November 2013

Found 15 blog entries for November 2013.

Alys BeachAlys Beach is a very popular area with plenty to offer. From excellent dining to amazing homes, this is an area prefer for your family. If you're moving to the area and you want to live in a small beach community with plenty to offer, Alys Beach might be the perfect choice.

The timeless traditions here are perfect for families, retirees, couples and even singles. The classic architectural style used for the homes in the area provides plenty of beauty and a great place to live. Homeowners in this area are very passionate about the town and love the luxury living it provides. They don't allow any bit of the environment to be sacrificed as they build a wonderful luxury community.

Alys Beach is all about art and architecture with a celebration of both

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Thanksgiving TurkeyWith Thanksgiving coming up very fast, it's important to know where you can go for great food along 30A. Maybe your plans fell through or you just decided you don't want to cook Thanksgiving dinner. Here's your last minute list of choices for a great meal on Thanksgiving Day.

Grayton Bar & Grill

From 12pm to 4pm, you can come in and enjoy dinner for $27 for adults and $16 for kids under 12. They will be providing many of traditional choices, along with a little twist, such as Creole Shrimp Deviled Eggs, Maple Glazed Ham and so much more.

Cafe Thirty-A

Another restaurant open from 12pm to 4pm, Cafe Thirty-A will provide a delicious four-course meal with turkey, lamb, filet, grouper and more. They also provide a takeout menu for those wanting to

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New Year 2014This is a funny time of year full of shopping, holiday celebrations and, for most of us, thinking. We know the New Year is around the corner, which gives us the opportunity to start over. If you're planning to set new goals for 2014, you need to know the most productive ways to finish off 2013 first.

Your House

Start with your home and get things organized. Many people wait for spring cleaning for this, but it's better to get it done during the holidays. You're getting out decorations for the season anyway, so why not organize the closet, attic, garage and other storage your home provides?

Getting organized will help to eliminate some of the clutter from your life. Start with a small project and work your way up to the larger projects around the

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Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/35535885@N03/5266148149/The fourth annual Festival of Trees is now open and will provide plenty of Christmas fun. With a dozen well decorated Christmas trees on display, you can see some of the best lights and trees in the area. The public can view these trees from November 26th to December 25th in Grand Park. The winners have been announced and you can come out to find out which trees were chosen at the best.

Many charity organizations are participating in this event including:

  • Alaqua Animal Refuge
  • Building Homes for Heroes
  • Children in Crisis
  • Children's Volunteer Health Network
  • Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation
  • Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Emerald Coast Relay for Life
  • Fisher House of the emerald Coast
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • Junior League of
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Souvenirs ShopResidents of the area known as The Beaches, understand that it doesn't matter if you live in the area full-time, part-time or you're just visiting, finding the best souvenirs and gifts is necessary. Even those living here year-round send souvenirs and gifts to family members in other parts of the country. Here are some of the best places to get your items throughout the area.

Ron Jon Surf Shop

This main stream surf shop is one of the most popular in the entire world. If you want to make someone jealous of where you live, send them a souvenir from the Ron Jon Surf Shop. However, if you're looking for some of the best names in surfing, you can find them here, as well. Top brand names include:

  • Quiksilver
  • O'Neill
  • Roxy
  • Billabong
  • Ron Jon

You

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Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hotlantavoyeur/5963548316/The South Walton area is full of great beaches, hence the nickname "The Beaches." With 16 beach communities found throughout the area, it can be hard to choose the right one for you. Here's a short introduction to each of the communities.

Miramar Beach

Filled with surf shops, beachfront homes and a beach road, this is one of the most popular beaches in the area. Residents of Miramar Beach enjoy many ultra-modern amenities and a beautiful view.

Seascape

Mixing natural beauty with plenty of commercialization, Seascape is home to many condominiums. Enjoy a number or great beach activities here.

Sandestin

From the world-class spas to the amazing golf course, this is one of the most luxurious choices in the area.

Gulf Place

A newer addition,

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Those looking for a second home or a place to retire will love Panama City Beach. This is a great destination with plenty to offer. Golf, leisure actives and so much more. This is a very hot destination in the panhandle of Florida. Here's what you can expect when you make this your second home destination.

The World's Most Beautiful Beaches

Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dreamcious/3896373207/"The Beaches" is an area in the Florida panhandle and is known for some of the best beaches in the world. Recently, this part of the state was ranked at the fourth best leisure destination in the state. The only three places found above Panama City Beach are Miami, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale is very close to Miami and you won't find any beaches in Orlando. However, the golf found in Orlando is

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Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/24736216@N07/5725852473/Panama City Beach is known as the wreck capital of the south because of all the treasures found on the ocean floor. If you love scuba diving and discovering all types of ships, boats and planes on the ocean floor, this is a hot spot for diving.

Throughout the entire panhandle of Florida, you will find all types of wreckage, but Panama City Beach is the most visited diving destination in the area. It doesn't matter if you're an expert or novice, you can enjoy the scenes at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

St. Andrews State Park

Some of the best diving is found at the St. Andrews State Park. This area provides depths up to about 70 feet and plenty of great areas for diving. You will discover all types of wreckage at the bottom in this area.

Famous

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Beach ChairAfter spending more than 10 years working in the beach chair service industry, Brad McDowell has started his own company called Sunrise Chair Company. This company is based in Santa Rosa Beach and provides the top handmade beach chairs, umbrellas and tables. Classic chairs are provided for both the wholesale and retail market from the company and they also handle special orders for resorts.

The time Brad spent working on the beach has given him the necessary knowledge to create a company able to provide the highest quality beach chairs. All the materials used in the chairs come from the United States and they are all hand constructed by a team of professionals found locally. The company only uses the most durable materials including:

  • Georgia white
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Coffee BeansCafe Pura was started by four high school students at the Ohana Institute in Rosemary Beach. Sophie Plummer, Carlton Ragsdale, Hannah Tarleton and Coy Torreblanca worked on this project in their Entrepreneurship class along with Amavida Coffee and Tea.

Cafe Pura is a non-profit organization with the ability to help grow the coffee community in Chiapas, Mexico. Their major goal is to raise money to help this area gain the access they need to clean water. The company is trying to raise around $15,000, which will help fund a clean water system and a student trip to the area.

The company is found at the Rosemary Beach Farmers Market from 9am to 1:30pm every Sunday. They provide Fair Trade Amavida Coffee to the public with the funds going to help their

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