Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Florida Announces 2011 Events and Florida Vacation Specials

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Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, the #1 Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast, announces its events for 2011. The destination offers a variety of “don’t miss” events and Florida vacation specials for guests of all ages.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, the #1 Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast, announces its events for 2011. The destination offers a variety of “don’t miss” events and Florida vacation specials for guests of all ages.

Valentine's Day
When: Weekend of February 12 - 14, 2011
Where: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

For couples looking for a great Valentine’s Day deal, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Florida is offering a free night of deluxe Destin accommodations, with the purchase of two by mentioning the code FREE3. In addition, “hot” discounted rates are also available at http://www.sandestin.com starting at $75 in Sandestin’s Bayside Inn on the Choctawatchee Bay, while supplies last. Complimentary amenities include bicycle rental, tennis court time and fitness center access. Sandestin’s expert reservations team will be able to help guests put together a customized package that fits every budget and interest. Call 1-866-91-BEACH for details.

Finz Beachside Grille at Sandestin is hosting a special Valentine’s dinner menu complete with a Sinful Chocolate Station and a complementary glass of champagne. Their special dinner menu is available all weekend long. For reservations and details call 850-267-4800 or visit http://www.sandestin.com.

The Sandestin Gumbo Festival and Cook-off
When: February 18 and 19, 2011
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Visitors need to prepare their palate while restaurants and businesses vie for the title of "Area's Best" in Gumbo. Cast a vote while enjoying live Zydeco music and family entertainment. Enjoy great food, beverages and many other extras. Visit http://www.sandestin.com/gumbo.

Mystic Krewe of Arfeous Mardi Paws Parade
When: March 6, 2011; 2 p.m.
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Join Sandestin for the Annual Mystic Krewe of Arfeous Mardi Gras dog parade. The streets will be filled with costumed dogs and their humans throwing a myriad of throws, beads, and parade favors. Themed convertibles, small floats (pulled by masters), golf carts, bicycles, and decorated wagons will be everywhere and Mardi Gras music will fill the air! The Mystic Krewe of Arfeous Mardi Gras dog parade is one of the premier canine events on the Emerald Coast with members of the four-pawed community coming far and wide to participate. Open to public. Subject to change based on weather. For more information visit http://www.sandestin.com/events.

Fat Tuesday Baytowne Bash Parade
When: March 8, 2011; 5 p.m.
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Visitors should prepare to let their hair down on what many call the most festive day of the year, Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. “Laissez les bon temps rouler” (let the good times roll) with the 8th Annual Fat Tuesday Baytowne Bash Parade rolling through Sandestin. Yell “throw me something mister” as unique and colorful floats, golf carts, and pick-up trucks roll down the streets and marchers dressed up in all their Mardi Gras best shower parade-goers with a barrage of beads, moon pies, and other trinkets. The post-parade celebration continues into the night with street performers, “throws” tossed from balconies on Main St., and parties at various Baytowne establishments.

St. Patty's Day Delight
When: March 17, 2011                                                                                                                 
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Celebrate the luck of the Irish at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Henri’s Notions will provide traditional Celtic music in the events plaza from 6 - 9 p.m. Come enjoy jubilant entertainment and celebrate St. Patty’s Day Village-style.

Easter Explosion
When: April 23, 2011
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Guests can skip, hop or jump their way to The Village of Baytowne Wharf for an explosion of fun and enjoy visits with the Easter Bunny, kid's crafts, an inflatable fun zone, a stilt walker making balloon animals, a Mad Hatter table, face painting, and Easter cookie decorating. For more information visit http://www.sandestin.com/SpecialEvents.aspx.

Extraordinary Easter Sunday Brunch
When: Sunday, April 24, 2011 to 4 p.m.
Where: Magnolia Ballroom

Enjoy an elegant and festive brunch with snow crab legs, shrimp & crab salad, oysters on the half shell, prime rib, oven roasted leg of lamb with mint jelly, bourbon glazed ham, grouper, tapas, soups, salads, cheeses, and a full dessert station plus an Easter egg hunt. For a complete menu and prices, visit http://www.sandestin.com/Easter.

Sandestin Wine Festival
When: April 28 - May 1, 2011
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf

The Sandestin Wine Festival is a picture perfect event complete with white tents, flowing wine, gourmet food, ladies strolling in hats, and live music. The event is one of the best of the year and draws thousands of people to The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Affectionately called the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals,” the 25th annual Sandestin event this year is scheduled for April 28 - May 1, 2011. Discount for advance tickets and accommodations. Visit http://www.sandestinwinefestival.com.

Sandestin Beach Bicycle Tour
When: Saturday, May 14, 2011
Where: Baytowne Marina

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast will be the backdrop for The Sandestin Beach Bicycle Tour this May as hundreds of cyclists venture through Northwest Florida. The weekend bicycle event is designed for all road cyclists. Participants will get an opportunity to soak in a scenic bike ride alongside pristine beaches including a rest stop in charming Seaside and also enjoy post-ride activities and mechanical support. For more information or details call 850-267-6168.

Memorial Day Weekend Festivities
When: May 27 - 30, 2011
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Kick off the summer at Sandestin for Memorial Day Weekend. Live music begins on Friday and lasts all weekend long. Enjoy bands on the Events Plaza stage from 7 - 9 p.m. each night. Cool off on the Roaring River Water Slide from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday! Children’s activities will be featured in the Events Plaza from 6 - 9 p.m. on Sunday night, and then the sky will light up above the lagoon with a patriotic fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. On Monday, the Village will host a Memorial Day program right before sunset, presented by Sandestin veterans, including a special brass band performance brought to guests by the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Visit http://www.sandestin.com/SpecialEvents.aspx for details.

Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic
When: June 21 - 26, 2011
Where: Baytowne Marina

The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin has set the new precedent for world-class sportfishing tournaments along the Gulf Coast. Ranked 5th Richest Tournament in the world by Marlin Magazine – sanctioned by the World Billfish Series and part of the International Game Fish Association Offshore circuit – this event gives serious angling teams their shot at winning a huge payout while receiving the royal treatment from the this Destin, Florida fishing event’s hosts and sponsors. With cash categories for dolphin, tuna, and wahoo as well as individual angler trophies, fishermen have a multitude of ways to stake their claim on Destin fishing tournament history!

The competing anglers are not the only fishing enthusiasts who will hook a good time during the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic. A treasure trove of family fun includes live entertainment and activities for the kids all weekend long. This momentous event takes place at the Baytowne Marina and The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Admission is free and it is open to the public. Details are subject to change based on weather. For information visit http://www.fishecbc.com.

Red, White and Baytowne
When: July 1 - 4, 2011
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Join Sandestin for its spectacular 4th of July Celebration. Enjoy a day of fun in the sun, an evening that lights up the sky and family activities all weekend long. The Village of Baytowne Wharf will have a host of kids activities from 6 - 10 p.m., including kids' crafts, face painting, and balloon sculpting. The Village’s house band Coconut Radio will take the stage from 6 – 9 p.m. Guests are encouraged to grab their boogie shoes and join in the fun. On Sunday, the sky will light up over the lagoon with the Village’s 4th of July Fireworks Celebration at 9:15 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 6 - 10 p.m. Kids Activities; 6 - 9 p.m. House Band Coconut Radio; Sunday 9:15 p.m. 4th of July Fireworks Celebration. For more information visit http://www.sandestin.com/SpecialEvents.aspx.

The Sandestin Music Festival
When: August 12, 2011; 6 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf

The weekend of August 12 - 13, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will be the place to be for music lovers of all ages when the Sandestin Music Festival hits multiple stages throughout the resort. For more information visit http://www.sandestinmusicfestival.com.

Sandestin Triathlon
When: August 20, 2011; 6:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Where: Throughout Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

On August 20, 2011 the 25th Annual Destin Triathlon (formerly the Elephant Walk Triathlon) will lure 700 participants for a half-mile Gulf of Mexico swim, a 20-mile bike along the coast, and a 4-mile run through Sandestin’s beach and bayside communities. Proceeds benefit Sacred Heart Hospital of the Emerald Coast. See http://www.sandestin.com/ExploreSandestin/SpecialEvents/Triathlon.aspx for details.

Labor Day Art Expo
When: September 2 - 4, 2011; 5 - 10 p.m.
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf

The Village of Baytowne Wharf welcomes the fresh fall season under the moonlight with a weekend good for the art and soul with world-class art and live music in the Village Events Plaza. Exceptional artists featured in the area’s leading galleries from across the southeast will gather for this three day festival featuring the best of the best in the world of art. For more information visit http://www.sandestin.com/SpecialEvents.aspx.

Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival
When: October 21 - October 23, 2011
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Known as the “Best Beer Fest on the Emerald Coast,” the popular festival features 40 on-site craft brewers, over 100 domestic and international beers, seminars and samplings and live music. Beer novices to beer lovers will be able to sample domestic and international options, including specialty, seasonal and not-yet-released beers. For information visit http://www.baytownewharfbeerfestival.com.

Trick or Treat Street at Baytowne
When: October 29, 2011; 6 - 8 p.m.
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Trick or treat through the Village streets and visit merchants as they provide guests with some favorite Halloween treats from 5 - 7 p.m.

Holiday Celebration
When: November 26 - 27, 2011
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Friday
Join the Village of Baytowne Wharf for their Holiday Celebration Weekend complete with a Christmas Parade, tree lighting, and of course, Santa Claus! Sandestin homeowners help kick off Friday evening of with a lighted, golf cart Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. Welcome Santa to Baytowne and cheer him on as he lights the Village Christmas Tree. Stick around for a preview to the Village’s new, choreographed light show, 12 Nights of Lights, and watch as fireworks light up the sky over the lagoon. Make a lantern, with Abrakadoodle, for the upcoming Baytowne Lantern Parade and enjoy a choir singing holiday favorites! And last, but not least, visit Kris Kringle himself! Visitors can hop on Santa’s lap and tell him their Christmas wish!

Saturday
The fun continues Saturday, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.! Join the Village in the Events Plaza for a day of inflatable fun. Race thru the obstacle course or jump around in the bounce house. End the evening with family movie night!

12 Nights of Lights
When: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Nights in December 2011
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf

For the month of December, enjoy a festive light show in the Events Plaza set to favorite holiday music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday leading up to Christmas at 6, 7, & 8 p.m. This sparkling event will also be featured during the holiday editions of the Wednesday Night Concert Series at 7 p.m.

Baytowne Holiday Lantern Parade
When: December 17, 2011; 6 p.m.
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf

In celebration of the holiday season, The Village of Baytowne Wharf and Abrakadoodle presents the Holiday Paper Lantern Parade. This community event will feature commissioned paper lanterns in the shapes of iconic symbols of the holiday season. The Village invites all individuals and groups to participate by making their own paper lanterns.

Baytowne Countdown
When: December 31, 2011; 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Don't miss out on The Village of Baytowne Wharf's end-of-year party! Come dance the night away and enjoy live bands and breathtaking fireworks as they light up the sky over the lagoon at midnight. The Village of Baytowne Wharf is the place to ring in the New Year! For more information visit http://www.sandestin.com/SpecialEvents.aspx.

A Gem on Florida’s Emerald Gulf Coast

In addition to its many events and activities, Sandestin is different from other destinations and properties because of its 2,400 acres of fun for all ages from the Beach to the Bay, exciting amenities, and nearly 1,400 accommodations ranging from deluxe studios to four-bedroom villas.

Beyond the beautiful beaches, Sandestin features four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, a fleet of bicycles, an action-packed Baytowne Adventure Zone with a Zipline, Ropes Course, Adventure Landing Playground, and more. After a day of play, guests can experience the acclaimed Village of Baytowne Wharf with shopping, dining and activities.

Sandestin offers great deals on Destin area accommodations. For example, the resort is offering the lowest Spring Break rates that will be available this season with advance purchase. Other deals including Hot Dates and Rates are available at http://www.sandestin.com.

Getting to Sandestin

Getting to Sandestin is more convenient than ever. In addition to being an easy driving destination, Sandestin guests enjoy two nearby airports – Florida Northwest Regional Airport (VPS) and the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP). Affordable airfares and direct flights are operated by Vision Airlines, Southwest, Delta, American, USAir and others. For example, Vision announced 17 direct flights with affordable fares to VPS starting this March and April.

About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort was rated the # 1 Resort by Emerald Coast Magazine and provides the finest in Destin accommodations. Located on Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast, Sandestin is a 2,400-acre destination resort for all seasons and for all ages. A member of the Beaches of South Walton, the resort has more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 98-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, 65,000-sqare feet of meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a popular pedestrian village featuring shopping, dining, nightlife and events.

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