Top 5 Amenities at the Henderson Park Inn

beachfront hotel in Destin FL

The users of TripAdvisor have named the Henderson Park Inn the best hotel in Destin FL! How did our bed and breakfast earn the number one spot? The secret to our success really isn’t a secret: we simply have the finest amenities on the Emerald Coast. We’ve put together a list of the top 5 amenities you will find when you stay at the Henderson Park Inn. Continue reading

Have Christmas Brunch at the Beach Walk Cafe

Prime Rib carving station at our Destin bed and breakfast Christmas is one of the most wonderful days of the year, but spending the whole day slaving over a hot stove can add unnecessary stress to your holiday. Why not leave the cooking to us? The Beach Walk Cafe at the Henderson Park Inn serves a fantastic gourmet brunch on Christmas Day. If you will be staying at our Destin bed and breakfast during the holidays, or if you live locally, join us for a stress free and delicious Christmas meal. Continue reading

Meet the Piano Man at Howl at the Moon

dueling piano bar near our hotel in Destin Florida

Have you ever been to an authentic dueling piano bar? Combining live music, humor and a lounge atmosphere, these classic saloons are hard to come by in recent years. The best place to experience this one of a kind musical attraction is Howl at the Moon. Located right around the corner from our hotel in Destin Florida, this dueling piano bar plays all of your favorite songs while serving up top notch mixed drinks. Continue reading

2013 Event Highlights For Things To Do In Destin Florida

Things To Do In Destin Florida

Whether you are planning a trip to the beautiful seaside community or live close by the sandy beaches of Destin, Flordia I’m sure that you are looking forward to relaxing to the sound of ocean waves and the laid back feeling that accompanies life near the shore.  When you are looking for things to do in Destin Florida to step up the entertainment possibilities you will want to take a look at some of the 2013 events we felt were worthy to highlight

It might surprise you if you’re wondering what to do in Destin, FL in the “winter” months (with 70 degree temperatures this week!) that Destin offers world-class entertainment. Of all my favorite events in Destin, FL, the Mattie Kelly Arts Center is featuring the New York Tenors on Saturday, January 12th. Henderson Park Inn’s staff will be happy to arrange transportation to enjoy a night of Broadway, opera and American classics with three of New York’s greatest talents! Make a special romantic evening by dining at BeachWalk Cafe and enjoying one of the most romantic events in Destin, FL!

For those unfamiliar with the New York Tenors, Daniel Rodriguez, Andy Cooney and Michael Amante will showcase some of world’s greatest repertoire in their national touring show. Rodriguez, known as “The Singing Policeman” and “America’s Tenor,” soothed the nation’s grief in the days following September 11. Cooney, christened “Irish America’s favorite son” by the New York Times, has performed internationally, including two sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall and Amante, “The People’s Tenor,” is a combination of All-American good looks, romantic Italian charm and an incredible voice.

Individually, the three men are superb, but together, The New York Tenors provide an overwhelming, “can’t miss” showcase of some of the world’s greatest vocalists and repertoire. For ticket information, call the Henderson Park Inn and we’ll gladly assist or you may purchase online at the center’s website.
For more things to do in Destin Flordia, I would highly recommend another well-known event – the musical celebration of peace and love – HAIR, the 2009 Tony Award-Winning Best Musical Revival directed by Diane Paulus, appearing at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center for one night only on Wednesday, January 30, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

HAIR is a joyous celebration of youth and a poignant journey through a tumultuous 1960′s America, and features an iconic score including chart-topping hits such as “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Aquarius,” “Hair” and “Good Morning Starshine.” This inspiring new production of HAIR features an exuberant finale where audiences are invited onstage to dance with the cast, and has a level of inclusiveness that is rarely seen in musical theater. Executive producer, Daniel Sher, notes that, “We are excited for audiences across the country to take this journey with us. See for yourself, let your hair down and share the love!”
This is truly one of the most exciting things to do in Destin, FL and will make your stay at the Henderson Park Inn a memorable occasion!

Still not sure what to do in Destin, FL? For those less musically inclined and looking for sporting events in Destin, FL, try “Sunset on the Harbor” usually held in March or April, kicks off with a Corporate Fishing Challenge, where 4-person teams, 2- person teams, and individuals board a party boat at noon and compete for the largest fish award. The boat docks and unloads its catch, where participants join in a community cookout and other fun activities already underway on the docks.

For another fun sporting event in Destin, FL, join the crowd for Destin’s third Bayou, Bay & Back 5K Run/Walk, 10K & Half Marathon sponsored by Shoreline Church set to take place Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013! The USATF-certified half marathon will begin at Clement Taylor Park in Destin at 7:30 a.m., and the 5K/USATF-certified 10K will begin at 8 a.m., rain or shine. While all courses are set alongside Destin waterways, the half marathon course yields breathtaking views of the Choctawhatchee Bay, Destin Harbor, and East Pass, as it leads you through Destin, along a 4-mile undeveloped stretch of Okaloosa Island, and back.

For registration, the Henderson Park Inn staff will assist you or you can visit The 5K and 10K are $30 through Jan. 25, and $35 on race day. The half marathon is $60 through Jan. 25, and $70 on race day.

So…if you need an excuse to take a break from the winter blues, there are many events in Destin, FL to keep you busy. We hope to see you soon! Call us or visit us at

Romantic Things to Do in Destin, Florida

Destin rests on the Emerald Coast, and its white beaches and stunning emerald waters serve as the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway with your sweetie. This once sleepy fishing community is now a thriving destination for tourists, with over 4.5 million visitors each year. If you’re thinking of taking your special someone on a romantic vacation, consider visiting a bed and breakfast in Destin, FL. Continue reading

TripAdvisor 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award

TripAdvisor congratulates Henderson Park Inn on earning the prestigious 2012 Certificate of Excellence award.  TripAdvisor travelers consistently commend Henderson Park Inn with the highest praise, and TripAdvisor recognizes the Inn’s 5 rating as an exceptional achievement.

Only the very best in the business are awarded a Certificate of Excellence.

Thank you to our Guests for consistently giving our Waterfront Inn in Destin excellent ratings!

Loved The Henderson – Great Location…

My husband and I recently stayed at The Henderson Park Inn and had a wonderful time. Our stay was much too short and we would love to go back sometime in the future. It is an adults only inn which we loved! That was one of our main reasons for staying there.

The Henderson has a fantastic location with white, sandy beaches and access to the Gulf. One side of it is located next to a state park and the beach seems to have more privacy because of that. Every morning the staff put out beach umbrellas with two chairs under each umbrella. There were always enough for everyone and it was not necessary to reserve umbrellas or chairs which was a great added feature. Beach towels were plentiful and easily accessed.

The breakfast was fantastic–very tasty, plenty of it and basically anything you would want. The chef made omelettes or whatever you wanted. Oh, and the fresh squeezed orange juice was wonderful! You could eat inside or outside on the balcony. There was a window of time for breakfast which was very nice as you didn’t have to rush down to breakfast at a set time. Boxed lunches from Honey Baked Ham were provided with your choice of sandwich or salad from a selection sheet. You could eat your lunch anywhere you wanted–even on the beach. After lunch, lemonade and cookies were provided.

Around 4:00 was happy hour. They seemed to have almost anything you would want. The frozen strawberry margaritas were very good. We took ours to the beach.

The Beach Walk Cafe was its onsite restaurant. We ate dinner there one evening and had a fantastic waitress. The gourmet food was good and we had a great time as we ate on the balcony. It is wise to get a reservation for dinner before the evening you plan to eat there as they get very booked and the more desirable times go quickly. We made our reservation before we left home. The Henderson has a great balcony area which is where the happy hour is located.

There is shade as well as sunny areas on the balcony with plenty of seating and even a swing. Small refrigerators in the lobby area are stocked with complimentary water, soda and candy. A coffee machine is located there as well. You can always find what you are looking for.

July 2011