Gearing Up for the Spring Season in South Walton

What does the spring season mean for the Beaches of South Walton? Warmer weather, bluer skies and longer days at the beach. It’s a time for festivals, concerts and a calendar full of outdoor events. It’s spring time!

It’s time for live music and outdoor movies! Spring opens up with outdoor concerts and movies throughout the beach towns of 30A. Seaside presents Central Square Cinema beginning March 17th. Every Friday night at 7pm you can enjoy a family friendly film under the stars. Alys Beach begins its Spring Concert on Wednesday, March 15th from 6-8pm. Every Wednesday enjoy the outdoors with some good tunes. Bring a blanket or chair unless you plan to dance the night away!

It’s time to run! The 15th Annual Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K Race takes place on Sunday, March 5th. Run down the powder white sand that South Walton beaches are famous for and through the quaint beach towns of 30A. With over 4,000 participants from all over the country this is bound to be one exciting event!spring-events-on-30a

Along with the race comes some lively events and expos. On Friday, March 3rd, Emeril Lagasse spices the weekend up with Taste of the Race. This event takes place at Seaside from 7-9pm and includes some delicious food, live music and a celebration like no other. On Saturday the Race Expo & Silent Auction is one big party with vendors, food and live entertainment. On Sunday, let the races begin!

It’s wine time! Come spring the wine events start pouring in. First taste is the 6th Annual 30A Wine Festival. The Grand Tasting takes place on Saturday, March 11th in Alys Beach where you can taste wines from across the globe with more than 80 showcased.

Second sip is The South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival. Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th, are filled with Grand Tasting events, seminars, live music and Champagne lanes! 800 bottles of wine are available for you to sip on and perfectly paired with delicious fare. Destin Charity Wine Auction in an unsurpassed charity event that will take place on Saturday. The purpose of the event is to raise money for children in need in the Northwest Florida area.

Springtime in South Walton is simply beautiful! Your 30a rental is just steps away from white sand beaches, emerald green waters, breathtaking sunsets and exciting events that take place all season long.

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Save the Dates!

Our sunny beaches in the Florida panhandle attract people from all over throughout the year. Being some of the top beaches in the country, we can see why many choose to vacation here. While we love the soft sand in our toes and that beautiful blue-green water, there is much to enjoy when we aren’t playing at the beach. Many plan their trips around the seasonal festivals we have so we thought we’d make a list of this year’s festival dates. Accommodations can be made at 30-A vacation rentals nearby to take advantage of the full

31st Annual Wine Festival – April 20th-23rd – One of the area’s top events includes 4 days of wine, food, and fun in the sun! The festival is held at Baytowne Wharf and features celebrity chefs, live music, and hundreds of wines.

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival – April 27th-30th – This festival is held in Grand Boulevard and boasts over 800 wines as well as a Champagne Lane, Culinary Village, and Craft Beer & Spirits Jam. Live music is enjoyed throughout the Town Center with proceeds supporting the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation.

ArtsQuest Fine Arts & Music Festival – May 13th-14th – This festival will take place in Grand Boulevard for Mother’s Day weekend. Over 200 artists from around the country will be on hand with unique pieces available for purchase. There will also be live music and ImagiNation where kids can be have fun and be creative.

Digital Graffiti – May 19th-21st – This one-of-a-kind projection art festival takes place each year with artists from around the world projecting their work on the walls of Alys Beach. Walking among a kaleidoscope of colors with live music and great food makes this a must-see event.

Seafood Festival – October 6th -8th – One of the most delicious festivals on the coast features three days of seemingly endless specialties by local restaurants. This festival attracts around 70,000 guests over the weekend along the beautiful Destin Harbor. There will also be live music each day, fun activities for all, and big giveaways!

These are some of the top festivals in our area that we look forward to. There are also upcoming Gumbo Festivals, Beer Festivals, and even a monthly Wine Walkabout in Gulf Place on 30-A. One thing is for sure, there’s plenty to do around here! We are looking forward to another great year.

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Three Days of Play on 30A

Presidents Day is on Monday, February 20th. Perfect for Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana license plates to head down or up to the beautiful white sand beaches of 30A for three days of play! Leave work early on Friday and you can be here by happy hour! With temperatures in the mid 70’s outdoor activities are flourishing and a day at the beach is delightful.

You drive in Friday and check in to your favorite 30a rental in Seagrove Beach. The Winter Getaway Special allows you a little more cushion for splurging over the weekend. You get to one of your favorite spots, 723 Whiskey Bravo, just in time to enjoy a cocktail and watch a breathtaking sunset on the restaurants famous rooftop bar. Dinner is served, you sit back and relax after a day of travel.

Saturday comes and you are in no rush. A pleasant walk on the beach and then you’re off to one of the largest winter food events in the area.

The 28th Annual Gumbo Festivalsoundside-cookoff is the best gumbo cook-off on the Gulf Coast! Sample a variety of gumbo for 12-4pm while enjoying live music and a variety of family activities.

You hop over to the Bubble, Brews & Culinary Qs event to sip on sparkling wines, locally crafted micro brews and delicious light bites while enjoying live music from 4-6pm. The night is young so as you head back to your cozy Seagrove Beach cottage you stop off at The Gathering Spot in WaterColor. There you enjoy a sushi snack and cold Sake beside the outdoor fire pits.

Sunday Fun Day starts with breakfast at the Perfect Pig. Belgian Waffles with blackberry syrup, a side of thick hand sliced bacon and a Bloody Mary…yummy! A much needed walk on the beach after that meal and then off to an afternoon of live tunes with the Market Shops Winter Concert Series.

Wow, you’ve packed a lot into three days! It’s time to enjoy that amazing beach view from your 30a rental with a pizza to go from Pizza by the Sea and a bottle of your favorite red wine. A three day get away you won’t forget! Making memories on 30A!!!


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Spend Your Valentine’s Day on 30A

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. By Tuesday, February 14th, plans should be made for a romantic evening for two! With so many wonderful places for date night on 30A, how do choose that special spot? heart-in-the-sand

If you’re a couple who loves adventure we have a date planned for you! A champagne hike through Deer Lake State Park. Put a little bubbly in your backpack and head west of WaterSound tucked away along 30A. Observe ancient sand dune ecosystems and wildlife as you make your way to the powder white sand. An elevated wooded walkway will guide you to the Gulf of Mexico where you can toast the sunset!

Then off to dinner with no reservations! Yes, here is where the adventure continues. First stop, 45 Central Wine Bar for drinks and appetizers outside overlooking the goings on of Seaside Square. Dinner is a short walk to Bud & Alley’s Waterfront restaurant for seared scallops and famous crab cakes. Finish the evening off lying on Seaside’s plush green lawn watching the stars!

If you’re a couple who likes luxury you’ll love an evening on 30A. Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine picks you up in a deluxe stretch, where you sit back, sip on a cocktail and enjoy the ride. A romantic evening awaits you as you exit the limo and board the 125 foot Solaris yacht from SunQuest Cruises.

The ship sails off at sunset while you toast the colorful sky. The chef prepares a special three course meal and then you dance the night away to live entertainment. Sparks will fly over a sky full of bright stars illuminating the sea!

Whether it’s a breathtaking sunset over the Gulf of Mexico, a walk on the powder white sand holding hands or a candle lit dinner at an exclusive restaurant, romance surrounds the beach towns of 30A. A getaway for two in a cozy 30A rental is just what you need to spice up Valentine’s Day!


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30A Song Writers Festival 2017

What do you get when the hottest musical artists perform on the coolest beaches in Florida? The 30A Songwriters Festival! Set for January 13th through the 16th, 2017, this festival draws over 175 artists to perform in a variety of venues throughout 30A. Amphitheaters, town halls, restaurants, theaters, bars and covered patios are transformed into unique music venues. An exciting line-up of performers and hot spots has been released!30aswf2017-web-header4a

Headline performances from artists John Prine, Cheap Trick, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers and Shawn Colvin in addition to main stage performances by Parker Millsap, Drivin N Cryin, and Amy LaVere have been confirmed. Evening performances at various 30A venues can be enjoyed as well. Venues include Grand Boulevard, Vue on 30A, Gulf Place Amphitheater, Fish Out of Water, The Gathering Spot in WaterColor, Bud & Alley’s, Whiskey Bravo, Old Florida Fish House and many more sensational 30A spots. Check online for an itinerary of your favorite artist’s whereabouts.

Festival weekend passes as well as tickets for specific events are available online or can be purchased in person at the Cultural Arts Alliance office and at Central Square Records in Seaside, Florida. Stay in a 30a rental with discounted rates for 30A Song Writers Festival attendees. It will put you right in the middle of the action, convenient to all the intimate venues as well as large amphitheaters. The 30A Songwriters Festival gets better and better each year. Don’t miss an exciting four days full of talented performances, in spectacular settings with 30A style!


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A Countdown on 30A: Ring in the New Year

How will you celebrate your successes this past year and ring in a New Year with new possibilities? With the beautiful beaches of 30A of course! Each beach town has some sensational celebrations planned from barefoot to black tie. 30A has something for everyone!celebrate-new-years-with-30a

Seaside, Florida provides a casual New Year’s Eve celebration full of family fun from 7:00pm-12:30am. There will be live music, children’s activities, street performers and an unforgettable fireworks show! The celebration takes place at the Seaside amphitheater so bring a blanket, kick off your shoes and enjoy an evening under the stars!

All aboard the Solaris yacht for an exquisite SunQuest Cruise New Year’s Celebration! Ring in the New Year right in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico with breathtaking views of the sea! An elegant evening full of dinner and dancing is planned. You’ll enjoy a seated five-course meal, live entertainment, fireworks, party favors and champagne. Raise your glass and toast to the New Year under a star filled sky!

Trebeache throws a relaxed yet stylish party to celebrate the New Year. Located at Redfish Village in Blue Mountain Beach, Trebeache restaurant will offer two ways to ring in the New Year. Option one is a four course dinner in the dining room followed by a New Year’s bash upstairs in the Grand Ballroom complete with bottomless champagne, dessert bar, and music by DJ Coache 30A as well as Billy Garrett & the Funk Disciples. Choose option two if you are just here to party and ring in the New Year at the upstairs event!

Raise your glass and toast to the past. Toast to the future! May it be filled with fun times on the beach in your 30A rental! Happy New Year!


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Stocking Stuffers for the Beach Lover

Life on 30A is one continuous dream come true with white sand beaches and emerald green waters. Each day presents the opportunity to walk across the powder soft sand and take in a breathtaking sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. Whether days are spent at the beach or daydreaming of the beach here’s some gift ideas perfect for the beach lover in all of us.

Sea Salt Natural Soap Bar makes a great stocking stuffer for the beach lover. Handcrafted Organic Olive Oil Soaps are carefully blended from creamy butters, raw plant oils and exotic clay. Where can you get these bath essentials? The Green Owl Bath & Body located at Seagrove Plaza on 30A offers these natural soap bars in a variety of scents.

Diane Markin’s handcrafted mermaid ornament will light up any room. This colorful mermaid will put a smile on any beach lover’s face. Where did we find this fun and very funky creation? Fusion Art & Glass, located at the shops at Seaside. coastal-stocking-stuffers

Emerald Seas Escape Necklace is the perfect gift to remind that special someone of 30A. A special edition necklace swirls emerald and turquoise in a handmade glass center bead with small white pearls on each side to reflect the colors of our beautiful beaches. Where did we find this delicate piece? It’s by Alison Craft Designs at The 30A Store in Seagrove Plaza.

Tis the season to shop! Give a gift that brings back wonderful memories of a day at the beach. Your 30A Rental will be full of happy faces!


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