APR 2012

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2012 Sneak Peek Directory Subscribe Advertise Contact NOR THWEST FLORIDA Meet & Play The Beaches of South Walton are a strand of 15 beach neighborhoods along the coast. "We're proud to offer our visitors unique experiences each year in South Walton," said Dawn Moliterno, executive director of the South Walton Tourist Development Council (TDC). One unique offering in the region that continues to expand are food trucks, said Elisa Smith, communications coordinator for the TDC. Award-winning Chef Derryck Adams recently opened Derryck's Pastries on Scenic Highway 30A in Dune Allen. Foodie Dietrich, another food truck, travels throughout South Walton serving gourmet sandwiches and Southern favorites. The nearby Hilton Sandestin Golf Resort and Spa offers 598 guest rooms and more than 32,000 square feet of meeting space, said Whitney Lee, director of market- ing. The hotel recently invested $6.5 million dollars toward renovations and upgrades including a new Barefoot's Beachside Bar and Grill, updated meeting room space, upgraded parlor suites and commons areas, Jennifer Kelly in the Beaches of South Walton she added. "These renovations focused on providing a stronger view of the emerald waters from the moment guests walk into the front lobby," she said. The Hilton Sandestin's full-service spa, Serenity by the Sea, also boasts $250,000 of upgrades. Another meetings hot spot in this area is the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The property offers 1,300 accommodations from hotel rooms to four-bedroom villas, said Sarah Brazwell, public relations manager. Also, 65,000 square feet of meet- ing space is available for groups in two con- ference centers. This May, Sandestin plans to unveil Le Ciel, Destin Florida's only con- temporary boutique hotel experience, Brazwell added. "Sandestin is investing more than $2 million for new contemporary look and amenities," she said. Also nearby is a Courtyard by Marriott, offering 174 guest rooms and 1,550 square feet of meeting space. ■ BIRDS for hire Gilligan, the macaw bird pictured above, is available to make appearances around the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. His partner Mary Anne, another macaw can accompany him too! Take Me Out To The In April, the 30-acre, $50-million Maritime Park opened overlook- ing Pensacola Bay in BALLGAME downtown Pensacola. The park features open space along the water and a 3,500-seat multi-use stadium that will be home to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. ■ www.con v APRIL 2012 ConventionSouth 53

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