How about beautiful fall vistas and brilliant colors only with a warm coastal breeze? Then try a fun-filled family outing to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. This seaside community just outside Jacksonville is home to TPC Sawgrass, one of the best-known golf courses in the world. Besides unparalleled golf opportunities, the stylish resort village offers unsurpassed spa facilities as well as access to an unfettered beachfront.
Arrive in style: Nothing compares to the ease and convenience of a private, nonstop chauffeured service to your resort destination. There is no better option than East Coast Transportation ( www.ectjax.com), north Florida's trustworthy and inexpensive limousine service.
Try TPC: Golfers of all skill levels flock to The Players Club Stadium Course at Sawgrass ( www.tpc.com/tpc-sawgrass) even if only to experience the formidable and infamous 17th island green. All the pro golfers that have gone before you faced this formidable foe. Though Florida's daytime humidity has lost its bite, you will still begin to sweat as you place your ball on the 17th's tee.
Great accommodations: The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa ( www.sawgrassmarriott.com) is considered the home of the famous course. This grand resort is complete with a striking reception area, posh rooms and award-winning restaurants. Beautiful surroundings, convenient amenities and outstanding service are the norm at this contemporary hotel. Large screen plasma TVs, pillow-top beds and excellent facilities will ensure you are pampered in style.
The Spa at Sawgrass ( www.sawgrassmarriott.com/spa) helps place you squarely on the path to wellness and fitness. The stand-alone 25,000-square-foot facility is state of the art, and you cannot help to be stirred by the building's East Asia-style design and unique feng shui.
Inspired by the resort's three beehives, The Spa at Sawgrass offers a unique skin-perfecting honey/Äsugar body scrub. Follow it up with a steam treatment, 45-minute Luxembourg massage or body wrap to feel stress-free and re-energized.
Awesome shopping: Look no further than the St. Johns Town Center ( www.simon.com/mall/?id=857) in Jacksonville. Amazing selections and everyday discounts await. With more than 1 million square feet of no-holds-barred shopping, this center offers northeast Florida's finest fashion, food and fun.
Cabana Beach Club: For a dynamic outing the whole family can enjoy, spend the day at the beach. Leave your room empty-handed and take the courtesy shuttle to the resort's Cabana Beach Club ( www.sawgrassmarriott.com/beach), where towels, comfy lounge chairs and cocktails await. You'll enjoy an all-access pass to exclusive services that include non-motorized water sports, and swimming in the large private pool.