Travel + Leisure names Best Towns for the Holidays!
No. 11 Santa Rosa Beach, FL
The holiday season coincides with the kickoff of high season in this northwest Florida town, which also ranked well for beach vacations, family getaways, and boutiques. So it’s a good place to browse for notable gifts, from the heirloom-quality porcelain at Santa Rosa Pottery to the pre–World War I cookbooks at Kitchen Garden Books & Antiques. Folks who don’t want to put on holiday pounds might consider the 40-mile Winter Solstice Run, which begins in Santa Rosa at dawn on December 21, 2014, and goes along beaches, lakes, and through state forests (good news: there is also a 10-mile version). Luckily, the town also scored well for good running weather.