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APR 2016

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A three-time ConventionSouth Readers' Choice winner, South Walton is a destination that offers 26 miles of sugar-white beaches, cham- pionship golf, gourmet dining, boutique and outlet shopping, all sorts of water sports and adventures in Florida's great and varied out- door environments. This area, which lies along the Gulf of Mexico between Destin and Pan- ama City Beach, includes 16 distinctive beach communities, from Miramar Beach on the west end to Rosemary Beach and Inlet Beach on the west end, with the famous town of Seaside in the middle. According to Pamela Watkins, director of sales for Visit South Walton, the area has meet- ing venues and lodging accommodations to fit every budget and groups of just about any size. One of the most comprehensive meeting resorts in the South, the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort has facilities to accommodate groups of up to 1,600 attendees in the 65,000 square feet of meeting space that includes ball- rooms, boardrooms, an exhibit hall and a di- verse assortment of indoor and outdoor venues designed for memorable meetings and events. • The Baytowne Conference Center, just steps from the Village of Baytowne Wharf, offers three ballrooms, foyers for pre-func- tion and registration activities, several boardrooms and the Grand Lawn for ele- gant outdoor entertaining. • The Linkside Conference Center and Exhibition Hall provides 33,000 square feet of function space, including the 12,600-square-foot Linkside Exhibit Hall, perfect for trade shows, large group meet- ings and gala dinners. • The Overlook at Sandestin, the resort's newest event venue, located atop the Sand- estin Welcome Center, provides spectacular views of Choctawhatchee Bay and is suit- able for receptions and special events. Lodging options at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort include studios to four-bedroom condo units, single-family homes, villas and penthouses. Four championship golf courses; a 15-court tennis center; fitness complex; free bicycle, kayak and boogie board use; and seven miles of powdery white sand beaches provide meeting participants with plenty of leisure-time options. Nearby shopping and dining opportu- nities augment the resort amenities. Celebrating 30 years as a premier desti- nation for meetings and special events, The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa just completed a stunning $30 million trans- formation. Meeting facilities received a $5.5 million makeover, now offering 40,000 square feet of meeting space, with opulent ballrooms, an elegantly appointed boardroom, a theater, hospitality suites, and breakout and pre-func- tion spaces. The Connectivity Center provides desktop computers and a printer for meeting attendees, and all resort facilities offer Wi-Fi. The recreation staff can assist in customizing team-building activities, such as Beach Olym- pics, fun runs and scavenger hunts. Refurbished guest accommodations range from spacious hotel rooms with private balco- nies to junior suites, deluxe junior suites, parlor suites, and two Presidential Suites with ocean views in the elegant Spa Tower. Hilton Sandes- tin guests have full access to golf and tennis fa- cilites at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. There are also six distinctive dining choices. WaterColor Inn & Resort, a 499-acre St. Joe Clubs and Resorts property nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and a rare coastal dune lake, provides intimate meeting and special-event space. A dedicated conference and catering team, all-inclusive meeting packages and customized A/V technology and presentation services are available for meetings and events. Accommodations in the newly renovated Wa- terColor Inn include 60 rooms with beachfront patios or balconies. There is fine dining at the resort's award-winning restaurant, Fish Out of Water, a tennis center with expert instructors, six outdoor pools and access to championship golf. The Pearl, another member of St. Joe Club and Resorts, with access to all the amenities of WaterColor, opened on Rosemary Beach in 2013. It accommodates meetings and con- ferences for up to 140 guests, with a range of indoor and outdoor venues. The 41 standard rooms, nine suites, four cabana rooms and The Pearl Suite have private balconies with spectacular views. Custom spa services at Spa Pearl and a private beach add to the options for groups. n Contact: www.visitsouthwalton.com/meetings B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Visit South Walton A P R I L 2 0 1 6 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 39 See Ad On Page 3 Outdoor meetings setup at WaterColor Inn & Resort Visit South Walton

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