A Vacation with the Best of Both Worlds: Family Fun and Wellness
By: Elizabeth Diebold
It had been several years since our last family vacation, and, after our youngest son’s first birthday, it was definitely time for that getaway. We chose Newman- Dailey Resort Properties in Miramar Beach, and it was the best decision for our family trip. Before leaving home, Newman- Dailey provided us with a helpful packing checklist and an awesome phone app that put their office, maintenance support, weather, beach camera, places to eat, activities, rentals, and more right at our fingertips!
Our Beautiful Vacation Home
Upon arrival in Miramar Beach, the Newman-Dailey staff gave us a warm welcome for our stay at the “Twin Palms at Avalon” vacation home. Instead of keys, we received a convenient door code for the house. Our spacious vacation home was gorgeous and just a few short blocks from the beach. As we relaxed that first night, I was so excited for the week ahead and our plans for family fun, beach time, a date night… and yoga, fitness, and a massage for Mom!
Yoga and Massage at The Henderson Resort and Salamander Spa
Stretch yoga (also offered on the lawn), followed by an outdoor lunch at Primrose and aromatherapy massage at
the Salamander Spa, was just what I needed to unwind and rejuvenate. Opened in November 2016, The Henderson Resort is adjacent to a 208-acre environmentally protected state park providing a relaxing setting. With views of the Gulf of Mexico in the distance, the Salamander Spa features 11 exquisite private treatment rooms and a wet area with an experiential shower and whirlpool, tub as well as a luxurious couple’s suite and a full-service salon.
Adventure on the Sea Blaster Sunset Dolphin Cruise
Our second evening in Destin, we enjoyed the Sea Blaster Sunset Dolphin Cruise, a 73’ passenger boat with restrooms; one adult admission per day is included with each Newman- Dailey stay. The coastal cruise was wonderful as we watched a beautiful sunset and saw so many dolphins, it was like they were waiting for us and wanting to play.
SUP Yoga at RUN/SUP Boathouse Paddle Club
Located in Santa Rosa Beach, RUN/SUP & Boathouse Paddle Club was my favorite stop during the week! I had never tried Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP), much less SUP Yoga, and my teacher Janet made it so easy to learn. Big thanks to owner Tom, programming director Dru, and Janet for the most amazing morning! So serene and calm, it was a truly wonderful experience.
After SUP Yoga, I brunched at Bud & Alleys on the waterfront, South Walton’s oldest restaurant, before joining my family on the beach. I just had to trytheir famous crab cakes – I loved them and the sweet potato pancakes, too! Over the years the rustic restaurant overlooking the Gulf of Mexico has become a tradition for locals and visitors alike, who gather on Bud & Alleys’ Rooftop Bar at sunset to celebrate the end of another perfect day in paradise by sounding the vintage bell.
More Family Fun & Yoga for Mom
We had a wonderful dinner with live music at family friendly Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer for our third night. Locally caught fish, such as the delicious red grouper, are labeled with QR codes to show diners when and where their food was caught, of course I had to find out.
The morning of our fourth day, I enjoyed a free yoga/pilates style class on the lawn at The Market Shops in Miramar Beach. It was a beautiful day to be outdoors. That evening we had phenomenal service, great food, and more family fun at Fudpucker’s at Gator Beach. One of the most popular places in the area for families with children, they have large playgrounds, special areas where kids can write their names on the walls, and the kids got to feed the gators!
On the morning we checked out I did some yoga on the lawn in our vacation home’s private backyard, where we spent
a lot of family time. The Newman-Dailey staff were super attentive, making sure we had a good time, and provided such an enjoyable, well-rounded experience that we were already planning our next trip during the drive home. I visited Newman-Dailey online at DestinVacation.com to view all the vacation rentals we may want to try on our next trip. We made so many amazing memories on the family friendly, white sandy beaches that we can’t wait to go back again!
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