January 2015

Found 12 blog entries for January 2015.

Love Hearts - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/73230975@N03/6874324473

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and sometimes a great event can make it special. There are a number of events happening throughout the 30A area, some specific for Valentine's Day and others just happening on February 14th. Here are some of the events you can enjoy.

26th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival - 12pm to 4pm

It may not scream romance, but the annual Gumbo Festival will be held on Valentine's Day this year. It's a great place to enjoy some of the best gumbo in the area from all types of Gulf Coast restaurants. The event will also include plenty of live music and children's activities.

Rudy Applewhite at Tommy Bahama's Restaurant & Bar - 4pm to 9pm

If you enjoy live music, this steel drum at will be playing live on

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Events

The Stars & Guitars event is presented by The Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center. It will be held on January 30th from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. This will be an acoustic show with many artists on stage at the same time. The setting will be much like a storytelling event. All the proceeds will go to benefit the Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center.

This is an annual event with plenty of great artists in attendance. The 2014 Starts & Guitars benefit sold out before they even confirmed the lineup or the date. If you want to attend this year's event, get your ticket before they are gone.

The lineup, artists and details have not completely been confirmed just yet. They are subject to change, as well. Currently, artists expected to be a part of this

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Flea Market - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/89649959@N00/2685971211

The Beaches and the South Walton area are home to many different flea marketing for those that enjoy a good bargain. Sometimes these types of markets are the only place you will find that unique item you've been after. Here are the top choices throughout the area for bargain hunters and negotiators.

Fort Walton Beach Flea Market - 125 Eglin Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach

This is the only indoor flea market in the area and provides over 70 vendors covering 14,000 square feet of space. Your will find all types of treasures here including:

  • Vintage Clothing
  • Sports Cards
  • Sterling Silver Items
  • Gold Jewelry
  • McCoy Pottery
  • Hummel Figurines
  • Frankoma Pottery
  • And Much More!

The inventory turns over very quickly here making it

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Marina

Capt. Anderson’s Marina is a local favorite marina located at the Historic Grand Lagoon in Panama City Beach. You can find it at the corner of Thomas Drive and North Lagoon Drive and enjoy an attraction that has been known as the top destination for dolphins, fishing and Shell Island for more than 55 years. It’s a family-friendly attraction where you can enjoy sightseeing, take a tour or go fishing. Here is a look at what you can experience at Capt. Anderson’s Marina.

What You Can Enjoy at Capt. Anderson’s Marina

There are some great cruises you can enjoy at the marina. There are Deep Sea Fishing and Sightseeing Cruises, Dolphin Cruises, Fishing Boats and an Express Ferry to Shell Island. The Marina offers the Anderson Seafood Market where they

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Food - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ugod/4820240355

George’s at Alys Beach has decided to add some excellent additions to their menu. Located on Scenic Highway 30A in a charming Florida cottage, George’s is open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.

Their new menu has added items like Fried Oyster BLT Salad, Pork Belly Lollipops and Smoked Pineapple Cornbread Cake. Chef Darek Tidwell has added new plates such as these to offer a cuisine like no other. Here is a look at what you can expect from the new menu at George’s.

George’s Chef

You can now enjoy new flavors that are supposed to be inspired by his life’s special moments. You’ll find new iconic coffee and beignets from New Orleans plus flavors from his work with his Michelin-Starred mentor Jose Sanchez.

Chef Darek believes more

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Wine - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/uncalno/8538709738

This March the 30A Wine Festival is returning to Alys Beach for the 4th year. The event is going to feature three days of wine seminars, walkabouts, tastings, music and more. You can attend part of the event or get tickets for the whole weekend. The festival proceeds are going to benefit the Children’s Volunteer Health Network. Here is a look at the popular 30A Wine Festival coming to Alys Beach at Panama City Beach this March.

What to Expect

The event is taking place from March 6-8, 2015 at 9581 East County Highway 30A, Panama City Beach, FL. The festival will showcase premier wine producers and local culinary treats. It’s the 4th year for the festival but it’s the first time that it’s been expanded to three days.

The Friday night gathering

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Store Enter Sign - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29233640@N07/2855530649

Pier Park is a massive retail development that many residents found throughout the South Walton and Destin area love. It's full of great shops, restaurants and so much more.

About a year ago, Pier Park announced the development of Pier Park North. This is a section that will be added to the large shopping center across form the Pier Park Lifestyle Center. It will feature over 360,000 square feet of new space with a number of well-known stores moving in. Confirmed retailers coming to Pier Park North include:

  • Bed, Bath & Beyond
  • Dick's Sporting Goods
  • Kirklands
  • Lee Nails & Spa
  • Mattress Firm
  • Men's Wearhouse
  • Petsmart
  • Pier 1 Imports
  • Rooms to Go

These are just a few of the many expected stores that have already confirmed

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Pet - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/laserstars/3086132328

Finding a place you can take your pet is important. Whether you're looking for a dog park, a dog beach or even a restaurant you can dine with your pet, you'll find it within the Panama City Beach area. Here are a few of the top spots for you and your pets to enjoy.

Pier Park

This outdoor shopping mall allows pets and it's one of the best places to go with your dogs. If you have them in a carrier, you can even take them inside the Ron Jon's Surf Shop. They must be on leashes and most restaurants and stores won't allow them in. However, you can walk the streets with your dogs and enjoy the area.

Frank Brown Park

This park has two spots perfect for dogs. One of the areas you will have to keep them on the leash as you walk your dogs on the

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Events

The 30A Wine Festival and Girls Getaway 2015 are taking place soon and you won’t want to miss them. The Girls Getaway 2015 is going to be a four-day event in January with concerts, cooking demos, home tours, workshops and so much more.

The 30A Wine Festival is your chance to see the showcase of premiere wine producers and local culinary artists for three days in March. Whether you love food and wine or want to experience amazing, fun experiences with your best girls, 30A will be the place to be this winter. Here is a look at the two upcoming events you should check out.

Girls Getaway 2015 – Rosemary Beach Town Hall – South Barrett Square, Rosemary Beach

30A’s Girls Getaway 2015 is coming to town on Thursday, January 29th. Located at Rosemary

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Restaurant - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/twicepix/524969586

Pier Park is home to a number of restaurants and shops. If you've never been to this large complex in Panama City Beach, it should be at the top of your list. Here's a look at the restaurants you will find at Pier Park.

Fast Casual Restaurants

Five fast casual restaurants are found at Pier Park. This classification is given to a restaurant with guests ordering at the counter and without a wait staff. The fast casual choices include:

  • Five Guys Famous Burgers & Fries
  • Panera Bread
  • Smoothie King
  • RedBrick Pizza
  • Hana Japan

All five of these choices provide something unique and it doesn't take long to receive your order.

Sit-Down Restaurants

If you're looking for more of a traditional dining experience, one of the sit-down

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