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“Come Together” for a Winter Getaway

Come Together in Destin

Come Together

In our opinion, there’s no better way to round out the year than with a winter getaway to Destin. Whether you’re traveling with the whole family or your closest girlfriends, stay at Come Together for the ultimate vacation. This seven bedroom luxury Destin vacation home sleeps 30 guests with ease, so it’s perfect no matter how large your group is. Come Together also features a two-bedroom carriage home with custom-built bunks and a media room. If you’re traveling with kids in your group, this allows them to have their own separate space!

Come Together spares no expense when it comes to luxury. The kitchen comes fully equipped and decorated with quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a beautifully tiled backsplash. The bathrooms are also adorned with quartz countertops, one of our favorite opulent touches. Private balconies off the bedrooms offer views of both Destin’s Grand Palms community and a sliver of the beach, along with views of the lake in the opposite direction. Enjoy our mild winters as you relax on the spacious pool deck. Decorated with modern architecture and warm elements, we think you’ll love every aspect Come Together has to offer!

Come Together

With the location in the Grand Palms neighborhood, right off Scenic Highway 98, find everything you need for a relaxing week away. Come Together is located directly across the street from the beach, with public beach access just minutes away at The Crab Trap. You’ll also find that the home is conveniently located near Destin Commons and Silver Sands Outlets, Destin’s premium shopping malls. Get your closest girlfriends together to spend a day of fun exploring Destin. With the golf cart included at Come Together, you can easily explore Destin and all the area has to offer. Head a little further out into Sandestin for a day at Grand Boulevard, the area’s luxury outdoor shopping center.

View more Destin vacation homes with Southern Vacation Rentals here. But don’t wait to book – winter inventory is shrinking by the day! Call 866.751.4547 to reserve your spot on the sand today!

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Looking for Retail Therapy in Destin?

Shopping in Destin

There’s a reason it’s called “retail therapy.” While some people enjoy the beach, others enjoy the relaxation a day of shopping can provide. Destin has quickly become a place people from all over flock to, and not just for the vacation. Friends coming for a girl’s weekend and even large families often come to Destin just for the shopping itself! Our fabulous shopping centers see everything from nationwide retailers to specialty boutiques that encourage you to shop locally. Check out some of our favorite places below for shopping in Destin, and maybe get a head start on your holiday shopping!
Shopping in Destin

  • Destin Commons – One of our favorite outdoor centers offers shopping, dining, and entertainment. Destin Commons offers 90+ stores and restaurants ranging from local favorites to specialty chains. Here you’ll find an AMC Theater, Uncle Buck’s FishBowl & Grill, and Florida’s largest LUSH Cosmetics. With on-going community events all year round, we’re sure you’ll be able to easily spend a day here!
  • Silver Sands Premium Outlets – The nation’s largest designer outlet center is located right here in Destin! Silver Sands Premium Outlet hosts over 100 designer brands in specialty apparel accompanied by a myriad of dining and entertainment. People travel from all over just to shop at this outdoor outlet center!
  • Grand Boulevard – Head east toward Sandestin and find yourself at Grand Boulevard, one of the newest additions to Destin’s shopping repertoire. Featuring upscale shops like Anthropologie, J.Jill, and even a Pottery Barn, you’re sure to be impressed by the selection at Grand Boulevard. After a day of shopping, dine at Vin’tij and catch a movie at Boulevard 10 Movie Theater.

Make the most of your trip to Destin with a stay on our beautiful beaches! Our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals offer a selection of beachfront homes and condos just minutes away from all the shopping in Destin. We love the Mediterranea vacation condos in Destin, Florida. Here you’ll find stunning views of the Gulf in beautifully appointed condos. The Mediterranea resort also offers a variety of community amenities, including a community pool, fitness facility, tennis courts, and more! Book your spot on the sand today, and don’t forget to bring an extra suitcase – you’re going to need it!

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It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere this Christmas!

5 O’Clock Somewhere in Destin for Christmas

Although Halloween is next week, Christmas will be here before you know it! If you haven’t already started planning, there’s no better time than the present. Our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals are filling up fast, so be sure to secure your spot on the sand before it gets too late! One of our favorite homes, 5 O’Clock Somewhere in Destin, is still available for your holiday family retreat. Read more about this incredible Destin, Florida vacation home below.
5 O'Clock Somewhere in Destin

Situated right on the water in Destin’s Miramar Beach community, 5 O’Clock Somewhere is a truly stunning display of architecture. Eight bedrooms and eight and a half bathrooms span four stories, with space for 23 guests. The second, third, and fourth floors host private balconies directly overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The second floor is home to four of the eight bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, as well as a half bathroom. Two bedrooms face south and open up to the balcony with the pool, while the other two open up to patios at the opposite end of the home overlooking the neighborhood.

Next, the third floor hosts the living room, dining room, and kitchen. We love the pop of red accents throughout the living room, evoking a warm and cozy feel in the comfort of your beach home! Picture your family unwrapping presents on Christmas morning with the beach as a backdrop.

5 O’Clock Somewhere also features a full kitchen, complete with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances to cook in style. Meanwhile, the master suite is unlike any other, with French doors leading out to the balcony and a gorgeous master bathroom. Then, on the fourth floor, you’ll find the remaining three bedrooms and their en-suite bathrooms. With two sets of full-size bunks in the sixth bedroom, this room is perfect for the kids in your group!

For more information and to check availability, visit here.

Don’t forget to add a local event to your Christmas vacation. Call Southern Vacation Rentals today for an unforgettable Christmas!

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Destin Fishing Rodeo Celebrates 70th Year

With one week to go, there’s still plenty of time to line up a fishing adventure and join the fun of the Destin Fishing Rodeo. This is the 70th year for anglers to fish the waters surrounding our area, making it one of the most popular things to do in Destin, FL. Check in with some of our favorite Destin boat captains here for availability.

The Destin Fishing Rodeo began in May of 1948 to bring people to Destin. It worked! Destin shortly became known as a summer tourist destination and “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”. The Destin Fishing Rodeo is the ultimate fishing tournament for salt water anglers of all ages.

The Rodeo founders, people such as Howard Marler, Jewel Melvin and Willie Marler, decided that moving the Rodeo to October would lengthen the tourist season another month. Today the Rodeo is held October 1- 31.

Our favorite lodging partner, Southern Vacation Rentals, reports limited availability next week so go here to find you a wonderful place to stay.

You can also join the fun by visiting the docks each afternoon for the daily weigh-ins. It’s a fun and festive time as anglers, young and old, bring in their fish to see if they have a rodeo winner. The weigh-ins are held each day on the docks at A.J.’s Seafood & Oyster Bar from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. (It’s also a great place to grab a brew & some seafood.) All weigh-ins are free and open to the public.

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Halloween Fun in Destin

Halloween Fun in Destin

With everyone’s favorite spooky holiday coming up just next week, we’re sure you’re going to be looking for Halloween fun in Destin. Our area has no shortage of kid-friendly events as well as fun for the whole family, and even some fun after the kids are in bed! Read below for some of our favorite Halloween activities in Destin over the next several days.

  • Halloween Haunt at Destin Commons – on Friday, October 26th, bring the family to Destin Commons for a frightfully fun time! From 6-8 PM enjoy an eerie event full of creepy crafts for kids, fantasy face painting, trick-or-treating, and even a costume contest. This is also a pet-friendly event, so grab your furry friend a costume so they, too, can join in the fun! After the costume contest, kids can trick-or-treat in a safe and friendly environment at participating Destin Commons stores.Halloween Fun in Destin
  • PumpkinPalooza Pub Crawl & Adult Costume Contest – Come down to Destin Harbor on Saturday, October 27th in your most ghoulish garb for the PumpkinPalooza Pub Crawl & Adult Costume Contest! The pub crawl begins at 6 PM, at only $10 per pass (but you must be 21+ to purchase!). Then, enjoy live music from the Tyler Livingston Band at 7 PM on the main stage. Fireworks commence over the Harbor at 9 PM, along with the adult costume contest. The prizes are sure to be terrifyingly terrific, so get creative! A portion of the proceeds from pub crawl passes goes to the Alaqua Animal Refuge. Get your passes here!
  • BooLu’s at LuLu’s – This one-of-a-kind celebration takes place at popular Destin spot LuLu’s on Saturday, October 27th from 11 AM – 4 PM. A free family event, BooLu’s includes Halloween festivities like pumpkin decorating, crafts, an inflatable play area, and live music. Kids can participate in “trunk-or-treat” in Lulu’s parking lot along with a costume contest! This is some Halloween fun in Destin you won’t want to miss out on.
  • Gulfscarium – Over on neighboring Okaloosa Island, the Gulfarium’s Splash or Treat at the Gulfscarium takes place on October 27th. Kids ages 3-12 enjoy free admission for simply coming dressed in a costume! The event features trick-or-treat specials, bounce-houses, a scavenger hunt, and Halloween fun from 9 AM – 3:30 PM.

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Your Home Away From Home Awaits…

Ocean Breeze in Destin

In the mood for a beach vacation? There’s really no better time to take one than the fall; the weather is perfect, the water shines brighter, and there’s no shortage of fun things to do no matter where you are. How about heading to the Crystal Beach community and staying at Ocean Breeze in Destin, Florida? We think you’ll love this Destin vacation home as much as we do. It’s also available with Southern Vacation Rentals for your next fall getaway, so don’t wait! This four bedroom home sleeps 12 guests, making it perfect for a weeklong family getaway to the beach.

Ocean Breeze in Destin

On the first floor, you’ll find an open floor plan consisting of the living room, dining room, and fully equipped kitchen. We love the beautiful granite countertops and blue tiled backsplash! Decorated in shades of blue with bright wood floors and nautical accents throughout, you’ll definitely feel the “Ocean Breeze” during your stay! The second bedroom and one full bathroom is also found on this floor, along with extra sleeping accommodations in the living room

The master suite is located on the second floor, with an adjoining bathroom containing a walk-in shower. You’ll also find the third and fourth bedrooms on this floor, separated by a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. The two twin bunks in the fourth bedroom are perfect for the kids in your group!

The rear exterior of the home features a large, private pool you’ll love to swim in all day long. Plus, with all the comfortable seating on the patio, you’ll have ample room for both entertaining and relaxing! Fire up the gas grill and show off your Grill Master skills, or head out and dine at any of Destin’s best restaurants. Located in Destin’s coveted Crystal Beach community, you’ll find nearby beach access straight down the road. What more could you ask for?

Don’t forget to add a local event to your stay! There are so many things happening in Destin in the fall, so don’t miss out on the fun!

Learn more about this vacation rental home in Destin here!

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Enter to Win Tickets to the Harvest Wine and Food Festival!

The 2nd Annual Harvest Wine and Food Festival is Approaching!

Can you see yourself enjoying world-class wine while dining on fresh Gulf Coast cuisine? How about doing these things with a beautiful butterfly garden as a backdrop? Enter to win two tickets to the 2nd Annual Harvest Wine and Food Festival on 30A and turn that dream into a reality! Click here to enter to win. Submit, share, sip, and savor this October!

2nd Annual Harvest Wine and Food Festival

The Rules

One entry allowed per day each day until October 23rd. Share the contest link for five extra entries! Check Southern Vacation Rentals’ Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest pages on October 23rd to find out if you’ve won!

The Festival

The festival’s Grand Tasting, held on Saturday, October 27th, highlights harvest season at the beach. Enjoy large seafood, barbeque, and provisional stations manned by celebrity chefs from the Gulf Coast’s best restaurants. Tasting stations with over 400 wines from around the world will accompany the cuisines, as well as a craft beer and spirits tents.

There will also be an opportunity to bid on a variety of items at the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation’s silent auction. Bidding items include a variety of rare wines and unique experiences. You’ll also be able to purchase wine and other merchandise at the festival.

Learn more about the festival here.

Don’t forget to enter to win! The lucky winner could be you!

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Hurricane Michael Update

Hurricane Michael Update

Hurricane Michael made landfall on Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane. With the exception of some strong wind and rain, our beautiful beach community here and on Okaloosa Island remained resilient against the storm. We are so blessed to have had minimal damage here in Destin. In the wake of the storm, it now finally feels like fall outside, with temperatures in the low 70s and high 60s over the next coming weeks. We couldn’t have asked for better conditions after a storm: the blue sky is as bright as ever, the sun is shining, and Destin residents are out and about.

Hurricane Michael Update

However, our neighbors to the east in Panama City, Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe, and Apalachicola have not had the same luck. We ask that you keep the area’s residents in your thoughts and prayers during what is sure to be a long and arduous process.

We know many of you would like to help support the victims of Hurricane Michael. Volunteer Florida is asking for donations or volunteer effort, whichever you are able to give. Donations will go to the Florida Disaster Fund, where proceeds are specifically allocated to assist communities as they recover from disasters. Or, sign up to volunteer and help restore our beautiful beach towns.

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Experience the Best Beer Fest on the Emerald Coast!

11th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival

Looking for something to do in Destin this weekend? If you have a combined love of craft beer and great food, check out the 11th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival, happening at the Village of Baytowne Wharf from October 12th-13th.

Friday, October 12th’s event is special to the Beer Festival – an intimate sampling experience, “Beer From Around Here” is limited to just 200 people and features samples from Destin Brewery, Grayton Beer, Gulf Coast Brewery, and more! Food vendors include Marlin Grill, Hammerhead’s Bar & Grille, Rum Runners, and a variety of other local favorites. Get your tickets for Friday here.
11th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival

The main event takes place on Saturday, October 13th. Get your hands on a VIP ticket to experience the Grand Tasting at Marlin Grill from 1-2 PM, featuring exclusive beer and food samples! This year’s menu includes local lager favorite Grayton Dubbel Barrel complete with a prime rib carving station, smoked tuna dip, and more. The VIP ticket is all inclusive for Saturday’s events and even lets you beat the lines!

Then, from 2-6 PM, attend the Craft Beer Tasting at the Baytowne Wharf Events Plaza, featuring nearly 200 domestic and international craft beers to sample, take some time to learn about the different types of lagers and ales from a variety of styles from brewery representatives. All ticket holders will receive a special Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest tasting glass. During the event, dance the day away with live music from The Modern Eldorados from 2-4 PM and Gold Motion from 4-6 PM! Grab your tickets for the Craft Beer Tasting here.

Feel good about your ticket purchase! A portion of the festival proceeds goes to the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, and the Sandestin Foundation for Kids.

Need a last minute place to stay for the festival? Check out Crystal Village II 28B, a two bedroom vacation condo in Destin for six guests. Featuring a bright and sunny interior that’ll have you dreaming of the beach, enjoy a private balcony and access to two community pools during your stay! Plus, the beach is just minutes away. What more could you ask for? Check out more Destin vacation condos here. We’ll see you at the beach!

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Where to Stay for Thanksgiving

Our Picks for Thanksgiving Vacation Condos

This year, break with tradition and celebrate Thanksgiving on the beach. What better way to celebrate this timeless family gathering than with the Gulf of Mexico as a backdrop? We picked two vacation condos in Destin to serve as the perfect setting for your Thanksgiving celebration. Whether it’s at the luxurious Dunes of Crystal Beach or Alerio in the heart of Destin’s Miramar Beach community, It is never too early to start planning a trip to the beach! Read below to learn more about these vacation condos you’ll want to stay at for your Thanksgiving vacation.

Dunes of Crystal Beach

Thanksgiving Vacation Condos

Your days will be filled with sun, sand, and sea when you stay at Dunes of Crystal Beach in Destin. Resting directly on Destin’s famous sugar-white sands in the Crystal Beach community, these four- and five-bedroom condos can accommodate 11 or 12 guests. Inside your Dunes of Crystal Beach condo, discover luxurious furnishings, expansive private balconies, and ample space for everyone.

Each condo features a fully-equipped kitchen, complete with beautiful cabinetry, granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances. The kitchens are large enough to prepare even the most extravagant Thanksgiving meals in! Also, with magnificent views of the Gulf accompanying your vacation, it’ll be hard to leave – trust us! Plus, at any time you can step out from Dunes of Crystal Beach’s private boardwalk onto the beaches and sink your toes into the sugary white sand.

Alerio

Located just steps away from the Gulf of Mexico in Destin, Alerio offers luxurious accommodations found in Destin’s Miramar Beach community. Alerio offers two- and three-bedroom vacation condos with enough space for anywhere from six to ten guests to perfectly accommodate your family. With the amenities found at Alerio, you’re sure to love every second of your stay here on the Gulf Coast. The pool and hot tub are beautifully accentuated by stoneThanksgiving Vacation Condos waterfalls and the kids will love playing in the splash pad to cool off in the heat. Just wait and see how it all lights up at night! Alerio also features barbecue grills and a picnic area perfect for enjoying some relaxing time with the whole family.

Inside your condo, discover cozy accommodations that make your home-away-from-home experience that much more memorable. Fully equipped kitchens make preparing meals a breeze, whether it’s a large Thanksgiving dinner or some simple snacks for hitting the beach. With private balconies and patios in each condo, you’ll love enjoying the beautiful scenery that surrounds Alerio. Plus, enjoy close proximity to fun Destin attractions, restaurants, shopping, and of course – the beaches!

When you are ready to book your Thanksgiving at the beach, be sure to give Southern Vacation Rentals a call!

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