Zandra Wolfgram

Correspondent

  • Destin, Florida, USA

Zandra Wolfgram is a correspondent who lives in Destin and covers the Florida Gulf Coast for Forbes Travel Guide. During her 25-year career, Wolfgram has launched award-winning resort magazines, newspapers, TV channels, websites and brand image campaigns. She is the editor of Emerald Coast Magazine and a contributing writer to 850 business and Tallahassee magazines. Her work has also appeared specialty in-room travel magazines and tourism guides all across Northwest Florida. She has written national travel stories for Visit Florida publications and is the Northwest Florida Insider for VisitSouth.com. When she is not writing or traveling, you can find her experimenting with recipes, taking in an art festival or just hanging out at her lake house with her family and American bulldog, Handsome Henry.

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  • On October 25, 2013
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    What is the style of Serenity by the Sea Spa?

    Serenity by the Sea Spa is full-service contemporary version of a European spa. Gentle lighting, soft music and a friendly greeting puts your mind at ease and signals you to take a deep breath, relax and shut out the rest of the world. A plush robe and spa slippers await in your private locker, so right away you know you will be pampered from head to toe. Inspired by the emerald waters of the Gulf just steps from the spa, Serenity is awash in subdued hues such as well-worn blue and green sea glass. Creamy cool stone tile floors are dotted with earthy clay pots, some are softly lit bubbling fountains and others welcome your thirsty towels after you relax in the whirlpool or sauna. If you have personal items, you can safely stow them. But if not, you need not worry, because the dressing area is fully stocked with all the essentials you need to bath and primp after your treatment session. Before, after or in between sessions, you are welcome to unwind in the Zen relaxation lounge and refresh with fruit-laden iced water, herbal teas and healthy snacks.
  • On October 25, 2013
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    Does Serenity by the Sea Spa offer couples treatments?

    Serenity by the Sea Spa provides great ways for couples to relax and reconnect with one another by enjoying your favorite treatments separately or together with a couples massage in a treatment room especially designed for 50-minute or 80-minute tandem services. Don’t plan to rush off after your treatment ends either. Get full enjoyment out of your spa experience by lingering in the private men’s or women’s dressing areas, where you can continue your relaxation with a steam bath, hot sauna, dip in the whirlpool or by simply taking a moment to sit with a glass of fruit juice or wine (by request) in the Zen lounge. You’ll be that much more revived when you do reunite with your special someone.
  • On October 25, 2013
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    What kinds of massages are offered at Serenity by the Sea Spa?

    There are eight kinds of massage treatments at Serenity by the Sea Spa, ranging from relaxation to deep tissue. Specialty massages such as Hot Stone or Bamboo are novel ways to gently knead and sooth your muscles, too. If you’re particular about your services, opt for the Massage by Design option and customize your session. If you simply want to focus on your heads, hands and feet or are pregnant and need relief, there is a massage just for you, too. Enhance your session by adding a Pure Fiji Scalp and Hair Treatment or your favorite scented essential oil for a nominal extra fee.
  • On October 25, 2013
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    How do I get a reservation at Seagars’ Prime Steaks & Seafood?

    Reservations are highly recommended and easily made with a phone call. If you are coming in to town for a visit, you may find it convenient to make dinner reservations online. Visit www.seagars.com or link to the restaurant through the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa’s website www.sandestinbeachhilton.com and you can reserve a table through a link to OpenTable, which allows you make a reservation in advance of your visit. If the time you desire is not available, a suggestion of the next closest time will be offered to you.

    For a truly romantic evening, request the small wine room, which seats up to six. If you have a private occasion to celebrate, you might consider The Tapestry Room, which seats 10. And if you have a special event, the Board Room or the Florida Room, located right off the main dining room and seating about 55 guests combined, can easily accommodate your party. For a real memorable dining experience, be sure to ask about tableside service — your steak Diane, dover sole or cherries jubilee will be that much more delicious when it is prepared before you.
  • On October 25, 2013
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    What is the scene like at Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood?

    The vibe of Seagar’s is like that of the great old silver-screen movie stars: classic, elegant, and yes, sexy. You’ll find lots of glamour at this timeless steakhouse, but thankfully, little pretense. A look around the dining room quickly reveals that you do not have to be a guest of the hotel to enjoy the award-winning fare. In fact, Seagar’s is so popular with some longtime local couples that you can find them seated at their “usual” table on their regular date night out. Seagar’s is the kind of place where you can get to know Ray at the piano, and feel right at home requesting one of your favorite tunes. Seagar’s is indeed a feast for the senses, and the moment you arrive and are greeted by a roaring outdoor fire and cascading waterfall, you realize it. Inside, the glow of dimmed lights and gleaming Mahogany floors is warming. Handsomely stuffed sofas and chairs invite you to sit and relax in the lounge. Sapphire blues and harvest golds hint to a nautical theme throughout the main dining room, which is dotted with elegantly framed seaside photography. Most evenings, the Destin restaurant’s dining room and lounge are frequented by men and women traveling on business, couples celebrating a romantic anniversary and groups of families and friends savoring a memorable meal.
  • On October 25, 2013
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    Where is Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood located?

    Every great hotel in every great city has a great signature restaurant, and Seagar’s is the calling card for gastronomes who venture to the beaches along the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast and stay at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. As its name suggest, the resort hotel has it all — beautiful beaches, championship golf, a world-class spa and with a fine dining experience as well. The restaurant is located on the east side of the hotel on the entry level near a complimentary parking lot and garage parking. The porte-cochere makes valet service and arrivals during inclimate weather that much more convenient.
  • On October 25, 2013
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    What restaurants does Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa have?

    With seven on-site restaurants, eateries and lounges from casual quick bites to fine dining, you do not need to venture from the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa to satisfy your cravings.

    Though it serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, the hearty breakfast buffet at Sandcastles is perfect for fueling up for an action-packed day at the beach. If you want to get an early start, you can also grab a Starbucks Coffee, Tazo tea and homemade Danish courtesy of mater pastry chef Yascha Becker at The Coffee Shop, which opens at 6:30 a.m.

    Zesty fish tacos, crisp green salads and fresh grouper sandwiches served al fresco for lunch or dinner are that much more delicious when paired with a panoramic view of the Gulf of Mexico at Barefoots Beachside Bar & Grill.

    The Hilton’s expansive 17,000-square-foot pool deck that overlooks the Gulf is really the resort’s hot spot. Warm up at one of the fire pits, cozy up on one of the outdoor sofas or belly up to the beach bar and toast the setting sun with a signature cocktail or fun frozen concoction from The Sand Bar, which also has a great selection of sandwiches, wraps and appetizer-style bites such as peel-and-eat Gulf shrimp.

    Picnix is nestled between two outdoor pools and welcomes you in your swimsuit when you want to order up a deli sandwich, Pizza Hut slice or Edy’s frozen ice cream cone to enjoy as you soak in the sun. Inside the hotel, you can savor fresh, locally caught sushi and a drink at the Hidashi Sushi Bar that overlooks the pool deck and Gulf.

    But wherever you choose to nosh during the day, be sure to save your appetite and some time on your schedule for dinner at Seagar’s steakhouse. For a real treat at this upscale eatery, order steak Diane, Dover sole or cherries jubilee and enjoy it prepared with expert flair at your tableside.
  • On October 25, 2013
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    What’s the best time to visit Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa?

    The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa sits in the Florida Gulf Coast, a sub-tropical climate that feels like nature’s playground all year long. Still, Northwest Florida destinations are like hidden jewels in the fall and winter months. A visit to the Hilton Sandestin Beach is most popular with families in spring (March through May) and summer months (June through mid-August), so rates peak during these times. And that’s a little surprising, because locals will tell you fall is the best time of year for a visit — temperatures cool, lines shorten and traffic disappears. Look for great fall getaway rates from mid-August through early November. Holidays are also a popular time for friends and family to gather at the Gulf. Unlike south Florida, this is considered off-season here in the northwest, so you can score great travel packages, and have the beach nearly all to yourself. But each year, as more lucky travelers discover the Emerald Coast, it becomes even more of a year-round destination with festive special events, family-friendly amusements and attractions and interesting cultural offerings that will appeal to all ages.
  • On October 25, 2013
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    Where is Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa located?

    The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is situated on the Emerald Coast, the crown jewel of the Gulf, pure and simple. Spanning 26 miles of unspoiled beach and bay front through quaint seaside towns on the eastern end and then along Emerald Coast Parkway (Highway 98) to Destin on the western end, this stretch of Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast has been a beach haven known for its fresh Gulf coast seafood, family-friendly atmosphere and unassuming, laid-back charm.

    For millions of loyal visitors who return year after year, it’s not surprising to learn that Destin is annually voted one of the top beaches in America. Its pristine Gulf shores, charming fishing village vibe and sub-tropical climate, make it a perfect backdrop for festivals, attractions and recreational activities all year long. Though this stretch of the Panhandle has been called a best-kept secret, the word is getting out and it is becoming a hot travel destination. Easy access, agreeable weather and plenty to do, allow this spot on the Gulf Coast to rival any island or Caribbean vacation without need for a passport.
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