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 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.


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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Hot Summer Spots on 30A

The beaches of South Walton are bursting with life this summer! Families are taking summer breaks on the most beautiful beaches in Florida. Neighbors and friends are meeting together for outdoor concerts under the stars. Whether you’re vacationing at a 30A rental or a local on a “stay-cation“, you won’t want to miss these hot summer spots on 30A!

Seaside, Florida is a popular little beach town on 30A with a lot of character. Here you will find a variety of shops and eateries circling around an outdoor amphitheater where fun summer events take place. Every Wednesday night at 7:00pm you can bring your blankets and low back chairs to Seaside for its Summer Concert Series. A talented lineup of musicians will take the stage throughout the summer season. Don’t miss this musical entertainment hot spot!

Rosemary Beach, Florida presents a vibe that’s the perfect mix between relaxed and riveting! It’s a town that attracts families, foodies and romantics each year. Main Street is home to some of the area’s best restaurants, shops and boutiques. The Western Green hosts events all summer long. Thursday nights belong to the Moonlight Movie Series. Bring the family out to enjoy a wholesome movie under the stars!

Watersound Beach, Florida is an intimate beach neighborhood on 30A with stunning scenery surrounding wide walkways and winding boardwalks. Along with this town’s natural beauty it is also home to The Hub,

Hub Stage and Lawn

a laid-back gathering place for family and friends. Delicious restaurants and shops unique to 30A are circled around a giant fire pit inviting friends to hang out and a green grass lawn inviting all to enjoy the show at the outdoor amphitheater.

30A is sizzling this summer with hot entertainment and cool outdoor venues. Savor your summer and make the most of your stay at the beautiful beaches on 30A!

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Gulf Place Brings Back Outdoor Concerts

One of the best things about a beach community is all the outdoor events. When the weather is warm, people come together for fun in all sorts of activities. The 30-A area is lucky to have plenty of options to choose from this summer. From Farmers Markets to ArtWalks to outdoor concerts, we have lots to keep us busy.

The Gulf Place shopping center


is located on the corner of 30-A and Highway 393 directly across from beach access. The plaza features coffee and ice cream shops, upscale boutiques, a surf shop, pizza place and more. During the summer months, concerts are enjoyed each Sunday at the amphitheater lawn. Among the lineup this year are The Rips, Déjà vu, Continuum, and Still Standing. Bands will play for the public each week between 5-8pm. Guests can bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the free concerts.

Gulf Place also showcases eight art galleries that feature local artists’ work. Unique jewelry, sculptures, pottery, photography, and more are available for purchase. A Wine Walkabout every third Thursday is scheduled from 5-7pm with wine tastings, live music, food and prizes. The Gulf Place community is convenient to 30-A rentals and popular restaurants and shopping.


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The Craft Beer Craze Takes 30A

Craft Beer has taken over taps across the country and the beaches of 30A are no exception! Beer drinkers are now exploring their palates with different tastes and brewers are creating unique flavors to keep them coming back for more. Join me on a tasting tour of our local breweries.

First stop is Grayton Beer Company. 30a-beach-blonde-aleSituated between Rosemary Beach and Grayton Beach this brewery is a hot spot for locals and vacationers to come out and try some beer. The light and refreshing taste of 30A Blonde is just what our powder white sand beaches call for. Grayton Beer Company got its start in 2011 by owners Jamey and Candace Price. They made the beaches of South Walton their home in 2006 and now they are living the dream!

Next stop Idyll l Hounds Brewing Company in Santa Rosa Beach. These guys are mad scientists when it comes to their brews. With over 20 taps on the wall two are dedicated to their always available brews; Divide & Conch’r and Man o’ Wheat. The other 18, well they are ever changing with crazy ingredients that make these beers unique and delicious. What’s their inspiration? The beautiful white sand and blue skies that only 30A beaches can provide. Which brews will you choose to take out to the beach?

Our final stop is a little off the beaten path of 30A but well worth mentioning. The Destin Brewery is the newest and smallest brewery in the area as far as breweries go but in tastes, well it’s the biggest and most experienced flavors you’ll try on the Emerald Coast. One sip of the East Pass or Bridge Rubble Double IPA and you’ll be filling your growlers up to the top. With its tasting room set to open on Saturday, June 11th this brewery is going to be ‘hopping’!

Take this tour in person! Check out 30a rentals for a stay on the beautiful white sand beaches of South Walton and enjoy the many flavors of our local breweries.

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Dining Al Fresco on 30A

Spring is such a lovely time of year on the beaches of 30A. The sun shines longer throughout the day enticing many to spend all their time outdoors. With the breathtaking views that the beaches of 30A supplies, it’s not hard to see why dining al fresco is a must. Here’s a look at a few outdoor dining options along 30A that won’t disappoint.couple_fine_dining_outdoors_small

Overlooking Draper Lake in Blue Mountain Beach, Basmati’s Asian Cuisine serves fresh local ingredients with an Asian flair. The intimate dining on the open-air screen porch creates the perfect setting to enjoy the unique flavors of Basmati’s. A diverse sushi menu as well as seafood, meats and vegetarian dishes are served for lunch and dinner.

Voted “best little wine shop on 30A”, Wild Olives Bistro offers lunch and dinner in the beautiful outdoor surroundings of Rosemary Beach. Along with an impressive selection of wines, gourmet cheeses, small plates and large plates are also available. Wild Olives outdoor dining is perfect for sipping on a glass of wine, observing the activity of Rosemary Beach’s main square and enjoying the moment.

No place presents a sunset better than Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant. Nestled in the heart of Seaside, Florida with breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico, Bud & Alley’s is the go to place for locals to impress their guests. The menu features fish-to-table cuisines with a taste of the South. Included is a sunset celebration on the rooftop bar. Open air dining doesn’t get better than this!

Options are abundant and right around the corner from your 30A Rental. Enjoy good food with great friends and beautiful views in the beach towns of 30A.

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Sunday, March 20th is the official first day of spring in 2016!

Sunday, March 20th is the official first day of spring in 2016. Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and the beach is calling my name once again! How would you spend spring’s first day on 30A?

Take a leisurely bike ride down 30A to the Farmers Market at Rosemary Beach. Rosemary Beach 2016

From 9am-1pm every Sunday you can sample delicious products from local vendors. Fill your basket with fresh fruit, eggs, milk, cheese and grass-fed beef. Area pastry chefs will offer tasty treats. There is nothing better than the smell of fresh bread and the smell of spring!

Springtime is a great time to try new things. How about a bike ride on the bay? Emerald Coast Hydrobikes (ECH) invites you on a Chicken & Waffle Ride from the Choctawhatchee Bay to The Bay Restaurant for brunch each Sunday from 10am-2pm. Sign up for an adventure cruise on Hydrobikes to enjoy an afternoon of eating and socializing. Meeting place is at Tom’s Landing in Point Washington which is North of Seagrove Beach. Bring your friends or make some new ones with the crew from ECH!

After a nice long walk down the beach to catch the sunset, head over to The Village of Baytowne Wharf to catch a flick. Every Sunday in spring from 8-10pm a family friendly movie will be shown outdoors, under the stars and on the big screen. Get cozy in your lawn chair or blanket on the plush green lawn at the events plaza in the heart of Baytowne.

Have a fun filled first day of spring on Sunday, March 20th, 2016!

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The 5th Annual 30A Wine Festival Returns to the Community of Alys Beach

Tickets are on sale now for the 5th Annual 30A Wine Festival taking place at Alys Beach, Florida.

The 5th Annual 30A Wine Festival returns to Alys Beach with a variety of events planned beginning Thursday, March 10th through Sunday, March 13th. The four-day wine festival will feature vintners and local chefs. Proceeds from this event will benefit Children’s Volunteer Health Network.30awf-collage

On Thursday, March 10th, 30A Wine Festival presents ‘Tor Up from the Floor Up’. Vintner Tor Kenward will host a dinner prepared by Chef Kevin Korman. Each of four courses will be paired with hand selected wines from winemaker Tor Kenward. Tickets are limited to this event held at Caliza Pool in Alys Beach.

On Friday, March 11th, 30A Wine Festival presents two events. Sip n’ Slide into Bourbon, Beer, & Butts taking place from 4:30 to 5:30pm at Fonville Park and Bourbon, Beer, & Butts main event held at Kelly Green from 6:00 to 9:00pm. These events will feature bourbon from distilleries across the country as well as beer from local and national breweries.  There will be local and regional ‘Pit Masters’ on site to serve barbecue and share specialty recipes.

On Saturday, March 12th, 30A Wine Festival Grand Tasting will begin at Fonville Park from 1:30-3:30pm and North Sea Garden Walk from 3:30-7:00pm. These events will include a number of wine seminars and tastings throughout the day. Vintners will be on hand to discuss their vintages. Wines from over 20 vineyards will be presented for tastings as well as small plates from local eateries.

The 30A Wine Festival concludes with ‘Rose & Croquet’. From 11:30am-3:30pm the Fourth Annual Croquet Tournament will take place on Kelly Green. Registration for a team of four is open. Brunch, biscuit bar and Bloody Mary bar are included in the event.

The Fifth Annual 30A Wine Festival held at Alys Beach, Florida is a four day event with ticket options for one or all events. Tickets can be purchased online. For places to stay near the event look for 30A rentals.

About Garrett Realty Services, Inc.

Garrett Realty Services, Inc. is a Vacation Rentals and Real Estate Sales company serving the South Walton Beach Area since 1987. They provide their customers with over 28 years of experience as well as over 300 properties along Scenic 30A between Blue Mountain, Seaside, Seagrove Beach, Seacrest, Rosemary Beach, and Inlet Beach.

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