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30A Hosts Songwriters Festival

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Once again 30A is hosting the (8th annual) Songwriters Festival from January 13 to 16th.  Just a few of the artists are: John Prine, Cheap Trick, Dr. John, Shawn Colvin, Matthew Sweet and Todd Snider.  Plus many of our own “local” songwriters!  There are approximately 175 Songwriters participating.  There are many locations to enjoy some of these artists.  The 30A Songwriters Festival production team has transformed amphitheaters, town halls, restaurants, theaters, bars and covered patios into unique music venues ranging in capacity from 75 to 500 seats indoors and 5,000 outdoors.  Festival weekend passes are available for $275 and can be purchased at www.30asongwritersfestival.com, and locally in South Walton at the Cultural Arts Alliance office and at Central Square Records in Seaside.

And while you are in the area and thinking about purchasing your dream beach home, call or text or email us today!

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Coastal Living editors love this area! They actually featured Seaside on their first magazine cover nearly 20 years ago. They have been featuring this area’s shopping, dining, events, and beaches ever since. Did you know that Florida has the most subscribers to Coastal Living than any other state. So if you chance to pick up the December issue, you will find articles about Florida wildlife, collectibles, recipes and great Florida inspired Christmas decor. Especially the article called “Blue Christmas” which features a lovely beach home in Inlet Beach! (I know it’s a little late, but there’s always next year!)

The magazine is truly a fan of 30A beaches. From one end of 30A to the other, you will find the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Looking to buy or sell 30A real estate, call or email us today!
Pat Fisher
Personal Assistant to Mike Matz, Broker/Owner of Luxury Properties on 30A

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4th of July in Seaside

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This year’s 4th of July festivities in Seaside looks like a wonderful way to enjoy the day with your family and friends! Seaside is providing us with a parade, live entertainment and fireworks to make this a fun filled day for all! .On Sunday, July 4th, the Annual South Walton 4th of July Parade

4th of July in Seaside

will begin at 8A.M. at Seagrove Plaza and will end at the Seaside Ampitheater. We’ll get to enjoy an old-fashioned community parade of people, dogs and vehicles dressed in holiday garb. Judges in Seaside will select the winning entries and hand out prizes. Everyone is invited to participate – hop on your scooter, golf cart, bike or create a float and join in the parade fun.

Seaside Ampitheater will be the scene for music from 30A Radio until 11A.M. along with face painting and lots of other fun. The celebration will continue in the evening with Stars and Stripes at Seaside at 7P.M. with live music for all and the fantastic fireworks display at 9P.M. They are best viewed from the beach in front of Seaside Pavillion and will be choreographed  by 30A Radio. If you really love fireworks and are not satisfied with only one display, Bud & Alley’s will host a display on the beach behind their restaurant on Friday night at 9P.M.

All of this sounds like a wonderful way to spend the 4th of July holiday and enjoy yourself as you celebrate our nation’s birthday!

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Emeril Lagasse Cooks at Seaside Neighborhood School

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The students and staff at Seaside Neighborhood School enjoyed a special treat when Emeril Lagasse came to the school for a tour of the gardens and to cook up lunch using produce from the school gardens. He was, in fact the first to cook using the school’s new burners and grill in their outdoor kitchen.

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Emeril Lagasse at Seaside Neighborhood School

students planted their first garedn in 1996 as part of an exploration class. Soon, with the help of a master gardner and landscape architect, the garden expanded to the property behind the school on Quincy Avenue. For the last several years, the students have loved learning how to plan, plant, tend and harvest vegetables, fruits and flowers. Their teacher prepares wonderful dishes for the students every 9 weeks using their garden treasures. They have recently enjoyed squash blossoms stufed with ricotta cheese and topped with marinara sauce and a salad of vine ripe tomatoes, cucumbers and onions. The students also learn how to prepare and can their own salsa and pickles. It is part of the school’s plan to eventually have the students sell produce and canned goods at the Seaside Farmers Market as a way to learn about running a business.

Emeril’s visit created quite a little buzz around the school. After a tour and a media session, he made a lunch with grilled Mahi Mahi with tomato – cucumber salsa and a  salad made of green beans,radishes, rainbow chard, topped with a satsuma/herb vinaigrette. His demonstration was embellished with a “Bam” and people had a meal and a day to remember.

The students at Seaside Neighborhood School are very fortunate to experience this sort of addition to their educations, especially during a time when most public schools lack funds for even the most rudimentary supplies. I hope the children are aware of their good fortune and take full advantage of their educational experiences.


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Summer Events on 30A

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Summer events on 30A are so special because we have lots of visitors during the summer and they will have an opportunity to attend these events, along with locals. The events give everyone the chance to learn something about this wonderful area, see new and different things, and make new friends!  Here is a list of some of the events that will take place this summer:

The Coastal Branch Library will host a public forum on the geology of the Chocawhatchee River basin on May 23 at 7 P.M. The public is invited and the library is located at 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach.

Learn about spiders at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park on May 26 at 2 P.M. Park at the Day -Use parking area and walk to the clubhouse for the presentation.

Get ready for the 12th Annual Choctawhatchee Bay Old Nick’s Speckle Trout Shootout from May 26 to June 3. You must pay your entry fee at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant in Blue Mountain Beach.

June Summer Horse Camp will be offered in Santa Rosa Beach in two sessions, June 12 -15 and June 19 -22. Students will learn horsemanship, how to tack, mount,post and trot with safety.

The 17th Rags to Riches Regatta is set for Saturday, July 1. Participants will race their Hobie 16s from Grayton Beach to the turn around point and back to Grayton Beach

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The Beaches of 30A

, behind the Red Bar.

Be sure to keep evenings open for some fun! Seaside is hosting outdoor cinema for the family each Friday night in June. They will have outdoor concerts each Wednesday evening as well.

Rosemary Beach is hosting outdoor movies for the whole family each Thursday night in June. Bring a blanket and enjoy! 












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YOLO – Perfect for 30A

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Everywhere you go on 30ain warm weather you see people on the water paddling stand up paddleboards and they are having a great time.. Here, the boards are referred to as YOLO

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YOLO in Gulf of Mexico

boards, which stands for the words You Only Live Once. These words were the mantra for the board’s founders,Jjeff Archer and Tom Losee, who realized that life will never slow down and wanted to maximize fun with responsibilty t to family and business. They decided to redesign the stand up paddle boards that they had seen and make them more like a combination of surfboards, canoes and kayaks. They realized that Santa Rosa Beach, Florida was the perfect place to start their YOLO business due to a seemingly endless supply of water, people with a high level of interest in water sports and an increasing momentum in this segment of the water sports market.

With a YOLO board you  get a whole new view of things and the ability to do just about anything. You can paddle with dolphins, sneak up on blue crabs, explore the dune lakes, go anywhere as long as there’s water. I have seen all ages enjoying stand up paddling and  have often wondered what they get to see as the paddle by on  Eastern Lake.

A lot of people consider stand up paddling to be a regular part of their fitness routine. There are many exercises that will help you become stronger and help you maintain balance. YOLO board paddling will give you a full body work-out while you are having serious fun. It helps with the five ares most people have trouble with: balance, core strength, posture, cardiovascular conditioning, hip and shoulder integrity. Plus, it’s so much nicer and more fun that spending your time in a smelly gym!

The next time I see a YOLO boarder, I’ll shout out because it might be you!


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Beautiful WaterColor Beach

WaterColor is a very charming resort and residential town of more than 499 acres on 30A that nestles into its natural surroundings and creates a welcoming place for all. WaterColor has thoughtfully planned neighborhoods, parks and trails that are located between the Gulf of Mexico and Western Lake, a natural 220 acre coastal dune lake. WaterColor features nearly 1,200 homes and homesites as well as a 60 room boutique inn which has been awarded the region’s only AAA Four Diamond hotel award. Fish Out of Water, the WaterColor Inn’s AAA Four Diamond restaurant features stunning views with its superb cuisine and impressive wine list. Continue reading »

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Dining at Rosemary Beach

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One of the many charms of Rosemary Beach is its many dining venues -from casual to fine dining. As you stroll around, it sometimes becomes difficult to make a choice between all the offerings. If only we could try them all!

Amavida Coffee is a family owned business with a roasting facility just a few miles away. All of their coffees are 100% natural and certified. They also serve teas, pastries and desserts.

Courtyard Wine and Cheese is an upscale package wine store and tasting bar in a lovely and lush courtyard setting. Cowgirl Kitchen is casual and fun. They serve healthy sandwiches, soups and salads for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also offer appetisers and entrees packaged for you to take home and pretend you cooked all day. Dog Man Du is a hot dog cart that operates in season and on special event nights.

La Crema Tapas and Chocolate is the place to go for eating, drinking and socializing from late afternoon into the late evening! There are so many tapas and wines from which to choose. You must be sure to try some of their chocolate treats.. Onano Neighborhood Cafe specializes in northern Italian cuisine in its cozy cafe. Get the feel  and taste of  Tuscany during lunch or dinner.

Restaurant Paradis is a fine dining restaurant that creates the feel of warm, country elegance. This four star restaurant has a full service lounge for relaxing with friends or meeting new ones. Sno-Balls sells snow cones from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Sugga Pies Cupcake Shop and Bakery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition to sweets, they serve sandwiches, salads  and pizzas.

Summer Kitchen Cafe offers a casual breakfast and lunch. Dinner is more of a gourmet experience, serving Gulf seafood at its finest! The Sugar Shak is constantly filled with kids looking for their favorite sweet treats – or perhaps trying a few new ones. Wild Olives Market/Deli/Bakery allows you to enjoy gourmet foods on site or take home. Full service is available for lunch and dinner. They prepare everything from burgers to sandwiches, pizza, salads and full dinners.

It seems as though you really don’t have to leave Rosemary Beach to enjoy a full life with all its pleasures, true to the New Urbanism spirit. 


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Rosemary Beach

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The community of Rosemary Beach is so impressive to me each time I visit or drive through, with 107 acres along the white beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and its town’s architecture, food and dining venues, shops, professional services,  recreational offerings and green spaces. Its a town that has captured values of long ago, when neighbors knew each other and could walk to stores instead of driving to malls. Rosemary Beach has replaced urban sprawl with neighborhoods filled with shops, restaurants, galleries and a variety of housing options – New Urbanism.

An appealing aspect of the charm of Rosemary Beach is the town ‘s architecture, which is based on the European colonial architecture of the West Indies. These designs are perfect for living on 30A because the building types have been adapted for the warm, tropical weather. You’ll notice the shuttered windows and doorways to keep air circulating, steep roofs to shed rainwater, and big porches for socializing outdoors.West Indies designs are usually raised up to elevate the first floor so residents can catch the ocean breezes. Deep eaves provide shade fom the afternoon sun. High ceilings draw breezes through the house. Building codes require that wood be stained to echo the serene shades of native landscape -amber, sage, ochre and forest green. There are 12 basic house types in Rosemary Beach, including live/work buildings, beach houses, courtyard houses, townhouses, flats and carriage houses. Each home in the community is unique.

The public spaces are the essence of the community, with the walkovers, paths, greens, squares and plazas, boardwalks and pedestrian lanes. Rosemary was designed to be a walking town since walking is really the way to appreciate its beauty, much of which is found in the landscape. Native landscape, such as sea oats and lupine dot the sand dunes. Sand oaks, saw palmettos and wild rosemary are prevalent and an important part of  the look and the feel of the town. You must visit this town to really experience all it has to offer. However, I warn you, there is a strong possibility that you won’t want to leave!


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Holiday Time With Mom and Dad

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The Holiday fun continued as we cruised around 30A with Mom and Dad! We shared a really memorable afternoon touring around WaterColor on 30A. We strolled down the butterfly garden path and enjoyed the lush plantings which were marked with the plants’ names to help you  recreate a garden at home. The center of the path has a water fountain and stream which makes the garden so very relaxing and kinetic. It was so pleasant to watch the Monarch butterflies flitting here and there among the  plantings.  Lots of benches and seating areas to take breaks and have a seat for conversation. We walked back to the WaterColor Boathouse and walked out on the boardwalk over the dune lake. Everywhwere we looked there was something to ooh! and ahh! about.We hopped in the car, drove across 30A and took advantage of the boardwalk next to Fish Out of Water to go to the beach. It was lovely – the water was a little wild that day and sent a bit of a thrill through us as we watched the waves. Good day for surfers. My parents made the comment that the folks who did the planning at WaterColor have not overlooked a single detail. And, I certainly agree!

Grayton Beach called to us so we drove down 30A for lunch and came upon Another Broken Egg, a restaurant that serves both breakfast as well as lunch. We are so glad we did. Wow! The food was fantastic and served in a cheery atmosphere by the very nicest waitstaff ever. Mom had crab cake crostini and claimed it to be absolutely amazing. Beau’s was next on our to do list,so we went down the road a few steps and admired all the lovely home accessories that Beau’s has so beautifully displayed. Waterlillies also had a plethera of  crafted items for your home – displayed market style.

Another day we decided to head up to Watersound and enjoyed lunch at Fen’s

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Butterfly Garden at WaterColor

, a little deli – style cafe that is delightful. It’s so bright and cheery, as are its young owners. They also cater Holiday dinners and I have heard that their catering has been very sucessful for the owners as well as the customers. After lunch we walked through Watersound to the boardwalks that lead to the beach. It was nice to walk over the sand dunes and see the Gulf of Mexico and the white beaches. We sat and enjoyed the view and marveled at the fact that the weather was so lovely and warm just a couple of days before Christmas.

Yes, it has been a fantastic experience sharing life on 30A with our parents. It is so nice to live in an area that brings pleasure to so many and it is even nicer to share the pleasure with family and friends!

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