Seagrove Beach Blog - Holidays

Why Choose 30A for the Holidays!

Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2021

If you like a traditional Thanksgiving meal to include an oyster bar and pan seared snapper, then you want to spend Thanksgiving Day on 30A. If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas without having to shovel snow, then Christmas Day on 30A is where you want to be. If the only ball drop you care to count down on New Year’s Eve is a beach ball, then look no further. 30A is the perfect place to spend the holidays! Thanksgiving on 30A gives you the opportunity to ditch the tradition of slaving over a hot stove and create a new tradition on beautiful white sand beaches. There are plenty of delicious dining options offering traditional 30A read more

Enjoy Thanksgiving on 30A

Posted on Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Are you craving a getaway? After being asked to shelter in place, people are restless and eager to go somewhere to unwind. The pandemic has definitely thrown a wrench in our 2020 plans ,  but the year isn’t over yet! We still have time to enjoy a vacation with some relaxation.   Thanksgiving is one of the most popular days to travel in the year, so where’s the best spot to go for Thanksgiving this year? Come over to the Sunshine State and enjoy beautiful 30A.   The Best Holiday Setting   30A is the perfect destination for singles and families alike, there's something here for everyone to enjoy. It’s a great read more

Celebrate Valentine’s Day on 30A

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Just when you thought gift-giving was over, Valentine’s Day shows up out of nowhere. Only a few more weeks until the holiday for romance. Skip the gifts this time around and enjoy a new experience instead. The Emerald Coast is full of stunning scenery, award-winning restaurants, and charming areas to enjoy a special day with your loved one. Here are some of our favorites. Vue 30A is a popular restaurant that overlooks the Gulf and boasts an incredible menu. Classic seafood dishes are available along with hand-crafted cocktails and the perfect ambiance for a romantic evening. Leave the cooking up to the professionals and just appreciate your read more

Your 30A Holiday Gift Guide

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2019

We are just a week away from Christmas. How did that happen so fast? Are you finished with your holiday shopping and just relaxing until it’s time to open gifts? Most likely, you’re not. Some people tend to scramble as it gets closer. We’ve searched the Emerald Coast and here are some of our favorite gift ideas.  If you want to get a unique gift that can’t be matched, pick out some work from a local artist. Browse the 30A Artists at Gulf Place gallery for one of a kind local arts and crafts . Walk around Seaside’s Central Square and check out the galleries for just the right gift. You’ll find everything read more

Celebrate Halloween on the Coast

Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2019

Can you believe it’s October? We say it every year, but this year really flew by. Halloween is right around the corner! If you have kids, you have probably been working on costumes for weeks. If you’re spending Halloween on the Gulf Coast, you’re in for quite the treats! Every season is special on 30A and this fall will not disappoint. Whether you’re celebrating with the family at your 30A vacation rental or want to go out, you’ll have plenty of options. Mark your calendars for some of the fun events coming up.  Celebrate early at the Hub 30A for trick-or-treating through the Hub shops. October 25th is Hub-O- read more

Spend Labor Day on the Gulf Coast

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2019

Most people love spending holidays at the beach. Labor Day is right around the corner and we expect lots of visitors to our beautiful Emerald Coast. Soft, white sand and blue-green waters will attract families from all over the world. When you aren’t relaxing at the beach soaking up the sun, there are plenty of fun events to take part in during Labor Day weekend. In Seaside on Saturday, August 31st, visitors can celebrate the end of summer season listening to the Vegabonds. The concert series takes place at the Seaside Amphitheater at 7pm. Spend the day shopping at the Town Center, grab dinner at one of the many amazing restaurants nearby read more

Enjoy Mother’s Day on the Coast

Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2019

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Don’t wait until the last minute to plan something special for the most important woman in your life. If you’re lucky enough to be on the Emerald Coast on May 12th, then you are pretty lucky. We have some ideas to make this Mother’s Day the best one Mom has ever had. Treat Mom to the best feast on 30A this Mother’s Day at Cuvee 30A . Chef Tim Creehan is popular along the coast for his delicious creations and the special menu will not disappoint. Among the signature dishes are Seared Tuna, Chilean Sea Bass, Black Pepper Crusted Yellowfin Tuna. Desserts will include Chocolate read more

Spend This Easter on 30A

Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2019

What better place is there to spend Easter than on beautiful 30A? We had a very mild winter and are enjoying the first weeks of spring. The sun is out, birds are chirping, and the Gulf Coast is bustling with vacationers. Easter is right around the corner and we have some ideas of how to spend yours for your best Easter yet. Some people love to make a big Easter brunch at their 30A vacation rental and then spend the day at the beach. If you want to go out for the holiday, we have some options for you. Cuvee 30A will be hosting an Easter Sunday Feast on April 21st from 11am-3pm. Popular chef Tim Creehan will provide signature dishes and a special read more

Get Romantic on the Emerald Coast

Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Football season is winding down just in time for couples to reconnect. Valentine’s Day is just a week away! It seems to always creep up on us. The Emerald Coast has plenty of options to spoil your partner or even just have some romantic downtime together. If you’ll be in town over the holiday, here are some of our top ideas to celebrate. Dinner for two: If you want to take your sweetheart out to a tasty dinner, you’ll have tons of options. One thing that the coast does not lack is dining options. Whiskey Bravo is a popular spot with rooftop dining and an upscale menu. Vue has amazing Gulf views and a menu to die for. We recommend read more

Your 30A Gift Guide

Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2018

It’s the season of giving and many of you are shopping for the perfect gift for someone special. Chances are you’re still looking and we are here to help. Along with beautiful beaches, award-winning restaurants, and championship golf courses, we also have miles of unique shops and art galleries where you are sure to find something special. Gulf Place is a perfect place to start. The Artists of Gulf Place has a wide variety of goods from paintings and jewelry to pottery and photography. If you go at the right time, you’ll even get to see an onsite artist giving demonstrations! Pick out a unique work of art and be sure no one else read more

Spend Your Holiday Season on the Coast

Posted on Monday, November 5, 2018

Holidays are best spent with those you love but a beautiful backdrop doesn’t hurt! Spend your holidays on 30A and take part in the many events planned for the rest of the year. We still have warm temperatures here so you can enjoy the beach and warm up in the sun with your friends and family. Here are some of the things we are looking forward to this holiday season. Seeing Red Wine Festival will celebrate its 28th year during November 8th-11th. Guests will enjoy four days of wine and culinary events in the charming town of Seaside. This exciting event is one of the “Top 10 Can’t-Miss Fall Wine Festivals” by Fodor’ read more

Things to do This Halloween on the Coast

Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2018

Summer seemed to fly by and here we are now entering the holiday season. If you are planning on visiting soon or live here full-time, there is plenty to do around 30A to keep the whole family busy and happy. From ice skating and bike rides to crafts and costume contests, you are sure to have a blast this fall on the Emerald Coast. You can start the Halloween celebrations this weekend during the annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade. Bring your pups down to the Alys Beach Amphitheatre this Friday, the 19th for a pet parade and pumpkin drop. From 4pm to 6pm, owners and their pets can enjoy a fun afternoon with a prize going to the Best Owner Dog Duo. Proceeds read more

30A Lights Up the Sky on the 4th of July

Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Where’s the best place to watch the fireworks? That's the number one question on the 4th of July! The beach towns of 30a put on explosive fireworks shows every year. Here’s a list of 4th of July celebrations you won’t want to miss on 30a!  Village of Baytowne Wharf celebrates the 4th of July with the annual event “Red, White and Baytowne”. From 6:00-9:00pm enjoy fun activities including lawn games, inflatables, kids’ crafts, face painting live music and more! 6:00pm Baytowne Marina throws down a 4th of July BBQ and the SOLARIS Yacht departs for a dinner cruise. Live music begins at 7:00pm and fireworks over the Choctawhatchee Bay begins read more

5 Creative Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day on 30A

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018

On Valentine’s day, over 65 percent of the US have plans to dine out, over 180 million cards will be exchanged and if we had a dime for every rose that was sold we’d be millionaires. This Valentine’s Day let’s start a new trend, do something different and more meaningful. Here’s 5 creative ways to spend Valentine’s Day on 30A that don’t start with reservations and roses.  30a beaches are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and nothing says romance like a perfect sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. Plan a picnic on the powder white sand during sunset. Chans Wine World at Watercolor will set you up with gourmet cheeses, fresh baked bread read more

How to Host a Holiday Party on 30A

Posted on Monday, December 11, 2017

When most of the world is shoveling snow, we are brushing sand off our feet! Yes, the temperatures along the Emerald Coast during December are cool enough to see the seasons and still enjoy a walk on the beach. The Holiday spirit is strong with 30a beach towns lit up with lights and holiday happenings in cozy 30a vacation rentals. Here are 5 simple steps to host the perfect holiday party on 30A!  The first thing you want to do when planning a holiday party is to pick a date. There are a lot of parties happening this time of year as well as travel so picking a date that’s convenient for most might be more difficult than you think. Keep an open read more

A Holiday Gift Getting Guide on 30A

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thanksgiving is over, and the race is on to get everyone on your list covered by Christmas. From kids to spouse, teachers to hairdressers, the list can get quite diverse. You’ve come to the right place. 30A has a variety of unique boutiques with presents to please an assortment of individuals. Here’s our list of favorite shops that offer great gifts, so you can be back on the beach in no time!  The Merchants of Seaside offer a plethora of little shops with some incredible finds. Fusion Art & Glass is a high-end art glass studio where you can find one of a kind pieces perfect for any décor. Duckies Shop of Fun carries toys, kids’ clothing read more

Things to do this Christmas on the Coast

Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The end of the year comes quickly and is packed full with holiday festivities, family gatherings, shopping, and a lot of fun. In the 30A area, we don’t hold back with things to add to your itinerary. Whether you’re here for a week or just a weekend, there are some things you’ll definitely want to mark on your calendar. Cuvee 30A is open on Christmas Eve from 4pm-8:30pm for a special Tim Creehan dinner and on Christmas Day from 11am-3pm. These meals are by reservation only to enjoy the award-winning menu and chef specials for the holidays. Café Thirty-A is hosting a Charity Christmas Soiree on December 1st in Seagrove Beach with all proceeds read more

4th of July on 30A

Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017

When I think of the 4th of July, I think of summer vacations on the beach. Dad grilling in the back yard of our 30A Rental, mom laughing with my aunts, my cousins and I plotting our beach adventure for the next day. This is what 4th of July is all about for me. Our big family under one roof, enjoying each other and all that 30A has to offer. Here’s a few options for a 4th of July celebration that will make memories!  If you’re an early riser you’ll love the 4th of July celebration at Rosemary Beach! Bike Decorating Contest & Breakfast starts at 7:30am followed by the Bike Parade throughout the Town Center at 8:30am. Nothing says 4th of July read more

‘Tis the Season for Giving

Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2016

This time of year, many are finding ways to give to others. While we all appreciate a thoughtful gift, we know there is much happiness in helping others. Here are a few ways you can “give back” locally. Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge in Northwest Florida has served the coast for over twenty years helping rehabilitate and release injured wildlife. While they are working hard to protect habitats for the wildlife, they also partner with schools to educate the youth on the importance of conserving our native species. Opportunities to help the organization are available in several areas including rescue, animal care, fundraising, and education. Alaqua Anima Refuge read more

Healthy through the Holidays on 30A

Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2016

The holidays are a time to eat, drink and be merry. Our social little beach towns of 30A take this to heart. We love our outdoor festivals, our coastal cuisine, our wine and our local breweries. However, being a beach town also means we want to stay healthy and keep fit. Here are 2 simple tips to keep you healthy through the holidays. #1 Exercise It’s easy to get into holiday mode and feel tempted to skip out on exercise. Now, however is not the time to skimp on workouts! With bike paths, walks on the beach, water sports and indoor fitness centers along 30A, we really have no excuse. Why not try something new?   Rent Hydrobikes and cruise read more

5 Steps to Carving the Perfect Coastal Pumpkin

Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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 Pumpkin 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 read more

Turkey Day Hot Spots

Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2015

List of places to eat/order Thanksgiving Dinner: Thanksgiving pre-order only Cowgirl Kitchen 850-231-1120 - Kitchen is closed for Thanksgiving – catering available for Thanksgiving orders must be received by Nov. 20th to pick-up on Thanksgiving morning by 9:00am Chanticleer Eatery – 850-213-9065 offering Thanksgiving dinner Pre-order menu only orders due in by Nov 21st avail for pickup Wed Nov 25th 11-3 pm Where to eat - Thanksgiving Dinner Café Thirty A – 850-231-2166 – Open Noon until 4:00pm call for reservations Great Southern Café – 850-231-7327 Thanksgiving buffet 11-3pm by reservation only regular menu items start back read more

Valentine’s Day in South Walton!

Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013

Okay, so Valentine’s Day snuck up on you again. You know it does come around the same time every year! Do not worry about the lack of plans and reservations. Here are some of my tried and true romantic hot spots that only South Walton can provide. Your evening should begin at the Gathering Spot. A hip restaurant/bar located right next to the lobby at WaterColor Inn & Resort. It will seem as if you went to great lengths to find this South Walton secret hot spot. It’s the perfect place to begin the evening with amazing cocktails (I recommend the Cucumber Martini) and sushi appetizers. Then over to V’s Seagrove where reservations read more

Valentine’s Day on 30A

Posted on Saturday, February 11, 2012

Valentine’s Day is full of excitement, romance, and love… if you’re a woman or a man! Much like a work day, good decisions must be made and mind-reading skills must be sharpened. This day can determine the future or at least get brought up in the future over and over again! So here’s a list of some of South Walton’s Valentine’s Day favorites you won’t go wrong with! The Naked Grape at Gulfplace is a great place to start! With an extensive wine and beer selection as well as gourmet tapas, this intimate wine bar is the perfect place to begin an evening of romance. Just six miles east and you’ve read more