Emerald Coast Real Estate and Community News

Dec. 12, 2023

Seas & Greetings: The Best Holiday Beach Fun from Destin to Panama City Beach

There’s always something happening at the beach! Whether you live here full-time or visit as often as possible, these festive Emerald Coast activities are just as much fun as enjoying the sand and surf. From visits with Santa to beach ball drops on New Year’s Eve, here are a few of our favorites for making the most of your coastal Christmas.

Multiple Opportunities through early 2024

Christmas Reflections | Chipley Park, DeFuniak Springs
Enjoy a holiday family tradition with more than 10 million lights on full display at Chipley Park. Open daily through December 31 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
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Baytowne On Ice | Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin
Dust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Baytowne on Ice. Skaters must be at least three years of age and fit into appropriately sized skates. Children younger than 6 must be accompanied by a parent or adult family member. Ice skating is available through February 5 with varying hours.
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Holiday on The Harbor Visits With Santa | HarborWalk Village, Destin
Visits with Santa will continue every Saturday and Sunday through December 17 from 1-4 p.m.
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Rockin’ Holiday Concert Series | HarborWalk Village, Destin
Visit the main stage at HarborWalk Village, which will be rockin’ with your holiday favorites beginning at 5 p.m., followed by fireworks at 8 p.m. This takes place every Saturday through December 16.
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A Christmas Carol | Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach
Emerald Coast Theatre Company will present “A Christmas Carol” December 8-22 at ECTC’s location at 560 Grand Boulevard at Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach.
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A Jingle Jangle Christmas Musical Revue | Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach
Emerald Coast Theatre Company will present “A Jingle Jangle Christmas Musical Revue” December 16-21 at ECTC’s location at 560 Grand Boulevard at Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach.
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Pictures With A Penguin | Gulfarium, Okaloosa Island
On select dates through December 31, you can get a picture with adorable African penguins at The Gulfarium. Slots for these photos are limited, so book yours today. General admission is required; cost for photos is extra at $15.
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Breakfast With Santa | Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village, Destin
Don’t be a Grinch! Join in a joyous breakfast with Santa at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. on December 9, 10, 16 and 17 in the Grande Ballroom. A festive buffet of the Grinch’s fruit kabob station, Cindy Lou Who’s breakfast items, Whoville Bakery, and Max’s Donut Station will be offered. Cost is $25 per person.
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Photos With Santa and Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides | Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach
Enjoy complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides around the Town Center while taking in coastal white Christmas lights and the Festival of Trees display. To add to the festivities, get a professional photo with Santa while listening to the seasonal sounds of the “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” musical revue from Emerald Coast Theatre Co. This takes place on Friday and Saturday nights from 5 to 8 p.m. through December 30.
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30A Farmers Market Holiday Market | Rosemary Beach
Check out multiple market opportunities on Dec. 21 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Nights of Lights | The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin
This December, enjoy a festive light show in The Events Plaza every day. This sparkling event will also be featured during their special holiday edition of the Wednesday Night Concert Series. Watch three dazzling shows on the Village tree at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m.
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Winter Fun For Everyone | Emerald Coast Science Center, Fort Walton Beach
Join in holiday fun December 20-22 and December 27-29 to celebrate the season. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, and all activities are included with general admission. The schedule of events includes Col-AR the Holidays, sciPad Winter Games and Creature Feature.
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30A Songwriters Festival | Santa Rosa Beach, 30A
30A Songwriters Festival is right around the corner. It features more than 250 artists from January 12-15 at more than 30 venues along 30A.
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December 9

Christmas ZOObilee | Gulf Breeze Zoo, Gulf Breeze
Visit the Gulf Breeze Zoo for their Christmas ZOObilee, which includes winter-themed bounce stations; live music and entertainment; photos with Santa; and, the Candy Cane Market full of gifts, sights, smells and tastes of the season including unique gifts from local artists and delicious holiday treats. This event takes place December 9-10 as well as December 16-17.
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December 15

Grinchmas | Baytowne Wharf, Miramar Beach
During this holiday season, put a little snark in your holiday spirit with The Mean One himself. Meet the maven of mischief, The Grinch, for a photo opportunity from 5 to 7 p.m., then enjoy a movie showing of The Grinch starting at 7 p.m. Don’t miss out on this Who-liday spectacular!
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December 16

Beachy Little Christmas | The Island Resort, Fort Walton Beach
Join in this free event featuring tons of seasonal activities and Christmas tree “sandcastle” building with Dan In The Sand. This is the new date after a December 2 rescheduling due to weather.
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Breakfast With Santa and Holiday Festival | Aegean Restaurant, Shalimar
Enjoy a breakfast buffet, pictures with Santa and arts and crafts for the kids. Cost is $20 for adults and $5 for children six and younger. Breakfast is served from 8 to 11 a.m., with crafts and photos also available.
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Cookies & Crafts With The Grump | The Island Resort, Fort Walton Beach
The Island Resort is delighted to announce the arrival of everyone’s favorite grouchy holiday character, December 16 and 17, from noon to 4 p.m. Grab a cup of apple cider or hot chocolate, listen to live music and get photos with the green guy himself. Following the music, families can engage in a fun and creative craft session. This festive holiday event is open to the public free of charge. This year, they’re including face painting and a Whoville hair station, adding an extra festive touch to an already enchanting holiday experience.
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Merry & Bright: A Sandestin Gourmet Holiday | The Grand Sandestin, Miramar Beach
Join in a festive and fun-filled day at a fully decorated holiday-themed market. Get ready to indulge in an array of delectable wines and mouthwatering food options while your little ones enjoy craft activities and a visit with Santa himself. And the best part? You can take home your favorite wines at incredibly competitive prices. It’s a holiday shopping experience like no other, open to both ticket holders and the public. Cost is $75 for adults 21+, $35 for ages 13-20 and $25 for 12 and younger.
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Kids’ DIY-U Workshop: Holiday Delivery Truck | Lowe’s, Fort Walton Beach
Calling all little elves! Join in this jolly Holiday Delivery Truck build that’s also a gift card holder. Kids will love hand-crafting this unique toy that also makes a memorable gift.
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Jolly Jubilee Holiday Festival | Destin Commons, Destin
Experience the joy of the holidays while surrounded by reindeer topiary, live musical performances, Christmas caroling, and of course, the beloved 50-foot Christmas tree. A full schedule of performances is available at the link below.
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Movie Night with Billy Claus and The LuLuBelles | Lulu’s, Destin
Get ready for some holiday fun with the annual Billy Claus and The LuLuBelles appearance followed by a Christmas movie. The Billy Claus celebration is better than ever this year. Billy will “arrive in style” looking for that magic gumbo that keeps him warm and awake to make all of his rounds. The LuLuBelles will be tagging along to show you the new and cozy “Billy Claus and the Spirit of Christmas Island” story-time reading corner. New crafts and treats will be available for free. The best-of-all newest addition is all of the Billy Claus fun will lead up to a screening of the latest Dr. Seuss’ “The Grinch.”
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The Grayt Santa Pub Crawl | Grayton Beach
The Grayt Santa Pub Crawl features a bar crawl and good food and drinks all afternoon and into the night in Grayton Beach. Crawl begins at 2 p.m. with check-in at Hurricane Oyster Bar. Additional stops include Red Bar, Chiringo, Beach Camp Brew Pub and AJ’s Grayton Beach. Cost is $60 per person to crawl with costumes required. Prizes will be awarded to the “most naughty Santa” and “most nice Santa,” among others.
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December 20

Polar Express Movie Night | LuLu’s, Destin
Choo-choo! All aboard the Polar Express, heading to LuLu’s. Bring a blanket and your PJs to cozy up for dinner and a movie. A showing of the Polar Express will begin at 6 p.m. Enjoy complimentary popcorn, Christmas cookies and hot chocolate, as well a free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Arrive early if you would like to stay for dinner.
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December 24

Christmas Eve Dinner | Soleil, Destin
Guests will enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu; pricing is $75 for the three-course dinner and $20 for a kid’s chicken tenders plate. Reservations are currently available online through the Resy app, at soleildestin.com or by calling 850.353.2867.
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December 25

Christmas Dinner | Emerald Grande, Destin
There’s no better place to celebrate the holidays than at the Emerald Grande. If you’re looking for holiday cheer surrounded by twinkling lights, Christmas decorations and a cozy ambiance, then look no further than dinner here from noon to 5 p.m. Enjoy a three-course plated meal; reservations are highly recommended by calling 850.424.0621.
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December 28

Ugly Sweater Ladies’ Night Party | McGuire’s, Destin
McGuire’s Ugly Sweater Ladies Night Party! One last chance to wear your favorite holiday sweaters from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. DJ Doc Roc will be rocking the deck and Cormac McGuinness will be playing in the pub.
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December 31

New Year’s Eve | HarborWalk Village, Destin
Dance away 2023 with live entertainment happening on the main stage, beginning at 7 p.m. with Stranger Boy, followed by The New Royals at 9:30 p.m. Turn your eyes to the skies for a dazzling firework display over the harbor and shout along as we countdown the ball drop, welcoming a new year. This event is free and open to all.
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Baytowne Countdown | Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin
Enjoy an evening to remember with two breathtaking fireworks displays at 8 p.m. and midnight. Enjoy a family-friendly evening with face painting, kids’ activities, and live music on the Baytowne LIVE stage from 6 to 8 p.m. Later, dance the night away with live music from Bay Kings Band from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m., featured on the Events Plaza Stage. This event is 21 and older after 10 p.m.
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14th annual New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop | Pier Park, Panama City Beach
Join in the New Year’s Eve fun at the 2023 New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop in Pier Park. The family-friendly celebration kicks off at 5:35 p.m. featuring live music, shopping, food vendors and games and activities for the children.
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Noon Year’s Eve Balloon Bash with Bluey | Fort SK8 Family Fun Center, Fort Walton Beach
Choose from two slots for skating, a ball drop, games, a playground, arcade and more. Reserve your slot now from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 to 5 p.m.
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New Year’s Eve Dinner | Primrose, Destin
Elevate your New Year’s Eve with a spectacular dining experience that captures the essence of celebration, promising an unforgettable night of indulgence and glamour. Complimentary parking is available. Cost is $125 for adults and $35 foe kids, and reservations are required.
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New Year’s Eve Fireworks On The Beach | The Boardwalk, Okaloosa Island
Celebrate the beginning of a new year with fireworks on the beach and all your favorite foods from Rockin Tacos, The Crab Trap, Floyd’s and more.
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New Year’s Eve Mardi Gras Ball | The Village Door Dance Club, Miramar Beach
This New Year’s Eve, party with The Village Door Dance Club. Enjoy free drinks from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Mardi Gras beads, fireworks and your favorite dance tunes.
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Poppin’ New Year’s Eve | Hotel Effie, Miramar Beach
Jam out to live music, sip on hand-crafted cocktails and enjoy the stunning panoramic view of the Baytowne Wharf fireworks shows. General admission and VIP seating are available. 21 and over after 9 p.m. Cocktail attire is encouraged.
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New Year’s Eve at Melting Pot | Melting Pot, Miramar Beach
Join us for a specially curated five-course meal and receive a complimentary party favor and a champagne toast at midnight.
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Dec. 1, 2023

December 2023 | 2916 Pine Valley Drive in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

 

2916 Pine Valley Drive in Sandestin

2916 Pine Valley Drive is a 3,377 sq. ft home on the lake with golf course views in Burnt Pine, a gated community within Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

Overlooking Burnt Pine Golf Course and a beautiful lake, the current owners built this exceptional energy-efficient home to highly exacting standards. From the reflective Boral roof tiles to the Energy Star-rated appliances, this Tuscan-style residence is way ahead of its time. Solar panels generate excess power, which is sold back to the grid. The stunning saltwater pool has its own solar cover and an ozonator lowers the use of chlorine.

Set within the exclusive gated community of Burnt Pine, this custom home built in 2017 enjoys access to the amenities of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort including Baytowne Wharf dining, marina, watersports, tennis, golf, boutique shopping and beach access.

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2916 Pine Valley Drive in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

 

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Nov. 20, 2023

5 Reasons Why 30A is the Ultimate Place to Own

Florida is known for its beautiful beaches and resorts, but have you heard about 30A? If not, you're missing out on a hidden gem in the Sunshine State. The Scenic 30A Corridor is a stretch of shoreline that's only 24 miles long, but it's packed with an extraordinary amount of charm and character that's hard to find anywhere else. If you're looking for a great place to own a home, vacation spot or retirement destination, here are five reasons why 30A is the ultimate place to own.

Beautiful Beaches that Will Take Your Breath Away

The beaches of 30A are simply exquisite. From the dazzling emerald-colored waters to the pure white sand, you'll undoubtedly slip into a state of tranquility and bliss. Imagine taking an early morning or evening stroll and getting lost in the stunning views that stretch out before your eyes. On 30A, there's always a spot to lay out your blanket, soak up the Florida sun, and enjoy the salty air.

30A Beaches

A Mecca for Outdoor Activities

Whether it's paddle-boarding, swimming, fishing, kayaking, or cycling, 30A offers a host of exciting outdoor activities that make it one of the best destinations to own a vacation house or a retirement home. The place is peppered with scenic trails, breathtaking parks, and nature reserves, making it a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. You'll never run out of fun things to do in 30A, whether you prefer the thrill of excitement or the peacefulness of nature.

A Uniquely Charming Community

30A is more than just a beautiful beach destination. It's a charming community with a unique character, culture, and vibe. Here, you'll find the iconic pastel-colored beach houses, cozy ice-cream shops, and an eclectic mix of boutique stores that reflect the heart and soul of 30A. The sense of community in 30A is genuinely heart-warming, and the locals radiate a warm, welcoming spirit that you'll instantly fall in love with.

Rosemary Beach Florida

World-Class Restaurants and Cuisine

As a premier travel destination, 30A boasts a long list of world-class restaurants that offer unforgettable culinary experiences. Whether you're craving fresh seafood, Caribbean-inspired dishes, or fusion cuisine, you're bound to find something that tantalizes your taste buds. Dining in 30A is more than just a meal—it's an experience that combines the finest food, superb views, and excellent company.

Check out some of my favorite spots to eat breakfast along 30A!

Versatile Investment Options

30A's real estate market can cater to all imaginable lifestyles, whether you're looking for a vacation home, a retirement destination, full time residence, or an investment property. The place offers a range of properties, from waterfront condos to standalone beachfront homes that can cater to your specific needs. Not only does owning a property in 30A provide possible rental income potential, but it provides you with the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Just a reminder to know the rules and regulations of any community you decide to purchase property in as the option to rent your property as well as time requirements (if rental is allowed) vary greatly!

Seaside Florida

30A, Florida is one of the hidden gems of the Sunshine State, offering an unparalleled lifestyle that's hard to find anywhere else. The beautiful beaches, endless outdoor activities, the charming community, and world-class cuisine make it a destination that's hard to resist. 30A can offer an ideal investment option to cater to all lifestyles, whether you're looking to buy a vacation home, retirement destination, or an investment property. There are endless possibilities in 30A, and it's undoubtedly an ultimate place to own, relax, and enjoy life to the fullest.

 

Nov. 15, 2023

Events to Enjoy at the Beach Thanksgiving Week 2023

You can practically smell the turkey and pumpkin pies in the air as Thanksgiving week fast approaches. Whether you're a local or you're visiting the Emerald Coast for the holidays, you're in luck because there are plenty of events happening.

Alys Beach

Alys in Wonderland

November 24 | 4 PM

Come join the festive fun at Alys in Winter Wonderland! Get ready for an amazing time filled with pictures with Santa, face painting, cookie decorating, and airbrush tattoos. Each activity requires 1 ticket, available for $3 per ticket.

Schedule of events for the day:

4 PM to 7 PM: Pictures with Santa and photo booth

6 PM to 8 PM: Concert in the Amphitheatre

7:30 PM: Tree Lighting

Alys Shoppe Pop-Up

November 24 and November 25 | 10 AM to 4 PM

Check out The Mera Building courtyard (just across from Georges) for a shopping spree at the Alys Shoppe on Friday and Saturday!

Grand Boulevard at Sandestin

Coastal White Christmas Celebration & Hometown Parade

November 17 | 5 PM

Join the festivities at Grand Boulevard in Sandestin for a charming holiday parade along the Boulevard, ending in the park with festive tunes and the lighting of the Grand Boulevard Christmas Tree. The parade starts at 5pm and wraps up with a special appearance by Santa Claus! Capture precious family moments with Old Saint Nick and don't forget to bring an unwrapped gift to contribute to our local toy drive.

Festival of Trees

November 21 | 4 PM to 6 PM

Join the excitement of Festival of Trees as 12 local charities decorate their trees, competing for cash prizes. Don't miss the chance to stroll the Boulevard on November 21st, savor the festive atmosphere, and vote for your beloved tree! These enchanting trees will be on display in Grand Park until Christmas, inviting the public to revel in the holiday spirit.

Holiday Open House & Shop-About

November 21 | 3 PM to 6 PM

Celebrate the holiday season with amazing deals and promotions from Grand Boulevard's retailers and restaurants! Don't miss out on the chance to explore all the exciting events and festivities. Swing by Grand Park to get your treasure map and enter for a chance to win incredible prize baskets filled with goodies from our local businesses.

Rosemary Beach

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told” Live Theatre

November 21 | 2 PM to 3 PM

Come experience the REP's festive sensation, "Every Christmas Story Ever Told"! This sensational performance features all your cherished holiday classics in a delightfully energetic and hilarious showcase. Perfect for the entire family! Feel free to bring your own chairs or blankets. Join early to get your face painted before the show!

Moonlight & Movies: The Grinch

November 22 | 6 PM to 8 PM

Bring the family for a fun night under the stairs watching a holiday favorite. Chairs and blankets welcome!

Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 24 | 6 PM to 8 PM

Join in the excitement as Rosemary Beach "turns on the town"! Experience the joy of live musical performances by the Charles Dickens Carolers, witness Santa's grand arrival, and be enchanted by the tree lighting. To make the most of this festive season, indulge in a delightful carriage ride through our vibrant town.

Merchant Holiday Open House

November 24 | 6:30 PM to 8 PM

Visit the Town Center Merchants in Rosemary Beach after the tree lighting for a special evening of holiday shopping and refreshments!

Breakfast with Santa

November 25 | 8 AM to 10 AM

Join Santa's Workshop for a magical morning with the kids! Enjoy a delightful boxed breakfast, capture a professional color photo with Santa, and receive a special goodie bag from Gigi's. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20. Don't miss out on this amazing event that supports the SWFD Angel Tree Program, with 100% of admission proceeds going towards a good cause.

Deana Carter: Country Christmas

November 25 | 3 PM

Join the Merchants of Rosemary Beach and Rosemary Beach Foundation for a special outdoor holiday concert featuring Deana Carter, the singer of "Strawberry Wine". This all-ages, pet-friendly show is in support of Alaqua Animal Refuge. Feel free to bring your furry best friends!

Make sure to sign up and donate online in advance. General admission is a suggested donation of $5. For $20 per person, you can enjoy up front and center seating in the Amphitheater Area. Don't forget to bring your blankets and lawn chairs!

Seaside

Nutcracker Ballet

November 19 | 5 PM to 6 PM

Kick off the holiday season with a timeless classic, The Nutcracker presented by Ballet Pensacola, at the Seaside Amphitheater. Don't forget to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the show on the lawn of the amphitheater.

Local Love Sidewalk Sale

November 24, 25, and 26 | 10 AM to 6 pm

Celebrate the holiday season with a town-wide shopping extravaganza. It's the perfect opportunity to grab some amazing deals from the merchants, enjoy live music, and indulge in discounted food and beverages!

Turn on the Town: Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting

November 25 | 2 PM to 6 PM

Kick off the festive season with Seaside’s annual Turn On The Town event! Don't miss the excitement as they countdown to the grand tree and town lighting with Santa himself. The event kicks off with the highly anticipated holiday parade at 3 PM, featuring Santa and friends as they spread holiday cheer down 30A from Seagrove to Seaside.

Before the parade, enjoy a special holiday performance by The REP on 30A in front of Airstream Row at 2 PM. Once Santa arrives in SEASIDE®, get ready for the tree and town lighting, followed by complimentary photos with Santa himself.

Don't miss out on all the festive activities, including carolers, face-painting, and more! It's a celebration for all ages.

Holiday Show: The REP Theatre

November 26 | 11 AM to 12 PM

Head over to the front of the Seaside Post Office for the amazing holiday tradition of Every Christmas Story Ever Told. The REP Theatre's beloved holiday show is back for its 13th year, featuring all your favorite holiday classics in one high-energy and hilarious performance. Three talented REP actors will entertain you with a wide range of characters, props, and costumes, paying homage to everyone from Charles Dickens and Dr. Seuss to Jimmy Stewart and Chewbacca. This ever-evolving REP favorite is the perfect way to kick-start the season, beat the festive fatigue, and spread holiday cheer.

Village of Baytowne Wharf

Here Comes Santa Claus

November 25 | 6 PM to 9 PM

🎅 Santa Claus is coming to town! Don't miss out on the festive fun happening at Baytowne Lane. Head to Baytowne Wharf and cheer Santa on his way to the Event Plaza Lawn to light up the Village Christmas Tree. There will be amazing face-painting, exciting kids crafts, and a spectacular fireworks display. It's a magical event you won't want to miss!

The Polar Express

November 26 | 6 PM

Watch a holiday favorite under the stars on the Events Plaza Lawn!

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!

With so much going on, you'll have a hard time fitting everything in. So, grab your family and get ready to create memories that you'll remember long after the turkey is gone. Happy Thanksgiving week and cheers to exploring Florida's beautiful Emerald Coast!

Nov. 1, 2023

November 2023 | 1889 Baytowne Loop in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

1889 Baytowne Loop in Sandestin

1889 Baytowne Loop is a 2,627 sq. ft home on the golf course Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort with  4 bedrooms, four full baths, and a one car garage.

Discover the perfect oasis for resort living in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort! This Italian-style villa, situated on an oversized lot, offers serene golf and lake views while still being just a short golf cart ride away from Sandestin's fantastic shopping, restaurants, and amenities. A spacious brick paver driveway leads to a one-car garage and an impressive entrance. The first floor features a half-bathroom, ample storage, and a primary suite with walk-in closets, built-ins, and a cozy sitting area with serene views. 

Although never rented, this fully-furnished home comes with a 4-seater golf cart in a rental-permitted neighborhood, making it an ideal primary or secondary residence. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is renowned for its outstanding recreation, including four championship golf courses, community pools, a marina, watersports, and a complimentary shuttle to seven miles of pristine white sandy beaches. Nearby, Grand Boulevard offers an array of shopping options, while Baytowne Wharf provides a fantastic selection of waterfront dining and entertainment. This is truly a life of luxury.

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1889 Baytowne Loop in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

 

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Nov. 1, 2023

Thanksgiving Dining 2023 Destin, Miramar Beach, 30A, and Panama City Beach

Do you know what goes great with Thanksgiving? The beach!

Here’s a roundup of the best spots in town to satisfy your holiday cravings. From traditional feasts to unique twists, there's something for everyone. 

Whether you’re planning a holiday getaway for two or gathering the entire family on the Emerald Coast this year, below are some meal options to reduce (or eliminate) your time in the kitchen so you can spend more quality time together. 

As always, with this type of information, it’s recommended to call ahead, verify availability, and make reservations as needed.

Bon appétit — and happy Thanksgiving!

Miramar Beach

Flemings Fine Steak and Wine Bar: 

Fleming's Fine Steakhouse and Wine Bar is serving up three exceptional courses starting at 11 a.m. Get all the juicy details such as the menu on their website.

Ovide:

Craving a buffet? Ovide at Hotel Effie in Sandestin has you covered. Their Thanksgiving buffet includes a seafood bar and mouthwatering desserts. It's happening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $115 per person, $65 for children ages six to 12 and free for children five and younger. Call 850.351.3030 for reservations or visit their website.

Solaris: 

Sail into Thanksgiving on the luxurious Solaris yacht! Indulge in a mouthwatering buffet as you cruise through Choctawhatchee Bay. With lunch and dinner options available, This one typically books quickly so make your reservations now before it's too late! Cost is $85 for adults; $50 for children 3-10; and, $30 for infants 2 and younger. Visit their website or call 850.650.2519.

The Surf Hut: 

Head to the The Surf Hut for a Thanksgiving meal that hits the spot with a view that can’t be beaten. Indulge in a plated dinner or choose from a limited menu. No reservations – seating is first come, first serve from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 850.460.7750 or visit their website for more information.

Vintij Food & Wine: 

Experience the perfect blend of tradition and elegance at Vintij Food & Wine. Enjoy a sumptuous four-course Thanksgiving feast with options for seafood lovers, vegans, and gluten-free diners. Cost is $100 for the four-course meal. Reservations are highly encouraged by calling 850.650.9820 to secure your spot. For hours and details, visit their website.

30A | Santa Rosa Beach

Ambrosia Prime Seafood & Steaks:

Indulge in a Thanksgiving feast at Ambrosia in Watersound Town Center. With options like butternut squash soup, harvest salad, and mouthwatering pies, you won't be disappointed. View their complete menu here. Cost is $95 for adults and $45 for children 12 and younger. Book your table on their website or call 850.909.0100.

The Bay:

Don't miss out on a Thanksgiving lunch at The Bay. Reservations open on November 1 at 11 am, so make sure to call early and secure your spot. Visit their website for more details. View their holiday menu here.

The Big Chill 30A:

Let the Big Chill take care of Thanksgiving dinner this year. Order their house-smoked turkey, traditional sides, and pies for a stress-free holiday. Place your order online at here (from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) with pick-up on Wednesday, Nov. 22 or Thanksgiving morning. For more information call 850.213.0782.

Blue Mountain Bakery:

Enjoy a fully cooked Thanksgiving meal from Blue Mountain Bakery. They even have gluten-free options available. Place your order online here for pickup on Wednesday, Nov 22.

Café Thirty-A:

Dine in or take a piece of Café Thirty-A home with you with their Thanksgiving to-go meal. Visit their website for more details or call 850.231.2166 for more details. Check out their menu here.  

Chanticleer Eatery:

Leave the cooking to Chanticleer and try their family-style Thanksgiving catering (to be picked up the day before). More information is available by visiting their website. Place your order by calling the restaurant at 850.213.9065.

Cuvee 30A:

Treat yourself to a scrumptious Thanksgiving feast at Cuvee 30A. Chef Tim Creehan's Louisiana fried turkey is not to be missed with all the traditional trimmings, side dishes, and desserts. Visit their website for menu and reservation opportunities.

Down Island Gulf Seafood Restaurant:

Join the Thanksgiving feast at Down Island Gulf. With a three-course meal and a la carte options, there's something for everyone. Three courses for $55, an adult plate for $39, and a child’s plate for $19 for those 12 and younger.  Call or text 850.586.3015 for reservations.

Farm & Fire:

Have your choice between two Thanksgiving options: a filling Thanksgiving buffet or pick up and bake meal for four (to be picked up Tuesday, Nov 21). Seatings at the restaurant are available between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Call 850.622.3871 to make your reservation.

Fish Out Of Water (FOOW):

FOOW has a la carte Thanksgiving items available until 2 p.m. No reservations required, so arrive early to secure your spot. Visit their website for more details.

Gallion’s:

Want to impress your guests without the stress? Order a heat and serve dinner package from Rosemary Beach's Gallion’s. It includes everything you need for up to six people - turkey, sides, and desserts. Just swing by between noon and 2 p.m. on November 23 to pick it up for $365. Check out the details on their ordering site.

Havana Beach Bar and Grill:

Indulge in a Thanksgiving buffet featuring coastal cuisine at Havana Beach Bar and Grill. They have seatings at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Hurry and reserve your spot by calling 850.588.2882. It's $85 for adults, $45 for kids 12 and under, and free for kids three and under. Get all the info at this link.

LaCo:

Looking for a traditional Thanksgiving feast without the fuss? Head to LaCo for a buffet with soup, salad, sides, and delicious seasonal desserts. They welcome reservations and walk-ins from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Get the details at this link.

Modica Market:

Save yourself the hassle and order an organic, free-range Thanksgiving turkey along with mouthwatering side dishes from Modica Market. Just make sure to place your order by November 15. Get all the details by calling 850.231.1214 or clicking here.

Old Florida Fish House:

Feast like royalty at Old Florida Fish House with their traditional Thanksgiving buffet. It's $69 for adults and $29 for kids 10 and under. Hurry and reserve your spot by calling 850.534.3045 or check out the menu here.

Red Fish Taco:

Join in on the fun with River Dan's third annual Turkey Dance after your Thanksgiving dinner at Red Fish Taco. The party starts at 5 p.m. For more details, call 850.994.7443 or visit their website for more details.  

Stinky’s Fish Camp:

Not a fan of turkey? No worries, Stinky’s Fish Camp has you covered. They're open on Thanksgiving with their regular dinner options, plus a special Thanksgiving menu. It's the only day of the year they accept reservations, but walk-ins are also welcome. Give them a call at 850.267.3053 or visit them online to learn more and view the Thanksgiving menu.

WaterColor LakeHouse:

Treat yourself to a lavish Thanksgiving brunch at WaterColor LakeHouse from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's $85 per adult and $45 per child aged 6-12. They also offer whole turkey takeaway meals at their Gather location for $375. Make sure to reserve your spot by emailing wcisocialevents@stjoe.com.

Destin

Bitterroot:

Get your Thanksgiving feast to go for just $140! You can choose from dinner options or a la carte items. Pick up is on November 22 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Bitterroot or Everkrisp on Grand Boulevard. Call 850.460.8881 to place your order.

Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer:

Brotula’s will host its annual Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Adults can dine for $48.95 and kids ages 3-11 for $24.95. Make sure to reserve your spot by calling 850.460.8900. Visit their website for more information.

East Pass Seafood and Oyster House:

This new addition to the Thanksgiving lineup is not to be missed! Join them from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for their regular menu plus a special Thanksgiving plate. Reservations are recommended, so call 850.424-3507 to secure your spot. Check out the Thanksgiving offerings here.

Emerald Grande:

Looking for a traditional Thanksgiving meal without the hassle? Head to the Emerald Grande ballroom for all the trimmings and a delicious desserts. Seatings are at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Reservations are required, so call 850.424.0622. Take a peek at the menu.

Grande Vista Bar & Grill:

Enjoy a special three-course plated meal from noon to 4 p.m. Make a reservation by calling 850.424.0621. Check out the complete menu here.

Harbor Docks:

Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast at Harbor Docks from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy turkey, ham, dressing, potatoes, vegetables, and dessert - all for no charge! We do accept donations for Destin Harvest and Habitat for Humanity Okaloosa County. Visit their website or call 850.837.2506 for more details.

Henderson Beach Resort:

Treat yourself to an unforgettable Thanksgiving feast at Henderson Beach Resort. Indulge in a bountiful buffet filled with all your favorite traditional dishes. Book your reservation here - adults are $95, kids are $35, and children six and under eat for free.

Jackakuda’s:

Enjoy a full buffet at Jackakuda's from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. They’ll be serving up all the traditional favorites. Reservations are highly recommended, so call 850.460.2909 to secure your spot. Check out the Thanksgiving menu here.

Marina Cafe:

Get ready for a fabulous Thanksgiving buffet at Marina Cafe from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit their website here and click Annual Thanksgiving Buffet for the menu and pricing.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House:

Spice up your Thanksgiving with a sizzling turkey breast at Ruth's Chris. They’ll have all the fixings, plus additional sides like sausage and herb stuffing and pumpkin cheesecake from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. For more info, call 850.837.7884 or visit their website.

Sarah K’s Gourmet:

Don't feel like cooking this Thanksgiving? Let Sarah K's take care of everything! They’re offering multiple take-home packages - check out their website here. Orders must be in by November 16 and picked up on November 22. Cash or check only. Call 850.269.0044 to secure your spot.

Soleil:

Treat yourself to a fabulous three-course Thanksgiving feast at Soleil. Enjoy family-style sides and delicious flavors from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. It's $60 for adults and $20 for kids. Reservations available through the Resy app, on their website, or by calling 850.353.2867.

790:

Celebrate Thanksgiving at their new location on Emerald Coast Parkway. They’ll be serving up a delicious traditional turkey and ham dinner with all the sides. Visit the website or call 850.650.4853 for more information.

Panama City Beach

Destin Ice Market:

Online ordering open until November 17. Pick up your delicious feast on November 22 at Inlet Beach location only. Call 850.502.4100 or visit their website for details.

The Grand Marlin:

Make your Thanksgiving truly "grand." Enjoy a delightful dine-in experience with a soup or salad appetizer, roasted turkey entree, and your choice of pumpkin or pecan pie for dessert. Reserve your spot by calling 850.249.1500. Check out the details here.

Runaway Island:

Visit Runaway Island from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a Thanksgiving feast like no other. Adult buffet for $34.95 and only $20 for kids 12 and under. Visit their website for more details and make your reservations for the best dining times.

Saltwater Grill:

Indulge in a traditional Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit their website for the menu and full details. Call 850.230.2739 for a reservation. They are welcoming a limited number of walk-ins.

Shades 30A:

Skip the cooking and pick up a delicious fried turkey (no sides included) that feeds four to six people for just $80 plus tax. Order deadline is November 19, so call 850.231.9410 to secure your turkey (while supplies last). Visit the website for more information. Please note, the restaurant will be closed on Thanksgiving.

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Oct. 2, 2023

October 2023 | 4223 Beachside Two in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

4223 Beachside Two in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

4223 Beachside Two Drive is an 840 sq. ft gulf front studio condo in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort with  bunk room and one full bath.

Discover the perfect oasis for beachfront living at Beachside Two! This chic second floor condo offers breathtaking gulf views from its generous balcony and access to all the amenities Sandestin Resort has to offer. With a full size kitchen, granite countertops, glass tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, and two sleeping areas with a separate sleeping room, it's clear that no detail was spared. Within the gates of this premier resort, you'll find four golf courses, world class tennis and pickleball facilities, marina access and the upscale shopping and dining located in Baytowne Wharf. Make your dream of Florida real estate come true with this studio in Beachside Two!

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Sept. 6, 2023

September 2023 | 503 One Beach Club Drive in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

503 One Beach Club Drive is a 2,080 sq. ft gulf view condo in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort with three bedrooms and three full baths.

Dream of living in a beautiful luxury home that enjoys views of the emerald waters of Florida's Gulf Coast? Then come take a tour of this exquisite condo at One Beach Club Drive in Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. This stunning three bedroom/ three bath condominium boasts dual balconies, light color palette of walls and cabinetry, gray toned tile flooring throughout the living room and kitchen area, plush carpeting in the bedrooms, a designated parking spot, separate storage cage and so much more! Plus, you'll get access to exclusive amenities like two guest suites for overflow guests, fitness center, community room, media room and membership to the private Sandestin Beach Club - all within the gated resort with championship golf courses, tennis courts, fitness center and shopping & entertainment options. Move in today and start enjoying your luxurious life at One Beach Club Drive!

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Sept. 1, 2023

4 Reasons Why Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is the Ultimate Place to Own

Living in an ideal location is every person's dream, and if you plan to live in the gorgeous, serene, and magnificent Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, then be prepared to experience the fullness of life. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, located in the heart of Florida's Emerald Coast, is a perfect place for full-time or second homeowners, and investment owners. You might be wondering what makes this location stand out from others. 

Read on to discover why Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is an excellent choice for those who want to live the ultimate resort lifestyle at the beach. Whether you're looking for a full-time home, a second home, or an investment property, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort provides the perfect combination of a family-friendly atmosphere, location, amenities, and ownership options.

Family-Friendly Atmosphere

If you plan to move here with your family, you'll have nothing to worry about. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a family-friendly community, with a range of facilities dedicated to ensuring your children have the time of their lives. You'll find great amenities like catch and release fishing at numerous ponds, nature trails, and children's activities, making it a perfect place for families with children. The resort also has several swimming pools, hot tubs, and beaches where you can enjoy some fun in the sun with your loved ones and make memories.

Location

One of the biggest perks of living in Sandestin is its location. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort sits on 2,400 acres of beautiful land on Florida's Gulf Coast, providing homeowners with a stunning view and plenty of activities at your doorstep. The resort offers easy access to the beach, shopping centers, restaurants, and entertainment destinations. Additionally, being surrounded by the Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, it provides a tropical paradise feel throughout the year.

Amenities

Sandestin has top-notch amenities that make living easy and enjoyable. The amenities include beach access, 4 championship golf courses, tennis courts, world-class restaurants, shopping centers, 2 spas, and a marina. Some of these amenities do require a separate membership. 

A Variety of Ownership Options

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort offers a wide range of ownership options that suit different preferences. For full-time and second homeowners, the resort offers everything from single-family homes to townhouses and condos. Many of the neighborhoods have rental restrictions which are geared towards those that desire to live in a community without any short term renters. Investment owners can also enjoy the enjoyment of owning a property and placing on a rental program to earn investment income while not using the property.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a great place to live if you're looking for a relaxed, resort-style lifestyle. The resort provides a perfect combination of security, family-friendly atmosphere, location, amenities, and ownership options. If you're looking for a permanent home, a second home, or an investment property, this is the place to be! Contact me today to learn more about the various homes, sizes, and neighborhoods available! 

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Aug. 9, 2023

August 2023 | 111 S Driftwood Bay #224 in Seascape Resort

Seascape Resort Dream: Find your perfect beach getaway at 111 S Driftwood #224 in Miramar Beach FL

111 S Driftwood Bay #224 is a 1,235 sq. ft condo on the lake in Seascape Resort with three bedrooms and three full baths.

Discover a lakeside paradise at 111 S Driftwood #224 in Seascape Resort, Miramar Beach, Florida! This two-story townhome has LVP flooring throughout, updated bathrooms, a quaint kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops, and a sliding door that frames peaceful lake and golf views. Located across the street from one of five community pools and just steps away from Scenic 98, Whale's Tail Bar & Grill and other beach attractions, this unit is perfect for both vacationers and year-round residents alike. Explore all Seascape Resort has to offer with its fishing lake, 5 community pools, 18-hole golf course, 7 tennis courts, 3 pickleball courts, basketball court and nearby restaurants and shopping. Come see why this condo is such an ideal spot for relaxation and fun in the sun!

 

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