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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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…REPRESENTING BUYERS AND SELLERS OF LUXURY REAL ESTATE ALONG SCENIC 30A

In love at the beach

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Dogs on 30A

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Do you have dogs on 30A? We have found some great tips to help you optimize your pet’s beach experience, starting with Bow Wow Meow Pet Company. Bow Wow Meow is a holistic dog and cat specialty shop in Seagrove Beach, and is featured in Luxury Properties on 30A’s Lifestyle Videos page this week, where you can also find other videos about living life on 30A. Bow Wow Meow has self-washing stations, food, toys, and super cute accessories, right down to jewelry and ties for your mutts! However, Bow Wow Meow isn’t the only pet-focused business on 30A. www.thedogsof30a.com is a great resource where you can find pet-friendly accommodations, pet services, special pet events, as well as their own line of 30A gear for your pet. The dogs on 30A gear is available online and in store at Furry Fanatics, located in Gulf Place Town Center, which is the place to go for all your pet-related shopping if you happen to be towards the West side of 30A. There is also 30A Vet and Dapper Dog Grooming right in Gulf Place, so every need is met. In addition to these local companies, Walton County allows dogs on their beaches with a license. You have to be a Walton County resident, and it costs $40 a year for each dog, but if you are a full-time or even part-time resident with a beach-loving mutt, that’s a small price to pay to see a happy tail wagging while playing fetch in the Gulf.

Hope to see you and your furry friends around dog-friendly 30A! — LP30

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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

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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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Holidays on 30A

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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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Cup by Cup at Amavida Coffe

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It’s always a pleasure – or maybe even almost a luxury- to take a little time for yourself and declare an official break time by stopping in to one of the Amavida Coffee locations and enjoying a cup of sensational coffee. It gives you time to think, to read something, or to meet with friends. Since there is an Amavida shop in Rosemary Beach as well as in Seaside

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Amavida in Rosemary Beach

it’s not a difficult task to get to one of the shops.  I just read an article about Amavida which makes it even sweeter to go for that cup of coffee.

Amavida has joined forces with a Rosemary Beach church and with a Panama City Beach charity to create an international project that changes communities and people’s lives – one cup at a time. They have created a brand of coffee called Cup by Cup to finance the project. The coffee is grown in southern Dominican Republic and is purchased by a beach-based charity called Global Effect. Amavida imports, roasts and packages the coffe at its beach warehouse. The coffee is then marketed to churches in the United States and the proceeds are invested in poor communities in Dominican Republic to create businesses and provide for families and children.

Global effect operates like a non-profit organization, but uses its profits to finance micro-lending to those in need, provide water filtration and purification, help locally owned and operated factories and provide education so people can form their own businesses. This way, people can be helped without receiving handouts  and are proud of the work they do and of their accomplishments.

The next time you stop by Amavida for that coffee break, please think about getting Cup by Cup coffee. You’ll not only enjoy the excellent coffee, you’ll enjoy knowing that you are doing something for others. And that will make your break even sweeter!

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Eden Gardens State Park in Walton County

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A short drive down 30A, a turn ot Seagrove Beach onto 395, a drive past the Publix at WaterColor, cross 98 and you are just about at Eden Gardens State Park. It’s really in our back yard! The park has about 163 acres of land that was once part of the historic Wesley homestead. In fact, the Wesley mansion, built in 1897, is a huge draw for the state park. The mansion is surrounded by lawns and gardens and has been restored and furnished with period antiques. The reflection pool gives a glimpse back into time and the camelias and azaleas in the gardens provide beauty for visitors.

Wesley house was once the home of the William Henry Wesley family and was the hub of the Wesley Lumber Company which operated from 1890 until after World War l. Wesley bui;lt his home near the mill and lived there until  his wife, Katie, died in 1863. He then sold the house along with 10.5 acres of land. The buyer, Lois Mason, is credited with turning the home and gardens into the showcase they are today. In 1968 she donated the house and grounds to the State of Florida.

Today, the ornamental gardens are the park’s main attraction. In addition to camelias and azaleas there is a rose garden, a butterfly garden, and a reflection pond filled with Koi and lilies. Trails make it possible for visitors to enjoy the grounds.

Wesley House is hosting its annual candlelight tour on Saturday, December 17  from 5:30-8:30 P.M .Each room will be decorated for the holidays with guides wearing Civil War period garb. There will be a small encampment by the house as well. Guests are invited to the home’s pavilion for refreshments. For the event, admission fees to the park and the event are waived! I will be taking my parents to the  event – I hope to see you there.

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12 Days of Christmas at Shops of Ruskin in Seaside

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12 Days of Ruskin at Seaside

It looks as though the Shops at Ruskin in Seaside are the place to do some of your Christmas shopping this year! The artisans of Ruskin have been planning and working to make your retail experience an enjoyable one , with special pricing, door prizes, and lots of holiday cheer in the form of drinks with goodies and nibbles. The 12 Shops of Christmas event is happening from December 3 – 14 from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. each day.

Ruskin Place is the place to go if you are looking for a unique gift you won’t find anywhere else. A different shop will be featured each day during the 12 days and the  featured shop will have something fun for its customers to make their shopping more fun than ever. Be  prepared to be offered champagne or wine, perhaps assorted cheeses, maybe a few very special holiday tidbits. As a bonus, Modica Market is giving away an entire case of  champagne to each shopper who purchases $25 or more at each of the participating shops! How’s that for an incentive to do your shopping?

The shops will be offering special discounts to their customers and a number of them are giving away prizes to someone very lucky. Ruskin Place will be beautifully decorated and full of holiday cheer. I think it sounds like a nice idea to plan on going, even if you think you have no gifts to purchase. You know how it is. You’ll certainly find that certain something special that is calling to you. Go ahead. You deserve it!

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Hibiscus Coffee and Guesthouse in Grayton Beach

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I was visiting 30A last year with my Mom and Dad and we spent a lot of time either eating or thinking about eating. We were looking for a good place to have a leisurely breakfast. Hibiscus was recommended to us as a place with great, healthy food and an atmosphere that can’t be beat. So very right.

We strolled through the grounds of the restaurant and guesthouse at Grayton Beach and were completely charmed by the beauty and peace which surrounded us. The grounds are the sort of place where you could sit with a book for a couple of hours and be perfectly comfortable, as long as you’re willing to pet one of the house kittys every once in a while.

My parents and I loved the inside of the Hibiscus because it’s filled with vintage furniture and decor that has been collected over the years. We found ourselves fascinated by things that reminded us of the past that served to bring back a lot of memories and discussion. I was especially captivated by all the vintage tablecloths and linens that seem to have been collected during travels. Soon after visiting Hibiscus, I read an article in Martha Stewart Living Magazine about table linens that were collected in exactly this manner – collected from each state that was visited.These linens, of course, have become collectables over the years.

The atmosphere at Hibiscus seems to make for very friendly and conversant people, staff and patrons alike. My parents talked and talked with the folks at the next table who were visiting 30A from Michigan. After a little while, it seemed that they had been old friends, with all the laughing and sharing of stories.. Even if someone came in just for coffee, they gave us a nice hello and smile.

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Scenic Grayton Beach

Makes you feel good!

The food made us feel even better! I wasn’t sure how a vegetarian menu would appeal to my parents, but I can tell you that they loved it! Mom had the waffle with peanut butter and honey, topped with fresh fruit and simply raved about it. Dad and I each had fitattas which were amazing. The entire meal was such a pleasant experience.

I’d like to go to Hibiscus one night to attend Backyard of Love and listen to some music and enjoy great food. The events happen on Sundays as well as every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Seems like a pleasant and relaxing way to spend some time. Which just about sums up the Hibuscus – a pleasant and relaxing way to spend some time.

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Alaqua Animal Refuge in Walton County

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Look around 30A. Just about everyone has a well loved dog and they are providing full and happy lives for their special pets. We might tend to assume that all animals have good homes, just as ours do. Not so.

Laurie Hood, a Walton County resident, discovered that huge numbers of unwanted animals were being euthanized due to the shortage of no – kill animal shelters in the area and she decided to do something about it. She worked to create Alaqua Animal Refuge which advocates the humane treatment of animals by providing shelter and adoptive services for neglected and abused animals. Since Alaqua opened its doors on 2007, they have found homes for more than 7,000 animals. About 100 animals are adopted each month and the facility houses more that 250 animals at any given time.

Alaqua is located on a 10 acre farm in Freeport, an idyllic environment for these needy animals.Here, they may run and play in the pastures,  swim in the ponds, take naps on screened porches or graze in the fields. The facility includes several buildings and barns for horses, dog and cat cottages, two quarantine buildings and an infirmary. It costs about $50,000 a month to operate and Alaqua depends entirely on donations with a focus on special events and fund raisers.

A fund raising event is coming up on December 11, 2011 – The 5th Annual Holiday Bone-Anza at Alaqua Unleashed dog park! There will be live music provided by Daphne Willis, Bryan Kennedy, Kyle LaMonica and Derek Givans. Attendees will enjoy the holiday shopping market, gumbo cook off, crafts with Santa’s elves, sweets and treats and children’s games. Yes, you may bring leashed pets! Your $5 donation will be used to help fund this amazing facility. The address for the event is 342 JD Miller Road, Santa Rosa Beach.

Area restaurants donate funds as well. On Wednesday, December 7, 2011, Fish Out of Water in WaterColor  is sponsoring an event called A Dog Without a Home.  They are offering a three course menu for $35 per person from 6 -9 P.M. The best part? 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Alaqua!

Rosemary Beach is helping by sponsoring Rosemary Beach Unleashed

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Roxy Unleashed!

on Sunday, December 4, 2011. The afternoon festival will feature a 6 panel mural  filled with paintings of 90 area pets. Much music will be in the air and there will be lots of games for the whole family! And, of course, there will be pets available for adoption by deserving families.

You may choose to spend some of your time volunteering at the Alaqua facility. Those who do help have told me that it is a very rewarding experience. Please, consider volunteering or attending the fund raising events. You’ll be glad you did!

 

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Watercolor on 30A

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The communities that dot 30A never cease to amaze me and Watercolor is no exception! On this glorious day, I took some time to explore the wonder that is Watercolor and I can honestly say that I did not want to leave. I am a person who is a great admirer of thoughtful planning, excellent design that appeals to all the senses, and  attention to the details that make a project magnificent. I am, therefore, an admirer of Watercolor.

The neighborhoods that are Watercolor are a pleasure in many respects. They are a pleasure to stroll through, a pleasure to look at, and a pleasure to live in. The homes are planned with cohesive designs in accordance with the architecture of Watercolor, yet each home is unique. It is evident that homeowners take pride in their properties and have made them places of beautiful retreat. Each home has a feeling of privacy, I think due to the natural and planned landscaping surrounding each home. Trails lead from neighborhood to neighborhood and to the community’s ammenities. The green spaces are amazing with lawns, gardens, resting places, playing areas, meeting spots, places to walk dogs, and lots of water features. So many places to relax and take time for yourself or to sit and talk with a friend.

I drove slowly through the community and made a few stops at some of the ammenities. The boardwalk by the boat house led me out over the lake and lily pads. I loved the water fountain and stream with gardens along its banks. Camp Watercolor looks like a fun and safe place for kids to spend time on structured activities and swimming. Tennis courts are available to residents. I saw the outdoor ampitheater and Cerulian Park  with lots of green space in which to play. I learned that over 50% of watercolor is dedicated to green space – very impressive.

The centrally located Town Center has an impressive number of shops  for your retail therapy moments. Across 30A I saw the Beach Club

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Green Space at Watercolor

and the boardwalk called to me. What a lovely view of the Gulf of Mexico and Watercolor’s white beach! The Beach Club is impressive and has a swimming pool with Gulf views. What a way to spend the day! The fitness center is located there as well. Fish Out of Water, a fine restaurant is located here, too. Diners have a spectacular view of the beach, the Gulf and the sand dunes with their natural vegetation.

Luxury Properties on 30A has a listing for a home that is under construction im Watercolor located at 277 Western Lake Drive. We visited the property yesterday and were able to get a real feel for the home it is going to become.Wow! Check out our videos on Living Life on 30A – we made a couple of them at the job site. Let us know if you’d like some information on this amazing home.

 

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