- Top 3 Tips For Planning Your Honeymoon
Congratulations! Your wedding was a smashing success, and now it’s time to relax and celebrate the beginning of this exciting new chapter in both of your lives. Picking the right honeymoon destination can be just as important as choosing the right wedding venue. The Henderson Park Inn has put together some great tips to help you plan the romantic vacation of your dreams at our hotel in Destin Florida.
1. Consider having a destination wedding.
Destination weddings are very popular right now! So many couples are choosing destination weddings because it allows them to transition right from their ceremony to their honeymoon without getting on a plane. The Henderson Park Inn offers a variety of amazing wedding packages with six different ceremony and reception locations.
2. Decide how active you want to be.
Be sure to talk with your fiancé about what you both want to do on your vacation. Destin has so much to do, including watersport rentals, excellent shopping, and exciting nightlife. However, you will also want time to just be alone with your new husband or wife. Our hotel in Destin Florida has a private white sand beach, so you can spend hours lounging around or dipping your feet in the ocean’s emerald green water.
3. Let us know you’re on your honeymoon.
The Henderson Park Inn was voted the most romantic hotel in North America, and we specialize in unforgettable couple’s vacations. Our staff will do everything in their power to make your honeymoon extra special. Complimentary wine, flowers and grapes upon arrival are just one of the many unique features that make honeymooning at the Henderson Park Inn absolutely extraordinary. Visit our Amenities page to see everything our hotel in Destin Florida has to offer.
- 4 Tips for Planning Your Wedding at the Henderson Park Inn
The holiday season is one of the most popular times of the year to get engaged. According to the Condé Nast Bridal Group, 19 percent of all engagements take place in the month of December! If you are a bride-to-be (or a groom-to-be), it’s never too early to start planning the big day. Voted the most romantic hotel in North America, our beachfront hotel in Destin Florida is one of the most popular destination wedding sites in the Emerald Coast. We’ve put together some great tips for couples planning their wedding at the Henderson Park Inn.
1. Talk to Our Wedding Planners
A great place to start the task of planning your wedding is with a call to one of our professional wedding planners. Our team will answer any and all questions you have and can help you pick the perfect wedding package for your unique situation. To get in touch with the Henderson Park Inn wedding planners give them a call at 850 – 424 – 7648.
2. Decide What Type of Backdrop You Want For Your Ceremony and Reception
Do you want to get married right on our pristine white sand beaches? How about a beautiful deck with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico? The Henderson Park Inn offers six different ceremony and reception locations, including the beach, the inn’s deck, three different lawn areas and a beautiful off site venue. Start talking with your fiancé about which scenic location is right for your wedding.
3. Start Thinking About Your Guest List
In addition to scenery, the other major factor determining which wedding location you choose is how many people you want to invite. The North Green and our off site location, The Venue at Crystal Beach, can both accommodate up to 500 people, making them excellent choices for large wedding parties.
4. Start Researching Now
Our beachfront hotel in Destin Florida fills up fast, so now is the time to start planning! Visit our Wedding Packages page to learn about everything the Henderson Park Inn has to offer.
- Who Else Wants to Stay at a Beachfront Hotel?
Imagine waking up on vacation and being steps away from a stunning beach. When you stay at the Henderson Park Inn, you will enjoy one of the best locations in the entire Emerald Coast. Surrounded by unparalleled beauty, it is easy to see why our beachfront hotel in Destin FL was voted the most romantic hotel in North America.
Bordering the Henderson Beach State Park
The Henderson Park Inn takes its name from its proximity to one of Florida’s most popular state parks. The Henderson Beach State Park is famous for its pristine white sand beaches bordering the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Located on the eastern edge of the state park, our bed and breakfast features a private beach with all of the breathtaking scenery of the Henderson Beach State Park, but without the crowds.
Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico
Nearly all of the rooms at the Henderson Park Inn come with terraces or balconies that overlook the Gulf of Mexico. There is nothing like sipping a glass of wine with that special someone as you stand on your balcony, watching the sunset on the Gulf’s crystal clear water.
Minutes from the Destin Harbor Boardwalk
The Henderson Park Inn is just 15 minutes away from the scenic Destin Harbor Boardwalk. When you visit this trendy waterfront area you’ll find fantastic shopping, water sport attractions, excellent fishing and exciting nightlife.
The Henderson Park Inn was named the #1 beachfront hotel in Destin FL by the travel review website TripAdvisor. Visit our Rooms and Rates page to find the perfect suite for your next vacation!
- Top 5 Amenities at the Henderson Park Inn
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.
1. Private Beach
At the Henderson Park Inn, you don’t even need to leave our property to visit the beach! When you stay at our hotel you will be steps away from the signature white sugar sand and the crystal clear water that characterize the beaches of the Emerald Coast. With our complimentary beach chairs, towels and umbrellas, everything you could need to spend the day of the sun is already taken care of.
2. Wine, Grapes and Flowers Upon Arrival
When you arrive at the Henderson Park Inn, you will find a bottle of fine wine, fresh grapes and fragrant flowers waiting for you in your room. These welcome gifts are just one of the many reasons our bed and breakfast was named the most romantic hotel in North America!
3. Full Breakfast and Lunch
One of the best parts of staying at a bed and breakfast is breakfast! There is no better way to start the day than with a gourmet meal expertly prepared by our very talented chefs. Later in the day, you can enjoy one of our picnic boxed lunches as you lounge on the beach.
4. Sunset Cocktails
As the sun sets, couples love to visit our beachside Tiki Hut for a complimentary cocktail. These nightly happy hours are the perfect way to transition from a day at the beach to a romantic evening in one of our luxurious suites.
5. Balconies Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico
Our rooms come with balconies and terraces that offer stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. This romantic panorama is truly one of a kind. Visit our Photos page to see our beautiful hotel in Destin FL for yourself!
- Have Christmas Brunch at the Beach Walk Cafe
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.
Three Course Meal
The Beach Walk Cafe is a five star restaurant that has been named one of the top 500 restaurants in the entire state of Florida. Our Christmas Day menu features an exquisite three course brunch prepared by classically trained chefs.
Guests will begin their meal with Italian sausage and white bean soup, a creamy shrimp pasta salad, and a crisp caesar salad with parmesan dressing. For the main course, guests will enjoy a delectable sampling of land and sea. Succulent prime rib will be carved right before your eyes and served with horseradish cream and au jus. Other entrees include a holiday spiced leg of lamb stew and a fresh mahi smothered in tomato sauce with garlic and basil. These dishes are paired with garlic roasted brussel sprouts, mixed roasted vegetables and gourmet fingerling potatoes.
No meal is complete without dessert! To end the brunch, guests will enjoy a moist red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and real candy cane pieces.
Make Your Reservations Now
Our Christmas Day brunch is very popular, so be sure to make your reservations soon! Brunch will be served from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm. One adult meal costs $36.95. If you live locally and would like to take young adults (ages 12 – 14) to the brunch, their meals will cost $18.95.
The Henderson Park Inn is a world class hotel featuring a gorgeous private beach, complimentary wine and grapes upon arrival, and balconies overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Voted the most romantic hotel in North America, our Destin bed and breakfast is the perfect place to spend your next couple’s getaway. Visit our Amenities page to see everything our hotel has to offer!
- Explore The Breathtaking Blackwater River
With flawless white sand bars and crystal clear water, the Blackwater River in Milton, Florida is truly one of a kind. The only pristine sand river left in the United States, this unique body of water was purchased by the State of Florida and named a State Forest. Visitors can explore this spectacular river with help from Blackwater Canoe Rental. Just an hour’s drive from our Destin bed and breakfast, this rental company offers full service kayak, canoe and tube trips down the scenic Blackwater River.
The problem with typical canoeing and kayaking trips is parking. Most people park upstream, but when they are done with their trip they find themselves miles away from their car. Blackwater Canoe Rental solves this problem by allowing guests to park downstream and transporting them to the river’s launch point. This way, when you reach the end of your trip, your car will be waiting for you.
Blackwater Canoe trips are self-guided, so you can take as long as you want to enjoy the natural beauty of the river. On your journey, there are many opportunities to relax on the beach, go for a swim or have a picnic. Toward the end of your trip, you will enter Blackwater State Park where you will find restrooms, outdoor showers and large pavilions.
Trips last between 1.5 to 6 hours and cost between $18 and $30 per person depending on whether you will be canoeing, kayaking or tubing. Blackwater Canoe Rental is open every day from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-967-6789.
After an exciting day out on the Blackwater River, you will be ready to retire to our Destin bed and breakfast. The Henderson Park Inn is a world class hotel featuring a private beach, a gourmet restaurant and complimentary wine and grapes upon arrival. With so many incredible amenities, it is easy to see why the Henderson Park Inn was voted the most romantic hotel in North America. Visit our Rooms and Rates page to find the perfect suite for your next couple’s vacation.
- Celebrate the Season at the Holiday on the Harbor Lighted Boat Parade
Have you ever seen Christmas lights at sea? On December 15, Destin Harbor will be illuminated with a parade of boats decked out in beautiful holiday decorations and lights. Located minutes away from our hotel in Destin Florida, the 27th Annual Holiday on the Harbor is a highlight of the Christmas season on the Emerald Coast.
Beginning at 6:00 pm, commercial, charter and private boats of all shapes and sizes will sail around the harbor. These festively decorated boats will compete to win prizes in eight different categories. Special awards will go to the best overall lighted boat entry and the boat that does the best job of showcasing Destin’s harbor heritage. Judging for the parade will be held upstairs at Harry T’s Restaurant. Be sure to stay until the end of the event to find out who the winners are and to see a fantastic fireworks display over the harbor.
The Holiday on the Harbor event will be hosted by the Destin History and Fishing Museum. This excellent museum is dedicated to preserving the unique heritage of “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”. To find out more information about the event email email@example.com or call 1-800-837-6611.
After seeing the spectacular boats and fireworks at Holiday on the Harbor, you will be ready to retire to your room in our hotel in Destin Florida. The Henderson Park Inn is an award winning bed and breakfast featuring a gourmet restaurant, a gorgeous private beach and balconies overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Voted the most romantic hotel in North America, the Henderson Park Inn is the perfect place to spend your honeymoon, anniversary or special vacation. Visit our Photos page to see our bed and breakfast for yourself!
- The Fascinating History of the Camp Walton Schoolhouse
How would you like a glimpse of what life in the Emerald Coast was like one hundred years ago? Originally built in 1911, the Camp Walton Schoolhouse is a well preserved window into the fascinating past of Fort Walton Beach. Located right around the corner from our bed and breakfast in Destin, the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum is an excellent historic attraction.
The schoolhouse was constructed in 1911 by the residents of Camp Walton, the coastal community that would eventually become present day Fort Walton Beach. Made out of native pine and oak, this tiny school had only had one room. 15 children from 8 different grades were all taught by one teacher! In 1927, another room was added onto the schoolhouse so an additional teacher could teach teenagers in grades 9 through 12.
The Camp Walton Schoolhouse was closed down when the all brick Fort Walton School opened in 1936. After its closure, the Camp Walton Schoolhouse was moved to a new location and used as apartments for a number of families during the WWII era. In the 1970s, the deteriorating building was scheduled for demolition, when it was rescued by the Junior Service League, who convinced the owners to donate the schoolhouse so it could be converted into a museum. Today, the schoolhouse can be visited Monday through Saturday from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. You can find the schoolhouse at 127 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548.
After visiting this intriguing historic site, you will be ready to retire to your room in our beautiful bed and breakfast in Destin. Featuring complimentary wine and chocolates upon arrival, a gourmet restaurant and a beachside cocktail bar, it is easy to see why the Henderson Park Inn was voted the most romantic hotel in North America. Visit our Rooms and Rates page to find the perfect suite for your next couple’s vacation!
- Get Into The Holiday Spirit With The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker might be the most popular ballet in the world. With an enchanting Christmas story and iconic music, this ballet has become synonymous with the holiday season. You can experience this celebrated show from November 23 – 24, when the Northwest Florida Ballet will perform The Nutcracker at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Located minutes away from our Destin hotel, this excellent ballet is guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit.
Adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, the ballet tells the story of the Silberhaus family on Christmas Eve. Long after everyone goes to bed, the young Clara sneaks into the parlor to check on her nutcracker doll when the toy magically comes to life. The rest of the ballet is a dreamlike adventure featuring giant mice, gingerbread soldiers and fairies.
The ballet premiered in 1892 with an infectious score composed by the Russian musical genius Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The ballet contains some of the world’s most recognizable Christmas tunes, including the Russian Dance Trepak, The Nutcracker March and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
World Class Dancers
The Northwest Florida Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker will feature an extremely accomplished dance company. Founded in 1969 by dance pioneer Bernadette Clements Sims, this ballet troupe features guest artists from around the world. The Nutcracker will be performed on Saturday November 23 at 7:30 pm and on Sunday November 24 at 2:30 pm. Tickets cost $28 and can be purchased online or by phone at 850-664-7787.
After attending a stellar performance of the Nutcracker, you will be ready to retire to your room in our Destin Hotel. The Henderson Park Inn is an award winning bed and breakfast featuring a pristine private beach, a gourmet restaurant and balconies overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Voted the most romantic hotel in North America, the Henderson Park Inn has everything you need for an unforgettable couples vacation. Visit our Amenities page to learn about everything we have to offer.
- See Wild Dolphins in Destin Harbor
Imagine that you are on a boat cruising through Destin, Florida’s emerald green waters, basking in the sunlight and taking in the sea air. Suddenly, the Captain makes a special announcement and the crew starts clapping and cheering. You peer over the side of the boat and feel an irresistible sense of excitement. Right before your eyes, you see a family of dolphins splashing and playing in the water.
This ocean adventure might sound like a dream, but with Southern Star Dolphin Cruises, you can make it a reality! Located right around the corner from our Destin bed and breakfast, this award winning cruise service takes guests on two hour tours around Destin Harbor. Featured on CNN and National Geographic, this family owned business has spotted over 7,000 dolphins.
The Southern Star is a double deck, glass bottom boat with a climate controlled cabin. Passengers have plenty of room to walk around on both decks, and can even visit a galley that sells snacks, drinks and souvenirs. Of course, the highlight of the cruise is the chance to see Atlantic Coastal Bottlenose Dolphins. These dolphins are known for their curiosity towards humans, so the Southern Star’s crew encourages these friendly animals with applause and cheers. The ship’s Captain is very knowledgeable about marine life, and he loves to share information about the habits and behaviors of dolphins. Reservations for the dolphin cruise can be made online on the Southern Star website.
After an exciting day out on the water, you will be ready to retire to our Destin bed and breakfast. The Henderson Park Inn is an award winning adults-only hotel featuring a private beach, a seaside cocktail bar and balconies overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Voted the most romantic hotel in North America, the Henderson Park Inn has everything you need for an unforgettable couples vacation. Visit our Rooms and Rates page to find the perfect suite for your next trip to Destin!
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