Its name “Watercolor“, is derived from the emerald-green hue of the water, which is a result of the sand – made of pure Appalachian quartz – reflecting the sunlight through the surf. With so many amenities, this resort area is located on the northwest coastline of the Gulf of Mexico in the Florida panhandle. Have you ever wondered why this area is called the “panhandle” of Florida? Could it be that if you look at the state of Florida, it has a sliver of land to the west that looks – like the handle of a pan!! LOL
There are four fabulous places to grab a quick bite, relax with friends or enjoy a luscious meal. The resort offers beach bonfires that are available March–January, including beach chairs, s’mores, and bottled waters for up to 30 people. Bonfires take place on the beach at the bottom of the West Boardwalk, which is adjacent to the WaterColor Beach Club and Mid Boardwalk, located on the east side of the WaterColor Inn.
Imagine A Beautiful Beach Wedding On Florida’s Gulf Coast
Watercolor has a long tradition of extraordinary weddings. As you imagine your wedding day, consider celebrating at an intimate 60-room getaway that flawlessly merges modern sophistication with authentic Southern hospitality. Your guests will be enchanted by an immaculate ribbon of private beach, uninterrupted Gulf of Mexico views and nearly 500 acres of undisturbed coastal beauty.
Unwind At The Spa
You can select from an artful combination of body treatments for both women and men that are simple yet sumptuous. An array of refining facials and masks invokes natural enzymes, active botanicals and sea extracts to restore overall harmony and improved texture to your skin. The full collection of massage therapies restores circulation, eases muscle tension and enhances wellbeing as you unwind under the perceptive, artful touch of our highly skilled massage therapists. A full line of manicures, pedicures and wax treatments will leave you polished and ready for your close up. We can even suggest treatments customized to your individual needs – whether your priority is to reduce stress, boost your focus or improve your appearance. With views of the pristine sand dunes, the spa draws on the beauty and tranquility of its surroundings to create a holistic experience for body, mind and soul.
At Luxury Properties on 30A we serve our clients with the utmost respect, honesty, and highest level of communication. Everyday we strive to bring an enthusiasm and excitement to our efforts that rivals the feeling we all had when we visited 30A for the very first time.
The Birds of 30A.
Whenever you’re relaxing on 30A, it is inevitable to see some breathtaking wildlife. In the autumn, many different breeds of migratory birds fly south to the South Walton area. While 30A is always a rich ecosystem, it really thrives this time of year. I have often seen and heard beautiful birds flying around the area, wondering what breed they are. Here are a few favorites of local birdwatcher (and president of the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society), Walt Spence.
– Prothonotary Warbler
Bright yellow in color, this attractive little bird can be found in swamp areas. It is native only to the Americas, and it’s chirp is quite high pitched.
– Great Horned Owl
This owl is sleeping, and specially good at camouflage during the day, so it may be hard to spot. During the night, however, he is out and about, and gives himself away with the bright yellow eyes and the distinctive hoots.
– Red-Headed Woodpecker
This gorgeous bird is quite easy to spot with its bright red head. Listen out for pecking and a shrill call in the oak and pine forests that line 30A, and hopefully he doesn’t choose your house as a pecking post.
– Laughing Gull
You can find these along the beaches of 30A year round. Like their name suggests, their call is akin to a laugh. They are generally unafraid of people and stay on the beach, weaving through sunbathers, while sometimes swooping over the ocean to pick up a meal of fish.
These hunters will circle over bodies of water, looking for their next meal, and when they spot it, this predator will dive straight down into the water to fetch it. Often you will hear a high chirp on the beaches coming from one of these birds.
– Bald Eagle
You are more likely to spy a bald eagle around 30A than in most parts of the country. Thanks to preservation efforts, these birds are much less endangered than a few years ago. During the summer, you might even see a group of them, as the summer is their mating season.
On October 15th, there will be a special Seaside wine tasting at 45 Central Wine Bar. The Seaside Wine Project has paired up with Kokomo Winery to produce 30A-specific wines, complete with the gorgeous new Seaside labels. Currently, the project has produced Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Cuvee, Pinot Nior, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Rose and Sauvignon Blanc will be available this upcoming spring. You will be able to find these wines available at local businesses such as Modica Market, Bud & Alley’s, Great Southern, and Amavida, among others.
This idea stemmed from the Seaside founders, Robert and Daryl Davis, due to the demand in the area for high-quality wines. After taste-testing, they chose to pair up with Kokomo last year. Since then, they have been hand-picking which wines are worthy of the Seaside name, and we can now be some of the first ones to try them!
(courtesy of seasidefl.com)
SEASIDE® Farmers Market
Get your pick of fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and other unique offerings during our Market on Saturday mornings. Find local specialties that will help sustain our growers! Enjoy special cooking demos and activities sure to liven up your morning! Held behind Raw & Juicy from 9:00AM-1:00PM.
Visit the market online: Seaside Farmer’s Market
We’ve just updated the 29 S. Watchtower Lane website with brand new progress pictures and even a few of the architects behind it all! Click here now to check it out!
Biking! Take in the scenic sights and sounds of 30A the old fashioned way! The 19 milelong bike trail runs alongside 30A from Rosemary Beach in the East all the way to Dune Allen in the West. You can enjoy the short ride from 132 Hickory Street through Old Seagrove into Seaside for theday or trek down to Blue Mountain Beach for ice cream at the famous Blue Mountain Creamery!
Check it out!
LP30A is now introducing property specific websites! Check out the very cool and brand new 29 S. Watchtower Lane website! Featuring renderings, photo galleries, and a weekly blog with building updates! This house is coming along beautifully!
30 Tips from 30A Locals
(courtesy of 30a.com)
Ever dream of moving to the beach? Before you do, there’s a ‘secret code’ that permeates our laid-back flip-flop culture. After you’ve been around for a while, you’ll gradually figure some of these things out on your own. But for anyone who wants to study-up in advance, here are 30 tips from 30A locals that will help you ease right in…
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Heed our beach flag system! 1. “Always pay attention our beach flag system, and swim near one of the nine lifeguard towersstationed at our public beach accesses.” – Rick Talbert, South Walton Fire District 2. “Don’t text and drive any time, but especially not on 30A. There are simply too many pedestrians and cyclists.” – Dave Rauschkolb, Bud & Alley’s 3. “Pack healthy snacks for your beach days! At 91% water, watermelon is a perfect snack to keep you hydrated and satisfied.” – Joe & Crissy Thibodeau, ThiBod Fitness Fins always go UP and to the FRONT. 4. “When putting a surf or SUP board on top of your vehicle, make sure the fin is always turnedup and to the front.” – Bobby Johnson, 30A LP 5. “The best way to find a credible babysitter when you’re visiting is to ask your server at one of our local restaurants. They know almost everyone and can recommend someone with a good reputation.” – Nikki Nickerson, Cowgirl Kitchen 6. “Even if you have to work while you’re here, at least take time to enjoy the beaches by connecting to your ‘hotspot’ under a beach umbrella. You’ll feel creative, inspired and have a sense of accomplishment.” – David Cochrane, 30A.it 7. “Avoid the grocery store at all cost on Saturday night. Either go mid-day Saturday as soon as you get to town or first thing Sunday morning. This is coming from a 27-year local who does a lot of grocery shopping.” – Hunter Davis, The Dish & The Spoon 8. “Take break from the Gulf and walk to one 30A’s rare coastal dune lakes. The water is warm and calm, so they’re perfect for red flag days and super fun for kids. These lakes are only found in a couple of places in the world and are a great place to catch fish and crabs.” – Tracy Louthain, TLC Communications 9. “Bring your flops! ‘Resort casual’ sums us up in regards to attire. We still welcome dressing to the nines — just do it in flip-flops or flat sandals.” – Neely Butler, LMN Boutique Point Washington State Forest 10. “Unless you simply prefer pavement or want to be noticed while running, try running the state forest trails to experience some of the best scenery around 30A.” – Daniel Walker, BBRE 11. “Don’t let your children on bike path with out a helmet. Don’t think it won’t happen to you or your child. If you don’t believe me, call Sacred Heart Hospital.” – Jane Solomon 12. “Success on 30A isn’t measured by how much money you have, but by how much time you’re able to spend on the beach.” — Chef Phillip McDonald 13. “When you go beach, take an old sheet to lay down on the sand first, and then put your towel on top of it. It will keep the sand from embedding in your towel and is much lighter than carrying a bulky beach chair.” – Elisabeth Stone, St. Joe Club & Resorts Always use a leash to help control your board. 14. “When paddling, make sure you give your self adequate space from other paddlers and visitors. A stray paddle board can quickly become very dangerous. Also make sure you have a leash. That way when you fall and your board shoots out from under you, you won’t hurt someone playing in the water ahead.” – Landon Brasseur,BeautifulBeach.com 15. “If you’re looking for the perfect surf fishing spot, look down the shore to a spot where the waves aren’t breaking on the sandbar. This is an outflow, and it’s where the fish will be entering and leaving the inside slough as soon as the tide starts moving. Cast your bait into one of these spots and hold on tight!” – Russel Chiodo, Russ Chiodo Writing & Editing 16. “If you drive to Destin when it rains, bring your patience… and pack a lunch.” – Stacey Scholl Troy, Bistro Bijoux Beach cruisers are 30A’s preferred mode of transportation. 17. “Unless you are a skilled cyclist, please stay on the bike path.“ – Buz Livingston, Livingston Financial 18. “Have sunscreen with you at all times.” – Laura Hydle 19. “Walk where you can and leave your car parked as much as possible.” – Maggie Brady Roth 20. “Essentially, we live in wetlands criss-crossed with roads and paths. Snakes who do not travel on water, travel on those roads and paths. Always keep an eye to the ground, especially in the morning after a ‘cooler than normal’ evening.” – Billy Johnson, X Design Alliance Plastic tumblers make the perfect beach buddy. 21. “No really, don’t bring glass to the beach… especially glass beer bottles. You might remember the bottle but easily forget the cap which becomes a rusty and sharp piece of metal that can become lodged in your foot.” – Rebecca A. Huber, The REP Theatre 22. “When you check-out on Saturday, leave very early in the morning or stick around 30A for lunch. If you leave at 10:00 AM like everyone else, you’ll be sitting in the parking lot known as Highway 331 for several hours.” – Brooke Jackson, Nick’s on the Beach 23. “Just because you’re in a golf cart doesn’t mean you can drive 15mph in a 35mph zone. Please pull over so the train of cars behind you can get by.” – Christopher Ray Turtle season runs from May 1 – October 31. 24. “Help protect our Sea Turtles during their nesting season. When spending time on the beach after dark, always use a red-emitting flashlight, which turtles can’t see. These are available on the Internet and at some local beach stores. Keep any lights that can be seen from the beach turned off. When you leave for the night, fill in all holes in the sand, smooth out your sandcastles, and take your ‘stuff’ off the beach. Finally, report any sea turtle activity to theSouth Walton Turtle Watch.” – Kate Johnson, Beach To Bayou Property Inspections 25. “A closed mouth gathers no foot, so don’t talk outside of school. We all know each other down here.” – Andrew McAlexander, Mac Farms 26. “We know you’re on vacation and want to have a good time. Please remember to bring along your courtesy and common sense. Just like American Express — ‘Don’t leave home without it.’” – Alan Riehl, Coastal Customs & Restorations 27. “Respect the Beach.” – JoAnne Jones, Tommy Sholes Inc. Appraisers~Realtors A recent Vince Vaughn sighting. 28. “You might spot a celebrity or two while you’re here, but just like our local marine and wildlife, please don’t molest or feed them.” – Mike Ragsdale, 30A 29. “Never eat the yellow sand.” – George Wickey, The 30A Book 30. “Slow down. You’re here.” – Jamey Price, Grayton Beer Company
Standup paddle boarders and fans are preparing for the 7th Annual YOLO Board Relay Series, which is presented this year by Sandcastle Escapes Vacation Rentals and Sales.
Scheduled races (weather permitting) are set for Thursday, June 19th, July 17th and August 7th at The Bay, located at the foot of the 331 bridge in Santa Rosa Beach.
The event will begin at 4:30pm with the Special Olympic athletes relay race, followed by the Ladies race at 5:30pm, the Men at 6:00pm and the CoEd relay race at 6:30pm.
Paddlers will compete on YOLO 12’ recreation boards provided for complimentary use to racers by YOLO Board during each event. The series includes racers of all skill levels and ages from junior to seniors vying for the champion title, all the while rallying in friendly competition out on local waters.
This year’s event will include giveaways, refreshments, and kids activities, as well as a welcomed new division to the race program dedicated to Special Olympics Florida SUP athletes from Okaloosa and Walton Counties. A strengthened supporter of Special Olympics since 2012, YOLO Board’s mission is to make SUP accessible and easy for area athletes.