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Cover Couple: Holiday 2014

Retirement + the Gulf Coast = A Great Time!

Our Holiday edition cover couple Linda and Bill Fisher of Indianapolis, Ind., and have been married for 47 years and clearly enjoy each other’s company and they have a zest for life. Retired educators, Linda was a high school and elementary school instructional assistant for 27 years and Bill taught high school and college mathematics for 43 years. They are the parents of two daughters and four grandchildren age 10 and under. They spend their winter in Destin, Fla.

How did you meet?
Although we were from the same small town , we started dating after college and we were both teaching in different cities about an hour apart.

How did you discover Destin?
We have been coming to Destin for about 12 years; first time for a week during spring break and liked it so well, we later came for longer periods and finally for winter. We discovered Destin and Sandpiper Cove through friends and the internet. We keep coming back to Destin because we love the beautiful beach, friendly folks and the small town feel even though it has many advantages of a larger city. There are many opportunities for shopping ,dining, recreation and relaxed living. We enjoy the Destin Snowbird Club meetings and activities.

Why Sandpiper Cove?
We like Sandpiper Cove because it feels like a second home. It is conveniently located in Destin with access to the beach, heated pools, tennis , 9 hole pitch and putt golf course and restaurant. We like that the condos in Sandpiper are either first or second-floor units. We usually stay 2 1/2 months in the winter and stayed the month of October this year.

Do you tour other areas during your stay?
We have been to New Orleans twice with the Destin Snowbirds and have visited the Naval Air Aviation Museum in Pensacola, The National World War II Museum in New Orleans, the Air Force Armaments Museum at Eglin Air Force Base. We have taken side trips to Panama City Beach and St. George Island. We travel to Fort Walton to shop and eat. We also plan to visit friends in The Villages this winter and return to historic downtown Pensacola for a visit this winter.

Do you have many visitors during your annual stay?
We have family that visit and friends from Indianapolis who stay in the Destin area and Gulf Coast that come to visit.

You came earlier this year. Why?
We were in Destin for the month of October and the weather was great. Our grandchildren were on fall break back home so our younger daughter, husband and kids visited the first full week of October and our older daughter, husband and kids visited after that.

Do you have any tips for a new Snowbird?
Join a Snowbird club that offers a variety of activities, entertainment, trips, etc. Do research on and visit areas where you like to spend the winter or locate there permanently.

Read the Holiday 2014 Snowbirds Gulf Coast Magazine