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Oct30

Did you start dreading the day in front of you as soon as you woke up?

Did you feel bummed out when your feet hit the floor knowing that work would soon be your reality?

Did you wish your shower could have been a long soak in a jacuzzi tub rather than a blast of reality hitting you in the face?

ClassicFeetPicWho hasn’t experienced that at some time in their lives? Would you like to break away from that grind long enough to refresh yourself, get a second wind, spend some time stretched out and relaxing rather than feeling like a ball of stress wound tight?

We know you’re grateful for what you have but we also know that being grateful doesn’t make the grind any easier. Don’t feel guilty for needing a break. Everyone does. It’s essential to your health and well being. Ask a doctor!

There’s a reason why so many people retreat to the beach every year. Some of our best minds have expressed their thoughts on vacations:

“A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.”  ~Earl Wilson

“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.”  ~Robert Orben

“I learned a long time ago that trying to manage the perfect vacation is always a disaster. That leads to terrible times.”  ~Anthony Bourdain

TPalmsViewake some time for you and get yourself right. Get excited about the adventures that await you and use that energy to carry you until you can get here! A stay at the Palms will do you and your soul some good.

Located in the heart of Destin, everything you could possibly hope to do is only moments away from you. From water sports, fresh seafood dinners, nature trails and more, it’s all here to make sure you are ready to go the next few rounds when you get home.

Need more “vacation justification”? Call us today at 877-447-3767.

Oct30

Without a doubt the beaches in Destin are the best you can find without a passport!

A fantastic thing about them is not only do they provide a natural stress reliever with their beauty but they also reward us with some of the most amazing food.

Known for some of the most bountiful waters of any where on the planet, Destin Florida has been called the Luckiest Fishing Village in the World because of the quality and quantity of the types of sea life that can be found just off our pristine shoreline in the sparkling waters of the Gulf.

This means our little coastal paradise, renowned for our wide range of freshly caught, delicious seafood, including fish, crabs, and shrimp to name a few, provides the perfect opportunity for your family to savor authentic gulf cuisine at many unique, world class eateries close by to the Palms of Destin Resort.

Another awesome way to savor the local flavors is to head down to Destin Harborwalk, where you will find the largest fleet of privately owned fishing charter vessels of anywhere else in the nation. Yes, we take fishing very seriously around these parts.

At the wharf you can pick up the freshest seafood ingredients, right off the boat from which they were caught, to bring back to your suite’s fully equipped kitchen!

One of our very favorite ways to serve our gulf delicacies, is not only full of bright flavors and fresh ingredients, quintessentially Florida, but it’s also great to serve on one of our hot afternoons as you watch the sun set over our pristine beaches from your private balcony.

Ceviche on the Gulf Of MexicoWe hope you enjoy this easy to make and easy to love recipe!

Gulf Shrimp Ceviche

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 6 cups water
  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice, divided
  • 1 pound medium shrimp
  • 1 cup chopped peeled cucumber
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons Mexican hot sauce (such as Tamazula)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Preparation

Place chopped onion in a colander, and rinse with cold water. Drain.Bring 6 cups water and 1/4 cup juice to a boil in a Dutch oven. Add shrimp; cook 3 minutes or until done. Drain and rinse with cold water; peel shrimp. Combine shrimp and 1/2 cup juice in a large bowl; cover and chill 1 hour. Stir in onion, cucumber, and remaining ingredients.

Serve immediately or chilled with crispy, salted tortilla chips and guacamole along with a cold beverage like a Lager or Riesling.

For more beach and Florida inspired recipes, be sure to book your next reservation at the Palms of Destin, the premier beachside resort on the Emerald Coast.

Offering 1-3 bedroom suites, each including 2 full bathrooms, our rentals are designed to be your tropical oasis featuring fine furnishings, comfortable beds dressed in fresh linens, spacious bathrooms, and private balconies overlooking sweeping views of our coastal landscape and the charming village of Destin. High speed internet, large flat screen televisions with movies, fully equipped kitchens, and washer/dryer complete your rooms amenities.

The Palms of Destin will love to have you as a guest.Our state of the art fitness center is ideal for shedding your cares as well as some weight and our guests will revel in the refreshing sensation of taking a dip in our zero entry or enormous heated pools, surrounded by lush palms and fragrant blooms.

Of course, miles of white sand beaches and all the area attractions the Emerald Coast offers, like sport fishing, golf, shopping and more, is just moments away. Make your next reservation at The Palms of Destin today and experience the good times for yourself!

Call 1-877-447-3767. Hurry, Labor Day weekend is right around the corner.

 

Oct30

At the Palms in Destin, we know how important it is to feel appreciated and delighted when you’re spending your hard earned money and valuable time on a trip to one of the most beautiful destinations on earth.

This is why why we work so hard to excel at making your stay along the Emerald Coast one you will talk about for years!

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Our resort, set amidst sugar white sands and crystal clear azure waters, surrounded by lush tropical foliage and exotic blooms, sits right in the heart of sunny Destin, Florida.

Our tastefully detailed and luxuriously appointed suites, complete with fine furnishings, sumptuous beds and oversized bathrooms, host views of the Gulf of Mexico that will take your breath away and create lasting memories.

Relaxing on one of our oversized, pillow top mattresses, dressed with fine linens, while drifting to sleep listening to the gentle rhythm of the waves as they mingle with the orchestra of crickets, night birds and frogs native to our area, will leave your body and mind refreshed.

No need for blaring alarm clock, as the calls of sea birds and warm gulf breezes or perhaps the soft knock of one of our highly trained staff delivering a tasty breakfast, will gently rouse you to begin the days activities.

Should you decide to make it a beach day, allow our concierge services to worry about the details.We will set it up for you from lounge chairs, to fresh towels to coconut scented sunscreen or even a packed picnic basket, wafting with such delectable aromas that you’re sure to be the object of many a hungry beachgoer’s envious gaze.

Oysters in DestinIn the evening, enjoy a meal of fresh gulf seafood at one of the many fine restaurants that are located nearby to the resort. For a finish to a wonderful day, slip into one of our heated pools or hot tubs and let the warm water remove any trace of stress from your body and mind. Wrap yourself in one of our soft cotton robes or curl up on our down comforter and let the night breezes caress your sun kissed skin before falling asleep.

Indulge your senses and get away from everything with a stay at the Palms in Destin, Florida. We have everything you need and do everything we can, to make your trip unforgettable. The only thing that’s missing is you! Call today to get started on the trip of a lifetime! 1-877-447-3767.

Oct30

Destin Harbor is home to many delightful marine animals. The most popular is the dolphin!

Dolphins evoke memories of the harmony we feel by the Gulf of Mexico.

During your stay in Destin, you will have many opportunities to get up close and personal with these friendly and intelligent sea mammals in their natural setting.

This is an experience not to be missed!

Dolphins in DestinConsidered the “king of fish” by many ancient cultures, dolphins are one of the most popular attractions on the Emerald Coast. Cheerfully flipping and swimming in the emerald waters off our white sandy beaches, these animals make even the best day at the beach better!

Anyone who has ever watched a pod of dolphins play in the waves understands the immediate joy felt by seeing these magnificent sea creatures.

One of the most eternally popular artistic muses, dolphins symbolize different things to different people.

Douglas Adams may have been right that the dolphins are trying to communicate with us in some way.

In Celtic symbolism, the dolphin was seen as the highly honored protector of sacred wells and sacred water. Some artists depict dolphin demeanor as a message of well-being to the pure of heart.

This meaning is mimicked in ancient Greek legend where dolphins were compatriots to both Apollo and Aphrodite. Myth also indicates that the fun-loving Dionysus, god of food and wine, was known to turn himself into a dolphin from time to time. It’s also told that dolphins were messengers for Poseidon and sometimes did errands for him.

Pirate lore is also full of dolphin symbolism. Many a pirate sailor believed the spirit of mermaids lived in the hearts of dolphin and ancient stories elevate this friendly creature as a symbol of protection.

Whatever your thoughts on myth and dolphin art, you will enjoy many opportunities to see these magnificent creatures during your stay!

A few great resources for guided dolphin cruises and tours include:

  •         Bayside Watersports for Wave Runner tours
  •         Boogies Watersports for glass-bottom boat excursions
  •         Olin Marler’s Charters & Dolphin Cruises for narrated cruises into the Gulf of Mexico
  •         AJ’s Snorkeling Adventure / Dolphin Cruise
  •         Southern Star 76-foot glass-bottom boat
  •         Nathaniel Bowditch Sailing Adventures aboard an old-fashioned sailing ship
  •         Gilligan’s Watersports tour aboard wave runners
  •         Little Nemo for three hour, child-friendly open boat or private charters
  •         Ms. B. Haven Sail Charters for more private or romantic experiences like the Dinner with Dolphins cruise

NightViewWhether you want to watch from the shore or get out in the waves, The Palms of Destin Resort & Conference Center Concierge staff can help you plan the perfect day of dolphin watching!

Call 1-877-447-3767 today for more information on our area’s sea life or to book your stay.

 

Oct30

There are so many great restaurants in Destin!

It can be tough to decide which ones to pick and which ones to pass on when you only have so many days to see all the Emerald Coast has to offer.

Starting with the most important meal of the day… breakfast… the caring, on site staff at the Palms of Destin have taken the time to consult each other to come to a consensus on which eatery is a ‘must’ to start your day(and trip)when visiting our piece of paradise.

We overwhelmingly determined that a trip to the Luckiest Fishing Village on Earth wouldn’t be complete without stopping into the little, unassuming seaside eatery, the Donut Hole, for a good southern meal to fuel all your day’s exciting adventures on the Gulf of Mexico.

Located along Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin, Florida just moments from the Palms, this famous eatery is a favorite of locals and visitors alike with pictures of some of the more eel known guests adorning the walls. Reasonably priced and directly across from the sparkling waters of the Gulf, the Donut Hole is French Riviera cuisine fused with fresh Florida ingredients in a charming, diner like atmosphere.

An original Destin landmark, the Donut Hole is perfect for breakfast or lunch anytime of the day, and besides house made donuts of over 20 varieties, they are also known for their Eggs Benedict with homemade hollandaise and farm fresh eggs, and for their out-of-this-world Cheese Blintzes with fresh creamed cheese and juicy, in season fruits.

For lunch, try their amazing French Dip or Reuben sandwiches, piled high with cuts of savory meats and cheeses on freshly made bread. If you haven’t noticed the pattern yet, it’s that everything served at the Donut Hole is made right on the premises or sourced from local vendors.

Once you’re stuffed on fresh strawberries, pastries and mimosas, you can make your way back to your suites at the Palms of Destin to let your food settle and make your plans for the day from all the countless, nearby activities like kayaking around Henderson State Park, directly across from the resort.

Our just put your feet up in style and unwind in your comfortable lodgings. Our suites are designed to be unmatched in luxury, affording our guests a cozy beach hideaway complete with fine furnishings, sumptuous beds dressed in fresh linens, and oversized, modern bathrooms combined with a marvelous view of our charming coastal landscape from the private balcony where you can watch one of our stellar sunsets!

Time lounging around our lagoon inspired pools, one of which is a zero entry and the other is heated, surrounded by lush tropical foliage and fragrant flowers, is time well spent at the Palms of Destin. Also awaiting our guests leisure are our lighted tennis/basketball courts and state of the art fitness center, where you can work up an appetite for our unbelievable gourmet creations at The Brick and Spoon, one of our favorite places for lunch or supper also!,conveniently located within the resort.

Besides those activities and our wonderful beaches, other nearby area attractions, from shopping at our enormous Silver Sands outlet or Destin commons, to a round of golf at some of the best courses in the country, will have you and your family wondering what to do first!

Call today to get started, learn more or book your stay at the Palms of Destin and get away this Memorial day weekend to bid farewell to summer in style! 1-877-44-RESORT