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WaterColor Inn & Resort Ranked as a "World’s Best Hotels for Families" by Travel + Leisure Readers

Santa Rosa Beach, FL - (Oct, 2013) – WaterColor Inn & Resort receives a top award for family travel. The readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have selected WaterColor Inn & Resort as a "World’s Best Hotels for Families" awarding the scenic resort #2 on the list in the United States. The publication asked readers to vote and to share opinions on their favorite properties to compile the "go-to resource" for family travel.

"We are excited to be selected for the list of family focused resorts by the readers of Travel + Leisure," said WaterColor Inn & Resort General Manager Andrew Czarnecki. Our kids programs are the center of our family offerings and allow kids an exciting day of arts, crafts and exploring nature. Children even have their own KidsCamp area with a pool, soccer field and fishing pond. The WaterColor Resort beach also offers a day of exploration for families including kayaks, YOLO boards (stand-up paddle boards) and an adventure outing with seasoned guides. The Gulf-front location, plus the welcoming service our staff provides to families, keeps them coming back and ranking us as a top destination."

WaterColor Inn & Resort is located along Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast on scenic byway 30A and nestled between Grayton Beach and Seaside, Florida. Accommodations range from the intimate WaterColor Inn with a cozy, relaxed feel of a beach home featuring rooms overlooking the pristine sugar white sand and emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the Resort’s charming one-to-six bedroom vacation homes – roomy enough for families to vacation together. Many of the homes are just a short walk to the beach and surround scenic Western Lake.

WaterColor Inn & Resort caters to guests of all ages, offering numerous amenities including a BeachClub, several swimming pools, tennis center, spa, and Kids Camp. Complimentary bicycles, kayaks, canoes and Kids Camp sessions make it easy for guests to enjoy all the resort has to offer in the 499-acres. Paddle through Western Lake, a rare coastal dune lake, and hike the resort’s woodland trail system.

Golfers have three courses to choose from: the Tom Fazio-designed Camp Creek Golf Club, the Greg Norman-designed Shark’s Tooth Golf Club, and the Origins course designed by Davis Love III for family and short play.

WaterColor Resort’s highly acclaimed Fish Out of Water restaurant overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and features Chef de Cuisine Lawrence Klang’s specialties made from locally sourced and organic ingredients.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Haynes Williams

850. 231.7713
jwilliams@watercolorresort.com



About WaterColor Inn & Resort
WaterColor Inn & Resort has a long list of awards and accolades and most recently has been selected a 2013 Forbes Four-Star Resort, 2013 as a Conde' Nast Travelers -Readers Choice "Gold List" recipient and a 2013 "Platinum Circle" recipient. Also awarded in 2013 the AAA Four-Diamond rating for both the WaterColor Inn and Fish Out of Water restaurant. The InnSpa received #19 in the 2013 Conde' Nast Travelers, "Readers Spa Poll" for North America.

The WaterColor Inn & Resort offers luxurious accommodations at both the exclusive 60 room Inn and well appointed residences and charming cottages. The resort has award-winning dining at Fish Out of Water, a full service spa, Kids Camp, golf, tennis, biking, kayaking and fishing. WaterColor Inn & Resort is managed by Seattle-based Noble House Hotels & Resorts and developed by The St. Joe Company. For more information about WaterColor visit www.watercolorresort.com, www.watercolorvacationhomes.com or call 866-426-2656.

About WaterSound Beach
WaterSound Beach is a 256-acre gated residential community sitting directly on the Gulf of Mexico, along Scenic Highway 30-A between Camp Creek Lake and Deer Lake State Park in Northwest Florida's South Walton County. Developed by the St. Joe Company, it stretches for a mile along the Gulf Coast's crystal white sands and emerald waters, with pedestrian bridges and footpaths linking the community are various neighborhoods, complemented by the property's dramatic dunes and lush, natural spaces. Amenities include the private WaterSound Beach Club, with a 7,000 square foot free-form swimming pool and seasonal Duneside Grille. Two miles east of WaterSound Beach is Camp Creek Golf Course, a private, 18-hole, par 72 championship course configured by renowned designer Tom Fazio. For WaterSound vacation rentals, call 800-413-2363 or visit www.watersoundvacationrentals.com.

About Camp Creek
Since opening in 2001, Camp Creek has been consistently cited as one of Tom Fazio's most thought-provoking, aesthetically-stunning design credits. Featuring a unique "dunescape" appearance, the layout is framed by sand dunes and native grasses. From the back green tees, the course plays to a championship caliber yardage of 7,159 and a formidable slope rating of 152 (one of the highest in the state). Camp Creek's five-tee configuration, which also includes gold (senior) and red (women's) tees, accommodates players of all skill and experience levels. It is ranked among the top courses in the state by Golfweek, GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest. It has also been recognized for its environmental stewardship through designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System (ACSS). Superintendent Larry Livingston was similarly distinguished as a certified Audubon Steward.

About Shark's Tooth
Designed by Greg Norman and voted the second best new private course by Golf Digest in 2002, Shark's Tooth Golf Club was purchased by The St. Joe Company to bolster its high-end, golf course holdings. The course stretches to 7,204 yards from the back tees and features five fairways that border scenic Lake Powell, two holes that play toward the water and numerous wooden cart path bridges that cross over streams and estuaries. Tucked among the oaks and pines along the shores of the historic lake, which has been designated an Outstanding Florida Waterway, Shark's Tooth is a challenging course that co-exists with its surroundings. Grass from the Greg Norman Turf Company was used on the fairways, approaches and rough. The course is a Silver Signature Sanctuary Course as accredited by the Audubon Signature Program.

About St. Joe
The St. Joe Company, a publicly held company currently based in Santa Rosa Beach, is one of Florida's largest real estate development companies and Northwest Florida's largest private landowner.  St. Joe is primarily engaged in real estate development and sales, with significant interests in timber.  More information about the Company can be found on its website at www.joe.com.

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