One of the great perks of working for a magazine like Texas LiVE is that I get to work with fantastic organizations like the Emerald Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau. I think that someday one of my careers will have to be to work for a CVB. Every time I work with one, I think, now that is a(nother) job I would really get into. Anyway, the Emerald Coast CVB is launching a huge national publicity campaign to bring more visitors to the beautiful Florida Gulf coast and one way they are bolstering pub is to host media weekends. This means that the PR agency that they are affiliated with (Zimmerman) brings representatives from different media outlets down to the coast to experience all that there is to do. My group included reps from other magazines including Elle, Parents, Fitness, and Kiwi.

The Zimmerman girls gave us the full treatment. They picked us up at the airport, housed us in a fabulous beach condo, fed us until we absolutely could not eat anymore and toured us through Destin’s many attractions including parasailing, jet skiing, a tour of the gulfarium, a sunset wine and cheese cruise, a deep sea fishing trip, spa treatments, and MORE food.

 Here are a few shots I took on the trip. I decided for this post to stick with the fun animal shots and a few others, but not any of the group. Most of those were of us eating and eating, so they are not super flattering. 🙂

Penguins!!!!

This is Squirt. He Lives at the Gulfarium.

Gulfarium friends

The dolphin show at the Gulfarium

Sunrise on the beach

The sunset during our wine and cheese cruise

Mmmmm…..coffee……

Our last night on the trip we got a great meal at the Marina Cafe, super swanky with a great wine list.