Seeing Red Wine on the White Sandy Beaches of Seaside

The Seeing Red Wine Festival seeing-red-wine-festival

takes place in the whimsical beach town of Seaside, Florida on November 3rdthrough 6th. This 26th annual event features four days of wine tastings, dinners and a brunch with featured guest winemakers. Recognized as one of the “Top 10 Can’t Miss Fall Wine Festivals,” by Fodor’s Travel, Seeing Red Wine Festival is a must!

The event begins with a Vintners Dinner on Thursday, November 3rd at 7:00pm at one of Seaside’s favorite restaurants, Bud & Alley’s. Executive Chef David Bishop will collaborate with the vintner to create a menu that perfectly pairs with featured wines. Reservations are required for this event.

The Al Fresco Reserve Tasting takes place on Friday, November 4th from 6:00-8:00pm. On Seaside’s lush Lyceum Lawn wine connoisseurs can taste an impressive range of reserve wines while dining on tasty hors d’oeuvres. Live music will play throughout the evening. Tickets can be purchased now for this event.

The main event takes place on Saturday, November 5th from 1:00-4:00pm at Seaside’s charming Downtown Central Square. A wide range of crisp white tents will be set up throughout the town for the Grand Tasting. Wines from around the globe will be presented. Food Stations from local favorite restaurants will showcase farm-to-fork and gulf-to-table small bites. Live music will fill the fresh air of this 30A beach town.

The festivities continue on Sunday, November 6th with the Celebration of Bubbles Brunch. From 10:00am to 1:00pm at Seaside’s Great Southern Café you will be served Champagne, Cava and Prosecco to compliment a delicious brunch. Then from 2:00-5:00pm at Seaside’s Lyceum Lawn Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation presents Fall Walkabout & Charity Auction. Guests will enjoy a silent auction, wine, cocktails, live music and food stations.

This four day sell-out wine festival benefits Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation and 14 local children’s charities. Attendees are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. Beautiful beach accommodations can be found at 30a rentals convenient to the events location.

 

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5 Steps to Carving the Perfect Coastal Pumpkin

Fall is finally here. The weather is getting cooler and the holidays are getting closer. It’s tradition this time of year to pick a pumpkin to design and display proudly. Compliment your 30a beach town home with these 5 easy steps to carving the perfect coastal pumpkin.

Step 1 Picking Your Pumpkincoastal-pumpkins

When picking your pumpkin you must first have in mind the design you will use. This will help you pick the pumpkin that will best fit your plan. Choose one with a smooth surface and clean it with a damp cloth.

Step 2 Cutting and Scooping

Before you cut your pumpkin decide what type of lighting you will be using. You can cut from the top if using a traditional candle or battery operated candles but if wires need to be hidden cutting from the bottom would be best. Scoop out the seeds and fibrous flesh with a serrated spoon or plaster scraper.

Step 3 Design and Decorate

This is where you get creative. Sketch your coastal design on paper or right on the pumpkin. You can also print a template out of your design and tape it to the pumpkin. Starfish, sailboat, dolphin, anchor, crab and a sunset over the sea are just a few ideas that you can carve into your pumpkin. Keep it simple or jazz it up depending on how good you are at staying in the lines.

Step 4 Prepare to Carve

With a sharp knife or miniature saw trace your pattern. Taking your time is extremely important. This is your most important step. If you’d really like to get creative with design you can find pumpkin carving tools at your local craft store. You’re coastal pumpkin is ready to shine!

Step 5 Lights and Layout

The best and safest way to light a pumpkin is using battery operated candles. This alleviates the need to hide cords or cut additional holes for ventilation. Ones with a remote control will allow you to turn off the candles when unattended without disrupting the display.

Place your pumpkin in a visible spot on a bed of seashells, fish net or both. Getting creative with your display is easy when using the natural surroundings of 30a. Whether you live on the beaches of South Walton or spending the holidays in a 30a rental creating a coastal pumpkin is a great way to celebrate fall and the beauty of our beach town.

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Seaside Offers Fun All Year

The charming town of Seaside is widely recognized as the home of The Truman Show and has a one-of-a-kind look. Along with being the perfect backdrop in the 30-A community for a bike ride or stroll on a sunny day, Seaside has year-round events for the whole family.

Every Saturday, there’s a Farmers Market in the Seaside Amphitheater. From 9am-1pm, local produce and crafts are available. Locally-grown food as well as specialty items, artisan cheeses and breads, and even seed exchanges can be enjoyed throughout the year.

In October, the hilarious Halloweener Derby Day welcomes our favorite weenie dogs for a race! This year, the race will be on October 24th. halloweener-derbyThe derby is only for dachshunds but all breeds are welcome for a pet costume contest.

On Friday nights during the summer, outdoor movies can be enjoyed for Central Square Cinema. At 8:00pm each week, family-friendly movies are shown outside under the stars. Just bring a blanket or lawn chair and sit back and watch with the kids!

A summer concert series takes place on Wednesday nights with live music each week at the Amphitheater. Live music is also performed for holiday celebrations as well as fireworks displays.

The Seeing Red Wine Festival takes place each fall bringing wine enthusiasts and winemakers for a weekend of fun. World-class music is played throughout the event as guests enjoy four days of festivities. This year, the festival will be November 3rd-6th with 100% of proceeds benefitting the Destin Charity Wine Auction.

On days without events, Seaside still has plenty to do. Airstreams serve hot dogs, juice, and shaved ice while art galleries display unique local work. Read a book or buy new music at Sundog Books and Central Square Records. When you’re done shopping and dining, head over to the beach and enjoy the view!

 

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The 1st Annual 30A Craft Beer and Spirits Festival Comes to Scenic Highway 30A

Destin, Florida’s premier beer festival has moved to the beaches of 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.craft-beer-fest

September 30th, 2016, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida —Destin Beer Festival has moved to the beaches of 30A. Wine World has partnered with local businesses to host the 1st Annual 30A Craft Beer and Spirits Festival. The festival will take place on Friday, September 30th from 6:00-9:00pm and Saturday, October 1st from 2:00-5:00pm.

The 30A Craft Beer and Spirits Festival will feature live entertainment, over 100 Craft Beers and Spirits to taste from as well as food samples from local restaurants. Attendees of the festival can participate in a local cocktail competition and judge for the festival favorite. There will also be an opportunity to meet and greet with featured distillers and brewers from participating vendors.

Wine World will host events throughout the week of the festival including Tap Takeovers, a Beer Dinner with Special Guest and a Sunday Beer Brunch. These events will take place at Wine World’s local restaurants. Reservations are recommended for the Beer Dinner and Sunday Beer Brunch.

Tickets can be purchased online in advanced for a discounted rate. Ticket options include 2-day VIP, 2-day general, 1-day VIP and 1-day general. VIP ticket features include early admission to the festival as well as exclusive all day access to the VIP tent with Brewers and Distillers. Proceeds from the 30A Craft Beer and Spirits Festival benefit local charity-The Seaside School Foundation.

Formerly known as The Destin Beer Festival, 30A Craft Beer & Spirits Festival is anticipating over 1,000 craft beer and spirits enthusiasts to the event. Held on scenic highway 30A right across from the white sand beaches between Seaside, Florida and Destin, Florida, the event is just steps away from a 30a rental.

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Where to Go for Date Night

On occasion, you and your significant other might get a night off and decide to go out on the town together. You’ll then have to decide where to go when the options seem endless. Here are a few of our favorite places where you are sure to enjoy a nice relaxing evening.

Highlands House on 30A has dinner Tuesdays – Saturdays with brunch on the weekends. Make a reservation for a cozy dinner at the charming gulf-side venue and enjoy Mango Tuna Ceviche or the award-winning Highlands House Burger. Weekly specials are available for drinks and dinner.

Eden Gardens State Park is a beautiful backdrop for a nice walk or even a picnic with your loved one. Moss-draped live oaks are scattered along with gardens of Roses and Azaleas. There’s also a butterfly garden and reflection pond with Koi fish. Pack a lunch or snacks and spread out among this hidden gem of a park.

You can also take a stroll down 30Avenue 30avenuewhich is within walking distance to Rosemary, Seacrest, and Alys Beach. Brick-paved streets take you to fine dining and boutiques with sidewalks along the side for a nice bike ride. Have dinner at Amici 30A Italian Kitchen or Roselie Dining & Seafood Bar and grab dessert at Marble Slab Creamery.

These are some of the places we enjoy. Start making your plans to take out your love or just grab a few friends and enjoy the beauty and culture of the Emerald Coast.

 

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Labor Day on the Beaches of 30A

Labor Day weekend is significant to many as the last shot at a summer vacation! We all want to end summer on a good note and feel refreshed for fall. Here are 3 reasons why a last minute summer get away over Labor Day should be spent on the beaches of 30A.

Reason one is no surprise, our beaches. The powder white sand and emerald green waters make our beaches some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Temperatures are warm and the ocean water is refreshing. Summer days are long lasting on the beaches of 30A which gives you plenty of time for playing in the sand and taking in the sites.

This brings us to reason number two, sunsets and spirits! There is no site more breathtaking then a sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.

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Sharing a cocktail with friends makes it even more special. Some of our favorite sunset spots are Bud & Alley’s Seaside, Whiskey Bravo’s rooftop deck and Beach House in Miramar Beach.

Our number three reason is outdoor entertainment.

Art walks and live musical performances take place under the stars on 30A. 30Avenue Music under the Palms as well as Gulf Place’s First Friday Art Walk gives you a true glimpse of the 30A lifestyle.

Enjoy live music all summer long at the 30A Store at Seagrove Plaza in Seagrove Beach. Garrett Realty Services Inc. main office is just steps away and ready to find you a cozy beach rental next to the action!

Labor Day is your last chance at a 30A summer getaway. 30A rentals are waiting for your arrival. See you soon at the most beautiful beaches in the country!

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Cool Content for your 30A Beach Bag

Summer is in full effect! The powder white sand of 30A beaches are covered with guests trying to soak up the sun. The emerald green waters are full of life with boogie boards, paddle boards and floats full of giggling girls along for the ride. Seasoned beach goers are always prepared for fun in the sun. What’s in your 30A beach bag this summer?30a-beach-tote-bag-960

Sunscreen:

Sunscreen is most important for a day at the beach! Your skin needs protection from the suns UV rays. To stay on the sand as long as possible sunscreen is a must. There’s nothing more disappointing than cutting down on your beach time because of a sun burn not to mention how uncomfortable it can be. Our suggestion- Maui Waves on 30A. They offer a wide range of suntan lotions that are all doctor tested with every variation of SPF protection.

Sunglasses:

The sun is bright in summer and you want to take in all the sights comfortably without squinting. Sunglasses protect your eyes from the suns UV radiation. Always look for sunglasses that block out 99% of ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays. We suggest The Lens Bar in Seacrest Beach. They’ll help you find a fashionable pair of shades that will also keep your eyes healthy.

A Good Book:

It’s the beach and you want to relax. Take some time out for yourself and enjoy a good book. Whether it’s a dark thriller or a light comedy it’s good to take your mind away from reality every now and again. We suggest Sundog Books in Seaside. This quaint bookstore has quite an eclectic selection with a knowledgeable staff.

Beach Wrap:

Beach wrap is number 4 on our list simply because it’s stylish and there’s no other time you’ll have the opportunity to wear one. A wrap is perfect for walking off the sand and into a beachfront restaurant for a bite to eat. When the sun goes down beach wraps keep you warm as you enjoy the cool ocean breeze. Our suggestion- Lily Pulitzer Sienna Wrap from Barefoot Princess in Watercolor. Why? Because no one projects style like Lily!

When leaving your cozy beachfront 30A Rental, make sure your bag is packed with sunny beach day essentials!

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