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  • Missing the Beaches of 30A!
    on April 6, 2020 at 12:00 am

    These are crazy times! Spring break was cut short, travel has ceased, we are told to stay home and can’t visit the beach. It’s easy to get depressed but let’s not get down. It’s important to think about the positive. We all miss our beautiful beaches and our 30A lifestyle so let’s take a trip down memory lane. What do you miss most about 30A? The bustling beach towns of 30A during spring bring such excitement. We love the outdoor concerts in the park, catching up with friends and catching an evening movie under the stars. There’s something about walking and biking to your favorite beach town from your 30A vacation rental. The beautiful powder white sand of our beach is like no other. I love hearing it squeak under my feet. There something so soothing about the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Hearing the waves crash at night from a beachfront vacation rental will put you right to sleep! Who misses going out to eat? We have some of the best restaurants on 30A. Not only is the food delicious and the service top notch, but the views are incredible. Everything you’d want when it comes to dining on the beaches of 30A. There are so many special memories we all have of the beaches of 30A. Whether you live here or vacation here, let’s keep the memories alive! Let’s do our part so we are all together on our favorite beaches in no time! 

  • Fun Things to Do While You’re Stuck at Home
    on April 1, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Whether you’re stuck at home this week or not, you can save this article for a rainy day. People are getting stir crazy and might be looking for new ideas to try at home. We’re thankful for the nice weather lately but there’s nowhere to go so here are some things you and your crew can try in the meantime. Plan your next vacation – Sure, we don’t know what the future holds so we can’t lock in dates right away but you can look into where you’re going and what there is to do. If you’re dying for a beach vacation, you can plan out an itinerary for a Destin, Florida trip. Look up restaurants, read reviews, see when the Happy Hours are. Find out about bike rentals and bike paths to check out.  Start cooking - So many people have recipes saved up that they intend to try one day. Use this time to start trying those or work on making your own. Pinterest has endless ideas for every category of cooking and baking. Or watch your favorite cooking channel and pick up some great tips. Several grocery stores are still offering grocery delivery so take advantage of the opportunity and you won’t have to go out.  Get organized - Now is the time to get rid of clutter. You might be thinking how you can clean when the whole family is home around the clock. We’re talking about long-term ideas, not the living room. Go through your spice cabinet. Purge those closets and throw out clothes that don’t fit or never get worn. When the kids aren’t looking, box up old books or toys they no longer use. Think of ways to benefit your stay-home crew like organizing snacks in the pantry so everyone can get their own. Or a meal plan so dinners are known ahead of time.  Go back in time – We mean use “snail mail”. When was the last time you sent a real letter? Some of you probably not in years. But how much do you love getting a personal card or letter in the mail? Make a list of friends and family you miss and want to make smile. Order some envelopes and blank cards or get out a notebook and start writing.  Make an epic fort – Forts have come a long way since we were little. We used to just tie a few sheets together and put them across some furniture and call it a day. That’s pretty fun but there are several ways you can take your blanket fort skills up a notch with some other household items.  We’re all affected somehow by the weird times we’re in, but you can still find ways to stay positive during your day. Until you’re back enjoying the views at your 30A vacation rental, try some of our staying-home suggestions and spread some positivity. Hopefully, the beaches will be back open soon and we can get back to the normal life. Stay safe everyone! 

  • Save Money On Your Destin Vacation
    on February 6, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Are you longing for a beach getaway? So many anticipate that annual beach trip and are ecstatic to get to their toes in the sand even once a year. Are you planning a trip to Destin, Florida? When you find ways to save money on vacation, that means more for the fun stuff! Here are our best tips on saving money on your Emerald Coast vacation.  Flight Specials – Allegiant Airlines at VPS Airport offers great rates on direct flights. Special offers are advertised throughout the year that are hard to beat. Some flights are as low as $40 one way! You can save hours in the car by flying and have extra time at the beach. Each year, even more direct flight locations are added so check back with Allegiant.  Specials on Rentals – One thing is for sure, we do not lack in places to stay on the coast. From the Destin Harbor to Seaside, there are many luxury rentals available with stunning views. Check on rentals for different seasons or specials on last minute bookings to get the best rate. If you are flexible with your spring vacation dates, book your stay of three nights or more on select dates and save 10% on your stay for the Late Spring Fling special.  Happy Hour – Save big on drinks and meals by taking advantage of happy hour. Our favorite places to go for happy hour specials are Pompano Joe’s for $5 drinks and $8 appetizers from 3-5pm and Fleming’s Steakhouse with drink and appetizer specials from 5-7pm. World of Beer is located in Destin Commons and have specials during the week from 3-6pm. Their menu features great deals on beer and cocktails as well as $5 meals.  Cook at Home – Take advantage of community grills and spacious kitchens at your rental and cook at home. Save time with grocery delivery from Publix and have all the ingredients you need dropped off at your door. You can also pack snacks and drinks for the beach to keep the whole crew happy all day. You can also order online at Whole Foods for delivery and get a discount through your Amazon Prime membership. Save even more on your stay when you stay together! Choose a Destin vacation rental with plenty of bedrooms to accommodate the whole family or crew. Many reservations have cleaning fees or other add-ons so keep that extra money in your pocket and stay together in one rental. Saving money on your vacation means more time and fun for the beach!

  • Say “I Love You” Along the Emerald Coast of Florida
    on January 31, 2020 at 12:00 am

    The Emerald Coast of Florida is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Nothing says romance like a walk down the beach through powder white sand, alongside emerald green waters and a breathtaking sun perfectly setting over the Gulf of Mexico. The Emerald Coast of Florida is an ideal place to say “I Love You” to that special someone. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, why not book a special spot for your special someone at one of these favorite beach towns! A beach vacation rental on 30A is a wonderful way to surprise your special someone. Steps away from powder white sand and emerald green waters. A short stroll or bike ride away from 30A restaurants and night life. You’ll love the vibe on 30A. What’s our favorite romantic hot spot on 30A? Café 30A serves specialty cocktails and has an impressive wine list. Pair that with gourmet dishes such as Sesame-crusted Yellowfin Tuna and Roasted Duck Marsala for an enticing dining experience.  A beautiful beachfront condo on Miramar Beach is perfect for a vacation for two. Imagine toes in the sand, under a big blue sky full of adventure to be had. Take a walk down miles of breathtaking beaches, stand up paddle board in the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and toast under the sunset of some of the most romantic beaches in the world. A vacation spot in Miramar Beach puts you right in the middle so you can enjoy the beaches of 30A as well as Destin. What’s our favorite romantic hot spot in Miramar Beach? Bijoux Bistro is a locally owned, fine dining restaurant. Serving specialty cocktails and an impressive list of bourbons, scotches and wines as well as delicious entrees such as Bijoux Grouper and Black Skillet Filet Mignon. The quaint atmosphere and delicious food radiate romance! Nothing says “I Love You” like a beachfront vacation rental in Destin, Florida! Everyone loves Destin. Beautiful white sand beaches, emerald green waters and so much to do. Walk hand in hand everywhere. Stroll the beach, stroll the beach town streets and stroll to one of our favorite romantic hot spots. Beach Walk Café offers a dining experience that will rekindle the flames of romance while dining on delicious fare. You will dine with toes in the sand at a private table at the water’s edge with a dedicated server and an amazing sunset to commemorate the occasion.  A vacation rental on the Destin Harbor not only boasts romantic vibes but has a plethora of restaurants and night life that allows you to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. The exciting view of boats coming into the harbor is like no other. What’s our favorite romantic hot spot on the Destin Harbor? Marina Café is all about sensational food and breathtaking harbor views. Enjoy delicious daily seafood, USDA prime steaks, pastas, wood-fired pizzas and an extensive wine collection with over 100 wines that perfectly complement the cuisine all while dining by candlelight.  A beachfront rental on the beaches of Perdido Key spells seclusion. The quieter beaches make this a perfect spot for a romantic getaway. Voyager’s is one of our favorite Perdido Key date night restaurants. Boasting the freshest of coastal cuisines and panoramic views, making this place incredible for a Valentine Day dinner for two.  There is no better place to say “I Love You” then the Emerald Coast of Florida. This Valentine’s Day book a surprise weekend getaway for the one you love and experience some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Here’s to romance, here’s to love, here’s to it all on the Emerald Coast of Florida!

  • Super Bowl Hot Spots Along the Emerald Coast of Florida
    on January 20, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Football season comes to an end with two great teams competing for the win of Super Bowl 2020. Where will you watch Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers duke it out in sunny Miami, Florida? Here’s a few of our favorite Super Bowl Hot Spots along the Emerald Coast of Florida! Shades on 30A This is our go-to place for all sporting events. The restaurant boasts 17 HD Tv’s, a Projector and all the premium packages. Pair that with fresh salads, soups, steaks, sandwiches and fish tacos to make this a perfect place to watch the Super Bowl. Located at the East end of 30A. Just a walk, skip or bicycle ride away from your 30A vacation rental. Tequila’s Sports Bar & Grill If you want to spend Super Bowl with great drink specials, delicious food and tons of televisions broadcasting the game, then this is the place for you! There’s no cover charge plus $5 Tito’s and Jim Beam all day. Don’t forget fun raffle drawings throughout the event. Tequila’s Sports Bar & Grill is located on highway 98, just a short drive from your beachfront condo in Miramar Beach. Miller’s Ale House Known for its 60 plus TVs, a wide variety of freshly prepared dishes including boneless chicken Zingers and over 75 beer varieties, Miller’s Ale House is a great place to watch the Super Bowl. You can reserve your seat for the Super Bowl for $25 which you will get credited to your check at the end. Miller’s Ale House is located right on Highway 98 and a short walk or bike ride from your Destin beach vacation rental. Landshark’s Pizza Destin’s favorite, locally owned sports bar serves both Great Pizza and Awesome Wings. Boasting every sports channel imaginable. There’s no better place to catch a game, especially the Super Bowl! Along with delicious food, Landshark’s offers a wide selection of craft beer as well as whiskey/bourbon. Landshark’s is located right on highway 98, just a few steps from your Destin Harbor vacation rental. Perdido Sports Bar This locals Bar & Restaurant boasts 26 HD TVs with sporting games and races on all the time. What better place to watch the Superbowl! Serving up delicious fish tacos, sliders, onion rings and much more. Not to mention 19 Cold beers on tap that seasonally rotate. Located on Perdido Key Drive, just a hop, skip and jump away from your Perdido Key vacation rental. Will it be San Fran or Kansas City? Whichever team gets the victory you’ll be enjoying Super Bowl 2020 on some of the most amazing beaches in the world! Here’s to a win on the Emerald Coast of Florida.

  • New Year, Healthy You in Destin Florida
    on January 9, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Something about a new year makes people think they have more control over everything. A “clean slate” is helpful and lots of us make big plans or have new goals ahead of us. Any time we strive to be better or do better, it’s always encouraged and supported. If your 2020 goal is to be a healthier version of 2019 you, Destin is a great place to do that. Want to start your day with a healthy breakfast? Clean Juice is a great spot for an organic smoothie, acai bowl, or fresh organic juices. If you have time to dine, enjoy the comforting atmosphere at First Watch and choose from a wide selection of delicious dishes. They have everything from Avocado Toast to Superfoods Bowls, fresh juices and classic favorite breakfast options.  Want to drop in on a fitness class? Orangetheory Fitness has taken the town by storm with their coach-inspired group workouts. These high intensity classes are sure to get your heartrate up and work in a sweat during your day. If you don’t have a membership, try your first class for free. Pure Barre offers class formats that give a total body workout focused on low-impact high intensity movements to improve strength and flexibility. Introductory classes are free to join a Pure Barre session.  We live in one of the most beautiful areas in the country. Enjoy a walk down the beach or by the Destin Harbor. Get some fresh air and let the sounds of the waves relax you. There are several hiking trails to explore in Topsail and Grayton Beach near 30A vacation rentals. Drop by a Destin Beach Yoga class for some beach fitness for all levels. These yoga classes have been enjoyed for over 16 years on our Emerald Coast and you can’t beat the view! There are many ways to improve and your only competition is who you were yesterday. Try incorporating one of these in your routine and see how you like it. We’ve got a whole year ahead of us. Do what makes you feel better whether you’re here in Destin, Florida or reside somewhere else. Make 2020 your healthiest year yet!

  • Our Favorite Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Along the Emerald Coast
    on December 25, 2019 at 12:00 am

    It’s time to say goodbye to the old and hello to the new. 2019 was a year full of fun in the sun on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The Emerald Coast of Florida just keeps getting better! Here’s some of our favorite ways to celebrate another year with our favorite beach towns of the Emerald Coast.  Baytowne Countdown Located in Miramar Beach, The Village of Baytowne Wharf invites you to join them at 6:00pm and ring in the New Year till after midnight! Dance the night away with live music in the Events Plaza and finish the evening off with fireworks over the lagoon. Kid friendly until 10:00pm then adult supervision is required. Admission is free and open to the public. Gatsby New Year’s Eve Party  Located in Santa Rosa Beach, Farm & Fire Southern Pizzeria invites you to ring in the new year in style. Countdown in roaring 20s attire and black tie (dress code is optional) on Tuesday, December 31st from 8:00pm to 12:30am. Tickets are $75, which includes dinner, a champagne toast at midnight, a DJ, a photo booth and more! There’s no better way to welcome 2020 then on the dance floor of our favorite pizzeria/speakeasy! Rockin’ New Year’s Eve  Located on the Destin harbor, HarborWalk Village rings in 2020 at the Emerald Grande. Enjoy a cocktail hour, two firework shows, a four-course dinner and live music. Dance all night long to the sounds of Nate Sexton & the Midnight Kiss. The celebration begins at 7:00pm and continues after midnight! 5 Parties on the Harbor Located in Destin, Florida, HarborWalk Village celebrates a new year with not just one but five parties! On the main stage enjoy live music starting at 7:00pm. A Ball Drop Countdown will take place over the beautiful harbor along with music and fireworks at 8:00pm and Midnight. At 10:00pm you have your choice of Karaoke at Harry T’s Lighthouse, Party Like It’s 1999 at Coyote Ugly Saloon, Neon & Retro DJ Dance Party at Jackacuda’s Seafood & Sushi and a Masquerade Party at Margaritaville. Destin knows how to throw a party! Flora-Bama New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Located in Perdido Key, The Flora-Bama throws an exciting New Year’s Eve Celebration. Then come back to start the new year off right! Take the plunge with thousands of friends at the Flora-Bama Polar Bear Dip. Gather in costume, swimsuits and wetsuits at high noon. Those who fully submerge will get a free draft beer and a free New Year’s lunch of ham, black-eyed peas, greens and cornbread. These are just a few of our favorite ways to ring in 2020 along the Emerald Coast of Florida. Here’s to another year of vacations and celebrations on some of the most beautiful beaches around! Happy New Year from the Emerald Coast!

  • Best Spots for Photo Shoots on the Coast
    on December 12, 2019 at 12:00 am

    This time of year, families are getting together for the holidays, vacations, and anything else while some have time off work. It’s also the time of year you get cards in the mail of those cute family photos with great backdrops. If you’re in Destin, Florida this holiday season, there are quite a few options with beautiful scenery for photos.  The number 1 spot for family photos in our area is definitely the beach. The Emerald Coast boasts miles of pristine beaches, clear blue-green waters, and sugar white sand. Why wouldn’t you take advantage of the gorgeous natural backdrop during your vacation? The best time for photos is right before sunset and you’ll have the best natural lighting. Line up the family in front of the dunes or have fun splashing your feet in the waves. Not only will it be an ideal family photo for the holidays but a wonderful reminder of your vacation spent together. Many only think of sandy beaches when they think of Destin. Eden Gardens State Park is a popular park with beautiful greenery away from the beach. Moss-draped live oaks and a historic mansion make a unique and dramatic setting for a photo shoot. Arrange the family on the spacious mansion decks or gather around the gardens. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the peaceful area after your photos. Destin Commons has a number of huge murals around the shopping center that make fun photo backgrounds. Local artists have painted walls in vibrant colors with everything from palm trees and flamingos to giraffes and crabs. Whether you’re a social media influencer, a frequent Destin visitor, or want to take some bold family photos, head to the Commons for great backdrops and plenty of shopping options. If you want to travel down the road, Seaside and Alys Beach have beautiful neighborhoods and architecture. Head to the town center of Seaside or walk the cobblestone roads in Alys. These are popular sites for exploring and getting great pictures. After some good shots, get some sweet treats nearby or go boutique shopping. Your Destin vacation rental can be a great spot for photo ops as well. When selecting your vacation spot, choose from luxury homes with spacious balconies, Gulf access, large family rooms, or charming neighborhoods. There are plenty to choose from to find the perfect one for your family and you won’t even need to leave for photos!

  • Let’s Talk Turkey along the Emerald Coast of Florida
    on November 21, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    This Thanksgiving start a new trend. One that takes you out of the snow and into powder white sand. One that trades cold grey days in for sunny blue skies. One that gets you out of the kitchen and into some fun. This year spend Thanksgiving on the beach and forget about cooking. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast with these delicious options along the Emerald Coast!If you're staying on the beautiful beaches of 30A, then options for a delicious Thanksgiving Day meal are endless. Stinky's FIsh Camp will serve a traditional Thanskgiving meal from 10:00am to 7:00pm. Old Florida Fish House will serve a Thanksgiving Day brunch on the lake from 10:00am-5:00pm which will include a traditional Thanksgiving buffet or you can order from the sushi menu. Thanks Giving Day at Cafe 30A begins at noon and goes till 4:00pm. Enjoy four courses of traditional Thanksgiving fare with all the extras! Perhaps you'd prefer to take your Thanksgiving Celebration back to your 30a vacation rental. If so, Cuvee 30A will provide you a Thanksgiving Feast to-go!Miramar Beach is located between 30A and Destin, putting it right smack in the middle of all the action including delicious restaurants that have you covered on Thanksgiving Day. Fleming's Steak House offers a 3-course Thanksgiving Feast beginning at 11:00am. For a Thanksgiving Day that's truley unique book a cruise on the SOLARIS Yacht. Enjoy a lavish Thanksgiving meal while cruising around the bay. Two cruises are available at noon and 6:00pm. If you prefer to throw your own Thanksgiving celebration in the comfort of your Miramar Beach vacation rental, then you can pre-order a Thanksgiving feast from Blue Mountain Bakery.The white sand beaches of Destin, Florida offer delicious options for Thanksgiving Day. 790 On The Gulf not only provides one of the best views while dining in Destin, they will host a traditional Thanksgiving buffet style dinner along with a few of 790 favorites. The Beach Walk Cafe at Henderson Park Inn will feature delicious Thanksgiving fare buffet style. If you prefer a more private affair in your Destin vacation rental, then Whole Foods will fill your holiday table with a prefectly roasted turkey paired with favorite classic sides.Looking for a Thanksgiving Day dinner in your cozy Perdido Key beach condo without all the mess? Cobalt the Restaurant will cater your holiday event. Whether you throw a big Thanksgiving feast with friends or a quaint dinner with the family, Cobalt will create the perfect menu for you! Thanksgiving Day weekend is a wonderful time for a trip to the Emerald Coast of Florida. Enjoy family, friends, food and breathtaking beach views. Now that's something to be Thankful for! 

  • Things to do in Destin Before 2020
    on November 6, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Somehow the year is quickly coming to an end. Instead of getting everything together when the year starts, we like to wrap up the year on a great note. Need some suggestions? Here are 5 things we recommend doing before 2020. Whether you live on the beach or not, most of us have had some ups and downs this year. Take the last few weeks of the decade to treat yourself. We can get preoccupied with work, taking care of everyone else, and our daily routines that we forget to do something for ourselves. The Destin, Florida area has a wide selection of award-winning restaurants to choose from. Treat yourself to an amazing dinner at Tommy Bahama’s or Emeril’s. Or enjoy rooftop dining at Shunk Gulley. Have the bourbon brownie at Cantina Laredo’s or fresh margaritas.  Rent a beach house and relax for a few days to get your mind off the daily grind. Take a week or weekend off to just enjoy the coast and reset. When you have a break, you’re able to be energized and start over with a clean slate. Stay in a condo with great amenities or a 30A vacation rental with beach access.  No time for a week off? Leave your schedule open and just enjoy a day at the beach. Pack a lunch and soak up the sun. Bring a beach game to play with friends or family. Get a good book you’ve been eager to read. Enjoy some time to unplug and live in the moment. Forget about responsibilities for the day and just wing it.  Go exploring. Even for people that live here on the coast, we rarely think to go exploring. You get in a routine of going to the same places and forget there’s so much more to check out. Seaside is a great place to get out and walk around. They have farmers markets, bookstores, boutiques, and art galleries. They also have Airstream Row to get great local food and treats. Rent some bikes and look around. Alys Beach is also a beautiful area to bike through with stunning scenery and architecture. Grayton Beach State Park is nice for a hike or bike ride on the trails.  Make a vision board for 2020. Sound a little crazy? Vision boards have proven to actually work. When you create a space that displays what you want, that visualization motivates you to achieve it. You don’t have to just put things you want to have, but also how you want to feel. Think about where you want to be next year, mentally and physically. Any goals you want to work towards, places you want to travel to, whatever inspires you – add something to your board that can help you focus on those.  Every year, we say we want to have a good start. Make your plans now and get ahead. 2020 can be your best year yet!

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