Mardi Gras & the Sandestin Gumbo Festival

It’s Mardi Gras season along the Gulf Coast which also means it’s gumbo time!  If you enjoy this coveted Creole dish, our most popular winter food event is on the February calendar.

This winter festival favorite is back for the 30th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival. Sample a variety of gumbo and vote your favorite as the “People’s Choice” winner. Dark or light roux? Chicken, sausage or seafood? Celebrity judges will name the “Area’s Best.” Gulf Coast restaurants will be featured along with live music from Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe and children’s activities.

In celebration of the 30th year, the festival has added a new component – Best Bloody Mary at the Beach. You get to help with judge this category too!

  • SHRIMP BOIL KICK-OFF PARTY – Friday, February 15, 5-7 p.m. at Hammerhead’s Bar & Grill
  • THE MAIN EVENT – Saturday, February 16, 12-4 p.m.

Location is at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. General admission tickets are $35. Available here

Need a place to stay? Come and enjoy the long President’s Day weekend. Check here for reservations for a condo in Destin, FL.

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Fiesta Like There’s no Mañana

Destin’s 6th Annual Tequila & Taco Fest

Can’t wait for Cinco de Mayo? No problem; celebrate a little early this year with Destin’s 6th Annual Tequila & Taco Fest. HarborWalk Village completely transforms into a fiesta celebration from March 8th-10th. Whether you’re here on vacation or a Destin local, this is one event you won’t want to miss out on. March is also a beautiful time of year to visit Destin as the skies are sunny, the water is bright, and temperatures are just starting to warm up!

6th Annual Tequila & Taco Fest

Garden & Gun kicks off the festivities on Friday night with a special event. From 7-10 PM make your way down to HarborWalk Village for their Tapas & Tequila Kick-off Party. While you are enjoying some special tequila cocktails, dine on delicious “tapas,” or small plate bites. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to jam out to live music from Humming House. There will also be mixologist demonstrations for you to learn how to make your favorite drink!

Then, on Saturday, March 9th, make your way back to HarborWalk for the signature tasting event.  from 1-5 PM. Destin’s Harbor will be booming with craft tequila cocktails, live music on three stages, and tacos of all flavors and styles. Spend your day sipping on spiced habañero tequila or sampling smokey agave. Enjoy pairings with creative twists on fish, chicken, beef and authentic Latin tacos. All proceeds from the 6th Annual Tequila & Taco Fest benefit Hurricane Michael Relief Efforts. Visit here for tickets!

Meanwhile, book your vacation rental in Destin for the event with our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals. To be nearby the festival, stay at the popular Breakers East Condos in Destin. Offering spacious two-bedroom condos and 30-foot balconies to lounge on, Breakers East offers some of the best accommodations across Destin. Plus, access to resort-style amenities including a Gulf front pool, lighted tennis courts, barbecue grills, and more. Reserve a Breakers East condo in Destin today!

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We’re Obsessed With After Dunes Delight in Destin

Don’t Miss Out on After Dunes Delight!

After Dunes Delight

Our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals are adding new vacation homes and condos in Destin to their inventory almost every week. If you’re planning on booking a vacation in Destin, Florida this spring or summer there’s never been a better time to book! One of their newest vacation homes in Destin is After Dunes Delight, a charming three-bedroom home in Destin’s Gulfside Cottages neighborhood. After Dunes Delight is available for your spring and summer getaway, so don’t wait to reserve it!

Inside the home on the first floor, you’ll find a tastefully decorated interior, with chic coastal design complimenting hardwood floors and shiplap walls. The aqua tile backsplash reminds us so much of the nearby beaches! We love the convenience of having a fully equipped kitchen on vacation. When you’re cooking on granite countertops with stainless steel appliances, preparing meals is a breeze.

Then, make your way up to the second floor for the bedrooms. Through the master bedroom is a private balcony overlooking the beautiful Gulfside Cottages community. The master bedroom also features a private bathroom with a dual vanity, while the second and third bedrooms are joined by a Jack-and-Jill bathroom.

After Dunes Delight

Are you ready to hit the beach? Then simply take a short stroll down to the end of Open Gulf Street and get ready to immerse yourself in the sand. All you need is some sunblock, some sunglasses, and a comfy beach towel or chair! You’ll also have access to Gulfside Community’s community pool during your stay.

You will find that After Dunes Delight enjoys an incredible location in the heart of Miramar Beach in Destin. Located directly across from the Silver Sands Premium Outlets, you’re minutes away from the nation’s largest designer outlet mall! With all of the exciting things happening in Destin, add a fun event to your stay to live like a local.

Click here to view more of Southern’s vacation rentals in Destin. We hope to see you at the beach!

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