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30A 10K & One Mile Run

30A 10K race course will be Certified and will be a Peachtree Road Race Qualifier!!

Tour scenic highway 30-A and give yourself an excuse to go for that second slice of pumpkin pie with the inaugural 30A 10K Thanksgiving Day race and 1 Mile fun run. Hosted by Hammer Down Multisport the region’s largest cycling, triathlon and running club, the race both starts and finishes in the beautiful town of Rosemary Beach. The out and back course winds along Scenic Highway 30-A offering breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico, Camp Creek Coastal Dune lake and takes runners past pristine beach communities filled with the most inspiring and exclusive properties along the Gulf Coast. Continue reading

Taste of France – Grand Blvd – Sandestin

Taste of France – The Magic of Beaujolais Nouveau
Thurs. Nov. 15, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2012 as French Beaujolais winemaker and long-time arts supporter Georges Duboeuf brings “A Taste of France” to Grand Park in Grand Boulevard. Beaujolais fans will enjoy a “Taste of France” featuring French-inspired cuisine, Cru tasting and Champagnes. Unique to this event is a live art competition.

Sponsored by My Vacation Haven and co-presented by The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and Grand Boulevard, the tasting and walkabout will feature top chefs from the Destin and 30A area preparing a French-inspired menu to pair with the Crus from Georges Duboeuf, the best selling brand of Beaujolais in the United States. Music will be performed by The Ed Williams Quartet. For tickets, go to:

Festival of Trees – Grand Blvd at Sandestin

Festival of Trees Returns to Grand Park
November 20 – December 25, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Join many others on Tuesday, November 20 at 4:30 p.m. at Grand Park in Grand Blvd, next to Cantina Laredo, for festivities and refreshments as we kick-off third annual Festival of Trees. More than a dozen beautifully decorated trees will be on display at Grand Park as area non-profit organizations vie to win a cash grand prize for the “Best in Show”. The winner will be announced at 6 p.m., after judging is completed! Continue reading

30A Songwriters Festival – Book Now with Premier Beach Retreats

30A Songwriters Festival brings some big song writers to South Walton. You may not recognize their names, but you will certainly recognize their songs when you hear them. Chances are, you will know every word to some songs.

On Martin Luther King weekend in South Walton, Florida, songwriters and fans will pack 30A for the one of the best and newest premier songwriters festivals in the country! Catch performances throughout the day and night at multiple around Rosemary Beach and other hot spots along 30A. You will also enjoy shopping, dining, tennis, golf and the beach, all within walking distance of luxury accommodations at their lowest rates of the year. Book your luxury home now with Premier Beach Retreats, before they are booked.

Tickets for the 2013 30A Songwriters Festival are on sale now, and they have sold out in the past, so don’t delay. Book your luxury rental home today and buy your tickets, while you still have a chance. Homes are booking quickly.

The 30A Songwriters Festival takes place Friday, January 18, 2013 – Sunday, January 20, 2013. Learn more about the event at

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Digital Graffiti 2012 – Alys Beach, FL

June 8 & 9, 2012

Join Alys Beach for one of the largest digital projection events in the world, Digital Graffiti. The coastal beach town converts the walls of homes into blank canvases on which digital works of moving art is projected. More information on the two day event at Get out and Explore 30A & Sowal!

WaterColor’s Memorial Day Weekend

WaterColor has lined up a great Memorial Day Weekend for WaterColor owners and guests, including:

  • Live Music & Fish Fry on May 25
  • Live Music and Low Country Boil on May 26
  • YOLO Board Race, Music in the Park, Live Music with BBQ, and Movie in the Park on May 27.
  • Guided Kayak Tours with Walco Eco Tours (by appointment only – 850.830.2475)

Make your reservations today at 866.426.2656.

6th Annual Rosemary Beach Bocce Ball Tournament

6th Annual Bombora Sun and Surf Spring
Bocce Ball Tournament
April 7th, 2012
Rosemary Beach, FL
East and West Long Greens
Registration is 9 – 10 AM
Opening Ceremonies Begin Precisely as the Bell Tolls 11 AM
All Comers Division (Adult)
Both Tournaments are Team (2 members)
Round Robin, then single elimination
(You may sign up as a single and be assigned a doubles partner)
Children’s Tournament begins after main tournament. Continue reading

2012 Seaside Half Marathon & 5K Race Results & Race Photos

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Despite the thunderstorms that rolled through South Walton on Friday and Saturday, Sunday was the perfect race day. Blue skies, shining sun, and cool temperature made for perfect race conditions. Local photographer, Shelly Swanger, captured this photo of the 2012 Seaside Half Marathon winner, Paul Epstein, owner of Running Wild, as he was approaching the finish line. Congratulations to everyone who entered the races and in the process, supported the Seaside Neighborhood School. Running is a great way to Explore 30A & Sowal! Special shout out to The Premier Property Group‘s Matt McGuire for finishing in the top 5%. We’d also like to thank the numerous sponsors, especially Vera Bradley,, Jim n’ Nicks, & Grayton Beer.

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30A Songwriters Festival

UPDATED SCHEDULE POSTED 1/12/2012 – 11:15AMThe 2012 30A Songwriters Festival Schedule has arrived!  We know you’ve been waiting patiently, and we know you won’t be disappointed with this stellar line-up of songwriters who will play 23 stages along scenic highway 30A this weekend.  Remember, it’s always subject to change so make sure to check back often and get started mapping out your weekend.  Don’t forget to download the free 30ASWF app for Androids and iPhones, which will be constantly updated during the Festival with schedule and venue information.  We will also provide you with a printed schedule upon check-in at Festival headquarters located at the WaterColor Inn.

3rd Annual 30A Songwriters Festival

30A Songwriters Festival

John Mabe, Tim Nichols, Mary Gauthier, & Tania Elizabeth: photo © 2011 by Murray Balkcom

Jan 13-15, 2012, The Bangles, Indigo Girls, Rodney Crowell, Fastball, Matthew Sweet, Sam Bush Band, David Wilcox, Jeffrey Steele, Shawn Mullins and Mary Gauthier will co-headline the three-day event in South Walton

Produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA), the third-annual 30A Songwriters Festival brings together talented songwriters and musicians from around the country to perform in unique venues along Scenic Highway 30A. The three-day music festival will feature more than 125 musicians and over 250 performances in venues ranging from intimate listening rooms to spacious outdoor amphitheaters. Continue reading


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Great sign placement.


Western Lake from 30A

Oops. Someone needs to work on their cornering on dirt roads.

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