Review Submitted: October 19, 2013 Date of Stay: October 2013
Reviewed by: Jeanne W. from Bowling Green, KY
John & Dawn, your beautiful beach home, “Island Obsession” is even better than the photos and the photos are great! I could not stop smiling after we arrived…The awesome kitchen, the 2 sitting areas in the large living room, the huge dining table and the pantry! made for a fantastic open concept living space!!! Our family of 8 adults and 9 children (ages 9 mo.-13 yrs) loved all the comfy bedrooms and bathrooms! I mean…9 bedrooms!!! And we actually used the “futon room” on the 2nd floor to put 2 pack ‘n plays for the twin babies…perfect! The kids really enjoyed having a TV in all the bedrooms. What a nice way to calm those kiddos down after playing all day…and it gave us adults some quiet time, too! 🙂 The kitchen was not only beautiful but so well stocked! Lots of good, sharp knives, cookware, dishes and glasses…and even plastic containers for leftovers! Thanks for anticipating the needs of people like us who cook a lot. It was truly a short walk to the beautiful beach and wasn’t even a problem for 62-year-old me with my arthritis! Oh, and the washer & dryer are full-sized and worked great! Believe me, we know…it was used a lot! Oh, and that reminds me… My son left his wedding ring in the dryer and shortly after we left, we called to let Dawn & John know…they had already found it! We received it in the mail, as well as our deposit refund, a few days after returning home. Thanks for your promptness. Oh, and I have to mention the big, beautiful private pool! We all loved it so much! It was so clean and warm during our fall visit. And we really appreciated that it was cleaned for us twice during our week’s stay. Now, that’s service! I also liked that there was a fence and gate separating the pool from the house. Have I left anything out? I’m sure I probably have, but let me just say, to sum up… We loved this house and would love to come back soon!!
Step into the Fresh Market prepare to have all your senses take you on a wonderful and timeless journey. From the sight of the large fruit, the smell of the freshly brewed coffee, and the taste of delicious samples, to the sound of soothing classic music that plays quietly in the background, the experience of being in Fresh Market is certainly unlike any other. No doubt when you begin shopping you’ll just want to take your time as you often find yourself humming the classic Beethoven symphony playing in the speakers, but no worries, you’re on island time here in Destin, so take as long as you want. You’ll be shocked as you see how large the vegetables are, and how sweet the fruit is. Health nuts take delight in knowing almost everything in the Fresh Market is all natural, with no preservatives or other pesky chemicals. Make sure you stop by the freshly brewed coffee stand and take a sample, and don’t worry about coming back for seconds, the friendly employees are more than happy to fill your cup up again. So head over to the Fresh Market for all your grocery shopping needs!
The Fresh Market is located at 4495 Commons Drive West Destin, Florida 32541
Whether you’re shopping in the day or dining in the evening, the Destin Commons mall is the place for you! With over 70 specialty stores and restaurants to choose from, there’s a little something for everyone. Enjoy a fresh breakfast while checking your emails with free wifi at Panera bread, or sip on a warm cup of coffee at Starbucks. Go see a movie with the family at the Rave motion pictures, the only theater around that offers REAL D – The premier digital 3D experience, and with true stadium seating in all 14 auditoriums. Take your little ones on a train ride that travels through the center of the mall, or bring them to the large kid park and let them play on the pirate themed playground. When your kids get hot they can run through the sprinklers that shoot up and down all day and provide hours of entertainment, so make sure they bring their bathing suits! Some of the stores at the Destin Commons are Bass Pro Shop, Abercrombie & Fitch, Abercrombie for kids, Forever 21, Sephora, American Eagle, Godiva Chocolates, Johnny Rockets Restaurant, Cold Stone Creamery, Hollister, Francesca’s, and so much more!
The Destin Commons is located at 4300 Legendary Drive, Destin, Florida 32541
Into racing cars? Bungee jumping? Bumper Carts? Or maybe you just want to take on a casual round of mini-golf? If so then the Track is the place for you! With fun activities to do at an affordable price you can’t go wrong when choosing to spend the day with the family at the Track. Take it to the race track and zip around the other racers as you try to make it into first place! If you’re over 16 and wanting even more racing action, go race your cart on the Wild Woody, a three story spiraling wooden track!
If miniature golf is something the family wants to do then you couldn’t find a better place to do it than the “Surfin’ Safari” mini-golf course at the Track!
Blaster boats, bumper carts, bungee jumping, skyflyer, a huge inside arcade room, and “Kids Country”, which is an entire kid park for the younger ones, the Track is sure to leave your family or friends with memories that will last you a lifetime.
Make your fantasies of fun come true at FantaSea! With over 10 years of supplying people with fun on wheels in Destin, FantaSea is truly a place of fun for the whole family! Scooters, ScootCars, Bicycles, Motorcycles, Street Legal Golf Carts, Beach Wheelchairs, Boat Rentals, and so much more you can rent for an hour, or up to a whole day!
Beach Supplies, Fishing Bait, Sunscreen, Suntan Lotion, Ice Cream, Cold Drinks, Cameras, Batteries, Souvenirs, Shells, and much, much more are also here at the FantaSea tourist shop! Touring Destin has never been more fun on a ScootCar or Street Legal Golf Cart. With very affordable prices and friendly employees, you’re sure to have more fun than you’ll ever have! So what are you waiting for?! Go rent/buy some fun at FantaSea!!
Probably the most popular beach in Destin, enjoy the fun atmosphere right here at the Crab Trap Beach! A fun jungle gym set the kids can spend countless hours on makes this beach a hot spot for the family! Located directly on the beach is the Crab Trap restaurant and souvenir shop. Plan a day at the beach and when your appetite starts calling your name, have no fear, run up to Crap Trap Restaurant and enjoy a wide variety of lunch and dinner meals, including fresh fish/local seafood!
Prepare to have your tastebuds tingling as you enjoy the wonderful food at the Crab Trap restaurant. Whether you’re ordering fresh seafood or a burger and fries, the friendly waiters will make sure they get your order just right, and since the Crab Trap is located directly on the white sands of Destin, watch out a window as the dolphins play in the Gulf, and before you know it your food will be served to you piping hot. As soon as you finish every last bite of scrumptious food, take a stroll down the stairs of the restaurant and go spend a few hours at the beach!
If you dream of hole-in-ones, birdies, and beautiful putting greens, then Destin is the place to make your dreams come true! The Destin area is home to some of the finest golf courses in the world! All the courses are perfectly suited for players in every level of golfing ability and talent. The courses have luscious scenery and outstanding facilities. With over 13 courses, ranging from miniature golf to 36 hole games, you couldn’t find a happier place to be with friendlier locals anywhere else.
The course featured on the photo is Golf Garden. Come enjoy a day on the greens whether you’re receiving private lessons, group lessons, playing a full 18 hole game, or just getting the family together at a game of miniature golf. The Golf Garden also features a 10 acre driving range, the perfect place to practice that longed for hole-in-one you might someday achieve.
The Golf Garden is located at 12598 US highway 98 W, Miramar Beach, FL 32550.
With everything from beach toys, chairs and umbrellas, to fresh fruit, snacks, and seafood, the local Winn-Dixie has everything to suit your needs. This large Winn-Dixie has all kinds of delicious foods to make a nice meal, or, if you’re having too much fun to sit down and cook a meal, then why not just purchase a pre-cooked, microwavable meal. Friendly employees and cashiers make shopping at Winn-Dixie a pleasure and don’t forget to sign up to be a Reward Card member and receive all kinds of great deals! Winn-Dixie is located at 981 U.S. 98, Destin, FL 32541.
The Destin Bridge, overlooking the Destin Harbor, a beautiful sight to behold! Come take a walk on the bridge or cast a line into the harbor below. To the left is the Emerald Grande and HarborWalk Village. Spend a day touring all the shops and local restaurants at HarborWalk and then take it to the beautiful new Emerald Grande towers. Every Thursday night (during summer) stand under the twinkling stars and watch the grande fireworks show at the Emerald Grande. Whether you’re renting a fishing charter out for the day at HarborWalk, or gift shopping at the Emerald Grande for the family who stayed back home, you’ll always find something new and exciting to do in Destin, Florida!