Best of the Emerald Coast 2012

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Best Art Gallery
A.Wickey Studio-Gallery

World Six is an art-boutique located in Rosemary Beach featuring the work of 30A artists Allison Wickey (2011 Walton County Artist of the Year), Shantell Martin, Francisco Adaro, Steve Wagner and Andy Saczynski (voted Best Local Artist this year), with jewelry by Wendy Mignot and Adorn by Samouce and clothing by Nicole Paloma. Rosemary Beach

Best DJ
DJ Vladi

DJ VLADI is known as much for his excellent customer service, professionalism and passion as he is for getting people on the dance floor. For the past 10 years, his DJ skills have pumped up the entertainment value at private parties, weddings and corporate events.

Best Golf Course
Regatta Bay Golf & Country Club

Positioned among nature preserves along Choctawhatchee Bay, this par-72 course is a true escape into a golfer’s paradise. Designed by Robert C. Walker, Regatta Bay was selected as one of Golf Digest’s “Top Places to Play in North America.” Destin

Best place for Kid’s Birthday Party

With hundreds of lessons and talented teachers, Abrakadoodle art education programs are always new and exciting. But beyond its award-winning art programs, Abrakadoodle is also a perfect place for creative children to party! They provide a teacher, fun activities, art materials and a masterpiece for each child to take home. Choose a theme, or they can create a custom activity for you. Destin

Best Local Artist
Andy Saczynski

Andy Saczynski is known for saying he likes to turn “junk into funk.” Classified as an outside folk artist, he primarily works with acrylic, wood, metal, copper and recycled musical instruments. An award-winning artist born and raised on the Emerald Coast, Andy finds his artistic inspiration through music and in Florida’s architecture, landscape and wildlife. You can visit and purchase his work at the Andy Saczynski Studio-Gallery. Grayton Beach

Best Local Attraction
Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

The state’s oldest marine park is making a splash with exciting new programs, updated facilities and even a new name. In addition to ever popular dolphin and sea lion shows, you can splash with dolphin, feed penguins, snorkel with stingrays, play with sea otters, step in the shoes of an animal trainer to name a few. Fort Walton Beach.

Best Local Event
Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach

Each June Alys Beach stages one of the most innovative art events in the country. During the weekend extravaganza, the coastal community opens its doors, courtyards and pedestrian paths to groundbreaking global digital artists who transform the town’s iconic white walls into vivid works of art. Alys Beach

Best musician/vocalist/band

It all started in 2007 with three guys in a backyard playing a ukulele and a set of bongos just for fun. Rising from the backyards of Okaloosa County, Heritage broke into the pop/reggae scene in 2009 with their debut album, Natural High. Now the group is gaining ground throughout the U.S.

Best Place To Be Seen
HarborWalk Village

The heart of Destin is found in one place: HarborWalk Village. This vibrant waterfront village filled with dozens of quaint boutique shops, lively restaurants and family-friendly entertainment, is the perfect gathering place for family and friends ready to begin or end their day. Destin

Best Place To Watch a Sunset
HarborWalk Village

Though there are plenty of gorgeous spots along the Emerald Coast, nothing beats HarborWalk Village at sunset. Overlooking Destin Harbor, it’s the perfect place to celebrate life in paradise. Destin

Best Place To Go Dancing
John Wehner’s Village Door

Owner John Wehner created this hot spot to offer the same eclectic and electric style as his other nightspot, the Famous Door on New Orleans’ Bourbon Street. The Village Door is Destin’s hottest live-music dance club. Linger at the lively bar, grab a table to watch the crowd or hit the dance floor to party the night away.

Miramar Beach
Best Place To Take the Kids
Big Kahuna’s Water Park

Thrills, chills and spills await you and your family at the destination for family fun. With more than 40 water attractions and an adventure park, Big Kahuna’s offers something fun for everyone. Featuring dozens of slides and the biggest manmade waterfall in the world, your family is sure to have a blast. Destin

Best Radio Personality
Woofy, 99 Rock

He’s been a fixture on Emerald Coast radio since the early ’90s. And Woofy’s listeners have seen him grow from a single man into a husband and father of two who works to make his community a better place for everyone, earning loyal fans year after year. Fort Walton Beach

Best Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

The 2,400-acre resort, featuring 30 charming village neighborhoods with stunning beach and bay property, offers a complete resort experience for the entire family. With championship golf, world-class tennis, a vibrant village, a full-service marina, water sports and children’s programs, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Miramar Beach

Best Tennis Facility
Bluewater Bay Tennis Center

With more than 15 USTA and local men’s and women’s teams, over 60 active junior players, 12 annual tournaments and numerous member socials, Bluewater Bay Tennis Center certainly has a tennis game for every age and every level. This newly renovated tennis center features 12 beautifully maintained clay courts, a fully equipped clubhouse and a top-shelf teaching staff. Niceville

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