SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

February 11, 2013 15:00 ET

Gumbo Lovers Unite at Destin Beach Florida Lodging for Annual Sandestin Festival

Popular Winter Event Ideal for Creating President's Day Weekend Escape

DESTIN, FL--(Marketwire - Feb 11, 2013) -  Serious gumbo lovers as well as a host of people looking for a great President's Day Weekend celebration will unite February 15-16 at Grand Boulevard Destin hotels to participate in the 24th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.

Packing the weekend with food, fun and live entertainment, Village streets will be filled with excitement as this popular winter festival allows gumbo fans to revel over a variety of gumbo offerings and dub their favorite for the acclaimed "People's Choice" award. Festival enthusiasts taking advantage of Destin, Florida vacation specials, exceptional rates, discounts, rewards and comfortable accommodations of the Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard will find convenient access to the festivities while also enjoying spacious home-like suites and a host of value-added amenities ideal for a long weekend escape.

Gumbo Festival events kick off with a 2 p.m. Seafood Boil at the Baytown Marina Bar & Grill on Friday, where seafood will be served until it runs out. Saturday's events begin at noon and include gumbo samplings from some of the area's finest restaurants, celebrity judges making their picks for the "Best Display" and the "Area's Best" gumbo, children's activities and live entertainment by "Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe." Set to take place rain or shine, the event provides fun for everyone with a hearty appetite and a zest for gumbo.

Guests of the Residence Inn's Destin Beach Florida lodging are pampered with studio, one- and two-bedroom suites equipped with full kitchens stocked with a first-nighter kit and supported by grocery shopping service so travelers feel right at home. In the morning, guests are treated to a free hot breakfast buffet so they can start their day fueled and ready for a full day whether taking in festival events, sightseeing, to taking advantage of the vast array of things to do in Destin. These well-appointed hotel suites in Destin, Florida also feature separate living and sleeping areas, luxury linens, complimentary high speed Internet access and 27-inch flat screen TVs with cable/satellite service and premium movie channels. 

Festival goers can easily book accommodations by checking rates and availability at or by calling 1-850-650-7811 for reservations. More information concerning the Sandestin Gumbo Festival may be found at

About the Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard Hotel
Retreat to the Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard with the most welcoming Destin, FL suites you will find in this area. Whether you're looking for business travel accommodations in Destin or those on leisure travel, one can feel the comforts of home with our full kitchens and well-designed living spaces that include complimentary WIFI. Guests will enjoy a variety of leisure activities on their time in our game room, library, outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center and sport court.

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