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Serving the Destin area since 1985, Newman-Dailey Resort Properties has earned a reputation for providing an outstanding experience. To our loyal clientele, the name Newman-Dailey is a mark of quality and the guarantee of expert care, strategic marketing and professional management.

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Contents Be Magazine 2018

FEATURES

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CRAFT SPIRITS

Local liquor and craft cocktails capture the spirit of Northwest Florida.

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UNDERSEA COMMUNITY

Artificial reef projects provide refuge for fish and perfect sightseeing for divers.

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NEW WAVE

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Paddleboarding builds a strong following on the Emerald Coast.

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GULF SEAFOOD | USDA PRIME STEAKS | SUSHI

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Enjoy our extensive wine selection, veranda sunset dining and boat dock parking. Reservations recommended.

HAPPY HOUR 5–7 PM

Come by our Happy Hour for drinks, sushi and select apps half-price in the bar and waterfront cocktail deck

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The South Walton Turtle Watch works to keep local sea turtle nests safe.

18 OYSTERS, BY GULLEY

Filled with local lore, Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar has a penchant for being eco-friendly as it serves up fresh fare.

20 CHRISTOPHER HOLBROOK Local chef exudes “Coastal Cool” in his food and his lifestyle.

23 DEAR PRUDENCE

Muse to the Beatles reflects on a remarkable life that led her to the Emerald Coast.

24 SHOPPING GUIDE

This year’s must-haves for her, for him and for the kids.

29 SPA DAY

“Press the reset button” with a relaxing day at The Henderson.

44 ESTATE OF TRANQUILITY The best of accomodations leads to the best of vacations.

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Newman-Dailey Resort Properties has a variety of ways to find your perfect spot.

92  B AM! CUISINE

Emeril Lagasse adds Italian with a touch of the Gulf to the menu of his new restaurant.

52 IN THE COMMUNITY

The Newman-Dailey staff steps outside to help improve the community.

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56 FEATURED PROPERTIES

Check out the Sanctuary at Redfish, Jade East Towers, Hidden Dunes Beach and Beachside Inn.

60 HOMES AWAY FROM HOME

A diverse collection of wellappointed vacation and rental homes.

Single-family home and condo sales data provide a good reason for optimism.

Guaranteed, the Emerald Coast offers something for all ages and interests.

106 SHOPPING GUIDE

You are sure to go home with bags filled with delightful finds when you venture into these stores.

108 GOIN’ FOR GROCERIES

In the market for something tasty? Local stores sell everything from organic veggies to hot-and-ready meals.

70 REAL ESTATE EXPERTS

The Newman-Dailey team offers professionalism, experience and a wealth of local-market knowledge.

72 PREMIUM PROPERTIES

These listings are among NewmanDailey favorites.

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AN EVENTFUL PLACE TO BE There’s plenty to do this time of year, so check out these great events!

98  ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS

69 REAL ESTATE TRENDS

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DINING GUIDE Some of the best restaurants from Destin to Inlet Beach.

110  GOLF GUIDE

These golf courses cater to players of all ages and skill levels.

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 LOCAL ARTS GUIDE Whether you’re a fan of the fine arts or the performing arts, there’s plenty to see and experience along the Emerald Coast.

114 R AINY DAY FUN

When the rain forces you indoors, there is no need for the fun to stop!

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elcome to the FOURTH EDITION of Where You’d Rather Be magazine. We are passionate about the Destin and South Walton community as well as the people who live within and visit our beautiful beaches and the coastal towns of Northwest Florida. This year, our theme is “disconnect to reconnect.” We’ve been to countless presentations this year that showcase how quickly our world is changing thanks to technology. However, in the midst of all the innovations, we believe what families really want (need) is time together. Do you remember the last time you joined your parents, grandparents, sisters or brothers on the beach to watch the sunset and toast that magical moment when the sun dips below the horizon and the sky is ablaze with vibrant colors? This moment is such a great reminder to put down your electronic devices and reconnect with what is most important — friends and loved ones. At Newman-Dailey, we want families to have those special moments and bring back the traditional family vacation. A vacation where you disconnect from work, the demands of life and electronics, and reconnect with family and friends. A vacation where you play board games and stay up late laughing and telling stories. It is in these moments that traditions are created and memories are made that last a lifetime. In this issue of Be Magazine, we want to help you reminisce about vacations past and help plan for your beach vacations ahead. We’ve compiled a selection of our new and upgraded vacation rentals to help you begin your search for your next vacation rental to disconnect and reconnect. In addition, by sharing new activities and restaurants, we hope to inspire a new list of things to do in South Walton and Destin. Finally, we’ve showcased some of the people, places and organizations that are reconnecting us with our beautiful stretch of the coast. We hope you enjoy this edition of Be Magazine and invite you to provide us feedback as well as share your stories and hidden treasures. Connect with us on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages or tag us in your posts #newmandailey. See you at the beach!

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BEACH FLAG WARNINGS TEXT SAFETY TO 31279 FOR SURF CONDITIONS. FOR IMMEDIATE EMERGENCIES, CALL OR TEXT 911

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Knee deep is too deep Absence of flags does not assure safe waters. Swim at your own risk.

KNOW THE RULES OF THE BEACH South Walton’s 26 miles of beaches are beautiful, scenic and refreshing — and to keep them that way, we must respect our fellow visitors and the natural environment by following beach ordinances and state statutes. For a complete guide on South Walton’s beach rules, Leave No Trace policy and beach safety guidance, go to VisitSouthWalton.com.

BEACH RULES Glass containers and littering are prohibited

Obey all beach flag warnings

Keep off the dunes

Vehicles, dogs and bonfires require permits*

Items le on beach overnight will be discarded

Removal of sand, water or vegetation from the beach is strictly prohibited

BEACH SAFETY Before you head to the beach, be sure to check the beach flag conditions at VisitSouthWalton.com or on the Visit South Walton app. Lifeguards are on duty at eight public beach access points including Miramar Beach, Dune Allen, Ed Walline, Gulf View Heights, Blue Mountain, Van Ness Butler Jr., Santa Clara and Inlet Beach.

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ADA accessible walkovers at five beach access points including Miramar Beach, Ed Walline, Van Ness Butler Jr., Santa Clara and Inlet Beach. Beach wheelchairs are administered through the South Walton Fire District at Santa Clara, Ed Walline and Miramar Beach accesses — (850) 267-1298.

FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED All visitors who are fishing in either salt or fresh water are required by the state to have a Fishing License, unless they are participating in a fishing charter. Licenses can be obtained by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission — myfwc.com.

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his year’s cover artist is local artist Justin Gaffrey. He was honored as South Walton Artist of the Year, in 2005 and now more than a decade later, he has a growing base of collectors and fans both locally and around the globe. We enjoyed catching up with Justin and hearing more about his background, his art and his passion for helping others.

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How did you discover your love of creating art? I have always used my hands to create, construct and explore in work and play. I found my passion in the culinary arts working as a cook early in life. I started out building and painting furniture along with contracting and constructing on my own home. All of these experiences brought me into the art world, where I found my creativity and saw myself in a different light.

How do you describe your art? (style, media used, etc.) My style of art has changed a lot over the years and tends to evolve continuously. The beginning days of my art started in a Folklore genre that told stories about life with Southern coastal roots. I traveled to Europe and visited museums that displayed Van Gogh where his work captivated my next evolution of Sunflowers and Poppies. These paintings were the launch of my art career. 


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Since then, I have emerged my style on a continuous basis by sculpting with heavybodied acrylic paint and using palette knives, spatulas and other culinary tools. New forms have developed because of this exploration, including organic nests, wildlife, seascapes and lakescapes along with other coastal scenery depictions.  In 2013, I expanded my art by including contemporary sculptures and mixed media designs. My contemporary works reflect the way I view the human condition and our behaviors. These pieces are very dear to me, because they come from my inner self and are not so aesthetically focused. In 2017, I started collecting objects I found around my house and at outdoor markets to create assemblage art. I would take these objects and arrange them in hundreds of ways and take photos of them until I had a look I wanted that told the story I wanted to express. Then I painted many of these scenes and made contemporary sculptures out of the found objects. My latest body of work is called “Absurd Form.” With these pieces, I have painted wildlife forms to tell the stories of provoking thoughts that are lurking inside. All of these works are on display through the beginning of 2018 at the Justin Gaffrey Gallery, located in Blue Mountain Beach along Scenic Highway 30A.  Where do you find your inspiration/ subjects? I find inspiration all around me. I love nature and wildlife, including the local scenery and coastal shorelines. I also travel extensively, and I take exploratory hikes all around the world. When I get back from my adventures, I usually paint the scenery from the explored area. I think my favorite source of inspiration is us, human. The human condition intrigues me to always ask more questions about our behaviors and what motivates us to act the way we do. 

We see that you are constantly involved with philanthropic causes. Tell us a little about your recent giving and what inspires you. With the very active 2017 hurricane season, it was placed on my heart to collect donations and deliver them to Hurricane Harvey victims. The week Hurricane Harvey flooded Texas and Louisiana, the Justin Gaffrey Gallery coordinated community efforts to obtain one van, three trucks and four trailers full of donations that were being accepted by the Cajun Navy. We connected and then escorted with a fleet of volunteers from the Cajun Navy in Baton Rouge. Then we dropped off supplies and donations where we reloaded all of our transportation and brought more to the shelters. An organization that is very near and dear to my heart is the Food For Thought Organization. They are a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida that provides backpacks filled with healthy, easy to prepare food for students who are dependent on free or reduced school meals. They support a child’s development and educational experience by bridging the gap between school meals during weekends and holiday breaks. I have been volunteering and donating for five years with Food For Thought holding their first Annual Art of Giving. At this inaugural benefit, the Justin Gaffrey Gallery raised over $100,000. Since then, it brings me delight to be a part of the new Full Circle Kitchen, where I get the honor to teach teenagers how to cook and prepare dinners while Food For Thought supplies them all the ingredients to do so at their homes. The new Full Circle Kitchen also gives Food For Thought opportunities in which I have participated as guest chef for dinners purchased by incredibly generous donors. We love that you are constantly evolving. What can we look forward to in the coming year? I am looking forward to

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the new additions of prints to my painting collection. I have been asked for many years to have a printed edition of my work and have said that my paintings are incredibly thick with paint that I am afraid they will lose their essence. But with the latest works, I made them more about the subject and less about the painted texture which translates better into prints. Please contact the gallery and ask an associate about which paintings are available for prints.

Where can fans find your work? You can find my work at the Justin Gaffrey Gallery located at 21 Blue Gulf Drive in Blue Mountain Beach, along Scenic Highway 30A. You can also find my work that is for sale at the WaterColor Inn and Fish Out of Water, The Great Southern Cafe, The Pearl Hotel and Kaiser Sotheby’s in Fairhope, Alabama.

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id you know that the beaches of Northwest Florida are a nesting place for endangered sea turtles each year? Last year, the beaches of South Walton experienced a record setting turtle nesting season, recording 127 nests. This success is due in part to the work of South Walton Turtle Watch and the many volunteers who walk the beach regularly to identify, mark and monitor sea turtle nests along the area’s pristine beaches. The purpose of South Walton Turtle Watch (SWTW ) is to locate endangered and threatened sea turtle nests and to protect them during the crucial nesting and hatching season (May 1–October 31). By law, only certified members are allowed to interact with endangered sea turtles and SWTW partners with state officials to 16

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offer training courses annually to educate turtle walkers and certify area coordinators. “As sea turtle volunteers, we go through many hours of training so that we may help these wonderful sea turtles,” said Sharon Maxwell, lead volunteer with SWTW. “We are learning more each year. That is why we can get a sea turtle permit, which allows us to help endangered and threatened animals.” Northwest Florida beaches attract several endangered and threatened species of sea turtles, including Green, Loggerhead, Leatherback and Kemp's Ridley. A female sea turtle returns to the beach where she was born to lay her eggs, which can be more than 100 eggs per nest. Approximately 40-60 days later, the tiny hatchlings emerge from the nest and head

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for the Gulf of Mexico to begin their life at sea. Female Loggerheads, which are the most common species in Northwest Florida, return to their nesting beach every two or more years and lay approximately four to seven nests in a season. Debbie Taylor is one of the 96 volunteers with South Walton Turtle Watch. She walks a designated stretch of beach during nesting season once a week or more looking for turtle tracks and signs that a female may have come ashore and laid a nest. When a nest is found, it is marked and monitored. Approximately 50 days later, SWTW volunteers start monitoring the beach for hatchling tracks as well as baby sea turtles that may have not made it safely to the water. “I had the rare privilege of rescuing one little, two-inch hatchling just as the sun

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was coming up,” said Taylor. “I found an ‘unmarked’ nest with a hatchling struggling to get untangled from sea grass that had grown over the nest. With assistance from my area coordinator, we were able to tear the grass away from around her carapace, but once free, she was limping. There were strands of grass wrapped tightly around her right flipper. After gently unraveling it, she was able to use her flipper and we watched her walk down the beach and enter the Gulf. I was overwhelmed with emotion, knowing I had played a role in saving this one little sea turtle that may someday return to lay her nest on our beach.” Sea turtles can live to be over 100 years old, but unfortunately the survival rates are low. In fact, only one hatchling in a thousand makes it to adulthood (15-25 years). First, the egg must survive. Protecting the nest from foot traffic is a good first step, but the nest is still at risk of predation by animals as well as of high tides during storms, which can wash out and drown nests. Once hatched, hatchlings must make it to the water without becoming disoriented by artificial light or killed by predators. Finally they arrive to their home in the Gulf where they are at risk of sharks, fish, fishing lines, ingesting

debris and trash, boats and pollution. For the females who survive and return to shore to nest, it is a great victory. Through the help of South Walton Turtle Watch, its small army of volunteers and beachgoers, eggs laid along South Walton beaches have an increased chance for survival. Learn more about SWTW at southwaltonturtlewatch.org. EMERALD COAST TURTLE WATCH Along Destin and Okaloosa Island’s beaches, George Gray, who has served as Okaloosa County’s Sea Turtle Coordinator for almost 20 years, leads similar efforts to monitor and protect sea turtle nests and educate the public. “Public education is vital to keeping nesting turtles protected on our shores,” said Gray. “That’s why I lead educational talks and educational walks during nesting season.” From May through October, Gray and his family ride the beach every morning looking for turtle tracks and marking nests. Last season, they marked 18 nests and monitored them from inception to hatching. For families interested in joining Gray for an educational talk and walk, can learn more at emeraldcoastfl.com/things-to-do/ ecotourism/educational-beach-walks.

SEA TURTLE NESTING DATA 2008–2017 Walton County, Florida

HOW YOU CAN HELP There are many ways that beachgoers can support the local volunteer efforts to ensure sea turtle nests are protected and hatchlings make it safely to the Gulf of Mexico. Here are some ways you can help when you’re at the beach:

»» Limit lights at night: If you’re staying at a Gulffront property keep the lights off on the balcony and close curtains/blinds »» Use turtle safe flashlights or flashlight covers when on the beach at night (available at Visit South Walton Visitor Center) »» Fill in any holes you dig and smooth out sandcastles when you leave the beach each day

South Walton Turtle Watch Group Sharon Maxwell, Permit Holder, Sea Turtle Permit #120 Sea Turtle Nesting Season Runs From May 1 to October 31

Loggerhead

Green

Kemp's Ridley

Leatherback

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0

0

38

2009

32

3

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1

36

2010

30

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1

0

31

2011

34

1

0

0

35

2012

93

1

2

1

97

2013

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56

2014

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1

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0

47

2015

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3

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2

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2016

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0

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2017

111

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127

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»» Leave No Trace: Remove all belongings and trash from the beach every day »» Do not release helium balloons, which end up in waterways where sea turtles confuse them for their favorite food — jellyfish »» Report any sea turtle activity to the local turtle watch group

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veryone loves a great legend, and with its location near the highly coveted and hard-to-find fishing spot known as “shunk gulley” reef in the Gulf of Mexico, a newly opened restaurant along scenic Highway 30A could hardly have been graced with a more intriguing name. As local lore has it, the reef ’s exact coordinates were a closely guarded secret among the luckiest of fishermen, holding a reputation for being one of the area’s top fishing spots. And with a menu boasting the use of some of the finest fish and seafood available, Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar is well on its way to following in the lead of its namesake to become the stuff of local legends. Building on a vision of creating a restaurant that would ultimately showcase coastal flavors in all their downhome glory at a location that was unique in its beauty, local builder Thomas Gallion partnered with Perdido Key restaurateurs John McInnis and Cameron Price to open the restaurant in late November 2017. Knowing they wanted to trust their new venture to skilled hands, they brought on Cuvee Kitchen + Bar’s former chef to take the helm and develop a menu that combined familiar classics with a few creative new spins on local favorites. “Our goal was to offer dishes that would entice our guests to come back any day of

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the week, and sourcing the best ingredients is key to accomplishing that,” says Chef McMahan. “This region has a plethora of the freshest, highest quality product to use, and we have the perfect opportunity to explore everything available and really make it shine.” Furthering their vision of showcasing the area’s multitude of fresh resources, Shunk Gulley is also highly focused on conservation efforts. They talk the talk and walk the walk, going so far as to team up with South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) to restore fisheries in the Gulf and assist in building a more diverse ecosystem. It’s a proud legacy for the restaurant and its owners to leave, a way to truly feed back into the natural resources that, in turn, feed the community. New reef structures bearing the Shunk Gulley name have been deployed in the Gulf as part of an ongoing partnership with SWARA, and plans are in place for additional deployments in the near future. A bastion of beautiful fish and various other marine life, the Gulf is indeed something worthy of protecting. So, too, are its offerings worthy of their high regard within the culinary world. And with its close proximity to the beach, Shunk Gulley does its fair share in celebrating the seafood caught mere hours before they are

brought to the kitchens to be used in its dishes. But Shunk Gulley’s vision is not to be over the top in its presentation or overly fussy. Instead, it is establishing itself a local hangout — and certainly one where fishermen would feel right at home. Offering a variety of both “naked” and chargrilled oysters crowned with toppings such as sharp cheddar, jalapeno and bacon, Shunk Gulley certainly brings flavor out of its shell. And if you’re craving meat, the Shunk Burger is a signature dish worth sinking your teeth into, topping a the juicy beef with melted slices of Vermont sharp cheddar cheese, crisp Applewood smoked bacon, sweet caramelized honey onions, fresh romaine lettuce and house-made pickles on a toasted challah bun slathered with tomato jam. While entrees like Fried Sweet Tea Chicken could easily have you on the hook, it’s the seafood that truly takes center stage. It is, after all, the restaurant’s pride and joy, prepared simply in a way that easily displays its quality and ability to offer comfort to the soul.

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In that respect, the food perfectly embodies the atmosphere that Gallion, Price and McInnis hoped to create — a simple place that feels welcoming and unassuming. “We wanted to bring back an old-school 30A feel with great food, live music and an unreal view of the Gulf,” says Gallion. “Really, one of our greatest goals was to partner with the community and make ever yone feel completely welcome here.” “Whether they’re stepping off the beach, stopping by after work, or just driving by on vacation, everyone can find something to love at Shunk Gulley,” adds General Manager Kirk Williams. Fresh, local and quality are all buzz words at Shunk Gulley. And that is clearly represented on the menu along with the principals of sustainability, respect for the environment and customer service. And while its namesake might once have been a secreted place, this is one gulley where everyone is truly welcome —and boy, is the fishing here great.

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is located at 1875 South Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. Open daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m. For more information, call (850) 622-2733 or visit shunkgulley30a.com.

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Holbrook and his dog, Coco Julio Brown

CASUAL COASTAL COOL IN EVERY SIGNATURE CATERING OF 30A DISH BY ZANDRA WOLFGRAM

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Holbrook's signature cooked oysters

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hef Christopher Levi Holbrook will tell you his culinary curiosity was stirred at the tender age of 5 by his grandmother’s chicken and dumplings. “I always loved food growing up; all the fuss was simply about eating, cooking and watching the vegetables grow in the garden,” he says. Holbrook has been working in a kitchen since the age of 14. After graduating from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, he gained experience in the banquet kitchens of various resorts and learned still more under local Chef Tim Creehan. Holbrook worked in several hot spots in Atlanta before becoming a sought-after private chef to various high-profile socialites and celebrities, including New Orleans mogul Al Copeland Sr. In 2008, he returned to the I love to Emerald Coast and launched Signature Catering of paddleboard. 30A, which easily personifies his personal sense of style — coastal, casual and cool. “I’m really kind of a laid-back yet very passionate person,” the 41-year-old says slowly, choosing his words so as to get the most from each one. “You could say I have an old soul and a vintage vest about me, but I’m really comfortable in my own skin.” Holbrook was raised “in the coastal lifestyle,” and he likes to joke that “one side of my family is proper Southern and the other is redneck.” Yet he is also “fed” by traveling for several weeks at a time a few times a year and soaking up different faces, places and … food. “I really feel food is the way I’ve been blessed to absorb different cultures,” he says. “I always try to seek out new information — I’m a sponge.” A last supper for this gourmand would include “a load of foie gras, black truffles and a magnum of vintage Krug,” but if he were a dish himself, without hesitation he says he’d likely be a bowl of gumbo. “It’s versatile; it takes time and effort and energy. It’s spicy, sultry and sexy. It may not be the prettiest thing to look at, but once you have it, it’s full of flavor and life,” he says with a smile.


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More than just a name, Prudence Farrow Bruns was the inspiration for a timeless song by the iconic Beatles.

MUSE TO THE BEATLES BY ZANDRA WOLFGRAM

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t was 1968. The Vietnam War was raging. Martin Luther King was silenced by a bullet. Apollo 7 was the first aircraft to launch human life into space. Women’s Liberation groups began to target the Miss America beauty contest. And The Beatles four-member boy-band phenomenon was at its pinnacle, trying to make sense of the world through song. The band harmonized a lot about women — which is, perhaps, one reason why they had such a strong following of female fans. In 1968 they released “Hey Jude,” “Sexy Sadie,” “Julia,” “Heather” and dozens of other songs. But it was “Dear Prudence,” written by John Lennon and recorded in London over three sultry summer days in August of 1968, that seemed to instantly intrigue a generation that was filled with angst. The lyrical ballad was inspired by Prudence Farrow Bruns. Although she grew up in a Hollywood family — her father was film director John Farrow, her mother was actress Maureen O’Sullivan and her older sister is actress Mia Farrow — Prudence has never been a seeker of the spotlight. Quite the opposite, in fact, as the now-famous song laments. Bruns’ father died when she was just 15 years old. At this time, she experienced “a very powerful spiritual experience that set (her) sails.” She began a personal quest to fill the void she felt with spiritual peace. At 16, she was reading “Siddhartha,” by Herman Hesse, and became “fascinated and enthralled” with India, Hinduism and Buddhism. While a student at UCLA, she pursued her passion for yoga and began practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM). Bruns had studied with Swami Satchidananda for two years and had begun teaching TM in a church in Boston when she met up with The Beatles in India during their six-week sojourn to study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. She was just 19 years old and one of few Westerners who had even heard of Transcendental Meditation.

In India, Bruns became so intently focused on her meditation that she turned into a near recluse, rarely appearing from her hut. John Lennon was asked to “contact her and make sure she came out more often to socialize.” As a result, he wrote the song, “Dear Prudence.” In the song, Lennon asks Bruns to “open up your eyes” and “see the sunny skies,” reminding her that she was “part of everything.” Not surprisingly, the song deeply influenced and, in many ways, defined Bruns. Her award-winning memoir, “Dear Prudence: The Story Behind the Song,” offers her personal telling of the story of the iconic song written during one of America’s most tumultuous decades. “It didn’t mean much to me at the time,” she reflects. “I was grateful and it was positive and very beautiful, but I was preoccupied.” And she still is. It has been 50 years since The Beatles released “Dear Prudence” into the universe, but Prudence Farrow Bruns, the speaker, author, scholar, film producer and music muse, still relishes time spent in reflection. She formed the Prudence Foundation to further support the study of yoga and TM and is currently a director of the Northwest Florida TM Program. She leads TM workshops near her home twice a month and at local studios along the Emerald Coast several times a year. She and her husband, Albert, live quietly in Seagrove Beach, where they honeymooned in 1969 and where they spent their summer vacations with their three children. “Seagrove has been an anchor in our lives,” Bruns says. “It’s a very spiritual place and definitely has got something special going on. We like that it attracts the kind of people who care more about nature and less about waterslides and big buildings.” As for music, it’s still a “profound” influence in Bruns’ life. “It’s a very powerful medium and one of the closest things to the spiritual we have,” she says. “It reminds us that we are connected; we are one.”

PARTIAL LYRICS OF “DEAR PRUDENCE” Dear Prudence, won’t you come out to play? Dear Prudence, greet the brand new day The sun is up, the sky is blue It’s beautiful and so are you Dear Prudence, won’t you come out to play? Dear Prudence, open up your eyes Dear Prudence, see the sunny skies The wind is low, the birds will sing That you are part of everything

DID YOU KNOW THIS ABOUT “DEAR PRUDENCE”? John Lennon is said to have selected it as one of his favorite songs by The Beatles. In 1987, Lennon’s original handwritten lyrics of the song, containing 14 lines and some “doodles” in the margin, sold at auction for $19,500. “Dear Prudence” is one of 17 songs recorded by The Beatles that mentions the words “sun” or “sunshine.” English post-punk band Siouxsie and the Banshees released a cover version of the song as a single in 1983, which became one of their biggest hits.

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SHOP DINE PLAY The Village of Baytowne Wharf features an array of boutiques, eateries, nightlife, and a jam-packed schedule of outdoor festivals and special events for the entire family. This spectacular setting is the perfect spot to spend a vibrant afternoon, evening or vacation. Walk, drive or hop on the tram to visit us inside the gates of Sandestin.

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A quick tour of the spa reveals 11 beautifully appointed treatment rooms, a wet area, a luxurious couples’ suite with balcony, the Lavender Lounge and a full-service salon.

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eciding how to spend a few precious hours of “me time” can be a tough decision. You may ask yourself, “what will give me the most satisfaction — fitness and exercise or relaxing at the spa or salon?” Fortunately, there is an option in Destin that provides the best of both worlds. A visit to The Henderson leaves guests feeling fit, rested and revitalized. Guests are enveloped with calm and beauty the moment they enter the grand foyer. With the open-beamed ceilings overhead, cast iron chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the state park, it doesn’t take long to feel the journey to wellness beginning. On this visit, I started with circuit training in the fitness center downstairs. The instructor, Kwandre Caldwell, has worked at The Henderson almost a year and customizes each session to the individual’s or group’s fitness goals and skill level. “We enjoy enhancing your existing fitness plan by introducing new exercises that focus on the same areas you’re already working on, but we keep it fresh,” said Kwandre Caldwell, a personal trainer at The Henderson. “We also have the Beach Boot Camp, which is very popular since it combines a full body workout with a beautiful setting on the beach.”

From fitness on the water with “Paddle Fit,” featuring exercises on a stand-up paddleboard to “HIIT,” a highintensity interval training to boot camps, the resultsorientated workouts burn calories and tone the entire body in a beautiful and relaxing setting. For those seeking to calm the mind while strengthening the body, The Henderson also offers yoga classes in all styles of practice. From the “Gentle Flow” class for beginners with Vinyasa-style basic poses to “Flow Yoga” focused on breathing to “Stretch Yoga” aimed at loosening muscles, The Henderson’s highly trained instructors offer classes both inside, on the lawn and on the beach. With the workout complete, it was time to head to the Salamander Spa for some relaxation. Each spa experience begins with the ritual of ringing the Tibetan singing bowl. Upon ringing the bowl, gentle vibrations enter through the hands and the melodic humming brings guests into a trancelike state as the mind focuses and the stress and demands of life dissipate. “Wellness envelopes all areas at The Henderson — art, fitness, dining, relaxation,” said April Smith, spa director

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at Salamander Spa. “When you come to The Henderson, you don’t want to just get a massage and leave. You want to spend the whole day here and enjoy a holistic experience that empowers and energizes you on a path to well-being.” With so many treatment options, I decided to try the “Henderson’s Dreams” from the body collection. This service is a customized treatment developed by Kerstin Florian specifically for Salamander Spa. The journey to calm begins with the olfactory glands. Each guest personalizes the experience by selecting a scent from the Kerstin Florian essential oils. The selected oil is then used within a mineral salt scrub (for me, the eucalyptus with ginger was the perfect mix of invigoration and relaxation). After the scrub, guests enjoy a full body massage, which is enhanced with warm rose quartz stones to further relax the body and center the mind. During the process, the scalp is massaged and head wrapped. The treatment concludes with a soothing foot massage. Once complete, the therapist mists refreshing Neroli water to slowly rouse you by awakening your senses. Before or after any treatment, the wet room features amenities that combine heat and water to sooth muscles and release toxins. Guests can begin in the whirlpool tub or sauna and then move to the experiential shower. This is a unique spray experience with light display, which combines water spray volume from the walls and overhead with temperature settings for a soothing or invigorating effect. An ideal place to meditate and embrace inner healing is the Lavender 30

Treatment options abound at The Henderson, from yoga and massages to a full day at the spa.

Lounge. With six luxurious chaise lounge chairs, the room is bathed in natural light, creating a beautiful serene setting for relaxation. This was the perfect opportunity to nourish my body. I ordered fresh-from-the-Gulf grouper tacos off the Horizons menu. Coming soon, the new spa menu will include build-your-own bento boxes with a wonderfully diverse mix of greens and proteins. The best part was topping off the experience off with some bubbles. Lavender Bubbles, a mix of lavender simple syrup, La Marca Prosecco and Miraval Rose was the perfect complement to a day at the spa. Spa goers may also continue their journey of transformation by visiting the salon for hair, makeup or nail treatments to leave looking as beautiful on the outside as you feel on the inside. As Salamander Spa Therapist Cara Santos intuitively shared, “A day at The Henderson is like pressing the reset button.” Learn more at SalamanderSpa.com.

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THE EMERALD COAST

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has become a household word thanks to the rise of the craft beer movement the past decade. The popularity of craft beers has paved the way for craft spirits to follow. In fact, the American Craft Spirits Association’s Inaugural Craft Spirits Economic Briefing, released in August 2016, revealed there were 1,315 active craft distillers in the U.S., producing 4.9 million cases and generating $2.4 billion in retail sales annually. Northwest Florida’s leading wine and spirits expert, Chan Cox, describes the evolution as a natural one. “It is similar to what we saw with wine 25-30 years ago, when everyone was getting interested in wine. They wanted education; they wanted to learn more and started getting passionate about wine,” said Cox, owner of Chan’s Wine World and The Craft Bar. “Two to three years after the craft beer movement began, we

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began to see people come into the store doing research and becoming educated about craft spirits. Bourbon is leading the charge, but it is spreading to other categories.” “In the early ’70s, bourbon was king,” continued Cox. “Now there is huge interest in bourbon again, but it’s different. Back then, you could run an ad for Early Times and sell 50 cases. Today, consumers are not seeking the mass produced bottle of bourbon. They are seeking premium brands and craft spirits.” What makes a product “craft” is not yet clearly defined. Some say it’s a product that is handcrafted by a qualified, passionate expert. Others believe the product must be made from the highest quality ingredients or materials while others say it is a product made with precision. But most agree that craft is a combination of the above.

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Timber Creek Distillery in Crestview creates a variety of flavored rums, in addition to its own recipes of whiskey, vodka and gin. Co-owners Camden Ford (right), distillery president, and Aaron Barnes, master distiller, launched Timber Creek in 2015. Their liquors use local ingredients, such as corn, rye, wheat and oats from Florida.

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On a national scale, many of today’s craft spirits producers are owned by large beverage companies. For example, Angel’s Envy is owned by Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world. Even winemakers are joining the craft spirits movement. Dave Phinney of Orin Swift Cellars sold his wine business to E&J Gallo and launched a craft spirits company called Savage & Cooke. With an emphasis on brown spirits — bourbon and whiskey, Phinney is using the same techniques that he used to make wine. Using grain that is grown on his property in Solano County, he is milling it on site, monitoring each stage of the distillation process and then aging the spirits in wine barrels. For many distilleries, the focus is on quality ingredients. When Camden Ford was exploring the idea of opening a distillery in Northwest Florida, having access to quality ingredients was paramount. Discovering that farmers from Florala, Alabama, to Pensacola were producing the quality grains needed for premium spirits, including vodka, gin, rum and bourbon, Ford teamed up with master distiller Aaron Barnes and launched Timber Creek Distillery in Crestview, Florida, just north of Destin, in 2015. “We are blessed with some fantastic local crops in the Florida Panhandle,” said Ford, who serves as co-owner and president of Timber Creek Distillery. “We have corn, wheat and oats here. Rye grows in Central Florida. For our vodka and whiskeys, we use local red soft winter wheat, local Yellow No. 2 Dent Corn and local Florida 401 Black Rye. For our rums, we use the best Gulf Coast Cane Molasses from Louisiana.” “In addition to great grains, we have great water,” continued Ford. “In Kentucky, they talk about how the limestone spring water distinguishes Kentucky bourbon from competitors. We have spring water from a Florida limestone aquifer. It is filtered and pumped right to us.” While Timber Creek is a young distillery, the focus is not the age of the product but the quality of the ingredients and the distilling process. “We have custom-designed our distillery to take the greatest care of the fruits and grains to preserve and extract the purest flavors,” said Ford. “We have a custom-designed pot still and the copper worm condenser to allow the bold flavors of our raw ingredients to shine through.

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“Everything we do is craft. Gone are the old days of powders and mixes. Every ingredient is fresh.” — Chan Cox, owner, Chan’s Wine World and The Craft Bar

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“Next summer, we will begin to also incorporate many of our local fruits including: strawberries, plums, peaches and muscadines. We will use these in our brandies and also as flavorings for our other products.”

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Not only are craft spirits gaining more shelf space at Chan’s Wine World and other package stores along the Gulf Coast, but craft cocktails are also gaining fans at a rapid rate. Cox opened four Craft Bars in Northwest Florida since 2014. “What has happened in the three years since opening our first Craft Bar location (in Destin) is that we have gone from selling a higher percentage of craft beer to now selling a higher percentage of craft cocktails,” said Cox. “Everything we do is craft. Gone are the old days of powders and mixes. Every ingredient is fresh. We make our own bitters. We have a machine to make fresh citrus juices. We use herbs and fresh fruit — all craft ingredients.” “Everything is precision cocktails. No free pouring — not like in movies years ago,” continued Cox. “Our team is excited about the craft movement. They are very passionate about everything craft. Last year, Cuvee Kitchen and Wine Bar was purchased by local restaurateurs, Christopher Ruyan and Tyler Jarvis, from Tim Creehan. As part of their vision to bring a fresh and local twist to this favorite local gathering spot, they hired beverage director Zach Bingham, who was a student of the craft cocktails movement before moving back to Destin. “I was in Chicago at the height of the movement,” said Bingham. “James Beard moved to Chicago. Chicago was setting DESTINVACATION.COM B E M AGAZINE 2018

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“Cocktails are stories and narratives. Nothing is really new. It is reimagination of something that was used in the past.” — Zach Bingham, beverage director, Cuvee Kitchen and Wine Bar

the precedent. One of my mentors was David Disney at Salero. He was working on new cocktails. He was making consummates from scratch. He took my creativity to a new level. “Cocktails are stories and narratives,” continued Bingham. “Nothing is really new. It is reimagination of something that was used in the past.” Bingham has been building the beverage program at Cuvee Kitchen & Wine Bar to not only support the menu, but also to tell a story. “Our craft cocktail menu is defined by three parts,” Bingham said. “First, historical significance: Is there history behind it? An aperitif from Italy, a fortified wine cocktail from the 1920’s pre-Prohibition. Second, the ingredients themselves must be fresh. Third, it is intentional to the program itself. Seasonal, historical, themed … does it fit the narrative? “Guests who have been coming here for years will find ‘something new to crave.’ For example: Take the Manhattan: a classic cocktail made with bourbon, rye, vermouth. Our version is approachable to the Manhattan lover. Named the ‘The Corrupt Bargain’ after the 1930’s W Hotel Manhattan, which was notorious for splitting the (bitters) base. We looked at the flavor profile blend of three bitters — vanilla, bark and cherry. We use orange bitters for a lovely floral note with acidity along with Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter Bitters for molasses and oak. Then, instead of a skewered maraschino cherry, we give it a Florida vibe with a flamed oil peel for aroma of burnt orange. “Take the traditional and turn it on its head,” said Bingham. “We’re in the business of asking questions. Why do it that way? What can be changed? Consistency is the challenge. Viscosity must be just right, must be exactly the same every time.”

Cuvee beverage director Zach Bingham is a student of craft cocktails, and he likes to mingle history, local flavors and top-shelf spirits to create a unique drink — and a story.

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Founded by Chan Cox, the Craft Beer & Spirits Jam was launched in 2014 as part of the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival. “We wanted to appeal to younger audiences and bring in iconic legends,” said Cox. “We’ve hosted Michter’s Master Distiller Willie Pratt, Master Distiller Wess Henderson of Angel’s Envy and Jimmy Russell of Wild Turkey. We like this trend because people are drinking less but drinking better.”

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Artificial reef submerged

A crane lowers part of an artificial reef into the waters of the Gulf. The structure soon became home to a menagerie of undersea life.

ONE SUNNY DAY late last fall, Andy MacAlexander stood on the side of his boat in his wet suit, a scuba tank slung over his shoulders, a pair of rubber flippers on his feet. He peered down into the dark blue water.

Though invisible from the surface, about 60 feet below, 6,000-pound hunks of limestone, concrete and metal rested in the sand. Just four months earlier, MacAlexander had been in this exact spot, watching a giant crane hoist the pyramid-shaped structures from the deck of a barge and then lower them slowly into the Gulf of Mexico. This project is MacAlexander’s brainchild: a series of artificial reefs, sunk nearshore and in deeper waters, to create perfect ecosystems for snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing. Now it was time to dip under the surface and see what those hunks of submerged construction material had become. He splashed into the water and dove down. A rainbow of vibrant colors was alive, pulsing with action. Red and black snapper swarmed in large numbers. Dozens of grey triggerfish and gag grouper darted around. Varieties of airy plankton drifted by. He spotted spindly arrow crabs, the daddy longlegs of the sea, black-and-white-striped spadefish, bright, blue tang with their fluorescent yellow tails. MacAlexander was blown away. He dove the reefs shortly after they were sunk, but at that time they were still nearly barren. He knew on this dive he would see fish, but the quantity was staggering and completely unexpected. He and his dive partners were giddy with excitement. “It was almost silly, just ridiculous how many fish we saw after only four months,” he said. “No one really ever imagines it. I mean, you put something out there, and it instantly has an impact. As soon as you put it in the water, the fish know it’s there.” DESTINVACATION.COM B E M AGA ZINE 2018

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SHOULD SWIMMERS WORRY ABOUT

SHARKS AT THE REEFS? No. Sure, there are sharks in the Gulf of Mexico, and the reefs attract sharks because the reefs attract their food source— small fish. However, sharks are beautiful creatures and can be an exciting experience for scuba divers and snorkelers. The International Shark Attack File investigates alleged sharkhuman interactions occurring worldwide each year and reports that you’re 75 times more likely to be killed by lightning than a shark. HERE'S SOME TIPS ON HOW TO STAY SAFE: » If a shark is sighted, stay calm. Most sharks are merely curious and will leave on their own accord. However, if a shark is showing signs of aggression, leave the water. » Always stay in groups since sharks are more likely to attack a solitary individual. » Avoid being in the water during darkness or twilight hours when sharks are most active and have a competitive sensory advantage. » Do not enter the water if bleeding—a shark's olfactory ability is acute. » Wearing shiny jewelry is discouraged because the reflected light resembles the sheen of fish scales.

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MacAlexander’s passion for what’s below the water’s surface began at a young age. He grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, but he and his family took regular trips to the Caribbean for diving adventures. “There has always been an emotional tie to it,” he said. “Maybe it was just the way I was born, but I can’t get away from saltwater. Some people dig the mountains. Some people dig New York City. I dig the Gulf.” It was this love for the Gulf that brought him to South Walton where he could

snorkel and dive and raise a family, fostering in them their own love of the salt and the sand. Then in 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill happened, leaking over 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf over three months. “Everyone was freaking out about the oil and the impacts on tourism and the impact on the economy,” MacAlexander recalled. “Everyone was thinking from a financial perspective: There are going to be penalties and fines, and everybody’s either losing money or making money.”


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Artificial reefs offer a perfect ecosystem to view for snorkelers and divers.

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“But what about the fish?” MacAlexander knew the spill would affect the ecosystem thriving under the water’s surface. Much of human action has an effect on the environment, and for almost half the country, those effects drain into the Mississippi River and then flow right into the Gulf of Mexico. The motor oil that drips from a car, the tons of discarded plastic, the chemicals used to treat crops. As MacAlexander mulled these thoughts and continued to dive and spend hours underwater, he came up with an idea. Maybe they could build artificial reefs, places where fish could find refuge and people could snorkel or dive and experience all the life thriving under the sea. Those people might gain a greater appreciation of how humans and the environment interact. Over 3.5 million tourists visit South Walton each year. If 10 percent of those people — 350,000 people a year — went home with a new perspective, that could make a difference, he thought. “If it’s in front of you, you can’t neglect it. You can’t say it’s not beautiful when you go down there to look at it,” MacAlexander said. “It’s not just a

cool place to go boogie board or body surf; it’s not just somewhere to lay on the sand and get sunburned. There’s actually life under those waves, and it’s amazing. It’s super-freaking cool to see. And it’s something worth protecting.”

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People got on board with MacAlexander’s vision almost immediately. In 2013, the South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) began with the generous support of a handful of local donors and county, state and national organizations. By the end of last year, they had spent $2 million building reefs off the coast of Walton County, and the program has grown to be one of the most ambitious in the state of Florida. This summer alone, the group sunk over 2.5 million pounds of concrete, steel and limestone. The grassroots organization has one paid staff member, the rest of the group are all volunteers. “There’s a heck of a lot of backbone in this organization,” MacAlexander said. “I’m passionate about it because it’s just who I am, but it’s the whole community that has made this happen.”

1. Always have a dive flag whether you are snorkeling or diving. It is not only required by law, but it’s smart. 2. Always have a flotation device like a kayak, paddleboard or even a boogie board. Take something with you just in case you get tired or get a cramp. 3. Don’t go alone. Bring a partner if at all possible. 4. Have a plan, just like with any outdoor activity like hiking or biking. Make sure someone on shore knows your plan. 5. If the water is rough, don’t go. If it is going to storm, it’s probably not a great time to snorkel or dive.

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The South Walton Artificial Reef Association sunk over 2.5 million pounds of concrete, limestone and steel this past summer.

THE REEF BREAKDOWN 4 SNORKEL REEFS: Good for: snorkeling, free diving How to Get There: swim, paddleboard, kayak Four inshore snorkel reefs are complete off Miramar Beach, Topsail Hill Beach, Grayton Beach and Inlet Beach. The 12 dive reefs, which are 19 percent complete, are sprinkled farther off the coast, from half a mile to a mile out, stretching along the county’s coastline. The first reef the group completed is located at Grayton Beach State Park. A sign on the shore and yellow pole visible from the Gulf gives directions to its location about 200 yards offshore. (Coordinates and maps for all the reefs are available at waltonreefs.org.) When swimming past the sandbar out to the reef, it’s incredibly quiet underwater. Aside from the waves, there aren’t any sounds at all. “When you get closer to the reef, you start hearing this crackling noise,” MacAlexander said. “When you get over the reef it sounds like you’re in a giant bowl of Rice Krispies. It’s the barnacles and everything feeding and eating. It’s loud. It’s the sound of marine life.” All the reefs are designed to be reached by kayak or paddleboard to make them accessible

to everyone, even if you don’t own a motorized boat. The snorkel reefs are close enough to swim. For visitors without equipment, first-timers or anyone looking for a fun, group adventure, some local companies, like Rent Gear Here, offer guided tours to the snorkel reefs. “A lot of people don’t realize it’s pretty easy to get out there,” said Erika McCracken with Rent Gear Here. “If they can go out at least once with a guided tour, they will feel more comfortable to go out and do it on their own.” The company’s guides are well-versed in the marine life at the reefs, and they explain what is swimming, scuttling or floating by during their tours. Whether seasoned at snorkeling or diving or just starting out, MacAlexander said the experience is like nothing else. “It’s the only place on earth that I know of where no other thoughts exist,” he said. “Not your mortgage payment, your kid’s grades, if you left the garage door open. Nothing else but what you see right before your eyes.”

What You Can See: juvenile species of fish, coral, barnacles

12 DIVE REEFS: Good for: fishing, spear fishing, Scuba diving How to Get There: paddleboard, kayak, motorized boat What You Can See: more mature fish, game fish, invertebrates Note: Fishing permits are required. Licenses can be purchased online by visiting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website (myfwc.com) or by visiting the Walton County Tax Collector’s office.

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PART OF THE JOY of visiting the reefs is knowing what you’re viewing. Thanks to Appleseed Kids Sea Life Discovery Center in Grayton Beach, families will know before they go. The non-profit organization connects kids and families to the ocean through hands-on discovery programs that combine lab studies, in-field science studies and experiential adventures. Start the day in the sea lab learning about local marine life in the lab’s touch tanks, including urchins and starfish. Then follow Marine Biologist Joe Moore and his team into the field to view a wide variety of species in their natural habitat. The Sea Lab programs are booked by reservations, including school field trips, after school programs and family day trips. Group programs begin in March and the Sea Lab is open year round. To book your event, visit 30asealife.org or call (850) 419-7703. The Sea Life Discover Center is located at 37 Logan Lane, Unit 1, Grayton Beach. 42

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ometimes three generations need three floors. Sometimes, they require separate housing altogether. Imagine gathering three adult couples — a set of grandparents, parents and a newly married couple — with their need for three bedrooms, along with three single daughters ranging in age from 19 to 28. Then, add a friend or two to the group and coordinate a rental for a long holiday weekend. When you are trying to accommodate groups such as these and maintain a state of tranquility, keep Newman-Dailey Resort Properties in mind. With 30-plus years of experience in property management and vacation home rentals, Newman-Dailey has a variety of homes in Florida from Destin proper to the far reaches of Highway 30A available for both short- or long-term rentals. The Estate of Tranquility, as it is so cleverly coined, is located in marvelous Miramar Beach in the Destiny East singlefamily home community, just steps from Scenic Highway 98 and ultra convenient 44

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Wide Open Spaces

Boasting six bedrooms, five with king beds and one with two roomy bunk beds, six and a half bathrooms, a private pool (heating optional with fee), wireless internet, seven televisions, two DVD players, washer and dr yer and a community clubhouse with tennis and fitness room, the Estate of Tranquility is where Emerald Coast vacationers go to drool. The open floor plan — sizable kitchen, dining area and great room — allows for great entertaining, large family or group meals, essential board and card game playing as well as the obligatory sports watching during any busy holiday weekend. Recollect the peaceful mornings when each daughter not only had her own bathroom, but also her own bed? The convenient location belies what most often strangles a trip to the Emerald Coast:

traffic. Bike riding and walking is incredible in this area. Scenic Highway 98 features wide sidewalks and slow-moving traffic, and inside the community gates, there is virtually no traffic at all. We rented four bicycles from Coastal Cruisers, and they were delivered to and picked up from the rental home. Henderson Beach State Park is less than 2 miles west, and the nearby public beach with its sugar-white sands is less than a quarter mile from the front door of Estate of Tranquility. More conveniences in close proximity are longtime favorite restaurants:


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The Crab Trap Destin, Captain Dave’s on the Gulf, Camille’s at Crystal Beach and 790 on the Gulf. Indian Bayou Golf Club also is just 4 miles away. Some bucket lists include deep sea fishing, and while seeking the elusive blue marlin off the coast might be a dream for some, the girls in my family were fine with a communal party boat like the Destiny or Destin Princess. Both are docked at the Destin Fishing Fleet Marina and can accommodate individuals, small or large parties. We chose a six-hour trip with all bait, tackle and license included in the price of your trip ($65 in the winter, $80 in the summer). After cruising 10 to 15 miles offshore, signals were given so that our group could begin fishing. Bait your hook, drop your line near the bottom of the Gulf and look for a sign. After a slow start, our group caught amberjack, Vermilion snapper, red snapper, white snapper and triggerfish during the excursion. When required, the friendly crew was handy with a gaffe and amicably untangled crossed lines. This kind of fishing doesn’t require trolling or a long wait for action. The captain and the crew need to find the fish and the bait that will attract the fish. The rest is up to you. Once the excursion was complete, our fresh catch was expertly cleaned, bagged and put on ice for an additional 35 cents per pound. The fun had just begun!

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After showering and dressing back at the Estate, we returned to the marina for dinner at Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer. Truly one of the greatest ideas of all restaurants convenient to charter boats is Brotula’s hook-and-cook option for all who wish to enjoy their fresh catches of the day. Our server, Alex, whisked the fish away to the kitchen, took our drink orders and provided us with good intelligence about the appetizers and sides offered. What ensued was an extraordinary display of culinary execution. Fried pickles, lobster-and-spinach dip and fried green tomato Caprese led the way. Our fresh catch, which was nicely prepared in three different ways — broiled, blackened and fried — was served on a huge platter. Accompanying the main trio of were scrumptious Brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese grits and

asparagus. There was no way Alex could handle everything by himself for our group, and no fewer than five others chipped in at some time during our meal. Chef de Cuisine Thomas “Tommy” Lemasters checked on us twice during our meal. Born and raised in the local area, Lemasters was totally invested in seeing that we were pleased with our meal. And although there was way too much fish (I suggest you bring no more than eight ounces per person), we still dove into Brotula’s signature Key lime pie and seasonal cobbler for dessert. The 5,500-plus square-foot restaurant offers lunch and dinner daily with indoor and outdoor dining options, live music and Sunday brunch specials. Although Brotula’s focuses on steamed and boiled seafood, there are other options for those who don't enjoy shellfish or seafood, such as meatloaf, chicken potpie and Delmonico ribeye. Partners Christopher Ruyan and Tyler Jarvis have done such an impeccable job with Brotula’s and at nearby Jackacuda’s Seafood & Sushi, that renowned Gulf Coast Chef Tim Creehan asked the pair to take over his Cuvée Destin, which reopened this spring as Cuvée Kitchen + Wine Bar. Back at the Estate, movie watching, board and card games ensued. Five days in comfortable surroundings, with the freedom to walk the beach, safely bike and spend time with family under the same roof made for a nice reunion. Personal space, unfettered bathrooms and a private pool made for a reunion that everyone looks forward to repeating for years to come at a property that perfectly mirrors its name.

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Paddler’s Paradise Stand-up paddleboarding enjoys a strong following on the Emerald Coast BY KARI C. BARLOW

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ack in the mid-2000s, the sight of a stand-up paddleboarder gliding her way across Pensacola Bay in the morning sun or navigating Destin Harbor at twilight would have had most people doing a double take. Fast forward a decade or so —particularly one in which there was a recession that drove many to set aside their gas-powered toys for less pricey modes of recreation—and this once-curious pastime is everywhere.

“It has become super, super popular, because everyone can do it,” says Rhys Sharp of Liquid Surf and Sail in Fort Walton Beach. “We tell customers every day, it wouldn’t be so popular if it was hard to do. If you walked into the store, you can paddleboard.” Stand-up paddleboarding, or “SUP” for short, has its deepest roots in Polynesian culture, but it first gained mainstream popularity in Hawaii in the late 1990s, when big-wave surf legend Laird Hamilton and others used it to oversee surf classes. Today, people of all ages, backgrounds and physical abilities are using SUP to pursue a wide range of adventures, from backcountry expeditions to tournament fishing to cruising their local bay. Paddleboards are 46

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sleeker, lighter, tougher and even more inflatable than ever before, and they’re also readily available at big-box stores and popular online retailers. “Everybody’s got one,” says Sharp, who, having worked with Liquid Surf and Sail since it opened in 2005, has witnessed the SUP explosion. “Market saturation is there. … Any place that has a coastline has a paddleboard company.” Florida’s Emerald Coast is no exception. In fact, it’s home to two major players in the SUP industry: the pioneering YOLO Board, which started in Santa Rosa Beach, and leading innovator BOTE Board, out of Destin.

A Long Adventure

When YOLO Board founder Jeff Archer describes his introduction to SUP, it makes perfect sense that he went on to build one of the most successful brands on the market. “My first time on a paddleboard was something of a spiritual encounter,” he says. “I paddled up on a mother dolphin teaching her young ones how to fish. It was such a powerful moment that I felt that everyone should have the chance to feel this incredible connection to nature.” Fueled by their motto, “You Only Live Once!,” Archer and his team started YOLO Board in 2007. “We just saw what seemed to be an obvious void,” he says. “Incredible waters, great weather, hospitable locals and visitors with active souls that craved sun, salt and beauty. I felt compelled to add paddleboarding, period. I soon realized that it was going to be a long adventure.” Ten years later, YOLO Board has become known worldwide for paddleboards that are not only highly functional, but works of art in the eyes of their customers. Bold colors are paired with YOLO Board creative director Jake Meyer’s custom designs to reflect the company’s love of nature and adventure —


whether that takes the form of touring, fishing, yoga or racing. In 2017, YOLO Board will introduce 17 new board models in celebration of its 10th anniversary. “If I stop and think about all the people who have given so much of their time and spirit to this dream, it chokes me up a little,” Archer says. “Celebrating this year, working on new things and planning for next year and beyond really keeps me stoked every day.” A r c h e r ’s t e a m o f employees happily spread the SUP gospel, holding beginner’s classes, offering tips and answering questions at its main retail store, YOLO Board & Beach, on U.S. Highway 98 in Miramar Beach and at YOLO Board & Bike on 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. The company also has expanded its YOLO Adventures program through which it partners with other brands, communities and resorts to provide activities such as kids’ camps and SUP yoga. “The YOLO Tribe is how we think of our family, friends and followers,” Archer says. “The tribe gets together to ride bikes, paddle, workout and just hang sometimes. Everyone is welcome, which is perfect for the newbie that wants to absorb a little paddle culture!” With SUP at its core, YOLO Board has grown into a full-scope lifestyle brand, thanks to those loyal and close-knit customers. “Passion draws everyone together and embodies a way of life,” Archer says. “We’ve designed and produced bicycles, custom paddles, apparel, signature coffee — all born out of the vibe of the tribe!”

boards to stand-up paddle. What I really wanted to achieve was a hybrid vessel.” At the time, the country was also reeling from an economic downturn, and folks were spending less money on recreation. “This was a very simplistic and minimal way to get out on the water and enjoy what our area offers,” he adds. After eight years in business, BOTE Board now sells to more than 350 retailers across the country and is known for simple yet groundbreaking advancements in customization. “The idea is, the board starts off as a bare bones platform, and we make a variety of accessories to outfit your life,” Corey says. “You can pack a cooler on it. You can load it full of gear. You can fish from it. It’s essentially a man-powered boat.” While rugged enough for duck hunting and fly-fishing, the boards are also stylish and unique, with vibrant color schemes and wood inlays, and easier to carry than ever before. “Honestly, it’s becoming what we wanted it to be when we first started,” Corey says. “Paddle with your kids, paddle with your dog. Go fishing, go hunting. … Our theory was this was going to be the platform for your water life.” The Coopers love hearing about their customers’ adventures and innovations, and like YOLO Board and so many other brands today, they showcase those stories on their company website. “That’s how you keep something going and moving forward,” Corey says.

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BOTE Board, which has a retail shop on Mary Esther Cut-Off in Fort Walton Beach, also holds on-water SUP demos at its main location on U.S. Highway 98 in Destin. “People can come, and we’ll have all of our board models out and they can try them,” Corey says. “We joke that it’s almost like fitting a suit to someone. It’ll put you on the right track from the start. We don’t want you to have a bad experience on a board that’s not fit for you.”

Find Your Flow

Ultimately, for many locals, SUP has become a fun, affordable way to interact with the local environment. “It literally opens up a whole new world to you,” says Jason Kelts, a Fort Walton Beach resident and avid paddleboard fisherman. “You can go places where boats can’t go. … It’s a therapy session, honestly. It’s quiet. You can see ospreys flying. You don’t have a motor running behind you.” Stand-up paddleboarding also offers an up-close look at marine life. “We’ve had dolphins swim right underneath us. We’ve gotten in the middle of hundreds of ducks,” says Mark Wise, who tried SUP with his wife Anita about 10 years ago during a vacation in Blue Mountain Beach. Now the Pensacola Beach couple is out on their boards every couple of weeks in Santa Rosa Sound. “We just love the leisureliness of the paddling,” Wise says. “You can go as slow or as fast as you want.”

Your Water Life

In 2009, Corey and Magda Cooper, two water-loving Auburn graduates who fell hard for the Emerald Coast, launched BOTE Board. Their aim? To improve and customize what was out on the water. “The stand-up paddleboard market wasn’t really, per se, a market,” Corey says. “It was essentially an off-shoot from surfing. People had started making bigger surf

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Newman-Dailey For more than thirty years, Newman-Dailey Resort Properties has been providing warm welcomes to clients and guests. Specializing in vacation rentals, property management, association management and real estate sales, the team’s personal relationships, along with knowledge and experience, make Newman-Dailey the trusted source. Newman-Dailey is one of the few local vacation rental and real estate companies that focus solely on serving the South Walton and Destin area. With a passionate team, many of whom have been with the company for two decades, Newman-Dailey has a family-like connection with guests and clients and prides itself on personalized, professional service with integrity. Thirty years of putting our customers first coupled with a passion and commitment to serving the local community is what makes Newman-Dailey an industry leader. These traits are part of the Newman-Dailey DNA, and it's why Newman-Dailey is "Where you'd rather be."

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Rental Property Management Newman-Dailey Resort Properties believes owning a vacation home should be a fun and rewarding experience. By partnering with owners, NewmanDailey’s Rental Property Management division helps owners build their vacation rental into a healthy, long-term financial investment. NewmanDailey is committed to the Emerald Coast and only represents properties in South Walton and Destin, Fla. By understanding the market and reacting to its challenges and demands, Newman-Dailey is able to respond with pricing that achieves maximum returns while keeping units occupied. Newman-Dailey rental property managers have a long tenure with the company and are hands-on, engaged and involved. The team works closely with owners to analyze past performance, to fine-tune the property for peak performance and update annual revenue goals. Stewardship is paramount. Maintenance and care of a vacation rental is critical in protecting a rental investment. Newman-Dailey has a loyal and dedicated team of quality control inspectors who perform a rigorous 65-point inspection on every unit after each stay, ensuring each property is kept in premier condition. While every vacation rental company claims exceptional service, our statement is backed by hundreds of testimonials and user generated rankings. Our owners’ survey revealed a 98% satisfaction rating among our vacation rental owners. Newman-Dailey consistently earns “Excellent” ratings on TripAdvisor and was voted “Best of the Emerald Coast” for property management by the readers of Emerald Coast Magazine. In addition, Newman-Dailey was named among Florida Trend’s “Best Companies to Work For” and received the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. These recognitions are the result of decades of dedication to our guests, our owners, and their properties. Whether you are considering buying a property or you already own a vacation home, discussing its revenue potential with Newman-Dailey is a wise decision.

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Association Management As the leading association management company for the Destin, South Walton and 30A areas, Newman-Dailey’s fully staffed association management division manages 50 associations with more than 1,500 individually owned units. Whether they are beachside condominiums, gated home communities or commercial plazas, Newman-Dailey believes residential developments are as individual as the people who live, work, play and visit there. From large properties of approximately three hundred units to smaller communities of eight units, what works in one place may not somewhere else, and this is why Newman-Dailey specifically tailors its management style to each community. While the style may be different from property to property, there is one constant clients of Newman-Dailey can always rely on: highly detailed and personalized service performed by a team of licensed professionals with

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practical experience in areas, ranging from non-profit accounting to physical property maintenance. The team works closely with association boards to maintain their properties and to protect the sizeable investments of their members. Newman-Dailey offers a unique approach to association management, utilizing a team of licensed CAMs, both on- and off-site. By offering all the employee benefits of a large company without incurring undue costs to its associations, Newman-Dailey is able to hire extremely qualified personnel who work as a team to provide the highest level of service. In addition, Newman-Dailey excels in sound fiscal management and accurate budgeting. Working with expert attorneys who specialize in community association law and knowledgeable CPA firms, Newman-Dailey ensures all Florida Statute requirements are met.


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Long Term Rentals Newman-Dailey added a Long Term Rental Division to complete the company’s offering of real estate services. With a growing demand for long term rentals along the Emerald Coast, Newman-Dailey’s newest division offers affordable long-term rentals in the Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island, Santa Rosa Beach, and South Walton/30A communities. From residential apartments and condominiums to townhomes and singlefamily residences, Newman-Dailey Long Term is committed to providing quality, reasonably priced rental homes. The Long-Term Division is staffed by an experienced team of rental professionals who bring the same high standards for performance and service that is paramount at Newman-Dailey. For homeowners, NewmanDa i l e y i s f o c u s e d o n achieving optimum financial performance as well as providing caring oversight for each home. For tenants, Newman-Dailey is focused on providing prompt reliable service, ensuring care and comfort for each tenant of a Newman-Dailey rental.

Real Estate Sales The Newman-Dailey Resort Properties Real Estate Division has been providing top-notch buying and selling services along the Emerald Coast since 1985 and is honored to have won Best Real Estate Company on the Emerald Coast on multiple occasions. The team of experienced real estate agents specializes in buying, selling and researching Destin homes, condos, land sales, as well as commercial and residential property.

Licensed by the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations, Newman-Dailey Real Estate is listed in the top 10 percent of real estate agencies on the Emerald Coast, according to the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors (ECAR) Closed Sales Summary Report. Whether buying or selling a second home, investment property, or relocating to the Emerald Coast, Newman-Dailey is “Where You’d Rather Be.”

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YEAR OF COMMUNITY SERVICE It can be said that the team at Newman-Dailey Resort Properties is highly competitive. Fortunately, this competitive spirit is not only directed at company and revenue goals but also with the team’s community involvement. Each year, the team aims to support one community project each quarter. Here’s a look at what a passionate, hard-working team can accomplish.

First Quarter For Newman-Dailey’s first quarter project, all divisions teamed up to support Habitat for Humanity of Walton County. With two build days scheduled back to back, the Newman-Dailey team divided and conquered, helping to build a new home for a family of five who lost everything in a fire.

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Second Quarter As part of Newman-Dailey’s involvement with the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), including volunteer hours and sponsorship, the 2017 auction raised a record-setting $2.7 million for children in need in Northwest Florida. By hosting celebrity chefs and vintners from around the world, Newman-Dailey provided the warm welcomes and lodging so the experts could share their talents through wine dinners and auction lots that raised critical funds for 15 local children’s charities. Since 2005, DCWAF has donated more than $15 million to local non-profit organizations, making BIG impacts with children in the community.

Members of the Newman-Dailey Team also entered a team in Relay for Life. With numerous Newman-Dailey team members, friends and clients impacted by cancer, the Vacation Vixons raised $8,670 for the American Cancer Society and earned the honor of "Most Money Raised by a Team & Most Money Raised Online by a Team." Overall the event raised more than $53,000 for American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer.

Third Quarter Newman-Dailey Resort Properties team participated in Food For Thought’s Stock the Pantry Party collecting food items for local students to fight child hunger and help local students as they go back to school. The team rallied their friends, neighbors, vendors, partners, owners and guests to help achieve their goal, resulting in the donation of more than 16,000 food items and earning 4th place in the local competition! Throughout the school year, Food for Thought provides backpacks filled with healthy, easy to prepare foods for students who are dependent on free or reduced school meals. Food For Thought currently serves 30 schools in Walton and Okaloosa Counties, providing backpacks for 2,850 students each week.

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Fourth Quarter The Newman-Dailey team adopted a family for the holidays through the Fresh Start Program. The mom, Tashiana, with two beautiful sons—Aaryn (age 2) and Aaiden (age 8 weeks) had fallen on hard times. Through the team’s big hearts, NewmanDailey raised $1,150 donating $650 directly to Tashiana and additional funds to the Fresh Start program to help two additional families! Fresh Start is focused on helping homeless families with transitional housing and achieve long-term, self-sufficiency through a ninemonth residential and educational program.

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It’s no surprise that a familyowned business that treats its employees like family would be a special place to work, but it is always nice to be recognized. NewmanDailey Resort Properties was honored as one of Florida Trend’s “Best Companies to Work For” for the second consecutive year. Landing at #13 on the list of best midsize companies to work for in Florida, Newman-Dailey grew from the small-size company category to midsize company division, proving Newman-Dailey is a “best place to work” at any size.

“It’s the culture of the company and the company’s ability to hire people who understand and embody the culture that create a great workplace.” — Florida Trend Executive Editor Mark Howard


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Sanctuary at Redfish on Highway 30A in Blue Mountain Beach is a luxury condominium resort nestled within the natural vegetation alongside one of South Walton’s rare coastal dune lakes. Located on approximately 14 acres, Sanctuary at Redfish features four separate pools, two Jacuzzis, large fire pit, two outside grills and private pool cabanas. Each condo either features a balcony with breathtaking views of the lake and Gulf or a comfortable porch overlooking the pool or preserve. A pontoon boat is available seasonally to take guests on a scenic 5-minute ride through Big Redfish Lake to the Gulf of Mexico and the beach. Newman-Dailey stays come with seasonal beach service as well as a gift card good toward a bike rental, a horseback ride at Arnett’s Gulfside Trail Rides, dolphin cruise free movie rentals and more. Guests will want to sit back, relax and enjoy the natural serenity of Sanctuary at Redfish.

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Jade East Towers is in the heart of Destin and is great for families. The upscale Gulf-front condominium resort features spacious two- and three-bedroom units with large balconies overlooking the beach. (If you really want to impress your crew, rent the penthouse!) Guests enjoy amenities including a Gulf-front pool, lighted tennis court and seasonal beach service. Each NewmanDailey stay comes with a Newman-Dailey gift card good toward family activities, including snorkeling, Big Kahuna’s Waterpark, a sunset dolphin cruise and more. Jade East is located immediately across the street from Big Kahuna’s Waterpark and less than a mile from the Track. Other nearby attractions include the Destin Harbor, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and Gator Beach at Fudpuckers.

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One of South Walton’s undiscovered escapes is Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort in Miramar Beach. With winding foot paths, lush gardens and relaxing fountains, the secluded resort invites guests to get happily lost on the 27-acre, Gulf-front property. Recognized as one of the top 50 tennis resorts by Tennis Resorts Online, Hidden Dunes Tennis Center features six championship Rubico tennis courts. For those who enjoy tennis, the real hidden gem is tennis director Renee Broxson and her team, who are renowned for tennis instruction and like-level game matching. The seclusion of this resort and its quaint stretch of sugar white sand beach make Hidden Dunes feel like an oasis. The paths lead guests to neighborhood pools, hot tubs and picnic hideaways with gas grills. Lodging options include well-appointed Gulffront condos, spacious villas overlooking the lake and charming Carolina-style cottages tucked into the lush landscape. Hidden Dunes is the perfect place to relax and unwind. 58

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Nestled in one of Destin’s most charming communities, Beachside Inn captures the welcoming, neighborhood feel of Crystal Beach. This cozy motel is located only steps from the beach and has a great sidewalk café and coffee bar as well as a full-service restaurant on-site. Each colorful, cozy room features either a king or two queen beds along with a kitchenette, complete with a mini-fridge, microwave and daily coffee service. The property has an inviting two-tier swimming pool surrounded by plenty of space for sunbathing on the brick paver deck. Guests can enjoy the cool evening breeze with a dip in the hot tub before dinner at Camille’s restaurant. A select number of rooms are pet-friendly so families can bring the furriest member of their family, too.

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SOMETIMES A VACATION GETAWAY requires a “true” home away from home. For those occasions, Newman-Dailey features a diverse collection of well-appointed rental homes along the pristine beaches of South Walton and Destin. Beach houses range from cozy two bedroom cottages to expansive six- and seven-bedroom houses that can sleep up to 28. These homes are ideal for family gatherings, reunions and special celebrations with family and friends.

18 SUMMERS 6 BR, 5½ BA, Sleeps 18 Newly constructed home offers style and comfort in the heart of the quiet Crystal Beach neighborhood. Hardwood floors, 10-foot ceilings, shiplap walls and stone countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms enhance the clean, open interior. With a private pool surrounded by lounge chairs, gas grill and shaded dining area, families will cherish every summer in this home. 60

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AIN’T MISS B HAVEN 6 BR, 5 BA, Sleeps 18 Ain’t Miss B Haven is back and more stunning than ever. The main house features a spacious kitchen, dining area plus five bedrooms each with soothing hues. Outside, a screened-in patio opens to the private pool deck and provides access to the twostory guest house. Ain’t Miss B Haven is music to the ears and a celebration for the soul.

BLUE STARFISH 4 BR, 4½ BA Sleeps 12 A luxury vacation home featuring a sleek kitchen with stainless steel appliances, gas range with double oven; ideal for the family who loves to cook. The serene coastal blue hues make a stay in this home feel wonderfully relaxing as does the private pool and deck with flat screen TV. This house is a star by the sea.

BLUE HEAVEN 7 BR, 6½ BA, Sleeps 20 A gorgeous seven bedroom home in the heart of Miramar Beach featuring an incredible backyard for outdoor living. A private pool with spill over spa is enhanced by the outdoor pool table, volleyball net, premium grilling area and large yard. This beach house is heavenly.

COOL BREEZE COTTAGE 5 BR, 4 BA, Sleeps 13 Located in the heart of the Crystal Beach neighborhood, Cool Breeze Cottage features a main house and a carriage house. With a private pool and deck with a grill and comfortable outdoor furnishings, it is easy to be blown away by the beauty and comfort of this home along with the coastal breezes. DESTINVACATION.COM B E M AGAZINE 2018

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ESTATE OF TRANQUILITY 6 BR, 6½ BA, Sleeps 16 This beautiful home in Destiny East features many upgrades, including an open kitchen with granite counters, a large master suite with a luxury bathroom and an extra deep soaking bathtub. The backyard is a paradise with furnished pool deck and raised spa that overflows into a sundrenched pool.

EMERALD BEACH HOUSE 5 BR, 6½ BA, Sleeps 27 Located in the private neighborhood of Avalon, Emerald Beach House features three floors of versatile space, allowing everyone in the group to spread out and enjoy. Large balconies off every level as well as a private pool with large deck and brand new outdoor furniture make this home shine.

HIDDEN TREASURE 3 BR, 2½ BA, Sleeps 10 Hidden amongst the palm trees in a private corner of the Emerald Shores neighborhood, this home’s open floor plan and peaceful ambiance are treasured qualities. The large second floor balcony with rocking chairs overlooking the community pool make this vacation home full of riches.

JEWEL IN THE SAND 7 BR, 6½ BA, Sleeps 28 With four levels of unbridled craftsmanship, this home is a treasure. The second floor living area is fit for a king with formal dining room, living room with movie screen size TV and chef-ready kitchen. The master bath features a massive walk-in shower, his and her water closets and separate vanities. With sweeping views of the Gulf and a private pool, this home is a gem. 62

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LIFE’S A BEACH 8 BR, 5½ BA, Sleeps 28 With a large backyard, two private pools and eight bedrooms, Life’s a Beach offers luxury living both inside and out. The large master suite on the third floor is fit for royalty. Downstairs, the spacious kitchen is wellequipped for preparing familystyle meals. With parking for up to six cars, Life’s a Beach is a dream come true.

LIFESTYLES OF THE COASTAL CHIC 4 BR, 3 BA, Sleeps 12 Live the coastal chic lifestyle in this home, which boasts handcrafted chandeliers, 10-foot ceilings, original art, granite counters, luxury furnishings, stainless steel appliances and much more. The master suite opens to an oversize bathroom with a spa bathtub and large walk in shower. The home’s screenedin pool deck with spill over spa is perfect for toasting champagne wishes and caviar dreams.

MARTINIQUE 6 BR, 5 BA, Sleeps 20 Original island artwork adds to an air of a breezy tropical island. A fully stocked kitchen with new stainless steel appliances and a dining room is great for entertaining. The master bedroom has an oversized bathroom with a garden tub and a window overlooking the ocean. There is also a two car garage as well as two balconies with views of the Gulf of Mexico.

OUR SECRET IN PARADISE 4 BR, 2 BA, Sleeps 8 Our Secret in Paradise features three guest rooms as well as an incredible master suite with an oversized bathtub. The large kitchen at the center of two gathering areas with large screen TVs is ideal for entertaining. The magazine-worthy backyard features a private pool with spill over spa, a basketball net, comfortable outdoor furnishings and lush grass. This is one secret that you’ll want to share. DESTINVACATION.COM B E M AGA ZINE 2018

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REGROUPER 6 BR, 7 BA, Sleeps 18 This four-story beach vacation home is filled with special touches. Quartz counters, hand-painted murals and plantation-style shutters are just the beginning. Six spacious bedrooms, a well-stocked kitchen, two small libraries, an entertainment area on the 3rd floor and seating area on the 4th floor provide beauty and comfort. But it’s the large backyard with Tiki hut, private pool and spa, plush lounge furniture, grill, and private outdoor shower that give this home the “wow” factor!

SEVEN PALMS 4 BR, 3½ BA, Sleeps 10 Located in the quaint Crystal Shores neighborhood, Seven Palms is open and airy and ideal for entertaining. This beautiful beach home has been completely updated with fresh paint, new furniture, new flooring, new lighting and new mattresses and bedding. Experience paradise under the palms!

SOUNDS OF SUMMER 4 BR, 2 BA, Sleeps 8 This classic Florida beach house has been completely remodeled. New stainless steel appliances, granite counters, walnut-plank tile floors coupled with the shabby chic décor give this home a comfortably modern interior. A private deck with dune views is ideal for relaxing and listening to the sounds of summer.

SOLEIL LEVANT 3 BR, 3 BA, Sleeps 6 Located in the neighborhood of Caribe in South Walton, this spectacular home features a spiral staircase connecting the three levels. Special touches, such as a claw foot bathtub in the master, a fire-engine red kitchen, a private pool and two balconies on the top floor, make this home as bright as the “rising sun.” 64

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STAIRWAY TO HAMMOCK HEAVEN 4 BR, 3 BA, Sleeps 12 Located in the heart of Crystal Beach, this home delivers on its name. With a staircase to a covered roof top deck filled with hammocks, guests can hide out and relax high above the neighborhood. Great for family gatherings, the enormous kitchen is totally remodeled and fully stocked for the gourmet chef. Beautiful décor, private pool and spacious deck with grill and Cajun boiler, this home is heavenly.

SUNNY OASIS 5 BR, 5 BA, Sleeps 17 This newly renovated home with stunning décor is a bright spot in the Crystal Beach neighborhood. With a new gourmet kitchen featuring granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances, Sunny Oasis is illuminated with natural light from the wall of windows. Behind the home, a carriage house, private pool, gas grill and two large wrap around decks make this home the ultimate vacation oasis.

THE BOATHOUSE 3 BR, 2 BA, Sleeps 12 This spacious, three-story home offers a nautical escape. With a large wrap-around porch on the first floor, a large balcony on the second floor and viewing deck on the 3rd floor, The Boathouse is a great home for enjoying the coastal setting. The large, lush backyard is ideal for lawn games and the private pool and grill ensure The Boathouse is always sailing toward fun.

TWIN PALMS OF AVALON 4 BR, 3 BA, Sleeps 13 Enjoy the welcoming ambiance of the Emerald Coast in this twostory vacation home with highend furnishings, hardwood floors and travertine tile throughout. The chef-ready kitchen features a gas range and stainless steel appliances. With the beaches nearby, an outdoor shower and neighborhood amenities such as pool and shuffleboard, Twin Palms of Avalon is double the fun. DESTINVACATION.COM B E M AGA ZINE 2018

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UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN 5 BR, 5 BA, Sleeps 21 Reminiscent of an Italian manor, Under the Tuscan Sun features a gated courtyard with a private pool. An open kitchen, with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops, extends out to designer suede couches and dining for 17. The colossal third-floor master suite with private balcony ensures this home is fit for a king.

WISH GRANTED 6 BR, 5 BA, Sleeps 23 This newly remodeled 3,900 square foot home is a block from the beach. With a private saltwater pool and big backyard, this threestory home features plenty of places to gather inside and out. The first floor features a private lockout, which has two bedrooms/ two baths and its own kitchen and living area, while the main house features lots of little extras, making this rental a dream come true.

QUIET SURF II 1 2 BR, 2½ BA, Sleeps 6 Quiet Surf Townhomes feature spectacular views of the Gulf. Quiet Surf II 1 is a beautifully renovated two-level townhome featuring new hardwood floors and carpet, new beachfront decks on both levels, renovated baths and new furnishings with nautical flair. The Gulf-front master bedroom features a luxurious master bath and a private balcony.

COSTA DEL SOL-5 3 BR, 3½ BA, Sleeps 8 Located in Miramar Beach, Costa Del Sol is right on the beach and features three levels. The first is a mother-in-law apartment downstairs. With tile floors and decks on all levels overlooking the beach, this townhome is perfect for beach living. 66

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HIDDEN DUNES VILLA 41 4 BR, 4 BA, Sleeps 8 Located within a lush secluded Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort, the villas feature spacious rooms, open kitchen and a screened in wrap-around porch overlooking the lake or pool. With a spacious, open floor plan, Villa 41 is updated with granite counter tops, new cabinetry and renovated master bath.

HIDDEN DUNES COTTAGE 157 2 BR with Loft, 3 BA, Sleeps 8 The Carolina-style cottages are nestled within the wooded landscape of Hidden Dunes and feature private screened porches. Cottage 157 features a renovated interior with beach tones of teal and sand. The rooms have been upgraded and stainless-steel appliances added to the kitchen. The screened-in porch flows into the living room, where the spiral staircase leads to an open loft with large windows.

HIDDEN DUNES CONDO 1806 3 BR, 3 BA, Sleeps 8 Overlooking the beach, Hidden Dunes condominiums are a scenic option. Condo 1806 was refreshed with “shabby chic” décor, new furniture, black-out drapes, and a large sectional sofa. Situated on a private floor at the western end of the Gulfside building, the private balcony is away from it all with sweeping views of the beach and Gulf.

BEACH RESORT 208 1 BR, 2 BA, Sleeps 6 The splash of the fountain at Beach Resort creates a relaxing aquatic melody. Beach Resort 208 overlooks the split level, zero entry pool and is steps away from the beach. DESTINVACATION.COM B E M AGAZINE 2018

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MEDITERRANEA 405B 3 BR, 3½ BA, Sleeps 8 Mediterranea is a beautiful condominium complex, featuring a tennis court, lush landscaped courtyard with a large pool, spa and spectacular views of the beach. With two furnished balconies overlooking the lush grounds, Mediterranea 405B is filled with special touches, including expansive master shower, well-stocked kitchen and beautiful coastal décor.

SAN REMO 209 3 BR, 3 BA, Sleeps 8 Located in a quiet gated community along Hwy. 30A, San Remo is centrally located. The private oversized balconies overlook the swimming pool and expansive deck area. The master bedroom is spacious with high ceilings, flat screen TV, a roomy bathroom with garden tub and walk-in closet. This upscale rental offers luxury living at its finest.

SANCTUARY AT REDFISH 1101 3 BR, 3½ BA, Sleeps 8 Condominiums at the beautiful Sanctuary at Redfish Resort enjoy views of the rare coastal dune lake as well as access to four pools and two hot tubs. Redfish 1101 has been fully upgraded. The open kitchen with granite counters, stainless-steel appliances and travertine floors is beautiful and functional. With a large Jacuzzi tub, a glass walk-in shower and dual sinks, the master bath is luxurious.

SUMMER BREEZE 308 1 BR, 1 BA, Sleeps 6 This three-story, classically designed condominium offers a quiet and relaxing vacation. Each spacious unit has a private balcony with breathtaking views of Florida sunsets. The inviting pool is complete with plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas, lovely landscaping, and a hot tub for relaxing. 68

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ast year, the sales market held strong in Destin and South Walton for buyers and sellers alike, and the market is forecasted for more positive growth in the future. The sunny outlook for Destin real estate is supported by the continued growth in new construction along with renovations and upgrades of existing properties. In addition, local government is preparing for the growth by widening the area’s main thoroughfare, Highway 98, along with adding more turn lanes and a third eastbound and westbound lane in some areas. Last year’s opening of The Henderson Beach Resort, a 170-room luxury resort managed by Salamander Hotels & Resorts, supported Destin’s growth in upscale properties, attracting affluent buyers and luxury travelers. This year, The Henderson Beach Lofts will open with 54 residential condominiums that will be individually owned and used as primary residences or rentals, reinforcing this progression. Another luxury addition in Destin was the opening of 1900 Ninety Eight, a luxurious, m e t i c u l o u s l y d e s i g n e d G u l f - f ron t condominium featuring 2,974-square-foot units with open floor plans and panoramic views of the beach and Gulf of Mexico. In Santa Rosa Beach at the intersection of 30A and Highway 98, the St. Joe Company is developing Topsail West, a 1-millionsquare-foot development that will consist of commercial and residential units. The project will include a preservation area consisting of 19 acres along with retail, restaurants, banks, a pharmacy and an assisted living facility. Along Scenic Highway 30A, new businesses are opening regularly and commercial space is at a premium. At the corner of 30A and CR 393 in Gulf Place Town Center, a developer has filed plans to add a 30-unit condominium with commercial space on the first floor. Also along 30A, the

iconic town of Seaside is 2017 SALES STATS CONDOS expanding its town center Destin/ with a new amphitheater 30A Miramar Beach and is moving the small, NUMBER OF most-photographed Post 10% increase 14% increase SOLD LISTINGS from 2016 from 2016 Office to a new Post Office Plaza with restrooms and AVERAGE 3% increase 6% increase SALES PRICE from 2016 from 2016 additional bike parking. To keep up with the increase in DAYS ON 19% decrease 19% decrease MARKET beachgoers, Walton County from 2016 from 2016 is adding more parking spaces to existing and new beach SINGLE FAMILY 2017 SALES STATS accesses. HOMES In both Destin and South Destin/ Walton, developers are 30A Miramar Beach purchasing older properties NUMBER OF 15% increase 6% increase and land to build new SOLD LISTINGS from 2016 from 2016 condominiums and homes. Most recently, Huff Homes AVERAGE 12% increase 6% increase SALES PRICE from 2016 from 2016 began building brand new homes in the gated DAYS ON 25% decrease 25% decrease MARKET from 2016 from 2016 community of Emerald Bay. With the growing number of full-time residents in RESIDENTIAL 2017 SALES STATS O k a l o o s a a n d Wa l t on VACANT LAND counties as well as military Destin/ personnel serving Eglin Air 30A Miramar Beach Force Base and Hurlburt NUMBER OF 6% increase 9% decrease Field, luxury apartments and SOLD LISTINGS from 2016 from 2016 properties that offer longAVERAGE term leases are in demand. 2% decrease 2% increase SALES PRICE from 2016 from 2016 The highly anticipated Seaglass Apartments, a DAYS ON 18% decrease 14% decrease MARKET from 2016 from 2016 288-unit complex sitting on 12 acres near Destin Walmart, is expected to allow new move-ins beginning this summer. At Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, continues to be one of the leading brokerages the real estate division is experiencing one of serving the Destin area. For those considering its best years on record since the company’s purchasing a primar y, secondar y or inception in 1985. Ranked among the top investment property, there are a large range of 10 percent of real estate companies by the options. Visit Newman-Dailey headquarters Emerald Coast Association of Realtors at Fountain Plaza in Miramar Beach or learn (ECAR), Newman-Dailey Resort Properties more online at DestinSales.com. DESTINVACATION.COM B E M AGA ZINE 2018

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OUR AGENTS Newman-Dailey’s Real Estate Division brings a combined 167 years of experience in buying and selling property throughout the Southeast and along the Emerald Coast.

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PREMIUM PROPERTIES FOR SALE

THE GULF COAST housing market is on the rise, and now is a great time to buy. If you’ve been searching for that perfect vacation home or condo, or if you’re ready to make a move to the beach communities of South Walton or Destin, the real estate experts at Newman-Dailey Resort Properties can help. Here are a few of our favorite condos and homes for sale in the Destin area. Visit DESTINSALES.COM to learn more about the team, view available properties and take the next step in purchasing a coastal property of your own. Or contact us at SALES@NDRP.COM.

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45 BREEZEWAY BOULEVARD

MLS #782097 5 BEDROOMS 4 FULL BATHS 3,466 SQ FT $689,000

THIS WONDERFUL NEW HOME is a

must see for beach living in Cypress Breeze Plantation. Brand new construction, this great coastal-style home has an open floor plan, soft color tones, kitchen with quartz counters and stainless steel appliances and baths with granite counters, large master bedroom with walk-in closets and two additional large bedrooms with full bathroom on main level. Upstairs, you will find a fourth and fifth bedroom, each with a full bathroom.

Located in the sought after 30A area, this community is located off of Highway 393, which is a short distance from Gulf Place Town Center. Also within walking distance is the public beach access and the Gulf of Mexico. This home is located approximately 1 mile from the public beach at Gulf Place. All dimensions are approximate and subject to change. Call today to find out more about this beautiful coastal home.

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OASIS OF TRANQUILITY As you enter custom mahogany doors, silver glimmers on the lake attract your eye to a copse of loblolly pines on the 7th hole of the Burnt Pine Golf Course in the exclusive Sandestin Resort. This home embraces every element of coastal living. Sliding doors beam continual views of the landscape, natural light flows through transoms creating a panorama of nature. Beautifully appointed

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interiors include custom built-ins, travertine, hardwood and crown moldings that define each space. Large living/dining area segues into a gourmet kitchen. Master suite, an oasis of tranquility, with super-sized shower, soak tub, spacious vanity. Three bedrooms, three baths, private office, family room, laundry/craft room, customized closets and the must-have amenity of a lovely sparkling pool, the heart of indoor/ outdoor lifestyle.


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AMALFI COAST RESORT, UNIT A111

MLS #783270 3 BEDROOMS 3 FULL BATHS 1,755 SQ FT $629,000

SCENIC, PLUSH ACRES The Amalfi Coast Resort Condominiums in Miramar Beach on Scenic Gulf Drive sit on 8½ plush acres with Gulf views and direct beach access. A quaint low rise building, this complex is securely gated and fenced with deeded garage parking and interior storage rooms for each unit. Resort amenities

include two pools (one is heated), fitness center, clubhouse, two lighted tennis courts and grilling areas scattered throughout the complex. One-, Two- and Three-bedroom units range from 1,050 to 2,100 square feet with prices starting in the mid $300,000s to the mid $600,000s.

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MLS #788174 2 BEDROOMS 2 FULL BATHS 1,453 SQ FT $659,900

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Listen to the waves crashing on the shore from your own private 30-foot balcony that faces the Gulf with access from the living room and master bedroom. Breakers East Condo is situated right in the heart of Destin, and you cannot get any closer to the beach. Only 72 units are in this building with 6 units per floor. Unit 201 is an east-end corner unit with three extra windows looking out to the East with no traffic at your door. This spacious 2BD/2BA unit with 1,453 sq. ft. boasts beautiful views of the beach from the kitchen, living/dining room and master bedroom. There is a large, open kitchen with

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pantry and owner’s closet, updated stainless steel appliances, convection oven, induction cooktop and separate laundry with full-sized washer/ dryer. Endless upgrades have been recently added in a complete renovation including solid wood doors, Grohe faucets, WiFi thermostat, matching granite, and cabinetry. Additional improvements consist of 20-inch tile throughout that provides seamless transition from room to room, the wet bar features a KitchenAid refrigerator/freezer drawer, the master bathroom shower is over-sized with three shower heads, and the hurricane accordion shutters have been upgraded with hurricane-rated Lexan to provide some light on the balcony even when closed.


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CRYSTAL SANDS CONDO, UNIT A306

MLS #762718 2 BEDROOMS 2 FULL BATHS 1,072 SQ FT $499,000

RARE, PRIVATE LOCATION 2016 brought

in $40,656 and 2017 brought in $40,000 for rental income. Best location in the property — this rare, private, top-floor unit is a rental machine and has amazing Gulf-front views. The first floor is tiled throughout, the master bedroom offers privacy and is also located on the first floor. The loft level is great for guests with a queen-sized bed with a

bonus room for the kids. This unit is offered fully furnished, including stackable washer and dryer. Crystal Sands is an established Gulf Front property on Scenic Hwy 98 with a pool, vast beach frontage, grill area, green space and on-site management. This is low density beachfront living at its finest with only 85 units on property.

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HARBOR LANDING, UNIT 1101A

MLS #776246 4 BEDROOMS 4 FULL BATHS 1 HALF BATH 3,238 SQ FT $1,262,000

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COASTAL LIVING AT ITS BEST Beach living and the boating lifestyle is at its best in this Harbor Landing Penthouse on the beautiful Destin Harbor. Holiday Isle is the only location in Destin where you can have deeded beach access and a private boat slip on the harbor. Harbor Landing commands unparalleled access to all the Emerald Coast has to offer. This westend, top-floor penthouse unit looks over Destin’s famed harbor, equally renowned emerald green Gulf waters and seasonal fireworks presented by Harborwalk Village from its spacious wraparound covered balcony with built-in grill. Flanking its Gulf facing front door are two guest bedrooms with Gulf views, both of which enjoy a private bath. Its open-concept floorplan begins with a waterfront dining area, mirrored by an outdoor

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dining area on the deep balcony through an expansive sliding glass door. An intimate seating area in front of a gas fireplace leads into the living area which occupies the northwest corner of the unit. A designer kitchen features an island with extensive bar, granite countertops and stainless steel appliance suite that includes a double oven and gas cooktop. An unusually large laundry room provides ample counter space, utility sink, stacked washer and dryer units, and optional space for an additional refrigerator. Bookending the living areas are two master bedrooms. Each features a walk-in closet, spacious bath and balcony access. The west-end master bedroom features its own private balcony and stunning Gulf views, affording it enhanced privacy. Call to schedule a private showing.


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LOT 30 SPIRES SECOND ADDITION ON HIGHWAY 30A

MLS #777004 0.39 ACRES 46 FT OF GULF FRONT

IDEAL LOT FOR PARADISE Fabulous 0.39 acre Gulf -front lot in the highly sought after west end of 30A in Dune Allen Beach. With no HOA dues and no build-out time, this home-site is the perfect place to build your 30A Dream Home. Ideally situated minutes from Gulf Place and Santa Rosa Beach Club, the location is nothing short of paradise!

$2,788,000

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PELICAN BEACH RESORT CONDO, UNIT 410

MLS #785020 1 BEDROOM 2 FULL BATHS 873 SQ FT $383,000

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POPULAR. FABULOUS LOCATION This

unit has it all: great view, great location, and great income. This condo is a fourth floor unit that has one bed and two baths with bunk beds (sleeps 6). It sits in a prime location of the resort and has direct views of the Gulf. This unit is a proven rental king with approximately $45,000 on the books this year! It has also just been remodeled and redecorated. This unit boasts a custom kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, stone countertops, updated cabinets, crown molding, custom bunk beds (each having their

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own flat screen TV) and tile floors throughout. Take one look and you will understand why this is a high-demand rental. Pelican Beach is a true resort with amenities that include a secured gated entrance, three pools (with one being indoor), hot tub, exercise room, large sundeck area, tennis, spa, sauna, game room, café, conference room, outdoor bar and covered parking. This condominium is located in the heart of Destin and is across the street from Big Kahuna’s Water Park. It’s obvious why this complex is so popular. Come see for yourself!


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SANCTUARY AT REDFISH, UNIT 1106

MLS #781682 3 BEDROOMS 3 FULL BATHS 1 HALF BATH 1,958 SQ FT $575,000

COASTAL LUXURY The serene haven

that is Sanctuary at Redfish envelops guests and residents in endemic tranquility. Built with the intent to preserve the surrounding natural vegetation, luxury blends seamlessly with untouched beauty creating a truly unique and rejuvenating escape. Set on the east side of the picturesque coastal dune lake, Big Redfish Lake, this 64-unit complex is unmatched in amenities and locale. Spacious balconies overlook the lake and view the Gulf of Mexico, while walking trails lead to gazebos perfect for watching herons alight over the water. The pool deck is also a thing of beauty, consisting of four tiered pools, two Jacuzzis, a fire pit, four grills and poolside cabanas.

All of this man-made luxury is integrated into the lush semi-tropical foliage including the bluish-purple Gulf Coast lupine which inspired the area’s name. The interior of each unit features the same level of attention to detail and unsurpassed craftsmanship as the exterior of Sanctuary at Redfish. Ten-foot ceilings, granite counter tops, upgraded appliances and master suites with Jacuzzi bathtubs are among the creature comforts. Plus, a fitness center and ferry rides to the beach round out its first class amenities. What makes this hidden gem really sparkle has to be its fabulous location close to the hip Redfish Village, nearby restaurants and the Gulf of Mexico in its backyard.

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the Local Flavor SOUTH WALTON AND DESTIN DINING GUIDE

While there are many choices for deliciously fresh fare, we’ve compiled a list of some of the local favorites in South Walton and Destin.

DESTIN RESTAURANTS Destin Harbor, Downtown & Crystal Beach: pages 84–86

BEACH WALK CAFE AT HENDERSON PARK INN Award-winning fine dining with spectacular Gulf-front views and intimate romantic settings. You can even dine by tiki torches with your toes in the sand! Reservations suggested. Dinner served nightly; join us for Saturday and 84

Sunday brunch. 2700 Scenic Hwy. 98, Destin, (888) 860-0750, beachwalkcafe.com $$-$$$

hammocks for relaxing.

BOSHAMPS SEAFOOD AND OYSTER HOUSE Located on the Destin Harbor, Boshamps features four decks and incredible views. Featuring “Gulf-to-table Southern cuisine” in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. The familyfriendly setting is enhanced with a large sandy beach with beach toys, games and

BRIC A’ BRAC Located on Gulf Shore, Bric A’ Brac is an eclectic mix of delicious food and live entertainment. Featuring live music, daily happy hour and a Sunday brunch, Bric A’ Brac offers a lively and welcoming experience. Shoreline Mall

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414 Harbor Blvd, Destin, (850) 424-7406, boshamps.com $$

824 Gulf Shore Drive, Destin, (850) 424-6369, bricabrac824.com $$

BROTULA'S SEAFOOD HOUSE & STEAMER Located on the Historic Destin Harbor, Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer features steamed and boiled seafood dishes and offers unique seasonings, flavored boiled waters and finishing butters. Guests may enjoy indoor and outdoor dining options, live music and Sunday brunch. 210 Harbor Blvd, Destin, (850) 460-8900, brotulas.com $$-$$$

CAMILLE’S RESTAURANT Located upstairs at the Beachside Inn in the heart of Crystal Beach, Camille’s Restaurant features the freshest fish and seafood from Harbor Docks Seafood Market and is a local favorite for sushi. Enjoy a menu that includes a mouthwatering combination of seafood, steaks and pizzas, which are all made from the freshest local ingredients. 2931 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, (850) 337-8860, camillesatcrystalbeach.com $-$$


CAMILLE’S SIDEWALK CAFÉ Located steps from the beach at the Beachside Inn at Crystal Beach, Camille’s Café is a casual open air beachside eatery featuring breakfast and lunch. The menu includes sandwiches, smoothies, fresh juices, coffee and more. 2931 Scenic Hwy

98, Destin, (850) 337-8860, camillesatcrystalbeach.com $-$$

CHAN’S WINE BAR AND THE CRAFT BAR With some of the area’s best wine and craft beer selections, Chan’s Wine Bar and The Craft Bar use only fresh, local ingredients. The Wine Bar menu features tapas, salads, tasty entrées, daily specials, and The Craft Bar is known for its chef-inspired tavern fare, including famous burgers, hearty salads and side dishes with a twist. Lunch

and dinner served daily. 4424

Commons Drive, Suite E3, Destin, (850) 460-7907, thewinebarfl.com, thecraftbarfl.com $-$$

CUVEE KITCHEN + WINE BAR With award-winning signature dishes, Cuvee Kitchen features a seasonal menu focusing on local seafood, farm fresh ingredients and premium cuts backed by a beverage program highlighting craft cocktails and a wide range wine list. 36120 Emerald Coast

Parkway, Destin, (850) 460-2909, cuveekitchen.com $$-$$$

DEWEY DESTIN’S SEAFOOD Steeped in Destin’s seafood roots, Dewey Destin’s serves up fresh fried or steamed seafood baskets, sandwiches and entrées. Enjoy two locations:

PRICE KEY: $ – Inexpensive ($10 and under) $$ – Moderate ($10–$30)

one overlooks Crab Island and the Choctawhatchee Bay, the other is on the Destin Harbor. Serving lunch and dinner daily. Crab Island 9 Calhoun Ave, Destin, (850) 837-7575; Destin Harbor 202 Harbor Blvd, Destin, (850) 837-7525, destinseafood.com $-$$

EVERKRISP Located in Destin Commons and in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, Everkrisp is a locally owned restaurant committed to offering locally grown, fresh food, fast. Menu selections range from salads to grain bowls to seasonal soups. Dine in or carry out. 4463 Commons Drive W, 10A, Destin; 625 Grand Blvd. Mirarmar Beach, (850) 460-8881, everkrisp.com $$

FORMULA FRESH JUICE & COFFEE BAR FF Juice & Coffee Bar features coffees, cold pressed juices, superfood smoothies, unique teas, specialty lemonades and more. Open Mon—Sat 7 a.m—9 p.m.; Sun 8 a.m—7 p.m. 4307 Legendary Drive, Destin, (850) 837-1801, formulafreshjuice.com $$

SAVE CUVEE KITCHEN Award-winning happy hour, incredible craft cocktails & BOGO on select menu items Monday–Wednesday from 5–6 p.m. Win Win Win!

$$$ – Splurge ($30 and up)

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ONLY IN DESTIN LULU'S DESTIN Voted “Best Burger” in Best In Destin by Destin Magazine Readers

restaurant overlooking the Destin Harbor. Jackacuda's restaurant and sushi bar specializes in classic Gulf Coast seafood dishes with new South culinary preparation. Open for lunch and dinner daily. 56 Harbor Blvd, Destin, (850) 424-3507, jackacudas.com $$-$$$

FUDPUCKER’S BEACHSIDE BAR AND GRILL Located in the heart of Destin, Fudpucker’s is renowned for great food, alligators and famous tshirts. See, feed and get your picture made with a live alligator, shop for souvenirs, write your name on the wall and enjoy great casual fare. 20001 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin, (850) 654-4200, fudpucker.com $-$$

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HARBOR DOCKS For more than 30 years, Harbor Docks has been serving the freshest seafood right off the boats as well as made-fromscratch specialties. Located along the Destin Harbor, Harbor Docks features a sprawling deck as well as inside dining and several sushi bars. 538 Harbor Blvd., Destin, (850) 837-2506, harbordocks.com $-$$

JACKACUDA'S SEAFOOD & SUSHI Jackacuda's Seafood & Sushi is a locally owned seafood and sushi

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JIM 'N NICK'S BAR-B-Q Jim ’N Nick’s is a laid-back chain known for their slow-cooked BBQ and cheese biscuits, plus burgers, salads and classic sides.

14073 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, (850) 424-5895, jimnnicks.com $-$$

LA PAZ RESTAURANTE & CANTINA Located in downtown Destin on Holiday Isle since 1993, La Paz serves classic Southwest and Mexican Cuisine made with the freshest ingredients. With three dining rooms and a cantina, La Paz has plenty of seating and family-friendly casual atmosphere. Open daily at 4 p.m.

950 Gulf Shore Drive, Destin, (850) 837-2247, lapazdestin.com $$

LULU’S DESTIN Overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay, Lulu’s Destin is Lucy Buffet’s newest restaurant. With a menu filled with items made in-house, including coastal dishes such as seafood gumbo and a Gulf Wild Fresh Snapper Sandwich plus a special allergy menu featuring gluten-free, Lulu’s has quickly become a local hot spot. 4607 Legendary Marina Drive, Destin, (850) 710-5858, lulubuffett.com/destin $$

MCGUIRE’S IRISH PUB Across from Destin Harbor, this lively turn-of-the-century Irish saloon delights with huge portions, hearty pub fare and entrées, an on-site brewery, live music and a friendly staff. Kids welcome. Lunch and dinner daily. 33 Hwy.

98, Destin, (850) 650-0000, mcguiresirishpub.com $-$$$


MILLER’S ALE HOUSE Located across the street from Destin Commons, Miller’s Ale House is a local restaurant and sports bar featuring a wide variety of freshly prepared dishes and daily lunch, dinner

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MCGUIRE’S IRISH PUB 18 Cent Senate Bean Soup (The same recipe served in the U.S. Senate for 18 cents in 1977.)

and cocktail specials and 75 varieties of beer. 34906 Emerald

Coast Parkway, Destin, (850) 837-0694, millersalehouse.com $$

OSAKA JAPANESE HIBACHI STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR Family-owned and operated, Osaka features organic local produce, Gulf fresh seafood and the highest quality beef. Osaka features hibachi, a fullservice bar, as well as sushi and sashimi from their expansive sushi bar. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 34745 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, (850) 650-4688, osakahibachiandsushi.com $-$$

SOUTH WALTON RESTAURANTS Miramar Beach, Sandestin & 30A: pages 87–89

BASMATI’S ASIAN CUISINE Located in Blue Mountain Beach, Basmati’s is big on flavor

in a small intimate space. Fresh local seafood and Asian food and flavors combined within a cozy setting overlooking Draper Lake. 3295 W County Road 30A,

Santa Rosa Beach, (850) 267-3028, bamatisthirtya.com $$

BUD & ALLEY’S WATERFRONT RESTAURANT AND ROOFTOP BAR A Seaside favorite, locals come for a sunset drink upstairs at the Tarpon Club. The lunch and dinner menu offers fresh fish (grilled, roasted, sautéed) as well as shellfish, quail, chicken, pork and plenty of delicious accompaniments. Florida Trend Golden Spoon Award Winner. 2236 E County Road 30A, Seaside, (850) 231-5900, budandalleys.com $$-$$$

THE BAY The Bay offers a mouthwatering menu, including sushi, and a great beer and wine selection. With indoor and

outdoor seating, The Bay offers the perfect mix of casual and gourmet dining. 24215 US Hwy

331 S Santa Rosa Beach, (850) 622-2291, baysouthwalton.com $$

THE BEACH HOUSE The Beach House is located in the former Elephant Walk location in Sandestin. Overlooking the beach, the casual upscale eatery has something for every taste. Open daily 11 a.m.—10 p.m. and Fri.—Sat. 11 a.m.—1 p.m. 4009 S Sandestin Blvd., Miramar Beach, (850) 608-6300, thebeachhousesd.com $$-$$$

BIJOUX Located within The Market Shops at Sandestin, Bijoux is a fine dining restaurant, featuring the freshest Gulf seafood, prime steaks, an extensive awardwinning wine list and a large selection of specialty martinis. Florida Trend Golden Spoon Award Winner. Open for dinner

seven nights a week. 9375 US

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SAVE CARRABBA’S ITALIAN GRILL Tasting Tuesdays — Choose any three small plates for just $12!

Highway 98 W Miramar Beach, (850) 622-0760, bijouxdestin.com $$$

CAFÉ THIRTY-A Visit this longtime trendy haunt for pineapple cosmos, duck confit sliders, Chilean sea bass, artisan pizza, truffled mac ‘n’ cheese and fine wines. Reservations suggested. Dinner served nightly. Opens daily at

5 p.m. 3899 E Country Road 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, (850) 231-2166, cafethirtya.com $$-$$$

CHAN’S WINE BAR & THE CRAFT BAR With some of the area’s best wine and craft beer selections, Chan’s Wine Bar and The Craft Bar use only fresh, local ingredients. Lunch and dinner served daily.

WaterColor 1735 E County Road 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, (850) 2311323; Former Criolla’s location 170 E County Road 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, (850) 213-4000; Grand Boulevard

655 Grand Blvd, Suite 100, Miramar Beach, (850) 608-6266, thewinebarfl. com, thecraftbarfl.com $-$$

CHIRINGO Chiringo Grayton is a casual beachside bar and eatery that blends global beach flavors with Southern charm. 63 Hotz Ave,

Grayton Beach, (850) 543-4449, chiringograyton.com $$-$$$

EMERIL'S COASTAL ITALIAN The famous chef ’s first Northwest Florida offering combines the rich and diverse tradition of Italian cuisine with the bountiful variety of nearby fresh Gulf seafood and local ingredients. The menu features Italian favorites, such as house-made meatballs, lasagna bolognese and other house-made pasta dishes, as well as specialties straight from the Gulf. 435 Grand

Boulevard, Miramar Beach. (850) 608-7040. emerilsrestaurants.com/ emerils-coastal-italian $-$$

FAT CLEMENZA’S This local trattoria features brick-oven pizzas, homemade pastas and other specials for lunch and dinner. Dinner reservations suggested. Closed

Sundays. 12273 U.S. Hwy. 98, Suite 101, Miramar Beach, (850) 650-5980, fatclemenzas.com $-$$

LA PLAYA Located on 30A in Gulf Place, La Playa offers a great atmosphere and live bands. Family-friendly with an extensive menu of creative coastal cuisine, La Playa features authentic Caribbean dishes with a twist. Open Monday—Sunday

11 a.m.—11 p.m. 37 Town Center Loop

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C8, Santa Rosa Beach, (850) 660-1617, laplaya30-a.com $$-$$$

MARLIN GRILL Located in The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin, Marlin Grill proudly serves Gulf-fresh seafood and also features 28-day dry-aged steaks cooked over a wood-burning grill. Open nightly at 5 p.m. for

dinner. Reservations recommended. 9100 Baytowne Wharf Blvd, Sandestin, (850) 351-1990, marlingrill.com $$$

TREBEACHE / RED FISH TACO Chef Jim Richard, renowned for bringing us Stinky’s Fish Camp and The Lake Place, brought us Trebeache, a favorite fine dining and event venue in Blue Mountain Beach. This year, he’s added Red Fish Taco casual dining attached to Trebeache, serving lunch and early dinner (11 a.m.–8 p.m. daily). Trebeache Hours: Dinner 5–9 p.m. and Sunday Brunch (10 a.m.–3 p.m.). 2052 W. Co. Hwy 30A, Blue Mountain Beach, (850) 937-7793, trebeache.com $$

PIZZA BY THE SEA With four locations, Pizza by the Sea’s thin, crispy pizzas baked on hot stone and topped with the highest quality toppings are easily accessible. Serving lunch

and dinner daily. Santa Rosa Beach 88 Watercolor Way (beside Publix), Santa Rosa Beach, (850) 231-3030; Gulf Place 95 Laura Hamilton Blvd, Santa Rosa Beach, (850) 2672202; Villages at Seacrest Panama City Beach, (850) 534-0044; The Market Shops at Sandestin Miramar Beach, (850) 650-0015 pizzabythesea.com $-$$

POMPANO JOE’S A neighborhood “snack shack” on the beach with great Gulf views, a lively bar and live music during happy hour. Enjoy fresh seafood with a Caribbean twist. Open for lunch and dinner daily. 2237 Scenic Hwy 98, Miramar Beach, (850) 837-2224, pompano-joes.com $-$$

THE RED BAR A Grayton Beach institution with eclectic decor, live music and everyone’s favorite chalkboard menu. Try delicious crab cakes, panéed chicken or fresh grouper. Cash or check only. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 70 Hotz Ave, Santa Rosa Beach, (850) 231-1008, theredbar.com $$

THE PERFECT PIG With two locations along Highway 30A, The Perfect Pig serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Signature menu items include brown sugar bacon, house-made chicken tortilla soup and crackling pork Paninis. 7 Town Center Loop, Santa

Rosa Beach, (850) 660-1591. 4281 E County Highway 30A, Seagrove Beach, (850) 213-0701, theperfectpig.com $$

SEAGAR’S PRIME STEAKS & SEAFOOD Extolled for an award-winning 600-label wine list, original fresh seafood dishes,and the finest aged Prime USDA steaks, Seagar’s is a salute to the good life. Intimate, indulgent and unhurried, a dining experience like no other. 4000 S

Sandestin Blvd, Miramar Beach, (850) 622-1500, seagars.com $$$

SHUNK GULLEY 30A Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar is an exciting new restaurant on 30A. Named after the legendary local fishing reef, Shunk Gulley offers classic, coastal cuisine and live music. Open daily from 11

a.m.—10 p.m. Located on the corner of Highways 30A and 393 next to Gulf Place. 1875 S Highway 393,

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CULVER’S OPENS AT THE BEACH This popular Midwest chain brought their famous Wisconsin Cheese Curds & Midwest Beef Butterburgers to Miramar Beach!


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Santa Rosa Beach, (850) 622-2733, shunkgulley30a.com $$$

SUNQUEST CRUISES – SOLARIS DINNER CRUISE See page 105 in Activities Section. TOMMY BAHAMA There are only 17 Tommy Bahama Restaurants nationwide, and we’re lucky enough to have one at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. Whether you’re looking for an off the beach location

for lunch, dinner or happy hour, Tommy Bahama serves delicious creations year round.

525 Grand Blvd, Miramar Beach, (850) 654-1743 $$

VUE ON 30A Overlooking the beautiful white sand beaches, the Vue features a delicious fresh menu of salads, seafood, steak, lamb and wild game prepared by Chef Giovanni Filippone. Complemented by expansive views of the Gulf all within a climate controlled, comfortable

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SHUNK GULLEY OPENS BY GULF PLACE 30A’s newest local hotspot, Shunk Gulley features a dozen raw oysters for just $8. (Bonus: the shells go to CBA’s O.Y.S.T.E.R. recycling program to save our Bay!)

dining room. 4801 W County Road 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, (850) 267-2305, vueon30a.com $$-$$$

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VIN’TIJ WINE BOUTIQUE This charmingly intimate restaurant, which is a locals’ favorite, boasts local art and a diverse menu ranging from salads, pizzettes and sandwiches to entrees inspired by the freshest local catch and produce.

Destin & South Walton

10859 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite 103, Miramar Beach, (850) 650-9820, vintij.com $-$$$

WHALE’S TAIL BEACH BAR AND GRILL A Destin landmark for 30 years, with indoor and deck seating overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Come enjoy beach drinks, Southern-style breakfast, burgers, sandwiches, and fresh seafood dinners and baskets. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1373 Scenic Gulf, Miramar Beach, (850) 650-4377 $-$$

AMAVIDA COFFEE Amavida Coffee is an organic, fair trade coffee company that delivers the best tasting, flavorful and freshly roasted coffee beans. Named 2018 Roaster of the Year!

2236 E County Highway 30A, Seaside; 104 N Barrett Square, Unit 1A Lofts W, Rosemary Beach, (850) 213-1965, amavida.com $

ANOTHER BROKEN EGG With multiple locations along the coast, Another Broken Egg is conveniently delicious. With dishes ranging from sweet cinnamon roll French toast to savory shrimp ’n grits, the distinctive menu will satisfy any appetite. Destin 979 Emerald

Coast Pkwy, Suite F, Destin, (850) 650-0499; Sandestin 9100 Baytowne Wharf Blvd, Sandestin, (850) 622-2050

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Create a unique and memorable experience aboard the Emerald Coast’s premier dining and entertainment yacht, SOLARIS. SUNSET DINNER CRUISES | LIVE ENTERTAINMENT | FULL SERVICE BAR | DINNER AND FIREWORKS CRUISES PRIVATE AND CORPORATE EVENTS | WEDDINGS AND REHEARSAL DINNERS FULL TIME EVENT COORDINATORS Located at the Baytowne Marina in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort www.sunquestcruises.com | 850.650.2519

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Hole features a diverse menu of breakfast favorites as well as their fresh baked donuts in a diner-style setting. Multiple locations ensure there is a Donut Hole nearby.

AMAVIDA COFFEE Named the 2018 Micro Roaster of the Year, try their organic, fair frade coffee made from certified organic coffee beans. Wake up and taste heaven! Grand Boulevard 755 Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach, (850) 424-3416; Grayton Beach 51 Uptown Grayton Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, (850) 231-7835 anotherbrokenegg.com $$

BAD ASS COFFEE Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii features 100 percent American-grown coffees, specializing in Hawaiian grown coffees and blends. Breakfast pastries also available.

17 Uptown Grayton Circle, Grayton Beach; 1708 Scenic Gulf Drive, Miramar Beach, (850) 269-3997, badasscoffee.com $

BLACK BEAR BREAD CO. Your neighborhood bakery, coffee shop and all-day seasonal café. One of the newest eateries in the Shops of Grayton, Black Bear, in collaboration with Stumptown Coffee Roasters, offers freshly baked leavened bread and seasonal produce. The café serves breakfast and lunch on the go or dine in.

Destin 635 Harbor Blvd, Destin, (850) 837-8824; Near South Walton Walmart 6745 Highway 98 W, Santa Rosa Beach, (850) 267-3239; Inlet Beach 12983 Highway 98 E, Panama City Beach, (850) 213-3127 $-$$

SUNRISE COFFEE CO. Sunrise Coffee Co. serves Amavida Coffee, Grayton Beer Company on tap and other local products. The family friendly café offers breakfast, lunch, ice cream, pastries and more. Open 7 days a

26 Logan Lane, Unit G, Santa Rosa Beach, blackbearbreadco.com $-$$

week from 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Gulf Place 45 Town Center Loop, Santa Rosa Beach, sunrisecoffee30a.com $-$$

DONUT HOLE BAKERY CAFÉ One of the area’s most popular breakfast locales, the Donut

THE BREAKFAST TABLE CAFÉ The Breakfast Table Café features a variety of egg options

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“the way you like them” with handmade sides as well as simple but delicious varieties of omelets and the always popular shrimp and grits or try “Granna B’s Bulls Eye.” Lunch items include homemade sandwiches, salads and soups. 385 Harbor Blvd., Destin, (850) 460-7322, thebreakfasttabledestin.com $-$$

THE PANCAKERY From gourmet pancakes and waffles to tasty omelettes, benedicts and crepes, The Pancakery is a local favorite.

Open daily for breakfast and lunch (9 a.m.–2 p.m.). 960 Highway 98, Destin, (850) 269-0791, thepancakery.com $-$$ *There are four Starbucks locations on the Emerald Coast, including Grand Boulevard, Silver Sands, Destin Commons and HarborWalk Village.

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THE KING OF CAJUN CUISINE EMERIL LAGASSE BRINGS HIS ESSENCE TO THE EMERALD COAST

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How did your childhood influence your love for food and entertaining? As a child, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen with my mother, learning to cook and the importance of using fresh ingredients. From a young age, I understood that food and the family table were extremely important. What is the farthest or most exotic location you’ve traveled in your career? I travelled to South Korea for my show "Eat the World" with Emeril Lagasse. It was an amazing experience that I feel fortunate to have had.

Why did you decide to move to Florida, and when did you make that decision? We decided to move to Florida about five years ago. We have spent a lot of time in Florida over the years, and it’s where my wife and I wanted to raise our children. I’m also a big fisherman, and the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast is a great place for me to be able to fish when I have some time off. What do you enjoy most about being a South Walton local? The Gulf of Mexico is basically in my backyard, which allows me to bring fresh fish to my family table and to the restaurant. What led you to the decision to open Emeril’s Coastal Italian in Grand Boulevard? I love this community. It’s primarily where my family and I live, and I wanted to bring something new to the area. Why did you select an Italian concept for your new restaurant, when you’re far more well known for your Cajun and New Orleans inspired restaurants? Why not? Really, the menu is Italian and Gulf Seafood inspired, but there are definitely still many dishes with inspiration drawn from Cajun cuisine and New Orleans.

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How did your famous phrase “Bam!” come into such heavy use? It started when we were shooting eight shows a day for "The Essence of Emeril." During the lunch break, the crew would eat so much and start getting tired, so saying, “Bam!” came about as a way to wake everyone up.

Tell us a little about the Emeril Lagasse Foundation. Are there any plans to bring programs from the Emeril Lagasse Foundation to South Walton? The Emeril Lagasse Foundation is a 501c(3) public charity founded in 2002 by my wife Alden and I. The foundation is headquartered in New Orleans and has granted more than $8 million to children’s charities to support culinary, nutrition and arts programs. Our mission is to create opportunities to inspire, mentor and enable

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Where were you born and raised? Fall River, Massachusetts


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youth to reach their full potential through culinary, nutrition and arts education, with a focus on life skills development. Not only are we continuing to grow our impact in New Orleans where we started, but we’ve also expanded our support nationwide. We now have the ability to impact more kids across a larger footprint. We have provided support through our community grants program in the South Walton area for the past several years, and we intend to continue

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our support of eligible nonprofits supporting children in the South Walton area. What is your favorite thing to do in your time off? I love to fish and spend time on my boat with my family. Catching fresh fish and cooking them right on the boat is what it’s all about. What is one thing that most people don’t know about you? I turned down a music scholarship to go to culinary school.

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Good Times CONCERTS IN THE VILLAGE

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MAY Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents entertaining local, regional and national touring artists each week. From Motown to modern rock to beachy blues to folk and funk, many musical styles are represented during the nine-week series. The family friendly concerts are performed from the Dugas Pavillion at the Cultural Arts Village in the heart of Destin. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an evening of live music under the stars. MattieKellyArtsFoundation.org

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30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL

EGGS ON THE BEACH: BIG GREEN EGG COOKING COMPETITION

30asongwritersfestival.com

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eggsonthebeach.com

FEBRUARY

SANDESTIN TRIATHLON

SANDESTIN GUMBO FESTIVAL

sandestintriathlon.com

sandestingumbofestival.com

OCTOBER

30A WINE FESTIVAL

BEST OF THE EMERALD COAST

30awinefestival.com

emeraldcoastmagazine.com/best-ofthe-emerald-coast

MARCH

DESTIN BEER FESTIVAL

SEASIDE SCHOOL HALF MARATHON

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DESTIN SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

APRIL

DESTIN FISHING RODEO

SOUTH WALTON BEACHES WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL

FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

destinseafoodfestival.org destinfishingrodeo.org

mattiekellyartsfoundation.org

sowalwine.com

HARVEST WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

DESTIN CHARITY WINE AUCTION WEEKEND

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NOVEMBER

MAY

BLUES, BREWS & BBQ FESTIVAL

ARTSQUEST FINE ARTS FESTIVAL

SEEING RED WINE FESTIVAL

facebook.com/bluesbrewsbbq seeingredwinefestival.com

artsquestflorida.com

SEASIDE HOLIDAY PARADE

DIGITAL GRAFFITI AT ALYS BEACH

seasidefl.com

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JUNE

DESTIN HARBOR BOAT PARADE

emeraldgrande.com/event.aspx

BILLY BOWLEGS PIRATE FESTIVAL

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS

(various locations)

billybowlegsfestival.com

COURTESY OF SOUTH WALTON BEACHES WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

chanswineworld.com/destin-beer-fest

SOUTH WALTON BEACHES WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL APRIL With multiple tastings, a culinary

village, a Nashville songwriters showcase and a VIP Tasting, this greatly anticipated event has something for everyone. SoWalWine.com

EMERALD COAST BLUE MARLIN CLASSIC

BIG GREEN EGG

fishecbc.com

SEASIDE FOURTH OF JULY PARADE

seasidefl.com

FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS

(various locations)

AUGUST EMERALD COAST BOAT WEEK/ EMERALD COAST POKER RUN

emeraldcoastpokerrun.org

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JULY

BIG GREEN EGG COOKING COMPETITION SEPTEMBER Bay Breeze Patio invites cooks, tasters and fanatics of the dual griller/smoker known as The Big Green Egg to celebrate a day of food, fun and heated competition. Proceeds will go to Food for Thought and The Fisher House of the Emerald Coast non-profit organizations. EggsOnTheBeach.com

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AAA DESTIN CHARTER BOAT FISHING SERVICE With over 26 years of experience in Destin’s charter boat fishing fleet, AAA Destin Charters specialize in bay, light-tackle and deep-water fishing and family-style, corporate and overnight trips. 538 Highway

98, Destin, (850) 837-9401, fishdestin.com

AJ’S WATER ADVENTURES Day and sunset dolphin cruises, moonlit and sunset sailing cruises, pirate cruises, snorkeling and more! Choose from the 64foot speedboat, Sea Quest, or sail on the 24-foot custom schooner, Daniel Webster Clements. Free beer, wine, soda and water are available. 116 Harbor Blvd., Destin, (behind AJ’s Oyster Bar), (850) 837-2222, dolphincruisesdestinfl.com

APPLESEED KIDS SEA LIFE DISCOVERY CENTER Located in Grayton Beach, the non-profit organization connects kids and families to the coastal environment through hands-on discovery programs that combine lab studies, in-field science studies and experiential adventures. Open year-round. 37 Logan

Lane, Unit 1, Grayton Beach, (850) 419-7703, 30asealife.org

ARNETT’S GULFSIDE TRAIL RIDES Ride beautiful trails on this 40-acre ranch and the adjacent 1,300-acre Point Washington State Forest. All levels of riders are welcome. 613 S. County Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, (850) 208-3114, arnettfarm30a.com

BAYTOWNE ADVENTURE ZONE Located at The Village of Baytowne Wharf, participants can zip-line across the lagoon, balance on the Sky Trail Ropes Course, climb the tower challenge and flip out on the Euro Bungy. 9300 Highway 98 West, Miramar Beach, (850) 428-2736, baytowneadventurezone.com

BEACH SAND SCULPTURES It’s not just a lesson on how to build a sand masterpiece in two hours — it’s about making a lifelong family memory. Your Sandcastle coaches will meet you on your beach. Commissioned sandcastle designs for special events, a marriage proposal or wedding are also available. P.O. Box 1988, Santa Rosa Beach, beachsandsculptures.com

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BIG KAHUNA’S WATER AND ADVENTURE PARK With more than forty water attractions for sliding, splashing or just basking in the sun, Big Kahuna’s is your Destin fun HQ during summer. For nighttime fun, enjoy miniature golf, go-kart tracks and thrill rides all year long. 1007 US Hwy. 98 E, Destin, (850) 837-8319, bigkahunas.com

BOOGIES WATERSPORTS AND GLASS BOTTOM BOAT WaveRunners, parasailing, glassbottom boat and dolphin excursions. Located at the foot of the Destin Bridge at the HarborWalk Village. 16 Harbor Blvd., Destin, (850) 654-4497, boogieswatersports.com

BUCCANEER PIRATE CRUISE The whole family will enjoy this interactive tour with sword fights, water gun battles, storytelling, singing, dancing and treasure hunts! Join in on the merriment or kick back, relax and enjoy the beautiful emerald-green seas. 100

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CHARTER BOAT PHOENIX Deep-sea fishing aboard the Charter Boat Phoenix. From four-hour trips to overnight charters, the Phoenix is conveniently located in the Destin Fishing Fleet Marina.

66 Harbor Blvd, Destin, (850) 837-9734, deepseafishingindestinfl.com

CHARTER BOAT OUTTA LINE Captain Trey Windes and the charter boat OUTTA LINE are world renowned in the fishing community. Private fishing charters are available from 4-hour to 12-hour excursions. 210 Harbor Boulevard, Destin, (850) 837-2320, destin-charter-fishing.com/ outtaline

CRAB ISLAND CRUISES Whether you’re looking for a wild day at Crab Island, a cruise through Destin Harbor or a relaxing day on a private island, you have the fun, and let the captain do the driving. Open seven days a week. (850) 450-3307, crabislandcruises.com

 ne adult pass per day included O with Newman-Dailey Gift Card

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DESTIN CHARTER FISHING SERVICE Offering fishing charters for bay, inshore trolling, offshore trolling, shark and bottom fishing. Catering to families, corporate groups, bachelor outings, church groups and more. 210 Hwy. 98 East, Destin, (850) 654-4070, destinfishingservice.com

DESTIN FISHING MUSEUM See examples of the wide range of unique fish caught in Destin’s waters and experience life in Destin in the early days. Museum features vintage photos, antique fishing rods and more. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

108 Stahlman Avenue, Destin, (850) 837-6611, destinhistoryandfishingmuseum.org

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DESTIN HELICOPTER TOURS Get the best views of the beautiful Emerald Coast from the cockpit of a helicopter. Departs next to LongHorn Steakhouse in Destin. 34859 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin, (850) 424-5125, destinhelicopterrides.com

DESTIN PARASAILING Destin Parasailing offers single, double and triple parasailing rides from their state-ofthe-art parasailing vessel! See Destin from a whole new level. 214 Harbor Blvd., Destin, (866) 359-3114, parasailing-destin.com

DESTIN SNORKEL Destin Snorkel offers several snorkeling tours: two-stop snorkeling, Snuba, shelling, dolphin, sunset and fireworks tours. No other company gives you this variety of tour choices. Snorkel boats include Reef Runner, Kokomo, Sand Dollar, Sea Horse and Snuba Runner. 66 Harbor Blvd., Destin, (850) 269-2329, destinsnorkel.com

DESTIN VACATION BOAT RENTALS Featuring pontoon boat rentals for a day of fun at popular Crab Island, center console fishing boat rentals, fishing charters and powerboat rentals for skiing, tubing or wakeboarding in the bay. WaveRunner rentals or sailboat rentals are also available.

Multiple Locations on Harbor Boulevard, Destin, (850) 650-2628, destinvacationboatrentals.com

DESTINATION SEGWAY A Destin Segway tour is a great way to tour Destin. Several tours are available and include great photo opportunities. Some of the stops include HarborWalk Village and views of Crab Island. 226 Harbor Blvd., Destin,

(850) 714-1364 destinationsegway.com

DOCKSIDE WATERSPORTS AND PARASAILING Located on the Destin Harbor, you’ll find parasailing; Sea-Doo, Wave Runner, doubledecker pontoon boat and fishing boat rentals; sunset and fireworks cruises; wildlife and dolphin tours; fuel; and a marina shop. 390 Harbor Boulevard, Destin, (850) 428-3313, boatrentalsindestin.com

ECCO MOTORS STREET LEGAL GOLF CARTS The Emerald Coast’s premier provider of rental low-speed vehicles (LSV’s) and golf carts. Whether you need a golf cart for use within your gated resort or community or a street-legal LSV to tour the natural splendor of our beaches, Ecco has the vehicle to get you going. 147 Professional Place, Miramar Beach, (850) 830-0415, streetlegalcarts.com

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EMERALD COAST SCIENCE CENTER Located in downtown Fort Walton Beach, the Emerald Coast Science Center features indoor activities including exhibits, hands-on learning, and guided programs. Open 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 31 SW Memorial Parkway, Fort

relax, rejuvenate and heal. 4463 Commons Drive West, Destin, (850)460-8720, floatbrothers.com

GILLIGAN’S WATERSPORTS Offering watersports in Destin since 1990, Gilligan’s includes parasailing, WaveRunner rentals, pontoon boat rentals and dolphin tours on WaveRunners. 530 Harbor Blvd.,

Walton Beach, (850) 664-1261, ecscience.org

EMERALD COAST SCUBA Enjoy 3- and 4-hour day and night dives in the beautiful waters of the Emerald Coast; dive wrecks such as tugboats, barges, liberty ships and landing crafts in 55 to 120 feet of water. Snorkeling, dolphin, sunset and Crab Island tours available. 503 Harbor Blvd., Destin,

Destin, (850) 650-9000, gilligansofdestin.com

GULFARIUM Located at the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island, the Gulfarium provides an educational and entertaining experience for the whole family. Guests of all ages will enjoy attractions and shows while learning more about the marine world around them.

(850) 837-0955, divedestin.com

E.O. WILSON BIOPHILIA CENTER Family-friendly, interactive learning center featuring local habitats and wildlife: a working bee hive, a bird-watching station, birds of prey, dioramas with native animals and more. Open summer and weekends.

1010 Miracle Strip Pkwy. SE, Fort Walton Beach, (850) 243-9046, gulfarium.com

HARBORWALK CHARTERS Single, group or private charters for deep-sea and bay fishing trips lasting 4 to 12 hours or overnight. Boats range in size: 38-foot to 65foot deep-sea boats and 22-foot bay boats. Prices include bait, license, tackle and ice. Located at HarborWalk Village on Destin Harbor. 10 Harbor Blvd., Destin, (888) 976-4568,

4956 Hwy. 20, Freeport, (850) 835-1824, eowilsoncenter.org

FINEST KIND FISHING CHARTERS Book a saltwater fishing charter with Destin’s top charter fishing boat. Let Captain Jason Mikel and his 25 years of experience take you on the deep sea fishing adventure aboard a 53-foot G&S Custom Sportfish. Finest Kind can accommodate large groups up to 22 passengers for a day of fun family fishing. Harborwalk Village,

harborwalkfishing.com

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66 Harbor Blvd., Destin. (850) 837-6629, finestkindcharter.com

FIRED UP PAINTYOUR-OWN POTTERY Located in Seaside on Hwy 30A, Fired Up Paint-Your-Own Pottery is a family-friendly studio where you can paint “art” on over 500 unique pottery pieces. No reservations required. 27 Quincy Circle, Santa Rosa Beach,

(850) 231-3211, firedupseaside.com

FLORIDA BOY ADVENTURES Welcoming any skill level, Florida Boy is great for kids and first-time fishermen. They offer inshore and flats fishing along the Choctawhatchee Bay, guiding in a Hell’s Bay Neptune for redfish, trout, sheepshead, flounder, bluefish, ladyfish and sharks using live and artificial baits. (850) 499-4473 , floridaboyadventures.com

FLOAT BROTHERS Try the latest in floatation therapy. Enter a private float pod and float like a cork in Epson salt water that mimics the temperature of your skin, allowing your body

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HARBORWALK VILLAGE A fun place to gather with family and friends, HarborWalk Village features shops, restaurants and activities, including a zip line and a rock climbing wall. The Village is also a hot spot for events and live music all year long. 66 Harbor

Boulevard, Destin, (850) 424-0600, emeraldgrande.com/harborwalk-village/allshopping

HURRICANE LANES Family-friendly entertainment daily featuring 26 bowling lanes, a dozen pool tables, an arcade, Rupert’s Sports Bar, Cabana Cafe and free ping-pong. (Must be over 21 in bar area.) 34876

Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin, (850) 654-5251, hurricanelanesdestin.com

INDIAN TEMPLE MOUND MUSEUM Located on the National Register of Historic Places, the Fort Walton Beach Indian Temple Mound is one of the most famous archeological sites in Florida. The museum features many ancient artifacts and offers several hands-on displays. 139 Miracle Strip

Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach, (850) 833-9595, fwb.org/museums/indian-temple-mound-museum

INTO THE WILD… ECO DIVERSIONS Guided hiking, biking, sailing and kayaking ecoadventures throughout South Walton’s natural ecosystems by an experienced guide who has been leading tours for over 20 years. (850) 974-2258, itwecodiversions.com

LA DOLCE VITA RENTALS La Dolce Vita is the premier water sport and beach service company in South Walton and Destin. Rent beach chairs & umbrellas, wave runners, pontoon boats, kayaks, paddleboards, beach wheel chairs, floating cabanas, bikes, golf carts, baby equipment and more. 15000 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, (850) 650-0289, destinbeachservice.com

NORTH STAR DEEP SEA FISHING Enjoy some of the most thrilling fishing the area has to offer. Guests are provided with bait, tackle and fishing licenses. The North Star also has a full galley on board. Available March through October. 5550 North Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach, (850) 234-3435, captandersonsmarina.com

NOT A DOG BOATING/ FISHING CHARTERS Whether you are an experienced fisherman or planning a family outing, Not a Dog launches from Grayton Beach and provides up to four people with great Gulf fishing.

4808 US-98, Santa Rosa Beach, (850) 267-2514, notadogcharters.com

POWER UP WATERSPORTS Power Up Watersports features pontoon boat and WaveRunner rentals, as well as the hottest new activity - Flyboard. Flyboard is a jet powered board that uses the propulsion of a personal water craft to allow you to hover and fly through the air over water. 1201 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, (850) 461-1034, powerupwatersports.com

ROCK OUT CLIMBING GYM Destin just got a little ‘boulder’ with the addition of a new rock climbing gym. The premier indoor rock climbing facility offers a fun for the whole family and welcomes all skill levels. 2001 98 Palms Blvd Ste. 5, Destin,

(850) 837-0526, rockoutclimbing.com

SALAMANDER SPA Destin’s newest spa, Salamander Spa features 11 private treatment rooms and a wet area with an experiential shower, whirlpool tub, a luxurious couples’ suite, sun-lit relaxation spaces and a full-service salon. 200 Henderson Resort Way, Destin, (855) 741-2777, hendersonbeachresort.com/spa/overview

SCUBATECH OF NW FLORIDA Dive trips on Destin’s unique limestone ledge filled with abundant tropical fish, wreck dives in deeper water and scuba diving classes. ScubaTech also offers professional snorkeling trips in the Choctawhatchee Bay grass flats and Destin’s eastern jetties. 301 Harbor Blvd., Destin,

(850) 837-2822, scubatechnwfl.com

SEA BLASTER DOLPHIN TOURS Take a fun and exciting cruise with Capt. Larry, who has been entertaining families in the Destin area since 1995. Search the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico for the most playful dolphins. Guests can also enjoy sunset and snorkeling cruises. 60 Harbor Blvd., Destin, (850) 654-6888, destinseablaster.com

SERENITY BY THE SEA Full-service spa and salon. The 14,500 square-foot spa features pampering facials and body treatments, including massage, scrubs, clay masks and hydrating wraps. Book a service and enjoy use of the steam room, whirlpool, sauna and more. 4000 S Sandestin Blvd, Miramar Beach, (850) 622-9595, serenitybytheseaspa.com

SHOPPING AND ENTERTAINMENT CENTERS See Shopping Guide on page 106 SILVER KING CHARTERS/ACTION FISHING CHARTER SERVICE Providing world-class bay and Gulf fishing: light tackle, inshore, bay, shark, trolling, deep-sea, offshore, sport, fly and overnight trips. Family, private or corporate charters are available all day, plus sunset cruises. 827 Kell-Aire Ct., Destin, (850) 837-2028, fishingdestin.com

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TIMBERVIEW HELICOPTER RIDES Sightseeing along the Emerald Coast’s world-famous beaches from a bird’s-eye view. Tours depart from Destin Airport. 1001 Airport Rd., Destin, (850) 774-0991, destinhelicopters.com

THE TRACK This family recreational center in the heart of Destin features go-karts, bumper boats and cars, an arcade, miniature golf, bungee jumping, kiddie rides and more. 1125 Hwy. 98, Destin, (850) 654-4668, destintrack.com

TOUR SCENIC HIGHWAY 30-A This 19-mile scenic highway is dotted with rare coastal lakes, 11 beachside neighborhoods, two state parks, and dozens of roadside eateries, shops and galleries.

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SOUTHERN STAR DOLPHIN AND SUNSET CRUISE Destin’s original sunset dolphin cruises. Two-hour sightseeing cruises in our 80-foot glass-bottom boat with dolphins, marine life, seagulls and spectacular sunsets. Dolphin cruises begin at 2 p.m. and sunset cruises begin at 5 p.m., Mon.–Sat., all year. Book your reservation online. 100 Harbor Blvd., Destin

(next to Tightlines Restaurant), (850) 837-7741, southernstardolphincruise.com

SUNQUEST CRUISES, SOLARIS YACHT DINE DANCE CRUISE Sunset, fireworks and special holiday cruises of Choctawhatchee Bay aboard the three-deck yacht. SOLARIS features chef-prepared cuisine, live entertainment and dancing. Cruises are family friendly, and reservations are required. Departs from Baytowne Marina at Sandestin. 9300 Emerald

Coast Pkwy. West, Miramar Beach, (850) 650-2519, sunquestcruises.com

SUNVENTURE CRUISES This sporty 45-foot catamaran departs from Destin Harbor and offers eco-dolphin cruises and Crab Island excursions, plus private charters for up to 49 people. 314 Harbor Blvd., Destin, (850) 424-6465, sunventurecruises.com

SURE LURE CHARTERS The Sure Lure is a beautiful, comfortable, airconditioned fiberglass Infinity hull sportfisher. Offering bottom fishing, trolling (offshore and

inshore) and cobia fishing — plus bay fishing aboard the Fish Dish. Up to six guests. 210 Harbor Blvd, Destin, (850) 376-8399, surelurecharters.com

SURFSIDE SPA With an extensive list of services to revitalize and invigorate, massage therapists offer a variety of facials, massages and multiple allied modalities, including Reiki.

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(800) 822-6877, visitsouthwalton.com

UNCLE BUCK’S FISHBOWL AND GRILL Located at Destin Commons, Uncle Buck’s features 16 unique underwater-themed lanes and a shipwreck-themed bar with a huge saltwater aquarium as well as a dining area. 4251 Legendary Drive, Destin, (850) 269-6100, restaurants.basspro.com/unclebucksfishbowl/ destin

VILLAGE OF BAYTOWNE WHARF Located within Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, the Village features dozens of shops, restaurants and activities. In addition to seasonal events, the Village features the Baytowne Adventure Zone, playground and Blast Arcade for kids. 9300 Emerald

1096 Scenic Gulf Drive Miramar Beach, (850) 543-7905, surfsidespa.com

Coast Pkwy, Miramar Beach, (850) 428-2736, baytowneadventurezone.com

THE SHARD SHOP With two locations, Grayton Beach and Destin, artist Mary Hong offers glass art workshops that are fun for the entire family. Adults and kids (ages 6+) are invited to make their own masterpiece using shards of glass and/or bring heirlooms, shells and special treasures. All ages, adult and kids classes are offered year-round. Call or visit website for daily schedule.

WET-N-WILD WATERSPORTS At Wet-N-Wild Water Sports, affordability meets family fun, making a vacation to Destin even more enjoyable. For the best values and experiences in Jet Ski Rentals, Boat Rentals, Parasailing and Dolphin Tours in Destin, call Wet-n-Wild Watersports.

28 Logan Lane, Santa Rosa Beach, 34940 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite 114. Destin, (850) 231-0544, shardshop.com

THRILLS LASER TAG AND ARCADE Let the games begin at Thrills Arcade. Whether it’s Laser Tag, the latest arcade games or a special party, you’ll find family fun at Thrills. 90 Seascape Drive, Miramar Beach,

(850) 842-4747, thrillslasertag.com

288 Harbor Blvd, Destin, (850) 243-2628, destinflboatrentals.com

WILD WILLY’S ADVENTURE ZONE Family entertainment center on Okaloosa Island features 17,000 square feet of air conditioned space with redemption arcade, 4D Movie Theater, Lazer Maze and Salvati’s Pizza Factory. Outside entertainment includes two dinosaur-themed mini-golf courses, a 60-foot ropes course, reverse bungee trampoline and more. 1306 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach, (850) 400-3300, wwazone.com

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30AVENUE Located on the east end of Hwy. 30A, 30Avenue is easy walking distance to Rosemary, Seacrest and Alys Beach. A distinctive setting for outstanding restaurants and boutiques. From fine dining and gourmet ingredients to home furnishings and the latest fashion, 30Avenue is a casually sophisticated open air plaza. 12805 U.S. 98, Inlet Beach, (850) 231-1127, thirtyavenue.com

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World of Beer and Zoe’s Kitchen; as well as the AMC Destin Commons 14, a stadiumstyle multiplex theater — plus a children’s playground, a splash fountain and train rides. 4300 Legendary Dr., Destin, (850) 337-8700, destincommons.com

GRAND BOULEVARD TOWN CENTER Upscale lifestyle center with green lawns offering shops, dining, movies and entertainment. Merchants include Chico’s, Orvis, Tommy Bahama, Cantina Laredo, Fleming’s Steakhouse, Emeril’s Coastal Italian, P.F. Chang’s and New Vision Boulevard 10, among others. 495 Grand

Boulevard, Miramar Beach, (850) 837-3099, grandboulevard.com

GULF PLACE TOWN CENTER Situated just steps away from the beach on Scenic Hwy. 30A and Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach, this eclectic community features boutiques, an art colony, restaurants and bars — plus outdoor concerts and special events. 95 Laura Hamilton Blvd., Santa Rosa Beach,

gulfplacefl.com

HARBORWALK VILLAGE Located at the foot of the Destin Bridge, this water-front shopping, dining and entertainment complex also offers water sports rentals, parasailing, pirate ship excursions and dolphin cruises as well as regular special events, including weekly fireworks, live entertainment and more. 10 Harbor Blvd., Destin, (850) 424-0600, emeraldgrande.com


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GRAND BOULEVARD TOWN CENTER MARKET SHOPS AT SANDESTIN Located at the entrance to Sandestin, The Market Shops is an open air shopping center featuring boutiques, stores, eateries and events. 9375 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Miramar Beach,

(850) 837-3077 themarketshops.com

MERCHANTS OF SEASIDE Scenic 30A’s first planned community and site of the hit movie The Truman Show, Seaside features more than 75 shops, galleries, restaurants, markets, food trucks and bars as well as year-round special events, including weekly farmers’ markets, festivals, theater performances, concerts and more. East Scenic Hwy. 30-A, Santa Rosa Beach, seasidefl.com

PIER PARK Located in Panama City Beach, Pier Park features 124 stores, including Target, Forever 21, Dillards, JCPenneys and Marshalls, as well as dining and entertainment options, including Movie Theater and live music at Tootsies. 600 Pier

Park Dr., Panama City Beach, (850) 236-9974, simon.com/mall/pier-park

ROSEMARY BEACH Located on the western end of Scenic Hwy. 30A, Rosemary Beach features trendy upscale shopping dining, nightlife, weekly farmers’ markets, outdoor concerts and special events. 78 North Barrett Square, Rosemary SILVER SANDS PREMIUM OUTLETS The nation’s largest designer outlet center — 110 stores — includes Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, DKNY, Gap Outlet, J Crew, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Nautica, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Tommy Hilfiger and much more. 10562 Emerald

Coast Pkwy., Miramar Beach, (850) 337-0628, premiumoutlets.com/outlet/silver-sands

SHOPS OF GRAYTON Located in Grayton Beach, Shops of Grayton features an array of boutiques, artist galleries and restaurants. From Mary Hong’s Shard Shop & Gallery to Allison Craft’s leather and pearl jewelry to Andy Saczynski’s multimedia folk art to Modus Photography Art Gallery, Shops of Grayton features some of the area’s most colorful shopping. 26 Logan Ln, Santa Rosa Beach, (850) 231-0880

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Beach, (866) 348-8952, rosemarybeach.com

UPTOWN GRAYTON Located along Hwy 30A in Grayton Beach, Uptown Grayton features an array of shops and restaurants. From favorite breakfast spots such as Another Broken Egg Café and Bad Ass Coffee to one-of-a-kind gifts and home accents at Adaro Art Gallery, and Summer House Lifestyle & Studio Gallery, Uptown Grayton is a great place to funk up your style. 51 Uptown Grayton Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, (850) 240-0451

THE VILLAGE OF BAYTOWNE WHARF Located at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort along the Choctawhatchee Bay, this entertainment complex features shops, eateries, restaurants, ands nightlife — plus year-round outdoor festivals and special events. Kids will be entertained while mom shops with the Adventure Zone activities including zip line, a carousel, a climbing wall and a ropes course. 9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy., West Miramar Beach, (850)-267-8180, baytownewharf.com

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Once of the easiest snacks to prepare and serve when you come off the beach and need a snack before dinner is a cheese tray. This delicious snack goes great with wine, beer or cocktails, can be complemented with nuts, breads, crackers and fruit, and is a great snack for feeding a group of all ages. Choose the Cheese

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Grocery/ Food Stores PUBLIX AT PARADISE KEY 4425 Commons Drive, Destin, FL 32541 (850) 837-9094

Look for contrasts in color (light to dark), texture (oozy to firm) and flavor (tangy and fresh to savory and earthy). Three to four different cheeses are plenty — plan for about 1 to 2 ounces of cheese per guest.

PUBLIX AT GRAND BOULEVARD 725 Grand Boulevard, Sandestin, FL 32550 (850) 622-2326

What to Pick: Dark & Oozy

PUBLIX AT SOUTH WALTON 2038 US Highway 98W, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 (850) 267-0582

Mons Époisses Decadent mouthfeel. Buttery. Pair with: Marcona almonds, rustic bread. What to Pick: Crumbly & Tangy Rogue Creamery Organic Enraptured Blue Piquant. Fruity aromatics. Pair with: Walnuts, cherry spread. What to Pick: Firm & Earthy Emmi Roth Organic Grand Cru Reserve Nutty. Sweet. Umami lingers. Pair with: Pink Lady apple slices, hazelnuts, Vincenza’s Salami, candied orange.

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Serve both bread and crackers — different textures enhance the experience. Savory additions like olives and roasted nuts are key as are seasonal fruits. Bonus points for adding cured meats or artisanal honey.

Serve It Up

Unwrap and arrange your cheeses before heading to the beach so that when you return they are already cut and ready to serve. This also gives them “breathing time” and brings out wonderful aromatics and nuances. Prepare the pairings just before serving. Serve on a rustic butcher board or a slab of natural stone or the largest platter you can find in your vacation rental home.

Bon appétit!

PUBLIX AT WATERCOLOR CROSSINGS 110 Watercolor Way, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 (850) 534-4565 WINN DIXIE DESTIN 981 Highway 98 E, Destin, FL 32541 (850) 654-5353 WINN DIXIE MIRAMAR BEACH 65 Poinciana Blvd., Miramar Beach, FL 32550 (850) 837-4849 MODICA MARKET IN SEASIDE 109 Central Square, Seaside FL 32459 (850) 231-1214 THE FRESH MARKET 4495 Commons Drive W., Destin, FL 32541 (850) 650-0989 WHOLE FOODS MARKET 4402 Legendary Drive, Destin, FL 32541 (850) 269-7400

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Hitting the Links

GRAB YOUR CLUBS — THE EMERALD COAST FEATURES COURSE DESIGNS TO SUIT PLAYERS OF ALL SKILL LEVELS

CAMP CREEK GOLF CLUB This 18-hole Tom Fazio design features a pure golf experience accentuated by wetlands and the beauty of a par-72 championship course measuring 7,151 yards. Camp Creek also offers practice facilities. 684 Fazio Dr., Panama City Beach, (850) 231-7600, campcreekgolfclub.com

EMERALD BAY GOLF CLUB Emerald Bay Golf Club was designed by Bob Cupp to be the premier full-service championship 18-hole golf course in Destin. 4781 Clubhouse Dr., Destin, (888) GOLFBAY (465-3229), (850) 837-5197, emeraldbaygolfclub.com

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THE GOLF GARDEN OF DESTIN Great for families, this facility features a nine-hole executive course, an eighteen-hole putting course and a driving range. Lessons and clinics available from a PGA-certified instructor. Cart and club rentals are available.

KELLY PLANTATION GOLF CLUB Designed by Fred Couples and Gene Bates, this 7,099-yard, par-72 golf course is topped only by the spectacular views of the Choctawhatchee Bay, where you may even spot a playful dolphin or two as you pass by.

INDIAN BAYOU GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB Featuring three recently renovated and updated nine-hole courses. All 27 holes offer wide, forgiving fairways with lush greens, majestic pines and sparkling lakes and water features. 1 Country Club Dr. East, Destin, (850)

ORIGINS GOLF CLUB This Davis Love design features a six-hole regulation course that alternatively plays as a nine-hole executive course and a 10hole par-three layout, making it more fun and appealing to families, beginners and casual golfers. 573 Pathways Dr., WaterSound,

12958 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Miramar Beach, (850) 837-7422, thegolfgardenofdestin.com

837-6191, indianbayougolf.com

307 Kelly Plantation Dr., Destin, (850) 650-7600, kellyplantationgolf.com

(850) 213-5090, originsgolfclub.com


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REGATTA BAY GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB This breathtaking 6,894yard, par-72 course along the Choctawhatchee Bay is a golfer’s paradise. Designed by Robert C. Walker, Regatta Bay has been named one of Golf Digest’s “Top Places to Play in North America.” 465 Regatta

Bay Blvd., Destin, (850) 337-8080, regattabay.com

SANDESTIN GOLF AND BEACH RESORT Four award-winning championship courses by three renowned designers, including the Raven Golf Club, home of the 2006 and 2007 Boeing Championship at Sandestin. All courses are ranked four stars or higher. 9300 Emerald Coast

Pkwy. West, Miramar Beach, (850) 267-8000, sandestin.com

»» Baytowne Golf Club Pristine Tom Jackson course with lush greens, ample bunkers, and water surrounding 12 of the 18 holes. (850) 267-8155 »» Burnt Pine Golf Club Designed by the renowned Rees Jones, this 18-hole course challenges with bay views, meandering wetlands and marshes. (850) 267-6500

»» The Links Golf Club A second Tom Jackson 18-hole course, the Links

is moderately fast with generous, lush greens. (850) 267-8144

»» Raven Golf Club This Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design delights with 18 holes expertly carved through marshes, wetlands and pine trees. (850) 267-8155 »» Sandestin Golf Academy Golf instruction is available for individuals, groups and junior players.

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(850) 267-8156

SANTA ROSA GOLF AND BEACH CLUB The only course in the area that has two holes with views of the Gulf of Mexico. Affiliated with Audubon International, the pristine 18-hole course also meanders through natural wildlife habitats. 4801 West County Hwy. 30-A, Santa Rosa Beach, (850) 267-2229 santarosaclub.com

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SEASCAPE RESORT GOLF CLUB Designed by famed course architect Joe Lee, this 6,100yard par 70 championship course has tall pines, shimmering waters and rolling hills that challenge players of every skill level.

556 Seascape Dr., Miramar Beach, (850) 654-7888 seascape-resort.com/Golf.aspx

For even more local courses, visit destinvacation.com/destin-guide/directory/golf

DESTIN 1125 US Highway 98 East, Destin, FL 32541 | 850.654.4668

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THE EMERALD COAST EMBRACES THE ARTS Dancers, artists, actors and musicians in abundance find inspiration here


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CULTURAL ARTS ALLIANCE OF WALTON COUNTY The Cultural Arts Alliance produces signature events including the 30A Songwriters Festival, ArtsQuest, Valentine’s Day Tour of Homes and more. Located in the Bayou Arts Center, CAA features regular art classes led by talented local artists as well as manages the Foster Gallery at Grand Boulevard (open 7 days a week: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–7 p.m.). Bayou Arts

Center, 105 Hogtown Bayou, Santa Rosa Beach, (850) 622-5970, culturalartsalliance.com

P.O. Box 9175, Miramar Beach, (850) 684-0323, emeraldcoasttheatre.org

MATTIE KELLY ARTS FOUNDATION Northwest Florida’s premier cultural arts organization since 1995, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation has been committed to cultivating and nurturing a deep appreciation of the arts along the Emerald Coast with annual concert series, festivals and other events. 4323 Commons Dr. West, Destin,

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EMERALD COAST THEATRE COMPANY Created to inspire, educate and empower the Emerald Coast community and artists of all ages, the Emerald Coast Theatre Company produces productions and educational programs that provide excellent, professional entertainment for residents and visitors of the Emerald Coast.

SARA LIERLY

(850) 650-2226, mattiekellyartsfoundation.org

MATTIE KELLY FINE & PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Located on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College, the Mattie Kelly Arts Center is a $25 million performing arts and educational complex that hosts Broadway's best touring shows, visiting artists, dance and opera companies. 100 College Boulevard, Niceville, NORTHWEST FLORIDA BALLET Northwest Florida Ballet strives to provide topquality dance education and performances for the Emerald Coast community. Northwest Florida Ballet holds regular performances at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center as well as other locations around town. 310 Perry Avenue SE, Fort Walton

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(850) 729-6000, mattiekellyartscenter.org

MARY HONG

Beach, (850) 664-7787, nfballet.org

NORTHWEST FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Led by conductor, Jeffery Rink, the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) is the Emerald Coast's professional symphony orchestra, performing since 1987. The NFSO performs in residence at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center. 100 College Boulevard, Niceville,

(850) 729-6000, nfsymphony.org

SEASIDE REPERTORY THEATRE For more than 10 years, this intimate 75-seat theater has offered year-round shows from comedies to dramas, Shakespeare to Charlotte’s Web, plus everything in between.

216 Quincy Circle, Seaside, (850) 231-0733 lovetherep.com

SINFONIA GULF COAST Led by energetic conductor, Demetrius Fuller, Sinfonia Gulf Coast is committed to entertaining, educating and inspiring the Emerald Coast community through imaginative and innovative musical programming. 36468 Emerald Coast

Parkway, Suite 11102, Destin, (850) 460-8800, sinfoniagulfcoast.org

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WHILE THE EMERALD COAST celebrates an average of 226 sunny days per year, there are times when the coast needs liquid sunshine to maintain its lush green appearance. Here are recommendations for fun beyond the beach:

MUSEUMS DESTIN HISTORY & FISHING MUSEUM, INC. View the types of fish caught in Destin displayed on 100 feet of wall space depicting the Gulf floor as well as a large collection of antique fishing rods and reels, including an original Penn Reel that belonged to Earnest Hemmingway. 108 Stahlman Avenue, (850)

837-6611, destinhistoryandfishingmuseum.org

EMERALD COAST SCIENCE CENTER The interactive museum of science stimulates the imagination with exhibits such as a reflecting Castle of Mirrors, "adult-sized" bubble makers, a literally hair-raising Vandergraph generator, an electrifying Illuma Storm and more. 139 Brooks St, Ft. Walton

Beach, (850) 664-1261, ecscience.org

out on over 500 unique pottery pieces. With prices starting at just $14, it's the perfect way to create affordable family memories. No reservation required. 27 Quincy Cir, Santa Rosa Beach, (850) 231-3211, firedupseaside.com

THE SHARD SHOP Now with two locations — Grayton Beach and Destin, artist Mary Hong’s glass art workshops are fun for the entire family. Adults and kids (ages 6+) are invited to bring heirlooms, shells and special treasures to incorporate with shards of glass to make original art on canvas. 28 Logan Lane, Santa Rosa Beach, 34940 Emerald Coast Parkway, Suite 114, Destin (near Best Buy), (850) 231-0544, shardshop.com

INDOOR FUN

INDIAN TEMPLE MOUND The museum houses interpretive exhibits depicting 12,000 years of Native American occupation. Over 1,000 artifacts of stone, bone, clay and shell are featured as well as artifacts from European explorers, local pirates and early settlers. Interactive displays include corn grinding and stone tool making.

ARCADES The whole family will feel like a kid again at the arcade. Whether you visit The Redemption Arcade on Okaloosa Island, The Track Arcade in Destin, Thrills Arcade at Seascape Towne Centre, Blast Arcade in the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin or Dave & Buster’s at Pier Park, the family will enjoy indoor fun.

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HURRICANE LANES Family-friendly entertainment daily featuring 26 bowling lanes, a dozen pool tables, an arcade, Rupert’s Sports Bar, Cabana Cafe, and free ping-pong. (Must be over 21 in bar area.)

139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach, (850) 833-9595, fwb.org/museums/indiantemple-mound-museum

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34876 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Destin, FL 32541 (850) 654-5251, hurricanelanesdestin.com

THE GULFARIUM MARINE ADVENTURE PARK

UNCLE BUCK’S FISHBOWL AND GRILL Bowl and/or dine in a unique underwater setting which includes a large saltwater aquarium with scores of tropical fish.

4251 Legendary Drive (at Destin Commons), Destin, (850) 269-6100, restaurants.basspro. com/unclebucksfishbowl

INFLATABLE ZONE Wild Willies Adventure Zone will have kids jumping for joy in the dinosaur-themed inflatable zone. Also part of the 17,000-foot air conditioned space is the Redemption Arcade, 4D Movie Theater, a Laser Maze, Salvati’s Pizza Factory and YogoMogo’s Creamy Cool Creations. 1306 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort

Walton Beach, (850) 400-3300, wwazone.com

ROCK OUT CLIMBING GYM Rock Out Climbing Gym is the Emerald Coast’s premier indoor rock climbing facility. As a bouldering gym, there are no harnesses or ropes, and the 16-foot walls offer a variety of terrain and difficulty levels.

2001 98 Palms Boulevard Suite 5, Destin, FL 32541 (behind Target), (850) 837-0526, rockoutclimbing.com

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT THE GULFARIUM MARINE ADVENTURE PARK Located at the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island, the Gulfarium entertains visitors of all ages with up-close marine encounters and interactive shows. 1010 Miracle Strip Pkwy. SE, Fort Walton Beach, (850) 243-9046, gulfarium.com

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