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The 30A Songwriters’ Festival is this Weekend!

30A Songwriters’ Festival

30A Songwriters Festival

The 11th Annual Songwriters’ Festival is this weekend! From January 17th – 20th, some of the most creative minds by some of your favorite songs will perform those top hits at 25 venues all over Walton County. Some of the venues even include Grand Boulevard and the Hyatt Place Sandestin! Weekend passes are sold out, but day passes for Saturday, Sunday, and all day Sunday are available in addition to Friday VIP performances at Grayton Beer Taproom. If you still need plans for this weekend, this is certainly something fun to do! Get your tickets here.

The 30A Songwriters’ Festival transforms numerous amphitheaters, town halls, restaurants, theaters, and bars all across South Walton into musically-charged venues during the event. You’ll find everything from cozy bars with capacities for 75 to even seating for up to 5,000 people! This event benefits the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, a non-profit organization that¬†champions the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs, and education. Learn more about the CAA here.

Still need somewhere to stay for the festival? Our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals are offering a great discount on 30A vacation rentals for the event. Just use promo code SONGWRITERS to save! You don’t have to be traveling to take advantage of this offer; even locals can use it for a staycation! Find great rates for that weekend at The Village 511, a three-bedroom townhome on 30A. You’ll be feeling right at home here, as it has a full kitchen, cozy bedrooms, and everything you will need for a getaway. Plus, its location in Blue Mountain Beach puts it close to several of the 30A Songwriters’ Festival venues!

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Spend Spring Break in Destin

Planning Your Spring Break in Destin, Florida

Are you planning your Spring Break in Destin, Florida this year? We might be biased, but there is no better place to spend Spring Break than on some of the world’s most famous beaches! January and February will be over before we know it, and then Spring Break will be in full force in March and April. If you are planning your spring break in Destin, Florida, then you’ll want to start getting ahead of everyone else! Check out some of our top picks for the best Destin, Florida vacation rentals with our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals, as well as some fun things to do on Spring Break in Destin!

Where to Stay

Planning Your Spring Break in Destin, Florida

For a big, beautiful beach home in Destin that’s right on the Gulf of Mexico, look to Aqua Sound. This Gulf-front home boasts high-end furnishings and a view you could only dream about. Those views are visible in every bedroom through floor-to-ceiling windows. Aqua Sound has four bedrooms and three bathrooms spread out over three floors, so it can comfortably accommodate 10 guests. And, since this home is located in Destin Pointe, you’ll enjoy community amenities like beach shuttle service, a pool, hot tub, and more.

What to Do

Spring Break officially kicks off “vacation season” in Destin, so the area will be full of fun things to do on vacation. From boat rentals to dolphin cruises and fishing charters, there will be no shortage of thrilling activities. Another perk of staying with Southern is that they offer “Southern Perks,” exclusive discounts to their guests to enjoy on activities no matter where they are staying. Once you book your accommodations, it’s just a few clicks and you’ll be on your way to booking your activity too! Save on bike rentals, beach chair service, and even golfing. There is something for every kind of traveler!

What are you waiting for? Start planning your Spring Break vacation to Destin, Florida today!

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Resolve to Travel More in 2020

Make Your New Year’s Resolutions at the Beach

New Year's Resolutions at the BeachThere are still four days left in 2019, leaving plenty of time to plan your New Year’s Resolutions! This year, shake up your resolutions by planning to travel more in 2020. After all, a beach vacation is good for the soul, and what better place to plan to visit than Destin, Florida? Destin is beautiful no matter what time of year you visit, whether you’re coming for a spring getaway in March or want to frolic in the warm water in June yourself. Even the fall is a beautiful time of year to visit, since the beaches are less crowded but still warm enough to dip your toes into the water. Make your New Year’s resolutions at the beach for an unforgettable time!

Need some vacation inspiration? Come stay at the popular Mainsail Resort in Destin, Florida. Our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals are adding new properties at Mainsail to their inventory each week, providing you with ample opportunities to relax at the beach! We love Mainsail 213, a two-bedroom condo in Destin that easily accommodates six guests. While you can certainly see the beach through the living room’s floor-to-ceiling glass windows, it looks even better from the covered balcony! Everything you need is right at your fingertips, from a fully equipped kitchen to the en-suite master bathroom.New Year's Resolutions at the Beach

Then, there are the resort amenities. If you have ever visited Mainsail, you know that it has some of the best resort amenities in Destin. No expense was spared here, as there are two pools, a hot tub, shuffleboard courts, and tennis courts. There is even a kiddie pool, which will keep the little ones entertained all day long. Not to mention, Mainsail also features a stretch of private beach for you to lounge on. It doesn’t get much better than this!

Make your New Year’s resolutions at the beach this year! You’ll be glad you did.

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Stay at Cape Cod South in Destin

Stay at Cape Cod South in Destin

Have you been itching to take a vacation to Destin? Our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals are expanding their inventory for Destin vacation homes, just in time for you to start planning your Spring Break and Summer vacations. One of their newest homes, Cape Cod South in Destin, just came on their rental program and is ready to welcome you for your next vacation! Located in the Sovereign Isle neighborhood, this three-bedroom house is the perfect vacation destination. Explore rates and availability at this exciting Destin vacation home today!

This charming beach cottage is full of high-end upgrades like cherry hardwood floors, granite counters, a whirlpool tub, and sleek stainless steel appliances. A well-manicured lawn, bright exterior, and wraparound porch complete with swings and white wicker chairs are here to welcome you when you arrive at the house, making you feel like you are truly on vacation. The master bedroom even comes with its own en-suite bathroom for additional privacy. When you venture out through the living room, you will find a cozy backyard with a lounge area and a private gas grill.Cape Cod South in Destin

Want to head to the beach? Destin’s famous beaches are an easy walk away, just less than one mile. There is even a community pool at Sovereign Isle so you can cool off without having to get sandy. You’ll love having access to four bikes at Cape Cod South, so you can hop on one and make your way down Crystal Beach’s scenic bike paths, letting the cool sea air blow on your face as you take in the scenery. Stop for a bite to eat at Camille’s at Crystal Beach, or park your bike at The Crab Trap and spend a day full of fun under the sun. There are so many reasons to love a vacation at Cape Cod South in Destin, and we can’t wait for you to discover them all!

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33rd Annual Holiday on the Harbor

33rd Annual Holiday on the Harbor

Holiday on the Harbor in Destin

Take a break from tree decorating and Christmas shopping and attend Destin’s 33rd Annual Holiday on the Harbor this Sunday, December 15th. This is a great way to get into the holiday spirit, as Christmas is just two weeks away.

Holiday on the Harbor is more than just the lighted boat parade – visits with Santa, fireworks, and a special performance of The Nutcracker by the Ballet Conservatory of the Destin School of Music and Dance are all part of this family-friendly event.

Holiday on the Harbor begins at 1 PM, but you’ll want to get there early to ensure you get a good parking spot.¬†Visits with Santa take place until 4 PM, so bring your Christmas list, since he’ll ask you if you’ve been naughty or nice this year! The lighted boat parade, the celebration’s most popular event, begins at 6 PM. The boats will drift down the Harbor through the Destin Bridge and Norriego Point The best spot to¬†see the boats is at Margaritaville or Harry T’s, so you can enjoy your dinner while watching the boats go by.

Holiday on the Harbor in Destin

Do you still need to book your Destin vacation rental for the holiday season? Emerald Palace in Destin is a beautiful four-bedroom home in the Avalon Beach Estates neighborhood. Offering luxe, high-end furnishings, a private pool, and beautiful Gulf views, Emerald Palace is perfect for the whole family to stay at! You’ll even have access to the community amenities including tennis courts and a pool.

Or, if you only need a little space, stay at a Destin vacation condo in Beach Resort. These one-bedroom condos are perfect for a “just the two of us” getaway this Christmas season and will make you feel right at home. Private beach access ensures you can take an undisturbed morning walk on the beach, or make use of the resort-style amenities found here!

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New Residential Leasing Home in Destin!

Become a Local at 73 Cobalt Lane in Destin

Have you been searching for a long-term rental home in Destin to turn your trip to the beach into a permanent vacation? Well, we found the perfect home for you at 73 Cobalt Lane. This home is situated right on the 10th green of the Emerald Bay golf course, a desirable neighborhood in Destin’s Miramar Beach community. And, as a limited time offer, take 50% off the application fees when you apply today¬†with Southern Residential Leasing!

Long-Term Rental Home in Destin

 

This unfurnished four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom home comes unfurnished and awaiting your personal touch. You’ll love decorating the home among the rich hardwood floors and freshly painted walls! Additional touches include brand new tile and carpet, a gas fireplace, and stainless steel appliances. Black granite countertops adorn the kitchen countertops which allow for plenty of room to set out your crockpot, coffee maker, and anything else you may need. The living room overlooks the Emerald Bay neighborhood lake, which is teeming with fish! In addition, the spacious master suite’s bathroom features a large garden tub, walk-in shower, and dual vanity. You will also enjoy the oversized Florida room, allowing for lots of sunshine to flood through and create an inviting atmosphere.

Long-Term Rental Home in Destin

When you rent 73 Cobalt Lane in Destin, you have access to a private two-car garage as well as Emerald Bay community amenities. This includes a pool, tennis courts, a clubhouse, and even fishing in the neighborhood lake. Centrally located close to schools, shopping, and entertainment in Destin, 73 Cobalt Lane makes for a perfect long-term rental home in Destin. Not to mention, the beach is close by as well! A seven-minute drive down to Scenic Gulf Drive and you’re there.

Become a Destin local today and apply to lease 73 Cobalt Lane!

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What’s Going on for the Holidays in Destin?

What’s Going on for the Holidays in Destin?

Wondering what’s going for the holidays in Destin? For starters, so many exciting things! Whether you’re a local or vacationing in Destin this holiday season, there are so many fun (and family-friendly!) events you’ll want to attend! From musical performances to lighted boat parades and everything in between, there’s no shortage of holiday cheer in Destin this time of year. Add these events to your calendar to have a very merry holiday season!

Destin Lighted Boat Parade

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Join the Emerald Coast Theatre Company December 12-15 and 19-22, for a holiday sequel to¬†Pride and Prejudice,¬†Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.¬†Mary Bennet, the bookish and oft-forgotten middle child, has her quest for independence sparked by an unlikely visitor.¬† Will she be defeated…or become the heroine of her own story? Performances December 12-14 and 19-21 begin at 7:30 PM, while the 15th and 22nd begin at 2 PM. Buy your tickets today!

Coastal White Christmas in Grand Boulevard

Grand Boulevard becomes a winter wonderland this December, with horse-drawn carriage rides available every Friday and Saturday from December 6-28. This is open to the public at no charge, so don your coats and scarves and get ready to see a festive experience like never before!

Sinfonia Holiday Pops

It’s the most wonderful time of year with Sinfonia’s Holiday Pops! Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe-nominated singer and actor Matthew Morrison joins Sinfonia’s full orchestra for an evening full of some of the most cherished and festive holiday medleys.

33rd Annual Holiday on the Harbor

Watch the Destin Harbor light up with holiday cheer this season at the 33rd Annual Holiday on the Harbor! Watch boats decked out with their best festive attire float through the Destin Bridge and Norriego Point; secure a table at Margaritaville or Harry T’s Lighthouse for the best vantage point. After the boats pass by, a spectacular firework show caps off the evening. That’s not the only fun part of the celebration – Santa Claus is making an appearance at HarborWalk, so bring your Christmas list! Afterward, enjoy a special performance of The Nutcracker by the Ballet Conservatory & Destin School of Music and Dance.

Still need to book your Destin vacation rental for the holidays? How about a stay at Monkey Island, a charming four-bedroom home in Crystal Beach? This immaculate home is the perfect size for 15 guests and even has a private pool and an¬†adjoining carriage house if you’re traveling with kids. They’ll love having their own private vacation home! Monkey Island is available with our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals, but not for much longer!¬†

 

Monkey Island Living Room

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Where to Shop on Black Friday

Black Friday Shopping in Destin

For the dedicated shoppers and bargain hunters, Black Friday is its own Olympic sport. There’s something about getting up before the sun and joining your mom, sister, grandmother,¬†and friends while you wait for stores to open. While you may be looking for a chance to score some great deals for yourself, this is also a great opportunity to get ahead on your Christmas shopping. Since retailers roll out their Black Friday sales early each year, you can rest assured these same deals will be going on bright and early Friday morning.¬†Black Friday Shopping in Destin

Destin Commons stores open at 6 AM on Friday morning, so make sure you have your coffee hot and ready while you wait in line! Bass Pro Shops opens at 5 AM for all you early birds. While you shop at the Commons, enjoy deals like 50% off everything at Express and 40% off your purchase at LOFT. These deals only come around once a year, so don’t miss out! Thankfully, the Commons are open until 10 PM, so if getting there early isn’t your thing then don’t sweat!

Meanwhile, Silver Sands Premium Outlets opens up at 6 PM on Thanksgiving and doesn’t close until 10 PM on Black Friday. Those whose families enjoy an early Thanksgiving meal will enjoy walking off the turkey and stuffing with these early hours! With deals like 70% off at Coach and 60% off everything at Reebok Outlet, it won’t be hard to shop till you drop!

Of course, online shopping is becoming all the rage these days as retailers offer the same deals online as they do in stores. If staying in and decorating the Christmas tree is more your thing, be sure to take advantage of all the great deals offered online, too.

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New Home for Rent in Destin

Live at This New Home for Rent in Destin

406 Kelly StreetYou love to vacation in Destin, but have you ever thought about living here full time? Our friends at Southern Residential Leasing have a beautiful three-bedroom, two-bathroom for rent at 406 Kelly Street that we think you will love! Just minutes away from the beaches, shopping, and the Destin Harbor, this house is sure to tick all the boxes for you. Visit here to schedule your showing!

You are sure to fall in love with the wide brick exterior and surrounding oak trees from the second you arrive at 406 Kelly Street!. This new home for rent in Destin features upgrades that will make living there extra enjoyable, including stainless steel appliances, dark hardwood floors, and granite countertops. The master bedroom is one of our favorite rooms in the house, as it comes with a walk-in closet, garden tub with a walk-in shower, and dual granite vanity. There is even an additional seating area inside the master bedroom, perfect for curling up with a great book! In addition, the laundry room is tucked back from the bedrooms and comes with washer and dryer hookups.

406 Kelly Street also comes with a pre-installed security system for additional security as well as a large fenced-in backyard. Since this new home for rent in Destin is pet-friendly, your furry friends will have plenty of friends to run around! There are even fruit trees and an herb garden in the backyard ready to be tended to!406 Kelly Street

With its great location in Destin, you’re sure to love living here. Just drive a few minutes to get to places like HarborWalk Village, grocery stores, shopping, and dining. If you have young kids, Destin Elementary School is just a few minutes away. Schedule your showing at 406 Kelly Street today! You’ll be glad you did.

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Where to Have Thanksgiving Dinner in Destin

Where to Have Thanksgiving Dinner in Destin

While nothing truly tops the feeling of gathering around a table for Thanksgiving, going out to lunch or dinner on Thanksgiving is just as enjoyable. It takes all the planning out of enjoying a Thanksgiving meal and allows you more time to spend with your loved ones. After all, this is what Thanksgiving is all about! Below are a few of our favorite places to have Thanksgiving dinner in Destin. Start a new tradition this year at some of these restaurants!

  • Cuv√©e Kitchen & Wine Bar – Cuv√©e’s Annual Thanksgiving Buffet is back for another year, held from 11 AM – 6 PM. Enjoy a menu full of unique fall favorites including Chestnut Leek Apple Stuffing, Roasted Turkey with Black Truffle Butter and White Wine Gravy, and Maple & Bacon Bread Pudding. They highly recommend making a reservation, so give them a call at 850.460.2909 to reserve your table!
  • Beach Walk Cafe¬†– Destin’s only adult-only restaurant, Beach Walk Cafe, has prepared a delicious Thanksgiving menu for you and the family to enjoy! They welcome young adults, age 13-15, and adults 16 and over to come and dine on Thanksgiving from 11 AM – 3 PM. They’ll be serving a menu full of gourmet items including Roasted Corn & Crab Bisque, Bourbon Honey Glazed Ham, Southern Cornbread Stuffing, and Pumpkin Cheesecake. Reservations are required, so call them at 850.650.7100 to secure your space!Beach Sanctuary
  • 790 on the Gulf – Dine with a view at 790 on the Gulf on Thanksgiving! From 11:30 AM – 5 PM, 790 on the Gulf’s Thanksgiving Buffet is full of traditional favorites like Cheddar Garlic Biscuits, their Award-Winning Duck & Andouille Gumbo, and Hand-Carved Slow Baked Ham. You’ll also enjoy their Traditional Green Bean Casserole and Sweet Potato Casserole. Reservations are encouraged! Give them a call at¬†850.650.4853.

Meanwhile, have you secured your beach home in Destin, Florida for Thanksgiving yet? Beach Sanctuary in Destin¬†is a delightful home in Miramar Beach that sleeps 10. It even has a private pool and a kitchen with plenty of space to prepare your Thanksgiving meal (or organize leftovers!). Don’t wait until the last minute to start planning your Thanksgiving trip to Destin!

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