Staycate For a Fabulous Date at the Henderson Park Inn!

Nestled on the west end of Crystal Beach lies a picturesque bed and breakfast that is well-known to locals and tourists alike. The Henderson Park Inn, established in 1992, is a gorgeous adult-only, all-inclusive, luxury boutique hotel located on Old 98 in Destin. With only 36 luxurious rooms and suites, and bordering a 208-acre state park with 1.3 mile of unobstructed beach, this is no ordinary Inn. An endless list of amenities, inclusions, and beachfront, are guaranteed to ensure an amazing stay, but the atmosphere and views are what make this Inn even better. Follow Grant and I {Mackenzie} along as we review our weekend staycation at Henderson Park Inn!

As you turn down the drive to enter the Henderson Park Inn, you are immediately transported in time to a more simple, idyllic Destin, when it was just a small fishing village. On its own quaint cul-de-sac, the Henderson Park Inn sits in its original glory, having stood the test of time. Upon entry into the Inn, you are greeted by the warm woods and elegant décor of the foyer and friendly staff who offer you a guided look into all that awaits. Your tour of the property provides you with all of the information you need to maximize your stay and enjoy all the hotel has to offer.

Entering your room or suite, the gorgeous views engulf your sight and you are immediately tranquilized by the breathtaking beauty of all that is the Gulf of Mexico.  As you tear your eyes away from the beach to get a better grasp on your surroundings, you are pleasantly met by a lovely tray with all of the most romantic items, a room filled with beautifully made furniture, a large bathroom, and a quaint kitchenette. The comfort and beauty of the room is enough to make you never want to leave, but the promise of delicious food just steps away is too much to bare.

As an inclusive Inn, many would expect a simple continental breakfast with the normal breads, cereals, and fruits. However, as earlier stated, this is no ordinary Inn. Hot baked biscuits, paired with fresh pressed juices, and a creole style steak and grits lined the countertops of the Beach Walk Cafe. Fresh coffee and fruits were also served with the option to enjoy the custom omelette and waffle bar.

For those interested in lunch, you are requested to call in the night before to let the front desk know which type of meal you would like, where you are offered an array of complimentary sandwiches and such to be picked up around noon the next day. As if the Inn isn’t already the quintessential getaway, the bagged lunches they provide, offer you the ability to take your lunch to sit on the beach or one of their many decks to enjoy your beautiful surroundings outside. Each lunch included a delicious sandwich, bag of chips, pickle, and mint.

From 11 – 2 p.m., the Beach Walk Cafe also offers complimentary cookies, lemonade, and soups for all of their guests to enjoy. {Helpful Hint} Right before you walk into the restaurant, take a left down the hallway. There you will find a plethora of games, candies, and drinks open for guests to enjoy at all times. As an avid dominos player, I spent the happy hour with a lovely glass of wine, enjoying the views and the look on my husbands face as I consistently beat him in the game. He was able to wash down his losses with a cold beer and cookie to ease the pain.

Between the happiest of hours and our much awaited dinner, we decided to make use of the endless amenities that the Henderson Park Inn has to offer. Complimentary bikes, gorgeous walks on the beach with complimentary chairs to sit and enjoy the view, cozying up by the fire pit, and access to the Inn’s sister property, The Henderson‘s pool and gym were on the schedule and we couldn’t wait to do it all.

Beginning at 5 p.m. daily, the Beach Walk Cafe opens for dinner. Being the only beachfront fine dining restaurant in Destin, there was no shortage of excitement for the foods that awaited at this charming restaurant. As many would imagine, a surplus of fresh seafood graced the menu, along with finely cut steaks, succulent sides, and bountiful desserts.

As someone who has spent a majority of their life in Destin and always wondered what waited inside the doors of this beautiful bed and breakfast, I’m here to tell you, you won’t be disappointed. “Staycate” for a fabulous date at the Henderson Park Inn and leave recharged, revamped, and relaxed. Whether you want to lounge beachside or experience the sights and sounds of bustling Destin, you don’t have to go far to have the romantic getaway of your dreams. To learn more and to start planning your dream staycation, click HERE.