Families Unwrap Winter White Deals Along 

Whether naughty or nice, Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast invites travelers to enjoy an evergreen escape this holiday season, offering winter white deals along the shores of Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island with accommodations savings of more than 50 percent. This laid-back slice of Florida’s upper Gulf Coast touts a “value season” from November to March, presenting plenty of time for sun and sand before seasonal steals melt away (www.emeraldcoastfl.com).

Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast offers simple enticements, perfect for winter days where the average 72-degree temperatures and gentle breezes complement any activity. From teeing off on championship courses found at the eight prestigious golf and country clubs and fishing in the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” to setting sail along the emeraldflecked surf or creating magical sandman-sculptures, the “Best Beach in the South” — as voted by readers of Southern Living for 14 consecutive years — is a true escape for couples and families this winter.

This holiday season, Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast is “stuffed” with Thanksgiving specials. The Breakers of Ft. Walton Beach gives thanks to guests by providing one night free when staying three nights, Nov. 22 – 26, 2011. Four Points by Sheraton rings in the holiday season by presenting a “gas package” — four-night stay starting at $480. For those more interested in retiring the apron, Ramada Plaza Beach Resort welcomes everyone to “gobble-up the goods” with a traditional Turkey Day buffet.

Dale E. Peterson Vacations presents “Holiday Specials,” enticing families to enjoy the powderwhite sands of the Emerald Coast with deals not even Ebenezer Scrooge could hate. Welcoming visitors looking to escape the wrath of Jack Frost, ResortQuest encourages guests to take advantage of rates starting as low as $70/night, Nov. 1, 2011 – Feb. 28, 2012. Nautilus Condominiums offers a 10 percent discount for the week of Thanksgiving, Nov. 19 – 26, 2011, and Christmas, Dec. 17 – 24, 2011.

Beyond the stunning beaches and emerald jeweled waters, there is a collection of area attractions sure to stir up holiday memories. On Dec. 4, the 25th Annual Destin Holiday Boat Parade can be seen from anywhere along the Destin Harbor, offering a horizon of seasonallydecorated boats for miles. Santa’s arrival at the Destin Commons tree lighting ceremony allows bright-eyed children and adults to marvel at the magical seaside spirit. Whimsical entertainment for art lovers includes events from jazz festivals and Christmas caroling, to vocal concerts and orchestra performances.

Unpretentious, breathtakingly-beautiful and named one of the “Top 10 Most Beautiful Places” by Good Morning America, Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast is famous for 24 miles of sugar-white sands and emerald-green waters. Year-round, vacationers indulge in simple pleasures – from the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” and spirited beachside celebrations to eight prestigious golf and country clubs featuring championship courses and nearly 13,000 Gulf-edged accommodations.

To visit the winter-white shores of Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast this winter, visit www.emeraldcoastfl.com or call the Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 322-3319.