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5 Myths About Destin

Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017

People always like to give their opinions on everything. They want to tell you what they think about what you’re wearing, what you’re eating, what you’re drinking, and even where you’re going. These are some actual statements we have heard when Destin, Florida has come up in conversation and we are here to set the record straight.  It’s all retirees . Florida does have a reputation of being where people go to retire. However, Florida is a big state. Everyone isn’t retiring in Destin. The...
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A Look Back on 2016

Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017

Each year brings new possibilities and a fresh start. We are a month in now and we thought we would take a stroll down memory lane and remember how good 2016 was for Destin . We all have our own reasons for loving this beautiful beach area but it’s always nice seeing the love from all over.   The popular travel site TripAdvisor named Destin in the top 10 list of “Destinations on the Rise in the U.S.” Our little town has come a long way in recent years and continues to grow each year. With...
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Exciting News from VPS and Allegiant

Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

We all love it when traveling gets a little easier. Sometimes we get stuck in the same place, same routine, because we can’t seem to save up the funds to take the vacation we want. Well, dream no more. Allegiant Air and VPS airport (Fort Walton Beach, FL) released a major announcement this week and it looks like there is something for everyone who wants to get out of  Destin or visit the Emerald Coast.  Unveiling the largest single expansion into Florida in Allegiant’s history, it was...
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Emerald Coast Makes Lonely Planet’s Top 10 U.S. Destinations

Posted on Friday, January 6, 2017

Lonely Planet is the largest travel guide book publisher in the world. Their experts travel the world to tell us what we might be missing. Each year, they also travel the United States in search of underrated or off-the-radar spots that need more recognition. For the 2017 Best in the U.S . destinations you need to see, our favorite beaches made the list. Among beautiful places like California’s Low Desert and the Adirondacks in New York, our beloved Emerald Coast sneaks in at number 10. The top...
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4 Beaches Snowbirds Should Fly South For

Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2016

As summer winds down we say goodbye to our high season friends and hello to a slower pace. Snowbird season is just around the corner. The Emerald Coast welcomes our winter friends with snowbird specials throughout the season. Here are 4 beaches snowbirds should consider when heading south for the winter. The pristine beaches of South Walton’s Highway 30A are world renowned. With several little beach towns to choose from finding the one that fits you is key. Seagrove Beach is a laid back yet...
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Hurricane Preparedness

Posted on Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Welcome to hurricane season in Destin . This is the time when you have to stay tuned in to the news to make sure you know what’s headed our way. We thought this would be a good time for reminders to prepare for hurricanes. Here are some tips from the National Hurricane Center . Pay attention . Emergency officials will alert the area and keep you informed as to where the storm is headed and what areas are to evacuate. Listen to the radio, contact the National Weather Service, or you can follow the...
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Allegiant Air Adds New Direct Routes to Destin

Posted on Thursday, March 10, 2016

Fast-growing Allegiant Air gave us good news this week and your summer vacation plans just got better! They unveiled three new cities and 22 new routes in one of its biggest single expansion announcements ever. Among these new cities are Orlando-Sanford, Jacksonville, and Destin-Fort Walton Beach. Seasonal non-stop routes to Destin from Fort Lauderdale, Knoxville, TN, Memphis, TN, and Oklahoma City will begin towards the end of May. To celebrate the launch of the new service, Allegiant will...
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Henderson Park Inn Named a Top Hotel for Romance

Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2016

February is a month for romance and Destin is full of options to have that special evening with a special someone. Henderson Park Inn has been a long-time popular getaway spot and was recently recognized by TripAdvisor. The 2016 list for Travelers’ Choice of Top 25 Hotels for Romance included the charming Bed and Breakfast among U.S. as well as world locations. Destin’s own Henderson Park Inn is listed among many other beautiful settings such as Aruba, Maldives, Greece, and Fiji. The intimate...
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Top Destination on the Rise

Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Emerald Coast is known for its clear green waters and sugar white sand, top reasons why visitors flock to the area all year. Destin, Florida was named on TripAdvisor’s “Top Destinations on the Rise” showing our little town is gaining popularity. TripAdvisor puts out this list each year with travelers’ choice of best hotels, resorts, beaches, and more. Also making the list were Lake Tahoe, Anchorage, Alaska and Jackson, Wyoming.   Destin isn’t only a beautiful place, it has much to offer...
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5 Reasons to Spend the Holidays in Destin

Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2015

It’s not too late to book your winter vacation to the beach! Thanksgiving is two weeks away. Christmas is six weeks away. As if you didn’t need MORE reasons to come to the Gulf Coast, we thought we would make a list of why we think you should spend your holidays here in Destin. Your family will thank you.         1.   Warm Weather  This week in Destin, Florida the weather has been sunny and warm. Sure, temperatures will cool off soon but it’s 80 outside...
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Destin Tops List For Popular Labor Day Destinations

Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2015

According to Travel + Leisure , Destin, Florida is the most popular Labor Day destination in the United States. The national holiday is widely celebrated as an end of summer retreat. The Top 15 list shows that many are planning their long weekend at the beach. Among the popular spots are Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Gulf Shores, Alabama, and Miami Beach, Florida. We know that Destin is our own little paradise but it is consistently named as a top vacation destination. People around the...
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Fodor’s Names the Florida Panhandle on 2015 Go List

Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Fodor’s released their top 25 can’t-miss travel spots and the Florida Panhandle is #5! This coveted list also includes Norway, Barbados, Singapore, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Fodor’s says the soft quartz beaches are more beautiful than what is found on most Caribbean islands and undoubtedly among the best in the United States.   Across the Emerald Coast, the beaches are the biggest attraction but there is much more to enjoy. Championship golf courses, premium shopping malls, fishing, and...
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Travel + Leisure Names Santa Rosa Beach a Top Town for the Holidays

Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Emerald Coast is one of the top vacation and fishing destinations in the country. With the ultimate Destin vacation  rental selection as well as charming cottages in Seaside, visitors come year-round to enjoy our incomparable scenery. Now we can add more to the resume!   Travel + Leisure Magazine has recognized Santa Rosa Beach as one of America’s Best Towns for the Holidays. Coming in at #11, the quiet town joins the ranks of popular winter spots Park City, Utah and Breckenridge...
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Winter at the Beach

Posted on Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Temperatures are cooling off in the evenings and winter will be here before we know it. As much as we hate to admit it, this usually means less time at the beach. We are lucky to have mild winters around here but a lot of us just aren’t made for being outside in the cold. Does this mean we should hibernate until it’s springtime and just look through beach photos to hold us over? No way! Whale’s Tail restaurant on Old 98 has a downstairs bar area with heaters. One of the longest running of Destin restaurants...
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The Flooding Aftermath

Posted on Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Last week, Northwest Florida got a real downpour. Between tornado watches and flood warnings, residents tried to prepare for what was to come. Many were surprised at just how much rain our area got. By Wednesday morning, Mid-Bay Bridge and Brooks Bridge were closed, parts of Highway 393 and 30A were under water, and neighborhoods received unwanted swimming pools. Thankfully, the majority of local residents avoided flood damage but some areas still require attention. The rapid rate of rainfall...
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Destin on Ice

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

They said it was coming. Many of us were skeptical about seeing snow this week but low and behold, people around Destin woke up to a light snow and icy roads. Over the past few years, we have been used to temperatures getting to the high sixties in January. While we do see our warm days, it doesn’t surprise us to feel the low twenties at night. Thankfully, it will be back up for Superbowl weekend. Where will you be watching the big game? Many have planned their parties months in advance and...
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Destination on the Rise!

Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014

Destin was ranked number 3 on TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Destinations on the Rise for 2013. The list is based on TripAdvisor users’ reviews and feedback and Destin placed right below locations in Hawaii and Alaska. TripAdvisor is one of the leading travel websites and their annual top 10 list ranks top locations that receive the greatest increase in positive traveler feedback and interest. It looks like the rest of the world is coming to see what we already know: The Emerald Coast with its sugar white...
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Vision Airlines Announces Low-Fare Flight Service to Northwest Florida

Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Vision Airlines announces today the expansion of it’s low-fare air service from 17 new markets to the Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS) beginning Mar. 25 and April 1, 2011, with rates starting at $79/one way. To celebrate the largest expansion of a commercial airline in more than a decade, travelers may book flights from Northwest Florida to any of the new markets for a low $49/one way introductory fare, when booked between Jan. 18 – 23, 2011. Vision Airlines will operate flights seven...
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Destin's Beachfront Gem

Posted on Monday, September 27, 2010

My wife and I have been visiting Jade East Towers in Destin for nearly a decade now and we'll keep coming back at every opportunity. After staying at different places along Destin, we find the value of Jade East to be the best. What we enjoy most is its location. First of all, its beachfront is wonderful, with plenty of white sand and beach chairs and umbrellas. Also, the gulf side pool area is very nice, with plenty of lounge chairs and a hot tub. But more than that, its location is such that...
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BP Oil Spill Dollars Flow into Destin

Posted on Saturday, September 4, 2010

There’s a flow coming into Destin from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. But it’s not oil sheen or tar balls, it’s a flow of money coming from BP’s relief fund. In an effort to resurrect a tourist season cut short by the disaster, Okaloosa County is giving away a $200 Visa® Gift Card to anyone who books and stays between September 17 and October 31, 2010. The only restrictions include a 2-night minimum stay and that the vacation home, condo or hotel is located in Okaloosa County, including Destin...
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Gulf Oil Spill Update for Florida

Posted on Wednesday, May 12, 2010

If you are planning a vacation to the Florida Gulf Coast and are concerned about the potential impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, we encourage you to check with the local destination for the most up-to-date information. Currently, there are no impacts to Florida beaches due to the Gulf Oil Spill. Along the Northwest Florida beaches, visitors are taking advantage of the warm weather and clear skies we're currently enjoying. The following is a summary of state and BP response actions to...
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Frommers Names Florida Gulf Coast a Top Ten World Destination for 2010

Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast and its quaint beach towns are no longer best kept secrets – they are international hot spots thanks to a recently-published top ten destination list by Frommer’s Travel Guide. Frommer’s named the beaches of the Florida Panhandle as one of its top ten destinations for 2010. The Gulf Coast , along with Hawaii’s big island, represented the only two North American destinations to make the list. Other locations included Melbourne in Australia, Vietnam’s capital Hanoi...
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Spend a Hot Summer in Destin

Posted on Monday, May 25, 2009

This year millions of vacationers are planning to spend their summer in warm Destin sand and the refreshing Gulf of Mexico. Destin, Florida always delivers a summer vacation full of breathtaking views and a medley of entertainment from one end of the island to the other. See why Destin is “Hot” this summer! Baytowne Wharf, inside the beautiful resort of Sandestin, kick-starts summer with Memorial Day Weekend. A weekend full of family fun with an array of kid’s activities such as: crafts and sandcastle...
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The Sun Will Come Out in Pensacola

Posted on Sunday, April 19, 2009

Pensacola, Florida sends a farewell to grey skies and a big welcome to blue with exciting outdoor events this Spring and Summer Season! If you’re looking for a place to warm-up this summer come to Pensacola, Florida. Known for its beautiful natural beaches and laid-back local hangouts, Pensacola Beach is named among the nations top ten beaches by Trip Advisor. With plenty of activities to do under the sun, check out why so many are warming up to Pensacola Beach this spring and summer. Pensacola...
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On Your Mark, Get Set, Go Pensacola!

Posted on Monday, January 19, 2009

The race is on in Pensacola, Florida. Nestled along the Gulf Coast, boasting 52 miles of shoreline, Pensacola offers a calendar full of outdoor adventures to lure the masses. Three unique areas, Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, and Perdido Key, invites visitors and locals alike to participate in the pre-spring activities that are sure to leave you breathless. Taking the lead on February 7, 2009, is the Double Bridge 15K Run and 5K Run/Walk. Race through historic Downtown Pensacola and Celebrate 450...
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Take a Tour Along 30-A

Posted on Monday, January 5, 2009

Separating powder-white sands and emerald-green waters from award winning dining and diverse shopping, Highway 30- A is a road leading to all that is good. So take a road trip... or bike ride... and discover the amazing beach communities that surround this South Walton Beach Highway. First stop, Santa Rosa Beach’s Gulf Place! An artist community filled with shops, boutiques, and unique eateries. Stop in for some coffee and conversation at Miss Lucille’s Gossip Parlor. Walk around this unique...
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Spend the Holidays at Pensacola Beach

Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Pensacola is a great destination for a family vacation this Holiday season. Among the beautiful white sand beaches and emerald waters you’ll find brand-new posh Hotels and 4-star restaurants. Not to mention attractions and entertainment as far as the eye can see. Pensacola appeals to the vacationer wanting a beach get-away or visitors looking for a unique place to spend their time. Yes the City of Pensacola offers the best of both worlds with 450 years of history and fine museums, as well as...
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Vacations Must Go On for Destin Tourists

Posted on Saturday, July 5, 2008

Most markets are feeling the effects of the faltering economy by now, but tourism in Destin still seems to be running strong. “In the long run, I don’t think people will do anything much different,” said Brad Davis, a former local visiting from Flower Mound, Texas. The consensus around Destin is that vacationing will remain a priority for families on a tight budget, in spite of the times. The name of the game now is about balance when taking a vacation. “I towed my boat from Texas, so it killed...
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Harborwalk Village Now Welcomes Tourists & Residents

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The pace of HarborWalk seems to be more of a run. A month ago, visitors to the construction zone at the foot of Marler Bridge and in the shadow of Emerald Grande would walk through piles of sand under hulking structures with no facades. A half-built lighthouse that will be a trademark of the new Harry T’s restaurant would cast a shadow on construction crews working furiously below. One month later, the walkway is paved in an elegant brick pattern, the lighthouse is complete and crews are putting...
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An Off-Season Overnight Trip to Destin, Florida

Posted on Saturday, February 9, 2008

Isn’t it funny how something occasionally comes along at just the right moment? Such was the case before the cold weather set in. We were “waxing nostalgic” for the Florida Panhandle (re: The ReView, February 7, 2008) and thumbing through a Budget Travel magazine. There it was: The Beachside Inn in Destin for only $79.00 a night. First, a word about Destin lodging. Destin lodging can be fairly reasonable if you have built up a billion points with certain hotel chains, or if you shop for prices...
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Bay County Airport & Industrial District Completes $312 Million Package for Airport Construction

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Panama City – Bay County International Airport and Industrial District (Airport Authority) announced that documents were finalized today that complete the Airport Authority’s $312 million financial package for the new airport in western Bay County. With the financing complete, the airport now holds all permits, approvals and funding to start construction, which would have begun this week but for the temporary stay recently issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit...
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Experience a Pensacola Beach Vacation

Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2007

Pensacola is just one of the many hot spots in Florida, but it offers up a unique experience that young and old alike can enjoy. A Pensacola vacation is easy to plan. With so much to do, the hard part will be deciding how much you can do during the visit. Try visiting the Seville Historic District. It is one of the oldest districts in Florida, and its architecture will take you back to another time. Within the small neighborhood is Old Christ Church, the oldest church in all of Florida, it dates...
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Voted Best Destination in the Southeast

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Welcome to the most celebrated town in Northwest Florida. Welcome to Destin! Located along the panhandle of Florida, Destin is quickly becoming one of the top vacation locations in the world. Once you have walked through our powder-white sand, taken a swim in our emerald-colored waters, and experienced our breath-taking sunsets you will fall in love. It’s to no surprise that the readers of Southern Living voted Destin the best destination in the southeast....
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Federal, State & Local Leaders Voice Strong Support for Airport Relocation

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2007

The Panama City – Bay County International Airport and Industrial District (Airport Authority) announced today that it had received expressions of strong support for its airport relocation project from federal, state and local officials. The new airport will be located in western Bay County north of County Road 388 and east of State Road 79 on land being donated by The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE). Earlier the Airport Authority announced the project was entering the construction phase after the...
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Bay County International Airport Receives Final Approval

Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2007

The Panama City - Bay County International Airport and Industrial District (Airport Authority) announced today that its airport relocation project is entering the construction phase now that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued the final necessary federal permit, completing the permitting process. The new airport will be located in western Bay County north of County Road 388 and east of State Road 79 on land being donated by The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE). "With the permitting process...
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Destin Gets Voted Best Destination

Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2007

While we know that Destin is a fantastic vacation destination and home-town, it seems everyone else is catching on too! The June issue of the Birmingham Parent magazine awarded Destin the winner of the favorite "Out of State Destination" category, beating out Walt Disney World, which was voted runner-up. We are very excited to be the recipients of this designation. Destin has so much to offer -- world-renowned golf courses that keep even the pros coming back, award winning restaurants with fabulous...
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Henderson Park Inn to Reopen

Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Honeymoons, weddings and an unimpeded view of the Gulf of Mexico. The Henderson Park Inn is re-opening. Once touted as Destin’s only bed and breakfast, the Inn has been closed to paying guests for several years due to hurricane damage and today it’s undergoing major renovations for a re-opening in May. The Henderson Park Inn originally opened in 1992 and builder Bill Abbott said it was designed to fill a niche in the Destin resort market. “At that time, Destin did not have a bed and breakfast,...
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Grand Plan: Around the World in 65 Days?

Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007

From the outside, the Earthrace boat looks like a 78-foot-long futuristic machine that just stepped out of “Star Wars” as it sits in the water behind Harbor Docks in Destin. Its wave-piercing technology allows it to continually pierce straight through waves at high speed rather than riding over the top of them. From the inside, it’s just a boat. And a cramped, hot, dark, smelly boat at that. The bunks are small. There are very few ways to catch fresh air. It’s essentially blind driving for the...
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FAA Delivers Final Environmental Impact

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2006

FAA Selects West Bay Site 8,400-foot Runway as Preferred Alternative Panama City, FL (May XX, 2006) - The Panama City - Bay County Airport and Industrial District (Airport Authority) announced Monday that it had received the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the proposed relocation of the Panama City - Bay County International Airport. According to the FAA's FEIS: "The FAA selects the West Bay Site 8,400-foot Alternative as its preferred alternative...
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Destin will Exceed Expectations of Summer Travelers

Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Pristine white-sand beaches, crisp emerald waves and golden sunrays. It’s our all-inclusive relaxation package. Destin offers a timeless adventure for the entire family. The locals are awaiting the return of our loyal guests and welcome those of you who have never ventured down to our quaint oasis. Although our beach is the pride of our area, it is not our best asset. The southern hospitality is overflowing in Destin and you will be hard pressed to find a town that hosts a better vacation experience...
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Destin Rotary inducts the first three women

Posted on Sunday, January 23, 2005

It's no longer a man's world at Destin Rotary By: Robin Brooks Staff Writer The Destin Log The implied "no girls allowed" sign has been removed from the Destin Rotary Club as three women are a step away from becoming full members. Sam Seevers, a longtime local resident and first-term member of the Destin City Council; Marcial Hull, executive director of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation; and Jeanne Dailey, owner of Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, will add three more to the estimated 145,000 women...
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