Dolphins In Destin!

Nov03

Everyone loves the sight of dolphins frolicking in the surf. From their perpetual smiles, to their friendly dispositions, to their wacky antics… what’s not to love?

Countless dolphin pods call the warm, crystal clear waters of Destin Florida home and there’s no better destination to being the future marine biologist in your family, than Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa, the premier resort on the Emerald Coast, where you are just steps away from our pristine beaches and unforgettable coastal adventures.

One of the most popular ways to spot these famous cetaceans is by visiting our amazing Gulfarium, where your family can get up close and personal with our native sea creatures. Watch a dolphin show and marvel at their unbelievable high flying acrobatics and astounding wit. Or enjoy the humorous performance of the resident sea lion as he works through his act with one of his skilled trainers. There’s also a petting zoo of sorts, where your family can touch sting rays and sea stars.

Another fun way to see dolphins and other marine animals in their natural habitats is by spending the afternoon on board a dolphin excursion. Besides dolphins, your family will see manatees, sea turtles and maybe even a shark. Glass bottom boats, also, provide the perfect opportunity to see some of the sea life that is a little harder to see from the surface, without having to get wet!

After you return from your exciting forays into our spectacular water wonderland, you’ll be pleased as punch to be heading back to the Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa to relax. Sit on your private balcony as you watch the sun go down listening to the sounds of the surf mingling with the live music drifting up from our seaside Sandbar, serving yummy handmade cocktails and light bites.

Our suites are appointed with fine furnishings, spacious living areas, cozy bedrooms and oversized bathrooms as well as fully equipped kitchens for cooking up an intimate meal of freshly caught seafood, private patios overlooking breathtaking views of the Gulf, access washer/dryers, high speed internet, and large, flat screen televisions with movies on demand and more!

Spend the time between the beaches and other activities, lounging around our unbelievable tropical lagoon inspired pools, with dancing waterfalls, surrounded by lush tropical foliage and fragrant flowers of jasmine or magnolia. Or spend a day being pampered at our cutting edge Spa where you can arrange for a private massage right on the sand.

There’s so much to see and do that you may not know where to start, but you will know that you started off your visit right when you choose to stay along the shore at the Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa. Call today to learn more or to book your stay. 877.44.RESORT

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Nov02

2012-06-20 Summer Solstice Best tag smallerIf you’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is warm gulf breezes, dazzling sugar fine sand and the gentle caress of perfectly clear, azure waters; then a stay at Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa is just what you need in your life!

At Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa, one of the top resorts on the Emerald Coast, we offer luxury and beachside accommodations complete with the unmatched service and amenities you crave when you need to take a beach break!

Centrally located in the heart of Destin, Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa is the epitome of comfort and convenience.

Our suites are designed to therapeutically rehabilitate your idea of luxury and titillate your senses. Fine furnishings, plush beds dressed in fresh linens, and large, modern bathrooms combined with a marvelous view of our beaches from your own private balcony, will soothe both mind and body.

Our legendary beaches are the jewel of the Gulf and you will lose track of time as you soak in the sun or splash around in our blue surf. The sand is special for many reasons and besides being cool to the touch, also is perfect for a professional lesson on building enormous sandcastles (yes really!). Our beach services are unmatched and can provide you will not only all the necessities for a great beach day but also hook you up with jet skis, parasailing, and much more.

SignTake the time and lounge around our tropical lagoon inspired pools in one of our private cabanas or enjoy a handcrafted cocktail from our Sandbar while pampering yourself with a beachside massage. Our spa is state of the art and will recharge your mind, body and soul.

Other nearby activities our concierge service recommends and can arrange include anything from shopping at our Silver Sands Outlets stores, exploring the natural beauty of Henderson State Park, a round of golf at some of the most visually stunning links in the nation or at a course more suited to the ‘mini’ variety, deep sea fishing charters, jet skiing, parasailing, dolphin excursions, Big Kahunas Extreme Water park and much, much more!

Come fill your prescription for fun in the sun this warm fall with a stay at Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa. We guarantee to leave you feeling revitalized and rejuvenated! Call today to learn more or to book your stay!

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Nov01

Just because you are staying in Destin, doesn’t mean you have to stay in Destin!

While our city offers something for just about everyone, some of our most important assets are our neighboring communities.

Road Trip!

Well, day trip at least.

From Niceville to 30A, Ft. Walton Beach to Santa Rosa Beach, there are many nearby towns and communities which make for a wonderful day trip during your stay at Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa!

Here are a few suggestions for quaint towns, cities and hamlets you may want to check out during your stay for some old school charm, nature escapes, or special events:

Our Biggest Neighbors:

Inland Towns to Check Out for Special Events, History and Shopping:

Communities Full of Natural Wonders, Trails, and Outdoor Adventures:

For Architects, New Urbanist City Planners or Just Fans of The Truman Show:

State Parks and Other Natural Preserves to Explore:

Looking for more off-the-beaten path roadtrip ideas for your stay on the Emerald Coast?

Our concierge staff are always ready with ideas and tips for exploring all that our little corner of the Gulf of Mexico and Northwest Florida have to offer.

Let us arrange for maps, transportation, reservations and anything else that you may need to spend the day checking out all that the communities of Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Bay or Walton County add to the Destin vacation experience!

Call us today 877.44.RESORT to schedule your stay here at the Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa!

Oct09

Today is a Day For Remembrance and Honor

Today is a day we honor the many soldiers who have fallen during the line of duty. We honor those who have willingly given the ultimate sacrifice, their life, for their country and their families.

A time of war or deployment is not easy. The families and loved ones HAVE to say goodbye as if it were the last time they will ever see their soldier. Let’s face it, it’s the truth, they may not return. As many have not in the past who we remember today.

Who wants to die for their country? Believe it or not, many people out there believe in freedom, justice and protection. These brave men and women put themselves on the line everyday. As for myself, I cannot fathom the thought of leaving behind my family, home, etc. The everyday sacrifice these men and women put out is something I could NEVER do and I GREATLY appreciate you all for everything you do and have done; including losing your life.

I have to say this, I hate war. I hate that our country fights in wars. But I think this part of life is inevitable and someone has to do it. Kudos to you, your family, and AMERICA!

The military life is not easy. Take it from me, first hand, I have A LOT of family in the military and have dealt with many hardships myself. Relocating, field training exercises, long periods of separation, constant budget cuts, the list goes on and on.

But What’s Important?

What’s important is to live everyday with your soldier as if it were your last because you just never know. It is important to honor and respect those who have fallen and those who continue to serve today.

It is important to remember that when you are sad because you are out of Wheaties or milk in the morning, remember those in Afghanistan, Iraq, Korea or Vietnam who went without eating or was stuck with the delicious MRE.

It is important to remember when you are cozy and warm in your bed at night, that a soldier is freezing and hardly sleeping a wink trying to stay alert for the constant threat of danger.

It is important to honor the families who have endured the hardship of the military life, deployments, war and relocation. It is important to remember they serve just as much, OR MORE, than the soldiers because often, this life if a life they choose to live because of love for their soldier, not love for the military. Soldiers have a certain mentality that is hard to for their loved ones to grasp sometimes.

It is also important to remember to take vacation every once in awhile. Visit the Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa for a getaway filled with R&R. You deserve it. Call 877-44-RESORT.

Oct09

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO AT SILVER SHELLS?

Like to fish? Take part in AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar FREE weigh-in everyday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Share in the fun and excitement as anglers show off their winning catch of the day. Maybe you can be the winner!

While the boys are fishing, the women can enjoy dining at AJ’s, walking along the harbor, and maybe do a little shopping.

If your kiddos are old enough, drop them off at The Destin Commons for a movie and some shopping of their own interests. The Track is also a great place for the entire family to spend time together.

DON’T FORGET THE BEACH!

Of course, when all is said and done, you should really just be spending time in your back yard (the beach) this vacation!

Pristine white sands sparkling in the sunshine and crashing, crystal clears waves in the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico. Don’t forget we have chairs and umbrellas for you. There is even adventurous rental equipment available for you!

Take a look at our different amenitiess and reserve your vacation today! Feel free to call us anytime, we would love to hear from a current or future valued guest. Hope to see you soon!

Call 877-44-RESORT TODAY!

Oct09

Silver Shells Resort and Spa are Excited This Summer

We are proud to announce a very special residency for this summer season!

Starting May 5th and running through to September 5th, the resort will be hosting a team of world renowned sand sculptors who will be offering private family or group lessons in the art of creating castles(and other objects)using sand as the medium.

Families of all ages will enjoy learning the techniques, from tool work to proper sand preparation, while each group member constructs their very own 3 1/2 foot tall masterpiece that will surely draw oohs and awws from other beach goers.

Each lesson lasts about two hours, and though the coaches will travel to any breach you like, Silver Shells Resort and spa has a lovely stretch of breech with plenty of snow white, sugar fine sand… The perfect type for sculpting!

We provide all the tools you need to build a memorable sand castle during and after the lesson…

complete tool kits in keepsake 5 gallon bucket are available if you wish to continue honing your skills while on vacation or beck at home. The resort can supply your family with the other beach essentials like sunscreen, hats, towels and even a packed picnic. Just inform our concierge service of your plans and we will handle all the details so you can focus on family time.

Because lessons of this quality are not widely available, they have become extremely popular in our area, taking #2 on Trip Advisor’s list of this to do in Destin. It is with this in mind that we recommend making a reservation at least 3-4 weeks in advance as we rarely have cancellations.

So come stay at Silver Shells Resort and spa this summer and while you’re enjoying at that we have to offer, why not experience the ‘Sand Castle Effect’ and renew your family’s bonds through creativity and cooperation as well. Call today to learn more about our fun, educational and entertaining sand castle curriculum! Call 1-877-44-RESORT to reserve or 303-681-2631 for the Resort directly.

Oct09

4th of July at silver Shells is fun!

4th of July at Silver Shells!

If you’ve got a fever, and the only cure is warm gulf breezes, dazzling sugar fine sand and the gentle caress of perfectly clear, azure waters… then a stay at Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa is just what the doctor ordered!

At Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa, the premier resort on the Emerald coast, we offer luxury, beachside accommodations complete with the unmatched service and amenities you crave when you need to make a break for the beach!

Centrally located in the heart of Destin, Silver Shells Beach Resort and spa is the perfect mix of comfort and convenience.

Our suites are designed to therapeutically rehabilitate your idea of luxury and titillate your senses. Fine furnishings, sumptuous beds dressed in fresh linens, and oversized, modern bathrooms combined with a marvelous view of our beaches from your own private balcony, will sooth both mind and body.

Our famous sugar sand beaches are the jewel of the Gulf

You will lose track of time as you soak in the sun or splash around in our blue surf. The sand is special for many reasons and besides being cool to the touch, also is perfect for a professional lesson on building enormous sandcastles(yes really!). Our beach services are unmatched and can provide you will not only all the necessities for a great beach day but also hook you up with jet skis, parasailing, and much more.

Spend some quality time lounging around our tropical lagoon inspired pools in one of our private cabanas or enjoy a handcrafted cocktail from our Sandbar while pampering yourself with a beachside massage. Our Spa is state of the art and will recharge your mind as well as your body.

Other nearby activities our concierge service recommends and can arrange include anything from shopping at our Silver Sands Outlets stores, exploring the natural beauty of Henderson State Park, a round of golf at some of the most visually stunning links in the nation or at a course more suited to the ‘mini’ variety, deep sea fishing charters, jet skiing, parasailing, dolphin excursions, Big Kahunas Extreme Water park and much, much more!

So come fill your prescription for fun in the sun this summer with a stay at Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa. We guarantee to leave you feeling revitalized and rejuvenated! Call today to learn more or to book your stay! 1-877-44-RESORT.

4th of July Firework Events Here!

Oct09

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Apart from the spectacular natural beauty of the brilliant white sand beaches of the Emerald Coast, voted in the Top Five Beach Destination Locales in the World, there are literally hundreds of reasons to bring the family for a visit to our beautiful silver shores, not the least of which is the plethora of outdoor fall festivities and off season rates!

Visiting families during the month of October will be pleased to be able to enjoy the 2014 Panama City Beach Seafood & Music Festival. Celebrating our incredibly fresh, locally caught seafood, the Festival will feature a fishing tournament and include the latest n’ greatest in tack, gear, techniques and instruction from some of the top professionals in the sport.

Guests will also be treated to a wide array of culinary arts from local gourmet eateries, lots of live music, entertainment for the whole family including demonstrations, concerts, shows and fireworks, arts and culture from around the Emerald Coast, handmade crafts to purchase and so much more.

This year’s line up is as follows!

Friday, October 17th

4:00 p.m. – Festival Opens

4:30 p.m. – Dylan Altman Blues Band

6:00 p.m. – Foghat

7:45 p.m. – The Outlaws

9:30 p.m. – Blues Traveler

11:00 p.m. – Festival Closes

Saturday, October 18th

8:30 a.m. – 5K Run

12:00 p.m. – Festival Opens

2:00 p.m. – Heritage

3:15 p.m. – Little Honey

4:30 p.m. – Andy Velo

5:45 p.m. – Dave Pahanish Band

7:00 p.m. – Adam Craig Band

8:00 p.m. – Josh Thompson

9:30 p.m. – The Band Perry

11:00 p.m. – Festival Closes

Join us at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater for all of these exciting events, only a bit of a pleasant drive from the resort! For more great ideas when visiting our coastal wonderland, make your next reservation at Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa.

Our suites are appointed with fine furnishings, spacious living areas, cozy bedrooms and oversized bathrooms as well as fully equipped kitchens for cooking up an intimate meal of freshly caught seafood, private patios overlooking breathtaking views of the Gulf, access washer/dryers, high speed internet, and large, flat screen televisions with movies on demand and more!

Spend the time between the beaches and other activities, lounging around our unbelievable tropical lagoon inspired pools, with dancing waterfalls, surrounded by lush tropical foliage and fragrant flowers of jasmine or magnolia. Or spend a day being pampered at the incredibly posh Spa which is located in the resort and offers a wide array of lux services, where you can arrange for a private massage right on the sand.

There’s so much to see and do during fall on the Emerald Coast, that you may not know where to start, but you will know that you started off your visit right when you choose to stay along the shore at the incomparable Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa.

Call today to learn more or to book your stay. 877.44.RESORT


Oct09

Flying Kites in Destin

Mary Poppins and Mr. Banks knew that sometimes the secret to happiness can be as simple as flying a kite with your family.

In the history of man’s quest to fly with the eagles, or in our case the seagulls, the first balloon (1783) and the first powered aircraft (1903) are quite recent developments when compared with the kite.

It’s believed that the first kites were flown in China more than 2,000 years ago. Legend suggests this peaceful pastime was born when a Chinese farmer tied a string to his hat to keep it from blowing away.

Perhaps the earliest written account came in 200 B.C. when the General Han Hsin of the Chinese Han Dynasty used a kite to help his troops plan a surprise attack.

In 1899, the Wright Brothers used kites to test their theories of aviation in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Here in Destin, we take a more light-hearted approach!

On October 18th and 19th, follow the magical Miss Poppins’ lead and spend some quality time kite-flying at the nearby HarborWalk Village.

A 100-foot octopus, 80-foot panda, 50-foot gator, and 25-foot parrot will fly high over the harbor at Destin’s picturesque Noriega Point as Kitty Hawk Kites hosts its 6th Annual Flying High on the Harbor Kite Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 pm, each day.

Featured at this year’s free two-day festival will be professional stunt kite flying, lessons, remote control demos, contests and games for kids of all ages. The public is invited to learn from several professional kite fliers both days, courtesy of Kitty Hawk Kites and the Emerald Coast Kitefliers Club.

Attendees can take a free shuttle boat service from the HarborWalk Village docks behind Pirates Alley to Noriega Point. Shuttles will run every 30 minutes from 9 am to 5 pm, both days.

Kitty Hawk Kites is also hosting family-friendly activities at its HarborWalk Village store during the event. Included will be kite making workshops, stand up paddleboard and skateboard demos, and more.

They are also offering 20% off kites between October 13 and 19th to make sure the skies are filled!

The staff at Silver Sands Beach Resort and Spa will be happy to help you plan some quality time for a big family kite-flying fun day with transportation and directions to the festival.

Call us at 1-877-447-3767 to plan your high flying adventure today!

Oct09

Northwest Florida Ballet Presents: Snow White

“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall! Who’s the fairest of them all?”

Every child knows the answer to that question:
It’s Snow White!

The Fairest of them All comes to the Emerald Coast this October in a premiere performance for the Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB).

Enjoy the classic characters loved by millions come to life on the stage like you may never have seen before!

The Northwest Florida Ballet will present the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in nearby Niceville on October 18th at 7 pm and October 19th at 2:30 pm.

The production debuted to great acclaim in 2013 when staged by the Mobile Ballet. It is sure to wow audiences once again with its breathtaking costumes and stunning scenery.

Providing a visual and musical adaptation of the storybook characters, the production of Snow White features choreography by Winthrop Corey of the Mobile Ballet and artistic direction by Todd Eric Allen of the Northwest Florida Ballet.

A selection of works by composers including Malcom Arnold, Giovanni Bolzoni, Ernst von Dohnányi, Zdeněk Fibich, Akselin Ja Elinan Haavalssi, Heino Kaski, Jules Massenet, Ottorino Respighi, Bedřich Smetana and Sir Arthur Sullivan, accompanies this beloved tale.

Founded in 1969 by Dance Pioneer Bernadette Clements Sims, Northwest Florida Ballet was originally known as the Fort Walton Beach Ballet. The name was changed to Northwest Florida Ballet in 1987 to better reflect the geographic service area. NFB provides world-class ballet performances and training to our regional community, also reaching thousands of school children each year through public programs and performances exclusively for students.

At Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa, our staff can help you order tickets, find boutiques with the perfect ballet attire, make dining reservations, and arrange for limousine or other transportation to and from the performances.

Purchase tickets and contact us at 1-877-447-3767 today to make reservations for your stay during this spectacular performance.

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