We welcome basketball fans from near, far and wide as you travel to the Emerald Coast Classic presented by the Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Whether coming to support any of the eight prestigious teams – the Maryland Terps, the Lobos, TCU and the St. Bonaventure Bonnies. Or, popular Jackson State, Maryland Eastern Shore, Omaha or the TTU Golden Eagles, you’ll find the Emerald Coast a hidden gem on the northwest Florida coast.

When you’re not cheering for your favorite team, relax in our inviting community, complete with sugar white beaches, emerald green waters, and abundant seafood fresh from the Gulf. Or, take in our shopping, attractions and plentiful things to do. It’s holiday time here on the coast, so you can look forward to scrumptious feasts across the destination in celebration of Thanksgiving. Bring your family and friends – it’s a wonderful time of year to visit the heart of the Emerald Coast!

Our lodging community welcomes you with accommodations with almost unlimited choices – with most located right on the beach or in view of the beach. Multi-room condominiums, top notch hotels & resorts and even private homes – we have so much to choose from.

We invite you to explore our Places to Stay to find your place in the sun.


The Henderson

200 Henderson Resort Way

Destin, FL 32541

Located on nearly 1.5 miles of white powdery sand and emerald-green water in Destin, Florida, the 171-room resort features sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico and pristine dunes, as well as a thoughtful, residential design. It is also adjacent to the 208-acre, environmentally protected Henderson Beach nature preserve, which will offer guests both a sense of privacy and a plethora of activities.

As the grand anchor hotel of the five-phased Henderson Beach Resort, The Henderson combines an incomparable welcome with incredible views of the sunset, while The Henderson’s stunning entrance will offer the quintessential Destin experience.

The elevated arrival avenue features a porte-cochere, leading guests to an expansive Living Room with high ceilings and a wall of windows that faces the preserve and beach. Specifically designed to connect guests to the environment, there are several gathering areas infused throughout the resort.

The beautiful guest rooms and suites include stylish furnishings, yet remain authentic to the local, cultural surroundings. Larger than a typical luxury resort guestroom, they include luxurious bedding, elegant bathrooms, and gracious balconies or terraces.

For more information, visit our property website HERE.


Dale E. Peterson Vacation Rentals

321 Harbor Blvd

Destin, FL 32541

For more than 30 years, Dale E. Peterson Vacation Rentals has serviced the Emerald Coast with a variety of vacation homes, condominiums and cottages in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Navarre Beach, South Walton and Panama City Beach, Florida. Dale E. Peterson Vacations is proud to be a full service vacation rental, property management and real estate company filled with real people offering real vacations with personalized service.

Conveniently located nearby shopping centers, restaurants, and white-sand beaches met with emerald green water, any one of the dozens of Dale E. Peterson vacation rentals is an ideal location allowing you to experience life on the Emerald Coast while visiting for the Emerald Coast Classic.

Dale E. Peterson Vacations specializes in beach front condominiums and vacation homes ranging from one to five bedrooms. With the wide variety of rental options, you are sure to find the perfect choice for you and your family. See for yourself why families choose Dale E. Peterson Vacation Rentals year after year by booking your stay for the Emerald Coast Classic at one of the many properties Dale E. Peterson has to offer.

Browse our vacation rentals here. Call us today at 844-873-7084 and mention CLASSIC to receive 20% off from 11/11/17-12/2/17


Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

4000 Sandestin Boulevard South

Destin, Florida 32550-4214

Stay in paradise at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Discover the emerald green waters and sugar-white sand of the gulf as you enjoy the amenities of this award-winning Destin hotel. Located in the center of the Florida Panhandle, our hotel in Destin, FL features a wealth of resort activities such as golf, tennis, sailing, and watersports. Guests at this Destin resort hotel can stay active or choose a relaxing vacation on the beach.

Unwind in one of the most pristine beach resort hotel destinations in Florida. Stroll along miles of white sand beaches or bathe in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Experience the world-class spa facilities of Serenity by the Sea, or enjoy a swim in one of three hotel swimming pools. Bring your golf clubs; our beach resort also features four championship golf courses.

Enjoy an array of coastal cuisine at Hilton Sandestin Beach hotel, boasting a choice of six restaurants. From the 4-diamond Seagar’s Prime Steaks to the more casual Sandcastle’s and Hadashi Sushi Bar, there are options to suit every occasion and taste. Sip cocktails while enjoying live entertainment at the vibrant Barefoot’s Beachside Bar and Grill.

You can book your reservation for the Emerald Coast Classic at the Hilton Sandestin Beach hotel by clicking here.


Embassy Suites Destin-Miramar Beach EntranceEmbassy Suites Destin-Miramar Beach

570 Scenic Gulf Drive

Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Enjoy sweeping panoramic views of sugar white sand and turquoise water, a laid back beach atmosphere and a myriad of restaurants and night life.

Miramar Beach, South Walton’s westernmost beach neighborhood, boasts a wide scenic boulevard right along the Gulf that gives off a nostalgic beach town feel while offering favorite beach activities ranging from jet skis to para-sailing and world-class shopping at Silver Sands Premium Outlet mall.

Known for its natural scenery, you’ll also find a wide variety of man-made beauty in the galleries, artist colonies, music and wine events.

Our tropical-themed hotel offers private beach access and board walk for our guests to enjoy. With beautifully crafted architecture and tastefully furnished accommodations, the Embassy Suites is designed to be your home away from home.

You can book with the Embassy Suites Destin-Miramar Beach through any of the following methods:

— Call the reservations department at 1-800-701-0767 and reference corporate account #0002996347

— Online directly through this link.

— Online at the Embassy Destin’s website www.embassydestin.com and entering corporate account # 0002996347

Rates are $119.00 for standard king or queen suites

$129.00 king water

$139.00 deluxe king.

If you have any questions, you can call Peggy Moravec at 850-337-7066 or Dianna Weekley at 850-337-7062.


Hilton Garden Inn Ft. Walton Beach

1297 Miracle Strip Parkway SE

Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548

The Hilton Garden Inn Fort Walton Beach is a brand-new 175-room Gulf front hotel to Fort Walton Beach, FL. It offers a conference center, beachfront pool, full-service restaurant, indoor and outdoor bars with fire pits. A 5,500 square foot meeting room overlooks the Gulf of Mexico.The minute you enter the lobby, you’ll be greeted by expansive views of the Gulf of Mexico through modern glass windows. We offer spacious guest rooms and suites decorated in elegant coastal style. After a day on the water, enjoy a restful night’s sleep on a comfy bed with crisp white bedding.

A unique U-shaped floor plan frames the central courtyard where guests can gather around the fire pit. With our on-site restaurant and bars, you can enjoy a delicious meal without leaving the hotel. Whether you’re vacationing with family or traveling for business meeting, the Hilton Garden Inn Fort Walton Beach is ideal for exceptional amenities and clean, comfortable surroundings.

Click here to view the special rates for the Emerald Coast Classic.