Music to my ears: Av came in one day and said “let’s go on vacation at the top B&B in Destin, which got great reviews on TripAdvisor and Frommer’s too” (he knows I believe in TripA and Frommer’s). Well, he actually said it better, and made it sound more fun than just that, but be still my little heart, #1 B&B! He set us up so the boys had quality time with Mimi and Papa here at home — it’s an adults-only property — and we were off for a multi-day mommy/daddy date!
The Henderson Park Inn is known as a B&B but it’s more like a boutique hotel (you’re not actually staying at someone’s home) — it looks New England-y, right?
When we checked in, there was a tray with a rose, wine, and grapes, and music playing in the room. The room itself was very nice but I usually spend a good amount of time on the balcony especially in the early morning and in the evening, and it was pretty small.
Overall, very nice though. We had reservations that evening to have supper at the hotel and that was good; the best part about the food there, though, is the breakfast each morning. There are cooks to make your custom omelet or Belgian waffle, and other stations with grits and grillades, all kinds of breakfast meats, breads, fruits, juices…I really enjoyed breakfast (which is included in the stay) best of all. Also, each day they take your order for a boxed lunch (also included) so you can take it anywhere. That was nice too.
There’s a communal refrigerator with water and cold drinks, and a cabinet with candy bars that you can get whenever the mood strikes. Another cabinet was full of dvds and board games. Somehow, late night wine-fueled games of Scrabble are hilarious.
So pretty — and one of the very nicest things about the hotel is that one side of it adjoins Henderson State Park which means the beach isn’t terribly busy. We had *such* a great time sitting in the beach chairs, playing in the water, and walking in the sand. Aaaaahhhhh vacation….
…which isn’t to say we didn’t do our share of other things in Destin and elsewhere, but our stay here was just blissful.
Best part: coming home to our sweet boys who had a fabulous time with their grandparents but were thrilled to see us back too!