Tips & Trips
Come Sail Away
The turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico get most of the attention in South Walton, and rightfully so. But this idyllic destination is bordered on the north by another serene body of water ideal for a delightful sunset cruise. Specifically, a dinner cruise that sails from Sandestin’s Baytowne Wharf on the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay.
By day, this 130-square-mile bay is the perfect place for fishing, kayaking or water skiing. But on the evenings that the Solaris sets sail, Choctawhatchee Bay becomes a venue for fine dining, entertainment, and one of the most spectacular sunset views on the entire Gulf Coast. And you’ll get all of it from your spot aboard this 5,300 square-foot yacht, complete with two dining areas, a gourmet galley, and a full-service bar. Though the Solaris specializes in weddings, receptions and other special events, this family-owned yacht built in Walton County welcomes the public on board for sunset dinner cruises three evenings each week.
Each three-hour cruise includes an enticing menu of fresh food freshly prepared in the yacht’s galley . Dinner offerings include Gulf shrimp and seafood, seared beef tenderloin, southern-style crab cakes, and lemon rosemary chicken breast. There’s also a wide selection of cocktails and drinks available from the bar, and a band entertains passengers with popular music designed to get everyone out on the dance floor.
After dinner, climb the stairs to the Solaris’ topside deck to feel the cool evening breeze against your skin and watch the skies above turn from gold to red and then fade into ever-darkening shades of blue. The lights of the Mid-Bay Bridge and Sandestin eventually guide the yacht back into port, but if you want to extend your evening enjoyment, more fun awaits you in the bustling nightlife of The Village of Baytowne Wharf.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic evening for two or a casual celebration for ten, a dinner cruise on the Solaris is an exciting and enchanting way to experience an incredible evening of sunset, food and fun on South Walton’s other liquid jewel.
Modified: September 30, 2012 8:41 pm