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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Laurie Hobbs
Director of Public Relations
(850) 267-8261
LaurieHobbs@sandestin.com

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort’s 28-Acre Pedestrian Village of Baytowne Wharf Offers a Wide Array of Entertainment, Dining and Shopping Experiences

Destin, Fla. – The Village of Baytowne Wharf is the center of the entertainment world of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, a 2,400-acre premier destination resort located in Northwest Florida. The pedestrian village spans 28 acres and was voted “Best Place to be Seen” by Emerald Coast magazine in 2004. The Village includes a collection of specialty merchants, featuring more than two dozen quaint boutique shops, charming eateries and lively nightclubs – allowing guests to dine in a different restaurant every night of the week. Guests are also able to enjoy new experiences daily from candy-making to lessons in tea etiquette and are able to create their personalized and complete entertainment world filled with vacation memories of a lifetime.

Among the dozens of merchants are:

SHOPS/BOUTIQUES
Aloha Surf Shop (850/622-2240)

  • Features the best name-brand beachwear, accessories and water sporting goods for all ages
  • Specializes in equipment for surfing
  • Owned by Frank and Tina Sims

Bark Avenue (850/267-9400)

  • Unique gift boutique with products to pamper pets
  • Located in the Adventure Neighborhood
  • Specializes in upscale art, jewelry and accessories, gifts, designer canopy beds and chaise lounges, pet tote bags, homemade Sophie’s Bakery brand biscuits and much more
  • Owned by Dr. John and Cindy Blackenburg

Coco & Company (850/267-2727)

  • Renowned for the highest quality of sterling silver, fashion jewelry and Brighton brand ladies accessories
  • Features upscale luggage and leather goods, as well as men’s accessories
  • Owned by Margaret Cline, who also owns M. Cline in The Market Shops at Sandestin

Coconut Kids (850/351-1800)

  • Wonderful selection of the latest infant and children’s resort wear
  • A full assortment of popular children’s toys, books, games and more
  • Infant layette and linens by Shabby Chic
  • Specialty toy lines, including North American Bear, Thomas the Tank, Madame Alexander, International Playthings, Manhattan Toy, Harper Collins, Neurosmith and Small World Toys
  • Owned and operated by Sandestin

Diosa Boutique (850/267-9097)

  • Features funky and hip fashions from designers in New York, Los Angeles and South America
  • Clothing lines include Alice & Trixie, Frankie B., Theory and Fashionista
  • Owned by Fany Rojas and Lori Ramey

Fresh Produce (850/351-1803)

  • Popular Fresh Produce brand casual resort wear for kids and adults
  • Owned and operated by Sandestin

Frill Seekers Gifts (850/267-4438)

  • Offers engraved, monogrammed and personalized gifts
  • Stationary, gifts and invitations can be personalized while guests shop
  • Offers party planning services, great for anyone with a special event approaching
  • Owned by Brian and Heidi Locicero

Island Clothiers (850/351-1804)

  • Men’s and ladies swimwear and resort wear
  • Popular resort lines such as Tommy Bahama, Spirit, True Grit, Lilly Pulitzer, Robal Robbins, Cambridge Day Goods, Anne Cole and Go Hex
  • Bright colorful separates, sundresses, jackets, capri pants, straw hats and totes
  • Owned and operated by Sandestin

Jonathan Peepers (850/267-0757)

  • Sensational eye couture, sport watches and travel accessories
  • Features designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Bvlgari, Prada, Gucci and Christian Dior
  • Owned by Dr. John and Cindy Blackenburg (who also own Bark Avenue)

Listen Honey (850/351-4664)

  • Signed original artwork and reproductions along with whimsical gift items by native-Kentucky artist Emerson Quillin in his first real venture outside of his home state.
  • Custom artwork and designs especially for The Village of Baytowne Wharf
  • Owned by Chip Gramling and Jim Ross

Mermaids (850/424-6301)

  • Specializing in larger size ladies’ resort and evening fashions
  • Unique accessories
  • Offers spacious dressing rooms, personal stylists and a cozy lounge with refreshments where you are presented with your bill enclosed in a portfolio upon check out.
  • Co-owned by Kim Brundage and Angie Nemecek

Paint’n Place (850/267-6062)

  • A vibrant paint-your-own-pottery studio fun for all ages
  • Located in the Village Gateway between Bistro Bijoux and Another Broken Egg Café
  • Features treasured keepsakes to paint from babies’ footprints and handprints to dinnerware and martini glasses to sinks and pet bowls
  • Workshops available by appointment for silver jewelry making, stained glass mosaics, hand building with clay and wheel pottery
  • Birthday parties and bridal showers available
  • Owned and operated by Larry and Denise Ives

Raspberry Rhino (850/622-1551)

  • A funky gallery offering "art for the toes," featuring the finest ladies’ shoe designers such as Stuart Weitzman and Donald Pliner
  • Located in the Tupelo Courtyard behind the Acme Oyster House
  • Also features an eclectic collection of folk art, paintings and sculptures
  • Owned by Mary Derck, who currently owns Signatures Art Gallery in Grayton Beach

Seagrapes Wine Bar & Gifts (850/267-2526)

  • Delightful wine bar with specialty wine-related gifts, a variety of unique and popular fine wines, an assortment of cheese and pates and special wine tasting events
  • Located adjacent to Bistro Bijoux (see below)

Tales by the Sea: Books, Body & Bath (850/351-1980)

  • A delightfully different book, body and bath shop to tickle your senses from head to toe
  • Offers DVD rentals for resort guests, garden décor to decorate your beach house & gifts galore
  • Magazines, local and national newspapers, sundries and greeting cards are also nestled in this charming shop

Toys & Treasures (850/267-6550)

  • A Sandestin owned and operated store featuring lasting toys that teach and inspire the imagination
  • Some brands include Thomas the Tank, Adora Dolls, Playmobile and Hello Kitty

The Trading Company at Baytowne Wharf (850/351-1806)

  • Golf and resort wear for the entire family, Sandestin logo apparel, polo shirts, T-shirts, jackets and souvenirs
  • Casual resort wear from kidswear to adults, plus other trendy fashions
  • Owned and operated by Sandestin

Trader Tom’s Shells and Gifts (850/351-1984)

  • Coastal souvenir shop featuring shells, shark’s teeth and nautical gifts
  • Features giant rainbow-colored fish suspended from ceiling
  • Owned by Tom Ehlke, who also owns The Candymaker (see below)

Village Babes (Ladies Apparel) (850/622-1404)

  • Upscale ladies resortwear, shoes and hats
  • wner Mary Derck has owned retail stores in Phipps Plaza (Atlanta), the first retail store in Seaside, The Market Shops at Sandestin, and currently Signature’s Art Gallery at Upton Grayton (Grayton Beach)
  • Mary is a former Merchandise Director of Lord & Taylor and has traveled extensively in Europe’s fashion hubs in search of new fashion trends, including Paris, Milan and London
  • She opened her own chain of specialty stores in the Southeast called Casey & Osh
  • Mary’s husband Tony is the former chief executive officer of J. Riggins men’s apparel and has 40-year retail experience with the US Shoe Corporation and Limited Corporation
  • Tony has owned several retail stores in Atlanta and the local area and was the first specialty retailer to purchase the Tommy Bahama brand apparel line

RESTAURANTS

Acme Oyster House (850/622-0200)

  • World Famous Raw Bar directly from the French Quarter in New Orleans
  • Full-service restaurant serving lunch and dinner and specializing in oysters (fried and on the half shell)
  • Boisterous but casual landmark, located at the end of Fisherman’s Cove serving po-boys, crawfish, jambalaya, red beans & rice, fresh oysters and plenty of ice cold beer
  • Fun, rowdy environment where every night feels like Mardi Gras
  • Upstairs area available for private group functions
  • Balconies and porches reminiscent of Bourbon Street architecture

Another Broken Egg Café (850/622-2050)

  • Conveniently located in the Gateway Building, next to Bistro Bijoux
  • Voted “Best Breakfast” on the Emerald Coast every year since 2001
  • Over 128 gourment, breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes served from early morning to 2 p.m.
  • Vibrant, colorful atmosphere boasting their signature rooster, along with a unique 16-foot art mural
  • Owned by Ron and Sharon Green

Bistro Bijoux (850/622-0760)

  • Sophisticated, chic bar complete with fireplace that carries over to Seagrapes Wine Bar & Gifts
  • Special wine tastings and dinners featuring the industry’s most respected winemakers
  • Dine in a quaint bistro serving authentic contemporary New Orleans cuisine
  • Outside terrace seating overlooking Village’s Events Plaza and Grand Lagoon, as well as winemaker’s cellar and private dining room
  • Special events include monthly winemaker dinners
  • Owners – Mike and Gayle Pair, currently operating City Club (Mandeville, La.), which was nominated one of the “best” bistros on New Orleans’ North Shore (Tambalaya Awards)
  • Former owners of three outstanding bistro-style restaurants (New Orleans) and upscale restaurant/B&B (Fairhope, Ala.) since 1990, including City Club
  • Voted “Best Restaurant of the Year,” Northwest Florida Daily News, 2004

The Candymaker (Southern Candy Kitchen) (850/351-1986)

  • Melt-in-your-mouth candies made right before guests eyes
  • Located on Fisherman’s Cove
  • Specialties include Southern pralines, salt-water taffy, hand-dipped chocolates, candy and caramel apples, fudge, pecan logs and brittles
  • Local candy maker Tom Ehlke has been in the candy business since 1987 and has owned and operated candy kitchens in Opryland, Panama City Beach, Destin and Grayton Beach

Graffiti’s & The Funky Blues Shack (850/484-6650)

  • Serving up food, music and art that feeds the soul
  • Dinner menu features seafood, chicken, pork, veal, beef and pasta fare served nightly along with a limited late-night menu
  • Artsy, eclectic atmosphere showcasing dozens of folk and found art objects for sale
  • Live Blues Club featuring local and regional musicians
  • Special children’s menu
  • Owned by Chuck and Carmen Stiles

Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ (850/351-1991)

  • Authentic, award-winning Southern barbecue favorites and char-grilled burgers
  • Located in the nightlife area, and has extended hours in peak seasons for those wanting a late bite after a night of bar-hopping
  • Casual family-style atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor seating
  • Recognized as the “Best Barbeque Restaurant” in Birmingham the last three years
  • Catering available for groups up to 1,000 people
  • Owned by Wayne Lewis and Dave Hudson, who also owns Jim ‘N Nick’s in Niceville, Fla.

Mangos Paradise Grill (850/351-4526)

  • Fresh char-grilled burgers and sandwiches, sizzling fajitas, fish tacos along with chicken tenders, seafood baskets, fried pickles, corn dogs and more
  • A complete “mini mangos” menu
  • Conveniently located across from the children’s large playground and offers plenty of indoor and outdoor deck seating below dry-misting fans overlooking the Village lagoon
  • Located next to the Baytowne Wharf Adventure Landing playground
  • Owned by Keith and Shelley Carmichael

Marlin Grill (850/351-1990)

  • The largest of the Village restaurants with over 6,700 square feet, and located in the heart of the Village in the Gateway Building facing the Village Events Plaza
  • Full-service restaurant serving dinner and specializing in Hickory wood grilled steaks, seafood, chicken and pasta dishes
  • Menu, motif and ambiance center around a big game and fishing theme
  • Casual sophistication, with an upscale, yet non-stuffy dining area, plus popular “Happy Hour” bar
  • Owned by Wayne Lewis and Tom Rice

New Orleans Creole Cookery (850/351-1885)

  • Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Late night, early morning breakfast till 3am (seasonal)
  • Serves New Orleans-style foods with a Creole twist, including stuffed bell peppers, crawfish Monica, oven roasted duck, Creole BBQ shrimp and Creole Bread Pudding
  • Owner/operator – fourth generation restaurateur A.J. Tusa, president of Tumulo Cajun Food Service, Inc

Osaka Sushi Rocks (850/351-1006)

  • Features an authentic full-service sushi bar serving lunch and dinner
  • Serves variety of Japanese beers, sakes and cocktails
  • Offers outdoor seating over the scenic Village Lagoon
  • Owned by Michael and Annie Chou

Poppy’s Seafood Factory (850/351-1996)

  • Full-service restaurant serving lunch and dinner specializing in blackened lobster and steamed, grilled and fried seafoods featuring the Gulf Coast’s freshest fish and best seafood steam buckets
  • Located in the Nightlife area, closest to the water shuttle drop-off and pick-up dock
  • Fine coastal cuisine with flavors that reach from the Caribbean to the Louisiana Coast
  • Casual Caribbean-style atmosphere with bright colors and whimsical motif that caters to all types of guests from business groups to families
  • Busy bar area serving frozen drink specialties, cocktails and an assortment of beers and wines
  • Large upstairs area for additional seating or large group functions
  • Owner/operator – fourth generation restaurateur A.J. Tusa, president of Tumulo Cajun Food Service, Inc

Roberto’s Pizzeria

  • Casual, old-world atmosphere with limited indoor seating and outside garden deck
  • Authentic, homemade pizza, calzones, stromboli, grinders, minestrone, serving an assortment of beer, wine and sodas
  • Located at the end of Fisherman’s Cove, adjacent to the nightlife area and perfect late night snacks.
  • Full service, take-out or delivery on property
  • Owner/operator – fourth generation restaurateur A.J. Tusa, president of Tumulo Cajun Food Service, Inc

Rum Runners (850/351-1817)

  • Caribbean-themed menu and motif, featuring some of the best frozen Rum Runners
  • Live show nightly featuring sing-a-long audience participation and entertainment
  • Moderately priced lunch and dinner served daily including pub-style favorites such as sandwiches, chicken fingers, nachos, salads and more
  • Cozy sports bar upstairs and a great happy hour spot with outdoor patio and upstairs deck seating overlooking the Events Plaza
  • Owned and operated by Michael Scozzafave, Frank and Darlene Scozzafave and Mark Corstange

Starbucks Coffee (850/351-1812)

  • An assortment of hot and iced coffees, frozen frappes, lattes, espressos, cappuccinos, etc.
  • Freshly-baked pastries, biscotti, bagels, cookies, cakes and more
  • World-famous Starbucks coffees sold by the pound, whole bean or ground
  • Owned and operated by Sandestin

Sweeties(850/351-4742)

  • A one-stop dessert destination with 50 different flavors of Milanese gelato and sorbet, as well as frozen yogurt, fresh-baked cookies, cakes and other tempting desserts and beverages
  • Owned and operated by the Shahid family

The Village Deli Café (850/351-1989)

  • Offers room delivery service for accommodations in the Village
  • Guests can order from the Deli’s selection of freshly pressed panini sandwiches, soups, salads and homemade bakery treats

Trader Tom’s Dogs, Gyros & Suds (850/351-1984)

  • Walk-up snack bar featuring all-American favorites
  • Specialties include hot dogs, gyros, candy and caramel apples, kettle corn and rootbeer
  • Owned by Tom Elhke who also owns The Candymaker

NIGHTLIFE

Fat Tuesday (850/351-1809)

  • A taste of New Orleans featuring a dozen different flavors of Daiquiris served by the cup, sports bottle, car mug or giant mug
  • Tasty snack foods such as wings, fried Portobello mushrooms, cheese fries mozzarellas sticks, nachos and more
  • Owned and operated by Sandestin

The Funky Blues Shack (850/484-6650)

  • Serving up food, music and art that feeds the soul
  • Limited late-night menu
  • Funky, edgy, artsy atmosphere showcasing dozens of folk and found art objects for sale
  • Live Blues Club featuring local and regional musicians
  • Owned by Chuck and Carmen Stiles

Hammerhead’s Bar & Grille (850/351-1997)

  • Located at the furthest point in the Village at the end of the Nightlife area
  • Top Village location for sunset viewing
  • Animated and full of local color and flavor
  • Open grill visible to guests with a full selection of grilled sandwiches and steamed and boiled seafood
  • Upbeat, busy bar atmosphere featuring live music
  • Casual outdoor deck seating directly overlooking the bay
  • Owner/operator – fourth generation restaurateur A.J. Tusa, president of Tumulo Cajun Food Service, Inc

John Wehner’s Village Door Nightclub (850/267-0140)

  • Located near the end of Fisherman’s Cove, and open late, especially during peak seasons
  • The place to listen and dance to classic rock, blues, disco and pop for baby-boomers to the young at heart
  • The Dream Band rocks the Village Door
  • Great place to gather whether in a large group or with just a few friends
  • Great upstairs deck for enjoying happy hour specials and fabulous sunsets
  • Owner/operator – Musician John Wehner, who often sits in on sets playing the drums

Rum Runners (850/351-1817)

  • Caribbean-themed menu and motif, featuring some of the best frozen Rum Runners
  • Live show nightly featuring sing-a-long audience participation and entertainment
  • Owned and operated by Michael Scozzafave, Frank and Darlene Scozzafave and Mark Corstange

SERVICES

Wachovia Bank (850/622-1194)

  • Conveniently located in the Gateway Building, near Another Broken Egg Café
  • Full-service bank open weekdays plus convenient 24-hour ATM

To secure reservations at Sandestin, call 800/622-1084 or visit   http://www.sandestin.com/pr.aspx

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Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a 2,400-acre destination resort located on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, between Pensacola and Panama City. A member of Beaches of South Walton – a 26-mile stretch of world-famous sugar-white sands and diverse landscape in which 40 percent of the area is protected under state parks – Sandestin invites guests to enter its world of 30 charming village neighborhoods featuring 1,700 condominiums, villas, town homes and a wide variety of hotel accommodations. The resort boasts more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bayfront, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 98-slip marina, certified children’s programs, a fitness center and spa, 65,000 square feet of meeting space and a pedestrian village featuring a host of boutique shops, casual and fine dining restaurants and nightlife venues. Sandestin is part of Intrawest Hospitality Management, a world leader in operating and managing destination resorts. For more information, visit www.sandestin.com.

Intrawest ULC is a world leader in destination resorts and adventure travel. The company has interests in 10 resorts at North America's most popular mountain destinations, including Whistler Blackcomb, a host venue for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Intrawest network also includes Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Florida and Club Intrawest—a private resort club with nine locations throughout North America. Intrawest develops real estate at its resorts and at other locations across North America and in Europe. Intrawest is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.intrawest.com.