Howell has plenty of helpful suggestions for your visit to the Sunshine State, beginning simply with … “just get outside and play!” For children ages 5 to 12, Kids Krew provides an exciting daily schedule of

energetic and creative activities under the watchful eyes of the resort’s 20-member recreation staff. Creative arts and crafts, silly games and fun relays are also scheduled daily during the summer season. “Kids are king here,” says recreation manager Caidan Cryar. They’re also cowboys and pirates and … well, you get the idea. From a Wild West Showdown with pony express races to “mateys walking the plank” during Pirate Pandemonium, kids rule the roost from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. “These kids love taking over during our themed parties,” Cryar says. “The only rule is to have as much fun as possible.” The program includes lunch and a Kids Krew keepsake T-shirt.

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Kids Night Out gives everyone the best of all worlds. Parents can enjoy a “date night,” while their children enjoy dinner, a souvenir T-shirt and themed games and activities. Grown-up guests attending a group event can have a good time knowing little ones are having a big time in important mini meetings of their own. “We have a ball with themed group events, some past favorites including Casino Night, Carnival, Toy Story and Super Heroes — we’ve even brought in Build-a-Bear creation station so kids could make their very own plush toys to take home,” Howell says. “Our staff really get into the themes, dressing up in costumes — it’s a lot of fun for everyone.” After being cooped up must of the

year, groups of all ages are ready to get outdoors. Beach Olympics is a fun teambuilding activity for grown-ups to enjoy. Scavenger hunts and curated team events like Holey Bucket Brigade, Car Wash Relay and Fire Hydrant are a great way to strengthen team ties, while having fun. Rainy day? No problem. Come show off your PGA Tour bonafides and try your swing with our new golf simulator (must be booked in advance with a group contract). But fun isn’t limited to private parties, and kids don’t have to part from their parents for a little diversion. If the Kids Krew team has learned anything from family pool parties, tie-dying and limbo contests, it’s that the best memories are made together.

TIFFANY’S TIPS ◆ T o ensure you stake out a spot in the sand, reserve your Beach

Chair setup well in advance of your visit. Dial (850) 267-9500 when you make your hotel reservation and ask to speak with our recreation team to reserve your beach set. ◆ B efore your day of play, be sure to hit the Beach Hut to gear up for a day of fun in the sun — including complimentary beach towels. Feel free to leave the beach chairs and noodles at home. ◆ N ot up for a full day? No problem. Sign up for a half day of Kids Krew after 1 p.m. ◆ Teens (14 and older) are welcome to climb aboard a standup paddleboard or sea kayak. Don’t have your “sea legs”? No worries, a member of the beach crew will be happy to show you how. ◆ Reserve your beach set online at: HiltonSandestin.ipoolside.com

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Walton Education Foundation has put together an annual 5K and Fun Run to raise funds for schools in our community. The team members at Hilton Sandestin Beach have been an active part of these fundraising efforts. From the hotel sponsorship, to their team members signing up to run and even volunteering to help the WEF staff members with executing the event. We always look forward to having them join us and the rest of the community for a day of fundraising and a fun run! The WEF has hosted a variety of events for the administration and educators in the Walton County School District at Hilton Sandestin Beach. All of our educators who have attended these events said they felt like they were treated as royalty and walked away inspired to teach. The process with Hilton Sandestin Beach is always very smooth, whether you are staying the night in a guest room or not. The staff thinks of absolutely everything and provides event planners to assist you throughout the entire process. When working with the Hilton Sandestin Beach, you can expect excellent customer service, great food and a beautiful location.

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aste might be subjective, but great taste is a constant at Hilton Sandestin Beach. Our awardwinning restaurants will hit the spot no matter what kind of treat you are in the mood for. Whether it’s an intimate dinner or a family night out, we have somewhere for you to pull up a chair. Sandcastles and The Coffee Shop are great places to start the day, offering an array of breakfast favorites, baked goods and morning beverages. Sandcastles also offers coastal cuisine for lunch and dinner, including meals that appeal to all ages. If you’d rather get out and about before settling on a meal, Picnix Poolside Market has sandwiches, classic comfort foods and more. Overlooking the sand, Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill lets you take in the gorgeous Gulf vistas while you enjoy a light lunch or a tasty adult beverage before you hit the surf. Once dinner rolls around, Hadashi Sushi Bar’s nigiri, sashimi and specialty rolls will bring the freshest the Gulf has to offer — all merged with traditional Japanese cuisine. For the steak lover, a visit to Seagar’s, the area’s only AAA FourDiamond steakhouse, is a must. Prime USDA steaks and delicious seafood dishes deliver unparalleled quality that will have you making reservations again and again. For those looking for a quiet night in, room service is just a phone call away. So order up, and we’ll handle the dishes.

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SEVEN OPTIONS THAT ARE OH SO DELICIOUS From grab-and-go poolside to gourmet tableside, you can enjoy a different dining experience each day of the week

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Breakfast, lunch or dinner, guests can find their fill on the menu.

Whether you are hungry for some simple poolside pub fare or famished for an epicurean feast, our friendly culinary staff is ready to serve up just what you crave, from early morning to late night — and always with a helping of Southern hospitality.

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deck, overlooking the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico. Beginning at 11 a.m., Barefoot’s serves coastal-inspired handheld fare, savory shareables and light bites, seasonally. As the name suggests, no shoes are required. So toss off your sandals and tuck into a yummy snack paired with a refreshing piña colada or rum jungle. Drink in the spectacular view while luxuriating in your daily dose of vitamin D. Do you crave fresh-from-the-sea flavors of authentic Japanese cuisine? No need to head into town, take a seat at Hadashi Sushi Bar and enjoy stunning, hand-rolled sushi, sashimi and nigiri creations — all washed down with your favorite beverage from the full-service bar. Every evening is a celebration at Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood. Offering seasonal menus of artisanal appetizers, choice cuts of prime beef and the freshest seafood available, Seagar’s upscale ambiance is perfect for popping the question, toasting your anniversary and impressing clients. If you’re staying in a beautiful beachfront resort guest room, why not enjoy it to the fullest? Indulge in room service and enjoy a relaxing meal with the one you love or the entire family. Though most options are from Sandcastles’ delicious dinner menu, select dishes from Seagar’s and Hadashi Sushi Bar are also available seasonally.

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ith seven seasonal, convenient — and delicious — on-site dining options, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa can satisfy just what you crave every day of the week. It’s always a good morning at Sandcastles Restaurant. Rise and shine to enjoy a bountiful buffet brimming with fresh fruit, steel-cut oats and cereal, made-to-order omelets, waffles, breakfast meats, hash browns and more. Breakfast is just the start here. Sandcastles also dishes up delicious coastal cuisine for lunch and dinner. The beach doesn’t have to wait. Before you hit that sugar white sand, pop into The Coffee Shop for a handcrafted breakfast sandwich or choose from an assortment of decadent house-made 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’re good to go. Who says you need a park to picnic? Head to Picnix Poolside Market and indulge in comfort food classics — such as creamy mac n’ cheese, crunchy chicken fingers and fresh-baked pizzas. Whether you dine poolside, down on the beach or up on the Veranda, all the ingredients you need for a perfect outing are right here. Barefoot’s Beachside Bar and Grill is located right on the resort pool

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o doubt about it, Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood is a classic American steakhouse — to its marrow — featuring cuisine 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, take in 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 your meal. 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 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. The culinary team works handin-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 options such as seared snapper and panroasted 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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hen you want to relax with family and friends, head to Hadashi Sushi Bar, located just off the lobby. Traditionally trained chefs serve up beautiful, hand-rolled sushi, sashimi, nigiri and other Japanese creations with fresh-from-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, 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 full-service bar. Whether you want to get comfortable in the lounge to take in a game on the large-screen TV or land a large dining table that will seat the entire family, you’re guaranteed a memorable evening at Hadashi.


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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. No 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.

THE SAND BAR & SANDKICKERS Located right on the sands of Sandestin, The Sandbar (open seasonally) will keep you refreshed during the day with its selection of frozen tropical drinks, bottled water and signature cocktails.

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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. Plenty of fruit-filled salads join traditional burgers, wraps and sandwiches on the menu this season. Seek out updated classics such as the Mango Fandango salad, which now features red onion and curry mayo to accompany fresh sliced mango. 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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dining. Diners are welcome to share their preferences, whether they be vegetarian, gluten-free or have any other health and food allergy concerns. Beyond dinner, this bright, open and airy eatery is the one restaurant at Hilton Sandestin Beach where guests can go for a gourmet breakfast buffet, lunch, dinner 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 and breakfast pastries freshly baked by our pastry chef. 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 lounge fare to indulge in.

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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 features a variety of fresh fish from both the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. Growing the focus on seafood, the menu includes duo appetizer plates with Gulf shrimp, Gulf oysters or Louisiana seafood gumbo. Our all-day menu features a wider variety of seafood entrees such as royal red shrimp boil or a crispy fried oyster po’boy. Need a sushi fix? You can also order items from the Hadashi Sushi Bar menu. Not a seafood fan? No worries, land lovers can enjoy classic burgers 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

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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, personal pan pizzas, jumbo pretzels and foot-long corndogs. For more refined tastes, there are salads, wraps, fruit smoothies and more. 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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Thought Outreach has partnered with Hilton Sandestin Beach for the past four years. As a local nonprofit, partners such as the Hilton Sandestin Beach make our work fighting childhood hunger possible. The team at Hilton Sandestin Beach is very generous in their support. The team goes the extra mile to ensure the small staff at Food For Thought Outreach is supported, and they take all the stress of hosting large fundraisers off our plate. In addition to their fundraising efforts, Executive Chef Dan Vargo has been a wonderful contributor to our Emeril Lagasse FullCircle program. The Full Circle kitchen program brings middle and high school students in our area into the kitchen to learn about cooking from local chefs like Dan. The program is created to empower at-risk students to learn how to prepare food for themselves and their families.

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egin another beautiful day at the beach with a nice hot cup of freshly brewed Starbucks® coffee. Located on the main lobby level, 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 scrambled eggs, cheese and your choice of breakfast protein. Also on the menu are four varieties of bagels — served sandwich style or with cream cheese. 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 graband-go items, including singleserving 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® hand-dipped ice cream and soft-serve 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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DINING GUIDE Breakfast, lunch, dinner — or anything in between — we’ve got you covered AMERICAN

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. COWGIRL KITCHEN A go-to spot for fresh, casual and creative food, including handmade gourmet pizzas, drunken shrimp tacos, an affordable wine list, draft beer and great company. Happy hour 3–5 p.m. Open 8 a.m.–9 p.m., 54 Main St., Rosemary Beach. (850) 213-0058. $$

3. 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. $$

4. 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 personal pan pizzas, fried chicken, Edy’sTM ice cream treats, soft serve yogurt and much more. (850) 267-9500. Ext. 3179. (Open Seasonally) $

5. 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. $$ 58 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2021

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

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. $$

7. 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 $$

8. 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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9. 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. $$

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12. DEWEY DESTIN’S Voted Best of the Emerald Coast in 2020, these family-owned old Florida fish houses are known for their fresh, sustainable seafood. Enjoy fast-casual seafood dining, or visit their more traditional Harborside restaurant. Hours vary. Three locations: 9 Calhoun Ave. (850) 837-7575; 8673 Navarre Pkwy (850) 710-7070; and (Harborside) 202 Harbor Blvd. (850) 837-7525. DestinSeafood.com $$

13. O’QUIGLEY’S SEAFOOD STEAMER Locally owned and operated, O’Quigley’s offers seafood steamed, blackened, fried or sautéed seafood to go along with its prime-cut steaks and awardwinning gumbo. Need to watch the game? O’Quigley’s has 64 TVs and four 16-foot HD projection TVs spread through its patio, party room and main dining room. 34940 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Suite 101. (850) 837-1015, OQuigleysSeafoodSteamer.com $$

14. 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

10. 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. $$

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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 $$

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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 p.m. Bar opens at 5:30 p.m. Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. (850) 622-1500. $$$

15. 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, 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. $$

19. BIJOUX A full service fine dining restaurant, Bijoux features coastal French cuisine 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 $$$

16. 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. $$$

20. MARINA CAFE 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. $$$

17. VUE ON 30A Serving fresh seafood in a fine dining experience that showcases one of the most panoramic dining experiences on the Gulf. Vue offers a fresh approach to dining with delicious menus thoughtfully designed by a culinary team of experts. Open Tues.–Sat.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m.– 2:30 p.m.; Dinner 5–9 p.m.; Sunday Brunch, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. 4801 County Highway 30A W., Santa Rosa Beach. (850) 267-2305. Vueon30a.net. $$$

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. $$$

22. 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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23. 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. $84.50 per person ages 11+, $45 for children ages 3–10 and $20 for infants ages 0–2 (no meal). (850) 650-2519. sunquestcruises.com. $$$ $ Inexpensive $$ Moderately Expensive $$$ Expensive

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hether you seek to get closer to nature, explore the underwater depths or enjoy one of the area’s top attractions or festivals, some of the most unique experiences await you in South Walton. Parks and natural wonders abound in the area if you’re seeking the great outdoors. Diving and kayaking are popular pastimes on the water, but under the surface lies a different treasure trove. Grab a snorkel and investigate all the sea life living just off shore. For those seeking

deeper immersion, the Underwater Museum of Art, the first underwater permanent sculpture exhibit in the U.S., has a bevy of sculptures and sea life for you to discover. In need of a little culture? The area also boasts an array of entertainment options, including concerts, art festivals and other live events sure to delight. Shopping is also at the top of everyone’s wish list, with big brand names and custom boutiques sure to catch anyone’s eye. Off the beach, off shore or off the beaten path, the Emerald Coast has a variety of activities just waiting to be experienced and discovered.


The annual 30A Songwriters Festival features a variety of music in a variety of music houses and venues around the region.

OUT AND ABOUT

Explore the Wonders of Walton

While 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.

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EXPLORE ARTIFICIAL REEFS

In 2015, eco tourists and locals alike went crazy for the new artificial reef that debuted in Grayton Beach. This manmade 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 Highway 30A. Like natural reefs, these habitats attracted the attention of sundry marine creatures that now live and flourish in the newfound shelters. Families are invited to snorkel and observe a colorful array of fish, marine plants and rare sea turtles as they weave through the towers of the reef. Conduct an underwater photo safari to capture the brilliance of the environment, skin-dive or stay at the surface and fish from a kayak. SWARAreefs.org

BIOPHILIA CENTER

Though the emerald-green waters of our beaches may get the most attention, visitors should know that Walton County is a natural wonderland upland, too. Fascinate your family with a visit to the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, nestled in an enchanting longleaf pine forest in Freeport, just a short drive from the resort. The center, named for the world-renowned biologist, explores the region’s rich biodiversity by way of trails, expert staff, interactive exhibits and displays. The Biophilia Center hosts events for the benefit of conservation efforts that are open to the public upon registration. Check the center’s website for public hours and get ready to embark on an enriching adventure. EOWilsonCenter.org

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

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 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. FloridaSprings.org and FloridaHikes.com/springs

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

OUR MEMORIES • I was one of the contestants that won a contract to create an underwater sculpture for the Underwater Museum of Art, sponsored by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, and my piece was sponsored by Hilton Sandestin Beach. The basis was very futuristic and revolved around recreating a reef out of man-made objects. It is intended to bring awareness to the need to invest in our planet and to revive aquatic life. My sculpture — titled “Dawn Dancers” — is 10-feet tall and composed of concrete and shells from my personal collection. The piece features a male and female seahorse doing a romantic dance before the mating period at dawn. I hope it makes people happy, makes them smile. It’s a moment in time created into a threedimensional permanent piece to commemorate a little part of our existence and humanity. Although I live in Denver and haven’t had the opportunity to personally meet the staff of Hilton Sandestin Beach, I am very appreciative of their sponsorship and support of the arts. I look forward to working with them in the future. I have much respect for Hilton Sandestin Beach for investing in artists and allowing the work of artists to be showcased publicly.

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along paved paths to Campbell Lake or catch a ride on the tram to the beach. There, you can 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

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

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-a-kind 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. 64 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2021

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Dawn Dancers at Underwater Museum of Art

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

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

CAA

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 center exhibits its own art, you are highly encouraged to visit the galleries of its partners, such as the Foster Gallery in Sandestin. Depending on which time you’re 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

SHOP 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-ofa-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.

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 PREMIUM OUTLETS

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 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.

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Also conveniently located near the resort is Grand Boulevard, one of Sandestin’s premier entertainment venues. In addition to highend 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,

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• The Walton Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Hilton Sandestin Beach on hosting our annual galas, women’s symposium, Leadership Walton retreats and Power of Business lunches. For every event, the team at Hilton Sandestin Beach goes above and beyond. We love hosting events at Hilton Sandestin Beach because their team is phenomenal at catering to our needs while also being kind. Their catering and events staff ensures the whole event process is running smoothly. We love being able to work with highly flexible, organized and easy-to-get-along-with team members that go out of their way to be accommodating. Whether you are looking to throw a huge conference or just a ladies night out, Hilton Sandestin Beach is for you. You can expect a range of fabulous, clean venues, luxurious rooms with great views, and of course, Serenity by the sea Spa, which no trip is complete without visiting.

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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-akind 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.

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February

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.

30A WINE FESTIVAL 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 funfilled 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.

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.

DIGITAL GRAFFITI Innovative artists from around the globe use the latest technologies to project their original artwork onto the stunning alabaster


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EMERALD COAST CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER

Tom & Dana Saffell enjoy the revelry at the annual Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center gala. This year’s event will be held Spring 2021.

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 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 s howcase 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.

• I grew up vacationing at the Hilton Sandestin Beach when my mom’s business had their annual conference there every summer. Personally, I have enjoyed visiting Hilton Sandestin Beach for over 20 years, but my professional relationship with them began about five years ago. Every year, the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center hosts our gala at the Hilton Sandestin Beach, along with a couple of other more intimate events. The ECCAC had already been working with the team at Hilton Sandestin Beach for many years before I came on board. And each year during my tenure, I have had a pleasant experience working with them. It is no surprise as to why we choose to continue to have our gala there year after year. Their staff has always been extremely friendly and accommodating. I’ve worked closely with special events manager Angela Coteat for several years, and she always goes above and beyond for us. They cater to your needs by providing you with an “on-call” team member that is available to assist with whatever you need during the entire duration of your event. This includes while you’re setting up and breaking down as well. This particular employee is designated to ensure your event goes smoothly and that you have everything you need. In addition to being wonderful to work with, Hilton Sandestin Beach is also extremely charitable. They are always giving back to their community and have supported the ECCAC for many years. We are extremely grateful to have their continued support.

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Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s familyfriendly, two-day signature event in Destin 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.

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.

HARVEST WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL Sip and savor some of the world’s finest wine and culinary selections at this three-day 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.

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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.” 68 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2021

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.

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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.

• The Hilton Sandestin Beach has been a founding partner of Sinfonia Gulf Coast since 2006. We have worked together on a multitude of events and partnerships over the years, and we have always enjoyed a wonderful and rewarding relationship. Hilton Sandestin Beach has an outstanding team that transcends from top to bottom. They go above and beyond in treating us like family and taking care of our musicians and hosting guest artists such as Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone and other big-name artists. From an event perspective, they do everything and more that we need to enable our events to be successfully produced. The banquet and event staff, the culinary team and the marketing department are wonderful and go above and beyond to accommodate us. Patrons notice this. It translates to the guests attending because they know a Sinfonia event at Hilton Sandestin Beach will be top-notch and well done. They are a remarkable entity that is community minded and supports so many aspects of our region and local nonprofits. You cannot find a better location locally or regionally that provides the services, space, personnel and capabilities at such a high caliber. You can expect the very best because they invest in their people and their property. Sinfonia Gulf Coast,

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SHOPPING GUIDE Find your favorite shopping spots nearby

1. DESTIN COMMONS

4. SILVER SANDS PREMIUM OUTLETS

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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.

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. 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.

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.

2. GRAND BOULEVARD 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.

5. SUNSET SHOES Located in the Market Shops at Sandestin, our comfortable and easygoing styles have been a hallmark along the Emerald Coast for over 20 years. In addition to our shoe collections, we also offer clothing and accessories, swimwear, handbags, jewelry and sunglasses. 9375 Hwy 98 W., Suite 3, Destin. (850) 837-5466.

3. MCCASKILL AND COMPANY 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.

7. 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.

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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 Sandestin Vacation Rental Management. (850) 267-8100, SandestinRealEstate.com

CHARLIES CAFÉ

Charlie’s Café offers casual dining with something for each member of the family. From a full espresso bar, locally sourced coffee and cold brew to delicious house made sandwiches and salads. We also proudly serve Charlie’s Donuts baked daily in the panhandle and known as the ‘best donuts on 30A’.

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MARLIN GRILL ROCK MORTGAGE Wonderful people with extensive 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

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BAYTOWNE WHARF NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION The Baytowne Wharf 26 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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This seafood restaurant offers 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

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

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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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EMERALD COAST ART GALLERY Emerald Coast Art Gallery is a unique contemporary gallery showcasing coastal art and photography. Acrylic, resin, and watercolor paintings capture the ocean movement, crashing waves, and natural blue green hues along Emerald Coast beautiful beaches. (850) 974-9954, EmeraldCoast.art

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SEASIDE SWEETERIES Come enjoy our authentic gelato, 17 gourmet espresso drinks, decadent desserts and more, with relaxing lakeside seating. SeasideSweeteries.com

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

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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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ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE A charming French country 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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SLICK LIPS SEAFOOD & OYSTER HOUSE Derived from the nickname given to 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

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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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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 27 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 25 Sundae. Also enjoy a selection of eclectic and scrumptious desserts, and 26 24 be sure to check while you’re visiting, out the elo“Udder Side.” 23 (850) 837-2288, Tup ard facebook.com/Moo–La–La rty Cou 12 22 21 20 19 TONY LARUE’S SNOWBALLS

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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

YOLO BOARD ADVENTURES 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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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

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 essential oils. (919) 478-3666, ArtfulSoap.com

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ig events can sometimes be a big burden for those in charge, but Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa has a team specially suited to take the stress out of big gatherings. Whether you’re in town for a wedding, a business meeting, a reunion or another of life’s special moments, Hilton Sandestin Beach’s events managers can help you with

planning tips, logistics, venue options, catering details and special packages. The oceanfront setting offered by Hilton Sandestin Beach is second to none, and our expansive selection of meeting spaces will offer you the perfect fit for your big event, large or small. Let us handle the details as you gather and get down to business. The beach is better shared, and we’re here to help.

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WHERE HAPPILY EVER AFTER BEGINS The destination for fairytale weddings BY ZANDRA WOLFGRAM

OUR MEMORIES • I had never really considered getting married at a hotel before. I knew I wanted a wedding with an ocean backdrop, but I didn’t want to be on the sand, which limited our options until our planner took us to tour Hilton Sandestin Beach. At the resort, we were able to have our oceanside wedding on their expansive outdoor deck overlooking the sugar white sands of Miramar Beach. Getting married here was wonderful because all of our guests were in one place the whole weekend. Planning was seamless because of their flexible options, allowing us to substitute and customize our entire experience. The wedding manager Angela was very accommodating and responsive. She went out of her way to make things happen quickly and to ensure we were happy and relaxed.

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eddings are fairytales that come to life — the moment when dreams come true for many brides. And a destination beach wedding sets the stage for the most special day of their lives in one of the most beautiful places imaginable, Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. Hilton Sandestin Beach caters to brides and grooms looking for a wedding of the dreamlike variety. With an array of venues, customized catering, exquisite accommodations and activities to suit everyone on your guest list, Hilton Sandestin Beach has everything a couple needs to create an unforgettable


Haley and Carlos discovered their perfect day on the sands of Hilton Sandestin Beach.

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experience, from the rehearsal dinner to the honeymoon getaway.
 Whether your dream wedding consists of an intimate affair for 15 of your closest loved ones or a grand evening for over 300 guests, our seasoned team of on-site professionals will help curate an evening specific to you. Jon Lovett, director of events, and his capable team personally oversee each Hilton Sandestin Beach wedding, from the initial concept to the final placement of décor and every dreamy detail in between. Lovett and his team take great pride in educating brides on the vast amenities and services the resort offers.

His team acts as a guide for the couple on the path to the perfect day. “Whether they choose an all-inclusive wedding package or want to customize each detail of their special day, we are ready to make each moment memorable,” Lovett says. Miramar Beach makes for a picturesque storybook backdrop to begin your fairy tale. Imagine exchanging or reaffirming your vows on a sun-kissed beach, a sweeping deck overlooking the Gulf at sunset, or your choice of three gracious ballrooms. These picture-perfect Hilton Sandestin Beach venues are as beautiful as a new bride.

• I knew when we decided on a wedding that I wanted the process to be as painless and easy as possible, and planning with the team at Hilton Sandestin Beach was just that. We got married in May at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. We had already hired a DJ, planned an open bar and had chosen a number of food stations to offer our guests — but none of that was now allowed due to the state’s restrictions for COVID-19 safety. Even though my wedding had to change, Hilton Sandestin Beach made sure I was happy with everything, and that it continued to be as stress-free as possible. Our guest list went from 50 to 10 (per the CDC’s recommendations), and we ended up having an amazing, intimate dinner complete with lobster and a champagne toast. Even though it wasn’t what we originally envisioned, the Hilton Sandestin Beach staff made it beautiful and special. It is a lovely facility with the most beautiful beaches in the world at its doorstep. Alongside the perfect setting, the hotel’s team has all of the resources to ensure that all a bride and groom needs to do is enjoy themselves on the day of their wedding.

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• I travel a lot for work and am a Hilton Honors Diamond member, so I knew, when planning the proposal, that I wanted to spend a weekend at Hilton Sandestin Beach. I had done a web search for the best proposal locations in Florida and found the Hilton Sandestin Beach’s “Mastering a Magical Marriage Proposal.” When I contacted the hotel, I was connected with Darrell the lead concierge, who was almost as excited as I was to plan the proposal. Darrell and I spoke three or four times before the actual day I proposed — he made the planning process easy and promised it would be seamless. On the day of the proposal, my fiancé enjoyed a spa day at Serenity by the sea Spa within the hotel while Darrell and I met to set everything up. He had ordered white roses, my financé’s favorite, and even purchased extras that would be in our guest room creating a trail to the bedroom. That night, we would have the private wine room to ourselves at the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant — Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood. Once we ordered appetizers and drinks, the wait staff brought out the ring along with my guitar, so I could perform a song I had written for her. It all happened perfectly and was incredibly special. Darrell even filmed the whole thing for us to have as a memento. Darrell was amazing and was truly integral in making this memorable proposal happen. There are beautiful places to stay on the beach, but none will make your experience as personable as Hilton Sandestin Beach.

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From delectable hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails to an elaborately plated dinner, the culinary team at Hilton Sandestin Beach is ready to customize an unforgettable menu of your favorite selections. And with the opportunity to have a menu tasting well in advance of your big day, you can rest easy knowing every detail is in place. As for dessert, the resort’s worldrenowned pastry chef Yascha Becker will happily create a heavenly wedding cake designed just for you.
 On-site resort restaurants make great venues for rehearsal dinners and preparties. Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood is an elegant, upscale option that welcomes bridal parties in its various private dining rooms. A full-service spa, Serenity by the sea Spa is equipped to primp the entire bridal party, including the junior bridesmaids and extended family members. The spa has convenient packages and gift certificates, which make thoughtful thank you gifts for the hardworking bridal party.

 Like the wedding couples it brings together, Hilton Sandestin Beach becomes a lifelong connection for those who choose to “tie the knot” here.

HILTON SANDESTIN WEDDING TIPS Plan ahead. For a fairy tale ending, allow at least six months to ensure your preferred date and venue are available Be flexible. Is a traditional seated dinner a must, or would innovative reception stations better allow guests to mix and mingle? Let go; let us help. We have a team of experts at the ready, share details about your vision, but be open to hearing how we can make your dreams a reality at our resort.


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Meeting planners can find all the amenities to make their gathering a success.

WELL SUITED Let us handle the details of your next meeting or group gathering

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f you’re planning to meet, convene or gather, why not “suit up” at the beach? Located directly on 600 feet of sugarwhite sand beaches, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is a destination resort perched in paradise. The experience at Hilton Sandestin Beach is about more than just the location — it’s about the unique team-building opportunities our location offers. From Beach Olympics and


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volleyball tournaments to “Our destination beachside bonfires and sunset resort is unique receptions on the pool deck, our team can curate an unbecause we offer forgettable conference experiso much within ence with activities you won’t our footprint. Our find anywhere else. With a knowledgeable team guests come to stay of meeting experts led by at a beach resort, director of events Jon Lovett, but they continue to a 22-year hospitality veteran, you can feel confident come back, because your group trip to Hilton we take pride in Sandestin Beach will not only building solid be successful, but also one for the scrapbooks. relationships, and, “Our destination resort is well … ensuring unique because we offer so much within our footprint,” Lovett meeting planners explains. “Our guests come to come across as stay at a beach resort, but they heroes.” — JON LOVETT continue to come back, because we take pride in building solid relationships, and, well … ensuring meeting planners come across as heroes.” Doing business should be a pleasure. With a vast assortment of onsite amenities, and of course, direct access to the sugar-sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, our team at Hilton Sandestin Beach curates meetings to ensure fun is had by all. With all Hilton Sandestin Beach offers, you can be sure we are well suited to handle your next “meet up” at the beach.

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• For the past several years, we have hosted Warrior Weekend at Hilton Sandestin Beach. We take a group of 45–55 military families from the Special Operations Community — including Green Berets, Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, Air Force Combat Controllers, firefighters and police from Florida, Georgia and North Carolina — for a four day weekend trip. This is not a conference, but a time for these families to relax and rejuvenate together before going back to life as they know it. Hilton Sandestin Beach helps facilitate this by going above and beyond to accommodate. Many of these men have injuries, are amputees or are battling cancer, and the team at Hilton Sandestin Beach always provides whatever is needed to make their stay comfortable and pleasurable. Each year, they ensure that those in wheelchairs or those who are injured are provided with special chairs so they can go down and enjoy time on the beach. The staff is inclusive and extremely welcoming of each and every person. They are likely this hospitable to every group, but it makes a world of difference to these families. They care and seem to have a genuine understanding of what these families have been through and are still going through. The staff is highly professional, accommodating and always provides a relaxing atmosphere for our group.

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MEETINGS AND FACILITIES GUIDE Conference And Event Rooms Capacity Chart Location

Type

Area (Sq. Ft.)

Length (Ft.)

Width (Ft.)

Height (Ft.)

Theater

Class Room

Boardroom

Entry Level

Boardroom

510

30

17

9

N/A

N/A

14

N/A

40

N/A

Emerald Ball Room

Entry Level

Ballroom

9,504

66

144

16

1,055

600

N/A

N/A

1,200

720

Emerald A

Entry Level

Ballroom

1,188

33

36

16

135

75

28

33

180

90

Emerald B

Entry Level

Ballroom

1,188

33

36

16

135

75

28

33

180

90

Emerald C

Entry Level

Ballroom

2,356

66

36

16

265

150

54

63

250

180

Emerald D

Entry Level

Ballroom

2,356

66

36

16

265

150

54

63

250

180

Emerald E

Entry Level

Ballroom

2,356

66

36

16

265

150

54

63

250

180

Foyer

Entry Level

8,762

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

840

N/A

Coral Ballroom

Entry Level

Ballroom

5,600

112

50

14

600

320

N/A

N/A

700

440

Coral A

Entry Level

Ballroom

2,000

40

50

14

230

120

40

48

225

120

Coral B

Entry Level

Ballroom

1,200

24

50

14

105

65

36

42

150

80

Coral C

Entry Level

Ballroom

1,200

24

50

14

105

65

36

42

150

80

Coral D

Entry Level

Ballroom

1,200

24

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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HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH Our home by the sea for nearly four decades BY THE BIRDSONG FAMILY

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helly and Johnny Birdsong of Franklin, Tennessee, have both been traveling to the Hilton Sandestin Beach since its opening in 1984. Now with their three kids, Bo (age 18), Keeling (7) and Calhoun (2), staying here has become a family tradition. Shelly and Johnny both enjoyed staying here before they met and fell in love, and both have discovered that they still have a love affair with the Hilton Sandestin Beach. Here’s what they say makes the Hilton Sandestin Beach so very special to them:

JOHNNY:

Just the thought of Hilton Sandestin Beach brings up 36 years of thoughts and memories of happiness, love and joy. I have been vacationing there since the first year it was opened (1984), and I can’t recall a year when I was not there at least once. I have been with my mother, sister and cousins, then with friends during college, and for years after college with those same friends for golf trips. Now my trips there continue today with my wife and children. It has always been our family’s “happy place.” When I first met my wife, we discovered things we had in common on one of our very first dates. We both had the same favorite local restaurant and favorite beach destination — the Hilton Sandestin Beach. We visit as often as we can, usually more than once 86 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2021

a year. And whether it’s just the two of us or with our children, we find that we don’t ever leave the resort — we have everything we need right there. From the pool, the beach, fabulous dining options and so much more, why would we leave? This is a treasured place. It has become a part of our lives and, without a doubt, will be for many years to come.

SHELLY:

I can still remember vividly the day my family pulled into the Hilton Sandestin Beach. Must have been in 198485, and with three small children in tow, my parents were thrilled when they saw that valet stand and lobby. And for us kids, my brother, sister and I, it was a magical place. Thus, began our love affair with the hotel and the resort. My entire childhood of summers from then on were spent at Sandestin.

Visits to Hilton Sandestin Beach have become a generational touchstone for some families.

Now that I bring my own children to the hotel, the same wonders of an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, ice cream and bunk beds in the room, still apply. “And they still incite.” As far as special places go, yes, it is where I grew up, it is where I have been coming with girlfriends since I was a teenager. When I met my husband and we discovered our mutual love for the hotel and resort, and as we became our own family, our tradition of coming to the Hilton began in full. Every year now for a decade, we have visited multiple times and have countless memories made on each and every trip — from our children’s first steps in the sand, swim-

ming in the pool, running down the long hotel halls, even taking my daughter for her “special dinner” at Seagar’s. We have spent Christmas, Easter, New Year’s, anniversaries, birthdays and almost every other reason to celebrate here. Although we are fortunate in our life to be able to travel and experience many wonderful resorts and areas in our country, we always make sure we spend time at the Hilton Sandestin Beach and enjoy a stay there each and every year — sometimes more than once when we are really lucky. Our family’s memories start and end at this hotel. Thank you, Hilton Sandestin Beach, for nearly four decades of seaside reverie.


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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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Twenty-five anglers will have the opportunity to join Guy and Jessica Harvey on a 5 day/5 night VIP experience at the world famous Tropic Star Lodge in Piñas Bay, Panama. Proceeds from this singular event will go to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation to support its marine conservation and research initiatives. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, meaning that the cost of participation in the adventure will be tax deductible to you.

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Five day/five night all-inclusive stay at Tropic Star Lodge.

Five people each day will fish with Guy Harvey.

Four people each day will fish with Jessica Harvey and with a scientist from Guy Harvey Enterprises.

Two drinks per day and wine at dinner.

Personalized 30-minute video of your adventure.

Breakfast/lunch and happy hour snacks.

Lodging at Tropic Star, double occupancy.

During the week, Guy will paint an original piece to be auctioned off on the last night.

Two private “arrival” and “departure” cocktail parties at Tropic Star’s mountaintop Palace.

Additional fishing days will be standard trips on a Tropic Star boat with captain and a mate.

A personalized Guy Harvey print for each angler.

Welcome bag with Guy Harvey Tropic Star clothing and souvenir items.

Round trip air charter from Panama City to Piñas Bay.

Lifetime subscription to Guy Harvey Magazine.

Ground transportation from airport to hotel and domestic/international airport.

Lifetime membership in the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Hammerhead Club.

Private dinners each night with Guy, Jessica Harvey and a scientist from Guy Harvey Enterprises.

VIP greeting by Tropic Star representative as you depart your flight and personal support while going through customs. While waiting for transfer, admission to airport VIP lounge pending COVID restrictions.


OUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME The Ogletree family makes Hilton Sandestin Beach a year-round tradition

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he Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is truly a home away from home for my family and me. We have been staying here for more than 30 years; four generations of Ogletrees cannot get enough of this place. I have been to beaches around the world, everywhere from Hawaii to Israel, and I have yet to find a resort that comes close to this property. The combination of the salt in the air along with the beauty of the water and sand is therapeutic in so many ways for me. Back home in Birmingham, Alabama I work full-time as an accountant. I am also a professional pianist and have a successful YouTube career. Needless to say, it’s very difficult for me to fully relax while I’m home. My sanity hinges on getaways, and I most often choose the Hilton Sandestin Beach, staying more than 50 nights per year. About two years ago, I made the decision to exclusively get my haircut at the Serenity by the sea Spa salon. Whether it’s This gives me a great extended family excuse to come or an extended stay, our resort will down nearly every be there for month, getting to you. experience the property 15, and I brought nearly 50 family in each season. Coming to members with me for a stay that was the Destin area in the offseason just about three weeks long. has some tremendous benefits, It was really impressive to see all of which allows me to experience the changes that the resort implemented things that are often too busy during to ensure all guests felt safe. While these the peak-season. changes mainly focused on safety, they Over the years, our family has created were still offering the hospitality that any so many fond memories, but the ones seasoned guest would expect. Restaurants from May of 2020 will be hard to top. were open at limited capacity, and we The resort closure due to the COVID-19 took advantage of this nightly. Chairs pandemic had briefly put a stop to my outside were socially distanced, and all haircut trips, but I held out and refused other COVID-19 guidelines were wellto get it cut anywhere else. The property implemented. I was still working Monday opened its doors back up to guests May

through Friday, and I needed a quiet work-friendly environment. I decided to rent out the board room, which turned out to be amazing. My entire family was able to come, including my parents, my three siblings and their spouses, my 10 nieces and nephews, and a few close friends as well. We created memories that will last forever, and we’re so grateful for the staff that tirelessly delivers such a fantastic guest experience. I hope you and your family can make the Hilton Sandestin Beach your home away from home as well!


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