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10/7/2017

30A Wedding Venues

Here in South Walton, we have an abundance of wedding venues; this makes planning a wedding extremely easy. There are a ton of options, so it is highly unlikely that you won’t be able to find a wedding venue that suits you! Everything from romantic beachside vistas to farmhouse style event spaces await your arrival. We’d like to take the time to highlight just a small portion of what 30A has to offer.

Seaside Chapel

If you are looking for a more traditional space, The Chapel in Seaside may be the perfect location! This beautiful building is used, primarily, for worship services; however, wedding ceremonies are welcome. There is space to accommodate one hundred guests.

 

The Bellamy of 30a

If you are interested in a venue with a variety of perks, look no further. At the Bellamy of 30A you will find a quaint courtyard and a beautiful reception area, with the added perk of being located near the area’s beautiful, white sandy beaches.

 

The Bay

This beautiful venue has everything you need: Amazing views, a beautiful courtyard, and great food! 30A has an abundance of amazing food, so you might as well enjoy some of it on your big day! Exclusive in-house catering is available. Come check out what Chef Jim Shirley is serving up. There is adequate space for up to 100 guests. This beautiful venue overlooks the Choctawhatchee Bay.

Though this is a very small list of venues in 30A, you may find a much more comprehensive list on Visit South Walton. There is something for everyone in our amazing area. 30A is a great place to not only plan a vacation, but also a wedding and/or honeymoon.

-Dave

 

 

 

9/7/2017

Turkey Day on 30a

I'm sure you are familiar with the aphorism "if it's not broke, don't fix it." While there is probably some merit to the saying, there is also no reason that changing things up a bit is a bad idea. For the most part, people on Thanksgiving enjoy getting together with family and friends, catching up, and eating as much food as humanly possible to the point that the only real option is taking a nap afterwards. All of these things are traditions that we hold near and dear to our hearts (and stomachs), so why change it? The reason is simple: Location. Why not enjoy all of your favorite family traditions in an amazing setting? Here on 30A, we have a ton of things happening on and around Thanksgiving. Here are some ideas if you decide it's times to spice up an old favorite holiday.

Feast:

From brunch to dinner, 30A has tons of restaurants which normally offer special Thanksgiving menus. Places like Stinky's Fish Camp, Trebeaché and Old Florida Fish House are popular spots that have done so in the past, each boasting top-notch options for those who don't want to have to burden their day with preparations. If you'd like to enjoy the privacy of eating in, there are also several places which have offered Thanksgiving Dinner to go! Be sure to check places like Roux 30A, Cowgirl Kitchen and The Hub 30A for take out options. If you still would like to cook for yourself, have no fear! For the Health of It in Blue Mountain Beach often offers organic and free-range turkey options.

Activities:

30A has many things to do the week of Thanksgiving. If you'd like to burn a few extra calories before your big feast, be sure to check out 30A YOLO Bike & Beach Club, which meets weekly for a 9AM bicycle ride through the trails of Point Washington State Forest. The 6th annual 30A 10K Thanksgiving Day Races at Rosemary Beach is another great option, plus the event raises money for local charities. As always, enjoy the daily and nightly events which make the area such a great place to visit.

Beaches:

With temperatures in Santa Rosa Beach historically ranging from daily highs of 66 to 76, it's still a great time to get out and enjoy the Emerald Coast. Come down and check out some of the most beautiful beaches in the world!

Fill your turkey baster with sunscreen for added convenience.

Spending Thanksgiving on the beach is a great way to change things up and break the monotony. Come down and check out some of the most beautiful places in Florida with your family, while enjoying Thanksgiving in the sun!

-Dave

 

 

8/31/2017

Hiking in 30a

The start of fall marks the start of a great time to head outdoors. If you're anything like me, you frequently feel the urge to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and head back to nature; however, sometimes the Summer heat makes us want to stay in the pool or the air-conditioned comfort of home. Luckily, Fall in 30A offers just enough relief from the heat to make hiking a great outdoors option! With day time temperatures generally ranging from the high 70s to lows 80s in October, you can go out without generally having to worry about over heating or getting cold. South Walton County is a great place if you are looking for great hiking destinations, great weather, and something different. One prime fall hiking destination in 30a is Point Washington State Forest, which boats over 15,000 acres and several trail systems. There are, in total, over thirty miles of trails, which are popular for both hikers and cyclists.

 

During the fall months, these trails are alive with many different seasonal wild flowers in bloom. For those interested in sights of the avian variety, Point Washingon is also home to beautiful species of birds such as the American Kestrel.

Head over to the Eastern Lake Trail sytem, where you will find three trails varying from 3.5 miles up to 10 miles in length. There is also Longleaf Greenway Trail and Cassine Trail. All of which are popular hiking spots featuring mostly flat and sandy soil. An additional trail located north of Highway 98 was recently closed for restoration purposes, but had a planned re-open date in Summer 2017. Be sure to head over to the McQuage Bayou Horse Trail and check out the eight miles of freshly restored trail available there.

 

There are trails appropriate for all ages and skill levels.

Point Washington is only a small portion of the great hiking opportunities that 30a has! You may also want to head over to Grayton Beach State Park to check out the trails there, or even over to Deer Lake State Park to view a preserved sand dune ecosystem. One of the great things about Florida, and 30a in particular, is how diverse and unique many of the natural resources are here. You are likely to see something you've never seen before. There are trails available for all ages and skill groups, so bring the kids out for a chance to share nature with them.

 

There's no better way to end a long day of hiking.

At the end of the day, when all is said and done, you may have hiked all over the place, but you will undoubtedly be drawn in to the majesty and grandeur of the Emerald Coast. It really is a wonderful place to get out and experience something new and reconnect with the natural world.

 

-Dave

 

 

8/24/2017                                                                                                                           

Fall is a great time to visit 30A!

Summer is slowly coming to an end and we are now heading headlong into fall, but not everyone may have had the opportunity to experience all of the great events and fun that 30A has to offer. While I can definitely understand why this could leave you feeling devastated, it's important to remember: Just because summer is coming to an end doesn't mean that the fun is. 30A will still be host to a plethora of great events during the Fall 2017 season. Whether you are looking to enjoy some great live music, sip on tasty wine, or simply mingle, 30A this fall has something for everyone! While there are events practically daily throughout Fall, I'd like to take the time to highlight a few.

 

Sylvia - A Romantic Comedy

Various upcoming Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays this Fall

Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach

Come check out a whimsical comedy about a couple and the stray dog that the husband brings home! Performed by the Emerald Coast Theatre Company, this play is suitable for everyone age 13 and up and is sure to bring you and your family loads of laughs! Experience live theatre first hand and build memories that will last a lifetime.
 
Additional Information: https://www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org
 

30A Blue Crab Festival 

October 13rd-October 15th

Trebeach

A seafood lovers paradise! Come check out this event and partake in some fantastic crab and seafood cuisine. There will also be live music and other entertainment. If you love eating crab as much as we do you will not want to miss out on this opportunity!
 
 

Harvest Wine & Food Festival

November 3rd-5th

WaterColor Inn & Resort

Be sure to check out this new event that will be coming to South Walton this Fall! Taste amazing wines and various cuisine. Perfect for connoisseurs and casual wine lovers alike, this event boats over 200 wines. Spend some time in beautiful WaterColor and check out this multi-day event which includes a silent auction, wine tasting, live music, and artwork.
 
 
-Dave

 

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