Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

Pursue the Roux :: Sandestin Gumbo Festival

Are you ready for some gumbo?! Now in its 30th year, the annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival has become one of the most popular winter events for South Walton and beyond. Attendees are able to sample delicious gumbo recipes from some of the area’s best chefs and favorite restaurants. This year’s event will begin on Friday, […] Read More

Family + Fishing + Fun at the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

Hailed as one of the Top 10 Big Money Tournaments in the world by Marlin Magazine, the 16th Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic returns to the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort June 20th to 24th. The tournament is one of the most family-friendly fishing events along the Gulf Coast with activities available for all […] Read More

Family + Fishing + Fun at the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

Hailed as one of the Top 10 Big Money Tournaments in the world by Marlin Magazine, the 16th Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic returns to the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort June 20th to 24th. The tournament is one of the most family-friendly fishing events along the Gulf Coast with activities available for all […] Read More

THIS WEEKEND: Sip in the Sun at Sandestin Wine Fest

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort announces details for the 31st Annual Sandestin Wine Festival, the longest-running and most established wine festival in Northwest Florida. Slated for April 20-23, the Festival is presented by Coastal Living. This hallmark event has affectionately been called the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals” because of its popularity and grandeur. It […] Read More

Some Changes Coming to Baytowne Wharf

The Village of Baytowne Wharf, in the heart of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, is undergoing a refresh in time for the summer season. The village, a 28-acre pedestrian village with events, shopping, dining, festivals, concerts, parades, shows and nightlife, is split by two different owners. In 2010, local developer Tom Becnel of Sandestin Real Estate […] Read More

Spice up Presidents’ Day Weekend at Sandestin Gumbo Fest

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort announces great gumbo paired with first-rate fun at the Gulf Coast’s favorite winter food event – the 28th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival, Friday and Saturday, February 17-18. Visitors and gumbo-lovers from across the Southeast are expected to join in the festivities during the extended Presidents Day weekend. The Sandestin Gumbo […] Read More

Grab Your Cowboy Hats and Boots, it’s Time for the Cattle Barons’ Ball

The 10th Annual Emerald Coast Cattle Barons’ Ball will be held on Friday, March 3, at the home of Presenting Baron, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. With cowboys and cowgirls donned in rhinestone and studded Western wear, the 2017 Cattle Barons’ Ball theme will be ‘Guitars, Glitz and Glamour’ in what has become the area’s premier […] Read More

SunQuest Cruises Earns Coveted Travel Award

SunQuest Cruises has received a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers,” said James Murray,  general manager and owner of SunQuest Cruises. “Since the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award is based on customer reviews, this accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.” Book a dinner cruise online now. Guests have consistently written positive reviews on about the variety of dining experiences offered on the SOLARIS yacht, including sunset and fireworks dinner cruises, anniversaries, birthdays, group outings, weddings and receptions. The 125-foot, three-deck SOLARIS yacht cruises weekly from the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort for Fireworks Sunset Dinner Cruises, weddings, groups and more. The chef-prepared, fine-dining options include prime beef, fresh local seafood, special event menus and catering. Patrons consistently post pictures and compliments on the service, food, live music, atmosphere, sunset and overall cruising experience. “With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, vice president of industry marketing for TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service.” For more info, visit or call 850-650-2519. Read More

THIS WEEKEND: Hunt is On For Big-Game Fish at Sandestin’s Blue Marlin Classic

In a few short weeks, a fleet of powerful sport-fishing yachts will blast through the Destin Pass in a mad dash to fame and fortune as the 2016 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic gets underway at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. At stake will be nearly $2 million in prize money and bragging rights for one of the premier events in the sport. Tournament Director Adam Alfonso said they have already surpassed all previous records for the number of sponsors and donations for the tournament, which will be held June 22-26. “We’ll have a ton of great gifts for all the anglers and especially the winners,” he said. Boat owners will receive an exclusive package from presenting sponsor Wind Creek Casino & Hotel-Atmore along with a custom fishing shirt from Hook &Tackle, while the captains will take home a special Wind Creek gift bag. Get a look inside the festivities from last year: Category winners will be awarded goodies from Costa, Orion Coolers, Jackson Fishing Kayaks, Glas Designs custom jewelry, Larry Rackley paintings and custom sculptures from beneath the blue. “Best of all, based on the pace of pre-tournament registrations, we’re on track to top our record number of boats and record $1.68 million in overall prize money,” Alfonso said. “I’ve ordered plenty of beautiful Florida weather and some really big fish, so it’s shaping up to be another fantastic tournament week here at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.” Now celebrating its 14th year, the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic draws teams from across the Gulf Coast and Southeastern United States. Eligible species include blue marlin, tuna, wahoo and dolphin, plus a billfish release division. In 2015, Johnny Dorland’s Cotton Patch crew from Orange Beach, Alabama, set the new tournament benchmark by weighing in an 899.6-pound blue marlin. The record billfish was measured at 134 inches with a girth of 74 inches to earn Team Cotton Patch first place and a payout of $195,277. The tournament held at Baytowne Marina at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort doled out more than $1.5 million in winnings during the 2015 event. Check out this video with the Cotton Patch crew: “This year adding new boats that have never fished with us before, so that bodes well for spirited competition and more available prize money,” Alfonso added. “We’ve also re-arranged the weigh station to increase the viewing area to accommodate more spectators for the Friday and Saturday weigh-ins. The public is welcome to come watch all the festivities as the boats unload their catch.” The 2016 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, presented by Wind Creek Casino & Hotel—Atmore, runs June 22-26 at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. For registration forms, dockage or more information, visit To make your reservation, visit or call 800-320-8115. Use GROUP Code FISH16 for a special discount. Read More

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