Mike Matz

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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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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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