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South Walton Florida Beach Getaway

Disclosure: This Florida vacation giveaway is provided by the Walton County Tourist Development Council and the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. No compensation was received.

I grew up in Florida, and now that we live all the way across the country in Seattle, we visit quite often. The state has some truly beautiful beaches, golf courses, water sports and other fun attractions that make it a wonderful destination for families.

When most people think of vacationing in Florida, I’m willing to bet places like Disney or Miami Beach come to mind. But as a native, I can honestly say you’d be missing out if that’s all you did with the family.  Florida is a large state and it has so much more to offer travelers.

One beautiful area is South Walton.

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From Walton County TDC:

Located along a 26-mile stretch of the Northwest Florida coast, South Walton encompasses an unparalleled strand of 16 distinct beach neighborhoods, each with its own traditions, charm and visual style — including Sandestin, Seascape, Miramar Beach, Dune Allen, Gulf Place, Santa Rosa Beach, Blue Mountain, Grayton Beach, WaterColor, Seaside, Seagrove, WaterSound, Seacrest, Alys Beach, Rosemary Beach and Inlet Beach.

South Walton is renowned for natural scenic beauty, turquoise waters and sugar sand beaches, including one of Travel + Leisure’s “Best Beaches on Earth” for families in 2013. An upscale yet casual place to unwind, South Walton is the place to rejuvenate and build lasting memories.

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Those white sugar sand beaches are absolutely amazing. Trust me. After leaving Florida and moving to the rocky grey beaches of the Pacific Northwest, I really miss them and would love to take a little trip.

How about you?

I’m thrilled to be giving away a trip to South Walton Florida courtesy of Visit South Walton and the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. The travel package with a retail value of up to $1,400 includes:

3-day, 2-night stay at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
(Resort stay value up to $850)
PLUS reimbursed mileage up to $550
OR one standard domestic airfare up to $550

Please note:  All taxes and fees on prizes won are the sole responsibility of the winner.
Expires 1 year from selection. Blackout dates apply.

The Hilton Sandestin is definitely a get-away-from-it-all resort. They actually just had some big renovations done this Spring so the property is even more updated and beautiful. Check it out.

HSB View from Gulf 2011 no canoers

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

Stitched Panorama

Overlooking the Outdoor Pool and Beach Areas

HSB Indoor Pool

Lovely Indoor Pool. Perfect to escape the heat!

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Beautiful Beachy Rooms. Love the bright colors.

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Kids Center. Oh yeah.

HSB Sushi Bar

On Site Sushi Bar. Yum.

HSB Spa Lounge

 Spa Lounge. Looks relaxing!


OK, I want to be there NOW. John, let’s grab the kids. Wait, let’s leave the kids at home! Who wants to babysit?

Enter to win the South Walton Florida Beach Getaway in the Rafflecopter form below from Monday, August 4th through Friday August 22nd.

Good Luck, and happy traveling!

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About Cristi Comes

Warrior Mom. Wife. Writer. Advocate for mental health, suicide prevention, self care, self image and style. Technology and social media lover. Board of Directors, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Washington State Chapter. Editorial Team Postpartum Progress.


  1. Pamela Brown

    If I won this amazing getaway, I’d bring my hubby and go relax… might even be the honeymoon we never got to take (nearly five years ago!) :)

  2. Jonathan Sumner says:

    My best friend Jamaal, because I owe him a trip!

  3. Holly says:

    I would bring my hubby…we need a vacation after a year+ of building a home & moving!

  4. Maggie T says:

    Great giveaway! I could so use a getaway…

    • Me too! After our debacle with the Philippines trip, a nice resort vacation would not go amiss. Good luck Maggie

  5. I’d have to bring the fam, cuz I had the nerve to give birth to them.
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  6. I’d bring my wife because…duh! She’s my wife. Who else would I want to spend some child-free vacation time with?!
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  7. I would bring Walt of course (my handsome husband) and then any of our grown kids who wanted to come.
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  8. Stacie Scattergood says:

    That looks gorgeous–I’d bring my Darling Husband, and it would be the first vacation we’d had in three years.

  9. Ooh, I remember how exciting it was last year when you won the blogger in residence prize! Jamie and I would LOVE a getaway like this!
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  10. Allyson says:

    I am a new visitor to this blog, and have enjoyed reading your posts this past weekend, totally inspirational and gives me hope! This resort is beautiful and definitely wouldn’t complain if I was chosen! Would be a great place for a babymoon!

    • That is so nice to hear Allyson. Thank you for reading! Congrats on your baby, it certainly would be perfect for a Babymoon!

  11. Julie says:

    It would be awesome to win! Totally need a getaway! :)

  12. I could really use a trip like this about now!
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  13. That is just amazing! What a gorgeous place for a vacation!
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  14. Jennifer McNichols says:

    Those beaches look gorgeous! Looks like a good road trip to me!

  15. Val Payne says:

    I’m from Niceville, Fl but have lived in Seattle for the last 20 years. I’d introduce The Hub to the Emerald Coast and take a trip to the ‘Ville!

  16. What a fun giveaway! I have only been to Destin as far as Florida beaches go but this looks amazing.

  17. Alexa Cohen says:

    I would bring my girlfriend with me cause we could use a getaway together!

  18. I would take my daughter Miss V, we have a lot of family in Florida, so it would be great to see them, and have a nice weekend getaway!

  19. Laura Wilson says:

    I would take my husband because we didn’t get to take a vacation this year.

  20. If I won this amazing trip, I’d take my husband on the honeymoon we never had!
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  21. Jenna Wood says:

    I’d probably bring my mother- I feel like I’m on vacation just reading this post!

  22. I would invite my parents up to watch the kids and Kyle and I would steal away for a stay cation.
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  23. If I won, I’d bring the family…that water is stunning and the kids room is so awesome!
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  24. The hubby of course!
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  25. I would love a relaxing vacation at the beach! I’d bring my favorite people.. my hubby and 4 kids. :)
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  26. Well, my primary goal would apparently be to visit Summer. At least that’s what she said. I suppose bringing someone else along would just interrupt our time shopping, right?
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  27. Carolyn says:

    We just moved to FL from MN and need to explore some beaches!

  28. My husband, of course! We’ve been married for 16 yrs and have never taken a trip alone together. It would be VERY much appreciated! :)
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  29. Kandee Jacobs says:

    I would bring my sister and her kids, they have never been to Sandestin before and I know the kids would love it out there

  30. I’d bring my family, that’s hubs and 3 kids!
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  31. I would for sure bring my husband, and probably our new baby that is due in a few months, but I would leave the 1 and 4 year old at home 😉
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  32. Laurie Sabelko says:

    This would be a fantastic way to celebrate our 28 th year wedding anniversary! 8-30-86

  33. Oh, my my – I am so overdue for vacation and this place looks amazing
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  34. Maryann says:

    I would bring my husband because as a parent of a special needs child we really could use a break.

  35. Jess T says:

    Wow! I would bring my family. We don’t get many vacations ever, and South Florida is one of my favorite places ever!

  36. I’d have my girlfriend meet me there for a nice girl’s getaway.
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  37. OMG! I first heard of South Walton when I was at Blogher Food this past May, and I gotta tell you, I’m so dying to go there! And wouldn’t it be perfect to win a trip there? It would be a dream come true :)
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  38. Oh I’d go with my husband and leave Baby with grandparents!
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  39. If I could take my whole family (5 of us) I would because we have never had a family vacation. If not, I would probably take hubby. After 9 years of marriage, we still have never had a honeymoon!
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  40. 8 years of marriage without a honeymoon or a single vacation – I need this 10000%!! :)
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  41. Taryn T. says:

    I would bring my family. Sandestin is one of our favorite places, ever! My daughter had surgery this summer, and we were unable to go to the beach! We need a break!

  42. I’d bring the hubs! After 2 kids in 2 years.. we need a vacay!!

  43. That looks heavenly! I’d love to have a little get-away with the hubby. Fingers crossed!
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  44. I would bring my husband because he really is my better half. I wouldn’t just want to win it….I want to live there.
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  45. Mary Casper says:

    My mom she has put up with me for all these years… she deserves it

  46. Mary Happymommy says:

    I would bring my husband and kids…I don’t go anywhere without them!

  47. jean potter says:

    love to go there ty

  48. My husband was unemployed for a year. I have 3 boys aged 11, 15, & 17. We haven’t been able to go on family vacations and I’m afraid they are getting too old to want to come with their parents. I want us yo have those shared family memories. I would love to take all of us to Florida!

  49. Jennifer Finn says:

    I would bring my boyfriend bc we both need a vacation

  50. Yvonne Baket says:

    My daughter and I never could really use a getaway from it all! . . And what better place to go, but the “Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort” ! Absolutely LOVE it there!!! . . .

  51. I had never heard of this area. Looks lovely. I hope to see it in person someday.
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  52. I would bring my husband!!

  53. nati lynch says:

    Wow this is so cool. Love the kids room

  54. This would be the honeymoon Sweetie and I never took. Gracias for the giveaway. BB2U
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  55. April says:

    I would definitely take my husband of 19 years. Would love relaxing at the beach with beautiful blue water!

  56. Z.Mannas says:

    I would love to win!!! :-)

  57. I would take my oldest daughter. She’s working so hard in graduate school. This would be a great vacation for the two of us.
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  58. I would bring my husband for our anniversary! We never had much of a honeymoon and have never spent more than a night or two away at the Oregon coast, so this would be a dream!!
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  59. If I won this I’d bring the family to enjoy the beautiful beaches. it’s been a couple of years since we got away on vacation.

  60. Great giveaway! Would make a great anniversary trip! Erin

  61. Um, yes, count me in for sure! I totally need a beach vacay! Gorgeous!-Ashley
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  62. Deanna says:

    I would love to visit with my best friend who is my husband.

  63. alice gober says:

    I’d bring my family

  64. I would love to take the trip with my husband. He just retired after 23 years of service on the fire department. This would be a great retirement surprise for him.
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  65. Jenny says:

    Looks heavenly! Count me in!! I’ll take the highest bidder with me 😉

  66. Liz N says:

    I’d bring my BFF for a girls weekend getaway! Hubby and I go on a lot of vacations together, so a girls one would be extra special!

  67. I would bring my husband and children… we’ve been dreaming of taking them to the beach next year!
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  68. I would bring my husband.
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  69. Linda says:

    I would take my hubby. He is a good mate

  70. Kristy Graboski says:

    My husband and 2 kiddos!

  71. I would bring my husband because our anniversary is coming up!
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  72. Caroline Clark says:

    Love the beach in the fall, and would LOVE to have this trip. Try to take a trip each October, and this would be perfect.

  73. I would either have a girls getaway or take my hubby!
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  74. Julie says:

    My husband, of course! 😀

  75. Eileen Johnson says:

    I’d bring my daughter as a graduation gift! A warm place in Florida is the perfect escape from Alaska!

  76. I would probably bring my husband, or have a girls only trip and bring my sister. Both vacations sound great right now!

  77. Samantha says:

    I would bring my husband for a romantic trip away.

  78. Laurie says:

    I would take the whole family! We all love the beach!

  79. Kathy Hanley says:

    I would bring my husband and my daughter because we love to travel and explore new areas!

  80. harolde says:

    I would bring my grandkids, because it would be a great getaway for us!

  81. Amanda says:

    Oh, those beaches look like THE perfect place for me and my husband to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary! 😉 Looks amazing!

  82. Samuel Yu says:

    I would bring my parents, who deserve a nice beach vacation!

  83. rheannon says:

    I haven’t been on a vacation in years. My husband’s works at the mine here 2 weeks on 1 week off. I stay at home with my 3 year and 12 year old. Hubby and I haven’t had a honeymoon yet. This would be a trip of a lifetime for us. Kids would have fun too. I would love to win this trip and see you summer and hang out.

  84. Kylie says:

    My family. We haven’t taken a “real” vacation since we had kids!

  85. I would bring my hubby! With two toddlers at home, one with special needs, we rarely have “us” time. This would be AMAZING.
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  86. Sarah Hirsch says:

    i would bring my husband and kids with me

  87. Kristin says:

    One can dream! I’d bring the whole family!

  88. Maddie Weinland says:

    I would bring my fiance – we are looking for a honeymoon spot and this looks perfect!

  89. I would bring my boyfriend Philip. This looks amazing and I have only been to the ocean once. Would love to see this.

  90. Elizabeth P. says:

    I would take Hubs b/c he has never been to FL since we’ve been married! That’s where my mother lives 😉

  91. Amy says:

    My fiancée because it would be a great honeymoon for us

  92. Tricia Andrews says:

    I would bring my three best friends Beckie, Dawn and Kaycee. All of us need a break from mommyhood!

  93. Kayela says:

    Can’t wait!!!

  94. Vikki P says:

    I would bring the hubs, we haven’t made it to the beach this year and it is our favorite place to travel to.

  95. This would be so much fun! I would take my 15 year old daughter. She had knee surgery two weeks ago and she could use some definite R&R. Thanks for the opportunity :)
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  96. I’d bring my husband, we are long overdue for a vacation without kids.

  97. Jenny says:

    My Inlaws live in Oensacola and I went to School there. It’s been years since we’ve been back. I would take my daughter and Husband. South Walton is beautiful

  98. raquel perez says:

    I would take my husband with me. We got married in 2010 but never had a honeymoon so this could be it! We live in Central Fl so this is the perfect staycation 😀 Thank you so very much for the wonderful chance at a honeymoon. Its very appreciated!

  99. steven weber says:

    I would take my girlfriend with me.. her daughter lives in Sarasota so that would be a nice visit.

  100. alaine says:

    I’d bring my husband to celebrate 5 years of marriage this September:)

  101. Carolyn G says:

    I would bring my hubby. This would be a great getaway

  102. Denise L says:

    I’d bring my hubby, daughter and son. We ALL need a nice relaxing beach vacation!

  103. Sharon Howard says:

    I would take my best friend because she has done so much for me after losing my husband of 32 years 18 months ago.

  104. Ashley Kolpak says:

    I would bring my boyfriend, it would be an nice relaxing trip

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  107. Jenn M says:

    I would bring my husband and 2 sons, this would be a great family vacation. Even better it’s our 16 yr anniversary this year.

  108. Christina Easter says:

    I would bring my husband, because we haven’t gotten to take a trip together, just the two of us, since our daughter was born.

  109. Michelle Weaver says:

    I would take my husband with me, we love the beach!

  110. I’d bring my husband and use is as a babymoon before #3 comes!
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  111. I think I entered correctly! I would take my high school girlfriends on a fun beach weekend reunion if I won this trip!

  112. Looks amazing! I’d bring my husband, 3 kids and my mom! She has been wanting to go on a trip with us!

  113. T.h.Ransom says:

    I would take my family for a little vacation.

  114. It would be my husband of 28 years, we have never got to have a honeymoon & this would not be one either, lol, due to we are raising two of our grandchildren who are both dialectic. They both go with us were ever we go. It is hard to travel with children but it would so be worth it, do to not having a vacation for 5 years now.

  115. Birdiebee says:

    I would bring my BFF who lives out of state but really needs a vacay as she recently lost her son.

  116. joe gersch says:

    i would bring my wife because she loves warm weather

  117. danielle Marie says:

    i would probably bring my friend alicia. we need a vacation!

  118. Thomas S says:

    My Lady & I…. because it would be more special together.

  119. Debbie Jensen says:

    I would bring my boyfriend with because we both need a vacation!

  120. I’d bring hubby! We have 3 kids and always need a vacation!
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  121. I would take my family! <3

  122. Shirley Hicks says:

    id take my husband..cause he deserves a vacation

  123. tammy shelton says:

    I would bring along my Grands (and their mommy & daddy too)

  124. Jeanna Wise says:

    I would bring my hubby for our 15 year anniversary. :)

  125. Christine says:

    If I won this amazing getaway, I would bring my hubby, because we love everything FL has to offer

  126. liz l says:

    My mom, because she is my mom :)

  127. cynthia says:

    I would bring my fiance and our daughter…and get married while we were there!

  128. Paul K says:

    I would bring my nephew with me. We were not able to take our Uncle, nephew trip this summer. This would give us a chance to hang out and he wouldn’t have to miss any school.

  129. J Spatafora says:

    A special Lady Friend who needs a break badly…. fingers crossed

  130. Heather Dawn says:

    I would take my hubby. We have been married 10 years and this would be a nice way to celebrate.

  131. robyn paris says:

    i would pick my daughter because she is my best travel companion.

  132. Tina M says:

    I’m due in Nov. I would like to have a little getaway with my hubby before baby comes.

  133. Michelle S says:

    If I won I would bring my mom bc she is the only person who could take off of work.

  134. lilshuga2001 says:

    Id most likely take my mom
    She was recently diagnosed with MS and its getting worse every month.

    I would like to take her somewhere she can enjoy the use of her legs before she ends up in wheelchair

    Thanks for the chace

  135. I’d bring my BFF because I recently moved 1200 miles away from her, and it’d be great to hang out together again in this great environment!!

  136. Andrea says:

    I would certainly take my son with me since he loves the beach as much as I do! And we would possibly take a friend along but the important thing would be for my son and I to have a good time and get away from the hustle of everyday life and enjoy some much needed bonding time. I have been working a terrible shift at my job and get very little time with my 4 yr old son and I miss quality time with him. So time doing something relaxing and fun would be so great for the both of us.

  137. Raina DelRio says:

    If I won, I would bring my husband. We’ve been married 6 years and have yet to have a honeymoon.

  138. Lauren Knott says:

    I would bring my husband, we could really use some alone time!!!

  139. Terry Cross says:

    My husband because we both need to get away from it all for a few days

  140. Jane Thomas says:

    I would take my husband, he works so much he deserves to break away.

  141. Nancy Reid says:

    Love to take my hubby! He loves to travel and it would be spectacular to be able to surprise him with this trip especially because we have family in the Florida panhandle.

  142. Betsy Barnes says:

    If I won, I would surprise my son with this as a birthday gift and let him take his girlfriend. He has been working so hard and has yet been on a vacation on his own. I know he would love it! :)

  143. Montanna Sutherland says:

    I would bring my hunny and leave the kids with grandma

  144. Carol B says:

    I’d bring my BBF Linda. We’ve both recently, suddenly lost a sibling & we could really use a weekend away to relax, unwind, recover & rejuvenate. What a perfect spot to do that in!! Thanks for the chance!

  145. Melanie Comello says:

    I can’t believe that beautiful spot isn’t even three hours from my house!! My husband and I would both love to go there, and make it a little anniversary trip for ourselves 😀

  146. Brandy Robinson says:

    I would take my husband because he never gets to wander very far from work!

  147. Nancy says:

    Bring it on!! Desperately need a quick vaca with my husband!!

  148. Hi Cristi, I never received your original email but received the one today. Just making sure you got my info today. Thanks
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