Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you want to give up your fitness routine altogether. For many of us, vacation is one of the best times to work out because our days aren’t cluttered with commutes and meetings.
So we’ve rounded up the best places you can feel the burn –and we don’t mean sunburn—on your Destin vacation.
Destin Hot Yoga
Some like it hot, and for those who do, Destin Hot Yoga is the place to be. The room is heated between 95-105 degrees to further warm and loosen muscles. This allows you to safely deepen stretches and lengthen poses.
Hot Vinyasa and Hot 26 are great classes for beginners, and other classes include Hot Vinyasa Power Hour, Yin/Yang Flow, Mindful Flow, and non-heated classes like Hatha Hour. Drop in rates are $18, or get a week of unlimited classes for $49.
Pure Barre PopUp
Every Tuesday, Pure Barre Destin and Pure Barre 30A combine for a weekly pop-up session. These barre-loving beauties pack a yoga mat and head to the lawn of The Market Shops in Destin. Instead of traditional training on the ballet barre, they get fit in the great outdoors. Most workouts run about an hour, but fit sessions can last for 90 minutes. PopUp classes include yoga, cardio and lots of isometric holds.
Destin Pilates & Aerial Center
For a different kind of fitness experience, consider the Aerial Silks class at Destin Pilates & Aerial Center. You’ll learn how to suspend yourself from two silks and do drops and tricks (Cirque de Soleil style). Kids 10 and older can join, meaning this a great class for the whole family, including beginners. Classes are $25, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 6:30 p.m.
If the silks aren’t your speed, and you’re looking for something more relaxing, try the Restorative Pilates Stretch with Essential Oils. This class is geared toward releasing tension and connecting with the body. Through core work and gentle stretches, along with the aromatherapy and Ayurvedic advantages of essential oils, you’ll boost your immune system and renew your mind. Enjoy this class Monday at 5:30 p.m. or Wednesday at noon for $18.
Using out top picks for places to workout in Destin, you’ll get the best of recreation and relaxation on your Destin vacation.
May 22, 2017
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If you’re still searching for a place to stay in Destin for Memorial Day weekend, check out Breakers East. These two bedroom, two bathroom condos are close to everything. They’re minutes from Silver Sands, Destin Commons, and Grand Boulevard, plus they’re right on the water. Hurry though; most Destin vacation rentals are already taken!
Once you’re here, and for all our locals, start your weekend at HarborWalk Village.
From 4-6 p.m., enjoy half-priced drinks at Grande Vista Bar & Grill. Located in the Emerald Grande, Grande Vista offers poolside dining with sweeping views of the Destin Pass. Friday’s drink special is the Bahama Mama, and you can also order half priced beer, wine, and well drinks. Take advantage of big savings on small plates during happy hour. Within the $5-$10 range are hummus and pita chips, flash fried calamari, boneless wings, grouper tacos, smoked fish dip, sliders, and a fruit and cheese plate.
At 7 p.m., catch local band The Good Lookings performing live at the amphitheater. A three-piece rock band, Myke, Jarrod, and Zack are Destin natives with a flair for acoustic rock. They perform covers as well as original songs, and are sure to rock the harbor.
Saturday, hit the white sand of the Emerald Coast early to stake your spot in the sand. For pick-up games of volleyball, head to the shores behind Whale’s Tail on Scenic Highway 98. This is a great location because you can run right up to the beachside bar and grill for food and drink. Whale’s Tail serves breakfast until 10:30 a.m., including their famous Bloody Mary, and finishes off the day with everything from fresh seafood to salads to burgers.
If you want a quieter location, head to Henderson Beach State Park. It’s $6 per vehicle and well worth it for the smaller crowds.
Saturday evening at 4:30, return to HarborWalk Village for a free concert by Flash Flood. Cap the evening off with fireworks over the harbor at 9 p.m., followed by fire spinning from Just Add Fire.
Sunday fun-day, of course, is all about brunch. And when you think brunch, you think Harbor Docks’ Bloody Mary Bar. Build your own concoction and get your comfort food on with the fisherman’s special or biscuits and gravy. Dine on the open-air balcony overlooking the harbor—perfect, rain or shine.
Three days of Destin fun are the only way to kick-off summer this Memorial Day! For even more news about what’s going on, check our Destin Events calendar.
May 19, 2017
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Destin and live music go hand-in-hand. This week, and for the remainder of the summer, you can enjoy the sounds of the Gulf Coast at weekly concerts.
For a family friendly, as well as wallet friendly show, head to The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Every Wednesday night at 7 p.m., soak up the sounds of local musicians for free. Bring the kids, the dog, a picnic basket, and some lawn chairs. Baytowne will provide the tunes.
Kids’ laughter often serves as an accompaniment to the night’s real entertainment, as they run about playing tag, four-in-a-row, and corn hole. For even more fun, kids can ride the carousel, scale the rock wall, or get their tokens worth at Blast Arcade.
Meanwhile, music lovers can camp out on the green. Don’t get too comfortable, though, keep those dancing shoes ready. Not only do some of the best musicians in the area share original and cover songs, they encourage you to move with the music. And don’t be shy, there’s no need to play wallflower here—after all, you’re outside, there’s no wall! It’s common to see kids and adults sharing the dance “floor” (an area just in front of the stage). This month, catch Big Al & The Heavyweights May 17, Chris Alvarado May 24, and Moon Lagoons May 31.
Another can’t miss concert event takes place in the Mattie Kelley Cultural Arts Village every Thursday at 7 p.m. This month’s lineup includes Fountain City Players May 18, Alter Eagles May 25, and The Embers June 1.
General admissions is $15, and kids 12 and under are free (though all minors under 18 have to be accompanied by an adult). Here, the setup is the same: bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets and make an evening of it. Just in case you can’t swing by the market on the way over, vendors serve dinner plates. If you’re feeling lucky, try your odds in the weekly raffle for everything from a dinner for two to a luxury vacation.
Looking for the perfect vacation rental between the two concert venues so you can enjoy back-to-back jam sessions? Check out 2 Sea Dream (sleeps 10), 4 Some Fun (pet friendly), and Sea-Esta A&B (Gulf front with a private pool).
For more events, see our Destin Events calendar.
May 15, 2017
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