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Last weekend Tyler and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort. We crammed a lot into three days, so I’ve decided to do a two part post.
I’m focusing this one on Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort, since it encompasses so much of what we did. There’s a bay side and a beach side to the resort that lies in the heart of Miramar Beach, about 12 miles east of Destin. The resort boasts beautiful beachfront and bay side properties. When you drive through the resort, the stunning golf courses, palm trees, and Spanish moss immediately lure you into vacation mode.
Our accommodations were beach side in one of the two Luau towers. We stayed one floor from the top, which was perfect for an incredible view of the ocean.
Our room had a comfy king sized bed with a sea of fluffy pillows. There was a sitting area with a flat screen TV where Tyler watched a lot of Animal Planet. (We don’t have cable at home, bless his heart.)
The room also had a kitchenette with a mini fridge and microwave which was crucial since I was pumping and freezing breast milk while I was away from Charlie. The bathroom had a nice deep tub where I enjoyed a relaxing bubble bath one evening after a busy day.
If you take the elevator all the way up, there is a sunset deck with 360 degree birds eye views.
Outside, the landscape was lush with plants and trees. The pool area had its own tiki bar, jacuzzi, and waterfall. It was such a relaxing spot.
Only a few steps away was the boardwalk to the beautiful white sand of Miramar Beach.
Sandestin has chairs and umbrellas set up for guests to enjoy at their disposal. Kayaks are available to rent through beach services. We were really hoping to do this, but on the day we allotted time for it, it rained.
After checking in and getting settled, we enjoyed dinner at the Marlin Grill.
I enjoyed The Clooney, one of their popular cocktails.
We loved that they had a menu option on a tablet (like an iPad). You could browse the menu with photos and see recommended wine pairings as well. We decided to share the two specials. Tyler ordered the Ribeye Steak with a carmelized bacon butter atop a bed of diced portabello mushrooms. I ordered pan sautéed red snapper with a pecan bourbon cream sauce topped with three large grilled prawn. We shared a side of hickory smoked asparagus and ended with the chocolate creme brulée. It was honestly some of the best food I have ever had.
On our second day, we got couples massages at Spa Sandestin which is on the bay side of the resort attached to the fitness center. It’s just a quick drive across the resort. That morning was the perfect time to get some relaxation time, because it rained all morning. It was Tylers very first massage! (WHAT?!) We both enjoyed it so much and left feeling like noodles.
We went downstairs from the spa to Sunset Bay Cafe and enjoyed a delicious brunch.
I started with a mango mimosa. Then, we ordered the Peaches and Cream Cakes and the Banana Brulee French Toast. It was absolutely amazing and the setting was calm and relaxing; a perfect way to wind down after the spa.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf was one of my favorite places. It’s a quaint little shopping/eating village on the resort. It’s out of the way of road traffic, making it such a nice place to relax and stroll around. There are several restaurants and shops. There are a few fun activities there too, like a zipline across the lake, a rock climbing wall, and a ropes course. We must have said over and over “Grayson would LOVE it here!”. They even have fish feeding stations and a playground for the littles.
So, the locals probably know about this, but if you walk behind some of the shops there is a long boardwalk that goes into the marsh toward a marina. We say turtles, fish, and even this guy…
Along the walk, there were a few “treehouses”. They were so cute and magical. When you climb into them, there are beautiful views of the water.
When we climbed into this one, Tyler got down on one knee.
If you don’t know us, here’s a little back story. Tyler and I did things very simply. There was no proposal, no wedding, no rings, just a mutual decision, us, and a courthouse on a Friday afternoon.
Anyway, he told me that being with me was the best thing that has happened to him and that every day is better than the last. (He’s not just saying that, either. It’s true.) He asked me to CONTINUE making him the happiest man in the world. Of course, I said yes. Then, I said that everyone should get proposed to after they are already married. It’s a lot less pressure. Haha! Nevertheless, it was adorable, and sweet, and I love that man OH so much.
The biscuit beignets were heavenly! I started with a Nutella Rumchata Latte, too. (Yes, there is a bacon garnish on it.) Our breakfast was AMAZING and we are so glad we have one of these in Atlanta so that we can become regulars!
We took one last walk around The Village and said goodbye to our uninterrupted weekend of celebrating each other, and our marriage. See ya next time, Sandestin!
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our trip!