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Left: Rendering of Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, South
Walton; Below (l-r): Emerald Coast beach; Lightner Museum in St.
"[Our colonial backdrop] separates us from all
other destinations, along with access to 42 miles of
unspoiled Atlantic beaches unobstructed by condos
and high-rise buildings, a range of resort options
and some of the best golf courses anywhere."
ST. AUGUSTINE & PONTE VEDRA
A must-see in St. Augustine is the Fountain
of Youth Archaeological Park. It is
believed that Ponce de Leon placed a
marker here in 1513. Visitors can drink from
the well, and even if they are not believers,
sample the waters that have attracted
people to this spot for hundreds of years.
The crown jewel of venues is the
Lightner Museum. Originally opened
in 1888 by Henry M. Flagler as the
grand Hotel Alcazar, it has been hosting
celebrations for 125 years in a variety
of spaces that accommodate 50 to
According to William McBroom,
director of conference sales for the St.
Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches
Visitors & Convention Bureau, it's this
colonial backdrop "that separates us from
all other destinations, along with access
to 42 miles of unspoiled Atlantic beaches
unobstructed by condos and high-rise
buildings, a range of resort options and
some of the best golf courses anywhere."
This fall will see the opening of the
Embassy Suites St. Augustine Beach
Oceanfront Resort with 175 suites and
7,000 sf of meeting space, a rebranded
and renovated Guy Harvey Outpost St.
Augustine Beach with 153 rooms and
newly renovated Holiday Inn St. Augustine
World Golf with 162 rooms. Nearby Ponte
Vedra Beach is home to the PGA Tour and
spans 42 miles along the Atlantic. Located
here are the 511-room Sawgrass Marriott
Golf Resort & Spa and the historic Ponte
Vedra Inn & Club, with 250 rooms and
more than 25,000 sf of meeting space.
A unique way to see Florida's biggest
city, Jacksonville, is the "Top to Bottom
Walking Tour" by AdLib Tours, which takes
attendees into areas that are not open to the
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