Fall in love with the Grand Beach Villa in Destin! Located in a gorgeous area, this vacation home in Destin is the perfect for a romantic long weekend or a trip to the Gulf Coast with the family. With seven bedrooms and six full bathrooms, this vacation home can easily accommodate up to twenty-one guests. Three floors of luxury await you in Grand Beach Villa!
Take a dip in the private pool or walk down to the beach and enjoy the sugar white sands of the Gulf of Mexico! This absolutely stunning vacation home in Destin offers the elegance and convenience you expect and is located in the perfect place to ride bikes, take a walk, and enjoy the beautiful weather of the Gulf Coast. There are many great Destin restaurants nearby, so you can enjoy some delicious fresh seafood. You can also spend the day parasailing, fishing, shopping and more. Be sure to check our Southern Perks program for specials and discounts from local businesses.
If you are considering taking a trip to Destin, right now is the perfect time of year. There are fewer crowds, the temps are cooler, and we have several wonderful fall festivals. Check our events calendar to see what is coming up! Book your trip to today and fall in love with Destin all over again!
October 21, 2016
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The Emerald Coast is an unofficial name for the coastal area in Florida on the Gulf of Mexico that stretches 100 miles from Pensacola to Panama City.
- The first nickname dates back to the 1940’s when the area was called the “Playground of the Gulf Coast”. The local newspaper was then called the Playground News, then later the Playground Daily News. It is now known by the name the Northwest Florida Daily News.
- In 1952, a new name emerged when Claude Jenkins, a local journalist, created the term “Miracle Strip.” The Miracle Strip Amusement Park, located in Panama City, was a popular area theme park from the 1960’s until the 1980’s. (No theme park these days, but if you are looking for things to do in Destin, Florida, the possibilities are endless. Links are here.)
- The term “Miracle Strip” was officially adopted by officials and chambers of commerce members at a meeting held at the Staff Restaurant in Fort Walton Beach. It designated the 100-mile stretch of scenic Highway 98 as the Miracle Strip featuring a “fabulous string of motels, hotels and nightspots.”* (We would add outstanding restaurants to that list!)
- According to the Daily News, the term Emerald Coast was coined in 1983 by a junior high school student, Andrew Dier, who won $50 in the contest for a new area slogan.
*Florida’s Miracle Strip: From Redneck Riviera to Emerald Coast by Tim Hollis
October 19, 2016
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Enjoy the beautiful fall weather at one of the most popular events in Destin this October, the 21st Annual Festival of the Arts by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation. The Festival of the Arts is held at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village from 9am-5pm on Saturday, October 29th, and 10am-4pm on Sunday, October 30th. More than 100 artists from all over the world come to display their beautiful works of art at this festival each year to compete for over $10,000 in cash and prizes. This arts festival is a juried event, but attendees can vote for the coveted “People’s Choice” award all day on Saturday.
In addition to the artists, there will be kid’s activities, arts and crafts, alfresco dining offered by wonderful local restaurants, and live entertainment. Admission is just $5 per adult and children under 12 are free. Free parking and a shuttle will be provided to and from the MKAF Village. This is one of the most popular events in Destin, so if you are going to be on the Gulf Coast this October, you definitely don’t want to miss it!
The Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village is a beautiful space located off Commons Drive in Destin. The Village hosts several fantastic events all year, including the upcoming Ruth’s Chris Wine Walkabout and the 21st Annual Sounds of the Season Concert.
October 17, 2016
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