Destin's Best Inn
Yes, you can stay on the beach in Destin, Florida. It's a splurge but worth every penny.
Every Destin property would love to sit on the beach, but only one bed-and-breakfast can claim that its guests can step off the back patio into silky white sand. The Henderson Park Inn suffered damage at the hands of Hurricane Ivan, but thanks to new owners, the property has emerged better than ever―all alone on a sandy sliver of surfside heaven.
Resembling a coastal retreat in upstate Maine more than a traditional Southern inn, the Henderson Park offers two buildings with a total of 35 rooms. Both are breathtakingly beautiful with large verandas and oversize decks. The main house―an older but still stunning structure―features carpeted rooms with flat-screens TVs, fresh decor, and 750 thread count make-you-melt-like-butter sheets. The west building boasts the same amenities but with bigger rooms.
Great Gourmet Dining
Hungry? Dine at Beach Walk, the inn's new restaurant, headed by chef Tim Creehan. Tim prepares complimentary gourmet lunches for guests in the afternoon. But he saves his culinary coup de grâce for dinner: duck, venison, and locally caught grouper. Entrées begin at $26. Henderson Park Inn isn't just the only B&B on the beach. It will also be the only one in your dreams.
Henderson Park Inn: 2700 Scenic Highway 98, Destin, FL 32541; www.hendersonparkinn.com or 1-866-398-4432. Rates: $298-$1,200.