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Gone With the Wind 80th Anniversary Celebration at Destin Commons

Gone With the Wind 80th Anniversary Celebration at Destin Commons

Gone With the Wind Celebrates 80th Anniversary

The iconic 1939 film “Gone with the Wind” celebrates it’s 80th anniversary this year! In honor of this classic film, starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, Destin Commons will be playing it at their AMC Movie Theater on Thursday, Feb. 28th and Sunday, Mar. 3rd. Fans will enjoy getting to see Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara again on the big screen!

This “epic Civil War drama” focuses on Southern belle Scarlett O’Hara, following her life on a sprawling plantation during the Civil War and Reconstruction, along with her tangled love affairs with Ashley Wilkes (played by Leslie Howard) and Rhett Butler. The movie scooped up a handful of awards, including several Oscars for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Film Editing, Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, and a handful of other nominations!

Considered the highest grossing film of all time, Entertainment Weekly reported that the film has brought in the equivalent of $1.8 billion when adjusted for inflation during its 80-year span. Purchase advanced tickets here!

In addition, this is also a great time to book your vacation rental in Destin to kick off the spring season! Our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals have availability for spring break in Breakers East condos in Destin, which are some of our favorite Gulf front spots. Dazzling views, spacious balconies, and world-class amenities are all yours when you stay here. Reserve your spot on the beach today!

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Beautiful New Vacation Home in Destin

You Have to Visit DESTINation Sunset in Destin

DESTINation SunsetOur lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals have a large inventory of beautiful vacation homes in Destin, Florida, but one that has recently joined their program just takes our breath away! DESTINation Sunset is a jaw-droppingly stunning vacation home in the coveted Destiny West neighborhood that you’re sure to love. With six bedrooms and six full bathrooms, this home is perfect for groups of 16. DESTINation Sunset also features a one-bedroom carriage house that any kids traveling in your group will feel right at home.

Once you step inside the home you’ll be mesmerized by the luxe, modern decor throughout the home. White quartz, walk-in showers, and large garden tubs are just a few of the upgrades you’ll find in this home. All-white decor with pops of blue hues truly invokes a coastal feel. The living room and kitchen flow seamlessly together in an open floor plan, along with a dining table for six. A second bedroom and bunk room are on the first floor, along with a full bathroom.

Make your way up to the second floor for the master suite along with two bedrooms and a loft space. Through the master bedroom is a balcony that overlooks Destiny West’s lush foliage and scenery. When you aren’t enjoying time inside your vacation home or at the beach, take a dip in the private pool and sprawl out on the comfortable patio seating. Also at the home is a gas grill for you to fire up for a cookout with your group!

DESTINation Sunset

In addition, you have access to Destiny West amenities during your stay. This includes use of the community pool and barbecue grills. Beach access is located at the Crab Trap just blocks away from the home.

Reserve your stay at DESTINation Sunset here! We’ll see you at the beach!

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A New Restaurant is Coming to Destin!

Paula Deen’s Kitchen to Open Spring 2019

Fried Chicken

Foodies rejoice – there’s an exciting new eatery coming to the area! If you’ve been here before, you’ll know that there are so many wonderful restaurants in Destin with establishments consisting of award-winning menus, unique cuisine, and overall an incredible experience. Well, this spring one more dining option is joining the mix – Paula Deen’s Kitchen is joining the ranks of Destin’s best restaurants.

The Southern establishment is opening up in Destin Commons next to Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill, near other restaurants in the Commons such as Chipotle, Smashburger, and World of Beer. According to Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen website, their “family-style restaurant will offer guests an interactive atmosphere to make memories with friends and family at the dinner table, just like if they were at momma’s house.”

If you’ve ever eaten at a Paula Deen restaurant before, you’ll know that comfort food is a key staple on the menu, with Southern-inspired dishes you won’t find elsewhere. With menu items including chicken and biscuits, “Best Ever Southern Fried Chicken,” and Georgia-fried catfish, we’re eagerly awaiting Paula’s grand opening in Destin!

This new restaurant in Destin is opening in spring 2019, so it coincides perfectly with a spring break vacation you may be planning! Our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals are filling up fast for spring, so don’t miss out on your chance to get away to the beach. They have a wide variety of vacation rentals in Destin that can accommodate any size group, from charming one bedroom condos to grand nine bedroom homes. Book now to secure your spot on the sand!

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Four Spring Break Homes We Love

Four Spring Break Homes We Love

Spring break is approaching, and we’re already dreaming about sunshine and warmer weather! Our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals are filling up fast for spring break, so don’t miss out on the chance to bring the whole family to Destin for a fun time at the beach. Here are four homes listed below that we think you’ll love for a spring break getaway.

Changes in Latitude

“Changes in Latitude can help you and your family enjoy ‘changes in attitude!'” That’s exactly what you’ll experience when you stay at this beautiful five bedroom vacation home in Destin. Located in the private Emerald Shores neighborhood, Changes in Latitude offers private beach access, a beach cabana, community pools, and more. This home sleeps 11 guests, so you can certainly bring along the whole family!

Grand Beach VillaCrystal Seas

We love nearly every single home located in the Crystal Beach neighborhood, and Crystal Seas is no exception! With five bedrooms and five bathrooms, this home sleeps 12. French doors in the master suite lead you to a private balcony where you can breathe in the fresh Gulf air. Take a dip in the community pool, or make your way to beach access just a short stroll away.

Grand Beach Villa

Grande Beach Villa, a large vacation home in Destin, sleeps 21 guests and offers the additional space of a carriage house. For families traveling with kids, this is perfect! Here you’ll also find a private pool, four bikes, and nearby beach access.

Grande Villa

If you’re looking for another vacation home for a large family getaway, then look no further than Grande Villa! This magnificent home in Destin sleeps 22 guests, so whether you’re bringing along your blended or extended family, Grande Villa is the place to be. Go for a swim in the private pool and enjoy time outdoors, surrounded by the lush green foliage. When you hear our beautiful sands calling your name, beach access is located nearby.

Check out more Destin vacation homes here. We’ll see you at the beach for Spring Break!

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Valentine Tour of Homes

Dreaming of a move to the beach? This weekend’s Valentine Tour Homes just might seal the deal. Presented by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, the tour is known for showcasing stunning interiors, architecturally acclaimed homes, and picturesque settings bringing inspiration to tour goers’ winter weekend at the beach. Plus this year – Vern Yip’s HGTV house! (This is his view to the beach)

This annual event will open the doors to several gorgeously designed South Walton homes to participants on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. – 4 pm and Sunday, Feb. 17 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. This year’s homes include…

  • Home 1
    “HGTV Featured Home Built by Vern Yip”
    384 W. Water St., RosemaryBeach
  • Home 2
    “Historic Lakefront Cottage”
    205 South Lake Drive, Seagrove Beach
  • Homes 3 & 4
    “Modern Gulf-front Condos”
    3820 E. County Hwy. 30A
    Units 106 and 201, Thirty One Condos in Seagrove Beach
  • Home 5
    “Bayfront Boater’s Dream”
    195 E. Mitchell Avenue, Point Washington
  • Home 6
    “Contemporary Waterfront Retreat”
    1465 W. County Hwy. 30A, Blue Mountain Beach

Tickets are $35 and available online as well as the following local ticket outlets: Smith’s Antiques in Destin, The Foster Gallery in Grand Boulevard Town Center, the Bayou Arts Center in Santa Rosa Beach, Sundog Books in Seaside, and the Hidden Lantern Gallery in Rosemary Beach.

Tickets will be $40 this weekend. All tickets are valid for the entire weekend with one entry per house. Proceeds benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance, a local arts agency that supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education.

If you need lodging for the weekend, Southern Vacation Rentals can help you find a vacation condo in Destin, FL.

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Valentine’s Day Dinner in Destin

Valentine’s Day Dinner in Destin

The most romantic day of the year is almost upon us – what have you got planned? If a Valentine’s Day dinner is on your itinerary, then you’re in luck as there are so many delicious restaurants in Destin, Florida. Use our guide below as some inspiration for a romantic evening out for two, and even if you have a favorite, maybe you’ll find something new!

  • Cuvee Kitchen + Wine Bar – One of our favorite spots in Destin, Cuvee Kitchen + Wine Bar is not to be missed out on! They’re only open from 5-9 PM, so make sure you secure your reservation while you can. It’s the perfect time to try out their new menu, as reservations are filling up fast! Crab Cavatelli, Wood-Fired Venison, and Grouper with Butternut Squash are just a few of the entrees you can expect to sample at Cuvee.
  • Miramar Beach Villas 103Pazzo Italiano – This “contemporary chic” Italian restaurant is such an iconic spot in Destin, from your first bite you’ll be wondering “why haven’t I visited before?” They boast a delicious menu featuring traditional Italian fare and wood-fired pizzas. Just make sure you leave some room for their delectable desserts, including handmade tiramisu and a Nutella Calzone.
  • Beach Walk Cafe – Dinner with a view? Don’t mind if we do! Their special Valentine’s Day menu consists of wine flights, pan-seared diver scallops, lobster bisque, and pan-seared black grouper. You’ll definitely want to save room for their chocolate sin cake, topped with a white chocolate ganache and fresh berries.

For a romantic vacation on the beach, stay with our lodging partner Southern Vacation Rentals at Miramar Beach Villas 103. This luxurious condo is perfect for a “just the two of us” getaway, resting steps away from the sugar white sand. Take a stroll down to the beach and watch the sunset with your loved one. When you retire back to the home, prepare a late-night snack in the fully equipped kitchen. The options are endless!

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A Romantic Valentine’s Day Vacation to Destin

Stay at Jade East Towers 810 in Destin this Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day in Destin

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! If you haven’t gotten that special someone in your life anything yet, let us suggest a vacation to Destin! If you’re locals, then even a staycation will be appreciated by the one you love. Sometimes a getaway is just what you need! Switch it up this year – trade chocolate and flowers for sugar white sand and beautiful beaches this year. One of our favorite spots in Destin with our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals is Jade East Towers 810. This romantic spot high above Destin’s beautiful beaches is perfect for a “just the two of us” getaway, with chic furnishings and breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico.

Once you step into Jade East Towers 810, you are greeted by picturesque views of the Gulf. This corner condo wraps around the building, so naturally, the views are incredible! Soak them up on your private balcony – in February the weather is so nice that you can even enjoy a meal outdoors! Speaking of food, you can prepare any kind of meal in your fully equipped kitchen at Jade East Towers 810. Or, experience any of Destin’s restaurants for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.

Jade East Towers 810

Because Jade East Towers is located in the heart of Downtown Destin, you’re just minutes away from so many fun things to do in Destin. HarborWalk Village is just minutes away, so why not treat you and your loved one to a sunset dolphin cruise? In addition to vacation homes and condos, Southern Vacation Rentals also offers discounts on local businesses through their Southern Perks Program. Try out Destin Harbor Private Sunset Sailing Excursion, after dining at one of the area’s best restaurants.

Interested in booking Jade East Towers 810? Check out this Destin, Florida vacation condo here.

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day

Have you made any romantic plans to celebrate your Valentine? We have suggestions that will guarantee some unique fun!

Valentine Dinner Cruise – Our favorite dinner cruise line is taking reservations for their special Valentine’s cruise, giving you three days of options. Reservations required at www.SunQuestCruises.com.

  • SunQuest Cruises Solaris Valentine’s dinner cruises will be held from Feb. 14 (7-10 p.m.), Feb. 15 (7-10 p.m.), Feb. 16 (5-8 p.m.)
  • The Solaris yacht is docked within the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
  • The cost, including a three hour cruise, three-course meal and live entertainment, is $165 per couple.

Vow Renewal at Lulu’s – One of our favorite local events! Plan to renew your wedding vows at LuLu’s Fourth Annual Tropical Re-Union Feb. 10.

  • Registration begins at 11 a.m. with the complimentary wedding vow renewal ceremony performed by popular officiant, Hurricane Jane Carver, at 2 p.m. on LuLu’s sandy beach.
  • Couples can also pre-register at the restaurant or online. There will be complimentary champagne toasts, a wedding cake and flowers for the “brides,” as well as “certificates of reunion for each couple.”
  • Prizes will be awarded to the couples who were married the longest, shortest, and who are dressed the most festively.
  • For more information, visit www.lulubuffett.com/destin.

Gift idea – How about surprising your Valentine with a homemade gift certificate for a beach weekend getaway? Check the specials & listings at Southern Vacation Rentals for your surprise beach vacation in Destin, FL.

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February Events in Destin

February Events in Destin

It may be chilly here in Destin, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out and about! So many fun and exciting things are happening in Destin in February, from live music at HarborWalk Village to Mardi Gras events, we’ve got you covered for February events in Destin!

  • 30th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival – Undoubtedly the most popular winter food events along the Emerald Coast, the 30th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival takes place February 15th and 16th at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Enjoy live music, family fun, and the “best gumbo cook-off on the Gulf Coast!” Visit here for more information. Dunes of Crystal Beach 104
  • Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball and Auction – Come help support the Fort Walton Beach High School Jazz Band at their annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball and Auction on February 9th! Enjoy classic New Orleans cuisine provided by Boshamps Oyster House and Cheri’s Famous Cajun Cuisine. Silent, live, and Chinese auctions will take place all night long. Only 150 tickets are available! Semi-formal attire required. Call (850) 585-9121 for more information.
  • Winter Concert Series on HarborWalk Village – Put on your dancing shoes and beat the chill with HarborWalk Village’s Winter Concert Series! Held every Sunday afternoon until the end of the month, enjoy live music from some local favorite bands.
  • Mardi Gras Masquerade – Even though February doesn’t have a full 30 days, we still want to include Destin Commons’ Mardi Gras event in our February lineup! On March 1 come down to Destin Commons at 7 PM for live music, a photo booth, and face painting and laissez-les bon temps rouler!

Whether you need a staycation or a true vacation, our lodging partners at Southern Vacation Rentals have exactly what you need! How about a luxurious stay at Dunes of Crystal Beach 104? This luxurious four-bedroom condo in the heart of Destin sleeps 11 guests and overlooks the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. You’ll love the close proximity to excellent shopping and dining in Destin!

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Live Long-Term in Destin!

125 Crystal Beach Drive #119

125 Crystal Beach Drive 119Looking to become a Destin local? Then we have the opportunity for you. Southern Residential Leasing is offering the rental opportunity of a lifetime at 125 Crystal Beach Drive #119, a glamorous 3BR/2.5BA townhome in a beautiful new community in Destin’s Crystal Beach neighborhood. Schedule a showing and view more information here.

Fully furnished and move-in ready, 125 Crystal Beach Drive 119 comes with more than just beautiful furniture and decor. Here you’ll find brand new stunning stainless steel appliances, smooth hardwood floors and tile throughout (you won’t find carpet here!), and an in-home washer and dryer. In addition to those stainless steel appliances, the kitchen also features sparkling granite countertops and chic light fixtures hanging over the breakfast bar.

You’ll also love the large master suite, complete with a walk-in closet and en-suite bathroom. In the bathroom take note of the dual granite vanity and spacious, beautifully tiled walk-in shower. No expense was spared with all of the luxurious upgrades made to this home! As an added bonus, lawn service and a one-car garage are also included in your rental.

125 Crystal Beach Drive 119

When you aren’t lounging in the community pool and soaking up some sun, you’ll definitely want to get out and explore Destin! Crystal Beach is perfectly situated near the sugar white beaches, with beach access just a quick stroll away. In addition, there’s also award-winning shopping at Destin Commons, Silver Sands Premium Outlets, and Grand Boulevard. Dine at Camille’s at Crystal Beach for lunch or 790 on the Gulf for brunch. Pompano Joe’s and the Crab Trap are other popular spots loved by locals and visitors alike!

Visit Southern Residential Leasing for more long-term rental homes in Destin!

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