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Soak Up Some “Vitamin Sea” in Destin

Soak Up Some “Vitamin Sea” in Destin

Vitamin Sea in DestinLooking for somewhere new to stay in Destin, Florida? Check out the newest vacation home in Destin with our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals, Vitamin Sea. Vitamin Sea in Destin is located in Frangista Beach, so you know it’s going to be a treat to stay here. For starters, this nine-bedroom home (yes, nine bedrooms!) can sleep 22 guests in total. Interested in spending your summer here? Check out additional amenities and see more pictures of this beautiful home!

When you first walk into the home, your breath will truly be taken away by the incredible interior. The spacious living room is host to a Smart TV, plenty of comfortable couches, and opens up to the dining area and kitchen. With that much space in the kitchen, there won’t be too many cooks! Plus, the breakfast bar is wide enough to seat six on its own. With stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, cooking on vacation has never been more fun.

In addition, all nine bedrooms are spaced out over three floors. The second floor contains five bedrooms on its own, including the master bedroom. Not only does the master bedroom come with second-floor balcony access overlooking the pool, but it also comes with a large, private bathroom with a walk-in shower, large garden tub, and wide dual granite vanity. If you loved the granite countertops in the kitchen, then you’re in luck as they can be found in each bathroom. You’ll also find an additional living room on the second floor, so if you’re bringing the kids along they will have their own space!Vitamin Sea in Destin

Did we mention this home also features its own private pool? Take a dip out back at Vitamin Sea in Destin or soak up some sun on the spacious, furnished sundeck. When it comes time to head to the beach, Frangista Beach has private beach access where you can spread out your blanket uninterrupted. Also at this home,¬†you’ll find a private gas grill, four bikes, and access to community amenities.

Sound like the ideal vacation yet? Don’t miss out on a chance to stay at Vitamin Sea in Destin this summer!

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Emerald Coast Open Lionfish Tournament

Emerald Coast Open Lionfish Tournament

Emerald Coast Open Lionfish TournamentDestin is home to many great fishing tournaments, and the Emerald Coast Open Lionfish Tournament is no exception! This exciting fishing tournament in Destin kicks off on Thursday, May 16th at AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar, and lasts all the way until Sunday, May 19th. Registration is open until 7 PM on May 16th, so don’t wait!

This is an exciting event that will surely keep you entertained all weekend long. Harvesting begins each day during the tournament at first light and ends at last light. The weigh stations will open at 3 PM and close at 6 PM on Friday and Saturday, so you have plenty of time to weigh your fish. On Sunday, the final day of the tournament, the weigh stations open at 7 AM and close at 11 AM, so you’ll want to be quick when weighing your lionfish. Cash prizes will be awarded to those who catch the most lionfish and those who catch the largest lionfish. You’ll also have the chance to win gear prizes and raffles!

While lionfish are beautiful creatures, they are an invasive species that prey on native fish and reduce population on some reefs by more than 90%! They eat over 30 different species of fish found in the Gulf of Mexico, but never their own kind. One female lionfish spawns around 27,000 eggs every 2.5 days – that’s a lot of lionfish populating the ocean! By removing lionfish from our waters, we help protect native fish species. Visit here to learn more about lionfish.

Emerald Coast Open Lionfish Tournament

In addition, it’s also restaurant week during the Emerald Coast Open! Until May 16th you can sample lionfish prepared in a unique way at the featured restaurants listed here. Restaurant week helps to promote the Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Festival. If you have never tried lionfish before, you might be surprised to find that it tastes just like a cross between snapper and grouper. As long as the spines are removed, lionfish can be prepared just like any other fish. Try it fried, blackened, or grilled! Here are some delicious lionfish recipes for you to try.

Will we see you down in Destin for the Emerald Coast Open Lionfish Tournament? Bring your friends and family for an incredible experience! You’ll have the chance to learn about lionfish and even taste some delicious cuisine.

If you need somewhere to stay for the lionfish tournament, our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals still have availability in Destin for the weekend. Bringing the whole family? Check out Our Piece of Paradise, a four-bedroom vacation home in Destin that sleeps 10.

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Where to Stay for Summer

Your Summer Vacation in Destin, Florida

Your Summer Vacation at Mainsail

We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait for summer vacation. Memorial Day officially kicks off the summer season, and we’re just counting down the days! There is still time to book your summer vacation if you haven’t yet done this, so no need to stress. Our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals have the perfect inventory of Destin, Florida vacation rentals¬†for every group. If you need some inspiration on where to stay for summer vacation, we’ve got you covered! Right now we love Mainsail Resort in Destin; a beautiful beachfront resort in the heart of Miramar Beach. Explore these Destin vacation condos at Mainsail with us below!

Mainsail condos in Destin offer one, two, three, and four-bedroom condos for anywhere from 4-12 people. So, whether you are traveling with extended family or just your closest friends, you’ll find something to accommodate everyone. Each condo features the comforts of home with free WiFi, a washer and dryer, and full kitchen.¬† Even though you are on your beach vacation, you won’t believe how necessary these items feel!¬†As an added bonus, you’ll also be able to enjoy Gulf views from your private balcony.

Your Summer Vacation at Mainsail

Since you will be here for summer vacation, Mainsail offers a variety of resort-style amenities to help you make the most of your time in the sun. A beachfront pool, hot tub, and kiddie pool allow you the chance to enjoy the water without tracking in the sand. For fitness lovers, take advantage of the tennis courts and fitness facility. For a more relaxed evening, host a barbecue on the community grills after a competitive round of shuffleboard.

In addition to all the fun at Mainsail, you will also find exciting area fun just minutes away from this resort in Destin. Many delicious restaurants are within walking distance, and incredible shopping at Silver Sands Premium Outlets is nearby as well! Check out more things to do in Destin on your beach vacation, from golf to beach rentals and more!

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The Surf Hut is a Destin Favorite

The Surf Hut is a perfect place to take the family during your vacation in Destin, FL. With picnic tables directly on the beautiful white sands of the Florida panhandle, it combines great food, a fun happy hour, and activities for the kids Рa winning combination! 

The Surf Hut is stocked with beach toys, providing fun before or after your meal. There’s hula hoops, frisbees, and corn hole!

Kid’s meals are also served on a frisbee that they can take with them after eating all those fish sticks.

Most popular items on the menu are the taco trio (shrimp, fish, and pulled pork ), endless summer seafood salad, shish kabobs, and shrimp & grits.

Specialty drinks include the blonde bombshell, the Floridian, hang ten tea, the wave maker, and the boogie board.

The open air restaurant is located directly on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico at 551 Scenic Gulf Drive.

If you want to find a vacation property within walking distance, head over to Southern Vacation Rentals and check for upcoming special rates.

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Mother’s Day in Destin

Celebrate Mother’s Day in Destin

Celebrate Mother's Day in Destin

Mother’s Day is coming up, and if you are in need of some inspiration for special ways to show your mom how much she means to you, we’ve got you covered. We all strive to show our moms the extent of our gratitude, but this one day a year is reserved for a little extra TLC. All moms are special in that they have different ways that they like to celebrate. Some moms like to be taken out for brunch or dinner, while others would rather relax and be pampered. Some moms like to shop, and some moms just want to lounge at their Destin vacation condo with their favorite book. Check out some of our favorite ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in Destin. Be sure to also let us know how you and your mom are celebrating!

Brunch

For the mom who is a total foodie, she’ll love the Destin restaurants that are offering a Mother’s Day brunch spread. 790 on the Gulf is offering a “Mom’s Day Brunch Buffet” from 10:30 AM until 3 PM, with some delicious options including Havarti Andouille Grits, South Louisiana Crab Cakes, and Filet Mignon Medallions. Yum!

There is also the annual Mother’s Day Brunch at the Emerald Grande from 10 AM – 2 PM. Menu options include an East Pass Omelet Station, Wood Planked Smoked Salmon, and the Lighthouse Hot Station. Sounds good to us!

Shopping

We don’t know a single mom who doesn’t love to shop, and fortunately, Destin is full of options. Spend the day at Destin Commons where you can shop, eat, and relax, or experience the nation’s largest designer outlet center Silver Sands Premium Outlets. For an upscale shopping experience, Grand Boulevard is not one to miss¬†out on.

The Beach

Celebrate Mother's Day in DestinThen, there is the option to spend time with loved ones. A long weekend at the beach with mom seems perfect to us, and our lodging partners at Southern Vacation Rentals have vacation homes and condos in Destin available for Mother’s Day weekend. Treat mom to coastal luxury at Ariel Dunes II 2302, a three-bedroom vacation condo in Destin. With Gulf views, high-end furnishings, and resort-style amenities (hello, zero-entry pool and on-site restaurant!), she is sure to love her time here.

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Destin

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Destin

Just six days until Cinco de Mayo is in full swing! How will you celebrate this year? If you need us, we’ll be lounging on the beach with a taco in one hand and a margarita in the other. If you’re looking to get out and celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Destin, then you are in luck as several fun activities are happening for Cinco de Mayo weekend!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in DestinAs always, HarborWalk Village is hosting its annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on Sunday, May 5th from 2-4 PM. Enjoy family-friendly activities, kids’ crafts, face-painting, and much more! At 3 PM, help the crowd break open the Harbor’s largest pinata filled with candy and treats for all ages. This event is free and open to the public in addition to a great way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

Also over in Sandestin is the annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration hosted by Cantina Laredo. From 4-10 PM, head down to Grand Park in Grand Boulevard for live music by John Hart Project, dancing, lawn games, and authentic Mexican food and drinks. For some family-friendly (and free!) fun, bring the kids out early for face painting, arts and crafts, and more!

Meanwhile, if you want to make a margarita while lounging in your favorite beach condo in Destin, we’ve got the recipe for you! Our favorite recipe comes from The Defined Dish¬†and uses egg whites to add a nice foam to the top of your margarita. If the foam isn’t your thing, simply omit. Here’s how to make it (serves 4):

  • 1 cup of your favorite tequila
  • 1/4 cup Cointreau
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • 1 tsp egg whites
  • A sprinkle of kosher salt

Simply toss your ingredients in the blender, let it work its magic, and enjoy over ice! If you prefer frozen margaritas, just add ice to the blender. The perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day!

Do you need a beach condo in Destin to stay at for the summer? Check out Silver Shells St. Croix 1204, a three-bedroom condo overlooking the beautiful blue water. This condo sleeps eight guests and comes with an upgraded kitchen, large covered balcony, and a luxurious master bathroom with a walk-in shower and whirlpool tub. Not to mention, Silver Shells offers some of the most luxurious amenities on the coast. Follow the link to book today!

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Need Somewhere to Stay for the Summer?

Check Out A VIP Hideaway in Destin

A VIP Hideaway

Searching for the perfect summer vacation home in Destin, Florida for 12 guests? Then you need to see A VIP Hideaway in Destin, Florida, available with our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals. This home still has availability in the summertime, but if you can’t wait that long to head to Destin, you can still plan your getaway now! Click here to see more pictures and availability for A VIP Hideaway.

You will find that this home enjoys an incredible location right on the corner of Scenic Highway 98 and Mark Street, with a private pool out front that offers you a sneak peek out at the water. This home is two-stories tall, with wraparound porches on both levels and a white picket fence out front. Talk about Southern charm!

Inside A VIP Hideaway, on the first floor, you will find an open and inviting floor plan that hosts the living room, dining area, and full kitchen. The kitchen comes equipped with sleek appliances and granite countertops that are sure to make preparing meals a breeze! You can also take your meals out to the balcony, pull up a chair, and dine with a view! Also on the first floor is a full bedroom with its own private bathroom. You’ll find the master and third bedroom on the second floor, with a loft area hosting plenty of sleeping accommodations and space to play for any kids traveling in your group.

A VIP Hideaway Pool

Since A VIP Hideaway is right on the corner of Scenic Highway 98, you’re just minutes away from area fun when you stay here. Beach access is just a two-minute walk away, so you can experience our sugar white sands at your leisure. In addition, if you like to shop on vacation, then you’re in luck as Destin Commons, Silver Sands Premium Outlets, and Grand Boulevard are just a short drive away.

You can book A VIP Hideaway directly with Southern for the best rates on the Gulf Coast! Visit here to book directly online.

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Need Plans This Weekend?

Check Out the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival

Are you in need of plans for the weekend? There’s still time to get tickets for the popular South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, held from April 25th-28th. Make your way down to Grand Boulevard to experience one of Destin’s most exciting festivals. Don’t just take our word for it – USA Today called the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival “One of the South’s standout food and beverage festivals.”¬†Get your tickets for the festival here!

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food FestivalThe schedule is an action-packed four-day long weekend of fun. Wine World in Destin is hosting the kickoff event on the 25th from 5-7 PM, with the chance to meet winemakers and shakers from some of the top wineries in the world as well as great wine tastings. Friday, April 26th hosts the VIP Wine Festival events as well as the Craft Beer and Spirits Jam. If you are lucky enough to score a VIP ticket, you’ll enjoy entrance to all Friday, Saturday, and Sunday events. You’ll also receive a VIP swag bag with a festival gift, express entry to Saturday events, and priority reserved seating at tasting seminars. Buy VIP tickets here.

Friday’s Craft Beer and Spirits Jam takes place from 6-9 PM, with the opportunity to sample beer and spirits from some of the most popular breweries and distilleries in the country. You’ll also get to meet the makers behind your favorite libations¬†and enjoy great food on EATS street. Bring your dancing shoes, as you’ll be twirling around all night long to live music as well.

Saturday the 27th and Sunday the 28th both host the Grand Tasting from 1-4 PM. If you can’t make it on Saturday, that’s what Sunday is for! Over 800 wines are available here and your ticket includes Savor South Walton Culinary Village,¬†Tasting Seminars, Ros√© All Day Garden, Spirits Row and¬†Nashville Songwriters Showcase.

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food FestivalIf you are attending the event and still in need of a place to stay, our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals have a variety of Destin vacation rentals that are nearby the festival. Tops’l Beach & Racquet Resort – Summit 311 is our pick for the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, as it is just minutes away from Grand Boulevard. This beautiful two-bedroom condo can sleep eight guests, so whether it’s just the two of you or you have a small group, everyone will be plenty comfortable.

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The Beach is Our Happy Place

Check Out This New Vacation Home in Destin, Florida

The Beach Is Our Happy Place in Miramar BeachSpring is in the air, and the longer the sun is out, the more excited we are for the upcoming Summer season. Except for a little rain last night (but you know what they say about April showers), the skies have been clear and the weather has been warm. Not to mention, our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals have welcomed a new vacation home in Destin, Florida into their inventory just in time for Spring and Summer vacations. This five-bedroom home in Destin is perfect for the whole family since it can accommodate 16 guests! This home is called The Beach is Our Happy Place, and it certainly reminds us of how much we love the beach. Be among the first to stay here and plan your dream vacation. Let’s take a tour inside.

Right away, we love the bright blue exterior and the well-maintained front yard of this home. The inside is clean and comfortable, with ivory hardwood floors and decor with pops of blue and green. The open floor plan hosts the living room, dining area, and large kitchen. Inside the kitchen, you’ll notice granite countertops and stainless steel appliances that are perfect for preparing meals on your beach vacation.The Beach Is Our Happy Place

Since this home is a single story, all of the bedrooms are comfortably located on the one floor. The spacious second bedroom features a sleeper sofa as well as an en-suite bathroom with a dual granite vanity. The second and third bedrooms are connected by a Jack and Jill bathroom.

You’ll find this vacation home in Destin, Florida’s Maravilla community, with a range of amenities to make your vacation a breeze. A pool, fitness facility, tennis courts, and barbecue grill are yours to enjoy! Guests in Maravilla also enjoy private beach access, so just spread out your beach blanket grab a book, and soak up some sunshine!

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Easter Activities in Destin

Easter Activities in Destin

Easter is less than a week away! If you are visiting Destin, Florida for Easter weekend, you’ll find that there is no shortage of family-friendly activities in the area. Check out some of our favorite Easter activities in Destin, from egg hunts to brunch and everything in between. Don’t forget to book your last-minute getaway with our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals to secure the best spot on the beach!Easter Activities in Destin

  • LuLu’s Easter Egg Hunt – One of Destin’s most popular events takes place on Easter Sunday (April 21st!) from 2-4 PM. This event is free for the public, with an egg hunt and Easter Bunny meet and greet.
  • Easter Explosion – The Village of Baytowne Wharf transforms into an egg-stravaganza¬†on Saturday, April 20th with free family-friendly entertainment! From 12-3 PM, enjoy lawn games, face-painting, inflatables, and more. You can also get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny.
  • Easter Brunch Buffet at Brotula’s – Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer is hosting their annual Easter Buffet Brunch on Sunday, April 21st from 10 AM – 4 PM. Give them a call at¬†(850) 460-8900 to secure your table.
  • Easter Brunch Buffet at Cuvee Kitchen + Wine Bar – This is one of our favorite Destin, Florida restaurants to dine no matter what the occasion. From 9 AM – 3 PM on Easter Sunday, enjoy classic Easter favorites with a coastal twist. Reservations are required, so call¬†(850) 460-2909 to book your table.
  • Visit with Easter Bunny & Brunch – Celebrate Easter on the Destin Harbor on Easter Sunday. Enjoy a delicious Easter brunch from 10 AM – 2 PM and a visit with the Easter Bunny at HarborWalk Village’s Main Stage from 2-4 PM. Call¬†(850) 424-0622 for brunch reservations!

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