It’s hard to believe our 2018 Everglades Rendezvous is already on the books! The weekend in Destin was jam-packed with an air show by the Blue Angels, parties, fun in the sun, and of course, Everglades boats. Did you miss out? Read on for a few of the highlights, and be sure to subscribe to our mailing list so you can attend 2019’s Rendezvous!
Friday night’s festivities included a welcome party at the Baytowne Marina, featuring a backdrop of Everglades boats in their slips as attendees arrived for the weekend. Guests stayed at the nearby luxurious Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort (pictured above.) Rooms were mere steps away from the Village of Baytowne Wharf, which featured a buzzing nightlife scene, complete with bars and restaurants galore, catering to any taste you could imagine.
The most memorable day - hands down! - of the event began bright and early Saturday morning. A huge shout-out and many thanks are due to our gracious cohosts at Legendary Marine for coordinating the raft-up at Pensacola Beach to take in the Blue Angels Air Show. While many left the marina somewhat early (7 a.m.) to make the trip from Destin to Pensacola, Legendary’s captains made the 50+ mile journey hours prior, to stake out a spot for an “Everglades only” flotilla. As you can see, we had the best seats in the house!
After a long day on the water, the party moved inside for Saturday night’s festivities. The “Top Gun” salute to our military theme was on full display, and guests were treated to an open bar, an extensive, delicious buffet featuring two carving stations, and countless desserts. A silent auction featuring entertainment packages to nearby attractions, must-have boating accessories - not to mention a plethora of sports memorabilia! - helped raise well over $1,500 for the Emerald Coast Honor Games. We also auctioned off a seat at the poker table for the non-profit organization, with a cash prize awarded to the winner.
After such a full day, the weekend drew to a close with a raft-up outside Lucy Buffett's LuLu's of Destin Sunday afternoon. The day was spent enjoying the beautiful weather, delicious food and drinks from LuLu's, and even a dip in the infinity pool at Legendary Marine's Yacht Club! The perfect cap to a weekend we're sure our owners will never forget. Check out more photos below, and be sure to visit our events page so you don't miss out on the next exclusive event!