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WaterColor Inn & Resort Again Ranks in Top 500 Hotels in the World by Travel + Leisure Readers

Travel magazine asks readers to vote on their favorite hotels around the world in the ninth annual poll

Santa Rosa Beach, FL - (December 21, 2010) – WaterColor Inn & Resort is again recognized for excellence in service and amenities by the readers of Travel + Leisure. For the fourth year in a row, WaterColor Inn & Resort in northwest Florida has been named to the prestigious list of Top 500 Hotels in the World by readers of the popular travel magazine. "This is an exclusive list," said Eric Sather, General Manager of WaterColor Inn & Resort. "Being named to the list once is an honor. Being selected four times reinforces what we already know – our level of service is second to none and our stunning location keeps visitors coming back and naming us a top destination."

The Travel + Leisure poll asks readers to vote on the places they've stayed recently, and to share opinions on their favorite properties. Travel + Leisure readers rate hotels on several characteristics including rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food, and value.

WaterColor Inn & Resort joins other well known properties in the Top 500 list including The Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida; Hotel Bel Air, Bel Air California; Little Nell, Aspen Colorado; and Kahala Hotel & Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii.

WaterColor Inn & Resort is an enchanting getaway located along Northwest Florida's Emerald Coast, nestled between Grayton Beach and Seaside on Scenic Highway 30-A. Accommodations range from the intimate WaterColor Inn with a cozy, relaxed feel of a beach home featuring rooms overlooking the pristine sugar white sand and emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the resort's charming rental homes – roomy enough for groups or families to vacation together. Many of the homes are just a short walk to the beach and surround scenic Western Lake.

WaterColor Inn & Resort caters to guests of all ages, offering numerous amenities including a BeachClub, several swimming pools, tennis center, spa, and Kids Camp. Complimentary bicycles, kayaks and canoes make it easy for guests to ride to the neighboring town of Seaside, paddle through the Western Lake, a rare coastal dune lake, and hike the resort's woodland trail system. Golfers have three courses to choose from: the Tom Fazio-designed Camp Creek Golf Club, the Greg Norman-designed Shark's Tooth Golf Club, and the Origins course designed by Davis Love III for family and short play.

WaterColor's highly acclaimed Fish Out of Water restaurant overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and features Chef de Cuisine Philip Krajeck's specialties made from locally sourced and organic ingredients.

Throughout the year, WaterColor hosts special events and themed retreat packages focusing on fitness, art, culinary and more. WaterColor rings in the New Year with the second annual 30A Songwriters Festival January 14-16. An internationally prominent line up of singer-songwriters will converge on the Santa Rosa Beach area. WaterColor Inn & Resort's Fish Out of Water Restaurant will host headliners including Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls; Jeffrey Steele; Shawn Mullins; Vicki Peterson of The Bangles; Rodney Crowell; Susan Cowsill from the 60's musical family The Cowsills; Tim Nichols; and Chely Wright Performers will be on stage all three nights of the festival, with three sets each night. Fans of great music, world class restaurants and the ultimate beach bars are invited to enjoy all of this over the 3-day holiday weekend.

About WaterColor Inn & Resort

WaterColor Inn & Resort has a long list of awards and accolades: Selected as second best by readers of Travel + Leisure in the "Top 50" World's Best Family Hotels and Cruises in the U.S. & Canada and the "Top 500 Hotels in the World" in 2009 and 2010; voted number 15 in the "Top 100 Mainland U.S. Resorts" by readers of Condé Nast Traveler in 2010 ; and "Best Hotel in Florida" by the readers of Travel + Leisure in 2007.

The WaterColor Inn & Resort offers luxurious accommodations at both the exclusive 60 room Inn and well appointed residences and charming cottages. The resort has award-winning dining at Fish Out of Water, a full service spa, Kids Camp, golf, tennis, biking, kayaking and fishing. WaterColor Inn & Resort is managed by Seattle-based Noble House Hotels & Resorts and developed by The St. Joe Company. For more information about WaterColor visit www.watercolorresort.com or call 866-426-2656.

About WaterSound Beach

WaterSound Beach is a 256-acre gated residential community sitting directly on the Gulf of Mexico, along Scenic Highway 30-A between Camp Creek Lake and Deer Lake State Park in Northwest Florida's South Walton County. Developed by the St. Joe Company, it stretches for a mile along the Gulf Coast's crystal white sands and emerald waters, with pedestrian bridges and footpaths linking the community are various neighborhoods, complemented by the property's dramatic dunes and lush, natural spaces. Amenities include the private WaterSound

Beach Club, with a 7,000 square foot free-form swimming pool and seasonal Dunesider Grille. Two miles east of WaterSound Beach is Camp Creek Golf Course, a private, 18-hole, par 72

championship course configured by renowned designer Tom Fazio. For WaterSound vacation rentals, call 800-413-2363 or visit www.watersoundvacationrentals.com.

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