Currently trending at #21 on YouTube, County music star Jason Aldean’s “Got What I Got” music video was released earlier this week and features some well-known locations that locals (and visitors) will recognize.
The video was shot in Okaloosa County and includes footage of the Marler Bridge, the iconic “Welcome to Destin” sign, the Pier, and The Henderson Park Inn.
“It was really a by-chance thing that he filmed here at Henderson Park Inn”, said Janie Schmidt, Marketing for Henderson Park Inn. “His original location fell through, and our GM got a call from Jennifer Adams, Okaloosa TDD Director, asking if they could use our property.”
According to the Henderson Park Inn, Visit Destin-Fort Walton Beach worked really hard to set this relationship up with Aldean, not just for the hotel, but for the area as a whole.
“We were thinking they were just going to be using the beach. We had no clue how much we’d be featured in the video.”Janie Schmidt, Marketing for Henderson Park Inn
The small, 37-room property was both excited and honored to be a part of the video.
“While we believe we provide a luxury, celebrity-level experience, we’re honored to have had the chance to work with Jason and his team”, continued Schmidt. “We’ve had celebrities stay with us before, but not quite on the level that Jason is. Getting this sort of exposure from a celebrity like this is huge for our area, and we can’t thank Visit Destin-Fort Walton Beach enough for all that they do for our community.”
When asked about how it was working with the film crew, Schmidt replied, “they were so wonderful.”
“They were truly respectful of our property and guests. After they finished filming, they joined us for some food and drinks provided by our in-house restaurant, Beach Walk Café, and it was an incredibly fun time. Everyone was very appreciative and down to earth.”
“Jason and his wife (and the entire crew) were very nice, very professional and a lot of fun”, said General Manager Shannon Howell. “With all the nicely presented food, Jason’s wife was craving French fries, something we don’t serve at Beach Walk Café. But the Chef jumped into action and made her some French fries and she was delighted.”
“It’s good to see that the success and fame hasn’t changed the fact that they are good, down to earth country people, and treat everyone with kindness and respect”, said Howell. “It was great to be able to represent Destin for the hospitality industry in this film.”