I have a confession to make: I’ve never been to Sandestin before.
Well, actually, I lied. I’m pretty sure I went to a fraternity formal in Destin when I was in college, but I can pretty much guarantee you that wherever we may have been looked nothing like what we’re about to go to.
So when I was invited by the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort to bring my family to stay with them for the weekend in exchange for sharing about my experiences, I gladly accepted.
You see, we used to live in South Florida, so we never really considered North Florida as a vacation destination. But now that we live in Nashville, it seems like everyone we know (and everyone they know) go to Sandestin EVERY year!
And I’m not exaggerating.
We explained to people that we lived in Florida, so it didn’t really seem like a true vacation for us. But our friends kept pushing us, “You HAVE to go to Sandestin – then you’ll know what we’re talking about.”
Honestly, one thing that caused me pause was that everyone says how quaint and relaxing it is.
If you know anything about me, ‘quaint’ and ‘relaxed’ are probably not the first things that spring to mind.
Yet with all we’ve battled through in our family this year, I think it’s time for a bit of rest and relaxation, don’t you?
So on Thursday, our family is making the drive Southwest with our sights set on the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort for some Halloween Fun & Fireworks!
Halloween has always been one of those holidays when we’ve never known quite what to do. When our kids were little, we really didn’t celebrate Halloween. As the years have gone by, we’ve done our best to embrace the fun side of the day (the dressing up and gathering with friends) rather than the spooky side of things. But we still never truly know where to go or what to do.
When I found out we had until the end of the year to visit the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, my mind started racing about when to visit: on one hand we wanted to go as soon as possible so the kids could actually enjoy the beach and the water; on the other hand, we thought it would be fun to go and make new memories over a holiday weekend.
When I presented our quandary to the folks at Sandestin, without hesitation, they responded that Halloween weekend was one of their favorite times at the resort, not just for the weather, but for all the free, family activities.
So I jumped on the Explore Sandestin App (yup, there’s an app for that 😉 and found all the details for the “Trick or Treat Street at Baytowne Wharf“.
From the looks of it, we’ll be driving in just in time for 2 hours of trick or treating, dancing and, of course, fireworks over the water.
And it seems that even on non-holiday weekends, there’s a lot to do at Baytowne Wharf:
Located adjacent to Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina, The Village of Baytowne Wharf is a 28-acre pedestrian village surrounding a lagoon. More than two dozen restaurants, shops, boutiques, and nightlife venues line the walkways of the Village. There is also an EventsPlaza with vibrant special events, annual festivals and concerts. Designed by master resort planner Eldon Beck, The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s architecture combines French, Spanish, colonial, antebellum, and “Low Country.”
Of course, it doesn’t hurt that after all our Halloween festivities and fun, we’ll still have three days to enjoy all the complimentary activities that the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort has to offer. With a stay at Sandestin, resort guests enjoy:
*Tennis Court Time
*Seasonal water amenities including kayaks and boogie boards
*Kitchenware in all units
It seems kids can also enjoy activities like Junior Golf, sailing instruction, KidZone (children’s activities program), Jolee Island Nature Park, Capt. Joe Lee’s Tree House and Nature Walk. To celebrate each day, guests are welcomed at sunset for the blowing of the cannon and ringing of the bell and say hello to resident McCaw MaryAnn.
Good Morning America named Destin as one of their Top Ten Most Beautiful Places in America. In fact, Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort offers the most complete resort experience in North America. Located on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, Sandestin is a 2,400-acre destination resort for all seasons and for all ages.
As a member of Visit South Walton and Visit Florida, a 26-mile stretch of world-famous sugar-white sands, Sandestin invites guests to enter a world of 30 charming neighborhoods featuring more than 1,200 condominiums, villas, town homes and a wide variety of hotel accommodations.
Make sure you follow me on Twitter & Instagram (@TheSamiCone) this weekend for real time updates on our Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort Halloween fun and to hear all about the resort through the eyes of the Cone Family!