Destination I Do
Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Award-Winning Florida Resort for Your Destination Wedding

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Watercolor Inn & Resort

Getting married at a popular destination such as coastal Florida is sometimes bittersweet because of its popularity. There are an abundance of choices for the big event, but how on earth do you find the perfect place for your big day?

Located between Pensacola and Panama City, in Santa Rosa Beach,
Watercolor Inn & Resort is a tip-top location for getting married or honeymooning. The craftsman-style buildings are nestled next to grass-rimmed sand dunes and offer stunning views of emerald green waters. It is the only resort in northwest Florida that has been named a Four diamond, AAA hotel. It was also recognized with a World’s Best Travel & Leisure Award in 2008.

The Watercolor Inn & Resort is a fitting choice for any destination wedding. There are five different venues on the property which all offer something different. Venues vary from ceremonies which take place on the resort’s white sand beach to a lakeside boathouse. The many options also allow for any number of guests.

The resort itself boasts 1,400 feet of beach and sits on 499 acres. What sets Watercolor Inn & Resort apart is nearly 50 percent of its property is set aside for open space or preservation. Each and every one of its 60 guest rooms has a private balcony and view of the gulf.

Guests enjoy renowned accommodations while having free reign of the scenic property. Part of the property includes a 220-acre coastal dune lake which is ideal for fishing or kayaking. Watercolor Inn & Resort even offers guests free use of bicycles, kayaks, fishing equipment and canoes so guests may best enjoy everything the resort has to offer.

When planning a destination wedding it is important both you and your guests have the best experience possible. Watercolor Inn & Resort offers all the conveniences of large-scale resorts while maintaining the comfort and privacy of an inn.

The resort has also been recognized by the state of Florida’s Green Lodging Program. It is taking active steps toward protecting the environment by implementing policies aimed toward water conservation, energy efficiency, waste management and clean air practices.

The resort’s Web site also offers daily updates on the state of the oil spill which took place in the gulf. Current photos of the beach are provided online so that potential guests can see the state of the property for themselves. Watercolor Inn & Resort also states on its Web site that if the oil spill in any way hinders your stay, they will offer you a change of dates or a full-refund.

p>If golf is something you're interested in, there couldn't be a better place to tee up. The top-rated Tom Fazio designed Camp Creek Golf Club gives a secluded and unique experience as many of the holes are flanked by white sand bunkers. The Greg Norman designed Sharks Tooth Golf Club gives a more traditional experience with it's true "country club" style.

It’s nice to see a resort surrounded by such majestic beauty making a real effort to take care of its surroundings. You too, will be taken care of when staying at Watercolor Inn & Resort, so rest easy.

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