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How to Get in the Holiday Spirit With These 30A Christmas Events
| Friday, October 12, 2018

Decorated tree on the beach at a 30A Christmas event

Are you looking to make your holiday season special this year? We made a list of 30A Christmas events that can help you do just that! Our scenic stretch of waterfront communities comes to life every winter with festivities and celebrations that are sure to spread holiday cheer. Immerse yourself in the delightful decor, live performances, and seasonal cuisine along 30A! Below, you can find spectacular upcoming events to kick-start your holiday season. And, these are just a fraction of the wonderful experiences waiting for you here. Look inside our free Vacation Guide to discover a whole world of more celebrations, concerts, and attractions in 30A! Think of it as our early Christmas present to you!

Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights

In mid-November, you’re welcome to get a jump-start on your holiday season with the Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights festival. It takes place in the Village of Baytowne Wharf, just west of Scenic 30A. Take a stroll down the street to find stunning holiday decorations, several varieties of champagne, and plenty of tasty foods. At the end of the night, you’re invited to gather for the Christmas tree lighting and a light show. There’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit!

The Merry Little Christmas Concert

On the first Saturday of December, make your way to the South Walton Lawn for holiday tunes and gourmet hors-d'oeuvres. Grab a seat and settle in as local musicians perform your favorite seasonal songs for the Merry Little Christmas Concert. You can even try your luck in the silent auction for a chance to take home some impressive prizes. Tickets are $50 and support the Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast.

Cafe Thirty-A Charity Christmas Ball

Another fantastic way to celebrate the holidays while supporting a good cause is by attending the Cafe Thirty-A Charity Christmas Ball. The first Friday of December brings dancing, delicious food, and live music to one of our favorite Seaside restaurants. And, you’re invited! Treat yourself to a mouthwatering buffet, capture memories in the photo booth, and dance the night away with your special someone. After an evening of entertainment, the proceeds go toward Caring and Sharing of South Walton!

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

Each winter, we look forward to a delightful tradition brought to us by the Seaside Repertory Theatre. If it’s not part of your holiday plans yet, it should be! From the end of November through December, you can catch a must-see performance entitled Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some). Several well-known Christmas tales come together in this play, and the talented actors of The Rep make it their own with hilarious antics. They even add a unique flair to it each year, so it’s always fresh. Bring the family and get ready for an evening full of laughs!

Find the Perfect Vacation Rental Nearby With Royal Destinations!

All of these 30A Christmas events are sure to leave you with lasting memories, and our vacation rentals serve as the ribbon on top of an unforgettable trip! With Royal Destinations, you can take your pick from a variety of properties along the coast, putting you within walking distance of the festivities and pristine shorelines. Luxurious doesn’t seem to cut it when describing your options. Whether it’s a well-appointed house in Rosemary Beach or a cozy condo in Seacrest, you’ll feel like royalty. Check our availability and take the next step toward our coastal paradise this winter!

3 of the Best Things to Do in Rosemary Beach, FL
| Friday, September 28, 2018

Women shopping, enjoying one of the best things to do in Rosemary Beach, FL

Tucked away in the eastern portion of 30A is Rosemary Beach, a small town full of charm and unique character. With beautiful public areas, stunning architecture, and scenic trails, it’s no wonder why so many artists and writers are drawn here. If we had to describe it in one word, it would simply be “paradise.” Once you arrive and explore all of the incredible things to do in Rosemary Beach, FL, you’ll have no choice but to agree. Check out some of our favorites, and don’t forget to look through our free Vacation Guide to discover even more attractions throughout the area!

Experience Our Local Paradise With These Things to Do in Rosemary Beach, FL


The Rosemary Beach town center is the cultural hub of this beautiful area. Cobblestone streets, colorful buildings, and charming shops are all things you can find here. From bookstores to clothing boutiques, it has it all. As you make your way to each store, you can stop and admire the architecture that’s reminiscent of Charleston and the French Quarter of New Orleans. Even if you don’t end up purchasing anything, a stroll through the town center is sure to give you a taste of the Rosemary Beach experience.


Speaking of “taste,” if you find yourself working up an appetite during your walk, feel free to stop in at a variety of restaurants nearby. If you enjoy good food in a casual, laid-back environment, make your way to The Summer Kitchen Cafe. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner time, you can always count on having a fantastic experience here. When the weather is warm, you’re welcome to eat outside and pair your meal with sunny skies and cool breezes.

If you have a sweet tooth, a visit to La Crema Tapas & Chocolate is a must. You can find it on Main Street, right next to the Town Hall. La Crema discovered their inspiration overseas at the cafes of Barcelona, and now you can indulge in a variety of decadent treats right here in Rosemary Beach. With options like hot chocolate molten cake and salted caramel ice cream, you’ll find yourself wanting to come back again and again!


Each October, the community of Rosemary Beach comes to life as we celebrate the Rosemary Beach Uncorked festival. Tickets sell out quickly every year, and it’s no surprise why. Every year, visitors flock to the town so they can try specialty menus at local restaurants, sip exquisite wines, and enjoy live entertainment all around them. The cost of your ticket gives you access to several tasting stations as well as a souvenir wine glass to savor the wines and take home to remember your experience. Plus, the proceeds go toward a noble, non-profit organization or charity each year!

Enjoy Luxurious Lodging With Royal Destinations

Words can’t even come close to describing the incredible community of Rosemary Beach. That’s why we recommend making plans to experience it for yourself, first-hand! We invite you to take a look at our extensive list of luxurious vacation rentals and choose the ideal one for you. From cozy cottages to beautiful beachside retreats, you’re sure to find the perfect option. And, we’re always happy to provide you with expert concierge and vacation planning services! Make the most of your trip to 30A with the help of Royal Destinations. Browse our vacation rentals and get started!

5 of the Best Events in the Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Area
| Friday, September 21, 2018

People drinking wine at an event in Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Delicious food, exquisite wines, and live music are just a few of the things you can find at events in the Santa Rosa Beach, FL, area. There’s always something to celebrate here, and you’re invited to join us! When you’re not relaxing on the pristine beaches, feel free to check out the various festivals in town. Read on to discover some of our favorites, and explore our free Vacation Guide to find even more!

Join in the Excitement at These Events in the Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Area

30A Songwriter’s Festival

Kick off a new year at the 30A Songwriter’s Festival in January! Here, you can find dozens of artists and hundreds of performances throughout the area. From charming restaurants to stunning outdoor spaces, there are so many places to catch the action. No matter what genre you prefer, you’re sure to have a fantastic time. And, in addition to enjoying the music, you’ll be supporting the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County and their programs.

30A Wine Festival

Fine wine, tasty food, and a beautiful beach community are the ingredients for an unforgettable event. The 30A Wine Festival has them all! Head to Alys Beach in February to find out why so many people look forward to this celebration each year. There are gourmet dinners, educational seminars, and even a croquet tournament. Just be sure to attend the Grand Tasting so you can stroll along South Charles Street and taste several award-winning wines from around the world!

Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest

The scenic Village of Baytowne Wharf is just minutes from Santa Rosa Beach and hosts an incredible, annual beer festival. Check out the Baytowne Beer Fest in October for live music and plenty of refreshing beverages. Whether you enjoy hoppy IPAs, smooth lagers, or rich stouts, there are dozens of options to enjoy. You may find your new favorite craft brewery!

Harvest Wine and Food Festival

Feel free to extend your stay in October and attend the Harvest Wine and Food Festival as well! Over three days in 30A, you have the opportunity to enjoy wines that few people have the chance to taste. Plus, you can pair them with delicious hors-d'oeuvres from acclaimed chefs. Be sure to participate in the silent auction for a shot at taking home a variety of highly sought-after items!

Seeing Red Wine Festival

When the calendar flips to November, it’s time for the Seeing Red Wine Festival in Seaside! Tickets sell out quickly every year, and it’s easy to see why! There are elegant dinner events, over 100 wines available, and plenty of excitement. After trying the wide variety of wines, you can head to the retail tent and take home a bottle of your favorite. Feel free to explore the nearby shops and restaurants while you’re in the area!

Stay at Royal Destinations to Experience Them All!

Pair the excitement of these local events with luxurious lodging nearby! Royal Destinations offers an extensive list of vacation rentals throughout 30A’s beautiful, beachfront communities. From cozy cottages to elegant condos, we have the ideal rental for any traveler. Plus, we offer unbeatable customer service and vacation planning services to make the most of your stay. Stop daydreaming about the perfect beach getaway, and experience it with our help! Check our availability and get one step closer to our magnificent paradise on the Emerald Coast!

5 of the Best Ways to Spend a Day at Grayton Beach State Park
| Saturday, September 15, 2018

Go canoeing at Grayton Beach State Park

Journey through Grayton Beach State Park to enjoy a beautiful paradise encompassing over 2,000 acres of beautiful shoreline and forest. As you explore, you’ll come across a wide variety of ecosystems, including a brackish dune lake which serves as the focal point of the Park. It’s the ideal setting to view wildlife, enjoy off-road cycling, and sunbathe by the shimmering water. No matter how you spend a day at Grayton Beach State Park, your experience here is sure to be a highlight of your 30A getaway. Scroll down to discover the best ways to enjoy the Park, and don’t forget to explore all of the additional attractions nearby in our free Vacation Guide to 30A!

Start Your Adventure in Grayton Beach State Park

Hike or Bike Through Scenic Pathways

Bring your walking shoes or rent a bicycle, because Grayton Beach State Park is home to a four and a half mile trail for pedestrians and cyclists alike! The trail winds through the pine flatwoods, coastal forest, and scrub oaks that have been bent and twisted from years of exposure to the salt winds. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely stroll or bike ride through the undisturbed beauty of nature.

View Stunning Wildlife Species

Grayton Beach State Park’s diverse ecosystems provide homes to a variety of animal species. While you’re venturing through the area, be on the lookout for deer, grey foxes, and even sea turtles. The Park is also a popular destination along the Great Florida Birding Trail, offering glimpses of bald eagles, osprey, and more. Keep your eyes open for these beautiful creatures, and feel free to pack some binoculars to get a closer look!

Paddle Across the Water

Inside Grayton Beach State Park is one of the largest dune lakes in the region. Whether you’re paddleboarding, canoeing, or kayaking, a journey across Western Lake is a delightful experience. It’s also a great way to see some of the park’s waterbirds up close as they wander along the shoreline. Look to Rent Gear Here if you need to rent some equipment to get out on the water. They can set you up with everything you need for a memorable adventure in Grayton Beach State Park.

Try Your Luck Fishing

Below the shimmering waters of Western Lake is an abundance of fish. And, with over 200 acres of brackish water, there are plenty of good fishing spots to try. Anglers have found redfish, trout, and bass here. Just remember to purchase a fishing license before casting your line!

Go For a Swim

Of course, you can always head over to the beach and enjoy a full mile of pristine shoreline with sugar-white sand. Lay your towel down and spend some time soaking up the sun, then jump into the water and cool off. There’s a picnic pavilion nearby if you’d like to take a break in the shade before resuming your adventure in 30A.

Return to Your Luxurious Vacation Rental From Royal Destinations

When you add a trip to Grayton Beach State Park to your itinerary, you’re in for a wonderful time. And, you can top off your experience by reserving an elegant vacation rental with Royal Destinations. After a full day of biking, boating, or fishing, it’s nice to know a luxurious property is waiting for you nearby. We have top-notch options across several communities in 30A, including Grayton Beach! You’ll be able to take a short walk to the Park and enjoy everything it has to offer, as well as experience all of the fun things to do in town!

Book your vacation rental today and get one step closer to the paradise of the Emerald Coast!

How to Make the Most of This Year’s 30A Wine Festival
| Friday, September 7, 2018

Wine glasses at the 30A Wine Festival

Dozens of wines, tasty dishes, and plenty of excitement await you at this year’s 30A Wine Festival! This four-day event brings vintners, chefs, and eager attendees together for an incredible time. Will you be there in Alys Beach this February? Find out what to expect and how to navigate your way to lasting memories this year! If you want to enjoy the full 30A experience, be sure to explore our free Vacation Guide as well!

Your Guide to a Memorable Time at the Annual 30A Wine Festival

Sip Wine

While there are several must-see events during the festival, wine aficionados flock to Alys Beach every year for the Grand Tasting! This aptly-named celebration features over 80 different wines, each with unique aromas and flavors. Take a stroll down Charles Street and try some of them! You can even pair your drink with delicious foods along the way.

Taste Foods

It may be a wine festival, but there are plenty of excellent options to satisfy your hunger. Local and regional chefs prepare five-star meals from Southern barbecue to fresh oysters. If you plan ahead, you might be able to reserve a seat for the initial wine dinner to get the festival started!

Have Fun

One activity that has become a favorite among visitors is the annual Rosé and Croquet tournament. The afternoon begins with a delicious brunch and, of course, Rosé. Afterward, sixteen teams go head to head in a friendly croquet tournament. Get your friends together and register early so you can put your skills to the test!

Learn Something New

The 30A Wine Festival is also an excellent opportunity to fine-tune your knowledge of wines. Each year, you have the option of attending a seminar where you can meet vintners and taste a variety of world-class wines. Discuss the nuances of flavors, discover the perfect food pairings, and more!

Get Your Tickets

Words can’t do this event justice. It’s a remarkable celebration every year, and we highly recommend checking it out. If you’d like to attend, be sure to purchase 30A Wine Festival tickets and start planning your trip. You can select from ticket packages or choose individual tickets if you have a specific event in mind. Proceeds go toward helping the Children’s Volunteer Health Network!

Local tips: You’re welcome to wear casual clothing during the Festival, and we recommend wearing comfortable shoes since you may be walking a lot. If you need parking, there’s a convenient area at the Amphitheatre by Somerset Street and Highway 30A.

Enjoy Luxurious Lodging Nearby

Whether you’re staying for one event, or want to experience the full four-day festival, Royal Destinations can help you get there. We offer a long list of luxurious vacation rentals along 30A and in the Alys Beach area. After fun-filled days, you can retreat to comfortable properties with lodging as exquisite as the wines you tasted. Don’t wait too long before planning your stay. Reserve your vacation rental today and get started on the trip of a lifetime!

Everything You Need to Know About the Seeing Red Wine Festival
| Friday, August 31, 2018

Bartender pouring wine at the Seeing Red Wine Festival

Have you given any thought to attending this year’s Seeing Red Wine Festival? We sure think you should! This annual event takes place in the beautiful community of Seaside, attracting wine lovers and foodies from near and far. Visit this year to sip wines, taste gourmet foods, and make lasting memories on the Emerald Coast. Find out what you need to know to make the most of your experience! Don’t forget to grab your free Vacation Guide before you go! We included information on all the upcoming events and top attractions in 30A!

What to Expect at This Year’s Seeing Red Wine Festival

Enjoy Exquisite Wines and Delicious Foods

Every year in mid-November, festival attendees can head to Seaside for superb wines and four days of fun. The Seeing Red Wine Festival features over 100 varieties, and you can pair them with incredible foods! Expert chefs from local restaurants craft the perfect treats to match your wine, offering a remarkable experience for your taste buds. Indulge in the exquisite aromas and flavors this year!

Purchase Your Favorites

While you’re exploring the venue and tasting different wines, remember to make notes of your favorites. After you’ve tried them all, head to the retail tent to purchase a bottle! You’re sure to discover several wines worth taking home to enjoy again!

Plan Ahead

People eagerly await this event each year, so we highly recommend buying tickets early. Head to the official website to find Seeing Red Wine Festival tickets for sale! You can select options for general tastings as well as special events and dinners. If you want to make your experience even more special, choose the VIP option for exclusive seating, tastings, and service. Be sure to follow the event Facebook page for updates as we get closer to November!

Explore the Area

The Seeing Red Wine Festival isn’t the only reason to visit Seaside. Make it an extended fall vacation so you can treat yourself to the various things to do nearby as well! There are excellent shops and boutiques, restaurants, and, of course, beaches. You may even be able to catch more excitement at the Seaside Amphitheater or Repertory Theater. Best of all, November is an ideal time to visit so you can enjoy cooler temperatures and avoid crowds!

Stay in Luxury with Royal Destinations

Will you be in Seaside for the Festival this November? If you’re interested in enjoying this incredible food and wine experience, we can help you make the most of it. Royal Destinations offers several luxurious vacation rentals in communities along 30A, allowing you to stay within walking distance of the event. Enjoy the finest accommodations in the area with private pools, balcony vistas, and more. There’s no better place to stay near the pristine beaches and turquoise waters of the Emerald Coast. Search for your ideal rental property today!

If you want to learn more about 30A, we invite you to explore our free Vacation Guide! You can discover more festivals, top-rated restaurants, and find out about our scenic beaches. Take a look!

6 of the Best Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Restaurants
| Friday, August 24, 2018

Steak dinner at one of the Santa Rosa Beach, FL, restaurants

Are you looking for some of the best spots to grab a meal along 30A? You’ve come to the right place! We are local experts and we’re happy to point you toward some incredible Santa Rosa Beach, FL, restaurants. Whether you have a craving for seafood, burgers, or pizza, there’s an excellent eatery waiting to serve you. Read on to learn all about them! And, don’t forget to grab your free Vacation Guide to 30A to discover more restaurants, local hotspots, upcoming events, and more!

Grab a Tasty Meal at These Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Restaurants

Vue on 30A

For unbeatable fine dining in Santa Rosa Beach, make reservations at Vue on 30A. Stop in for lunch and dinner or drop by for a refreshing beverage for happy hour. You can start with a tasty appetizer of fried calamari followed by pan-seared scallops, filet mignon, and so much more. Top it all off with remarkable views of the water, and you have the recipe for a memorable dining experience in 30A!

Goatfeathers Seafood Restaurant

If you’re looking for some of the best seafood on 30A, you can find it at Goatfeathers Seafood Restaurant. Happy customers have been eating here and leaving with full stomachs of shrimp and fish for 30 years. Goatfeathers opens every day at 11 a.m. for tasty lunches, and the chefs continue through the evening to serve delicious dinners. You can enjoy raw or steamed oysters, jumbo crab cakes, seafood gumbo, and more. Be sure to ask about the fresh fish of the day!

Basmati’s Asian Cuisine

Another fantastic option in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, is Basmati’s Asian Cuisine. Sushi fans can enjoy a variety of options, including premium Maki like their Volcano Rolls and Dragon Rolls. If you prefer cooked dishes, try the Thai red curry shrimp or sweet and spicy pork tenderloin. They even offer some incredible vegan plates!

Fat Daddy’s Pizza

For a casual eatery that’s great for families, try Fat Daddy’s Pizza. It’s the perfect place to grab a slice after a fun-filled day on the beach. The chefs make a variety of pies to satisfy any craving. You can also catch live sports games on the televisions!

Perfect Pig Grill and Fish House

For mouthwatering meals all day long, head over to Perfect Pig Grill and Fish House. They serve gourmet breakfasts, lunches, and dinners with a Southern flair. Plus, you can enjoy it all in a laid-back, friendly atmosphere.

The Bay Restaurant

To enjoy the beautiful weather of 30A while eating your meal, pull up a chair at The Bay Restaurant. You can choose to sit inside or out on the deck with spectacular waterfront views of Choctawhatchee Bay. You may even catch some talented performers playing music for dinner guests!

Try These Additional Spots for Great Food Nearby!

  • Local Catch Bar and Grill

  • Trebeache

  • Cafe Tango

  • Louis Louis

  • Cafe Thirty-A

The list goes on! Check out our blog on the best restaurants in 30A for more delicious options!

Enjoy Luxurious Accommodations with Royal Destinations

For the best lodging along 30A, make sure you book your stay with Royal Destinations. We offer several luxurious vacation rentals throughout the beautiful waterfront communities. After a full day at the beach and a delicious meal at a local restaurant, you can return to the comfort of one of our properties. Rest, relax, and get ready for another exciting day on your Florida vacation! We even offer excellent concierge services to help plan your getaway. Check our availability and book your stay today!

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