Girlfriends Shop and Stay at Florida’s Emerald Coast for a Last-Minute Holiday Escape

DESTIN, Fla., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ — With stress an unwelcome part of the holiday season — from finding the perfect gift to sharing fruitcake with the in-laws — Florida’s Emerald Coast offers girlfriends a long-weekend respite with deeply discounted beach accommodations and special savings at the nation’s largest designer outlet center for those last-minute shopping needs. The seaside towns of Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island are famous for 24 calming miles of dazzling sugar white shores (more reminiscent of snow than sand), brilliant emerald green waters and idyllic temperatures, even in the winter.

Gal pals choose from luxury two- and three-bedroom condominiums or charming suites where the Gulf sand is literally right out the back door. From high-rise condominiums to intimate town homes, ResortQuest offers an early holiday gift with savings of 15 percent off*, valid through Dec. 31, 2005 (call 866-478-4305 and use code $SSZ for savings). With properties spanning the county, Beacon Resorts offers accommodations starting as low as $64 per night, through Dec. 31, 2005 (call 800-451-2343).

Upon check-in at both ResortQuest and Beacon Resorts properties, ladies receive the ultimate present, a “Passport to Savings” coupon book to Silver Sands Factory Stores, valued at several hundred dollars in savings. Boasting more than 100 designer stores, from Cole Haan and Dooney & Burke to Liz Claiborne and Movado, Silver Sands offers a variety of shopping outlets to satisfy even the pickiest holiday wish lists.

After a full day of shopping, the Emerald Coast pampers with soothing foot massages at The Spa at Silver Shells, lunch at the famed AJ’s with Gulf- fresh seafood and Destin’s newest nightspot — Rock Star — with live music and V.I.P. lounge overlooking the Destin Harbor.

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