Destin’s Henderson Park Inn
Your next romantic getaway
Move over Hawaii and step aside, U.S. Virgin Islands because the most romantic place for couples is the Florida Panhandle. The top romantic destination for couples, according to TripAdvisor, is only a half-day’s drive from our front door.
Nothing sparks romance like time alone with the one you love, sitting on tropical beaches, basking in scenic views, balmy ocean breezes, and stunning sunsets, all of which are available in abundance as on Florida’s Emerald Coast, a stretch of seaside area along the Gulf of Mexico that runs for roughly 100 miles through five counties on the Florida Panhandle and lies within just over four hours from Gainesville area, making it an easy choice as an extended weekend getaway.
Four and a half million people visit the Emerald Coast each year, and Destin is far and away the most popular destination. Over 80 percent of all the vacationers on the Emerald Coast come to Destin during their escape. With nearly endless combinations of romantic ingredients to spice up a love life, Destin is an all-you-can-eat passion buffet for those with an appetite for amore’ and gaining massive global attention as a top choice for couples who want an exotic adventure.
At the top of the list of romantic hot spots in Destin is The Henderson Park Inn, a luxury boutique hotel rated the number one ranked Most Romantic Hotel in the U.S. and the fifteenth ranked Most Romantic Hotel in the world by reviewers on TripAdvisor who track millions of hotel ratings. Henderson is the most sought after venue in the area for beach weddings, honeymoons and anniversary celebrations with its close proximity to the best intimate and fun activities that Destin has to offer.
The Henderson Park Inn is for lovers
Located adjacent to the Henderson Beach State Park, perched on a quiet stretch of beach, Henderson is an adults-only, New- England-styled bed and breakfast with its own fine dining restaurant, Victorian-inspired furnishings and a large veranda where beach weddings can be performed, offering impressive views of the Gulf of Mexico to ignite the romantic mood. While the bulk of tourism to the area comes from families, the very same tropical beaches, exciting shopping, elegant dining, arts, culture, golf, tennis, scuba diving, snorkeling, and other entertainment options serve as the reasons why thousands of couples, old and young, flock to the region to stoke the fires of romance and passion. Henderson Park Inn guests are at the heart of it all.
A romantic getaway that feeds an appetite for love
The Henderson Resort is a centerpiece of romantic solitude, nestled on a quiet cul- de-sac sitting atop some of the most prized shorefront on earth offering convenient, exclusive access to your own piece of paradise. Built on pristine, sugar-white, powdery-soft sand beaches with more than 6,000 feet of natural scenic shoreline border the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Natural features of the park include sand pines, scrub oaks, and dune rosemary. Boardwalks provide access to the beach for swimming, sunbathing, and fishing. Four large and two small pavilions allow for picnicking and grilling. Guests have immediate access to a stunning nature trail providing visitors a rare glimpse of the coastal dune ecosystem and abundant wildlife.
The hotel features spacious rooms and suites with ocean-front views and immediate beach access from anywhere on-site. Perfect or lovers, the Inn offers options featuring breakfast, lunch, wine, grapes, or flowers on arrival, complimentary happy hour, beach chairs, beach bikes, snacks and refreshments so that guest can focus more on romance and less on finding places to express it. Henderson’s rooms are equipped with private baths and terraces overlooking the beach and some include fireplaces and whirlpool tubs to inspire a relaxing, romantic adventure.
Henderson earns the title of ‘resort’ being situated next to 208 acres of beachside e state park and environmental preserve, the Henderson Beach State Park. Camping at Henderson Beach State Park provides 60 campsites, offering water and electric hookups and access to air-conditioned and heated bathhouse facilities. A separate beach access boardwalk with outdoor showers and a playground are included. Guests can lounge on the private beach on complimentary beach chairs with umbrellas, enjoy a picnic on the beach with a gourmet boxed lunch served complimentary to the inn’s guests each day or bicycle or jog along Destin’s popular Scenic Highway 98, with its quaint cottages and million dollar beach homes beside the beautiful emerald waters and crystal sands.
Destin beaches – white sugar sand, soft as cotton
A couple of interesting characteristics differentiate the beaches of Destin from many other shorelines. One is the fine sugar white, powder-textured sand that is so soft between your toes that it actually squeaks. This pure white sand is actually made from ground quartz crystal from the Appalachian Mountains. Residue from the mountains is carried to the Gulf of Mexico by way of the Apalachicola River. This incredible natural phenomenon has blessed Destin with some of the whitest beaches on Earth.
Another unique characteristic of the beaches of Destin is the heightened water clarity and warmer water temperature indicative to this region of the Gulf of Mexico. The water shimmers with so many astonishingly beautiful shades of green and blue, that guests often remark that they feel as if they have arrived on a Caribbean island.
Welcome to the neighborhood
Everywhere lovers stroll within walking distance of Henderson Park Inn lifts the heart and inspires dreams of returning. Guests are privileged to enjoy palm-lined walking paths leading through the beachy neighborhood, marveling at Gulf front mansions, people- watching, and a relaxed walk to convenient beach accesses, picnic areas, and local eateries. Street legal golf carts, scooters, beach cruiser bicycles and other fun rentals are available for getting around the immediate area.
Passion for fine dining
Seafood, fresh and delicious, is the favorite selection in Destin which features scores of highly-rated restaurants, but the highlight of Destin dining just happens to be one of the top reasons Henderson Park Inn holds the top spot in the heart for vacationing lovers. The Beach Walk at Henderson is the only fine dining restaurant directly on the beach, spoiling its guests with elegance and peerless sunset dinners. Even as a bed and breakfast, Beach Walk outperforms the many dinner options available in the area as a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner and Traveler’s Choice Winner. Beach Walk offers guests the option to enjoy a wonderful meal on the beach itself with their ‘Toes in the Sand’ Veranda dining or gazing out at an awe-inspiring sunset with a glass of wine from the Sky View Deck.