Your day is a series of deadlines book-ended by trips to the elevator, the office snack drawer and depending what’s on TV, that 7 p.m. spin class. (Your teacher is cute, but his squeaky voice, amplified by a wireless microphone, annoys.)
A crescent beach … a sunset … are just what you need.
Proponents of the unplanned vacation will find a deal in Destin condos, where the Gulf of Mexico waters are still warm and the high-rises are eager to fill their rooms during the slower fall and winter breaks. Florida’s Emerald Coast has some of the most pristine beaches in the state, offering less kitsch (not that Dade County’s Coral Castle doesn’t have its charm) and centralized living that allows visitors to stay in one place, thanks to on-site restaurants, multiple pools, parking, fitness rooms and tennis and basketball courts.
For a husband looking to surprise his bride with a long weekend away, you can’t beat it.
The two of you can also go shopping at the Silver Sands Factory Outlet, snorkeling, para sailing and golfing, then retire to your quarters to watch the dolphins from your balcony. The condo above rents for $100-$150 a night through Dec. 26. Do it. Shock her.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.