Hilton Footprints 2023

Page 1

HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH MAGAZINE {2023 EDITION} HiltonSandestinBeach.com
Footprints
FURNIT URE · RUGS · LI GHTING · AR T · ANTI Q UES ACC ES SO RIES · GIFTS · OUTDOO R · DE SI GN 32 E Co unt y Hw y 30A, Gr ay ton Be ach, FL 32459 | (850) 53 4-0700 | www.BeauHomeInterior s.com FURNIS HING YOUR LI FEST YL E shopp FURNIT URE · RUGS · LI GHTING · AR T · ANTI Q UES ACC ES SO RIES · GIFTS · OUTDOO R · DE SI GN 32 E Co unt y Hw y 30A, Gr ay ton Be ach, FL 32459 | (850) 53 4-0700 | www.BeauHomeInterior s.com FURNIS HING YOUR LI FEST YL E a unique shopping experience on 30A

2023 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

JANUARY 1–DECEMBER 31 GRAND BOULEVARD FARMERS’ MARKET Saturdays in the park (9AM–1PM)

JANUARY 13–16

30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL benefiting The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County

JANUARY 20–29

“THE ODD COUPLE” – MAINSTAGE presented by Emerald Coast Theatre Co. at 560 Upstairs

FEBRUARY 10–19

“THE LAST FIVE YEARS” DRAMATIC MUSICAL – CABARET STAGE presented by Emerald Coast Theatre Co. at 560 upstairs

FEBRUARY 11

LOVE & FOOTBALL DOG PROMENADE benefiting Dog-Harmony

FEBRUARY 24–MARCH 5

“STEEL MAGNOLIAS” DRAMATIC COMEDY – MAINSTAGE presented by Emerald Coast Theatre Co. at 560 upstairs

APRIL 6

DOGGIE EGGSTRAVAGANZA benefiting Dog-Harmony

APRIL 27–30

SOUTH WALTON BEACHES

WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL benefiting Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation

MAY 5–14

“THE SOUND OF MUSIC” FAMILY MUSICAL – MAINSTAGE presented by Emerald Coast Theatre Co. at 560 Upstairs

MAY 13–14

ARTSQUEST FINE ARTS FESTIVAL an official South Walton Art Week event benefiting The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County

MAY 25

WAG THE FLAG benefiting Dog-Harmony

MAY 26–SEPTEMBER 4

LAWN GAMES ON THE GREEN late afternoons in Grand Park (4PM–8PM)

JUNE 1–JULY 27

BROADWAY ON THE BOULEVARD presented by Emerald Coast Theatre Co. every Thursday

SEPTEMBER 5–OCTOBER 28

LAWN GAMES ON THE GREEN Fridays and Saturdays in Grand Park (4PM–8PM)

OCTOBER TBA

FEATURED BALLET PERFORMANCE presented by Northwest Florida Ballet

OCTOBER 4–25

WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS

Wednesday mornings in Grand Park

OCTOBER TBA

BEST OF THE EMERALD COAST benefiting Junior League of the Emerald Coast

OCTOBER 26

BARKTOBERFEST benefiting Dog-Harmony

OCTOBER 31

HALLOWEEN ON THE BOOLEVARD stroll the Boulevard for complimentary treats from stores and restaurants!

NOVEMBER 17

COASTAL WHITE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION & HOMETOWN PARADE

NOVEMBER 21

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE & SHOP-ABOUT

NOVEMBER 21–DECEMBER 25

FESTIVAL OF TREES

benefiting more than a dozen local charities

DECEMBER 1–30

PHOTOS WITH SANTA CLAUS & HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDES

Fridays and Saturdays in Grand Park

These events are presented as part of the Coastal Culture Calendar of Events made possible by the Grand Boulevard Arts & Entertainment Program. For a full listing of events and additional details, visit GRANDBOULEVARD.COM/EVENTS

4 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023

EXPERIENCE

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

SHOP

Altar’d State

Anthropologie

Arhaus (Now Open)

Arula

The Beaufort Bonnet Company

Billabong

Bluemercury

Hemline

J.Ji l l

J.McLaughlin

johnnie-O (Now Open)

The Jewel

Kendra Scott (Now Open)

KREWE

La Luna

Lilly Pulitzer

lululemon (Now Open)

Ophelia Swimwear

Orvis

Peter Millar

DINE

Another Broken Egg Café

The Bistro (Located in Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard)

Black Bear Bread Co. (Now Open)

Cantina Laredo Modern Mexican

The Craft Bar

Emeril’s Coastal everkrisp

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria

Kilwins

PF Chang’s China Bistro

Starbucks

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar

Vin’tij Food & Wine

Pottery Barn

Pure Collective Salon (Now Open)

Rose & Co (Now Open )

Seabags (Now Open)

Southern Tide

Sunset Shoes & Lifestyles

Vineyard Vines

Williams Sonoma

Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard

Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard

AMC CLASSIC Boulevard 10

Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard

Grand Fitness

The Wine Bar grandboulevard.com #GrandBlvd

Emerald Coast Theatre Company

HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 5
lululemon & Pure Collective Salon NOW
OPEN

Get

Beyond the Beach

Dining for Everyone

Coming Together

HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 7 26 CONTENTS
to Know Us 14 RESORT MAP Get the lay of the land and plot your next adventure. 16 GUEST SERVICES For our team, no request is too big or too small. 18 EMPLOYEE PROFILES Our staff members share some of their favorite memories and on-the-job anecdotes. Renew Yourself 29 REJUVENATION AWAITS Serenity by the sea Spa offers stateof-the-art services for the perfect spa day. 32 GOLF ON THE GULF AND TENNIS TOO Tee off on scenic fairways or rush the net on our clay courts. 35 IN ON THE FUN Our recreation team keeps the good times rolling.
42 A SEAGAR’S CELEBRATION Our signature steakhouse surpasses 25 years of quality cuisine. 44 ON-SITE DINING The resort offers seven unique options with fine dining, quick bites and everything in between. 58 LOCAL FLAVOR When venturing off property, these eateries are a must.
a little
cultural celebrations.
vacation-must.
62 EXPLORE THE COAST South Walton has
something for everyone. 66 EVENT CALENDAR Get in on the fun with festivals, concerts and
70 SHOPPING GUIDE Retail therapy and souvenir shopping are a
WHITE-SAND WEDDINGS With our expert
planning team, the seaside ceremony of your dreams is a cinch.
ON THE BEACH
banquets to
Hilton
to
AND FACILITIES
various
sizes.
78
wedding
81 MEET
From
reunions,
Sandestin Beach is the perfect place
gather. 84 MEETING
GUIDE Our
venues accommodate conferences and conventions of all
86 A GUEST’S REFLECTION After traveling the globe, Bill Atwood says Hilton Sandestin Beach is the best place to unwind.
40 76
88 #HILTONSANDESTIN Share your visit to our resort on your favorite social media platform. 90 LAST WORD Returning guests since 2002, Corby Kenter and family call Hilton Sandestin Beach their home away from home.
MAYESKA SAND MICHAEL BOOINI MICHAEL BOOINI

the Ultimate Getaway at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

The lucky winner of the Ultimate Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort Getaway prize package will enjoy:

• A three-day/two-night stay at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

• Daily breakfast for two at Sandcastles Restaurant

• A $150 credit for Serenity by the sea Spa

• Dinner for two

• An experience/activity for two

Enter for a chance to win a fabulous stay at a full-service luxury resort in Miramar Beach, Florida! This amazing Ultimate Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort Getaway (valued at $3,000) is the escape you’ve been longing for.

You must complete the online entry form to be entered to win. Only one entry per person. The winner will be selected from a random drawing on June 9, 2023.

8 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023 ENTER TO WIN This prize package is subject to the resort’s terms and conditions. It is valid for travel between 8/1/23-7/31/24. Room availability may be limited due to peak occupancy periods and special events. Not valid on holidays or holiday weekends. Incidental expenses not included. Minimum age is 25. Bearer must mention the Gift Certificate at the time of making the reservation and present the original certificate upon check-in.
SCAN the QR CODE or VISIT EmeraldCoastMagazine.com/ultimate-hilton-sandestin-beach-resort-getaway/

THE BEST IS YET TO COME

On behalf of the entire team at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, it is my honor to welcome you to what I hope will be a most memorable stay.

Whether you’re visiting us for the first time, or are one of our valued returning guests, we want for you the best possible experience in every aspect of your stay.

As your new General Manager, it is my mission to continue the legacy of success ushered in by my predecessor, Gary Brielmayer. He left some mighty big shoes to fill, but I am following in his footsteps in making customer service a top priority.

While I am new to this role, you should know I’m not new to Hilton Sandestin Beach.

I first walked through the hotel’s doors 19 years ago from Beaufort, South Carolina, where I worked within another hotel’s food and beverage division. At Hilton Sandestin Beach, I began as Manager of Sandcastles, Barefoot’s and Seagar’s before becoming the resort’s Director of Food and Beverage. I’ve also been a member of the Northwest Florida chapter of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association for a number of years, serving as president in 2014 and on the board the year following. Being a part of this association has garnered me an additional breadth of knowledge of the hospitality industry at large.

My most recent role as Director of Operations opened a whole new world for me as I became intimately acquainted with the daily processes of our spa, recreation, housekeeping and front office departments.

As a large hotel that deals in a high volume of business, operations must be efficient, effective and proactive. We strive to improve with every new year. And, going into 2023, I can honestly say that our team is the best it’s ever been.

While a new era always brings about change, I truly believe the best is yet to come for our resort.

We are thrilled to announce that, over the next three years, our property will see enhancements through an $30 million renovation. We’re getting a fresh face, while still maintaining our old soul of Southern hospitality that keeps our guests choosing to stay with us time and time again.

This resort has come a long way over the last 38 years, and we are going to continue opening the door to new experiences and opportunities. We thank you for accompanying us on this journey, and look forward to making your stay a memorable one.

ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER

McKenzie Burleigh

VICE PRESIDENT/PRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY

Daniel Vitter

CUSTOM PUBLISHING MANAGER

Sara Goldfarb

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Jennifer Ekrut

SENIOR PUBLICATION DESIGNER

Sarah Burger

ADVERTISING DESIGNER

Sierra Thomas

PRODUCTION EDITOR

Paige Aigret

SALES MANAGER, WESTERN DIVISION

Rhonda Lynn Murray

DIRECTOR OF NEW BUSINESS, WESTERN DIVISION

Dan Parker

ADVERTISING SERVICES MANAGER

Tracy Mulligan

CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE/ AD SERVICES COORDINATOR

Sarah Coven

SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Julie Dorr

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Darla Harrison

STAFF BOOKKEEPER

Amber Ridgeway

ADMINISTRATIVE & CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST

Renee Johnson

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Hannah Burke

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Larry Davidson, Jennifer G Photography, Mayeska Sand, Michael Booini, Scott Holstein, Shelly Swanger, The Workmans

twitter.com/hiltonsandestin

facebook.com/hiltonsandestinbeach instagram.com/hiltonsandestin

youtube.com/hiltonsandestinbeach pinterest.com/hiltonsandestin

#HiltonSandestin

facebook.com/seagars

facebook.com/serenitybytheseaspa

facebook.com/barefootsonthebeach

President/Publisher

Brian E. Rowland rowlandpublishing.com

HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 9
DESIGN, PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT
PUBLICATION
MICHAEL BOOINI

A BID FAREWELL

For my longtime colleague and dear friend, Gary Brielmayer, becoming a hotel general manager was inevitable.

When I say he grew up living and breathing the hotel industry, I mean he was literally raised in the penthouse of what used to be the Ramada on Okaloosa Island. Over the years, Gary has shared with me memories of his storybook upbringing; from waking up early to help the kitchen prepare steamship round roasts to assisting his father — the hotel’s general manager — with his daily task list.

I believe this is what created the strong work ethic, wisdom and intrepidness with which Gary has led Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa as the General Manager for the past 13 years.

He first joined our resort 25 years ago as Director of Food and Beverage, whereupon he worked his way up to Director of Operations and, in the winter of 2009, became General Manager.

When I asked what kept him going throughout all those years, he said, “Stubbornness … no way I was going to quit, no matter what obstacle came my way.”

In my 19 years of working alongside him, I have tried to adopt and conduct myself with that same tenacity. Gary always welcomed a challenge, and his doggedness is what got us through some of our most difficult times.

I was proud to witness his leadership when Hurricane

Michael devastated Northwest Florida in 2018, and he helped secure a base of operations for the U.S. Coast Guard here on-site. I was even more proud to watch as he navigated our team through a worldwide pandemic in 2020, making our safety a top priority during uncertain times.

Gary is someone who truly cares about his community and its people. Beyond our property, he has sat on boards for the Walton Chamber of Commerce and our local tourist development council, Visit South Walton.

He is the proud father of two, both of whom he is looking forward to spending lots of time with — and getting in all the fishing and diving he can! — in his retirement.

Here at Hilton Sandestin Beach, we will miss our jovial, cowboy boot-wearing General Manager. Gary, we are so thankful for all that you have done in your tenure, and we wish you the best of health, happiness and fulfillment in your new adventures.

10 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023
2011
General Manager Gary Brielmayer retires after 25 years with Hilton Sandestin Beach. THE WORKMANS SCOTT HOLSTEIN
12 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023

Oasis THE EMERALD COAST ON

The siren call of waves lapping on the shore is timeless, never losing its lure. The beach has always offered a welcome respite, whether that be from the monotony of the day to day or in breaking from a longspent lapse in vacationing.

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa remains an oasis for new and returning guests. With stateof-the-art amenities, world-class restaurants and friendly, knowledgeable staff the resort has become both a generational family retreat as well as the perfect couples getaway.

A visit to Hilton Sandestin Beach means leaving the worries, and the chores, at home. Everything is ready for you. Our concierges are eager and waiting to help you with your every need. The staff at any of our six seasonal dining venues are always cooking up something delicious. And if you’re here for the happiest day of your life, our wedding planners have you covered, from arrival to departure.

But don’t just take our word for it. Throughout this issue of Footprints magazine by Hilton Sandestin Beach, you’ll fi nd testimonials from real guests, many of whom return year after year. You never know, you may even pass one in the elevator during your stay.

So, settle in. Kick back in your poolside lounge chair as you page through your copy of Footprints magazine, learning about the endless amenities that await you during your stay.

You’re guaranteed to make lasting, happy memories while here. And when that siren call of the beach returns next year, we’ll be eager to see you again for another visit to the Emerald Coast.

HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 13
PHOTOS BY MICHAEL BOOINI AND MAYESKA SAND (DRINK AND GOLF))
14 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

YOUR IDEAL FLORIDA BEACH RESORT VACATION

World-class Serenity by the sea Spa

4 Championship Golf Courses

6 Unique Dining Experiences

Shop Grand Boulevard & Silver Sands Premium Outlets

15 Tennis Courts

24-hour Fitness Center

Beachfront Property

4 State Parks and 1 State Forest

200+ Miles of Trails in South Walton

More than 60 Artist Studios and Galleries in the Area

Located in between Destin and 30A

Stop by the concierge desk for help and recommendations from the smiling guest services team.

TIPS FROM THE CONCIERGE

◆ Restrooms are available on the lobby level near the indoor swimming pool and pool deck access area.

◆ Complimentary Wi-Fi, computer access and an ATM are available at the Connectivity Kiosk near the Gift Shop.

AT YOUR SERVICE

This guest services team is the cream of the concierge crop

Within the hospitality industry, the front office team has long been considered the face of the hotel.

As a guest, it is your first and last impression of your stay, the hub of information regarding the goings-on of the property and beyond, and an example of the quality of service and commitment to excellence to which a staff adheres.

For Director of Rooms Robin Bailer, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa’s guest services department does all that and more.

“Though the department has shifted within these last couple of years, I can say our current guest services team is the cream of the crop,” said Bailer. “Each member is focused on creating a seamless experience for the guest, from beginning to end.”

That experience can begin as soon as you book your reservation. Reach out to the concierge prior to your arrival, and they’ll be happy to assist you with any inquiries or special requests.

This team excels at crafting memories. Should your visit here celebrate a loved one’s birthday or anniversary, the concierge will whip up a special surprise to make their arrival experience one to remember.

Such accommodations are made all the more easy when you message the guest services team through Kipsu, the text messaging and alert system utilized by Hilton properties all across the globe.

“One thing that’s changed in the past couple of years is a shift to focus on the digital aspect of guest services,” said Bailer, who has been with Hilton Sandestin Beach since opening in 1984. “The concierge desk used to be full of pamphlets but now, guests are opting for website links and QR codes. Kipsu has been helpful in allowing us to support our guests; requests go right to the front desk so that the team can disseminate information to the proper departments and solve situations in real time.”

You can message the front office team before, during and after your stay, but guest services staff do treasure engaging visitors with daily face-to-face interactions and hospitality.

“Our concierge team are all true locals, so when we recommend something, it’s because we’ve personally had good experiences there,” said Bailer. “We’re always happy to make suggestions and help you make the most of your stay.”

Don’t hesitate to let the concierge know as soon as you need something. After all, we are at your service!

◆ Check-in begins at 4 p.m., but we offer complimentary valet parking while your room is being prepared.

◆ Complimentary charging stations are available for electric vehicles, let our bellman know when you arrive if your vehicle needs to be plugged in.

◆ Remember to close your balcony’s sliding glass door. Moisture can seep in and cause your room to feel damp.

◆ Each guest room is equipped with its own mini refrigerator, microwave, handheld steamer and coffee maker.

◆ Running every 20 to 30 minutes, a complimentary shuttle will transport you to the Village of Baytowne Wharf and Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Hours vary seasonally.

RAINY DAY RECOMMENDATIONS

When the beach isn’t an option, consider an activity from our vetted list of attractions.

◆ AMC Boulevard Cinema 10 grandboulevard.com/business/amcclassic-boulevard-10-cinema

◆ Hurricane Lanes bowling hurricanelanesdestin.com

◆ Thrills Laser Tag and Arcade thrillslasertag.com

◆ Escape Zone 60 escapezone60.com

◆ The Shard Shop DIY classes shardshop.com

16 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023
MICHAEL BOOINI
HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 17 Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated. SCENIC SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY. LOCAL EXPERTISE. GLOBALLY CONNECTED. HOMEOWNER AND RESIDENT SINCE 2006. SANDESTIN® GOLF AND BEACH RESORT nothing compares. Denise Greene Global Real E state Advisor 8 5 0.50 2.7927 denise@scenicsir.com denise.scenicsir.com @CoastalLivingSpecialist coastal_living_specialist SCENIC SOTHEBY S INTERNATIONAL REALT Y Domestic bliss redefined.

LASTING Memories

Experience Hilton Sandestin Beach through the eyes of our team members

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is a place where guests retreat to, escaping realities of work and life for a break at the beach. But for our team members, this vacation getaway is home. Memories are made here for guests, but also for the Hilton Sandestin Beach staff.

These team members make your stay memorable, assisting with everything from crafting the perfect cocktail to perfecting every detail of your banquet event. Seeing the satisfaction on a guest's face upon giving good service makes the job that much more enjoyable.

It is a symbiotic relationship between the guest and the employee. Without one, we can’t have the other. At Hilton Sandestin Beach, we pride ourselves on maintaining satisfaction amongst our team, focusing on their experience as much as the guests, resulting in retention and great service.

It is thanks to our guests that we can maintain these high-quality employees. For every member of our team, hospitality is a true calling. Our guests challenge us to work harder and smarter, helping us to improve with every interaction.

The following testimonials from our staff are just a handful of some of the incredible experiences our guests have given us. We hope your stay at Hilton Sandestin Beach left as memorable an impact on you and your family as it did with us.

DAWN AGBAS BANQUET CAPTAIN

Here at Hilton Sandestin Beach, teamwork is truly one of our greatest assets. Our staff is always willing to lend a helping hand wherever it’s needed, and our banquet department has seen that tenfold in the last few years. Most recently, we had a 150-person function that was set and ready to go the evening before. The next morning, we found out the entire function was being moved to a different ballroom. Since everything was already set to go, and with the short period of time we had to make this change, our banquet manager reached out to the rest of our hotel staff for assistance. When the time came, we were overwhelmed by the amount of support we received from our team. This incredible display of teamwork is one of the many reasons why I enjoy working here so much.

18 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023
MICHAEL BOOINI

MARIYAH DAVIS

IN-ROOM DINING SERVER

What I enjoy most about my role at Hilton Sandestin Beach is how many people I get to meet on a daily basis. From guests to coworkers, there are so many new faces to interact with. I love being able to create unexpected moments of happiness for everyone I come into contact with, especially our hotel guests.

WILLIAM POWERS

SANDCASTLES RESTAURANT SERVER

My experience being a part of the Hilton Sandestin Beach family has been truly amazing thus far. I love being able to interact with guests from around the world while having interesting conversations with them. Working in an environment where I get to truly connect with our guests from the start of their day at breakfast, has been the best.

CRYSTAL HAIRE

FRONT DESK SUPERVISOR

Every day I walk into the Hilton Sandestin Beach with the mindset that I am going to create the best stay ever for each and every guest that I interact with. Being part of the Hilton brand, our company prides itself on providing unmatched hospitality and giving A-plus customer service to our guests. I strive to always make our guests smile and look at each day as a new opportunity to help create something amazing. I thoroughly enjoy working in hospitality and hope to continue on with the Hilton family for years to come.

HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 19

CHRISTOPHER ENCINAS SECURITY

Working at the front gate is a job that can be both fun and grueling. While some days are long and hot, other days go by quickly with the breeze, thanks to our awesome guests that come through. My role is typically the first interaction our guests have here on the property, and I love being able to make families laugh as they come through our gates. If I can’t make them laugh, I am not doing my job to the best of my abilities. Keeping our property safe while also creating lasting memories is what working security in hospitality is all about!

SPENCER ATKINSON

FINANCIAL ANALYST

Throughout my time here at Hilton Sandestin Beach I have noticed our guests always find a familiar face, or two, while they are here. The familiarity is certainly evident for them while they are interacting with my incredible fellow team members. What strikes me most about our resort is that there always seems to be something memorable taking place, a chance encounter of sorts. The joy and sheer surprise that comes with those moments is incredibly special. One of my favorite moments was when my dad had an unexpected run-in with a great friend he hadn’t seen in years. While he was going to grab a cocktail from Sandcastles Lounge after checking in, he heard a voice ring through the bar calling his name. It was my dad’s high school friend that he played baseball with nearly 50 years prior and hadn’t seen in several years. They were able to reminisce, rejoice and regale a few stories over cocktails. My mom called later that day to tell me all about the moment, the events that unfolded and the fun they had. Even my dad, who had never been to the Emerald Coast after living in Florida for 70-plus years, got to experience firsthand how Hilton Sandestin Beach seems to have a certain magic that brings folks together, whether it’s planned or not.

20 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023
MICHAEL BOOINI

DOMENICA STEVENS

HAIR STYLIST

For over 10 years, I have been proudly working at Serenity by the sea Spa as the lead stylist for the hair salon. Between the upbeat environment, from happy guests to happy coworkers, to the quality of services we’re able to provide, my tenure here has been one for the books. Every person hopes to one day find a company that treats them so well they choose to retire there, and I’ve found that company (and family) here at Hilton Sandestin Beach.

TANIESH WAITE CAFETERIA ATTENDANT

Here at Hilton Sandestin Beach, I have the privilege of taking care of our hardworking employees each day in our staff cafe. The best part of my day is when our team members come in to take their breaks with a smile on their face after an encouraging guest encounter. Their positivity is infectious and really brightens the room, making my day an even better one.

SCHICKRI AINA

My favorite thing about working at Hilton Sandestin Beach is the diversity of all the team members that work together. Throughout our large staff base there are over 23 countries represented. I find it so exciting to be able to learn about so many different cultures right here under one roof. We are fortunate to have this same experience with our guests as well. I enjoy getting to learn about each guest, where they come from and finding ways to make their experience even more memorable for them.

22 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023
MICHAEL BOOINI AND MAYESKA SAND (DOMENICA) SANDCASTLES LOUNGE BARTENDER
HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 23 Waterfront Dining and Rooftop Bar Seaside, Florida BudandAlleys.com 850.231.5900 37 years of Good Food. Good People. Good Times.

Delicious Food with a Sense of Place

An elegant, culinary adventure led by acclaimed Georgia chef Hugh Acheson, Ovide brings together classic Gulf Coast flavors and impeccable classic French technique

Every dish is fueled by a passion for sustainability and seasonality that gives each bite incredible flavor unlike anything you’ve tasted before

Located at Hotel Effie Sandestin

Make your reservation now!

850.351.3030

S L I P I N T O B L I S S

Special treatments, featuring OSEA® skin and body care and new line, Biologique Recherche, ejuvenate, restore, and relax. and massages, as well as edicures all will leave you refreshed with a renewed erspective.

Hotel Effie S xation Awai

50.351.3020 20

24 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023

C O M E T O P L A Y . . . S T A Y F O R L I F E !

Have you fallen in love with Sandestin®? We know the feeling!

If you're ready to make Sandestin® your home, choose the real estate experts who know it best! Our agents specialize in single-family homes, condos and lots for sale, not only in Sandestin®, but from the 26-mile stretch of scenic beaches along 30A to Destin and everywhere in between Need a Long Term Rental? We do that too!

HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 25
8 0 0 . 2 7 7 . 0 8 0 1 • S A N D E S T I N R E A L E S T A T E . C O M
T H E E X P E R T S T H A T C A L L S A N D E S T I N ® H O M E

VACATION VIBES Only!

26 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023

You’re here. You’re on vacation. But maybe your mind is still reeling with the distractions of your daily routine — work, family, chores, etc. You need another kind of distraction, one of the recreational variety.

Lucky for you, Hilton Sandestin Beach has you covered — whether you’re in need of self-care, your mind needs to unwind as you work on your swing or you’re looking to disconnect from the world and connect with your loved ones.

Stop into Serenity by the sea Spa where you’ll fi nd a plethora of award-winning services. Whether it’s pedicures, manicures, skin care or a full day of pampering, you’re sure to fi nd the refresh you’re seeking.

Maybe your golf or tennis game has been lacking with the absence of time to dedicate to play. Hilton Sandestin Beach offers access to four championship golf courses and 15 tennis courts, all just a complimentary shuttle ride away.

And if you’re looking for a way to unwind with your posse, our recreation team can help you with an Instagram-worthy poolside cabana or by coordinating a beach bonfi re sure to set the scene.

So push the worries aside and lean into the vacation vibe with the help of Hilton Sandestin Beach’s recreation team.

HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 27
MICHAEL BOOINI
28 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023 AMBROSIA RESTAURANT AND PUBLIX ® SUPERMARKET NOW OPEN + ADDITIONAL MERCHANTS OPENING SOON + YEAR ROUND EVENTS Located at the entrance to the Watersound Origins® community. South Walton’s newest destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment. FOR LEASING OPPORTUNITIES 1.888.836.8353 watersoundtowncenter.com ©The St. Joe Company 2022. All rights reserved. “ Watersound ” and “Watersound Origins” are service marks of The St. Joe Company.

INVESTING IN YOURSELF

New and enhanced experiences await at Serenity by the sea Spa

For Hilton Sandestin Beach Spa Director Shanelle Lucas and Assistant Spa Director Erin Story, producing the best wellness-treatment results means keeping up with the latest industry trends, technology and protocols.

“Over the last couple of years, there has been a huge emphasis on skin care,” said Story. “The HydraFacial, our number one facial service, will be receiving a major upgrade with new Syndeo towers featuring LED lights, motion sensors and hands-free enhancements for a more seamless experience.”

Serenity will also be adding the Geneo, a customizable facial experience boasting “immediate, long-lasting results,” that has gone viral online and has been featured in Glamour magazine as one of the world’s best facial cleansing brushes.

“Essentially, it’s like a Clarisonic facial brush with changeable heads designed to exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize,” added Lucas. “It’s an elevated, all-in-one experience.”

“Services like these are the highest you can get without going to a med spa,” added

HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 29
MICHAEL BOOINI

Story. “We want you to get the best benefits, where you leave with glowing skin and look forward to coming back.”

The ladies of Serenity recently attended the International Spa Association (ISPA) Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, where global spa industry professionals experienced cutting-edge technologies, sampled top-rated products and learned sustainable business practices.

Pandemic-spurred touch-free services continue to dominate, and Serenity will be augmenting its services by offering sound therapies, LED light treatments and other facility enhancements for guests to “tune out, and fi nd some zen,” said Story.

Guests can also be on the lookout for new products in the Spa Shoppe, as well as implement them into their treatments. Serenity recently met with the producer of Antedotum, a Colorado-based skin care product that implements the healing properties of white Aspen tree bark and non-THC CBD to hydrate, alleviate and fi rm the skin.

“We’ve watched peoples’ faces change with Antedotum,” said Lucas. “In just six weeks, we had a guest go from not leaving the house without a full face of makeup to only wearing mascara.”

Too, “Power Hour” morning coffee in the locker rooms and afternoon tea time will be offered with Good Pharma

beverages — new, revolutionary mushroom-based blends promoting stress relief, cognitive support, sleep aid and energy-boosting benefits.

“ISPA really focused on mental health, for both the client and provider,” added Lucas. “To take better care of you, we want to make sure we’re taking care of our wonderful team. For that reason, we’ll be adding a wellness room just for staff: a place they can go for a quiet break, use a chair or foot massager and relax their muscles.”

Circadia, a top skin care brand at Serenity, will be training the spa’s estheticians on new protocols that will allow for new specials. VOYA, the producer of seaweed-based facial and body products at Serenity, will additionally send a trainer to certify the entire team on how to implement their products for those undergoing cancer treatment.

As our defi nitions of self-care continue to evolve, Serenity continues to expand its menu of full-service spa services and vetted products to meet your individual needs.

As both Lucas and Story say, “It’s worth investing in yourself.”

30 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023
MICHAEL BOOINI
“We want you to get the best benefits, where you leave with glowing skin and look forward to coming back.” — ERIN STORY
Serenity by the sea Spa offers cutting-edge services performed by professionally trained staff.
& OYSTER SPORTS BAR SEAFOOD STEAMER INCREDIBLE HAPPY HOUR SEASONAL LUNCH SPECIALS 50+ BEERS TO SELECT FROM FAMILY FRIENDLY LATE NIGHT MENU SUPER PARTY & GAME ROOM O’Quigley’s Seafood Steamer 34940 Emerald Coast Parkway, #101 Destin, FL 32541 | (850) 837-1015 LOCATED ACROSS HIGHWAY 98 FROM BASS PRO SHOPS IN THE BEST BUY SHOPPING CENTER FREE PARKING OquigleysSeafoodSteamer.com OQuigleysDestin LUNCH / DINNER / LATE OPEN DAILY 11AM-10PM LATE NIGHT 10PM-3AM

THE GULF COAST GOLF SCENE

Get in the game while on vacation with four gorgeous courses and state-of-the-art tennis courts

The perfect climate and Gulf Coast locale make this area a haven for golfers and tennis players alike. Our guests have access, through Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, 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 resort has you covered with access to 15 tennis

courts — 12 of them being HydroGrid clay. The tennis center at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, set amid beautiful landscaping, includes private tennis courts, a renowned Pro Shop, a shingled clubhouse with decks, private lessons with certifi ed staff, group clinics, children’s tennis activities and six pickleball courts. A complimentary 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.

32 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023

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.

RAVEN GOLF CLUB

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

BAYTOWNE GOLF CLUB

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

DUNES PUTTING COURSE

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

Contact our concierge desk at (850) 267-9500, ext. 3741 for more information on choosing the course that’s best for you.

HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 33
SANDESTIN GOLF AND BEACH RESORT MAYESKA SAND Hilton Sandestin Beach guests can enjoy access to four championship golf courses and 15 tennis courts.
DINE-IN & TO-GO Grand Boulevard at Sandestin 780 Grand Boulevard, Suite 100 | Miramar Beach 850 . 837. 3095 BEST PIZZA -BY-FOODNETWORK VOTED View our menu and order online at GRIMALDISPIZZERIA.COM

DIVERSION DELIGHT IN

Our recreation crew always brings the fun

With a spacious beachfront, three pools, an expansive deck primed for sunbathing and a myriad of fitness amenities and spa treatments, there’s no shortage of entertainment at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa.

But what some guests may not realize is that the resort staffs an entire department dedicated to taking that fun to the next level.

Tiffany Howell and Caidan Cryar, Director and Assistant Director of Recreation, respectively, are here to amuse. In addition to overseeing resort-wide celebrations, the pair are responsible for curating scenes for special occasions, group activities and relaxation.

Whether you’re organizing a trip with your special someone, extended family or business organization, the recreation team will collaborate to create experiences that meet your idea of a good time.

“It’s not uncommon for guests to spy, say, a beach bonfi re and tell me, ‘We didn’t know you could do that!’” said Howell, who has worked at Hilton Sandestin Beach for over 21 years. “We can, and we have plenty of fun ways to create an escape for you and your group.”

Hilton Sandestin Beach’s recreation team can set up everything from a perfect day on the beach, a VIP poolside cabana, a beach volleyball tournament or even a beach bonfire for your group.

Perfect for both picturesque marriage proposals and bonding with your tribe over s’mores and cocktails, starlit bonfi res on the sand can accommodate groups of two to 200, and must be booked prior to your arrival.

“We also recommend reserving your beach chairs as soon as you book your room,” added Howell. “And, those planning on bringing their own equipment should defi nitely hit the sand early. We leave a section of our beach empty just for you, and ask that you only bring chairs, an umbrella and whatever personal items you may need.”

Those seeking a sand-free sunning experience can similarly stake out space on the pool deck,

HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 35
MAYESKA SAND

OUR MEMORIES

• Sandcastle Kids is a South Walton-based nonprofi t organization, supporting families and children walking through childhood cancer. These children and families undergo severe mental, emotional and fi scal stress each day. Our primary program provides these families with an allexpenses-paid vacation to the local area. We strive to provide them a week away from doctors and hospitals in hopes that these children and their families are able to experience rest, relaxation, rejuvenation and healing on our beautiful beaches.

The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa began their partnership with Sandcastle Kids in 2017 and has become a vital member of our team, including creating a child-specifi c welcome package for each and every one of the approximately 100 children we have served during the past fi ve years. It is such a gift to watch the child’s face light up as they see the items handpicked specifi cally for them by Hilton Sandestin Beach staff, based on a “favorites” list provided to us by their family.

The generosity of Hilton Sandestin Beach in providing these welcome baskets to our organization allows Sandcastle Kids to allocate additional financial resources to supporting local children walking through cancer and to donate annually to childhood cancer research being performed locally and regionally. We are incredibly grateful to Hilton Sandestin Beach and the role they have played in our mission thus far, and we hope to continue our partnership in the years to come as we serve these families together.

which recently received an additional 2,500-square-foot expansion. Rentable pool cabanas have been upgraded to a new, VIP lounge experience that grants guests access to comfy couch seating, private storage space and a personal fridge.

For Cryar, both the beach and pool deck are playgrounds for team-building activities her team organizes for family reunions, wedding parties and organizations. Past bashes have included beach olympics — complete with rope barrier courses, giant ring tosses, water balloon fights and brain-busting trivia — beach and pool volleyball and an “Amazing Race”-style scavenger hunt spanning the resort’s property.

“We don’t like to leave anyone out,” added Cryar. “We’ve done a poolside “Jaws” movie night for teens, where we used lights to turn the water red. We also organize crafts, scavenger hunts and games

for the little ones, should your group wish to enjoy a nice night out without the kids at our on-site steakhouse, Seagar’s.”

Recreation staff invite all guests to join in on holiday celebrations. Last Earth Day, Howell and Cryar agree, was one for the books.

Guests enjoyed watching Dan in the Sand, a local sand sculptor, craft a beautiful sea turtle hugging the earth out of sand. Attendants also participated in a beach clean-up initiative, a sandcastle building contest and learned from South Walton Turtle Watch volunteers about the nesting habits and conservation efforts of native sea turtles.

“We’re able to do all of this thanks to the creativity and care of our team,” added Howell. “We have a strong core group that has been with us for years, and making our guests happy proves you can have fun while working a job!”

TIFFANY’S TIPS

◆ Prior to your arrival, the best way to reach the recreation department is by contacting info@hiltonsandestinbeach.com.

◆ To ensure proper permitting, beach bonfires should be booked at least a week in advance.

◆ The Pool Hut offers complimentary towels and will inflate your kids’ floaties and pool toys, free of charge.

◆ Dial (850) 267-9500 to speak to our beach services team, or visit HiltonSandestin.ipoolside.com to reserve your beach chairs online.

36 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023
LARRY DAVIDSON MAYESKA SAND
HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM

Destin's Premier Yachting Experience

• Private ½ Day & Full Day Charters

• Private ½ Day & Full Day Charters

• Private Sunset and Dolphin Cruises

• Private ½ Day & Full Day Charters

• Private Sunset and Dolphin Cruises

Destin's Premier Yachting Experience

• Private Sunset and Dolphin Cruises

• Thursday Night Fireworks Cruise

• Thursday Night Fireworks Cruise

• Thursday Night Fireworks Cruise

• Private ½ Day & Full Day Charters

• Private ½ Day & Full Day Charters

• Private Sunset and Dolphin Cruises

• Private Sunset and Dolphin Cruises

• Private ½ Day & Full Day Charters

• Thursday Night Fireworks Cruise

by Holloway Yacht Charters

by Holloway Yacht Charters

850-420-1281

850-420-1281

850-420-1281

CraftYachtCharters.com

CraftYachtCharters.com

CraftYachtCharters.com

850-420-1281

850-420-1281

CraftYachtCharters.com

850-420-1281

CraftYachtCharters.com

CraftYachtCharters.com

• Private Sunset and Dolphin Cruises

• Thursday Night Fireworks Cruise

850-80-YACHT

850-80-YACHT HollowayYachts.com

850-80-YACHT HollowayYachts.com

• Thursday Night Fireworks Cruise

850-80-YACHT HollowayYachts.com

850-80-YACHT HollowayYachts.com

850-80-YACHT HollowayYachts.com

Enjoy the beautiful scenery Destin, Florida has to offer with a group or in a romatic setting. We have a variety of charter types so you can be sure to choose the one that’s right for you!

Enjoy the beautiful scenery Destin, Florida has to offer with a group or in a romatic setting. We have a variety of charter types so you can be sure to choose the one that’s right for you!

Enjoy the beautiful scenery Destin, Florida has to offer with a group or in a romatic setting. We have a variety of charter types so you can be sure to choose the one that’s right for you!

Enjoy the beautiful scenery Destin, Florida has to offer with a group or in a romatic setting. We have a variety of charter types so you can be sure to choose the one that’s right for you!

has to offer with a group or in a romatic setting. We have a variety of charter types so you can be sure to choose the one that’s right for you!

Enjoy the beautiful scenery Destin, Florida has to offer with a group or in a romantic setting. We have a variety of charter types so you can be sure to choose the one that’s right for you!

Enjoy the beautiful scenery Destin, Florida has to offer with a group or in a romatic setting. We have a variety of charter types so you can be sure to choose the one that’s right for you!

38 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023
D e sti n ’ s Premier Yacht ing Experience
operated by Holloway Yacht Charters
New Business
Best
Destin's Premier Yachting Experience
operated
Best New Business
Premier
Destin's
Yachting Experience
operated
Best New Business Destin's Premier Yachting Experience
operated by Holloway Yacht Charters
New
Best
Business
operated by Holloway Yacht Charters
Best New Business
operated by Holloway Yacht Charters
Best New
Business
40 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023

Good Eats Beach ON THE

One of the best parts about a great vacation is good food. Whether you’re looking for a romantic date night, a family dinner or just need to grab a quick bite between the pool and the beach, there’s something for everyone at Hilton Sandestin Beach — all available on resort property.

The resort’s award-winning restaurants offer some of the best and most unique culinary selections in the area, boasting Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood as the only AAA FourDiamond steakhouse in Northwest Florida. Hadashi Sushi Bar offers up some of the freshest traditional Japanese sushi rolls and cuisine on the Emerald Coast.

Picnix Poolside Market and Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill are the perfect places to pop in for a bite between your swimming and sandcastle building. Sandcastles Restaurant and The Coffee Shop offer the perfect morning pick-me-up. Sandcastles Lounge also offers a variety of cuisine throughout the day to help you refuel.

But after a long day of fun in the sun, you may not be in the mood for dining out. There’s no need to sacrifi ce quality. Resort dining options are available to you from the comfort of your guest room with our in-room dining selection.

Rest assured, your palate will be pleased and your stomach full when dining on property at Hilton Sandestin Beach.

HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 41
MICHAEL BOOINI

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF SEAGAR’S

A South Walton staple and tradition, this classic New York-style steakhouse remains elevated in gastronomy

42 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023
MICHAEL BOOINI

When guests at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa began inquiring about the best fine dining experiences in the area, Frank Flautt set out on a mission.

Flautt, co-founder of Hilton Sandestin’s management company, Sandcastle Resorts and Hotels, thought it only right that his full-service hotel had for its guests an exclusive, refined restaurant on property.

“We had built additional space downstairs, and I decided I wanted it to house a high-end steakhouse,” recalled Flautt. “Something elegant, something that only used the freshest, most premium ingredients, but with a relaxed environment where you’d want to stay a while.”

Flautt, who concedes he’s something of a “foodie,” fondly recalls embarking upon a tour of the East Coast’s finest eateries and vendors to sample products and borrow inspiration for the experience he wished to emulate in Sandestin. Places like Delmonico’s and Sparks steak houses in New York, and Folk’s Folly in Memphis, he said, were just the ticket.

But superior product could only carry his fledgling restaurant, Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, so far without a highly-skilled team dedicated to superior customer service.

“We have been fortunate to have truly good people work for us,” Flautt said. “Our first executive chef, Mark Sublet, set the tone of the quality that people have come to expect from us — that we are going to use the best possible ingredients and the best possible people to serve our guests.”

For Seagar’s, which has had the honor of receiving a AAA Four-Diamond rating for the past two decades, it’s a quality that has endured and earned them a devoted local following who have made the restaurant synonymous with special occasions and celebrations.

Dining here is an unhurried, deliberate experience. Repeat clientele will tell you to expect to spend at least a couple hours here as you savor each course, absorb the ambiance of dim lighting and a live pianist, sample the 600-label wine list and engage in meaningful conversation.

“I see it as my job to keep those conversations going,” said Seagar’s current Executive Chef, Fleetwood Covington. “People know, at our core, we’re a classic New York-style steakhouse. What I try to do is take that reputation and add an element of surprise for a fresh, progressive approach.”

Some of Covington’s latest conversation pieces entail avant-garde items such as a translucent key lime pie or rich diver scallops served atop housemade laminated pasta with edible flowers.

“I am fortunate that our company takes pride in who we are, because they make sure we’re enhanced every year by investing in us, giving me the ability to try some pretty

cool things,” said Covington.

Seagar’s menu changes seasonally, but it’s important to Covington to retain Seagar’s identity — with classics like the tableside Caesar salad, sumptuous Steak Diane and flambeed bananas foster — while adding an extra layer of worldly gastronomy to elevate Seagar’s into a new era.

“I met Fleetwood when he joined us to work on Seagar’s front line in 2017, and it’s been a joy to watch him grow,” added Flautt. “He is an extremely talented young man who brings experience from his time spent in Europe, and people genuinely enjoy eating his food. I know he is the next star of Seagar’s.”

“Seagar’s makes me very proud, and it has remained consistent with its values,” said Flautt. “We put the guest first in the restaurant just like we do at the hotel. Over the next 25 years, I think we’ll continue doing just that.”

HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 43
Known as a classic New Yorkstyle steakhouse, Seagar’s expands on its offerings with signature creations by Executive Chef Fleetwood Covington. MICHAEL BOOINI

BON APPETIT

SEAGAR’S

PRIME STEAKS & SEAFOOD

While contemporary connotations of “fine dining” are a far cry from the blacktie affairs of the past, Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood believes some traditions are worth maintaining.

Since opening its doors in 1998, Seagar’s locally sourced menu, elegantly curated atmosphere, emphasis on detail and premier customer service has not only earned the steakhouse a AAA FourDiamond recognition for over 25 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 and, according to Seagar’s Executive 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 — flambeed 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.

44 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023
MICHAEL BOOINI
CONVENIENT LOCAL SHOPPING, UNIQUE DINING AND EVENTS COME VISIT OUR NEW AND EXPANDED RETAILERS! For inquiries and general information, please visit themarketshops.com. BOUTIQUES Blush Boutique | Favori Boutique | Mountain High Outfi ers EATERIES Ben & Jerry’s | Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits | Clean Juice | Chicago Hotdogs & More Hunter's Chicken and Burgers | Jon Smith Subs | Maple Street Biscuit Company Parlor Doughnuts | Pizza by the Sea | Tuscany Bistro SERVICES Ascension Sacred Heart Primary Care Rehabilitation | Beachy Co. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty | Edward Jones | Escapology Market Shops Nails & Spa | Primp Salon | SoWal Health & Drug 9375 EMERALD COAST PARKWAY | MIRAMAR BEACH, FL 32550 LOCATED AT THE ENTRANCE TO SANDESTIN GOLF AND BEACH RESORT

HADASHI SUSHI BAR

True 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 Jin Kim never disappoints. Located just off Hilton Sandestin Beach’s main lobby, guests can pull up a stool at the sushi 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, General Manager 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.

Between Chef Kim and his second in command, Juni, they have over 50 years of expertise in the art of sushi making.

The perfect close to a day at the beach or as a 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.

For the main event, Chef Kim has rolled out an all-new menu of specialty sushi rolls to include the Sashimi Ceviche, Yukke, Tuna Tataki, Hamachi Chili, Chirashi Sushi and the Cool Breeze, for a taste of some of the freshest sushi you’ll find!

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!”

46 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023
MICHAEL BOOINI MAYESKA SAND

BAREFOOT’S BEACHSIDE BAR & GRILL

No shoes? At Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill, that’s no problem.

Located in the center of Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa’s pool deck, the open-air eatery serves sandy-toed beach enthusiasts an unhindered view of the gorgeous turquoise Gulf waters and some of its fi nest seafood delicacies.

Keeping to the breezy, carefree atmosphere of a day at the beach, Barefoot’s Chef Princeton McDonald, under the direction of Executive Chef Dan Tederous, offers a little something for everybody with a menu of casual beach fare, traditional handhelds and shareable appetizers.

The pair have combined to debut this year’s new, entree-driven lunch items, as well as health-conscious options such as the new cauliflower tortilla, perfect for a low calorie taco.

Indulge like the locals do with Barefoot’s fried surf n’ turf baskets, or cool off with a crisp, custom salad. Gather around the restaurant’s fl at screens to cheer your team on and indulge in gameday favorites, such as hot dogs and chicken wings and a newly enhanced craft burger menu, plus the new Barefoot signature burger.

You don’t have to wait until 5 o’clock to try a Barefoot’s craft cocktail, a glass of wine or a beachside brew.

If you’re parched or peckish, but not quite ready to quit the shore, The Sandbar, located directly on Miramar Beach, offers water 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 food in a timely manner, without the hassle.

48 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023
THE WORKMANS
(DRINK), MAYESKA SAND (WRAP) AND MICHAEL BOOINI (CHEF)

Reserve Online at BlueDolphinTour.com

For same day reservations call (850) 236-3467

Private tours and excursions for groups of up to 30 persons to SHELL ISLAND

Half or full day rentals

ShellIslandBoatRentals.com

ExecutivePontoonRentals.com

For same day reservations call (850) 234-SAIL (7245)

Treasure Island Marina, 3601 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach

SANDCASTLES RESTAURANT

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa couldn’t agree more.

To help you set the tone for your day and see your family is fueled for adventure, Sandcastles’ menu goes all out with traditional, Southern breakfast staples, buffets and continental offerings.

Located right in the Hilton Sandestin Beach lobby, Sandcastles fosters a light, warm and welcoming environment for guests of all ages. Its newly-renovated kitchen is now headed by Chef Maria Bell who, alongside her team, prepares fresh, hearty plates from local ingredients to help you kick off another day in paradise.

Start light with steel-cut oats, cereal, seasonal fruits and assorted handmade pastries, or load up at the recently revamped breakfast buffet. Guests love the redesigned, made-to-order omelet station, where you can top your creations with smoked breakfast meats, grits and potatoes. Plus, check out the menu for hearty options like chicken and waffles, French Texas toast or homestyle waffles with bananas foster.

Freshly brewed Colombian coffee, chilled fruit juice, milk, soft drinks and breakfast cocktails are available to wash it all down.

If it was one of those mornings where you couldn’t help but hit the snooze button, don’t fret. Sandcastles Lounge is now open for lunch and dinner, and

is ideal for watching games with fellow sports fans or regrouping with friends and family.

Boasting a family-friendly, pub-style ambiance, your crew can dig into delicious options, including crispy chicken wings, fresh local seafood entrees and new pasta offerings.

Hit the Sandcastles Lounge bar for an array of new signature cocktails like the Exotic Getaway, East Meets West, Fun in the Sun and Feel the Heat, and that’s just to name a few!

50 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023
MICHAEL BOOINI (CHEF) AND MAYESKA SAND
HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 51 BY W LLOW BY W I LLOW BY W LLOW

PICNIX POOLSIDE MARKET

With 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. Grab the whole family freshly prepared Pizza Hut personal pan pizzas before hitting the pool deck.

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 fingers and macaroni and cheese for the little ones and sandwiches stacked with lunchmeat and fresh veggies for mom and dad.

Tederous has cooked up a new menu of hot, made-to-

order handhelds, plus chicken wings tossed to order with a variety of sauce options.

Purchase a souvenir sports bottle for just $25, and you’ll enjoy free fountain drink 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.

52 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023
MAYESKA SAND
HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 53 Hibachi Tables • Sushi Bar • Happy Hour Private Dining • Large Parties Welcome OPEN DAILY FOR LUNCH & DINNER WWW.OSAKAHIBACHIANDSUSHI.COM BESTIN DESTIN VIP DESTIN MAGAZINE READER CHOICE AWARD 2021 Asian Cuisine DESTIN 34745 Emerald Coast Pkwy | (850) 650-4688 TALLAHASSEE 1489 Maclay Commerce Drive | (850) 900-5149 • (850) 531-0222 PANAMA CITY BEACH 15533 Panama City Beach Parkway | (850) 588-8403 Thank you for voting us BEST HIBACHI on the Emerald Coast Hibachi Hibachi

THE COFFEE SHOP

With the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, gourmet pastries and breakfast sandwiches, we love cafes for their convenience and the warm, fuzzy feelings they inspire. For early risers, The Coffee Shop at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is your go-to spot.

Starbucks addicts can rest easy knowing they won’t have to venture off property to get their fi x. Enjoy your signature coffee order, as well as Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew and 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 and wraps packed with your choice of protein, softscrambled eggs and flaky buttermilk biscuits.

Greek yogurt, various cereals and fresh fruit are also available for a quick bite, but be sure to preview the cafe’s all new pastry case, spotlighting a spread of dreamy, fl aky goodness to choose from. And try out one of

the varieties of the new gourmet Swell Pops popsicles, locally handcrafted in Destin. Guests will tell you where the Coffee Shop really shines is in its selection of freshly made, decadent goodies from Hilton Sandestin Beach’s award-winning pastry chef, Yascha Becker. The bakery is always chock-full of guest favorites, such as assorted muffi ns, cream cheese danishes, chewy cookies and oversized cinnamon rolls.

54 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023
THE
MAYESKA SAND
WORKMANS
HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 55 surfsupstudio.com Specializing in Beach and Sunset Family Portraits for the Hilton and Emerald Coast (850) 230-9283 MATTHEW 6:33 Surf’s Up Studio PHOTOGRAPHY Since 1988

IN-ROOM DINING

After a blissfully long day in the sand and sun, you’re spent. Freshly showered, you lie there sun-kissed 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 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.

Scan the QR code to choose from our inroom dining selections, and indulge in cuisine, comfort and convenience.

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.

Now available are new lunch and dinner offerings from Sandcastles. For a tasty snack, order up the crudites, a spread of fresh, raw veggies with a pimento cheese spread and ranch dressing; the chefselected three-cheese board with fruits and berries; or the heirloom burrata, drizzled with balsamic reduction, olive oil and basil. Other options like the strawberry arugula salad, grilled chicken sandwich, steak sandwich and the pulled pork barbecue pizza are sure to fuel you up for a full day of fun or pair well for an evening of resting up in your room.

Additionally, in-room dining’s fullservice beverage menu can supply your favorite bottles of spirits and wine 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. The lemon mascarpone layer cake and the apple strudel with vanilla ice cream make for the perfect cherry on top of your in-room dining order.

Available from 6 in the morning to 10 at night, it’s never a bad time to treat yourself.

HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 57
MAYESKA SAND

DINING GUIDE

Breakfast, lunch, dinner — or anything in between — we’ve got you covered

AMERICAN

1. BAREFOOT’S BEACHSIDE

BAR & GRILL

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

2. GRIMALDI’S COAL BRICK-OVEN PIZZERIA

From its red-and-white checkered 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.–9 p.m.; Fri–Sat, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. 780 Grand Blvd., Ste. 100, Miramar Beach. (850) 837-3095. GrimaldisPizzeria.com. $$

3. LULU’S

Lulu’s guarantees that you will leave with a full belly, a happy heart and many memories. Lulu’s celebrates the South with tasty seafood gumbo, live music and plenty of fun for the whole family including rope climbing and beach access. Lulu’s, “Where Life is Good and Lunch Lasts Forever.” Open 11 a.m. daily. 4607 Legendary Marina Drive, Destin. (850) 710-5858. $$

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, 5–10 p.m. for dinner and Saturday and

Sunday 11 a.m.–2 p.m. for brunch.

1 Grand Sandestin Blvd., Miramar Beach. (850) 351-3030. $$$

5. PICNIX POOLSIDE MARKET

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

6. PIZZA BY THE SEA

Grab a slice at our new location in The Market Shops along U.S. 98 in 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, and offering an all day lounge menu from 11 a.m.–11 p.m. (850) 267-9500 Ext. 43. $$

8.

SUNSET BAY CAFE

Overlooking Choctawhatchee Bay, Sunset Bay Cafe is a family owned and operated restaurant serving the finest in locally sourced ingredients, including fresh produce and seafood delivered daily from the docks in Destin. Open daily for breakfast and lunch 8 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 up, the restaurant also features an

extensive menu of frozen drinks and other libations. 551 Scenic Gulf Drive, Destin. (850) 460-7750. SurfHutDestin.com. $$

10. THE BEACH HOUSE

You can enjoy lunch and dinner on the Gulf, just steps away from Hilton Sandestin Beach. The coastal shabby chic decor echoes the beautiful colors of the sand, water and sky that can be seen from any seat in the house. Local seafood is the centerpiece of the menu, which also includes small plates. Or come as you are and enjoy casual dining on the restaurant’s expansive deck. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. 4009 S. Sandestin Blvd., Miramar Beach. (850) 608-6300. TheBeachHouseSD.com. $$

ASIAN

11. HADASHI SUSHI

BAR

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

12. 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

Scenic Hwy. 98 3 58 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023

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. $$

SEAFOOD

13. CAPT. DAVE’S ON THE GULF

Capt. Dave’s serves up fried, grilled and broiled fi sh, shellfi sh, steaks and chicken, with seasonal specialties. Full bar. Open 4 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. 3796 Scenic Hwy. 98, Destin. (850) 837-2627. $$

14. DEWEY DESTIN’S

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

15. O’QUIGLEY’S SEAFOOD STEAMER

Locally owned and operated, O’Quigley’s offers seafood steamed, blackened, fried or sauteed 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 $$

16. THE CRAB TRAP

Take your pick — there are three waterfront Crab Trap locations and all are family friendly. Of course, you’ll find the freshest fi sh 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. $$

STEAK AND SEAFOOD

17. SEAGAR’S PRIME STEAKS & SEAFOOD

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 opentheater 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. $$$

18. BIJOUX

A full-service fine dining restaurant, Bijoux features coastal French cuisine with a New Orleans flair, including fresh Gulf seafood, prime steaks and an extensive award-winning wine list. Open for dinner,

Sun.–Thur. 5–9 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 5–10 p.m. The Market Shops of Sandestin, Miramar Beach. BijouxDestin.com $$$

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. $$$

SPECIALTY

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. $$$

$ Inexpensive

$$ Moderately Expensive

$$$ Expensive

20 7 2 8
6 HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 59

COASTAL WONDERS

Discover 60 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023

Vacation is a time for rest and relaxation. But adventure awaits too!

South Walton has much to explore.

Of course, there are the pristinely white, sandy beaches and emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, perfect for a classic beach day, snorkeling, kayaking and so much more. The artificial reefs of the South Walton Artificial Reef Association and the Cultural Arts Alliance’s Underwater Museum of Art both offer subaquatic exploration sure to pique the interests of snorkelers, scuba divers and adventure enthusiasts alike.

But, venturing inland, you’ll find more to the story of the Emerald Coast than you’d have imagined. 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, hike the nearby nature preserves or set off to the Biophilia Center to educate yourself on our diverse region.

Culture abounds indoors as well, with performances and events from the likes of the Emerald Coast Theatre Company and the Cultural Arts Alliance. The area is known for its many festivals, celebrating various types of food, wine, beer and, of course, seafood, as well as local arts and culture.

Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, Destin Commons and Silver Sands

Premium Outlets all offer fi rst-rate shopping with popular brands, local boutiques and more. Whether you’re stocking up on souvenirs, getting a head start on holiday shopping or simply need a little retail therapy, the shopping opportunities are endless.

So if your resting has found you restless, it’s time to explore!

HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 61 KANSAS LEA PHOTOGRAPHY

The 30A Songwriters Festival hosts 175-plus artists across 30 local venues during its four days of performances. The annual event has become a premier songwriter’s festival for the U.S. since its inception in 2010.

Exploration Awaits

From indoors to outdoors, Walton County beckons to wanderlusters

When it comes time to scout around beyond the resort grounds, Walton County offers a variety of culture, nature, shopping and annual 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.

SHELLY SWANGER

EXPLORE ARTIFICIAL REEFS

In 2015, eco-tourists and locals alike went crazy for the new artificial reef that debuted in Grayton Beach. This man-made structure was coined Turtle Reef, as it is shaped like a sea turtle when viewed from above. Since then, the South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) has installed reef structures at 16 evenly distributed sites along the Walton County coast. Snorkelers and divers can find reefs taking the form of various ocean life to include a dolphin, a seahorse, a cobia and others. Like natural reefs, these habitats attracted the attention of sundry marine creatures that now live and flourish in the newfound shelters. At the SWARA snorkel reef sites, 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, skindive or stay at the surface and fish from a kayak. And diving to further depths can be explored at the SWARA fish and dive reef sites. 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, this house is now inhabited by antiques and vintage furnishings that provide snapshots of a bygone age. Take a guided tour or feel free to roam the grounds. Weeping willows and oaks overhang impressive, green acreage ideal for picturesque picnics on the grounds or under the pavilions and for outdoor recreation. At one end of the property is Tucker Bayou, where anglers can spend the day casting from the docks. The gardens present a vibrant collection of flowers and shrubbery year round. Hiking trails lead visitors into the natural areas beyond the ornamental gardens.

FloridaStateParks.org/parks-and-trails/ eden-gardens-state-park

MORRISON SPRINGS

Morrison Springs County Park in Ponce de Leon encompasses 161 acres of preserved woodland. Trekking along in the shade of cypress and oak trees, you wind up at one of the area’s most striking natural springs. Submerged in the crystal-blue waters of the spring, which is about 250 feet in diameter, are several underwater cave systems, cementing its status as one of Florida’s finest dive sites. If your family doesn’t want to take that deep plunge, shallower depths serve ideally for swimming and kayaking. Snorkelers have the opportunity to encounter various species of bass, sunfish and carp, as well as underwater flora that thrive in this hidden paradise. Picnic areas, docks, trails and observatories supply all the necessary amenities for a perfect day.

FloridaHikes.com/morrison-springs-park

TOPSAIL HILL PRESERVE

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

catch a ride on the tram to the beach. There, you can 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 58 feet of water and at a distance of 0.93 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. New works are added yearly with a call out to artists of the area. Hilton Sandestin Beach has become a recurring

HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 63
SCOTT HOLSTEIN The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center in Freeport is just a short drive from Hilton Sandestin Beach and offers a diverse wildlife experience.

sponsor for the museum’s sculptures, supporting previous works to include: Wave! by Benjamin Mefford (2019), Dawn Dancers by Shohini Ghosh (2020), and We All Live Here by Merisol Rendon (2022).

UMAFL.org

CREATE THE SHARD SHOP

There are plenty of souvenirs available for purchase, but why not create something of your own to take home? Create something beautiful to commemorate your trip at the Shard Shop, a one-of-akind studio that supplies guests with all

the supplies necessary to make gorgeous works of glass. Here’s how it works: Each member of your family is given a blank canvas upon arrival. Draw out your design, and then fi ll 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 fi nished 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 fi nished piece for departure by the next day — almost as great as if 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 theater’s efforts are focused on thoughtful productions, theater for young audiences, festivals and collaborations. Each season brings unique cultural experiences for theater lovers on the Emerald Coast. Educational outreach includes after-school and homeschooling programs, touring and stage productions, summer camps, workshops and classes. Hilton Sandestin Beach is a proud sponsor of the 2022–2023 ECTC productions.

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

64 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023
COURTESY
OF
THE CULTURAL ARTS ALLIANCE OF WALTON COUNTY (SCULPTURES) AND THE VILLAGE OF BAYTOWNE WHARF Created by Merisol Rendon and entitled We All Live Here, this 2022 Hilton Sandestin Beachsponsored sculpture is installed at the Underwater Museum of Arts. Wave! by Benjamin Mefford (2019)

forms, and that’s why they offer classes that specialize in multiple areas of creativity. Choose from three different paint classes, create silk scarves or even make the old into new as you create sculptures with upcycled items. Art also takes the form of the written word, so expand your imagination as you participate in creative writing and journaling classes with experienced authors. If you’re looking for a good read to take with you to the beach, stop by the shop’s nook of books for a curated collection of bestsellers, children’s tales and cookbooks featuring local cuisine. BlueGiraffe30A.com

CAA

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) promotes the arts in our area. Founded in 1989, the CAA has nurtured cultural pursuits in our community by bringing in festivals, children’s educational programs and countless instances of funding for fine arts events. The Bayou Arts center, located in Santa Rosa Beach’s scenic 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 of its partners, such as the Foster Gallery in Sandestin. Depending on which time you’re visiting, you’ll want to check out the talents of CAA-sponsored events, such as the 30A Songwriters Festival, Art Week and the Flutterby Festival. And with Hilton Sandestin Beach proudly supporting their 30A Songwriters Festival as a lodging and venue sponsor, you’re perfectly placed to enjoy the event. Or for a more adventurous artistic endeavor, snorkelers and divers alike can revel at the subaquatic sculptures off of the coast of Grayton Beach. New works are added yearly thanks to the hard work of local artists and the sponsors who support them, like Hilton Sandestin Beach who has supported museum sculptures to include: Wave! by Benjamin Mefford (2019), Dawn Dancers by Shohini Ghosh (2020), and We All Live Here by Merisol Rendon (2022).

CulturalArtsAlliance.com

SHOP THE VILLAGE OF BAYTOWNE WHARF

At The Village of Baytowne Wharf, there’s a little something for everybody. The best part? This full-service marina and shopping destination is a twominute 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 awardwinning restaurants, including Another Broken Egg Cafe, Poppy’s Crazy Lobster and Slick Lips Seafood & Oyster House. And the arrival of new restaurants will delight in 2023 with much-anticipated dining options to include Margaritaville, Landshark Bar & Grill, Reel ‘Em In Fresh Seafood, The Ruby Slipper Cafe and The Green Panini. For children, the Village provides a spacious playground, zip line, rope course, trailside treehouse and Blast Arcade and Laser Maze. After you’ve spent time finding one-ofa-kind garments at exclusive boutiques, catch a concert at the Village’s center stage, or stop by The Village Door or Hammerhead’s on the dock for more live music and dancing.

GRAND BOULEVARD

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

their Ovation Dining Room, as well as a colossal “Big-D” auditorium for the ultimate 3D viewing experience.

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 and Pino Gelato Cafe are perfect pit stops where you can refuel.

HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 65
The Village of Baytowne Wharf

EVENTS

Whether 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 fi nd 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.

October FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s family-friendly, two-day signature event in Destin features nearly 200 artists from 13 states showcasing art in many media, from paintings to metal sculptures. Plus, watch plein air artists at work, browse art by emerging and student artists, and get handson in the interactive Kids ArtStop station.

January 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL

The popular 30A Songwriters Festival returns annually with its premier event, boasting performances from more than 175 singer-songwriters. Headliners for the 2023 event included Mavis Staples, Chris and Rich Robinson (the Black Crowes), Dawes, Jenny Lewis and Rickie Lee Jones. This four-day event supports the Cultural Arts Alliance nonprofit organization, with 100% of net proceeds going to support their mission of advancing the arts of Walton County.

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.

66 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023 COURTESY OF MATTIE KELLY ARTS FOUNDATION AND SEASIDE SCHOOL HALF MARATHON & 5K

↑ SEASIDE HALF MARATHON & 5K

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

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.

April

SANDESTIN WINE FESTIVAL

Uncork some fun at the 36th annual Sandestin Wine Festival. Savor fine wines and food while enjoying live music and a picture-perfect atmosphere at The Village of Baytowne Wharf.

SOUTH WALTON BEACHES WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

Celebrity winemakers, distillers, chefs and mixologists come together for this annual event supporting the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, with more than 600 wines to sample as well as a selection of small bites from local restaurateurs.

DESTIN CHARITY WINE AUCTION

The Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation’s annual event presented by the Jumonville Family returns for its 18th year. A weekend of patron dinners leads up to the main event with a reserve tasting and live auction at Grand Boulevard. The event will offer wines from internationally acclaimed vintners accompanied by local cuisine.

COMMUNITY COLLABORATION Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation

• The Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation was created to raise money benefiting Northwest Florida children in need. The organization brings wine enthusiasts together with events, such as the popular Harvest Wine & Food Festival, to support 17 local children’s charity organizations.

The organization has donated more than $28 million to Northwest Florida charities since its inception in 2005.

Hilton Sandestin Beach has been a proud supporter of the organization from the very beginning — donating auction packages, hosting events throughout the year at the resort and serving as a welcoming lodging location for DCWAF’s wine- and culinary-industry celebrity guests.

“Hilton Sandestin Beach is more than just a sponsor and a donor; it’s a true partner to

DCWAF,” said Kate MacMillan, the charity organization’s Director of Marketing and Communications.

“They have worked alongside us for many years to ensure that children in need in our local community are able to get the services they need to thrive, and we are grateful for their support,” MacMillan added.

In 2020, when the global pandemic shattered the normalcy of events across the world, DCWAF was faced with the cancellation of their annual live auction event.

“Hilton Sandestin Beach stepped up and provided DCWAF with ballroom space to build a broadcast studio to televise the auction, live into the homes of our participants,” MacMillan boasted. “Without their support, we would not have been able to successfully hold our flagship event during the pandemic when our charity partners needed us most.”

HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 67
COURTESY OF DESTIN CHARITY WINE AUCTION FOUNDATION

May

ARTSQUEST FINE ARTS FESTIVAL

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

DIGITAL GRAFFITI

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

OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS

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

September

SANDESTIN TRIATHLON

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

October

BAYTOWNE BEER FESTIVAL

Time to roll out the barrel and discover unique suds and ales. The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin hosts the 15th annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival. American specialty beers from around the nation will be available for participants to sample and savor.

DESTIN SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

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.

BEST OF THE EMERALD COAST

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.

↓ HARVEST WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

Sip and savor some of the world’s finest wine and culinary selections at this threeday affair. Events include a celebrity winemaker dinner and an 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 are also available.

November SPARKLING WINE & HOLIDAY LIGHTS

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

BAYTOWNE ON ICE

Make memories with a visit to the iceskating 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 of films from the International Film Festival that tie in with the MountainFilm mission of exploring cultures, preserving environments and promoting adventure.

COASTAL WHITE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION & HOMETOWN PARADE

Holiday cheer kicks off at Grand Boulevard with the start to their Coastal White Christmas. Enjoy the glimmer of tens of thousands of beautiful white lights and a parade to include Santa’s arrival. The Christmas spirit rings true through the month of December, including photos with Santa, horsedrawn-carriage rides, live entertainment and festivities.

December

DESTIN BOAT PARADE

Gather on the Destin Harbor for live music, kids 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.

68 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023 COURTESY OF DESTIN CHARITY WINE AUCTION FOUNDATION
A Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation signature event, the Harvest Wine & Food Festival is presented annually as one of the Southeast’s premier wine and food festivals.

Mention this ad for $2 off of adult tickets. Cannot be combined with any other discounts.

HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 69 979 US HWY 98 E, Destin | 850.460.7353 (in the 98 Palms Shopping Plaza) Mimmos.com ITALIAN EMERALDCOAST MAGAZINE’S THEEMERALDCOAST BEST of 2022 NEW LOCATION NOW OPEN 2700 W CR 30A, Santa Rosa Beach | 850.660.6970
for the whole family, featuring Captain Larry! • Free Beer, Wine & Soda • Gulf’s Largest Speedboat • Kids Captain • Snorkel Dolphin Cruises • Dolphin Cruises • Sunset Dolphin Cruises SEE DOLPHINS ABOARD DESTIN’S ORIGINAL SEA BLASTER! LOCATED AT HARBORWALK VILLAGE BEHIND EMERALD GRANDE CONDO • MUST CALL FOR RESERVATIONS (850) 654-6888 • DESTINSEABLASTER.COM
Fun
ONLINE PROMO CODE: 2OFF

SHOPPING GUIDE

1. GRAND BOULEVARD

Grand Boulevard is shopping at its fi nest 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.

2. 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., 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m. Call for seasonal and special holiday hours. 10562 Emerald Coast Parkway, Miramar Beach. (850) 654-9771.

3. DESTIN COMMONS

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.

5. ROCKWELL THARP Rockwell Tharp owners and designers, Kristi Rockwell and Cameron Tharp showcase their unique, cutting-edge fashion boots, shoes, belts, handbags and ladies apparel. Fashion enthusiasts across the world have embraced exciting Rockwell Tharp creations for more than a decade. Rockwell Tharp has been featured on NBC’s The Today Show and was honored with the Southeastern Shoe of the Year and the Southwestern Designers of the Year awards in Dallas, Texas. Experience and enrich your life with Rockwell Tharp, where their passions help you color the world into a brighter place! 141 Fisherman’s Cove, Miramar Beach. (850) 837-1242. RockwellTharp.com.

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 fi ne 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 fi nd boutique shopping, casual to fi ne dining, numerous festivals and events along with exciting nightlife. Open Mon.–Thur., 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m.–9 p.m., and Sun., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway W., Miramar Beach. (850) 267-8000.

4 3 2 6 5 1
Find your favorite shopping spots nearby
HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 71 Capt. Dave’s on the Gulf Casual Gulf Front Dining. Gulf to plate since 1968! 3796 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin | 850.837.2627 | captdavesonthegulf.com SERVING LOCAL FLORIDA SEAFOOD AND STEAKS Dinner 4pm UNTIL … For more information visit captdavesonthegulf.com Enjoy cocktails on the deck for sunset Happy Hour: 4–6pm Open 6 days a week (closed Tuesdays) Serv ing theeme Coa S t for over50 rS 9735 Eme r al d C oast P a rkw ay, D e st in, F lo r ida 3255 0 T oll Fr ee: 800 - 434 - 4177 • Off ice: 850 - 650 - 2186 • F ax: 850 - 650 - 096 0 ww w .gi n ger sd e st in co nn ec t io n .c om Ging e r’ s DEST IN C ONN ECT IO N It’s A ll About Finding a new house, condo or piece of property can be more painful than a poor fitting pair of shoes, or as comfortable as your favorite sandals. So, in choosing a real estate agent, it’s important to get the right fit from the start. I have been shopping with clients for 35 years, listening to their needs and desires, then vigorously pursuing the market until I find the right fit, and I will do the same for you! “ I L IV E I N SAND E S T IN , I L OV E SAND E S T IN , AND NO ON E S ELL S SAND EST IN L IK E I DO! ” Ginger Lundstrom REALTOR® ginger@psofd.com

THE VILLAGE OF BAYTOWNE WHARF Shop.

Dine. Play.

1 SANDESTIN® REAL ESTATE • DISCOVERY CENTER

Sandestin® Real Estate 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 REEL ’EM IN FRESH SEAFOOD AND GOURMET OF BAYTOWNE

Bringing The Village of Baytowne Wharf fresh wildcaught seafood and award-winning gourmet items. Local delivery available.

4 RUBY SLIPPER CAFE

Cheery cafe serving signature omelets, Southern brunch fare and cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere. RubyBrunch.com

6 SUNDRIES GENERAL MARKET

Providing all the essentials for your perfect vacation and home. SundriesGeneralMarket.com

7 LATITUDE 25

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

8 CHARLIE’S CAFE

Charlie’s Cafe offers casual dining with something for everyone. From a full espresso bar, locally sourced coffee and cold brew, to delicious house-made sandwiches and salads. We also proudly serve Charlie’s Donuts baked daily in the Panhandle and known as the “Best donuts on 30A.” (850) 424-6459

9 THE GREEN PANINI

Providing healthy and eco-friendly organic food is our way of contributing to the environment and promoting health awareness. At Green Panini, we provide healthy smoothies, natural juices, fresh homemade salads and well-pressed paninis. Our friendly but quick-pace environment will give you the opportunity to grab your food in under 15 minutes!

10 BAREFOOT PRINCESS

11 Barefoot Princess, a Lilly Pulitzer specialty store, offers 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, 2022. (850) 351-1806 Facebook.com/BarefootPrincessBaytowne

12 ISLAND CLOTHIERS

Island Clothiers is the Emerald Coast’s best shopping destination carrying the latest in men’s and women’s apparel, jewelry and footwear. From resort casual to a glitzy night on the town, Island Clothiers offers the perfect outfit for any occasion. Southern charm, trendy or classic for people of all ages. (850) 351-1806 Facebook.com/ShopSandestin

13 LANDSHARK BAR & GRILL BY MARGARITAVILLE COMING 2023

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

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

17 ROCKET FIZZ

Rocket Fizz is a novelty store that sells vintage candy, signs, as well as up-to-date candy. Also known for an array of different flavored soda pops!

72 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023
BAYTOWNEWHARF.COM
HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 73 51 Market Street CanneryLane/AdventureLane Fisherman's Cove St a ge ATM Tupelo Courtyard B oard w alk Boardwalk 39 Events Plaza 4 6 7 10 11 12 23 22 24 25 27 26 28 20 21 19 30 33 35 18 17 16 15 14 56 54 53 47 42 40 38 37 PARKING Water Tower Zipline RopesCourse 44 41 50 52 36 32 31 55 Adventure Lane TramStop 1 45 49 59 57 60 58 61 Dock/Bay Golf Cart Parking Playground To Marina To Jolee Island To Boats To Tennis/Marina Main Entrance Baytowne Marina Valet 62 34 51 46 13 29 8 9 3 43 RETAIL RESTAURANT EATERY/NIGHTLIFE SERVICE ACTIVITIES RESTROOMS TICKET SALES 1. Sandestin Real Estate Sales

LA CREMERIA

Serving gelato, coffee, milkshakes, Icees, Italian Ice, soft drinks, smoothies, desserts and fresh-baked treats.

(850) 842-7078 LCgelato.com

19 SLICK LIPS SEAFOOD & OYSTER HOUSE

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

20 ROCKWELL THARP LADIES BOUTIQUE

The NBC-featured and award-winning owners and designers, Kristi Rockwell and Cameron Tharp, showcase their unique, cutting-edge boots, shoes, belts, handbags and ladies apparel. 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

21 COSMO’S ROBO DINER

A fast and fun dining experience. Enjoy burgers, chicken, shakes, boba tea and more served by robots!

(850) 842-7078 CosmosRoboDiner.com

22 SALT LIFE BY HPO

Salt Life By HPO combines function and fashion with an incredible fit tailored for the active lifestyle. With its dedication to providing gear and designs that transcend, it has evolved into a lifestyle brand with worldwide appeal. Whether it’s surfing, fishing, diving or simply enjoying a day at the beach, the Salt Life is for everyone. (850) 608-6080

23 PARADISE FOUND

24 Looking for the perfect souvenir from your beach vacation? Paradise Found has got you covered with fun beach trinkets, novelty T-shirts and apparel to meet your needs!

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

26 CLOAK & DAGGER ESCAPE ROOMS

Come join us for an experience you won’t soon forget! We offer a fully immersive escape experience in one of our three state-of-the-art escape games! Come and escape the ordinary! (850) 904-5400

27 BAYTOWNE WHARF NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

BWNA manages Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort®, contributing to visitors' unique experiences and produces more than 150 events per year that provide sponsorship opportunities to corporate partners. (850) 267-8180 BaytowneWharf.com

29 5 O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE BY MARGARITAVILLE COMING 2023

30 POPPY’S CRAZY LOBSTER

Serving up fresh, local seafood, Creole and Cajun favorites and overlooking the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay. (850) 351-1996 CrazyLobsterDestin.com

31 BAYTOWNE ADVENTURE ZONE TOWER CLIMB

Towering nearly 40 feet in the air, this adventure will test your strength and strategic skills. This rock wall is suitable for kids of all ages.

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

33 HAMMERHEAD’S BAR & GRILLE

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

34 JOHN WEHNER’S DOCKSIDE RESTAURANT & JOHN WEHNER’S VILLAGE DOOR

This family-friendly restaurant features live entertainment, freshly smoked meats, homemade barbecue sauces and seafood favorites. Originally from Bourbon Street, the live music dance club has won Best of the Emerald Coast, Best in Destin, and Finest on the Emerald Coast awards. Enjoy the new shaded dockside bar with beautiful views of the Baytowne Marina and Choctawhatchee Bay. (850) 610-5959 TheVillageDoor.com

35 ROBERTO’S ITALIAN PIZZERIA & SPORTS BAR

Serving the best gourmet pizzas, pasta, calzones, strombolis, salads, wings and more. Ample indoor and outdoor seating, a full bar, big screen TVs and drink specials make this the perfect place to watch the big game with friends or to bring the family. 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 VILLAGE RESTAURANT COMING SOON

38 GEMESIS EXPRESSIONS

Offering locally made jewelry, 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 & 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 & Friends also carries reasonably priced 18-inch dolls that make great friends for your American Girl Dolls. (850) 837-4402 DollClothesFactory.com

40 ARTFUL SOAP CO.

Offering locally handmade, 100% 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

51 AND SKYTYKES ROPES COURSE

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

74 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023 BAYTOWNEWHARF.COM 19
18

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 with apparel and toys. Looking for a new plush friend to remind your child of their Sandestin® vacation? Get creative and build a bear, dolphin or alligator, then check out our TY plush toys, beach toys and collectibles. (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 one-stop, no-stress party headquarters! (850) 654-3333 BlastFunAndGames.com

45 MOO LA LA ICE CREAM & 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 DUDE & MEATBALL’S: ITALIAN BAR AND RESTAURANT

Come join us for a one-of-a-kind Italian experience that’s “full of endless pasta-bilities.” We will be open for lunch, dinner and late night on Friday and Saturday. (850) 424-7775 Facebook.com/Dude-Meatballs-107310978640328

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

Asian restaurant serving hot and ready-to-eat hibachi plates and fresh sushi! (850) 353-2200 Facebook.com/YakiVillage

57 BIKE RENTALS

Bikes for all ages. Comes with a bike lock and a 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, 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. The marina also offers light-tackle fishing charters, pontoon boat rentals, WaveRunners 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, massages, 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

HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 75

GettingTogether

76 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023

Whether you’re planning the wedding you postponed or finally hosting that in-person work event you’ve been supplementing through Zoom, Hilton Sandestin Beach is the perfect place to reunite. With impressive Gulf Coast views, expansive ballrooms and on-site wedding planners, Hilton Sandestin Beach ensures they’ll host the wedding of your dreams.

And for meetings and group events, the resort offers state-of-the-art meeting facilities, intimate boardrooms and al fresco deck space for the perfect atmosphere.

Don’t get caught up in the menial task of planning your event. You’re at the beach! Kick back in your lounge chair between meetings or tending to guests while our staff of professionals does the work for you.

HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 77
MICHAEL BOOINI

Wedding Planning MADE SIMPLE

Let the Hilton Sandestin Beach wedding planners create the seamless, stress-free day of your dreams

Getting engaged may have you popping bottles as you envision the rest of your life with your best friend. But, then, the anxiety sets in.

It’s time to start planning a wedding, and the stress of fi nalizing all the details for a fun, aesthetically pleasing and costeffective ceremony compounds and overwhelms you.

But when you book a wedding at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, an expert wedding planning team will help you fi nd joy in the process, and allow you to focus all your attention on what’s most important: Committing yourself to your beloved and celebrating with friends and family.

“One thing that sets us apart from other venues is the fact that we’re allinclusive,” said Meagan Jones, Wedding Coordinator at Hilton Sandestin Beach. “Between our specialized wedding packages, pre-vetted vendors, resort amenities and event spaces, we like to tell people we’re a one-stop shop.”

Jones, along with the resort’s long-tenured Wedding Manager, Angela Kramer, will ensure your big day measures up to the ceremony of your dreams by ironing down every detail. The resort’s exclusive packages grant couples a dedicated day-of wedding coordinator, professional photographer and your choice of officiant.

Of course, your dedicated team will collaborate with you to determine how best to portray your love story. They’ll help you weave meaningful details into your ceremony; such as custom florals, seating, arbors and ceremony playlists perfect to complement your nuptials.

78 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023

Hilton Sandestin Beach also prides itself in going above and beyond to cover the less obvious particulars.

“We’re happy to offer beach security for your seaside ceremony, so nobody wanders by in a swimsuit and photobombs your big moment,” said Jones. “When our talented in-house Pastry Chef, Yascha Becker, makes your custom wedding cake, he’ll box up an extra layer so you can take it home, freeze it and enjoy it on your one-year anniversary.”

Soon-to-be spouses receive in-room amenities the day of their wedding in the form of chocolate-covered strawberries, champagne and a congratulatory note from Kramer. For brides, the team knows that, between greeting your guests and getting pictures made, there’s little time for you to enjoy a meal. The resort is happy to box up your catering from on-site dining options and send it up to your room for a midnight feast.

“I would say we put on around 60 weddings a year,” said Jones. “More, if you count vow renewals, which are extremely trendy nowadays. Looking at our bookings over the past year, I would say we are also trending toward higher guest counts. New nonstop fl ights to our area likely attribute to this change.”

Of course, Jones and the team love executing small, intimate elopements and private receptions at Seagar’s but, as they say, “the bigger, the better.”

Make your day look and feel effortless with a wedding at Hilton Sandestin Beach — where the wedding planning team handles everything from planning and decor to helping you capture picture-perfect moments.

OUR MEMORIES

Hilton Sandestin Beach has recently attracted a number of cultural destination weddings with ceremonies spanning across several days. These guests essentially take over the hotel as upward of 600 people celebrate the newlyweds within the resort’s newly-renovated deck, spacious ballrooms and striking private beach. Special bridal spa packages, a round of golf for the groomsmen and a complimentary tram transporting your party to the Village of Baytowne Wharf guarantees nobody grows restless before the main event.

“All you have to do is show up, and have the best day of your life,” said Jones.

• We chose to have our 50th anniversary vow renewal at the Hilton Sandestin Beach for several reasons. First, the venue was beautiful — right on the beach. Second, the people in charge were terrific to work with. They recommended a photographer and florist who both did an outstanding job. Plus, they listened and reacted to our needs, not only for the vow renewal, but also for our meal planning. Even though it rained right when we planned to be on the beach repeating our vows, wedding coordinator Meagan Jones quickly moved us into a lovely room — all set up — to complete our vow renewal. We then enjoyed a delicious dinner, all 14 of us, on property. Thank you Hilton Sandestin Beach for a memory our whole family will cherish!

HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 79
JENNIFER G PHOTOGRAPHY
HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023 ARRH MATEY! the greatest sightseeing cruise ever! Young and old, The Pirate Cruise™ has something for everyone! Cruise away into the fantasy world of friendly swashbucklers and pirates! 2 hour cruise | Dolphin sightings | Great music | Cold beer Non-stop pirate activities for kids | Fun for all ages 5325 N. Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach Located at Lighthouse Marina next to Grand Marlin Restaurant piratecruise.net 850.234.7400

GETTING BACK TOGETHER

Face-to-face meetings and event gatherings bring a return to normalcy

The pandemic may have normalized Zoom meetings, remote conferences and virtual event platforms, but for Jon Lovett, Director of Events at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, the reinstatement of faceto-face meetings and gatherings is a welcome return to good business sense.

“You can’t put a true measure on how important it is not only for fellow coworkers and association members to meet in person, but also for businesses

to get in front of their customers again,” said Lovett. “And, doing so here at our beautiful resort, plus having the ability to take advantage of all the amenities we have to offer, makes that all the easier.”

After all, more decisions are made over a cocktail, round of golf or aboard a fi shing boat than could ever be made over a phone call.

Situated on what many consider to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and boasting intimate

boardrooms, spacious ballrooms and al fresco deck space for your crowd to convene, Hilton Sandestin Beach and its expert event planners successfully host thousands of get-togethers and special events year round.

“Navigating through the pandemic was a challenge, but we are already seeing a large influx of interest in 2023 events which leads me to believe that this market is back,”

Hilton Sandestin Beach boasts banquet space to accommodate groups of up to 2,000 across three ballrooms, prefunction spaces and a 1,260-squarefoot theater.

HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 81
MICHAEL BOOINI

A PRICELESS PARTNERSHIP

Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center

• The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center is a local nonprofit organization providing services for children in Okaloosa and Walton counties that have been abused, neglected or assaulted.

A vital resource for the community, the organization offers intervention, therapeutic treatment and prevention education, as well as working to bridge the gap between families and needed resources.

Seeing the critical need for the services ECCAC provides, Hilton Sandestin Beach has been partnering with the organization since 2000, when Frank Flautt, cofounder of Sandcastle Resorts and Hotels, the resorts management company, was introduced to the organization after touring their Niceville center.

“Since that day, he and Hilton Sandestin Beach have been unwavering, kind and generous supporters for over 20 years,” said Julie Porterfield, CEO of ECCAC.

Hilton Sandestin Beach hosts the center’s signature gala event annually where thousands of dollars are raised to support the many programs the center provides to child abuse victims in the local community.

“The team at Hilton Sandestin Beach, each year, has gone above and beyond to ensure its success on so many levels,” said Porterfield.

“Most recently, we experienced a flood and fire at our Niceville center. And they were there to lend financial support to help keep our head above water.”

Over the 20-plus years of support that Hilton Sandestin Beach has offered to ECCAC, the resort has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the organization to assist in their efforts.

But that dollar amount is just a portion of the benefits of partnering with Hilton Sandestin Beach.

For Porterfield: “We can say it’s priceless.”

said Kevin Rosa, Director of Sales and Marketing at Hilton Sandestin Beach. “Association meetings will always be large but I think trends are shifting more in the corporate world, where meetings are becoming more exclusive to executive-type gatherings with fewer attendants.”

“Our devoted on-site event planners have adapted over the last few years to create more specialized, detailed programs for our groups, no matter the size,” said Rosa.

That said, the resort can accommodate groups of up to 2,000 with its three ballrooms, pre-function spaces and 1,260-square-foot theater. Hilton Sandestin Beach is honored to have dozens of return customers, such as the United Steelworkers, that trust them each year with their event.

“For the United Steelworkers, this will be the first time their group of 1,300 members has been able to gather in its entirety since 2019,” Rosa said of the conference. “This year, we’re

excited to debut for them and others our new, linenless banquet furniture. It’s a nicer, more streamlined and user-friendly product that offers not only a cleaner look but is also a more sustainable option.

“As many of you come together for the first time in a while, it is our goal to create for you a safe meeting environment,” added Rosa. “Our fantastic events team is ready to work with you and welcome you back to normalcy.”

82 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023
MICHAEL BOOINI
“As many of you come together for the first time in a while, it is our goal to create for you a safe meeting environment.” — KEVIN ROSA
HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 83 DEWEY DESTIN’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 9 Calhoun Ave., Destin, FL • (850) 837-7575 DEWEY DESTIN’S HARBORSIDE RESTAURANT 202 Harbor Blvd., Destin, FL • (850) 837-7525 DEWEY DESTIN’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 8673 Navarre Pkwy., Navarre, FL • (850)710-7070 DESTINSEAFOOD.COM FRESH SEAFOOD FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS 10859 Emerald Coast Pkwy., 303, Miramar Beach (850) 353-2991 | Commelfo.com BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER GOURMET AMERICAN DINING WEDDINGS AND EVENTS

MEETINGS AND FACILITIES GUIDE

Lower Level FLOOR MAP KEY Meeting/Conference Rooms Amenities Public Space Private Space Lower Level FLOOR MAP KEY Meeting/Conference Rooms Amenities Public Space Private Space LOWER LEVEL ENTRY LEVEL Lower Level FLOOR MAP KEY Meeting/Conference Rooms Amenities Public Space Private Space 84 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023

MEETINGS AND FACILITIES GUIDE

Conference and Event Rooms Capacity Chart

Name Location Type Area (Sq. Ft.) Length (Ft.) Width (Ft.) Height (Ft.) Theater Class Room Conference U-Shape Reception Banquet Boardroom Entry Level Boardroom 510 30 17 9 N/A N/A 14 N/A 35 N/A Emerald Ball Room Entry Level Ballroom 9,504 66 144 16 1,055 500 N/A N/A 800 720 Emerald A Entry Level Ballroom 1,188 33 36 16 135 60 28 33 100 90 Emerald B Entry Level Ballroom 1,188 33 36 16 135 60 28 33 100 90 Emerald C Entry Level Ballroom 2,356 66 36 16 265 144 54 63 200 180 Emerald D Entry Level Ballroom 2,356 66 36 16 265 144 54 63 200 180 Emerald E Entry Level Ballroom 2,356 66 36 16 265 144 54 63 200 180 Emerald Foyer Entry Level Foyer 8,762 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 600 N/A Coastal Ballroom Entry Level Ballroom 7,500 131 58 16 760 486 N/A N/A 750 570 Coastal A Entry Level Ballroom 2,505 43 58 16 330 162 65 50 250 190 Coastal B Entry Level Ballroom 2,505 43 58 16 330 162 65 50 250 190 Coastal C Entry Level Ballroom 2,505 43 58 16 330 162 65 50 250 190 Coastal Foyer Entry Level Foyer 4,800 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 300 N/A Coral Ballroom Entry Level Ballroom 5,600 112 50 14 550 320 N/A N/A 500 440 Coral A Entry Level Ballroom 2,000 40 50 14 230 120 40 48 200 120 Coral B Entry Level Ballroom 1,200 24 50 14 105 65 36 42 100 80 Coral C Entry Level Ballroom 1,200 24 50 14 105 65 36 42 100 80 Coral D Entry Level Ballroom 1,200 24 50 14 105 65 36 42 100 80 Coral Foyer Entry Level Foyer 8,762 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 550 N/A Outdoor Deck Outdoor Deck 22,500 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 2,000 1,200 Barefoot’s Desk Outdoor Deck 8,000 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 450 300 Sunset Desk Outdoor Deck 8,000 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 275 200 Sunrise Deck Outdoor Deck 4,600 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 500 300 Pool Veranda Outdoor Deck 1,000 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Sandpiper Ballroom Lower Level Ballroom 4,064 127 32 9 300 150 N/A N/A 135 210 Sandpiper A Lower Level Ballroom 896 25 32 9 50 27 20 21 25 40 Sandpiper B Lower Level Ballroom 896 28 32 9 50 36 20 21 30 40 Sandpiper C Lower Level Ballroom 896 28 32 9 50 36 20 21 30 40 Sandpiper D Lower Level Ballroom 1,376 43 32 9 150 54 34 36 50 80 Theatre Lower Level Conference Room 1,260 35 36 10 104 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Pelican Lower Level Conference Room 902 41 22 9 80 45 34 36 75 60 Heron Lower Level Conference Room 840 35 24 9 65 40 24 30 65 50 HILTONSANDESTINBEACH.COM 85

Bill Atwood and his wife enjoy visiting the hotel for Memorial Day weekend, noting that, “There are tons of great activities, music and decorations, and the weather is usually spectacular.”

NO ORDINARY HOTEL STAY

Afriend looked over my shoulder at the computer screen.

“What are you doing?” he asked.

I replied, “I’m booking a stay at the Hilton Sandestin Beach.”

“You’re having a meeting there?”

“No. This is just 100% pure family fun.”

“Let me get this straight,” he said quizzically, “you travel 300,000 miles a year, stay in countless hotels and, for fun, you are going to stay in another hotel? After all that travel and hotel time, I would think that would be the last thing you would want to do.”

“Ah,” I said, “The Hilton Sandestin Beach is different. It’s like staying with friends who have a giant house on the world’s best beach, with amazing food and total rest. Whether it's Tiffany taking care of our beach chairs and umbrellas, Ben overseeing our food and beverages or enjoying

a great room (thanks, Robin), everyone at the hotel is top notch. What great leadership Gary, then general manager, has provided, and what a great team he has assembled. It all makes for a great hotel experience.”

And so it has been — every year, for as long as I can remember — heading to the hotel, usually over Memorial Day weekend. Of course, COVID-19 messed up everything, but even in navigating the pandemic, Hilton Sandestin Beach had our backs. The health and sanitation standards were perfect. Every possible source of concern was eliminated.

The view of the beach from our room shows the order and serious way that Hilton Sandestin Beach dealt with the pandemic versus neighboring properties, with beach setups spread out rather than in tight quarters. And every table and chair was sanitized after any use. The cleaning standards with Hilton were over the top. It made us feel safe and secure — and made it easy to be rejuvenated even with the virus still around.

I spend a lot of time overseas in developing nations, working on sustainable development projects. It is rewarding but very tiring work with far too many 15-hour flights. After lots of travel and long days, Hilton Sandestin Beach provides the perfect place to reflect, recover and unwind.

86 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023
Bill Atwood’s room at Hilton Sandestin Beach offered balcony views perfect for an Emerald Coast sunset.
.

SHARING PARADISE

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

GET SOCIAL with Hilton Sandestin Beach through any one of our social media pages:

twitter.com/hiltonsandestin

facebook.com/hiltonsandestinbeach

instagram.com/hiltonsandestin

youtube.com/hiltonsandestinbeach pinterest.com/hiltonsandestin

Hashtag — We’re it!

As you are reveling in the sun, sand and water, don’t forget to tag us in your favorite photos using #HiltonSandestin!

@raybear6 @kyle.root @shaynetrayne12
@jackiehapnertravel @mohslucy
@travelingswansons
88 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023
NorthwestFloridaWeddings.net Know someone recently engaged or in the process of planning a wedding?
planning Visit NorthwestFloridaWeddings.net to submit their information, and we will gladly send them a congratulations package, including the Northwest Florida Weddings Magazine. Registering also enters them for a chance to have their Big Day featured in an upcoming edition of the magazine! Visit our website and enter to win THE ULTIMATE HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH RESORT GETAWAY!
PHOTO BY JENNIFER G PHOTOGRAPHY

OUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME

Istarted in sales with a company in the corrections industry in 2000. Traveling for work had not been something I had done previously and from what I discovered, was not always as glorious as it seemed. Sleeping in different hotels in towns across the country may sound fun on the surface, but can often be uncomfortable and exhausting. The first time I visited the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, I did not know what to expect … but wow, what a great surprise!

In the early part of 2002, our company was growing, and I was given the opportunity to start working with different Sheriff’s Offices in Louisiana. I was in my mid-20s at the time, and my only real experience with Louisiana was having met some great people and loving the food. As luck would have it, turns out the Sheriffs in Louisiana

know how to host a great annual conference. They have partnered with Hilton Sandestin Beach for years. When I attended that first conference I was blown away. When I arrived, I called my wife and told her all about the hotel, the staff, the pools, the food and the beautiful views! Needless to say, she would be coming with me the following year — and every year since.

We have come back to stay at the Hilton Sandestin Beach every year since 2002, it is our go-to vacation spot. We have three kids, Kylar, Colten and Kalyn, and they love it as much as we do. When we arrive and walk into the lobby, we all know it is time to unwind, reconnect and enjoy. We have experienced the most amazing Fourth of July fireworks shows, relaxed in the spa, had some great workouts in the gym, played games in the pools and

we always overload on the good food each year.

The white-sand beaches are beautiful and perfect for sandcastles, sunrise and sunset walks and crab hunts at night, most looked forward to by our kids. The ocean waves are perfect for riding with boogie boards and the most beautiful background for our annual family photos. It has been the perfect relaxation spot and getaway from real life that our family has grown to cherish. We have celebrated birthdays and, this past year, our 21st wedding anniversary at this hotel.

It has truly become our home away from home.

We’ll be back soon and look forward to creating more great memories. Thanks to all the staff at the Hilton Sandestin Beach that make these visits so special.

90 HILTON SANDESTIN BEACH 2023
Corby Kenter and his family have been visiting Hilton Sandestin Beach since the early 2000s. Here, they have made lasting memories over the years. 2013 2015 2018 2022 2014
Monday - Sunday: (Winter hours: 9AM - 6PM, Oct - Jan) • Walk-ins welcome • Insurance accepted BOARD-CERTIFIED PROVIDERS ONSITE 13625 US-98, Suite 8-9 Inlet Beach, FL 32413 12598 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite 101 Destin, FL 32550 Cold, Flu & Fever • Infections • Cuts, Bruises & Burns • Sprains, Strains & Fractures • Splinters & Removal of Foreign Bodies NO APPOINTMENTS NECESSARY ! Don’t wait to feel better. Come on in! Call 850-613-9705
Cr uise s Where amazing meets unforgettable Sunset Dinner Cruises | Weddings & Events | Fireworks Cruises Located at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort SunQuestCruises.com | (850) 650-2519 EMERALDCOAST MAGAZINES THEEMERALDCOAST BEST of 2020EMERALDCOAST MAGAZINE’S THEEMERALDCOAST BEST of 2022

Articles inside

OUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME

1min
pages 90-91

NO ORDINARY HOTEL STAY

1min
page 86

A PRICELESS PARTNERSHIP

2min
pages 82-83

GETTING BACK TOGETHER

1min
page 81

Wedding Planning MADE SIMPLE

3min
pages 78-80

GettingTogether

1min
pages 76-77

THE VILLAGE OF BAYTOWNE WHARF Shop. Dine. Play.

8min
pages 72, 74-75

SHOPPING GUIDE

1min
pages 70-71

COMMUNITY COLLABORATION Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation

3min
pages 67-69

EVENTS

2min
pages 66-67

Exploration Awaits

8min
pages 62-65

COASTAL WONDERS

1min
pages 60-62

DINING GUIDE

5min
pages 58-59

IN-ROOM DINING

1min
page 57

THE COFFEE SHOP

1min
pages 54-55

PICNIX POOLSIDE MARKET

1min
pages 52-53

SANDCASTLES RESTAURANT

1min
page 50

BAREFOOT’S BEACHSIDE BAR & GRILL

1min
pages 48-49

HADASHI SUSHI BAR

1min
page 46

PRIME STEAKS & SEAFOOD

1min
page 44

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF SEAGAR’S

2min
pages 42-43

Good Eats Beach ON THE

1min
page 41

OUR MEMORIES

4min
pages 36-39

DIVERSION DELIGHT IN

1min
page 35

THE GULF COAST GOLF SCENE

2min
pages 32-34

INVESTING IN YOURSELF

2min
pages 29-31

VACATION VIBES Only!

1min
pages 26-27

SPENCER ATKINSON

1min
pages 20, 22, 24

LASTING Memories

2min
pages 18-20

AT YOUR SERVICE

2min
pages 16-17

Oasis THE EMERALD COAST ON

1min
pages 13, 15-16

A BID FAREWELL

1min
pages 10, 12

THE BEST IS YET TO COME

2min
page 9
Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.