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New Prominence North in 30A

Prominence North

Our partner Southern Vacation Rentals just added a new property to their vacation rental management program – Prominence North #106C . Located near Watersound and Camp Creek, this two bedroom, two bathroom townhome is in the Town of Prominence community near Deer Lake Park. It can accommodate up to four guests. If traveling with friends, Southern also offers other two and three bedroom rentals. Steal away for a week this winter or even just a weekend. With rates as low as $141 per night and with so much to do nearby, it is the perfect getaway!

In addition to being close to our white sandy beach and just 20 miles east of Destin, this community is new and on the north side of Scenic 30A. Guests enjoy an incredible community pool, cabanas, an outdoor dining pavilion, and a fitness center.

The community is also only a walk or bike ride away to the popular 30A hotspot “The Hub.” Here, you can enjoy live music, shops and great food, including an oyster roast, Game Day Grub events and more.

If you are looking for fun, while staying at beautiful accommodations, check them out!

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Young Dolphin Rescued After Hurricane Nate

A one-year-old bottlenose dolphin remains under care after being found stranded on the beach after Hurricane Nate. The female dolphin was transferred to the Gulf World Marine Institute for evaluation.

The institute posted this update: “The dolphin’s initial blood results are within normal ranges. While the animal was stranded on the beach, waves were crashing over its blowhole so we are monitoring for the possible develop of aspiration pneumonia. The dolphin is still swimming on its own. Additional tests have been sent off and results are pending. The animal is still under 24 hour care.”

Gulf World Marine Institute assisted Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge in the rescue of the stranded bottlenose dolphin Sunday afternoon. The animal was found washed up on an Okaloosa Island beach by two beach goers who reported the sighting to the Florida Fish and Wildlife agency. The animal was immediately transported to Gulf World Marine Institute for rehabilitation. While the exact cause of stranding has not been determined, the young dolphin could have been separated from its mother during the storm. The Institute, located in Panama City, specializes in dolphin and sea turtle rescues.

The Gulf of Mexico is home many pods of dolphins. For more information on dolphins and opportunities to enjoy them in their natural habitat, dolphin cruises are one of the great things to do in Destin, FL. We recommend excursions by SunVenture, SeaBlaster, Southern Star, Olin Marler, and Crab Island Dolphin Tours.

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Happy Hour Specials on the Beach

For the wine lovers, check out Stop 3 in Watercolor.

Just east of Destin, Scenic Highway 30A in Walton County boasts equally beautiful beaches and some great local restaurants. A drive down this 18 mile strip of paradise will have you rolling down the windows, singing, Don’t Worry, Be Happy. What’s the happiest time of the day on the beach? Happy Hour, of course!

While you wont find any chain restaurants or fast food on 30A, you will find some of the best locally owned, craft eateries anywhere. Every place has its signature cocktails, and of course the best time to score a great deal.

Stop 1 – Blue Mountain Beach

Trebeache in Blue Mountain Beach offers bottomless mimosas until 3 p.m. Beyond the typical orange juice and champagne blend, choose from peach, grapefruit, or other seasonal juices. Sip them slowly as you sway to live jazz. Don’t forget to order the best blue crab omelet on the beach.

Stop 2 – Grayton Beach

The Red Bar in Grayton Beach is a must-see dining experience for anyone new to the area. You’ll plan next year’s vacation around being able to visit the Red Bar; it’s such a unique sensory experience. From the glow of red lights to the myriad of movie posters lining the walls, the house band to the bohemian garden out front, there’s nothing else like it. Plus, The Red Bar’s Bloody Mary was named one of the top Bloodies on the beach. One sip, and you’ll quickly understand why.

Stop 3 – Watercolor

Who doesn’t love a great glass of wine? Rose-yay, anyone? For the wine-lover, you can’t miss Wine World in Watercolor. Every day until 6 p.m., enjoy a karate for the price of a glass. We can’t recommend the Maraval Rose highly enough. Not to mention, Thursday evenings, Happy Hour extends until closing.

Stop 4- Seaside

If you find yourself in Seaside, that quaint new urban town,there’s only one choice for a craft cocktail: Great Southern. And at Great Southern, you have to order their specialty mojitos. From 4-6 p.m., mojitos are half-off. The strawberry mojito is utterly unbeatable, but you can also cool down with a pineapple, grapefruit, dragon fruit, coconut, or the original mint mojito.

Whether you are looking for a full meal or a quick drink, you’ll go home raving about any of these 30A hot spots. If you haven’t explored Destin’s neighboring coastal communities, plan your Destin vacation now!

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October = Destin Festivals & Fun!

UPDATE: Due to tropical storm Nate, the Destin Seafood Festival has been canceled for this weekend.

October is one of our favorite months of the year. Our world-renowned fishing rodeo is underway & our calendar features a special event every weekend. With cooler temperatures and smaller crowds, it’s a perfect time to visit Destin, Fl. Here’s a sampling of the fun:

If you are planning to fish in the Destin fishing rodeo, we can help you line up a day trip with the experts.  We have partnered with the best charter boat captains to bring you a fishing trip of a lifetime. View our Destin fishing charters here from iLoveDestin.com

Our lodging partners also report openings with special rates available for the fall months for Destin vacation rentals.  Book as soon as possible to score the best availability.

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Three Places to Watch the Big Game

Order your favorite Gulf seafood and find your perfect spot to catch a game.

Destin locals have a few secrets. Chief among them is this: fall is one of the most beautiful times of year. Of course, it seems that our secret is getting out and truthfully, we don’t mind. The Gulf of Mexico is just too gorgeous to keep to ourselves.

With more people vacationing on the Emerald Coast during fall months, everyone wants to know where they can grab a beverage, good food and watch their favorite football teams battle it out on the gridiron. For that question, The HarborWalk is the answer.

One of the most popular spots for a watch party is Harry T’s. This place offers plenty of game options on multiple big screen TVs; it opens early enough to catch the day’s first kickoff. Plus, they also offer great food and drink specials along with one of the best Bloody Marys on the harbor.

If you’re with a large group of jersey-clad friends, hit up Tailfin’s. Tailfin’s is one of the newest attractions on the harbor, with three levels of open air entertainment overlooking the water. Not to mention, a local musician is always performing on the lower level near the dock so you can catch live music while rooting for your favorite team.

Finally, a trip to the harbor wouldn’t be complete without stopping by AJ’s. With the addition of an outdoor entertainment area and jumbo-tron projection screen, this may be the very best place to catch a game. Grab a drink at any of the outdoor bars and check out what the fishermen are unloading during halftime.

In Destin, there is no wrong answer when asking, “Hey, where can I watch the game?” So book your Destin vacation, order a dozen oysters and an ice cold beer and enjoy everything the fall in Destin has to offer.

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Fall Vacation Homes

It’s not too late to get here for fall break. The weather and water are beautiful and so much is going on this October. In addition to the month-long fishing rodeo and the Destin Seafood Festival, we have art festivals, runs and more. Look for Destin events  with Southern.

Also with Southern, beach homes and condos are available this upcoming week for the week or a few nights if you’d like. Be sure to check the availability. Homes like Vita La Bella and Esencia are on sale. And rates during this time of year are as incredible as the weather!

Vita La BellaVita La Bella is in the exclusive Destiny by the Sea neighborhood. A five bedroom, five and one half bath vacation home, Vita La Bella sleeps up to 17. Private pool, easy beach access and partial Gulf view highlight this home!

Esencia is just down the way in the Miramar Beach community. Close to the beach, this large, luxurious home has a private pool and lots of extras! Also with five bedrooms, it can accommodate up to 20 guests.Esencia

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take trip to Destin! Search online or call 866-751-4547 for the best rate this fall.

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Destin Seafood Festival 2017

It’s time once again to showcase one of the greatest features of our area – our wonderful seafood restaurants in Destin, Fl! The 39th Annual Destin Seafood Festival will be held the first weekend in October, Oct. 6-8. This year’s beautiful festival poster was created by artist Theresia McInnis.

The Destin Harbor Boardwalk with feature live music, arts, crafts. The main attraction will be the delectable seafood dishes from 16 Destin restaurants:

The Destin Seafood Festival is a family-friendly event, featuring three kid zones. The kid zones will have pony rides, a petting zoo, hamster balls, rock climbing and a zip line. Saturday night fun will conclude with fireworks at 9 p.m. The annual mingo toss contest for kids up to 12 years old will be held Sunday, Oct. 8, 11:30 a.m., on top of the hill at Royal Melvin Heritage Park behind the Destin City stage.

Admission is free to the seafood festival with VIP tickets available for purchase. The weekend VIP pass includes a festival poster & t-shirt.

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Without “Be My Shopper,” Is It Even A Vacation?

Use Be My Shopper for your vacation

Be My Shopper makes vacation feel like a vacation!

Emerald Coast locals know a secret. Every Saturday, while vacationing families make their way to a beautiful Destin vacation rental, the locals stay in one place: at home.

In fact, you will rarely find a local in a grocery store on a Saturday. Why? Because the supermarkets are overrun with travel-weary tourists, hungry children, and cashiers who’ve asked “paper or plastic” one too many times.

That’s why one company is now making your vacation even better by letting you skip the shopping trip. Be My Shopper is a personal grocery delivery service that works with your vacation rental company to deliver groceries prior to your arrival. Be My Shopper is the best thing since sliced bread (plus, they deliver it!).

Basically, you go to Be My Shopper’s website, place an order, and they’ll deliver it to your vacation rental before you arrive. Imagine pulling up to your vacation home and opening the front door, where everything you need is waiting. Instead of wasting any of your vacation in an absurdly long check-out line, head straight for the beach, with your favorite snacks in tow.

Fruits and veggies? Check. Fresh seafood from local markets? Check. Larabars, hummus, cookie dough? Check, check, check.

Of course, equally as important as the convenience of Be My Shopper is the fact that they also provide peace of mind. Their experienced shoppers accommodate allergy requests and food restrictions to ensure your vacation is not only enjoyable, but safe.

Fortunately, Be My Shopper delivers convenience, safety, and more beach time at a much lower cost than you may have expected. The service is a $50 fee, plus the cost of groceries and 20% of the grocery bill.

Is it worth it? Well, let’s put it this way. If you aren’t vacationing with Be My Shopper, you aren’t vacationing.

 

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Stay on the Beach

As October and the Fishing Rodeo approach, start planning your weekend or weekly getaway. The weather is outstanding and Southern is running specials on beachfront homes in Destin.

This can be your backyard when choosing to stay in one of our beachfront properties.

Bring your family and friends because there is plenty of room. The larger properties can be booked at a fraction of the summer cost, making them ideal options this October. The views are stunning. Some homes also have private and community pools. All of our Destin Gulf front homes are within 10-15-minute drive to the Harbor activity. Get acquainted with one of Destin’s favorite pastimes. And, bring your fishing pole. October in Destin is all about the beach and, of course, fishing! We are, after all, “the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village!”

Maybe you want to be even closer to the Harbor, within walking distance to the weigh ins? Remember the Cottages by the Bay are perfect for that! With one to four bedrooms, they can accommodate almost any party size.

If you are bringing a smaller party, don’t worry, Southern has great fall deals on those, too. Start your search and book today.

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It’s Almost Rodeo Time!

October is a very special month in Destin. We celebrate the bounty of fish in the Gulf of Mexico with the annual Destin Fishing Rodeo.

Held the entire month of October, hundreds of anglers will leave the harbor each day in hopes of bringing back a winner at the daily weigh-ins. This is the 69th year for the Destin area to celebrate this annual event. The fishing rodeo is free to anglers who fish aboard boats registered with the rodeo.

There are also several events just for the kids during the rodeo month. There will be a kid’s fallfest at Destin Harbor, a rodeo kid’s wagon boat parade, a rootin’ tootin’ rodeo round-up, and a very special Halloween on the harbor.

If you are planning to fish in the Destin fishing rodeo, we can help you line up a day trip with the experts.  We partner with the best charter boat captains to bring you a fishing trip of a lifetime. View our Destin fishing charters from iLoveDestin.com

Our lodging partner reports openings with special rates available for the fall months for vacation rentals in Destin, FL. Book as soon as possible to score the best availability!

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