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Take a Cruise on SunQuest’s SOLARIS Yacht

Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

SunQuest Cruises is a locally-owned and operated company in Destin, Florida. SunQuest’s  SOLARIS yacht is one of the top places to be in Destin. The 125’ yacht features three decks with indoor and outdoor space for up to 150 people. Cruises are available year-round for weekly fine dining, dancing and sunset views. Located in Sandestin, the SOLARIS provides an all-inclusive experience as the only dining and entertainment cruise available in Northwest Florida. It was also voted the best venue...
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Valentine’s Day in South Walton

Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Last week, we gave our favorite places to dine in Destin Florida for Valentine’s Day suggestions. If you are looking to stay on the outskirts of town where it might be a little quieter, we put together another list. These are our top restaurants in the 30A area: Louis Louis is located in Santa Rosa Beach and never disappoints. Brought to us by the same family who gave us Red Bar, Louis Louis has the same red lights with eclectic flair decorating the walls. If you are going out with another couple...
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Where to go in Destin on Valentine’s Day

Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Just when you thought you were done spending money on your other half for the holidays, Valentine’s Day crept up. Your New Year’s resolution was probably to stop procrastinating so we are here to help you get ahead of the pack.  One month before V-day is plenty of time to plan the perfect evening.   Destin Florida has seemingly endless options for dining. From casual and relaxing to upscale and romantic, there is a variety of great places to choose from. Your go-to special occasion...
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New Year’s Celebrations

Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014

Where will you be on New Year’s Eve? There are plenty of fun events to take part in from the Destin Harbor to Seagrove Beach . At HarborWalk Village, the Street Party Countdown begins at 7pm. This free event will include live music by Departure and a Journey Tribute Band. Fireworks will light up the sky in two shows at 8pm and the 7th annual Ball Drop is at midnight. In the heart of Destin Florida , the new year will be celebrated in the Village of Baytowne Wharf. At 7pm, the year-end celebration...
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Fishing Rodeo Kicks off with a Big Catch

Posted on Thursday, October 2, 2014

When it comes to Destin recreation , there seem to be endless options in the area. We are two days into the Destin Fishing Rodeo and there has already been excitement. On opening day, the first shark was caught and it was no baby. A Destin charter boat brought in the beast and it weighed in at 188 lbs, 6 feet long. This naturally brought a crowd to the docks to check out the catch. We are hearing a lot about this rodeo but what is it all about? The Destin Fishing Rodeo takes place the entire...
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We Love the Nightlife

Posted on Thursday, August 7, 2014

When your day at the beach ends and dinner is over, you might be anxious to check out some of the area’s nightlife you have heard about. Rather than go to the last place you remember seeing advertised in a banner across the sky, let us tell you the best places to be after hours. Club Bimini of AJ’s restaurant on the Harbor is a hot spot for live music and dancing with a great view overlooking the water. The Funky Blues Shack has locations in Destin near the Harbor and in Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin...
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Beat the Heat this Summer

Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

We were so happy when the temperatures finally went up and the cold weather was over. While we love the beach, some days it just gets way too hot and we need somewhere to cool off. Where might that be? Big Kahuna’s water park is a crowd favorite. With rides and slides, a wave pool and adventure park, it’s no wonder it was voted one of the best waterparks in America by the Travel Channel. Don’t let the view fool you from Highway 98, it may look small but it actually has over 40 water attractions...
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Destin is Dog-Friendly!

Posted on Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Whether you are traveling with your furry best friend or live locally, sometimes we just hate to leave our little guys all day. So where are some places that will welcome our four-legged buddies? Most beaches do not allow dogs, unfortunately. South Walton County is the exception but only for property owners with beach permits for their pet. But if you want to get your pup out for some exercise, Henderson Beach State Park allows dogs on the trail as long as they are on leashes.  Niceville...
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The Happiest 5K

Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Known as the “Happiest 5K on the Planet”, the Color Run has come a long way from its start in 2011. Now the bright festival is hosting 170 events in over 30 countries. The original paint race is all about having the time of your life. The race is untimed and runners get plastered with different colors at each kilometer of the race. This year only, the Kaleidoscope Tour is being featured with new gear and fun kaleidoscope attractions on the course. Tickets are still available for the event on...
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Summer Night Fun With Outdoor Movies

Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The activities to choose from along the Emerald Coast are endless. Want to know one of our favorites? Outdoor movies! Grab the family and head to one of the select areas for movies and sit back and relax. Every Sunday at 8pm, family-friendly movies will play at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Bring chairs, blankets and snacks to the Events Plaza and enjoy great movies like Finding Nemo, Up, Jumanji, and The Lego Movie.   Across town in Seaside, Central Square Cinema plays outdoor movies on...
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It's Mud Run Time!

Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Emerald Coast Mud Run is finally here! This Saturday, beginning with a 7:30am Elite Run and ending with a 7:30pm Glow Run, runners from near and far will compete in the dirtiest race around. The big competition will be at the Northwest Florida State College in Niceville and has become an exciting event for Florida residents. This is not your average run here; the seven races throughout the day are complete with tough obstacles and watery mud pits. This year, the newest addition is the Zero...
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Things to do in Destin: Couples Edition

Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014

So we have covered tons of activities for kids and teens in Destin, now let’s direct our attention to couples. Destin is full of fun and romantic places to explore with your significant other. Eden Gardens State Park is often overlooked and it has perfect spots for a picnic or stroll through the garden. It is a 161 acre park with moss-draped live oaks and the historical Wesley Mansion (fun fact: The house holds the second largest known collection of Louis XVI furniture in the United States)...
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Things to do in Destin: Teen Edition

Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Last week, we talked about fun activities in our area for young kids. Now we will discuss ideas for the teenagers in town. Many of the options in our last post still apply, such as Fat Daddy’s arcade and The Track, but here are some more places to try.  Hurricane Lanes has a bowling alley, game room, and billiard room. It stays open late, has black light bowling, ski ball, air hockey, and ping pong tables. At the end of summer, the Destin Commons will have a new bowling alley in Uncle Buck...
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Things to do in Destin: Kids Edition

Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014

Destin is full of great things to do for people of all ages. For those visiting, there are new and old favorite places to go that should be shared. This week, we will focus on things to do for kids. This will mainly be directed towards the 12 and under crowd. In the Destin Commons, there is a playground in the center where kids love to go. Next to the playground, there is a small waterpark with fountains for kids to run through. This is a kid favorite all summer so make sure your kids keep...
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Destin Commons Expansion: Fast Facts

Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014

We were all excited to hear the news about our favorite shopping center, the Destin Commons, expanding this summer. When the “H&M Coming Summer 2014” sign went up out front, word spread fast and people across the Panhandle have been counting down the days until opening. The globally popular retail store is known for fashion-forward apparel at amazing prices. The two story location in Atlanta has been as much a vacation staple as the alluring IKEA. By the end of summer, we’ll have our very own...
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Don’t Forget Your Valentine!

Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014

Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day plans? We gathered together a few options to choose from. The Melting Pot fondue restaurant is always a great experience and a go-to place for special occasions. Cuvee Bistro has holiday specials for a satisfying date night with delicious seafood and a Valentine dessert platter. If a movie is on the agenda, Carmike Cinemas in Grand Boulevard has the Ovation Dining Club with luxury seating, a wall to wall screen, and adult beverages available. You can never...
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Holiday Happenings on the Harbor

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013

The holidays are quickly approaching, and Destin locals and visitors are looking forward to some of the long-held Destin traditions that take place on the Emerald Coast leading up to Christmas. Temperatures may be cooler, but with average temperatures in the mid-sixties in December, the weather in Destin still beats the weather in the majority of the rest of the US, and outdoor activities remain enjoyable! And who doesn’t like white sand better than white snow, anyway? Here are...
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Labor Day on 30A

Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013

Many look forward to Labor Day as their last shot to a summer getaway! It's a three day weekend at the end of summer allowing families to have one last fling before the school season. The Beaches of South Walton entice families each year with powder white sand, emerald green waters, and exciting events throughout the weekend. Along 30A, possessing pastel houses and picket fences sits the small town of Seaside . Visit the Seaside Amphitheater on Saturday, August 31st for...
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HarborWalk in July

Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013

Imagine a colorful colossal structure with all the flair of Bourbon Street. New Orleans themed shops, restaurants, and bars align a boardwalk that stretches out over the Gulf of Mexico. Welcome to HarborWalk Village Destin, Florida! HarborWalk Village  is located right on the beautiful Destin Harbor so renting a boat or Jet Ski is a must! Popular dolphin cruises go out daily as well as world class charter boats. Destin, once referred to as a little fishing village, provides a successful...
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Light Up the Sky in Destin, Florida

Posted on Monday, June 17, 2013

Nothing says summer like a 4th of July celebration in Destin, Florida. When is the best time to see fireworks? When they reflect colorfully over the Gulf of Mexico! With just a few weeks away, make your plans for the Emerald Coast during July 4th weekend and checkout the opportunities for an impressive celebration! Our first stop is  HarborWalk Village. Located right on the Harbor, HarborWalk Village boasts one of the best views in Destin. Watch as they light up the sky this 4th of July...
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Gulfarium Marine Adventure: Sunset Camp

Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

If your kids are looking for an aquatic adventure this summer than look no further than Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park! The opportunities for animal encounters are endless. Dolphin and sea lion shows are performed daily as well as educational exhibits to view. Gulfarium Marine Adventure  is now offering Sunset Camp, something new for children ages 6-14. On select evenings beginning in June and continuing through summer from 4:00pm to 9:00pm kids can learn about and experience the...
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Summer Concerts Sound through the Emerald Coast

Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Emerald Coast is home to many talented artists and musicians. It's no surprise then that at any time, any day, any month, and all year round there is a concert taking place. The Emerald Coast invites you to an outdoor concert this summer! Where is the venue? Well, that's up to you. HarborWalk Village invites you to  "Rock the Docks" every Saturday night! This outdoor concert held from 7:00-9:00pm is free and open to the public. You can rock with local talent as they take a stage surrounded...
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Cajun Celebration in Pensacola

Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2013

Let the good times roll in Pensacola for their 29th Annual Crawfish Festival! This is actually the largest crawfish boil in the state of Florida held at Bartram Park in downtown Pensacola. Louisiana lovers will flock from all over for crawfish Cajun style. Imagine over 16,000 pounds of crawfish...and that's just in the boil. They'll be serving crawfish anyway you like it. In a po-boy or a pie, fried or boiled, you can tear in, suck down, and eat up! Live musical performances will bring you back...
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Carmike's Boulevard Cinema 10

Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013

All residents and guest eagerly await the opening of Carmike's Boulevard 10 Cinema. Set to open spring of 2013, the long anticipated theater debut is now just around the corner. It will be Walton County's first movie theater and like Walton County it will be first class! Carmike's Cinemas  have over 232 theaters in over 35 states. Their theater at Grand Boulevard will be state-of-the-art, boasting 10 movie screens and the capability of seating close to 2,000 people. Included is Carmike's...
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3 Days of Zen in Pensacola

Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012

Pensacola is hosting the first Mahabhuta Yoga Festival November 16-18th. Regional yoga teachers, artists, healers, and musicians will be sharing their talents at the beautiful waterfront Sanders Beach Community Center. The meaning of  Mahabhuta is the “Great Element”. This year’s festival is honoring the element of Water and will be featured in the many Yoga workshops throughout the weekend. Included in the festivities are organic eats, outdoor music, photo sessions, and spa services....
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The Emerald Coast's Fall Festivals

Posted on Monday, September 10, 2012

Fall is my favorite time of year in Destin. Locals call it the ‘between season’, when the summer crowds have gone back home and it’s a little too early for the holiday surge. The weather is at a perfect 75-85 degrees and my favorite outdoor festivals make their yearly appearance once again. October is the month fo r Destin’s 34th Annual Seafood Festiv al. Three days of over 20 food vendors, mostly local restaurants, serving up delicious seafood dishes. The setting takes place along the beautiful...
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The Emerald Coast Lights up the Sky

Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Emerald Coast has big plans this 4th of July. From sunrise to sunset, on harbors and in wharfs, a celebration is in the making. What’s the question on everyone’s mind… where’s the party at? HarborWalk Village brings Destin a 4th of July Extravaganza! Along with live music on the Main Stage by Clinch 46 you can enjoy family activities and giveaways. Not to be missed is HarborWalk’s 3rd Annual Hot Dog Eating contest. A spectacular fireworks show over the harbor will end the night. Nothing...
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Sandestin's Big Catch

Posted on Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Gulf Coast’s season for Blue Marlin is here! The perfect time for anglers from all over to gear up and head to the Panhandle for the catch of the year! Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in beautiful Destin, Florida is in on the action once again with their Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic June 20-24. Ranked among the top 10 Big Money Tournaments in the world, Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic invites all captains and their crew to spend four days in the Gulf of Mexico ...
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Destin Concerts in the Park

Summer Concerts under the Stars

Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mattie Kelly’s Concerts in the Park are by far the area’s best outdoor concert series. The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation is one of the community’s leading cultural charities and the first to present outdoor concerts to the area. Now they are celebrating 16 years of live music under the stars. This nine week concert series supplies music from all genres. From jazz to country; reggae to rock, there will be something you just can’t help tapping your foot too. Why stop there? Dancing is highly...
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ANNIKA & Friends Celebrity Golf & Concert Event

Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012

The inaugural ANNIKA & Friends Celebrity Golf Event is coming to Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort May 12th through the 13th. Sandestin is gearing up for an amazing weekend filled with golf, fine dining from Wine World, and music! All proceeds from the event will go to the ANNIKA Foundation to fund the implementation of SPARK – the leading physical education program for children in schools throughout Northwest Florida and across the state. The festivities begin on Saturday with a welcome...
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Sharpen Your Swing with the Sandestin Tennis Club

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Sandestin Tennis Club brings back the QuickStart program for children of all ages. The QuickStart program is relatively new and being implemented nationwide. It's designed to introduce kids to the game and keep them excited about tennis by using special equipment, shorter court dimensions, and modified scoring. With much success last year, Sandestin Tennis Club invites those 12 and under to join the fun every Monday through Thursday. As their game progresses so will the equipment allowing...
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Bring Your Best Friend to the New Park in Destin!

Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Destin Dog Park has opened its gates! The grand opening of the new Destin Dog Park took place on Saturday, January 7th with over 100 pets and owners! The sidewalks and streets of Destin were busy with dog lovers and tail-waggers visiting the park for the first time.   1.5 acres of land dedicated to dogs and their proud owners sits at the intersection of Indian Bayou Drive and Commons Drive. The Destin Dog park is gated and sectioned off so that big dogs and little dogs can enjoy the park...
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Destin Fishing Rodeo Continues its Beloved History in 2011

Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

October 1st 2011 will kick off another Fishing Rodeo in Destin, FL. Since 1948 anglers and excitement seekers eagerly anticipate this momentous annual event. Over $200,000 will be awarded to the best catches of the approximately 30,000 entrants -- numbers higher than any previous year. Spectators, too will number in the thousands enjoying the Seafood Festival that coincides with the Rodeo. The Destin Fishing Rodeo truly enjoys a lively and beloved history. The first few Rodeos included some...
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14 Ways to Cool Off this Summer

Posted on Monday, May 9, 2011

Summer is here and the heat is on! One thing about Destin, Florida, it gets hot in the summer. Sometimes all that is needed is a quick dip in the ocean. For those intense summer days you may have to use one of my 14 tried and true ways to cool off in Destin . The first way is Tahitian Vanilla! 32 Degrees is a new frozen yogurt bar in Sandestin, offering 14 delicious flavors, some periodically changing, throughout the seasons. Adjacent to Panera Bread and conveniently situated in the parking...
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St. Patty's on the Destin Harbor

Posted on Thursday, March 3, 2011

Harborwalk Village is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a week chalk-full of great food, music and traditional Irish imbibery! It all starts on Saturday, March 12th from noon until 4:00PM with the 3rd Annual Grogg Games on the Destin Harbor. Here you can experience the ultimate Irish Street Festival, bag pipe band, live music and entertainment. On Thursday, March 17th at 4:00PM, the Grogg March will "Sham-Rock" throughout the Village, where each venue will entertain audiences with live...
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7 Water Sports Activities to Try On Your Destin Vacation

Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Destin, Florida, once a quaint fishing village, has become one of the most popular family travel destinations in the Untied States. The allure of the sugar white sand and emerald green water of the Gulf of Mexico attracts thousands of vacationers from across the world each year to enjoy the area’s beauty, and in particular to enjoy the water. Here is a list of the top seven water sport activities to try in order to get the most out of your Destin vacation. Whether you decide to rent a boat and...
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Get in the Groove in Fort Walton Beach

Posted on Monday, February 21, 2011

As a local who appreciates good live music, I center my plans around my favorite bands. It’s Friday night and Jones & Company, a local band with incredible talent, is playing in Fort Walton Beach at the Beal Street Bottle Club. This club is not typical for the area! You know, an open air beachfront restaurant where you go and pay way too much for food and watered down drinks in hopes that the band playing is somewhat decent.   Beal Street Bottle Club focuses solely on music. &...
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Celebrate Mardi Gras in Destin, Florida

Posted on Thursday, February 3, 2011

Waves are not the only thing we catch here in Destin. Through the months of February and March beads and moon pies will be tossed your way for a Mardi Gras celebration you won’t want to miss. Here’s a list of Mardi Gras events throughout Destin. The celebration begins Saturday, February 12th, on Okaloosa Island! Your first shot at catching some beads is the Mardi Gras Parade on Santa Rosa Boulevard starting at 11:00am. A Mardi Gras Block Party hosted on Amberjack Drive from 12:00pm to 5:00pm...
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New Year's Eve in Destin... A Night to Remember

Posted on Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Have plans for New Year’s Eve? Once again the Destin area has you covered. From East to West there’s a party going on somewhere and it’s guaranteed to be fabulous! Which end of Destin will you be ringing in the New Year? Here are some “Party Central” hot spots you won’t want to miss! HarborWalk Village has the West End of Destin hopping with multiple parties that last the whole night through. Choose from over seven restaurants and clubs, all prepared to make this a New Year’s Eve celebration...
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The Boardwalk Offers Something For All

Posted on Monday, August 23, 2010

If you plan on visiting Pensacola Beach and are looking for a casual, relaxing place to shop (or just browse around), look no further than the Boardwalk. You'll find anything from beachwear and fashion boutiques to liquor and convenience stores. Some of the shops you'll find include Alvin's Island Tropical Department store, Bamboo Willie Wear, Geronimo's Outpost, Go Fish Clothing and many others.
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Le Grand Cirque Headlines Memorial Day Weekend on Emerald Coast

Posted on Friday, April 9, 2010

DESTIN, FL (April 8, 2010) –– The world-renowned acrobatics and white-knuckle stunts of Le Grand Cirque top the calendar of Memorial Day weekend events along the sugary white sands of Destin, in the heart of Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast. Beginning May 25 and throughout the Summer, Le Grand Cirque’s 40-member international troupe of contortionists, tumblers and aerialists will perform under an 1,100-seat air-conditioned big top tent on the grounds of Grand Boulevard, located eight miles east...
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Family Fun in Fort Walton Beach this Summer!

Posted on Friday, July 10, 2009

If you’re looking for family fun in Fort Walton Beach this summer, come down to Uptown Station. In the heart of Fort Walton Beach and referred to as the heartbeat of the Emerald Coast, Uptown Station has something for the entire family. Kids can play in the dancing fountains and the amazing playground. Moms can shop till they drop at over 40 national and specialty stores. Dads can chill out in Central Park. The whole family will enjoy a variety of superb dining establishments, not to mention...
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Summer Fun in Pensacola

Posted on Friday, July 10, 2009

Pensacola, Florida is an active coastal town accommodating 52 miles of shoreline and 343 days of sunshine. Not to mention a calendar full of local festivals, concerts, activities, and more! Take a look at all the action Pensacola, Florida has planned for you this summer. Pensacola, Florida will keep you rockin with free out-door concerts every week. Bands on the Beach features a lineup of performers sure to please every musical taste. From May through September, every Tuesday night from 7-9 a...
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Celebrate Summer in Panama City Beach

Posted on Monday, May 25, 2009

This year Panama City Beach stirs up excitement with impressive events all summer long. From weekend beach bashes to laid-back summer celebrations, Panama City Beach knows how to keep the party rolling. Check out what Panama City Beach is planning this summer! The sound of music fills the air with free outdoor concerts all throughout Panama City and Panama City Beach. Pier Park presents: Concerts in the Park. Every Thursday, from 7-9 pm, a different artist will perform in the Pier Park Amphitheatre...
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Farewell Snowbirds, Hello Spring Breakers!

Posted on Monday, February 16, 2009

Spring Break is coming back to Panama City Beach. Attracting college students looking for action and parents looking for family-friendly fun. Panama City Beach is a place where you can unwind, relax, and leave your worries behind. A place surrounded by sand and sun. And no one throws a party like Panama City Beach! Spring Break in Panama City kicks off Saturday, February 21st and every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday there after at Club La Villa. To all you party people this one is a must! Be there...
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Start a New Year's Resolution in Destin

Posted on Monday, January 12, 2009

It’s January 2009, time for getting in shape, eating healthy, and spending more time with friends and family. What better place to start your New Year’s Resolution than Destin, Florida! Home to beautiful beaches and beautiful people, let Destin inspire you to accomplish your New Year goals. Destin is a City that caters to active singles, families, and seniors with plenty to do in and out of doors. Providing perfect white sand to walk on, cool emerald waters to swim in, and bike paths that parallel...
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Come Home for the Holidays to Panama City Beach

Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2008

Panama City invites you ‘Home for the Holidays’ this winter season. From Thanksgiving through mid-December downtown Panama City will be hosting this annual event. Take a carriage ride through downtown while listening to carolers. Enjoy extended shopping hours and warm up with some hot chocolate or apple cider from one of their special booths. The winter months are a great time to visit this memorable City! Downtown Panama City is a pedestrian friendly community offering residents and visitors...
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PCB Hot Spot: Pier Park

Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2008

Pier Park is the latest hot spot of the Emerald Coast. This open-air regional lifestyle center brings shopping, restaurants, and tourist attractions to the Panama City Beach area. With nearly 900,000 square feet of outdoor amusement and breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico, it’s no wonder Pier Park is drawing in the crowd. Shop at Pier Parks many unique retail shops, including locals favorites; Fish Tales Gallery, Jake at the Beach, and No Regrets Stationary and Gift Boutique. Victoria Secret...
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Destin Fishing Rodeo Welcomes All Kinds

Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2008

It’s “Game On” for the Destin Fishing Rodeo. “I think there’s a competition going on for that first fish,” Rodeo executive director Helen Donaldson said Tuesday morning. In the last couple of weeks, “There has been some people talking smack about catching the first fish,” she said. Today at 10 a.m. when the scales open for the 60th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo folks will get a chance to see who can produce. The angler who brings in the first fish will win a trophy sponsored by MeLasers. Donaldson...
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Dizzy with excitement-Vertigo opens its doors to Destin teens

Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2008

There are plenty of 21-and-over establishments in town, but some say that local teens deserve a venue of their own. Enter Vertigo, a place for teens to hang out, dance, shoot pool and enjoy their favorite cuisine. “It’s been in the works for a while,” Kim Brown, co-owner of Vertigo, said. “We’ve been working hard for two months.” Friends can relax on funky couches or sit at a high top table and share pizza, nachos, hotdogs and other fare. Vertigo’s soda bar also serves ice cream...
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Harborwalk Village Now Welcomes Tourists & Residents

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The pace of HarborWalk seems to be more of a run. A month ago, visitors to the construction zone at the foot of Marler Bridge and in the shadow of Emerald Grande would walk through piles of sand under hulking structures with no facades. A half-built lighthouse that will be a trademark of the new Harry T’s restaurant would cast a shadow on construction crews working furiously below. One month later, the walkway is paved in an elegant brick pattern, the lighthouse is complete and crews are putting...
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Choose Your Adventure in the Pensacola Bay Area

Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008

From white-sand beaches and deep Gulf waters to flourishing forests and serene creeks, Pensacola's storybook setting inspires both nature lovers and thrill seekers to explore their wild side and create their own adventure. Northwest Florida, one of six national hotspots for biodiversity designated by the Nature Conservancy, is ideal for eco-tourism. The Gulf Islands National Seashore offers an abundance and variety of plant and animal life, and park rangers offer outings for those who want to...
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Destin Plays Host to Sizzlin' Summer Events

Posted on Friday, April 11, 2008

Destin and the Beaches of South Walton have planned the best summer yet! Many new venues and talents grace our events calendar this season. Experience why Southern Living readers voted Destin favorite family vacation destination and of course... best beaches in the South . The extremely popular cobia tournaments begin in April. At least 15,000 cobia fanatics hit Destin’s fair waters searching for that ‘monster’ fish. Marlin and tuna trips are also a summer favorite. Destin’s world famous and...
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Destin Captains Are Happy to Keep Their Snapper Season

Posted on Saturday, February 9, 2008

A most unusual sight could be seen Thursday afternoon in Panama City Beach — fishermen giving state regulators a standing ovation. Such was the scene at the end of a nine-hour meeting of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Board of Commissioners Thursday at the Bay Point Marriott. Regulators discussed whether the state would follow the lead of the federal government and clamp down on red snapper in its waters. The FWC board heard hours of public testimony from area elected...
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Dark Park Coming to the Commons?

Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Next week, Destin Commons is hoping the Okaloosa County Board of Commissioners approves a plan for what would be Destin’s first dog park. At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, the shopping center’s management will appear before the County Commission to request a change to the Destin Commons development order. The order originally required the Commons to acquire and donate the land and contribute financially for the construction of a new Destin park to be called Coleman L. Kelly Park. Instead, the Commons has...
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AJ's to Host 60th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo

Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2007

The Destin Fishing Rodeo isn’t changing its October address. The Rodeo’s board of directors voted that AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar would, once again, be the host of the 2008 and 2009 Destin Fishing Rodeos. AJ’s and Legendary’s HarborWalk Marina both submitted bids in August to host the 60th Destin Fishing Rodeo next year and again in 2009. “Both bids were very competitive,” said Rodeo executive director Helen Donaldson. “But we just couldn’t discount everything that AJ’s has done for us in the...
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Family Fun and Natural Beauty Along the Emerald Coast

Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2007

If you've lived in Montgomery for more than about a year, you've probably had the opportunity to take a vacation to the Gulf Coast with your family. Those of us who were fortunate enough to grow up within driving distance of the Emerald Coast have made dozens of trips to the beach with our families and friends, and for good reasons. The coasts of Northwest Florida offer beautiful white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and an abundance of accommodations, activities and eateries to choose from...
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Destin Hot Spot: The Raven Golf Course

Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2007

Proficiently combining meticulous attention to detail with a consistent level of exceptional service has awarded this course the honor of being part of the Raven family. To achieve such status, a golf facility must pass a comprehensive annual 136-point inspection. It is required to be memorable and playable while at the same time providing a challenging tee to green experience. Each Raven course offers its players a course unique to their environments and The Raven at Sandestin sets the bar high...
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Big Kahuna's Opens -- Offers New Favors for Locals

Posted on Saturday, May 5, 2007

As of today, Destin’s Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park is open for the 2007 season, it’s 21st anniversary. The park, which offers 40 water attractions, mini golf, thrill rides, Super Speed Raceway and more spread out across about 25 acres, will open at 10 a.m. today with special grand opening celebration activities offered until noon. The park is now open for weekend business only. Starting May 18, it will be open every day. With a new year comes new additions to the park, most noticeable...
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Emily Kaltz to reign over 2007 Destin Fishing Rodeo

Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Emily Kaltz, a 16-year-old junior at Fort Walton Beach High School, was crowned Miss Destin 2007 Saturday night at the Miss Destin Pageant. Standing with her eight fellow contestants on stage in front of an audience of more than 200, Kaltz was all smiles and tearyeyed as master of ceremonies Christian Garman announced her as the judges’ choice. Kaltz, daughter of Mark and Susan Kaltz of Destin, was presented with a Miss Destin 2007 sash, a sparkling tiara and a bouquet of roses. “I’m shocked....
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Destin Commons draws millions

Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007

More than 11 million people, more than the populations of Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee combined, visited Destin Commons in 2006 — and that number might be a little low. Traffic count statistics from the 2006 calendar year show an estimated 11,282,242 visits to the shopping center at U.S. 98 and Danny Wuerffel Way, up more than 2 million from 2005. Destin Commons opened with great fanfare in November 2003. Darin Grigg, general manager of Destin Commons, said the shopping center has traffic...
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Destin Fishing Rodeo

Posted on Wednesday, November 8, 2006

The 58th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo is in the books -- and looks to have been a major success. Helen Donaldson, executive director of the Rodeo, said the month-long event, which closed for the year Tuesday night, drew crowds that solidified the Rodeo as a community mainstay, despite a couple days of nasty weather. “Finally this year has proved what I’ve been saying for a couple of years now and that is that the Rodeo is a spectator sport,” she said. “Despite three or four bad weather days, we...
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Destin will Exceed Expectations of Summer Travelers

Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Pristine white-sand beaches, crisp emerald waves and golden sunrays. It’s our all-inclusive relaxation package. Destin offers a timeless adventure for the entire family. The locals are awaiting the return of our loyal guests and welcome those of you who have never ventured down to our quaint oasis. Although our beach is the pride of our area, it is not our best asset. The southern hospitality is overflowing in Destin and you will be hard pressed to find a town that hosts a better vacation experience...
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Boeing Championship at Sandestin

Posted on Friday, February 10, 2006

Destin, Fla. – (Aug. 18, 2005) – The PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour, The Boeing Company and Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort are pleased to announce Raven Golf Club at Sandestin as the new home of the Boeing Championship at Sandestin. This official $1.6 million Champions Tour event, formerly known as the Blue Angels Classic, will be played the week of May 8-14, 2006. The Boeing Company and Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort have partnered with the Champions Tour as both the new title sponsor and new...
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