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SANDY SHORTS............................................. .7 SANDESTIN LIVING........................................ 10 LOCAL TIME .................................................. 16 REAL ESTATE & LAND..................................... 22 SERENITY NOW.............................................. 30 DISH’N IT OUT • BEACH RECIPE .................... 35 INSPIRATION COAST: JUSTIN GAFFREY......... 38 2015 VACATION PLANNER ........................... 44 BAYTOWNE SHOPPING FOR EVERYONE........ 82 DATE NIGHT IN .............................................. 84 A SHORE THING.............................................. 92 TIME MACHINE...............................................96 STUDIO BY THE SEA..........................................98 GOLF GAME CHANGER .................................105 REMEMBER .....................................................106

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SANDY SHORTS Start with emerald green water, add a healthy dash of sugar white sand, rent the perfect beach house and PRESTO! You’ve got the perfect vacation! Here are a few more items to season up your recipe for fun... There’s always more beachyness at DestinSouvenir.com

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GASTROTASTIC. Destin’s craftiest new

bar has got to be the Craft Bar, the sheer multitude of craft beer options and exotic libation possibilities are literally staggering (designate a driver and have a parking plan). The Craft Bar is a Gastro-Pub, this means after visiting a few times you’ll have your own signature drink and perfectly paired appetizer. Try the fish tacos for starters and tip your craftenders.

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NEW BREW REVIEW: The folks at YOLO Board® are forever creating new ways to excite you. Inspired by the founder’s father’s ever-present cup of Joe, comes YOLO Coffee®. They blended three distinct beans from Indonesia, Central and South America to create this Arabica medium blend. Try some the next time you go stand up paddle boarding, surfing or just relaxing on the beach. Grab a bag at YOLO BOARD® 11610 Highway 98 West Miramar Beach, FL 32550

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CYGNET LIGHTSPORT FLIGHT AMPHIBIOUS TRIKE

Take flight with a Cygnet Light-Sport Amphibious Trike. Private flights start at $80 or purchase a fully outfitted single-seater with floats and wheels at just $57,600. Take off from the Gulf and soar high over the beach. The sky has never been more accessible. Take to the air with the gang over at Airtime Aircraft – airtimeamphib.com SOUVENIR MAGAZINE

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GRAYT TASTE! BREW IN THE TAPROOM

AT GRAYTON BEER CO. Enjoy Grayton Beer in their brand new taproom! Expand your experience from simply enjoying a Grayton brew to learning the full story and character behind it. You’ll now see how the beer is made, meet the people who brew it and then enjoy the beer in its natural environment. More beer + availability at graytonbeer.com

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SHIPPING W/ SARAH K’S FROM THE BEACH TO YOUR TABLE!

Bring the taste of Destin home with you! Enjoy Sarah K’s worldfamous jumbo lump crab cakes shipped right to your door. It’s a great way to relive your vacation or a perfect thank you gift for your house sitter when you return home. Six world famous jumbo lump crab cakes, 8 oz. of their original spicy seafood sauce, cooler, dry ice, shipping and tax - $114.95! Tasty dishes and desserts at sarahks.com

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EVOLUTION

ELECTRIC CART CO. The Southeastern leader in quality street legal and electric low speed vehicles has just released their brand new Evolution Range. Assembled in nearby Defuniak Springs, Electric Cart Company has developed a resort style low speed vehicle that is wellpriced and street legal. Starting at $6999 for a 2+2 seater and $8999 for a 4+2 seater, this fun-to-drive cart boasts maintenance free batteries, on-board charger, a warrantied galvanized frame, hydraulic brakes, and all DOT approved street legal requirements. Plug-in at electriccartcompany.com


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ot long ago, I decided the astonishing sugar white sand beaches and luminescent Gulf waters that weave together the fabric of Northwest Florida would forever be my personal piece of paradise. As a world-traveler with a curious nature, staying put in one place never truly appealed to me. That was until I encountered Destin – and soon after, South Walton. These neighboring beach communities are the king and queen of the Emerald Coast.

A Sandestin Life Perfection between the beach and bay Destin is a householdname with generations of beachgoers who’ve made this coast their home away from home. With its origins as a fishing community, this quaint city hosts the largest private charter fishing fleet in the country and due to its easy reach of deep water, has been dubbed “The Luckiest Fishing Village in the World.” In addition to its striking natural beauty and unrivaled deep sea fishing, this “village” offers a plethora of attractions and exciting diversions.

Only moments to the east, snuggled between Destin and Panama City Beach, sits a collection of more than a dozen distinct communities that are known now simply as South Walton. Although the whitesand beach resembles its neighbors, the natural beauty hosted in South Walton is far superior. With nearly half of the land comprised of protected state forest and strict ordinances in place to preserve it, this utopia offers a delicate balance of preservation and sophistication. The world-renowned master planned communities that call South Walton home have rightfully garnered the attentions of architects and artists around the globe. With two equally worthy choices from which to select my permanent address, I set out to experience both first-hand – initially in Destin, at a townhome along Scenic Gulf Drive only steps from the beach, followed by a condo atop of one Destin’s newest high rises. I then trekked to the east and lived in a magnificent beach view home in South Walton’s Grayton Beach.

Words by Oliver Richardson

Selecting between living in Destin and South Walton was not easy. Like a proud parent, I love them both equally. However, living in both was not an option (for now). As my search for a permanent home was drawing to a close, I decided I did indeed want them both and somehow managed to strike the perfect balance. I purchased my home in a community that enhances Destin’s culture yet embraces South Walton sense of community and individuality. Between Destin and what most refer to as South Walton is a microcosm of all of the finest aspects both offer, melded into one extraordinary, meticulously maintained, 2,400 acre resort – the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. Phenomenally situated and straddling both sides of Emerald Coast Parkway, this gated development offers private access to the Gulf of Mexico, Choctawhatchee Bay, and everything conceivable in between.


A Sandestin Life By electing to call this prestigious resort home, I was instantly granted access to a lifestyle so extraordinary most only indulge in this experience moments at a time. A vacation community at its finest, this friendly “neighborhood” is actually woven together from 36 distinct developments that perfectly complement each other and set the bar by which other Gulf communities measure success. Although places in which to live and vacation vary greatly here, they all share a singular focus – which is a celebration of the good life by the coast. There really is no typical day within these gates, but everyday is indeed precious. Mornings are often spent enjoying a robust breakfast at Another Broken Egg Café. Other days begin with exercise in a variety of ways. A stop at the fitness center is convenient, but the four championship golf courses and world-class tennis center have you working up a sweat in the most pleasant way possible. In addition, abundant trails and paths weave throughout the natural landscapes, and biking is always a magnificent adventure.

Options for lunch are numerous but a meal with a beachfront view is only offered at The Beach House, a re-imaged version of the classic eatery known as Elephant Walk, which has welcomed patrons at Sandestin for generations. Strolling along the beach allows for one to take in the beauty and majesty of the Gulf – perfectly underscoring how a vacation (or a life) at Sandestin is a wise choice. The Resort offers three and a half miles of beach but many owners opt to augment this with a Beach Club Membership. With this, you receive access to a beachfront pool, clubhouse, and restaurant. When looking for a reprieve from the sunshine, the afternoon is an ideal time to explore Grand Boulevard. Here you’ll find top designer brands, local galleries, and a collection of finer restaurants and bars. The newest addition to this high-end retail center is Boulevard 10, a state-of-the-art cinema that features a must-do viewing experience in their Observation Club. You can enjoy a meal, a glass of wine and of course the latest and greatest blockbuster.


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A Sandestin Life Another lifestyle center, and one of Destin’s most notable attractions, is the Village of Baytowne Wharf. A rendition of New Orleans’ French Quarter, this walkable village is the main attraction of the resort (second only to the beach) and features a slew of dining and entertainment options as well as boutique shops. (Flip to Page 82 for a complete list of shops)

Baytowne’s Event Plaza offers varied entertainment including live music, theatrical performances and open-air movies. Here you dine and party late into the night in a sophisticated yet casual ambiance. Several of the destinations hosted in Baytowne are bay-front and sitting on their decks sipping tropical drinks is an ideal way to catch the sun as it sets over the Choctawhatchee Bay. Personally, my favorite spot with a front row seat to these epic sunsets is the Marina Bar & Grill. A coveted, nearly secret locale – you’ll find a collection of owners enjoying a quiet spot away from the welcomed tourist crowd. A simple menu with simple drinks, it’s a nice place to slow down and watch the boats roll in as they return with their abundant catch or as new guests arrive to the resort via yacht. This is also the ideal location to

grab a kayak or paddleboard and explore Sandestin’s bay-frontage. Everyday can be an adventure, but several times of year the resort hosts stellar events on a grand scale. Sandestin is home to annual wine, gumbo, and beer festivals of regional renown and during the summer, fireworks are a weekly occurrence. Nearly every night, there’s a party just around the corner… With so much to do and discover, it’s hard to imagine what I personally enjoy most about living on Sandestin. Upon reflection, it would have to be the resort’s ideally crafted family atmosphere. A safe environment that is meticulously maintained, much of the resort is a wholesome, story book version of a small community. Sneaking out to cast a line in one of the many lakes with my son after his homework is finished is a real treat. Walks along the bay or exploring the varied developments are the perfect venues for catching up on the day. Seeing my son learn to surf, paddleboard and play tennis is outrageously rewarding. Heading to the grocery store via golf cart turns a simple chore into a memorable time. I am fortunate to call Sandestin my home, for now and forever. S


GREENMAN’S GARDEN WITH MIKAEL LANDRE

MIKAEL LANDRE: FARMER 5:05 UP WITH THE SUN

GREENMAN’S GARDEN MIKAEL LANDRE Even though to some it may appear that farm-to-table dining is just a recent culinary fad, it’s actually been embraced along the shores of South Walton for over 15 years. Since 1999, pioneer local organic farmer Mikael Landre has been providing some of our most-loved area eateries with the freshest produce possible. From tiny edible flowers to gargantuan heads of cabbage, the crops from his garden have been a staple in local restaurants, with conscious consumers, and at an array of area farmers’ markets. The former owner of Walton County’s first certified organic farm, Mikael (who is best known as “The Green Man”), is a 5th generation

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8:15 LOADED & BEACH BOUND agriculturalist who now cultivates sustainable crops less than an hour away from our sandy white shores. His sanctuary and fertile land rest upon a plateau that draws from an artisan spring and simply produces some of the most delectable organic vegetables in the region.

7:15 CROPS TENDED

Through the year, Green Man’s Garden brings to life nearly 60 different vegetables and herbs. Mikael and his family plant seeds and cultivate crops in the most meticulous fashion possible utilizing only natural fertilizers and absolutely no pesticides. Tending to their garden with much care, they harvest their crops and hand-deliver them to select restaurants including one of his first partners, Bud & Alleys.


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BUD & ALLEYS’ CHEF DAVID BISHOP Seaside is the jewel of the Emerald Coast. Similarly, Bud & Alleys shines where the classic American beach town meets the Gulf. As South Walton’s oldest restaurant, there’s a high level of tradition and excellence. It is here that we find the man behind all the fabulous cuisine and impossibly romantic dinners, Chef David Bishop. As head

chef, his primary duty is to keep the food exciting and fresh. Mouth-watering entrées are hand-crafted with the finest ingredients – the best of which David sources from local farms and fishermen. He carefully inspects all of the produce to ensure only the finest quality makes it to the food prep station and ultimately on your plate.


Power. Luxury. Elegance. Adventure. Whether you are a novice seeking a fun day with your family or a serious tournament fisherman, we offer a trip to meet your needs. The RELENTLESS is our 65’ x 20’ custom built sportsfisherman and is available for daily trips from 4 hours up to 18 hours. With a captain who has over thirty five years of fishing in the Gulf of Mexico the RELENTLESS specializes in overnight trips of 24 to 72 hours if you prefer to stay longer and “fish bigger” for marlin, tuna & swordfish.

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A FRESH WAY TO DINE Green Man Gardens’ hard work and artistry comes through in every meal. Bud & Alleys is proud to keep it fresh and local as they have done for over a quarter century. It’s a difference you can taste.


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Whether your passion for property on the Emerald Coast is rooted in aesthetics or economics, the good news is the national housing market has stabilized and there’s been a recent uptick in real estate prices. Many buyers who’ve tried to predict the bottom of the market may be feeling like they’ve missed their opportunity to purchase a well-priced property. In some markets that may be the case, however in Destin and neighboring South Walton there’s still an opportunity to not only purchase your own piece of paradise – but one that comes with significant room to appreciate.

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Reef can help you with any of these selling tips and advise you on these and other marketing ideas that may be unique to your particular property. We look forward to hearing from you soon for a full complimentary real estate consultation.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT

We are so seldom governed by our passions as we are when we search for a home. And while emotion can be the driving force behind selecting a place to call hearth and home, it is important to understand that real estate on the Emerald Coast subscribes to the same basic principles as other markets – price is directly tied to demand. Whether your desires include something grand or something modest, you have the added benefit of sublime natural beauty and glorious weather regardless of which choice you make. Here, owning a home or condo is highly desirable, easily accessible to several booming metropolitan areas and as such has the virtue of being an exceptionally sound investment. Because so many of our recent seasonal guests have discovered this for themselves, our inventory of properties has decreased significantly and is on track to continue to do so. While this has led to broad increases in prices that are indeed higher than they were just a couple of years ago, there is still plenty of room for near future real estate appreciation. In a recent presentation highlighting our area’s economic and housing forecast hosted by the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors, Senior Research Economist with the Office of Economic Development and Engagement and economics professor at the University of West Florida, Dr. Christopher Burkart highlighted long-term trends that are considerably favorable for value appreciation.

Other presenters at the recent Economic and Housing Forecast Summit were Jessica Dill, a senior economic research analyst for the Center for Real Estate Analytics at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and Gail Psilos, director for Regional Economic Information Network at the New Orleans Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. With a focus on the Southeastern United States as a whole, they reported on a range of factors influencing the overall outlook of our economy. Conservative optimism seemed to be the underlying message and they are anticipating a steady three percent run rate over the next several quarters. Even more encouraging, they indicated that the number of available homes is on the rise throughout the Southeast. Considering these regional statistics, fortunate investors and local property owners can expect to significantly outpace the surrounding areas. Given these economic prognostications from some of the region’s leading authorities, 2015 is shaping up to be an ideal time to purchase real estate in and around Destin. Our extensive, experienced team of dedicated sales professionals are eager to assist potential buyers and sellers. To get started on your search for your personal piece of paradise, feel free to browse our featured listings on the following pages or give us a call at 877.392.6085.

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Pensacola, Destin, and Panama City Beach show a constant trend for home price indexes spanning from 1995 to today – even if the run up of the national economy that peaked in 2007 is removed. Understanding that we are on pace this year to surpass that trend should provide the impetus for value seekers to act quickly.

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CRYSTAL VIEW

3167 Scenic Gulf Drive, Destin Four Bedroom, Four Bath

Crystal View is a beautiful beach home located directly across Scenic Gulf Drive from the beach with fantastic views from all three floors. This spacious home is very tastefully decorated and lends itself to entertaining friends and family.  The four bedrooms and three and ½ baths provides plenty of living space and is only steps from the beach.  The living area extends into a well-designed dining space and kitchen with granite counter tops and top of the line appliances.  An extended porch on the front and sides of the home adds to outdoor living.  There is a deck off the 2nd floor master bedroom and a larger deck off the 3rd floor tower for viewing the spectacular sunsets.  The heated kidney shaped pool and hot tub in the well landscaped backyard are complete with a large cabana with 4 ceiling fans and an outdoor kitchen featuring a Jenn-Aire grill, picnic table and lounge furniture.  This special home is offered furnished with some exception and is perfect for a permanent residence or an investment opportunity.  Rental income in 2014 was approximately $97,000.

OFFERED AT $1,149,000 ASSOCIATE Joe Taylor, jtaylor@oceanreefresorts.com 850.865.6278 ON THE WEB destinrealestatesales.com, search mls#610611

COCOHU T

178 Open Gulf Street, Miramar Beach Six Bedroom, Five Bath

This spacious three story, six bedroom award winning vacation rental with 5 baths in approximately 3,000 square feet can be yours! The first floor has a beautifully furnished living and dining room along with a well appointed open kitchen with all stainless steel appliances. This private residence is comfortable, upscale and professionally decorated which hosts a warm hospitable ambiance. Three of the six bedrooms are set up as master suites. The main master suit is located on the third floor with views of the Gulf. This property has been hugely successful as a vacation rental with gross rental income of $111,246 in 2013. A private pool and steps to the deeded beach access makes this the perfect beach getaway. Buyers and/or their agents should verify all information to their satisfaction.

OFFERED AT $899,000 (PRICE REDUCED) ASSOCIATE Jill Olivarez, sales@jillolivarez.com 850.797.3563 ON THE WEB destinrealestatesales.com, search mls#707786

HARBOR LANDING 504A

725 Gulf Shore Drive, Destin Three Bedroom, Four Bath

Here is your opportunity to own in one of Destin’s premier condominiums featuring the best of both worlds with large marina on the harbor and deeded beach access directly across the street. This luxurious 2388 sq ft condo offers panoramic views of the Gulf to the South and direct views of the harbor to the North. The large three bedroom unit was completely re-fitted last year almost exclusively with Tommy Bahama furniture & all accessories to the tune of almost $100,000 and will convey fully furnished. Lush landscaping, 2 pools with one reserved for owners only, and gated for your privacy, this is Destin life at it’s finest. This is a must see unit for the discriminating buyer. Call and schedule your viewing today. Buyers or their Agents should verify all information to their satisfaction.

OFFERED AT $895,000 ASSOCIATE Jill Olivarez, sales@jillolivarez.com 850.797.3563 ON THE WEB destinrealestatesales.com, search mls#718415

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O C E AN R E E F R E A L E S T AT E CRYSTAL BEACH LIFE

4537 Luke Ave, Destin

Six Bedroom, Seven Bath This newly constructed Crystal Beach home is a must-see property! Perfect for someone who loves entertaining or an investor who can see the value this 6 bedroom/6.5 bathroom brings! This home is sold fully furnished and is extremely well appointed. Just a small list of highlights are as follows- Private gunite pool, Full-court Basketball, ability to comfortably sleep 20, 4 master suites-2 conveniently located on the first floor, each bedroom has its own en suite bathroom, 2 main living areas perfect for multi-family visits, flat screen TV’s, Samsung Stainless Steel kitchen appliances, granite throughout, tankless gas water heater, LG washer/dryer, front and back private decks, alarm system, and much more. This home is in a great location just a couple blocks from beach access at the end of Barracuda and is also located in a very desirable “No Cobra” insurance zone. Current management group will honor or transfer all future reservations. Builder warranties are also included. Enjoy Crystal Beach at it’s finest, by owning a new property with classic “Old Florida” charm. Call today to set up a viewing of this extremely well designed and furnished investment opportunity!

OFFERED AT $829,000 ASSOCIATE Caleb Midgett, cmidgett@oceanreefresorts.com 850.499.3311 ON THE WEB destinrealestatesales.com, search mls#715552

WIKI IN THE TIKI

156 Open Gulf Street, Miramar Beach Six Bedroom, Five Bath

“ Wiki in the Tiki” is a knockout home that is a must-see rental giant that did $77,000 in 2014! It ’s in a great location just a minute from the beach and is extremely spacious for multiple families to enjoy while accommodating up to 18 guests. This 6 bedroom, 5 bathroom home is sold fully furnished and has a master bedroom on all 3 floors with King beds and private bathrooms. There is 16x16 tile throughout, crown molding, custom built cabinetry, Technistone kitchen countertops, tiled backsplash, stainless steel appliances, great beachy dcor, and much more! This beautiful home has gulf views, relaxing breezes from the outdoor patios, and a private heated pool under the palm trees and lush landscaping. This is a great area to own with no HOA dues, a short walk tobeach access, close to groceries, and walking distance to the Silver Sands outlet mall. Call to view today.

OFFERED AT $789,000 850.499.3311 ON THE WEB destinrealestatesales.com, search mls#716645

HARBOR LANDING 701B

725 Gulf Shore Drive, Destin Three Bedroom, Three Bath

Beautiful End Unit in Building B at Harbor Landing. This 9th floor unit has spectacular views of the Gulf both to the East and the West. In addition to the Gulf this unit provides views of the Harbor and East Pass. Take in the weekly fireworks show through the summer right from your own property. Two spacious balconies allow for the outdoor living that you seek when purchasing in Florida. Each of the three bedrooms has a full bath attached. The unit features diagonal tile, granite counter tops, new carpet in the bedrooms and living room. The unit comes with a separate exterior storage room located just outside the front door. With over 2,000 square feet this property feels like a home! The unit is being sold fully furnished and rental ready. Harbor Landing features deeded beach access between Oceania and Martinique, hundreds of feet of docks and walkways for all owners, gas grills, two pools with heated pool for owners only, two hot tubs, children wade pool, fitness room, and community room. Buyers and/or their agents should verify all dimensions and information to their satisfaction.

OFFERED AT $750,000 ASSOCIATE Jill Olivarez, sales@jillolivarez.com 850.797.3563 ON THE WEB destinrealestatesales.com, search mls#711804

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SHELL SHACK

140 Open Gulf Street, Miramar Beach Six Bedroom, Five Bath

A beautiful Florida home with gulf views, south of scenic gulf drive with deeded private beach access. This six bedroom (3 masters) five bath house sleeps 18 and performs very well on the vacation rental market. The decor is fun and beachy and you will enjoy your own private heated pool under the palm trees and lush landscaping. 16 x 16 tile throughout, custom built cabinetry, technistone on the kitchen countertops, stainless steel appliances, cultured marble in the bathrooms, two master bedrooms, fireplace, hurricane shutters, crown moulding, and everything you need for a luxury vacation. This house is a must see. No HOA dues, South of hwy 98, short walk to beach access, walking distance to grocery stores, silver sands outlet stores. No flood insurance required (zone X). Booked over 77K in 2014 and on track for the same in 2015!

OFFERED AT $709,900 ASSOCIATE Caleb Midgett, cmidgett@oceanreefresorts.com 850.499.3311 ON THE WEB destinrealestatesales.com, search mls#700215

SEA WINDS

1577 Scenic Gulf Dr. Unit 4, Miramar Beach Four Bedroom, Three Bath

Crystal View is a beautiful beach home located directly across Scenic Gulf Drive from the beach with fantastic views from all three floors. This spacious home is very tastefully decorated and lends itself to entertaining friends and family.  The four bedrooms and three and ½ baths provides plenty of living space and is only steps from the beach.  The living area extends into a well-designed dining space and kitchen with granite counter tops and top of the line appliances.  An extended porch on the front and sides of the home adds to outdoor living.  There is a deck off the 2nd floor master bedroom and a larger deck off the 3rd floor tower for viewing the spectacular sunsets.  The heated kidney shaped pool and hot tub in the well landscaped backyard are complete with a large cabana with 4 ceiling fans and an outdoor kitchen featuring a Jenn-Aire grill, picnic table and lounge furniture.  This special home is offered furnished with some exception and is perfect for a permanent residence or an investment opportunity.  Rental income in 2014 was approximately $77,000.

OFFERED AT $699,000 ASSOCIATE Jill Olivarez/Hal Crane, hcrane@oceanreefresorts.com 850.585.1637 ON THE WEB destinrealestatesales.com, search mls#700079

VILLA LAGO

1883 Baytowne LP, Miramar Beach Four Bedroom, Four Bath

If you’re looking for a pristine and well-appointed 4 bedroom home in Villa Lago with great lake and Baytowne Golf Course views, you need to see this highly desired exterior-lot stunner! From the minute you walk in, you’ ll notice the attention to detail from the Miami White porcelain tiled floors to the maple cabinets and marble top dining. 1883 Baytowne Loop is sold fully furnished and has an extensive list of highlights and upgrades. Just a small list include: Upgraded KitchenAide stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, two furnished patios with beautiful views, first floor bedroom, open concept living area with a 55” Smart LED TV, large master suite with large garden tub, split vanities, and large private balcony. There are upgraded lighting and window treatments throughout,a wrought iron backyard enclosure, Sony surround sound system, Wifi thermostats, and each bedroom has its own bathroom making it ideal for privacy or renting. Villa Lago also offers a community pool and clubhouse. Call today to see how nice this non-rental is when compared to others around the neighborhood! OFFERED AT $569,900 ASSOCIATE Caleb Midgett, cmidgett@oceanreefresorts.com 850.499.3311 ON THE WEB destinrealestatesales.com, search mls#700215

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O C E AN R E E F R E A L E S T AT E BEACHSIDE TOWERS II

4217 Beachside II Dr 4217, Miramar Beach Two Bedroom, Two Bath

This Beachside II, very nice 2 bedroom, 2 bath gulf front condo is located in the beautiful Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Both gulf and beach views from the living area and master bedroom in this 2nd floor unit.  This condo is being offered fully furnished and rental ready.  Currently on Ocean Reef ’s rental program.  Beachside II has private, heated pool and is located adjacent to the new Elephant walk restaurant and pool.  Enjoy all the amenities that Sandestin has to offer with the beach right outside your door. Amenities include golf, tennis, nature trails, marina, the shops and restaurants of The Village at Baytowne Wharf, health club and more.

OFFERED AT $541,000 ASSOCIATE Joe Taylor, jtaylor@oceanreefresorts.com 850.865.6278 ON THE WEB destinrealestatesales.com, search mls#597712

HIGHWAY 98 COMMERCIAL

4700 West, Highway 98

56,628 Square Feet / 1.3 Acres This 1.30 Acre property is in a great location between Bayou Bill’s Restaurant and Louis-Louis Restaurant. 200 Front feet on the North side of Highway 98. Zoned village mixed use. 200x283 Feet. Sur vey by request.

OFFERED AT $575,000 850.865.6278 ON THE WEB destinrealestatesales.com, search mls#702138

EMERALD WATERS VILLAGE

725 Gulf Shore Drive, Unit 701B, Destin Four Bedroom, Four Bath

Beautiful Home in the gated neighborhood of Emerald Waters Village. Easy private access to the beach and a pool for the neighborhood make this home a great vacation home or investment property. Nothing has been spared, from the stone and wood floors to the lovely decor. Owners do not rent the home and it shows! Alarm system added last year and newly painted interior. This home is perfect for entertaining and move in ready. Some personal items do not convey.

SOLD 877.392.6085

OFFERED AT $499,000 ASSOCIATE Stephanie Roesler, sroesler@oceanreefresorts.com 850.259.1056 ON THE WEB destinrealestatesales.com, search mls#610192

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66 Indigo Loop Miramar Beach, FL Three Bedroom ,Two Bath Must see! A great opportunity to purchase a quality home in the prestigious gated community of Emerald Bay. This ‘’masterpiece’’ McGinnisbuilt home is located on the par five 7th fair way of the Emerald Bay Golf Course. A raised ceiling and open floor plan make this spacious home great for living and entertaining. The master bedroom suite has separate shower, whirlpool tub, an abundance of closet space and 14 foot ceilings. This home has many features including 20 foot ceiling in the living area, surround sound, ceiling fans throughout, security system, central vacuum, sprinkler system with well, and built-in grill on patio overlooking golf course. Recent upgrades include new granite countertops in kitchen, new tile and wood flooring, new paint inside and outside and a new driveway. This home is offered unfurnished but furnishings may be purchased at a separate negotiated price. Easy show.

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OFFERED AT $429,000 ASSOCIATE Joe Taylor, jtaylor@oceanreefresorts.com 850.865.6278 ON THE WEB destinrealestatesales.com, search mls#608624

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291 Scenic Gulf Dr 205, Miramar Beach One Bedroom, One Bath

Edgewater is an impressive French Riveria-inspired gated resort that has been a landmark in this area since its inception. Set on the white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, this resort has amenities for ever yone including two swimming pools, hot tub, fitness center, community room, basketball, shuffle board, playground, putting green and more. These one bedroom walk out units rarely come on the market. Get an amazing view of the gulf, just steps from the pools and beach. This property comfortably sleeps four with the sleeper sofa. Keep it for yourself or use it as a vacation rental property. The gross annual rental income is roughly $30,000. Offered fully furnished, except for a few personal items and artwork - ready to rent.

OFFERED AT $325,000 ASSOCIATE Joe Taylor, jtaylor@oceanreefresorts.com 850.865.6278 ON THE WEB destinrealestatesales.com, search mls#589919

EDGEWATER

291 Scenic Gulf Dr 906, Miramar Beach Two Bedroom, Two Bath

Fantastic Gulf front views from this 9th floor beautiful Edgewater beach condo. This unit has 1,385 SqFt. and it is the largest 2 Bedroom floor plan at Edgewater and the only one currently on the market. Present owners have made many upgrades including new cabinets and beautiful granite counter tops in the kitchen and master bath, new travertine tile in the living area and dining area new carpet in the bedrooms and new furniture throughout. The master bedroom has a king size bed and the oversized second exercise room. Offered fully furnished.

OFFERED AT $325,000 ASSOCIATE Joe Taylor, jtaylor@oceanreefresorts.com 850.865.6278 ON THE WEB destinrealestatesales.com, search mls#589919

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O C E AN R E E F R E A L E S T AT E ARIEL DUNES I 2202

112 Seascape Blvd., Miramar Beach Two Bedroom, Two Bath

This two-bedroom unit offers spectacular panoramic views and is one of the most sought after floorplans in the building. When you compare the views and pricing, you will see why this unit won’t be on the market long! 2202 is sold fully furnished and includes 2 bedrooms and a bunkroom that is great for kids or rentals. Unit features include: 9’ ceilings, ceramic tile in foyer, hall, kitchen and baths, granite kitchen counter tops, solid wood cabinetry, and carpet in the living/bedrooms. Ariel Dunes I is located in Seascape Resort, which is a perennial favorite for Destin visitors. This gated community offers amenities such as golf, tennis, and Ariel Dunes offers three large south-side pools combining for almost 12,000 squarefeet. The project also has a fitness center, meeting room, and convenient deeded access to over 2,000 feet of white sugar sand beach less than 200 yards away. Location of this condo is excellent for local shopping and great for dining options including The Cabana Cafe onsite in Ariel Dunes, which will deliver food to your room and has a full-ser vice bar located at the pool deck. Call today to view this fantastic condo! OFFERED AT $305,000 ASSOCIATE Jon Harstvedt, Stacy Lamon, jharstvedt@oceanreefresorts.com 850.419.3641 ON THE WEB destinrealestatesales.com, search mls#709464

ARIEL DUNES II 708

122 Seascape Drive, Miramar Beach Two Bedroom, Two Bath

This 7th floor two bedroom unit offers a fabulous view not only of the Gulf but also the lake and the night lights of Destin! It ’s a great opportunity to own a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom condo in a perfect location not too high or too low in the building. Unit features include: 9’ ceilings, relaxed beach cottage dcor, ceramic tile in foyer, hall, kitchen and baths, granite kitchen counter tops, and outside storage unit you only get in Ariel Dunes 2. Enjoy beautiful gulf views from the living area and master suite. Enjoy the two large pools totaling approximately 12,000 square feet as well as convenient deeded access to over 2,000 feet of white sugar sand beach which is less than 200 yards away with a nice beach walk-over, fitness and meeting room. Ariel Dunes II is located in Seascape Golf and Tennis Resort, a gated community offering amenities such as golf, tennis, pools, and conference center. HOA fees are $462.41 per quarter to Seascape and $346.80 per month to Ariel Dunes Condominium Owners Association for a total of $500.94 per month.

OFFERED AT $299,900 850.499.3311 ON THE WEB destinrealestatesales.com, search mls#712648

GULF WINDS

2800 Scenic Gulf Dr, Unit 19, Miramar Beach Two Bedroom, Three Bath

Charming POOL SIDE 2 bedroom 3 full bath condo nicely decorated with tile downstairs and carpet upstairs. The back patio is ver y private and surrounded by shrubbery and grassy area or you can enjoy stepping out your front door to swim or lounge around the pool. Just steps away from the private beach entrance to the White Sandy Beaches and beautiful Emerald Waters of the Gulf. The central air conditioner was replaced in 2011. Other amenities include: pool and private access to the beach. Great Rental Income! All information to be verified by the buyer.

OFFERED AT $237,900 ASSOCIATE Jon Harstvedt, Stacy Lamon, jharstvedt@oceanreefresorts.com 850.419.3641 ON THE WEB destinrealestatesales.com, search mls#711299

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For more than 10 years now, Serenity by the Sea has been recognized as the finest spa in Northwest Florida (arriving at number 23 of CondÊ Nast Traveler’s Top 100 US Resort Spas for 2013). The spa incorporates many natural elements such as seawater pearls, coconut oils and sea salt into their exclusive and unique treatments that include botanical clay body masks; Polynesian Noni body wraps; sea salt exfoliation; Seawater Pearl facials; massage therapy (hot stone, bamboo, deep tissue, aroma stone and more) and nail care that utilizes

Serenity by the Sea has been recognized as the finest spa in Northwest Florida sugar scrubs and paraffin wax. With a seemingly endless array of artisanal services, it becomes clear how this peaceful retreat has earned its many accolades. And while providing a wide variety of services is at the heart of any successful spa, it is the caliber of their facilities that truly separates the most distinctive among them.


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• In a large bowl, combine pineapple, oranges, 1 tbs taco seasoning, 1 tbs oj concentrate, 1 tbs lime juice, jalapeno pepper & cilantro. Cover & refrigerate. • Place fish in an ungreased shallow 2-qt. baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the remaining oj concentrate, lime juice and taco seasoning. Pour over fish; toss gently to coat. Cover and bake at 375° for 12-16 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. • Place a spoonful of the fish mixture down the center of each tortilla. Top with cabbage and pineapple salsa; roll up. Garnish with lime wedges.

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The expansion of Serenity by the Sea includes nine new spa beds, an all-new 24 hour fitness center, a 3,500-square-foot expansion of the women’s locker room, new lounge facilities featuring zero gravity loungers and separate relaxation areas for both men and women. Other improvements include updates to the spa’s salon allowing Serenity to offer a wider selection of hair, makeup and nail services. Not to mention, the reception and retail areas have been reimagined to heighten the tranquil ambience found throughout. The revitalization of this premier spa has championed a level of comfort along our shores that makes heading home additionally difficult… but returning just that much easier.   Call 850.622.9595 Visit 4000 Sandestin Blvd.


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inspiration coast Inspiration can be found everywhere along our shores and in our shared communities. It starts with the beach and meanders through abundant, well-protected natural surroundings, coastal dune lakes and massive natural forests. In this feature we interview a favorite established artist who calls this coast home!

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“A caterpillar emerging from its chrysalis with newfound wings. A baby bird leaving nothing but an eggshell behind as it sees the sky for the first time. A man looking inside himself to discover how he can reflect his true nature on the outside.”

South Walton artist Justin Gaffrey is a living legend on our shores and now his art has become renowned throughout the world. His vibrant, multi-dimensional masterpieces can be seen on the walls of homes, restaurants, shops, and plenty of spaces in between along Scenic 30A. One glimpse of his incredible acrylic creations and you’ll understand why. This wildly successful craftsman may be most notable for his surreal seascapes that capture South Walton’s beauty one canvas at a time. Justin’s career and subject matter have evolved over time but no transformation has been as bold as his most recent. Justin is entering a new era of excellence and creating individual pieces that the contemporary art world better get ready for.

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sat down recently with Justin to talk about life as an artist, his new contemporary direction, and his inspiration. Madra McDonald

Q. Can you elaborate on your recent move to enhance your gallery operation and bold new style? A.

I made the decision last fall that this would be the year that I push myself to do what I really want. For some time, I’ve felt like I have been going against the grain of my own bones… my own soul. Having a gallery in Seaside was a great opportunity, and I’m glad we were there for the time. The decision to simplify my operation stems from the desire to do more of what I want to do. Not from a selfish place, but from a purely creative place. I want to delve deeper and create works that mean something beautiful, beyond just making something fashionable or decorative.

Q. How will your new sculptural direction dovetail from your landscapes? A.

The reality is I’m still going to be painting my sunflowers, poppies, landscapes and nests – I will just be painting fewer of them so I can devote more time to my contemporary works. Like life, art is always changing, and I’m evolving as an artist and I want to follow that drive and see where it leads me.

Q. You’ve evolved from sculpting with paint to sculpting with metal. Where did that inspiration come from? A.

I used to build furniture, and I’ve always loved building with my hands. I wanted to create something that was freestanding, with less boundaries. I’ve never welded before, so I bought a welding kit and some supplies on Amazon and watched a few YouTube videos on welding technique. “Stag” – currently on display at Oak Nashville – was my first welded steel sculpture. It was in that moment I realized I wanted to build something that could tell a story.

Q. Where do you feel most inspired?

A. Probably alone in nature. It’s where my mind is most settled. And I always feel inspired when I travel to new places. Q. Do you have a particular memory with a customer/collector that stands apart? A.

There are so many. Back when I was going through a deeply emotional period in my life, I did my first series of black/white/red paintings. One of them was a super minimalist 4X8 of a branch upside down with birds and eggs falling out of it. A man walked into the gallery and totally related to it and bought it that day. It was one of the first times someone bought a painting that made them feel something vs. just for the aesthetic of it.

Q. You’ve made 30A/South Walton home since 1986. What do you love about the area? A.

I love that I live in a place that borders a forest and a big body of water, with areas to escape in nature. It’s been a great place to raise my family. I wish the lifestyle offered more culture but I think it’s better than most places. It’s kind of bittersweet sometimes, but I feel lucky.

Q. What one thing do you want to communicate to your audience this year? A.

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Gaffrey’s Blue Mountain Gallery – is the home he originally built for his family 18 years ago and is where he and his daughter still reside today on the second floor. It’s the place he first picked up a paintbrush after deciding it was time to step away from the restaurant business in 1999.

Justin Gaffrey and his team, led by gallery director Brian Wood, invite the public to stop in for a visit at 21 Blue Gulf Drive Monday-Saturday 10am–5pm The gallery space and picturesque grounds will be hosting a series of public and private events this year. Stay tuned to justingaffrey.com or call (850) 267-2022 to learn more.

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Operating out of the 11,000 sq. ft. company headquarters in Miramar Beach, Ocean Reef continues to evolve the local hospitality trade and mold this intimate coastal region into a world-class beach destination. In addition to the main office, Ocean Reef features a second location among the most prestigious developments along the east end of Scenic Highway 30A in South Walton. Steeped with a rich Destin heritage, and well positioned on each end of Scenic 30A, Ocean Reef welcomes happy families and more than satisfied homeowners to an experience like no other. We invite visitors and property owners alike to explore our company and our genuine benchmark style of warm hospitality.

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Orange Beach

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Crystal Cove

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Beachy Keen

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Perrywinkle Palms

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Barracuda

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At Ease

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Lemon Fish

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Britannia

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Sandcastle by the Sea

7 BR

Rendezvous

7 BR

Crystal Cabana

5 BR

Beach Castle

4 BR

For a guaranteed front-row seat, visit Destiny by the Sea.

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Isla Morada

3BR

Coral Reef

Parrothead Quarters

3BR

Emerald Dunes

3BR

Crystal Sands

1-2 BR

2-3 BR

Crystal Villas

1 BR

Summer Spell

1 BR

Grand Caribbean

1 BR

DESTINY MUST DO LIST: CRAB TRAP

Good Vibrations

4 BR

Destiny Villas

1 - 4 BR

REGATTA BAY GOLF CLUB

Blu Sky

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Conch Cay

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Destiny Lakehouse

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Tranqui-la

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Positioned along Scenic Gulf Drive between Crystal and Miramar Beach, Destiny is host to the most prestigious gated developments in Destin, each offering unique amenities. Destiny Shores and Destiny West share a pool, hot tub, fitness center and tennis courts. Destiny East is home to Club Destiny, offering a greater selection of activities centered on their clubhouse. Destiny by the Sea a beachfront neighborhood and, in addition to the private beach, it hosts a pool and 24-hour security.

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FRANGISTA MUST DO LIST: EC WINE CELLARS

BAD ASS COFFEE

WHALE’S TAIL

SEASCAPE GOLF

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Stay with us beachfront in Frangista and enjoy complimentary year-round chair & umbrella service.

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Port Royal

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La Fortune

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Seaduction

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Sun of a Beach

5 BR

Frangista Costas

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Life is Good

5 BR

Down Time

4 BR

Le Neptune

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As the most sought-after beachfront community in Miramar Beach, Frangista Beach is the definition of laidback beachside sophistication. Home to the largest collection of beachfront vacation homes with private pools, this exquisite community is ideal for travelers seeking privacy and close proximity to fellow traveling friends and family. Additionally, classically styled coastal homes

located just off the beach ensure quality accommodations are available for every budget. Frangista Beach is also home to a handful of small, locally owned businesses, including Emerald Coast Wine Cellars and the Bad Ass Coffee Company. If you venture just minutes further, you’ll discover luxury and discount shopping, live entertainment, event venues and award-winning dining establishments.

A Shore Thing

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Family Tides

3 BR

Aqualina

5 BR

Ocean Oasis

4 BR

Shangri-La

3 BR

Emerald Star

3 BR

Good Times

4BR

Third Day

4 BR

Firefly

3 BR

Alegria

3 BR

Oceania

4 BR

Pet Sand

3 BR

Seacret Spot

3 BR

Emerald Waters

2 BR

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Seaspray

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Gulf Splendor

8 BR

MIRAMAR BEACH MUST DO LIST: SILVER SANDS PREMIUM OUTLETS

Pelicans Roost

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Tackle Box

8 BR

Seadreams

7 BR

Breeze on Inn

7 BR

Southern Comfort

7 BR

Beach House

6 BR

ReGrouper

6 BR

Castle in the Sand

6 BR

Northwest Florida is home to two distinctly different world-class beach vacation destinations. The first is Destin – filled with excitement, family attractions, shopping, dining, fishing, vibrant nightlife and, of course, white sand beaches. The other is South Walton – home to the same breathtaking beaches but with greater focus on the preservation of nature and with intentionally less development. Miramar Beach is positioned between Destin and South Walton, making it the ideal destination to experience the best of both worlds.

Destin’s neighbor Miramar Beach offers the largest selection of beach homes and variety of condo rentals.

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Polka Dot Bikini

6 BR

Dunes Too

6 BR

Coco Hut

6 BR

Wiki in the Tiki

6 BR

Birds Bungalow

6 BR

Under the Sea

6 BR

Anchors Away

6 BR

Shell Shack

6 BR

Banana Cabana

6 BR

Chateau Louise

5 BR

POMPANO JOES

While the draw of its neighbors is strong, visitors of Miramar Beach may choose not to leave this oasis. Perfectly situated between the Gulf of Mexico and the Choctawhatchee Bay, fishermen and water sport enthusiasts will have plenty of options to indulge here. Off the water, guests will enjoy shopping at the nation’s largest designer outlet mall – Silver Sands Premium Outlets. In addition to Silver Sands, other premier shopping and entertainment options include Grand Boulevard and Baytowne Wharf. Fresh seafood eateries are scattered throughout Miramar Beach and the famed Scenic Gulf Drive offers several locations with exceptional beachfront dining.

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Sunset Beach

Mellow Yellow

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5 BR

Magnolia Sands

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Biscotti

5 BR

Mingo Manor

5 BR

Tangerine Dream

5 BR

Paradise Found

4 BR

Gulf Splendor

4 BR

Cape Monaco

4 BR

Casa De Miramar

4 BR

Beachside Bungalow

4 BR

Caribbean Breezes

4 BR

My Happy Place

4 BR

Sailors Delight

4 BR

Treasure Chest

4 BR

Seadreams

4 BR

Valentine House

4 BR

Summer Breeze

4 BR

Surfin Safari

Summer Haven South

4 BR

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OCEAN REEF VACATION RENTALS The Grits Carlton

5 BR

Linger Longer

5 BR

Seaglass

5 BR

Bellagio

5 BR

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Banana Beach

4 BR

Driftwood Dreamin

4 BR

A Dreamers Paradise

4 BR

Sandy Dunes

4 BR

Sea Winds

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Palm Oasis

4 BR

Sandy Toes

Destin Blue

3 BR

All Tide Up

4 BR

3 BR

Avalon

Hideout

4 BR

3 BR


OCEAN REEF VACATION RENTALS Skinny Dippin

4 BR

Melomar

4 BR

All 4 Fun

4 BR

Puesta Del Sol

4 BR

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Averitts Favorite

3 BR

3 BR

Beachside Bikini

3 BR

Island Time

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Jolebo Landing

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A Piece Of Heaven

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Seadreams

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Crab Trap

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Banana Wind

3 BR

Beachboys & Mermaids

3 BR

Blue Marlin

3 BR

Rising Sun

2 BR

Lemon Drop

2 BR

Calypso

2 BR

Flip Flop Cottage

3 BR

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My Margaritaville

3 BR

Destination

3 BR

Pineapple Aloha

3 BR

Snowdrift

3 BR

Hilltop

3 BR

Beach Pointe

3 BR

Florablanca

3 BR

Summerhaven

3 BR

Panorama

3 BR

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White Sands Landing

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Majestic Sun

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OCEAN REEF VACATION RENTALS 1-3 BR

Ariel Dunes II

1-3 BR

Gulfview

1 BR

Sea Cabins

1 BR

Windancer

1-2 BR

Amalfi Coast

1-3 BR

Beach Resort

1 BR

Chateau La Mer

1 BR

3 BR

Gulfside Hidden Dunes

2 BR

2 BR

Mediterranea

2-3 BR

2 BR

Edgewater

1-3 BR

Huntington by the Sea

3 BR

Grand View

3 BR

The Empress

The Tides

2 BR

Surfside

2 BR

Maravilla

3 BR

Beach Manor

Leeward Key

2-4 BR

Costa Del Sol

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SANDESTIN MUST DO LIST: BAYTOWNE WHARF

JOLEE ISLAND

GRAND BOULEVARD

RAVEN GOLF CLUB

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Northwest Florida’s premier resort destination – Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort – encompasses 2,400 acres stretching between the Gulf of Mexico and the Choctawhatchee Bay. Here at the Emerald Coast’s only beach-to-bay resort, visitors enjoy access to over seven miles of beach and bay frontage. Often referred to as the “Gated City,” this first-class vacation destination features a selection of unparalleled amenities that include four championship

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golf courses, a world-class tennis center, a bustling marina, multiple entertainment venues, a massive selection of restaurants and two of the top lifestyle destinations in the region – the Village of Baytowne Wharf and Grand Boulevard. Accommodations offered within Sandestin include beachfront high-rise condominiums, golf course and lakeside villas, bayside hotel rooms and executive-styled vacation homes.


OCEAN REEF VACATION RENTALS Tivoli Terrace

BAYTOWNE MARINA

3 BR

Tuscan Breeze

3 BR

3 BR

YOLO

Beachwalk Villas

2-3 BR

Turnberry

Westwinds

1-2 BR

Luau

Beachside Towers I

1-3 BR

Bayside Inn

2 BR

1 BR

Beachside Towers II

1-2 BR

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Golf, golf, golf and more golf! Sandestin is home to four of the area’s finest courses.

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The gateway to 30A, Dune Allen Beach is the most western community positioned along the famed Scenic Drive. With an unpretentious coastal lifestyle, visitors of Dune Allen will enjoy spending time outdoors, on and off the beach. Of course Dune Allen Beach offers the

Sand D Breeze

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30A Fish Camp

6 BR

same pristine white sand found elsewhere in Northwest Florida, but this quaint community also hosts a state park, nature trails, and several rare coastal dune lakes. Dune Allen’s convenient location puts the excitement of Destin and nearby South Walton only moments away.

Dune Vista

5 BR

Sandpiper

5 BR


OCEAN REEF VACATION RENTALS DUNE ALLEN MUST DO LIST: TOPSAIL STATE PARK

STINKY’S FISH CAMP

OYSTER LAKE

VUE ON 30-A

Coastal dune lakes often flow into the Gulf. These special lakes are only found in two other locations on the planet.

3 BR

Allen House

3 BR

Beach Breeze

3 BR

Sand D Breeze A & B

4 BR

Haven by the Lake

4 BR

Fair Catch

4 BR

Sandy Shoes

3 BR

Laffy Taffy

3 BR

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Pink Flamingo Cottage

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BLUE MOUNTAIN MUST DO LIST: BIG DADDY’S BIKES

REDFISH VILLAGE

FOR THE HEALTH OF IT

B LU E MO U N T AI N B EAC H oceanreefresorts.com/blue-mountain-beach Blue Mountain Beach is the highest elevated point along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. It inherited its name from the early Spanish Conquistadors who caught a glimpse of the native blue lupine flowers high on the horizon. Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in hiking through the pine groves of Point Washington State Forest or biking along the Timpoochee Trail. Beachgoers will revel in the sand and enjoy some of the most wide open beaches in all of South Walton. Accommodations offered in Blue Mountain Beach are comprised of intimate low-key beachfront condos, lavish beachside resorts and a selection of vacation homes both on and off the beach.

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OCEAN REEF VACATION RENTALS Blue Mountain Villa

1-3 BR

At Redfish

Sandy by the Sea

5 BR

4 BR

Forget Me Knot

5 BR

Are We There Yet

4 BR

Redfish Village

3 BR

Gulf Princess

5 BR

Champagne Jam

4 BR

Coast On Inn

Adagio

4 BR

3 BR

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SANTA ROSA BEACH MUST DO LIST: SRB GOLF CLUB

GULF PLACE

CAFE TANGO

JUSTIN GAFFREY GALLERY

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Villa Rosa

9 BR

Casablanca

7 BR

South Walton hosts a large selection of meticulously maintained public beach accesses - ideal for easy passage to the sand.

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Morning Star

6 BR

Santa Rosa Sunset

5 BR

Blessings

5 BR


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Often referred to as “the town that began it all,” Santa Rosa Beach is the first established community in South Walton. Today, many of the communities that make up this majestic collection of beachfront developments are technically in Santa Rosa Beach. The most notable is Gulf Place – home to restaurants, bars, shops and galleries. Other

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Beachcomber

4 BR

Casa Del Mar

4 BR

Sea Haunts

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Gulf Place

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attractions include Eden State Garden Park and the Santa Rosa Beach Golf Club. Guests seeking to spend their vacation in Santa Rosa Beach can opt for studio style condos at Gulf Place, large vacation homes with private pools near the beach or beachfront custom homes or townhomes.  

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Bahama Breeze

5 BR

GRAYTON MUST DO LIST: RED BAR

SACZYNSKI STUDIO

GRAYTON BEACH STATE PARK

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The heart and soul of South Walton – Grayton Beach is an eclectic community comprised of historic beach cottages and modern vacation homes. Snuggled against Grayton Beach State Park and bordered by Western Lake, this

community hosts natural beauty, on and off the beach. The most notable destination here is The Red Bar. This not-to-be-missed venue is a locally loved hot spot offering fantastic food, music and drinks in a one-of-a-kind environment.

SEAGROVE MUST DO LIST: 723 WHISKEY BRAVO Villas at Seagrove Beach

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THE REP Walton Dunes

CAFE 30-A 2 BR

RUSKIN PLACE

SEAGROVE

oceanreefresorts.com/seagrove-beach Seagrove has stayed true to its “roots” by preserving its natural beauty. From quaint beachfront condominiums, lavish beach-side resorts, to colorful vacation homes, Seagrove Beach is a quiet oasis.

Cinnamon Fern

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Lucky Charm

4 BR

Dunes of Seagrove

2 BR

Aquatic Paradise

2 BR

Seagrove Highlands

2 BR

Capistrano

2 BR

Beachwood Villas

1 BR

Ramsgate

1 BR

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OCEAN REEF VACATION RENTALS SEACREST MUST DO LIST: GEORGE’S

OPHELIA’S SWIMWEAR

ACME ICE HOUSE

CAMP CREEK LAKE

SEACREST BEACH oceanreefresorts.com/seacrest-beach The best time to catch the sunrise over the Gulf of Mexico is in the Fall.

Placed between Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach, this blossoming coastal community is close to the best of South Walton’s 30A, yet remains quiet and relaxed. The recent addition of a community titled Seacrest North has expanded the selection of vacation rental homes. This master-planned development is centered on South Walton’s largest community pool (over 15,000 sq. ft.) and is quickly becoming a family friendly favorite!

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Windwood by the Sea

6 BR

Endless Summer

Away to Play

4 BR

Bluetopia

3 BR

Alexander

Coral Rose

3 BR

Lazy Days

Casa Del Sol

4 BR

5 BR

Seascape

4 BR

3 BR

Tranquility on the Beach

3 BR

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Boothbay

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Rosemary Rendezvous

4 BR

ROSEMARY MUST DO LIST: COWGIRL KITCHEN

HAVANA BAR & GRILL

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Rosemary Rendezvous

1 BR

Featuring bold architectural influences from the West Indies, Rosemary Beach is a master-planned development that has been carefully crafted to create a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Scattered greens (many discoverable only via wood-planked paths) create a classic family experience. The city center provides ample options for shopping and dining and, of course, the pristine white sand beaches offer the ideal backdrop for sunny endeavors.

Five Star

4 BR

INLET BEACH MUST DO LIST: SHADES AT THE LOOP

CAMP HELEN

THE DONUT HOLE

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The last stop along the magical world of South Walton’s Scenic 30A, Inlet Beach offers a relaxed atmosphere that gives visitors an authentic local experience. Nestled alongside Rosemary Beach,

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time spent here is easily rich, simple and genuinely rewarding. Only minutes from Panama City Beach – all the excitement imaginable is within a moment’s reach.


OCEAN REEF VACATION RENTALS PANAMA CITY BEACH MUST DO LIST: PIER PARK

GULF WORLD

WONDERWORKS

Beachfront at Last

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Blessed

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Celadon Beach

1 BR

Palazzo

3 BR

PANAMA CITY BEACH

oceanreefresorts.com/panama-city-beach-rentals Hosting 27 miles of beachside paradise, guests of the world-renowned vacation destination will enjoy stunning white sand beaches, emerald-hued waters and a varied selection of exciting attractions and establishments that have become a thing of legend. Accommodations for all tastes and budgets are offered in Panama City Beach and include beachfront townhomes and soaring, newly developed highrise condominiums.

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BAYTOWNE WHARF With a vibrant wharf-side village packed with boutique shops, award winning restaurants, and a wide selection of entertainment optionsit’s easy to see why the Village of Baytowne Wharf is one of Northwest Florida’s most-loved attractions. Although Destin and neighboring South Walton are home to an assortment of shopping destinations, no single venue along the coast offers this much variety and desirability.

Visitors can stop by and pick up a quick gift or explore the cobblestoned streets and spend the entire day by the bay. In fact, this worldclass walking village also turns into a tantalizing party destination after dark, so just spending the day here may not be enough time for some. Our convenient shopping guide makes it easy for you and your family to pre-plan the most memorable shopping experiences possible.

KIDS’ SHOPS DOLLS & FRIENDS:

Prices 35-50% less than American Girl, this cute shop is filled with doll clothing, footwear & accessories. THE CANDYMAKER:

Authentic Southern candy prepared right before your eyes! You have to try the saltwater taffy! BLAST ARCADE & LAZER MAZE:

Take a break from shopping and have some fun with the whole family. Blast is filled with the latest and greatest video games!

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BAREFOOT PRINCESS: Find the perfect outfit, shoes and accessories at this Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store. RUNWAY FASHIONS: Look good on your vacation with the latest trends offered at this high-end boutique. BLUCALYPSO: Mayra Casillas is the designer, artisan and owner of this phenomenal custom jewelry store. Pick up one of their latest creations as a souvenir!

DAD SHOPS

ISLAND CLOTHIERS: This inviting boutique is filled with the latest fashions including items from Robert Graham, Southern Tide and Vineyard Vines.

TEEN SHOPS

BABY SHOPS

ALOHA SURF COMPANY:

COCONUT KIDS:

Hit the waves in style after a visit to Destin’s greatest little surf shop. UNIQUELY CHIC:

This must-see boutique offers a distinctive shopping experience and hosts a blend of fashion accessories, apparel & jewelry. HARTELL’S VILLAGE DINER:

Grab a hot burger and a cold milkshake after a fun day exploring the Village.

SENIOR SHOPS SANDESTIN CLOTHING COMPANY:

Outfit the whole family with signature resort wear and gifts!

PELAGIC: High performance offshore gear for people who enjoy the outdoor lifestyle. If this is you… you need to be here.

HAMMERHEAD’S BAR & GRILLE:

MARLIN GRILL: After a fun day of shopping with the family, take mom out and celebrate your vacation with a fine dining experience.

LUMPY’S WINE BAR & BOTTLE SHOP:

Absolutely the best place to catch the sunset over the Bay. Worry about shopping some other time! Pick up a bottle or two to go or enjoy the ambience and a glass of fine wine in an intimate environment.

Specialty toys and clothing including loved brands Mud Pie, Haven Girl, Busy Bees, Bailey Boys & more! TOYS & TREASURES:

Explore the greatest finds from across the globe and entertain the kids for hours with fun & educational items!


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IGHT IN Slip on your finest clothes and get ready for a date you will never forget! Kiss your kids goodnight, it’s time for a date night in. Right now there’s another very important family member that could use some attention. Opt for a night on the town, or get more value for your money, avoid the crowds, and take full advantage of your vacation home.

Fashion: Saks Off 5TH

Location: The White House, Ocean Reef Models: Bob + Gina Seton Grooming: Blair Mills

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Gina: Dress + Shoes Diane von Furstenberg Bob: Jacket + Pants Michael Kors Shirt Robert Graham Shoes Cole Haan

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Gina: Dress Collective Concepts Bob: Shirt Saks Red Label Tie Penguin Shorts Santorelli Food: Crab Cakes + Salad Sarah K’s Gourmet


Souvenir STYLE

Gina: Dress Tahari Bag Ivanka Trump Shoes Kate Spade Jewelry Judith Leiber Bob: Shirt Bugatchi Sweater Vince Shorts Michael Kors Shoes Saks Black Label


Bob: Shirt Robert Graham Shorts Callaway Golf Sandals Polo Ralph Lauren Sunglasses Persol

Gina: Top Ivanka Trump Shorts Vince Sandals Saks Blue Label Sunglasses Celine Scarf Saks Black Label

Gina: Dress Saks Black Label Necklace Tara


Bob: Shirt Saks Black Label Denim Seven for All Mankind Shoes Vince Camuto Belt Hugo Boss

Bob: Shirt Saks Blue Label Swimwear Superdry

Gina: Cover-Up Vince Swimwear Oscar de la Renta

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ou have discovered the Emerald Coast. How could you not? The natural beauty of our shoreline calls out to anyone who loves the outdoors. Now it’s time to consider jumping in with both feet! Any true local will tell you that our emerald green water is best experienced through complete immersion. It’s exhilarating to feel the cool water on your face, taste the sea salt and to actually swim among the fish, dolphins and sea turtles. Of course you can book a tour, charter a boat or watch a show. You could even buy some binoculars and scout from a balcony but until you are actually immersed in our waters, you are truly only dipping your toes in the beautiful waters of the Emerald Coast. Watch any child when they first arrive to our area. What do they immediately want to do when they first see the Gulf? Get in, of course! And, hands down, the best way is to get on a board and surf! Our coast is unique in many ways. The same seafloor feature that helps keep our waters clear and makes our fishing fantastic also provides excellent waves for surfing. Compared to most Gulf Coast beaches, the Northern Florida panhandle seafloor quickly transitions to deeper water just a few hundred yards off our shoreline. This drop allows sand and sediment to filter after storms, contributes to the emerald clarity, and also prevents waves from breaking too early and dissipating far offshore. Thanks to this particular feature, there is a thriving local surf culture.


a s h ore t h ing “WHEN KIDS LOVE THE BEACH, THEY WILL GROW UP PROTECTING IT.”

Look beyond the typical souvenir t-shirt shops and you will find surf shops with staff who actually surf! Places like Fluid in Ft. Walton Beach, Innerlight in Destin and YOLO in Santa Rosa Beach. Sure, they can still sell you a cool shirt or the best board shorts but they can also help you pick out the right surfboard, set you up with lessons or give you tips on when and where to catch a wave. Some of the best ways to get started surfing are with lessons through our local surf schools. Having a pro teach you a few pointers can speed up the surf learning curve by years. Many, like myself, learned the old fashioned way with lots of trial and error. While falling off a surfboard is still plenty of fun, a surfing lesson can get you consistently riding waves in just a few sessions. For the local kids in our area, there are even beginner surf contests that allow parents to push their little “groms” into waves. (Grom is short for grommet – which is what we call young surfers). The annual Surfrider Foundation Kid’s Surf Classic runs every summer (usually June, as part of the International Surfing Day celebration). I’m the Chairman of our local Surfrider chapter. We take great pride in creating a fun and safe event for kids to experience surfing. At Surfrider, we know that when kids love the beach, they will grow up protecting it. We also teach them the importance of keeping the beaches clean through volunteer beach cleanups and in-school presentations. Some local schools like the Ohana Institute and Seaside Neighborhood School even have surfing as an elective class!


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RIDE ON SURF SCHOOL 850.240.7822 RIDEONSURF.COM

ALL-A-BOARD SURF SCHOOL

850.699.2455 ALLABOARDSURF.COM

XPERIENCE SURF CAMP 850.460.7300 THEXPERIENCEDESTIN.COM

FLUID SURF CAMP 850.244.3554 FLUIDSURFSHOP.COM

There’s also the annual Billabong Grom Comp. Once you get more surfing experience, there is a local chapter of the Eastern Surfing Association (ESA). Local ESA champions, both youth and adult, go on to compete for State, Regional and National honors. Trophies aside, the real allure of surfing is the joy experienced on every ride. But do be careful – once you feel that joy, you may never get enough. It’s a shore thing! Mike Sturdivant, Ed.S., LMHC Chairman, Emerald Coast Chapter Surfrider Foundation

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TIMEMACHINE THE PERFECT MATCH

From the boardroom to the beach – time is of the essence. Quality, refinement and functionality are the most desirable attributes in both luxury timepieces and fine automobiles. There’s undoubtedly a direct link between the two. Both watches and cars are mechanical in nature and share similar technology, such as absolute precision and optimization of gears. Although the moniker of “gear head” is typically reserved for auto enthusiasts, it’s clearly transferable to watch aficionados. Simply put, people who love cars tend to love watches and vice versa.

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TIME The parallels between the two are uncanny. Exclusivity is (of course) at the surface but the true allure is born from passion. From concept to production, the process is a painstaking labor of love. Development of a movement in a watch and the engine in an automobile often takes between four and five years. The similarities continue as these noteworthy possessions come together. Watches are assembled in a workshop, mostly by hand. Auto companies have their assembly lines, however, human interaction is present in every step of the process.

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MACHINE The permutations available for each are endless. In the case of cars, the details are conspicuous such as exterior color, interior leathers, dash inlays and engine types. However, fine automobile brands take customization into the stratosphere. Understanding individuation is a professional necessity. Many top manufactures offer made-to-measure vehicles. When ordering factory direct, nearly all details can be custom-crafted to accommodate discerning tastes. Luxury timepiece producers offer a significantly larger selection of models and variations at the retail level. Selecting a premier watch is typically

done through authorized purveyors. Heightening the exclusivity and elevating the brand, these choice shops are attentive and generally the premier vendor of jewelry in their respective regions. In Destin, Florida a great place to start is at McCaskill & Company. Direct customization from many top manufacturers is not readily available and altering your timepiece after assembly is not only highly frowned upon but voids the factory warranty as well. However, with the vast selection of model variations available directly from manufacturer, customization is not always necessary.

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As the direct correlation between automobiles and timepieces is a customer base of brand loyalists who value high-quality craftsmanship, it’s easy to understand why these prestigious companies opt to associate with each other. It is not uncommon for premier watch developers to create a special-edition timepiece while pairing with a luxury auto brand or to create clocks that will be utilized in the vehicles themselves. The association of owning both comes naturally to those who esteem peerless quality and is well received in each world. This pairing is essential for those who simply cannot be late and must arrive in style‌ Special thanks to McCaskill & Company and Porsche of Destin


BEACH

BEATS

STUDIO BY THE SEA

O ur special piece of paradise in Northwest

Florida is known by many names, yet recently it’s been given another – Nashville South. Music flows along our shores from town to town and acts as a soundtrack for the creation of lasting memories.  Local and national recording artists alike choose to call our shores home and for very good reason.  World-class musical events and an eclectic mix of quaint venues make this place something truly special.


With music woven into the fabric of our coastal culture, it only makes sense that Destin & South Walton are emerging as THE beach scene for music in the Southeast. With easy access from Music City, some serious players have been making some serious moves.  Although our friends from the North are influencing what we are listening to, one local player has just upped the ante.

Destin natives Chris Taylor and his wife Gileah have just brought to life what was once only a dream – a brand new, full-production music studio in South Walton that is already creating buzz in the industry. No stranger to recording, the Taylors have both been immersed in the music world for 20 years.  Chris was signed to EMI in 2008 and recorded an album with one of Nashville’s most

dynamic songwriters, producers and mix engineers - Allen Salmon. Their collaboration grew into a lasting friendship, which ultimately led to Salmon acting as a consultant in the creation of the studio.   Under Taylor and Salmon’s direction and backed by Ocean Reef (a local innovative vacation rental management and real estate

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BEATS company) the development began in late 2014. Their mission: create a place to record music and experiment with sound without leaving the beach. The idea was especially attractive because it eliminated the need for travel to Nashville as they had in the past to achieve high-quality recordings. The arrangement with Ocean Reef was ideal since the well-established organization is always looking to expand their marketing presence in creative ways. Completed in December, SoHo transplant and producer extraordinaire, Jeremy Griffith was the first to utilize the creative space. While the paint still dried, Brooklyn, New York group Arc + Stones recorded their next EP. Their production was quickly followed by an up-and-coming act from just up the road in Panama City known as My Fever.

This premier audio destination will remain a private space solely dedicated to the production of invited artists/producers, writer’s workshops and as a creative space for its parent company – Ocean Reef. Currently, Ocean Reef uses the Studio to create property videos and commercials. Future plans include the release of a vacation podcast and they are in the early stages of working with 30A Radio to develop an ongoing radio show. Chris and Gileah have just begun recording their new album under their new band name, Bravery House. When reflecting upon the studio, Gileah put it best,“This space is already beyond what we ever hoped for. We love the chance to be creative by day for Ocean Reef and creative by night for our own music.”


game changer

GOLF ACADEMY: SANTA ROSA GOLF & BEACH CLUB

There’s no better place to enjoy the unique flora, topography and crisp, salty, Gulf breezes than Santa Rosa Beach Golf Course. Lock in a 8:00 A.M. foursome or book a tutor-time with Carter at (850) 267-2229. santarosaclub.com

GOLF 101

PGA Director of Golf, Carter Murchison AT SANTA ROSA GOLF & BEACH CLUB

POSTURE:

Posture positions will have a tremendous effect on how a player swings. Correct posture positions are based on the angles of the body and balance points on the feet. Think of an athletic set up where you feel a balance between your upper body spine tilt and your knee flex. Feet should be shoulder width apart with the weight evenly balanced from left to right and toe to heel. Once you create the posture and balance positions, allow your arms to hang from your shoulders, grip the club and then set to the golf ball. The posture positions and the length of the club dictates your distance from the ball at address.

Hitting the links on 30A? Professionals have a primary tilt of 30 degrees with a driver, the secondary tilt is 4 degrees with an average knee flex of 9 degrees.

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Set sail for warmer weather. T’is the season for water-born adventures. Coming soon to a Summer Souvenir issue near you: learning to sail. Sea you soon!


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