9.25.2014

My Sandestin Trip!

I'm back from the beach, and am sharing a few (ok, a LOT) of pics from my trip. Get comfortable and come along with my on my trip to Sandestin! My favorite time of year for the beach is in the fall. Always has been--think smaller crowds, 80s temps, and plenty of fun in the sun. This is going to be so hard to narrow down my pics!

Thanks to my recent trip, I'm rocking the salty beachy wavy hair and have a little sand still on my shoes to prove it. I was going to just share pics of the beach, but had such a great time doing other things that I had to share (almost) all of it. I got to stay at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in South Walton, FL, and it was spectacular. I want to go back riiiight now. You will too.



First off the beach: the water was gorgeous--several shades of sparkling blue--and the sand is the softest I've ever walked on--like powered sugar. The Florida Panhandle has the prettiest beaches in the US, hands-down. Love that Emerald Coast.




The resort itself is HUGE--over 2,400 acres. The staff was stellar (shout out to Shaye and Sara) and were so helpful. They seriously had thought of everything--no worries! You can rent rooms or condos and there are even owners there as well. I'm not doing this the amount of justice it deserves--it was just wonderful. Trust me.


There are the typical fun resort activities to do besides the beach, like bike rides, pools, tennis courts, gorgeous golf courses, water sports, a marina and a lot more. There's also a resort app (I'm a sucker for an app) that was very helpful.


But what I loved was the Baytowne Wharf. If I wasn't at the pool or beach, I was hanging out here--it was a short walk from my room but there were shuttles if needed. It's a village right in the resort. It had plenty of activities for the kids, restaurants (with some of the best food I've ever had), a thriving nightlife, and shopping.

Oh, the shopping! Let me break down why I loved shopping here:
  • constant circulation of new items--I've been to resorts where they have a store or two and the items are usually the exact same every time you visit. That's happily not the case here! 
  • there's something for everyone--from the young to the young-at-heart, they have an impressive inventory. PLUS they have items for every budget. I loved that!
  • they ship--the stores also feature items you just can't find in stores. The variety was awesome! 
Here are just a few of the many stores at Baytowne Wharf:



One of my fave stores was Barefoot Princess--a Lily Pulitzer store (might have gone a little crazy in this section) that also has plenty of other brands I enjoy. I loved the Southern brands that featured lots of game day apparel. You know Southern girls dress up on game days!


Next up I gotta recommend Coconut Kids/Toys and Treasures. Having nieces (another one on the way!) and nephews means I am all too familiar with babies' and kids' clothing stores. I usually see the same stuff offered in every store, but I found plenty of things I hadn't seen! They've got clothes, accessories, and TOYS for babies, girls, and boys--all price ranges. They also rent (and sell) strollers.


One more place I have to mention is the Sandestin Clothing Company. If you're looking for resort wear, this is the place. They had really cute stuff--not cheesy--that would make a nice memento of your trip. And again, the items change, so it's not the same items every visit. They have the logo (in different designs) on apparel, tote bags, hats, cups, and much, much, more.




Ahh, looking at this pic is making me want to go back right now! I collect sunsets, you know. The weather was perfect, the beach was beautiful, the staff was great, and I loved village. There was no need to leave the resort and go anywhere else. It was a spectacular vacation and I cannot wait to go back to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Who's coming with me?

48 comments:

  1. Welcome back! Looks like a great time!

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  2. This looks amazing! So glad you had a good time...Next time if you want you can just throw me in your suitcase and take me along with you....I don't mind =P

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  3. What?!? I wish I had known you were going to Sandestin...I live nearby! And yes, the beaches here are the best. :)

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  4. These pictures are all amazing-- what a wonderful trip! I can definitely tell the beaches are beautiful, what a dream!

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  5. Woo! Good to see u had a fab time! I saw the pics in Instagram too...so jealous:D

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  6. It looks like such a great time! How can you go wrong with beaches and shopping! The Lilly Pulitzer store looks like so much fun! I would have gone crazy too. :)

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  7. I've been to Sandestin a few times- so beautiful & so fun! Time to go back again :-)

    always, koru kate

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  8. Welcome back and wow, that looks like a brilliant holiday! Your pictures are lovely and thank you for sharing. I always love seeing places I have not been through someone else's eyes. xx

    Reflection of Sanity

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  9. The beaches in Florida are beautiful, glad you enjoyed your visit. :-) thanks for sharing pictures with us. They're all so pretty!!

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  10. What a gorgeous place to stay for a week! So many good pics

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  11. Looks like you had a good time! That beach is gorgeous!

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  12. The water looks so blue. Love when the sand is soft. The sunsets look amazing. GLad you had a good time.

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  13. That looks amazing, I've been drooling over your Instagram photos the whole time:)

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  14. what a beautiful place to visit!! xo jillian

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  15. Such pretty pictures - its so clean and pristine there!! Must add that to my travel destination list!!

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  16. I agree Fall is the best time for heading to the beach. The weather is great here in the Fall, but the crowds are mostly gone. Glad you had a great time!

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  17. Wow, gorgeous photos- I am living now almost 10 years in Florida but I have not been in Sandestin yet- now I know what our next trip is gonna be! ;-) Kisses, Sissi www.beauty4free2u.com

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  18. I was so jealous of all your pictures on Instagram! This sounds like an awesome trip!

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  19. excellent photos. the sunset is amazing. the resort stores on the wharf is so cute. like right out of a movie

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  20. Your pictures are beautiful. You definitely have me missing the beach. That top picture is just stunning.

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  21. Loved watching ur pics,, seemed like u had a nice time xo
    http://natashabhatt.blogspot.in

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  22. So pretty! I'm going on vacation this weekend and this is making me super excited.

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  23. We do have the best beaches here! I'm blessed to call this home.

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  24. It looks and sounds like a great place. I too love the beach in the fall and now you have me craving a trip!

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  25. SO jealous of the beach time... looks heavenly!

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  26. This looks amazing! Glad you had such a great time!

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  27. The beach pictures are spectacular! Looks like you had a wonderful time :)

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  28. Oh my goodness, so pretty! It looks like such a great trip!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  29. What a beautiful trip! The beach in the fall is amazing and you get all of that shopping to yourself! :)

    Maggie
    www.PolishedClosets.com

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  30. So jealous of your trip! I've never been up to Sandestin but my friend has a beach house in Destin so maybe I'll make a trip up that way sometime! Gorgeous pictures!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  31. The 30A area is one of my all time favorite spots! The water there is gorgeous!

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  32. that last picture is gorgeous - i dont think i have ever really watched a sunset, i know, crazy right when you collect them ;)

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  33. Oh how I wish I could be on a beach now! Looks like you had an amazing time! Thanks for sharing your pics with us!

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  34. Looks like you had a great time! I'm actually going to the beach in about 3 weeks. I can't wait! xoxo Lauren

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  35. Great pics - looks like a fabulous trip!

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  36. Oh, nothing like the Florida beaches that's for sure! You took some great shots! Thanks for sharing. I agree with you - this is indeed the best time to go to the beach. Not nearly as not or crowded. Glad you got a nice getaway!

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  37. Oh how gorgeous - I'm glad you had such a great trip

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  38. What a great trip! Thanks for sharing. That beach and sunset.....

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  39. The Emerald Coast is definitely one of the most gorgeous stretches of beach in the world! That sugar sand is incredible! So glad you got to go and enjoy some beach time!

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  40. I LOVE Destin! And from what I've heard the beach at Sandestin is the exact same as Destin. So I know exactly what you mean about how gorgeous it is! So glad you got to go and relax!!

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