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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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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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Holidays on 30A

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Shops of Ruskin in Seaside

We are so very fortunate to be able to share this holiday season with our parents . We are even more fortunate to be spending the holidays by having with them here with us on 30A. So far, the weather has been magnificent with temperatures in the 70s and the sun shining down on us in full force. How nice for them to enjoy the warmth and the sun after having been sun-deprived for such a long time.

We’ve been quite busy, getting out and about. We enjoyed an early evening happy hour at La Crema in Rosemary Beach. The wine was wonderful and the tapas were just what they needed after a day of travel from Pennsylvania. Rosemary Beach looked so pretty, all dressed up for Christmas. We have ventured into Destin to do a little shopping at the Silver Sands Outlet Mall and went to purchase the ingredients for a couple of dinners at  Fresh Market. Grocery shopping is such a treat for the senses at Fesh Market with the most amazing  organic and beautifully displayed food for the picking. You just feel so good when you step into the store – it has a calming effect that you don’t usually feel at other grocery stores. Try it and you’ll understand.

Mom and I had a girls’ night out and went to the candlelight tour at the historic Wesley Mansion in Eden Gardens State Park.The grounds were absolutely breath taking with miles of luminaries lighting the way along the roads and pathways. Each room inside the house was decorated for Christmas by different civic groups and they did an amazing job! So lovely! The tour guides were dressed in Civil War era costumes to set the tone and you felt transported back in time. People of all ages were having a wonderful time and appreciating the efforts made by the volunteers who worked to make the tour possible.

We took a stroll into Seaside and did some shopping at the Shops at Ruskin. What a pleasant way to spend the afternoon! Mom was especially impressed with Eliot Boutique and its selection of clothing and accessories for women. It seemed like a good idea to stop at the Great Southern Cafe to take part in their daily happy hour and we sat outside enjoying the weather and people watching. Spent some time reminiscing and and sharing with each other.

Yes, this is a great visit with our parents and I can’t wait to see what today brings. I’ll keep you posted!

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Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

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Beaches of 30A

I have a new appreciation for the ease of travel to the towns and beaches on 30A since I darted over to the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Panama City from our office in Seagrove Beach to pick up my parents for their holiday visit. Wow! The drive to the airport couldn’t be easier or less complicated. Hop in the car and in about 20 minutes you are there! The facility itself is very nice and well organized with none of the frantic rushing around you see at so many larger airports. The airport experience just seems to set the tone for a pleasant stay at the beach.

The facility services Southwest Airlines and Delta Airlines and serves non-stop flights to Nashville, Atlanta, Orlando, Memphis, Baltimore, Houston and Cincinnati. The airport provides assistance for those passengers who may need a little extra help during their travels. Companion passes are issued to guests who are dropping off or picking up children and for special needs passengers who require assistance to or from the gate boarding area. Wheelchairs are available upon request .Just contact your airline with your requests and they will see to it that everything you need is ready when you are.

There are five rental car companies at the airport available to help you: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National. There are also taxi  and limousine services available for your use.

Each airline determines their airfares for flights into Beaches International Airport and should be competetive with other airports. Remember, advance booking, days of travel and other factors will affect the cost of airfare.

Now, there are absolutely no excuses for not visiting the beach towns along 30A. Just catch a plane and come on down. See you then!

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