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Rainy Day Fun on 30A

Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2022

If you are vacationing on the beautiful beaches of 30A and the forecast calls for a little rain, never fear! There are plenty of fun things to do on 30A that will keep you dry. Here’s a list of our favorite five. Shopping A rainy day is the perfect excuse to hit the shops . 30A has a bountiful selection of unique boutiques including the shops at Gulf Place, Seaside, Grayton, Rosemary, and Inlet Beach. Silver Sands Outlets in Miramar Beach offers over 110 designer and name-brand outlet stores including Coach, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th. Pier Park in Panama City Beach has read more

Our Favorite Summer Spots are Open!

Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2020

Who else is ready to get out of the house? The summer season is beginning, and we’re all looking for things to do. Even while social distancing, we can enjoy the warm weather and beautiful views. There is much to do here on the coast, and we wanted to share some of our favorites. Spend the Day at The Hub 30A The Hub 30A is a great place to walk around, grab some snacks, and enjoy the spacious lawn with the family. Throughout the week, there are opportunities to listen and dance to live music, or watch a family-friendly movie outdoors. You can have dinner at one of the surrounding restaurants, pick up drinks, or get ice cream for the kids read more

Enjoy Live Music on the Coast This Summer

Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Summer will soon begin and we can all enjoy warm, sunny beach days. The next few months are packed with fun events for the whole family. 30A is full of delicious restaurants, unique stores, and of course, miles of sandy white beaches. When we aren’t soaking up the sun and swimming in the Gulf, we can dance the days away to live music along the Emerald Coast. Here are some of our favorite places to catch live bands. Gulf Place is situated on 30A right across from the beach. The charming community boasts several boutiques, a pizza place, ice cream shop, and YOLO store. The Artists of Gulf Place is a great place to check out local art and handmade 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

5 Ways to Get Artsy on the Emerald Coast

Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2018

With all the stunning scenery along the beaches of 30A, it’s hard not to get inspired by the natural beauty. Whether you consider yourself an artist or not, there are plenty of ways to unleash your creativity and have a great time with friends. We are lucky to have many different options for an artsy occasion but here are some of our favorites we think you should try. Fired Up in Seaside, Florida gives you the opportunity to design your own pottery masterpiece. Choose from over 400 pieces at their studio and start planning your design. Stencils, stamps, and idea books are all on hand to help you create as well as other finished pieces on display read more

Looking Forward to Fall on the Coast

Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2018

We can’t deny it any longer. Summer is coming to an end now that kids are back in school. While every season comes with its own highlights, the fall season is one of our favorites. Cooler weather and a number of fun events are in store and we are ready for it all. When you are booking your 30A vacation rentals for a fall getaway, keep in mind these happenings around town so you can make the most of your vacation.  We are grateful to have many festivals throughout the year covering all sorts of topics and the next few months won’t disappoint. During October 12th and 13th, over 200 domestic and international beers will be available for sampling read more

Your 30A Guide for Moms this Summer

Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2018

While kids are excited to get out of school and play all summer, moms can get overwhelmed with coming up with ways to entertain the crew. When you’re not soaking up the sun at the beach, here are some of our favorite things to do around 30A with the kids. The charming town of Seaside has fun for all ages year-round but especially during the summer. Every Wednesday night, you can enjoy music at the town center starting at 7pm. On Fridays, they play a variety of family-friendly movies at the Amphitheater. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy fun times with the kids under the stars. When everyone’s behaving and you want to get a treat, there read more

Picnic by the Pool in a 30A Vacation Rental

Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2018

Summer is here and your heading down to the beaches of South Walton for a week full of fun in the sun. You’ve booked a 30a vacation rental with beach access and pool. Whether it’s private or shared with the community, you’ll want to put that pool to use. Here are 5 tips to planning a family picnic by the pool.   First plan the time of day you’d like to spend at the pool. Perhaps you’d like to start at the beach in the morning and then head to the pool in the late afternoon or vice versa. The time of day you choose will dictate much about the menu.   Next create a simple menu easy to eat outdoors and by the read more

Beat the Summer Heat at Your Private 30A Pool

Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2018

Summertime is one of the best times to be at the beach. Long days of fun in the sun and lounging at the beach are just what we all need. This summer, double your fun with a private pool at a number of 30A vacation rentals. When you want to cool off after a long day or enjoy a swim without the sand, rent a luxury home near the beach with a personal pool and you’ll have everything you need! Here are some properties that still have availability this summer. Ethridge House is a two-story home in Seagrove Beach that is just a short bike ride away from Seaside. This beautiful home sleeps 8 with 4 bedrooms and has available dates in August and read more

Things to do With Dad This Father’s Day

Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2018

Take it from us, Dad wants to be at the beach this Father’s Day. The Emerald Coast is the perfect place to celebrate Dad and the whole family will love it! 30A beaches attract people year-round with clear, blue-green water and soft, sugar white sand. There are few places in the country that can offer such beauty. But that’s not all there is to offer around here. We’ve put together some things that local dads love to do and we guarantee your dad will as well. Golfing – Whether you’re good at it or not, most of us can enjoy a game of golf. It can be a relaxing hobby or an exciting challenge. The Emerald Coast features championship golf courses and read more

Your 30A Summer Bucket List

Posted on Thursday, June 7, 2018

The beach is a place you can enjoy year-round but the summertime is definitely a top season to visit. Kids are out of school, it’s warm and sunny, and there are plenty of fun events to enjoy. After booking your 30A vacation rental , it’s time to decide what will be on your itinerary. Here are some of our favorite things to do that you need to add to your summer bucket list. Sunrise Ice Cream & Candy – New to Gulf Place on 30A, Sunrise Ice Cream & Candy is now open and offers everything your sweet tooth could ever imagine. A wall of jelly beans, build your own ice cream menu, milkshakes, and root beer floats are among the read more

Things to Do When the Sun Goes Down on 30A

Posted on Monday, May 28, 2018

Your 30a summer vacation is finally here and you are all about the beach! The kids have their buckets and shovels, Dad has the SUP boards and you’ve got the sunscreen. 30a beaches are breathtaking with powder white sand and emerald green waters. There’s also so many activities you can enjoy on the beach under the sun. When the sun goes down, 30a has a wide array of free events the whole family will enjoy!  On Monday nights at 6:30pm the cast of the Seaside REP Theatre perform The Prince & The Pauper at the Seaside Amphitheater. Bring a chair or blanket, snacks and drinks and prepare to laugh out loud! The show is free and read more

Things to do for Families on the Coast

Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2018

You finally got the family together to take that much anticipated beach trip. The beaches have been calling your name for months and now you’re all here together in a little slice of paradise. Whether it’s your first time on the Emerald Coast or you’ve been coming for years, there’s always plenty to do and new things popping up. Here is our list of things to do that the whole family will love. Of course, the beach is the main attraction around here. This beautiful area is famous for miles of pristine beaches with soft, sugar white sand and clear emerald water. Along with sunbathing, swimming, and relaxing, you can also rent paddleboards or jet read more

Things to do on a Rainy Day on 30A

Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

If you are vacationing on the beautiful beaches of 30a and there’s a bit of rain in the forecast, never fear! There are plenty of fun things to do on 30a that will keep you dry. Here’s a list of our favorite 5.  Shopping   From one end of 30a to the other and all in between, there are a plethora of shops to be browsed. Silver Sands Outlets in Miramar Beach offers over 110 designer and name-brand outlet stores including Coach, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th. Pier Park in Panama City Beach has over 124 stores including Target, Forever 21, Dillards, JCPenneys and read more

Things to do this Spring on 30A

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

It’s time to thaw out on the Emerald Coast! That’s enough of the cold weather, we are dreaming of the spring season. The warm sunshine on our skin and toes in the sand makes everything better and we are eager to get back to beach-filled weekends. If you’ll be in town this spring, here are some things you can look forward to. Head over to the amazing Black Bear Bread Company and enjoy coffee or lunch on the patio. Take in the crisp, spring air with a delicious spread of fresh-baked bread, cinnamon rolls, sandwiches, and soup. They proudly serve Stumptown Coffee and have a great selection of beer and Kombucha. You will not be disappointed!  read more

Planning Your 30A Super Bowl Party

Posted on Thursday, January 4, 2018

The only good thing about this cold weather is that it means it’s football season and the Super Bowl is right around the corner. Four weeks from now, we will watch two teams play to win the 52nd Super Bowl in Minneapolis. Super Bowl parties can be a big deal and you may have already started planning yours. Even if your favorite team isn’t playing, fun with friends and great food is always a good plan. Here are some popular Super Bowl party ideas you can try this year: While we are used to the usual wings and chili on Super Bowl day, there is plenty of time to get creative before your party. We found quite a selection of Football Party Ideas and 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

Top Golf Courses near 30A

Posted on Sunday, October 22, 2017

The South Walton and 30A area are renowned for its beaches. Powder white sand and emerald green waters attract vacationers from all over. However, the Gulf of Mexico is not the only green we are becoming famous for. We have a variety of acclaimed golf courses making the Golf Digest “top places to play” in Florida list. Here’s a few of our favorite courses near 30A.  Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club boasts eighteen holes of “The Purest Golf in the Florida Panhandle” according to Golf Magazine. Bordering the sugar-white sandy beaches of South Walton, the golf club spans across more than 85 acres providing member, guests and the public with access read more

Things to do this Winter on 30A

Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kids are back in school, the weather is cooling off, and the traffic is dying down along the Gulf Coast. But does that mean this gorgeous area won’t have as many visitors during the colder months? Of course not. Every season is wonderful in Northwest Florida and that includes winter. Each month brings its own festivities and there is fun to be had all throughout the year. If you are planning an end of the year trip, here is a look into some things to add to your itinerary. Arnett’s Gulfside Farm & Stables is a 20 acre horse ranch in Santa Rosa Beach where you can camp or take a trail ride. Thursday-Sunday you can sign up for a nice horseback read more

Things to Do in South Walton with Kids

Posted on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Traveling with kids? We’ve got you covered. There’s plenty to do along the Gulf Coast for people of all ages and just because you have the little ones with you doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Here are some of our favorite things to do in the 30A area with our families: Buddy’s Bike Rentals and Beach Shop is a great stop for two reasons: you can rent bikes AND get ice cream. Grab a bike for the day and pull your tot behind you in a little bike taxi and have a stroll down beautiful 30A. When you return your bike, choose from 32 ice cream flavors and get a cup or cone (or a pint to go!) to surely make your kid’s day.   You can spend the day read more

5 Things to Do During Your Summer VACA on 30A

Posted on Saturday, June 17, 2017

5 Things to Do During Your Summer VACA on 30A #1 Relax on the beach Our beaches are famous for powder white sand and emerald green waters. Sit back, relax and take in the breathtaking views from the beaches of 30A. The sound of the waves crashing, the feel of the warm sand between your toes and the smell of suntan lotion says it all! #2 Outdoor Concerts in the Park   Outdoor Concerts on plush green lawns are offered throughout summer in South Walton. Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays at various 30A beach towns you can enjoy live music under the stars. Bring a blanket, a bottle of wine and unwind!  #3 Wine Tastings   The locals of read more

Happy Monday on 30A

Posted on Sunday, May 21, 2017

In a world where Friday gets its own hashtag (TGIF) and Sunday has its own nickname (Sunday Fun-day), why does Monday get such a bad reputation? Words such as manic and blues tend to single out this day. Here in South Walton we celebrate every day, not because of its position in the week. We celebrate it because of the beauty it brings to us each and every day! Join the celebration with these favorite Monday happenings on 30A. It  doesn’t matter what day it is. When the sky is blue and the sun is shining, the beach is calling your name! Whether you are vacationing or local, you must respond. After all, this is why we live here and this is read more

What’s to Eat in Gulf Place

Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Gulf Place is a charming community nestled across from the beach on the corner of 30A and Highway 393. The town center has a little bit of everything so visitors can make one stop for the day. Along with beach rentals, and a few upscale boutiques, Gulf Place has a great variety of places for you and the family to eat. Since a few places have come and gone in recent years, here is an overview of what’s open now.  The Perfect Pig serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has a full bar available. Pulled pork is a popular item but the grilled cheese sandwiches are a MUST. The bread is “Parmesan Crusted” and goes way beyond your average grilled read more

The Green Owl is Open in Seagrove Beach

Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2016

Stephanie Anliker has opened The Green Owl flagship store in Seagrove Beach . Inspired by nature, hand-crafted artisan products are available with each purchase helping others. Many of The Green Owl products can be found in local boutiques and gift stores, as well as boutique hotels. Products include organic and sustainable goodies for bath, body, and home. A portion of sales go to finding a cure for breast cancer.  The Green Owl opened this summer in Seagrove Plaza. It is located right next to the 30A Store where you can purchase official 30A gear. Seagrove Beach is home to a wide variety of unique shops and fine dining with a bike path throughout read more

Where 2 Bars Are Better Than 1

Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012

Everyone is applauding South Walton’s latest restaurant, 723 Whiskey Bravo ! Conveniently located on the site of the old Wheelhouse Restaurant in Seagrove Beach, Highway 30-A. Just a short walk, bike ride, or drive for South Walton’s residents and Garrett Realty Services vacation renters to enjoy great food and spirits from a 40-seat indoor bar or open air rooftop bar! 723 Whiskey Bravo was opened by Skip and Victoria Moore from Atlanta who, like many, fell in love with 30-A and the lifestyle the community promotes. A unique story behind the name can be found on their website as well as a menu of all the delicious dishes and signature read more