The holiday season is here! It’s the best time of the year to gather with family and friends, to celebrate, and give back. It’s an extra special time of the year to visit 30A, and there are tons of ways to ring in the season along Florida’s Emerald Coast. From visits with Santa to fundraisers supporting the community, 30A is the perfect destination to celebrate Christmas this year.
Here is our guide to the top things to do on 30A this holiday season:
Annual South Walton Christmas Parade & Turn on the Town!
Date: November 30
Time: 9 a.m.
On Saturday, November 30 the Annual South Walton Holiday/Christmas Parade kicks off the season and gets the entire community in the holiday spirit. The parade starts at 9 a.m. in Seagrove Beach and heads west toward Seaside. Visit with Santa after the parade at the Turn on the Town festivities at the Seaside Amphitheater at 4:30 p.m. and count down to the town’s holiday illumination.
Beach & Brew on 30A
Date: December 3, 2019
Time: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Head to Beach & Brew on 30A for its 2nd Annual Holiday Brush, Brews & Black Bear event on Tuesday, December 3. Local artist Maxine Orange will be on-site to guide attendees through creating their own 10x20 holiday canvas painting! Tickets are $50 and include all the supplies needed for the art project, a beverage from Beach & Brew on 30A, and a pastry from Black Bear Bread Company. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County.
Cafe Thirty-A Christmas Charity Ball
Date: December 6, 2019
Time: 7 - 11 p.m.
The Cafe Thirty-A Annual Christmas Charity Ball takes place on Friday, December 6. Join in on the fun at this black-tie optional event benefiting Caring and Sharing of South Walton. The event features heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music, a photo booth, silent auction, and raffle. Tickets are $75 for the event and there will be a cash bar open for the evening.
Seaside Holiday Market
Dates: Weekends December 6 - 29
Times: Fridays and Saturdays from 3 - 8 p.m., Sundays 3 - 7 p.m.
The Seaside Holiday Market takes place each weekend in December at the Seaside Lyceum. Join in on the festive fun with ice skating on the artificial rink, face painting, holiday treats, and, of course, visits with Santa (the first three weekends of the event only). Purchase gifts from the holiday market featuring local vendors selling all types of one-of-a-kind goods. This event is free for all!
Merry Little Christmas Concert at Grayton Beer Company
Date: December 12, 2019
Time: 6 p.m.
Looking for a less traditional celebration? Grayton Beer Company is hosting the Merry Little Christmas Concert at its Santa Rosa Beach taproom on Thursday, December 12 from 6 - 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and proceeds go toward the Boys & Girls Club of The Emerald Coast. With each ticket, you’ll get heavy hors d’oeuvres and one beer ticket, as well as live entertainment from local musicians! Plus, there will be a holiday silent auction.
Every Christmas Story Ever Told… and Then Some
Dates: December 12 - 15 & 19 - 23
Times: Showtimes are 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.
Head to the Repertory Theatre in Seaside throughout the holiday season for its 10th Annual Every Christmas Story Ever Told performances on the mainstage. This local holiday event is a 90-minute show of laughter, fun, and holiday classics performed by three REP actors. Celebrate the holidays with everyone from Charles Dickens to Chewbacca!
The team at the Repertory also hosts shows throughout the holiday season all along 30A, including Rosemary Beach at North Barrett Square, Alys Beach Amphitheatre, and Watersound Origins at Village Commons Lawn. These public performances are free to attend.
Rosemary Beach Holiday Tour of Homes
Date: December 14, 2019
Time: 1 - 5 p.m.
Go on a self-guided tour of stunning homes in the Rosemary Beach community for the Inaugural Holiday Home Tour. For a suggested donation of $10, the Holiday Home Tour features a selection of stunning properties in the area decked out in festive decor. Ticket proceeds from the event go toward the Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast. After the tour, stick around the area for holiday specials and deals as well as trunk shows, demos, book signings, and more.
Breakfast with Santa at Havana Beach Bar & Grill
Date: December 15, 2019
Time: 8 - 11 a.m.
Enjoy a breakfast buffet at Havana Beach Bar & Grill and visit with Santa on Sunday, December 15. Adults and kids alike will love this holiday event. Santa will be taking photos with the kiddos and passing out holiday gifts. Reservations for this event are required and tickets cost $75 for adults and $25 for children 13 and under.
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Dinner at Havana Beach Bar & Grill
Date: December 24 & 25, 2019
Time: 4 p.m.
Enjoy a three-course meal on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day at Havana Beach Bar & Grill with the entire family. Havana Beach Bar will have a special menu available for the holidays with items both adults and kids will love. Tickets cost $80 for adults and $40 for children 12 and younger. Reservations are required in advance.
Reserve Your 30A Vacation Rental for Christmas 2019
Celebrate the holidays this year on the beach with your loved ones. There’s still time to secure a luxury 30A vacation rental with Royal Destinations. Book online or contact us directly at (850) 534-0841 so our Destination Specialists can help you plan the perfect holiday getaway!
It’s that time of the year again. Time to gather with family and friends to eat, drink, and give thanks for the year that has passed. Plan your festivities this year along Florida’s Emerald Coast for a holiday you’ll never forget. From Thanksgiving dinner to local events, we’ve compiled all of our favorite things to do along 30A this time of the year.
If you’re preparing to celebrate a 30A Thanksgiving in 2019, use our guide to help plan your family meal and holiday festivities.
Pre-order Your Thanksgiving Dinner
If you prefer to spend Thanksgiving in the comfort of your vacation home but want to skip the hours of meal preparation, you’re in luck! Many of our favorite local restaurants are offering catering services and take away meals this Thanksgiving.
The Hub 30A offers a la carte options as well as a traditional dinner package, feeding up to 10 people.
Another great spot is Cowgirl Kitchen, which is offering take away meals available for pickup at three 30A locations, including Seagrove Beach, Rosemary Beach, and Blue Mountain Beach.
Café Thirty-A is offering dine in and take away meal options! The take away dinner feeds 6 people and includes three courses and sides.
Cuvee 30A is also offering dine in and take away meals. Whether you want to order your entire Thanksgiving meal or simply need a turkey, Cuvee 30A is available to help! (They also offer a pork loin for the non-turkey fans.)
Dine Out this Thanksgiving
Are you looking for someone to handle the preparations, cooking, and cleaning? You’ve come to the right place! There are several restaurants along 30A offering buffet and a la carte Thanksgiving meals.
Cuvee 30A is hosting its 23rd annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet from 11 - 2:30 p.m. featuring Chef Tim Creehan’s famous Louisiana Fried Turkey. Café Thirty-A is serving up a four-course dinner from 12 - 4 p.m. with your choice of Southern deep-fried turkey, tandoori marinated salmon, red snapper, or filet mignon for the main dish.
Havana Beach Bar & Grill at The Pearl Hotel is a great spot for those wanting a special twist on the classic Thanksgiving fare. While you can still get your fix of turkey and stuffing, you’ll also find menu items like paella and yuca frita. Havana Beach Bar & Grill will be offering a buffet-style meal from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and a Prix Fixe menu from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
WaterColor Lake House is hosting a buffet-style Thanksgiving brunch from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m, offering a variety of Thanksgiving classics.
Limited seating is available. Make your reservation for Thanksgiving on 30A today!
Dine In With a Private Chef
Not interested in cooking but also eager to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast in your vacation home? Hire a private chef to whip up a delicious Thanksgiving meal in the comfort of your vacation home. Chef Gordaux, Marrow Private Chefs, and Signature Catering of 30-A are some of the area’s best private chefs
Prepare Your Own Thanksgiving Dinner
Is your Thanksgiving incomplete without your Grandmother’s homemade mac and cheese? Skip the line at the grocery store and have all the necessary ingredients delivered right to your door! Shipt and InstaCart both deliver along 30A. Take a bit of the pressure off your planning so you’re able to spend more time with your family and friends.
30A Thanksgiving Events
Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a day of eating. Thankfully, there are several opportunities to get a good workout in before and after all the indulging!
The 30A 10K and Annual Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run are both held on 30A Thanksgiving morning. The 30A 10K event also features a 5K and 1-mile race.
The 2019 Grayton Beach Kous Kouri 8 & 4-miler takes place on Saturday, November 30 through Grayton Beach State Park.
Other events this time of the year include Santa & S’mores on Wednesday, November 27 and Old Florida Holiday & Winter Market on Saturday, November 30. These holiday events are perfect for getting into the holiday spirit during your Thanksgiving stay on 30A.
Thanksgiving Volunteer Work on 30A
Thanksgiving is a great time of the year to give back, and there are several ways to serve the Walton County community during the holiday season. Crop Drop, Food for Thought, Hope Panhandle, and the 2019 Peanut Butter Challenge offer opportunities to help the local community by dropping off canned goods or volunteering your time to any of these local charities and organizations.
30A Vacation Rentals Won’t Last Long for Thanksgiving 2019
Availability is limited, so reserve the perfect 30A vacation home today and celebrate Thanksgiving on 30A this year! Contact our Destination Specialists for assistance at (850)534-0841 or reserve the perfect vacation home online today.
The fall is a great time to visit 30A for many reasons. After Labor Day, the crowds start to thin and the weather begins to cool just enough. Fall is the prime time of the year for events and festivals along 30A. Whether you enjoy food, exercise, art, movies, or wine, some of the top fall festivals in Florida take place along 30A each year. Here are a few of our favorite 30A events this fall.
30A Half Marathon & 5K
October 11-13 in Gulf Place
The 4th Annual 30A Half Marathon & 5K features a scenic and flat out-and-back course along the sparkling dunes, coastal lakes, and forest. Both the half marathon and 5K event start and end at Gulf Place on 30A. The race weekend kicks off with a BBQ festival on Friday with music from the Heritage Band. Come to participate or cheer on the runners.
Flutterby Arts Festival
October 19-20 in WaterSound Beach
Celebrate the annual migration of the Monarch Butterfly to 30A at the 26th Annual Flutterby Arts Festival. This family-friendly event is free and features plenty of activities for all ages, including art, theatre and dance performances, live entertainment, and a butterfly parade. The event is located in Watersound Origins.
2019 Harvest Wine & Food Festival
October 24-26 in WaterColor
The 2019 Harvest Wine & Food Festival in WaterColor is one of fall’s main events. Taste over 250 varieties of different wines and spirits, plus food from all over the world. The event kicks off Thursday, October 24 with the Celebrity Winemaker Dinner and events take place all throughout the weekend, including the premier event: the Grand Tasting at Cerulean Park.
Mountainfilm on Tour
November 1-2 in WaterColor
Mountainfilm on Tour is making its way to the Emerald Coast for a two-night outdoor film festival dedicated to exploring cultures, preserving the environment, and encouraging adventure. Come for one night or both at WaterColor’s Marina Park. In addition to film viewings, the festival includes a morning coffee talk with the filmmaker, a mini festival for kids, a Coastal Eco Tour on Western Lake, and more.
Seeing Red Wine Festival
November 7-10 in Seaside
The 29th Annual Seaside Seeing Red Wine Festival starts with a specialty wine dinner and features various events including the Al Fresco Wine Tasting and Celebration of Bubbles brunch. The festival takes place at Ruskin Place and Seaside’s Central Square. You’ll also find cuisine from local chefs and restaurants. Tickets can be purchased for each individual day.
November 27-28 in Rosemary Beach
Start your holiday season off right at the 30A 10K event. On Wednesday, November 27, the Thanksgiving Extravaganza takes place at The Hub with an outdoor market featuring food, drinks, shopping, entertainment, and more. Don’t get too crazy, though, as the 10K race starts at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Rosemary Beach Barrett Square and the 5K race starts at 9:30 a.m. in the same location. There is also a one-mile Fun Run that starts at 7:35 a.m. There’s no better way to start your turkey day!
Reserve the perfect 30A vacation rental with Royal Destinations
Our luxury 30A vacation rentals offer space to relax, unwind and enjoy Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast. Browse our selection of luxury 30A vacation rentals to reserve the perfect property for your fall getaway. Not sure where to begin? Contact our Destination Specialists for assistance at (850)534-0841, available 7 days a week.
Are you thinking about purchasing a 30A investment property? We know it’s a big decision. Buying a vacation home on 30A may be a long-time dream of yours, but it comes with some risks. Thankfully, the more prepared you are for the purchase, the more confident you can be in the investment. To help, we asked our experts to share 8 things to know before buying your second home at the beach.
Find a Management Company Who is Invested in Your Success
The right management company can help you generate revenue while keeping your property in great condition. You can have your cake and eat it too. In fact, it’s a proven benefit to have activity in your home and to have a team of experts keep things in proper working order.
Find the Perfect Community for Your Personality
30A is an amazing place. It is an 18-mile road with a view made up of many different villages, all with a different personality. Spend some time to find out which village maximizes your mojo. It’s best to buy in a neighborhood with a proven track record. However, it can be advantageous to purchase just outside of the famous villages along Florida’s Emerald Coast.
Get Help From Local Resources
You’ve found the perfect home in a great location! Does it need a little lipstick? Know local resources to help rejuvenate your vacation home in a competitive market. Have a list of trusted resources and companies to help with painting, decorating, landscaping, technical upgrades, and more. Also, keep in mind current trends (primary colors are out....monochromatic is in).
Consider the Size of Your Property Management Team
Find a company that is not too big, and not too small. The key to rental success is to find a management partner just the right size. Large enough to have a marketing presence, but small enough to be nimble and maintain the personal relationship that you desire.
Look for Data-Driven Projections
Choose an innovative management partner that utilizes data to stay on top of the market. Projections are great, but they need to be supported by the numbers. A great property manager will use neighborhood history, portfolio actuals, and industry trends based on real data to set goals and expectations for your property. Choose a leader, not a follower.
Ask Property Management Companies the Tough Questions
Do some research on local property management companies and understand their financial security. Does the management company that you are interviewing have debt? Do they operate with escrow money? Asking the tough questions in advance can alleviate financial heartbreak down the road.
Pay For Sought-After Amenities
You may have to spend a little more upfront, however, homes with private pools rent the best. Homes that have a good community pool are next. Families come here for the beach, but they love access to pools for a break from the salt and sand.
Choose a Property with Close Proximity to the Beach
Where is your nearby beach access? Pay attention to this one. While you might be close to the beach distance-wise, some dunes are protected and some beach access points are private, which can make your stroll to the beach a pilgrimage. Know the lay of the land before you purchase.
Interested in learning more? Reach out to our team. Contact Heather Hosford or Bob Stevenson at (850)790-3044, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more at www.royaldestinations.com.
From the mesmerizing fireworks to the annual 4th of July parade, 30A is the perfect place to celebrate Independence Day. On the 4th of July you’ll find live music, family-friendly games, decorating contests (whether you have a bike, beach cart, a dog or kids, join the decorating fun), mouth-watering food and cold cocktails.
Once the sun begins to set, you’re able to enjoy fireworks from virtually every beach community along 30A. With so many activities taking place, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite things to do on 30A for the 4th of July.
The Annual South Walton July 4th Parade
Thursday, July 4th / 8:00am / Free Admission
The Annual South Walton July 4th Parade begins at Seagrove Plaza and travels down to Central Square in Seaside. This annual parade attracts an impressive crowd, so plan to arrive early.
The Rosemary Beach July 4th Celebration
7:30am-9pm / Free Admission
The Rosemary Beach July 4th Celebration begins with the bike decorating contest and breakfast at 7:30 am. Remember when we mentioned bringing your bike, beach cart, dog and kids? This is why. Arrive early for time to decorate before the bike parade begins at 8:30 am, which travels through the Rosemary Beach Town Center. Stick around for the Old Fashioned Family Field Day starting at 9 am after the parade.
After a day of fun, enjoy live music 6-8:45 pm with fireworks to conclude the show (at 9 pm). Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome to enjoy the show.
Seaside’s July 4th with Sister Hazel and Fireworks
5:30-8:30pm / Free Admission
Seaside hosts a July 4th celebration with Sister Hazel and fireworks. Make your way to Seaside for live music starting at 5:30 pm. Headliner Sister Hazel takes the stage at 7 pm. End the night with a spectacular firework display over the Gulf of Mexico beginning at 8:30 pm. Similar to the annual parade, Seaside will attract quite the crowd, plan to arrive early.
Alys Beach 4th of July 2019 Fireworks and Concert
6pm / Free Admission
Alys Beach puts on incredible events all throughout the year and July 4th is no exception. Enjoy live music by Rhythm Nation starting at 6 pm with fireworks to follow. Come hungry, food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Book Your 30A Vacation Today
Time is running out to reserve the perfect luxury vacation rental for Independence Day on 30A. Our luxury 30A vacation rentals offer space to relax, unwind and enjoy Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast. Browse our selection of luxury 30A vacation rentals to reserve the perfect property for your getaway. Not sure where to begin? Contact our Destination Specialists for assistance at (850)534-0841, available 7 days a week.
Booking a Gulf front 30A vacation rental offers an experience that you’ll never want to leave while creating memories to last a lifetime. We know that finding the perfect vacation rental can be overwhelming, so we’ve comprised a list of our favorite Gulf front 30A vacation rentals to help.
105 South Founders Lane
Located in WaterSound Beach, 105 South Founders Lane offers unbelievable views of the sugar-white sand dunes leading to the Gulf of Mexico. This 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom home has stunning views from virtually every nook and cranny. In addition to the incredible Gulf views, 105 South Founders Lane offers a private pool and is walking distance to the DuneSider community pool (serving lunch poolside in the summer). You’ll never want to leave this WaterSound Beach vacation rental.
408 Blue Mountain
Two stories of towering windows look out over the Gulf of Mexico and the white sand beaches of Blue Mountain Beach at 408 Blue Mountain. The home’s interior is elegant and modern with a few rustic touches, featuring 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, and enough space for 16 people. Outside you’ll find a grill, dining area, and private pool overlooking the beach below. Welcome to paradise.
Compass Point II, 424 Penthouse
Modern, clean and sophisticated, Compass Point II, 424 Penthouse boasts impeccable coastal design. This 3 bed, 3.5 bath penthouse condo offers stunning views of the Emerald Coast, which can be seen throughout the living room, kitchen, and two bedrooms. Relax and unwind on the private balcony, taking in each wave as it crashes on the shore or take a short walk to the DuneSider community pool, which serves lunch poolside in the summer.
Leave your worries at the door. Forever Grateful is a remarkable Gulf front 30A vacation rental, boasting a main and carriage house with 8 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, and enough space for 26 people. This property is perfectly designed, offering stunning, unobstructed Gulf views from each level. Whether you prefer to relax at the beach or by the pool, Forever Grateful offers a private beach overlooking the Gulf, steps away from the sugar-white sand.
Grayton Dream is what vacation dreams are made of. Located in Grayton Beach, Grayton Dream offers 6 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, and enough space for 20 people with indescribable views from every level. Steps from the sugar-white sand, Grayton Dream boasts a newly constructed private pool and outdoor kitchen, making this a vacation rental you’ll never want to leave.
Planning a 30A vacation with the entire family? It’s no secret that 30A is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, and there are countless ways to relax and reconnect with your family. Our 30A luxury vacation rentals provide the perfect destination for a fun and memorable family getaway. Whether your family prefers to be active, learn about history, be creative, or simply unwind, the emerald coast offers something for everyone!
To help, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite 30A family activities to get you started.
1. Enjoy 30A Beaches
No real explanation is needed with this one. Spend a day relaxing on the sugar-white sand, collect seashells, build a sandcastle (lessons available by local sculptors), have a picnic or swim in the crystal clear, emerald water. No matter your itinerary, or lack thereof, a beach day on 30A is at the top of our list!
2. Explore the Emerald Water
Did you know that 30A is home to the first permanent Underwater Museum of Art in the United States? Less than a mile from the Grayton Beach State Park shoreline, and approximately 60 yards in depth, you’ll find sculptures created by artists from around the world. Whether you’re a family of certified divers or adventurous beginners, there’s an abundance of watersports available along 30A for the entire family to enjoy.
3. Have a Beach Bonfire
After the sun sets, gather together around a beach bonfire – don’t forget the s’mores. It’s the perfect way to end a fun-filled day on the water. Plus, it offers a front row seat to watch the sunset together. From a simple gathering to a catered beach dinner and music, a bonfire on the beach will create memories to last a lifetime.
4. Bike the Timpoochee Trail
If your family enjoys staying active, spend a day biking along the Timpoochee Trail. This 18.6-mile paved pathway winds past the dune lakes, state parks and beach neighborhoods along 30A, offering indescribable picturesque views. We recommend following this mile-by-mile guide, to make the most of your trail ride.
5. Listen to Live Music
After a fun day at the beach, enjoy a night of live music, great food, and drinks. The Hub is your one-stop shop for family fun on 30A. This festive gathering place features world-class music and weekly events, including movies under the stars. While the Hub isn’t the only place to enjoy a live performance, it’s certainly a favorite. We also recommend Shunk Gulley and The Bay offering beach bonfires and live music every Wednesday night, year-round.
6. Go to Rock Paper Scissors in Grayton Beach
Perfect for a rainy day, or a break from the beach. Take the kids to Rock Paper Scissors, a creation studio designed with kids in mind. Best of all, no reservation required. Sign-up to attend a class or swing by for a “make and take” project to complete at your home-away-from-home. While Rock Paper Scissors does not offer childcare, they do encourage you to join in on the fun or relax on the patio next door at the Hurricane Oyster Bar.
Book Your 30A Vacation Today
Our luxury 30A vacation rentals offer space to relax, unwind and enjoy Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast. Browse our selection of luxury 30A vacation rentals to reserve the perfect property for your getaway. We know that vacation planning can be overwhelming, so our Destination Specialists are available to assist you 7 days a week. Not sure where to begin? Contact our Concierge Specialist for assistance at (850)534-0841.