Come Fly With Me: The Henderson Park Inn


Those who have been traveling to the Emerald Coast may remember when Destin practically shut down for the slower winter months. Now, like the monarch butterflies that migrate every October, a steady stream of guests are enjoying the beach, warm temperatures and special events and festivals. Due to the moderate climate and almost daily sunshine, Destin provides the perfect place to get away during the winter. The winter season is also accompanied by invigoratingly crisp, azure blue skies highlighted by sparkling sunshine.

In and around Destin, now is the best time to enjoy a getaway at the Henderson Park Inn, a beachfront haven marrying the perfect blend of luxury amenities with a cozy, upscale atmosphere. While the Inn stokes romance in any season, the fall and winter months spark the desire to spend time with your significant other at this private and secluded adults-only hideaway. Spacious guest rooms offer terraces overlooking the beach, and some include romantic fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. This unique boutique hotel offers complimentary wine, grapes, flowers and chocolates upon arrival, along with a full gourmet breakfast and picnic lunch. During the winter months, the sunsets almost always occur over water and are spectacular glistening over the gulf. These sunsets are a magnificent sight especially from the Henderson Park Inn’s veranda and tiki hut with their daily complimentary happy hour.

For those looking for a cultural experience, Destin’s Historic Harbor supports and celebrates local artists during the monthly ArtsWalk on The Harbor. Held the third Sunday of every month, this free event spotlights local and regional artists and craft vendors. The locals offer a host of food and wine events and festivals. . . just check with the Inn’s concierge for details. If retail therapy is your passion, start shopping for your spring wardrobe and take advantage of huge savings at internationally known designer stores at the Silver Sands Premium Outlet stores or visit the nearby Destin Commons, a European style open-air lifestyle center featuring more than ninety stores and restaurants.

One of the biggest benefits of visiting Destin in the fall and winter is the simple and fast access to your favorite restaurants and bars. You can breeze into places that had an hour or more wait in July and August, and get the same great food and attentive service. One great place to find such an inviting atmosphere both inside and out, is BeachWalk Cafe, Destin’s only Gulf front fine dining, located at the Henderson Park Inn, with views right on the gulf and for those looking to add a little more romance, book the Inn’s signature “Toes in the Sand” dining experience.

So, if you’re looking for a romantic escape from the “winter blues” offering near perfect weather, plenty of activities, and a little more room to breathe during your stay, book your ultimate getaway at the Henderson Park Inn. According to Condé Nast Johansens on its website, “The Inn overlooks more than a mile of the most pristine and secluded white sandy beaches, and has the most gorgeous views in all of Destin. It is definitely the most romantic luxury boutique hotel on the Emerald Coast.” For more information or to book your stay, visit


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