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TRENDY TRAVELER | February 2016


The Emerald Coast, Florida Are you looking for a last minute Spring Break beach getaway that won’t break the bank? Pack up the SUV and head south to Florida’s pan handle along the beautiful Emerald Coast. Charming towns situated on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico include Destin, Pensacola, Panama City, Fort Walton Beach and more. This strip of land, roughly 200 miles long and 50 to 100 miles wide, has been dubbed the "Playground of the Gulfcoast". The Destin/Fort Walton Beach area is particularily family-friendly during Spring Break, while Panama City Beach is crowded with college kids. The pan handle is ideal for Chicago area residents because it is a straight shot down I-65 by car, putting you there in approximately 15.5 hours. White sandy beaches and a beautiful ocean view all in one day, without the high cost of airfare? Not bad. Hotel options include upscale 5-Star resort hotels inclusive of beach services & more. Other options include private condo rental, which is popular for this area. Pictured is Destin West Beach & Bay Resort in Fort Walton Beach, an award-winning resort with bayside and gulfside views, 7 outdoor pools, a lazy river, fitness center and more with use of Ramada amenities next door. Pure paradise!

Need a place to stay at the half-way mark? I reccommend the Holiday Inn Express in Nashville’s Opryland area. Be sure to book in advance, as it fills up fast!


Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort - Indoor Waterpark Located in Utica, Illinois near Starved Rock – just about 1.5 hours away – this trendy travel hot spot makes for the perfect family getaway all year long. The oasis of relaxation and adventure is a destination where water park fun meets nature. By day, enjoy the indoor waterpark complete with a wave pool, lazy river, water slides, a tot area and more. By night, enjoy a casual family dinner followed by tons of fun at the indoor amusement park, The Enchanted Forest, on site at the resort. Attractions include; 32' Rock Climbing Wall, Euro Bungee Trampoline, Indoor Zip Line, the Kiddie Play Zone & more. It’s super cool!

BONUS! The onsite cafe overlooks the waterpark area, so Mom & Dad can enjoy their latte with a snack while watching the big kids swim together.

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