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    St. Martin and Iberia parishes are part of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area: Bayou Teche Corridor. The area is the essence of the cultural heart of Louisiana’s Cajun Country, just two hours west of New Orleans and four hours east of Houston. The best way to experience the Bayou Teche Corridor is to meander along its scenic byways.
    The scenic byway (Highway 31) along Bayou Teche is a pleasant way to explore more of the region. Further along the byway are Arnaudville, Breaux Bridge and St. Martinville. Here visitors will find swamp tours as well as birding and recreational fishing opportunities in and around America’s largest river swamp, the Atchafalaya Basin. You must visit the St. Martinville Cultural Heritage Center, the impressive Acadian Memorial and the famous Evangeline Oak. Cajun and zydeco music stream from favorite local spots like NuNu’s Nightlite and Café, Mulate’s and Café Des Amis. This also is the home of the famous Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival.
    Continuing south along Bayou Teche, you’ll find New Iberia and Avery Island, home of the world famous Tabasco Factory, Jungle Gardens of Avery Island and Konriko Rice mill, where tours, shopping and food samples are offered. Tours of Shadows-on-the-Teche and Rip Van Winkle Gardens of Jefferson Island will provide insight into the 19th century era of the region. The town of Jeanerette, also known as “sugar town,” is home to the Jeanerette Sugar Museum, housed in the quaint Desire Guiberteau house, an early 20th century home. Visitors learn about Louisiana’s sugar industry, the region’s African-American legacy and Mardi Gras. 
    Visit the place where Cajun began that’s too hot to pass up – the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area: Bayou Teche Corridor – by visiting www.bayoutechecorridor.com.
    Grab a fishing pole and a tackle box, because the fishing rodeo season kicks off this June in Terrebonne Parish. Area organizations are planning several rodeos for 2009. Houma offers the expert and amateur angler alike a bountiful and diverse fishing experience. The Houma-Terrebonne Barataria Basin and the Gulf of Mexico offer more than 50 different species of fish, including speckled trout, red fish, red snapper, amberjack and king mackerel.
    After the fishing pole is put away, enjoy a city full of restaurants, Cajun dancing, nightclubs, swamp tours and more. The whole family will enjoy outings to treasures such as the exotic wildlife park and the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum. A Cajun band performs at the museum on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Just down the road, the Terrebonne Folklife Culture Center offers classes on Cajun dancing, cooking, crafts and duck decoy carving. Art lovers and seekers of curiosities will marvel at the remarkable Chauvin Sculpture Garden, which has more than 100 concrete sculptures and is open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week.
     On May 31, be sure to check out a special event, Storm Warning: Last Stand for Americas Wetland. Part of a region-wide effort to raise awareness of coastal erosion, the event marks the beginning of Hurricane Season, when vessels from East and West Louisiana meet at the Houma Downtown Marina and raft up to form a flotilla demarcating the front line in the battle to save Americas Wetland. The event will feature live music, a boat parade, food, games and fun for the whole family, both on water and land.
     For more information on visiting Houma or on its calendar of events, visit www.houmatravel.com.
    Spring and summer are the perfect times to take advantage of all Baton Rouge has to offer. With the great weather, visitors can enjoy a collegiate baseball game at Louisiana State University or Southern University, visit one of the area’s many plantations or explore the BREC Baton Rouge Zoo. The weather also makes it a perfect time for a walking tour of the downtown area. Against a backdrop of blooming azaleas, visitors can delve into the colorful political history of Louisiana at the Old Governor’s Mansion, the Old State Capitol and the current State Capitol, or delight in the various museums also located downtown.
     Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin’, Louisiana’s largest water and amusement park, opens in May and keeps visitors cool all summer long. Blue Bayou has more than 20 water rides and plenty of games, while Dixie Landin’ offers 26 amusement park rides, 10 games and much more. Outdoor concerts will be held every Saturday night, with major-label artists taking advantage of the great venue to play in south Louisiana. Information on tickets, events and lineups can be found at www.bluebayou.com.
     Also this summer, you won’t want to miss the beauty and spectacle of the Pennington Balloon Championship, Aug. 7-9.         Hot air balloons hover over the city for three days of excitement. Balloon Competitions are held daily. Mass ascensions fill the sky. Balloon glows light up the night on Friday and Saturday evenings. The event is free and open to the public, with food and gift booths on site. More information is available at www.laballooning.com.
    For more information on events, celebrations and visiting Baton Rouge, visit www.visitbatonrouge.com.
    For a remarkable tour through history, a relaxing retreat or for your next special occasion, take a turn through Nottoway Plantation, just south of Baton Rouge. Completed in 1859, the magnificent mansion stands alongside the Mississippi River and is surrounded by sugarcane fields and huge, majestic oak trees, which provide fantastic views and a beautiful setting for a weekend getaway. One of the few antebellum plantations to survive the Civil War, Nottoway is the largest remaining plantation home in the South. Now, with newly renovated guest rooms and 250 seats in Randolph’s banquet room, the plantation has become a popular destination for everything from relaxing weekends to storybook weddings. A recent multi-million dollar renovation provides beautiful garden settings for visitors to enjoy and lovely backdrops to accommodate outdoor weddings and special events. The building and grounds are open daily for tours. Roam freely through the gardens, and then take a guided tour through the home to marvel at the size and grandeur of the building and its unique architecture that combines Greek revival with the imaginative design work of John Hampden Randolph, the original owner. For more information on the plantation and scheduling tours or events, visit www.nottoway.com.
    This summer is the perfect time to visit New Orleans Plantation Country. Venture back to an era when powerful Creole families thrived in lavish homes along the Mississippi River. Surviving Civil War sieges, changes in ownership and the passage of time, the region’s historic plantations still stand gloriously. See priceless heirloom antiques, ancient avenues of oaks, beautiful gardens, garçonnières and gracious verandas overlooking sugarcane fields. Just beyond these stately mansions, explore peaceful swamps draped in moss and shimmering with mist. Glide through cypress-filled waters as a native guide quietly approaches wild animals that call the Louisiana swamps home. Choose a serene boat tour or the excitement of an airboat excursion. In New Orleans Plantation Country, you’ll find one-of-a-kind dining experiences. Indulge in foods as unique as the chefs that prepare them. Authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine is served with Southern charm and hospitality in a relaxed atmosphere. On the menu, you’ll find crawfish, gumbo, jambalaya, andouille sausage, boudin and oysters. A wide range of accommodations is available for your stay in New Orleans Plantation Country. Offering spacious and comfortable rooms, national chains and local hotels are spread throughout the region. The area is also home to many charming, well-appointed bed and breakfasts, often located on historic plantations. For visitors who prefer the beauty and peacefulness of the great outdoors, choose from a large selection of RV parks and campground sites. A memorable trip to New Orleans Plantation Country is only a reservation away. For more information, call (866) 204-7782 or visit www.NewOrleansPlantationCountry.com.
    Looking for a downtown getaway for business or pleasure? The Hilton Garden Inn offers two great, and unique, locations in New Orleans.
     The Hilton Garden Inn Convention Center is just one block from the Morial Convention Center, and within walking distance to the Riverwalk Shopping Mall, Emeril’s Restaurant and the Museum District. All rooms have either new king-sized Garden Sleep System bedding or two queen-sized beds. Amenities include wireless Internet, newspaper, a 24-hour business center and an outdoor rooftop swimming pool with great views of the city. Parking is onsite and gated. Dine in the Great American Grill, which is open for three meals a day, and evening room service is available, as well.
     The Hilton Garden Inn French Quarter/CBD is located in a historic building in the heart of the business and banking district, two blocks from the French Quarter, and within easy walking distance to shops, restaurants, bars and street life. Rooms and suites are extremely spacious, and come with new king-sized, Garden Sleep System bedding or two queen-sized beds. Amenities include a fitness room, valet/laundry service, a lounge, multi-lingual staff and a rooftop pool with a commanding view of the New Orleans skyline. A top-quality restaurant caters to guests morning, noon and night.
    This summer, keep an eye out for the famous Southern Summer Special Package at both hotels. The package includes a room for two, beverages for two at check-in, a free movie and parking for one standard-sized vehicle. Pricing begins as affordably as $89 a night! (*based upon availability, blackout dates do apply.) Reservations must be made prior to arrival by calling (877) 782-9444, or by going online to the Hotel Specials section.
    Check out the web sites for spring specials and further information at www.neworleansfrenchquartercbd.hgi.com or www.neworleansconventioncenter.hgi.com.
    If they’re not aware already, pet owners will want to know about the services of Au Pair des Chiens, New Orleans’ premier dog day care, boarding and grooming facility. Au Pair des Chiens offers 100 percent cage-free day care and boarding, bathing, grooming by appointment and training classes. The dogs play inside and out, always under the supervision of a handler. A handler also stays on site with the dogs that board. Boarders sleep in the playrooms, much like a kids’ slumber party, only they really do slumber. Indoor playrooms are equipped with Tuflex floors, Kuranda doggy beds and plenty of toys. Play groups move outside several times a day into a yard that provides both open and shaded areas. Pools and misters offer dogs a playful respite from summer heat. Additionally, Internet nanny cams let owners drop in at the Web site and check on their pets 24-hours-a-day.
     The services are ideal for owners who have busy days, are traveling or have time-consuming business or social events such as conferences or weddings that make it difficult to give their dogs the attention to which they’re accustomed. Long days at festivals and premier events such as Jazz Fest are also good times to bring dogs to the Nanny, to be sure pets are also having fun and being fed on time.
    Au Pair des Chiens is located at 617 S. Claiborne Ave., convenient to both guests at downtown hotels and busy professionals who work in and around the CBD and French Quarter. They are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., seven days a week for day care. Pick up and drop off at downtown hotels is available.
    For more information, call (504) 528 3747 or visit www.neworleansdognanny.com.
    In the heart of Uptown New Orleans, art lovers and weekend explorers can find a treasure of an experience at the Newcomb Art Gallery. Nestled among the live oaks of the Tulane University campus, the Gallery boasts 3,600 square feet of exhibition space dedicated to presenting first-rate, contemporary and historic exhibits of diverse media. Flanking the gallery’s entrance are two late 19th-century Tiffany window triptychs that once adorned the chapel on the old Newcomb campus. The gallery’s significant collections, on semi-permanent view, reflect the school’s rich artistic heritage, with more than 400 examples of Newcomb metal work, embroidery and world-renowned pottery.
    The Newcomb Art Gallery is unique among local art establishments since it’s smaller than the typical city museum, broader in scope than a contemporary art center and more international in reach than most commercial galleries. Thematic shows reflect current trends and contemporary concerns, as well as explore other cultures, such as those from Africa, Asia and Central America. The gallery also presents exhibitions dedicated to well-known artists, such as Diane Arbus, Shirin Neshat, Marsden Hartley and Carrie Mae Weems, as well as artists with a strong Newcomb connection like Caroline Durieux, Mark Rothko and Ida Kohlmeyer. Many exhibitions include educational programs, including lectures, symposia and public tours.
    This summer, through June 28, the gallery presents “In Company with Angels: Seven Rediscovered Tiffany Windows”, and “The Alchemy of Beauty: Objects of Art from Tiffany Studios and the Newcomb Pottery”. Underscoring the university’s long association with the decorative arts, the two shows feature a series of rare, recently discovered stained-glass windows, as well as lamps, metalwork and landscape windows by American Art Nouveau master Louis Comfort Tiffany. The gallery is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    For more information, call (504) 865-5328 or visit www.newcombartgallery.tulane.edu.
    For a taste of the real New Orleans, spend a day with New Orleans Culinary History Tours. These French Quarter Walking Tours provide the inside “scoop” on what makes New Orleans cuisine so distinctive. Amble along cobbled streets and learn the history behind the signature flavors of the country’s only true regional cuisine. From the historic influences and geographic factors, discover how New Orleans’ location as a port city influenced the Crescent City’s appreciation of fine foods, learn the meaning of the word Creole and its relationship to food, and find out what makes Creole, Cajun and French cuisine different from each other. Hungry for more? New Orleans Culinary History Tours offers a tasting tour, where participants sample and savor the signature flavors.
    New Orleans Culinary History Tours: Get the Story Behind the Food.
    Tasting tours take place Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and are $43 per person.
For more information or to book tours online (reserve ahead; space is limited), contact New Orleans Culinary History Tours at (504) 427-9595 or visit www.noculinarytours.com.

    Looking for a relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city this summer? Check out the Long Beach Lodge, located in a quiet nook of the Mississippi town. Just one block from the Gulf of Mexico and within easy walking distance of the charming downtown, the lodge prides itself on friendly service and superior quality. Ten beautiful guest rooms offer great amenities like 27-inch televisions with cable, remote with sleep option, high-speed wireless Internet, microwave, refrigerator, ceiling fans, personally controlled heating and air conditioning, lounge chairs with ottomans, desks and alarm radios. Big, comfortable beds make for great nights of seaside sleeping, and for visitors who want to take full advantage and sleep in late, the fabulous all-you-can-eat, made-to-order breakfast (signature dishes are banana split crepes and baked French toast) is served until 11 a.m.
    During the day, visitors are welcome to relax on the south veranda and catch a refreshing Gulf breeze, or maybe enjoy a good book in the fully stocked loft library, which has a 360-degree view of the Gulf. Enjoy the beautiful, secluded courtyard or swing in the shade of an old live oak. Evenings are a perfect time for a dip in the hot tub. The lodge is within walking distance of shops and restaurants, and it’s only a short drive to the 24-hour action of the casinos.
    Owners Dan and Gina Miller provide a wonderful family-like atmosphere, and welcome all types of parties and special occasions. Guest services include weddings, parties, luncheons, anniversaries, family reunions, meetings, club gatherings, golf packages, catered events, fishing packages, business luncheons and brunches.
    For more information, call (228) 363-0300 or (228) 363-0268 or e-mail Longbeachlodge@cableone.net.
    While in Gulfport, take the kids for a day of learning and laughter. At the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, Mississippi’s only children’s museum, visitors can crank a crane, touch a tornado, sort seafood, cross a creek, understand a pulley fully, construct a Kapla creation, tromp in treehouses and much more. Situated on six oak-filled acres in a renovated 1915 school, the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center offers two floors of interactive exhibits, colorful painted murals, lots of imaginative play and outdoor picnic areas. Families with pre-schoolers can enjoy Bear Cub Club every weekday from 10 a.m. to noon. Upcoming events include “Celebrate LMDC’s 11th Birthday with Curious George” on May 9 and The Wiz, presented by LMDC’s national award-winning Wings Performing Arts Program, July 15-19. Summer camps will be offered during June and July. The camps are weeklong and are theme-based, ranging from pottery, acting, cooking and music, to science, astronomy, lab busters, sewing and crafts. The Discovery Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and during June and July, the museum is open Monday-Saturday. Admission to the museum is $7 for children and adults. As a special promotion, after 3 p.m. on Tuesday-Friday, the admission is $3 per person. For more information, call (228) 897-6039 or visit www.lmdc.org.
    Just down the road from New Orleans, Hancock County offers unspoiled natural scenery and out-of-this-world vacation opportunities. From NASA’s StennisSphere Space Visitor Center to the beachfront shops, restaurants and bike trails, Mississippi’s West Coast has something for everyone in the family – without the long road trip and without breaking your budget. Numerous hotels, beach cottages and bed-and-breakfasts offer top-quality accommodations. Fresh seafood is served up from Diamondhead to Bay St. Louis and everywhere in between. Museums, discovery centers and excursions to Cat Island, Ship Island or the Gulf Islands Waterpark will thrill the young and old. You can find it all by stopping in at the beautiful new visitor’s center located in the historic Bay St. Louis train depot.
    Coming up this May is the annual BridgeFest, held Saturday May 16 in Bay St. Louis. Bring your beach chair for this great day of music, food, art, children’s activities, vintage cars, parades and more in this charming seaside town.
    For adults and couples, the Silver Slipper and Hollywood casinos provide some of the best gaming and round-the-clock entertainment in the Gulf South. Dozens of specialty shops, galleries and fashion boutiques line the main streets. For golfers, the Bridges Golf Club in Bay St. Louis offers the premier Arnold Palmer 18-Hole Championship course, and the Diamondhead Resort Community offers two additional 18-hole courses. To cap off a great day of activities, drop by the Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company for a taste of the beer that’s been sweeping the region. Finally, try your luck with our Summer Sweepstakes. Win a night of luxury in Mississippi and then a chartered limo ride to New Orleans, where you’ll board a Carnival Cruise for two.
    For more information and to enter the sweepstakes online, visit www.mswestcoast.org.

    The Gulf Coast has been the vacation destination for vacationers year after year. Gulf Shore Rentals appreciates the opportunity to be your vacation accommodation agent, providing you with a fun-filled vacation and memories to last a lifetime. Their staff is dedicated to meeting expectations and offering suggestions on where to go and what to do while visiting the “Island.” Whether it’s a must-attend annual event, an exciting amusement park or the best cuisine on the Gulf Coast, Gulf Shore Rentals has the answer.
    Be a Gulf Shores Rentals guest and enjoy their exclusive “Stay N Play” package. Enjoy complimentary golf, deep-sea fishing, dolphin cruise, water and amusement park admissions and free movie rentals with each reservation just by being their guest! For more information, visit www.gulfshoresrentals.com.
    For a taste of the exotic without traveling far from home, check out the sleek and luxurious vacation destinations of Caribe Resort and Turquoise Place. Caribe Resort is the most amenity-packed condominium rentals Gulf Shores or Orange Beach has to offer, with three, 14-story towers loaded with great features. Enjoy the breathtaking beach views and sunsets, or go in search of family fun and activities. With more than 1 million gallons of saltwater in five separate pools, four outdoor waterslides, and a lazy river – not only do visitors get the beach, they also get a mini-water park on-property. Caribe also offers private beach-cart service, tennis courts and boat slips for rent, and guests are welcome to bring their boats along. This spring, Caribe introduced their new waterfront venue, Cobalt Restaurant, providing great dining and live music.
    Turquoise Place, meanwhile, reaches a new milestone for elegance of any property along the Alabama Gulf Coast. Rising to a majestic 370 feet, with 400 luxurious condominiums housed within, the two towers are encased in shimmering “turquoise” glass. More than 13 acres of property provide a solitary, relaxing atmosphere in the beauty of the extending sugar white sand. Guest units have magnificent views of the blue Gulf waters, and on each balcony, Jacuzzi-brand hot tubs and outdoor grills provide a taste of the good life. Inside, high-definition digital televisions mounted above gas fireplaces provide beautiful living spaces. Buildings have smart-key security, so owners can manage their unit from their laptops anywhere around the world. Other amenities include top-of-the-line pools, a lazy river, state-of-the-art fitness centers, wireless Internet, covered parking and endless water activities.
    For specials and promotions, call (888) 607-7020, or visit one of the resort Web sites, www.cariberesort.com or www.turquoiseplace.com.
    Looking for an affordable luxury vacation in a beautiful gulf beach location? Look no further than Spectrum Vacations. Spectrum offers affordable luxury vacation destinations for family and weekend getaways, including the Turquoise Place and Caribe Resort, both in Orange Beach, Ala. From the luxury towers or the private beach, visitors are sure to enjoy both the amenities and the breathtaking sunsets. Guests can get away in style with magnificent views, Jacuzzi tubs, miles of shoreline, swimming pools, tennis courts, on-site fitness centers and more. Spectrum Vacations’ helpful staff find the perfect space for an ideal stay. Rental properties are available for romantic getaways for two, for families, for meetings and more. Whatever the reason, Spectrum Vacations will help ensure a perfect stay.
    Spectrum Vacations’ convenient “Pay when you Stay” special offers the most flexibility for guests. A $99 non-refundable deposit reserves your vacation and gives you the option to cancel as late as seven days prior to check-in. Plus no advanced payments. Just swipe your credit card when you check out to pay when you stay!
    Spring promotional deals include $290 per night for 3-bedroom and 3.5-bath luxury units at Turquoise Place. This offer is valid through May 21.
    For more information, visit www.spectrumvacations.com.


    Looking for a great beach getaway at a great price? Check out Holiday Isle Properties along Destin’s beautiful Gulf Coast. Nestled in between the clear emerald Gulf waters and the excitement of the Destin Harbor, Holiday Isle offers everything you could want in a beach vacation – a quiet relaxing stay within easy distance of the shopping, restaurants and nightlife of the harbor, and with great day trips and adventures such as deep sea fishing. Looking for a gulf-front retreat? Holiday Isle provides a great selection of beach homes with fantastic views of the gulf. Travelling with a lot of friends or family members? They offer a selection of homes large enough for a family reunion or wedding party. Looking for a romantic getaway for two? Check out some of their Destin condo rentals with great amenities.
    Since 1985, Holiday Isle, a full-service real estate company, has been specializing in the best properties along the Florida coast, offering a remarkable variety of properties to suit any taste. Not only rentals – for anyone looking to buy a home or a vacation house, they offer everything from luxury condominiums and townhomes and single-family homes to yearly rental units that are great for couples. Many of their canal-side properties include boat slips, making Holiday Isle Properties known as the Beaches to Boating destination.
    For information on properties and great spring discounts, visit www.holidayisle.net.
    For incredible history, premier museums and historical sites, combined with scrumptious seafood dishes, sugar-white beaches and clear, emerald water, don’t miss a chance to visit Pensacola. 2009 will be an exciting year as the city celebrates its 450th anniversary. Settled by Spanish explorer Don Tristan de Luna in 1559, Pensacola was one of the first major settlements in North America. Upcoming special events will include the arrival of the Juan Sebastián de Elcano, the world’s third-largest tall ship, and the Battle of Pensacola Reenactment. Commemorate the 1781 Revolutionary War battle that resulted in the British surrender of Florida, a significant turning point in American history, with the “Battle of Pensacola” reenactment events Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9, in downtown Pensacola. Live period music, torch-lit presentations, and kids’ events at Fort George are just some of the celebration activities.
    The arrival of warm weather also means the beginning of two free music series on Pensacola Beach: “Bands on the Beach” is a free music series from 7 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday at the Gulfside Pavilion on Pensacola Beach, featuring blues, rock, oldies, funk and country. On the north side of the island, the “Sounds of Summer” music series begins in June to entertain beach-goers from 6 to 8 p.m. most Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings on Portofino Boardwalk.
    Also this spring, as part of ongoing efforts to preserve and cherish its unique environment as well as its rich culture, Pensacola was proud to announce that the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front and TownePlace Suites by Marriott Pensacola have been designated as the first “green hotels” in the Pensacola Bay Area by the Florida Green Lodging Program. The designation indicates the hotel follows strict environmental guidelines designed to conserve natural resources and prevent pollution.
    For more information or to help plan a great vacation, visit www.visitpensacola.com.
    Located along Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, an easy drive along Interstate 10 from New Orleans, Beaches of South Walton provides a relaxing escape for families. In addition, area accommodations are making it easier than ever to get away by offering great values and attractive packages.
    With sugar white sand beaches and emerald green waters as the backdrop, visitors will find affordable activities await those who like to get out an explore. From biking the Timpoochee Trail along Scenic 30A to hiking and wildlife programs in the state parks to kayaking or fishing the rare coastal dune lakes, Beaches of South Walton’s incomparable collection of Florida Beach communities, including Sandestin, Seaside, WaterColor, Grayton Beach, and Rosemary Beach, offer something for everyone.
    In addition, free concerts, movies and performances take place throughout Beaches of South Walton during the summer months. Events including “Moonlight and Movies” at Rosemary Beach and “Friday Nite Flicks” in Sandestin make it easy for families to find an evening event. In Seaside and Watercolor, live performances of classic children’s tales by the Seaside Repertory Theatre keep families entertained.
    To view a full list of the incentives and packages offered by area accommodations and summer activities available in Beaches of South Walton, visit www.beachesofsouthwalton.com.
    For the utmost in luxury and elegance, take a trip to Eden Condominiums on Perdido Key. Breathtaking natural beauty is combined with stunning architecture and design to create a tropical paradise that you have to see to believe. An 176-foot gulf-side pool comes complete with two waterfalls. Exotic landscaping provides a stunning backdrop for guests to move through. An indoor solarium pool and gardens create a beautiful retreat from the elements. Indoor and outdoor hot tubs provide relaxing getaway moments. It is all just steps away from the powder-white sands and emerald green water of the Gulf of Mexico.
    As popular for family vacations as it is for destination weddings, Eden Condominiums is known for its personal and professional customer service. Amenities include covered parking, after-hours security, our own boat launch and dock, two tennis courts, a beautiful garden, covered gazebo overlooking pool and gulf, a children’s wading pool, a fitness center, steam rooms, sauna, our own Spa at Eden Salon and a seasonal cafe’. Business clients will enjoy the elegant conference room facilities with built-in audio/visual equipment. The guest suites and condominiums come equipped with range and self-cleaning oven, side-by-side refrigerator/freezer with ice maker, dishwasher, microwave oven, full-size washer and dryer, whirlpool tub, spacious balconies with gulf view and wet bar with ice maker.
    Take advantage of special discounts while they last. Spring specials include 15-percent discounts and free night’s stay if you book four or more nights.
    For more information, call (800) 523-8141 or visit www.perdido-key.com.
    Magnolia Private Residence Club is a family-friendly property that is now open along Florida’s Emerald Coast. The club offers 17 beautifully furnished, three-bedroom residences with high-end appliances and flat-screen televisions in the living rooms and bedrooms. One-eighth fractional ownership is currently priced at $159,000, enabling Emerald Coast visitors to own a luxurious vacation home at a fraction of the cost of whole-ownership real estate in the area. An additional advantage of this shared-ownership concept is that property taxes, insurance costs and maintenance fees are divided amongst the owners.
    The club’s staff handles all maintenance, so there’s no need for owners to worry about their home when off-site. Magnolia features a rooftop deck with heated pool, hot tub, two grilling areas and owners’ lounge. Families can explore the coastal bike paths on club-owned beach cruisers, and the property provides beach chairs, umbrellas and coolers, (which staff will deliver to the beach). Other amenities include a media and activity room, state-of-the-art fitness center, daily housekeeping, concierge service, pre-arrival grocery shopping and private owner storage.
    Magnolia is developing partnerships with local businesses and restaurants in order to provide exclusive offers to the club’s owners when they visit.
    Unlike many fractional properties, owners may vacation at Magnolia as often as they wish, in accordance with reservation policies. They are also welcome to visit on a short-notice or space-available basis – with no additional fees. Larger groups may even reserve more than one residence.
    Magnolia is accepting reservations for preview stays, which allow interested parties to experience the property first-hand. If they decide to buy, up to three nights will be fully refunded upon closing. In addition, Magnolia offers financing to qualified buyers, a feature most similar vacation properties don’t provide.
    Spring is here and so are many wonderful happenings and hot deals along Florida’s Panhandle. Visit one of the many beach communities along the 150-mile stretch of white sandy beach where Southern Resorts Vacation Rentals features vacation condos, homes, cottages and resorts. With the air and water temperatures warming, it is an ideal time for a quick weekend getaway or mini-week vacat

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