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MARCH WINE FEST AT ALYS BEACH

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The sixth annual 30A Wine Festival, hosted by the Alys Foundation, will take place on Thursday, March 9 through Sunday, March 12, 2017. The 30A Wine Festival is a must-experience venue for the vintner’s craft and the culinary arts.  On an even larger scale, is the reason behind the event.  This year the Wine Festival will be supporting the Children’s Volunteer Health Network, a non-profit dedicated to providing access to health services for children in Walton and Okaloosa counties. The four-day event features a bourbon and barbecue tasting, wine seminars, grand tasting event, and a croquet tournament.

The FEST will feature several venues in Alys Beach, they are:

Caliza Restaurant – Thursday, March 9

Central Park at Alys Beach – Friday, March 10 & Saturday, March 11

Kelly Green at Alys Beach – Friday, March 10 & Sunday, March 12

South Charles Street – Saturday, March 11

 

Wine Festival

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets are available for purchase online and at NEAT, Fonville Press, The Alys Shoppe, and

the Alys Beach Bike Shop.  For more info, visit 30A Wine Festival.com

 

 

 

 

We hope to see you there!

The team at LUXURY PROPERTIES ON 30A

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VALENTINE’S DAY – SO MUCH TO DO ON 30A!

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Valentine's Day on 30A

Valentines Day on 30A

 

  • What:  Valentine’s Dinner
  • When:  Sunday, February 14,  5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Where:  La Crema Tapas & Chocolate,  38 Main StreetRosemary Beach, FL 32461
  • Description:  Enjoy a romantic evening of wine, tapas and chocolate while David Stringer performs spanish guitar from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.

 


  • What:  Valentine’s Dinner
  • When:  Tuesday, February 14, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Where:  Roselie Dining & Seafood Bar, 12805 US Highway 98, # 101Inlet Beach, Florida 32461
  • Description:  Valentine’s Day Special: This Valentine’s Day treat your sweetheart to a five course tasting menu they are sure to fall in love with. Simplistic yet dynamic each course is carefully constructed according to produce that is in bloom.

 


  • What:  Valentine’s Day Dinner
  • When:  Tuesday, February 14, 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Where:  Havana Beach Bar & Grill, 63 Main Street, Rosemary Beach, Florida 32461
  • Description:  Treat your special someone to a special date night at Havana Beach Bar & Grill.Includes choice of a special 3-course dinner (regular menu not available)Glass of bubbles upon arrivalReservations preferred$85* per adult | $45* per child (12 and under)For more info, call 850-588-2882.

 


  • What:  Open Mic LIVE!
  • When:  Tuesday, February 14, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Where:  30A SR’s Music & Coffee Shop, 2078 US HWY 98 W,  Suite 108, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459
  • Description: Open Mic LIVE!

 

Just a few of the things you could do for Valentine’s Day!  But any day on 30A is just better – no matter what day it is!

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In love at the beach

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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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Healthy Living on 30A

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Don’t want to abandon all the hard work you’ve done since the start of the year while you’re at the beach? Don’t worry; 30A is fully equipped to help you keep up your healthy lifestyle, even on vacation.

  1. For The Health Of It, located in Blue Mountain Beach, specializes in organic and natural foods, as well as fresh produce, made-to-order smoothies and juices, and even has a massage therapy clinic inside. For The Health Of It is definitely your biggest one stop health shop on the highway.
  2. Big Daddy’s Bike Shop, conveniently located right next door to For The Health Of It, is the place to go for all of your bicycle-related needs. Whether you’re buying, renting, or in need of repairs, Big Daddy’s has been around forever and is the tried and true bike business on 30A. Healthy living isn’t just about what you put into your body, but also staying active. What better way to do it on 30A than take advantage of the wonderfully bike-friendly area?
  3. La Loba’s Bakery, also located in the same shopping center as For The Health Of It and Big Daddy’s, is the home to all of your delicious home-made needs. Famous for their granola, La Loba’s also has delectable organic lunches. Trust us, never leave without one of their homemade goodies. We at LP30A would suggest their chocolate puddles, which are to die for!
  4. Balance Health Studio is located in Seagrove Beach. Whether you need a massage, a yoga session, or a chiropractic appointment, Balance is the place to be. Their staff is always ready to help, and Dr. Bart, their resident chiropractor, works wonders.
  5. Rosemary Farmers Market, in addition to the businesses open all week, is only available on Sundays from 9AM-1PM (As well as Thursdays Memorial Day-Labor Day) in Rosemary Beach. Many locals, including us at LP30A, go every week to get our fresh ingredients to cook with at home. It’s an absolute must for anyone interested in living a healthy lifestyle at the beach.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

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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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WaterColor

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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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Gulf of Mexico

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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Blue Mountain Beach on 30A

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If you drive on 30A, through Grayton Beach toward Santa Rosa Beach, you will come upon the lovely Blue Mountain Beach. When you do make this scenic drive, please be sure to stop and take a little time to enjoy Blue Mountain Beach and all it has to offer.

The town is a little quirky and does not feel like a typical tourist town. The locals like it that way. Blue Mountain Beach is home to three coastal dune lakes – Little Redfish Lake, Big Redfish Lake and Draper Lake. These lakes offer fishing and kayaking as well as miles of hiking trails and bird watching opportunities. In fact, a few blocks from public beach access on highway 83 is a trail entrance into Point Washington State Forest. The trail will lead you to thick cypress swamps, strands of Longleaf Pine and fields of wildflowers during each Spring and Fall.

It is thought that Blue Mountain Beach earned its name when the first European settlers mistook the sand dunes which were covered with Blue Lupine flowers for mountains after spending so many months at sea.

There is much more happening at Blue Mountain Beach than meets the eye as one drives through the area. Plan to stop to dine at one of the many and varied restaurants. Marie’s Bistro, in Blue Mountain Plaza has a great menu and is open for lunch as well as dinner. Johnny McTighes is a favorite with the locals and you’l always see lots of cars outside. Next door is Sally’s By the Sea Store and Sally’s Back Side for after hours food and fun.Across the street is For the Health of It, a locally owned health food store and juice bar. They also house a message clinic .La Loba’s Bakery is a favorite with anyone who enjoys superb tasting, natural baked goods. Up the road a bit you may enjoy ice cream and yogurts at Blue Mountain Beach Creamery which is open during the visitor season. Nicks on the Beach has opened again and is doing a brisk business. If you head toward Gulf Place you’ll see Basmati’s

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Blue Mountain Beach

, an Asian influenced place to enjoy a fine dining experience.Grecian Gardens is nearby, a place to get a Greek salad or a classic gyro.

Have I convinced you to explore Blue Mountain Beach? Please do. You’ll be back again and again!

 

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