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The Best of the Best 2003: Hotels – WaterColor Inn

There is a saying that the farther north you travel in Florida, the farther south you get. Southern drawls become thicker, grits more prevalent, the countryside more unspoiled, and the hospitality more welcoming.


This is the setting for WaterColor Inn, a 60-room property on the state’s northwestern gulf coast.

Designed by renowned architect David Rockwell with a wood frame, a tin roof, stylized rafter rails, covered porches, and oversize trellises and shutters, it blends into the pristine beauty of the nearby beach, dune lakes, pine forests, and meadowlands.

Large rotunda suites offer sweeping views, and the huge balconies are furnished with Adirondack chairs that are perfect for sunset watching.

Activities are abundant and range from tennis to snorkeling to golf (with priority tee times) at the nearby Camp Creek Golf Club.

WaterColor Inn, 866.426.2656, www.watercolorinn.com

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