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APR 2014

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ A P R I L 2 0 1 4 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 34 E D I T O R ' S HOT PICKS NORTHWEST FLORIDA IN-DEPTH Visit www.ConventionSouth.com for more about the NW Florida area through our interactive Insider's Guide with maps, videos more. NORTHWEST FLORIDA is known for fresh seafood, a temperate climate and some of the most celebrated beaches in the Southeast. TOP PICKS: Emerald Coast CVB, Inc. www.emeraldcoastfl.com Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort by Wyndham Vacation Rentals (855) 632-6420 www.topsl.com Voted the "Best of the Emerald Coast for Vacation Rentals," plan your next meeting with a company that you can trust! Visit South Walton (800) 822-6877 www.visitsouthwalton.com/meetings "Visit South Walton and discover a distinguished Northwest Florida meeting destination that flawlessly blends business and beach." Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa (800) 559-1805 www.hiltonsandestinbeach.com "Meet in our newly-renovated, award-winning event space and enjoy our gorgeous beachfront setting to celebrate a job well done." Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort (866) 626-9215 www.sandestin.com/south "10% Rebate to your Master for Meeting held 9/1/1 – 2/28/15 and booked by June 30, 201 . Restrictions Apply." WaterColor Inn & Resort (850) 231-7773 www.watercolorresort.com "Located on Scenic Highway 30A and directly on the Gulf of Mexico. . . Northwest Florida's only Four Star hotel!" Panama City Beach CVB www.visitpanamacitybeach.com N O R T H W E S T F L O R I D A 1. Catch a breeze by zip-lining across the Destin Harbor at Har- borwalk Village. (Then, reward your bravery with an ice cold margarita at the new Margari- taville restaurant.) 2. Build a team at the Baytowne A dventure Zone in the Village of Baytowne Wharf at the Sandes- tin Golf and Beach Resort. It offers a ropes course, a zip line, a tower climb, EuroBungy and more. 3. Take a dolphin cruise on a glass bottom boat where groups can see plenty of dol- phins, and other sea creatures like stingrays, jellyfish and more. Charters are located throughout the region like AJs Dolphin Cruise in Destin. ■ Hot Spots For The Adventurous "South Walton is a destination that stands for tranquility. If you need to have peace of mind and some relaxation this is the spot. You can never go wrong if you love the water since there are lots of beaches to choose from. Also there are activities all year round." —Lesley Menor, National Black Data Processing Associates, September 2013 ■ ■ For team building activities, the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, an interactive educational facility teaching the importance of biodiversity, provides an ideal setting for corporate social responsibility volunteer programs. ■ With more than 40 percent of the area's land federally preserved from future develop- ment, South Walton offers more than 200 miles of hiking and biking trails as well as the picturesque 18-mile paved Timpoochee Trail that winds along Scenic Highway 30A past coastal dune lakes and through friendly neighborhoods. ■ Meeting Pro Thoughts How To Be Eco-Friendly In Northwest Florida B a y t o w n e A d v e n t u r e Z o n e 23-52 CS April 2014_Layout 1 3/28/14 1:20 PM Page 34

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