House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)
About Nancy Phinney
Welcome to The Great Escape! This is our home away from home. We built this house in 1998 when we were living in Boston, MA and needed a place to 'escape' to. We found Destin. Most of our family and friends had not heard of Destin and thought we crazy to be building a vacation home so far away. They also thought it would be impossible to rent and manage from so far away. Well, 17 successful years later we're still at it and loving it. We get down to Destin a few times every year; although it is never enough and the visits are too short! Destin is like an addiction! We just want to go back for more. And, the more we talk to people, we learn we're not the only ones who feel this way. People have been going to Destin year after year - for 15-20 years or more! We love Destin, the people, the incredible beaches and the wonderful memories we build with each trip. We've had over 100 families stay at the Great Escape and many return each year. As a mother of 13 year old twins and a nine year old, our lives are extremely busy and I look forward to our weekly vacation each year. We strive to make The Great Escape a wonderful, relaxing experience for all of our guests and are sure you will enjoy it, and Destin, as much as we do. We look forward to having you visit!
Nancy Phinney purchased this House in 1998
Why Nancy Phinney chose Crystal Beach
The Great Escape is a retreat from your everyday life. It is equipped with everything you need - you just have to show up and relax! We are within walking distance to shopping, restaurants and of course the beach! The private back yard allows you to entertain friends or enjoy the peace. You choose! Coffee in your jammies by your own private pool or cocktails at night - the choice is yours!
What makes this House unique
Our home is just that - a home. We have decorated as a home and it comes equipped with everything you will need to enjoy your vacation. We provide all linens, inlcuding beach towels! We also have pool toys and beach toys for you to use. If you're traveling with small kids, leave the pack 'n play and booster seat at home - we've got both at our place for you to use!
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Minimum age of primary renter:25
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Nice Home Near Beaches
Okay, I am an honest reviewer on all sites & therefore, will be totally honest with you.
First, the house looks just like the pictures. Everything works and is easy to use. Very spacious and nice furniture. The TV in the den is superb.
Now, as far though as the shower in the baths, the shower heads are rather dated. They work really well but are dated.
The flooring is nice and seems clean. I always walk around in my socks & they did not look overly dirty from doing so.
The house was 93% clean. There was some piece of plastic under the sofa and a few hairs in the shower in the master as well as a hair on the sink in the other bath.
They provide you with pool toys, couple floats, throw toys, etc.
Felt very safe in the neighborhood. The walk to the beach was like 5 minutes & I felt safe walking this.
The guy that owns the place came over to say high & make sure we got in okay. Really nice gentleman. He gave us some good advice on restaurants. He did not stay real long, which was nice, we were trying to unload & unpack.
I would stay here again, as we did thoroughly enjoy it.
Location is perfect and area was peaceful
My family had the most amazing time. The location was perfect, close to everything. Walking distance to the beach and stores. We look forward to coming back next year. We’ve been vacationing in Destin for 17 years and I don’t know why we didn’t do this sooner. Counting down the days until we come back.
Arehart family vacation
We truly enjoyed our stay. Thank you! The house/pool very clean. It is a short walk to the beach. The beach is the best around with white soft sand and clear water. Loved being able to come back from the beach and hang by the pool with our family. Cooking out on the grill for dinner by the pool worked out well. The house is in a great location with stores close by. Thanks again! We will be back!
Very Nice! Loved it!
Very Nice! Loved It!
We had an amazing trip and stay at this wonderful home. It was very clean, comfortable, had that special “beachy” feel to it, was conveniently located to Crystal Beach, and had a perfect sized pool for the afternoons. The pictures honestly don’t do the house justice. I highly recommend this property and would definitely rent again! Loved every bit of it.
Thank you for the wonderful review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at our home and hope you’ll return again soon.
Destin gem! My family of 4 stayed here the last week of June 2019. Brent was right on time with the keys and helpful. We walked in and were surprised at the high ceilings and natural light. The house was clean and pictures do not do this place justice.
We made several meals and had every pot, pan, and utensil that we needed. I do recommend extra toiletries. The location is close to everything. Publix and Walgreens are across the road and Whole Foods is down the street. Lots of stuff close by.
The walk to the beach is easy with sidewalks in a cute residential area. Main public beach area (Shirah) is about 2 canopy tents wide. It’s tiny. We walked down to the right to the next public area.
The house has sand/pool toys, 3 beach chairs, a small umbrella, and there is a small soft-sided cooler on wheels. There is no beach cart. The pool is small but my kids loved it. One day they stayed in it for 10hrs. The outdoor shower is great too. The whole patio and deck area is great. I lived out there.
All of the appliances worked as expected, beds were comfortable, and master bath is nice and large.
Damage deposit was returned promptly.
Brent also shipped back a stack of movies that we left. Thank you!
Thanks for sharing your home with us! We had a vacation to remember.
We are so glad you enjoyed your time at our home. We work hard to provide all the necessary items you need to enjoy your beach vacation. We hope you’ll return again soon!
Our home is conveniently located in the popular community of Crystal Beach. It is centrally located 4 miles east of Destin Harbour, and just south of Destin Commons.