Friday, May 25, 2018

Emerald Coast Events | May 25th - June 3rd

Our busiest season starts with Memorial Day Weekend. Most spend their days at the beach or boating out on Crab Island, but there are plenty of other activities to be a part of too! 

This year we do have some potential rain in the forecast so – weather permitting – the Memorial Day Weekend events are still going to be happening this weekend. If you're looking for some indoor activities to do check out our additional blog post: 10 Things to Do Indoors In Destin

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND EVENTS:

Memorial Day Concert Celebration   
When: Saturday, May 26th - Sunday May 27th | 7-9pm
Where: Harborwalk Village | Destin
Description: Celebrate Memorial Day weekend on Destin Harbor with live music and fireworks show over the harbor. It's time for flip flops, sun tans, and summer! Kick-off summer with live music on the Destin Harbor all weekend long. Fireworks over the Destin Harbor will be on Sunday night at 9pm.

Memorial Day Weekend: Games, Concert & Fireworks  
When: Saturday, May 26th - Monday May 28th | 7-9pm
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf | Sandestin
Description: The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin kicks off their Memorial Day festivities with three nights of family friendly, free events! Enjoy a relaxing and patriotic weekend at the boutiques, eateries and nightlife of The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. 
On Saturday, May 26th, Farewell Angelina will take the stage from 7 p.m. until 9pm. Guests are invited to dance the night away as they listen to heart-stopping harmonies and blazing fiddles and guitars. 
On Sunday, May 27th, Baytowne Wharf will host free children activities, including face painting, balloon animals, and lawn games from 6-9 p.m. Local favorites Coconut Radio will perform their signature Americana, Bluegrass and Blues tunes from 7-9 p.m. And on Sunday, Baytowne Wharf will light up the sky above the lagoon with a patriotic fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. 
On Monday, May 28th, The Sandestin Owners Association and Village of Baytowne Wharf will host a Memorial Day Ceremony beginning promptly at 7 p.m. in the Events Plaza. Please bring a blanket or lawn chair as limited seating will be available. Please join as we honor the men and women that lost their lives while serving our Country.

33rd Annual Eglin Memorial Day Gate-to-Gate Run  
When: Monday, May 28th | 7-9:30am
Where: Unity Park Eglin AFB
Description: Celebrate one of Northwest Florida's greatest traditions at Eglin's 33rd annual Gate-To-Gate Memorial Run/Walk. This competitive race is open to the general public, and to all ages and skill levels. There will also be a free kids run after the start of the main race. The 4.4-mile course on Eglin AFB starts at Unity Park, follows Eglin Boulevard to Memorial Trail and ends at Unity Park. Flowers will be provided for each runner to drop at the Veteran’s Memorial along the route. A post-race party will be held at the finish line featuring live entertainment and free refreshments including food and beverages for runners, walkers, and teams to enjoy. For more info visit: https://www.eglinlife.com/96/fss.html?more=96FSS_GateToGate2018

FESTIVALS & HAPPENINGS:

Lulu's Destin 3rd Anniversary Bay Bash
When: Saturday, May 26th | 12-7pm
Where: Lulu's | Destin
Description: Boat up, float up, paddle up, or come by land. Join in the celebration of LuLu’s 3rd Anniversary Bay Bash on Saturday, May 26, from noon to 7:30 p.m. Revel in a family day filled with non-stop fun, with back-to-back live music atop the Crazy Sista Bay Bar overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay. It’s a boat-up or drive-up party. Play all day in the Bay with the music and fun extending out of the restaurant. The non-stop live music begins at noon with headliner, Carolyn Wonderland playing from 6 to 7:30 p.m. showcasing her Texas blues vocals and guitar, along with drummer, Kevin Lance and bass guitarist, Bobby Perkins.

Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival
When: Friday, June 1st - Saturday, June 2nd & Monday June 4th
Where: Fort Walton Beach Landing Park
Description: Started in 1953 as a water-skiing festival whose pirate theme was inspired by the notorious William Augustus Bowles, the Billy Bowlegs Festival has grown into one of the premier events of its kind in the country. Billy Bowlegs offers people a great opportunity to mingle, party, and have a good time. This year’s pirate shenanigans, including “battles” on land and sea between the Bowlegs bunch and the city’s mayor, will take place on Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2. They’ll be accompanied by fireworks, live music, and plenty of grog and grub. The festival ends on Monday night, June 4th, with the family-friendly Billy Bowlegs Torchlight Parade. The parade, featuring floats, boats, beads, bands, and, of course, pirate-costumed Billy and his Krewe, will start in downtown Fort Walton at 7 p.m. and travel northward on Eglin Parkway to Hughes Street. For more info visit: http://www.billybowlegsfestival.com/ 


First Friday ArtWalk
When: Friday, June 1st | 5-7pm
Where: Seaside | 30A
Description: Spend first Friday of each month strolling Central Square and visiting Seaside Merchants from 5-7pm. First Friday Art Walk takes place year round in Seaside. Participating merchants throughout town host special in-store exhibits and events showcasing their jewelry, art, fashion, music, wine and food. Catch live music and grab a cold beer or cocktail as you stroll Central Square, easily reaching shops and places on the square and all around town. Have a great night in Seaside, Florida. You'll love the unique people and places.  


WEEKLY ACTIVITIES: 

Moonlight Movies & Face Painting
When: Every Thursday @ 5pm
Where: Rosemary Beach Western Green | 30A
Description: Join in the fun at Moonlight Movies & Face Painting held on the Western Green in Rosemary Beach on Thursday nights. Face Painting starts at 5:00pm, Movie at 8:15pm. Bring the family for a wholesome and fun movie night under the stars! Blankets and Lawn Chairs are Welcome. Come early and get your face painted by one of the talented artists. Enjoy popcorn and the best hot dogs on the beach from DogManDu! 
May-June Movie Schedule: 
May 31st | COCO 
June 7th | Beauty & the Beast 
June 14th | Wonder 
June 21st | The Emoji Movie 
June 28th | Spider Man: Homecoming

Red White & Blue Hero Celebration
When: Every Thursday @ 7pm
Where: Harborwalk Village | Destin
Description: The Red, White, and Blue Celebration happens every Thursday on the Destin Harbor. A celebration of an American hero, including a presentation of the colors, ceremony celebration, a WWII vintage airshow, entertainment by The Village Belles and fireworks over the Destin Harbor at 9:00 P.M.

30Avenue Concert Series
When: Every Thursday & Friday @ 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: 30Avenue On the Greens | 30A
Description: Enjoy great music with friends and family on the green at 30Avenue. There will be LIVE bands 6-9 pm every Thursday and Friday night!

Sunset Yoga
When: Every Wednesday @ 6:00pm
Where: Henderson Beach Resort & Spa
Description: No better way to end the day. Bask in the glow and let yourself go. Under the setting sun we will have some fun and notice our body and mind begin to unwind. During this flow we will work head to toe followed by a glass of prosecco! All levels welcome. Class is 60 minutes.

Gulf Therapy – A Community Paddle Out
When: Every 1st & 3rd Friday @ 7:00 am 
Where: Grayton Beach Florida's Scenic Hwy 30A  
Description: Join the local surf and paddle board community for a morning dose of “Gulf Therapy.” Tackle mental health issues with a simple recipe – saltwater, sun, and sand. Paddle out with the community and start the weekend off right. Salt water is always healing, therapeutic, and the perfect solution for a balanced life. This paddle out will start at the Western Lake boat launch in Grayton Beach, then head over to the Gulf where the beach connects. This way you can get comfortable paddling in the Gulf with support, or choose a mellow paddle in the lake. Adventure 30A will have paddle board rentals available for $10. If there are waves bring a surfboard!


Paddle South Walton – Weekly Paddle Excursion @ South Walton
When: Saturdays @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am 
Where: South Walton (Location changes) 
Description: This is a weekly paddle expedition open to anyone who would like to attend. Location changes every Saturday, and participants must bring their own paddle board and gear. Meet is at 8 o’clock sharp on Saturdays, and paddle departs location at 8:30 am returning to the starting location at 10:30 am. Follow the Paddle South Walton Facebook page for details about locations and dates and other special announcements. 


30A YOLO Bike Club – Excursion Ride
When: Every Saturday @ 9:00am 

Where: YOLO Board + Bike | Gulf Place Town Center | 30A 
Description: Now in its third year, the 30A YOLO Bike & Beach Club brings together locals and visitors of all skill levels for a fun and laid-back exploration of South Walton’s natural habitats. Group bike rides are free and take place every Saturday. Participants meet at the YOLO Bike + Beach Store in Gulf Place at 8:45 a.m, depart at 9:00am, then ride through the trails of Point Washington State Forest. All skill levels and bike brands are welcome – “ride what ya got!”. Bikes are available for rent. 

Happy Hour Paddle 
When: Every Saturday 3:30pm - 7:00pm

Where: Tom's Landing 
Description: Join us for a Stand Up Paddleboard Adventure offering one of the only SUP Sunset trips in the area! The trip starts at our Paddle Hut Hideawa, located just 5 minutes north of Grayton Beach. Learn the basics in our calm secluded lagoon, then paddle down the canal and out into the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay and paddle to The Bay Restaurant for Happy Hour. Arrive at the area’s hottest new hang out via paddleboard and enjoy a cold beverage & appetizer and then paddle back enjoying the sunset and looking for dolphins dancing in the Bay. Approximately a 45 minute paddle to the restaurant, we hang out there for about an hour, and paddle another 45 minutes back. All gear, professional instruction, photography, and tour guide are provided for this 3 hour adventure. Food and beverages are optional and not included in price. Please call directly to book for children age 8-12. 


Farmer's Markets:
Every Saturday @ Seaside & Grand Boulevard
Every Sunday @ Rosemary Beach







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10 Things to Do Indoors In Destin

Whether your visit got a little rained out or you just want to stay inside, check out our list of ten activities to do indoors in Destin and the surrounding areas. 

Go to the Movies
With several movie theaters in our area you can't go wrong with catching the latest flick on the big screen. Click here for a list of theaters and movies playing near Destin! 

Take An Art Class
There's nothing better than getting your hands dirty and creating some art. The best part is, you forever have a memory and souvenir all in one. This would be a great activity for a couple, family, or even solo. Check out this list of six places to get creative: 
Paint the Coast 
Paint the Coast takes the popular group painting classes to a new level as local artist Kathy Schumacher leads the Destin workshops. For info: www.paintthecoast.com | 850-240-8698 
Kaleidoscopes 
Whether you want to have a guided art class, or prefer to create your own art in a creative space, Kaleidoscopes in Destin is your place. For info: www.facebook.com/Kaleidoscopes | 850-259-1920. 
V. Lala Galleries
V. Lala Galleries offers abstract art creation classes that will leave you feeling like a master artist. For info: www.vlalagalleries.com | 850-909-0101 
The Shard Shop
Break away from the usual group art medium of paint and check out The Shard Shop in Grayton Beach to try your hand at modern glass mosaic art. For info: www.shardshop.com | 850-231-0544 
Fired Up!
For a fun art experience the entire family can enjoy, head out to Fired Up! in Seaside. Fired Up! offers the opportunity for budding artists to paint their own pottery and take it home the next day. For info: www.firedupseaside.com | 850-231-3211 
Studio By the Sea
Studio By the Sea is just what it’s name sounds like, the chance to paint while sitting in the sand watching the Gulf waves lap on the shore. For info: www.studiobytheseadestin.com 

Dueling Piano Bars
If music and food are your thing then this is the perfect pastime for you! Destin is lucky enough to have two dueling piano bars. Funky Blues Shack Piano Bar in Destin is considered one of the go-to hot spots in Destin. There is a reason why it has been voted Best Live Music Venue consecutively for the past three years! Connected to Graffiti's Italian Restaurant, visitors can enjoy high quality Italian cuisine while enjoying the piano show. Also worth checking out is Rum Runners in Sandestin for a wide variety of music, audience participation, high energy level, and sheer fun!  

Laser Tag & Arcades
A great way to let the kids burn off some energy and even let mom and dad enjoy a little friendly competition. You can never go wrong with the arcade and laser tag. Click here for a list of laser tag and arcade places near us!

Shop 'Til You Drop
Between Destin Commons, Silver Sands Outlet, the endless shops in both Baytowne and down along Harborwalk, you'll be perusing for days. Most of these areas are covered but bring an umbrella if it looks like rain that day.  

Head to Panama City Beach!
There are some really great places to check out in Panama City Beach that will keep you entertained for hours. Tying in the last two activities Pier Park gives you shopping, fun stops like Dave & Busters, Emerald Coast Mirror Maze, XD Darkride Experience Pier Park, restaurants, you name it! Another couple of fun and interesting stops are Wonderworks and Ripley's Believe It Or Not! If you head to Panama City Beach, there's fun for the whole family. 

Rock Climbing 
If you're up for a challenge rock climbing may be just what you're looking for. Check out Rock Out Climbing Gym in Destin

Bowling 
A classic way to pass the time! There are a few bowling alley's in the are but Uncle Buck's Uncle Buck’s features 16 underwater themed lanes, and a saltwater aquarium overlooking the bar and restaurant making this the top choice for bowling. 

Enjoy Your Time as A Family

Of course there's no better way to spend your time than by just being with each other. Pull out the board games, bake some cookies, put on some music, linger in conversation. It's your time to be together, make the most of it. 

Check Out the Local Real Estate 

Of course we'll close out the list by telling you that it's always a good idea to check out the local real estate! So many people who choose to buy here start off as vacationers thinking one day they'll purchase property here. We're here to help you turn that thought into reality. Always feel free to contact us so that we can help you according to your needs.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Top 10 Best Selling Condos

So far this year 759 condos have been sold between Okaloosa Island, Destin, Miramar Beach, Sandestin, and 30A. Below is a list of the top ten most popular condo communities based on the number sold. 


Henderson Lofts
49 Condos Sold

The Henderson Lofts is a 54 residential condominium building located in Destin that is unique thanks to its location and inclusion in the new Henderson Beach Resort. Its location in Crystal Beach is sought after by owners and vacationers alike because of the low density and central location to shopping, golfing, and transportation in Destin. The resort offers over 1.5 miles of natural secluded white sand beach, fine dining, a beach club with private beach access, large pools and a lazy river, a luxury spa and fitness facility, and unmatched service. Simply paradise – it's no wonder this beachside resort tops our list.


Sandpiper Cove
26 Condos Sold

Sandpiper Cove is located in the heart of Destin, just steps from the soft, sugar-white sandy beaches of the Emerald Coast. A 43-acre resort, the grounds are full of lush green grass, palm trees, and beautiful picturesque landscaping. Sandpiper Cove features include: 1,100 feet of private beachfront, boat slip rentals and launch available, 9-hole, par-3 golf course, five swimming pools and 3 hot tubs, 6 tennis courts, Louisiana Lagniappe, Rick’s Sand Trap Beach Bar & Grill, and more. With the option to buy Gulf front, harbor/canal front, and fairway front – you can't go wrong.   


Silver Shells
24 Condos Sold

Silver Shells features five condominium towers named after the Virgin Islands – St. Barth, St. Croix, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, and St. Thomas buildings, each with varying floorplans and views. St. Thomas provides owner privacy serving as the only non-short term rental building in the resort. Bordering the pristine, natural setting of Henderson Beach State Park in central Destin, the 31-acre Silver Shells beach resort has Gulf views, health and fitness facilities, dining, spa, sparkling pools, and luxury vacation accommodations.


The Palms
24 Condos Sold

Located in central Destin near the area’s most popular attractions with one of the finest lagoon pools and grounds in town, the renowned Palms of Destin includes numerous amenities such as an 11,000 square foot zero entry pool, five dancing water features, walking bridges, a splash pad, complimentary valet service, a heated pool, a whirlpool spa, as well as kiddie pools. Situated directly across the street from the beach with dazzling views of the sparkling Gulf of Mexico, this unique property includes two twelve story towers with villas crescent-shaped in-between. The Palms provides the perfect place to own an investment property.   


Majestic Sun 
22 Condos Sold

Majestic Sun is a spectacular condo known for the giant archway that connects two buildings of gulf front units just steps from the sugar white beaches of the Emerald Coast. Located in Miramar Beach, Majestic Sun is part of popular Seascape Resort offering owners and guests spectacular amenities including: a heated indoor/outdoor pool, 2 whirlpool hot tubs, a fitness center, an 18-hole championship golf course, tennis courts, nature trail, fresh water lakes, beachside bar and grill, as well as 2,000 feet of beachfronh, and the new Towne Centre full of restaurants, entertainment, and shopping. 


Ariel Dunes
21 Condos Sold 

Also located in Seascape Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, Ariel Dunes buildings provide breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay. Housing one, two, and three bedroom units with large balconies, in addition to the expansive tropical styled pools with one being heated in the winter, fitness center, on-site arcade, and a pool-side casual dining restaurant, Cabana CafĂ© – these condos are a popular vacation destination making Ariel Dunes a great investment property. 


Grand Dunes
20 Condos Sold 

Grand Dunes Resort is made up of two rental restricted towers situated along scenic 98 in Miramar Beach. Grand Dunes brings the best of luxury and boasting glorious white sand beaches and emerald green water views while nestled in a beautifully landscaped setting. Owners will enjoy the grand lobby, serene streams, majestic waterfalls, lushly landscaped lagoon-style pools, tennis courts, Gulf front exercise room and units that are simply stunning. Amenities include: private beachfront, secured gated entry, tennis  courts, grand lobby with elegant informal bar and seating area, Gulf front exercise room, private owners’ conference room, pool with cascading waterfall, and ample underground parking. Simply paradise. 


Luau at Sandestin
18 Condos Sold 

Luau is the newest of Sandestin's luxury Destin beach rental properties and offers beachside condos with amazing views. Comprised of two buildings, Luau combines elegance and simplicity with its Asian-inspired feel. Part of Sandestin's beachside accommodations you're only steps from the epic stretch of coastline fronted by attractions including picturesque lakes, winding bike paths, a basketball court and miniature golf at the Dunes Putting Course. And when you’re ready to experience the shopping, dining and live entertainment of the Village of Baytowne Wharf, it’s all a quick tram ride, walk, bike ride or golf cart cruise away through our convenient underground tunnel. The unique and expansive grounds of Sandestin provide one of the best places to own an investment or second home property. 


Indian Lake
14 Condos Sold 

The charming condos at Indian Lake are located in Destin and prove to be popular all around as main homes, long-term rental properties, or second homes. The amenities at Indian Lake include a community pool, beautiful fitness center, poolside grills, dog park just across the street, close to shopping, entertainment, restaurants, and just over half a mile to the nearest public beach access. A sweet and simple paradise. 


Destin West
13 Condos Sold 

Situated on Okaloosa Island with choice views of Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Destin West puts all of the area's best attractions only minutes away. Whether you like to spend your days fishing in the bay or swimming in the emerald green waters of the gulf, fun in the sun is only a short walk away. This resort has something for everyone — from a lazy river and seven pools to a fitness center and beach rental service. The combination of spacious units, resort amenities, and prime location provides a favorite place to stay for families, business travelers, groups, and couples – making Destin West an excellent investment opportunity. 


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