Making your vacation dreams come true! When you think of taking a vacation, you want to experience both relaxation and adventure. Destin and South Walton, FL is the place to be!
We manage first class accommodations for your family and friends (some are pet friendly). Imagine sugary-white sands, turquoise waves, and stunning tropical sunsets while visiting the Luckiest Fishing Village and the Emerald Coast!
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September Spirit Events!
September looks to be a very "spirited" month in the Destin area! Three back-to-back weekends are full of events with beer or spirit themes. Add in the extra bonus of all of the events benefiting location organizations, and you have some extra fun weekend! Details are brought to you by Northwest Florida Daily News.
Tacos & Tequila
What: Enjoy tacos and tequila and more.
When: TONIGHT (OK, so it's not September just yet!) - 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Rockin’ Tacos Grill & Tequila Bar at The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island, 1450 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach.
Drink: A tequila tasting hosted by Premier Beverage.
Food: Look for culinary stations featuring Mexican cuisine.
Music: The Rockin’ Tacos DJ will play Latin, salsa, and mariachi music.
Extras: Attendees can enter a charity raffle that includes New Orleans Saints football tickets and swag, dinner at Ruth’s Chris in New Orleans, all-you-can-eat meal for six at HelenBack, a custom-made Blazzed Barrel Fire Pit, FSU tickets, a 90-minute sports massage, Extreme Sports Fan memorabilia and more.
Tickets: $40 for Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation members and $50 for general admission.
Benefitting: The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation.
Emerald Coast Beer Festival
What: A beer-tasting festival
When: September 11, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Rosie O’ Grady’s Good Time Emporium entertainment complex in Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St., Pensacola.
Drink: Participating breweries and brewpubs include: SweetWater Brewing Co., McGuire's Irish Pub, Props Craft Brewery, Cigar City Brewing, Kona Brewing Co., Shipyard Brewing Co., and Oyster City Brewing Co.
Food: There will be vendors.
Tickets: General admission tickets are $30 online or $40 the day of the event. VIP tickets are $55 online or $60 the day of the event.
Benefitting: Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Seville Rotary Club.
Website: Learn more or purchase tickets at emeraldcoastbeerfest.com.
The Boardwalk Beer Tour
What: Spend the weekend at The Boardwalk enjoying craft beers and more.
When: The weekend kicks off with a five-course dinner and beer pairing featuring Samuel Adams at the Black Pearl September 11 at 7 p.m. The Beer Tour will take place 2-5 p.m. September 12.
Where: The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island, 1450 Miracle Strip Parkway.
Beer: 70+ beers.
Extras: There will be live music.
Tickets: General admission is $30 on Saturday, $50 for a VIP experience on Saturday, $60 for dinner only on Friday or $85 for a VIP experience Friday and Saturday.
Website: Learn more or purchase tickets here.
Bloody Mary Festival
What: Taste Bloody Marys and more at this festival.
Where: The Market Shops, located at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
When: September 19 from noon to 3 p.m.
Benefitting: Proceeds from the event will benefit local symphony orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast.
Drinks: Unlimited tastes of Bloody Marys made with Cathead Vodka by 15 local restaurants and bars.
The competing restaurants include Bijoux Restaurant & Spirits, Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer, Bud & Alley’s, DIG eatery, Great Southern Café, Louis Louis, Mama Clemenza’s, NOLA Boiling Co., Signature Catering of 30A, Stinky’s Fish Camp, Sunset Bay Café, The Beach House, The Bowery on Thirty-A, The Craft Bar and The Perfect Pig.
A mimosa bar by Coastal Wine and Spirits and craft beer samples from Grayton Beer Co. will be available as well.
Food: Dishes available for purchase from Bijoux Restaurant & Spirits, DIG eatery and Island Wing Co.
Extras: Attendees will be able to vote for the People’s Choice Award for Best Bloody Mary in South Walton.
Enjoy live music by band Sound Advice. Don’t forget to grab a photo at the Facetime Photobooth with fun props and accessories.
Tickets: $25 per person if purchased in advance and $35 on the day of the event.
Website: Learn more or purchase tickets at www.themarketshops.com.
Say Aloha at the Sandestin Luau this Summer!
Join us at the Baytowne Marina from 6:30 pm to 9 pm for an evening of fun for the whole family at the Sandestin Luau! Enjoy delicious Hawaiian cuisine, live music, a bonfire, limbo contest, parrot meet and greet, kids activities and more! After enjoying the music, food and fun, watch the sky light up across the bay with a perfect view of the Baytowne Wharf fireworks!
The Luau menu will include authentic Hawaiian favorites that will excite both adults and kids alike. For those over 21, you can pair your Hawaiian meal with a refreshing, signature cocktail.
Check out this delicious menu:
Organic Mixed Greens / Crispy Wontons/ Roasted Pineapple/ Heirloom Tomatoes/Toasted Macadamia Nuts/ Pickled Mango Vinaigrette
Island Coleslaw Salad
Green & Purple Cabbage/ Carrots/ Raisins
Sun Dried Tomatoes/ Kalamata Olives/ Baby Spinach/ Basil Mayo
Live Grill Huli- Huli Chicken Kabobs
Grilled Chicken Thighs/ Ginger/ Garlic/ Soy Sauce/ Ketchup
“Caja China” Cook Whole Kalua Pork
Slow Cooked/ Garlic/ Sea Salt/ Cabbage
Hawaiian Style Fried Rice
Eggs/ Carrots/ Peas/ Bacon/ Traditional Spam
Mahi – Mahi Cooked in a Banana Leaf
Ginger and Lemongrass Infused Coconut Sauce
Yellow Corn Dusted Crispy Mahi Fillets served with Remoulade Sauce
Cast Iron Mac & Cheese
Creamy Mac in a Sharp Cheddar Golden Cheese Sauce
Coconut Milk/ Coconut Rum
Maui Sweet Potato Pie
Creamy Sweet Potato Filling in a Flaky Crust
Banana-Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Moist Banana Cake with Carmelized Pineapple Rings
You can buy tickets and see more information here: Sandestin Luau.
Limited parking is available our this Hawaiian fun at the Baytowne Marina. Additional parking is available at the Village (valet), The Grand Sandestin (open) and Monark/Inspiration (open). A tram will be available at the Village and The Grand to take you to the Marina.
Sandestin guests can travel to the marina from any tram stop location throughout the resort. Click here to see all tram routes.
In the case of inclement weather, the Hawaiian Luau will be cancelled. You will be notified via email by 11 am if the event is cancelled, and refunds will be issued.
Refunds will only be issued in the event that the event is cancelled. All other ticket sales are final.
*Fireworks schedule managed by BWNA and is subject to change.
**Fireworks are not scheduled for Luau event dates of 8/18, 8/25 and 9/1.
Celebrate the 4th with Events Close to Our Properties
Family Independence Day Celebration/Bike Parade
Admission is free to the City of Destin Independence Day Celebration and Bike Parade from 6-8 p.m. July 1 at Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, 4323 Common Drive West. Bike Parade check-in is at 5:30 p.m. Also, live music, bounce houses, face painting, games and more. Call 650-1241.
Smoke on the Coast
The Fifth Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ and Fireworks Festival begins at 2 p.m. July 3 at Destin Commons when 20 restaurants and BBQ aficionados light up their grills to prepare their best dishes. Vote for People's Choice winners beginning at 5 p.m. with a charge of $1 per sampling. Proceeds benefit Building Homes for Heroes, Children in Crisis and Food For Thought.
Kid’s activities, street performers, and continuous live music, including Heritage and other local favorites, will keep the party going to celebrate our country's special holiday. The evening will end with a firework extravaganza to celebrate!
4th of July Extravaganza on the Harbor
Spirits will soar and flags will wave as July 4th festivities kick off at HarborWalk Village at 5:30 p.m. with live music on the main stage, fireworks over the Destin Harbor and one big American celebration on Florida's Emerald Coast. The charming trio, the Victory Belles, revive WWII classics in throwback tailored dresses, coiffed curls, red lipstick and vintage charm on the main stage. The patriotic salute continues with authentic American H***y Tonk by The Modern Eldorados at 7 p.m., blending rockability with traditional country music. The band pays tribute to the essence of Ray Price, Webb Pierce, Hank Williams and Carl Perkins. The celebration ends with a bang with fireworks over the Destin Harbor at 9 p.m.
Americana Under The Stars
Celebrate by bringing a chair and a beverage to enjoy the music of Lucky Mud and Tom Kimmel at 7 p.m. July 4 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.
Red, White and Baytowne
Enjoy a day of fun in the sun, an evening that lights up the sky and family activities July 4. Kids activities from 6-10 p.m. include kids' crafts, face painting, and balloon sculpting, live music, and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. highlight the evening. Admission is free. Call 850-267-8117.
Events if You're into a Little Drive
Stars and Stripes Seaside
The annual July 4th Parade begins at 8 a.m. at Seagrove Plaza, 3723 Scenic Hwy. 30A in Seagrove Beach and travels down 30A, ending in Seaside. After the parade, stick around for the awards presentation, face painting and fun with 30A Radio. Call 850-31-6107 or visitwww.seasidefl.com/highlights/ to register.
Grayton Beach 4th of July Parade
Line up at the Red Bar starting at 8 a.m., with the parade starting at 8:30 a.m. Decorate your cars, jeeps, boats, bikes, scooters, etc., to celebrate!
Alys Beach concert and fireworks
Celebrate the 4th of July beginning at 6 p.m. at the Alys Beach Amphitheatre with live music by Compozitionz followed by fireworks. Piper’s will offer food and beverage. Free and open to the public.
Hot Dog Eating Contest
The annual contests will be at 6 p.m. July 4, sponsored by Dave's Dogs & Harry T's. There is $1,000 in cash and prizes for the first place winner.
Pensacola Symphony and fireworks
The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Pops performance begins at 7 p.m., followed by a fireworks finale, an annual 4th of July Seaside tradition. Bring your own chair or blanket early, as space fills up quickly.
Check out more info from the Destin Log!
LuLu's - Destin's New Restaurant!
Lucy Buffitt's own story from LuLu's website: Once upon a time, a Gulf Coast darling, born and raised in one L.A. (Lower Alabama) found herself living in another L.A. (Los Angeles, California). Lucy Buffett had just about enough of the plastic pace of Hollywood and yearned for the sweet comfort of home and a way of life that is more about living life than "lifestyle." As she reached her 40's, the memories of a childhood scented by magnolias in the spring, crab boils in the summer, tire swings, and the glories of Mobile Bay, were calling her back home.
With many failures in her back pocket, but many triumphs in her heart, "LuLu" packed her bags and her cats, Jazz and Whisper, and headed south to parts "known"-- back to the place where her roots had grown.
Anyone who knows LuLu, knows she can COOK! They know she loves life, and not unlike her brother Jimmy, she is a passionate host and entertainer. She found a little dream harbor, and moved into a beautiful spot on Weeks Bay, Alabama, where the original LuLu's Sunset Grill was born. It was a place that Fish River locals quickly called their own …a place "Where life is good and lunch lasts forever."
The first LuLu's was little more than a bait shop, an outdoor burger joint and bar, situated on the edge of a nationally protected bird estuary, in very the same spot Lucy's father used to take her and her sister and brother fishing as children.
"When I first opened LuLu's Sunset Grill, I thought…hey, a little place on the water to get a cold beer and a good burger, just like my daddy would have loved. How hard could it be? After working for some of the meanest folks in Hollywood, I thought this would be a piece of cake, right? Wrong! It's one of the toughest things I've ever done. The restaurant biz is not for the faint of heart."
LuLu's Sunset Grill enjoyed 5 precious and fun-filled years, and countless perfect sunsets on the northern edge of Week's Bay where Fish and Magnolia rivers meet.
In 2003, when the Alabama state government decided not to renew Lucy's lease on Week's Bay, a new home was found for LuLu's on the Intracoastal Waterway in Gulf Shores, Alabama. It was a bittersweet move, but like any Buffett faced with a difficult decision, she decided to throw a party and move forward. She enlisted the help of a buddy with a barge and, literally, moved the ENTIRE establishment to its new locale by water.
So, on a sunny and surreal day in the fall of 2003, friends, family, and the local community that loved LuLu's so much, literally loaded all of LuLu's that wasn't nailed down, including the infamous "boat stage," JD Buffett's one-ton custom barbeque grill, and a few mature palm trees (to be replanted at the new site) onto a 150 foot barge and tug-boat. They headed south through Week's Bay, dancing to the live, on-board, musical accompaniment of the Leavin' Brother's Band, and a few free-flowin' margarita machines!
Lucy was quoted as saying, "Why be normal, why do things the 'right' way? I keep this place and my dreams going by riding out the storms and adjusting to the tides. It's a special place, and I know I can do it again in a new location! LuLu's is a state of mind, really. It's a great escape, a great family spot. We're all about good food, good folks, good music, and good times. A place to confirm that 'LIFE is good'....." Amen, Sista!!!
LuLu's in Destin Opened June 15
With lots of fanfare and great reviews, LuLu's opened on Mon., June 15. Look at this beautiful sunset on opening day!
LuLu's Live Music!
Check out their website here - LuLu's Music - for their list of live music every day for the rest of June!
Be sure to "Like" them here on Facebook for the latest information: https://www.facebook.com/LuLusDestin
Come out to HarborWalk Village to honor a local hero every Thursday during the summer months for our Red, White & Blue Celebration! The celebration highlights the efforts of those who go above and beyond to better their community. Enjoy live entertainment, free kid's crafts, face painting, a vintage WWII flyover and a FREE fireworks show over the Destin Harbor at 9pm!
Red, White & Blue Fireworks on the Harbor
Every Thursday in the summer celebrate our heroes with a spectacular Red, White & Blue fireworks show over the Destin Harbor. The celebration starts at 6:00 pm with Fireworks at 9:00 pm.
Vintage WWII Flyover
Every Thursday around 6:00pm you can watch as WWII replica fighter planes perform an aerial smoke show above HarborWalk Village as part of our Red, White & Blue celebration.
Free Kid's Crafts and Face Painting
Bring the kids for lots of fun!!!
Every Thursday HarborWalk Village stages a FREE concert before and after the fireworks. Check the event page for who's playing.
History of Fireworks
The history of fireworks, also known as pyrotechnics, goes back to ancient times. It was "invented" during the Han dynasty in China around 200 BC. The first “firework” was actually made from bamboo. Long ago, someone in China threw some green bamboo on a fire. It heated up and when the hollow reed expanded, it blew up with a loud, startling noise. It was believed that the loud noise scared away evil spirits.
China's Lunar New Year celebration featured the burn and burst of the bamboo in order to ensure happiness and prosperity. Soon it was used to celebrate weddings, coronations, births and other special occasions. This went on for about 1,000 years until alchemists discovered a mixture that became gunpowder. This mixture burned hot and bright providing a dazzling display.
It wasn't long before someone decided to see what would happen if this same mixture was placed inside green bamboo. The result was much louder bang which became the first primitive firecracker. Soon they realized that they could also cut one end of the bamboo, stuff it with the mixture and create flames, sparks. Over time aerial shells that could be launched high into the air were created. On July 4, 1777, our new country had their first fireworks celebration to rally morale during the Revolutionary War.
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