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Footprints HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH MAGAZINE {2022 EDITION}

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

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Black Bear Bread Co. (Now Open) Cantina Laredo Modern Mexican The Craft Bar

Arhaus (Now Open) Arula Billabong Bluemercury Hemline

Emeril’s Coastal

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everkrisp Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

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Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria

La Luna

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PF Chang’s China Bistro

Ophelia Swimwear

Starbucks

Orvis

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar

Peter Millar

Vin’tij Food & Wine

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The Wine Bar

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CONTENTS 14 RESORT MAP Get the

lay of the land and plot your next adventure.

18 YOURS FOR THE ASKING

For our guest services team, no request is too big or too small.

20 EMPLOYEE PROFILES

Our staff members share some of their favorite memories and on-the-job anecdotes.

Renew Yourself 28 SWEET SERENITY According to the latest spa trends, self-care is more important than ever.

32 CLUBS AND RACQUETS

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

35 IN ON THE FUN Even

when it’s raining, our recreation team keeps the good times rolling.

Dining for Everyone 42 HOUSE SPECIALTIES

Offerings from our seven unique dining outlets are sure to satisfy your cravings.

44 RESORT DINING We offer fine dining, quick bites and everything in between.

Beyond the Beach 62 FAMILY FUN South

Walton has a little something for everyone.

66 EVENT CALENDAR Unwind

like a local with festivals, concerts and cultural celebrations.

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

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MAYESKA SAND

Sandcastles’ kitchen and guest room renovations evoke the latest hospitality trends.

venturing off-property, these eateries are a must.

Coming Together 78 WHITE SAND WEDDINGS

With our expert events team, planning the seaside ceremony of your dreams is a cinch.

80 GATHER IN PARADISE

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

84 MEETING AND FACILITIES GUIDE Our various

venues accommodate conferences and conventions of all sizes.

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86 A GUEST’S REFLECTION For

the Formby family, Hilton Sandestin Beach is a home away from home.

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

90 LAST WORD Thanksgivings at Hilton Sandestin Beach are a Taylor family tradition.

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Family Fun for Everyone

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Grand Boulevard at Sandestin

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ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER McKenzie Burleigh VICE PRESIDENT/PRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY Daniel Vitter

WELCOME TO TRADITION

CUSTOM PUBLISHING MANAGER Sara Goldfarb CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jennifer Ekrut SENIOR PUBLICATION DESIGNER Sarah Burger

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GARY BRIELMAYER General Manager, 24 years of service

ADVERTISING DESIGNER Sierra Thomas STAFF WRITER Hannah Burke DIRECTOR OF MARKETING Zandra Wolfgram SALES MANAGER, WESTERN DIVISION Rhonda Lynn Murray DIRECTOR OF NEW BUSINESS, WESTERN DIVISION Dan Parker ADVERTISING SERVICES SPECIALIST Tracy Mulligan CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE/ AD SERVICES COORDINATOR Sarah Coven THE WORKMANS

n behalf of our entire staff, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our little slice of paradise at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Whether you’re here on business or for a family retreat, we’re thrilled that you’ve chosen to stay with us and look forward to helping you craft fun, unforgettable experiences. After all, making memories is what we do best. Returning guests know we’re more than just a property; we’re a tradition. In our 37 years in business, we’ve watched the children of families who visit annually grow up before our very eyes, and we can’t tell you how happy it makes us to see them return with kids of their own. And we’re just as excited to meet those of you who are visiting us for the first time. Here, we strive to encapsulate everything that makes our community great. Between our pristine beaches, extensive recreation opportunities, luxury accommodations and variety of restaurants showcasing some of the finest local cuisine around, I have no doubt that you, too, will find some traditions of your own. I feel fortunate to have spent the past 24 years here, and I’m excited for what’s still to come. The next couple of years will bring about fully renovated guest rooms, a new, state-of-the-art kitchen at Sandcastles Restaurant & Lounge and continued enhancements around the public spaces of the property to keep your stay fresh and exciting. Though the past two years have been challenging, our staff is dedicated to making your stay the best it can be. I like to think we have all the makings of Southern hospitality, with a New York sense of efficiency. Let us know if there’s anything we can do to enhance your stay, and we’ll promptly see it through. Making your day makes ours, too. So relax, rejuvenate and soak up all South Walton has to offer. I look forward to seeing you around.

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he timeless nature of the beach is a welcome respite, especially following a time when so much has changed in our day-to-day lives. As some of life’s norms have been briefly pushed aside, a trip to the shores of Hilton Sandestin Beach has remained an oasis for visitors seeking a happy return to a relaxing and rejuvenating routine. For many, this is home. And a home doesn’t change: It only grows. Hilton Sandestin Beach’s state-ofthe-art amenities, world-class restaurants and friendly, knowledgeable staff engender a sense of home to which you will always want to return. From newlyweds who have started their lives here to families that have grown up through the generations, everyone has a room available and a story to share. Like any household, Hilton Sandestin Beach has changed to adapt to its growing family. Read on for a taste of upcoming renovations and features you can find here. But our story is incomplete without yours. 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 with in our community. After your next visit, we hope you’ll have an experience to cherish, too. So, get a room, grab a table, make a reservation at the spa, or just relax and take a load off beachside — while you do, we’ll be working to help you write your own story.

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BIGGER, BOLDER, BETTER Take a look at some of the changes you might notice around the resort, coming soon BY HANNAH BURKE

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fter 37 years of greatness at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, we couldn’t be more excited to bring it to the next level with new renovations and refreshments to the property. We’ve heard your feedback, and our staff has been keeping an eye on the latest hospitality trends to not only enhance your stay but also create for you the highest degree of accommodations. First, we’d like to announce the complete overhaul of the kitchen at Sandcastles Restaurant & Lounge. This kitchen was constructed when we first opened our doors, and now that its dining room has tripled in size, you could say it’s getting a much-needed facelift. The new, state-of-the-art cooking space is much more spacious and features an open-air concept, so you can watch our culinary experts cooking up our delectable breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings. We’ve created more space for inroom dining to further streamline room service and deliver your meals in a timely manner. The $2 million revamp also supports our efforts

Upgraded Emerald Tower guest rooms boast more space, style and functionality.

to become more eco-friendly, and features an automated kitchen hood system that will run only as needed. Our cookware and products have also become more sustainable and reflect the level of quality you’ve come to expect at Hilton Sandestin Beach. In addition to Sandcastles’ kitchen upgrade, our guest rooms are also being refreshed. We’ve studied the trends and are ecstatic to debut the latest amenities to enrich your visit. Lodgings in the Emerald Tower are being completely revamped to include new carpeting, tiles and walls. Updated color schemes and art pieces work to bring the atmosphere of the beach indoors, and our novel, sustainable casegoods are built to withstand the elements. You’ll notice new, space-saving outlets and lamps mounted to the walls for accessibility and convenience.

We love the new02.03.2021 glass-front refrigerators, which will help prevent guests from forgetting their goodies when it’s time to leave. Individual reading lights are now mounted to your bed’s headboards, and beneath all mattresses, you’ll find motion-censored LED nightlights that’ll light your way to the bathroom. There, you’ll find fresh tile, updated hardware and electric mirrors that also create a soft, nighttime ambiance. Rooms in the Spa Tower will also be refurbished with new upholstery, decor and wall paint for a fresh, modern look. Our hallways, vending rooms and elevator landings are also getting a little love with new tiling and additional upgrades to improve your experience. All of this is done with you in mind, and we can’t wait to hear what you think.

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Guest services staff are primed to accommodate guests of all ages.

No matter the job, our staff is eager to please BY HANNAH BURKE

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ANSWERING YOUR CALL

he longest tenured employee of Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, director of rooms Robin Bailer recalls one of the very first pieces of advice he received upon entering the hospitality scene. “Our general manager at the time told me to always approach a guest’s concern with, ‘The answer is yes, now what is the question?’” said Bailer. “And that is the exact mantra I teach my staff on the guest services team. Whether you’re asking a bellman, concierge or housekeeper, the answer is always yes. We will do everything we possibly can to make sure you’re satisfied.”


ours you’ll see as we wish you safe travels when you leave.” From the parking garage and guest lodgings to event areas and conference rooms, Hilton Sandestin Beach’s bellmen know every inch of the property. It’s that expertise that guarantees they can point you in the right direction at any time. Meanwhile, the concierge is available to assist with any and all recommendations you may seek. Bailer said his staff is trained to take all details into account before making a suggestion. Those traveling with children may be pointed to Baytowne Wharf, where massive playgrounds, ziplines and arcades await. The concierge team is happy to arrange bike rentals for more active guests and distributes resort maps that denote all the property’s recreational prospects. Meanwhile, Bailer likes to direct couples toward a drive along scenic Highway 30A or over to Eden Gardens State Park, an outdoor space that exudes romance with its blooming fields of camellias and wildflowers. Should you encounter any issues, Bailer encourages you to report them right away. “We would rather know there’s a problem with your stay while you’re here so we have the opportunity to fix it,” he said. “We have guests that save up all year to stay with us, and that’s a big deal. We want to be able to rectify what’s wrong and create for you the best experience possible.” Bailer genuinely believes his staff has your best interests at heart. “We get a sense of fulfillment when we can make our guests happy,” he said. “It’s always deeply rewarding to show guests they made the right decision to stay with us.”

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Bailer, who began as a dishwasher at Hilton Sandestin Beach in 1984 when the property opened, considers himself fortunate to have been able to work his way through the ranks to his current role. This resort, he said, has not only afforded him a satisfying career, but introduced him to the love of his life. “During my time as the director of guest services, I was asked to train a new employee that would be fulfilling a newly created position and acting as a concierge for the guests visiting us … and I thought that job should have been mine,” Bailer laughed. “So, naturally, I had a bit of a chip on my shoulder and was quick to judge this new team member. Then suddenly we were dating, and two years later, we were married. That was 15 years ago now, and I will always be thankful to Hilton Sandestin Beach for bringing us together.” As it happens, Bailer and his staff are in the business of creating exceptional experiences from the moment you arrive until you’ve departed. Let the front desk know prior to arrival if your visit marks a special occasion — perhaps a birthday, anniversary or even your honeymoon. His team enjoys creating special arrival experiences to surprise your loved ones. Bailer believes first impressions are as important as last ones. “I consider our full-service bellmen the bookends of the guest experience,” he said. “They are the first people you see when you arrive and will assist with your luggage and valet park your car. They are there to establish a rapport with guests and be that familiar face they can come to for any questions during their stay. They are also the last faces of

ROBIN’S RECOMMENDATIONS ◆ For your convenience,

restrooms are available on the lobby level near the indoor swimming pool and pool deck access area. ◆ The Connectivity Kiosk is the perfect place to stay connected. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, access to both PCs and Mac computers and an ATM. ◆ S pending Saturdays on property is highly suggested, as there is typically heavy traffic in the surrounding area that day. ◆ C heck-in begins at 4 p.m., but we offer a complimentary valet service while your room is being prepared. ◆ U tilize our text messaging and alert system, Kipsu. We’ll let you know when your room is ready, and you can message us about any questions and concerns you may encounter throughout your stay.

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a dip in the pool after the pool hut has closed, the bellstand supplies towels for all guests. ◆ I f you drive an electric vehicle, ask us about our complimentary charging stations. ◆ P lease be mindful of your “Do Not Disturb” sign. Housekeeping is not permitted to enter or knock on the door to offer their services if you’ve left it hanging on your door. ◆ A fter you’ve had your fill of the seaside soundscapes from your balcony, remember to close the sliding glass door. Moisture can seep in and cause your room to feel damp. ◆ E ach guest room is equipped with its own refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. Double check the fridge before you leave to ensure you don’t leave any tasty treats behind!

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Treasure Experience Hilton Sandestin Beach through the eyes of our team members

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LORENZO JEFFERSON SECURITY OFFICER

I have worked at Hilton Sandestin Beach for over 15 years and have loved being a part of a company where everyone feels like family. Working in multiple departments has given me the opportunity to figure out what I enjoy most. To anyone that is unsure about their potential career path, I highly recommend joining the team here at Hilton Sandestin. The management team has always encouraged me to do my best, and they continue to make me feel like I can do anything, so long as I try.

MAYESKA SAND SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

In the short time that I’ve had the pleasure of working at Hilton Sandestin, my favorite moments involve seeing our guests’ smiling faces. I spend a lot of time walking around different parts the hotel to capture the next social media moment, and I love being able to see the genuine reactions our guests have throughout their stay. From watching a family’s excitement as they walk on the beach exclaiming, “This is the softest sand I’ve ever felt!” and seeing the joy on a little one’s face as they’re about to cannonball into the pool, to the animated grins guests have when served their favorite cocktail from Barefoot’s, each moment I witness is a Hilton Sandestin memory that I know our guests will forever cherish.

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ou’ve heard us say time and again that Hilton Sandestin Beach is where memories live. Successfully creating those memories for guests, be they picturesque beach celebrations and events, unforgettable dining and recreational experiences or the time-honored traditions of our perennial visitors, is what makes us who we are. Of course, none of this would be possible without the tireless efforts of our team. For an industry with notoriously high turnover rates, we have been fortunate to retain for years a tight-knit group who genuinely delight in making you feel like a part of the family. And, with the recent addition of new staff members, our family keeps growing stronger. For all of us, hospitality is a true calling. You challenge us to work smarter and harder, and because of you, we are better. The following testimonies are just a glimpse of the indelible impacts you’ve made on our staff. We hope we’ve touched your lives, just as you’ve touched ours.


GORDY FIEGEL ENGINEERING MECHANIC

Being a part of Hilton Sandestin’s team for over 16 years makes it difficult to narrow down my favorite memory to a singular moment. All my favorite memories here involve making our guests happy, whether it be with simple requests concerning heating and air or larger tasks, such as installing lighting fixtures in the spa. One moment does stand out to me, however. Back before On Demand movies were a thing, we would bring VCRs to the room upon request. Once, we had a family who needed a VCR to help their child go to sleep. Let’s just say they were very happy to see me when I arrived to install the VCR. I love getting to be part of moments like that. I really enjoy working with Hilton Sandestin and the amazing team they have built. Throughout all my years of work, I have not come across another company that has looked after its employees the way they do here.

JOANN HARGROVE REGIONAL SALES MANAGER

This year, I celebrated 20 years with Hilton Sandestin. Upon returning to the Gulf Coast, my happy place, in 1997, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to return home to Hilton Sandestin. Having had the opportunity to work and visit several other resort hotels in my 36-year career, I can honestly say that our property stands out among the best. Complemented with a dedicated staff who takes pride in curating unforgettable memories for our guests, it is simply paradise. We’ve been fortunate to have many generations of same-family employees on our team over the years. Watching each other’s kids grow up and blossom into their own is a joy to witness. Not only do we have the chance to see our coworkers’ families grow, but we also get to be part of our repeat guests’ lives. I’ve watched generations “grow up” at the Hilton Sandestin. Many who have spent summers in Kids Krew or hosted their wedding ceremonies on our decks, have returned to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, graduations and more at their home away from home.

ALAN ARISTE SECURITY OFFICER

I have been a member of the Hilton Sandestin security team for over three years now. There was one instance where I responded to a guest incident in which a woman had fallen and hurt her knee. I provided her with first aid while chatting with her husband. My goal is to always make our guests feel safe, and they told me how much they enjoyed my hospitality. They asked about my background and invited me to visit them in New Orleans, which was such a kind gesture. It’s not every day a guest makes you feel like part of their family, and this couple did just that. HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM

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JASMINE BROWN SEAGAR’S EVENT MANAGER

For the last seven years, I have had the opportunity to learn under some of the best chefs in Walton County. During my time working at Seagar’s, I’ve been mentored by the fi nest culinary talents while also having the chance to work with fresh and rare ingredients. I am so excited to be moving into my new role at Seagar’s as the special events manager. Taking my knowledge of the restaurant and using it to provide seamless guest experiences for those in our private dining spaces.

KHALIL WILLIAMS, RECREATION STAFF

AMBER HAM

A couple of years ago, I was working a Kids Night Out program and had the pleasure of meeting the Goldstein family. After two nights of fun events and games with their kids, Mrs. Goldstein pulled me aside to tell me about how much her children were enjoying the program. After leaving Kids Night Out each night, they had talked nonstop about how much fun they had! Working in recreation means I not only help with Kids Krew and Kids Night Out, but I also work on the beach setting up chairs and umbrellas for guests. Prior to the family leaving, I was able to chat with Mr. Goldstein on the beach. It was great being able to interact with the whole family during their trip. Fast forward to 2021, and while I was walking down the beach, I heard someone call my name. When I turned around, I was embraced by the warm smiles of the Goldstein family. It was awesome to have some familiar faces to catch up with, and I look forward to seeing them again soon.

There is something special about our groups that return year after year. They become part of the family, and you look forward to welcoming them home every year. Interacting with them is what makes the tough, busy days brighter. One of my favorite guest memories was when I made a reservation for a gentleman who attends one of our annual insurance meetings. He always requests a specific room for his family and has done so for well over 20 years. As I created his reservation, he told me how much he enjoyed the downtime with his family between meetings. He mentioned his kids “grew up in this hotel” and explained that his daughter, now fully grown, attends another meeting here as well. They make sure that they are able to come to each other’s conferences, so they get at least two visits a year to their favorite place with the whole family. What a special way to make memories with your family while also taking care of business — just a little bit of the magic that Hilton Sandestin provides. 22 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2022

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RICHARD YOUNG SERENITY LOUNGE ATTENDANT

One of my fondest memories while working at Serenity by the sea Spa took place during the winter of 2014. The spa facility was going through a renovation, and we needed to relocate to a temporary space to continue servicing our guests. The whole team pulled together to relocate the entire spa to a new space in the Emerald Tower. It was nice to see how everyone on the team worked together to recreate a spa environment for each of our guests, even though we weren’t in the physical spa facilities. We received great feedback from our clients and spa members about how they enjoyed the change of scenery. Working with such an incredible team who can make our guests smile regardless of where they’re operating is what being a part of Serenity is all about!

MARIA DESTURA BANQUET CAPTAIN

Over the many years I’ve been with the Hilton Sandestin, my most favorite memory took place during a larger annual group conference. I worked with them through all of their events, from morning coffee to their evening buffet. Throughout the week, everyone seemed to be happy and reported no concerns. On the last day of their conference, my manager asked me to go to the Boardroom, as the group’s main contact was looking for me. Without any additional details, I was worried something had gone wrong. But, when I arrived, the main contact called me up to the front of the room and began complimenting me. They told everyone, my manager included, it had been the best week they ever had while visiting Hilton Sandestin, and that I was the one of the main reasons for that. I must admit I was a bit embarrassed, but also extremely proud, as providing a seamless experience for conference guests is my main priority.

I started at Hilton Sandestin back in 2010, and a few years later, my wife and I welcomed our son, Liam, into the world. Liam was born with cysts on his kidneys, and when he was 5, we became part of the transplant family. I donated one of my kidneys to someone in need, and another donor provided a kidney for Liam. Following his transplant, the hotel was throwing their annual team member holiday party. It’s one of my favorite traditions; the staff gets to bring their families in for a few hours to listen to music, eat a warm meal and play with each other’s kids. Our management team always has a gift for each child to open and then does a few extra giveaways. Liam and our family had just gone through a trying time, and we were excited to spend an afternoon together celebrating the holidays. To top off the day, Liam’s name was called for one of the big prizes: an enormous brown bear. He was so excited, he actually cried. Thanks to the Hilton Sandestin, it was a moment his mother and I will never forget. 24 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2022

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care or a full day of pampering, your self-care is at the top of our to-do list. If you’re in need of a little activity to recharge your batteries, Hilton Sandestin Beach has everything to make your stay more comfortable. From swimming and shoreside accessories to a poolside cabana, relax in safety and luxury. Need a little more excitement with your beach oasis? Kayaks and paddleboards are available for those seeking some adventure on the waves. Take a moment to sit back, and then let us help chart you a path to relaxation.

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FIND YOUR SERENITY From fitness classes and steam rooms to hand scrubs and body melt treatments, self-care is always on the menu BY HANNAH BURKE

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f there’s a silver lining to what we’ve learned over the last few years, Shanelle Lucas, Spa Director at Hilton Sandestin Beach, says it’s a renewed appreciation for self-care and overall wellness. At Serenity by the sea Spa, helping you look and — more importantly — feel your best has always been the priority. “People are currently seeking treatments that offer immediate results,” Lucas said. “And we’ve seen that at Serenity with our skin care and body treatments being some of the most highly requested services on our menu. Guests want to be able to put their best faces forward, with a glow that makes them feel like they can take on the world.” Lucas said many can achieve this glow after just one HydraFacial, a deep-cleansing treatment that exfoliates and rehydrates your face while addressing your specific skin care needs. Body therapies such as the Moroccan Body Melt, which relies on replenishing oils through massage and hot stones to melt away stress, are also stealing the spotlight. “In addition to treating themselves to some of the most highly rated and respected spa services in Florida, people have been taking advantage of the facility itself,” said Erin Story, Assistant Spa Director. “We have a fitness center with two Peloton bikes, whirlpools, steam rooms, dry saunas and a relaxing lounge area for anyone looking to make a day of their visit. After a trying couple of years, it’s nice to have a safe, serene space where you can catch your breath and relax awhile.” 28 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2022


Lower stress levels by raising a glass, best enjoyed after a day’s worth of spa and salon treatments, fitness and wellness.

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Serenity’s highly trained staff knows that true “relaxation” is a personalized experience. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to a spa, and that’s why they take the time to pinpoint services that meet your specific needs. “We’re not just order takers; we’re experience builders,” Lucas said. “Guests often call us with an idea of what they’d like, and it’s up to us to tailor our services to them. We spend countless hours on this process, but it’s so satisfying knowing we’ve crafted the ultimate spa day for our guests.” For gentlemen, that may look like a fresh cut and style in the Serenity Salon, followed by a rejuvenating soak in the men’s whirlpool. Brides can enjoy a wellness manicure, incorporating lavender CBD hand scrub, that will calm those pre-wedding jitters and give you flawless nails for close-up photos. 30 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2022

Minors accompanied by adults are welcome to enjoy select amenities and treatments, like the tropicalscented Sherbet Splash mani/pedi combo and acne-eliminating facials that’ll boost your teen’s confidence. Serenity prides itself in using topquality, sustainable products in all available treatments. If during your stay you discover a new, life-altering beauty product or invigorating body oil you can’t live without, chances are you can pick up a bottle or two at the Spa Shoppe. “We oftentimes see guests come out of the spa, and they are so relaxed they’re almost in a trance,” Story said. “That’s when we know we’ve done our job.” “I’ve had guests come out so happy they high-fived me, while others can only muster a big, satisfied sigh with a smile,” Lucas added. “Those reactions are what make our job even more worthwhile.”

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STAY IN THE SWING OF IT Gorgeous golf courses and state-of-the-art tennis courts beckon sports enthusiasts

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he perfect climate and Gulf Coast locale makes this area a haven for golfers and tennis players alike. Our guests have access to four championship golf courses among some of the most beautiful settings that the Emerald Coast has to offer, so it’s no wonder that Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is one of the Top 20 Florida Golf Resorts, according to Condé Nast Traveler. If you swing better with a racquet than a club, the 32 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2022

resort 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 on-site 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 waterfront 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.

To reserve a tee time at any of the resort’s golf courses, call the Activities Desk at (850) 267-9500, ext. 3741. HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM

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sk Tiffany Howell and Caidan Cryar what their role is at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, and they’ll tell you they’re in the “fun” department. Indeed, Howell and Cryar, the Director and Assistant Director of Recreation, are master distractors, packing so much action into guests’ vacations, that they’ll never need to venture off property to seek entertainment. Both ladies got their start at Hilton Sandestin Beach’s pool hut, a summer job that led to their life’s calling. “I know for Caidan and myself, it’s been a joy to work our way up to the positions we’re in now,” said Howell. “We have a really great team in recreation that works hard to bring joy to everyone — especially when it’s raining.”

Rainy day diversions almost always include complimentary movie marathons on the lower lobby level of the Emerald Tower. Cryar will usually organize a game of bingo or one of her famous scavenger hunts that the whole family will love. But chances are that fickle Florida weather will give way to sunshine, and you’ll be beach bound in no time. With direct access to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Hilton Sandestin Beach offers numerous amenities to ensure you experience the ultimate getaway. “Reserve your beach chairs and umbrellas in advance to make sure you get a perfect spot,” Howell advised. “For those who don’t, we recommend getting to the beach services hut before 11 in the morning as the beach fills up quickly.” HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM

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TIFFANY’S TIPS ◆ 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 to our beach services team, or visit HiltonSandestin.ipoolside.com to reserve online. ◆ Before you hit your day of play, be sure to visit the Pool Hut to gear up for some fun in the sun — including complimentary beach towels. Feel free to leave the beach chairs and pool noodles at home. ◆ Teens (14 and older) are welcome to climb aboard a stand-up paddleboard or kayak. Don’t have your “sea legs”? No worries, a member of the beach crew will be happy to show you how. ◆ Kids Krew activities may be available at varying hours, and under the capable watch of Cryar, children aged 5–12 can enjoy themed parties, face painting, tiedying and more. ◆ The Pool Hut will inflate your kids’ floaties and pool toys free of charge. 36 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2022

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Capable and compassionate recreation staff entertain our littlest guests with games, movies and Kids Krew activities.

Depending on the day’s water conditions, the recreation team has kayaks and standup paddleboards available for rent for guests that are 14 years old or older. If the waves are too choppy, there are plenty of pleasures to be had in the sand. A volleyball net is set up for free play, and the rec crew is standing by with footballs, Frisbees, soccer balls and other equipment for some friendly competition. You can have s’more fun by arranging a private beach bonfire before you arrive. Gather your tribe around a fire pit stocked with three hours worth of firewood, and make memories as the sun gives way to a sea of stars. If you wish to soak up the sun sans sand and salt, Hilton Sandestin Beach offers two handicap accessible pools on either side of Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill, plus an indoor pool, two whirlpools and a shallow toddler pool for the littlest ones.

Don’t worry about bringing your own towels. The pool services team offers a complimentary supply that guests may check out and return at the end of each day. “We also sell sunscreen, noodles, goggles and anything else you may need for a pool day at the pool services hut,” said Cryar. “Guests can also reserve a poolside cabana at the pool services hut, which are great for families and small groups to enjoy.” Poolside cabanas can seat up to six and include a shaded dining area, sunscreen, ice-cold water bottles and souvenir koozies. Consider upgrading to a premium cabana to accommodate eight people with lounge chairs and a cozy couch that grandpa will enjoy using for his afternoon siesta. The pool deck sets the scene for the resort’s seasonal events, such as the Fourth of July carnival. Before an evening of an outdoor barbecue and a bombastic fireworks finale, guests have a blast on the deck with games, poolside performances and kid-centric festivities. Whether you’re looking for help arranging a proposal for your sweetheart or simply need some extra towels, all you have to do is ask. “We wouldn’t be able to do our jobs without our wonderful recreation team,” said Cryar. “Especially these last two years, our team has shown up and really carried our department. We all appreciate each other and love what we do.”


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ravel to any locale, and the area’s musttry dining options are the first thing on any visitor’s agenda. When you arrive at Hilton Sandestin Beach, you’ll quickly notice you won’t have to go far for good eats. The resort’s award-winning restaurants offer some of the best and most unique culinary selections in the area. No matter what you’re in the mood for — an intimate dinner or a family night out — you’ll find a delicious answer to your quest. And, many of these are available from the comfort of your guest room via in-room dining. Sandcastles and The Coffee Shop are great places to start the day, offering an array of breakfast favorites, baked goods and caffeinated beverages. Sandcastles also offers coastal cuisine throughout the day to help refuel. Need a bite on the run? Picnix Poolside Market has sandwiches, pizza and a bevy of other comfort foods to tempt your palate. Closer to the shore, Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill mixes up classic Gulf Coast and American fare for appetizing meals with a view. After sunset, Hadashi Sushi Bar merges fresh-caught fare with traditional Japanese cuisine, and that includes some of the best sushi rolls you’ll find this side of the Pacific. For that spark of fine dining, Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, the resort’s AAA Four-Diamond steakhouse, will light up the night. Prime USDA steaks and inventive seafood dishes will delight any gourmand. So don’t wander far; our great dining always delivers.

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DELIGHT AND DINE IN DIVERSE DELICACIES With seven seasonal on-site options to feed your cravings, you’ll never have to go far to find a new experience

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ood may be a necessity, but it transcends its role of mere sustenance. It is a staple of celebration and a window to one’s culture and traditions. When we gather with friends and family to share a meal, the flavors are just as important as the memories we make. That’s why Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa prides itself in offering seven seasonal on-site dining options, ranging from grab-and-go Newly appointed quick bites to multi-course Executive Chef Dan Tederous gourmet feasts. curates for the No matter your taste, resort eclectic, each morsel should capture locally sourced the ethos of your escape to menus. paradise. Gary Brielmayer, General Manager of Hilton Sandestin Beach, believes the resort is more than capable of doing so with its new group of culinary experts. “From the top down, the culinary team we’ve assembled at Hilton Sandestin Beach is truly exceptional,” said Brielmayer. “It’s gratifying to see Steve Withall to bring you Sandcastles our family grow and provide an even Restaurant’s new open-air kitchen. greater depth and energy to our guests.” It’s important that we keep things Last year, Hilton Sandestin Beach fresh for you, the guest. Whether bid farewell to longtime Executive Chef visiting for the first time or a perennial Dan Vargo as he moved on to pursue visitor, you’re invited to explore the vast, his dreams and spend time traveling seasonal selections showcasing locally with his family. Knowing he was sourced produce, fresh-from-the-Gulf leaving behind big shoes to fill, Vargo seafood and all the palatial delicacies embarked upon a widespread search the Emerald Coast offers. for a successor, sharing the search with There truly is something for Angelina Covington, Hilton Sandestin everyone. Grandma and Grandpa may Beach’s operations director. wake early and opt for a sunrise stroll When the pair encountered Dan on the beach. If they first swing by Tederous, it was fate. Most recently The Coffee Shop, they can take with the Executive Chef de Cuisine at them an enlivening cup of joe and a Delmonico Steakhouse in Las Vegas, homemade pastry. Nevada, Tederous boasts over 20 years While they have a head start on of professional culinary experience the day, the rest of the clan can catch in fine dining restaurants and luxury up with a delectable, buffet-style hotels, including the Waldorf Astoria breakfast at Sandcastles Restaurant. in Orlando, Florida. Whether you nosh on fresh fruit and He has already demonstrated his cereal or go all-out with a custom prowess in overseeing all kitchen omelet, you’re sure to work up an operations to optimize on-site dining experiences and has been working appetite for lunch after a few hours in closely with new culinary team lead the sun.

Parents know how hard it can be to pull their children away from splashing in the water. Plan ahead and take a lunch to-go with mac ’n cheese or chicken tenders from Picnix Poolside Market, or keep an eye out for one of Hilton Sandestin Beach’s “sand kickers.” These team members walk the beach and place your order for tasty handhelds or cocktails at Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill. Sushi lovers can spruce up for supper at Hadashi Sushi Bar, which offers some of the freshest rolls and sashimi around. If it’s a special occasion, consider taking your significant other for a prime steak and seafood spread at Seagar’s, where the atmosphere is just as tasteful as the cuisine. If the sun’s got you bushed, inroom dining options can deliver dinner and dessert directly to your door. “I believe we have nailed every aspect of dining in this hotel,” said Angelina Covington. “With a little bit of everything to offer, no one needs to venture off property for a fabulous meal.” HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM

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emphasis on detail and premier customer service has not only earned the steakhouse a AAA Four Diamond recognition for over 20 years, but also made them synonymous with special occasions in South Walton. But it doesn’t have to be an anniversary, birthday or graduation to indulge in the pinnacle of Gulf Coast cuisine. Eating here is an experience


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and, according to Seagar’s Sous Chef, Fleetwood Covington, a celebration in and of itself. “I can’t tell you how honored I am to serve in this role,” said Covington. “Whether you’re a local or a guest here at the resort, our team will work hard to serve you the level of excellence Seagar’s customers have come to expect.” Mainstay menu items include USDA prime steaks and chops with veal au jus, steamed or broiled Maine lobster and multi-tiered, sumptuous seafood towers with house-made cocktail sauce and drawn butter. To complement your selection, Seagar’s offers a 600-label wine collection, craft cocktails and martinis. For dessert, the bananas or peaches foster — flambéed and served over vanilla ice cream — is a must. Seagar’s aims to create for you an unhurried, intimate evening. Pull up a chair, enjoy the candlelit atmosphere and let the melodic tunes of a live baby grand piano serve as a mellow metronome to your enlivening conversations. HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM

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rue sushi enthusiasts know the makings of a good roll: fresh fish, premium sushigrade rice and just the right amount of accompaniments to enhance, and yet not overpower, the whole dish. At Hadashi Sushi Bar, Chef Jim Kim never disappoints. Located just off Hilton Sandestin Beach’s main lobby, guests can pull up a stool at the bar or be seated at a table to enjoy authentic sashimi, nigiri and hand-rolled sushi staples, as well as unique chef creations from the master himself. Chef Kim won’t tell you his is the best sushi in South Walton, but Angelina Covington, Operations Director at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, tells it like it is: “I’ve heard, numerous times, people say his sushi is the best they’ve ever eaten,” she said. In Japanese, the term “Hadashi” even translates to superiority. The perfect close to a day at the beach or date night spot, Hadashi boasts a casual atmosphere that reflects its refreshingly simplistic offerings. Get started with traditional Japanese seaweed salad, miso soup and edamame, but save some room for the main event. Kim’s custom rolls will vary seasonally and depend on the freshest fish available in the Gulf of Mexico, but it’s safe to say any item pairs well with a cold Sapporo beer. To really augment the authenticity, consider ordering a carafe of warm or chilled sake. Gather your friends, raise a glass and, as the Japanese say, “Kanpai!”


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indulge in game-day favorites, such as juicy, grilled burgers, hot dogs and chicken tenders. You don’t have to wait until 5 o’clock to try a craft cocktail, a glass of wine or a beachside brew. Guest favorites include multi-flavored, fruity rum, vodka and tequila-spiked daiquiris and margaritas — the perfect way to beat the summer heat. If you’re parched or peckish but not quite ready to quit the shore, The Sandbar, located directly on Miramar Beach, offers cold brews and the same frozen, tropical cocktails and refreshments as Barefoot’s. Place a lunch order there to enjoy some of Barefoot’s fare right from your beach chair, or don’t even bother getting up. Hilton Sandestin Beach’s seasonal “sand kickers” patrol the shore and will gladly take your order from wherever you’re set up and ensure you get your goodies in a timely manner.

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brewed Colombian coffee, chilled fruit juice, milk, soft drinks and breakfast cocktails are also available. If it was one of those mornings where you couldn’t help but hit the snooze button, don’t fret. Sandcastles Lounge is open for lunch and is ideal for watching games with fellow sports fans or regrouping with friends and family. Boasting a family-friendly, pubstyle ambiance, your crew can dig in to crispy chicken wings, fresh coastal fare and handheld delicacies as you plan your next move.

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freshly prepared Pizza Hut personal pan pizzas. If you’re truly famished, his team will even whip one up for you. Pizza and ice cream go together like peanut butter and jelly. Those with a sweet tooth have their pick of over a dozen Edy’s Hand Dipped Ice Cream Treats and an array of toppings for a truly tasty way to cool off. Picnix features a menu that caters to everyone, including chicken fi ngers and macaroni and cheese for the little ones, and sandwiches stacked with lunchmeat and fresh veggies for mom and dad. Purchase a souvenir sports bottle for just $20, and you’ll enjoy free refills for the remainder of your stay. Pick up some chips, drinks and whatever else may satisfy your cravings, and you have all the makings of a beachfront picnic.

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ith a day at the beach comes the need for preparation: Do you have enough sunscreen? Did you pack your child’s floaties and that book you’ve been meaning to read? And, more importantly, will there be enough food and drinks for the entire party? Checking that last box is easy with a quick trip to Picnix Poolside Market. Nestled between Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa’s two outdoor pools, the seasonal shop offers an abundance of refreshments, grab-and-go meals and scrumptious treats to fuel your fun in the sun. Executive Chef Dan Tederous stocks Picnix Poolside Market with a variety of goods that appeal to groups on the go and leisurely loungers. No matter your M.O., it’s always a good idea to grab one of the

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OUR MEMORIES • Shelter House was honored to have the Hilton Sandestin Beach participate in the fourth annual Palate & Palette live painting and wine dinner in 2020. This event featured six of the area’s top chefs collaborating to create a five-course seated dinner. The event has become Shelter House’s biggest annual fundraiser, and having Chef Vargo in the kitchen was an incredible addition to the lineup. Chef Vargo’s professionalism and skills were raved about by the guests who loved his creation — bourbonglazed pork served with peppered Florida cheese ravioli. This was Hilton Sandestin Beach’s first year participating in Palate & Palette. However, they have been supporting Shelter House’s Purses with Purpose event since 2016. Guests know that when Hilton Sandestin Beach is involved in an event, it will be top notch. Their team always brings a level of professionalism and a standard of excellence to every event they host or participate in. The reputation that the Hilton Sandestin Beach has built means a lot in our community. They are a well-known community partner for countless nonprofits in our area. Their efforts to give back to our community haven’t gone unnoticed.

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well as Starbucks Teavana teas and refreshers. The Coffee Shop also offers a variety of water, health drinks and hot chocolate. If you don’t have time to sit down for breakfast but want more to go on than a granola bar, there’s an assortment of bagels, breakfast sandwiches and bowls packed with your choice of protein, soft-scrambled eggs and flaky, buttermilk biscuits. Greek yogurt, various cereals and fresh fruit are also available for a quick bite. Where The Coffee Shop really shines is in its selection of freshly made, decadent pastries. The bakery is always chock-full of guest favorites, such as assorted muffins, danishes, chewy cookies and oversized cinnamon rolls. That’s thanks to Hilton Sandestin Beach’s Assistant Pastry Chef, Cherny Nero Rodriguez. Cherny discovered her love for confections while working at Seagar’s and has trained under Hilton Sandestin Beach’s awardwinning Pastry Chef, Yascha Becker. After seven years with the resort, she is thrilled to be baking something new every day. “Whether I’m assisting with banquet desserts and wedding cakes, or providing pastries for The Coffee Shop, I’m happy to be here,” she said.

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fter a blissfully long day in the sand and sun, you’re spent. Freshly showered, you lie there sunkissed and — suddenly you’re starving. You could really go for a roll or two from Hadashi Sushi Bar, but the last thing you want to do is get all dolled up to go out to eat. At Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, you can have your cake and eat it, too, when you pick up the phone and dial extension 44 for in-room dining. A robust menu offers a sampling of delicacies from around the hotel, including your favorites from Sandcastles and Hadashi. If it’s a luxurious experience you seek from the comfort of your own space, room service is the way to go.

Create your own romantic ambiance with hand-dipped chocolate strawberries and an artisanal cheese platter, best enjoyed on the balcony at sunset. Families can go all out with artisan pizzas, full breakfast spreads and a la carte items. In-room dining’s full-service bar menu can supply your favorite cocktails, bottles of spirits and wine and even pitchers of mixed drinks to keep the party going. If you feel like dessert before dinner, Hilton Sandestin Beach won’t judge; children and adults alike can indulge in ice cream, cookies and cake any time of the day. Available from six in the morning to 10 at night, it’s never a bad time to treat yourself.

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

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

3. LOST PIZZA CO. Get lost in the sauce, cheese and fresh toppings at Lost Pizza Co., a casual, Mississippi-based eatery specializing in signature and custom-built pies and handhelds. A diverse menu also boasts Mississippi Delta Hot Tamales, housemade sauce and pasta, salad, decadent “dessert” pizzas and a compelling kids’ menu. Open daily, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. 10859 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Ste. 301, Miramar Beach. (850) 353-2284. $$

4. OVIDE Former Top Chef competitor and judge, cookbook author and James Beard Award-winning Chef Hugh Acheson showcases his culinary expertise at Ovide, the premier fine dining spot at Hotel Effie Sandestin. Open for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner, Ovide marries traditional Gulf Coast flavor with timeless French cooking techniques for stunning dishes sure to satisfy. Open daily 7–11 a.m. for breakfast, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. for lunch, 58 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2022

5–10 p.m. for dinner and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.–2 p.m. for brunch. 1 Grand Sandestin Blvd., Miramar Beach. (850) 351-3030. $$$

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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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) $

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 daily, 5–10 p.m. $$

6. 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 gluten-free pizza. Highway 98 and Sandestin Blvd. (850) 650-0015. $$

7. SANDCASTLES RESTAURANT Located within Hilton Sandestin Beach, Sandcastles is known for its lavish breakfast buffets. Serving coastal cuisine, Sandcastles is also open daily for lunch and dinner. Open daily 7–11 a.m. for breakfast, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. for lunch and 6–9 p.m. for dinner. (850) 267-9500 Ext. 43. $$

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

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 $$

9. 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

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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 $$

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. $$

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Locally owned and operated, O’Quigley’s offers seafood steamed, blackened, fried or sautéed seafood to go along with its prime-cut steaks and award-winning 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., Ste. 101. (850) 837-1015, OQuigleysSeafoodSteamer.com $$

Located at Hilton Sandestin Beach, Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood is Northwest Florida’s only AAA Four Diamond-rated steakhouse. Experience fine dining at Seagar’s, featuring an open theatre kitchen, tableside preparations and a wine list with over 600 labels. Open for dinner at 5:30 p.m. Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. (850) 622-1500. $$$

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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 $$$

19. 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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20. 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. $$$

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

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xploration is a natural inclination during any trip. If your travels take you offproperty, know that some of the most unique experiences await you in South Walton. From ancient springs to captivating parks, the nature lover inside you will delight in the area’s native wonders. Immerse yourself in pure, unspoiled wilderness and visit rare coastal dune lakes, dive to artificial reefs or hike natural preserves. Educate yourself on the region’s biodiversity at the Biophilia Center, or view works of art among the Gulf’s depths at the Underwater Museum of Art. If you seek culture in a less outdoorsy environment, the performances and events from the Emerald Coast Theater Company and the Cultural Arts Alliance might better suit your tastes. The area is also a hub for numerous food, wine and beer festivals, or you can catch more seasonal fare, like summer concerts sponsored by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation or Baytowne on Ice in the winter. For a little retail therapy, shopping hotspots such as Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, Destin Commons and Silver Sands Premium Outlets are stocked with both local and designer goods that make for great gifts and souvenirs. You’ll never want for activity when you’re in South Walton.

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hen it comes time to scout around off the resort grounds, Walton County offers a variety of culture, nature, shopping, and yearly and seasonal events that are sure to quench any visitor’s wanderlust. So broaden your horizons and blaze a trail to some of our favorite venues and festivals.


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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. Since then, three other reefs have been added, taking the forms of a dolphin, a sea horse and a cobia, 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 fi nest dive

• I was invited to spend a long weekend exploring Hilton Sandestin Beach while covering the 30A Songwriters Festival along with two other ladies. We enjoyed the different amenities on- and off-site as we provided our audiences with information about the surrounding area. It was a dream partnership. Everything was done seamlessly. There was great communication from the get-go, and when we finally met the Hilton Sandestin Beach team, it was like we had known each other for years. The team there took care of us from the moment we walked in the door. With amenities like Serenity by the sea Spa, the AAA FourDiamond steakhouse Seagar’s and nearby golf courses, this is the perfect destination for a girls’ trip, a couples trip and or even a trip for the whole family. They have truly thought of everything — from giving parents a break by offering Kids Krew services to accommodating adults with entertainment and food options that surpass all expectations. There is enough on-site so you never need to leave, but if you do choose to, there’s a shuttle that can take you to more shopping and food options. It makes for an amazing vacation where you can truly let your hair down and relax. I already loved the area and share about it so much with my audience that I was glad to be able to introduce them to an all-time favorite place of mine, Hilton Sandestin Beach.

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58 feet of water and at a distance of .93 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

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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 64 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2022

hunt. If walking’s not your style, bike along paved paths to Campbell Lake or catch a ride on the tram to the beach. There, you can 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

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. 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

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

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton GRAND BOULEVARD County (CAA) promotes the arts in Conveniently located near the resort is our area. Founded in 1989, the CAA Grand Boulevard, one of Sandestin’s has nurtured cultural pursuits in our premier entertainment venues. In community by bringing in festivals, addition to high-end shops such as children’s educational programs and Tommy Bahama, Vineyard Vines, countless instances of funding for fine Anthropologie and Lilly Pulitzer, this arts events. The Bayou Arts center, outdoor center is home to delicious located in Santa Rosa Beach’s scenic eateries of all styles. Cantina Laredo Hogtown Bayou, is the headquarters of the CAA and offers over 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 Score deals from of its partners, such as the over 110 designerFoster Gallery in Sandestin. brand stores when Depending on which time you shop at Silver you’re visiting, you’ll want to Sand Premium Outlets. check out the talents of CAAsponsored events, such as the 30A Songwriters Festival, Art Week and the Flutterby Festival.

serves up authentic Mexican dishes and signature margaritas deemed the Best of the Emerald Coast. If you’re in the mood to see a rising star, there is also Emeril’s Coastal Italian, celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s debut restaurant in Northwest Florida. Top it off with some homemade ice cream or fudge from Kilwin’s, and snag some gourmet candy, too! If your beach day gets rained out, Grand Boulevard is also the site of the Boulevard 10 Cinema. This luxurious movie theater provides dining options if you choose to see a movie in their Ovation Dining Room, as well as a colossal “Big-D” auditorium for the ultimate 3D viewing experience.

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 alfresco 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, Pino Gelato Cafe and Mrs. Fields Cookies are perfect pit stops where you can refuel.

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Foodies and wine aficionados alike delight in the annual Sandestin Wine Festival.

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hether it’s a family-friendly event, a seasonal celebration, or a festival of food and drink, South Walton and the Emerald Coast are packed with events that will appeal to everyone. Warm up the winter by revisiting some of your favorite dishes at the annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival, a treasure for guests and locals for over three decades. Or find your preferred varietal at the 30A Wine Festival or the Sandestin Wine Festival. Once the weather warms back up, venture out and expand your creative side at the ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival, then light up your night with a stop by Digital Graffiti, a dazzling showcase as original artwork is cast onto the striking white walls of Alys Beach. Many of these annual events can be reached via a free shuttle from The Village of Baytowne Wharf, and others are just minutes away from the resort. So gather your family and friends, and we’ll see you there. 66 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2022

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EVENTS 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.


SEASIDE HALF MARATHON & 5K

Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin hosts the 14th annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival. American specialty beers from around the nation will be available for participants to sample and savor.

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

April

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← SANDESTIN WINE FESTIVAL Uncork some fun at the 35th annual Sandestin Wine Festival. Savor wines and fine food while enjoying live music and a picture-perfect atmosphere at The Village of Baytowne Wharf.

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

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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.

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

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FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS 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.

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 alfresco 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.

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

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

September

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.

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More than 30 venues across Highway 30A set the stage for over 250 established and up-and-coming lyricsmiths at the 30A Songwriters Festival.

November

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.”

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

TELLURIDE MOUNTAINFILM FESTIVAL This three-day outdoor film festival in WaterColor showcases a selection

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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 5–8 p.m. Learn more about South Walton events at VisitSouthWalton.com/events.

OUR MEMORIES • My family has enjoyed coming to the Hilton Sandestin and making memories. It’s a place that always brings us together — especially our children. The kids loved playing together in the pool and at the beach, and the bunk beds were always a hit! While attending Kids Krew, they made friends with other children and the recreation staff. They always enjoyed the poolside “dive-in” movies and tasty treats from Picnix. One of our best visits was in 2013, when a storm stood in the way of our sun and surf. The Hilton Sandestin didn’t let it ruin our fun and jumped into action with loads of indoor activities. The ballrooms were filled with face painting, balloons, inflatables, popcorn and movies. It was quite a feat, but the staff rolled with it, and all the guests, including my #TeamBrown6, had a blast!

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SHOPPING GUIDE Find your favorite shopping spots nearby 1. DESTIN COMMONS

business is subject to change. Located at The Village of Baytowne Wharf, 9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy. W., Miramar Beach. (305) 747-7776.

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.

4. MCCASKILL & COMPANY When the occasion — or the recipient — is very special, it’s time for a visit to the elegant showrooms of McCaskill & 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.

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 Blvd., Miramar Beach. (850) 654-5929.

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

3. LATITUDE 25 Nestled among the shops at The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Latitude 25 is an upscale retailer of seasonal outdoor apparel, accessories and resort wear. Shop labels such as Guy Harvey, Pura Vida and Columbia, or pick up a signature Destin souvenir shirt. Open Mon.– Thurs., 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. *Merchant hours and

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

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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Shop. Dine. Play. 1 SRE - REAL ESTATE SALES • DISCOVERY CENTER Sandestin® Real Estate Sales 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 3 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 4 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 6 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’s beautiful beaches. (850) 974-9954 EmeraldCoast.art

10 BAREFOOT PRINCESS Barefoot Princess, a Lilly Pulitzer specialty store, offers 11 a large selection of apparel, shoes, and accessories for ladies and children. The store was voted “Best of the Emerald Coast” by Emerald Coast Magazine, 2021. (850) 351-1806 Facebook.com/BarefootPrincessBaytowne 12 ISLAND CLOTHIERS Island Clothiers is the Emerald Coast’s best shopping destination for men and women, carrying the latest in men’s and women’s apparel, jewelry, and footwear. From resort casual to 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 of the Emerald Coast” by Emerald Coast Magazine, 2021. (850) 351-1806 Facebook.com/ShopSandestin 14 RUM RUNNERS TROPICAL ISLAND GRILL & 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 15 HPO HIGH PERFORMANCE OFFSHORE Catch the latest footwear, sunglasses, and fishing gear before hitting the water! HPO features high-performance offshore gear for the avid fisherman, including Rogue Offshore, Deep Ocean, Hook & Tackle brands, and more. Shop our complete line of clothing and accessories for men, women, and children! (850) 424-5052

7 LATITUDE 25 Upscale retail store specializing in high-end resort and outerwear for all seasons. (850) 842-2600

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

8 CHARLIE’S CAFE Charlie’s Cafe offers casual dining with something for everyone. From a full expresso 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.” (850) 424-6459

17 CANDYMAKER Satisfy your sweet tooth at Candymaker Candy Store with every sugary treat imaginable. Created right in front of your eyes at this Southern candy kitchen, enjoy delicious favorites include saltwater taffy, pralines, fudge, caramel apples, buttery toffee, and peanut butter cups! (850) 351-1986 TheCandyMaker.com

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

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

19 SLICK LIPS SEAFOOD & OYSTER HOUSE Derived from the nickname Amberjack, who doesn’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

33 HAMMERHEAD’S BAR & GRILLE 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 11 a.m. until the fun stops. (850) 351-1997 HammerHeadsBarandGrille.com

20 ROCKWELL THARP LADIES BOUTIQUE Owners and designers Kristi Rockwell and Cameron Tharp showcase their unique, cutting-edge boots, shoes, belts, handbags, and ladies apparel. They have been featured on NBC’s Today show and was honored with the Southeastern Shoe of the Year award and Southwestern Designers of the Year. Experience shopping with Rockwell Tharp, where their passions help you color the world into a brighter place! (808) 268-6131 or (850) 837-1242 RockwellTharp.com 22 SALT LIFE BY HPO Salt Life By HPO strives to combine function and fashion with an incredible fit tailored for the active lifestyle. With its relentless dedication to providing gear and designs that transcend, it has successfully evolved into a lifestyle brand with worldwide appeal. Whether it’s surfing, fishing, diving or simply enjoying a day at the beach, those who live and breathe the Salt Life have one thing in common – the ocean, the Gulf and all it has to offer! Beach-goers wear the Salt Life brand of board shorts, apparel and proudly display our stickers. (850) 608-6080 23 PARADISE FOUND Looking for the perfect souvenir from your beach vacation? Paradise Found has got you covered with fun beach trinkets, 24 novelty T-shirts, and apparel to meet your needs! 25 PARADISE FOUND KIDS Let your kids take home a little of their beach vacation. Shop Paradise Found Kids for beach trinkets, novelty T-shirts, and apparel to meet your needs! (850) 837-3200 27 BAYTOWNE WHARF NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION The Baytowne Wharf Neighborhood Association manages the 28-acre Village at Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort. Contributing to visitors’ unique experiences at Sandestin®, BWNA engages an 27 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 28 PURA VIDA A boutique store selling handcrafted bracelets and jewelry. Pura Vida provides full-time jobs to artisans worldwide & donates millions to over 200 global charities. Enjoy the simple things in life – or “Pura Vida.” 30 POPPY’S CRAZY LOBSTER We invite you to enjoy fresh local seafood along with some of our Creole and Cajun favorites while overlooking the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay. (850) 351-1996 CrazyLobsterDestin.com 30 31 BAYTOWNE ADVENTURE ZONE TOWER CLIMB Towering nearly 40 feet in the air, this adventure will test your strength and strategic skills. Chart your course all the way to the top with your friends and family cheering you on! This rock wall is suitable for kids of all ages. (850) 428-2736 BaytowneAdventureZone.com

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34 JOHN WEHNER’S DOCKSIDE RESTAURANT & JOHN WEHNER’S VILLAGE DOOR This family-friendly restaurant features live entertainment, freshly smoked meats, homemade BBQ sauces as well as your favorite seafood. Originally from Bourbon Street, the live music dance club has won Best of the Emerald Coast, Best in Design, and Finest on the Emerald Coast Awards. Whether dining or dancing, enjoy our gorgeous new shaded dockside bar with beautiful views of the Baytowne Marina, Choctawhatchee Bay and amazing sunsets. (850) 610-5959 TheVillageDoor.com 35 ROBERTO’S ITALIAN PIZZERIA & SPORTS BAR Serving the best gourmet pizzas, pasta, calzones, strombolis, salads wings, and more. This casual, family-friendly pizzeria has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, a full bar, big screen TVs, and great drink specials. Whether it’s to catch the big game or bring in family and friends for a pizza party, this is the place. Open daily from 11 a.m. until the fun stops. (850) 351-1998 RobertosItalianPizzeria.com 36 BAYTOWNE ADVENTURE ZONE ZIPLINE & STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN 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! (850) 428-2736 BaytowneAdventureZone.com 37 DRUNKEN GOAT SALOON Drunken Goat Saloon is Baytowne’s only smokehouse to feature a Southern cuisine, and a country feel from the menu to the décor. Offering two-story dining and spirits setting, to include upper and lower outside deck seating areas that overlook Baytowne Marina. You can indulge with two full-service bars, serving up signature drinks, local craft and domestic beers, or wine of your choice. (850) 353-2623 Facebook.com/DrunkenGoatSaloonBaytowne 38 GEMESIS EXPRESSIONS Offering a wide range of jewelry from local artists, including leather and pearls from Gemesis Expressions, Thymes fragrances, Tyler candles, Soap Rocks, Mariana fine jewelry from Israel, paintings from local artists, and so much more. See you there! (850) 499-1143 Facebook.com/GemesisExpressions 39 DOLLS AND FRIENDS 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 and Friends also carries reasonably priced 18” dolls that make great friends for your American Girl Dolls. (850) 837-4402 DollClothesFactory.com 40 ARTFUL SOAP CO. Offering locally handmade 100 percent natural skin care products like 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


41 BAYTOWNE ADVENTURE ZONE SKYTRAIL AND SKYTYKES ROPES COURSE 51 For the thrill-seekers in your group, there is the SkyTrail Ropes Course and a course for the little ones too! (850) 428-2736 BaytowneAdventureZone.com 42 SANDESTIN CLOTHING COMPANY Celebrate your stay with a purchase from Sandestin® Clothing Company, the resort’s only signature logo shop for men, women, and children. Popular items also include collectibles, gifts, beach necessities, keepsakes and so much more. (850) 267-8700 ShopSandestin.com 43 COCONUT KIDZ Coconut Kidz provides children and parents with the ultimate kids’ shopping experience. Coconut Kidz has the best children’s apparel and toys. Looking for a new plush friend to remind your child of their Sandestin® vacation? Find it in our mounds of TY plush toys, beach toys, and limited-edition collectibles, or be creative and build a bear, dolphin, or alligator. (850) 351-1800 ShopSandestin.com 44 BLAST ARCADE AND LASER MAZE Sandestin®’s No. 1 spot for kid and family entertainment. Blast Features over 50 redemption and video games. Come test your speed and agility in our Laser Maze. Win tickets and apply toward great prizes. Blast is also a great location for your onestop, no-stress party headquarters! (850) 654-3333 BlastFunAndGames.com 45 MOO LA LA ICE CREAM AND DESSERTS Indulge in a variety of 24 ever-changing rich ice cream flavors. We feature the best shakes and sundaes in the business, like the always popular Grasshopper shake and Brownie Sundae. Also, enjoy a selection of eclectic and scrumptious desserts, and while you’re visiting, be sure to check out the “Udder Side.” (850) 837-2288 Facebook.com/Moo-La-La 46 EXCITING NEW DINING COMING SOON! 47 BAYTOWNE LIVE The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents Baytowne LIVE on Adventure Lane. The newly renovated art and entertainment lawn has a brand new stage where you will find musical, artistic, and interactive entertainment. Located just across from Blast Arcade and Laser Maze. For upcoming performances, go to: BaytowneWharf.com 49 BLAST’EM SHOOTING GALLERY “Rootin Tootin” comes to life in this theatrical and animated shooting gallery designed to entertain the entire family. (850) 654-3333 BlastFunAndGames.com 50 BAYTOWNE ADVENTURE ZONE GOLF CHALLENGE Land-based holes and floating greens are ready to challenge you. (850) 428-2736 BaytowneAdventureZone.com 52 BAYTOWNE ADVENTURE ZONE EUROBUNGY (850) 428-2736 BaytowneAdventureZone.com 53 TONY LARUE’S SNOWBALLS What better way to cool down on the beach than with a New Orleans-style snowball from Tony LaRue’s? With a wide variety of flavors and a fun New Orleans vibe, you will be coming back for more of these tasty, frozen treats. (850) 424-6934

54 CANNERY LANE CANTINA The Cannery Lane Cantina offers a vibrant mix of authentic homemade dishes infused with the flavors of South America and the Caribbean. All dishes are cooked to order from fresh ingredients. Relax on our deck and enjoy a margarita or cold beer! (850) 424-6934 55 BAYTOWNE ADVENTURE ZONE TUG COMPANY (850) 428-2736 BaytowneAdventureZone.com 56 YAKI - ASIAN CUISINE Opening Soon. Dine-in or take-out! 57 BIKE RENTALS Bikes for all ages. Comes with lock and map so you can explore at your leisure. (850) 267-6363 58 MARINA BAR & GRILL Pull up a chair and relax inside or outside. This charming location is a great spot for weekend breakfasts, a hot or cold beverage of your choice, and lunch or early dinner any day of the week. It’s a treasure for all ages. (850) 267-7778 Sandestin.com/dine/Marina-Bar-Grill 59 LEGENDARY MARINE Whether you are in the market to purchase a new boat, locate a premium used boat or yacht, or need professional guidance and help in selling your current boat, our veteran sales team is ready and fully prepared to assist you however needed. (850) 204-7647 LegendaryMarine.com 60 SUNQUEST CRUISES Dine Dance Cruise… Enjoy extraordinary dining, and live entertainment onboard the 125-foot luxury yacht SOLARIS docked at the Baytowne Marina. (850) 650-2519 SunQuestCruises.com 61 LA DOLCE VITA Welcome to the experience your family will never forget! Explore the Choctawhatchee Bay and Jolee Island from a stand-up paddleboard! LDV offers a wide variety of rentals! Rent by the hour, by the day, for yourself or the whole group! (866) 651-1869 LDVBeach.com 62 BAYTOWNE MARINA WATER SPORTS Located adjacent to our Village is our full-service 210-slip marina. You can charter whatever boat you want to float. Also offers light-tackle fishing charters, pontoon boat rentals, wave runner and yes, we even have bicycles too! (850) 267-7773 OVIDE Located at Hotel Effie. An elegant culinary adventure led by acclaimed Georgia chef Hugh Acheson, Ovide brings together classic Gulf Coast flavors and impeccable classic French techniques. (850) 351-3030 HotelEffie.com/dining SPA LILLIANA Located at Hotel Effie. Featuring special treatments designed to rejuvenate, restore, and relax. Facials, scrubs, and massages, as well as manicures and pedicures — all will leave you feeling calm and refreshed with a renewed perspective. (850) 351-3020 HotelEffie.com/spa-lilliana SANDESTIN® SIGNATURE SPOT

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s group activities and get-togethers slowly return to normality, Hilton Sandestin Beach is eager to help remove the legwork and the stress from your next wedding, conference or special event. The resort’s mix of stunning Gulf scenery and state-of-the-art meeting facilities make Hilton Sandestin

Beach a perfect place for meetings, events and everything in between. It also helps that the team at Hilton Sandestin Beach has been handling the details surrounding big events for decades. Their expertise over the past 37 years has resulted in many repeat customers, who receive help with planning, logistics, venue selection, catering options and special packages. Big or small, let us handle the details while you attend to your guests.

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hen you think “destination wedding,” it’s hard not to visualize the crystal-white sand, gentle lapping waves and watercolor sunsets that defi ne Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. For that reason, thousands of brides and grooms have traveled to the Sandestin area from all corners of the world for the ultimate testament of their love. On their big day, couples hope to reflect that love — in all its impassioned glory — in their ceremony. That may be a tall order, but Jon Lovett, Director of Events at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, said his team have yet to miss the mark. “Each year, I am blown away by how many brides and grooms choose to have their weddings take place here,” said Lovett. “We’re fortunate to not only have a beachfront location, but a successful weddings team providing consistent levels of service for our guests.” Lovett speaks highly of Angela Kramer, Hilton Sandestin Beach’s wedding and special events manager, who he says expertly builds relationships with brides and grooms that foster trust. The team at Hilton Sandestin Beach knows wedding planning is arguably one of the most stressful events of your life, and that’s why they provide an extensive list of vetted weddings coordinators, decorators, florists, photographers and entertainment vendors. “Bridges and grooms are required to have a ‘day-of’ wedding coordinator when they book with us,” says Lovett. “This ensures no detail is missed — from the moment you wake up as fiancés to saying goodnight as newlyweds.”

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Creating memorable beachside nuptials is important, so working directly with Angela and the events team to personalize your ceremony is key. Investing in a wedding package with Hilton Sandestin Beach includes custom florals, a three-tiered wedding cake baked by the resort’s in-house, Pastry Chef, Yascha Becker, a ceremony officiant and wedding night accommodations. “Our wedding packages are like a one-stop-shop for brides and grooms, as they offer all the essentials, including a day-of wedding coordinator, photographers and a custom ceremony playlist,” said Lovett. “We feel these packages best showcase what we do here, and should you wish to customize your package, we’re happy to do that as well.”

While it’s not often couples take advantage of Hilton Sandestin Beach’s elegant and spacious ballrooms outside of receptions, if an indoor wedding ceremony is what you desire, the team can make it happen. Hilton Sandestin Beach is more than just a venue, it’s a paradise. Treat your wedding party to some prenuptial pampering at Serenity by the sea Spa, or arrange for a private dinner at Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood. Onsite “I Do” specialists are ready to accommodate your requests and ensure your special day is nothing short of exceptional. “At the end of the day, we each work in the hospitality industry because we enjoy serving others,” Lovett said. “When people ask us what we do for a living, we simply tell them we help others make lasting memories.”

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or Kevin Rosa, Director of Sales & Marketing at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, selecting a venue for an important meeting or event is akin to buying a house. “It’s all about location, location, location,” he says. Beyond the location, you want to ensure there is enough room to accommodate your family and that it’s equipped with the proper amenities to support your needs. From its gorgeous, Gulf Coast vistas and ample assembly space to a consistently reliable event management team, Hilton Sandestin Beach checks all the boxes. “This property has a rich, 37-year history of meetings and events,” said Rosa. “I’ve been a hospitality executive for over 30 years now and have rarely seen annual group business like this property manages. The fact that, year after year, dozens of entities choose us repeatedly is a testament to our team and should be celebrated.” A huge draw, Rosa said, is Hilton Sandestin Beach’s “flexible and functional” meeting space. Larger conferences and events have their pick of ballrooms — Emerald, Coral and Coastal. Each ballroom lies adjacent to one another, and though they remain separate and vary in size and capacity, all have access to around 80 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2022

14,000 square feet of pre-function areas, ideal for cocktail receptions, registration sites and midday breaks. Each ballroom is equipped with state-of-the-art technological facilities capable of supporting your audio/visual presentation needs, though smaller groups may opt for the resort’s 1,260-square-foot theater, which boasts tiered seating and individual writing desks for those wishing to take notes. More intimate gatherings will find privacy in the Pelican and Heron Rooms, both just under 1,000 square feet, whose seating seamlessly accommodates smaller organizations. For those crucial executivelevel meetings, though, Rosa recommends the Boardroom, a stylish and sophisticated conference space that seats up to 12 and includes a self-contained bathroom, balcony and foyer. Of course, you’d be remiss not to treat your attendees to the sweeping, sandywhite shores just outside the conference room doors. Rosa said it’s not uncommon to host events and receptions on the pool deck to add a literal breath of fresh air to your schedule and get those creative juices flowing. Meeting planners should consider outdoor team-building activities such as yoga on the Sunrise Deck, beach Olympics directly in the sand and beach volleyball or


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The resort’s 60,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space accommodate groups small and large.

• For over 35 years, the Congress of Clinical Rheumatology has had a wonderful relationship hosting conferences at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Throughout the years, our conference has grown from around 100 attendees to over 700. Over the years, we have had instances where we ended up with more attendees than expected or had other miscellaneous changes, and the Hilton Sandestin Beach staff has always swiftly adjusted and been more than accommodating. They update and upgrade their facilities every few years, and each time they grow, it allows us to continue to host even larger events. Our conference currently hosts over 700 doctors and their families for six days, and I never have to worry because I know our attendees will enjoy themselves. Thanks to the variety of amenities, the wonderful food, the spacious conference rooms and the helpful and friendly staff, our attendees always enjoy themselves. There is a comfort in knowing I can call their team with any need, and they will accomplish it efficiently and with a smile.

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cornhole tournaments to strengthen your team’s bond and boost morale. “Our events team does a fantastic job of establishing relationships with clients and ensuring all aspects of their gatherings go off without a hitch,” said Rosa. “They not only bring every detail of your vision to life, they also ensure your attendee’s extracurriculars are planned in advance, including golf tee times and spa appointments. Our team is by your side through the entire process, from walking you through our banquet menus, to follow-ups on small details before your event begins, to making sure your space is set just as requested on the day of. The events team aims to ensure every note that factors into your event’s success is taken care of.” Chances are you’ve selected this property because it’s a great place for guests to bring their families. While you work hard, your loved ones play hard, and you’ll be privy to the fun when business concludes. “Our family-friendly resort creates the perfect environment for business travel to coincide with making lasting family memories,” said Rosa. “We have a lot of great events planned in 2022, and we can’t wait to welcome you here when the time comes.”


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MEETINGS AND FACILITIES GUIDE ENTRY LEVEL

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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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MORE THAN A VACATION

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BY MARK FORMBY

n 1992, I was invited to speak at a convention at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. The then 7-year-old resort’s amenities and accommodations were obviously a cut above those offered among surrounding properties. Little did I know, that convention would ignite a 30-year love affair with Hilton Sandestin and Miramar Beach. I married my wife, Rita, in 1994 and this became our favorite vacation spot. Every summer, we would make at least one trip to enjoy the sugar-white sand, Gulf breezes and spectacularly painted sunsets. But, it was being 86 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2022

pampered by a well-trained and highly personable staff that made our stays most memorable. No matter the time, there was always someone ready and willing to help. Sometimes, our getaways felt like a necessity. Rita was an emergency room nurse in the New Orleans metropolitan area, while I was in real estate and sales. Late afternoons on the beach, spa treatments and delicious seafood dinners would melt away the stress of “real life.” The summer of 2007 ushered in a new era of family fun. We brought along our 1-year-old daughter, Rebekah, and as

we started to unpack, she pulled herself up and waddled across the room. Those were her very first steps. Next year, our son, Eli, made his Hilton Sandestin debut at the ripe old age of eight months. But life took a turn when, at 16 months, Eli started having seizures. They were ugly, uncontrollable and unstoppable. Brain surgery, implants and huge doses of medication began to take an intellectual toll on our little man. But, even with his challenges, Eli loved his trips to the beach. In turn, Hilton Sandestin fell in love with Eli and his sister. Throughout the resort, I became known as “Eli’s Daddy.” The Kids Krew staff gave us great peace and reassurance that we could leave our children with them while Rita and I enjoyed a rare dinner together. Most nights, Eli would require one-on-one interaction, but they handled it. Over the years, traditions began to take shape: Eli’s increasingly sophisticated sandcastle construction, early lunch at the pool cabana and Rebekah’s daily double order of watermelon. Our family has found a home away from home at the Hilton Sandestin. This summer, we’re looking forward to building more castles and making new dreams come true. We’ll see you soon!


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A TAYLOR FAMILY TRADITION BY SARA D. TAYLOR

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hen I learned that my first Thanksgiving as a newlywed was going to be spent with my husband’s family at a hotel in Sandestin, Florida, I’ll admit that I was reluctant. While the invitation was generous, we had been married for less than four weeks, and this was yet another big change. I grew up in Southwest Virginia and had moved to Birmingham, Alabama, just days before our wedding. I was already missing my family and had my doubts about this arrangement. Who spends Thanksgiving at a hotel? And, eating a traditional turkey dinner in a restaurant? Unthinkable. But going to the beach was a timehonored Taylor family ritual. It began in 1985, when my father-in-law suggested we “escape” to the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa for 90 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2022

promise of spa treatments, golf and shopping. No cooking, no cleaning, just a relaxing time spent with my husband’s wonderful family. Perfection. Since then, our families have grown to include our two daughters, my sisterin-law’s husband and their three children. On occasion, we’ve extended an invitation to my parents, my sister and her family so they, too, could experience this leisurely holiday magic. The more the merrier! Over the years, we’ve rarely missed a Thanksgiving at the Hilton Sandestin. Each Our girls and their cousins Thanksgiving, are now in their teens, but the Taylor tribe they still eagerly anticipate gobble up all our family time at the beach. Sandestin has to offer. They’re already planning on the delicious breakfast buffet at Sandcastles, “treasure hunting” in the gift shop, Starbucks lattes and ice cream from The Coffee Shop, boogie boarding in the emerald water, pool Thanksgiving. He hoped to provide for hopping and midnight swims, eating my mother-in-law a respite, as for many fresh sushi and watching football on the years, she had been hosting two large giant screens at Hadashi Sushi, fishing holiday gatherings in quick succession. in Destin, scoring Black Friday deals at Thankfully, she agreed, and this new Silver Sands Premium Outlets and, of tradition was born. course, ice skating and braving the ropes Not wanting to “make waves,” I went course at Baytowne! And, while the kids along to get along and hoped for the revel in a fun evening across the way, we best. My sweet sister-in-law encouraged adults plan on enjoying a fabulous dinner me by saying, “You’re going to love it! at Seagar’s. Trust us.” For us, the Hilton Sandestin means Well, that was 25 years ago and love good times and cherished memories. it, I did! Following that first fateful It’s a place where we can recharge Turkey Day, I called my parents from and reconnect before diving into our beautiful room. As the sun dipped the Christmas season. Last year, the into the water sending streaks of orange, pandemic spoiled our plans. But this purple and red into the sky, I confessed, year, as we go around the table sharing “The Taylors might be onto something what we’re thankful for, I can honestly here.” We had spent a cool morning say that I’m grateful to be back in this on the pristine, sugar-white beaches, special place together, making new feasted at a fabulous restaurant and memories and carrying on the Taylor capped off the evening with a night at the movies. The next day held the family tradition.


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