Cheers to August! Tour These Destin Tasting Rooms

 Wine TastingWe could say August is one of the best times of year in Destin, and it would be true, but even more true is there isn’t a bad time of year to be on the Emerald Coast. What makes August so great, however, is the temperatures still sing of summertime, but the wide open beaches remind us kids have gone back to school.

That’s why August is the perfect time for a couples’ escape or friends’ getaway to Destin. Call the best friends or in-laws and tell them you’re going to Esencia in Destin. This five bedroom, six bathroom vacation home in Destin is ideal for an adults-only getaway. Esencia is outfitted with luxurious accents including stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, a wet bar, and a private pool.

After you spend time on the white sand beaches, cool off with a tour of the area’s craft brewery and winery.

At the foot of the Destin Bridge, McGuire’s Irish Pub emits a neon green glow, beckoning beach goers to come in for a frosty pint. McGuire’s brews its own beer to complement their thick, hand-cut steaks and famous boxtys (deep fried clouds from heaven masquerading as fried mashed potatoes cakes). To quench your thirst, McGuire’s brews an Old Fashioned Ale, Irish Pale Ale, Irish Red, Porter, Irish Stout, and even their own Root Beer.

If your palate is more inclined toward the grape than the hop, check out the Emerald Coast Wine Cellars in Miramar Beach. Located on Scenic Gulf Drive, the winery sources grapes from local Muscadine vineyards. The Carlos and Noble varieties are used to create fruity, aromatic wines, one of which, the Florida Carlos White Muscadine, was recognized by Martha Stewart Living Magazine. Other wines include a Noble Red, Sunset Red, Merlot, American Port, Sugar Sands White Wine, Chardonnay, Wildflower Honey Wine, Sherry Wine, Winter Berry Wine, Beach Berry Wine, Blackberry Wine, Blueberry Wine, Chocolate Port, and Vanilla Sherry Wine.

Book your stay in Destin today and explore the areas artisan brewers and vintners.

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Watch A Live Sea Turtle Release in Destin

The Gulfarium Team helped rehabilitate and release five sea turtles in Destin.

In Destin, we’re used to seeing all manner of marine life at the beach. As much as our beaches draw crowds from all around the world, ultimately, they belong to the creatures who call the Gulf home. On any given day, you can spot the original Destin locals: dolphins, jellyfish, stingrays, sea turtles, and, yes, even sharks.

That’s why it’s so important to preserve the marine ecosystem and protect our local wildlife. The team at Gulfarium’s C.A.R.E. Center is doing just that. In an effort to conserve, act, rehabilitate, and educate (C.A.R.E.), the Gulfarium team rehabilitated and released five sea turtles: Parsley, Serrano, Basil, Celery and Phyll. Watch the video here.

Each of the sea turtles suffered trauma due to fishing hooks, lines, or nets. Parsley was the most severely injured of the five, with a fishing line wrapped around one flipper and a hook in the other. Later radiographs revealed two internal hooks in Parsley’s esophagus that had to be surgically removed. Serrano endured similar injuries, with hook injuries to the flipper and esophagus. Basil, Celery, and Phyll suffered shell and flipper wounds, but luckily did not have to undergo surgery.

Sea turtle releaseThe five turtles were released in a public ceremony at Henderson Beach State Park in Destin on July 19. Hundreds of people gathered around as the turtles were placed in the water and escorted beyond the surf. Cheers and applause erupted as each turtle made its way deeper into the Gulf.

Not only does Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park help preserve and protect marine life, it brings the magic of marine life to the public. Families can visit the Gulfarium on Okaloosa Island to see stingrays, dolphins, seals, sea lions, alligators, sea turtles, and more!

Start planning your next trip to Destin today, and experience the magic of the Gulf and the Gulfarium!




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Vacation Rentals Are 20% Off in August

August Rush

This August, you can enjoy a Destin vacation at up to 20% off! Our favorite lodging partner, Southern Rentals & Real Estate, is hosting its August Rush sale. During the month of August, take 20% off Destin vacation homes and condos.

Plus, with Southern, you get so much more than just a discount on your Destin vacation rental. You get outstanding customer service from the most caring company on the Gulf Coast. Their friendly vacation planners and guest services team are all locals. They live right here on the Emerald Coast, so they can give local insight on the best restaurants, shopping, and activities.

Not to mention, when you stay with Southern, you get exclusive access to the Southern Perks program. Enjoy deals on all kinds of watersports, including paddle boarding, fishing charters, sailing, kayaking and even parasailing. The discounts don’t stop there though. Enjoy golf, snorkeling, biking tours, dolphin cruises and more at unbeatable prices.

During your Destin vacation, you’ll have access to some of the best shopping anywhere. Destin Commons is home to retailers including H&M, Williams-Sonoma, J. Crew, and now one of only two Southern Living stores in the United States.  Grand Boulevard, Destin’s newest resort shopping experience, features retailers including Anthropologie and Vineyard Vines, and this summer, welcomes the grand opening of Emeril Lagasse’s newest restaurant, Emeril’s Coastal Italian.

Of course, you need a great home base for all the activities you’ll enjoy once you arrive. Check out Camelot, a five bedroom, six bathroom Gulf-front home with a private pool. Or, Sandcastle Dreams, a stunning villa with a carriage house and space to sleep 20.  For something less expansive, but equally as luxurious and on the Gulf, explore Crescent 108, a three bedroom, three bath condo.

Don’t miss Southern’s 20% off sale, rush to the beach this August.

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